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THEATRE 29 NAMES CAST FOR “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”

Theatre 29 and Director Butch Pelfrey have completed the casting for the opening play of the 15th season of Theatre 29, the Oscar Wilde classic Comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Pelfrey said there was a great turnout at his auditions and he was faced with many choices on how to cast the show.

Called, “A trivial comedy for serious people!”, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, first performed in 1895, is a tale of lost and found love and objects. It can be a play of deep meaning or a shallow relaxing evening at the theater, your choice. Pelfrey says, “While it is a play of complexity, it is simple in its message.”

Theatre 29 Veteran Actor-Singer Ben Bees, who starred in “Deathtrap” and excelled in numerous roles over the last two years, has been cast as Jack (also known as John and Ernest) Worthing, J.P.

Popular character actor Cyrus Short, called, “a natural comedic talent” and Theatre 29 favorite, will portray Algernon Moncrieff.

Multi-Award winning Director, Music Director, Costumer, and performer Kathryn Ferguson will step back onto the stage after Directing “Spamalot” earlier this year to play Lady Bracknell.

Singer–actress Katie Van Sumeren, who shined as Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy” earlier this year, has been selected to play Gwendolen Fairfax.

A 2013 Desert Theater League nominee for “Outstanding Juvenile in a Musical” for her role in “Gypsy”, Lizzie Schmelling, will play Cecily Cardew.

Back again after starring in numerous shows over the past years is the experienced and talented actress Janet Peercy as Miss Prism.

A relatively new but recently very familiar performer, Leonard Weber, will again showcase his prodigious talent as Dr. Chasuble.

After stepping into the lead as King Arthur in “Spamalot” with literally 5 minutes notice earlier this year, Veteran Actor and Bass player extraordinaire Marv Schmelling will take on two roles, Merriman, and Merriman’s twin, Lane.

Kicking off the 2014 Season, “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run from January 10th through February 8th, 2014, with 12 performances over 5 weekends. Friday and Saturday night shows open at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinees on January 19th and February 2nd at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 for General Admission, $10.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all ages. Tickets can be reserved at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

 

DIRECTOR OF “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT THEATRE 29 THINKS, “CHARLES DICKENS WOULD BE QUITE PLEASED”

With appreciative audiences and rave reviews, the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” continues its run through December 14th at Theatre 29.

Director Rob Wanless explained that Charles Dickens originally wrote the tale of redemption after being asked by members of Parliament to write a pamphlet on poverty. After visiting workhouses and mills instead of a pamphlet, he wrote this story.

Wanless said , “This adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Romulus Linney, captures a very direct affect that one person can have on another. Scrooge could help hundreds of people if he only treated them with companion and mercy. He could quite literally save lives, end suffering, if he only chooses to. But it takes a great scare to wake him up to the affects of his greedy behavior.  I think Charles Dickens would be quite pleased.”

Reviewer Tami Roleff praised the caliber of the performers, saying, “Theatre 29 veteran Kurt Schauppner is perfect as Ebenezer Scrooge; it’s the role he was born to play. Also outstanding is Lizzie Schmelling as Belle, Scrooge’s love interest when he was a young man…. this is her best performance to date. Other standouts are Herman Platzke as Scrooge’s dead business partner Jacob Marley, Adam Redman as Scrooge’s nephew Fred, and Leonard Weber as Bob Cratchitt.”

“A Christmas Carol” is playing Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm weekends through December 14th with a 2:30 pm Matinee Sunday, December 8th. Tickets are $8 to $12 and can be reserved and purchased online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

THEATRE 29 REORGANIZING, TAKING BOARD APPLICATIONS

The all-volunteer board of directors of the non-profit theatre 29 will be reorganizing early next month and are looking for those interested in serving. Theatre 29 will be holding their annual Board of Directors elections and reorganization December 10th at 6 pm at the theatre facility, 73637 Sullivan Road in 29 palms. Anyone who is interested in serving a 2-year term on the non-profit, all-volunteer, Theatre 29 Board of Directors is invited to send a letter of intent to: Brian Tabeling, President, Board of Directors, Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, California, 92277. The deadline to receive letters of interest is December 9, 2013.

 

THEATRE 29’S  “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” CAME WITH CHALLENGES

The holiday classic ghost story by Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” is running weekends through December 14th at Theatre 29.

Director Rob Wanless said the timing of the rehearsal cycle of the show and the popular “Halloween Haunt” running concurrently did challenge himself and his cast. “We had some good and bad effects of being in rehearsal while a full third of our actors where in the Haunt.” he said, explaining, “Actors and other production staff at rehearsal fill in for those not there. For example, Seth Eskelund, who plays "Young Scrooge" that works for Fezziwig and falls in love with Belle (Played by Lizzie Schmelling). Lizzie was in the haunt, so, during rehearsals, we had Seth's Mom play Belle, then Adam Redmon, then Emily Sheckler.” Wanless chuckled, saying, “Schmelling said she could show up for “A Christmas Carol” rehearsal to play Belle in her Zombie make up from the Haunt but we told her that would just result in more Facebook moments than rehearsal!”

The veteran Director said there were other light moments too, “During the Fezziwig scene, the music is from the 1700's, "The Voices of Spring," by Johann Strauss, but we had a hard time with the download, so for two weeks, the music we used was "Take on Me" by Aha.”

Wanless is very proud of his cast of both Theatre 29 veterans and some new faces too, saying, “I love this adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," The characters are believable--even the ghosts. There is an intrinsic humor in the flaws that we see in Ebeneezer Scrooge, and the ghosts point out these flaws. We find ourselves hoping for some good to come to the families affected by Scrooge's greed knowing that with a stroke of a pen, he could either save or squash someone.”

He summed up his pride, saying, “The actors assembled for this production bring these characters to life and will make you laugh, they will make you shed a tear, they will make you hope for strangers, and by the end, these actors will make you grateful for redemption.”

“A Christmas Carol” will play Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with Sunday Matinees November 24thand December 8th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for General Admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all age groups. Tickets can be reserved at www.theatre29.org or by Calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

Theatre 29, a non-profit, all-volunteer Community Theater, is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 SETS AUDITIONS FOR “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”

 The Theatre 29 2014 season will kick off with the classic Comedy by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of being Earnest”. Director Butch Pelfrey will hold open auditions at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2013, on the Main Stage of Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.  

Called, “a trivial comedy for serious people!”, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a tale of lost and found love and objects. It can be a play of deep meaning or a shallow relaxing evening at the theatre, your choice. Pelfrey says, “While it is a play of complexity, it is simple in its message.”

The audition “sides” (the portions of the script that will be read in auditions) are posted on the Theatre 29 web site at www.theatre29.org. Pelfrey is looking for four women and 5 men ages 20-60ish. ALL parts are open for audition. Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer non-profit Community Theater organization.

The parts to be cast are:

Jack (also known as John and Ernest) Worthing, J.P., the protagonist of the play, is a wealthy young man who is Algernon’s best friend and Cecily’s guardian. The initials “J.P.” stand for “Justice of the Peace,” meaning that Jack is a legal judge. Jack has a country estate in Hertfordshire, where Cecily lives.

Algernon Moncrieff, a wealthy young man who is Jack’s best friend. He is Lady’s Bracknell’s nephew and Gwendolen’s cousin. He lives in London. Witty, idle, and charming, Algernon speaks in amusing epigrams. He dresses stylishly and lives surrounded by beautiful objects.

Gwendolen Fairfax, Lady Bracknell’s sophisticated daughter, a product of London’s fashionable upper-class society. She is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest..”

Cecily Cardew, the grand-daughter of Jack’s late adoptive father Mr. Thomas Cardew, is Jack’s ward. She lives at Jack’s country estate with her governess, Miss Prism.

Lady Bracknell, the archetypal upper-class Victorian matron: domineering, snobbish, and conspicuously lacking in compassion. She is the primary representative in the play of conventional Victorian morality, which, Wilde suggests, cared little about how good a person was as long as he appeared respectable in the eyes of fashionable society.

Miss Prism is Cecily’s governess. As her name suggests, she has all the apparent respectability and moral severity expected of a Victorian English governess, but in fact, she has a hidden past.

Dr. Chasuble, the local vicar in the area of Jack’s country estate. He is sought out by Jack and Algernon in order to christen them by the name of Ernest. A bachelor, he is successfully wooed by Miss Prism.

Lane, Algernon’s manservant.

