The 2017 Season! Our 80th Season!!
“The Glass Menagerie” directed by Nathan Miles (AACTFest 2017 Entry) - February 16-19, April 1, April 7 (Lafayette, LA)
“Once On This Island” directed by Chris Eubank - June 1-4, 8-11
Youth Performing Arts Workshop “Mulan, Jr.” directed by Sandy Goad and Ronnie Gray - July 20-23
“The 39 Steps” directed by Tyler Bunch - September 8-10, 14-16
Haunted House directed by Nathan Gibbs - October 20-21, 27-28, 31
“’Heaven Cent” directed by Robert Schumacher - December 14, 15, 16 (8 PM), December 17 (2 PM) TICKETS ON SALE!!
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Cast List Flowers for Algernon:
Scooter Stiles- Professor Nemur
Tammy Atkinson-Daley- Mrs. Donner
Ron Gunter- Father
Caleb Henning- Charlie Gordon
Jacy Liles- Ann, Mrs. Harvey, Chairlady
Natalie Marin- Bernice, Francine
Madison Morrow- Ellen, Jackie
Victoria Nava- Gina, Mrs. Nemur
Marinene Pankratz- Alice Kinnian
Robert Schumacher- Dr. Strauss
Eva Sylvas- child
Norma Olivia Townsend- Connie, Norma
Madison Webb- Mrs. Mooney
Karen Widman- Mother
Destiny Windham- Beth
Young Charlie- TBD
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Miracles abound on Christmas Eve when the divine intervention of a well-intentioned but hapless angel brings a homeless teenage girl and missionary priest to the same place at the same time.
Performance dates will be December 14-17 at the Playhouse. All seats $10.
George Cameron Grant's "Heaven Cent" is directed by Robert Schumacher.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Flowers For Algernon
By David Rogers. Based on the novel by Daniel Keyes.
Directed by Veronikka Sylvas
Sunday, November 19th & Monday the 20th
At NMJC Western Heritage Museum
Performance dates will be February 15-25, 2018
Rehearsals will be on a limited basis until after the holidays.
Flowers for Algernon, a beautiful, touching story that is universal in its message. This play offers actors strong, interesting characters to play and with a large cast there are opportunities for actors of all ages, including children!
This is the compelling story of Charlie, a mentally retarded man and the strange interweaving of his life with that of Algernon, a mouse. Experimental surgery has been performed on both Algernon and Charlie increasing their intelligences ten fold. Soon Charlie's intelligence far exceeds that of his teacher, Alice Kinnian and even the doctors who created the operating technique! As Charlie approaches the peak of his brilliance, Algernon shows frightening signs of regression. Soon things become a race against time in which Charlie tries to keep his new found intelligence long enough to save himself and thus continue what he and Alice have found. Will Charlie be able to save himself in time?!
Please visit https://www.dramaticpublishing.com/flowers-for-algernon-19528 for more information.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The 2017 Community Players of Hobbs Board of Directors is proud to announce the new season! We received many exciting submissions from several talented directors, which made our jobs pretty difficult, but we persevered and are pleased to present the following slate of shows for 2018:
Flowers for Algernon by David Rogers, directed by Veronikka Sylvas, February 15-17, 23-25, 2018.
Theatre New Mexico 10-Minute Festival, coordinated by Christie Harkness, March 9-11, 2018.
Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig, directed by Erin Gibbs, April 13-14, 20-22, 2018.
9 to 5, a musical by Patricia Resnick, directed by Doug Levy, June 8-10, 15-17, 2018.
Youth Performing Arts Workshop presents Beauty and the Beast, Junior by Alan Menken, directed by Sandy Goad, July 19-22, 2018.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball, directed by Karen Widman, August 30-September 1, September 7-8, 2018.
9th Annual Haunted House, directed by Nathan Gibbs, October 19-20, 26-27, 31, 2018.
The board would like to thank everyone who submitted shows for the season for their hard work and impressive presentations. We believe these selections represent a variety of interests and genres and will provide joy to their casts, crews and audiences alike.
See you at the Playhouse!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Haunted House Review
Community Players of Hobbs
You’d expect people who do makeup, build sets, make costumes, and act all year round to be able to put on a good haunted house, but this really exceeded anything I anticipated. This haunt is set up with two areas that each have their own theme. Indoors, you have a cursed Egyptian tomb theme, and outdoors you have an urban legends theme. I went Friday at opening, thinking they would have a crowd later, and was wrong, and Heather and I were sandwiched in as part of a constant stream of people. It was enjoyable, but I thought it needed a second viewing so I could pay attention to the details. Saturday night, I lucked into a time where there was a lull in patrons, so I got to go thorough completely alone. Do the second one, fewer people makes for a scarier experience.
