CLASSIC HOLIDAY MUSICAL “MEET ME IN ST LOUIS” FINDS ITS CAST AT THEATRE 29
 
Theatre 29! proudly announces primary casting for their finale production of the 2017 theatrical season, “Meet Me in St Louis”.  This lighthearted holiday treat about the life and times of a close-knit family at the turn of the twentieth century, helmed by the multi-award-winning Director Kathryn Ferguson, will take the stage weekends beginning November 24 through December 17th at the theatre on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.
 
Based on the 1944 heartwarming film of the same name, Meet Me in St. Louis takes audience members on a musical journey back to the early 1900’s, on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair. In the show’s center are the Smiths, a humble middle-class family made up of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, their four daughters Rose, Esther, Agnes, and Tootie, and their son Lon. With the addition of romantic suitors, comedic misunderstandings, and jovial pranks, this musical is filled with nonstop entertainment featuring memorable musical numbers such as “The Boy Next Door”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “The Trolley Song” and “A Day In New York”.
 
Embodying the roles of the Smith family are a variety of performers, both Theatre 29 veterans as well as exciting newcomers.  As the rather stern, but loving, patriarch Alonzo Smith is Dennis “Easy” Boos. His firm but gentle wife, Anna, is played by Katie Fleischman.  As college bound eldest son, Lon, is James Hodgson. Eldest daughter, Rose, is played by newcomer Kegan Longuevan.  The role of Esther is another newcomer Drea Kelley. The two youngest, tomboyish Agnes is played by Anna Pollnow and mischievous Tootie is Zoee Stoker.  Genial Grandpa Prophater will be played by Kurt Schauppner. Long suffering Irish maid Katie is played by Kelly Ames. “Boy Next Door” John Truitt is played by Randy Smith and wealthy college boy Warren Sheffield is played by Robert Ames.
 
The ensemble players, who portray a variety of characters over the year in time the show covers are: Aaliyah Broussand as Lucille Ballard, Patricia Zuniga as Eve, Kevin Myers as the Postman, Joseph Rego as the Motorman, Andrew Henry, Kimberly Beaty & Dennis Mohn as the “bumbling young men” Clinton Badger, PeeWee Drummond & Sidney Purvis (respectively).  Rounding out the ensemble are Anna Carnes, Barry Inscore, Ariel Montes & Jamie McClendon.
 
Under the deft artistic and musical direction of Kathryn Ferguson and choreography by Lisa Goldberg, “MEET ME IN ST LOUIS” will be a show not to be missed.  The show is a family musical, suitable for all ages.
 
“MEET ME IN ST LOUIS” will play Friday and Saturday evenings beginning November 24th at 7:00PM as well as Sunday matinees at 2:30PM through December 17th. 
 
Tickets for all performances (except opening night gala) are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at760-361-4151, tickets can also be purchased via the Walletini app available through Google Play and I-Tunes App Store, through the “Buy Ticket” button on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or by scanning the QR code embedded on show posters at businesses across the City of Twentynine Palms. EARLY PURCHASE OF TICKETS ENSURE GUARANTEED SEATING – THEATRE 29 MUSICALS SELL OUT FAST!
 
Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  MEET ME IN ST LOUIS is appropriate for all audiences.
 
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 Community Theater organization.

 

HALLOWEEN STYLE IMPROV SHOW COMING TO THEATRE 29

The wildly popular Theatre 29 Improvisational troupe, “The Baker’s Dozen”, will be back on stage with their hilarious and unscripted antics again with a special Halloween themed show at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017. 

Come in costume if you wish for a ghoulishly funny time, to this unique Halloween themed improv performance.

Improvisation is a form of theatre in which no script is used. Instead, the actors create the dialog and action themselves. The performers get suggestions from their audience and use them to create short, entertaining scenes.

Featuring a top notch cast of Theatre 29 improvisers and special guest artists. Hysterical improvisational games mean anything can happen, and usually does!

This performance is the Halloween edition so anything spooky, or just kooky, can happen. “Baker’s Dozen” Director Chris Fleischman say, “It's the YEAST we can do to get a RISE out of you!"

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR FAMILY MUSICAL “MEET ME IN ST LOUIS” 
 
Auditions for the Holiday production of Theatre 29’s 2017 season, the classic family Broadway musical “MEET ME IN ST LOUIS”, have been scheduled for Monday, October 9th at 6:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.  This warm hearted musical journey will take the stage for four weeks beginning November 24th through December 17th. 

Based on the 1944 heartwarming film of the same name, “Meet Me in St. Louis” takes audience members on a musical journey back to the early 1900’s, on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair. In the show’s center are the Smiths, a humble middle-class family made up of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, their four daughters Rose, Esther, Agnes, and Tootie, and their son Lon. With the addition of romantic suitors, comedic misunderstandings, and jovial pranks, this musical is filled with nonstop entertainment featuring memorable musical numbers such as “The Boy Next Door”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “The Trolley Song”  and “A Day In New York”. 

Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson will be seeking a cast of 25-28 (6 female; 5 male principals) musical performers for this production.  MOST ROLES MUST SING AT LEAST CHORALLY!  The roles being cast are: 

Mr. Alonzo Smith:  Baritone, He is in his forties, a kind, generous, loving father and a successful business man, to boot. 

Mrs. Anna Smith:  Alto. She, too, is in her forties, an attractive woman, with a firm but gentle manner.  She has graciousness and charm, which the years and raising a family have mellowed.   

Lon:  Tenor. He is the oldest in the family, nineteen.  Lon is good looking and athletic. 

Rose:  Mezzo-Soprano. She is the oldest of the girls, eighteen, and the beauty of the family.  She has a loyal, loving nature--and also a bit of a temper.   

Esther:  Alto. Esther is a year and three months younger (16) than Rose, attractive and effervescent.  She tends to look up to Rose and clings to her in time of trouble.   

Agnes:  Mezzo-Soprano, She is about two years younger (14) than Esther and inclined to be a tomboy.  Agnes is independent and forthright, and greatly admired by Tootie.   

Tootie:  Tootie is the youngest in the family (8 – 10), a bright-eyed, serious faced youngster with a slightly macabre sense of humor.   

Grandpa Prophater:  Baritone. He is a spry old gent in his “seventies”, with a neat white beard and mustache.  The children adore him and never tire of hearing his "tales."   A Civil War Veteran. 

Katie:  Alto. Katie is ageless; she might be anywhere from forty-five to sixty--you can't tell.  She is good-humored, generous loving--and Irish.  Her brogue is slight but musical 

John Truitt:  Baritone. Age 18 – 20. He is slightly older than Rose a nice strapping fellow, sincere and friendly 

Warren Sheffield: (Age 18 – 20) Baritone. Rose’s suitor, an eligible young man from a rich family 

Lucille Ballard:  She is eighteen, a very pretty but decidedly affected girl from the East.  Her manner in front of the boys is arch and coy. 

Ida:  Ida is eighteen, a sweet, rather shy girl, and very much in love with Lon.   
  
Fred:  (Age 16-18) Fred is a good-looking, well-mannered boy of Esther's age.  He is very smitten with Esther, and she is with him 

*Mrs. Waughop:  She is a fussy, irate, middle-aged woman 

*Mr. Dodge:  He is a harassed-looking business man, a few years older than Mr. Smith.  His speech is clipped and brusque he is all business.   

*Duffy:  Duffy is Mr. Dodge's shadow, a meek little "yes" man.  He is somewhat younger than Mr. Smith and obviously envious of his importance in the firm. 

*Conductor:  Trolley Car Driver, as he makes only a brief appearance at the curtain of Act One. 

*Eve: Lon’s date at his going-away party 

*Postman:  middle-aged Irish man 

*Clinton Badger, Peewee Drummond & Sidney Purvis: three awkward, bumbling young men 

*Trolley Passengers 
*Assembled Guests at Lon’s party 
*Ballroom Couples 
*Carolers 

*Several Ensemble roles will be doubled. 

Auditions will consist of vocalization for 16 bars in the style of the show, movement and cold readings.   Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD, or on mobile device (Musical Theatre piece, no original works or pop songs).  An accompanist will not be provided. If you bring accompaniment on mobile device or phone, please bring a speaker for the device as well.  Dress prepared to move.  
 
Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition).  
 
For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms or on www.theatre29.org/auditions or contact the director, Kathryn Ferguson, via email at [email protected] 

 

THEATRE 29 UNVEILS EXCITING NEW 2018 SEASON AT PACKED EVENT
 
A packed house of Business, Government, Civic, and Community leaders joined enthusiastic Theater supporters from throughout the Morongo Basin and beyond at the Joshua Tree Community Center Wednesday evening. September 20th. The three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce, Yucca Valley, Twentynine palms, and Joshua Tree, joined Theatre 29 volunteers to reveal the exciting 2018 theatrical season.
 
Theatre 29 Board President Gary Daigneault opened the event by welcoming the overflow crowd to the 10th annual event with a brief look at the remarkable history, ongoing growth, and unquestioning community support for the all-volunteer Community Theater organization since its inception in 1999.
 
Representatives of each of the Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce greeted the full house, giving an overview of their plans and information about Chamber events and opportunities in their individual communities.   
 
As the formal season announcement unfolded, the six Directors for the season took the podium, and with humor, snippets of shows and outstanding vocal and theatrical performances, they introduced the much-awaited 2018 season.
 
For 2018, Theatre 29 will present six Main Stage productions, their wildly successful Summer Youth Theater Program, and nine fan-favorite Improvisational Theater troupe performances. The 2018 season brings a well-balanced season of live arts with an eclectic mix of new shows, classic shows, and even more opportunities for young people to participate.
 
Musicals will run 12 performances over a 4-week run (three performances, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each weekend) with allowance to extend the run another weekend. Non-Musicals will run 9 performances in a 3-week run, also Friday, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. Each play will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
 
1/19/18 – 2/4/18
Classic Comedy, “The Odd Couple”
by Neil Simon
Directed by Katie Fleischman
When Felix becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he accepts an offer to move in with his friend, the jovial but messy Oscar. Felix drives Oscar and the poker playing gang crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two British neighbors, Cecily and Gwendolyn. When the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent, his friendship with Oscar is put to the test. Neil Simon at his best in this fast-paced comedy that will keep you laughing!
 
3/2/18 – 3/25/18
Broadway and Cinematic musical icon, “The Wizard of Oz”
by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harlen Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Artistic Director, Gary Daigneault, Musical Director Bill Barrett, Choreographer, Sarah Fleischman
Click your heels together three times and join The Scarecrow, The Tinman, The Cowardly Lion, Dorothy… and Toto too, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. This production contains all of the beloved Oscar-winning songs from the movie including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "We're Off To See The Wizard," all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way. Rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.
 
4/27/18 – 5/20/18
“First Date, the Musical", Inland Empire Debut!
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner – book by Austin Winsberg
Directed by Charles Harvey, Music Director Kathryn Ferguson
Opposites attract in this uproarious romantic musical comedy about the chances we take to find love. When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes, and some seriously saucy chemistry. Can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dining disaster into something special before the check arrives, or end up at another table for one? A recipe for a great date night, this show has something for everyone who has ever been in love.
 
6/25/18 – 7/29/18
Summer Youth Theater
Theatre 29’s highly successful Summer Youth Theatre program continues into it’s fifth consecutive year, bringing to life Theatre 29’s mission statement of “...offering opportunities to our children…”. Over the course of five weeks, five days a week, our Summer program teaches a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for Musical Theater, Choreography, costuming, make-up, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and box office management.
 
Run 8/17/18 – 9/2
“Harvey”, Classic Comedy
By Mary Chase
Directed by Wendy Cohen
Elwood P. Dowd is a good-natured, mild-mannered eccentric who is polite and cheerful and always friendly toward any strangers he might encounter, there is just one problem: his best friend is an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit, Harvey. Wherever he goes, he brings an extra hat and coat for Harvey, and he buys theater tickets and railroad tickets in twos so that they can go everywhere together. His sister and her daughter try to have Elwood committed to the local sanitarium, where the behavior of the prominent psychologist and his staff raise the age-old question of who is more dangerous to society: the easy-going dreamer with a vivid imagination or the people who want him to conform to the accepted version of reality.  
 
10/5/18 – 10/28/18
“Carrie, the Musical”, Musical, Inland Empire Debut
Book by Lawrence D Cohen-Music by Michael gore-lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Based on the Novel by Stephen King
Directed by Charles Harvey, Music Director Kathryn Ferguson
Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel and classic film: in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it. A true horror musical who does not lend itself to campy cliché, CARRIE contains language, dark themes, and mature subject matter. THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13! This is a Halloween exclusive!
 
11/23/18 – 12/16/18
“Annie” Broadway hit Musical
Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Based on Little Orphan Annie, permission by Media Tribune Services
Artistic and Musical Direction by Katherine Ferguson
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. The perfect family musical!
 
February 10
April 14
May 26
June 16
July 14
August 11
September 15
November 10
December 29
“Baker’s Dozen” Theatre 29 Improvisational Troupe
Directed by Chris Fleischman
Theatre 29’s smash hit improvisational comedy troupe, THE BAKER’S DOZEN, is back and DOUGHIER than before! Monthly shows will tickle the funny bone and bust those ribs with non-stop insanity, goofy characters and quick, unscripted cleverness. Each show is different. You never know what will happen next! As such, there can sometimes be some adult content.
 
2018 Season tickets are available now, visit www.theatre29.org or call (760) 361-4151.

 

THEATRE 29 HOSTS OPENING NIGHT GALA FOR AGATHA CHRISTIE’S “THE MOUSETRAP”
 
The Theatre 29 organization is sponsoring its own opening night gala Friday, October 6, 2017 for the classic Agatha Christie murder-mystery, “The Mousetrap”, Directed by Katie Fleischman.
 
Each year, Theatre 29 offers opportunities for local non-profits to conduct a quality fund-raiser sponsoring the Opening night of theatrical productions. “The Mousetrap” was named mid-season as a replacement show for the traditional “Haunted House” event after the Theatre 29 Board felt that it was more in keeping with their artistic mission to produce an additional quality stage play.
 
With no pre-designated sponsor, Theatre 29 stepped in to sponsor their own gala as an opportunity to raise funds for the organization’s ongoing needs. The funds raised will help offset the overhead costs of royalties, sets, costumes and props for the ambitious new 2018 season.
 
Agatha Christie’s white-knuckle murder-mystery, “The Mousetrap”, is the longest running play of the 20th century. The audience favorite opened in 1952 in London and has been running continuously since then. The classic thriller features a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house, cut off from the outside world by a snowstorm, who soon find out that there is a murderer in their midst. A policeman arrives, rattling a lot of skeletons as one by the guests reveal their sordid pasts, culminating in an iconic, nerve-shredding twist ending which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theater.
 
Prior to the gala, from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm the Theatre 29 “family” will hold a special ceremony to recognize, honor and memorialize Judy Andreshak, longtime volunteer and Theatre Angel who passed away earlier this year. They will also unveil her "brick" on the Wall in their Serenity Patio and dedicate a permanent plaque for her in the Theater lobby.
 
Opening night tickets ONLY are $25.00 and include hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks starting at 6 p.m. A silent auction and a special live auction will be held before the show, the curtain will rise at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Opening Night Gala are available at the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree, at the office of the Loan Lady in Yucca Valley or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
After “The Mousetrap” opens on October 6, it will run 3 weekends through October 22, with curtain at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.
 
AFTER opening night, tickets are $15.00 for Regular admission, $12.00 for Seniors and Military, and $10.00 for children under 12 and students with ID. Theatre 29 2017 Season Ticket holders will be able to make reservations to attend Mousetrap at no additional charge. Reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
Theatre 29 is the Morongo Basin’s largest year-round all-amateur theater company. The Community Theater Organization is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)3, (55-0808217). The Theater is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms, located just North of the Tortoise Rock Casino.

 

THEATRE 29 IMPROVISATIONAL TROUPE “SCHOOL GLAZE” SEPTEMBER 23
 
After 3 packed houses filled with wildly enthusiastic audiences clamoring for more, more, more! Theatre 29's Improvisational Troupe, THE BAKERS DOZEN, takes the stage once more at 7:00 pm September 23rd.
 
Featuring a top notch cast of improvisers and special guest artists, the players will take the audience through a series of hysterical improvisational games where anything can happen (and usually does!).
 
Improvisational theatre pre-dates the invention of writing, long before we had scripts we were telling stories by acting them out. In improv, the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment.

Be prepared to have your ribs tickled, your funny bone twanged and your sides split! "It's the YEAST we can do to get a RISE out of you!"
The “Baker‘s Dozen” consists of thirteen talented comedian/actors, Director Chris Fleischman, Graham Cooley, Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles, Amy Fangmeyer, Katie Fleischman, Kory Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Cody Joseph, Yvonna Mullen, Joseph Rego, Kylie Robinson, and Hope Spicer.

In addition to Friday, September 23rd, Additional live improv performances (rated PG-13) by the troupe are scheduled for 7:00 pm at Theatre 29 October 28, November 11, and December 30, 2017.

Ticket prices are greatly reduced with General Admission at $10.00, Military, and Seniors are $7.00 and $5.00 for students with ID. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders can attend one performance at no charge. Reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

THEATRE 29 TO UNVEIL 2018 SEASON AT THREE-CHAMBER MIXER

Theatre 29 will join with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their highly anticipated 2018 performance season.

The six productions of Theatre 29’s 2018 season will be revealed at a special tri-Chamber mixer on Wednesday, September 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Each of the Chambers of Commerce will give a brief presentation on their economic development and upcoming events and activities. The annual Tri-Chamber event in support of Theatre 29 is recognized by business leaders to be a unique opportunity to forge valuable business relationships for the entire Morongo Basin

Following the Chamber presentations, each of the six directors selected for the 2018 season will describe his or her show, complete with musical and dramatic performances.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Theatre 29 2018 season tickets, which includes four Broadway musicals (including a holiday musical), two classic comedies, and one performance of the “Bakers’ Dozen” Improv Troupe. With sell-out audiences clamoring for seats at Theatre 29 productions, the season announcement event will give only those in attendance the opportunity to secure 2018 season tickets first.

In addition to the theatrical offerings, in 2018 Theatre 29 will hold another session of the wildly successful Summer Youth Theater Program and monthly performances by the “Baker’s Dozen”, their critically acclaimed resident Improvisational Troupe.

The 5th Annual Season announcement and Tri-Chamber mixer event will take place at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Street, Joshua Tree, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (In the past, the event was held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center so note the change of venue.)

2018 season tickets are $65.00 for regular admission, $52.00 for seniors and military, and $48.00 for children under 12 and students with ID. Starting the day after the announcement, Season Tickets will be available for sale by calling the Box office at 760-361-4151 and on the Theatre 29 website: www.theatre29.org.

Complimentary beverages and deli delights will be served by Theatre 29 volunteers. For more information on the 2018 season announcement event, or Theatre 29, call Board President Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR AGATHA CHRISTIE’S “THE MOUSETRAP”
 
Theatre 29 and Director Katie Fleischman have announced the casting for the longest running play of the 20th century: Agatha Christie’s white-knuckle murder mystery, The Mousetrap.
 
Theatre 29 had announced in March that it had replaced the “Halloween Haunt” event, previously scheduled for October, with the classic murder-mystery. Theatre 29 Board President Gary Daigneault said, “While we have enjoyed producing the “Halloween Haunt” events in past seasons, the Theatre 29 Board of Directors determined that it is more in keeping with our artistic mission to produce an additional quality stage play for the 2017 season rather than expend the considerable talent and resources necessary for the “Haunt”.
 
“The Mousetrap” opened in 1952 in London and has been running continuously since then. The classic thriller features a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house, cut off from the outside world by a snowstorm, who soon find out that there is a murderer in their midst. A policeman arrives, rattling a lot of skeletons as one by the guests reveal their sordid pasts, culminating in an iconic, nerve-shredding twist ending which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theater.
 
Fleischman has cast Char Childs as Mollie Ralston, Proprietor of Monkswell Manor and wife of Giles. Charles Harvey will portray Giles Ralston, who runs the Manor with his wife. Robert Ames has been cast as Christopher Wren, the first guest to arrive at the hotel, Kathryn Ferguson will play Mrs. Boyle, a critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes, Lisa Goldberg will take the part of Miss Casewell, a strange woman who speaks offhandedly about horrific experiences of her childhood. Also joining the cast is Ron Bottorff as Major Metcalf, Retired from the army, Joe Rego as Mr. Paravicini, who turns up claiming his car is stuck in a snowdrift, and Chris Fleischman is Sergeant Trotter, the policeman saying he has come to protect the guests from the murderer. 
 
“Mousetrap” opens on October 6, 2017 and runs 3 weekends through October 22, 2017, with curtain at 7:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 P.M. on Sunday afternoons.
 
For tickets, reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders will be able to attend Mousetrap at no additional charge.  
 
Theatre 29 is the Morongo Basin’s largest year-round all-amateur theater company. The Community Theater Organization is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)3, (55-0808217). The Theater is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms, located just North of the Tortoise Rock Casino.

 

"JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" A CHALLENGE AND A PLEASURE FOR DIRECTOR REBECCA HAVELEY
 
The current production at Theatre 29 is the Andrew Lloyd Weber Mega-hit, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, a Broadway Musical retelling of the bible story about Joseph and his Coat of many colors. The Musical and this production held a special meeting for Director Rebecca Havely, she explained, “This show has had a special place in my heart since I did the show in my teens, I've been dreaming of directing my son Jericho in the title role of this musical since he was able to sing.”
 
She said this first Musical she has directed in the Hi-Desert since moving here 10 years ago was both a challenge and a pleasure. The challenge Was melding some 33 cast and crew members into a smooth working troupe with a huge, multi-faceted show. The Pleasure was working with a talented local production staff, enthusiastic performers and a dedicated crew.  
 
Havely, also the founding Director of the St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley, said she was delighted with her team, saying, “The combination of staging and choreography was really fun to plan with choreographer Sara Fleischman who had no problem throwing my ideas into her dance combinations.  We worked extremely well together as a team along with Musical Director Analisa Pilecki.” She said the complex score was formidable, “This operetta is sung through from beginning to end with lots of dance numbers as well. For the cast and crew, it’s like a musical marathon.” 
 
Havely said Several actors in the production play double roles and the costume changes are quick and often on stage so the audience sees the transformation. She mentioned one actor who is supposed to wear his Shepard costume under a jumpsuit and forgot his pants at the final rehearsal. Laughing, she remarked, “It's a good thing a blanket is being held up for that particular change and thank goodness our stage hands run fast, he'll never forget that detail again.”
 
The Director was also delighted with the support she got from the theatre 29 volunteers, saying, “The incredible volunteers that pooled their talents for this production all worked so hard. I'm so pleased with the combined efforts of all involved and so proud of the cast and crew for their incredible job.”
 
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, will run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00PM and Sundays at 2:30PM through September 17th at Theatre 29 in Twentynine palms.
 
For the final weekend of the run, the show will travel to the Barstow Performing Arts Center Friday, September 22, with Performances Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th
 
Tickets for “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 for Adults, $12.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID and children under 12. The show is suitable for all ages.

 

THEATRE 29, LOCAL CHAMBERS, JOIN TO ANNOUNCE 2018 SEASON

Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin’s premiere and largest all-volunteer live theater venue, will join forces with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their highly anticipated 2018 performance season.

The special Tri-Chamber mixer event will be hosted by Theatre 29 along with the Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree Chambers of Commerce. The traditionally well-attended annual event will feature the announcement of the 2018 Theatre 29 season of live theater including Spectacular Classic and newer Broadway Musicals, two classic Comedies, a special themed Holiday musical, Youth Theater Program, Improvisational Theater, and theater training offerings. The 5th Annual Season announcement event will take place at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Street, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Business people, Organizational representatives, and individuals from the three primary communities of the Morongo Basin will have a rare chance to get together and discuss business growth and mutual interests throughout the entire Morongo Basin region. Each of the Chambers of Commerce will give a brief presentation on their economic development activities and upcoming events and activities. The annual Tri-Chamber event in support of the many dedicated volunteers of Theatre 29 is recognized by business leaders to be a unique opportunity to forge valuable business relationships for the entire Morongo Basin. Theatre 29 volunteers come from all over the region to showcase their unique talents and skills.

Soft Drinks and Water will be available and a large selection of deli delights will be served at no charge to those in attendance by Theatre 29 volunteers.

Theatre 29 recently received a respectable 15 nominations for outstanding live theater productions and artistic achievement from the Desert Theater League, made up of about 30 producing organizations in the Hi and Lo Desert regions. That includes eight nominations for the Standing-room-only hit production of “Mary Poppins”.

With sell-out audiences clamoring for seats at Theatre 29 productions, the season announcement event will give only those in attendance the opportunity to secure 2018 season tickets first.

Season tickets offer theater-goers a reserved seat to six 2018 regular stage productions including a holiday special production and one admission to a performance of the highly acclaimed “Baker’s Dozen” improv group. Season Tickets are offered to give regular patrons a chance to save money over the price of individual productions. The six shows and Improv show would cost a regular patron $100.00 for the season. 2018 season tickets are the same lower price as 2017, $65.00 for regular admission, $52.00 for seniors and military, and $48.00 for children under 12 and students with ID.

Season tickets are very important for the Theatre 29 organization, the funds raised by their sales help them budget and pay for royalties and rights to the shows prior to the beginning of the season. Season ticket holders are given preference in seating and in 2018 season ticket holders will be given a bonus; an additional musical production and no charge for a performance of the resident Improv Troupe. Season ticket holders can reserve their seats for the entire Season before it even starts, assuring they won’t be left out by the tremendous demand for tickets resulting in sold-out productions.

 At the 10th Annual Gala Announcement event, each of six Directors selected for the Theatre 29 2018 season will give a brief description of their show or Special event complete with musical and dramatic performances. The 2018 season will not be revealed until the event.

Starting the day after the announcement, Season Tickets will be available for sale by calling the Box office at 760-361-4151 and on the Theatre 29 website: www.theatre29.org

Theatre 29 is an IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt non -profit organization (EIN 55-0808217), and has been producing a full season of Quality, family-friendly local live theater entertainment since 1999. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. 

 For more information on the 2018 season announcement event, or Theatre 29, call Board President Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.

 

YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY SPONSORS OPENING OF “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” AT THEATRE 29
 
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will open at Theatre 29 with a gala fundraiser to support the local charitable giving, youth leadership training, and scholarships provided by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley.
 
The Broadway hit show, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be Directed by Rebecca Havely with Music Director Analisa Pilecki and Choreographer Sarah Fleischman.
 
The iconic musical, with the entire story told by the lyrics, tells the classic bible story; Scorned by his brothers, sold into slavery and jailed for a crime he didn’t commit – how on earth is Joseph going to become the second most powerful man in Egypt? With a little help from his friends, a knack for decoding dreams and a certain extravagantly pigmented jacket, watch the original underdog come out on top in this musical sensation.
 
the cast stars Jericho McWilliams as Joseph, Analisa Pilecki and Scott Clinkscales as the narrators, and Ben Bees as Pharaoh, plus many, many more.
 
The musical extravaganza opening at Theatre 29 will be Friday, August 25. Yucca Valley Rotary President Patti Brown invites the public to join them at 6 p.m. for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The curtain will rise on show at 7 p.m. Sweets will be served at intermission.
 
Tickets for opening night ONLY are $35 each. Opening night tickets can ONLY be purchased at The Loan Lady, Realty Professionals, Yucca valley Rotarians, or by calling 760-365-7003.
 
After the Opening night Gala, the show will continue its run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. through September 17 at the regular tickets prices of $8 to $15. For those tickets visit www.theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.
 
After its run at Theatre 29, the show will travel to the Barstow Performing Arts Center with Performances Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. 

 

THEATRE 29 “BAKER’S DOZEN” IMPROV TROUPE SHOW AUGUST 12
 
After their first two wildly successful performances, which saw Theatre 29 filled to overflow capacity with enthusiastic audiences, Theatre 29's Improvisational Troupe, THE BAKERS DOZEN, takes the stage once more at 7:00 pm August 12th.
 
Improvisational theatre is as old as time. It pre-dates the invention of writing, since long before we started writing scripts we were telling stories by acting them out. improv is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Under the Direction of Troupe Director, Chris Fleischman, the Theatre 29 “Baker’s Dozen” Troupe will take suggestions from the audience as a source of inspiration to get started.

Featuring a top notch cast of improvisers and special guest artists, the players will take the audience through a series of hysterical improvisational games where anything can happen (and usually does!). Be prepared to have your ribs tickled, your funny bone twanged and your sides split! "It's the YEAST we can do to get a RISE out of you!"
The “Baker‘s Dozen” consists of thirteen talented comedian/actors each with a unique take on the art of improvisational comedy. Along with Director Chris Fleischman they are; Graham Cooley, Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles, Amy Fangmeyer, Katie Fleischman, Kory Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Cody Joseph, Yvonna Mullen, Joseph Rego, Kylie Robinson, and Hope Spicer.

