2017 Season

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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Our 2018 Season has been announced, and auditions are scheduled for the first show of the 81st Season, "Flowers for Algernon", directed by Veronikka Sylvas!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

Don't forget the Playhouse awards gala will on Saturday, January 23, at 7 p.m. at the Western Heritage Museum.

The 2010 season will include:

"Crowns": Feb 11, 12, 13, 14 Directed by Evelyn Rising
A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social function.

"Curious Savage": April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 Directed by Mary Jo Chadwick
In this heartfelt comedy, Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These children, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses."

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change": June 4, 5,6, and June 11, 12, 13 Directed by Juston Harlin
Off-Broadway’s hilarious, phenomenal longest-running musical celebrates the modern-day suburban mating game. Audiences fill the theatre with laughter as the cast explores the joys of dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws.

"Summer Children's Camp Seussical": July 22, 23, 24, 25 Directed by Sandy Goad & Ronnie Gray
"Seussical" is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge — not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

"All My Sons": Sept. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 Directed by Nathan Miles
In this classic Arthur Miller show, during the war Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.

Have a safe and Happy New Year, see you at the shows in 2010!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, and thank you for your support in 2009. Hope to see you at the shows in 2010!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Awards Gala, board meetings, and Christmas wishes

Merry Christmas Playhouse folks!

GALA, GALA, GALA!: The Playhouse awards gala will be Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at Western Heritage Museum. The gala is FREE to attend but ... we are requesting reservations be made. To make reservations, call Kim's Kakes at 397-7665 or go by there, 205 W. Sanger. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served as well as awards such as the Tom Mason Award and outstanding corporate sponsors and individuals, unsung heroes, etc.

We will also be awarding the Carl H. Busch Scholarships (see below)

We are selling raffle tickets to raise money for the scholarships. Tickets are $2. Prizes include a 19" Sanyo LCD TV, a iPod shuffle and a digital camera. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Kim's Kakes, at the event itself, and with Playhouse Board of Directors.

The gala is also the time when you — the general membership — votes in a new board and approves any bylaw changes. If you have worked on a show in any capacity or attend the gala, etc. you are considered a general member and have a voice and vote on bylaws and board of directors. Your attendance is IMPORTANT.

Please mark the day and plan on attending as we celebrate the 2009 season and look forward to the 2010 season!

Kim Hill and Glynese Floyd are working on bringing us the slate of board of directors names (Yes, I have agreed to serve another term as your humble, bumbling president)

BYLAW change: The BOD is asking the general membership to approve a change to the current set of bylaws to adjust the number of times a year the board must meet. This change would be voted on at the awards gala on Jan. 23 and be effective immediately.
The current bylaws state: “C. Through the consensus of the BOD, regular monthly meetings will be scheduled.”
The propose bylaws would state: “C. Through the consensus of the BOD, the BOD shall meet a minimum of six times a year staggered throughout the year.”


SCHOLARSHIPS: The Community Players of Hobbs will once again be awarding scholarship(s) to students attending college. Applications are available at NMJC, USW, with Evelyn Rising, myself and at our Web site (I hope) [They are! :) - Webmaster]. The deadline is quickly approaching so if you know someone who could use the scholarship and willing to spend a few sweat equity hours at the Playhouse, have them fill out an application. Amounts awarded will depend on how much we raise (did I mention we are selling raffle tickets).

BOD meeting: The board of directors will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at the Hobbs Playhouse, 1700 N. Grimes. As always, anyone is invited to attend.

CORPORATE SPONSORS: A quick reminder, it is time to start selling our annual corporate sponsorships and Playbill advertising. This is critical for the theater's success. If you or someone you know wishes to support the Playhouse, please pass the name along.
And thank you to our past corporate sponsors! Audience ticket sales do not cover the costs of productions and running a theater so corporate sponsors are absolutely a must.

Your "still honored to be your president if you will have me" president,

Daniel Russell
www.communityplayersofhobbs.com


Click here for more information on the scholarship applications and for links to DOC and PDF versions. Permanent links are available in the right-hand sidebar of the website, as well.

Carl Busch Scholarship Application

Scholarship applications are due no later than December 31st, 2009, and can be submitted to either Daniel Russell (President) or Mary Lyle (Vice-President). That's just around the corner (New Year's Eve), so check out the links below and get your application in before the ball drops and the crowd sings "Auld Lang Syne"!

Click here to download the application in PDF format.


Click here to download the application in DOC format (Microsoft Word/Apple Pages compatible)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Daniel's latest missive

Hello Playhouse troopers!

CHRISTMAS AT HOME: Yes, show week has arrived. Show dates are Dec. 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. This heartwarming show is directed by Sandy Goad and features two casts. So, you could come two different nights and see different casts :)... Make your reservations today to attend this wonderful, fill your heart with Christmas, one-act show. 393-0676.


2010 SEASON: So here is the officially stamped, approved and sealed 2010 Season ...........
"Crowns": Feb 11, 12, 13, 14 Directed by Evelyn Rising
A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social function.

"Curious Savage": April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 Directed by Mary Jo Chadwick
In this heartfelt comedy, Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These children, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses."

"I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change": June 4, 5,6, and June 11, 12, 13 Directed by Juston Harlin
Off-Broadway’s hilarious, phenomenal longest-running musical celebrates the modern-day suburban mating game. Audiences fill the theatre with laughter as the cast explores the joys of dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws.

"Summer Children's Camp Seussical": July 22, 23, 24, 25 Directed by Sandy Goad & Ronnie Gray
"Seussical" is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge — not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

"All My Sons": Sept. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 Directed by Nathan Miles
In this classic Arthur Miller show, during the war Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.


GALA, GALA, GALA: Tentatively, we've set the event for Jan. 16 so set aside the date. Like in past years, we'll give out the Tom Mason Award, scholarships, outstanding corporate sponsors and individual awards and unsung hero awards. The event will also likely be held at the Western Heritage Museum and be a little less formal and at no cost to attend (although we still would like to raise money for the scholarships)

SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarship applications for the Playhouse's Carl H. Busch Scholarship are out (NMJC and USW and HHS). If you or someone you know want to apply, contact these organizations or let Evelyn Rising at USW registrars office or myself know.


Your "Don't forget its annual fundraising time" president,

Daniel Russell
www.communityplayersofhobbs.com

Remember, the Playhouse has 72 years of history and the "community" in community theater means everyone, including you!


As an aside to Daniel's update, "Christmas at Home" is going VERY well, the first two performances were to very large crowds, nearly full. There are photos up on the website and on our Facebook and MySpace pages, as well. There are two more shows, December 12th at 8 PM (Cast 1) and December 13th at 2 PM (Cast 2), so come on out and enjoy the show!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Christmas at Home" cast/crew and special thanks

Don't forget, dates are December 10th at 8 PM (Cast 1), December 11th at 8 PM (Cast 2), December 12th at 8 PM (Cast 1), and December 13th at 2 PM (Cast 2).


Both casts, plus all those folks "behind the scenes":

Cast 1
Emily Burgess - Briana Schneider
Julie Burgess - Marissa Davis
Janet Burges - Sidne Smith
Johnny Buress - Juston Harlin
Dr. Tom Burgess - Robert Schumacher
Mrs. Margaret Burgess - Laura Brewster
Ralph Weatherly - Tristan Wint

Cast 2
Emily Burgess - Ash Baer
Julie Burgess - Myranda Madril
Janet Burges - Megan Anderson
Johnny Buress - Jason Taylor
Dr. Tom Burgess - Mason Ball
Mrs. Margaret Burgess - Karen Widman
Ralph Weatherly - Jesse Miller

Crew
Director……………………………………………………………………………Sandy Goad
Asst. Director……………………….………………………………………..Ronnie J. Gray
Scenic Designer…………………………………………………………..Kenneth Brown
Set work……………………...............Kenneth Brown, Sandy Goad, Jesse Miller,
John Dee Coady-Sims, Micki Bain
Light Board Operator…………………………………………………………Larry Harlin
Costume/Wardrobe………………………Sandy Goad, Kim Hill, Erin Anderson, Mandie White
Hair………………………………………………………………………………….Leigh Melton
Photography……………………………………………………Abby Reed Photography

Special Thanks
John Dee Coady-Sims, Micki Bain’s mother, Leigh Melton, Abby Reed Photography (www.abbyreedphotography.com), Deborah Atherton


Biographies 

Megan Anderson (Janet Burgess) is the daughter of Leonard and Mary Margaret Anderson. She is a 14 yr old freshman at Hobbs Freshman High School. Her past productions at the Playhouse include “Annie Jr.” and “The Invisible Dragon.” Her hobbies include singing, drawing, and visiting with friends.

