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November 2018

Read All About Us!

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…offered 268 live music and performing arts events
…welcomed 57,485 patrons to the Bankhead Theater
…sold out a record breaking 27 shows
…underwrote 4,056 student tickets
…subsidized 140 performances by resident companies
…served 30,277 students with educational programs
and more!

Read our latest annual report, see how we’ve fared in the past 12 months and find out how we’re charting a course for our future!  In the book’s 20 pages, you’ll get a quick and graphical overview — from a look back at all the years since “Setting Sail” with the Bankhead in 2007, to our successes in the past 12 months when we’ve navigated “Smoother Waters,” and the challenges we see ahead as we are “Navigating New Adventures.”

Click HERE to read our Annual Report online now.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit cultural arts organization.  Ticket sales provide only half of the funding needed to support the wide range of live performances, educational outreach programs, free cultural and community events we offer each year at the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center.  Please consider helping to support the arts in our community by becoming a member, a donor or a volunteer today! For more information click HERE to read more or contact us via email at

DLUX Puppets’ Alice in Wonderland Returns For Two Performances in Livermore

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DLUX Puppets sold out the Bankhead Theater early this year with their innovative musical adaptation of the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. The group is set to return Sunday, December 30 for two more performances. A feast for the eyes and a joyful, theatrical experience for all ages, the show is filled with remarkable life-size puppets, interactive digital scenery, and clever dialogue, bringing to life the marvelous world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts.

In addition to a matinee at 2 p.m., a new sensory-friendly performance, tailored for those on the autism spectrum or who have other special needs, will be offered earlier in the morning at 11 a.m.

About DLUX Puppets

A multi-talented performer and former star of San Francisco’s famed “Beach Blanket Babylon,” Derek Lux built all the puppets in the show by hand and provides all the voices. The seven puppets range in size from just two feet to over seven feet high and each is different in terms of style, scale, and how they are physically operated. For example, the Queen of Hearts is a hybrid puppet and costume that Lux straps himself into before performing her arms and head.

Lux and his wife Lauren, a credentialed teacher who plays the role of Alice, founded DLUX Puppets in 2016. Their goal is to provide fun family entertainment that also aligns with current education standards and supports social-emotional development. In their production, Alice learns from the characters she meets that her words, thoughts, and feelings have power and that she has the ability to change them and change her world.

DLUX Puppets focuses on making their shows welcoming for all families. The “sensory-friendly” morning performance has been designed to create a comfortable theatrical experience that meets all needs. Some of the modifications they have made include keeping the house lights on at a low level, using natural stage lighting with no abrupt changes, and avoiding startling or loud sounds throughout the performance.

Patrons can feel free to use supportive technology, talk, stand, or leave their seats during the show, so the performance space is open and judgment-free for everyone. A special DLUX Puppets sensory-friendly study guide is available to help prepare young audience members on what to expect.

“During our debut season, we had a very memorable post-performance meet and greet with a special needs child and immediately saw the magic between puppets and this population,” said Lauren Lux. “There are families who might otherwise not be able to attend the theater because of sensory sensitivities to changing lights and abrupt sounds. We hope our modifications will provide access for that community so they can attend and experience the joy of live theater.”

Both Derek and Lauren Lux will be available in the lobby after every show, so audience members can take photos with Alice and admire one of the puppets close up.

In addition to the public shows at the end of December, two performances are being offered to students from local elementary schools through an arts education outreach effort sponsored in part by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Education Fund. The fund will also underwrite $10 student tickets for the two public shows. Adult tickets are just $20.

DLUX Puppets will return to the Bankhead Theater in early June 2019 with their new production of “Peter Pan.” Tickets for both Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan are available now through the Bankhead ticket office or online at

Our Performing Arts Center

We take a lot of pride in what we do here at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. LVPAC offers wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater, which houses the Livermore Visitor Center and Gallery, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, is home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

Whether it’s DLUX Puppets or another upcoming performance, we look forward to seeing you and your loved ones at the Bankhead! You won’t find a more intimate arts venue in Livermore, Pleasanton, or Dublin, CA. Stop by the Bankhead Theater box office today to purchase your event tickets or buy online!

“Meet Me in St. Louis” to be Followed by Additional Classic Film Musicals at the Bankhead

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Screening dates for four more classic film musicals at the Bankhead Theater have been announced, extending the popular series through May 2019. The last in the current series, “Meet Me in St. Louis” starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien, will be shown on Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. The series will then resume in February 2019 with the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers favorite “Top Hat,” followed by “Oklahoma,” “Brigadoon,” and the 1954 version of “A Star is Born” featuring Garland.

About the Classic Film Musicals

The Classic Film Musicals series, launched earlier this year, offers audiences the opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest movie musicals as they were meant to be seen, in a truly theatrical setting. Tickets cost just $5 each for the full-length feature films, which are preceded by a cartoon and newsreel of the era. Popcorn, movie treats, and beverages are available in concessions before the show.

