Friends of the popular actor and director Bob DeLucia will celebrate his life at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy.
DeLucia, who came to Sacramento in 1982 and immediately joined the local theater community, died Jan. 26.
A well-known professional hairstylist, DeLucia also performed at just about every community theater in the Sacramento area. He appeared in such shows as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Sum of Us," "Company," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" and "Sleuth."
He directed such productions as "Bus Stop," "Ten Little Indians," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita," "Anything Goes," "Man of La Mancha," "Camelot," "How the Other Half Loves" and "I'm Not Rappaport."
Kim McCann-Lawson, a longtime friend of DeLucia, said his greatest attributes were his generosity and openness.
"Bob was one of the warmest people you could ever meet," McCann-Lawson said. "He was genial, very funny, and had this amazing laugh. He would walk into a room full of strangers and suddenly everyone was talking and friendly. He had that kind of charisma."
McCann-Lawson, a longtime theater professor at Sacramento City College, said that whenever she cast DeLucia there, he would always mentor younger actors.
Longtime friend Greg Stirnaman said DeLucia got great joy out of the creation and sharing of theater.
"He loved the joy of building something," Stirnaman said. "It was the joy of making somebody cry or laugh or applaud. Watching the audiences' responses made him smile from ear to ear."
Doors will open for the memorial at 6:30 p.m. The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, formerly known as the Roseville Theatre, is at 241 Vernon St., Roseville
In lieu of flowers or cards, DeLucia's friends will make a donation to the American Cancer Society in his name. The celebration will include a collection of songs, readings, photos and stories shared by DeLucia's friends and fellow actors.
The 7 p.m. program will be followed by a reception in the lobby. For more information there is "A Celebration of Life for Bob DeLucia" Facebook page.
Celebraty Woody Guthrie
City Theatre of Sacramento City College has one more show at the Black Box Theatre in West Sacramento before returning home to its refurbished digs on campus.
The company opens a reprisal of its hit production "Woody Guthrie's American Song" tonight.
A live band and a cast of 24 populate the work written and conceived by Peter Glazer about singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie's work and life. Luther Hanson directs with musical direction by Bradley Moates. This year marks the centennial of Guthrie's birth.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 29. Also 2 p.m. April 28. Tickets are $10-$15. Call (916) 558-2228 or go to www.citytheatre.net for more information.