Ash Baer (Emily Burgess) is a full-time college student at New Mexico Junior College, majoring in Elementary Education. She is 23 years old, and has been in love with the theatre for as long as she can remember. Her most recent shows were "A Company of Wayward Saints," this summer at the Playhouse, and "Proof" in spring 2007 at New Mexico Junior College. She dedicates her performance to her wonderful fiancé, David Lasater, and her parents, David Baer of Odessa and Deanna and Joe Stephens of Midland. Her hobbies include a love of crochet that has kept her fingers flying all year long, spending as much time as possible with her precious pets, and doing everything she can to help stray animals find loving forever homes.

Mason Ball (Dr. Tom Burgess) is a local real estate salesman with Donnie Roberts Realtors. His lovely wife’s name is Julia. Past performances include Persephone and some teaching and preaching. His hobbies are motorcycling, ping pong, Frisbee, and ‘fixin stuff.’ This is his first production at the Playhouse.

Laura Brewster (Mrs. Margaret Burgess) wears many hats; she is a children’s pastor at Crosswinds (Lovington), a music teacher with Noah’s Ark Preschool and a homeschooling mom as well! She is happily married to Glen Brewster and has 3 boys – Nick, Tim and Casey. She is no stranger to productions being in “A Christmas Carol,” “It All Happened In the Country,” and “Word on the Street,” to name a few. Her hobbies include reading, sewing and writing.

Marissa Davis (Julie Burgess) is a sophomore at Hobbs High School. She is the daughter of Jimmy Davis & Stacey Davis and has two brothers; Stratton and Dawson. Her past performances include “Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” “Little Town of Christmas” and “Wizard of Oz” – all at the Playhouse. Talents listed are her comedic side, running, dancing and texting! Hobbies include school, hanging out with friends and eating.

Juston Harlin (Johnny Burgess) recently returned home to Hobbs from San Diego, CA. He attended San Diego State University where he received an MFA in musical theatre and also taught. While in California, Juston performed at several regional theatres in such shows as: “Yank!;” “Tick, Tick…Boom!;” “Guys and Dolls;” “Me and My Girl;” “The Stones;” “Ragtime;” “Big River;” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Das Barbec√ľ.” At SDSU: “The People Vs Mona” (a somewhat “sequel” to “Pump Boys & Dinettes”); “A Man of No Importance;” “Batboy;” and “Brownstone.” Other shows: “My Way: A Tribute to Sinatra;” “A Little Night Music;” “Cosi fan tutte;” “Into the Woods;” “Kiss Me Kate;” “Texas;” “Children of Eden;” “Trial By Jury;” “The Fantasticks;” and “The Boyfriend.” He has also worked for many years as a theatre house manager. Juston and his father, Larry Harlin, are set to direct “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” next year here at the Playhouse.

Myranda Madril (Julie Burgess) is a 14 yr old freshman at Hobbs Freshman High School and the daughter of Johnny and Lucy Madril. She also plays sister to Tristan. . Myranda’s past performances include “Annie Jr,” “Grease,” and “Partridge in a Pear Tree” at the Playhouse. Her hobbies include singing, singing and more singing

Jesse Miller (Ralph Weatherly) is a junior at Hobbs High School. He is the son of Richard and Cristi Miller. Past productions include “Soap Opera” at Hobbs High School and “Beyond Therapy” at New Mexico Junior College. Hobbies include playing guitar, cooking and singing-ish.

Briana Schneider (Emily Burgess) is a junior at Hobbs High School and is the daughter of Lavada Kirk. She also plays older sister to Jocelyn and Toby Kirk. Her past productions include “Annie Jr.,” “A Company of Wayward Saints,” “Grease,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Monsters in the Closet,” all at the Playhouse and “Murder Room,” “Beyond Therapy” at New Mexico Junior College and “Soap Opera” with the Hobbs High School. She has also worked in many different back stage positions. Her other interests include HHS A Capella Choir, a member of the honor society, Accidental Harmony, and NMJC Drama Club.

Sidne Smith (Janet Burgess) is a freshman at Hobbs Freshman High School and is the daughter of Wayne Smith and Shelly Smith. And has two sisters, Kelli and Jinsen. Sidne’s past productions include “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” “ The Little Town of Christmas,” and “Partridge in a Pear Tree.” Her hobbies include playing basketball and babysitting.

Robert Schumacher (Dr. Tom Burgess) has lived in Hobbs since relocating from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 2007. A 16-year veteran of the U.S. Navy submarine force, he works at URENCO in the Electrical/I&C Maintenance Department. He and his wife, Jane, have one daughter, Kinsey, whose performance in “Grease’ in 2008 inspired her father to audition for “A Company of Wayward Saints.” This is his second production.

Jason Taylor (Johnny Burgess) is a 23 yr old student at NMJC and is the son of Rhonda & Shawn Taylor. His past productions include “Lion in Winter”. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, traveling and learning. His is also a professional athlete at the age of 19 with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and has training in MMA (mixed martial arts) practice.

Karen Widman (Mrs. Margaret Burgess) is a homemaker and a volunteer with the public schools in Hobbs. She is wife to Ed Widman and mother to Chelsea Widman and Sean Shockey (who is currently serving in the US Army in Afghanistan). Her past productions include “Rabbit Hole” at the Playhouse and “Playhouse Creatures” at New Mexico Junior College. She has also served in various backstage capacities from assistant director to stage managing. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, drawing and writing poetry.

Tristan Wint (Ralph Weatherly) is a freshman at HFHS and is the son of Amy Wint and Wade Dittrich. His past productions include “The Little Town of Christmas,” “Lion King,” “Jungle Book” and many others. He enjoys hanging out with friends, skating and music. He also plays drums, piano and guitar.

Next season's shows

Now, for the news you've all been waiting for...the shows for next season are:


“Crowns” – directed by Evelyn Rising – February
“The Curious Savage” – directed by Mary Jo Chadwick – April
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – directed by Juston Harlin & Larry Harlin - June
“Seussical the Musical, Jr.” – Youth Musical Theatre Workshop – directed by Sandy Goad & Ronnie Gray –July
“All My Sons” directed by Nathan Miles – September

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Christmas at Home" is just a week away

Don't forget, this year's Christmas show, "Christmas at Home", is just a week away!

Shows are:

December 10th at 8 PM (Cast 1)
December 11th at 8 PM (Cast 2)
December 12th at 8 PM (Cast 1)
December 13th at 2 PM (Cast 2)

A full list of just who is in which cast is coming soon!

Tickets are $5, reservations can be made at 575-393-0676 or online here via the email link at the right!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Some news from Daniel

Happy Thanksgiving, Community Players of Hobbs friends!

Yes, it is the end of the year already. Which means two things: 1) Preparing for next season and 2) the annual gala.

So, away we go ...

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: The BOD will meet Monday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Playhouse. We will hopefully be finalizing next season's slate of shows and talk about corporate fundraising for the coming year. As always, anyone is welcome to attend.

The 2010 season is shaping up to be incredible. We may have three musicals. Yes, you read that right, three musicals! Of course, one of those musicals will be the children's camp but you may not know what show it will be: the broadway hit, Seussical, the youth version.

GALA: For several years, Kim Hill headed up this event. She naturally needs a break so we are looking for fresh volunteers! The BOD of directors has not decided on anything definite yet but has kicked around moving the event to a new location and a few other changes. And if there are enough volunteers to help make it happen, my lovely bride might chair the gala ... (mmmm ... shameless public popping the question by me to my wife. It is a trend in our relationship...)