In addition to Friday, August 12, Additional live improv performances (rated PG-13) by the troupe are scheduled for 7:00 pm at Theatre 29 September 23, October 28, November 11, and December 30, 2017.

Ticket prices are greatly reduced with General Admission at $10.00, Military, and Seniors are $7.00 and $5.00 for students with ID. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders can attend one performance at no charge. Reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

THEATRE 29 TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR “MOUSETRAP”

Theatre 29 is thrilled to announce auditions for the longest running play of the 20th century: Agatha Christie’s white-knuckle murder mystery, The Mousetrap.

Auditions will be held at Theatre 29 (73637 Sullivan Rd. in Twentynine Palms) on August 28th from 6:00 P.M. to roughly 9:00 P.M. Director Katie Fleischman, with assistant director Janet Peercy, will helm the classic thriller.

The classic thriller features a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house, cut off from the outside world by a snowstorm, who soon find out that there is a murderer in their midst. The suspects include the newly married couple that runs the manor, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange man who claims his car is stuck in a snowdrift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

A policeman traveling on skis arrives, carrying a dire warning of the events to come. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, rattling a lot of skeletons as one by the guests reveal their sordid pasts, culminating in an iconic, nerve-shredding twist ending. All roles are open:

Mollie Ralston (late 20s – early 40s) – Proprietor of Monkswell Manor and wife of Giles. She is cheerful but occasionally overwhelmed by (and at times, secretive about) the unfolding events, in addition to having to deal with the demands of running the manor and hosting her guests with no hired help.

Giles Ralston (early 30s – late 40s) – Husband of Mollie who runs Monskwell Manor with his wife. Although he clearly loves his newly married wife, he eventually grows suspicious of her, especially in regard to her sudden friendship with Christopher Wren.

Christopher Wren (late 20s – early 30s) – The first guest to arrive at the hotel, Wren is a hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner. He admits he is running away from something, but refuses to say what. Wren’s nervous eccentricity flags him for suspicion from the outset of the play. 

Mrs. Boyle (50s+) – A critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes. She has no qualms about ruffling anybody’s feathers as long as her opinion is well understood. She might not be traditionally thought of as the type of person to commit murder, yet she certainly lacks any sign of empathy or compassion.

Major Metcalf (40s+) – Retired from the army, little is known about Major Metcalf. However, he commands a sort of unspoken, refined authority with his presence, stemming most likely from his past experiences and training.

Miss Casewell (late 20s – early 30s) – A strange, aloof, masculine woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood. However, when the skeletons in her closet begin to confront her, she is clearly affected by them.

Mr. Paravicini (late 40s – 50s) – A man of unknown provenance, who turns up claiming his car is stuck in a snowdrift. He appears to be affecting an Italian accent and artificially aged with makeup. The script describes him as resembling Hercule Poirot (another character created by Christie, famously portrayed on film by Albert Finney in Murder on the Orient Express), complete with waxed mustache. However, he is characterized by his mysteriousness and seems well in his element as the plot of the murder unfolds.

Detective Sergeant Trotter (late 20s – early 30s) – A policeman who arrives in the snowstorm saying he has come to protect the guests from the murderer.  A commonplace young man, he initially affects a cheerful demeanor and speaks with a slight cockney accent.

In true Agatha Christie fashion, all of the characters are mysterious and steeped in subtext.  Aside from Mr. Paravicini and Sgt. Trotter, the characters will speak using the  “Received Pronunciation” English accent (what you might hear from a BBC news broadcaster).

In addition to cold-reading sides from the play, those auditioning will be asked to deliver a monologue of their own choosing. Monologues should be roughly a minute long and delivered from memory. Some monologues will be available for cold-reading at the night of the audition, but it is preferred that you perform your own from memory.

Rehearsals will begin the night after auditions and run weeknights from 6:00 P.M. to roughly 9:00 P.M. “Mousetrap” opens on October 6, 2017 and runs 3 weekends through October 22, 2017, with curtain at 7:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 P.M. on Sunday afternoons.

For tickets, reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
Theatre 29 is the Morongo Basin’s largest year-round all-amateur theater company. The Community Theater Organization is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)3, (55-0808217). The Theater is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms, located just North of the Tortoise Rock Casino.

 

THEATRE 29 SUMMER YOUTH THEATER PROGRAM IN FULL SWING
  
The Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is in full swing with 59 kids participating. Generous grants from the City of Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Commission and U.S. Bank kept the cost of the five-week program down and provided scholarships; no child was turned away.
 
The program is teaching a wide variety of theatrical skills to students from 7 to 17 in the highly successful summer arts program, now in its fourth year. Theatre 29 is the most successful all-volunteer non-profit arts organization in the Morongo Basin providing regional support for other all-volunteer troupes and schools.
 
The Summer Youth Theater program culminates with six performances of “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.,” by age group, July 28, 29, 30. The musical will be directed by Gary Daigneault for the seniors, 11-17. Katie Fleischman will direct the juniors, 7-11. The musical director for the program is Bianca Stoker; choreographer is Sarah Fleischman; Lisa Goldberg is technical director; and Cindy Daigneault, costuming.
 
Students receive a DVD of their performance, a CD or .mp3 file of the music, their script, program T-shirt, and friends, memories, and skills to last a lifetime. Tickets for Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” are available at www.theatre29.org or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151.

 

THEATRE 29 IMPROV TROUPE BACK ON STAGE SATURDAY, JULY 15

Theatre 29’s new improvisational comedy troupe, “The Baker’s Dozen,” which opened its season with a packed house and rave reviews, will be back on-stage at 7:00 PM Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Improv workshops and auditions at Theatre 29 were immensely successful and Director Chris Fleischman cast 13 talented comedian/actors. Fleischman will be joined by Graham Cooley, Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles, Amy Fangmeyer, Katie Fleischman, Kory Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Cody Joseph, Yvonna Mullen, Joseph Rego, Kylie Robinson, and Hope Spicer.

Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theater in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. No two shows are alike, and it is hoped that fans of “The Baker’s Dozen” will come back again and again.

Improv troupe show tickets are $10 each; military and seniors are $7; and students with ID are $5. Theatre 29 season ticket holders may attend one performance at no additional charge. For tickets visit www.theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.

 

ENROLLMENT ONGOING FOR THEATRE 29 SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAM 

Enrollment is now open for the Theatre 29 2017 Summer Youth Theater Program! Theatre 29 has received generous grants from the City of Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Committee and U.S Bank which are going directly into keeping the cost to participate in the 5-week program down to $60.00 per student! The grants also are used to provide Scholarships to those eligible students who request it

Students from 7-17 are invited to enroll and be a part of this highly successful summer arts program that takes place at the Theatre 29 location at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Theatre 29 is the most successful all-volunteer non-profit arts organization in the Morongo Basin providing regional support for other all-volunteer troupes and schools in Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, and Joshua Tree.

The Summer Youth Theater program will run Monday Through Friday from June 26 through July 30, 2017, (4th of July off) culminating with two performances of “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” set for each day, July 28, 29, 30, 2017.

The program will break into two age groups of 30 students each with “Juniors” (7-11 years old) meeting from 10:00 am – 12 noon. The “Seniors” (age 12-17) will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

The program will teach a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for Musical Theater, Choreography, costuming, make-up, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, visual arts, and box office management.

3-5 students in each age group will be identified as “Stage Crew” and will be primarily responsible for building and painting sets, building props, and working backstage during the productions. They will also run the lighting and sound boards during the shows.

Applications will be available only at www.theatre29.org, the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation offices, the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree and must be turned in to an address on the application by June 12, 2017.

The Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater Program will be presented by experienced Theatre 29 volunteers. Gary Daigneault is the Program Director. The Musical, “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” will be directed by Daigneault for the “Seniors”, Katie Fleischman will direct the “Juniors. The Musical Director for the program is Bianca Stoker, Choreographer is Sarah Fleischman, Cindy Daigneault and Tera Bottorff will coordinate the costuming.

The Theatre 29 Summer 2017 Youth Theater Program has received permission from Disney to produce a DVD of the performance which will be made available for each student. They will also get a CD or Mp3 file of the music, their script to keep, a Program T-Shirt, and friends, memories and skills to last a lifetime! The last performance will culminate in a “Cast Pizza Party” July 30th.

For any additional information about the program, e-mail Daigneault at [email protected]

 

THEATRE 29 CASTS NEW IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY TROUPE

After an immensely successful, well-attended series of workshops and auditions, troupe director Chris Fleischman is thrilled to announce the cast of the inaugural improvisational comedy troupe, “The Baker’s Dozen”, at Theatre 29.

English actor Edward Kean is said to have uttered the last words, "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." If the sentiment is true for scripted comedy, how much harder must it be to be funny improvisationally? “The Baker’s Dozen” improv group will show audiences just how easy it can seem when they open their first performance June 10th at 7:30 p.m.

The “Baker‘s Dozen” consists of thirteen talented comedian/actors each with a unique take on the art of improvisational comedy. They are in the process of preparing themselves for audiences who come to laugh, and find themselves in hysterics. No two shows are alike, and it is hoped that fans of “The Baker’s Dozen” will come back again and again.

Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Often improvisers will take a suggestion from the audience, or draw on some other source of inspiration to get started.

By day a mild-mannered Professor at UC Riverside, Director and MC Fleischman graduated from Yucca Valley High School in 2006 with as an active member of the repertory theater company, received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from UCLA, and received his M.A. in English from UC Riverside, where he is currently working on his doctorate. Fleischman brings the weight of years of multi-discipline experience to bear in a medium where thinking on one's feet is a necessity.

Joining Fleischman will be Graham Cooley, Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles, Amy Fangmeyer, Kory Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Cody Joseph, Yvonna Mullen, Joseph Rego, Kylie Robinson, Hope Spicer, and Katie Fleischman

Live performances (rated PG-13) by the troupe are scheduled at Theatre 29 June 10, July 15, August 12, September 23, October 28, November 11, and December 30, 2017.

Ticket prices are greatly reduced with General Admission at $10.00, Military, and Seniors are $7.00 and $5.00 for students with ID. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders can attend one performance at no charge. Reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

THEATRE 29 ACCEPTING DIRECTOR’S SUBMISSIONS FOR 2018 SEASON

Theatre 29 is beginning the process of selecting plays, comedies, dramas and musicals for their 2018 season.

Area theatrical directors are being invited to submit suggested plays for consideration. The Theatre 29 Play Selection Committee strongly suggests Directors submit two titles to allow flexibility in forming a well-balanced season. Prospective Directors are also encouraged to present both a musical and non-musical title. 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 2018 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 2018 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. Directors will be required to adhere to the Theatre 29 Code of Conduct. The Play Selection Committee reserves the right to require and verify 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 productions plus a Summer Youth Theater program during the 2018 calendar year. Musicals will run 12 performances over a 4 week run (three performances, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each weekend) with allowance to extend the run another holdover weekend. Non-Musicals will run 9 performances in a 3 week run, also Friday, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. Each play will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. The schedule allows for a minimum seven-week rehearsal cycle.  All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.


Tentative 2018 season slots:

Show: 1: January 12 – January 28

Show: 2: March 9 – April 1 (HO April 8)

Show: 3: May 4 – May 20 (HO May 27)

Summer Youth Program: – June 24 – July 29

Show: 4: August 17- September 8 (HO Sept. 16)


Show 5: (Halloween Theme preferred) October 12 - October 28

Show 6: Holiday Theme preferred) November 30 – December 23 (HO December 30)


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: 
[email protected]

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. Prospective Directors can review their responsibilities on the Directors page at 
www.theatre29.org. For further information call Theatre 29 Season Selection Committee Secretary Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.

 

“INTO THE WOODS” LOVED BY CRITICS AND AUDIENCES, PLAYS TWO MORE WEEKENDS AT THEATRE 29

The Broadway hit musical “Into the Woods” continues its run through May 21 at Theatre 29. The Sondheim Classic Directed by Charles Harvey with music Direction and Costuming by Kathryn Ferguson, is wowing audiences and critics alike at the Morongo Basin’s most successful all-volunteer Community Theater.

It was Amazing! I laughed and cried. Everyone did an amazing job. From the techs, make up, costumes, the set and actors” said on first time audience member.

Another one said, “We just got home from seeing "Into the Woods". We truly enjoyed ourselves and it was our first time seeing a show at Theatre 29. We found ourselves going through different emotions during the show, and we really enjoyed the passion the cast showed. The whole experience was awesome and we cannot wait for the next production!

Reporter and Director Rebecca Havely reviewed the production, saying “Stephen Sondheim’s complex music and witty lyrics shine in the fairy tale musical “Into the Woods.” The award-winning duo of director Charles Harvey and musical director Kathryn Ferguson bring together a truly ensemble piece of musical theatre.’

“Into the Woods” takes you to the fairy tale world, interweaving the lives of the Baker and his wife, Cinderella, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. We meet Little Red, the Wolf, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. When Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, the community must come together to save each other and their kingdom. 
Tickets for “Into the Woods” are $15 regular admission; $12 for seniors and military; and $8 for students with ID. “Into the Woods” has a more mature theme, so parental guidance is suggested for children under 12. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 and Sundays at 2:30 through May 21. For tickets visit www.
theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

“INTO THE WOODS” OPENS AT THEATRE 29!

 “Careful what you wish for” The hit Broadway musical “Into the Woods” opens for a 4 week, 12 performance run, Friday, April 28 through May 21, 2017. “INTO THE WOODS” will play Friday and Saturday evenings beginning April 28th at 7:00 PM as well as Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM through May 21st.  

INTO THE WOODS takes us to the fairy tale world, but not as you remember!  The story weaves the lives of the Baker and his wife (who wish to have a child), Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. In the woods, we meet Little Red, a hungry little girl who is off to see her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing their loves. But soon, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways.

The opening night gala, Friday, April 28, is sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club. Tickets are available through any 29 Palms Rotarian or at the Z107.7 Studios in Joshua Tree.

Tickets for all performances of “Into the woods” (except the opening night gala) are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.


After opening night, Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12,00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID. “Into the Woods” is a more mature theme, so parental guidance is suggested for smaller children, (under 12) but is fine for older children. The show is expected to be a popular one and early reservations are advised.

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501( c )3, Community Theater organization. It is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THEATRE 29 SUMMER 2017 YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAM AVAILABLE 

The 2017 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is well into the planning stages and staff members are ready for this exciting educational experience in the live arts!

The program will run Monday Through Friday from June 26 through July 30, 2017, (4th of July off) culminating with two performances of “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” set for each day, July 28, 29, 30, 2017. The Youth Theater Program and the performances will all be held at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.  

The program will break into two age groups of 30 students each with “Juniors” (7-11 years old) meeting from 10:00 am – 12 noon. The “Seniors” (age 12-17) will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost for the Program is $60.00 per student. (A grant from the City of Twentynine Palms is keeping our program fee low)

The program will teach a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for Musical Theater, Choreography, costuming, make-up, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and box office management.

3-5 students in each age group will be identified as “Stage Crew” and will be primarily responsible for building and painting sets, building props, and working backstage during the productions. They will also run the lighting and sound boards during the shows.

All students who are applying must agree to be in attendance for the entire month-long program. After an initial orientation session June 26th, Parents/Guardians will not be able to attend. Students will supply their basic costumes; Theatre 29 will supply specialty pieces and other details for more complex costuming. Meals will not be provided; water will be available at no charge. Parents/Guardian must agree to drop off students up to 15 minutes before the session, and pick them up within 15 minutes of the end of the session. No Cell Phones will be allowed during sessions.

Applications will be available only at www.theatre29.org, the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation offices, the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree and must be turned in to an address on the application by June 12, 2017. The first 30 applicants approved in each age group will be notified via e-mail, the rest will be placed on a waiting list. Payment in full is due by June 19th, if payment is not made by the due date, the applicant will lose their place in the program and additional applicants will be taken from the waiting list.

The Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater Program will be presented by experienced Theatre 29 volunteers. Gary Daigneault is the Program Director. The Musical, “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” will be directed by Daigneault for the “Seniors”, Katie Van Sumeren will direct the “Juniors. The Musical Director for the program is Bianca Stoker, Choreographer is Sarah Fleischman, Cindy Daigneault and Tera Bottorff will coordinate the costuming.

The Theatre 29 Summer 2017 Youth Theater Program has received permission from Disney to produce a DVD of the performance which will be made available for each student. They will also get a CD or Mp3 file of the music, their script to keep, a Program T-Shirt, and friends, memories and skills to last a lifetime! The last performance will culminate in a “Cast Pizza Party” July 30th.

For any additional information about the program, e-mail Daigneault at z107[email protected].

 

HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL “INTO THE WOODS” FINDS ITS CAST AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29! proudly announces primary casting for their upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway fairy tale musical, “INTO THE WOODS”.  The darker retelling of the Grimm fairy tales, helmed by the multi-award winning director Charles Harvey, will take the stage weekends beginning April 28th through May 21st at the theatre on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.

INTO THE WOODS takes us to the fairy tale world, but the journey is not as you remember!  The story interweaves the lives of the Baker and his wife (who wish to have a child), Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, a hungry little girl who is off to see her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. But soon, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but some sacrifices must be made. A more mature retelling of our favorite stories and what happens after “happily ever after”!

The conflicted, child-less Baker will be played by Chris Fleischman.  As his all-too-patient wife, The Baker’s Wife, is Katie VanSumeren.  The role of Cinderella will be played Liyan Lagevardi, taunted unmercilously by her Stepmother (Janet Peercy), and her hapless daughters Florinda (Bella Oden) and Lucinda (Ceara Davids) and her rather absent Father (Les Taylor).  In the roles of the cow infatuated Jack is Owen O’Brien, as the bovine Milky White is newcomer Isreal Ruiz and Jack’s Mother is another newcomer Britney Vachon-La Guardia. The scheming “witch next door” will be played by Char Childs, with her ward Rapunzel, played by Chalise Kunz.  The Pivotal role of the Narrator who also embodies the Mysterious Man is Earl Childs.  Ever hungry crimson cape wearing Little Red Ridinghood is Lisa Goldberg. In the roles of those charming cads, Rapunzel’s and Cinderella’s Princes, are Ethan Flores and newcomer Ben LaCount II. 

In the role of the ravenous Wolf is newcomer Charly DeTinne. The role of Snow White will be played by newcomer Sarah Henson.  The duty bound royal Steward is Joe Rego.  The role of feisty Granny, Cinderella’s Mother, and Sleeping Beauty is Kylie Robinson.

Under the deft artistic direction of Charles Harvey and musical direction of Kathryn Ferguson, “INTO THE WOODS” will be a show not to be missed.  The show is a more mature theme, so parental guidance is suggested for smaller children, but is fine for older children.

“INTO THE WOODS” will play Friday and Saturday evenings beginning April 28th at 7:00PM as well as Sunday matinees at 2:30PM through May 21st.  Tickets for all performances (except opening night gala) are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151, tickets can also be purchased via the Walletini app available through Google Play and I-Tunes App Store, through the “Buy Ticket” button on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or by scanning the QR code embedded on show posters at businesses across the City of Twentynine Palms. EARLY PURCHASE OF TICKETS ENSURE GUARANTEED SEATING – THEATRE 29 MUSICALS SELL OUT FAST!

Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  INTO THE WOODS is appropriate for most audiences, Parental Guidance suggested under 12 due to some adult themes.

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

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL “INTO THE WOODS”

Auditions for the spring production of Theatre 29’s 2017 season, the classic hit Broadway musical “INTO THE WOODS”, have been scheduled for Monday, March 6th at 6:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.  The darkly whimsical Stephen Sondheim musical will take the stage for four weeks beginning April 21st through May 14th.

INTO THE WOODS takes us to the fairy tale world, but the journey is not as you remember!  The story interweaves the lives of the Baker and his wife (who wish to have a child), Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, a hungry little girl who is off to see her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. But soon, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but some sacrifices must be made. A more mature retelling of our favorite stories and what happens after “happily ever after”!

Veteran Director Charles Harvey will be seeking a cast of 16 (9 female; 7 male) musical performers for this production.  ALL ROLES MUST SING! The roles being cast are:

NARRATOR / MYSTERIOUS MAN: Narrator - An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience. Mysterious Man - A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer. Gender: Age Open Male

CINDERELLA: A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. Gender: Teen to 20's Female

JACK: The feckless Giant killer who is 'almost a man.' He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed. Gender: Teen to 20 year old Male

JACK'S MOTHER Doubles as CINDERELLA'S MOTHER:  Browbeating and weary, who is independent, bold, and strong-willed as Jack’s Mother. Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree as Cinderella’s Mother.. Gender: 45+ Female

THE BAKER: A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles. Gender: 25 - 45 Male

THE BAKER'S WIFE: Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors. Gender: 25 - 45 Female

CINDERELLA'S STEPMOTHER: The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella. Gender: 30 - 50 Female

CINDERELLA’s FATHER: Hen-pecked, dispassionate towards his daughter.  Seeking position. Gender 50+ Male

FLORINDA And LUCINDA: Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella. Gender: Teen to 20s Females

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive. Gender: Teen to 20s Female

THE WITCH: Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive. Gender: Age Open Female.  Must be a belter.

WOLF (DOUBLES AS THE STEWARD): Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey. As Steward: the subservient yes-man. Gender: Age Open, Male who can move)

RAPUNZEL: A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world. Gender: Teen to 20s Female

CINDERELLA'S PRINCE: Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing. Gender: 18 - 25 Male

RAPUNZEL'S PRINCE: Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor. Gender: 18 - 25 Male

Auditions will consist of vocalization for 16 bars in the style of the show, movement and cold readings.   Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD (Musical Theatre piece, NO ORIGINAL WORKS OR POP SONGS).  An accompanist will NOT be provided. If you bring accompaniment on mobile device or phone, please bring a speaker for the device as well.  Dress prepared to move.

Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition).

For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms or on www.theatre29.org/auditions or contact the director, Charles Harvey, via email at [email protected].

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS”
  
Theatre 29 announces the cast and creative team for DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS. Performances will run four consecutive weekends, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from Friday, March 3, 2017 through Sunday, March 26, 2017. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:00 pm and 4 Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm.
 
Theatre 29 kicks of the first of four Broadway musicals for their 2017 season with DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS!
 
Based on the classic Disney film, this is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters.
 
Featuring an irresistible story, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," audiences will have a "Jolly Holiday" with Mary and discover a world where "Anything Can Happen" if you let it.
 
MARY POPPINS is helmed by DTL Award-Winning Director (Gypsy, 2013) Gary Daigneault, musically directed by Bill Barrett, Choreographer is Dani Jara. and Multi-Award Winning costumer Kathryn Ferguson.
 
The Production team includes Assistant Director Cody Joseph, Stage Manager Mike Lipsitz, Technical Director Brandon Hazel, Sound Designer Tresa Oden, Assistant to the Director Cam D’Angeles, and make-up artist Brandy Thiers.
 
The cast of MARY POPPINS features Analisa Pilecki as Mary Poppins, Chris Fleischman as Bert, Katie Van Sumeren as Winifred Banks, Dennis “Easy” Boos as George Banks; Grace Prograis as Jane Banks and Logan Phelps as Michael Banks.
 
The cast also includes: Ron Bottorff, Patti Brown, Angela Carter, Carol Colgrove, Leigh-Ann Crummett, Cindy Daigneault, Lisa Goldberg, Barry Inscore, Sarabeth Matilsky, Theresa Mizusawa, Ariel Montes, Bella Oden, Adonai Patu, Ashley Peacock, Joe Rego, Cindy Ross, and Patricia Zuniga.
 
The Gala Opening night Friday, March 3rd, is sponsored by the Officers Spouses Club aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.
 
For tickets to all performances except opening night, reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
Theatre 29 is the Morongo Basin’s largest year-round all-amateur theater company. The Community Theater Organization is a tax exempt non-profit 501(c)3, (55-0808217). The Theater is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms, located just North of the Tortoise Rock Casino.

 

THEATER 29 HONORS THEIR 2016 VOLUNTEERS AFTER A RECORD-BREAKING SEASON
 
Theatre 29 continued their long tradition of honoring their volunteers for the continued outstanding success of the Morongo Basin’s undisputed leader in all-volunteer Community Theater.

Over 120 volunteers from the record-breaking Theatre 29 2016 season were honored at the non-profit community theater’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner Saturday night, January 7, 2017, in Joshua Tree.

The seven 2016 theatrical productions, consisting of four Broadway Musicals, a Comedy, the “Haunted House” and Summer Youth Theater productions, set all attendance and financial records in the 17-year history of the prestigious non-profit arts organization. Four of the shows sold out all available seating including the addition of overflow seating and added performances! The other four productions all enjoyed full or nearly-full houses for every performance.

Newly re-elected Board President Gary Daigneault presided over the “Theatre 29 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner”, consisting of a delicious dinner catered by Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen, and honoring of the Theater families, individuals, sponsors, supporters, and talented performers and technicians both onstage and backstage.

Recognition of all the volunteers in attendance and stunning individual performances were all part of the joyous celebration of community theater held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s magnificent Sanctuary.

Memories from the record-breaking successful seven productions produced by Theatre 29 in 2016 were featured in a multi-media presentation featuring live performances from the year’s musicals. Chalise Kunz brought out a standing ovation when she sang “Part of Your World” from the sell-out hit, “Disney’s Little Mermaid”. Actress Kylie Robinson had the appreciative crowd clapping along to a delightful number from “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” and the multi-talented Charles Harvey brought the crowd to their feet again with his poignant and powerful rendition of “A Bit of Earth” from “The Secret Garden”.

The memories presentation and performances were followed by the awarding of personalized certificates of appreciation and custom new Theatre 29 volunteer script and production work bags.

The high point of the lively evening was the awarding of the prestigious “Volunteer of the Year” recognition to Technical Director, set builder, and special effects technician Brandon Hazel. Daigneault lauded Hazel for his talent, skill, and dedication to Theatre 29 and the Live Arts.

Other awards for outstanding volunteer dedication and participation were the “Above and Beyond” awards that went to Cruz Jimenez and Char Childs. The “Unseen Hero” honors went to Tera Bottorff and Brandy Thiers.

The Theatre 29 2017 season has begun, with the opening of “Sylvia.” January 13. 2017. Season tickets are now available at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151.

 

SOROPTIMISTS HOST “SYLVIA” OPENING AT THEATRE 29 (WOOF)

 “A Season of Magic” is about to begin at Theatre 29! The first production of the 2017 season is opening with Soroptimists International of Twentynine Palms hosting a Gala Opening Night Benefit. 

he “tail-wagging comedy”, “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney, gala opening night is Friday January, 13th doors will open at 6 p.m. refreshments will be served. Get your 50/50 drawing tickets and place your bids on the silent auction items including gift baskets and art pieces.  The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. with sweets served at intermission.

“Sylvia” tells the tale of Greg, played by Jeremy Volsteadt. Last seen in “The Sunshine Boys” at Theatre 29.

While facing a mid-life crisis he adopts a stray labradoodle named “Sylvia” played by Amy Fangmeyer.  A recent Twentynine Palms High School grad, currently attending Copper Mountain Collage.  She's done several Theatre 29 productions.

Greg's wife Kate is portrayed by Ann Van Haney a new comer to Theatre 29 but not to the stage as she's performed at many theaters in Washington State.

A trio of eccentric characters join the mix, all played by Theatre 29 veteran actor and Desert Theater League honoree Kurt Schaupppner.

The cast is led by director Eddie Tucker who has also directed “The Sunshine Boys” and “The Man From Earth” at Theatre 29.

Tickets for the gala opening night ONLY are $25. and can be purchased from all Twentynine Palms Soroptimists.

“Sylvia” will run for nine performances over 3 weekends January, 13th through the 29th.  Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets after opening night are $15. for general admission, $12. for Seniors and Military, and $8. for Students with ID.  Due to strong language “Sylvia” is not recommended for children under 13.

Tickets (Except Opening night) are available by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.org

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR 2017
 
The Board of Directors for the Morongo Basin’s popular non-profit Community Theater organization, Theatre 29, held their yearly reorganization meeting December 13, 2016 and elected new officers and Board Members for 2017.
 
Elected for two-year terms (2017-2018) were Incumbents Brian Tabeling, Kathryn Ferguson, and Charles Harvey. They were joined by newcomers Patti Brown and Katie Van Sumeren.
 
They will join incumbent Board members (2016-2017) Gary Daigneault, Marty Neider, Cindy Daigneault, and Cindy Ross. The Board also selected Tresa Oden and Char Childs to fill the remaining 2016-2017 terms of two Board members who moved out of the area.
 
