Big Laughs, Big Love for Southern Fried Funeral 

“Sold Out” Opening Night!

It was standing room only in the VK Garage Theater for the opening weekend of our new comedy, Southern Fried Funeral.

As the playwright says,”Funerals bring out the best, the worst – and the funniest – in people.”  And all three are on display in this play that has been called “a big-hearted comedy about family Southern style.”

To help you get the flavor of the show – here are a few production photos (thank you to Tony Gallucci.)

 

Jessica Sturm and Sarah Brooks are sisters “Sammy Jo” and “Harlene” reunited for the funeral under the watchful eyes of family friend “Martha Ann Fox” (Becka Grey) and SonShine Committee chair “Ozella Meeks” (Amanda Radkiewicz.)

 

Russell French is the snake-in-the-grass Brother In Law “Uncle Dub”, seen here conferring with his lawyer “Atticus Van Leer,” played by Jared Graf.

 

Liz Koeninger is “Dorothy Frye,” wife of the late Dewey Frye.

 

“Sammy Jo” (Jessica Sturm) and her husband “Beecham”
(real-life husband Mark Sturm) wonder what younger brother
“Dewey Jr.” (Andrew Molnar) is up to.

 

As family friends gather at Dorothy’s house, we meet “Martha Ann”
(Becka Grey,) “Fairy June” (Barbara French,” and “Benny Charles” (Brian Schuyler.)

Performances of Southern Fried Funeral continue for two more weekends.
Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30, Sundays at 2:30.  General Admission tickets are just $22.  Click HERE to reserve your seats today, before more nights sell out!

The full cast of Southern Fried Funeral, with
director R Sheldon Boyce (front) and
Assistant Director Treston Mack (far right.)

Special Offer!  “Twice the FUNeral”
If one Southern Comedy is good, two is great!
When you get tickets to see the P2K Production of
Southern Fried Funeral
we’ll give you a coupon good for $5 off per ticket
to see another comedy,
Dearly Departed
at The HCAF Point Theatre
(The Elizabeth Huth Coates Indoor Theater)
running August 16 to 31.
P.S. – if you get to Dearly Departed first, be sure to pick

up your coupon for $5 off Southern Fried Funeral tickets.

Summer Camp Wraps Up  in Grand Style

CONGRATULATIONS!

The large audiences stood and cheered after every performance of this year’s Summer Musical Theater Camp production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast  Jr.” – and the effusive praise was well deserved.

It would take many paragraphs to offer individual kudos to the more than 75 people – young and not-so-young – involved in making this project a reality, so we’ll count on you to know who YOU should say “congratulations” to.
In case you missed it – here are a select few, representative photos (Thank you to Paul Stafford, Wild Focus Photography.)

 

Elyse Brooks as “Belle,” with Keaton Mitchell as “The Beast”

 

Trinidad Laurenzi as “LeFou” singing to best friend “Gaston,” played by Cruz Garcia, along with the other folks at the local tavern.

 

Gaston’s adoring “Silly Girls”: Lucy CunninghamCamille SheffieldCaroline Daschel, and Isabella Barker.

 

The castle staff sings “Human Again.”

 

Some of the many townspeople populating Belle’s village.

 

The whole cast sings “The Finale”

The P2K Youth Theater production of “Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr” by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Alan Menken and Linda Wolverton, Directed by Sarah Distel; Heather Cunningham, Choreographer; Michael Kahl, Music Director; Brandy Sander, Assistant Music Director; Scenes designed by Nicholas Boland and Painted by Joleen Franklin and Tish Miller; Costumes designed by Jennifer Daschel; Lighting designed by Treston Mack; Susan Matteson, Accompanist; Student Assistants Elana Argil and Ella O’Donnell; Summer Interns Jillian Linton and James Burns sponsored by George and Teri Stieren.

Auditions for Our Town August 25 and 26

Auditions for the final show in the Playhouse 2000 2019 Season, the American classic Our Town, will be Saturday, August 25 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Werlein Annex Studio (913 Jefferson).

Auditioners will be asked to read from the script.  We hope everyone will come out and help us produce a beautiful show to wrap up this wonderful season.

Online audition forms and additional audition information available at this link – https://playhouse2000.com/auditions/

Summer-Time Fare Next on the P2K Menu

Get “Twice the FUNeral” with a special combined offer from P2K the HCAF Point Theatre!