Merriman, Jack’s butler.

 n addition, people who would like to volunteer backstage for set construction, props, stagehands, costuming, or other non-performing positions are urged to come to the auditions.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” will run from January 10th through February 8th, 2014, with 12 performances over 5 weekends. Friday and Saturday night shows open at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinees on January 19th and February 2nd at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 for General Admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all age groups.

Tickets can be reserved at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

 

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”€¯ AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 and Director Rob Wanless have announced the casting for the Charles Dickens Christmas Classic, ”A Christmas Carol”€¯.  The show will run for 12 performances, weekends from November 15th through December 14th, 2013.

In the Charles Dickens original ghost story, Ebeneezer Scrooge is a miserly old gentleman with a passionate dislike toward Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is then visited by 3 ghosts that night. The first Ghost, shows him his Christmases past, where we see that Scrooge wasn't always a bad man. The Second Ghost shows him the Christmas present, including the dismal condition of the life of the poor, his secretary, who has a large family, and his poorer nephew. He is then visited by the 3rd Ghost, of Christmas future, who shows him his grave. Scrooge wakes up transformed to find that it is Christmas Day, and sets about helping the poor, including his secretary, enjoying life, and celebrating Christmas.

Wanless has assembled a cast of about 40 performers, mostly Theatre 29 Veterans, but including some fresh new faces, and some children recruited from an earlier auditions workshop.

The cast, in order of appearance, is:

The Undertaker/Ghost of Christmas Yet to come - Ed Manson

Ebeneezer Scrooge - Kurt Schauppner

Bob Cratchit - Leonard Weber

Nephew Fred - Adam Redman

Fred’s Wife - Tara Henkel

Charity Gentlemen - Dennis Priest and Cyrus Short

The Boy - Adhem Kuntz

Caroline - Chalise Kuntz

Husband/Business Man - Jarod Burks

Jacob Marley/Old Joe - Herman Platzke

Ghost of Christmas Past - Nicholas Smith

Orson/The Boy €¯(US) - Amanda Mohn

Valentine/Ignorance - Nick Perez

Boy Scrooge/ Peter Cratchit - Aidan Bosworth

Fan/Undertaker’s Wife - Kylie Robinson

Young & Mid Scrooge/Topper - Seth Eskelund

Mr. Fezziwig/Businessman/Gentleman - Barry Inscore

Mrs. Fezziwig/ Charwoman - Cathy Inscore

Belle - Lizzie Schmelling

Fezziwig Daughters - Rikki Eskelund, Diana Jimenez, Nena Jimenez

The Ghost of Christmas Present - Nick Reiner

Mrs. Cratchit - Cindy Ross

Belinda - Emily Sheckler

Gillian/Want - Bella Oden

Miranda - Lydia Eskelund

Martha - Rikki Eskelund

Tiny Tim - Nathan Bosworth

“A Christmas Carol”€¯ will play Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with Sunday Matinees November 24th and December 8th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for General Admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all age groups.

Tickets can be reserved at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. 

Theatre 29, a non-profit, all-volunteer Community Theater, is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

HALLOWEEN HAUNT "NIGHTMARES" OPENS AT THEATRE 29

The Theatre 29 annual “Halloween Haunt” opens this Friday at Theatre 29. This year’s scary offering, “Nightmares”, will be the tenth year for the series of sensational haunt events.

Producer Eric Ross and Director Frances Wright are working with more than 30 cast and crew members to bring the demented dreams of a young girl to life. Will you find what scares you most in your dreams in her nightmares?

The “Haunt” runs October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and 30 and 31. Friday and Saturday nights, and Halloween, performances run 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 24 and Wednesday October 30, show times are 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the self-guided tour will be sold at the door: $7 each; groups of 4 or more are $5 each.

The Halloween haunt will be held in and around the Theatre 29 building, 73637 Sullivan Road, just West of Adobe Road, in the City of Twentynine Palms.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, at the Z107.7 studios on Hallee Road, across from the Joshua Tree Post Office; and at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce office in the California Welcome Center on the highway.

For information, call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-366-8471 or at the Theatre 29 website at www.theatre29.org.

 

 

Cast Selected for Theatre 29’s Halloween Haunt “Nightmares”

Theatre 29, Executive Director Frances Wright, and Producer/Creator Eric Ross have announced the casting for the 10th and final production of Theatre 29’s Halloween Haunt; “Nightmares”.

During this year’s final incarnation, adventurous souls will be completely self-guided as they find their way through the demented dreams of a young girl, that turn into the nightmares, which we are all most afraid of. What scares you the most?

The nightmare will come to “life” beginning Friday October 18th, ending Halloween night.  Performances of this seasonal favorite will begin at 7:00PM and end at 10:00PM on Friday and Saturday nights October 18, 19, 25, 26. Thursday Oct 24th & Wednesday Oct 30th performances will be at 7:00PM – 9:00PM. Halloween Night, October 31st will be from 7:00PM – 10:00PM.

Wright and Ross are supported by a wonderful staff, consisting of; John Wright, Judy Andreshak, Cyrus Short, Brandon Hazel, Robin Schmelling, Kris Thomas, and Kerry Jimenez.

This year’s “nightmare” is brought to you by a cast which includes; Jarod Burks, Sam Choi, Kendra Cruz, Wyvonne Davis, Johnny Lee Flores, Jonathan Fries, Stephanie Hale, Christopher Harris, Stephanie Hart, Chase Hughes, Nena Jimenez, Chalise Kunz, Larry Logan, Ed Manson, Cathryn Osika, Nicole Rachel, Nick Reiner, Lizzie Schmelling, Marv Schmelling, Brianna Sears, Sean Sears, Nicholas Smith, William Stubblefield, Marissa Thomas, Vincent Thomas, Natasha Wright, Sapphire Wright, and Justin Yassin

Do you have the nerve to face the Nightmares? If so tickets will be available at the door for $7.00 each, or a group of 4 or more at $5.00 each with groups launching every 10-15 minutes. Season ticket holders get their first encounter included with their purchase.

Don’t miss out on the final year of Haunt. . . or you’ll be sorry!

Presale tickets will be available for $5.00 each, in Twentynine Palms at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center Downtown, In Joshua Tree at the Z107.7 studios on Hallee Road, across from the Joshua Tree Post Office, and in Yucca Valley at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce offices in the California Welcome Center on the highway.

Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (760) 361-4151 or on Facebook, search “Theatre 29 Haunt”

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES 2014 THEATRICAL SEASON

 

At a special gala event September 12, hosted by the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce, Theatre 29 announced their upcoming 2014 season. The new season marks the fifteenth theatrical year for what has become the Morongo Basin’s premiere theatrical venue. Recent shows at Theatre 29 have all played to record-breaking capacity and this phenomenal success has made Theatre 29 tickets the hottest in the area. The 2014 season is sure to continue this trend of success with seven full-stage productions and a youth theater program. With the announcement, 2014 season tickets were made available and can now be purchased. Season Tickets, good for all seven Main Stage productions, can be purchased at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760- 361-4151. Season prices are, General Admission $68, Senior/Military $56, Student (with ID) or children under 12 are $46.

 

At the event, held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Theatre 29 Board President Brian Tabeling welcomed the capacity crowd and representatives from the Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree Chambers of Commerce made presentations on their upcoming activities. Then, using songs, scenes, snippets and humor, each of the eight Directors selected introduced their productions and programs for 2014.

 

Here is the 2014 Theatre 29 season, with production dates and a brief synopsis of each show:

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

A Comedy by OSCAR WILDE

Directed by BUTCH PELFREY

January 10 - February 8, 2014

Sunday Matinees January 19 & February 2

 

Country gentleman Jack Worthing invents a younger brother, Ernest, whom he pretends to be when he visits the city. This gives him free reign to pursue the beautiful Gwendolyn. Meanwhile his city-based friend, Algernon Moncrieff, invents a poorly relative, Bunbury, whom he pretends to visit in the country in order that he can leave his dull city existence behind for a bit of fun and frivolity. One day Algernon pretends to be Ernest and visits Jack's pretty charge, Cecily, in the country, which leads to all kinds of confusion about identity. Obviously, Jack is not happy, but when his own deceptive behavior is called into question, the scene is ripe for much farce and hilarity. Oscar Wilde’s biting wit and masterful satire make The Importance of Being Earnest, a must see!

 

 

THE FARNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD DRAMATIC SOCIETY MURDER MYSTERY

A Comedy by DAVID MCGILLIVRAY & WALTER ZERLIN JR..