The Gala also serves as the annual general membership meeting. This is important because the general membership votes in the new board of directors and approves any by-law changes. If you receive this email, you are a general member so please attend. No date has been set but we typically have it on the second or third weekend in January. And we will be giving out the Hobbs Community Theater's highest honor, the Tom Mason Award to a deserving someone who has admirably given to the community theater.

CHRISTMAS AT HOME: Ready for a heart warming experience? Sandy Goad is directing two casts (yes TWO casts) in this one-act play. You'll see some new faces on stage as well as some who have not been seen on a Hobbs stage in around a decade. Show dates are Dec. 10-12 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Story is about a family trying to get together for Christmas.

ANNUAL CORPORATE CAMPAIGN: As you all know, we could not put on a season of shows without the financial support of corporate sponsors, Playbill ad purchases and grants.

If you belong to one of those, thank you for your past support. Please consider supporting theater again in the coming year as your continued support is vital and needed to serve the thousands of patrons, volunteers and theater folks who grace the Playhouse's door every year. I continued to be amazed at this area's willingness to step forward and support theater. Thank you.

If you happen to know a business or foundation or individual who has given, please thank them. Community theater's success starts with financial backing. It absolutely would not happen without it. So again, please thank them.

CHANGE ALERT: With the new overhead lights in the office/kitchen, the motion sensor would not work properly. So, the overhead office/kitchen lights are now back on a regular light switch. Please remember to turn them off. Don't rely on your motion to turn them on because then you'll just be a silly fool doing a squiggly dance in the dark.

Jay Patton also put lighting under the cabinets. Thank you.

XBOX ROCK BAND COMPETITION: Around 75 people showed up Halloween day to fundraise for needy kids in hospitals by having a Rock Band video game competition (for those not in the know, think karaokee like event with scoring). Dr. Arun Mathews of Lea Regional Medical Center (a Playhouse corporate sponsor) headed it up and said it was great success. Of course, he was also wearing black leather pants, a fur coat and long, stringy black hair. LOL. On the serious side, said the event raised good money for Project Hope for kids. Yeah!

As always, the board is open to considering non-traditional theater uses for the Playhouse as we make improvements and can work them in to the schedule. Have an idea? Know of something or someone who could use the Playhouse? Let me know.

NEEDS:
• Tools: If you an extra hammer, screwdrivers, etc. just sitting around your shop or workbench and you know you'll never use it, consider donating it to the Playhouse.
• Improving the outside entrance, signage and landscaping.
• Insulating the costume room/oven/freezer room.
• Baseboard in the theater
• Back lot clearing and fencing, etc.
• Finish painting the inside of the theater area.
• Possibly a new answering machine that is easier to understand.

CAMELOT: Just a quick plug, the Broadway touring show of Camelot will be here in February. Mark your calendars.

Your "working on a holiday" president,

Daniel Russell

Saturday, November 7, 2009

"Christmas At Home"

"Christmas At Home" is a short play set in the 1940's, showing the Christmas Eve preparations of the Burgess family. There is love, sadness at the absence of family members, and a surprise or two to make it a truly Merry Christmas.

Show dates are December 10th, 11th, 12th (8 PM) and 13th (2 PM). Reservations can be made by calling 575-393-0676 or by email.

We'll have a full cast list (two casts!) and some photos in the near future!

Friday, October 23, 2009

An update from Daniel

Hello Playhouse fans,

ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: The AAB will meet this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Playhouse. Who can attend? If you have ever acted, directed, built sets, volunteered in any capacity on a show, you are welcome to attend, voice an opinion and vote. The agenda is at the end of the email. This is an important meeting as it will provide major input into next season's plays.

BOD: The Playhouse Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. at Playhouse on Monday, Oct. 26. Again, all are welcome to attend.

CHRISTMAS AT HOME: The bonus play of the year, Christmas at Home, directed by Sandy Goad has been cast. Actually, it was double cast. I'll send the names of everyone cast in a later email once I get the names of all those involved from Sandy. Show dates are Dec. 10-13. This is a feel-good one-act with some caroling thrown in.


Your president,

Daniel Russell


Rehearsals for "Christmas at Home" are underway, and as stated the show dates are December 10-13th, 2009. Full cast list will come in a subsequent post, but with the double casting there will be two shows with Cast 1 and two shows with Cast 2. Audition turnout was tremendous! Thank you to all who auditioned, and remember that next season is right around the corner.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What better end to "Steel Magnolias"...

...than a dessert of bleeding armadillo cake?

"Steel Magnolias" was a great show, so popular that a sixth performance was added. The "Magnolias" were terrific! Great job, ladies, and congratulations on a terrific and hugely successful show!

Don't forget...we have one more show, "Christmas At Home", which will be directed by Sandy Goad. Auditions are Sunday, October 18 and Monday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Playhouse. Show dates are December 10, 11, 12, and 13th.

Let's have one last hand for the ladies of "Steel Magnolias"...a great end to a great season!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Steel Magnolias" update, bonus Christmas show

Greetings!

STEEL MAGNOLIAS: Five shows. Five sold out houses. What to do? Add a sixth, matinee show on Sunday, Oct. 11!

After polling the cast and crew — and I checking with board members, director Suzanne Wilson-Wuest checking cast and crew — it was decided to add the sixth show. As always, reservations are highly suggested because I believe it stands a good chance to fill up quick. Call 393-0676 for reservations.

A special thanks to the cast, crew and volunteers for helping make this show happen as well being flexible to add a sixth show. Too many people wanting to watch a show is great problem to have!


CHRISTMAS SHOW: Sandy Goad has volunteered to direct a Christmas show. Tentatively, the auditions are set for Oct. 18 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Playhouse. The show is called Christmas at Home, is a one-act play and includes several adult roles and several teenager roles. She also may add some caroling, etc., to the whole event. She'll need volunteers, etc. Show dates are Dec. 10-13.


ROCK BAND: An Xbox 360 Rock Band competition is tentatively scheduled to take place Oct 31 at 2 p.m. at the Playhouse. This is being organized by several hospital folks. The goal of the competition is to raise money to buy kids in hospitals video games systems etc. while being treated for their illness. It goes a good cause. The board approved making the Playhouse available for this event.

For those who don't know, Rock Band is a video game where up to four players play in a band. It is kind of like karaoke, except for a "band."


Your "busy busy" president,

Daniel Russell


Yes, one more show for "Steel Magnolias"...and it's filling up fast!

And mark your calendars for auditions for "Christmas at Home", 10/18 and 10/19 at 6:30 PM at the Playhouse.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Steel Magnolias" SOLD OUT EXTENDED FOR ONE MORE SHOWING

Folks, it's been a GREAT show, a record-setter for attendance! As of now, all reservations for October 9th and 10th are SOLD OUT! Thank you all for your support!

NOT SO FAST! Due to overwhelming popularity, a sixth showing of "Steel Magnolias" has been scheduled for 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 11th, 2009. Call 575-393-0676 or use the email link on the left to make reservations, but do so QUICKLY, as seats are going fast!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The cast and crew of "Steel Magnolias"

The Cast and Director:

Truvy: Tamara Payton makes her debut appearance in ‘Steel Magnolias. She was born in Hobbs. After moving to Texas for twenty plus years, Tamara moved back to Hobbs to meet and marry her husband Rusty Payton. They have two sons, Zac 10 and Reece 8. Rusty works as an Estimator for Ramirez and Sons Construction and Tamara owns Gila Enterprises and is a volunteer of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). She says in her spare time she enjoys watching her "boys" teamrope.

Annelle: Tammy Slaugh was born in Brunswick Georgia. She is married to Mike Slaugh and has two children. Daughter, Kristen, is 22 and a Senior at ENMU and son, Brent, is a freshman at NMJC. This is her firsst experience in acting. She works for Lea County Tribune.

Clariee: Kerri Gray is a Hobbs native and graduate of Hobbs High and Lubbock Christian University. She is the daughter of Barbara Gray and the late Larry Gray. She is employed by Johnson, Miller & Co., where she is working towards obtaining her CPA licensure. This is Kerri’s second play with the Hobbs Community Players. She played Thelma in “The Trip to Bountiful”

Shelby: Summer Robinson is no stranger to the stage. In recant years, Summer has appeared in a number of Productions around the community including: “Hit Parade” at the USW, “The Belle of Amherst” at the Western Heritage Museum and “Murder Room” at the NMJC. Ser last performance at the Playhouse was “ The Trip to Bountiful”. Summer works for the Hobbs Schools and is very excited about her new ‘role’ as a drama teacher for the high school. She says the theater has been a passion of hers for a number of years now and she is very excited about the opportunity of sharing that passion with her students. We are looking for the wave of fresh, young ‘Community Players’ from Ms Robinson’s room to our Playhouse stage.

