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Mama Won’t Fly By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten Directed by Sandy Goad
March 19-28

The Community Players of Hobbs Production of Elton John & Tim Rice's
directed by Douglas Levy
May 14-23

The Community Players of Hobbs Youth Performing Arts Workshop Production of Disney's
Aladdin, Jr.
July 15-18

The Hunt (11th Annual Haunted House), directed by Nathan Gibbs and Kevin Combs
October 21-23, 29-31

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge

By Mark Brown Directed by Christie Harkness

December 16-19

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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

Chastitity Walker

Lights and sound:
Robert Schumacher
Daniel Russell
Chuck Wilson

Hair an Make Up
Amanda Berry
Brenda Payton

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

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 : ).

• 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!