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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR 2013

The Board of Directors for the non-profit Community Theater organization, Theatre 29, held their yearly reorganization meeting December 11, 2012 and elected new officers and Board Members for 2013.

Re-elected for two-year terms (2013-2014) were Brian Tabeling, Ken Palmer, Kathryn Ferguson, Robin Schmelling, and Mary Phelps.

They will join incumbent Board members (2012-2013) Frances Wright, Gary Daigneault, Tom Highfill, Marty Nieder, and Cindy Daigneault.

In reorganizing for 2013, for the Executive Board, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to re-elect Brain Tabeling as the Board President for a third term, Gary Daigneault was named as vice-president, Mary Phelps as Board Secretary, and Francis Wright as Treasurer.

President Tabeling 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 - Francis Wright,  Stage Area Manager - Brian Tabeling, Box Office Operations / Mailing List Manager  - Tom Highfill, Publicity - Gary Daigneault, Sponsorship and Patrons - Cindy Daigneault, Security - Ken Palmer, Program Advertisement Sales - Cindy Daigneault & Marty Neider, Snack Bar Manager  - Brian Tabeling, Historian - Judy Andreshak, Props and Costumes Storage  - Mary Phelps, Volunteer Coordinator - Marty Neider, Insurance Coordinator - Robin Schmelling

Named to 2013 Theatre 29 Board Committees were:

Play Selection Committee, Chair, Kathryn Ferguson - Gary Daigneault, Robin Schmelling, Marty Neider, and Frances Wright

Building Committee, Chair, Gary Daigneault - Brian Tabeling, Ken Palmer and Tom Highfill

Special Events Committee (Gala and Dinner) Chair, Kathy Ferguson - Cindy Daigneault and Robin Schmelling

Longtime volunteer and former board member Charles Harvey will continue to oversee all the graphics and printing for Programs, Posters, Flyers and Brochures through his Harvey Multi-Media Productions.

Retired long-time former Board member Judy Andreshak will remain as the organization’s 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.

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 2013 season includes seven productions; A mystery-thriller, Three hit Broadway Musical Productions, a summer Youth Theater Children’s production, another spectacular Halloween Haunt event, and a Classic Holiday favorite.

Ticket prices for 2013 will remain the same;

Regular Admission - $12.00

Seniors and Military - $10.00

Children under 12 and Students with ID - $8.00

Student Rush - standby only, with ID, 5 minutes before curtain - $1.00

2013 Season Ticket Prices:

(All six regular season shows plus the spectacular Halloween Haunt)

Regular - $68.00

Seniors, Military, - $56.00

Children under 12 and Students with ID - $46.00

2013 Season tickets and tickets for individual shows are available now on-line at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151. The state-of-the-art Vendini computer reservation system allows patrons to choose, reserve, and pay for individual seats from the comfort of their home or office computer.  Also, new in 2013, patrons will also be able to purchase tickets through their Mobile device by downloading the WALLETINI app, available free through I-Tunes or Google Play.  Ticket purchase is also now available through the Theatre 29 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/THEATRE29TwentyninePalms, as well as through scanning the QR code on all production posters with a barcode scanner on their smartphone, at various locations throughout the Morongo Basin.

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 2013 will enjoy ultra-comfortable upgraded riser seats obtained when the Marine Base Theater remodeled and floor level seating installed in 2010 after a very successful fund-raising effort.  Additional seats are still available for patrons to sponsor for $100.00 each. Those contributing will get their names on a seating donor plaque to be permanently displayed in the theater lobby.

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 CASTING FOR "DEATHTRAP"

Theatre 29 announces the casting for the first production of the 2013 season, the classic thriller "Deathtrap," by Ira Levin, author of "Rosemary's Baby," "The Stepford Wives," and "The Boys from Brazil."

Sidney Bruhl, a down on his luck playwright looking for the next big play, is played by Leonard Weber. Bruhl receives a great script from unknown playwright Clifford Anderson, played by Benjamin Bees.

Bruhls' understanding wife, Myra Bruhl, will be portrayed by Janet Peercy, Helga Ten Dorp, a visiting Dutch psychic who "sees" much pain, is played by Judy Andreshak, and Porter Milgrim, Sidney's attorney and aspiring novelist with greed in his heart, is Tom Highfill.

The small cast was pre-selected by Theatre 29 veteran Butch Pelfry. Under his direction, the plot bends, spirals, and spins totally out of control as Bruhl and Anderson match wits in this suspenseful nail-biter that provides both thrills and spontaneous laughter.