M’Lynn: Mary Jo Chadwick is a retired school teacher from Mississippi. She is the mother of one daughter, Cara, who attends college back in Mississippi. Since moving to Hobbs, Mary Jo has enjoyed volunteering at the Playhouse and The Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame. Although she is no stranger to the stage, this is her first acting role with the Community Players.

Ouiser: Elaine McVay has been a native of Hobbs for 32 years. She is the mother of four children Chris, Ryan, Alix and Cammye and a new daughter-in-law, Whitney. Elaine was married to “a wonderful man” Ted. She was Accounts Payable at McVay Drilling. She is a member of First United Methodist Church, Hobbs Literary Club and PEO. She says her only acting experience was at Tatum High School but won’t reveal what year (ha). She says “This is a dream I’ve always wanted to fulfill. My husband encouraged me for 20 years to try out for a play. This is for my husband….I hope he gets a laugh in Heaven. My prayer is to bring a little joy and laughter into the hearts of those who see this play. I want to thank the director and cast for am amazing experience! They have been such a God centered group…Just what I needed. I encourage anyone who has dreamed of being in a play…..to walk toward the fear…you won’t regret the experience!”

Director: Suzanne Wilson-Wuest is not a stranger to the Community Play House having come to rehearsals at 9 yrs old with her dad, Layne Hungerford, before there was even a theater on this site. Suzanne said when she married Mike Wilson in the 60’s she took a long sabbatical from the theater but was drawn back into it when she did ‘See how they run’ directed by Glynese Floyd at the College of the SW. Suzanne says she was taught by the best, her dad, Glynese Floyd and Pepper Murray. She directed her first play, ‘Hounds of The Baskervilles’ in 1982 and has directed over 30 plus since then and that doesn’t count the ones she has been in.. She says this cast has bonded in a way that is rare. As the characters they play have bonded over a loss so have they. Each and every one has suffered a loss of some sort, including the director, which has only made them stronger. Suzanne says that this cast and crew is one of the best she has had. A big thank you goes out to them.

The Crew:

Assistant Director:
Mary Lyle

Script:
Chastitity Walker

Lights and sound:
Robert Schumacher
Daniel Russell
Chuck Wilson

Hair an Make Up
Amanda Berry
Brenda Payton

Props:
Terry Worcester
Samantha Foster
Daiquiri Foster

Set Design and Construction
Chuck Wilson, Glenda Disney, Michael, Keturah, Jonathan Howell, Shawnna Wright, Brad Jett, Justin McCann, Cast & Crew, Kenneth Brown, Jonathon Williams

Publicity:
Evelyn Rising

Special Thanks
Our Sponsors
Sarah Glenn
Lee Melton
Glenda Disney
Maria Elena Vick, Coordinator of Cosmetology at NMJC
Sandy Mendez, from Addison’s beauty solon
Dr. Newman at Hobbs Animal Hospital
Main Event Hair Solon in Eunice
Hobbs News Sun
Kenneth Brown
Dare to be Different
Abby Reed Photography

"Steel Magnolias" is dedicated to the memory of Mike Wilson, Pepper Murray and Ted McVay.

Photography services courtesy of Abby Reed Photography.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

And now for some notes from Daniel

Hola Playhouse followers!

STEEL MAGNOLIAS: It is almost show time! The classic show opens this Friday at 8 p.m., shows again Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Then it shows next weekend Friday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. Directed by Suzanne Wilson-Wuest, the shows cast is diverse. The cast is Mary Jo Chadwick, Elaine McVay, Kerri Gray, Summer Robinson, Tammy Slaugh and Tamara Payton. Some rookies, some vets and some who just haven't been on stage in while! Hats off to the director cast and crew — and break a leg! (And I don't mean literally, madam director LOL!)

Reservations are suggested. Call 575-393-0676.

BOD: The Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Playhouse. Items to discuss include the proposal to host a video Rock Band competition (being organized by outside folks) and preparing for next year. As always, meetings are open to everyone to attend.

2010 SEASON: Yes, we have proposals. No, there is no decisions as of yet on who and what and when. But, we have good proposals. Almost too many. What a great problem to have. People are reading scripts and giving input. Let a board member know your thoughts. As always, a season depends on variety, audience needs, artistic needs, Playhouse needs and, this year, timing (we have a lot of scheduling issues the coming year for some reason!)

WELCOME: Juston Harlin will be house managing Steel Magnolias. Harlin is the son of former Playhouse board president and acting vet Larry Harlin. Be sure to ask Juston about one of his last theater gigs in California, ie where was the last place he house managed?
Oh yeah, also he may be calling some of you to assist him during the run of Steel Magnolias : ).

NEEDS:
• Tools: If you an extra hammer, screwdrivers, etc. just sitting around your shop or workbench and you know you'll never use it, consider donating it to the Playhouse.
• Improving the outside entrance, signage and landscaping.
• Insulating the costume room/oven/freezer room.
• Baseboard in the theater
• Back lot clearing and fencing, etc.
• Possibly a new answering machine that is easier to understand.

NEED MET: Jay Patton changed out our classic florescent kitchen lighting. Yeah! During the install, he mumbled a lot about those lights being original to the building. He was told to "store" them in a special place.

TRIVIA: Board member Tony Bostick has a hidden talent? It involves music. Do you know what it is?

POLICY ALERT: Remember keeping the Playhouse clean and neat is everyone's responsibility. Cast and crews are reminded to clean up after themselves. Strike means clearing the stage to a state better than you found it. Veterans help the newbies know while we are easy going, we do all have to follow a few rules. Remember, a mess is everyone's mess... not someone else's!

NEW BOARD MEMBER: As some you know, Janice Spence stepped down from the board. She has made a new nest in Santa Fe and we send her our heartfelt thanks for her time spent on the board.
Replacing her is Danielle Hammack, who last was on stage for the musical Godspell (in the oilfield). During the day, she helps run Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. She is also a joy to be around. She'll be up for official approve at the annual general membership meeting in Januaryish.

BREAK A LEG explanation: For those who did not know, director Suzanne Wilson-Wuest fell during set construction and broke a small bone in her leg. It hasn't slowed her down though and she only had to miss a few rehearsals. She's back on her feet (mostly) and is a real trooper. So for this show, please tell her, "Mend a leg!"

Your "watching Lowe's go up from my front driveway" president,

Daniel Russell

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tony told me he has written songs and apparently there is an album out there with his name in the credits. He promises we can listen to it.


Remember, the Playhouse has 72 years of history and the "community" in community theater means everyone, including you!


Don't forget to make reservations for "Steel Magnolias", the closing show of the 2009 season. Shows are October 2nd, 3rd (8 PM), 4th (2 PM), 9th, and 10th (8 PM).

And as Daniel said, tell Suzanne to "Mend a leg!"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

"Break a leg"

The phrase "break a leg"...commonly used to wish good luck to performers taking the stage...is an old theatrical tradition, first appearing in print in the 1950's but in common usage for many decades before that.

It's origins have been debated...an analogy to the bow performers give at the conclusion of a show, an reversal of the "good luck" phrase (which is actually considered to bring bad luck in theater circles), the tradition of Greeks stomping vice applauding (for a really good show, you'd get them to stomp so much they would break a leg!).

It's true origins will likely never be known for sure, the phrase having been in use so long it has simply become second nature.

However, some people seem to take the phrase quite literally.

Suzanne Wilson-Wuest, who is directing the upcoming production "Steel Magnolias", apparently is one of those people. A little over a week ago, during a rehearsal, she was on stage and took a stumble over a rubber mat placed below a barber chair on the set and literally "broke a leg"...her left ankle!