Directed by MARTY NEIDER

February 28 - March 29, 2014

Sunday Matinees March 9 & 23

 

Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening's entertainment with the cunning whodunit, "Murder At Checkmate Manor." And just in case the audience should get bored there's a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! The crunch comes in the denouement when the "murderer", about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist

 

NUNSET BOULEVARD

A New Nunsense Musical by DAN GOGGIN

Directed by KATHRYN FERGUSON

April 25 - May 24, 2014

Sunday matinees May 4 & 18

 

NUNSET BOULEVARD follows the latest exploits of The Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. They are thrilled at the prospect until they arrive and realize that they are booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama — a bowling alley with a cabaret lounge — and not the famed 'Bowl' they were imagining. Things do not go as planned, as The Sisters must contend with announcements from the bowling alley public address system as well as the activity on the lanes. However, The Sisters catch wind of the fact that there are auditions across the street for roles in a new movie musical about the life of Dolores Hart, the famous movie star who became a nun. The Sisters, thinking they are naturals for parts, race off to audition during their show's intermission. Will Hoboken lose The Sisters to the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown?" Great family fun, NUNSENSE always delivers!

 

 A DOLL’S HOUSE

A Classic Drama by HENRIK IBSEN

Directed by KURT SCHAUPPNER

June 20 - July 19, 2014

Sunday matinees June 29 & July 13

 

The earliest of Ibsen's social-problem plays, A Doll's House catapulted him to international recognition. This epochal drama of marriage and the individual portrays a controlling husband Torvald Helmer and his wife Nora, a submissive young woman who, when their idealized home life collapses, comes to the realization that she must finally close the door on her husband, children, and life in "a doll's house" in order to find and live as her true self. Combining technique and content in the play's realism, he employed natural dialogue and situations; insisting on the logical necessity of the outcome in a time of women's growing discontent with the social reverberations of Nora's slamming the door as she leaves Torvald continues to the present day. Gripping drama from a true master.

 

The Theatre 29 2014 Summer Youth Theater Program

Hosted by ROB & BETTY WANLESS

JULY 14 - 27

Theatre 29 proudly presents our first annual Summer Youth Theatre programs for children age 18 and under. This two week intensive program will train young performers in the art of acting, stagecraft, choreography and all the elements that go into theatrical production. The course will culminate in a live stage performance, involving all participants!

PRODUCTION DATES: JULY 25th & 26th

 

THE 39 STEPS

Adapted by PATRICK BARLOW, From the novel by John Buchan, From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock, Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited and original concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble

Directed by CHARLES HARVEY

August 15 - September 13, 2014

Sunday Matinees August 24—September 7

 

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!!

 

MEL BROOKS’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Book by MEL BROOKS and THOMAS MEEHAN

Music and Lyrics by MEL BROOKS

Directed by GARY DAIGNEAULT & ED WIILL

October 3 — November 1, 2014

Sunday Matinees October 12—26

 

IT’S ALIVE! The hilarious musical comedy is a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ film masterpiece. The story follows young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to bring a corpse to life, but not without scary and hilarious complications. Don’t miss the kooky cast of characters delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film - hunchback sidekick Igor (that’s Eye-gor), the curvaceous lab assistant Inga, the stern housekeeper Frau Blucher (NEIGH!), madcap fiancée Elizabeth and of course, the tap dancing monster. With eye-popping special effects on all new show-stopping numbers including, “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” you’ll have a monstrously good time! *Show contains adult themes and language. (Some material may be inappropriate for children 13 and under.)

 

 

SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD

A Comedy Farce by KEN LUDWIIG

Directed by JOHN WRIGHT

November 21 — December 20, 2014

Sunday matinees November 30—December 14

 

It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. With a little help from a feisty flower, blonde bombshells, movie moguls, and arrogant "asses" are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp. A hilarious farce from the author of “Lend Me A Tenor”.

 

The curtain will rise at 7:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday night performances, and at 2:30 p.m. for the Sunday matinees.

 

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-prof, tax exempt, (501 (c) 3), community Theater organization which operates from facilities at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. For more information call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151

 

 

CAST CHANGE IN SPAMALOT, THEATRE 29 2014 SEASON TO BE UNVEILED

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT¯ has been tickling sellout crowds at Theatre 29, But the audience on August 30 got more than they bargained for when leading actor Charles Harvey, as King Arthur, exited the theater in an ambulance midway through Act One.

Harvey took a hard fall on stage in which he severed a tendon at his kneecap, Morongo Basin Ambulance personnel responded to the back-stage mishap and transported the actor to Hi-Desert Medical Center. Fellow actor Marv Schmelling stepped in as King Arthur while his daughter Lizzie Schmelling stepped into Marv’s role as the Knight of Ni.

Commenting on the change, patron Herb Orban of Yucca Valley said, “The cast adjusted with incredible ease and speed; it as absolutely remarkable.”

Harvey underwent surgery at Eisenhower Medical Center Wednesday, September 4, and is expected to be off his feet for four to five weeks. Marv Schmelling remains as King Arthur through September 21st  when the show closes. SPAMALOT is recommended for age 12 and over. Tickets are $8 to $12 available at  theatre29.org and through the box office at 760-361-4151.

Theatre 29 will announce its 2014 performance season at a special season announcement gala, co-hosted by three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce, next week. The gala will be held in Friendship Hall of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 12.

The Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley Chambers of Commerce will give a brief presentation on their economic development activities. Then Theatre 29 Board President Brian Tabeling will welcome patrons as the two musicals, four comedies, a children's youth theater production, and a classic drama that will make up Theatre 29's 2014 season are announced.

Those in attendance will have the first opportunity to purchase season tickets. Each director will offer a sneak peak of their production at the gala. Theatre 29 offers quality theater; with just two shows entered, Theatre 29 and its cast and crew garnered 15 nominations by the Desert Theater League for "Ragtime" and "Gypsy," including Best Musical and Best Director for both shows.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Theatre 29 and Director Rob Wanless have announced auditions for A Christmas Carol€¯. Open try-outs for the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s holiday transformation will be held Monday, September 9th at 6:30 pm at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms.

The classic play is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means. This richly textured play brings the full spirit of the book, as well as those of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come, to life on the stage.

Director Rob Wanless will be seeking a cast of more than 25 actors for this production.

Please come to audition prepared to perform cold reads, in addition to, performing one of the pre-selected sides for your sought after role. The pre-selected sides are available for review on the Theatre 29 website:www.theatre29.org, choose the Auditions€¯ tab and follow the links. Although this is not a musical, some chorus singing may be required. Please be prepared to sing your favorite Christmas Carol.

Anyone seeking to assist as technical crew, set builders, or costume construction roles, please also attend auditions. For more information, contact the director, Rob Wanless via email at wanlessrd@yahoo.com.

A Christmas Carol€¯ will run for five weekends from November 15th to December 16th. Performances will be 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on November 24th and December 8th. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students with ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151, or online at www.Theatre29.org, season tickets are also available.

A preview of the script may be found at: http://books.google.com/books?id=_-RE_XyQeKAC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “NIGHTMARES” HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA

Theatre 29, Creator/Producer Eric Ross and Director Frances Wright have announced auditions will be held soon for the 10th anniversary of the highly successful annual “Halloween Haunt” event.  This year’s scary offering will be entitled “Nightmares”.

 “Nightmares” will come to “life” beginning Friday October 18th, ending Halloween night. Performances of this seasonal scare fest will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights October 18, 19, 25, 26. Thursday Oct 24th & Wednesday Oct 30th performances will be from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Halloween Night, October 31st will be from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

This year, The Theatre 29 building will again be transformed and adventurous souls will be self guided, as they explore the depths of a disturbed girl’s dream world, which turn into the nightmares that we are all afraid of! Fright fans are promised a terror trip they will never forget this year! Are you up to the challenge? The production team will be seeking at least 20 performers and behind the scenes technicians, ages 16 & older only.

 Please be advised the Halloween Haunt production is a very physical show, therefore auditions are as well. Be prepared and dressed to move (no skirts, low waist pants, shorts, or open toed shoes). You may need to perform a cold reading, and improv if required.

 Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 3rd beginning promptly at 6:00PM on the Theatre 29 main stage.

Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (760) 361-4151 or on facebook, search (Theatre 29 haunt).

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer non-profit (501 (c) 3) Community Theater Organization. 

