Bringing the Bard to the Banks of the Guadalupe

It’s almost time for the 7th Annual Shakespeare In the Park presentation, a joint project of Playhouse 2000 and The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department! 

A large and talented group of actors led by Jessica Sturm is preparing to present The Merry Wives of Windsor in Louise Hays Park on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 at 8:00 pm.

As always, there’s no admission charge to enjoy the show.

Pick up a lawn chair and your favorite theater companions on the way, and plan an evening of classic theater under the stars!

See you there!
Special Notice:

Linda Bullard, Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, and Schreiner University Professor of English Dr. Kathleen Hudson are presenting a lecture entitled “Who Was Shakespeare?” on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 in the Lion’s Den Theater in the Activity Center at Schreiner.
The guest lecturer is Bonner Miller Cutting, author of Necessary Mischief: Exploring the Shakespeare Authorship Question, who has been called “one of the most engaging and original speakers in Elizabethan scholarship and Shakespearean authorship studies.”

Admission to the lecture is Free.

P2K YOUTH THEATER Traveling to Youth Conference with The Hundred Dresses

The P2K Youth Theatre Program ensures that all the wonderful experiences adults enjoy at Playhouse 2000 are also available to young folks.

In the same way P2K participates in the AACT/Fest cycle of One-Act-Play competition, our Youth have entered the festival fray with a production of Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills’ play adaptation of Eleanor Estes outstanding novel The Hundred Dresses.

We’re proud to say that the group earned an invitation to participate in the Texas Nonprofit Theatres Youth Conference June 12 to 16 in Irving, Texas. They’ll join more than 20 companies whose young actors will create outstanding performances over the five days of the festival.

Companies apply to perform at the Youth Conference, bringing their own show to be performed for the other conferees and the general public, with tickets available for purchase at the box office before each show. Each of the shows receives feedback from a qualified Commentator, adding to the educational value of the showcases.

You’ll get a chance to preview The Hundred Dresses before it hits the road. Watch this space for details.

The cast of The Hundred Dresses includes Isa Barker as “Wanda,” Phaedra Bowlby as “Peggy,” Beth Cunningham as “Maddie,” Camille Sheffield as “Jan,” Isaiah Brooks as “Jack,” Caroline Daschel as “Cecile,” Dharma Dinkla as “Willie,” Eleanor Distel as “Miss Mason,” and Elyse Brooks as “Svenson,”

Luke Huber will handle lighting control; Kendal Dye is the student Costumer.
The Stage Manager is Trinidad Laurenzi, with Assistant Stage Manager Clara Yoder and Road Manager Ella O’Donnell. The entire production is supervised and directed by Sarah Distel.

The Pretty Trap Headed to Nationals!!

Kerrville’s Community Theater, Playhouse 2000, has earned the honor of presenting their one act play at the prestigious National Festival of the American Association of Community Theater in June.

The local company is one of just twelve from across the United States and US military bases in Europe to be selected for this bi-annual festival.

They were selected from all entries in the Region VI Festival held in Midland, Texas, over the weekend.  The Regional Festival included companies from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and Louisiana in addition to the two plays that represented all Texas theaters.

In addition to the overall honor of being named “Advancing Company,” P2K was recognized for “Excellence in Scenic Design” for the set designed by Jeffrey Brown and created by Nicholas Boland and the company’s scenic volunteers.  They were also selected for the “Back Stage” award recognizing the skills of their tech crew, which included Darcey Wagner on lights and Treston Mack on Sound.

Jeremy Sosa, who played the role of “Jim Delaney” was cited for “Excellence in Acting,” and Amy Goodyear was name overall “Best Actress” of the festival for her portrayal of “Amanda Wingfield.”  Jeffrey Brown, Playhouse 2000’s Executive Director,” took “Best Director” honors.

The American Association of Community Theatres’ “AACTFest” provides a forum for hundreds of community theatres from AACT’s twelve regions to enter productions for adjudication and advancement from the state level to the regional level and finally, to the national level.

Playhouse 2000’s entry for this cycle, a little-know short play by Tennessee Williams entitled “The Pretty Trap,” has progressed from the “Quad Festivals” held across Texas in February, through the State Festival, “TEX Fest,” in April, and now through the Regional Festival.

At TEX Fest, P2K also brought home honors including “Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design” and “Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design” as well as “All Star Cast” honors for Mr. Sosa.