Now, rest assured that it takes more than a broken leg to keep Suzanne down. After a short absence and a bit of medical care, Suzanne is back (crutches, cast, and all). Mary Lyle kindly stepped in for Suzanne during her short absence, but Suzanne could not be kept away, certainly not by a broken bone.

Suzanne, we'd like to remind you that the phrase "break a leg" is a traditional one...NOT to be taken literally!

("Steel Magnolias" will debut on October 2nd at 8:00 PM, with follow-on shows October 3rd at 8:00 PM, October 4th at 2:00 PM, and October 9th & 10th at 8:00 PM.)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Meet the ladies of "Steel Magnolias

Yes, y'all...it's getting close to the close of the 2009 season. And what better way to end the year than with the perennial favorite "Steel Magnolias"?

So without further ado, allow us to introduce the cast of "Steel Magnolias"!

Mary Jo Chadwick - M'Lynn
Summer Robinson - Shelby
Kerri Gray - Clairee
Tamara Payton - Truvy
Tammy Slaugh - Annelle
Elaine McVay - Ouiser

"Steel Magnolias" is directed by Suzanne Wilson-Wuest, with Chastity Walker. Shows are October 2nd and 3rd at 8:00 pm, October 4th at 2:00 pm, and October 9th and 10th at 8 PM.

Y'all come out now...y'hear!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Updates from President Russell

Salutations Playhouse people!

STEEL MAG Update: The show has been cast and rehearsals underway. I don't have the cast list but I know it has some brand new faces to the Hobbs stage, a few current acting veterans and a few veterans who have not been on stage in a long while. Very exciting. As always, they can use assistance in getting the set built, etc. The show dates are Oct. 2, 3, 4 and Oct. 9,10.

BOARD MEETING: We will have a board meeting on Monday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Hobbs Playhouse. Items on the agenda include naming a new board member to replace Janice Spence and possible by-law change proposals. (The by-law change proposal would eventually require the approval of the entire Playhouse family)

2010 SEASON: Again, as a reminder we are seeking submissions to set our 2010 season. If you would like to direct a show, please submit your idea. A form is available at www.communityplayersofhobbs.com. You can submit your proposals to myself or Mary Lyle.

Your "run out of time again this week" president,

Daniel Russell


The form for play submissions is available in the sidebar on the left or in the heading section above.

Only one more show this season! Don't forget the dates, "Steel Magnolias" - October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10.

See you at the shows!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A letter from Daniel, and a request for set building assistance

Break out the power tools! It's time to build a set for "Steel Magnolias":

STEEL SET HELP:
Chuck is back, Chuck is back, Chuck is back!
Chuck Wilson will be building the Steel Magnolias set for his mom, Suzanne Wilson-Wuest.
But..... He is requesting some help.

He will be at the Playhouse at 1 p.m. this Saturday to put up flats and is requesting able bodies come down and help hold or screw them into place.

Let me know if you can make it. I'll be there myself. Should only take a few hours to put up the walls.

AUDITIONS:
Don't forget auditions for Steel Magnolias is this Sunday and Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Playhouse.

2010 SEASON:
If you are interested in directing in 2010, please submit your proposal by Sept. 15. Forms are available on the Web site at www.communityplayersofhobbs.com. You can turn them into myself or Mary Lyle.


Your "its a long Thursday" president,

Daniel Russell


Don't forget auditions for "Steel Magnolias"...as Daniel indicated, they are August 16th and 17th at 6:30 PM at the Playhouse.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

News you've ALL been waiting for..."Steel Magnolias" audition dates and deadlines for submissions for next season's shows

From Daniel Russell:

Greetings!

A few announcements folks have been wanting ...

AUDITIONS: Auditions for "Steel Magnolias" will be held on Sunday and Monday, August 16 and 17 at 6:30 p.m. The all-female cast will be directed by Suzanne Wilson-Wuest. If you can't make the audition dates, you will need to contact Suzanne at 392-2414. This is the final show of the season! Show dates are Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-10.

2010 SEASON: It is time to start determining next season's shows, so we're calling on potential directors to submit their proposals. Please consider directing and submitting more than one proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 15. You can turn in proposals to myself or Mary Lyle. Proposals form is available by clicking here (Word format) or here (PDF format). Many people will be reading the submissions and then recommendations will be given to the board for final approval for a slate of shows. As always, the season will be based on getting a variety of shows and interests represented on the stage as well as meeting audience and artistic desires, etc., etc.


Your "That's all for now" president,

Daniel Russell


Directors/potential directors, click here for the submission form (Word format) or here (PDF format). You can submit them to Daniel or Mary, or email them to the Playhouse (see the email link on the left side of the website) and they will get forwarded on to Daniel and Mary.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Some notes from the President

From Playhouse President Daniel Russell:

Hello Playhouse People!

BOARD MEETING: The Playhouse board of directors will meet this Monday, July 27, at 6 p.m. at the Playhouse. (Can't believe it is already the final Monday of the month!)
Items on the agenda include replacing a board member who is stepping down and beginning to discuss next season's shows (Can't believe it is about time to start accepting proposals from directors for potential shows.) As always, anyone is welcome to attend the meeting.

2010 SEASON alert: As noted above, we will likely being accepting proposals for next year from possible directors. If you are interested, now is the time to start giving it some thought. Directing is always fun, takes very little time and pays huge dollars ... not!
Ok, seriously, directing has great rewards and the setting the season with directors is the foundation to a quality season. Please consider directing if you qualify. The board typically wants a diverse season — big names shows, a comedy or two, some lesser known shows, a drama, etc. (What does diversity really mean?) Anyhow, it starts with good choices for shows and that starts with you.

ANNIE Jr.: The Summer Children's Theater Camp wrapped up this weekend with four shows of Annie Jr. It appears this year has built on the success of last year's as Sandy Goad, Ronnie Gray and crew did a great job with the 26 participants (ranging in age from 8 years old to 19).
Although we're still crunching numbers, basically every night was practically a sold out house. Way to go everyone involved with Annie!

FINAL SHOW: The final 2009 show will be Steel Magnolias, directed by Playhouse veteran Suzanne Wilson. Auditions will be coming soon so keep your email open or watch the paper or our Website, www.communityplayersofhobbs.com. Or, you of course can contact Suzanne directly.

Besides a talented group of actresses, I'm sure we'll need a house manager, volunteers to run the house and Suzanne may also need tech crew folks (lights, sound, props etc., but we'll need to check with her first!) Volunteering is fun!


NEEDS:
• Tools: If you an extra hammer, screwdrivers, etc. just sitting around your shop or workbench and you know you'll never use it, consider donating it to the Playhouse.
• A new lighting fixture for the kitchen.
• Improving the outside entrance, signage and landscaping.
• Insulating the costume room/oven/freezer room.
• Baseboard in the theater
• Street sign improvement or something new.
• Back lot clearing and fencing, etc.
• Possibly a new answering machine that is easier to understand? (I'm needing to check with the board on this one.)

Your "tiling again" president,

Daniel Russell

Just who were those kids, anyway? The cast and crew of "Annie, Jr."



Brianna Adams (Orphan/Servant), 9, attends Sanger Elementary. Daughter of Samantha Collins and Jason Adams.

Ashten Alexander (Molly), 8, attends Jefferson Elementary in Lovington. Daughter of Jeannie and Justin Alexander.

Matt Anderson (Oliver Warbucks), 16, attends Tatum High School. Son of Raymond and Gina Anderson.

Megan Anderson (Annie), 13, attends Hobbs Freshman School. Daughter of Leonard and Mary Anderson.

Aspen Baxley (Orphan/Servant), 10, attends Stone Elementary. Daughter of Kyle Baxley and Misty and Able Oosthuizen.

Mallory Brickman (Lily St. Regis), 16, attends Hobbs High School. Daughter of Wendy and Bob Brickman.

Roslyn Brickman (Mrs. Hannigan), attends Vanguard University. Daughter of Wendy and Bob Brickman.

Meghan Brown (Person in window/Orphan/Louise Howe), 14, attends Hobbs Freshman School. Daughter of Barbara Brown.

Jenny Bublis (July), 13, attends Highland Jr. High School. Daughter of Dr. Paul Bublis and Ruth Bublis.