The Theatre 29 Board regretfully said good bye to Founding Member Ken Palmer, who spent 17 years on the Board. Palmer is retiring after 37 years as an instructor for the Marine Corps Communications and Electronic School in Twentynine Palms. Prior to that Palmer had a successful 20-year career as an active duty Marine. Palmer was instrumental in the success of Theatre 29. During his years of service, he built and installed all the lighting systems, assisted with the Sound system, guest restrooms, was the primary construction person for the two storage buildings and too many other projects and improvements to list. President Gary Daigneault had high praise for him, saying, “There would be no Theatre 29 as we know it today without the longtime incredible and selfless public service of Ken Palmer, he will be sorely missed.”
 
In reorganizing for 2017, for the Executive Board, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Gary Daigneault as the Board President, Brian Tabeling was named vice-president, Katie Van Sumeren Board Secretary, and Cindy Ross Treasurer.
 
President Daigneault then made board committee appointments, which were approved by a vote of the Board as per the Theater 29 by-laws. The board members and their areas of responsibility at this time are:
 
Facilities Manager (Theatre 29 physical plant) – Brian Tabeling
Technical Bridge Area – Charles Harvey/Tresa Oden
Outside, Shop and Storage Areas – Brian Tabeling
Stage Area Manager – Char Childs
Box Office Operations / Mailing List Manager – Cindy Daigneault
Publicity– Gary Daigneault
Sponsorship and Patrons – Cindy Daigneault
Security– Gary Daigneault
Program Advertisement Sales – Patti Brown/Cindy Daigneault
Snack Bar Manager – Brian Tabeling
Props and Costumes Storage – Char Childs
Volunteer Coordinator – Cindy Daigneault
Insurance/Corporate compliance – Charles Harvey
Website/Graphics– Charles Harvey
Historian– Judy Andreshak
 
Play Selection Committee: Chair, Kathryn Ferguson - Gary Daigneault, Marty Neider, Cindy Ross. Patti Brown.
 
Building Committee: Chair, Gary Daigneault - Brian Tabeling, Charles Harvey.
 
Special Events Committee (Gala and Dinner): Chair, Kathy Ferguson, Cindy Daigneault and Patti Brown.
 
Volunteer Conduct Committee: Brian Tabeling, Cindy Ross, and Kathryn Ferguson
 
Retired long-time former Board member Judy Andreshak will remain as the organizations Historian.
 
First organized in 1999, Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit Community Theater program incorporated as an IRS 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Theatre 29 operates in a building provided “For the public good” by the City of Twentynine Palms at 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, Ca. 92277.
 
The mission of Theatre 29 is: “To bring quality, family-oriented Theater to Twentynine Palms while offering opportunities for our children and citizens to experience the live arts.”
 
The new 2017 season includes seven productions; four hit Broadway Musical Productions, a Comedy, The Halloween Haunt, and the Summer Youth Theater Children’s program production.
 
Ticket prices for 2016 were set at:
Regular Admission - $15.00
Seniors and Military - $12.00
Children under 12 and Students with ID - $8.00
Student Rush - standby only, with ID, 5 minutes before curtain - $1.00
 
2017 Season Ticket Prices: includes all five main stage productions plus the Halloween Haunt.
Regular - $65.00
Seniors, Military, - $52.00
Children under 12 and Students with ID - $37.00
 
2017 Season tickets and tickets for individual shows are available now on-line at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 will pay on-line processing fees to those who make reservations and purchase tickets on-line at www.theatre29.org. 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.
 
Local non-profits can take advantage of the Theatre 29 Opening Night sponsorship program to raise funds. Commercial businesses can utilize the Theatre 29 Patron program to support the Theatre organization while promoting their business. Theater 29 also has opportunities for exposure to arts patrons by placing ads in the programs for the individual productions. Information on sponsors, Patrons, and program advertising is available by calling Cindy Daigneault at 760-366-8471.
 
Patrons in 2017 will enjoy ultra-comfortable upgraded riser seats and comfortable floor level seating in the cool, air conditioned theater.
 
For more information about Theatre 29 or support opportunities call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or go online to www.theatre29.org

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR THE “TAIL-WAGGING” COMEDY “SYLVIA”
 
Theatre 29 has completed the casting for the first show of their 2017 season, “Sylvia”, the hilarious comedy by A. R. Gurney. The show will be directed by Eddie Tucker with technical direction by Brandon Hazel. Tucker directed the hit Comedy “The Sunshine Boys” in 2016 and “The Man from Earth” in 2015 at Theatre 29
 
First produced in 1995, This love story has all the earmarks of a mid-life affair, except that the love-struck straying husband is still happily married to his wife. “Sylvia” is about a man’s relationship with one of those magical animals people in stories so often meet just when they’re at a troubling crossroads in life, an animal that is a guide to finding the best in ourselves.
 
 “Sylvia” is a play about Greg, who will be played by Jeremy Volsteadt, and Kate, who will be played by Ann Van Haney, who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of childrearing in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career as a public school English teacher is beginning to offer her more opportunities.
 
Greg brings home a dog, played by Amy Fangmeyer, he found – or that has found him – bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her tag. A street-smart mixture of Labrador and poodle, Sylvia causes stress between the couple. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age.
 
To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection, while Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in jeopardy, resulting in hilarious and touching complications. Along the way, the audience meets several other interesting characters, all of them played by Kurt Schauppner.
 
“Sylvia” will run for nine performances over three weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from January 13th through January 29th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00pm, the three Sunday performances are at 2:30 pm.
 
Tickets are available at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 General admission, $12.00 for Seniors and Military and $8.00 for students. Because of strong language, “Sylvia” is not recommended for children under 13.

 

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR DISNEY'S MARY POPPINS AT THEATRE 29
 
Theatre 29 will be holding try-outs for its first Major Musical of the 2017 season, “Disney's Mary Poppins”.

Open auditions will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017, from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm in the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. Gary Daigneault will direct, with Bill Barrett directing music, and Daniella Jara providing choreography. The production will open on March 3rd and run 4 consecutive weekends, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm through March 26th, 2017 for a total of 12 performances. If demand necessitates, the production may be held over to April 2nd.

Casting calls for sixteen featured characters; two children (age 7-12) 6 male and 8 females, ranging between their early 20’s to early 60’s. All roles are open for audition. All auditioners must prepare 32 bars of a Broadway style musical piece and provide background music on an electronic device or on a CD. No Pop Music Please. Dress to move, tap experience is encouraged for some roles and a Dance Ensemble is also needed. No appointments are necessary. Additional audition times may be arranged if needed. For additional information, you may call 760-366-8471, email: [email protected] or visit us online at www.Theatre29.org.

Character Breakdown

1.    ADMIRAL BOOM- The Banks’ friendly neighbor on Cherry Tree Lane, Admiral Boom’s house is shaped like a great ship. 50s, Baritone. 
 
2.    BERT - Bert is a One-Man-Band, a Sidewalk Artist, a Chimney Sweep and a Kite Salesman, but above all, he is a friend to Mary Poppins and Jane and Michael. Mid 30s. Baritone to G. 
 
3.    KATIE NANNA The last in a long line of nannies for the Banks children, Katie Nanna can’t stand any more of Jane and Michael’s pranks and leaves No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane. 
 
4.    MARY POPPINS Jane and Michael’s new Nanny, Mary Poppins is a dazzling personality and a force to be reckoned with. Full of hope even when things look bleak, she tells them “anything can happen if you let it.” Mid 20s. Mezzo Soprano with a strong top. 
 
5.    MICHAEL & JANE the Banks children, Jane and Michael misbehave to get attention from their parents. Must look 9-11 years old. 
 
6.    MISS ANDREW When Mary Poppins disappears, Mrs. Banks calls on Mrs. Andrew, George Banks’ old nanny. She soon finds that Miss Andrew is cruel and demanding. 40s-50s, Soprano with Alto Belt. 
 
7.    MISS LARK Another neighbor on Cherry Tree Lane, she is a bit snobby and treats her dog, Willoughby, as a child. 30s, Mezzo Soprano. 
  
8.    MR. GEORGE BANKS A bank manager, Mr. Banks is father to Jane and Michael. He tries to be a good provider, but often forgets how to be a good father. Early 40s, Baritone. 
 
9.    MRS. BRILL The Banks’ cook, she rules the kitchen at No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Mid 50s, Alto. 
 
10. MRS. CORRY Mysterious and very old, Mrs. Corry runs the “Talking Shop” where people buy conversations and gingerbread. She knew George Banks when he was just a boy. Soprano. 
 
11. MRS. WINIFRED BANKS A former actress, Mrs. Banks is very busy trying to live up to her husband’s expectations. She is a loving, but distracted mother to Jane and Michael. Mid 30s, Mezzo Soprano. 
 
12. NELEUS A statue in the Park, Neleus has lost his father, Poseidon, god of the ocean. 20s, Tenor.
 
13. ROBERTSON AY Clumsy but good-hearted, the Banks’ bootman has trouble following instructions. Early 20s, Tenor. 
 
14. THE BIRD WOMAN She sits in front of St.Paul’s Cathedral every day, selling bags of crumbs for the pigeons. 50s, Alto. 
 
15. THE PARK KEEPER A stickler for rules and regulations, the Park Keeper watches over the park. 40s-50s, Tenor.
 
ABOUT the MUSICAL
The Theatre 29 2017 opening Musical is one for the whole family, Disney’s MARY POPPINS, showing March 3 – March 26. A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and book by Julian Fellowes with new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Join Bert, jack-of-all trades, as he introduces you to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Classic songs such as “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” will take you and your family on a magical adventure through rainy London, England!
 

RALPHIE STILL WANTS THAT BB GUN IN “A CHRISTMAS STORY" AT THEATRE 29
 
“A Christmas Story,” opened November 18th at Theatre 29 to an appreciative full house audience for a 5-week run. The classic, heart-warming family movie has come to life in Twentynine Palms as one of America’s most popular holiday shows!
 
Set in Indiana in the 1940s, Christmas is coming and one mischievous, bespectacled little boy named Ralphie Parker wants an “Official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time” despite repeated and infamous warnings of “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

"You don't have to be a devotee of the movie to enjoy the story that unfolds onstage … the story works just as well live as it does on film.” – Broadway World
 
Directed by Eric Ross, “A Christmas Story” unforgettably captures the essence of holiday wonder with a deliciously wicked wit and a nostalgic eye in Jean Shepherd’s glorious celebration of growing up in small-town Indiana. All your favorites are here, including the infamous "Major Award" leg lamp, an official Red Ryder BB gun, a pink bunny suit, a frozen flagpole, an exploding furnace, a department store slide and plenty of laughs for the entire family!
 
“A Christmas Story” runs weekends from November 18th through December 17th, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm. Matinee performances will be held at 2:30 pm on Sundays, November 27th, and December 11th.
 
Tickets for all performances of “A Christmas Story” are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12,00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  "A Christmas Story” is appropriate for general audiences. The show is expected to be a popular one and early reservations are advised.
 
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501( c )3, Community Theater organization. It is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
 

THEATRE 29 SETS AUDITIONS FOR “SYLVIA” A COMEDY OF TAIL-WAGGING PROPORTIONS
 
Theatre 29 and Director Eddie Tucker will hold open auditions for all parts in the 2017 Season opener. “Sylvia”, the hilarious comedy by A. R. Gurney, is a smart, silly, sophisticated, and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older.
 
Greg is tired of his job in finance, looking for meaning in his life. Sylvia is an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight. But his wife Kate, looking forward to some independence, is less than thrilled by the clever canine who jumps, slobbers, sits on her couch, and takes Greg’s attention. Wandering the streets of Manhattan with Sylvia, Greg feels like he has connected to a deeper, primal, more natural side of the world. Sylvia is more interested in flipping off the neighborhood cat, or flirting at the dog park. Sylvia exerts such a charismatic pull even Greg’s friend warns him of the splintering effect a dog can have on the relationship between husband and wife. It is only when Greg is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice that Kate sees Sylvia not as a threat, but as a new member of her family.
 
Tucker, who directed the hit Comedy “The Sunshine Boys” in 2016 and “The Man from Earth” in 2015 at Theatre 29 has set his auditions for Monday, November 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m., at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Rd, Twentynine Palms.
 
The cast consists of:
 
SYLVIA: 
Actress to play age 18-28. She is lively and expressive and has a good figure with a nice rear end. Sylvia is a dog. Though she does not move on hands and knees in the play, she should be convincing as a cute, bouncy female “labradoodle.”
 
GREG:
Actor to play age 40-50. He is pleasantly attractive and displays a wide range of quiet male emotion. He loves his suddenly-adopted Sylvia but seems to be going through an early midlife crisis in his work and his marriage.
 
KATE:
Actress to play age 40-50. Greg’s wife is a strong woman whose teaching career is on an upswing. She has little use for Greg’s issues and even less for his newfound best friend, Sylvia.
 
TOM/PHYLLIS/LESLIE:
Ideally, these characters are played by a single actor or actress, age 30-40. Tom is a regular guy who educates Greg about dog ownership. Phyllis is a hotshot Manhattanite, Kate’s friend from college, and is prone to drama and drinking. Leslie is a psychotherapist whose gender is open to question. (The director will consider spitting these roles among 2 or 3 men or women – actors are encouraged to audition for one, two or all three of these roles).
 
Auditions will consist of Cold reading.
 
“Sylvia” will run for nine performances over three weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from January 13th through January 29th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00pm, the three Sunday performances are at 2:30 pm. 
 
Tickets are available at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 General admission, $12.00 for Seniors and Military and $8.00 for students with ID. Because of strong language, “Sylvia” is not recommended for children under 13.

 

THEATRE 29 ADDS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, “HALLOWEEN HAUNT” EXPERIENCE
 
Theatre 29 and “Halloween Haunt” Director Cyrus s Short were forced to cancel the opening of “Resurgence”, the 2016 iteration of the event because of electrical problems. To make up for the cancellation, an additional day of the immersive theater event has been scheduled for this Sunday, October 23, 2016, from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm. The eleventh incarnation of the Halloween Haunt has adventurous souls explore a haunted mansion built atop a collapsed mine. The Halloween Haunt utilizes the entire Theatre 29 main stage and exterior spaces at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms around the corner from Builders Supply. Halloween Haunt tickets are $7 each at the door and $5 each for groups of 6 or more. Season ticket holders enjoy your first tour at no additional fee. Tours launch every 10 to 15 minutes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. October 21, 22, and until 9:00 on the 23rd. The Theatre 29 “Halloween Haunt” will continue 28 and 29 and then Sunday and Monday October 30 and 31. For more information call 760-361-4151 or visit theatre29.org.

 

THEATRE 29 TAKES SOME TOP AWARDS FROM THE DESERT THEATRE LEAGUE

The Morongo Basin's most popular and successful all-volunteer Community Theater, Theatre 29, took home some top awards against very stiff competition Sunday night.

The Desert Theatre League, an organization of 30 Amateur and Professional Theatre Organizations in both the Hi and Lo-Desert areas, held their annual “Desert Stars Awards” at a sold-out event in Palm Desert. Theatre 29 was well represented with 27 nominations and brought home some of the top awards from the formal event.

Among the highlights of the evening, Theatre 29 Board member, Director, Actor, and Multimedia volunteer Charles Harvey was given the Sydney Harmon award, A special award given in recognition for efforts in the advancement of theatrical excellence, both on and off the stage.

Theatre 29 showed their artistic excellence against many much larger and better-funded Theatre Organizations extremely well with Harvey also winning for Outstanding Lead Actor-Musical, for “The Addams Family”, Robin Wilson taking the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress- Musical, in “Disney's The Little Mermaid” and Kathryn Ferguson for Outstanding Musical Director of “The Addams Family”.

 

THEATRE 29 NAMES “HALLOWEEN HAUNT” “RESURGENCE” CAST AND CREW
  
After a 2-year hiatus, the ultra-popular regional Halloween attraction, “HALLOWEEN HAUNT” is coming back to Theatre 29!  Director Cyrus Short has announced the cast and crew for the highly anticipated return of the eleventh incarnation of the Morongo Basin’s premiere seasonal event, entitled “Resurgence”.
 
For 2016, adventurous souls will be self-guided as they explore a haunted mansion that was unknowingly built on top of an abandoned mine after its collapse, trapping the workers within. Fright fans are promised a terror trip they will never forget this year with improved special effects from previous years along with a few new ones!

The roles of the haunted cast will be played by;
Kelly Ames, Robert Ames, Jade Campbell, Amber Flores, Leon Hazel, Allison McNally, Jericho McWilliams, Nicholas Perez, Edward Pierce, Kylie Robinson, Vincent Thomas, Andrew Whitaker, Cody Whitaker, Devin Wright, Garrett Wright and Lisa Wright
 
But of course, Theatre 29 couldn’t keep the mansion clean without our trusty tech crew, which includes;
Justin Bedford, Ceara Davids, Jerrod Edmonds, Rigo Guzman, Brandon Hazel, Brianna Jillson, Jasmine Jillson, Suzy Jillson, Liyan Lagevardi, Tim Perez, Nicole Rachel, Sean Sears, Brandy Thiers, Kris Thomas, John Wright and Natasha Wright

Do you think you have the nerve to explore the mansion and see what may be lurking within? If so, tickets will be available at the door for $7.00 each for individuals, and for groups of 6 or more, $5.00 each at the door with tours launching every 10-15 minutes. For 2016 Season ticket holders their first tour was included in their purchase.

The mansion will open its doors beginning October 14, ending Halloween night. All performances of this spooky seasonal scare fest will begin at 6:30 pm and end at 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday nights October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and then Sunday and Monday October 30 & 31st. 
 
The “HALLOWEEN HAUNT” will be featured utilizing the Theatre 29 main stage and exterior spaces at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms (around the corner from Builders Supply).
 
For further information, go to www.theatre29.org, or contact the Theatre 29 Box Office at (760) 361-4151.
 
THEATRE 29 UNVEILS “MAGICAL” 2017 SEASON
 
A packed house of Community leaders and Theater supporters from throughout the Morongo Basin and beyond filled the Friendship Hall at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center last Thursday, September 15, as the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce joined Theatre 29 volunteers to reveal the exciting 2017 “Season of Magic” theatrical season.
 
Theatre 29 Board President Gary Daigneault opened the event by welcoming the overflow crowd to the 8th annual event with a brief look at the remarkable history, ongoing growth, and unquestioning community support for the all-volunteer Community Theater organization since its inception in 1999.
 
For 2017, Theatre 29 will present five Main Stage productions, a Halloween Haunt, a Summer Youth Theater Program, and an exclusive two-week run of a special theatrical event. In addition, new for 2017, Theater 29 will introduce an Improvisational Theater troupe under the direction of Chris Fleischman
 
Starting with the 2017 Season, Musicals will run 12 performances over a 4 week run (three performances, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each weekend) with allowance to extend the run another weekend. Non-Musicals will run 9 performances in a 3 week run, also Friday, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. Each play will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
 
Daigneault explained that the theatre 29 Board had looked carefully at what offerings were bringing in the biggest audiences, as a way to gauge what the community wants from its local theater.
 
Citing the spectacular success of last year’s ‘s “Disney’s Little Mermaid” which sold out all performances before it even opened and then sold out two additional shows in an hour, he said it was clear that family-oriented productions were what the public wanted to see.
 
In keeping with the family-oriented theme, the seven Directors for the season took the podium, and with humor, snippets of shows and outstanding vocal performances, they introduced the “A Season of Magic” themed 2017 season.
 
The season will start with “Sylvia” January 13th through 29th. Eddie Tucker will direct this hilarious comedy. “Sylvia’ is what happens when a smart and sassy canine meets a man in Central Park and changes his life,” Tucker said.
 
The second show for the season is “Mary Poppins” March 3-26. Daigneault as artistic director and Bill Barrett as Music director will team up to direct this hit Broadway musical based on the Disney classic.
 
Next up, the popular Broadway musical “Into the Woods” will be helmed by artistic director Charles Harvey and musical director Kathryn Ferguson. With a classic story that darkly twists and turns through the worlds of favorite Fairy tales and Children’s literature. “Into the Woods” will run April 21-May 14
 
 The Andrew Lloyd Webber operetta, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” August 25th through Sept. 17th will bring the St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley’s Artistic director Rebecca Havely along with Musical director Analisa Pilecki to Theatre 29.
 
The very popular season themed Halloween Haunt will continue with “Freak Show” for October 19th through 31st. Producer Brandon Hazel said the walk-through attraction will be both frightening and disturbing and definitely not for younger children.
 
The 2017 “Season of magic” will conclude with the Broadway Classic “Meet Me in St. Louis” November 24th through December 17th. Multi-award winner Kathryn Ferguson will direct this Broadway musical based on the 1944 film about a family living in St. Louis, Missouri, in the beginning of the 20th century. The film debuted “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” now a classic carol.
 
Theatre 29 will also host a two-week special offering of “Rashomon”, an adaptation of an Akira Kurosawa film about contradictory versions of an assault and murder in Japan. It will be Directed by Abe Daniels, an award winning Director/Actor from both Grove’s Theater and the St. Joseph’s players.  the play will run June 16th through 25th.
 
In addition to the Regular season offerings, Theatre 29 will also hold a Summer Youth Theater program June 26 to July 30. Last year the program saw 64 area children from 7-17 participate.
 
2017 Season tickets are available now, visit www.theatre29.org or call (760) 361-4151.
 
THREE CHAMBER MIXER WILL ANNOUNCE THEATRE 29 2017 SEASON
 
Theatre 29 will join with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their highly anticipated 2017 performance season this week!.
 
The special free Tri-Chamber mixer is planned for this Thursday, September 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at which the 7 productions for Theatre 29's 2017 season will be revealed. The Gala Announcement event will take place at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center (formerly Mentalphysics) on Highway 62 in Joshua Tree.
 
Each of the seven Directors selected for the season will give a show description complete with musical and dramatic performances. Also an introduction will be given to a unique new troupe being formed.
 
Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase Theatre 29 season tickets for the 2017 season. Complimentary beverages and deli delights will be served by Theatre 29 volunteers. 
 
THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR HIT COMEDY 'A CHRISTMAS STORY' (based on the motion picture)
 
Auditions for the final production of Theatre 29's 2016 season, the classic hit comedy "A Christmas Story" have been scheduled for Monday, September 19th at 6:00 PM on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The comedy will take the stage for five weeks beginning November 18th through December 17th.
 
Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest of the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas.  Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response:  "You'll shoot your eye out". 
 
All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully, the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more!
 
Having been the Theatre 29 HALLOWEEN HAUNT creator/producer and director for ten years, Director Eric Ross takes a new direction and has picked this comedy as his first scripted production.  As some parts have been precast (Mother; Old Man; Miss Shields) he will be seeking 1 Adult Male, five Boys and two Girls for the remaining parts as follows:  
 
RALPH (as an adult) Age:  Late 20s to Mid-40s     A Storyteller/Narrator (Will play additional characters)
 
RALPHIE PARKER   At Age:  9 (older boys will be considered if they look the part)
 
RANDY PARKER   Ralphie's Younger Brother
 
FLICK                    Ralphie's friend & classmate (also plays: Desperado ONE)
 
SCHWARTZ            Ralphie's friend & classmate (also plays: Desperado TWO)
 
SCUT FARKAS        A Bully (also plays:  Black Bart)
 
ESTHER JANE ALBERRY   A Classmate
 
HELEN WEATHERS            A Classmate
 
 
Show dates are November 18-19, 25-26-27, December 2-3, 9-10-11, 16-17, 2016
 
Auditions will consist of movement and cold readings. Dress prepared to move. Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition).  For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms or on www.theatre29.org/auditions.
 
Tickets for “A Christmas Story” are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theatre 29 box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 for Adults, $12.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID and children under 12.

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer Community Theater organization located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-361-4151.
 
AUDIENCES RAVING ABOUT MUSICAL, “SECRET GARDEN” AT THEATRE 29

The Hit Broadway musical “the Secret Garden” opened Friday, August 26, 2016 for a 5-week run at Theatre 29. The redemptive family tale of love, loss and renewal, based on the classic book, is helmed by the multi-award winning Director, Music Director and costuming legend Kathryn Ferguson.
Local audiences are raving about the show. In letters to Theatre 29 and on social media, attendees are talking about the quality of the show and the all-volunteer talent.

One local couple who attended the opening night Gala said, “We are just getting home from Opening Night of the Secret Garden. I first what to say that the WHOLE Cast was beyond amazing, what a wonderful group of talented people. Simply the best Musical we have seen. This story was very compelling, a family tale of love, loss & renewal. Yes, we both cried more than once.”

Another area couple who attended sent this message, “We saw the opening performance of The Secret Garden Friday night at Theatre 29. WHAT A SHOW! I have done shows with a lot of the cast members, but this one blew me away. The acting, the emotions, the singing. Wow! It was the finest performance I have seen from most of them.”

Even more high praise for the production, “I was so enchanted...the imagery and story took my breath away... I loved the emotions and watching it grow. Each and everyone did such a remarkable job...i was drawn in and held there even past the end”

Many postings indicated the high-quality production would be getting audiences to see it more than once, “And a fantastic show it was! I am glad I will have another opportunity to see it. Don't miss this one!”

“I saw the Secret Garden this evening, that was an absolutely Outstanding show! I literally can't even Bravo to all of you in the production and those that made it happen.”

Bella Oden, the 12-year-old playing the lead of part of Mary Lennox, garnered the most individual comments, including, “Bella Oden flat blew me away”,“Bella is an amazing young lady”, and “Bella is Talented, disciplined, hard-working, and humble.”

“THE SECRET GARDEN” will play Friday and Saturday evenings through August 26th at 7:00PM through September 24th. There will be two Sunday matinee performances at 2:30pm on September 4th & 18th.

Tickets for all performances (except opening night gala) are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.
Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. THE SECRET GARDEN is appropriate for general audiences.

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer Community Theater organization.
 
THEATRE 29 CASTING FOR THE UPCOMING "HALLOWEEN HAUNT"

Director Cyrus Short has auditions planned for “Resurgence,” this year’s Halloween haunted house. Adventurous souls will be self-guided, as they explore a haunted mansion that was unknowingly built on top of an abandoned mine after its collapse. Fright fans will be pleased with this year’s improved special effects from previous Haunts along with a few new ones.
The production team is seeking at least 25 performers and behind-the-scenes technicians, ages 16 and older only. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 29, beginning at 6 p.m. on the Theatre 29 main stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Dress comfortably to move around and be prepared to perform a cold reading, if required. For further information, contact the Box Office at 760 361-4151 or email [email protected]

“Resurgence” will come to life beginning October 14 and will end Halloween night. Haunted house tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, and also Sunday and Monday October 30 and 31.
 
OPENING NIGHT GALA AUGUST 26TH FOR “SECRET GARDEN” AT THEATRE 29
 
 “The Secret Garden”, The redemptive family tale of love, loss and renewal, helmed by the multi-award winning director Kathryn Ferguson, will take the stage weekends beginning August 26 through September 24th, 2016, at Theatre 29.
 
The Opening Night Gala of the Hit three-time Tony-Award winning Broadway Musical is sponsored by Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and The Gladys Carol Scholarship Friday, August 26, with activities starting at 6 PM, the curtain rises at 7:00 pm.
 
Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of how, after the sudden death of her parents in the cholera epidemic of 1905 in India, ten-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle whom she’s never met. Mourning the loss of his own true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange. Cold, bleak Misselthwaite Manor is no place for a little girl. Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up, hidden garden, and with it, a path to rebirth, proving that hope can bloom from the darkest of places.
 
For Opening night tickets, visit the 29 Palms Library or call 760-972-7205 or 760-586-2185. Tickets for the Gala only are $25.00 and include hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, door prizes and dessert at intermission. Curtain call at 7 PM.

All proceeds will support the Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and The Gladys Carol Scholarship.
 
Tickets for all performances (except opening night gala) are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151, tickets can also be purchased via the WALLETINI app available through Google Play and I-Tunes App Store, through the “Buy Ticket” button on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or by scanning the QR code embedded on show posters at businesses across the City of Twentynine Palms. 

Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  THE SECRET GARDEN is appropriate for general audiences. 

Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
 
THEATRE 29, LOCAL CHAMBERS, TO ANNOUNCE 2017 SEASON

Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin’s premiere live theater venue, will join forces with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their highly anticipated 2017 performance season.

The special Tri-Chamber mixer event, hosted by the Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree Chambers of Commerce, will feature the announcement of the 2017 Theatre 29 season of live theater, special Holiday, youth theater, and theater training offerings. The event will take place at the architecturally spectacular Joshua Tree Retreat Center (formerly Mentalphysics) on State Route 62 in Western Joshua Tree from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Business people, Organizational representatives, and individuals from the three primary communities of the Morongo Basin will have a rare chance to get together and discuss business growth and mutual cooperation. Each of the chambers will give a brief presentation on their economic development activities and upcoming events and activities. The Tri-Chamber event will be a unique opportunity to forge valuable business relationships for the entire region.

Soft Drinks and Water will be available and a large selection of deli delights will be served at no charge to those in attendance by Theatre 29 volunteers.

 Theatre 29 recently received a phenomenal 27 nominations for outstanding live theater productions from the Desert Theater League, made up of about 30 producing organizations in the Hi and Lo Desert regions. Every show produced by Theatre 29 in the judging season was nominated for excellence!!

