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, December 7, 2011
Announcing...the 2012 75th Anniversary Playhouse Season!
Here is the 2012 Season. The board was pleased with choices and that most every director submitted several choices. As always, setting the season is a difficult task that can never achieve the goal of making everyone satisfied but we are profoundly pleased with those who did submit. Submitting plays to direct is difficult task unto itself so thank you. It is amazing the breath of talent and interests we have in the community theater family as we try to cultivate new talent and interest for future generations as well as maintain what has been built by the Playhouse's veterans and forefathers.
This is the theater's 75th anniversary of the Community Players being in existence. We have few rookie directors, a longtime director, a melodrama type show to celebrate the 100th anniversary of New Mexico and the Playhouse's 75th year, and as always our popular children's youth workshop production.
So here it goes....
Celebrating Community Players of Hobbs’ 75th anniversary
(Season subject to change. All dates are tentative.)
Feb. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
"Fiddler on the Roof"
Directed by Nathan Miles
Musical Director Daniella Mendez
Choreography Karen Salb
This Broadway music classic, which won nine Tony awards including Best Musical, is the story of Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Audience will delight in the musical score that includes "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "If I Were a Rich Man."
Cast: Approximately 30 of various ages
Reviews: New York Times — “Filled with laughter and tenderness. It catches the essence of a moment in history with sentiment and radiance. An exceptional accomplishment.”
Newsweek Magazine — “One of the great musical comedies of our era."
April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21
Directed by Samantha Collins
A down-home country comedy, set in Faith County Fairgrounds in Mineola, a town that is located somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the South – a place where beehive hairdos are still the rage and Saturday nights are reserved for the tractor pull in nearby Pickler.
The comedy's plot centers around the events at the fair, a pair of love interests and local gossip, as well as some poetry reading and piano playing from artists whose talents are, to say the least, questionable.
A colorful set of good ol' folk gather for the county fair, and there's stiff competition in the arts and crafts category.
Cast: Six females, three males
Reviews: Studio Theater — "Hilarious."
Bowbwells Communty Theater — "We received standing ovations!" Foundation of Arts — “Hilarious prepare yourself for non stop laughter!”
June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
Directed by Juston and Larry Harlin
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets.
Winner of several Tony awards, including Best Original Musical Score and Obie Awards, including Best Book and Lyrics. Performed regionally at such places at Baylor University and Texas Tech University, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
Cast: 11-20, ensemble with feature roles
Reviews: CurtainUp — “This is comedy -- often of the laugh-out-loud variety -- and it takes pokes at almost everything in its path.”
Playbill — “Many consider (this) the funniest musical comedy this side of The Producers … with the most unlikely title on Broadway”
July 19, 20, 21, 22
"Aladdin Jr." (Youth Summer Workshop)
Directed by Sandy Goad and Ronnie Gray
All of your favorite characters are here in Disney’s Aladdin Jr., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!
Cast: This all youth cast, ages 9-18, includes many roles and many weeks of daily training for students in Lea County.
September 13, 14, 15, 16 (tentative)
"Rascality on the Rig" or "Oils Well that Ends Well"
Directed by Glynese Floyd
Assistant Director Mary Lyle
Last performed in Hobbs in 1962, this vaudeville melodrama is a celebration of the Playhouse’s 75th anniversary and New Mexico’s 100th anniversary. Besides a classic presentation of a traditional melodrama, the olios will include other talented performers that will leave the audience remembering back to the good ol’ days as well enjoying good, hearty laughs.
Cast: Multiple stock characters
Making use of theater techniques and skills, the annual Halloween haunted house for an experiential adventure in October.
Directed by Jonathan Bertschinger
This one act comedy is an absurdist drama about 5 people waiting in line for an event (what event it is, is never made clear—several of the characters' stated expectations contradict the others). Each of the characters uses their wiles in an attempt to be first in line, getting more and more vicious as the play continues. Line is the longest-running Off-Off Broadway show on the boards, having played continuously at the 13th Street Repertory Theater since 1974.
Cast: Four males, one female
Review: New York Times — “Wit, Humor and Fantasy. Hilarious”