The 2020 Season! Our 83rd Year!
Arsenic & Old Lace, directed by Laura Brewster, February 7-16th
The Best of Everything, directed by Marirene Vigil, March 27-28, April 3-5
Aida, directed by Doug Levy, May 22-31
Aladdin, Jr. (YPAW), July 16-19
Beyond the Horizon, directed by Ashley and Jonathan Bertschinger, September 4-13
The Hunt (11th Annual Haunted House), directed by Nathan Gibbs and Kevin Combs, October 22-24, 30-31
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sixty four years ago, the year 1946...just a year after the end of World War II. The world was a much different place than it is now...the Internet was 23 years away, television was still relatively uncommon (and only black-and-white), the cellular phone was decades in the future. Harry Truman was President, the first theme park opens in the United States (Holiday World, originally called Santa Claus Land). The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the year at 177.20. "Annie Get Your Gun" opens on Broadway. Records on vinyl appear for the first time. Timex watches are introduced. The average price for a new car was $1,400, gasoline was $0.21/gallon, bread was $0.10 a loaf, and the average annual salary for the United States was $3,150/year, with minimum wage at $0.40/hour.
This world is the world in which the story of the Keller family begins. A happy, prosperous family from Ohio, they nonetheless have had their lives changed by the war like so many Americans. But as the nation slowly recovers, so too do the Kellers, and on a sunny August morning we join them for a day in their life.
What does life have in store for the Kellers, Deevers, Lubeys, and Bayliss'? Join us on September 3rd at 8 PM and see!
Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" opens on Friday, September 3rd at 8 PM, with additional shows on September 4th, 10th, and 11th at 8 PM, and a special matinee show on Sunday, September 5th at 2 PM. Directed by Nathan Miles, "All My Sons" stars Robert Schumacher, Karen Widman, Evan Witkowski, Jenna Arther, Jesse Miller, Brad Jett, Sandy Goad, Sheldon Gray, Erin Miller-Gibbs, and Toby Kirk.
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Come out and enjoy the show!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Greetings Playhouse fans! Lots of stuff. Please read or skip all the way through it. (Did I get your attention with the subject line? Tee hee.)
SHOW OPENS: "All My Sons", directed by Nathan Miles, opens this Friday at 8 p.m. Shows are also this Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Then, the following weekend, shows are Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
The show's cast is as follows: Joe Keller-Robert Schumacher; Chris Keller-Evan Witkowski; Ann Deever-Jenna Arther; Kate Keller-Karen Widman; George Deever-Jesse Miller; Frank Lubey-Sheldon Gray; Lydia Lubey-Erin Gibbs; Jim Bayliss-Brad Jett; Sue Bayliss-Sandy Goad; and Bert-Toby Kirk. Leigh Melton is the Assistant Director.
The drama is a Tony award winner for Best Authored Play, by none other than Arthur Miller himself. To borrow from Wikipedia, the show's major theme is the "belief that people have a wider responsibility to the society in which they live, and this is something that Chris, Joe's son, is aware of and believes in."
Please make plans to attend this show and support the hard work the cast has put in. This is the final show of the official 2010 season.
(Also, if you would like to volunteer to work the front of house — ticket and refreshment selling, seat assisting, etc. — and get to see the show for free, please contact me).
DIRECTORS WANTED: It is time to start determining next season's shows so we're calling on potential directors to submit their proposals.
Please consider directing.
The DEADLINE to submit a proposal is Sept. 10. You can turn in proposals to myself or Mary Lyle. Proposals forms can be found at our website, www.communityplayersofhobbs.com. [See links on the right, DOC and PDF formats. - Webmaster] Please use the form and please consider giving two play options (as opposed to just one). The better your written proposal and plan — is the easier it is for others to understand why you want to do certain shows, etc. and so we can fill out a season.
NO INTEREST????? In my last email, I asked about a directors' workshop. I got about two responses. Anyone else? I need to hear from more of you.... (cue sounds of crickets here) ....
Would there be interest in a half day or two half days workshop, like on a Saturday, on directing? The goal is to give directors, rookies and experienced ones, "tools for a toolbox" that directors use universally when they think about creating and blocking shows (actors' blocking, movement and general staging, staging set pieces, levels, etc) ... having more easy to understand lists and basic directing techniques to improve any show's productions. I envision it as a Directing 101 class crammed into a few hours. I would leaning toward bringing in someone from the outside to teach this workshop.