A terrific cast and director R Sheldon Boyce, assisted by Treston Mack, will head into “Tech Week” on Sunday, putting the final touches on preparation for the next show in Playhouse 2000’s Season 2019, Osborne & Eppler’s hilarious comedy Southern Fried Funeral.

When you see the play, you’ll meet “Dorothy Frye,” (Liz Koeninger) just after she learns that her husband, Dewey, took his final breath while addressing the local Rotarians. She’s taking things pretty well, considering she has to deal with the Church Committee, her own bickering daughters, and Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother, Dub (Russell French.)

As the authors say: “Funerals bring out the best and worst – and funniest – in people” and this play puts all of that on display with a big heart and a fond nod to the quirkiness of our beloved South.

The cast also includes P2K veterans Jessica Sturm and Sarah Brooks as sisters “Sammy Jo” and “Harlene,” and P2K newcomer Andrew Molnur as brother “Dewey, Jr.” Mark Sturm is Sammy Jo’s husband “Beecham,” and Jared Graf is local attorney and sometime suitor to Harlene “Atticus Van Leer.”

Other “friends” of the family include Becka Hill as “Martha Ann,” Barbara French as “Fairy June,” Amanda Radkiewicz as “Ozella,” and Brian Schuyler as “Benny Charles.”

The fun starts on Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm and continues for three weekends. General Admission tickets are just $22. Reserve yours HERE.

Special Offer! “Twice the FUNeral”
If one Southern Comedy is good, two is great!
When you get tickets to see the P2K Production of
Southern Fried Funeral
we’ll give you a coupon good for $5 off per ticket to see another comedy,
Dearly Departed
at The HCAF Point Theatre (The Elizabeth Huth Coates Indoor Theater)
running August 16 to 31.

P.S. – if you get to Dearly Departed first, be sure to pick
up your coupon for $5 off Southern Fried Funeral tickets.

Southern Fried Funeral Cast Announced

CAST ANNOUNCED!! Thanks to everyone who auditioned for SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL. Everyone was impressive and even if not cast, we hope you come out again and again. Director Sheldon Boyce is pleased to announce the following cast:

Liz Koeninger as Dorothy Frye
Jessica Sturm as Sammy Jo Frye-LeFette
Sarah Brooks as Harlene Frye
Andrew Molnur as Dewey Frye Jr.
Russell French as Dub Frye
Jared Graf as Atticus “Attie” Van Leer
Mark Sturm as Beecham LeFette
Becka Hill as Martha Ann Fox
Joan Bryson as Fairy June Cooper
Amanda Radkiewicz as Ozella Meeks
The role of Benny Charles Greenwood is TBA

Playhouse 2000 Throws Final “Preview Party” Before Trip to National Festival

The Kerrville community is invited to a combined “bon voyage” and preview party for the cast and crew of Playhouse 2000’s “The Pretty Trap” on Saturday, June 15th at 3:00 in The Cailloux Theater, just two days before the company leaves for this year’s National one-act-play festival.

Playhouse 2000’s entry in the biennial AACT/Fest cycle, a little-know short play by Tennessee Williams earned the right to represent a five-state region at the National Festival by advancing one of four “Quad Festivals” held across Texas, the State Festival in Baytown, called TEX Fest, and the Region VI Festival in Midland, Texas in May.

The American Association of Community Theatres’ AACTFest – the festival process that culminates in a national theatre festival – is held in odd-numbered years. AACTFest presents a forum for more than 350 community theatres from AACT’s 10 regions to enter productions for adjudication and advancement from the state level to the regional level and finally, to the national level.

From the twelve plays presented at TEX Fest, two were selected to advance to the regional festival and represent Texas alongside plays from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, and New Mexico.  At that festival, Playhouse 2000 was chosen from the ten participants to advance to the final level.

Playhouse 2000’s ensemble of four actors, two technicians, one stage manager and their Director will travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the prestigious AACTFest 2019, America’s national Community Theatre Festival, on June 17th.

The group will get a well-deserved send-off with a party on Saturday, June 15th at 3:00 in The Cailloux Theater.  Guests will enjoy pre-show hors-d’oeuvres and wine, a preview of the award-winning performance, and the chance to spend some quality time with the cast and crew.

Admission to the party is available for just $25 per person (or in exchange for any contribution in excess of $25) which will be used to help fund the significant costs of traveling to this event.

Contributions in support of the trip from those who cannot attend the party are gratefully accepted.  Checks made out to Playhouse 2000 can be mailed to the attention of Amy Goodyear, Office Manager, at P.O. Box 290088, Kerrville, 78029.

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.

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!