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!