BORED: Are you bored with receiving these emails? Reading them online?
LIGHTING ALERT! The board of directors approved by a telephone vote to purchase two LED Chauvet color strip lights. This allows the stage to have a color wash in just about any color imaginable (the LED lights give off red, blue, green and just about any other color in between including white). This 1) greatly enhances the options for directors in creating mood lighting and 2) uses a lot less electricity than our traditional theater lighting. Directors can see Justin Harlin or myself about the options on using these. Thanks to the board for approving this purchase.
ONE ACT COMPETITION: It has been suggested perhaps we need to do a one act competition or a one act/short play competition for rookie directors? We would need about three of you. Any interest? Or how about a one act competition/festival for anyone (experienced, rookie or otherwise?)
ACTING WORKSHOP: Another suggestion brought forward ... a longer acting class that culminates with a play production. The focus would be about the acting and providing skills for actors/actresses seeking to improve or for those who are stepping on the stage the very first time (my favorite kind of folks! Come give it try. I promise it is fun!)
HALLOWEEN: I have not talked to the board about this one so don't get ahead of me. Justin Harlin talked about creating a Halloween fun house for the public to tour through. Any interest? Please, please remember this still requires board approval so it may not happen for any number reasons (liabilities, lack of volunteers, lack of interest, lack of money, lack of time, etc., etc.)
STATE COMPETITION: The Theater New Mexico AACTFest is March 11-13 at Ocotillo Performing Arts Center in Artesia. This competition is for one-acts (or full lengths cut to one act). Several Playhouse productions in the last two decades won the state bi-annual competition and went on to compete in regionals. If you are interested in doing a show, reviving a show, etc. let me know as soon as possible.
EMAIL: It has been a while since I begged for this, but I need to make sure we are hitting everyone with this email that wants to receive it. Please, if you know someone who is not receiving it, let me know. Keeping people informed, both theater volunteers and theater going enthusiasts, are the audiences for this email. Also, FYI, don't forget we have a web page, a Facebook page, and a Myspace page. [Don't forget...follow us on Twitter, too! - Webmaster] If you have friends on Facebook, let them know about our page. Grow theater through letting everyone being informed. We also run an arts page with a calendar every Thursday in the News-Sun (cue shameless plug music) and post show info on hobbsevents.org.
CONGRATS: Congratulations to the board of directors at the Lea County Commission for the Arts for the grand reopening of its building on Broadway on Saturday. The board is headed by Playhouse and theater veteran, Glynese Floyd.
POSTERS: We are wanting to create a master list of businesses willing to allow Playhouse posters to be hung at their place of business. Right now, it is really hit and miss from show to show. We would like to create a master list to speed the process of distributing posters, collecting posters after a show and knowing how many need to be printed. Email myself or board member Ronnie Gray. Helpful info includes the business entity, perhaps the contact person at the entity and perhaps any rule or requests they have about putting up posters.
While our official season may be coming to an end, that doesn't mean activity at the Playhouse will be. Watch for future emails about events happening at the Playhouse for the rest of the year.
And a final reminder, the 2011 season is the final year I will be able to serve as your Playhouse president — per the bylaws that allow only two terms (or four years) ... so some you can get the rejoicing fireworks ready. ; )
Your "Wanting feedback from people receiving this email" president,
Remember, the Playhouse has 73 years of history and the "community" in community theater means everyone, including you!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
"All My Sons" finds us in August of 1946, in the back yard of the Keller family. A comfortable family, they nonetheless are recovering from the war as all Americans were in those years. Joining them are neighbors Sue and Jim Bayliss, Frank and Lydia Lubey, and family friends Ann Deever and George Deever.
"All My Sons" was written by Arthur Miller, and was awarded the 1946 Tony Award for Best Authored Play.
Directed by Nathan Miles, with Assistant Director Leigh Melton and Stage Manager Briana Schneider, "All My Sons" features Robert Schumacher, Karen Widman, Evan Witkowski, Jenna Arther, Jesse Miller, Sheldon Gray, Erin Gibbs, Brad Jett, Sandy Goad, and Toby Kirk.
"All My Sons" opens at 8 PM on September 3rd, 2010 at the Playhouse, 1700 North Grimes in Hobbs. Following performances are September 4th, 10th, and 11th (all at 8PM), and a matinee showing on September 5th (at 2 PM).
Sunday, August 8, 2010
2011 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.
The deadline to submit a proposal is September 10, 2010. You can turn in proposals to myself or Mary Lyle. Proposals forms can be found at our Website, www.communityplayersofhobbs.com. Please use the form and please consider giving two play options (as opposed to just one). The better your written proposal and plan — is the easier it is for others to understand why you want to do certain shows, etc.
[Submission form is available in PDF format (click here) and DOC format (click here). Permanent links are also in the right sidebar. ~ Webmaster]
Several people will be reading the submissions and then recommendations will be given to the board for final approval for a slate of shows.
Decisions on the season's shows are loosely based on some of the following:
1) Audience appeal. Meeting audience desires and expectations
2) Artistic appeal and merit
3) Appropriate availability of talent and skill level for the production.
4) Feasibility of production
5) Balance and scheduling of a variety season to meet all the above.
As always, these are only a few criteria but not the only criteria and the board reserves the right to adjust accordingly. Setting a season is a judgement that many people have a voice in and requires difficult choices.
Experienced directors picked to direct a show may be requested to mentor a rookie assistant director who is seeking to one day take on the directing position.
Those of you have never directed before are welcome to submit ideas and proposals but criteria like prior theater experience, mentoring under an experienced director and/or high school/college level theater training will be taken into considerations as prerequisites to being the lead director of a show.
Anyone is welcome to simply suggest a show they would like to see done at the Playhouse, even if they are not going to direct it.
HOW ABOUT: Here's some quick suggestions of shows to think about that I think might be successful or worth someone taking a look at to direct. Explore the world of plays .....
Non Musical Plays: Father of the Bride, Deathtrap, Foreigner, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Vampires....
Hispanic plays (Playhouse has never done a Hispanic themed show): Our Lady of Tortilla (know nothing about but great title, huh?), Roosters, Bless Me Ultima.....
Musicals (for the real experienced directors): Into the Woods, Children of Eden, Your a Good Man Charlie Brown, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Big River, Smoke on the Mountain, Four Guys Named Jose (again, know nothing about but great title with a Hispanic theme) ...
All Women musicals: A— My Name is Alice, Nunsense (various versions)
DIRECTORS WORKSHOP: Would there be interest in a half day or two half days workshop on directing? The goal is to give directors, rookies and experienced ones, "tools for a toolbox" that directors use universally when they think about creating and blocking shows (actors blocking, movement and general staging, staging set pieces, levels, etc) ... having more easy to understand lists and basic directing techniques to improve any show's productions. I envision it as a Directing 101 class crammed into a few hours.
Something to think about. Let me know. Need to know if this appeals to wanna-be directors, old hand educated directors who would be willing to have a refresher course, and/or those of us who have been around forever but lack formal director training.
I really, really need to hear back if people are interested.
BOARD CHANGE: It is with sadness I must tell you that Tony Bostick has stepped down from the board after two and a half years. Tony is a great asset to community theater and as one in charge of building and grounds, he often did things that received little public credit and required behind the scenes work. If you see him, please let him know we are grateful for his work. (For example, next time you park in the back lot or appreciate the theater stage is kept clear of clutter, you can thank Tony for having a big hand in that). His input and work on the board will be missed.
Jay Patton will has agreed to serve in the building and maintenance board member slot. Thank you to Jay for agreeing to serve.
SEUSSICAL: For those you don't know, Seussical was a great success. The four youth theater camp shows were sold out (and sold out by Thursday night!). We had approximately 32 youth involved. Many of those who saw the show were impressed with the production value and thoroughly entertained. Many parents and kids said they would be back next year and want to bring a friend or relative or two to participate. Thank to our lead directors, Sandy Goad and Ronnie Gray, and the many others who assisted as wells as our grant giver and corporate sponsors to help make this camp happen.
CLEAN: Remember it take a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to keep the theater clean. Please do your part. If you see a mess or trash, help clean it up. Everyone volunteers so it takes someone to volunteer to help clean up. Leave things better than you found them. Raise the bar for the next folks who come through! And thank you to those who do see the needs and then clean it!
Your "end of summer heat" president,
Remember, the Playhouse has 73 years of history and the "community" in community theater means everyone, including you!