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March 4, 2014 > Check into the Hotel Escargot

Check into the Hotel Escargot

Submitted By Sunol Repertory Theatre

Welcome to the French Riviera and the Kantz Film Festival! Sunol Repertory Theatre (SRT) celebrates their 33rd season with ÒHotel Escargot,Ó opening March 8 at Sunol Glen School Theatre.

A collection of inept characters, including a hotel owner and her staff, reporters, investors and thieves, a sleuth, movie directors and producers, and wannabes descend upon Hotel Escargot creating chaos. Come out for a fun-filled evening, and let's hope Wyonna Elmsly gets her four-bar soap rating.

SRT was founded by local Sunolians Tom Harland and his wife Vicky to "provide an outlet for local talent and as a fund raiser for the school." Seven showings of one production are held each year with proceeds benefiting Sunol Glen Grammar School, K-8th. SRT usually donates $7,000 -$8,000 a year to the school, the 32-year history totaling over $130,000. The school decides how the money is spent, but it has mostly been used for their arts programs.

ÒBy far the majority of the actors are from Sunol with a good showing from Pleasanton, Livermore, and Fremont. We are a 100 percent volunteer organization with some being involved for over 25 years and many at 12-15 years,Ó says show co-director Klay Kunkel. ÒWith all of these seasoned folks, we are always happy to have new, fresh talent, including kids from Sunol Glen itself Ð prepping the next generation of actors.Ó

Kunkel says he and Diane Tiessen are co-directing Òto share the load and to give us both time on stage as well, which is where all of the fun is.Ó

ÒIn 31of the 33 years of SRT, melodramas with heroes, heroines and villains have been our staple. In 2013 we branched out and did a Murder Mystery, something different for the first time. This year we chose a modern-day comedy, ÒHotel Escargot.Ó Minus the villainÕs cape, less booing and hissing, but all of the laughs,Ó says Kunkel.

ÒHotel EscargotÓ will have performances on March 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online through or at the door by cash, check, or credit card. All seats are reserved. Discounted tickets can be found on SRT is also on Facebook. Proceeds from the production benefit Sunol Glen School.

Hotel Escargot
Saturday, Mar 8 Ð Saturday, Mar 29
8 p.m.
Sunol Glen School Theatre
11601 Main St., Sunol
Tickets: $15

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