The stage at the Grand Center Theatre for the Arts is set to host dancers, musicians, actors and comedians to bring audience applause to downtown Tracy.
Already booked are acts as diverse as jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz, the Berlin Piano Quartet and Frank D’Ambrosio of "Phantom of the Opera" — and for children, the Pushcart Players and "Stone Soup."
The curtains open for the first time Sept. 14 for opening night at 715 Central Ave.
"This has been a dream in the making for 15 years," said Ann Langley, president of Arts Leadership Alliance, a community group that has worked to revive the historic theater.
The theater’s spotlight will first shine on Grammy Award-winning vocalist Linda Ronstadt at 6 p.m. Sept. 14, the first night of the three-day opening.
Free performances will make up the daytime lineup on the main stage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 in the 550-seat ETK Theatre. Performers include the Stockton Symphony, Tracy Community Choir, Tracy Swing Band, adult Swing Dancers, Tracy High School band and choir, West High School jazz band and choir, Tracy Community Band and student Swing Dancers.
Meanwhile, the 120-seat studio theater will showcase free performances by drama clubs