The inside….they built an Egyptian tomb’s maze of tunnels. And it seriously feels like that, especially doing it solo with no one you can see in front of or behind you (distant screams add to the effect.) Jump scares work on me sometimes, and there are some effective ones that got me both nights, but what I need to feel fear is a sense of dread, disorientation, and isolation. They built a floor into this thing, so in spite of being very familiar with the playhouse’s layout, I had no idea where I was in respect to anything ever, it doesn’t feel like the same building at all. It feels far more like hiking through Carlsbad Caverns than walking through the local playhouse. On the second night, I actually got lost, not realizing that part of the maze changes and you’re supposed to get lost there until later. The set itself has a stunning amount of detail work and little touches, and the pacing is very good too. The use of pitch black here is great, several portions you literally can’t see anything in front of you, and there are lots of places for things to jump out at you, but they don’t use all of them, which keeps you guessing. There’s a lot going in the walls, but there are so many options that you really don’t know where anything might be coming at you from.
The outside….again a very creepy, spooky atmosphere, kinda looks like what I’d imagine Leatherface’s back yard looks like, death farm from hell. Lots of creepy stuff out here, and the characters get to interact with you a bit more, quoting lines from the movie they were in, and talking to you directly. It’s unsettling the whole way through, and there is a lot of attention to detail, such as Slenderman’s notes attached to various items, or a book I found called “Tales” that had some freaky looking stuff in it, which I looked at until a polite young lady asked me if she could borrow my eyes to play with because she didn’t have any of her own. Very different from the first haunt, but no less spooky, and more recognizable characters. If this had gone on when I was growing up, I sooooo would have begged my parents to let me participate, it’s pure good times.
I really have nothing bad to say here, other than it’s much better with fewer people around you. It’s longer than you think, and the set design is the star of the first, the makeup department and costumes are the star of the second. Throughout, the haunters do their jobs well, and it’s more creative and authentic than someone jumping out and going “Ra” (Get it? Egypt, haha!) The days of blindfolding you, putting your hand into a bowl of grapes and saying “Those are eyeballs!!!” are over. Check this one out.
(Full disclosure: I do have a daughter that performed in this production.)
Monday, October 16, 2017
- Abraham/Bishop: Steve Townsend
- Isaac: Annedee Bushway
- I AM: Julz Minjares
- Zedekiel: Arthur Jenkins
- Noel: Jaqueline Thornell
- Peter: Zach Jackson
- Noel's mother: Randi Jackson
- Young Noel: Jasmine Bentle
- Baby Noel: Alina Lussow
- Nestor: Chad Collins
- Nestor's mother: Laura Brewster
- Young Nestor: Tyler Dayley
- Seminary students: Dallas Jenkins, Zhora Price, Tiffani Stuber, Olivia Townsend
- Churchgoers/Carolers/Crew: Molly Townsend, Olivia Townsend, Momo Thornton, Cindy Bentle, Tammy Dayley, Kerri Gray, Destiny Windham, Liberty Cereceres, Emily Case, Christie Harkness
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Auditions for the George Cameron Grant play “Heaven Cent” directed by Robert Schumacher will be Saturday and Sunday the 14 & 15 at 7:00 pm at the Western Heritage Museum. Parts available for all ages, the script also specifically calls for a few teenagers!
Work continues on the Haunted House which opens next weekend. Look for your BOGO coupon in the Hobbs American Classifieds aka the Thrifty Nickel, the Hobbs News-Sun, or Noticias Del Sol. Coupon is good opening night only (October 20) so grab a friend (or two, or ten), pick up a paper and head on over for a frightfully fun trip to ancient Egypt and beyond!
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Community Players of Hobbs presents the 8th annual Haunted House, directed by Nathan Gibbs.
Take a trip with us to ancient Egypt and visit King Tut's tomb where trouble has been brewing amongst the pyramids. If you survive that, face your everyday fears with our second haunt exploring both popular and obscure urban legends... Are they fact or fiction? You decide...
The haunt runs October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31 at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are just $10 and include admission to both haunts.
Get yours online in advance, print them out or we can scan them from your phone.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The deadline for submissions for the 2018 season has been extended! Submissions are due Monday, October 9, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Please submit 3 shows for consideration, with a script and separate cover sheet/submission form for each. The form can be found at either of the links below. You can email your PDF submissions to Leigh Melton at email@example.com or contact him to make other arrangements. Directors wishing to submit a show must attend the Artistic Board meeting to present their shows and plans for production on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 at 201 N. Thorp.
Play proposal forms, please disregard the 2017 date: