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).

TWO TITLES WILL AUDITION THIS WEEKEND

Due to Easter Sunday holiday, we’re combining auditions for two different titles on one pair of dates this coming weekend.

We’ll audition for BOTH The Shakespeare In the Park 2019 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor AND Season 2019’s Women in Jeopardy on Sunday and Monday, April 14 and 15.
Sunday‘s auditions are at 2:30Monday‘s are at 6:30.  Merry Wives will audition in The Werlein Annex, Women In Jeopardy will audition in the VK Garage Theater.
It is possible to audition for both titles.  Choose one to start, and talk with the director while you’re there.
Jessica Sturm, director for Merry Wives…, will be looking for a wide variety of actors of all ages.
Jeffrey Brown, director for Women in Jeopardy will be seeking four women, three playing 40’s or 50’s and one 20’s, and two men, one 40’s/50’s one 20’s.  Here are the available roles:
Women
  • Mary (plays about 40’s to 50’s, depending…), divorced, a librarian, “motherly.”
  • Jo (plays 40’s to 50’s) divorced, Mary’s best friend, a publicist, “sardonic.”
  • Liz (plays about 40’s to 50’s) divorced, Mary other best friend, “drama queen.”
  • Amanda (plays early 20’s) Liz’s daughter, “exceptionally pretty, with SAT scores in the single digits.”
Men
  • Trenner (plays early 20’s) snowboarder, “sweet but not too bright.”
  • Jackson (plays 40’s to 50’s) AND Sgt. Kirk Sponsullar (same actor plays both, plays 40’s to 50’s) “may or may not look like Christopher Walken.”
Rehearsals of Merry Wives of Windsor will begin about April 22nd, and performances are set in Louise Hays Park on June 7 and 8.
Women In Jeopardy will begin rehearsal on May 6, with Tech Week beginning Sunday, June 9.  Performances will be June 13 to 30 in the VK Garage Theater.
Scripts for Women… are available for check out from the Cailloux Box Office during regular window hours.  (Please remember to return scripts promptly so that others may also check them out.)

Want more info?  Start at Playhouse2000.com/auditions.

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.

Moving on to “State”: Tennessee Williams’ The Pretty Trap

Texas Nonprofit Theatres hosted their Quad III One-Act-Play Festival at The Cailloux Theater on Saturday, February 2nd.
Your Playhouse 2000 was one of four companies vying for a chance to represent our portion of the state at TNT’s “TexFest” over Spring Break.  We were honored to be one of the two plays selected to advance, alongside the Bastrop Opera House production of Helium.  These were then joined by productions from Boerne Community Theater and Bulverde S.T.A.G.E with “Wild Card” advances.
Quad Fest is the first step in the bi-annual series of festivals across the United States managed by the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) known as AACT/Fest.  Theaters advancing from this Quad will join with eight other companies across the state at “TexFest” in April.  From there, plays can advance to the Regional Festival and even the National Festival, which will be held in Gettysburg, PA, this summer.  (For details on participating companies and titles, see “Theater News” below.)
P2K’s entry at Quad Fest is a little known sketch titled The Pretty Trap which was created by Tennessee Williams while he was working on the play that would become the masterpiece The Glass Menagerie.
The cast includes Amy Goodyear as “Amanda Wingfield,” Laina Lowry as “Laura,” her shy daughter, newcomer Jacob Grona as son “Tom,” and Jeremy Sosa as “Jim,” the Gentleman Caller who changes everything. The Stage Manager is Heather Cunningham, and the production was directed by Jeffrey Brown.

New Romantic Comedy: Things My Mother Taught Me LAST WEEKEND

The new Romantic Comedy playing in the VK Garage Theater enjoyed enthusiastic full houses when it opened last weekend. Shows concludes this weekend.

The play is just what the doctor ordered for everyone to enjoy in February, and makes a perfect addition to all Valentine’s Day plans.

When young couple “Olivia” and “Josh”, played

by Syndey Blain and Colton VanFossen, take the big step of moving to a new city and getting their first apartment together, the love and wisdom of their parents – and parents’ parents – add to the wacky situations that arise to make their moving day truly a day to remember.

This cast of seven – which also includes Barbara FrenchDana WilliamsCarl SchuppBrian Schuyler, andJustin Radkiewicz – have wonderful comic sensibilities and natural stage chemistry that makes Things My Mother Taught Me a funny but warm evening that is leaving audiences smiling all the way home.
You have just three more chances to see this show in the VK Garage Theater now through February 17.

You can make sure that you don’t miss it by calling the box office for reservations, or clicking HERE to get started.

FOOTLOOSE Cast Announced

CAST ANNOUNCED! Thank you to everyone who made the FOOTLOOSE audition so exciting! I know the show we create together will be just as much fun and full of energy!

We will gather for a first meeting on Friday, February 8 at 6:30pm in the Werlein Annex Studio (enter the door under the porch in the low building just beside The Cailloux Theater.) We’ll get to know each other a little bit, talk about rehearsal rules, and get you measured for costumes. We’ll also pass out rehearsal materials and/or take your order for books that you can mark up.

Thanks again to all, and congratulations!