With sell-out audiences clamoring for seats at Theatre 29, the season announcement event will give only those in attendance the opportunity to secure 2017 season tickets first.

Season tickets offer theater-goers a reserved seat to five 2017 regular stage productions plus a bonus holiday special production. Season Tickets are offered to give regular patrons a chance to save money over the price of individual productions. The five shows and the Holiday special would cost a regular patron $82.00 for the season. 2017 season tickets are the same lower price as 2016, $65.00 for regular admission, $52.00 for seniors and military, and $45.00 for children under 12 and students with ID.

Season tickets are very important for Theatre 29, the funds raised by their sales help them budget and pay for royalties and rights to the shows prior to the beginning of the season. Season ticket holders are given preference in seating and in 2016 season ticket holders were given a bonus; no charge for an invitational, special one-night-only staged reading with a nationally-known playwright! Season ticket holders can reserve their seats for the entire Season before it even starts, assuring they won’t be left out by the tremendous demand for tickets resulting in sold-out productions.

At the Gala Announcement event, each of the seven Directors selected for the Theatre 29 2017 season will give a brief description of their show or Special event complete with musical and dramatic performances. In addition, the evening will include the introduction to a unique opportunity for specialized theatrical involvement and training with a unique new troupe being formed. The 2017 season will not be revealed until the event.

Starting the day after the announcement, Season Tickets will be available for sale by calling the Box office at 760-361-4151 and on the Theatre 29 website: www.theatre29.org

Theatre 29 has been producing a full season of Quality, family-friendly local live theater entertainment since 1999. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. 

For more information on the season announcement event, or Theatre 29, call Board President Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.
 
THEATRE 29 CONCLUDES VERY SUCCESSFUL SUMMER YOUTH THEATER PROGRAM
 
The wildly successful Theater 29 Summer Youth Theater Program came to a joyously celebrated conclusion August 7th after six sold-out performances of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” over the first weekend of August. The celebrated program started July 5 and ran Mondays through Fridays for 5 weeks.
 
More than 80 young participants and adult volunteers celebrated with a smile-soaked cast party Sunday afternoon at the multi-award winning non-profit Twentynine Palms Community Theater. The summer theater program, supported by grants from the City of Twentynine Palms and U.S. Bank, took two groups of 32 kids each, 7-11 years old, and 11-17, through exercises and real-life practical applications of the various phases of the theater arts.
 
The students were given instruction in the many facets of live theater from the audition process, the rehearsal cycle, including costuming, an all-day make-up lesson with a professional make-up artist, learning music, choreography, and theater etiquette, culminating in performances.
 
A Theatre 29 spokesman said, “Through this remarkable program, Theatre 29 is making a real impact on the lives of the children involved. We are not training performers; we are training audiences. After these kids have experienced all of the effort that it takes to mount a play, they will appreciate, and in many cases, participate in, the live arts for the rest of their lives.”
 
Some communication received from families of participants indicates the profound effect the program has on the children involved.
 
A grandmother of one of the children involved made the point well in this note to The program’s organizers, “Got to go to the Saturday showing. All I can say is that I was in TEARS! Both from laughing and just being overwhelmed by the emotion that these cast of kids were able to evoke! Everyone did an amazing job! my granddaughter was in this and I saw a change in her spirit and self-esteem as she began rehearsing. What an amazing program for the young people of our desert! THANK YOU! to all of the hard working folks that help put these on!”
 
A father of one of the participants wrote, “I know my son will never forget being a part of the plays that the volunteers work so hard on and spend so much of their personal time on. I know it takes many people and I am grateful for all of them and just want to say thank you and I appreciate you and all you do; you have made a difference in my son's life.”
 
Theatre 29 announced it is already beginning the planning for their 2017 Summer Youth Theater program set for June 26 - July 30. Additional information about Theatre 29 is available at www.theatre29.org
 
HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL “THE SECRET GARDEN” FINDS ITS CAST AT THEATRE 29
 
The Morongo Basin’s iconic live theatrical venue, Theatre 29!, proudly announces casting for their upcoming production of the classically haunting hit Broadway musical, “THE SECRET GARDEN”.
 
The redemptive family tale of love, loss and renewal, helmed by the multi-award winning director Kathryn Ferguson, will take the stage weekends beginning August 26 through September 24th, 2016, at the theatre on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. 

After the sudden death of her parents in the cholera epidemic of 1905 in India, ten-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle whom she’s never met. Mourning the loss of his own true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange. Cold, bleak Misselthwaite Manor, haunted by spirits and secrets of the past, is no place for a little girl. Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up, hidden garden, and with it, a path to rebirth, proving that hope can bloom from the darkest of places. Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden’s heartwarming story and beautiful, soaring ballads make this Tony Award-winning musical a treat for young and old alike! 

In the challenging leading role of ten-year-old Mary Lennox is Bella Oden.  In the role of the suffering hunchback, Archibald Craven, is theatre regular Charles Harvey. In the ghostly role of Lily, Archibald’s departed one true love, is Katie Van Sumeren. Dr. Neville Craven, Archibald’s brother with designs of his own, is Theatre 29 favorite Leonard Weber. Taking the part of sassy chambermaid Martha is Lisa Goldberg. Stone cold housekeeper Mrs. Medlock is brought to life by newcomer Sarah O’Brien. As the puck-like nature lad, Dickon, is Chris Fleischman. Rory O’Brien takes on the role of Archibald’s invalid son, Colin. Rounding out the “living” is the curmudgeonly groundskeeper Ben Weatherstaff, played by Ron Bottorff. 

In the roles of “The Dreamers”, who are spirits of loved ones from Mary’s past who act as a “Greek chorus”, are Captain Albert Lennox (Edward Pierce) and Rose Lennox (Janet Peercy), who were Mary’s parents. Mary’s beloved Ayah, her Indian nanny, is Char Childs. The mystical Indian Fakir is played by Jasper Falmog. The role of Alice as well as “crossing the veil” to play the very much alive school marm Mrs. Winthrop is Martha Boyd. Lieutenants Shaw (Malcolm Stanley-Wolfe), Wright (Jason Powell), Major Shelley (Robert Ames) and Major Holmes (James Hodgson) together with their counterparts Mrs. Shelley (Ceara Davids) and Claire Holmes (Ashley Tydings), round out the members of Captain Lennox’s regiment. 

Under the deft artistic and musical direction of Kathryn Ferguson and movement by award winning choreographer Mandi Pushkar, “THE SECRET GARDEN” will be a show not to be missed for audiences of all ages. This three time Tony Award winning play, with Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman and Music by Lucy Simon, is heart-warming and heart tugging with a very life affirming message. 

“THE SECRET GARDEN” will play Friday and Saturday evenings beginning August 26th at 7:00PM through September 24th.  There will be two Sunday matinee performances at 2:30pm on September 4th & 18th.
 
Tickets for all performances (except opening night gala) are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151, tickets can also be purchased via the WALLETINI app available through Google Play and I-Tunes App Store, through the “Buy Ticket” button on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or by scanning the QR code embedded on show posters at businesses across the City of Twentynine Palms. 

Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  THE SECRET GARDEN is appropriate for general audiences. 

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer  Community Theater organization
 
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THEATRE 29 SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION OF “DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR”

The 75 students and staff of the mega-successful Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater Program are well into rehearsals, building, costuming, makeup, lighting and sound  for this year’s production, “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.”

The program started July 5 and will culminate with six performances August 5, 6, and 7th, 2016. The Youth Theater Program and the performances are all held at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.  

The program has two age groups of 32 students each, “Juniors” (7-11 years old) and “Seniors” (age 11-17).  

With a knowledgeable and creative staff, which includes five credentialed teachers, the program teaches a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for Musical Theater, Choreography, costuming, make-up, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and box office management.

A student “Stage Crew” is responsible for building and painting sets, building props, and working backstage during the productions. They will also run the lighting and sound boards during the shows.

The Program is administered by Char Childs. The Musical, “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” is directed by Gary Daigneault for the “Seniors”, Katie Van Sumeren is directing the “Juniors. The Musical Director for the program is Bianca Stoker and the Choreographer is Angelica Miller. Mandi Pushkar, Cindy Daigneault and Tera Bottorff are coordinating the costuming. Other Adult volunteers are assisting with various stages of the production.

Tickets are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Early reservations are urged as the children’s productions sell out quickly.
 
THEATRE 29! HOSTS A ONE NIGHT STAGED READING OF PHIL OLSON’S NEWEST PLAY “A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS”
 
Theatre 29 is proud to announce a one night only staged reading of a brand new play and is giving local audiences a rare and privileged opportunity to share input on the finished product!
 
Playwright Phil Olson, the author and lyricist of the popular “Don’t Hug Me” musical franchise, has asked Theatre 29 to prepare a staged reading of his latest comedy, A Nice Family Christmas.  This opportunity for the theatre is unique, allowing Morongo Basin audiences an exclusive preview performance of a brand new play before it is performed nationally. 

Under the direction of DON’T HUG ME I’M PREGNANT’s Marty Neider, this staged reading features the outstanding talents of Theatre 29 performers Randy Smith, Cindy Daigneault, Kurt Schauppner, Marty Neider, Robert Pushkar, Kylie Robinson, and Mandi Pushkar.
 
This new play is a sequel to Olson’s earlier work, A Nice Family GATHERING. Christmas isn't a holiday, it's an emotional tsunami.  It’s Christmas Eve at Helen Lundeen (Mom’s) Minneapolis apartment, three years after her husband died. An unexpected visit from crazy Uncle Bob and their outrageous Grandmother starts the evening on its wild journey.  Middle son, Carl, has been charged to write an article for his newspaper about Christmas with his family, or he’s fired. The problem is, he doesn’t have his family’s consent. One by one, we learn of each family member’s secrets, problems and dysfunctions, and when they learn that Carl is writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring them back together? 

When Theatre 29 produced the musical, DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT back in May, Olson attended a performance and hosted a tremendously successful meet and greet talk-back session after the show with the cast and audience. It was a wonderful night which allowed their patrons and volunteers to get a look into the complex process of writing a musical.
 
Olson was so impressed that he has asked the theatre to help him with another “creative process” project.  During the staged reading production of this new play, which he would attend, the opportunity is afforded to get feedback from the audience and the cast on the dialogue, humor, character, plot, and other aspects of the play. The comments help him refine the show, see what works (and doesn’t) and finalize the finished script for production. 

A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS, which will be published by Samuel French Inc., will be produced by seven Community Theater’s around the country in November.  Theatre 29 invites everyone to get your tickets for a truly unique theatrical experience and share your thoughts and ideas afterwards. 

A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS will be read Saturday, July 23 at 7:00PM. Tickets are $10.00 each and are available only by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151 or at the door. Auditorium is open seating for this production (first come- first seated).  Donations of non-perishable food items are encouraged for the benefit of the Local Food Bank, as well. 

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer Community Theater organization. 
 
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER THEATRE 29 YOUTH THEATER PROGRAM!

Applications are now available for the Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program. All students who are applying must agree to be in attendance for the entire month-long program. The program will run Monday through Friday from July 5 through August 7. Two age groups of students—juniors, ages 7 to 12 meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and seniors, ages 12 to 17—meet from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The cost for the program is $60 per student. The program will teach a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing, and choreography plus backstage skills and more. Applications must be turned in BY MAIL ONLY by June 10. Payment in full is due by June 24. The program will culminate with performances of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” set for August 5, 6, and 7. The classes and performances will all be held at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Applications are available at theatre29.org, the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation offices, the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree.
 
THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL “THE SECRET GARDEN”

Auditions for the fall production of Theatre 29’s 2016 season, the classic hit Broadway musical “The Secret Garden”, have been scheduled for Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The musical comedy will take the stage for five weeks beginning August 26th through September 24st.

After the sudden death of her parents, ten-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle whom she’s never met. Mourning the loss of his own true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange. Cold, bleak Misselthwaite Manor, haunted by spirits and secrets of the past, is no place for a little girl. Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up, hidden garden, and with it, a path to rebirth, proving that hope can bloom from the darkest of places. Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden’s heartwarming story and beautiful, soaring ballads make this Tony Award-winning musical a treat for young and old alike!

Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson will be seeking a cast of 21 (10 male and 11 female) musical performers for this production. The roles being cast are:

MARY LENNOX - Female, 10 (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, she often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in. Starts out more than a bit spoiled, yet ignored, young girl but finds what she seeks through her journey.

LILY - Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary's aunt and Archibald Craven's wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor. Even as a spectre, she is the epitome of grace and love.

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Mary's uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally. Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife, Lily, who died ten years ago. He shutters himself away from the world, a mortally wounded soul.

DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. He is trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite.

MARTHA - Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age. A little spunky and good natured.

MRS. MEDLOCK - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as Misselthwaite Manor itself.

DICKON - Male, 16-25 (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha's younger brother. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden. He is the embodiment of Puck or The Green Man.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He calls himself “an old man.” A bit gruff, but with a heart of gold.

COLIN CRAVEN - Male, 10 (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Archibald's ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.

MRS. WINTHROP - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle. Doubles as a “Dreamer”.

The Dreamers, who are the ghostly apparitions of those closest to Mary and Archibald, act as a sort of Greek chorus. They include:

ROSE LENNOX - Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary's mother. A “dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life.

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX - Male, 30-40 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary's father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.

ALICE - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose's friend.

LIEUTENANT WRIGHT - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary's father's unit.

LIEUTENANT SHAW - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.

MAJOR SHELLEY - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

MRS. SHELLY - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Shelley's wife.

MAJOR HOLMES - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

CLAIRE HOLMES - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes' wife.

FAKIR - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.

AYAH - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary's Indian nanny.

Show dates are August 26 – 27, September 2 – 4, 9 – 10, 16 – 18, and 23 - 24

Auditions will consist of vocalization for 16 bars in the style of the show, movement and cold readings. Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD (Musical Theatre piece, no original works or pop songs). An accompanist will not be provided. If you bring accompaniment on mobile device or phone, please bring a speaker for the device as well. Dress prepared to move. Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition). For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalmstheatre2…/auditions or contact the director, Kathryn Ferguson, via email at [email protected]
 
DON'T HUG ME, I’M THE AUTHOR!

By Nena Jimenez, special reporter to The Desert Trail.

Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, had a special treat because Phil Olson the author of the “Don’t Hug Me” series came to see the show Saturday, May 21, with his wife.

Olson has written 14 published plays, eight are published by Samuel French including, “Don’t Hug Me,” “A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol,” “A Don’t Hug Me County Fair,” “Don’t Hug Me I’m Pregnant,” “Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married,” “Mom’s Gift,” “A Nice Family Gathering” and “Polyester: The Musical.

Olson’s plays and musicals have won more than 20 playwriting awards. After the show Olson got on stage with the cast of “Don’t Hug me I’m Pregnant” and answered questions about the show.

One question was have you ever been to Bunyan Bay? His answer was yes I have been there.

Another question was where did the characters come from people you know? His answer was that a little came from people he knew but that he took characteristics some from famous actors and actress.

The cast of “Don’t Hug Me I’m Pregnant” is Kylie Robinson (a ROP Dental Assent student), Randy Smith (student at Copper Mountain College,) John Fries (United States Marine), Jasper Falmog (Untied States Marine) and Leigh-Ann Crummett.

“Don’t Hug I’m Pregnant” is set in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, in a little bar called “The Bunyan,” owned by Clara and Gunner Johnson. Clara is 8 1/2 months pregnant with their first child, and today she’s looking forward to her baby shower, getting lots of presents, and taking a break from her raging hormones. Suddenly, a freak snowstorm, a “tsnownami,” hits Bunyan Bay and they find themselves snowed in. No one can get in or leave. Gunner’s worst nightmare comes true when Clara goes into labor and he realizes he may have to deliver the baby in the bar.

“Don’t Hug Me I’m Pregnant” has had sold out shows so get tickets now.

Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. May 27, 28, June 4 and 5 and Sunday May 29 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8, $12, $15.

Call the box office at (760) 361-4151 or go online to theatre29.org to get tickets.
 
THEATRE 29 ACCEPTING DIRECTOR’S SUBMISSIONS FOR 2017 SEASON

Theatre 29 is beginning the process of selecting plays, comedies, dramas and musicals for their 2017 season.

Area theatrical directors are being invited to submit suggested plays for consideration. The Theatre 29 Play 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 2017 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 2017 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. Directors will be required to adhere to the Theatre 29 Code of Conduct. The Play Selection Committee reserves the right to require and verify additional directorial qualifications on a case-by-case basis.

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer Non-Profit Community theater. . All Directors, Performers, backstage crew and theatre staff are unpaid volunteers. Musicals are allowed a stipend budget for musicians.

Theatre 29 will present six productions plus a Summer youth Theater program during the 2017 calendar year. New for 2017, Musicals will run 12 performances over a 4 week run (three performances, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each weekend) with allowance to extend the run another weekend. Non-Musicals will run 9 performances in a 3 week run, also Friday, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. Each play will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. The schedule allows for a minimum seven week rehearsal cycle. All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

Tentative 2017 season slots:
Show: 1: January 13 – January 29
Show: 2: March 10 – April 2 (HO April 9)
Show: 3: May 5 – May 21 (HO May 28)
Summer Youth Program: – July 5 - August 6
Show: 4: September 1- September 17
Show 5: (Halloween Specialty) October 19 - October 31
Show 6: November 24 – December 17 (HO December 24)

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: [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. Prospective Directors can review their responsibilities on the Directors page at www.theatre29.org. For further information call Theatre 29 Season Selection Committee Secretary Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.
 
HILARIOUS MUSICAL COMEDY AT THEATRE 29 THIS WEEKEND
By Z107.7 News, on May 13th, 2016

“Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” the hilarious musical at Theatre 29, is running tonight and Saturday night at 7:00 pm with a 2:30 matinee this Sunday. “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” is set in a little bar called “The Bunyan” in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Clara, played by Kylie Robinson, is 8 1/2 months pregnant and looking forward to her baby shower. A freak snow storm hits and snows them in. Her husband Gunner, played by Randy Smith, realizes his worst nightmare has come true when Clara goes into labor. A pretty ex-waitress, Bernice, portrayed by Leigh-Ann Crummet, has dreams of going to Broadway. The full-of-himself business owner Kanute Gunderson is played by John Fries, and Arvid Gisselsen, a slick, karaoke salesman, will be played by Jasper Falmog. “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” features 17 original songs including, “Bun in the Oven” and “If Men Had Babies, We’d All Be Extinct.” “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” plays Friday and Saturday nights through June 4 at 7 p.m., with 2:30 matinees on Sunday, May 15 and 29. Regular priced tickets are from $8 to $15 and can be reserved on line at Theatre29.org or by calling the theater box office at 760-361-4151.
 
AUTHOR AND LYRICIST TO HOLD “MEET AND GREET” AT THEATRE 29!

It is not every day that the very successful author and lyricist of a Musical Comedy offers to come and meet with the cast, crew, and audience at a small town Community Theater, that is exactly what is happening at Theatre 29!

The hilarious Musical Comedy, “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” opened May 6 for a 5-week run at Theatre 29.

“Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” is one of five similarly themed musicals with the script and Lyrics by Phil Olson. Previously, Director Marty Neider had produced Olson’s “Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol” at the Twentynine Palms Theater.

Imagine the surprise of Theatre 29 Organizers when they were contacted by Olson who said he would be coming to Twentynine Palms on May 21st to see his show produced on a local stage. Olson even offered to stay after the show and do a “Meet and Greet” event with the cast and crew and “Question and Answer” session with that night’s audience.

Theatre 29 is inviting the community to come see the show on May 21st at 7:00 pm and take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the show and then talk with the playwright and lyricist.

Phil Olson, who grew up in Edina, Minnesota, has written 14 published plays, including, Don’t Hug Me, A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol, A Don’t Hug Me County Fair, Don’t Hug Me I’m Pregnant, Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married, Mom’s Gift, A Nice Family Gathering and Polyester The Musical. He has won over 20 playwriting awards and his plays have had over 300 productions around the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

In “Don’t Hug me, I’m Pregnant”, A little bar called "The Bunyan," is owned by Clara and Gunner Johnson. Clara is 8 1/2 months pregnant with their first child, looking forward to her baby shower, getting lots of presents, and taking a break from her raging hormones. Suddenly, a freak snow storm, a "tsnownami," hits and they find themselves snowed in. No one can get in or leave. Gunner's worst nightmare comes true when Clara goes into labor and he realizes he may have to deliver the baby in the bar. The hilarious Musical-Comedy features 17 original songs including, “Babies and Beer”, “If I Only Had a Boy”, “Bun in the Oven”, and, “If Men Had Babies, We’d All Be Extinct”.

“Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” run Friday and Saturday nights through June 4 at 7 p.m. with 2:30 matinees on two Sundays, May 15 and 29. Tickets are $15.00 for General Admission, $12.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID and Children under 12. “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Tickets can be reserved on line at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theater box office at 760-361-4151.
Theatre 29, located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms, is an all-volunteer  Community Theater Organization.
 
WE REVIEW “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT” AT THEATRE 29
By Z107.7 News, on May 11th, 2016

Theatre 29’s newest production, “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” opened last Friday to a standing ovation. Managing editor Tami Roleff was in the audience, and says this musical will have you laughing at and with the characters in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota…

“Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” directed by Marty Neider with musical direction by Kathryn Ferguson, opens with Clara, who is 8 ½ months pregnant, arriving at the Bunyan Bar, looking forward to her baby shower. But you can count on a freak snowstorm—or as Kanute calls it, a tsnownami, snowcastrophe, or snowlocaust, to set the play’s events in motion. Kylie Robinson as Clara is hormonal as she pouts and rages about her pregnancy and her husband Gunner’s lack of support. Randy Smith as Gunner is perfect for the part and his singing was so enjoyable. Jasper Falmog as Aarvid, the salesman for karaoke machines, er, lifestyle systems, was sweet as Bernice’s love interest. Leigh-Ann Crummet as Bernice portrays the sweet, old-fashioned, but spunky girlfriend. But it’s Jonathan Fries as Kanute who was the audience favorite and who stole the show. He was so comfortable in his loveable but oddball character. Everyone had a great Minnesota accent, and the set was decorated like a typical backwoods Minnesota dive bar. It’s a fast-paced, silly, and funny play that audiences of all ages will enjoy.

“Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” runs 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 4, with 2:30 Sunday matinees May 15 and 29. Tickets are $8 to $15 and are available online at theatre29.org or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151.
 
THEATER 29 ANNOUNCES THE CAST FOR “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT”
 
Theatre 29, Director Marty Neider and Musical Director Kathryn Ferguson have announced casting for the hilarious Musical comedy, “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT”
 
The play is set in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, in a little bar called "The Bunyan," owned by Clara and Gunner Johnson. Clara is 8 1/2 months pregnant with their first child, and today she's looking forward to her baby shower, getting lots of presents, and taking a break from her raging hormones. Suddenly, a freak snow storm, a "tsnownami," hits Bunyan Bay and they find themselves snowed in. No one can get in or leave. Gunner's worst nightmare comes true when Clara goes into labor and he realizes he may have to deliver the baby in the bar.
 
 
Playing CLARA JOHNSON The strong willed co-owner of the bar and 8½ months pregnant with their first child, Kylie Robinson.

Randy Smith has been cast as GUNNER JOHNSON, Clara’s husband, strong willed co-owner of The Bunyan, a north woods Archie Bunker.

BERNICE LUNDSTROM will be portrayed by Leigh-Ann Crummett, a pretty, young, wholesome, innocent, ex-waitress at The Bunyan with dreams of going to Broadway

The dense, harmless, full-of-himself business owner KANUTE GUNDERSON will be played by John Fries.
 
ARVID GISSELSEN, a, slick, fast-talking karaoke salesman, has been cast with Jasper Falmog in the role 
 
The hilarious Musical-Comedy Features 17 original songs including, “Babies and Beer”, “If I Only Had a Boy”, “Bun in the Oven”, and, “If Men Had Babies, We’d All Be Extinct.
 
“DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT” will run from May 6 through June 4th with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm. Sunday matinees will be held at 2:30 pm May 15th, and 29th.  Tickets are available at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 
 
THEATRE 29 ADDS YET ANOTHER MATINEE FOR “DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID”!

For the first time in the history of Theatre 29, a show sold out before it even opened and the volunteers at the Morongo Basin’s premiere Live Theater venue have been scrambling to make the very popular “Disney’s Little Mermaid” available.

The extraordinary demand first saw a third matinee offering for March 13 added, that sold out in a matter of hours. Then “Overflow seating” was added with 20 more seats not available online, first come first served, 30 minutes before curtain. That program is still ongoing and, to date, no one has been turned away.

Now, to accommodate patrons still clamoring to see the biggest hit in the 17 year history of Theatre 29, a fourth matinee of “Disney’s Little Mermaid” is being added for 2:30 pm Sunday, April 10th as the closing show of the extraordinary run.

The Broadway hit just closed in New York after a successful run and Theatre 29 was one of the first Community theaters in the country to get the amateur rights. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney's The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

The Show is directed by Gary Daigneault with Ed Will as the musical Director and Mandi Pushkar as the choreographer. Audiences have been giving the extremely talented large cast and crew standing ovations for the quality and complexity of the production.

Tickets for “Disney’s Little Mermaid” are $15.00 for Regular admission, $12,00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for children under 12 and students with ID. Tickets for the Sunday, April 10th matinee at 2:30 pm are now available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
APPLICATIONS FOR THEATRE 29 SUMMER 2016 YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAM AVAILABLE 

The 2016 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is well into the planning stages and staff members are ready for this exciting educational experience in the live arts!

The program will run Monday Through Friday from July 5 through August 7, with two performances of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” set for August 5, 6, and 7th, 2016. The Youth Theater Program and the performances will all be held at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.  

The program will break into two age groups of 30 students each with “Juniors” (7-12 years old) meeting from 10:00 am – 12 noon. The “Seniors” (age 12-17) will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost for the Program is $60.00 per student.

The program will teach a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for Musical Theater, Choreography, costuming, make-up, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and box office management.

3-5 students in each age group will be identified as “Stage Crew” and will be primarily responsible for building and painting sets, building props, and working backstage during the productions. They will also run the lighting and sound boards during the shows.

All students who are applying must agree to be in attendance for the entire month-long program. After an initial orientation session July 5th, Parents/Guardians will not be able to attend. Students will supply their basic costumes; Theatre 29 will supply specialty pieces and other details for more complex costuming. Meals will not be provided; water will be available at no charge. Parents/Guardian must agree to drop off students up to 15 minutes before the session, and pick them up within 15 minutes of the end of the session. No Cell Phones will be allowed during sessions.

Applications will be available at www.theatre29.org, The Theatre 29 Box Office during performances of "Disney's Little Mermaid ", the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation offices, the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree and must be turned in BY MAIL ONLY (to an address on the application) by June 10, 2016. The first 30 applicants approved in each age group will be notified via phone or e-mail, the rest will be placed on a waiting list. Payment in full is due by June 24th, if payment is not made by the due date, the applicant will lose their place in the program and additional applicants will be taken from the waiting list.

The Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater Program will be presented by experienced Theatre 29 volunteers. Gary Daigneault is the Program Director and Char Childs is the Administrator. The Musical, “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” will be directed by Daigneault for the “Seniors”, Katie Van Sumeren will direct the “Juniors. The Musical Director for the program is Bianca Stoker, Choreographer is Angelica Miller, Cindy Daigneault and Tera Bottorff will coordinate the costuming. Associates for the Program are Ed Will and Amanda Winters.

The Theatre 29 Summer 2016 Youth Theater Program has received permission from Disney to produce a DVD of the performance which will be made available for each student. They will also get a CD or Mp3 file of the music, their script to keep, a Program T-Shirt, and friends, memories and skills to last a lifetime! The last performance will culminate in a “Cast Pizza Party” August 7th.

For any additional information about the program, e-mail Daigneault at [email protected]
 
“OVERFLOW SEATING” ADDED FOR THE SOLD OUT “LITTLE MERMAID” AT THEATRE 29
 
 In a remarkable phenomenon not ever before experienced at the small Twentynine Palms community theater, the Theatre 29 production of “Disney’s Little Mermaid” has sold out all available online seats for the entire five-week run, including an extra matinee. The sell-out occurred before the show even opened March 11.
 
To accommodate those who were not able to get tickets, Theatre 29 is adding “overflow seats” available for those willing to take a chance. Patrons are being advised to get to the box office about a half hour before curtain and will be placed in overflow seating on a first come-first served basis. While there is no guarantee a seat will be available, the arrangement will add about another 20 seats per performance.
 
The extraordinary demand for “Disney’s Little Mermaid”, Directed by Gary Daigneault, with Music Director Ed will, Choreographer Mandi Pushkar, and spectacular costuming Kathryn Ferguson, echoes its success on the Broadway stage. Theatre 29 was among the first Community Theaters in the country to get the Amateur rights to the Broadway Musical version of the classic animated film.
 
