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!

2018 Earnie Winners Announced!

EARNIE WINNERS!! What a fantastic evening! A lively crowd enjoyed food, fun, and fellowship, and Playhouse celebrated 2018 and our 20th anniversary season in style! Congrats to all the winners and to all our volunteers who make the magic happen – you are ALL winners in our book!

Director’s Award, Jeeves Takes a Bow – Amanda Radkiewwicz

Director’s Award, Crazy For You – Seabrook Jones

Director’s Award, Impossible Marriage – Laina Lowry

Director’s Award, As You Like It – Chris Distel

Director’s Award, The Glitter Girls – Laina Lowry

Director’s Award, Witness for the Prosecution – Barry Wall

Director’s Award, Nuncrackers – Heather Cunningham

Director’s Award, Little Women – Elyse Brooks

Director’s Award, Super Groovy Night’s Dream – Dylan Miller

Director’s Award, Seussical the Musical – Maya Garcia

Director’s Award, Hound of the Clackervilles – Rowyn Bowlby

Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role – The Folllies Girls in Crazy For You

Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role – The Cowboy Trio in Crazy For You

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role – Mitch Mitchell as Touchstone in As You Like It

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role – Jessica Sturm as Irene in Crazy For You

Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role – Andrew Cannon as Bobby Child in Crazy For You

Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role – Lucinda Harvey Polly Baker as in Crazy For You

Outstanding Debut Performance, Female – Sarah Brooks as Patty in The Glitter Girls

Outstanding Debut Performance, Male – Houston Glover as Jeeves in Jeeves Takes a Bow

 

Outstanding Youth Performance in Little Women – Norah Distel as Beth

Outstanding Youth Performance in Super Groovy Night’s Dream – Trinidad Laurenzi as Puck

Outstanding Youth Performance in Seussical the Musical – Beth Cunningham as JoJo

Outstanding Youth Performance in Hound of the Clackervilles – Bhodey Miller as Watson

 

Outstanding Backstage Volunteer – Ken Harris

 

Volunteer of the Year – Kerri Sparkman

 

Outstanding Production of the Year – Seussical the Musical

P2K Prepares AACT Fest One Act

The biennial TNT/AACT One Act Play Festival will be on The Cailloux Theater Stage on Saturday, February 2nd.  Four companies will be vying for two invitations to the State TEXFest: Bulverde S.T.A.G.E., Bastrop Opera House, Boerne Community Theater, and your Playhouse 2000.

Our entry will be a short play by Tennessee Williams, The Pretty Trap.  It features the talents of Amy Goodyear as “Amanda,” Sharlaina Lowry as “Laura,” Jeremy Sosa as “Jim” and Jacob Grona making his P2K debut as “Tom.”  Heather Cunningham is the Production Stage Manager, and the project is directed by Jeffrey Brown.

The festival will have performances from 1:00 to about 9:00.  P2K’s show time is set for 6:00, and we plan to have a preview performance as well (details to follow.)

Cast Announced for Things My Mother Taught Me

Thanks to all those who came out audition for the first production of 2019, THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME! We are pleased to announce the following cast:

Olivia – Sydney Blain
Gabe – Colton VanFossen
Max – Justin Radkiewicz
Lydia – Barbara French
Wyatt – Carl Schupp
Karen – Dana Adair Williams
Carter – Brian Schuyler

First cast meeting and read through will be Monday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Werlein Annex Studio.

Holiday Special Presentation: Nuncrackers

They’re Back!  The Little Sisters of Hoboken have put together a terrific show to help you celebrate the Christmas season, with all of the dancing, singing and laughs you remember from last year’s smash-hit musical Nunsense, including songs both new and traditional.  The sisters are shooting their very own Christmas Special in a studio right there on the Mount Saint Helens campus, and you’re invited to share every minute.

November 30 to December 16

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday December 9 and 16 at 2:30 p.m.

The VK Garage Theater

Season 2019 Announced!!

All of us here at Playhouse 2000 are excited to reveal the plans we’ve laid out for a very busy 2019 Season.
Read on to discover what awaits,
and start making plans to enjoy live theater all year!

The new year will begin with a celebration of the old one. The annual “Earnest T. Player 

Awards Ceremony” will celebrate the successes of 2018, which was P2K’s twentieth anniversary season, on Saturday, January 12th.

The first production in Season 2019, opening on February 1st in the VK Garage Theater,

is Things My Mother Taught Me, a brand new Romantic Comedy by Katherine DeSavino. A perfect ‘date night’ for Valentine’s Day, this play is a heartwarming homage to the institution of marriage.