The Cast:
Ren McCormack – Arnold Alaniz
Ethel McCormack – Cindy Vennes
Rev. Shaw Moore – Rob Ward
Vi Moore – Seabrook Jones
Ariel Moore – Olivia Merritt
Lulu Warnicker – Judy Brown
Wes Warnicker – TBA
Coach Roger Dunbar – TBA
Eleanor Dunbar – Ginny Shaw
Willard Hewitt – Andrew Cannon
Chuck Cranston – Adam Rich
Travis – Treston Mack
Lyle – TBA
Rusty – Samantha D. Ugarte
Urleen (1) – Anessa Hernandez
Urleen (2) – Anna Arce
Wendy Jo (1) – Natalie Adams
Wendy Jo (2) – Rosy Murphy

Ensemble – Kids
Rowan Kenney
Lysette Rodriguez
Trinty Urquhart
Raelin Batley
Kathaleen Luangamath
Dharma Dinkla
Constance Joy Evans
Amy Baker
Madelene Bridgeman
Keaton Mitchell
Matthew Kitchen

Ensemble – Grownups
Betty – Joan C. Bryson
Patti Goforth
Gay Hibdon
Amanda Radkiewicz

Auditions THIS WEEKEND!

P2K and Schreiner University 


Theater and Music present
Footloose

 

Actors, Singers and Dancers of ALL AGES are invited to join P2K and Schreiner University as we present the fabulous Rock-n-Roll musical Footloose, based on the amazing motion picture starring Kevin Bacon.
Plan now to join us on Sunday or Monday, February 3rd or 4th in the Cailloux Theater.  Sunday at 2:30 (you’ll be done in plenty of time to attend that Super Bowl party) and Monday at 6:30.  Dress to move, and bring sheet music to your prepared song if you’re looking for a named role.
All roles are open, and the cast will include roles for ages from high school and up.
For details on roles available and audition preparation, click HERE.
See You There!

FREE preview Thursday at 7:30 Tennessee Williams’ The Pretty Trap 

Texas Nonprofit Theatres will host their Quad III One-Act-Play Festival at The Cailloux Theater on Saturday, February 2nd.
Quad Fest is the first step in the bi-annual series of festivals across the United States managed by the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) known as AACT/Fest.  Theaters advancing from this Quad will join with eight other companies across the state at Tex Fest in April.  From there, plays can advance to the Regional Festival and even the National Festival, which will be held in Gettysburg, PA, this summer.  (For details on participating companies and titles, see “Theater News” below.)
P2K’s entry at Quad Fest is a little known sketch created by Tennessee Williams while he was working on the play that would become the masterpiece The Glass Menagerie.
In The Pretty Trap, Williams creates an alternate version of the third act of that larger play, one in which the ending is completely different – and happy!
The cast includes Amy Goodyear as “Amanda Wingfield,” Laina Lowry as “Laura,” her shy daughter, newcomer Jacob Grona as son “Tom,” and Jeremy Sosa as “Jim,” the Gentleman Caller who changes everything.
You’re invited to a FREE PREVIEW of this 40-minute play on THURSDAY, JANUARY 31st AT 7:30 in The Cailloux Theater.
This preview will give the cast and crew of the show a chance to present the play before heading into the competition cycle – it’s a big help, and we think you’ll enjoy it too!
See You There!

Season 2019 Begins!   New Romantic Comedy: Things My Mother Taught Me.

If you’re looking for the perfect “date night” to complete your Valentine’s Day plans, you need look no further than the new Romantic Comedy opening in the VK Garage Theater this Friday.
Things My Mother Taught Me runs this weekend through Sunday, February 17th.
Dana Williams and Sydney Blain are mother and daughter in THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME.

In this play, which has been described in the press as “superbly written,” “lovable,” and “a show with heart and humor,” we catch up with Olivia and Gabe, a young couple moving into their first apartment together, a long way from home. Their moving day is complicated by a large easy chair jammed in their front door – and the unexpected arrival of all four of their well-meaning parents.

The script is the latest offering by young playwright Katherine DiSavino, an award winning writer for stage, television and film. Named “one of the top 100 writers in Hollywood,” DiSavino has become one of the most popular playwrights in the country, and theatrical critics have called her work “true-to-life,” and “entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny.”

The cast for Things My Mother Taught Me includes Playhouse 2000 veterans Colton VanFossen and Sydney Blain as the young couple starting a new life together. Award-winning actresses Barbara French and Dana Williams are their moms “Lydia” and “Karen,” and P2K regular Justin Radkiewicz is “Max,” the couple’s new building super.

Father and Son Carl Schupp and
Colton Van Fossen talk things over
Brand new to Playhouse 2000 stages are Carl Schupp and Bryan Schuyler,portraying the dads “Wyatt” and “Carter.”
Director Ginny Shaw‘s work is assisted by Stage Manager Devon McLaughlin and Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Leif.
Things My Mother Taught Me will play in the VK Garage Theater beginning Friday, February 1stand run through Sunday, February 17th. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, with two matinees, on February 10 and 17, at 2:30.
Tickets are priced at $22, general admission. You can call the box office for reservations, or click HERE to get started.
AND DON’T MISS the “Opening Night Dinner” hosted by P2K in The Cailloux Theater lobby on Friday.  The menu, catered by Rails, a Cafe at The Depot, includes “Olivia’s Caesar Salad,” “Gabe’s Pork Loin with Apple Bourbon Demi Glaze,” with mashed potatoes and green beans, and “Security Deposit Snickerdoodle Cake” for dessert.  Your get both Dinner and Show for just $57 per person ($35 if you already have your tickets.)  Call to reserve your place today!