 

 

 

Hilarious “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” opens at Theatre 29

Theatre 29 was one of the first community theaters in the country to be awarded the amateur production rights to the hilarious, off-the-wall, anything-goes, irreverent Musical Comedy, “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT”. The Broadway hit is now playing weekends through September 21 at the Twentynine Palms Community Theater.

Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, ““Monty Python's SPAMALOT" raises silliness to an art form” said the New York Times. 

The veteran, multi award-winning director, Kathryn Ferguson, knew the production would be a challenge for the small community theater, “Taking on a show like this has been quite an endeavor” she said. “Bloody rabbits with huge teeth that can bite off a knight's head, Knights who keep fighting even with the loss of all their limbs, a flying cow and more, so much more”, she chuckled, shaking her head.

Ferguson had the first inkling that some serious theatrical magic was in store when some of the finest performers in the region flocked to Theatre 29 just to get a chance to be in the popular show. She explained, “Auditions for this project were so good and funny we could have sold tickets!  A wonderful cast full of craziness, comedic skills and great voices gives this show a very large presence on stage.”

The challenge wasn’t just in the casting, Ferguson said, “The sets are huge and have undergone several changes along the way. Large turrets, lush forests, and a French castle were just the beginning. The first set of turrets were so large they filled the stage and left little room for the actors, so after the first rehearsal with them, set builder John Wright, decided he would have to move one. Two rehearsals later he came to me and announced he would have to move the second one as well.”

The production of “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” is a huge undertaking and the hard working; dedicated volunteers at Theatre 29 folks stepped up and helped make it happen. Ferguson, also the Music Director and Costumer for the show said, “Cast and crew worked every day and long weekends for months sewing, painting and building to bring this show to life.” Costuming of course is my love and there were so many costumes, several of my helpers (also known as my minions) began to call it cardio-sewing.” She was hard put to name a favorite scene, “So many scenes are so joyous and laugh filled it is hard to just pick one or two to share, but beware, the Rio scene, “His Name is Lancelot”, shall surely bring the house down. Thank you Eric Idle for bringing Spamalot to life, what a joy this show is!”

“Monty Python's SPAMALOT” is a farcical re-telling of the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail. The show features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, catapulting cows, coconut carrying swallows and one legless knight and has been hailed as "a no-holds-barred smash hit."

Tickets can be purchased now online at www.theatre29.org, through the box office at 760-361-4151, through Theatre 29’s Facebook page “Buy Tickets” window, by downloading the WALLETINI app from I-Tunes App store or Google Play or by scanning the QR code with your mobile device on production posters appearing at businesses across the Morongo Basin.

Productions run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 PM through September 21st, with two Sunday Matinees September 1st & 15th at 2:30pm. Tickets are anticipated to sell quickly, so reserve your seats now!  Tickets are $12.00 for General admission, $10.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID. “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” does have some mature themes and parental guidance is suggested (12 and over recommended). Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd, just west of Adobe Rd at Sullivan in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

 “MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT” CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THEATRE 29 BROADWAY SMASH MUSICAL

 

Theatre 29 and Director Kathryn Ferguson are proud to announce casting selection for the fall musical production of Theatre 29’s 2013 season, the Broadway Smash Musical, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” This musical, “lovingly ripped off” from the cult classic comedy team’s most famous motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," will take the stage for five weeks beginning August 23 through September 21. In this farcical re-telling of the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail, “Monty Python's Spamalot” features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, catapulting cows, coconut carrying swallows and one legless knight. With a hilarious book and lyrical score by “Python” veteran Eric Idle, with music also by Idle and John Du Prez, this silly-as-you-like-it musical homage is a guaranteed laugh-out loud hit for young and old. This show does include some light language and mock violence (but, it is only a flesh wound!)

In the role of King Arthur, the genuine, but misguided leader of this band of wacky knights, is Charles Harvey. As his ever loyal “horse,” Patsy, is Gary Daigneault. The “Diva extraordinaire” Lady of the Lake, will be portrayed by Analisa Pilecki. The “Knights of the Round Table,” also playing multiple supporting roles as well are Kurt Schauppner as “The strangely flatulent” Sir Bedevere," Ben Bees as the “dashingly handsome” Sir Galahad, Jericho McWilliams as the “homicidally brave” Sir Lancelot and Leonard Weber as Sir Robin, “the not-quite-so-brave-as-Sir-Lancelot.” The supporting cast are represented in the “Laker Girls” Katie VanSumeren, Lizzie Schmelling, Cindy Ross, Linnea Hilderbrand and Brynn McDonald. The company is rounded out by Scott Clinkscales (as the Historian), Cyrus Short (Not Dead Fred and Prince Herbert), Nick Reiner (Sir Bors), Marv Schmelling (Knight of Ni), Cody Joseph (Finland Mayor), and James Hodgson.

Tickets can be purchased now online at www.theatre29.org, through the box office at 760-361-4151, through Theatre 29’s Facebook page “Buy Tickets” window, by downloading the WALLETINI app from I-Tunes App store or Google Play or by scanning the QR code with your mobile device on production posters appearing at businesses across the Morongo Basin. Productions run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning August 23 through September 21, with Sunday Matinees on September 1 and 15, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are anticipated to sell quickly, reserve your seats now! $12 General admission, $10 Seniors and Military w/ID, $8 Students. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd, just a quarter block west of Adobe Rd at Sullivan.
 

 

2013 DESERT STARS AWARDS RECOGNIZE THEATRE 29 WITH 15 NOMINATIONS.

The Desert Theatre League recently released their “Desert Stars Award” nominations for the 2012-2013 season. League newcomer, Theatre 29, having only two shows judged in that season, nonetheless walked away with a staggering 15 nominations! Their epic Broadway musical production of “Ragtime” received 9 nominations, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director (Charles Harvey), Outstanding Musical Director (Kathryn Ferguson), Outstanding Choreographer (Mandi Pushkar), Outstanding Lead Actor (Horace Miller), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Sadie Johannson), Outstanding Juvenile (Amanda Mohn), Outstanding Set Design (Charles Harvey) & Outstanding Props and Special Effects (John Wright), followed by their blockbuster production of “Gypsy”, which garnered 6 nominations including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director (Gary Daigneault), Outstanding Musical Director (Ed Will), Outstanding Lead Actress (Analisa Pilecki), Outstanding Juvenile (Lizzie Schmelling), & Outstanding Sound Design (Michael Nanninga).

 Theatre 29 congratulates all of the nominees in representing the very best of talent from the Morongo Basin. The 2013 Desert Stars Awards will be awarded in a live ceremony at Sun City Shadow Hills on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

 

 

FREE YOUTH THEATRE WORKSHOP ON AUDITIONING OFFERED AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 is offering beginning theater workshops for young people interested in learning more about auditioning for Theatre 29 productions.  Have you ever thought about auditioning but did not know what to expect? If so, this workshop is for you! Organizers Rob and Betty Wanless are presenting a three-day workshop July 22, 23, and 24 designed to take the mystery out the process of “trying out” for plays and musicals.


The free sessions will feature Theatre 29 Directors and performers in sessions formatted to two different age groups, 6-12, and 13-17.


Theatre 29 Board President Brian Tabeling will welcome workshop participants and sharing Theatre 29 history.  Director Rob Wanless will instruct a session on theater etiquette and tips on “cold reading”. Choreographer Mandi Pushkar participates with tips and practice on the dance and movement portion of auditions, and musical
director Ed Will will give practice and exercises on auditioning for a musical. In addition, performers Nena Jiminez and Cyrus Short, who have experience in auditioning for many Theatre 29 productions, will give their points of view.


Each day the workshop will provide information and activities to do on stage.


Day 1:  History, Theatre 29 Code of Conduct
Day 2:  Theatre Vocabulary, Sides, and Cold Reads
Day 3:  Music and Dance


For ages 6-12 the sessions will be held from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Ages 13-17 will attend from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. All of the workshop sessions will be held on the Main stage at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms.
Space is limited:

 

Sign up Permission Slips are available at the Theatre 29 Box Office during the run of “The Perils of Goldilocks” and may be dropped off in the designated receptacle in the box office.


For further information, leave a message for Betty Wanless at the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

"THE PERILS OF GOLDILOCKS" AT THEATRE 29 THROUGH JULY 27

The Summer Youth Theater Production of "The Perils of Goldilocks" is now playing weekends through July 27th at Theatre 29. The show, designed for younger audiences and performers, will play five weekends, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm, and two Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm July 7th and 21st.