  "Deathtrap" opens January 11 and runs for five weekends, through February 9, 2013. Performances will be 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on January 20th and February 3rd.

Tickets are $12.00 for general admission; $10.00 for seniors and military; and $8.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID. "Deathtrap" is a comedy drama with some adult language and situations

Season tickets, a great holiday gift idea, are also available now for six main show productions and the spectacular Halloween Haunt at $68.00 for regular seats, $56.00 for seniors and Military and $46.00 for Children under 12 and Students with ID.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151, on-line at www.theatre29.org, or download the “Walletini” app for I-Phone or Android. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

SOROPTIMISTS SPONSOR OPENING OF "DEATHTRAP" AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29's first production of the 2013 season is the classic thriller "Deathtrap," by Ira Levin, author of "Rosemary's Baby," "The Stepford Wives," and "The Boys from Brazil."

Sidney Bruhl needs a killer idea. Once the toast of Broadway, his plays were masterpieces of the murder genre, but it's been years since his last hit. When Bruhl receives a script to die for from unknown playwright Clifford Anderson, he sees a lethal opportunity and invites Anderson to his isolated home. Directed by Theatre 29 veteran Butch Pelfry, the plot bends, spirals, and spins totally out of control as Bruhl and Anderson match wits in this suspenseful nail-biter that provides thrills and spontaneous laughter.

The opening night performance of "Deathtrap" on January 11 is a fundraising gala for Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the curtain rising at 7 p.m. The evening will feature appetizers and desserts made by SI members, with a silent auction concluding during intermission. Tickets to the opening night gala are $25 each and are available from any Soroptimist or at the Flower Garden in Twentynine Palms. Proceeds from the evening will benefit SI scholarships and service projects. For more information, call Tanya Stuckey at 760-265-2552, Dee Foster at 760-362-4057, or Pat Sanford at 760-333-8995.

"Deathtrap" runs for five weekends, January 11 through February 9. After opening night, performances will be 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on January 19th and February 2nd.  Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students with ID. Season tickets are also available. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151, online at www.Theatre29.org, or by scanning the QR code on any production posters for the show around town with your mobile device or by downloading the WALLETINI app and purchasing with your smartphone. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR "GYPSY"


Theatre 29 and Directors Gary Daigneault and Ed Will have announced the audition date for the second show of the 2013 season, The Broadway classic "Gypsy", a musical fable suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.

While early Theatre season announcements featured the Musical "How to Succeed in Business Wthout Really Trying", The licensing Company suspended the rights to accommodate a travelling show in Southern California and the Musical "Gypsy has been substituted.

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

This will be the thirteenth musical in thirteen years directed by the Daigneault-Will team. Daigneault takes the artistic director task, while Will serves as the shows music Director. Local audiences have come to know the team as always producing, high quality, well-produced big cast shows.

Open auditions for "Gypsy" will be held Monday, January 14, at 6:00 pm, at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road (across from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

Daigneault and Will are looking for a cast of up to 35, with many roles open for both adult and younger performers from ages of 12 and older.

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

As the date approaches audition "sides" will be posted on the Theatre 29 website at www.theatre29.org.  Tickets for "Gypsy" are available for $12.00 Regular admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID and children under 12. (The show has some mature themes).


Season tickets for the entire 2013 season of 6 theatrical productions and the "Halloween Haunt" are now available, $68.00 for General Admission, $56.00 for Seniors and Military, and $46.00 for students with ID and children under 12.

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

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which operates year round.

 

QUIRKY HOLIDAY MUSICAL COMEDY, “A DON’T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL” CAST ANNOUNCED AT THEATRE 29

The finale production of Theatre 29s 2012 season, the quirky musical comedy, “A DON’T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL”, will take the stage for five weeks beginning November 16th through December 15th.

The musical, the second show of the growingly popular “Don’t Hug Me” franchise, is helmed by the veteran production team of Director Marty Neider and Musical Director Kathryn Ferguson. 

It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he's skipping Christmas, he storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice, and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he's visited by folk legend, Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Sven takes Gunner on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" only very different. Will Gunner come out of his coma and find redemption with Clara at The Bunyan? Hilarious music and great fun, don’cha know!

Cast in the role of the grumpy Swede, Gunner Johnson is Rob Wanless.  His long suffering wife, Clara Johnson will be played by real-life spouse Betty Wanless. Clueless bar patron, Kunute Gunderson, is Theatre 29 newcomer, Jonathan Fries.  Former singing waitress and the object of Kunute’s unreturned affections, Bernice Lundstrom, will be played by Angelica Miller.  Local singing legend Sven Jorgenson will be played by Charles Harvey.  Another newcomer to Theatre 29, Kyle Swartz, is the understudy for the part of Gunner, who will portray the role on select nights.