Playhouse 2000’s ensemble of four actors, two technicians and one stage manager will travel to Gettysburg and perform for AACT/Fest on Thursday, June 20th.  As representatives of the five-state Region VI, they will be one of a handful of companies so honored.

Joining Mr. Sosa and Mrs. Goodyear in the cast are Jacob Grona in the role of “Tom,” and Laina Lowry as “Laura.” Heather Cunningham is the Stage Manager.

Playhouse 2000 is proud to be Kerrville’s Community Theater, offering opportunities to participate in the art of theater to hundreds of volunteers each year.  More information is available at www.playhouse2000.com.

CAST ANNOUNCED for Women in Jeopardy

Thanks to those who came out to audition for our upcoming comedy WOMEN IN JEOPARDY! We are pleased to announce the following cast:

Mary – Darcey Hill Wagner
Jo – Amy E. Goodyear
Liz – Serenity Lewis-Lockhart
Jackson – Barry G. Wall
Amanda – Sarah Jerusha Brooks
Trenner – TBD

Rehearsal begin Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Mark your calendars for this hilarious adventure – opens June 14 in the VK Garage Theater!

AACT Region VI: Pre-Regional Preview with Reception

Your Playhouse 2000 is proud to have advanced from the local QuadFest, through the state-wide “TEXFest,” to now represent all of Texas at AACTFest – Region VI
 
All-Star Cast honoree
Jeremy Sosa as “Jim” with Laina Lowry

as “Laura”
At the State festival in March, Playhouse 2000 was honored with awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design” (by Jeffrey Brown with Nick Boland) and “Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design” (by Amy Goodyear with Diane Royce Smith)and Actor Jeremy Sosa, who portrays “Jim,” was named to the

Dinner with “Amanda” (Amy Goodyear,)
“Jim” (Jeremy Sosa,) “Laura” (Laina Lowry,)
and “Tom” (Jacob Grona.)

festival’s All Star Cast

And, P2K was named one of two companies who will represent Texas in the Five-State Region VI Festival, the next step in the American Association of Community Theaters’ nation-wide One-Act-Play competition.
We will travel to Midland, Texas on May 2nd to take our place among ten companies from Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arizona, each seeking the single available invitation to the National AACT/Fest to be held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in June.
You’re invited to enjoy a Preview Performance
of
The Pretty Trap
by Tennessee Williams
on
FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH AT 7:00 PM
IN THE CAILLOUX THEATER.
The performance will be followed by a
wine-and-cheese “meet the cast” reception.

 

There’s no admission charge to enjoy this 45-minute play.  We will be asking for donations to help defray the cost of traveling on this special trip.   
 
Please join us for a delightful evening of theater, and support this cast and crew
as they do their best to represent Playhouse 2000 and Kerrville. 
 
The Cast of The Pretty Trap along with Stage Manager Heather Cunningham

CAST ANNOUNCED for Shakespeare in the Park

Thanks to all who came out to audition for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. We are pleased to announce the following cast:

Falstaff – Brian Schuyler
Francis Ford – Mitch Mitchell
George Page – Jared Graf
Mistress Ford – Heather Butler
Mistress Page – Amanda Radkiewicz
Anne Page/Rugby – Faith Mooney
Mistress Quickly – Seabrook Jones
Robert Shallow – Colton Vanfossen
Abraham Slender/Robin – Dale Green
Sir Hugh Evans/Nym – Mark Sturm
Doctor Caius – Katie Bishop
The Host of Garter Inn – Joan Bryson
Pistol/Fenton – Michael Winguard
Simple – Stacie Tijerina

The cast will meet for the first read through this Thursday at 5:30 in the Annex (where we auditioned).

Playhouse 2000 and Schreiner Theatre and Music; Footloose,The Musical   

Show gets Rave Reviews!  Ends this weekend!
People stood and cheered the two previous weekends of performances of the Playhouse 2000 and Schreiner University joint production of Footloose, The Musical at The Cailloux Theater.
The show will have just two more performances, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring a talented cast drawn from both campus and community, Footloose offers an evening of high-energy singing and dancing, plus a “feel-good” story that sends folks out with a smile.
The show is excellent entertainment for the family, but due to the occasional use of moderately adult language, Footloose, like the film on which it is based, is rated “PG.”
Footloose, The Musical
Tickets $22 and $27 – Reserved Seating
Children/Students just $15 in all sections
Click HERE
or
Call the Box Office at (830) 896-9393.

P2K Youth Theater Program “Blitz” Theater 

Many members of the P2K Youth Theater Program had a unique experience over Spring Break – a 24-hour project to create a fully realized play in one day!

