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,
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!"