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Mama Won’t Fly By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten Directed by Sandy Goad
March 19-28

The Community Players of Hobbs Production of Elton John & Tim Rice's
directed by Douglas Levy
May 14-23

The Community Players of Hobbs Youth Performing Arts Workshop Production of Disney's
Aladdin, Jr.
July 15-18

The Hunt (11th Annual Haunted House), directed by Nathan Gibbs and Kevin Combs
October 21-23, 29-31

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge

By Mark Brown Directed by Christie Harkness

December 16-19

*All dates subject to change, some performances may be presented online if required, please check back often for the most current information*

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas show information, upcoming auditions, AACTFest news, and more

Greetings everyone!

CHRISTMAS SHOW: "Accidental Harmony" (comprised of Playhouse veterans) will be singing for Act One and the Hobbs High School Intro Theater class will be Act Two with its one act production of "Christmas in Comfort." There also may be a few other performers thrown in.

Accidental Harmony showcases the singing of Ronnie Gray, Erin Anderson, Sandy Goad, Leslie Blake, Juston Harlin and Briana Schneider.

Christmas in Comfort, directed by Summer Robinson, is a heartwarming one act introducing students new to theater all the joy of theater as they present their first production.

The play: "Mona Malone, famous for her role as the scream queen in Hollywood horror flicks, must do 200 hours of community service. A judge is persuaded by Monas attorney to let her spend them directing the annual Christmas play in his tiny hometown of Comfort. When Mona and her pre-conceived ideas about small towns meet the wacky residents of Comfort and their pre-conceived ideas, sparks fly. The residents know exactly how they want to do the play — after all, theyve been doing it exactly the same way for 20 years! But Mona wants big changes. As the work progresses, however, its the town that changes Mona. She begins to make peace with her life, her goals and the faith she had left behind. Along the way, Monas assistant finds her voice and the local drama teacher remembers her own lesson of what theater can give to the actors and the audience — even in a small town far from Broadway. Laughter and the traditional music of Christmas fill the stage with warmth as the people of Comfort help Mona learn a big lesson about fame and faith."

Show dates are Dec. 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. Call 393-0676 for reservations.

"YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN" AUDITIONS: Auditions for the comedy musical are Dec. 12 & 13 (Sunday and Monday) at 6:30 pm at the Playhouse. Auditioners should prepare a song (we will either have a CD player or an accompanianist). The cast consists of 2 women and 4 men. The productions dates are Feb. 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19. Director - Mary Lyle, Musical Director - Ronnie Gray. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, January 3.

MORE AUDITIONS: Watch for audition information soon about the NM AACTFest production entry being directed for the Playhouse by Nathan Miles. The show will be Edward Albee's drama, "Zoo Story" (cast is for 2 men). Nathan will also need crew people and wants to take several others to participate in the monologue competition. AACTFest is in March in Artesia and the Theater New Mexico conference. Other theaters from across the state will be bringing shows, which are then judged. The winning entry then gets to go to regionals.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The annual Playhouse Gala is Jan. 15. This is casual evening to gather, mingle, give out some recognition awards, including the Tom Mason Award as well as Carl Busch Scholarships, and also to vote on a board and any by-law changes. By attending any show, participating in any show and by attending the Gala, you are considered a voting theater member. Please mark your calendars to attend this at the Western Heritage Museum. Your vote and your voice is needed. Community theater needs everyone to participate and you are needed.

CORRECTION: For "Beauty and the Beast" I left off a couple of dates. The show will be produced eight times (Thur, Fri., Sat. and Sun for two weeks). Correct show dates are June 2, 3, 4, 5 (matinee) 9, 10, 11, 12 (matinee). Sorry about that.

Your "Wondering who ordered the cold weather" president,

Daniel Russell
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

The 2011 schedule is here!


The board has met and the following is the 2011 Season for the Community Players of Hobbs:

• "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" directed by Mary Lyle. Musical director Ronnie Gray - February 11, 12, 13 (matinee) & 18 & 19
This is a well known comedy musical based on the comic strip Peanuts. The characters are played by adults and, like the comic strip, makes subtle and humorous comments on life for adults but still appeals to children. Cast is two women and four men.

• "Hallelujah Girls" directed by Sandy Goad - April 1, 2, 3 (matinee) & 8, 9
This comedy is set in a spa converted from a former church. The women running the spa talk about life and men (of course). By the end, you've laughed and want to shout "Hallelujah". Cast consists of six women and two men.

• "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Larry and Juston Harlin - June 3, 4, 5 (matinee) & 10, 11, 12 (matinee)
Disney's musical will be familiar to all ages. A heavy costume and singing show, "Beauty and the Beast" is popular wherever it is produced and will remind the audience what they love about the movie and story. Large cast.

• "Willie Wonka" Summer Youth Theater Camp directed by Ronnie Gray and Sandy Goad- July 21, 22, 23, 24 (matinee)
The Summer Youth Theater Camp is an all youth production. The musical follows the same story line familiar to audiences from the movie, with Oompa Loompas, etc.

• "The Hound of the Baskervilles" directed by Suzanne Wilson-Wuest - September 9, 10, 11 (matinee) & 16, 17
A murder mystery thriller based on Sherlock Holmes, the play is a proven audience favorite as they try to determine this "whodunit". Cast is six men and three women.