Chance Collins (Servant/Sound Effects Person), 10, attends Sanger Elementary. Son of Erin Gibbs and Dennis Collins III.

Serenity Fuller (Annette/Orphan), 9, attends Mills Elementary. Daughter of Katrina and James Fuller.

Jazmyne Haynes (Orphan/Servant), 10, attends Sanger Elementary. Daughter of Trista Glover.

Alyah Hodge (Orphan/Servant), 12, attends Mills Elementary. Daughter of Cassie and Michael Hodge.

Bret Jett (Tessie/Drake), 11, attends Mills Elementary. Daughter of Dawn and David Jett, Jr.

Rachel Johnson (Duffy), 12, attends Houston Junior High. Daughter of Maria and Eric Johnson.

Toby Kirk (LT Ward/President Franklin D. Roosevelt), 9, attends Mills Elementary. Son of Lavada and Duane Kirk.

Jesse Kiziah (Rooster Hannigan), 12, attends Highland Junior High. Son of Darla Kiziah and Steve Mares.

Myranda Madril (Pepper/Star-To-Be), 14, attends Hobbs Freshman School. Daughter of Johnny and Lucy Madril.

Briana Schneider (Grace), 16, attends Hobbs High School. Daughter of Lavada and Duane Kirk.

Bethany Thornton (Kate), 8, attends Broadmoor Elementary. Daughter of Sarih and Paul Thornton.

Talia Thornton (Mrs. Greer/Dogcatcher/Orphan), 9, attends Broadmoor Elementary. Daughter of Sarih and Paul Thornton.

Alyssa Walker (Usherette/Orphan), 8, attends Southern Heights Elementary. Daughter of Loreatha Walker.

Gabriel Walker (Sandy the dog), 10, attends Southern Heights Elementary. Son of Loreatha Walker.

Sydney Wallace (Cecille/Orphan), 11, attends Highland Junior High. Daughter of David and Anna Wallace.

Xavier Wallace (Bert Healey/Servant), 10, attends Mills Elementary. Son of David and Anna Wallace.

Madison Webb (Mrs. Pugh/Orphan), 10, attends St. Helena Schools. Daughter of Nancy and Steve Webb.

Director - Sandy Goad
Music Director - Ronnie Gray
Asst. Music Director - Lavada Kirk
Set Design - Ken Brown
Set Construction - Ken Brown, Matt Anderson, Briana Schneider, Abhishek Chettry, Manish Paudel, Tommy Charley, Joel Lawson
Costumes - Kim Hill, Sandy Goad, Lavada Kirk, Ronnie Gray, Karen Widman
Dance Director - Sara Inman
Stage Manager - Karen Widman
Sound - Craig Bishop
Lights - Robert Schumacher
Spotlight operator - Frank Rose

Sound system - Q Systems

Special thanks to: Q Systems, USW, Chris Watts and Chuck's Welding, Inc., Joel Lawson, Kim Hill, Erin Anderson, Daniel Russell, and Mary Lyle.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

"Annie Jr." performances starting tonight!

Come out tonight and see "Annie"...showtime is 7:30 PM, tickets are $6.00, for reservations call 575-393-0676 or email us using the link on the left.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Annie Jr." is just six days away!

Yes, it's that soon...four performances of "Annie Jr." are coming up next week:

July 23 7:30 PM
July 24 7:30 PM
July 25 7:30 PM
July 26 2:30 PM

Call 575-393-0676 or email us (see the sidebar) for reservations.

And enjoy the pictures that are coming from the production!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Next show "Annie, Jr.", July 23rd-26th


Summer is is here, and the 2009 Performing Arts Camp is in full swing. This year's production, Annie, Jr., has been cast and rehearsals are under way.

The staff for the camp consists of professional educators and theater practitioners, as well as many volunteers from the Community Players of Hobbs, who are dedicated to providing quality instruction and a positive learning environment for every child.

Stage Director - Sandy Goad
Musical Director - Ronnie Gray
Technical Director - Kenneth Brown

This year's Performing Arts Camp is sponsored by:
J.F Maddox Foundation
Community Players of Hobbs
Lea County Commission for the Arts

The Performing Arts Camp schedule is:

June 22-24 9 AM-Noon
June 29 - July 2 9 AM-Noon
July 6-9 9 AM-Noon
July 13-16 9 AM-Noon
July 20-22 6:30-9:30 PM (DRESS REHEARSAL)
July 23-25 7:30-9:30 PM (PERFORMANCE)
July 26 2:30-4:30 PM (PERFORMANCE)

"Rabbit Hole" photos, "Annie Jr." dates, online information

"Rabbit Hole" was a huge success...and there are now tons of photos available on the Player's MySpace page, as well as on Facebook and on this website. The cast and crew of "Rabbit Hole" deserves a very hearty "WELL DONE" for an outstanding show.

"Annie Jr." is July 23-25 at 7:30 PM and July 26 at 2:30 PM. Auditions are done, rehearsals are underway, and the show will be here before you know it.

And now you have one more way to follow the Players, via Twitter.

A list of our online outlets (click the links to visit each site):

Website

Facebook Page

MySpace Page

Twitter

There is also a Facebook group and a MySpace group.

A ton of ways to keep connected with Playhouse happenings...bookmark us, and follow us on your favorite social networking site!

See you at the shows!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Two more performances of "Rabbit Hole" to go...will you be there?

June 26th and 27th at 8:00 PM at the playhouse...reservations at 575-393-0676 or http://www.communityplayersofhobbs.com...so what are you waiting for? It's a great show, don't miss it!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Three more performances of "Rabbit Hole", June 20th, 26th, and 27th at 8 PM

Opening night was a huge success, and if you missed it...well, you missed an incredible show. But you have three more performances to cacth, June 20th, 26th, and 27th at 8 PM.

Don't miss out!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tonight is opening night for "Rabbit Hole"!

Tonight is opening night! Come out and join us as we head down the "Rabbit Hole"! It is going to be a GREAT show! Showtime is 8:00 PM for Friday, June 19th. Call 575-393-0676 or click the email link in the sidebar for reservations.

Follow-on shows are June 20th, 26th, and 27th, all at 8:00 PM. Admission is $9.00 ($7.00 for seniors and students).

See you there!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Two days left until "Rabbit Hole"...opening June 19th (with follow-on shows June 20th, 26th, and 27th)


Mark your calendars, there are only two days left until "Rabbit Hole" premieres at the Playhouse. If you haven't made reservations, call 575-393-0675 or email us (click here).

Tickets are $9.00, and all shows are at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Meet the cast and crew of "Rabbit Hole"

Heather Walker (Becca Corbett)—Heather was last seen in the NMJC production of A Doll’s House. While at the JC, she was also an Irene Ryan Nominee for her work in Angel Street, performed in the outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was also the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award for Theatre. This is her first performance at the Playhouse and she enjoys spending time with her son, Noadiah.

Evan Witkowski (Howie Corbett)—Evan is the last theatre major to graduate from the University of the Southwest and has been a mainstay at the Community Playhouse for the past several years, appearing in everything from The Odd Couple (for which he won an Outstanding Bit Part) to The Trip to Bountiful and The Lincolns. He has also performed in The American Dame, a part that won him the Playhouse Award for Best Actor that year. While at the USW he performed in Harvey and The Crucible, as well as performing at the JC in The Murder Room. He continues to act and write music.

Jenna Arther (Izzy)—Jenna’s many stage credits include A Doll’s House, Hobbs Goblin, The Fourth Wall, The Frog Prince and The Lion in Winter, all done at NMJC. She has also studied at Chapman University in Orange, California where she appeared in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is Jenna’s first appearance at the Playhouse since she made her debut in The Wizard of Oz.

Karen Widman (Nat)—Karen has performed in roles both onstage and offstage. Among her stage credits she has appeared in NMJC’s Playhouse Creatures and The Lion in Winter. She has also served as Assistant Director on The Murder Room and The Wind in the Willows.

Nick Keele (Jason Willette)—Nick previously appeared in last fall’s The Murder Room at NMJC and served as production assistant on The Lion in Winter. He also appeared in the Playhouse’s production of A Company of Wayward Saints.