The special production, Directed by John Wright with Assistant Director Lizzie Schmelling, is actually made of two one act plays. The first act, "Goldilocks", by Matt Casarino, is a comic spin on the classic fairy tale. Goldilocks is once again confronted by the Three Bears...and Joe, the Bears' species exchange student. From Goldilocks' house to the Bears' home and back again, a slew of fairy tale characters cross Goldilocks' path to give advice and tell their tales. The second act of the production is "Goldilocks on Trial", by Ed Monk. Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering, will she be found guilty and sent to prison, or will the truth come out? It's up to Judge Wallabee and some very silly jurors to decide, after hearing testimony from Goldee, the bickering Three Bears, and surprise witness Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, among others.

Of his young cast (with some grown-ups) Director John Wright said, "The rehearsals were great and it is a joy to see the cast bringing their characters to life". Wright also had high praise for his young Assistant Director, Lizzie Schmelling, a student at Yucca Valley High School who has been involved with Theatre 29 for a number years, saying, "Lizzie has been a blessing, she has really stepped up to the plate as AD, I have watched Lizzie grow from this little girl who played a page in Camelot to this beautiful young lady who knows the stage like the back of her hand."

Wright is also delighted with his Stage Manager, Nena Jimenez, a student at Twentynine Palms High School, noting, "My Stage Manager Nena is a young lady who from the get go has had everything set and ready to go, she keeps the cast in line and is one very organized young lady." Of his choice to have a young Production staff he said, "I felt if I was going to put on a kids show I would give kids themselves a chance to do all aspects of the show."

As far as the youngsters developing their performance skills Wright added, "All the new talent that have parts are really starting to grow I have seen some that didn't speak that loud at the beginning now starting to find their "big" stage voices.

Tickets for the run are $12.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID. To purchase tickets and make reservations call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or purchase tickets online at www.theatre29.org.

Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, in the City of Twentynine Palms. Theater 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit (501(c) 3, community theatre organization that operates year-round.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR "THE PERILS OF GOLDILOCKS"

Theatre 29 and Directors John Wright & Lizzie Schmelling have completed casting for Theatre 29's Summer Youth Theater production "The Perils of Goldilocks".

The first act, "Goldilocks", by Matt Casarino, is a comic spin on the classic fairy tale. Goldilocks is once again confronted by the Three Bears...and Joe, the Bears' species exchange student. From Goldilocks' house to the Bears' home and back again, a slew of fairy tale characters cross Goldilocks' path to give advice and tell their tales. This fresh adaptation teaches young audiences the meaning of responsibility through its clever, upbeat dialogue and audience participation.

The second act of the production is "Goldilocks on Trial", by Ed Monk. Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering, will she be found guilty and sent to prison, or will the truth come out? It's up to Judge Wallabee and some very silly jurors to decide, after hearing testimony from Goldee, the bickering Three Bears, and surprise witness: Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, among others...

Director John Wright, has selected a cast of 20 adults and children, both veterans and newcomers, to tell the tales of Goldilocks. Wright and Assistant Director Lizzie Schmelling are being supported by Technical Director Frances Wright, and Stage Manager Nena Jimenez.

Selected as cast members were: Marissa Thomas as Goldilocks, Curtis Mohn as Papa Bear, Julie Taylor as Mama Bear, and Natalie Coughlin as Baby Bear. The rest of the cast, which play dual or multiple roles, include, Aiden Bosworth, Scott Clinkscales, Arianna Collard, Diana Jimenez, Winnie Kelley, Denali Kern, Jessica Lomeli, Mac Miller, Amanda Mohn, Shane Scott, Brianna Sears, Sean Sears, Jasmine Shaffer, Emily Sheckler, Kris Thomas, and Christina Turner.

The Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater production of "The Perils of Goldilocks" will run from June 28 to July 27, 2013, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm. Matinee performances will be at 2:30 pm July 7 and July 21.

Tickets for the run are $12.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID. To purchase tickets and make reservations call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or purchase tickets online at www.theatre29.org.

Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, in the City of Twentynine Palms. Theater 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit (501(c) 3, community theatre organization that operates year-round.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT”

Twentynine Palms Ca: Auditions for the Fall production of Theatre 29’s 2013 season, the silly-as-you-like-it Broadway musical smash, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”, have been scheduled for Sunday, June 16th at 2:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.  The musical will take the stage for five weeks beginning August 23rd through September 21st.  

In this farcical re-telling of the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, “Monty Python's Spamalot” features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, catapulting cows, coconut carrying swallows and one legless knight. Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “Monty Python's Spamalot” "raises silliness to an art form" and has been hailed as "a no-holds-barred smash hit."

Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson will be seeking a cast of seventeen singer/actors for this production.  Most lead roles require the ability to sing.  All roles require some comedic timing.  The roles being cast are:

    KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): Tbe King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.

  • SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called 'Sir Robin the Brave,' though be couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD I and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.  Tap ability a plus.
  • SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his, 'softer side.  This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
  • PATSY (30s-40s) King Arthur's horse and servant. Under appreciated but always longing for King Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town & the drunken, useless GUARD 2.
  • SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable, Begins as Dennis, a lower class 'mud gatherer' who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries, Strong baritenor, singing required.
  • SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable, An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER. a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse. No solo singing,
  • THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20s-30s):A Diva, Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers, especially seeking actresses of all races for this role.
  • Four Male and four Female Ensemble dancers will play the remaining roles which include:
    • HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic.
    • NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others beliefs, claims he is "not yet dead"
    • FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.
    • MINSTRELS: In Sir Robin's band,
    • PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower.
    • SIR NOT APPEARING IN THIS SHOW: A “Man of La Mancha” reject
    • THE DANCING MONK
    • THE DANCING NUN (MALE)
    • TWO FRENCH GUARDS
    • SIR BORS: A Knight who loses his head over a bunny.
    • MONKS
    • DEAD PEOPLE
    • DENIZENS OF CAMELOT
    • All Female ensemble will be LAKER GIRLS
  • All roles, except for King Arthur and The Lady of the Lake, play multiple characters.

Show dates are August 23 - 24, 30 – 31 & September 1, 6 – 7, 13-15 & 20-21

Please come to audition prepared with either a karaoke tape or professional backing track as accompaniment, (No background vocals, please!) as there will be no live accompaniment available.  All audition pieces MUST be Broadway music (No original songs, No Pop songs).  Dress to move.  Anyone seeking to assist in a technical capacity, as a set builder or costume construction role, please also attend auditions.  Be prepared for cold reading, pre-selected sides are available for review on our website: www.theatre29.org choose the “Auditions” tab and follow the links.  Music samples from the production are also available on that page.  For more information, contact the director, Kathryn Ferguson via email at KFerguson@theatre29.org.

 

 

STANDING ROOM ONLY AUDIENCES EXPERIENCE MAJESTIC “RAGTIME THE MUSICAL” AT THEATRE 29

Audiences from all over the Inland Empire have been awe-struck by “Ragtime the Musical”, now playing at Theatre 29 weekends through June 1.  Z107.7 FM News Reporter Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti stated “It is a jewel of a performance, that all should come and enjoy”. Theatre-goers from all parts of the Hi and Low deserts have sung the praises of this epic production, calling it “one of the best productions they’ve ever seen”.

“Ragtime” takes the audience back in time, to the dawn of the American Century in New York City, circa 1906.  In a hauntingly beautiful musical journey, audiences will be transfixed by the stories of three disparate families, experiencing the hopes of immigrants, the legacy of bigotry and the rise of a working class which are given voice in the syncopated music that reflected the nation's changing face. With a lush score by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and stirring book by noted playwright Terrence McNally, the vibrant Tony-winning play is as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.

Featuring heart-rending performances from Jennifer Paulk, Horace Miller, Leonard Weber and a supporting cast of over 30 of the top vocal talents in the Morongo Basin, “Ragtime to be a feast for the senses...….an emotional roller-coaster.”, says the show’s multi-award winning director, Charles Harvey. “this is the story about us, a uniquely American tale.”  Ragtime is a kaleidoscope of toe-tapping music, colorful costumes, soulful pathos and fascinating characters from our collective past.  Performances are selling out quickly, reservations are highly recommended.