“Disney’s Little Mermaid”,  complete all the music you grew up with,  tells the story of Ariel, King Triton’s (Charles Harvey) youngest daughter,(Chalise Kunz)  who dares to pursue the human Prince Eric (Graham Cooley) in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula (Robin Wilson), to trade her tail for legs.
 
“Disney’s Little Mermaid” will run weekends at Theater 29 from March 11 through April 9 Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm, with 2:30 pm Sunday matinees March 20 and April 9. Tickets are $15.00 for regular admission, $12.00 for Seniors and military and $10.00 for children under twelve and students with ID. .
 
Patrons wishing to be put in the “Overflow Seating” section are urged to be at the box office at 6:30 pm for the Friday and Saturday evening performances and 2:00 pm for the matinees. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the city of Twentynine Palms.
 
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer  Community theater.
 
THEATER 29 HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT”
 
Director Marty Neider and Musical Director Kathryn Ferguson are looking for 3 males and 2 females for the Musical Comedy, “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT” The third show of the Theater 29 2016 Season. All actors must be able to manage and/or be willing to learn a Minnesota accent. Auditions will be held Monday, March 14th, at 6:30 pm at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. .
 
All roles are open including:

CLARA JOHNSON – age 25 to 40 – Gunner’s wife, strong willed co-owner of a bar called The Bunyan, has been married to Gunner for a long time; Clara is 8½ months pregnant with their first child, very hormonal, but sympathetic.

GUNNER JOHNSON  - age 25 to 40, Clara’s husband, strong willed co-owner of The Bunyan, a north woods Archie Bunker.

BERNICE LUNDSTROM, approximate age 20-30, soprano, pretty, young, wholesome, innocent, ex-waitress at The Bunyan; dreams of going to Broadway

KANUTE GUNDERSON approximate age 20-30, oblivious, dense, harmless, full-of-himself business owner

ARVID GISSELSEN, same age as Clara and Gunner, slick, fast-talking karaoke salesman, a north woods “Music Man”, who once wooed Clara
 
In “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT”, it’s early October in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, in a little bar called “The Bunyan,” owned by Clara and Gunner Johnson. Clara is 8 ½ months pregnant with their first child, and today she’s looking forward to her baby shower, getting lots of presents, and taking a break from her raging hormones. Suddenly, a freak snow storm, a “tsnownami,” hits Bunyan Bay and they find themselves snowed in. All roads are closed. No one can get in or leave. Gunner’s worst nightmare comes true when Clara goes into labor and he realizes he’s going to have to deliver the baby in the bar.
 
The hilarious Musical-Comedy Features 17 original songs including, -Babies and Beer- If I Only Had a Boy- Bun in the Oven- If Men Had Babies, and We’d All Be Extinct.
 
“DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT” will run from May 6 through June 4th with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm. Sunday matinees will be held at 2:30 pm May 15th, and 20th.  Tickets are available at www.theatre 29.org or by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
THEATRE 29 ADDS ADDITIONAL MATINEE FOR “DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID”
 
Because of extraordinary demand, the production of “Disney’s Little Mermaid” at Theatre 29 is adding an additional Matinee performance. Without the show even open, patrons clamoring to experience “Disney’s Little Mermaid” have already filled the seats for Matinees scheduled at 2:30 pm on March 20th and April 3rd.  With the permission of Music Theater International, Theatre 29 is adding a third matinee on the first weekend of the run, Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 pm.  
 
With many of the remaining performance dates already selling out in advance, the time to make reservations for this added date is now!  It is HIGHLY suggested that theatergoers get their tickets in advance, with performances selling out; it would not be wise to just show up and hope a seat is available. There is some “overflow” seating available on an “as available” basis for all performances
 
 Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney's The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. The play tells the story of  Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, who shes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
  
The production team, Director Gary Daigneault, Musical Director Ed Will, Choreographer Mandi Pushkar, Stage Manager Mike Lipsitz and Assistant Director Cody Joseph, were able to fully cast the show the first night, adding some younger cast members from last year’s Summer Youth Theater program to make a cast of 27!
 
“Disney’s LITTLE MERMAID” will run weekends from March 11, 2016 through April 9, 2016. The Curtain goes up at 7:00 pm with 2:30 PM Matinees on 3 Sundays, March 13, March 20th and Sunday April 9th.
 
This show is expected to be a sell-out so early reservations are being urged by going online to www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
Tickets are $15.00 for Regular admission, $12,00 for Seniors and Military, and $10.00 for children under 12 and students with ID.
 
OPENING OF “LITTLE MERMAID” AT THEATRE 29 TO BENEFIT REACH-OUT
 
 Reach Out Morongo Basin will benefit from the gala opening night of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” at Theatre 29. The opening night event at Theater 29 is Friday, March 11. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with refreshments and a silent auction. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. and dessert will be served at intermission.
 
Theatre 29 was among the first Community Theater’s in the country to get the Amateur rights to the Broadway Musical version of the classic animated film, “Disney’s Little Mermaid”. The delightful Musical,  complete with all the favorite Disney music you grew up with,  tells the story of Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, who dares to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs.
 
Under the direction of the award-winning team of Artistic Director Gary Daigneault, Musical Director Ed Will, and Choreographer Mandi Pushkar with spectacular costuming by the famed Kathryn Ferguson, this classic tale is sure to please the entire family.
 
Reach Out Morongo Basin is a unique local Charity that matches volunteers with seniors and the disabled for seemingly ordinary tasks but tasks that make a huge difference in the lives of our neighbors.  Volunteers visit, shop, help with personal business, minor home repairs and yard work. For more information call Reach-Out at 760-361-1410.
 
 Tickets for opening night only are $25. Tickets are available at the Z107.7 studios at 6448 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree; The Desert Trail at 6396 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, and at the Reach Out Morongo Basin offices in the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley senior centers. Get your tickets now as this show is sure to sell out.
 
“Disney’s Little Mermaid” will run weekends at Theater 29 from March 11 through April 9 Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm, with 2:30 pm Sunday matinees on March 12, March 20 and April 9. Tickets after opening night are $10 to $15. Reserve your seats now at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR “Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID”
 
Theatre 29 recently held open auditions for the next show of the 2016 season, the hit Broadway Musical, “DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID”. Over 60 people packed the Twentynine Palms Community Theater vying for the 25 parts available in the show. Theatre 29 is one of the first amateur Theater groups in the country awarded the rights to the Broadway Musical after its close in New York.
 
 Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney's The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. The play tells the sory of  Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, who shes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
  
The fishy fable has captured many hearts with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."
  
The production team; Director Gary Daigneault, Musical Director Ed Will, Choreographer Mandi Pushkar, Stage Manager Mike Lipsitz and Assistant Director Cody Joseph, were able to fully cast the show the first night, even adding some younger cast members from last year’s Summer Youth Theater program to make a cast of 27!
 
The cast is:   
 
Ariel, A mermaid and King Triton's youngest daughter. Chalize Kunz, a Senior at Yucca Valley High School, last seen as Wendy in "Peter Pan Jr".
 
Prince Eric, A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown: Graham Cooley, most recently scene as Dr Frankenstein in “Young Frankenstein” in 2014
 
Grimsby, Prince Eric's British guardian, Ron Bottorff, a High School teacher in Cathedral City who live in Twentynine Palms.
 
Flounder, A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend, Ethan Flores, a Twentynine Palms High School student who starred in the Musical “13” last year.
 
Scuttle, A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts., Amanda Winters, last seen as Alice Beinike in “The Addams Family”
 
King Triton, King of the Sea and Ariel's father., Charles Harvey, last seen as Uncle Fester in “The Addam’s Family”
 
Sebastian, A crab and adviser to King Triton. Char Childs, last appearing in “The Addams Family”
 
Flotsam, An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Cindy Daigneault, “Gramma” from “The Addam‘s family”
 
Jetsam, An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Patti Brown, also from the cast of “The Addams Family”
 
Ursula, The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Robin Wilson, a teacher at Twentynine Palms High School last seen as “Mazie” in “Seussical”
 
Chef Louis, the French palace chef, diabolical and violent. Chris Fleischman, who starred in 2015’s “Urinetown”
 
Ensemble Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses
Carine-Rae Conner, LeighAnn Crummett, Amber Flores, Lisa Goldberg, Jaylene Harmon, Linnea Hildebrand, Cathy Inscore, Barry Inscore, Owen O’Brien, Bella Oden, Raelee Ramirez, Kylie Robinson, Emily Sheckler, Malcolm Stanley-Wolfe,  Katie Van Sumeren, Patricia Zuniga.
 
“Disney’s LITTLE MERMAID” will run weekends from March 11, 2016 through April 9, 2016. The Curtain goes up at 7:00 pm with 2:30 PM Matinees on Sunday, March 20th and Sunday April 9th.
 
This show is expected to be a sell-out so early reservations are being urged by going online to www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
Tickets are $15.00 for Regular admission, $12,00 for Seniors and Military, and $10.00 for children under 12 and students with ID.
 
The opening night gala will be sponsored by Reach-Out Morongo Basin, for opening night tickets call 760-361-1410.
 
THEATRE 29 DINNER HONORS OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS

Family, food, fun, recognition and a marriage proposal were all part of the 2016 Theatre 29 Volunteer Appreciation dinner Saturday night at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Over 100 volunteers from the seven productions produced by the non-profit Community Theater Organization in 2015 were on hand for appreciation and dinner. After entertainment by D.J. DJ, Board President Gary Daigneault presided over the presentation of certificates of appreciation and new Theatre 29 Volunteer appreciation pins. A multi-media presentation by Charles Harvey showed clips and memories from the very successful 2015 season. The highlight was a show-stopping marriage proposal from Board member Ed Will to performer Amanda Winters. (She said yes.) After the presentations, the prestigious â”Volunteer of the Year”€? recognition went to Twentynine Palms High School senior Diana Jimenez, who worked behind the stage on all seven of the shows. The â”Above and Beyond”€? award went to set and prop builder Doug Peercy. The “Unseen Heroâ€? nod went to Twentynine Palms Marine Robert Pushkar, who has repaired and maintained the theater’s iconic electronic sign on Adobe Road.

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID”

After waiting for almost three years for the amateur rights to be released, Theatre 29 has received one of the first opportunities in the United States to present the Broadway production of “Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID”.

Auditions for the second production of Theatre 29’s 2016 season have been scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2016 at 6:00pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Rehearsals will start immediately after auditions and the musical will take the stage for five weeks beginning March 11th through April 9th.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney's The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."   Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.  

“Disney’s LITTLE MERMAID” will be under the direction of Desert Theater League Best Director-Musical award-winner Gary Daigneault (Gypsy, 2013), Best Musical Director nominee (Urinetown, 2015) Ed Will, and “Best Choreography-Musical”, winner (Young Frankenstein, 2014) Mandi Pushkar.

Daigneault, Will, and Pushkar will be seeking a cast up to 25 singer/actors for this production. All of the roles require the ability to sing. Cast members being sought are:

Ariel
A mermaid and King Triton's youngest daughter. Female, Age: 16 to 25

 Prince Eric
A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. Male, 20 to 30

 Grimsby
Prince Eric's British guardian. Male, 40 to 60

 Flounder
A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Male, 15 to 20

 Scuttle
A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Male, 25 to 40

 King Triton
King of the Sea and Ariel's father. Male, 35 to 45

Sebastian
A crab and advisor to King Triton. Male, 30 to 45

Flotsam
An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Male, 20 to 40

Jetsam
An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Male, 20 to 40

 Ursula
The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Female, 35 to 45

 Chef Louis
The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. Male, 30 to 50

 Ensemble
Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses

 There will be some ensemble parts available for children 8-15

 Show dates are March 11, 2016 through April 9, 2016.

Come to audition prepared! Bring a karaoke CD or digital professional backing track (on a phone or Mp3 player) as accompaniment, (No background vocals, please!). All audition pieces MUST be Broadway music (No original songs, No Pop songs). Dress to move. Be prepared for cold reading

 Anyone seeking to assist in a technical capacity, as a set builder, backstage help, props, or costume construction role, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition). For more information, contact the director, Gary Daigneault via email at [email protected]

 

SOROPTIMIST SPONSOR OPENING OF “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” AT THEATRE 29
 
The Soroptimist Club of 29 Palms will be sponsoring the gala opening night of Neil Simon's classic comedy, "THE SUNSHINE BOYS", Directed by Eddie Tucker, on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms.
 
Soroptimist are a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Theatre 29 offers fund-raising opportunities for local service clubs by offering sponsorship for
opening night galas. All proceeds will go towards Soroptimist scholarships and other local service projects.
 
The timeless Classic Neil Simon Comedy, first presented on Broadway in 1972, revolves around a former vaudeville duo who, in their time, were the best. Due to a long standing feud they have not spoken to each other for years, but now are being asked to reunite for a nostalgic history of Comedy on a TV special being put on by CBS. Their past grudges resurface in a hilarious manner as they take center stage once more. The play was adapted into a hit movie starring Walter Matthau and George Burns in 1975.
 
Tickets for opening night only are $25.00 per person which includes heavy Hors d'oeuvres and beverages prior to show time and desserts during the intermission. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. 
 
“THE SUNSHINE BOYS” will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm from January 15th to February 16th, 2016. Matinee performances are set for Sunday, January 14th, and Sunday, February 7th at 2:30 pm.
 
 
For the Opening Night Gala only, the Doors open at 6:00 pm and the play will start at 7:00 pm.
 
Tickets are available at the Desert Trail and 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce in Twentynine Palms, In Joshua Tree at the Z107.7 studios, and from any 29 Palms Soroptimist member.
 
After the Opening Night Gala, tickets to “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 for General Admission, $12.00 for Seniors and military, and $10.00 for children under 12 and students with ID. “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” is recommended for ages 12+, it contains mild language and adult innuendo (in a vaudevillian style tame by today's standards)
 
Theatre 29 2016 Season Tickets, for Five Main stage shows plus the 2016 Halloween Haunt, are also now available. General Admission Season Tickets are $65.00, Senior and Military $52.00, and children under 12 and students with ID are $37.00. To purchase season tickets (A GREAT Holiday gift) call the Theatre 29 Box office at 760-361-4151 or go to www.theatre29.org.
 
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms, at the intersection of Adobe and Sullivan Roads, South of State Route 62.

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “THE SUNSHINE BOYS”
  
Theatre 29 and director Eddie Tucker have released the casting for first show of their 2016 season, the Neil Simon Classic Comedy, “The Sunshine Boys”, set to open January 15, 2016.
The play, which first opened on Broadway in 1972 and then made into a hit movie in 1975, focuses on aging Al Lewis and Willie Clark, a one-time vaudevillian team known as "Lewis and Clark" who, over the course of forty-odd years, not only grew to hate each other but never spoke to each other off-stage throughout the final year of their act. The stubborn Clark, who was not ready for retirement, resented the wiser Lewis for breaking up the act when he opted to leave show business.

In “The Sunshine Boys”, the two are now in their early-seventies and CBS has invited the team to reunite for a special. Much of the humor is derived from efforts to get the two cantankerous actors into the same room for a rehearsal, their differences of opinion once they reunite, and their shenanigans on the actual broadcast. Vintage hilarity abounds in the classic comedy of showbiz and friendship.

After a very robust audition, Tucker announced the cast:

Award-winning favorite Kurt Schauppner plays WILLIE CLARK, the bitter, irascible old Vaudevillian who is half of the great comedy team, Lewis and Clark, known as The Sunshine Boys.
 
AL LEWIS is portrayed by newcomer Alfred Klein. Al is the gentler half of The Sunshine Boys who wisely opted for retirement but is convinced to reunite with his old partner and nemesis one more time for a TV special.
 
Jeremy Volsteadt, another newcomer to local theater, is cast as Willie’s nephew and talent agent, BEN SILVERMAN, who would love to see the old team get back together again.
 
Brittany Smith is featured as THE NURSE in the hilarious comedy sketch, The Doctor Will See You Now.
 
Willie’s real REGISTERED NURSE, is played by newcomer, Daneita Chestnut.
                             
Featured also are Barry Inscore (The CBS stage manager), Mike Shaw (the sketch “doctor’s” unfortunate patient) and David Knutson as the harried TV Director.
“THE SUNSHINE BOYS” will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm from January 15th to February 16th, 2016. Matinee performances are set for Sunday, January 14th, and Sunday, February 7th at 2:30 pm.
Tickets to “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” are now available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 for General Admission, $12.00 for Seniors and military, and $10.00 for children under 12 and students with ID. “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” is recommended for ages 12+, it contains mild language and adult innuendo (in a vaudevillian style tame by today's standards)
 
Theatre 29 2016 Season Tickets, for Five Main stage shows plus the 2016 Halloween Haunt, are also now available. General Admission Season Tickets are $65.00, Senior and Military $52.00, and children under 12 and students with ID are $37.00. To purchase season tickets (A GREAT Holiday gift) call the Theatre 29 Box office at 760-361-4151 or go to www.theatre29.org.

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR 2016
 
The Board of Directors for the Morongo Basin’s popular non-profit Community Theater organization, Theatre 29, held their yearly reorganization meeting December 8, 2015 and elected new officers and Board Members for 2016.
 
Elected for two-year terms (2016-2017) were Cindy Daigneault, Gary Daigneault, Marty Neider, Mandi Pushkar, Cindy Ross, and Ed Will.
 
They will join incumbent Board members (2015-2016) Brian Tabeling, Kathryn Ferguson, Ken Palmer, Charles Harvey, and Kerry Jimenez.
 
In reorganizing for 2016, for the Executive Board, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Gary Daigneault as the Board President, Brian Tabeling was named vice-president, Kerry Jimenez Board Secretary, and Cindy Ross Treasurer.
 
President Daigneault then made board committee appointments, which were approved by a vote of the Board as per the Theater 29 by-laws. The board members and their areas of responsibility at this time are:
 
Facilities Manager (Theatre 29 physical plant) – Ken Palmer
Technical Bridge Area – Ken Palmer
Outside, Shop and Storage Areas – Brian Tabeling
Stage Area Manager – Ed Will
Box Office Operations / Mailing List Manager – Mandi Pushkar
Publicity– Gary Daigneault
Sponsorship and Patrons – Cindy Daigneault
Security– Ken Palmer
Program Advertisement Sales – Cindy Daigneault
Snack Bar Manager – Brian Tabeling
Props and Costumes Storage – Kerry Jimenez
Volunteer Coordinator – Marty Neider
Insurance Coordinator – Charles Harvey
Website/Graphics– Charles Harvey
Historian– Judy Andreshak
 
 
Play Selection Committee: Chair, Kathryn Ferguson - Gary Daigneault, Ed Will, and Mandi Pushkar.
 
Building Committee: Chair, Gary Daigneault - Brian Tabeling,  and Ken Palmer.
 
Special Events Committee (Gala and Dinner): Chair, Kathy Ferguson, Cindy Daigneault and Kerry Jimenez.
 
Volunteer Conduct Committee: Brian Tabeling, Cindy Ross, and Kathryn Ferguson
 
Retired long-time former Board member Judy Andreshak will remain as the organizations Historian.
 
First organized in 1999, Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit Community Theater program incorporated as an IRS 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Theatre 29 operates in a building provided “For the public good” by the City of Twentynine Palms at 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, Ca. 92277.
 
The mission of Theatre 29 is: “To bring quality, family-oriented Theater to Twentynine Palms while offering opportunities for our children and citizens to experience the live arts.”
 
The new 2016 season includes seven productions, three hit Broadway Musical Productions, two Comedies, The return of the Halloween Haunt, and the Summer Youth Theater Children’s program production.
 
Ticket prices for 2016 were set at:
Regular Admission - $15.00
Seniors and Military - $12.00
Children under 12 and Students with ID - $10.00
Student Rush - standby only, with ID, 5 minutes before curtain - $1.00
 
2016 Season Ticket Prices: includes all five main stage productions plus the Halloween Haunt. (does not include children’s workshop show).
Regular - $65.00
Seniors, Military, - $52.00
Children under 12 and Students with ID - $37.00
 
2016 Season tickets and tickets for individual shows are available now on-line at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 will pay on-line processing fees to those who make reservations and purchase tickets on-line at www.theatre29.org. 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.
 
Local non-profits can take advantage of the Theatre 29 Opening Night sponsorship program to raise funds. Commercial businesses can utilize the Theatre 29 Patron program to support the Theatre organization while promoting their business. Theater 29 also has opportunities for exposure to arts patrons by placing ads in the programs for the individual productions. Information on sponsors, Patrons, and program advertising is available by calling Cindy Daigneault at 760-366-8471.
 
Patrons in 2016 will enjoy ultra-comfortable upgraded riser seats and comfortable floor level seating in the cool, air conditioned theater.
 
For more information about Theatre 29 or support opportunities call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or go online to www.theatre29.org

 

“FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL” BRINGING BELLY LAUGHS TO THEATRE 29

“That was the funniest show I have ever seen!”, “I laughed so hard my face hurt”, “My ribs were sore the next day from laughing so much at your opening night performance” “That was so funny I want to go get my friends and come see it again”!

Those are just a few of the comments Theatre 29 is getting after a very successful opening weekend of THE F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S. (Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild CHRISTMAS CAROL (We just call it the “Farndale Christmas Carol”.

If you are looking for a good laugh this holiday season, bring your family (and the visiting friends and relatives too) to see this hilarious, over-the-top comedy.

Directed by Veteran Marty Neider, the “Farndale Christmas Carol” follows the antics and upsets as the Farndale ladies mount yet another assault on the classics with their hilarious stage version of Dickens' classic telling of the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge.
 
The Farndale ladies are renowned around the world for their famously incompetent performances. The heart-warming and engagingly goofy comedy is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. You will laugh out loud as four ladies and one slightly reluctant man get through a lovably disaster-prone production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.
 
The “Farndale Christmas Carol” will run from through December 19th, with two Sunday Matinees on November 29th and December 13that 2:30 pm. Friday and Saturday evening performances start at 7 pm. 
 
Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for military and students with ID, and $8 for children. The Farndale Christmas Carol is suitable for all ages. Tickets are now available and can be purchased online at www.theatre29.org or by phone at (760) 361-4151. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the city of Twentynine Palms.
 
Theatre 29 2016 Season Tickets, for Five Main stage shows plus the 2016 Halloween Haunt, are also now available. General Admission Season Tickets are $65.00, Senior and Military $52.00, and children under 12 and students with ID are $37.00. To purchase season tickets (A GREAT Holiday gift) call the Theatre 29 Box office at 760-361-4151 or go to www.theatre29.org.

 

THEATRE 29 TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR “THE SUNSHINE BOYS”

Theatre 29 and Director Eddie Tucker will be holding auditions for the first production of the 2016 season, the Neil Simon Classic Comedy, “THE SUNSHINE BOYS”

Kings of comedy Willie Clark and Al Lewis, aka “The Sunshine Boys”, haven't spoken to each other in a long time. Once a fantastic duo, the two have been locked in a nasty feud for years, When CBS calls for the former vaudevillian greats to be reunited for a nostalgic history of Comedy TV special. Their past grudges resurface in a hilarious manner as they take center stage once more. Old rivalry and vintage hilarity abound in the classic comedy of showbiz and friendship.

Auditions are set for Monday, November 30, 2015, at 6:30 pm. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. The auditions will be cold reading from the script. “The Sunshine Boys” is widely available online if actors need to get an idea of plot and further character points

Director Tucker, who recently helmed the Science Fiction drama, “The Man From Earth”, is looking for six performers to play a variety of roles, The part of Willie Clark is pre-cast with award-winning actor Kurt Schauppner. The parts to be cast are:

AL LEWIS:In his 60’s or 70’s, the gentler half of the old Vaudeville team, the Sunshine Boys. New York Jewish, maybe from the Lower East Side or Brooklyn. All actors who can portray age and accent are welcome to audition!

BEN SILVERMAN:In his 30’s or 40’s, he’s Willie’s nephew as well as his agent. He’s a good guy who really loves his uncle and wants the team back together for a CBS special. He can be a little stressed out, though, maybe a lot more than a little.

EDDIE:20’s to 40’s, he’s the Assistant Director at CBS. Small speaking role in Act II, Scene 1 only, for the Doctor Sketch.

PATIENT:40’s to 60’s, he’s the patient in the Doctor Sketch. Very small speaking role in Act II, Scene 1 only.

NURSE:Young woman with an attractive figure and a breathy, sexy demeanor. She’s “the nurse” in the Act II, Scene 1 Doctor Sketch. A very funny role for the right actress.

REGISTEREDNURSE:Black woman of any age, she’s Willie’s no-nonsense real nurse in Act II, Scene 2. A strong, funny speaking role.

VOICE:The CBS Director is voice-only and must be authoritative and live. Act II, Scene 1 only.

“THE SUNSHINE BOYS” will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm from January 15th to February 16th, 2016. Matinee performances are set for Sunday, January 14th, and Sunday, February 7th at 2:30 pm.

Tickets to “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” are now available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 for General Admission, $12.00 for Seniors and military, and $10.00 for children under 12 and students with ID. “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” is recommended for ages 12+, it contains mild language and adult innuendo (in a vaudevillian style tame by today's standards)

Theatre 29 2016 Season Tickets, for Five Main stage shows plus the 2016 Halloween Haunt, are also now available. General Admission Season Tickets are $65.00, Senior and Military $52.00, and children under 12 and students with ID are $37.00. To purchase season tickets (A GREAT Holiday gift) call the Theatre 29 Box office at 760-361-4151 or go to www.theatre29.org.

 

“FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL” OPENING TO BENEFIT THEATRE 29
  
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THEATRE 29 FRIDAY OPENING NIGHT GALA
Opening night gala tickets are available for the opening of “The F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S. (Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society) Christmas Carol” (We just call it the “Farndale Christmas Carol”), the latest production at Theatre 29.
 
 Theatre 29 is sponsoring its own Gala Opening Night!  After the huge success of The Addams Family, many of the same team are working hard to present the hilarious holiday comedy. The funds raised will help to offset the overhead costs of royalties, sets, costumes and props for the ambitious new 2016 season.
 
In a festive mood, the F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S. (Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society) ladies mount yet another assault on the classics with their hilarious stage version of A Christmas Carol. 
 
The Farndale ladies are renowned around the world for their famously incompetent performances. The heart-warming and engagingly goofy comedy is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. You will laugh out loud as four ladies and one slightly reluctant man get through a loveably disaster-prone production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.
 
Theatre 29, the non-profit, all-volunteer community Theater, will benefit from the proceeds of opening night, set to start at 6 p.m. Friday, November 20th. There will be festive catered food to get you in the holiday spirit!  A silent auction with a special lively live auction before the show, so get there early! The curtain will go up at 7:00 pm for the over-the-top, hilarious comedy play-within-a-play.
 
Dress in your festive best! Everyone who comes will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Theatre 29 Season tickets!
 
Tickets are $25...available at the 29 Palms Chamber of commerce, The Z107.7 FM studios  in Joshua Tree and the Desert Trail.
 
The comedic “Farndale Christmas Carol” will run from November 20th through December 19th, with two Sunday matinees on November 29th and December 13that 2:30 pm.  Friday and Saturday performances start at 7 pm. 
 
After the special Opening night benefit gala, regular ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for military and students with ID, and $8 for children. The Farndale Christmas Carol is suitable for all ages. Tickets are now available can be purchased online at www.theatre29.org or by phone at (760) 361-4151. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the city of Twentynine Palms.
 
Theatre 29 2016 Season Tickets, for Five Main stage shows plus the 2016 Halloween Haunt, are also now available. General Admission Season Tickets are $65.00, Senior and Military $52.00, and children under 12 and students with ID are $37.00. To purchase season tickets (A GREAT Holiday gift) call the Theatre 29 Box office at 760-361-4151 or go to www.theatre29.org.
 

 

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 8, 2015 at 6 pm at the theater 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: Gary Daigneault, President, Theatre 29 Board of Directors, 6448 Hallee Road, Joshua Tree, Ca. 92252 or by e-mail at [email protected] The deadline to receive letters of interest is 5:00 pm Friday, December 4, 2015. For further information, contact Daigneault at 760-366-8471

 

 

CASTING SET FOR “FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT THEATRE 29
 
Theatre 29 and Director Marty Neider have completed casting for the hilarious holiday comedy, “The F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S. (Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society) Christmas Carol” (We just call it the “Farndale Christmas Carol”).
 
Cast as Phoebe Reece, the stalwart leader of the group is Donette Swain.  She plays multiple parts while contending with her arch rival Thelma Greenwood.
 
Thelma Greenwood, Phoebe’s arch-rival for control of the organization will be played by Kathryn Ferguson. Grumpy at the best of times, she and Phoebe Reece have a long-standing feud about the direction and leadership of the Company
 
 Portraying the role of Mercedes Baxter-Smythe, enthusiastic and eager to please, and usually injured, is Mandi Pushkar.
 
