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 TICKETS ON SALE!!

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 14-17


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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!