Crew Bios
Nathan R. Miles (Director)—Nathan made his directing debut at West Texas A&M University with The Cowboy, the Indian and the Fervent Feminist. Since then he has gone on to direct The Prince Who Wouldn’t Talk, Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective and Proof. As an actor he has appeared in Luv, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Cocktail Hour, Tape, Julius Caesar, Minnesota Moon, Talley’s Folly and The Madness of George III, for which he won the Omega Award for Outstanding Featured Performer. He also served as President of Alpha Psi Omega, the student theatre fraternity at WT.

Tony Bostick (Asst. Director)—Tony has been active at the Playhouse since his debut in The Exact Center of the Universe two years ago. Since then he has been involved in Mischief in the Magnolias, Shakespeare Through the Looking Glass, The Night of January the 16th and The Rock. He also serves as a member of the board of directors.

R. Barrett Evans (Scenic Designer)—Barrett is a Musical Theatre major at WTAMU in Canyon, Texas and is expecting to graduate in May with his BA. For five summers he has been involved with TEXAS!, the outdoor musical drama that is performed in Palo Duro Canyon. He served as the Lighting Designer on The Cowboy, The Indian and the Fervent Feminist, The Prince Who Wouldn’t Talk, Proof as well as doubling as Scenic Designer on Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective. Among his many accomplishments, he won the USITT Award for Excellence in Lighting Design for his work on Proof. Counting their onstage performances as well offstage, this is Nathan’s and his eighth collaboration.

Amanda Crowe (Musical Composer)—Amanda lives in Las Cruces, NM where she attends New Mexico State University and studies photojournalism. She composes music for both piano and guitar and enjoys photography. Through her missionary work she has travelled to the Philippines, Taiwan and East Asia. She hopes to continue traveling and to take pictures for a missionary organization.

Briana Schneider (Stage Manager)—Briana has appeared in the Playhouse productions of Grease and A Company of Wayward Saints, as well as appearing on the NMJC stage in The Murder Room. She has served as Assistant Director at the JC for The Lion in Winter and will next be featured in Annie. Briana was also the recipient of Outstanding Female Performance in a Bit Part and Outstanding Soloist at Hobbs High.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mark your calendar for "Rabbit Hole"

Don't forget...just a little over 2 weeks until the opening of "Rabbit Hole"...Friday, June 19th, at 8 PM. Reservations at 575-393-0676 or click here to email (don't forget to include your phone number in the email so we may call and confirm).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Community Players of Hobbs...A Short History (by R. Perkins, from October 1, 1983)

Almost half a century ago, in 1937, when Hobbs was a small oilfield town struggling to survive the depression of the thirties and the bust after the boom of a decade earlier, a group of community-minded people formed the Little Theatre Club. According to one of its charter members, Tom Mason, it was originally a social club, "along with the avowed intention of producing some plays." The earliest meetings were held in the homes of Mrs. Ann Kimbrough and her sister, Mrs. Mary McIntyre. Later, meetings were at the Hardin Hotel, east Main and south Houston, then the center of Hobbs and much of the town's social life. It was there that the group presented several skits and then a Variety show titled "Fiesta" in Walton Auditorium.


Success led to plans for a full-scale production of a three-act play. Mrs. Adele Daniels was elected to choose the play and direct it. "Another Language", a Broadway hit of the day, was chosen and some of those in the cast were M. T. (Zeke) Jernigan, Elwood Turrentine, John Martin, Marge Clevenger, Ethel Yadon, Fred Rollins, Nancy Rogers, Ray Haynes, and Mildred Burke. It was presented at the Reel Theatre, a movie house then at 207 West Broadway. According to Mrs. Daniels, "It was a whooping success."

The next production was "Nut Farm" presented in the City Hall, and then "The First Year", which was presented in Eunice because no facility was available in Hobbs. "It went over big at Eunice," Mrs. Daniels recalled. Other early productions included "The Night of January 16" and "The Drunkard", which became something of a tradition of the group.

With the advent of World War II, many of the members went into the armed services and the club was disbanded. It was to remain inactive until 1952 when it was again formed with 18 members at the reorganization meeting. One of the original members, Tom Mason, was instrumental in getting the organization going again and became one of the first board members when the group incorporated December 23, 1953, changing its name to The Community Players Of Hobbs, Inc. Its expressed purpose was "to give interested amateurs opportunities for dramatic experience, to stimulate interest in drama, and to produce plays that are interesting, entertaining and worthy of community support."


The first play produced in 1952 was "Jumping Jupiter" directed by Layne Hungerford, who was elected president of the first board of directors. The play was presented in the High School Little
Theatre after a month's rehearsal and was called "a success" by local critics. The next year, through the co-operation of the Hobbs City Commission, the Players found a home. The theatre at the old Air Base was re-opened and remodeled. Most of the renovation work was done by the members themselves. "Papa Is All" opened the theatre and the Easter holiday production of "The Betrayal" closed the season. The Air Base Theatre was used for productions until February 1959 when "Night Must Fall" was presented in the newly constructed Hobbs High Auditorium (now Nelson Tydings).

In the program for "Suds In Your Eye", presented May 1956. Layne Hungerford wrote that the annual banquet and election of officers would be held in the dining room of the Harding Hotel. "Also something new this year, awards will be presented to the best male and female leads for the year, the best male and female supports, and the best bit player, the best directed play of the year. This banquet and presenting of awards is an innovation with us …" "The Hamster Awards", as they came to be called, are still the highlight of the annual banquet.

In 1957 another first established by the Players was a Summer Theatre for teen-agers. Coordinated by the theatre group and arranged through the school system, rehearsals and productions were held in the High School Little Theatre. It was really the teen-agers' program with adults serving only as directors and offering assistance where needed. Three plays were presented that first summer and in the following year.

The organization continued to grow throughout the 1950's. A controversial play of the day was presented in February 1957, "The Moon Is Blue", directed by Bert Wayt.

In February of 1958 Charlene Olds directed "Gaslight". In November 1959 a huge audience-pleasing production of "Oklahoma" was directed by Norman Hatch, assisted by the Hobbs Civic Orchestra headed by David Hooten. The next year "South Pacific", directed by Norman Hatch, played to sell-out crowds at the Hobbs High Auditorium on November 21 and 22, 1960. A spokesman said in a newspaper article that approximately 250 people participated in the production with 52 in the cast and more than 5,190 man-hours were invested in the presentation.

Beginning in 1959, there was a marked increase in community participation in the Players and its productions. Outstanding response increased the quality and number of productions - musicals, comedies, and dramas. An Honorary Advisory Board of Directors was established which was a "Who's Who" of Hobbs’ business, professional and community leaders, too numerous to list here. The widespread community support led the Players to start planning seriously for a long-time goal of having their own theatre. In July 1962, James M. Murray III, an architect, released design drawings for a theatre to be built at 1700 North Grimes. The building fund drive started officially in June 1963.

A co-chairman of the drive, Layne Hungerford, was quoted in a News-Sun article, "Players Need Public Aid", as saying:

“Our Community Players executive committee feels that this is a very worthwhile project for with adults serving only as directors and offering the city. Not many communities the size of assistance Hobbs have their own center for live theatre and when completed, this will be something the city can be extremely proud of.”

That same month a Managing Director, Gertrude Dimple, was appointed. By July 3rd, co-chairmen Hungerford and J. S. Murdock announced that the halfway point had been reached for the "pay-as-we-go" building fund.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held July 21st and the building was under way. All-State Construction completed the site work and All-State Builders erected the building, both donating all services. It was completed by February 1964 and for an open house, the Players' President Tom Mason said:

“The new Playhouse is a great asset, not just for Hobbs, but for the entire area of Lea County and West Texas as it will serve as a center for the performing arts and other uses. … Although it was created and constructed by Community Players, we want the people throughout this area to feel it is theirs since it has been built for their enjoyment.” (Hobbs Daily News-Sun 2/9/64)

The seating capacity was approximately 250 and opening night February 11, 1964 was a sell-out gala performance of "The Third Best Sport", a comedy directed by Layne Hungerford. That first production was presented in-the-round, for which the theatre had been designed. To demonstrate the versatility of the theatre, the next production, "The Mousetrap", was presented on a projected or thrust stage and the third play, "On Borrowed Time", had a traditional proscenium stage built especially for the production.

