PICK! ASR Theater ~~ TTC’s “The Beat Goes On” Shines Talent on Three Decades

By Cari Lynn Pace

The show must go on for Transcendence Theatre Company, Sonoma County’s award-winning outdoor music-and-dance extravaganza. Conceived twelve years ago as a modest fundraiser to help fund Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, Transcendence has been successful in donating over $685,000 to the cause.

It’s a shame that the state’s bureaucracy suddenly determined that it needs a review of how the crowds are impacting the park, leaving TTC without their reliable venue for the first show of the summer season. Fortunately, Transcendence has won many friends in Sonoma County and was able to find a last-minute alternate venue at Belos Cavalos, a sprawling non-profit equine facility in Kenwood.

With the swiftness and splendid energy characteristic of Transcendence, a stage was built, lights were raised, padded seats were brought in, picnic tables and umbrellas set up, wine was poured, and the show went on!


This musical journey through three decades begins with the ’60s and smoothly segues from Sinatra to Beatniks to Ed Sullivan. How far back has music been influencing us, making us laugh or nearly cry?

The Beat Goes On samples three decades of emotions, and the audience loves it all.

Transcendence’s astoundingly talented cadre dances spectacularly, belting out hit after hit from the ’70s and ’80s. How music reflected the mood of those years is clear as the songs move through the Vietnam War to Woodstock. Motown and disco follow with a solid showing.

“This rockin’ remembrance of songs starts with the 60’s and just keeps blasting through the decades…”

The performers are stars shining from Broadway and LA venues. They love the outdoor venue in Sonoma – no matter where it is. Transcendence always gives a rockin’ remembrance of songs and dance, blasting through the decades.

The stage bursts with brilliant costume changes (supervised by Jenny Foldenauer) as only a Broadway revue can deliver. Transcendence’s musical director Susan Draus conceived and directed this amazing journey, revealing her dedication to music of all genres. Joining music wizard Draus on the creative team were choreographers for each decade of music headed by Sierra Lai Barnett, with Cory Lingner tracking the moves of the ’70s, and Alex Hartman leading the ’80s.

Enjoy what many call “The Best Night Ever!” by bringing a picnic starting at 5 p.m. and share the summer with pre-show entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and premium Sonoma County wines. As the sun starts to drift low in the sky, check out the majestic mountains in this lovely wine country valley. Dress in layers, for when the moon rises, the temperature falls.

The Beat Goes On is the first outdoor show in TTC’s three-part summer series and runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings through July 2nd at the Belos Cavalos location. Transcendence hopes that their next two shows will find them back at Sonoma County’s Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. Stay tuned.

Next up is The Full Monty opening July 28, followed by An Enchanted Evening opening September 8th.


ASR Writer & Editor Cari Lynn Pace is a voting member of SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and writes theatre and lifestyle reviews for the Marinscope Community Newspapers throughout Marin County. Contact: pace-koch@comcast.net


ProductionThe Best Goes On
Directed bySusan Draus
Choreographed bySierra Lai Barnett, Cory Lingner, Alex Hartman
Producing CompanyTranscendence Theatre Company
Production DatesThru July 2nd
Production AddressBelos Cavalos
687 Campagna Lane
Kenwood, CA 95452
Telephone(877) 424-1414
Reviewer ScoreMax in each category is 5/5
Aisle Seat Review Pick?Yes!