The show does deal with some adult material, mild language, racial themes and simulated violence, so parental guidance is suggested.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.theatre29.org, through the box office at 760-361-4151, through Theatre 29’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms) “Buy Tickets” window, by downloading the WALLETINI app from I-Tunes App store or Google Play or by scanning the QR code with your mobile device on production posters at business across the Morongo Basin.  Productions run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7PM through June 1st, both Sunday Matinees have been sold out.  Reserve your seats now!  $12 General admission, $10 Seniors and Military w/ID, $8 Students.  Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd, just a quarter block west of Adobe Rd at Sullivan.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2014 SEASON

Theatre 29 is beginning the process of selecting plays, comedies, dramas and musicals for their 2014 season.

Area theatrical directors are being invited to submit suggested plays for consideration. The Theatre 29 Season Selection Committee strongly suggests Directors submit two titles to allow flexibility in forming a well-balanced season. Directors can request a particular time slot or slots but are not guaranteed their requested time frame will be available.

The Theatre 29 play selection committee will review all requests and submit a recommended 2014 season line-up to the Board of Directors for review, the full Board will make the final determination.

Directors are reminded that Theatre 29 is dedicated to producing plays that are family-oriented and will attract a general audience. Directors submitting for the 2014 season must submit a script and an estimation of the shows budget, including, at least, estimated royalties and script costs.

Directors submitting for the first time to Theatre 29 are asked to include a directorial resume or biography of the candidate’s theatrical background. It is strongly suggested that first-time Directors include an Assistant Director who is well accustomed to the Theatre 29 Organization and culture. T

The Play Selection Committee reserves the right to require additional directorial qualifications on a case-by-case basis.

Theatre 29 is an all volunteer Non-Profit Community theater that operates as an independent 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. All Directors, Performers, backstage crew and theatre staff are unpaid volunteers. Musicals are allowed a stipend budget for musicians.

Theatre 29 will present six or seven productions during the 2014 calendar year. Each play will run 12 performances over a 5 week run. Each play will have a Sunday Matinee the second and fourth week.

The schedule allows for a minimum 7 week rehearsal cycle. All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

Tentative 2014 season slots:

Show: 1 January 10 – February 8

Show: 2 March 7 – April 5

Show: 3 May 2 – May 31

Show: 4 June 27 – July 26

Show: 5 August 22 – September 20

Haunt or Halloween themed show: October 16-17-18, 23-24-25, 31

Show 6: November 14 - December 13 

Directors are asked to submit their requests to:

Theatre 29 Play selection committee

c/o Gary Daigneault

6448 Hallee Road #5

Joshua Tree, Ca. 92252

Or e-mail to: z1077fm@gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013. Prospective Directors can review their responsibilities on the Directors page at www.theatre29.org. For further information call Theatre 29 Season Selection Committee member Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.

 

 

EPIC MUSICAL “RAGTIME” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 and Director Charles Harvey are proud to announce the opening of the spring musical production of Theatre 29’s 2013 season, the epic Broadway musical, “Ragtime”. The musical, called “The quintessential American experience at the turn of the 20th century,” based on the classic novel by E.L. Doctorow, will take the stage for five weeks beginning May 3rd through June 1st.
 
“Ragtime” takes the audience back in time, to the dawn of the American Century in New York City, circa 1906. In a hauntingly beautiful musical journey, audiences will be transfixed by the stories of three disparate families, experiencing the hopes of immigrants, the legacy of bigotry and the rise of a working class which are given voice in the syncopated music that reflected the nation's changing face. With a lush score by the award-winning composer / lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and stirring book by noted playwright Terrence McNally, the vibrant Tony-winning play is as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.
 
The dazzling physical production highlights stars Jennifer Paulk, Horace Miller, Leonard Weber and a large supporting cast of over 30 performers. Multi-Award winning Director Charles Harvey said, “Ragtime” promises to be a feast for the senses as well as an emotional roller-coaster, boasting some of the finest voices in the Morongo Basin in a theatrical event not to be missed.” Harvey continued, saying, “This is a story of all of us, the themes of “Ragtime” are still prevalent issues today. The Have’s vs the Have-nots, equal rights struggles, and immigration. Besides having a moving story, the characters and the music are what make “Ragtime” sparkle. Comedy, tragedy, love, loss, revenge and redemption, it’s all here.”
 
The show does deal with some adult material, mild language, racial themes and simulated violence, so parental guidance is suggested.
 
Tickets can be purchased now online at www.theatre29.org, through the box office at 760-361-4151,through Theatre 29’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms) “Buy Tickets” window, by downloading the WALLETINI app from I-Tunes App store or Google Play or by scanning the QR code on production posters with your mobile device at business across the Morongo Basin.
 
“Ragtime” runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 pm for five weekends beginning May 3 through June 1st, with two Sunday Matinees May 12 and 16 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are anticipated to sell quickly, reserve your seats now! $12 General admission, $10 Seniors and Military w/ID, $8 Students. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd, just a quarter block west of Adobe Rd at Sullivan.

 

 

Kiwanis sponsor "Ragtime" OPENING NIGHT at Theatre 29

Theatre 29, the only continuously operating live theatre in the Hi and Lo-Desert, is in rehearsals for the musical epic, “Ragtime”. Opening night, May 3rd, will benefit scholarships, youth sports teams and other causes supported by the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club.
 
The period musical, based in the novel by E.L. Doctorow, tells the story of three families whose lives intersect in New York in the early 20th century. It is being produced at Theatre 29 under the direction of Charles Harvey, who previously helmed productions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Evita”, amongst others at Theatre 29.
 
Opening night activities, Friday, May 3, will begin when doors open at 6 p.m., refreshments are served and a silent auction open. The drama will begin at 7:00 pm with desserts served at intermission.
 
For the Opening night gala, Tickets, at $25 each, are available at The Desert Trail offices in Twentynine Palms and from members of the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club. For more information or to donate an item for the silent auction, call Herman Platzke (760) 972-7205.
 
“Ragtime” will run for 5 weekends from May 3rd to June 1st with Friday and Saturday night performances at 7:00 p.m. Sunday Matinees will be at 2:30 pm on May 12th and May 26th.
 
The $25.00 price is for the opening night Kiwanis fund-raiser only. After that, Regular tickets are $12.00, seniors and Military are $10.00, Children under 12 and Students with ID are $8.00.
 
Regular run tickets are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer non-profit community theater located at 73637 Sullivan Road (at Adobe) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR EPIC MUSICAL “RAGTIME”

Theatre 29 and Director Charles Harvey are proud to announce casting selection for the spring musical production of Theatre 29’s 2013 season, the epic Broadway musical, “Ragtime”. This musical, based on the classic novel by E.L. Doctorow, will take the stage for five weeks beginning May 3rd through June 1st.   This production finds in the experience of three families, circa 1906, all the glories and contradictions that created the American Century. The hopes of immigrants, the legacy of bigotry and the rise of a working class are given voice in the syncopated music that reflected the nation's changing face. With a lush score by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and stirring book by noted playwright Terrence McNally, the vibrant Tony-winning play is as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.

In the role of Mother, the matriarch and focal center point of the story is Jennifer Paulk.  Stodgy Father is played by Ben Bees.  Mother’s Younger Brother, a rebel in search of a cause, is played by Graham Cooley.  The Little Boy is played by Amanda Mohn, making her stage debut.  Grumpy Grandfather is Basin favorite Les Taylor.  As counterpoint to the “WASP” family just described, the African-American residents of Harlem are represented in the roles of ragtime pianist Coalhouse Walker, Jr, played by Horace Miller and his lost lady-love Sarah, played by Gloria Garner.  In a cameo, playing Coalhouse Walker III, making his stage debut, is Adrian Crowell. Representing the “teeming masses” of Eastern European immigrants hoping for their piece of the “American Dream”, are devoted father Tateh, played by Leonard Weber and his Little Girl, played by Natalie Coughlin in her first leading role.  Supporting these three “families” in telling their stories are Industrialist J.P. Morgan played by Herman Platzke, Auto maverick Henry Ford played by Kurt Schauppner, America’s first “reality star”, Evelyn Nesbitt is Erin Keeran, Firebrand anarchist Emma Goldman played by Sadie Johannson, Illusionist extraordinaire Harry Houdini is Aaron Fagan, civil right pioneer Booker T. Washington is Alex Gomez.

In the pivotal ensemble, who take on multiple roles and flesh out the humanity of “Ragtime” are Chanel Rodgers as Sarah’s Friend, Cyrus Short, Chalize Kuntz, Brynn McDonald, Katie VanSumeren, Julie Taylor, Gwyneth Arnold-Starr, Micheal Wanless, Cathy Inscore, Amanda Winters, Jasmine Shaffer, Tara Henkel, Nena Jimenez, Patrick Trizila, Cleve Spaight, Mark Jefferson, Kendra Cruz & Ayodele Coker.