The Cailloux Theater will play host to one of four“Quad Fest” one-act-play festivals on Saturday, February 2nd.Part of the

national American Association of Community Theater Festivals – known as AACTFest – this event, sponsored by Texas Nonprofit Theaters, will showcase four companies from South Central Texas. The full schedule of shows and times will be available soon at www.CaillouxTheater.com.

The P2K Youth Theater is next in the 2019 calendar, with their production of Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of The Outsiders, a

classic novel for young people by S. E. Hinton. This show will be seen on March 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the VK Garage Theater.

A little later in March, P2K will host our annual “Dinner With the Stars” gala, this year featuring highlights from the popular musical The Man of LaMancha starring Kit Werlein and Susan Neely Balentine, both reprising their roles from the P2K production of 2003. Cocktails, dinner, auctions, entertainment and after-party are included with each ticket to this special fundraiser.

Then, P2K joins forces with Schreiner University’s Music and Theater Departments to present a

lavish production of the modern Broadway Musical Footloose. Based on the movie of the same name, and featuring a rock-and-roll score chock full of hits, “Footloose” will include a large cast of all ages representing the children and adults of a small farming town that has banned dancing. The warm and uplifting story that emerges will thrill audiences of all ages, too.

Footloose will hold open auditions on February 3 and 4, and will leap to life on the Cailloux Theater stage March 28 to April 13.

May and June will celebrate The Bard of Avon, as both the P2K Youth Theater and the annual Shakespeare In The Park project come to the stage. First, the Youth present Romeo & Winifred a parody by Charlie Lovett, on May 3, 4 and 5. Then, SITP’s offering of The Merry Wives of Windsor will enliven Louse Hays Park on June 7 and 8, with free admission.

A quirky modern comedy is next in Season 2019, when Wendy MacLeod’s new play Women In 

Jeopardy! comes to the VK Garage Theater, June 14 to 30. A somewhat ‘edgy’ comedy that puts women front and center to solve a murder mystery, the show offers lots of laughs for adventurous audiences.

The annual P2K Youth Summer Musical Theater 

Camp will spend six weeks – from June 17 to July 25 – preparing to present a fully-realized production of Disneys Beauty and the Beast, Jr. on The Cailloux Theater Stage. Based on the original, Tony Award winning production, this spectacular show will be seen July 26, 27 and 28.

Season 2019 continues with another new comedy, this one a bit moretraditional in style. Southern Fried Funeral lovingly skewers the sometimes complicated family relationships we all live with every day, when Dewey Frye’s widow must contend, not just with funeral plans, but with church committees and a brother-in-law who’s really a snake-in-the-grass. The fun starts Friday, August 9 in the VK Garage Theater.

The season will conclude with a piece that has been called “…the greatest American play ever written.” Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town is well known, and P2K looks forward to putting a fresh shine on this script, which has been updated to reflect Wilder’s final notes.

The famous role of “Stage Manager” in Our Town will be performed by P2K’s own Jeffrey Brown. All other roles – just as they are in all P2K productions, will be cast from open auditions. Complete details on auditions dates and times is available online.
Single tickets for each Main Season production range from $22 to $27, with a child/student discount for musical events. Youth Theater single tickets are priced $10 for adults and $7 for children, except for the Summer Musical Theater Camp show, which is a bit higher.
Three money-saving Ticket Packages are available as well.
The Full Season Package provides one admission to each of the five Main Season productions at a cost of just $98 per person. Full Season Package holders save 15% over the cost of single tickets, and still determine which of the up to eight performance nights of each show best fits their schedule.
The Flex Package provides a set number of pre-paid admissions that can be used for any show and in any combination. The Flex Package is available in six-, eight-, and ten-admission sizes, and saves up to 12% when compared to single tickets.
 
A Youth Theater Package with tickets for each of the three Youth productions currently scheduled is just $35 for adults or $20 per child, and includes the Summer Musical Theater Camp production. Up to four children’s priced packages can be requested per adult package purchased. (This package will be available on line and at the Box Office very soon.)
As an additional benefit for singing up early, all new or renewing Season Package buyers can request up to four tickets to see the P2K Holiday Show “Nuncrackers” at a $5 per ticket discount.
Season Package buyers provide a real boost to our operations each year. By buying early, they provide much needed cash to make advance preparations for the new year, and a boost of energy to help all of the volunteers and staff look forward to a new season.  We hope you’ll consider getting your ticket order in soon!