Boasting a well balanced cast of veteran performers, as well as talented newcomers, this show promises to thoroughly entertain audiences with a vivacious blend of broad comedy, thoughtful moments and hilarious music, with titles such as “Gunner Fell Into An Ice Hole”, “Grandma Cut the Christmas Cheese” & “The Wheel is Turning But the Hamster is Dead”.   This is a family show guaranteed to provide big laughs to all ages, but the show does have some light adult innuendo.

“A DON’T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL” will run weekends beginning November 16th through December 15th, 2012, with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There also will be a Thursday performance, at 7 p.m. November 29th and a Sunday matinee, at 2:30 p.m. December 2nd.

Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. All tickets sales are available now through the Theatre 29 Web site www.theatre29.org, through scanning the QR code at the bottom of show posters around the basin with your smartphone, download the VENDINIWALLET app for IPhone and Android, or by calling the box office at (760) 361-4151.

Theatre 29 is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to producing quality, family-oriented live arts for the residents of the Morongo Basin. They are located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

NINTH ANNUAL HAUNTING, “ASYLUM”, AT THEATRE 29 THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON!

The annual “haunting” of Theatre 29 opens for a Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days weekend unveiling. For the ninth year in a row, Producer Eric Ross, who honed his skills at Knott’s Scary Farm, and Directors Frances Wright and Charles Harvey have created another Halloween Masterpiece, “Asylum”.  The Theatre 29 Halloween Haunt has become legendary in the entire Morongo Basin for its ever-shifting moods and skillful vignettes. This years spectacular effort is performed by a large and talented cast of over 40 performers.

In this year’s scenario, adventurous souls will be self guided, as they explore the depths of an asylum for the criminally insane that was shut down in the early 1900s for doing unauthorized experiments. Unknown to authorities, some of the inmates and the more dedicated staff never left! Later, the asylum was used for illegal toxic waste dumping which has affected some of the more illustrious guests.  Intrepid visitors will start their experience by going through a sewer, then into a wooded area & graveyard, before "breaking" into the asylum itself, then through reception areas, patient & treatment rooms.

Director Wright said, I am grateful to have been involved with this year’s incarnation and I am looking forward to scaring those brave enough to face the abandoned Asylum and the trapped souls still lurking within.” She also said , “I am thankful to have the support staff and a very cohesive cast this year as well.

If you have the nerve to face the abandoned asylum and all the patients still lurking, tickets will be available through pre-sale at select locations for $5.00 each or at the door for $7.00 each for individuals, and for groups of 4 or more $5.00 each at the door with tours launching every 10-15 minutes. Season ticket holders get their first tour included with their purchase

“Asylum” will come to “life” beginning October 19, ending Halloween night. Performances of this seasonal scare fest will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday nights October 19, 20, 26, 27. Monday & Tuesday performances will be at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM October 29 & 30. Halloween Night, October 31st will be from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Theatre 29, the location of the Asylum” is at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. For further information go to the theatre website at www.theatre29.org, visit us on Facebook or contact the Theatre 29 Box Office at (760) 361-4151

2013 Theatre 29 Season tickets, for seven full live theater productions, including next years “Haunt” are now on sale at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 

 

Cast Selected for Theatre 29’s “Asylum”

Theatre 29, Directors Frances Wright, Charles Harvey and producer Eric Ross have announced the casting for the ninth annual production of Theatre 29’s spectacular Halloween Haunt production; “Asylum”.

In this ninth year of the Halloween specialty production, adventurous souls will be self guided, as they explore the depths of an asylum for the criminally insane that was shut down in the early 1900s for doing unauthorized experiments. Unknown to authorities, some of the inmates and the more dedicated staff never left!  Later, the asylum was used for illegal toxic waste dumping which has further affected some of the more illustrious guests. Theatre 29 creators said, “Fright fans are promised a terror trip they will never forget, if you are up to the challenge.