“Ragtime” promises to be a feast for the senses as well as an emotional roller-coaster, boasting some of the finest voices in the Morongo Basin in a theatrical event not to be missed.  The show does deal with some adult material, mild language, racial themes and simulated violence, so parental guidance is suggested. Tickets can be purchased now online at www.theatre29.org, through the box office at 760-361-4151, through Theatre 29’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms) “Buy Tickets” window, by downloading the WALLETINI app from I-Tunes App store or Google Play or by scanning the QR code with your mobile device on production posters soon to appear at business across the Morongo Basin.  Productions run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7PM beginning May 3 – June 1st, with two Sunday Matinees May 12 & 16 at 2:30pm.  Tickets are anticipated to sell quickly, reserve your seats now!  $12 General admission, $10 Seniors and Military w/ID, $8 Students.  Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd, just a quarter block west of Adobe Rd at Sullivan.

 

 

THEATRE 29 HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR “THE PERILS OF GOLDILOCKS”

 

Theatre 29, Director John Wright, and assistant director Lizzie Schmelling will hold auditions for the Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater production, “The Perils of Goldilocks”, made up from 2 one act plays performed for and by the youth of the Morongo Basin.

The first show, “Goldilocks”, by Matt Casarino, is a comic spin on the classic fairy tale. Goldilocks is once again confronted by the Three Bears...and Joe, the Bears' species exchange student. From Goldilocks' house to the Bears' home and back again, a slew of fairy tale characters cross Goldilocks' path to give advice and tell their tales. This fresh adaptation teaches young audiences the meaning of responsibility through its clever, upbeat dialogue and audience participation.

The second show, the second act of the production, is “Goldilocks on Trial”, by Ed Monk. Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering, will she be found guilty and sent to prison, or will the truth come out? It's up to Judge Wallabee and some very silly jurors to decide, after hearing testimony from Goldee, the bickering Three Bears, and surprise witness Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, among others...

Wright & Schmelling are looking for 20 performers with most being dual or multiple roles with an age range from 8 through adults, there are some limited roles for ages 8– 10. Auditions for “The Perils of Goldilocks” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6th, at the Theatre 29 main stage, 73637 Sullivan Road, (Adobe and Sullivan) Roads, Twentynine Palms.

Those wishing to assist backstage with set construction, lighting, props, costumes or as stage hands should also come to the auditions.

The Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater production of “The Perils of Goldilocks” will run from June 28 to July 27, 2013, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm. Matinee performances will be at 2:30 pm July 7 and July 21.

 

 

'GYPSY" OPENS TO FULL HOUSES AND STANDING OVATIONS

The Musical Fable "Gypsy" is already wowing audiences and critics alike at Theatre 29. The show, called "The greatest American Musical" opened March 8 for a five week run weekends through April 6th. The first two performances saw sold-out audiences jumping to their feet for spontaneous standing ovations.

Set in the late 1920's, "Gypsy" is based on the memoirs of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. It tells the story of her ambitious and driven stage mother Mama Rose as she tries every trick in the book to further her daughter June's stage career. The play follows their ups and downs as they travel around the country pursuing their vaudeville dreams, even as the "talkies and burlesque are causing the death of vaudeville." A surprise ending brings us to the beginning of Lee's burlesque career.

The Musical, directed by Gary Daigneault with musical direction by Ed Will and Choreography by Mandi Pushkar, features familiar favorite Broadway hits such as, "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You'll Never Get Away from Me," "If Momma Was Married," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Get A Gimmick" and "Together Wherever We Go."

A relative newcomer to the Morongo Basin stage, Analisa Pilecki, brings a high level of performance talent to the lead role of Mama Rose with a nuanced representation of the "ultimate stage mother" and a powerful voice that brings new life to Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics. Pilecki studied Musical Theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and worked off-Broadway in New York City. This is her second show at Theatre 29, having been previously seen in last years "Anne of Green Gables".

"Gypsy" will run through April 6. Performances are at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. A Sunday Matinee will be offered at 2:30 pm on March 24th. "Gypsy" has some mature themes and is not recommended for children under 12. Tickets for "Gypsy" are $8 to $12 and are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

 

"Gypsy" at Theatre 29 features hit Broadway music

Theatre 29's upcoming musical production, "Gypsy," is the story about the ultimate stage mother. "Gypsy", which opens March 8 for a five-week run, is based on the memoirs of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and follows the story of Mama Rose, a determined stage mother trying to make her two young daughters famous during the 1920s, the era of vaudeville and burlesque. "Gypsy" has been called "The greatest American musical" by numerous critics and writers.

The classic Broadway musical, directed by Gary Daigneault with musical direction by Ed Will and Choreography by Mandi Pushkar, features Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics including the hits "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You'll Never Get Away from Me," "If Momma Was Married," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Get A Gimmick" and "Together Wherever We Go."

The show has some mature themes and is not recommended for children under 12. "Gypsy" will run for twelve performances over five weekends from March 8, though April 6. Performances are at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Two Sunday Matinees will be offered at 2:30 pm on March 17, and 24. Tickets for "Gypsy" are $8 to $12 and are available online at <http://www.theatre29.org/>www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

 

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR "GYPSY" AT THEATRE 29

 
Theatre 29 and Directors Gary Daigneault and Ed Will have completed casting for the second production show of the 2013 season. "Gypsy", called "The greatest American musical" by numerous critics and
writers, is based on the memoirs of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

 
"Gypsy" follows the story of Mama Rose, a determined stage mother trying to make her two young daughters famous. At first, she focuses on younger, cuter June. But when June runs off to marry, Rose
concentrates on her other daughter, Louise.

 
The cast includes: Analisa Pilecki as Mama Rose, Katie VanSumeren as Louise and Marissa Thomas as “Baby” Louise. Richard Ghan is Herbie, Vanessa Walton is “Baby” June and Lizzie Schmelling “Dainty” June. Playing Tulsa is Michael Ghan, with Alex Gomez as Jocko and Mr. Goldstone.

 
The role of Tessie Tura is played by Charlene Childs, Electra is Patti Brown and Mazeppa is Cindy Daigneault. Cyrus short is Yonkers and Pasty. Cathy Inscore plays Cigar and Mr. Kringeline. Cindy Ross
is Miss Cratchitt, Pop is played Ed Manson and Georgie is Malcolm Stanley-Wolfe.
 
The Toreadorables are Tinkie Hess, Jasmine Shaffer, Nikki Wylie, and Angela Shirley. The farm boys, newsboys, and Uncle Jocko's kids are Curtis Mohn, Sean "Brisket" Sears, Dennis Mohn, and Spencer Walton. Sheri Flores, Herman Platzke, and Amanda Winters are in multiple supporting roles.

 
Gary Daigneault is the director, Ed Will the music director, and Mandi Pushkar is the Choreographer. Costumes are by Kathryn Ferguson, the set is designed by Keith Roleff, and Ken Palmer is the lighting designer.
 
Mike Lipsitz is Stage Manager and Linda Thayer is the assistant stage manager, set artistry is by Jackie Pelfrey. Other backstage roles are filled by Francis Wright, Michael Nanninga, Ed Manson, Tanya Wright, and Robin Schmelling.

 
"Gypsy" is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics include, "Let Me Entertain You", "Some People", "You'll Never Get Away from Me", "If Momma Was Married", "All I Need Is the Girl", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "You Gotta Get A Gimmick" and "Together Wherever We Go". "Gypsy" is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business.

 
"Gypsy" will run for twelve performances over five weekends from March 8th, though April 6th, 2013. Performances are at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Two Sunday Matinees will be offered at
2:30 pm on March 17th and 24th.

 
Tickets for "Gypsy" are available for $12.00 Regular admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID and children under 12 (The show has some mature themes). 
To purchase tickets call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.org.
 
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 non-profit Community Theatre organization which operates year round and is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “RAGTIME” THE MUSICAL
 
Auditions for the third production of the Theatre 29 2013 season, the epic Broadway musical, ‘Ragtime”, have been scheduled for Sunday, February 24th at 2:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.
 
