30 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY JUNE 27-JULY 3, 2024 www.montereycountynow.com ON STAGE Couple Koly McBride and LJ Brewer have been running Paper Wing Theatre for the last 20 years—she the founder and the CEO, he an associate producer. Since McBride’s new projects are pulling her away from Monterey County, the experienced couple found their equivalents, a young married couple, to gradually inherit the responsibilities. Starting this August, Paper Wing will have a new project manager/associate producer, Justin Gaudoin. His wife, Sarah Gaudoin—a photographer, a filmmaker and a choreographer—has been doing social media for Paper Wing for a few years now. They will lead the company forward. “You just don’t work on something for 20 years and then just hand it over,” McBride says, promising that she and Brewer are committed to putting another four to eight years into Paper Wing. “But we’ve been thinking about the succession. We’ve been looking for people with similar mindset—theater-making as an art rather than a hobby—because there’s a job to be done.” They met Justin Gaudoin when he was in a Paper Wing show in 2018. They all seemed to click. “Justin is not only capable but willing to do the work,“ Brewer says. “And he is an amazing vocal teacher. Sarah is an amazing photographer with an eye for staging.” Justin was born in Monterey and graduated from Monterey High School in 2012. After getting a B.A. in music, he returned to Monterey County and got involved in theater, first performing then deciding that his place is “on the production side,” he says. “Being directed by him is a joy,” Brewer says. “He is very kind. No sarcasm, no frustration.” Justin and Sarah met as Hamlet and Ophelia in a Monterey Peninsula College production. Sarah, a former dancer who studied film and video, was raised in Salinas. She will continue supporting both Paper Wing and her husband with media content creation. While the actors in Paper Wing change with every production (anybody is welcome to audition), the production team has been working together for years. The theater’s current season is underway. Next up is Evil Dead, and then the annual Halloween-season presentation of The Rocky Horror Show. Paper Wing Theatre & Supper Club is at 711 Cannery Row (upstairs), Monterey. 905-5684, paperwing.com. SARAH GAUDOIN Taking Wing While Paper Wing’s owners are not stepping down yet, they are training their successors. By Agata Pop˛eda “It’s a unique time for community theaters,” says Paper Wing’s Koly McBride. Owners LJ Brewer and McBride (left) are training Sarah and Justin Gaudoin (right) to take over. WoodysMontereyAirport.com Monterey regional Airport 200 Fred Kane Drive, Monterey 831-373-1232 open 9am-9pm Every Day Del Mesa Carmel 500 Del Mesa Carmel, Carmel valley 831-624-1854 open Wed-Sun lunch and dinner Woody don't know fireworks Woody knows how to get grilled! Stop in for a steak or burger, the way the Founding Fathers did... with Natural Beef This holiday week stop into Woody's and leave the grilling to us ! 10% off your order with this ad Valid until 7/31/24 Taste of the World sweet & savory crepes • paninis • bagels • tea • 11th Hour coffee THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ @ @ @ @ @ 1123 Fremont Blvd, Seaside 831-901-3900 Mon–Fri 7am–4pm (Sat & Sun 8am–4pm) Explore our expanded coffee menu featuring drinks from around the globe • Café Bombon (Spain) • Lagrima (Argentina) • Turmeric Latte (India) • Yuanyang (Hong Kong) • and more! Smash Tournament 1st Fridays open Mic 2nd & 4th Fridays Trivia Night 3rd Fridays Domenico’s on the Wharf features Cioppino-a house specialty, Boat to Table Wild Alaskan Salmon, Oysters Rockefeller are a sample of the many great menu choices. Also enjoy Fine Wines and Cocktails, Desserts and Great Service. A local favorite celebrating 43 yeARS on Old Fisherman’s Wharf. 50 Old FiSheRmAn’S WhARF mOnTeRey • 831-372-3655 www.domenicosmonterey.com Open Daily 11:30am to close Fresh Seafood, Italian Classics, Prime Steaks , with Beautiful Harbor Views. Make July 4th Weekend ReseRvations!