With its special niche in the foothills, nestled in wine and river country, Placerville has the potential to become a bustling center of art and entertainment, and at least one resident is hoping to promote that possibility.
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Local actor, director, comedian and filmmaker Jamie Van Camp is hard at work lining up high-quality theatrical shows relevant to our community to play at the Smith Flat House.
Van Camp is a graduate of a three-year program at Dell Arte International, where he primarily focused on physical theater, directing and devised theater.
He has directed plays locally, nationally and internationally and he now hopes to bring his 15 years of experience home to Placerville where he plans to nurture and support a thriving theater arts community.
He has founded Hungry Coyote Productions to bring together locals with interest in acting and performing, and has an office and performance space in the upstairs area of Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville.
Van Camp’s skills are uniquely geared toward collaboration. He focuses on bringing artists together to create original productions. With his emphasis on comedy and improvisation, he thrives on seeing people get creative together and have fun.
“I would like to start an actor training program and teach professional acting in the area,” he said. “There is no real training here for people and I want to fix that.”
Van Camp focuses on bringing variety shows and fun entertainment to Placerville, citing the potential of art and entertainment to bring people together and create lasting bonds and memories.
Most of all, he wants to reach out to theatrical individuals right here in the county, seeking to include and inspire those creative sorts waiting for their chance to join the fun, and creating and supporting shows that are affordable and relevant to the area.
John Conforti and Jason Spencer have been supportive in letting Van Camp use the Smith Flat House as home base for these community enriching activities.
With its cozy cellar and new café open for dining, as well as the courtyard (weather permitting) guests can enjoy a delicious meal before settling in for some quality entertainment.
The Smith Flat House has become a hub for all kinds of community activity, from live music to integrative medicine, and of course, local food and wine.
It is the perfect platform for Van Camp’s productions, where people can get together and enjoy a great atmosphere and the arts.
On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, Van Camp will host a solo show called “Rise” starting at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $10 to $15. Dinner reservations can be made to precede the show for the perfect autumn date night.
“Rise” is a hilarious solo comedy performance and marks Scott Barry’s 10th play and second solo show as a produced playwright, screenwriter and solo performer. His first solo show, “The Greener the Grass,” played to sold-out houses and rave reviews and was nominated for solo performance of the year by the Bay Area Theater Critics.
Barry’s adapted screenplay, “Rollover,” was optioned by Academy Award-winning actor/producer Michael Douglas. His script, “The Green,” was optioned by New York City based Hawker Entertainment. He co-wrote the independent film, “Tunnel Vision,” which recently premiered at the Urban World Film Festival in New York.
Barry studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and was a member of Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles. He holds a B.S. in engineering from University of California, Davis where he was an All-American quarterback and NFL draft pick.
For more information about Hungry Coyote Productions or to meet with Van Camp about acting or theater possibilities contact: [email protected]
For tickets or more information about “Rise” call 530-621-1003.