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By Heather Young

"Wine Country Theatre is growing and expanding," Wine Country Theatre Executive Director Cynthia Anthony said. "Wine Country Theatre is continuing to find new talent and expand and grow."

These productions are the fifth and sixth for the nonprofit theater company this year, more than it has produced in past years. Past productions are: "The Kings of Cool" in February, "Of Mice and Men" in March,"The Last Five Years" in April and "Fiddler on the Roof" in August.

"Amadeus" is a stage play by Peter Shaffer that will take the stage November 18 and run through December 4 at Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St. in Paso Robles.

The play is about the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, who was the court composer for the Emperor of Austria in the late 1700s.

Anthony said the play tells Salieri's story and his jealousy of the young Mozart who was amazingly talented.

"[Salieri] had devoted most of his life to being a composer," Anthony said. "He's so jealous of Mozart, Salieri makes it his business to destroy him."

While the play is dramatic, it also contains comedy, which Anthony describes as "delightful."

"It's pretty mild," Anthony said of the play, which she describes as PG-13. "This is not to bring the 8-year-olds to, [though] the 13-year-olds can handle it."

13-year-olds can handle it."

The play opens Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and will continue Saturday, Nov. 19, Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday. Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 20, 27 and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students. The play is two and a half hours long, not including the intermission.

Wine Country Theatre Executive Director Cynthia Anthony formed the company after she and other theater people realized there hadn't been a long-term, ongoing theater company since Pioneer Players disbanded. She said the 2003 earthquake contributed to the dissolution of the company because of the lack of professional theater spaces in the North County.

"Not having a professional theater in our town is very limiting," she said. Despite that she was able to partner with Larry and April Gomez of Via Vega Winery which was the catalyst for Wine Country Theatre.

"We're committed to growing a community with high standards in the North County," Anthony said. "We need community support of any kind- talent, flinders, donors, volunteers."

The theater company is under the umbrella of Project Theater Foundation, which is working to showcase cultural activities and to raise fund to building a community theater in the North County. For more information, to volunteer or to purchase tickets, go to www.winecountrytheatre.com or call 800-838-3006.