The epic musical, based on the classic novel by E.L. Doctorow, will take the stage for five weeks beginning May 3rd through June 1st. This musical finds in the experience of three families, circa 1906, all the glories and contradictions that created the American Century. The hopes of immigrants, the legacy of bigotry and the rise of a working class are given voice in the syncopated music that reflected the nation's changing face.
 
Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL and LUCKY STIFF), noted playwright Terrence McNally, (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MASTER CLASS), the stirring Tony-winning score is as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.
 
Veteran director Charles Harvey will be seeking a cast of twenty-five to thirty singer/actors for this production. This production is a “singer’s musical”, and all roles must be able to sing. The roles being cast are:
 
Father - baritone 28-45: The typical Edwardian gentleman of means, courteous to all, outwardly tolerant, so long as everyone knows their place, a distant husband and vacant father, he was a man of his time. His voyage with Admiral Peary is the catalyst for all that follows.

Sarah - strong alto 18-30, African-American: Love interest to Coalhouse Walker and mother of his child, loving, kind, gentle but with a deep soul.
 
Booker T. Washington - baritone 30-55, African American: Famous African American civil rights leader of the early 1900s, passionate, articulate, holds himself and his race to a high standard.
 
Little Boy –
tenor 7-13, Also called Edgar, the son of Mother and Father, a bit precocious, straight forward and blunt as only a pre-teen can be.
 
Tateh
- tenor 24- 35, Latvian Jewish immigrant bringing his daughter to America to build their dream. Their story is one of all immigrants: hope, toil, heart-break and maybe even success!
 
Little Girl - soprano 8-14, Tateh’s daughter, quiet, loves her Papa.
 
Younger Brother - baritone 19-28, Mother’s Younger Brother, works for Father, a lost soul who evolves into a fire-brand freedom fighter.
 

HENRY FORD 35-45 yrs old, folksy, patter singer, an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company

WILLIE CONKLIN, 25-40 yrs old Irish, a racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse's car

Sarah’s Friend –
Age-Open, Strong soulful Alto African American, The voice of the masses of Harlem
 
Harry Houdini
- tenor 25-42, The world’s most famous magician and illusionist, known for his Escape artistry, a charismatic man.
 
J.P. Morgan - Patter baritone 40-65, The world’s richest man and he knows it.
 
Emma Goldman -
belting alto 30-60, Fire-brand anarchist, staunch advocate for the down trodden immigrants of the Lower East Side, Brash, loud, fierce.
 
3 African American Male singers and 3 Female singers (Harlem
residents)
 
Ensemble - men and women, ages open, all must sing, various ethnicities encouraged · All ensemble will play a multitude of cameo roles as well as residents of New Rochelle & Immigrants.
 
The Roles of Mother, Coalhouse Walker Jr, Grandfather, and Evelyn Nesbitt have been pre-cast.
 
“Ragtime” will run 12 performances, May 3- 4, 10-12, 17-18, 24-26, 31 & June 1, 2013.
 
Please come to audition prepared with either a karaoke tape or professional backing track as accompaniment, (No background vocals, please!) as there will be no live accompaniment available. Dress to move.
 
Anyone seeking to assist in a technical capacity, as a set builder or costume construction role, please also attend auditions. Be prepared for cold reading, pre-selected sides are available for review on our website: www.theatre29.org, choose the “Auditions” tab and follow the links.
 
Music samples from the production are also available on that page. For more information, contact the director, Charles Harvey via email at theatre29programs@msn.com or call the Box Office at (760) 361-4151.

 

 

“DEATHRAP” BRINGING CHILLS AND THRILLS TO THEATRE 29
 
DEATHTRAP, A thriller in two acts. One set, five characters, a juicy murder in Act One, unexpected developments in Act Two. Sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in the right places, Highly commercial. So begins the plotting and planning by Sidney Bruhl, a down and out playwright, to once again have a successful play.
 
Currently running through February 9th at Theatre 29, “Deathtrap”, A thriller in two acts by Ira Levin, follows the exploits of Sidney, Clifford, Myra, Helga and Porter in the pursuit of the perfect play.
 
As Myra Bruhl, played by Janet Peercy, asked Sidney Bruhl, played by Leonard Weber, “Would you ….actually kill someone to have another successful play?” After a brief pause Sidney replies “Don’t be foolish darling, Of course I would.”
 
Enter Clifford Anderson, played by Benjamin Bees, author of the “…a gifted director couldn’t hurt it” play. Watch closely as the many facets of Clifford are revealed.
 
All appears to be well until the arrival of a Dutch physic Helga Ten Dorp, played by Judy Andreshak, who finds lost car keys under clothes dryers.
 
As if things were not muddled enough, enter Sidney’s attorney, Porter Milgrim, played by Tom Highfill. Suffice it to say that Porter is ‘sharp…dull…but sharp”
 
Does DEATHTRAP exist or is it just a ruse, will Clifford and Sidney actually collaborate on the “ shaping and pointing up in the right places” necessary to make DEATHTRAP the play of the year. Who is the “woman will use dagger again…not in play but because of play” as “seen” by Helga Ten Dorp.
 
 DEATHTRAP..A thriller which will leave you guessing even after the final curtain has fallen. Running Friday and Saturday nights through February 9 with a 2:30 matinee Sunday, February 3.
 
For tickets, Call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or go online to www.theatre29.org

 

 

DIRECTOR OF “DEATHTRAP” AT THEATRE 29 DELIGHTED WITH HIS CAST AND SET

Director Butch Pelfrey is delighted with his performers and the set for the opening show of the Theatre 29 2013 season. The very quirky murder/mystery/thriller/comedy “Deathtrap” opened January 11 for a five week run through February 9th at the Morongo Basin’s Community Theater.

Pelfrey said, “The cast has gone beyond what I had hoped for in creating a very complicated thriller-comedy in which everyone dies....maybe.

“Deathtrap” was written by Ira Levin, who also wrote Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys from Brazil. The five character play has been called “An engrossing puzzle and suspenseful nail-biter.” The ingenious play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients, gasp inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter.

The veteran Director, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, is especially proud of the set, also designed by Pelfrey, describing it as, “unlike any set-up previously used at the theatre.” Using stage magic and the precision artistry of his wife, Jackie, He has transformed the main stage at Theatre 29 into a clever and visually stunning reproduction of a former stable converted to a small home.

In “Deathtrap”, Leonard Webber is Sidney Bruhl, an over the hill playwright who desperately needs a hit play and will stop at nothing to get it. Pelfrey says, “Weber is great as the two faced conniving husband and special friend to Clifford Anderson.” Benjamin Bees is Clifford Anderson, aspiring playwright who attended a seminar presented by Sidney Bruhl. The outcome of that meeting is, well…Murder! The director says, “Bees is absolutely fantastic as Clifford. As the play progresses the many layers of Anderson are exposed.” Adding the numerous twists and turns to the plot is Judy Andreshak called, “fabulous”, as the physic Helga Ten Dorp, Tom Highfill is Porter Milgrim, Sidney's attorney and aspiring novelist, and Janet Peercy is Myra Bruhl, Sidney's wife, who hasn't a clue as to Sidney's true character.

 

“Deathtrap” runs for five weekends, through February 9. Performances will be 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on January 20th and February 3rd. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students with ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151, or online at www.Theatre29.org, season tickets are also available. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City ofTwentynine Palms.

 

THEATRE 29 GOES HI-TECH FOR 2013 TICKET SALES

As the individual use of hi-tech personal devices such as smart-phones and tablets increases, Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin's Year-round Community Theater, is keeping up with the technology and now offers increased purchase channels to reserve and order tickets.

2013 Season tickets and tickets for individual shows are available now on-line at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151. The state-of-the-art Vendini computer reservation system allows patrons to choose, reserve, and pay for individual seats from the comfort of their home or office computer.

New for 2013, patrons will also be able to purchase tickets through their Mobile device by downloading the WALLETINI app, available free through the Apple App store or Google Play. Ticket purchase is also now available through the Theatre 29 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/THEATRE29TwentyninePalms, as well as through scanning the QR code on all production posters with a barcode scanner on their Smartphone, at various locations throughout the Morongo Basin.

Season tickets for all six main show productions plus the spectacular Halloween Haunt are $68.00 for regular seats, $56.00 for seniors and Military and $46.00 for Children under 12 and Students with ID. Individual show tickets are $12.00 for general admission; $10.00 for seniors and military; and $8.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID.

The first show of the 2013 season, "Deathtrap" opens January 11 and runs for five weekends, through February 9. Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on January 20th and February 3rd. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.