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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

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Take the trip in four days...

That's right...only four days until the Playhouse becomes Central Park. Come to "5th Avenue and 74th Street" on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 8 PM.

"The Zoo Story" was originally written in 1959 by American Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee. Albee is considered by many to be the American master of "Theatre of the Absurd", alongside such names as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard.

"The Zoo Story" was Albee's first play, among other works such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", "A Delicate Balance", "Breakfast at Tiffany's", and the stage adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita".

Albee, now 82, is still active in theatre, and is currently a distinguished professor at the University of Houston, where he teaches playwriting.

"The Zoo Story" is directed by Nathan R. Miles (Director - "Rabbit Hole", "All My Sons"), and stars Nick Keel ("Company of Wayward Saints", "Rabbit Hole") and Robert Schumacher ("Company of Wayward Saints", "The Curious Savage", "All My Sons").

Shows are March 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 8 PM, tickets are $10 (general admission) and $8 (students/seniors). Call 575-393-0676 for reservations, or use the email link to the right.

Proceeds will go toward sending the cast & crew to Artesia for the 2011 AACTFest competition. Come out and support "Team Zoo Story", your representatives in the AACT competition!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Peter and Jerry...take the trip...

Peter is a middle-aged publishing executive. A husband, father, and provider, he is quiet and has a love for literature.

Jerry, on the other hand, is younger and lives the life of a drifter. Spontaneous where Peter is placid, excited where Peter is calm, they could scarcely be more different.

Come see "The Zoo Story", March 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 8 PM at the Playhouse. Please come out and support "Team Zoo Story". Proceeds from the show will support our team for their trip to Artesia for AACTFest 2011.

Meet the director...Nathan R. Miles

The AACTFest competition takes place every two years, and starts with competitions at the state level. This year, New Mexico's AACTFest is in Artesia, hosted by the Artesia Community Theatre.

Theater companies enter shows, but are constrained by time limits of 60 minutes for performance, and 10 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to strike their set. Shows can be full length plays with an approved "cutting" to meet time constraints, or one-act shows that already meet the time constraints. Sets, obviously, must be portable, and all set pieces must fit in a designated space of approximately 100 square feet. Quite a challenge for directors, performers, and technical crews!

This year, the Community Players of Hobbs is entering the one-act play "The Zoo Story" by Edward Albee. "The Zoo Story" is directed by Nathan R. Miles. Nathan has previously directed "All My Sons" and "Rabbit Hole" at the Playhouse, and "Proof" at West Texas A&M University.

Your degree is in theater. Why did you choose this field?

As a kid, I had always loved "playing pretend". When I got to high school, it was something I enjoyed, but I didn't really fall in love with it until I got to college. In college, I realized that not only was this something I wanted to do for a living, but that I wanted to teach others this craft.

You have directed several shows, and appeared in several shows. Which do you prefer...acting or directing?

Honestly, it depends on the show and the role. There are roles I've played, and roles I'd love to play, that remind me of why I love acting so much. Ultimately, however, I think the storytelling elements of directing, coaching actors, and putting together the entire experience for the audience makes directing something I come back to time and time again.

Of the shows you've previously directed, which was the most challenging, and why?

Every show brings a unique challenge, be it a heavy hitting drama or a children's theater piece. But I would have to say that the most challenging, and often times the most natural, show I directed would be "Rabbit Hole". There is such a delicate balance that you must maintain in that show, that if you lose that balance it lessens the impact and the message I was trying to relate to the audience.

Why did you choose "The Zoo Story" for entry into the competition?

I chose "The Zoo Story" for it's competitive elements, the deeper subtext in the show, and ultimately because I like the story. It has several comedic elements to it, while still retaining the qualities of a thought provoking drama and a tense thriller. I felt it would give me a chance to explore new themes and stretch me as a director, which is what I always look for in a show.

Given the opportunity and resources, what show is it your dream to direct?

I've been very lucky thus far to be allowed to tell the stories that have been important and personal to me. Honestly, my "dream show" to direct would be "Cabaret" by Kander and Ebb. I love the balance between the it's large scale musical numbers and intimate storytelling that you don't find in many musicals. I would love to present a show that, on the surface is a musical extravaganza, while something sinister and threatening lurks beneath. I'd like to be able to show that silence allows intolerance to spread, and to use that motif to bring out a vision of humanity at the apocalypse.

How do you feel about being in a competition show?

I'm excited, nervous, but ready to take this next step in my growth as a director. This is the first time I have put myself in a place where my work as a director is being seriously judged and critiqued. I'm deeply honored to represent the Playhouse and Hobbs in a competition.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I hope people come out and support this show, since it is representing their theater in a statewide competition, and they deserve to see the show that is carrying their name to the competition. More importantly, I hope people come out and support the cast and crew that have worked so hard to put this show together. While this show is intended for mature audiences, it's still a great show, and I hope you will come out and support us.