Felicity Kumar – A young ingénue who is very happy to have joined with the Company, having always wanted to be one stage, will be played by Lisa Goldberg. 
 
Edward Pierce will take the role of Gordon Pugh, the Company’s stage-manager, set builder, etc.  who is pressed into duty on stage when one of the members suffers an injury or illness.
 
The comedic “Farndale Christmas Carol” will run from November 20th through December 19th, with two Sunday matinees on November 29th and December 13that 2:30 pm.  Friday and Saturday performances start at 7 pm. 
 
Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for military and students with ID, and $8 for children.
 
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the city of Twentynine Palms.  Tickets are now available can be purchased online at www.Theatre29.org or by phone at (760) 361-4151.
 
Theatre 29 2016 Season Tickets, for Five Main stage shows plus the 2016 Halloween Haunt, are also now available. General Admission Season Tickets are $65.00, Senior and Military $52.00, and children under 12 and students with ID are $37.00.
 
Season tickets are even more of a bargain for 2016. The cost of individual tickets at Theatre 29 are increasing to $15.00 for Regular Admission, $12.00 for Senior and Military, and $10.00 for children under 12 or students with ID. The cost for the Halloween Haunt will be $7.00

 

 

THEATRE 29! SMASH HIT “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” MUSICAL EXTENDED!
 
With record breaking crowds clamoring to experience “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”, Theatre 29 has decided to extend the smash hit run of the musical by adding a third matinee on Sunday, November 1st at 2:30PM.  With many of the remaining performance dates already selling out in advance, the time to make reservations for this added date is now! 

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY”, that lovable clan of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. Wednesday Addams is now 18 and has fallen in love. After confiding in her father about her impending nuptials and begging him not to tell her mother, Gomez must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. When this ultimate “princess of darkness” invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY” continues its run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm through November 1st. Performances for the weekend of October 16,17, and 18 are sold out. Tickets are still available for October 23-31. The remaining Sunday matinee performances are at 2:30 pm October 24th and now November 1st . 
 
It is HIGHLY suggested that theatregoers get their tickets in advance, with performances selling out; it would not be wise to just show up and hope a seat is available. There is some “overflow” seating available on an “as available” basis for all performances. 
 
Tickets for all performances are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151..
 
Tickets can also be purchased via the Walletini app available through Google Play and I-Tunes App Store, through the “Buy Ticket” button on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or by scanning the QR code embedded on show posters at businesses across the City of Twentynine Palms.

Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” is appropriate for parental guidance audiences, as there is some adult innuendo and content. Very small children may be disturbed by images of simulated torture.

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

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS FALL FLAMENCO TOUR 2015 COMES TO THEATRE 29

Back by popular demand, Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Northern Lights to Theater 29 at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

Fuentes will be joined by a cantaor ( male flamenco singer), direct from Spain, as well as Juañarito and guitarist Bobby de Sofia. 

Juañarito is a tremendous young talent from a family of Spanish Roma Flamenco singers from the Andalusian province of Jerez de La Frontera (known as the cradle of Flamenco). The son of famed singer,Juañares and the nephew of Flamenco legend Jose Merce, Juañarito gained national acclaim in Spain as a result of his remarkable performances on The Spanish version of The Voice (La Voz España ) this year. He will be making his American debut in *Northern Lights*.

Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, guitarist Bobby discovered flamenco in Los Angeles and continued his studies in Andalusia with artists such as Pedro Viscomi and Paco Arroyo. He currently performs regularly at the various Flamenco clubs in the Los Angeles area.

Born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, Savannah began her studies in Seattle and continued in Spain with dancers such as Belen Maya and Cristobal Reyes. She currently tours throughout the western united states and has independently produced over 250 presentations and workshops featuring internationally recognized flamenco singers.

Don't miss this chance to experience the enchantment of flamenco in an intimate setting.

Northern Lights Fall Flamenco Tour 2015
October 28, 8:00pm
Theatre 29
73637 Sullivan Rd. Twentynine Palms
general $23, VIP seats $35, student/low-income $15, kids $8

available here 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/175653

 

TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN LAUDED AS LOCAL THEATERS WIN DESERT THEATRE LEAGUE AWARDS

By Z107.7 News

A Twentynine Palms woman was honored with an “unsung heroes” award Sunday for her volunteer work with Theatre 29. Kerry Jimenez was awarded the Bill Kuhlman Award by the Desert Theatre League during its Desert Star Awards ceremony in Palm Desert. The award recognizes her contributions to the theater that may not be seen in the glow of the footlights. Jimenez accepted the award on behalf of her family, saying, “They say it takes a village to raise a child; it takes an army to raise a curtain.”
Seven other local Desert Star awards were split by Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms and Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley. For productions at Theatre 29, Kathryn Ferguson received Outstanding Costume Design for “An Ideal Husband;” Ben Bees was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for “The 39 Steps;” Mandi Pushkar was named Outstanding Choreographer for “Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein;’” and Pamela Crane was awarded the Desert Star Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical/Opera for “Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein.”

 

 

“FABULOUS DIVAS OF BROADWAY” COMING TO THEATRE 29
After a successful run in New York, The Off-Broadway musical FABULOUS DIVAS OF BROADWAY, in which star and creator Alan Palmer pays tribute 32 theatrical divas, is coming to Theatre 29 for a limited run.
The show enjoyed an open-ended Off-Broadway run in New York at the St. Luke’s Theatre and after touring the production throughout the United States Palmer is bringing it to Twentynine Palms for two performances only, at 7:00 pm Saturday, November 7th and a Matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 8th.
What to do when you’re a male musical theater performer with a big belting voice and an affinity for Broadway’s greatest leading ladies? Since Broadway shows aren’t casting men in traditional women’s roles – if you’re resourceful, you create your own one-man “woman” musical! On this unique, comic journey, actor/singer/storyteller Alan Palmer offers backstage tales of his life in “the business” while portraying larger-than-life stars as the stars as the show’s guides. This fasted paced ride gives audiences 32 divas (and one divo!) in 20 songs and only 85 minutes. ALAN PALMER’S FABULOUS DIVAS OF BROADWAY is a fast-paced musical journey of one man’s love of the Theater and the amazing ladies that inspired him along the way.
In rapid succession – and a non-stop turnover of gorgeous costumes – he brings to life such legends as Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Judy Garland and Chita Rivera and such Tony-winning stars of today as Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster and Kristin Chenoweth, all while performing songs in each lady’s singular style.
Palmer brought his one man show, “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” to Theatre 29 in April of 2014 and the response was so tremendous, he was asked to come back to the Theatre 29 stage. Theatre 29 President Gary Daigneault said, “After Alan brought his show here in April we received letters, Facebook requests and phone calls begging for us to get his huge talent back on our small town stage. Finally, the stars aligned and Alan was able to get Twentynine Palms into his busy schedule!”
Beyond mimicry, beyond drag, ALAN PALMER’S FABULOUS DIVAS OF BROADWAY is a tongue-in-cheek musical experience that is both reverent and irreverent.
“The evening was made for fun!” declared The New York Times. Time Out-New York said “Alan Palmer’s got exuberance to spare!” and NY-1 News raved, “If you’re looking for something fun to do, check out Fabulous Divas of Broadway!” Backstage praised Palmer as “An engaging, talented performer,” New York Theatre Guide called the show “A treat for all lovers of Musical Theatre!”

Tickets for “FABULOUS DIVAS OF HOLLYWOOD” are now available in Twentynine Palms at the Chamber of Commerce Downtown Visitors Center, in Joshua Tree at the Z107.7 Studios across from the Post Office and in Yucca Valley at the Chamber of Commerce offices in the California Welcome Center. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-415. Tickets are $15.00 each, because this is a special, limited engagement; tickets are cash or check only.
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29! HAS A SMASH HIT WITH “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” MUSICAL

Twentynine Palms Ca: After sell-out crowds their first two weeks, “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” at Theatre 29!, the Morongo Basin’s most recognized year round community theatre, is a certified smash hit!  As Z107.7FM Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely put it, “A must-see and a perfect evening out for the entire family”.  

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY”, that lovable clan of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. Wednesday Addams is now 18, and has fallen in love. After confiding in her father about her impending nuptials and begging him not to tell her mother, Gomez must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. When this ultimate “princess of darkness” invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues. So what happens?  Do the star-crossed lovers get their happy ending?  Will Morticia forgive her doting Gomez on his betrayal?  Will Uncle Fester and his cadre of undead ancestors come to the rescue? All this and more will be revealed!  

Kathryn Ferguson, the artistic and musical force behind the production, is thrilled with the responses from the audience. “When the mizzy theme plays, the audience gleefully joins in with the clapping.  They really get quickly immersed in this world. Smile, laugh and even get a little choked up when Gomez sings “Happy/Sad” to his daughter, Wednesday. The show is so well written, its’ themes are universally relevant.”

Ferguson, a multi-award winning directorial veteran of such epic productions as Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA and CAMELOT at Theatre 29!, said, “I was very blessed to have such a talented cast who picked up this challenging score and iconic characters so quickly.  When you do a show like this, where the characters are so well known, (in this case through the TV show in the 60’s and the subsequent films in the 90’s) actors walk a fine line between paying homage to the source material and creating their own take on the characters without losing the magic that make the characters a joy to watch.  This cast was very successful in bridging that gap.” Of her cast, she says that Leonard Weber’s Gomez is “masterful”, and Virginia Sulick’s Morticia is a “imperious, sexy goddess”, Jasmine Shaffer’s Wednesday is “a stick of intense low-key dynamite, just as Wednesday should be”.  Charles Harvey’s Uncle Fester is “a goofy, madcap spirit”, while Cindy Daigneault’s Grandma Addams is “equal parts old hippie and crazy cat (or rat) lady”.  Masochistic Pugsley, played by Amanda Mohn, was “a delight and nailed the part with a dangerous flair”.  The “normal” Beineke’s, Mal (played by Gary Daigneault), Alice (played by Amanda Winters) and Lucas (played by Scott Clinkscales) are the proverbial fly in the Addams’ soup.  “They are the strangers in the strangest land possible.  Amanda (Winters) ’s transformation is breathtaking and hilarious at the same time. Gary Daigneault is a great bombastic patriarch and Scott (Clinkscales) adds innocence and a beautiful voice to his role as the love interest, Lucas”.  Not to leave out the other half of the cast, the ensemble “ancestors”, who do most of the “heavy lifting” in terms of Derik Shopinski’s sterling choreography as well as living scenery in set locales that range from the dank interiors of the mansion to the forests of New York’s Central Park to living “stars” in the night sky. “They are the glue that holds the whole show together.  I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them”.

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY” continues is run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00PM through October 31st.  There will be two Sunday matinee performances at 2:30pm on October 18th & 24th.  Tickets for all performances are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151, tickets can also be purchased via the Walletini app available through Google Play and I-Tunes App Store, through the “Buy Ticket” button on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or by scanning the QR code embedded on show posters at businesses across the City of Twentynine Palms. It is HIGHLY suggested that theatregoers get their tickets in advance, with performances selling out, it would not be wise to just show up and hope a seat is available.

Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” is appropriate for parental guidance audiences, as there is some adult innuendo and content . Very small children may be disturbed by some images and there is simulated torture (it IS the Addams Family, afterall!)

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

 

 

WE REVIEW “THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL” NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 2

by Rebecca Havely, Z107.7 FM Entertainment Reporter

The musical comedy “The Addams Family” opened last weekend to sold-out crowds at Theatre 29. The familiar family from TV and film came to life on stage at Theatre 29 with a new story line set to music. Wednesday wants to get married to a “normal” guy from Ohio. When the two families meet, the comedy ensues. Reporter Rebecca Havely attended and offers this review of the musical…
Director Kathryn Ferguson has staged a huge hit. Gomez and Morticia Addams, played by Leonard Webber and Virginia Sulick, are perfectly paired. Webber’s strong voice and Spanish flair compliments Sulick’s sexy, dry wit. The duo shines in a fabulous tango, choreographed by Derik Shopinski. Shopinski joins the show’s creepy chorus of Addams ancestors who are well cast and beautifully costumed in pieces from several eras. Cindy Daigneault is unrecognizable in her get-up as the crazy Grandma Addams. The stoic Lurch is perfectly played by newcomer Edward Pierce. Charles Harvey is fabulous as Fester. His serenade “The Moon and Me” shows off his vocal ability. Wednesday, played by Jasmine Shaffer, has a killer pop belt that shines as she sings of being, “Pulled in a new direction.” Pulled towards her love interest, Lucas; played by Scott Clinkscales who assisted Ferguson with musical direction on the well-written score. Lucas’s parents, Mal and Alice, are played by Gary Daigneault and Amanda Winters. Alice is accidentally given a truth serum by Pugsley portrayed by Amanda Mohn. Alice transforms from sweet-as-pie to brash and bawdy in one of the best numbers in the show. Winters’ is wonderfully funny as Alice, her best role yet. This show is my favorite of the Theatre 29 season thus far. A must-see and a perfect evening out for the entire family this Halloween season.
Tickets are selling fast so book your seats now. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings now through October 31 with 2:30 Sunday matinees on October 18 and 25. Tickets are $8 for students with I.D., $10 for seniors and military and $12 for adults. Reserve your seats online at theatre29.org or by calling the theater box office at 760-361-4151.

 

AUDITIONS SET FOR “FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT THEATRE 29
 
In a festive mood, the F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S. (Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society) ladies mount yet another assault on the classics with their hilarious stage version of A Christmas Carol. 
 
Enthusiasm their middle name, and with the virile support of stage-manager Gordon, the cast present a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t) under the ever-battling leadership of Thelma and Mrs. Reece. 
 
Director Marty Neider announces auditions for Theatre 29’s Christmas offering, “A Farndale Avenue…Christmas Carol” for Monday October 5th at 6:30 pm at Theatre 29.  Director Neider is looking to cast 4 women and 1 man in the following roles:
 
Phoebe Reece – A woman in her 30-s to 50’s, the stalwart leader, if you will, of the group.  She plays multiple parts, while contending with her arch rival Thelma Greenwood.
 
Thelma Greenwood – A woman in her 30’s to 50’s Phoebe’s arch-rival for control of the organization, is much put upon by having to deal with “amateurs and people who don’t know their lines”.  Grumpy at the best of times, she and Phoebe Reece have a long-standing feud about the direction and leadership of the Company
 
Mercedes Baxter-Smythe – A woman in her 40’s to 50’s, enthusiastic and eager to please, she  invariably suffers injuries which hampers her movement.
Felicity Kumar – A young ingénue (20’s to 30’s) who is very happy to have joined with the Company, having always wanted to be one stage.  Shy and new to the stage. 
 
Gordon Pugh – Any age, the Company’s stage-manager, set builder, etc.  who is pressed into duty on stage when one of the members suffers an injury/illness.
 
 
Director Neider is also looking for support staff, set builders and help with props, dressers, and backstage help. If you are interested, please come to auditions and fill out an audition slip with your information.
The play will run from November 20th through December 19th, with two Sunday matinees on November 29th and December 13that 2:30 pm.  Friday and Saturday performances start at 7 pm. 
 
Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for military and students with ID, and $8 for children.
 
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 SULLIVAN ROAD TWENTYNINE PALMS CA 92277.  Tickets can be purchased online at Theatre29.org or by phone at (760) 361-4151.

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS FALL FLAMENCO TOUR AT THEATRE 29 OCTOBER 28TH. 8:00PM
  
Back by popular demand, Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Northern Lights to Theater 29 at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
 
Fuentes will be joined by a  cantaor ( male flamenco singer), direct from Spain, as well as Juañarito and guitarist Bobby de Sofia. 
   
Juañarito is a tremendous young talent from a family of Spanish Roma Flamenco singers from the Andalusian province of Jerez de La Frontera (known as the cradle of Flamenco). The son of famed singer,Juañares and the nephew of Flamenco legend Jose Merce, Juañarito gained national acclaim in Spain as a result of his remarkable performances on The Spanish version of The Voice (La Voz España ) this year. He will be making his American debut in *Northern Lights*.
  
 Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, guitarist Bobby discovered flamenco in Los Angeles and continued his studies in Andalusia with artists such as Pedro Viscomi and Paco Arroyo. He currently performs regularly at the various Flamenco clubs in the Los Angeles area.
    
Born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, Savannah began her studies in Seattle and continued in Spain with dancers such as Belen Maya and Cristobal Reyes.  She currently tours throughout the western united states and has independently produced over 250 presentations and workshops featuring internationally recognized flamenco singers.
 
Don't miss this chance to experience the enchantment of flamenco in an intimate setting.
 

Northern Lights Fall Flamenco Tour 2015
October 28, 8:00pm
Theatre 29
73637 Sullivan Rd. Twentynine Palms
general $23, VIP seats $35, student/low-income $15, kids $8


available here 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/175653
 
www.brownpapertickets.com
 
Link to La Voz telecino
http://www.telecinco.es/lavoz/la_voz_edicion_3/artistas/juanarito/
 
Watch "Soleá por Bulerías - PACO SOTO Y JUAÑARITO" on YouTube

https://youtu.be/oZNAjtB7ekI

 

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPONSORS OPENING OF “THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL”
 
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THEATRE 29 FRIDAY OPENING NIGHT GALA
The opening night gala for the musical, “The Addams Family” at Theatre 29 sponsored by the Copper Mountain College Foundation is sold out!
 
Theatre 29 offers this unique opportunity for area non-profits to raise funds by offering opening night sponsorships at a discounted ticket rate. The Organizations then market and sell tickets to the productions, making for a fun and entertaining way to benefit the community!
 
College Foundation Executive director Sandy Smith said the popularity of the show made this Opening night easy to sell, exclaiming, “At two weeks before the sponsored night, I checked with our ticket outlets and here at our office and we have sold out of tickets for opening night!”  Smith said some overflow and no-show seats may be available at the door the night of the opening.
 
The Copper Mountain College Foundation mission is, “To maximize educational opportunities fin the Morongo Basin by supporting the programs, facilities, and activities of the Copper Mountain Community College District”.
 
This creepy, kooky hit musical centered around Charles Addams’ first family of the macabre, will “come to life” weekends beginning October 2 Through Halloween night, Oct 31st, at the Non-Profit Community Theatre on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.
 
“The Addams family”, called, “A magnificently macabre new musical comedy” by New York Critics, features an original story. Wednesday Addams, the princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before; keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia! Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
 
“The Addams Family” is being directed by multi Desert Theatre League award winning team of Artistic and Musical Director Kathryn Ferguson and Choreographer Derik Shopinski. 
 
If the popularity of the opening night is any gauge, tickets will sell out fast and theater lovers are urged to make their reservations early! 
THE ADDAMS FAMILY will play Friday and Saturday evenings beginning October 2nd at 7:00PM through October 31st.  There will be two Sunday matinee performances at 2:30pm on October 18th & 24th. Tickets for all performances (except opening night gala) are available for purchase now atwww.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
 Tickets (except for the opening night gala), are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. Tickets may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
THE ADDAMS FAMILY is appropriate for general audiences. There are mild sexual innuendoes and very small children may be disturbed by some images as there is simulated torture (it IS the Addams Family, after all!) 

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


THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES 2016 THEATRICAL SEASON

At a special gala event September 23, hosted by the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce, Theatre 29 announced their upcoming 2016 season. The new season marks the seventeenth 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 received 31 nominations for outstanding achievement from the Desert Theater League. This phenomenal success has made Theatre 29 tickets the hottest in the area. The 2016 season is sure to continue this trend of success with five full-stage productions, the return of the “Halloween Haunt” and a Summer Youth Theater program. 

With the announcement, 2016 season tickets are now available and can now be purchased. Season Tickets, good for all five Main Stage productions plus the haunt, can be purchased at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760- 361-4151. Season prices are, General Admission $65, Senior/Military $52, Students (with ID) or children under 12 are $37.

At the event, held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Theatre 29 Board President Gary Daigneault 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 six Directors selected introduced their productions and programs for 2016.

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

Here is the 2016 Theatre 29 season, with production dates and a brief synopsis of each show:
 
THE SUNSHINE BOYS
A Comedy by NEIL SIMON 
Directed by EDDIE TUCKER
JANUARY 15—FEBRUARY 13, 2016 -- Friday and Saturday @ 7:00pm; Sunday Matinees JANUARY 24 & FEBRUARY 7 @ 2:30pm

Kings of comedy, Willie Clark and Al Lewis, aka The Sunshine Boys, haven’t spoken to each other in years. Once a fantastic duo, the two have since been locked in a feud for years. When CBS call for the vaudevillian greats to be re-united for a nostalgic History of Comedy, past grudges resurface as they take center stage once more. Ageing ailments aside, can this legendary double-act overcome their differences for one last show?  Old rivalry and vintage hilarity abound in this classic comedy of showbiz and friendship.
 
Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
Music by ALAN MENKEN 
Lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN and GLENN SLATER 
Book by DOUG WRIGHT 
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements. Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Directed by GARY DAIGNEAULT & ED WILL
MARCH 11—APRIL 9, 2016 –--  Friday and Saturday @ 7:00pm; Sunday Matinees MARCH 20 & APRIL 3 @ 2:30pm

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.  Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."
 
DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT
Book and Lyrics by PHIL OLSEN, Music by PAUL OLSEN
Directed by MARTY NEIDER
MAY 6—JUNE 4, 2016 -- Friday and Saturday @ 7:00pm; Sunday Matinees MAY 15 & 29 @ 2:30pm

From the production team that brought you A DON’T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL, It’s early October in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, in a little bar called "The Bunyan," owned by Clara and Gunner Johnson. Clara is 8 1/2 months pregnant with their first child, and today she's looking forward to her baby shower, getting lots of presents, and taking a break from her raging hormones. Suddenly, a freak snow storm, a "tsnownami," hits Bunyan Bay and they find themselves snowed in. All roads are closed. No one can get in or leave. Gunner's worst nightmare comes true when Clara goes into labor and he realizes he's going to have to deliver the baby in the bar. Featuring 17 original songs including, - Babies and Beer - If I Only Had a Boy - Bun in the Oven - The 'Just Got Hosed Over by a Dork' Blues - If Men Had Babies, We'd All Be Extinct. The show is guaranteed to please!

THE SECRET GARDEN, A Musical
Book & Lyrics by MARSHA NORMAN
Music by LUCY SIMON
based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by KATHRYN FERGUSON
AUGUST 26—SEPTEMBER 24 2016-- Friday and Saturday @ 7:00pm; Sunday Matinees September 4 & 18 @ 2:30pm
 
This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Winner! 3 Tony® Awards

 
RESURGENCE – THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HAUNT
Produced by CYRUS SHORT
October 14,15,21,22,28,29,30 & 31, 2016


Theatre 29‘s infamous horror-fest is back this year!  Tighter, darker and more terrifyingly fun than ever before!  Ghouls and other denizens of the darker realm will be behind every corner.  Do you have what it takes to survive the terror?  Nightly tours October 14,15,21,22,28,29,30 & 31 will bring the FEAR back to Halloween!
 
A CHRISTMAS STORY
A Holiday classic adapted by Philip Grecian. 
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros. written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
Directed by Eric Ross
NOVEMBER 18—DECEMBER 17 2016-- Friday and Saturday @ 7:00pm; Sunday Matinees November 27 & December 11 @ 2:30pm


Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Additionally, Theatre 29’s educational outreach project, their Summer Youth Theater program returns in its third. It will be administrated and instructed by Gary Daigneault and will run a full four weeks the entirety of the month of July.

This program will be for children age 18 and under. This four 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!  The dates of those “graduate” performances are to be determined.

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit 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.


THEATRE 29, LOCAL CHAMBERS, TO ANNOUNCE 2016 SEASON
 
Theatre 29, the only continuous year-round live theater venue in the Hi and Lo-Desert, will join forces with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their highly anticipated 2016 performance season.
 
The special Tri-Chamber mixer event, hosted by the Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree Chambers of Commerce, will feature the announcement of the 2016 Theatre 29 season of live theater, special Holiday, amd youth theater offerings. The event will take place at the spectacular Joshua Tree Retreat Center (formerly Mentalphysics) in Joshua Tree from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
 
Business people and individuals from the three primary communities of the Morongo Basin will have a rare chance to get together and discuss business growth and mutual cooperation. Each of the chambers will give a brief presentation on their economic development activities and upcoming events and activities. The Tri-Chamber event will be a unique opportunity to forge valuable business relationships for the entire region.
 
Soft Drinks and Water will be available and a large selection of deli delights will be served to those in attendance by Theatre 29 volunteers.
 
With sell-out audiences clamoring for seats at Theatre 29, the season announcement event will give only those in attendancethe opportunity to secure 2016 season tickets first. Theatre 29 recently received a phenomenal 31 nominations for outstanding live theater productions from the Desert Theater League, made up of about 30 producing organizations in the Hi and Lo Desert region.
 
Season tickets offer theater-goers a reserved seat to five 2016 regular stage productions plus a bonus holiday special production. Season Tickets will be even lower for 2016, $65.00 for regular admission, $52.00 for seniors and military, and $45.00 for children under 12 and students with ID.
 
At the Announcement, each of the seven Directors selected for the Theatre 29 2016 season will give a brief description of their show or Special event complete with musical and dramatic performances. The 2016 season will not be revealed until the event.
 
Starting the day after the announcement, Season Tickets will be available for sale by calling the Box office at 760-361-4151, before scheduled performances at the Theater Box Office or on the Theatre 29 website: www.theatre29.org
 
Theatre 29 has been producing a full season of Quality, family-friendly local live theater entertainment since 1999. They are an all-volunteer 501(c) 3 tax-deductible non-profit organization. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
 
For more information on the season announcement event, or Theatre 29, call Board President Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471

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THEATRE 29 DIGS UP THE CAST FOR “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” MUSICAL

Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin’s most recognized year round community theatre, proudly announces casting for their upcoming Broadway musical extravaganza, THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
 
This creepy, kooky hit musical centered around Charles Addams’ first family of the macabre, will “come to life” weekends beginning October 2 THROUGH Halloween night, Oct 31st, at the theatre on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before, keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia! Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
 
This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, and Drama Desk Award winning composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), and helmed by the multi Desert Theatre League award winning team of Artistic and Musical Director Kathryn Ferguson and Choreographer Derik Shopinski. 

Taking the mantle of the Addams clan are some of the most critically recognized performers in the Morongo Basin. Heading the family, the suave yet conflicted Gomez is portrayed by Leonard Weber.  At his side is the deliciously dark mistress of the mansion, Morticia, played by award winning actress Virginia Sulick. The slightly sadistic sister, Wednesday, is Jasmine Shaffer.  The mischievously merry Fester is played by last year’s DTL Outstanding Supporting Actor in a musical, Charles Harvey. Cindy Daigneault takes on the role of rat enthusiast, Grandma Addams. The pyrotechnically inclined Pugsley will be played by Amanda Mohn.  As the towering zombie-esque butler Lurch, is newcomer Edward Pierce.
 
In the roles of the “normal” Beineke family: the controlling patriarch, Malcolm “Mal” Beineke is DTL award winning director Gary Daigneault.  The milquetoast wife with a dark side, Alice Beineke, is portrayed by Amanda Winters.  Rounding out the principal cast is love-smitten Lucas Beineke, played by Scott Clinkscales. 

Summoned from the great beyond and trapped until love triumphs (or not) are the “greek chorus” known as the Ancestors. The all singing, all dancing undead Addams are Char Childs, Lisa Goldberg, Janet Peercy, Martha Boyd, Patti Brown, Ben Bees, Cyrus Short, James Hodgson & Derik Shopinski 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY will play Friday and Saturday evenings beginning October 2nd at 7:00PM through October 31st.  There will be two Sunday matinee performances at 2:30pm on October 18th & 24th.  Tickets for all performances (except opening night gala) are available for purchase now atwww.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 
Tickets can also be purchased via the Walletini app available through Google Play and I-Tunes App Store, through the “Buy Ticket” button on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or by scanning the QR code embedded on show posters at businesses across the City of Twentynine Palms. 

Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  THE ADDAMS FAMILY is appropriate for general audiences. Very small children may be disturbed by some images and there is simulated torture (it IS the Addams Family, afterall!) 

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

“MAN FROM EARTH” DIRECTOR INSPIRED BY SCREENPLAY

Director Eddie Tucker knew he wanted to interpret the play, “Man From Earth” on stage before he even knew there was one! Tucker said, “The film intrigued me at once because I like my science fiction idea-driven and mind-stretching. I did not know a play had been adapted from Jerome Bixby’s screenplay, But I discovered that there was a stage adaptation, read it, submitted two plays for the 2015 season and was pleased that Man from Earth was selected!

While not new to theater, after a long hiatus from it, Tucker was new to Theatre 29, “I learned Theatre 29’s system and responsibilities pretty quickly and I think my skills and instincts as a director returned faster and better than I had hoped”.

