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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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Vietnam War spanned nearly 20 years, from late 1955 to the spring of 1975. The United States sent advisors and trainers in the latter half of the 1950's, and escalated troop levels throughout the early 1960's, and in 1965 began deploying combat units. The war became increasingly costly to U.S. forces, with the height of the war being the 1968 Tet offensive.
The U.S. committed over 500,000 troops at the height of it's involvement in the war. American casualties numbered nearly 60,000 dead and over 300,000 wounded. The war overall claimed nearly 4 million lives. And those who returned home from the war paid a very heavy price.
All told, some 3 million Americans served in Vietnam, over half of them in active combat operations. Sixty-one percent of casualties were aged 21 or younger. And over 800,000 suffered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Vietnam was arguably one of the most devastating wars in terms of it's effects on returning troops, with nearly a third of Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD or PTSD symptoms. This made for extremely difficult reintegration when returning home, with a nation sharply divided over the war itself and families ill-equipped to handle the emotional toll the war took on them and the veterans returning to them.
Jeremy Collier served two tours in Vietnam. Like his fellow Vietnam veterans, he experienced brutal horrors in the field of combat. Now home from the war, he is spending his first Thanksgiving with the family in several years, yet Jeremy is a different man. Vietnam left a deep mark on Jeremy, one that is hard to understand and harder still to live with. Yet his mother Maruine and father Bob, as well as his younger sister Karen, do their best to try and understand what he has been through. For Jeremy, the hardest battle is the one after the war...
"Home Front" opens September 9th at 8 PM at the Playhouse. Performances follow on September 10th, 16th, and 17th at 8 PM, with a matinee on September 11th at 2 PM. Tickets are $10, and go on sale Monday, September 5th, 2011 from 4-6 PM. Ticket sales continue through September 8th, and tickets are also on sale during performances. NO TELEPHONE OR INTERNET RESERVATIONS. Tickets can be bought in advance or during performances.
"Home Front" is directed by Bill Raabe, with Assistant Director Erin Miller-Gibbs, and stars Robert Schumacher as Bob Collier, Tisha Thompson as Maruine Collier, Nathan Gibbs as Jeremy Collier, and Veronikka Sylvas as Karen Collier.
2012 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 26, 2011.
You can turn in proposals to myself or Sandy Goad. Proposals forms can be found at our Website, www.communityplayersofhobbs.com.
Please use the form and give 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.
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. (comedies are always more popular than serious dramas, etc.)
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 sometimes difficult choices and tradeoffs. I appreciate everyone's understanding in advance.
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. 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.
We also had a request with possibly funding to team up with Sheri's Memorial Fund to put on a play about domestic violence in February. If interested, let me know. We will also be having in our schedule a show funded/partially funded with the N.M. centennial celebrations.
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.
Links to the play submission form are on the right side of the website, or click here (DOC) or here (PDF).
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
So what, you might say.
Well, here are some examples of what AACT and TNM can do for you.
Through AACT, you can receive discounts on music, costumes, and performance rights. There is a network of AACT member organizations that will assist with technical issues (loaning of specialized props/costumes), extensive message boards (believe me, every problem you can come up with has probably been solved by someone at some time), and a knowledge base of "how to's" for a broad range of theatre subjects. Visit http://www.aact2.org for more information.
Theatre New Mexico offers assistance via a network of community theatre organizations in New Mexico. From Artesia to Los Alamos, Farmington to Las Vegas, TNM has over 30 theatre organizations statewide. Member theatres often loan equipment/props/costumes, can provide technical assistance, and have even had members perform in show with other theatre groups. Expertise, assistance, advertising for member theatres, audition notices, and a large network of fellow "theatre people" are available to assist. Via TNM, there is even opportunity to take a show "on the road" for a special engagement at a fellow TNM playhouse (we have a standing invitation to "travel" a show to the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center in Artesia, for example). TNM also awards scholarships and statewide awards in recognition of theatre service, and hosts the state level AACTFest competitions (odd numbered years) and theatre conferences (even numbered years). Visit them at http://www.theatrenm.org for more information.
As of this year, Hobbs is represented on the Theatre New Mexico Board of Directors. Robert Schumacher is a Board Member at Large with TNM, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about being a TNM member!