More than 20 young people arrived at the theater on Monday at 7:00 pm prepared to spend the night working toward a performance of Stephen Gregg’s witty and timely one-act This is a Test.

By 7:00 the next night, the kids has selected directors,

assigned the parts, created sets and props, designed costumes and lights, learned their lines, and raised the curtain on a performance for parents, friends and supporters.

Just another example of outstanding experiences provided by the folks at Playhouse 2000!  Many thanks to the parent volunteers who helped make this happen, and to our Youth Program leader, Sarah Distel.

P2K One-Act-Play:  Pretty Trap Advances 

Playhouse 2000’s entry in the bi-annual AACTFest One-Act-Play competition, Tennessee William’s The Pretty Trap, traveled to Baytown last weekend to participate in the State-level festival known as Tex-Fest, and we enjoyed some real success.
We were fortunate to receive awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design” (costumes were by Amy Goodyear) and “Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design” (by Jeffrey Brown and Nick Boland) and Jeremy Sosa was named to the “All Star Cast” for his portrayal of “Jim.”
Most importantly, we were one of two plays selected from the field of 12 to represent Texas in the next round of festivals – the five-state Region VI, which includes Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and Louisianna.
We’ll travel to Midland, Texas for the Region VI Festival the first weekend in May, where we’ll have the opportunity to vie for the single available invitation to the National AACTFest in Gettysburg in June.
We offer thanks to the cast and crew: Amy Goodyear as “Amanda,” Jeremy Sosaas “Jim,” Laina Lowry as “Laura,” Jacob Grona as “Tom,” Stage Manager Heather Cunningham, Tech Director Nick Boland, and crew Treston Mack.
We’ll perform the play locally one more time before we head out.  Watch this space for details.

P2K and Schreiner Theatre and Music:  Footloose Opens Next Week!    

We’re just one week away from Opening Night of the P2K/Schreiner joint production of the feel-good musical Footloose!  The show’s three-weekend run starts on Friday, March 29.

Based on the movie of the same name, Footloose relates the story of “Ren McCormack” (Arnold Alaniz) who is transplanted from Chicago to mythical small town of Bomont, where laws have been passed to protect the local citizens from the evil influence of dancing.  There, he meets the power behind the laws, “Shaw Moore” (Rob Ward) and his rebellious daughter, “Ariel” (Olivia Merritt) and learns the tragic history behind the restrictions.  With determination and a bit of human insight, Ren works to heal Bomont’s broken heart and return joy to the lives of its citizens.
The cast features a mix of folks from campus and community, including (in addition to the above) Seabrook Jones as Shaw’s wife, “Vi,” Cindy Vennes as Ren’s mom, “Ethel,” Judy Brown as Ren’s Aunt “Lulu,” and Jared Graff as Uncle “Wes.”
Ren’s new friend “Willard” is played by last year’s “Bobby Child,” Andrew Cannon.  Samantha Ugarte plays Ariel’s best friend “Rusty,” often joined on stage by Anessa Hernandez as “Urleen,” Anna Arce as “LaVerne,” Natalie Adams as “Wendy Jo,” and Rosy Murphy as “Lucky.”  Ariel’s ne’er do well boyfriend “Chuck” is played by Adam Rich, with Teston Mack as his sidekick “Lyle.”
Other’s in this smalll town include Amanda Radkiewicz as “Eleanor,” wife to “Coach Dunbar,” played Mitch MitchellJoan Bryson as “Betty,” owner of the local burger joint, and townspeople and students including Lysette RodriguezTrinity UrquhartConstance Joy EvansAmy BakerPatti Goforth, and Keaton Mitchell as “Jeeter.”
When it ran on Broadway, Footloose earned four “Tony” Award nominations, including Best Score and Best Musical, and launched both a Broadway run and multiple national tours.  It’s bound to be a favorite for you, too!
Note: due to some minor uses of colorful language, we’re rating this one “PG” 
You can enjoy Footloose, The Musical starting Friday, March 29th for three weekends.  Get reservations in advance (tickets are $22 and $27 – all children/students just $15 in all sections) by clicking HERE, or avoid online convenience fees by calling the Box Office at (830) 896-9393.
P.S.  We still have a few seats available for our famous “Opening Night Dinner” on March 29, featuring a themed menu created by our friends at Rails, A Cafe At The Depot.  Dinner AND the show just $57 per person.  Call (830) 896-9393 to make reservations.