As far as his local cast, Tucker, who worked a lot with Equity actors and very talented amateurs, had to make adjustments in two characters as the types he wanted just weren’t at the auditions. Tucker had praise for the quality of the local performers, “I think the biologist, Harry, is a better character than the scripted Harry. This is because Easy Boos saw something in him and immediately joined his robust personality to the character.

Kurt Schauppner is the Southern gentleman anthropologist, Dan, and is a total professional. He departed from the scripted character as well and presents a very entertaining and thoughtful performance.

The lead character, John Oldman, is portrayed by Jared Phillips in his first shot at a lead role. The sheer number of lines and the complexity of John’s words was a challenge. I was reminded how taxing it is for a director to help an actor rise to such a challenging role. I think that, together, we accomplished that.

Les Taylor as psychiatrist Will Gruber also rose to the challenge of a difficult role. He brings an emotional power that really sets the audience on edge, a terrific performance by an old pro.

Art is the acerbic, snooty archaeologist and is portrayed by a too-young Bobby Ames. But he, too, rose to the challenge and, with the help of additional coaching by Abe Daniels, gives a good performance.

The three women in the play round out the cast with Edith, the Christian literalist, played by newcomer Sylvia White, being the most offended by Professor Oldman’s story. Sylvia handles the role with perfect aplomb.

Sandy, Oldman’s love interest, is played sympathetically by Mariah Gouge in her stage debut. She was a pleasure to direct.

Linda, a grad student, is played by Brittany Smith and brings warmth and innocence to the proceedings”.

Tucker was also delighted with the Veteran theatre 29 technical staff, “Kerry Jimenez as my assistant director was a very important part of my introduction to Theatre 29. What a treasure she is, and her daughters Diana and Nena handle the backstage and tech duties so well. Ken Palmer set the lights and they add just the right drama to the stage.

Tucker says this show will not be his last, “This experience has reintroduced me to live theatre in such a positive way that I plan to direct more plays in the future. Theatre 29 is a first-rate organization that is a true cultural asset to our community.”

“The Man from Earth” will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. through September 19th with a Sunday Matinee at 2:30 p.m. September 13th.

Theatre 29 is located at 73627 Sullivan Road in the city of Twentynine Palms. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Theatre 29 Box office at 760-361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.org.

 


 LOCAL NON-PROFITS SPONSOR OPENING OF “MAN FROM EARTH” AT THEATRE 29

Two local non-profit organizations will benefit from the Friday, August 21, Opening Night gala of the Science Fiction drama, “The Man From Earth” at Theatre 29.

The Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and the Gladys Carol Scholarship Program will share the proceeds from their co-hosted hosted performance.

The Friends of the Library forms a body of volunteers that are committed to Supporting the Twentynine Palms Branch of the County Library System reach its service and program goals.

The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program grants scholarships to deserving students interested in “STEM” technology education. Spokesperson Cheryl Gillon said the program, which started in Twentynine Palms, has now grown to offer national scholarships in addition to local.

Under the direction of Eddie Tucker, “The Man From Earth” is a thought-provoking play. An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious and sometime intense interrogation after the retiring history scholar reveals to his colleagues that he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years.

For the opening night Gala only, which includes refreshments and opportunity drawings, tickets are $25.00 each. Tickets are available at the Twentynine Palms library during open hours or from Cheryl Gillon at 760-586-2185.

After opening night, tickets are $12.00 for General Admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID and children under 12. Tickets are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theater 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. “The Man From Earth” is suitable for all ages.

“The Man from Earth” will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm. from August 21st to through September 19th with Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm. on August 30th and September 13th.
 
Theatre 29, an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501 (c) 3 Community Theater Organization, is located at 73627 Sullivan Road in the city of Twentynine Palms. .

 

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR “MAN FROM EARTH” AT THEATRE 29!

Theatre 29 and Director Eddie Tucker are pleased to announce the casting of the modern science fiction classic, Jerome Bixby's MAN FROM EARTH!

Science Fiction as a stage play is rare, and in this thought-provoking play, an impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious and sometime intense interrogation after the retiring history scholar reveals to his colleagues that he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years.

In the lead role of the controversial Professor of History John Oldman, Tucker has cast JARED PHILLIPS.

Cast as the Biology Professor Harry, who sees humor in everything, EASY BOOS.

In the role of Dan, the very perceptive Professor of Anthroplogy, we have cast KURT SCHAUPPNER.

Edith, the fervently religious Art History Professor, will be played by newcomer SYLVIA WHITE.

Psychiatrist Dr. Will Gruber will be played by LES TAYLOR.

ROBERT AMES will play the role of Art, the ascerbic young Professor of Archaeology.

Linda, a bright young grad student in the company of Art, will be played by BRITTANY SMITH.

Newcomer MARIAH GOUGE will portray Sandy, a college administrator and Professor Oldman's love interest.

MAN FROM EARTH is the work of acclaimed Sci-Fi writer Jerome Bixby (Science Fiction Hall of Fame) who provided Rod Serling with material for The Twilight Zone, and conceived this story back in the early 1960's. It was completing it as a screenplay on his deathbed in San Bernardino in April of 1998. It was then adapted for the stage by Richard Schenkman.

“The Man from Earth” will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. from August 21st to through September 19th with Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. on August 30th and September 13th.

Theatre 29 is located at 73627 Sullivan Road in the city of Twentynine Palms. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Theatre 29 Box office at 760-361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.org.

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

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR SMASH HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”
 
Auditions for the fall production of Theatre 29’s 2015 season, the new hit Broadway musical extravaganza “The Addams Family Musical”, have been scheduled for Monday, August 10th at 6:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.  Under the direction of Multiple-award winner Kathryn Ferguson, the musical comedy will take the stage for five weeks beginning October 2nd through 31st .
 
They’re Creepy and they’re Kooky, Mysterious and Spooky, They’re altogether ooky, THE ADDAMS FAMILY Musical makes its Morongo Basin debut on the Theatre 29 stage.  This show features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family from OHIO! - A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father about her impending nuptials and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.   All the character you love from the classic series are here: The suave Gomez, darkly sexy Morticia, the sweetly goofy Fester, Wednesday and Pugsley, the children from hell, creepy Grandma and the undead Lurch.   Supporting the family are a horde of Addams Family Ancestors, who serve as a spectral “Greek Chorus” to the action.  The show features lots of dark comedy, a great score by Andrew Lippa, crazy effects and lively dance numbers that will entertain young and not so young alike.
 
Director Ferguson will be seeking a cast of 20 (12 - 14 male and 7 - 10 female) musical comedy performers for this production.  The roles being cast are:

GOMEZ ADDAMS : Age: 40 – 60 Range: Tenor - Baritone: A man of “Spanish” descent who takes great pride in his family and revels in all it means to be an “Addams.” He struggles with having to keep his daughters secret from his wife, whom he adores more than death. Smart, comedic actor.

MORTICIA ADDAMS : Age: 30 – 50 Range: Mezzo-Soprano, Alto: In shape, attractive, leggy, the strength of the family. An easy comedic actress with a sexy, dry wit. Feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out. A strong dancer/mover.

UNCLE FESTER: Age: 30 – 50 Range: Tenor, Baritone:  The androgynous family member who serves as the musical’s narrator. He is larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence. A vaudeville style comedian.

WEDNESDAY ADDAMS : Age:18 - 25. Range: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano Strong pop belt vocals: Wednesday is an attractive, in shape girl who has the same dry wit and sensibility of her mother. Finds love with a “normal” boy (Lucas) and wants to introduce his family to hers. Experiences the youthful drama that comes with first love. Lucas can actually puts a smile on her face..

GRANDMA : Age: 50 + Range:  Soprano: She is a feisty 102 year old woman. Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma. Comedic actress with strong character vocals.

PUGSLEY ADDAMS : Age: 16 – 20 to play 12, Range: Tenor Strong, high vocals. Voice not yet changed.: A charming, funny, husky boy who loves being tortured by his sister. He wants to ensure he won’t lose his sister to her new boyfriend so he takes matters into his own hands.

LURCH : Age: OPEN, Range: low bass vocals to Eb.: A VERY tall male character, the Addams butler who knows all. He speaks in moans and groans without becoming a cartoon version of himself. His movement is always very slow.  

MAL BEINEKE : Age: 40 – 60 Range: high baritone/ tenor vocals:  Stuffy father of 19 year old Lucas and exasperated husband to his rhyming wife, Alice. At one time was a follower of The Grateful Dead but has lost that side of himself. Always looking out for his family.

ALICE BEINEKE : Age: 30 - 55. Range: soprano / belt vocals: Mother of 19 year old Lucas, devoted to her family so she puts aside her own desires. In shape, quirky female who often speaks in rhyme. While at the Addams Family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her truth. Comedic actress.

LUCAS BEINEKE : Age: 18 – 25 to play 19 Range: Contemporary pop tenor vocals: Attractive, in shape young man. Fell in love with Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her. Experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love and struggles with the differences between his family and the Addams family.

THE ANCESTORS : 6 – 9 Pairs Male and female ensemble singer/dancers who are smart performers. Trained dancers who sing and have a fun, quirky sensibility. Knowledge of tango and flamenco dancing a plus
 
Show dates are October 2 – 3, 9 – 11, 16 – 17, 23 – 25, and 30 - 31
 
Auditions will consist of vocalization for 16 bars in the style of the show, movement and cold readings.   Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD (Musical Theatre piece, NO ORIGINAL WORKS OR POP SONGS).  An accompanist will NOT be provided. If you bring accompaniment on mobile device or phone, please bring a speaker for the device as well.  Dress prepared to move. 

Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition).  For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms or on www.theatre29.org/auditions or contact the director, Kathryn Ferguson, via email at [email protected]

 

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM SHOW IS CAST AT THEATRE 29!

The 2015 Summer Youth Theater Program is in full swing at Theatre 29 with Directors Gary Daigneault and Katie Van Sumeren busy working with some 50 kids from 7-17 years old on two separate productions of “Disney's Peter Pan Jr.”. Both Daigneault and Van Sumeren are teachers at local schools volunteering their time and skills for the the in-depth, specialized theater education program.

The program, broken into two age groups, meets in two sessions every weekday at the Twentynine Palms Community Theater. While the two directors are giving in-depth instruction on stage direction, blocking, characterization, and interaction, Music Director Bianca Stoker is teaching the kids the music and Choreographer Angelica Miller is demonstrating the steps.

The intense pace of the unique Youth Program will culminate in 4 performances of the delightful Disney musical, two with the “Seniors” (ages 12-17, and two with the “Juniors” (ages 7-12). Acting as the Captain of the Seniors is recent Twentynine Palms High School graduate Curtis Mohn, while the Captain of the Juniors is Twentynine Palms High School Senior Diana Jimenez. Both Mohn and Jimenez have already logged an impressive list of theater credits in many productions at the non-profit theater.

Other Theater 29 volunteers, Kerry Jimenez, Mandi Pushkar, and Cindy Daigneault are busy creating costumes, making props, and organizing the program.

Performances will be held at Theatre 29!, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The Juniors” will perform the show at 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 31st and at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1st. The “Seniors” will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 31 and 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1. Tickets for both age groups of “Peter Pan Jr.” will be $7.00 each and are available on-line at www.theatre29.org starting July 15.

For the Seniors show, the production team has announced the casting: Peter Pan - Quentin Roberts, Tinker Bell - Sharon Squyres, Wendy - Chalise Kunz, Mr. Darling/Captain Hook - Malcolm Stanley-Wolfe, John - Joshua Thomas, Michael - Ephraim McLaws, Mrs. Darling/Tiger Lily – Amanda Mohn, and Nana/Smee – Mac Miller. Joining the principals are Fairies, Indians, and Lost Boys, - Annie Squyres, Ava Roberts, Amanda Mohn, Zoee Stoker, Isreal Ruiz, Dennis Mohn, William Johnson, Josiah Ruiz, and Patrick Bradley. Grace Newman will run the Sound.

For the Juniors: Peter Pan – Owen O'Brien, Tinker Bell – Graziella Grothe, Wendy – Par tricia Zuniga, Mr Darling/Captain Hook – Kenshin Lao, John – Jacob Giannini-Nichols, Michael – Tyler Luke, Mrs Darling/Tiger Lily – Jaylene Harmon, and Nana Smee – Tomi Toyama. Supporting them are P.J. Pushcar, Ava Roberts, Zoee Stoker, Chloe Hopkins, Ethan Johnson, Isabella Webb, Hannah Grabow, Katelynn Luke, Kendra Baker, Linessa Ann Wheeler, Lowen Thomas-Baird, Susie Squyres, and Katie O'Brien. Rory O'Brien will run lights. Kelsie Ramirez on spotlight and Grace Newman on sound.

The Program started July 6, 2015 and is the second year that Theatre 29 has offered the unique, fast-paced Youth Program.

For information about the Summer Youth Theater program or Theatre 29, e-mail Board President Gary Daigneault at [email protected]

 

THEATRE 29 OFFERS A SUMMER YOUTH THEATER PROGRAM 
 
Theatre 29 will be offering a month-long Summer Youth Theater program with instruction in all aspects of live theater, culminating in four performances of the musical, “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.”
 
The program will be conducted at the Theatre 29 facility at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms Monday through Friday from July 6, 2015 through July 30, 2015. The youth outreach, overseen by Theatre 29 Board President and long-time Theatrical Director Gary Daigneault, will conclude with two performances by each of the age groups on July 31st and August 1, 2015. 
 
 Summer Youth Theater participants will be broken into two age groups, 6-12 years old are the “Juniors”, 12-17 year old are the “Seniors”. 12 year old students can choose which age group they want to participate with. The age group will be determined by the student’s age on the first day of the program.
 
The 6-12 age group sessions will be held from 10:00 a.m. until noon, the 12-17 year old will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Participants should be able to attend every session. Meals will not be provided, water will be available. After the initial orientation meeting July 6th, parents will not be able to attend with their children.
 
The cost of the program will be $60.00 per student which will include the instruction, a Summer Youth Theater T-shirt, a 5x7 cast photo, scripts, a rehearsal CD, a DVD of the final performances, water, and a “Cast Pizza Party” at the conclusion of the performances. 
 
The students will participate in every aspect of the productions, performing, planning costumes, make-up, building sets, painting backdrops, stage management, lighting design, set design, props, stagehands and operating the sound and light boards. Various acting exercises and games will be led during downtime or when students are not directly rehearsing or working on sets.
 
Daigneault, who also teaches at Twentynine Palms High School, will direct the “Senior” version of the show. Katie Van Sumeren, a teacher at Condor Elementary School, will direct the “Juniors”. They will be assisted by Kerry Jimenez, Curtis Mohn, and Diana Jimenez. Angelica Miller will act as the choreographer for both age groups. Planning for the program was assisted by Ed Will and Amanda Winters.
 
The Theatre Summer Youth Theater program will be limited to the first 30 paid applicants in each age group received (some $30.00 scholarships may be available for low-income applicants). 
 
Applications will be available starting May 11, 2015 at various locations in the Morongo Basin to be announced later and on-line at www.theatre29.org. Only those applications properly filled out, with a check and mailed in to an address yet to be named will be accepted. 
 
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer Community Theater and is a designated IRS 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization. 
 
For additional information, contact Daigneault at [email protected]

“WAIT UNTIL DARK” THRILLING AUDIENCES AT THEATRE 29!

The Classic Thriller, “Wait Until Dark” had audiences raving as it opened at Theatre 29 in Twentynine palms for a 5 week run April 10th to a sold-out full house. 

For Director Ben Bees the drama, while not, “his first rodeo”, as a director, it was his Theatre 29 directorial debut. Bees said “The details are what killed me. You don't quite realize until you’re on the other side of the script just how many details need to be addressed to make a show work. Its easy to get overwhelmed by the details so I made sure to surround myself with a production staff and crew that was good at catching all the details.” 

The Director has high praise for his Cast and Crew, saying, “Their excitement and desire to be there even when they weren’t required to, built the comradery and ensemble that has made this show such an incredible thing to watch night after night.”
Bees also praised his lead performers, mentioning two in particular, “Lizzie (Elizabeth Schmelling as Susy Hendrix) got so into her blind character that she missed the laundry basket she was supposed to throw a glass vase into and shattered it across the stage during rehearsal. We were tempted to have the first two rows wear goggles just so we could shatter a vase every night.  I’ve known Cyrus (Cyrus Short as the villainous Roat) for a couple of years now and he is a dear friend as well as a respected colleague, yet he still terrifies me with his nuances and his command of his vocal faculties. 

In Wait Until dark”, which opened on Broadway in 1966 and was made into a hit film in 1967, sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts have traced the location of a mysterious doll which conceals heroin to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in a murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving her and her captors to maneuver in the dark. 
 
 “Wait Until Dark” will run weekends  through May 9th , Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm on April 19th and May 3rd.  

Tickets for “Wait Until Dark”, are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.  “Wait Until Dark” is appropriate for all ages.
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501( c ) 3, Community Theater organization.

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THEATRE 29 FRIDAY OPENING NIGHT GALA

Opening night gala tickets are available for the opening of “Wait Until Dark”, the latest production at Theatre 29 and the third show of the 20015 Season.
 
“Wait Until Dark”, directed by Ben Bees, is about a most terrifying game of cat and mouse. Desperate to reclaim a mysterious doll stuffed with illegal drugs, a con man lays a trap to ensnare a blind woman. With the help of his criminal sidekicks and a few clever disguises, he spins a tale to fool the innocent and unsuspecting woman. But when the doll can’t be found, the situation spirals out of control. From the author of Dial “M” For Murder, “Wait Until Dark”, proves that what you can’t see can most definitely hurt you.

The Kiwanis Club of 29 Palms will host the Gala Opening Night fundraiser, Friday, April 10, the Cost is $25.00. Doors will open for hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. with the curtain going up at 7:00 p.m. There will be Desserts served at intermission and a Silent Auction.
 
Tickets for the Kiwanis Opening Night Gala will be available at the Z107.7 Studios in Joshua Tree, The Downtown 29 Palms Chamber and Visitor Center, and at the Desert Trail Office in 29 Palms. 

Proceeds go to support the Kiwanis International/UNICEF World Wide Service project, ELIMINATE, the elimination of MNT, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus which kills a baby every 11 minutes. (Protect a mother and her children through most of her child bearing years for $1.80, three sixty cent shots. More than $80 million of the $110 million dollar goal raised since fundraising began in 2011. Help 29 Palms Kiwanis meet its Model Club goal of $750 per member and Kiwanis International celebrate its 100th anniversary with the elimination of MNT.)

 “Wait Until Dark” will run for 5 weekends from April 10th, through May 9th , Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm on April 19th and May 3rd

Tickets, except for the opening night gala, will be $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. 'Wait Until dark" is suitable for children. Tickets may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR CLASSIC THRILLER, “WAIT UNTIL DARK”

The 1966 Broadway Thriller, which went on to become a hit movie in 1967, “Wait Until Dark” has been cast by first-time Director Ben Bees. The play is the third in the Theatre 29 2015 season

‘Wait Until Dark’ is an innovative, highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller about a blind housewife, Susy Hendrix, learning to cope with her blindness from a recent accident aided by her young neighbor Gloria . Susy's life is changed by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country. Unknown to Susy, her photographer husband Sam unwittingly brought the doll to the couple's New York apartment. Alone in her apartment, Susy must fight for her life against the criminals.

In open auditions, Bees has chosen a cast consisting of Theatre 29 Veterans and a few new faces
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Andrew Whitaker will be seen on stage as Sgt. Carlino, an ex-con fresh out and looking for cash.

Cyrus Short has been cast as the smooth and dangerous Harry Roat Jr., the leader of the criminals.

Scott Clinkscales will play Mike Talman, also an ex-convict fresh out of prison and looking for some fast cash.

Adam Redmon is Sam Hendrix, Susy’s husband and savior.

Lizzie Schmelling will portray the blind yet strong and determined Susy Hendrix

The Policemen in the show will be played by James Shutte and Nick Flatter.

Amanda Mohn will play Gloria, Susy’s young and resourceful upstairs neighbor.

“Wait Until Dark will run for 5 weekends from April 10th, through May 9th , Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm on April 19th and May 3rd.

The opening Night Gala for “Wait Until Dark” will be sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club.

Except for Opening night, Tickets for “Wait Until Dark”, are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. “Wait Until Dark” is appropriate for all ages.

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



THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE “DO IT YOURSELF MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL” “THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD”€?

Auditions for the fourth production of Theatre 29’s 2015 season, the comedic musical whodunit “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, have been scheduled for Monday, April 13th at 6:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The Broadway hit show will take the stage for five weeks beginning May 29th through June 27th.

At the hit Broadway musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the audience finishes the story because Charles Dickens didn’t! It’s the only show that ends differently every night, depending on what the audience decides. Take a trip back in time to a Victorian music hall where a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood. Is it John Jasper, Edwin’s protective but slightly maniacal uncle? Rosa Bud, his reluctant betrothed? The debauched Princess Puffer? Neville and Helena Landless, the tempestuous siblings newly arrived from the Orient?

The rollicking winner of the Tony® “Triple Crown” (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score), Come to the show and you will help solve The Mystery of Edwin Drood!

Veteran director Charles Harvey will be seeking a cast of around 22 (12 - 14 male and 7 - 10 female) performers for this production. Each role plays a minimum to two characters (as listed below). The roles being cast are:

Chairman William Cartwright/ Mayor Sapsea 
(Age Range 50 -65) Is the leader of our show’s acting troupe and our emcee/guide through the story. He is quick witted with a dry sense of humor. A jovial character comfortable with addressing the audience directly. (Vocal range is Baritone)

John Jasper/ Clive Paget 
(Age Range 30 – 35) A handsome leading man type with a dark side. He is burdened with complex hidden desires and emotions. Secretly in love with his vocal student. We must believe he is capable of violence. (Vocal range – Baritone)

Edwin Drood/ Alice Nutting 
(Age Range 25 – 35) A female actor who portrays male roles in the troupe. Educated, forthright and confident with a stubborn streak as Drood. A bit of a diva as Alice, prone to hissy fits.( Vocal range - Mezzo/Soprano)

Rosa Bud/ Deidre Peregrine 
(Age Range 20 – 24) Innocent ingénue. Vocal student of John Jasper but afraid of him. She has an outward vulnerability with an inner strength. (Vocal range – Soprano with a lower range)

Rev. Crisparkle/ Mr. Smythe 
(Age Range 35 – 45) A sincere, good natured and educated gentleman. A Vicar with a secret (Vocal range – Lyric Baritone
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Helena Landless/ Janet Conover 
(Age Range 25 – 30) Portrays an East Indian woman in the troupe. Strong, smart character who is protective of the people she cares about and aware of her surroundings and situations. A woman on the ball. (Vocal range – Alto/Mezzo)

Neville Landless/ Victor Grinstead 
(Age Range 27 – 35) Handsome leading man type with a bit of a stubborn chauvinistic bent. He is prone to challenging others when he feels threatened or belittled. He portrays an East Indian character in the troupe. (Vocal range – Lyric Baritone
)
Durdles/ Mr. Nick Cricker 
(Age Range 50 – 60) Good comedic timing. Grave digger, tomb builder and father to Master Nick. A bit of a drinker (Vocal Range – Bass/ Baritone)

Deputy/ Master Nick Cricker 
(Age Range 20 – 25) A young man with a sense of innocence. New to the acting troupe but wants to move up the ranks. (Vocal range – Tenor)

Princess Puffer/ Angela Prysock 
(Age Range 45 – 60) Proprietress of a brothel and Opium den. Road and life weary but still has a sense of humor about it all. She has seen everything and been subjected to much. (Vocal range – Alto)

Bazzard / Servant/ Philip Bax 
(Age Range 40 – 45) Wants to be an actor very badly, ever the understudy. Sings “Never The Luck” (Vocal range – Lyric Baritone)

Alice/ Isabel Yearsley 
(Age Range 20 – 24) Schoolmate and friend of Rosa/ Ensemble

Beatrice/ Florence Gill 
(Age Range 20 – 24) Schoolmate and friend of Rosa/ Ensemble

Stage Manager/ James Throttle/Harold 
(Age Range 40 – 45) Dry sense of humor, efficient company man (Vocal range – Bass)

Horace/ Ensemble / Brian Pankhurst 
(Age Range 35 – 45) As Horace he leads a vigilante group

Ensemble / Harry Sayle 
(Age Range 25 – 30) Dance experience very helpful

Ensemble / Mantague Pruitt 
(Age Range 25 – 30) Dance experience very helpful

Julian/ Ensemble / Alan Eliot 
(Age Range 20 – 30)

Ensemble / Christopher Lyon 
(Age Range 20 – 25)

Ensemble / Gwendolyn Pynn 
(Age Range 20 – 25 )

Ensemble / Sarah Cook 
(Age Range 20 – 25)

Ensemble / Violet Balfour 
(Age Range 25 – 30)

Show dates are May 29, 30, June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26 & 27

Auditions will consist of vocalization for 16 bars in the style of the show, movement, improvisation skills and cold readings. Dress prepared to move. Various English accents are sought as these characters range from Queen’s English to Cockney. The roles of Neville and Helena Landless require an “East Indian” affectation.

The production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition). For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms or on www.theatre29.org/auditions or contact the director, Charles Harvey, via email at
[email protected]

 

THEATRE 29 STAGES “URINETOWN” THE MUSICAL
BY JACK LYONS, DESERT LOCAL NEWS MARCH 17, 2015

Theatre 29, has long been the hi-desert’s home for family value musicals, comedies, and dramas. Over the years, the community theatre has ventured into a tad bit stronger theatrical fare, but always comes back home to its core family values roots.

The current offering “Urinetown”, the musical, written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, may be an odd sounding title, but the popular musical ran for three years both on and off Broadway; nabbing three Tony Awards in the process.

In the Theatre 29 production ably directed by Gary Daigneault, the cast of eighteen enthusiastic performers give it their all in bringing to life this satirical comedy musical that pokes fun at just about everything. How about the following subjects for starters: our legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate management, and municipal politics (did I miss a category?). In other words one might say the story by Hollmann and Kotis has been ripped from today’s headlines, Cable TV and Network TV. What is it that Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra used to say? “It’s déjà vu all over again”.

The simplistic story, such as it is, is set in the future where a 20-year drought has forced the government to take draconian measures in water conservation and its distribution, even going so far as to ban the use of private toilets. In the mythical city of Urinetown, only privately owned Public Amenity facilities are legal and available – but for a price. Thus a “pee fee” is a way of life for the poor and downtrodden of Urinetown. However, one young hero, has had enough and foments a rebellion against the greedy water company; leading to a citizens for freedom revolt.

Actors love stories and plays like “Urinetown” because its cartoon-like characters gives them the opportunity to go over-the-top in performance. Leading the good people’s side is energetic and earnest Chris Fleischman as Bobby Strong, along with Trevor Carpenter, Cindy Daigneault, James Hodgson, Chalise Kunz, Emmi Partridge, Mike Shaw, Maddie Tuttle, and Amanda Winters.

On the dark side, resisting the townspeople’s demands are: Barry Inscore as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Rebecca Havely as the strong-singing, hard-nosed company payment collector Penelope Penneywise Katie Vansumeren as a conflicted Hope Cladwell who is sweet on Bobby Strong; Cathy Inscore, and Liyan Lagevardi. Dennis “Easy” Boos, the play’s sly Narrator (with nice timing) and Officer Lockstock, and his sidekick partner Cindy Ross as Officer Barrel, complete the company of players, all of whom, appear to be having a wonderful time on stage. When they’re happy entertaining the audience, the audience enjoys the show even more. It may not have been what Theatre 29 audiences were expecting to see, but they applauded enthusiastically in all the right places.

Director Daigneault leads the creative team consisting of long time Music Director Ed Will who also plays the keyboards in the show. Mandi Pushkar is the Choreographer. Costumer Designers Cindy Daigneault and Marty Neider have the appropriate grunge look for the townies, and the right look for the Corporate/Company folks. Ken Palmer designs the lights, and Justin Brakebill is the Technical Director.

“Urinetown, The Musical” performs at Theatre 29 and runs through March 25th. For reservations and ticket information call the Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

THEATRE 29 AUDIENCES FINDING “URINETOWN” NOT WHAT THEY EXPECTED

Delighted audiences are finding the hit Broadway show “Urinetown, the Musical”, now playing at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, is not what they expected. The full houses attending the second week of the five-week performance schedule found out first hand that the show is not at all an indulgence in toilet humor. Rather, it is a light and cerebral look at how greed and corruption on the highest levels impacts us all
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The dark comedy, which ran on Broadway from 2001 until 2004, was nominated for ten Tony Awards and is winning over those who get over the name and come see some edgy, current, new theater. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN features outrageous perspective and wicked modern wit.