During that 1963-64 season the Managing Director, whose tenure lasted for only one year, organized for fund raising a Woman's Committee, Adult Plays for Children (sponsored by the Association of American University Women), The Minstrelettes, a rummage sale and several style shows.

In 1965 the Playhouse was the center for many activities. For example, in March there was a party given for members and friends, a duo-piano recital, and a USO Choral performance directed by Norman (Buck) Hatch. In August of 1965 the Playhouse hosted the Midland Community Theatre's production of "The American Dream", which was the U. S. entry for the International Amateur Theatre Festival in Monaco that year. March 1966 marked the first musical production in the new theatre, "The Boy Friend", directed by Glynese Floyd, and it was very successful.

At the annual awards banquet held June 1968, the first Tom Mason Award was presented to Larry Johnson for outstanding contributions to the Community Players. Johnson retired that year after serving 15 years as a director and treasurer on the Board. The award, still given, is a memorial to Tom Mason, who himself served the Players in many capacities including actor, director, president, Board member, and advisor.

Unfortunately, as of this writing, basic source materials for the years 1969-79 are not available. However, a general consensus of opinion expressed by some of those active during this period is that for various reasons participation of individuals and the community, which swelled in the years from 1952, began to decline in the Seventies.

In fact, attendance and funds reached such a low during 1973-76, some members of the Board seriously entertained selling the Playhouse. However, in 1976 a special fund raising campaign netted enough from community contributions to pay-off the building mortgage. This effort was successful mostly due to the daily coverage and promotion donated by the Hobbs News-Sun. Also, a contribution of $4,500 from the Levi Straus Foundation made building improvements and renovation possible.

Some well remembered productions considered to be outstanding from this period were: "Dracula" (1971), directed by Pepper Murray; "Mame" (1973) and "An Evening With Shakespeare" (1974), directed by Glynese Floyd; "The Glass Menagerie" (1975), directed by Art Haggerton; and "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1979), directed by Pepper Murray.

By the 1979-80 season attendance was very low and approximately 45 season memberships were sold.

In the summer of 1980, the Board hired a newcomer, Edd Wells, as Managing Director. He immediately organized promotion and publicity to improve the Playhouse image and increase the membership. For the 1981 season, memberships and attendance increased more than 100 percent. An expansion of the schedule doubled the number of productions and the community was again awakened to the potential for an outstanding community theatre. For the first time in many years the organization was able to balance its books.

For almost 20 years the Playhouse stood on leased land. In 1981-82 a special effort and fundraising made possible landscaping and purchase of the Playhouse grounds. Over $35,000 was contributed due mostly to the efforts of Mrs. Doris Williams. Close on the heels of that success came another. Early in 1983 the Community Players was awarded the distinction of being the best in the state of New Mexico when its entry in the Festival of American Community Theatres state competition won first place. The entry, "Lemonade", was directed by Ed Wells and starred two outstanding actresses, Rita Oliver and Kathy Wacker. They went on to win Best Actresses in the regional competition.

With the growth and support evident in the Hobbs community, the Board of Directors voted in 1983 to mount yet another fund drive in order to restore the Playhouse and make badly needed improvements to the building and equipment. Considering the long and successful history of the organization, the community interest in live theatre and all the hard work donated by thousands of people to accomplish that goal expressed 30 years ago "to produce plays that are interesting, entertaining, and worthy of community support", a great deal of pride and success in Hobbs can be afforded the Community Players.

R. Perkins
October 1, 1983

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2009 Performing Arts Camp


Summer is fast approaching which also means it is almost time for the 2009 Performing Arts Camp open to students ages 9-18. This year's production, Annie, Jr. will be presented as the culmination of the 5 week camp. Roles will be assigned after auditions - every child will have a role. Space is limited to the first 35 paid applicants. Students will receive instruction in all areas of play production including basic theater terminology, stage movement, character development, voice production, singing, dancing, and much more. Student participation in activities will be appropriate to their age and skill level.

The staff for the camp consists of professional educators and theater practitioners, as well as many volunteers from the Community Players of Hobbs, who are dedicated to providing quality instruction and a positive learning environment for every child.
Stage Director - Sandy Goad
Musical Director - Ronnie Gray
Technical Director - Kenneth Brown.

For an Arts Camp Schedule and/or an application for Admission to 2009 Performing Arts Camp please contact the Community Players of Hobbs (575-393-0676) or the Lea County Commission for the Arts (575-397-ARTS). You can also click here for a PDF copy of the application.

This year's Performing Arts Camp is sponsored by:
J.F Maddox Foundation
Community Players of Hobbs
Lea County Commission for the Arts

The Performing Arts Camp schedule is:

JJune 22-24 9 AM-Noon
June 29 - July 2 9 AM-Noon
July 6-9 9 AM-Noon
July 13-16 9 AM-Noon
July 20-22 6:30-9:30 PM (DRESS REHEARSAL)
July 23-25 7:30-9:30 PM (PERFORMANCE)
July 26 2:30-4:30 PM (PERFORMANCE)

Pump Boys and Wayward Saints

The first two shows at the Hobbs Community Playhouse were a huge success. Here's a recap if you missed out on all the fun.

Pump Boys and Dinettes is a musical set in the south at a gas station with a diner next door and has been described as being "As refreshing as a cold beer after a bowl of 5 alarm chili." Directed by Glynese Floyd, the cast consisted of Tim Cummings, Brian Henning, Paul Hobbs, Kaine Munoz, Ronnie Gray, Mark Sanchez, Evan Witkowski, Sandy Goad, Helen Van Kleeck, and Erin Anderson. A live band, witty banter, and toe-tapping songs kept the audience entertained throughout the entire show...it also helped that during intermission pie and coffee were served in keeping with the "diner" theme. The entire cast and crew did a fantastic job making each night special for the audience.

A Company of Wayward Saints follows a dysfunctional troupe of actors as they attempt to earn enough money to go home. Samantha Collins directed this commedia dell' arte style group consisting of Matt Blandin, Larry Harlin, Robert Schumacher, Brad Jett, Bill Raabe, Nick Keele, Briana Schneider, Erin Anderson, and Ash Baer. Throughout the play, the Company experienced feelings of arrogance and selfishness which eventually became feelings of acceptance and teamwork. The audience was treated to everything from slapstick comedy to deep philosophical moments contemplating the human condition. Once again, cast and crew presented an entertaining evening for audiences. A wonderful show.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of both shows!

Be sure to make plans to attend the upcoming show: Rabbit Hole directed by Nathan Miles.

"Steel Magnolias" - October 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, and 10th

Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, is a 1987 off-Broadway play, made into a movie in 1989. Based on the author's experience with the death of his sister, Steel Magnolias is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana.


"Steel Magnolias" will be directed by Suzanne Wilson-Wuest, with Assistant Director Mary Lyle.

A classic that was a hit movie and continues to be an audience favorite on stage. The comedy-drama explores a group of Southern women bonding in southwest Louisiana in Truvy's beauty parlor. Family, friendship and loss are handled with humor and insightful conversation about life and obstacles that must be overcome.

October 2nd, 3rd (8 PM), 4th (2 PM), 9th, and 10th (8 PM).

Next show - "Rabbit Hole" - June 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th

Becca and Howie try to cope with the death of their only child, a four-year-old, in an auto accident, while Becca’s well-meaning mom and off-kilter sister attempt to lift their spirits (and deal with their own problems), each in her own inimitable way. The couple's lives are further complicated when the young driver who killed their son contacts them seeking closure as well.


"Rabbit Hole", winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will be directed by Nathan Miles, a recent graduate of West Texas A&M.

Shows are June 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th at 8 PM.

Cast:

Becca-Heather Walker
Howie-Evan Witkowski
Nat-Karen Whidman
Izzy-Jenna Arther
Jason-Nick Keele

Crew:

Director-Nathan Miles
Assistant Director-Tony Bostick
Stage Manager-Briana Schneider
Wardrobe-Lavada Kirk

Monday, May 11, 2009

Under construction

This is the new website of the Community Players of Hobbs, a community theater in Hobbs, New Mexico. Please pardon the dust, set work is in progress.