• Haunted House - October Juston Harlin and Erin Anderson

NM AACTFEST: Nathan Miles is proposing to direct "Zoo Story" by Edward Albee, a well known one act drama exploring themes of isolation and loneliness in a commercial world. He also wants to take several people to participate the Monologue competition. AACTFEST is taking place in Artesia in March and is a fun festival where you can see multiple one act productions, learn a few things and interact with various theaters from around the state. Plus, winning shows advance to regional competition in Lewisville, Texas in April.

• In addition, the Hobbs Schools will be renting the facility on the following dates (Thur and Fri):
Jan. 6-7 Jefferson Elementary "Tales from Olympus"
Jan. 20-21 Taylor Elementary "12 Labors of Hercules"
Feb. 10-11 Southern Heights Elementary "American Patriots"
April 28-29 Coronado Elementary "American Poets and Patriots"

Directors and casts will need to plan according to accommodate these productions.

As in past seasons, the board may ask directors to have an assistant directors.

Let me add how grateful I am that so many of you submitted and everyone was gracious about the decisions. For example, Bill Raabe agreed to delay his play selection until 2012 so I look forward to advocating for him to direct in 2012 since he agreed to help make room in this coming season. Thanks Bill!

Also, this is a fairly aggressive season at times and will once again require lots of volunteers. As always, if you see a place or time you would like to volunteer, please speak up. We are not always good about spotting those who wish to help. We love and appreciate those who ask and put themselves forward to volunteer.

Your Playhouse president,

Daniel Russell
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Updated Carl Busch Scholarship information

It is scholarship time!

The Community Players of Hobbs is seeking applicants for its 2011 Carl Busch Scholarship.

An application can be found at www.communityplayersofhobbs.com. Applications are due Dec. 31 and can be submitted to myself or Mary Lyle.

Anyone attending college is eligible to apply. Selected applicants are asked to participate in some form or fashion at the Playhouse. High School seniors graduating in the spring are eligible to apply. Awards amount vary based on the amount of funding and selected applicants. Selected applicants will be announced at the annual Playhouse Gala on Jan. 15.

Your Christmas shopping president,

Daniel Russell
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Friday, November 26, 2010

The Carl Busch Scholarship

Yes, it's that time of year...now that you've made short work of that Thanksgiving turkey, sharpen your pencils and get to filling out these scholarship applications!

The Carl Busch Scholarship is awarded annually to deserving college students. If awarded the scholarship, students will be required to help with one play at the Hobbs Community Playhouse (20 hours minimum) in 2011. The 2010 recipients were Abhishek Chettry, Manish Paudel, and Ghanashyam Pokhrel.

The deadline for filing applications is December 31st, 2010. Please forward applications to President Daniel Russell or Vice-President Mary Lyle.

Best of luck to all applicants!

The application can be downloaded by clicking here (for PDF format) or here (for DOC format), or using the links in the sidebar to the right.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Is it almost December already?

Where has the time gone? December 1st is only 10 days away, and I bet you don't know what that means...well, it means if you want to toss your name (and a show) into the hat for the AACTFest in March 2011, you have very little time to do so! Email (or otherwise contact) Daniel Russell with your submission (click here for details, also includes a link to the submissions package with further information).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The President's latest update...2011 season meeting, board meeting, and more

Happy turkey month everyone!

AAB: The Artistic Advisory Board, which means anyone involved with the theater, will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Hobbs Community Playhouse to discuss the 2011 season. Everyone is invited to attend and give their input on next year's season. The AAB's recommendation will go to the Board of Directors, which has final approval.

BOARD OF Directors: The BOD will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. On tap is discussion of the 2011 season discussion and possible approval.

CHRISTMAS production: We're still working out details but this slated to be Dec. 9-11. Watch for more details to come but it involves Mrs. Robinson's theater class and singing from Playhouse folks.

MAROONED ON PIRATE ISLE: The haunted Halloween house went over well and involved many, many volunteers. Kudos to director Juston Harlin and assistant director Erin Anderson for help making this happen. We had 804 people come through the Playhouse over a three night period. There is lots of talk about how to do it bigger and better next year.

AACTFEST: Don't forget Theater New Mexico AACTFest registrations/competition information. It takes place in Artesia on March 10-13, 2011, for one acts. If you are interested in sending piece, please let me know. (See my last email)

UPCOMING STUFF: "Guys and Dolls" at HHS Tydings Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-20 and matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
"Christmas Around the World" is Thursday, Dec. 2, at Western Heritage Museum.

Your President,

Daniel Russell
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Also, folks, if you haven't noticed there are photos up (see slideshows to the left) of "Marooned on Pirate Isle". Additionally, the Playhouse hosted Broadmoor's "Dancing Around The World" program, a program to teach fifth-graders about other cultures. A slideshow of selected images from "Dancing Around The World" is available to the left, as well.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Theater New Mexico AACTFest

Greetings all,

Attached [Link in right sidebar, or click here - Webmaster] is Theater New Mexico AACTFest registrations/competition information. It takes place in Artesia on March 10-13, 2011 (so it is mucho close by).

Entered shows are judged and have a chance to advance to Regionals. In the past, Hobbs has entered this and done fairly well, advancing several times to Regionals. There are also workshops and monologue competitions, etc.

Please read over the PDF and if you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible.

Your President,

Daniel Russell
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Remember, the Playhouse has 73 years of history and the "community" in community theater means everyone, including you!