Please come out and support "Team Zoo Story". Proceeds from the show will support our team for their trip to Artesia.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Meet the actor...Nick Keele as "Jerry"

Edward Albee wrote "The Zoo Story" in 1958. Originally titled "Peter and Jerry", it explores themes of isolation, loneliness, social disparity and dehumanization in a commercial world. "Jerry" intrudes in "Peter's" quiet world, seeking to make contact with another person in the crowded city of New York.

Nick Keele plays the role of "Jerry". Nick has previously appeared on the Playhouse stage in "Company of Wayward Saints" and "Rabbit Hole", and "Murder Room" at NMJC.

How did you first get involved in theater?

I was introduced to theater by my friend, Evan Witkowski, when I auditioned for "Murder Room" at NMJC. I fell in love with it then, and have been doing it ever since.

What is your favorite aspect of creating a role?

The ability to take away from myself. Sort of as an escape from reality, and imagine myself in another life.

Of the previous roles you've played, what is your favorite and why?

"Jason Willette" from "Rabbit Hole". It was the first character I connected with emotionally and felt I could truly deliver on. "Jason" was an easy person to relate to, but I could see the differences between us based on what had happened to him.

Would you say that "Jerry" in "The Zoo Story" has been your most challenging role to date?

Yes, challenging is quite an understatement. He's so different from me that being in his place is fun, yet challenging to comprehend.

How do you feel about being in a competition show?

For being a "rookie" in theater, and Jerry being such an important role, it is fun, exciting, exhausting, stressful, and challenging. It is an honor to represent a work as important as "The Zoo Story" to Nathan.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Come see the show!

Please come out and support "Team Zoo Story". Proceeds from the show will support our team for their trip to Artesia.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meet the actor...Robert Schumacher as "Peter"

Coming soon..."The Zoo Story", our entry in the 2011 AACTFest competition. "The Zoo Story" is a one-act play written by Edward Albee. The show opens on a park bench in Manhattan's Central Park, with "Peter" reading a book and "Jerry" walking to upper Manhattan after a trip to the zoo. What happens next? We find out on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 8 PM.

Robert Schumacher plays the role of "Peter". Robert has previously appeared in "All My Sons", "The Curious Savage", and "Company of Wayward Saints" at the Playhouse.

How did you get involved in theater?

I auditioned for "Company of Wayward Saints" after reading about it in my company's newsletter. You could say from there I was hooked.

After getting a part, what is your process in creating a role?

I try to learn who the person is. I create a history, even to things that don't directly relate to what is seen on stage, and I basically try to learn how to "be" that person.

You've performed in comedies, and last summer you stepped into the world of dramas. Of the two genres, which do you find more challenging and which do you prefer to do?

I initially found comedy very difficult, as I never considered myself "funny". I had wanted to attempt drama initially, and once I had the opportunity I realized that, personally, drama was significantly more difficult. I prefer drama, mainly because I see it more often relating real life issues and situations you don't often find in comedies.

What would you say has been the most challenging role you have played thus far?

"Joe Keller" in "All My Sons". It was my first drama, and was the first role I had to learn in that amount of depth. It was also the character that, thus far, was the most different from who I am.

What has been the most challenging aspect of "The Zoo Story" for you?

I'd have to point out two. First, "Peter" is far more different from me than even "Joe Keller" was, and has been far harder to learn. The second would be the physical limitations brought on by the character.

How do you feel about being in a competition show?

Honestly...intimidated. Nervous. Excited, but more nervous than stepping on stage in any show thus far. But I am honored to be representing the Playhouse and Hobbs in competition.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes...come see the show, you owe it to yourself to see what will represent you in competition.

Please come out and support "Team Zoo Story". Proceeds from the show will support our team for their trip to Artesia.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"The Zoo Story", our entry in the 2011 AACTFest

The Playhouse will hold performances of Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story" on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 8 PM. Directed by Nathan R. Miles, "The Zoo Story" is a one-act play that is our entry into the 2011 AACTFest.

AACTFest is the American Association of Community Theater Festival, a state level competition that sends competitors to a regional (and later a national) competition. This year, AACTFest will be held in Artesia, New Mexico at the state level, Lewisville, Texas for the regional level, and Rochester, New York for the national level.

Winners at the state level advance to compete in the regional competition. To compete, theater companies must enter a show that has a total performance time of 60 minutes or less, with a setup and strike time of no more than 10 minutes.

