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B Street Theatre power restored after explosion; Saturday’s plays to be performed

Electrical power has been restored at the B Street Theatre, after an transformer explosion yesterday, clearing the way for the company’s full slate of Saturday plays to be presented.

That explosion left the theater company in the dark Friday afternoon and evening and forced cancellation of the scheduled plays “Outside Mullingar” and “The Ladies Foursome.”

“The power is back to the building and we’re going ahead with all five performances today, said Bill Blake, managing director of the B Street Theatre

Blake said its 1 p.m and 4 p.m. family series shows of “The Flying Machine” will be performed as scheduled as well as the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. performances of John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar.” A 7 p.m. performance of Norm Foster’s “Ladies Foursome” is also on schedule.

Yesterday’s 2 p.m. explosion caused a total power outage at the company’s location at 2711 B St. in midtown, where it was due to present two plays, one in a 100 seat theater and another in a 200 seat theater.

Old infrastructure was to blame for the outage, he said.

The explosion prompted the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to dig a six-foot-deep hole near the theater’s front door. The culprit was old wiring that lead from the theater building to a transformer.

The power came back on last night after 9:30 when SMUD spliced a 10 ft. section of cable to replace what had been destroyed.

Blake said SMUD told him the wiring that caused the explosion dates back to 1971.

The company is completing funding for a new home, which would include

a $14.3 million complex at 27th Street and Capitol Avenue. When built, the 45,000-square-foot facility will offer a 250-seat main stage and a 365-seat stage.

The company was not able to contact all of its patrons in time about Friday’s outage, and considered performing the plays outside.

Instead, it rented a generator and hosted a reception and meet and greet with company members for patrons.

More than 100 patrons attended, Blake said.

It was the first time in the company’s 28-year history that it was forced to cancel a full slate of evening plays, said Blake.

“We’ve had situations where we’ve had to cancel plays at the last minute but those have never been power related. They were human related,” he said.

Blake said the theater is in the process of getting replacement tickets for patrons who had tickets for yesterday’s canceled shows.

The theater can be reached at (916) 443-5300.

Call The Bee’s Edward Ortiz, (916) 321-1071. Follow him on Twitter @edwardortiz.

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