The Outsider Moved to July

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! Due to continued schedule changes as a result of Covid-19, we’ve determined the best plan is to POSTPONE our production of THE OUTSIDER.

The new dates are:
Auditions: May 17 (2:30) and 18 (6:30) in the VK Garage Theater

First Rehearsal: May 26

Tech Week: July 5 to July 9 (Preview on Thursday, July 9)

Performances: July 10, 11, 17, 18, 19 (Matinee), 24, 25 and 26 (Matinee)

Please contact our office with any questions – and sign up for our E-blast to make sure you are receiving all the latest news – www.playhouse2000.com

Announcing the Cast for King Lear

With an eye toward the time we can once again gather together and share the age-old experiences that live theater offers, P2K’s annual “Shakespeare In The Park” project is pushing ahead with plans for this year’s production of the amazing tragedy King Lear.
Director Jessica Sturm held remote auditions earlier this month, and has assembled a talented cast that includes SITP veterans and some new faces, too.
The cast starts with Martin Vidal in the title role. Martin first appeared with us as “Jacques” in 2018’s As You Like It.
Two of Lear’s infamous three daughters, “Goneril,” and “Cordelia,” will be played, respectively by Amy Goodyear and Katie Bishop, both long-time P2K and SITP veterans. The third daughter, “Regan,” will be played by Austin-based Marissa Nicole, making her P2K debut.
Other SITP veterans in the show are Mitch Mitchell as “Gloucester,” Treston Mack as “Edmund,” Jeffery Hensel as “Oswald,” Jared Graf as “Kent,” and Marcus Goodyear as “Albany.”
And Heather Butler, Joan Bryson, Harper Mitchell and Keaton Mitchell all add to their P2K resumes as “Servants” and “Musicians.”
Additional newcomers being welcomed to the P2K stable include Michael Wingard as “Edgar,” Jared Thaler as “France” and Vivian Wellborn as “Messenger.”
Jessica will be ably assisted by Assistant Director Faith Mooney and Stage Manager Kerri Sparkman.
We are CURRENTLY scheduled to present King Lear in Louise Hays Park on Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, and we are preparing with that intention.
IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY, we will adjust this date based on developing information. If that happens, we’ll let you know here in the eBlast.
Here’s hoping we’re all together again soon – and no later than the first weekend in June in Louise Hays Park for King Lear.

Sylvia FINAL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEKEND

We’re down to the final three performances of the comedy that three “Sold Out” audiences have called “terrific,” and “way funny.”
A. R. Gurney’s quirky romantic comedy Sylvia plays in the intimate VK Garage Theater Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30 – when audiences can join the cast in a post-show reception featuring a fabulous cake created specially for us by Kim Steele.
“Greg” (Judd Vermillion) and his new best friend “Sylvia”
(Michele VanFossen), a stray dog that has stolen his heart.
Despite Greg’s best efforts, Sylvia doesn’t thrill “Kate,”
(Barbara French), his practical and career-oriented wife.
Greg shares his problems with a new – human – friend,
“Tom,” (Justin Radkiewicz) at the dog park
Sylvia does not make a good impression on Kate’s college friend “Phyllis” (Louise Vermillion), which adds to Kate’s determination to remain dog-free.
Greg and Kate even visit a marriage counselor, “Leslie” (Amy Best),
due to Greg’s attachment to his new companion.
Whether Sylvia can ever become a “forever” member of the family
is an open question right up to the final curtain.
Come see what happens!
Photos by Paul Stafford and Tony Gallucci.
Get your tickets to one (or more of) the final performances of Sylvia by clicking HERE, or calling us at (830) 896-9393 (avoids online convenience fees!)
P2K is proud to welcome our Promotional Partner for Sylvia, Kerrville Pets Alive, a new, non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of companion animals in Kerrville and Kerr County.
They’ll have representatives in the lobby prior to every performance to share their story with you, and to accept donations of dog or cat food.
Find out more about them at KerrvillePetsAlive.com

