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!
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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