Set in the perhaps foreseeable future, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent Company. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

The story is told through the droll wry eyes of the narrator, Police Officer Lockstock, played with tongue firmly in cheek by Dennis “Easy” Boos, of Joshua Tree
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“Urinetown, the Musical”, is the first Musical of the Theatre 29 2015 season and is directed by 2013 DTL “Best Director-Musical” award-winner Gary Daigneault with live accompaniment by Musical Director Ed Will and sparkling Choreography by Mandi Pushkar.

“Selecting “Urinetown” for Theatre 29 was an artistic risk,” said Daigneault, “But that risk is paying off as the word is getting out that this a very special production, bringing a whole new modern cutting-edge look in a major theatrical production, the likes of which have never been seen by Hi-Desert audiences.”

“Urinetown the Musical” at Theatre 29! runs through March 28, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee March 22nd.

Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. Tickets may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

REACH-OUT TO BENEFIT FROM FRIDAY OPENING NIGHT AT THEATRE 29
By Z107.7 News, on February 23rd, 2015

The opening night gala for “Urinetown the Musical” will benefit Reach Out Morongo Basin, the neighbors-helping-neighbors organization. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with all the information…

The opening night gala of “Urinetown the Musical” is set for Friday, February 27. Arrive at 6 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and to bid on silent auction items. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. with desserts served at intermission. This edgy new musical farce is set in a Gotham-like, futuristic city where a 20-year drought has caused a ban on private bathrooms. The “Urine Good Company” profits by charging admission to public amenities; forcing them to believe “it’s a privilege to pee.” A hero decides he’s had enough and leads the people to freedom. Tickets for opening night only are $20 and include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, the show and free access to the theater’s restrooms. Get your tickets now in Twentynine Palms at the Senior Center or the Reach Out offices; in Yucca Valley at the Senior Center, ArtFX Art and Furnishings; or in Joshua Tree at Z1077 studios.

“Urinetown the Musical” will run five consecutive weekends through March 28 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. matinees on March 8 and 22. Tickets for dates other than the opening night are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. Other than a little “potty humor” this production is suitable for all ages. Call 760-361-4151 for tickets or visit theatre29.org

 

THEATRE 29 TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR “WAIT UNTIL DARK”

Theatre 29 and Director Ben Bees announce open auditions will be held for the classic suspense-thriller “Wait Until Dark”, the third show of the 2015 season. The show was first performed in 1966 and was made into a hit film in 1967.

In “Wait Until dark”, sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving her and her captors to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.”

Auditons for all parts will be held Monday, March 2nd, at 6:30 pm at the Theater 29 main Stage, 73637 Sullivan Road in 29 Palms. Auditions will consist of cold readings and improv exercises so come dressed to move and have a great time.

Director Bees will be auditioning performers for the following roles:

Susy Hendrix: The lead female role. Susy is in her twenties (anywhere from early to late) and is blind. She is strong and determined.

Sam Hendrix: Sam is Susy’s husband and savior. He rescued her when she needed him most and he absolutely adores her. He is a professional photographer and can also be played in his early to late twenties.

Mike Talman: Mike is an ex-convict fresh out of prison and looking for some fast cash. He is the lead male role. A male in his late twenties and up is preferred for this role.

Sgt. Carlino: Carlino is also an ex-con fresh out and looking for cash. He has worked with Mike many times before and throws himself fully into his roles in the con. Carlino can be played by a male from his mid-twenties on.

Harry Roat Jr.: Roat is the mastermind of the con. He is smooth, brilliant, and dangerous. Roat can be played by anyone from early twenties on.

Gloria: Gloria is a wonderful role for a young actress ten-fourteen (sixteen at oldest if can be made to look younger). She is Susy’s upstairs neighbor and becomes a vital player in deconstructing the con. 

Policemen: Will cast one-two police men of any age from eighteen on. (Small roles at the end of the show.)

“Wait Until Dark will run for 5 weekends from April 10th, through May 9th , Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm on April 19th and May 3rd.

Tickets for “Wait Until Dark”, are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. “Wait Until Dark” is appropriate for all ages.

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

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL”

Director Gary Daigneault said, “I am really excited that we now have the full cast for our Theatre 29 production of Urinetown, the Musical. I am delighted that a longtime Theatre 29 Alum, Easy Boos, last seen here as Belle’s father in “Beauty and the Beast”, is returning to our stage playing the role of Officer Lockstock. I am also thrilled that Chris Fleischman will be getting the opportunity to play Bobby Strong, Urinetown’s most unlikely hero. Chris is an extraordinary talent that I have directed in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and in Seussical, the Musical”, he is a rising star to watch.”

Barry Inscore, last seen in “Young Frankenstein” will be portraying the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, the Machiavellian Head of UGC (Urine Good Company). The multi-talented, New York trained beauty, Director, actress, and singer, Rebecca Havely, will play the key role of the worldly and demanding Penelope Pennywise, and the vocally gifted Amanda Winters steps up to take on “Little Sally”, the moral guide to this impetuous and edgy Broadway hit. Leading Lady Katie VanSumeren is the heroine, Hope Cladwell, who takes over the revolution, and Cindy Ross, a longtime popular Theatre 29 veteran performer with an impressive list of credits, is Lockstock’s sidekick (and admirer) Officer Barrel.

Other featured roles in the ensemble based Musical-Comedy are the irrepressible Cathy “Dude” Inscore as Senator Fipp, and newcomer Liyan Lagevardi as McQueen.

Casting also includes James Hodgson as Hot Blades Harry, Mike Shaw as Old Man Strong, Cindy Daigneault as Josephine “Old Ma” Strong, Jared Phillips is Bobby the Stockfish, Trevor Carpenter asTiny Tom, Chalise Kunz as Little Becky Two-shoes, Emmi Partridge as Soupy Sue, and Maddie Tuttle as the Urchin

The Theatre 29 production of Urinetown the Musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, will open February 27th. . In addition to Daigneault as the Artistic Director, the legendary Ed Will is the Musical Director and Choreography will be by the talented Mandi Pushkar.

Urinetown the Musical originally ran on Broadway from 2001 until 2004 was nominated for ten Tony Awards, and won for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction. In addition, it also won three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

Urinetown the Musical is set in a Gotham-like city. A terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Urinetown the Musical opens February 27, 2015, running five weekends through March 28, 2015. The show will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees on March 8th and 22nd, 2015.

Tickets for “Urinetown, the Musical”, are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.

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

 

LAST WEEKEND FOR “AN IDEAL HUSBAND” AT THEATRE 29


Theater 29's first show of the 2015 season is nearing the end of its successful five-week run, don't miss your chance to see it this weekend.

Seats are still available for Friday and Saturday night performances at 7:00 pm, February 6 and 7, 2015. "An Ideal Husband", is a delightful the Oscar Wilde “Drawing Room Comedy” running now at Theatre 29. This sophisticated, witty show boats a fantastic cast, a beautiful set and exquisite costumes. Co-directed by theatre 29 veterans Butch Pelfrey and Tom Highfill; this classic piece theater is a must see. Don't let the final curtain fall before you get your tickets to, "An Ideal Husband."

Theatre 29 tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $8 for students with I.D. and children 12 and under. For reservations call the theater box office at 760-361-4151 or to purchase tickets on line for "An Ideal Husband" or for season tickets visit theatre29.org.

 

WE TALK TO THE DIRECTORS OF “AN IDEAL HUSBAND” AT THEATRE 29’
By Z107.7 News, on January 28th, 2015

The current production running now at Theatre 29 is the Oscar Wilde comedy, “An Ideal Husband.” Co-directors Butch Pelfrey and Tom Highfill spoke with reporter Rebecca Havely at Theatre 29 about the play and co-directing…

Z107.7: I’m here at Theatre 29 with co-directors Butch Pelfry and Tom Highfill. Butch, how many shows have you done here at Theatre 29?

Pelfry: This will be number ten.

Z107.7: How many have you done with Tom?

Pelfry: Tom, I think, has been involved in at least eight.

Z107.7: This time you both decided to co-direct the play. Why?

Pelfry: Primarily because it’s such a detailed play, it is such an onion if you will, there’s so many layers to it.

Z107.7: As co-directors, how did you split up the responsibilities?

Pelfry: Mostly if I don’t want to do it I say, hey, Tom, this seems like a good job for you. (Tom laughs) It’s strictly a 50/50 thing.

Z107.7: Can you tell us what the play is about?

Pelfry: It’s about a politician who got where he is by being crooked, ripped from today’s headlines.

Z107.7: Thank you Butch Pelfry and Tom Highfill. For Z107.7 news, from the fabulous set of the Oscar Wilde comedy, “An Ideal Husband,” this is reporter Rebecca Havely

“An Ideal Husband” runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. through February 7, with a 2:30 matinee this Sunday, February 1. Tickets are $8 to $12. For reservations, call the theater box office at 760-361-4151 or online at theatre29.org.

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL”


We have a full cast for the Theatre 29 production of "Urinetown, the Musical". Easy Boos is returning to our stage playing the role of Officer Lockstock. Chris Fleischman will play Bobby Strong, Urinetown’s most unlikely hero.

Barry Inscore, will be portraying the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, the Machiavellian Head of UGC (Urine Good Company). Rebecca Havely, will play the key role of the worldly and demanding Penelope Pennywise, Amanda Winters steps up to take on “Little Sally”, Katie VanSumeren is the heroine, Hope Cladwell, Cindy Ross, is Lockstock’s sidekick (and admirer) Officer Barrel.

Other featured roles in the ensemble based Musical-Comedy are the irrepressible Cathy “Dude” Inscore as Senator Fipp, and newcomer Liyan Lagevardi as McQueen.

Casting also includes James Hodgson as Hot Blades Harry, Mike Shaw as Old Man Strong, Cindy Daigneault as Josephine “Old Ma” Strong, Jared Phillips is Bobby the Stockfish, Trevor Carpenter as Tiny Tom, Chalise Kunz as Little Becky Two-shoes, Emmi Partridge as Soupy Sue, and Maddie Tuttle as the Urchin

Urinetown the Musical opens February 27, 2015, running five weekends through March 28, 2015. The show will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees on March 8th and 22nd, 2015.

Tickets for “Urinetown, the Musical”, are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.

 

AUDITIONS FOR “URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, AT THEATRE 29

Director Gary Daigneault and Musical Director Ed Will have announced open auditions will be held for the edgy new Broadway hit musical “Urinetown, the Musical”, with Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis.

“Urinetown” (yes that is really the name of the show), is a side-splitting send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself!

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, (sound familiar?) has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Daigneault and Will, along with Choreographer Mandi Pushkar, will cast from 11-20 flexible performers in an ensemble cast. There are featured roles, older characters, and both male and female leads. Auditions will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015, at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms.

The parts to be cast are:

BOBBY STRONG, Male, 20-30 yrs old, The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell.

CALDWELL B. CLADWELL, Male, 50-65 yrs old, The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company. He is a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor.

DR. BILLEAUX, Male, 30-50 yrs old, Head of Research and Development at UGC. Optional Doubling as TINY TOM.

HOPE CLADWELL, Female, 20-30 yrs old, Cladwell's ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her father and her new love for Bobby. She begins as an innocent, naive angel but becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father's evil.

HOT BLADES HARRY, Male, 45-60 yrs old, One of the Poor, he is a psychopathic and can become a violent loose cannon.

JOSEPH "OLD MAN" STRONG, Male, 50-65 yrs old, Bobby's rebellious father. His refusal to pay the fee sends him to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution.

JOSEPHINE 'MA" STRONG, Female, 55-65 yrs old, Bobby's mother and Joseph's wife. A strong-willed woman with a bite, able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her.

LITTLE BECKY TWO-SHOES, Female, 20-40 yrs old, One of the Poor. She is foul-mouthed, impulsive, and accusatory.

LITTLE SALLY, Female, 20-40 yrs old, A precocious and irreverent street urchin. She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play's logic.

MR. MCQUEEN, Male, 30-45 yrs old, Cladwell's sycophantic lackey. A servile assistant.

OFFICER BARREL, Male, 30-50 yrs old, Lockstock's patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman.

OFFICER LOCKSTOCK, Male, 35-55 yrs old, The tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story, he is a corrupt policeman who secretly kills off the guilty offenders. Bold, brash, and larger than life in many ways.

PENELOPE PENNYWISE, Female, 30-45 yrs old, The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. She is Cladwell's one-time lover and mother to Hope who eventually softens her temper.

SENATOR FIPP, Male, 40-55 yrs old, A greedy politician in Cladwell's pocket. A bumbling coward.

SOUPY SUE, Female, 25-40 yrs old, One of the Poor, she is excitable and easily panicked.

TINY TOM, Male, 30-50 yrs old, One of the Poor, he is an idiotic man-child.

Those interested in helping backstage with sets, costumes, props, or set construction are also asked to go to the auditions and leave their contact information.

For more information about auditions or backstage opportunities contact Daigneault at 760-366-8471

“Urinetown, the Musical”, opens February 27, 2015, running five weekends through March 28, 2015. The show will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees on March 8th and 22nd, 2015.

Tickets for “Urinetown, the Musical”, are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. 

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

 

OSCAR WILDE’S CLASSIC, “AN IDEAL HUSBAND” CAST AT THEATRE 29

Director Butch Pelfrey and Co-Director Tom Highfill have announced the casting for the classic Farce, “An Ideal Husband”, by Oscar Wilde.

In “An Ideal Husband”, Sir Robert Chiltern seems to have everything – considerable wealth, a blissfully happy marriage to a wife who idolizes him and a stellar career in politics with the promise of even greater things to come. Suddenly he is faced with a terrifying choice: see his career and his marriage in ruins as a secret threatens to erupt, or be party to a swindle. He faces disgrace, self-disgust and the knowledge that he will no longer be “the ideal husband”.
Pelfrey and Highfill have cast the following performers:

Leonard Weber, as Sir Robert Chiltern, the play's "tragic" hero. 

Janet Peercy, as Lady Gertrude Chiltern, upright, virtuous, educated, politically engaged, and active in her husband's career. 

Char Childs as Mrs. Cheveley, the vicious and opportunistic villainess.

Ben Bees, as Lord Goring, the play's thirty-something dandified philosopher, an idle aristocrat. 

Lizzie Schmelling asMabel Chiltern, Sir Robert's pert and clever younger sister.

Marv Schmelling as Lord Caversham, Father to Lord Goring, a stuffy, serious, and respectable gentleman.

Jasmine Shaffer as Lady Markby, A pleasant and popular woman. 

Judy Andreshak as Mrs. Marchmont, a "type of exquisite fragility" with an affection of manner of delicate charm.

Kris Thomas as Lady Basildon, an associate of Mrs. Marchmont, also fragile and charming.

Cyrus Short as Vicomte de Nanjac, a young man famous for his ties and Anglomania.

Marcus Highfill as Mr. Montford, A "perfectly groomed" young dandy.

Curtis Mohn as Phipps, the ideal butler. 

Ken King as James, Lord Goring's footman.

Scott Clinkscales as Mason, Butler to Sir Robert Chiltern.

Earl Childs as Harold, Sir Robert's footman.

“An Ideal Husband” will kick of the 2015 Theatre 29 season, opening January 9, 2015 and running five weekends through February 7, 2015. The show will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees on January 18 and February 1, 2015.

Tickets for “An Ideal Husband” are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Militray, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12.

Season Tickets for all seven 2015 Main Stage productions are available now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box office at 760-361-4151, or going to Theatre 29 prior to performances of “Shakespeare in Hollywood” through December 20, 2014. Season Tickets are $68.00 for General admission, $56.00 for Senior or military, and $46.00 for students with ID or children under 12.

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

 

THEATRE 29 OFFERS 2015 SEASON TICKETS

Theatre 29 is now offering 2015 season tickets. With seven fully produced, high quality productions planned, season tickets are a bargain. Patrons who go to every show at regular price would pay $84 over the course of a year; season tickets are available now for $68, a savings of $16. Senior and military season tickets are $56 and season tickets for students (with ID) or children under 12 years old are $46. 

Season ticket sales are important to the all-volunteer community theater, the funds raised from advance sales allows the non-profit organization to budget ahead of time. The new season marks the sixteenth theatrical year, recent shows at Theatre 29 have played to record-breaking capacity and the 2015 season is sure to continue this trend of success. 

Theatre 29 season tickets are a great gift for the holidays, giving the recipients a full year of quality hometown entertainment. 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. Just leave a message and a Theatre 29 volunteer will call back to get your information. After you receive your season tickets all you have to do is call and make a reservation as to what performance you want to attend. The curtain will rise, for all productions, at 7:00 p.m. for Friday and Saturday night performances, and 2:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees.

 

“SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” CRACKING UP AUDIENCES, BLOGGERS, CRITICS…EVEN THE CAST!

 The final show for the Theatre 29 2014 season, “Shakespeare in Hollywood” is currently running weekends through December 20th.  In this hilarious Comedy-Farce, it is 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically appeared on the Hollywood set for the filming of a big-budget feature film based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and hilarity ensues. So much hilarity, it has already generated a lot of belly-laughs from appreciative audiences, critics, bloggers, even the cast!

In fact, the show, written by Ken Ludwig, is so funny Director John Wright, a Desert Theater League winner from 2013, said it took almost seven weeks of rehearsal to get the cast to stop laughing long enough to put all the pieces together. Wright described one scene, the party scene at Warner’s Estate, saying, “Up until dress rehearsal the cast couldn't make it through it without breaking character and laughing so hard”.

Opening weekend audiences were still chucking long after the show was over, vowing to, “Come back to see it again and bring their friends.” One audience member saying, “I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard in my life”!

USMC Colonel (Retired)  Andy Weddington posted on his blog http://acoloneloftruth.blogspot.com/2014/11/shakespeare-in-hollywood.html , 'Shakespeare in Hollywood”,  …….Well, it was superb - a play (pun intended) on (old English and new English) words and things; comedy, as you might expect; naughty innuendo, of course; drama, absolutely; and a cast of characters who brought life - love and heartache - to the intimate stage. …… Whimsy! Hearty laughter! and thoughtful moments, too.  Shakespeare would have been pleased…

Z107.7 Radio Entertainment Reporter Rebecca Havely, herself an accomplished Director and Actress, also remarked at how funny the show was, saying in her review, http://www.z1077fm.com/we-review-shakespeare-in-hollywood-at-theatre-29/

 “You’ve heard of a play within a play? Well, Ken Ludwig’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood” is a play within a movie within a farce! …. with a potion in tow, love affairs, love triangles and cross-dressing chaos ensues”

“Shakespeare In Hollywood” will run through December 20th. The curtain will rise Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm and Sunday Matinees will be at 2:30 pm on November 30th and December 14th.

Tickets are $12.00 for Adults, $10.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID. Because of Mature themes the show is not recommended for children under 13.

To purchase tickets and make reservations call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or purchase tickets online at www.theatre29.org.

 

THEATER 29 TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR “AN IDEAL HUSBAND”
 
Theatre 29 and Director Butch Pelfrey have announced open auditions will be held for the classic Farce, “An Ideal Husband”, by Oscar Wilde. The veteran Director will be casting eight men and six woman for the play set in London in 1895.
 
In “An Ideal Husband”, Sir Robert Chiltern seems to have everything – considerable wealth, a blissfully happy marriage to a wife who idolizes him and a stellar career in politics with the promise of even greater things to come. Suddenly he is faced with a terrifying choice: see his career and his marriage in ruins as a secret he thought was buried long ago threatens to erupt - or be party to a swindle of international proportions. Either way he faces disgrace, self-disgust and much, much worse – the knowledge that he will no longer be his beloved wife’s Ideal Husband.
 
Pelfrey, who has directed nine previous shows at Theatre 29 since 2006, will be casting the following characters:
 
Sir Robert Chiltern, 40-60ish- Sir Robert is the play's "tragic" hero, a government official who owes his success and fortune to secret scandal. Sir Robert is a "personality of mark" with a manner of impeccable distinction; the contrast between his chiseled jaw and romantic eyes suggests a violently willed separation of thought and emotion in his personality
 
Lady Gertrude Chiltern, 40-50ish - A woman of grave Greek beauty and twenty-seven years of age, Lady Chiltern embodies the Victorian new woman: upright, virtuous, educated, politically engaged, and active in her husband's career 
 
Mrs. Cheveley, 30-50ish - One of the play's wittiest and most well dressed characters, Mrs. Cheveley is the vicious and opportunistic villainness, a disciple of the deceased Baron Arnheim who values wealth and power above all. 
 
Lord Goring, 20-30ish - Of impeccable dress and inimitable wit, Lord Goring is the play's thirty-something dandified philosopher, an idle aristocrat. 
 
Mabel Chiltern, 20-30ish - An exemplar of English prettiness, Mabel, Sir Robert's pert and clever younger sister.
 
Lord Caversham, 40-60ish - Father to Lord Goring, Lord Caversham, described as a "fine Whig type," is a stuffy, serious, and respectable gentleman who is firmly opposed to the excesses of his dandified son
 
Lady Markby, 30-60ish - A pleasant and popular woman with "gray hair à la marquise and good lace." 
 
Lady Basildon and Mrs. Marchmont, 40-60ish - Lady Basildon and Mrs. Marchmont are described as "types of exquisite fragility" with an affection of manner of delicate charm.
 
Vicomte de Nanjac, 30-50ish - Attaché at the French Embassy in London, is a young man famous for his ties and Anglomania.
 
Mr. Montford, 30-50ish - A "perfectly groomed" young dandy and secretary to Sir Robert.
 
Phipps, 20-30ish - A "mask with a manner" who serves Lord Goring. Phipps is the ideal butler. 
 
James, 20-30ish - A minor character, James is Lord Goring's footman.
 
Mason, 20-30ish - Butler to Sir Robert Chiltern.
 
Harold, 20-30ish - Sir Robert's footman.
 
Those interested in helping backstage with sets, costumes, props, or set construction are also asked to go to the auditions and leave their contact information.
 
“An Ideal Husband” will kick of the 2015 Theatre 29 season, opening January 9, 2015 and running five weekends through March 28, 2015.  The show will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees on January 18 and February 1, 2015.
 
Season Tickets for all seven 2015 Main Stage productions are available now at www.theatre29.org, calling the Box office at 760-361-4151 or going to Theatre 29 prior to performances of “Shakespeare in Hollywood” from November 21 – December 14, 2014. Season Tickets are $68.00 for General admission, $56.00 for Senior or military, and $46.00 for students with ID or children under 12.
 
Tickets for “An Ideal Husband” are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Militray, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. 
 
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501( c ) 3, Community Theater organization.

 

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 9th at 6 pm at the theater 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 8, 2014.

 

“SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” OPENING AT THEATRE 29 BENEFITS TLC

The opening night gala for Theatre 29’s final production of 2014, “Shakespeare in Hollywood”, by Ken Ludwig, will be sponsored by Tender Loving Cause, the celebrated non-profit organization that has put on the Tender Loving Christmas event for the past 30 years. 

In this hilarious Comedy-Farce, its 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically appeared on the Hollywood set for the filming of a big-budget feature film based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and hilarity ensues.

The TLC sponsored Opening Night Gala is Friday, November 21, and starts at 6 p.m. with a Shakespeare-themed dinner and silent auction. The curtain rises at 7. Desserts will be served at intermission. Tickets for the opening gala are only $25. Proceeds will benefit the 31st annual Tender Loving Christmas celebration in Yucca Valley.For more information about TLC or to purchase tickets for opening night only, call Mara Cantelo at 760-333-2413. Fill your tummy at the gala; help fill the tummies of others Christmas day!

After opening night, “Shakespeare In Hollywood” will run five consecutive weekends through December 20th. The curtain will rise Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm and Sunday Matinees will be at 2:30 pm on November 30th and December 14th.

After the opening Gala, tickets are $12.00 for Adults, $10.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID. Because of Mature themes the show is not recommended for children under 13. 

To purchase tickets and make reservations call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or purchase tickets online at www.theatre29.org.
Now in its 15th year, 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.

 

THEATER 29 TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR “AN IDEAL HUSBAND”

Theatre 29 and Director Butch Pelfrey have announced open auditions will be held for the classic Farce, “An Ideal Husband”, by Oscar Wilde. The veteran Director will be casting eight men and six woman for the play set in London in 1895.

In “An Ideal Husband”, Sir Robert Chiltern seems to have everything – considerable wealth, a blissfully happy marriage to a wife who idolizes him and a stellar career in politics with the promise of even greater things to come. Suddenly he is faced with a terrifying choice: see his career and his marriage in ruins as a secret he thought was buried long ago threatens to erupt - or be party to a swindle of international proportions. Either way he faces disgrace, self-disgust and much, much worse – the knowledge that he will no longer be his beloved wife’s Ideal Husband.

Pelfrey, who has directed nine previous shows at Theatre 29 since 2006, will be casting the following characters:

Sir Robert Chiltern, 40-60ish- Sir Robert is the play's "tragic" hero, a government official who owes his success and fortune to secret scandal. Sir Robert is a "personality of mark" with a manner of impeccable distinction; the contrast between his chiseled jaw and romantic eyes suggests a violently willed separation of thought and emotion in his personality

Lady Gertrude Chiltern, 40-50ish - A woman of grave Greek beauty and twenty-seven years of age, Lady Chiltern embodies the Victorian new woman: upright, virtuous, educated, politically engaged, and active in her husband's career 

Mrs. Cheveley, 30-50ish - One of the play's wittiest and most well dressed characters, Mrs. Cheveley is the vicious and opportunistic villainness, a disciple of the deceased Baron Arnheim who values wealth and power above all. 

Lord Goring, 20-30ish - Of impeccable dress and inimitable wit, Lord Goring is the play's thirty-something dandified philosopher, an idle aristocrat. 

Mabel Chiltern, 20-30ish - An exemplar of English prettiness, Mabel, Sir Robert's pert and clever younger sister.

Lord Caversham, 40-60ish - Father to Lord Goring, Lord Caversham, described as a "fine Whig type," is a stuffy, serious, and respectable gentleman who is firmly opposed to the excesses of his dandified son

Lady Markby, 30-60ish - A pleasant and popular woman with "gray hair à la marquise and good lace." 

Lady Basildon and Mrs. Marchmont, 40-60ish - Lady Basildon and Mrs. Marchmont are described as "types of exquisite fragility" with an affection of manner of delicate charm.

Vicomte de Nanjac, 30-50ish - Attaché at the French Embassy in London, is a young man famous for his ties and Anglomania.

Mr. Montford, 30-50ish - A "perfectly groomed" young dandy and secretary to Sir Robert.

Phipps, 20-30ish - A "mask with a manner" who serves Lord Goring. Phipps is the ideal butler. 

James, 20-30ish - A minor character, James is Lord Goring's footman.

Mason, 20-30ish - Butler to Sir Robert Chiltern.

Harold, 20-30ish - Sir Robert's footman.

The auditions will be held Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 p.m. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in theCity of Twentynine Palms.

Those interested in helping backstage with sets, costumes, props, or set construction are also asked to go to the auditions and leave their contact information.

“An Ideal Husband” will kick of the 2015 Theatre 29 season, opening January 9, 2015 and running five weekends through February 7, 2015. The show will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees on January 18 and February 1, 2015.

Season Tickets for all seven 2015 Main Stage productions are available now at www.theatre29.org, calling the Box office at 760-361-4151 or going to Theatre 29 prior to performances of “Shakespeare in Hollywood” from November 21 – December 14, 2014. Season Tickets are $68.00 for General admission, $56.00 for Senior or military, and $46.00 for students with ID or children under 12.

Tickets for “An Ideal Husband” are available now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 Regular, $10.00 Seniors and Militray, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. 

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

 

ACTING CLASSES STARTING OCTOBER 1st AT THEATRE 29
  
If you have ever wanted to learn more about the Art of Theatre, or if you are a performer looking to sharpen your skills, professional level acting classes will start October 1st at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms.
 
The acting classes will be given by Abe Daniels, winner of the Desert Theatre League “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama” and “Outstanding Director of a Drama” awards for 2013.
 
Daniels says, “Acting is a work in progress and the classes will teach gathering tools and techniques in order to enhance the actors and the audiences experience.”
 
The classes will be offered weekly at the Theatre 29 facility at 73637 Sullivan Road in The City of Twentynine Palms beginning October 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Daniels is a member of the Actors Studio, a non-profit organization for professional actors, directors, and playwrights founded in 1947 in New York City with a Branch in West Hollywood. The Actors Studio provides a place where professional actors work together between jobs or during long runs to continue to develop their craft and to experiment with new forms in creative theatre work. Many known and renowned actors have benefited from their membership with the Actors Studio.

Daniels will teach the “Method Technique”, championed by Lee Strasberg of the Actors Studio. The acting classes at Theatre 29 will be open to ages 16 and up. There will be a $40 fee per month.
 
To sign up for the Acting Classes or for more information, contact Abe Daniels at 626-233-4768.
 
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit, Community Theater Organization and is the only Theater in the Hi or Lo-Desert offering a year-round season of seven plays a year. They also offer a wide variety of special run shows and a Summer Youth Theater program.