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.

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.

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).

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!