Sylvia Opens January 31

We’re offering something a little bit different for the Valentine’s season to start Season 2020. A.R. Gurney’s special comedy Sylvia is all about our relationships with “man’s best friend” – dogs!
P2K presented Sylvia in 2004 to enthusiastic audiences, and we’re thinking it will be just as popular this time around.
The cast includes some new faces, including Judd Vermillion as leading man “Greg” (some will recognize Judd’s name as the Scenic Designer who created amazing sets for Carousel, Witness for the Prosecution, Our Town and others) his wife, Louise Vermillion as “Phyllis” and Amy Best playing “Leslie.”
P2K veterans in the cast include Barbara French as Greg’s Wife, “Kate,” Justin Radkiewicz as “Tom,” and Michele Vanfossen in the role of “Sylvia,” the stray dog that Greg brings into their lives.
And, speaking of veterans, we’re very glad to welcome back Sandy Lewis, who’ll reprise her role as Stage Manager for Sylvia, and Hill Country Arts Foundation Executive Director Sarah Derousseau – who played “Sylvia” for us before – as the Stage Director.
Sylvia takes the VK Garage stage on January 31 and runs through February 16th on our regular schedule. You can get advance reservations HERE
Promotional Partners
We’re very excited to be partnering with Kerr County’s newest non-profit animal welfare organization, Kerrville Pets Alive!, with our production of Sylvia.
Pets Alive will be on hand at every performance to spread some cheer with their visiting (adoptable!) pets, and to spread the word about their plans to save the lives of local cats and dogs in partnership with local animal shelters and rescue groups.
We encourage you to support their mission by dropping off a small bag of cat or dog food – wet or dry – when you attend a performance of Sylvia. In the meanwhile, you can find out more by visiting their “website in progress” at Kerrvillepetsalive.com

SYLVIA Cast Announced

CAST ANNOUNCED! Thanks to all who auditioned for our first 2020 production, SYLVIA. Director Sarah Derousseau is pleased to announce the following cast:

Sylvia – Michele VanFossen
Greg – Judd Vermillion
Kate – Barbara French
Tom – Justin Radkiewicz
Phyllis – Louise Vermillion
Leslie – Amy Best

The first read through will be Monday, December 2!

Wrapping Up Season 2019 with An American Classic: Our Town

We’re coming down to the final few rehearsals before our presentation of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town.

If you’ve always thought about Our Town as just “that play I read in 10th Grade” – we’re anxious to change your mind.

No less than “Tony” Award and Pulitzer Prize Winner Edward Albee called Our Town “…the greatest American play ever written.”

The New York Times said “[Our Town is] an immortal tale of small town morality [and] a classic of soft-spoken theater.”

The New York Daily News said of Our Town “No American play describes more powerfully how we imagine ourselves.”

If you long to be reminded of simple American ways of life, there’s no tonic like Our Town, a play that revels in the joys and sorrows of daily living.

Performances of Our Town will begin on Friday, October 4 and continue through October 20th.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30, Sundays (10/13 and 10/20) at 2:30.  General Admission tickets are just $22.  Click HERE to reserve your seats today!

We’re very excited to be preparing our announcement of  Playhouse 2000’s Season 2020 including our Holiday Special for this year.

 
We’ll launch our Season Brochure at performances of Our Town.  

 

JOIN US FOR OPENING NIGHT DINNER
Catered by Rails, a Café at The Depot
Menu: “Small Town Salad,” “Grover’s Corners Grilled Beef Tenderloin,”
“Webb’s Mashed Potatoes,” “Gibb’s Mixed Vegetables,”
“Milkman’s Vanilla Cream Cake,”
Tazo Jasmine Iced Tea, Water, Starbucks Coffee, Wine.
Seating begins at 6:00 in the Cailloux Theater Lobby
 
Dinner and Show just $60/person.
Subscribers/Comps/Ticket Holders add just $38/person
Reservation required – Call (830) 896-9393

Our Town Cast Announced

Thanks to all who came out to audition for OUR TOWN. We are pleased to announce the following cast:
 
Stage Manager: Jeffrey Brown
Dr. Gibbs: Ken DeZarn
Joe Crowell: Isaiah Brooks
Howie Newton: Derek Meier
Mrs. Gibbs: Emily DeZarn
Mrs. Webb: Cindy Vennes
George Gibbs: Brandon Newton
Rebecca Gibbs: Dharma Dinkla
Wally Webb: Theo Distel
Emily Webb: Jennifer Daschel
Professor Willard: Jared Graff
Mr. Webb: Sheldon Boyce
Simon Stimson: Chris Distel
Mrs. Soames: Tara Franzen
Constable Waren: Fred Henneke
Sam Craig: Colton VanFossen
Joe: Stoddard: Jared Graff
Si Crowell: Elijah Brooks
 
Woman’s Choir and Ensemble: Joan Bryson, Caroline Daschel, Elyse Brooks, Trinidad Laurenzi, Norah Distel, Allie Kate Daschel, Leighton Sterling
 
First cast meeting is scheduled for Weds, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. In the Werlein Studio. Congratulations, and see you then!

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.

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.