“Meet Me in St. Louis” and other classic film musicals

The holiday-themed “Meet Me in St. Louis” revolves around Esther Smith (Garland) and her three sisters as they look forward to enjoying the 1904 World’s Fair before their family has to move to New York. In addition to “The Trolley Song,” the film includes the iconic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” which was a hit for Garland and became a holiday standard.

One of the most beloved Astaire/Rogers films, “Top Hat” features the sophisticated “Cheek to Cheek” number, one of their best-known dance sequences with its sleek footwork and flying feathers. “Top Hat” will be followed by “Oklahoma” in March, starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae. Filmed in 1955, the Academy Award-winning score by Rogers and Hammerstein features some of their most famous tunes including the title song, “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and “People Will Say We’re in Love.” With its unusual time traveling storyline, “Brigadoon” stars the exceptional dance partners Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in a classic romance set in an enchanted Scottish village with songs such as “Almost Like Being in Love” and “Heather on the Hill.”

Last in the 2019 spring series will be the 1954 version of “A Star is Born,” one of the most expensive films of that era, which starred Garland at the height of her career, opposite James Mason. Garland’s renditions of “The Man That Got Away” and “My Melancholy Baby” went on to become lasting hits. The 1954 version was a remake of the original from 1937. It has since been remade twice more, including the current 2018 version starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

The performance

As aforementioned, Esther Smith (Garland) and her three sisters are caught up in the excitement of preparing for the 1904 World’s Fair. She is in love with the boy next door, who has yet to notice her despite her somewhat clumsy efforts. When her father tells them they will be moving to New York City, each of the girls is upset for their own reasons until twists and turns lead them to an eventual happy ending.

There’s no question that “Meet Me in St. Louis” is a must-see during the holiday season. Best of all, ticket prices are just $5 each! Just keep in mind that all attendees must have a ticket, regardless of age.

The Bankhead Theater

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, is home to eight resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

Now is the perfect to check out the Bankhead if you’ve never been to the venue before. Here are just some of the upcoming performances in December:

We look forward to seeing you and your loved ones at the Bankhead throughout the holiday season! Book your event tickets online or stop by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center box office.

A $200,000 Challenge Gift!

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We’re pleased to announce the largest matching gift Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has ever received! The $200,000 challenge gift exceeds by 30 percent a similar gift offered two years ago. Thanks to the generosity of major donors, Jean King and Lynn and Joan Seppala, any new gift or pledge made between November 1 and December 31, 2018 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $200,000. All proceeds will go to support Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and provides funds for events at the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, as well as educational outreach, student ticket subsidies, and free community cultural events. Scott Kenison, Executive Director, expressed appreciation for this significant opportunity to increase fundraising power. “Jean, Lynn and Joan have been longstanding and very generous supporters of the arts in Livermore. We hope their leadership will encourage the entire community to step forward and help us not just meet, but exceed the goal.”



The past year has seen positive momentum for the organization in a number of areas. The Producer’s Circle fund has more than doubled in the past 12 months. Established last year, the Producer’s Circle was established last year to sponsor guest artists and support projects that expand and stretch the organization’s artistic efforts or reach new audiences.  In addition, we reached a funding milestone in our Green the Bankhead project, allowing us to begin implementation. Incandescent stage lights have already been replaced with LED models which are more energy efficient, generate less heat, and can be programmed more easily. Other planned improvements include installing solar panels and low-flow water fixtures, replacing worn carpet with more environmentally-friendly materials, and modifying offices and other spaces to make better use of natural light.

As Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center had a very successful 2017-2018 season and carries no long-term debt, Scott also sees this as an ideal time for this matching gift campaign. “We are working hard to secure our future and meeting this challenge goal will help us get there. We want to continue to provide the community with a vibrant arts center offering exciting entertainment, cultural celebrations and the opportunity to be touched by art,” he said. The organization has broadened its efforts in the past year, growing the Livermore Innovation Fair, adding affordable events such as the Classic Film Musical series, and taking on new challenges such as producing last month’s stage-on-stage theatrical experience, “Red” by John Logan.


An independent 501(c)3 non-profit, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is a community-funded organization. It is not owned by the City of Livermore and relies on generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. As with nearly every arts center in the country, ticket sales cover only half of the total cost of presenting performances and events. “We know this community recognizes the importance of the arts. They have come forward generously in the past and we believe they will do so again,” Scott said. More are taking an active role; there are now more Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center members than there have ever been before and the organization is working to broaden its reach. A new 35MM level, estab­lished this year, gives mainstage membership to applicants under the age of 35 at a reduced rate.

Donations for the challenge can be made at any time online and gifts of securities also qualify for the one-to-one match. For more information about gifts of securities or other types of donations, including legacy gifts, the Producer’s Circle, and the Green the Bankhead project, contact Chris Carter Director of Development and Communications at 925-583-2311  or


Upcoming Events

Thu 20

The Doo Wop Project Christmas

Thu, December 20 @ 7:30 pm
Fri 21

Irish Christmas in America

Fri, December 21 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 22
Sat 22

Love Actually

Sat, December 22 @ 7:00 pm

Call 925.373.6800 or email for tickets and information