Our entry this year, "The Zoo Story", is a story of Peter, a man reading a book on a park bench in Central Park in New York, and Jerry, another man who earnestly tries to draw Peter into conversation. Robert Schumacher plays the role of Peter, and Nick Keele the role of Jerry.

Also included in the competition is a new feature, the monologue workshop and competition. Presenting monologues are playhouse veterans Brad Jett and Briana Schneider. Winners of the monologue competition will perform on the final day of competition for the entire conference.

Make your reservations now to see "The Zoo Story". Tickets are $10, and show dates are March 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 8 PM at the Playhouse.

Please come out and show your support, as proceeds from the public performances will go towards the costs of sending the group on to competition.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Take the trip...

Coming soon to the Hobbs Community Playhouse...a play by Edward Albee...from the director of "Rabbit Hole" and "All My Sons"...

The Zoo Story

Take the trip on March 3rd.

(Tune in on February 22nd for more information.)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Important update! A busy Playhouse is a good Playhouse!

Hello Playhouse campers!

Lots of stuff going on so hold on to your kites!

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN: The musical comedy continues this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each night. Make your reservations today, 575-393-0676.

Here's what some folks have said about it who saw it the first weekend:
"Great show! A wonderful evening of music, laughs and my favorite cartoon characters brought to life. Bravo!"
"I really enjoyed the show!"
"Really enjoyed opening night. What fun!"

AUDITIONS: Don't miss auditions for this funny comedy, Hallelujah Girls. I describe it as a Steel Magnolias-esque play with six women running a spa as they talk about life and, of course, men. Auditions are this SUNDAY and MONDAY at 6:30 p.m. at the Playhouse. The play calls for six women and two men. Directed by Sandy Goad. If you've ever thought about auditioning, this might be the show for you! All you have to do to audition is show up. Sandy will walk you through the rest. Show dates are April 1, 2, 3, and April 8 and 9.

"Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action takes place in the SPA-DEE-DAH, an abandoned church-turned-day-spa where the women gather every Friday afternoon. A side-splitting comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout "Hallelujah!"

ZOO STORY: "The Zoo Story" will be performing March 3, 4, and 5 at 8 p.m. This one act show is one of Edward Albee's best known plays. Proceeds will help pay for the cast to travel to Artesia on March 10 to compete in New Mexico's American Association of Community Theater Festival. Tickets are $10 so please make plans to attend and help this crew of folks attend the three-day festival. A little support from everyone adds quickly.

Oh, one last thing.... stop by Lea County Commission for the Arts. They have wonderful display of hats going on, some of which were featured in last years "Crowns" production at the Playhouse.

Your "Happiness is ..." President,

Daniel Russell
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Two more chances to catch "Charlie Brown", an added show this season, and a change to the season

You have two more chances to catch "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown". This very family-friendly musical features the classic cast of "Peanuts", and is good fun for the whole family. Shows are Friday, 2/18 at 8 PM and Saturday, 2/19 at 8 PM. "Charlie Brown" is directed by Mary Lyle and stars Juston Harlin, Josh Berner, Erin Anderson, Leigh Melton, Ronnie Gray, Sarah Bunch, and Tyler Bunch. Come on out and bring the kids!

And...coming up after "Charlie Brown", the Playhouse will feature three performances of Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story". This one-act show is the Playhouse's entry in the 2011 Theater New Mexico AACTFest, the state level competition for the national AACT theater contest. Directed by Nathan R. Miles, the show stars Nick Keele as "Jerry" and Robert Schumacher as "Peter". In conjunction with the performance, Playhouse veterans Briana Schneider and Brad Jett will deliver monologues (also a part of the competition). Shows are March 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 8 PM, and proceeds will go toward costs associated with the company's entry in the festival.

Finally, note a change to the season; Bill Raabe will direct "Homefront", which shows September 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th. This show is taking the spot of "Hound of the Baskervilles", but will show on the same dates.

See you at the shows!

Monday, February 7, 2011

"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" opens this week!

Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 8 PM...the Peanuts Gang comes to Hobbs!

Come see "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown", with Juston Harlin, Josh Berner, Erin Anderson, Leigh Melton, Ronnie Gray, Sarah Bunch, Tyler Bunch.

Following shows are February 12th (8 PM), 13th (2 PM), 18th & 19th (8 PM). The show is very family-friendly and good entertainment for all ages.

So don't miss it! Good grief!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown opens in just over a week! You don't want to miss this show.
Everyone has felt like they are one of the Peanuts characters at one time or another and we all have a little Charlie Brown in us so don't miss the chance to see these characters brought to life on stage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Show dates are Feb 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8pm and Feb 13 at 2pm.