The roles of the criminally insane cast will be played by; Jarod Burks, Mary Bush, Cody Chapman, Manuel Franco, Stephanie Hart, Brandon Hazel, Tara Henkel, Kylie Howell, Corinne Levy, Peter Otero, Lizzie Schmelling, Marv Schmelling, Cyrus Short, William Stubblefield, Kyle Swartz, Marissa Thomas, Vincent Thomas, Garrett Wright, John Wright, Corey Yarbrough & Justin Yassin

Directors said. We couldn't run our “Asylum” without our trusty technical crew creating the effects and hysteria, Judy Andreshak, Bridget Burks, Christian Carter, Krystal Carter, Wyvonne Davis, Stephanie Hale, Christopher Harris, Christina Hazel, Arielle Healey, Ed Manson, Kyla Rachel, Nicole Rachel, Robin Schmelling, Brandy Thiers, Kris Thomas, Betty Wanless, and Sapphire Wright

If you have the nerve to face the Abandoned Asylum and all the patients still lurking within tickets will be available through presale at select locations for $5.00 each or at the door for $7.00 each for individuals, and for groups of 4 or more $5.00 each at the door with tours launching every 10-15 minutes. Season ticket holders get their first tour included with their purchase

“Asylum” will come to “life” beginning October 19, ending Halloween night. Performances of this seasonal scarefest will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday nights October 19, 20, 26, 27. Monday & Tuesday performances will be at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM October 29 & 30. Halloween Night, October 31st will be from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Theatre 29, the location of the “Asylum” is at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. For further information go to the theatre website at www.theatre29.org, visit us on Facebook or contact the Theatre 29 Box Office at (760) 361-4151

 

 

THEATRE 29 NOW OFFERING 2013 SEASON TICKETS

The hard working volunteers of Theatre 29, The Morongo Basin’s premiere live Theatre venue, have finalized their 2013 season of quality theatrical productions and are now offering season tickets.

The new year-round season includes three major musical productions, a Mystery/Thriller/Comedy, a Summer Youth Theater selections for the kids, and another spectacular Halloween Haunt event.

New for 2013, there will be two Sunday matinees for each show and no Thursday performances.

Theatre 29 Board President Brian Tabeling said, “We were very happy with the quantity and quality of creative and eclectic submissions from area Theatre Directors for the 2013 season. We received 11 submissions for 6 regular season slots, after much careful consideration by our Play Selection Committee and Board of Directors, Theatre 29 has come up with a fascinating, fun, entertaining and artistically balanced year of first class live community theater offerings”.

The 2013 season starts January 11, 2013, the offerings are:

DEATHTRAP

By IRA LEVIN

Directed by BUTCH PELFREY

JANUARY 11  FEBRUARY 9

Matinees: JANUARY 19 & FEBRUARY 2

Sidney Bruhl needs a killer idea. Once the toast of Broadway, his plays were masterpieces of the murder genre, but it has been years since his last hit. When unknown playwright Clifford Anderson posts Bruhl a script to die for, the desperate writer sees a lethal opportunity. This perfect plot is about to bend, to spiral, to spin totally out of control. And in Sidney Bruhl's isolated American home, enjoyable fatal fiction will become shockingly fatal fact. From the author of Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives and The Boys From Brazil, “Deathtrap” is an engrossing puzzle and suspenseful nail biter. This ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients -- gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS

WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

Book by ABE BURROWS, JACK WEINSTOCK & WILLIE GILBERT

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY FRANK LOESSER

Based on “How To Succeed In Business Without ReallyTrying” by Shepherd Mead

Directed by GARY DAIGNEAULT & ED WILL

MARCH 8  APRIL 6

Matinees: MARCH 17 & 31

Power, sex, ambition, greed... it's just another \day at the office. From the authors of GUYS AND DOLLS comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time. A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, this show follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. HOW TO...melds wit, comedy, and romance together to perfection.

RAGTIME

Book by TERRENCE MCNALLY

Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY

Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS

Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow

Directed by CHARLES HARVEY

MAY 3  JUNE 1 Matinees: MAY 12 & 26

This epic musical finds in the experience of three families, circa 1906, all the glories and contradictions that created the American Century. The hopes of immigrants, the legacy of bigotry and the rise of a working class are given voice in the syncopated music that reflected the nation's changing face. Written by the award winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL and LUCKY STIFF), noted playwright Terrence McNally, (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MASTER CLASS), the Tony winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.

SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE

THE PERILS OF GOLDILOCKS

Goldilocks by MATT CASARINO

Goldilocks on Trial by ED MONK

Directed by JOHN WRIGHT

JUNE 28  JULY 27

Matinees: JULY 7 & 21

In GOLDILOCKS, the classic fairy tale gets a comedic makeover as Goldilocks is once again confronted by the Three Bears...and Joe, the Bears' species exchange student. From Goldilocks' house to the Bears' home and back again, a slew of fairy tale characters cross Goldilocks' path to give advice and tell their tales. In GOLDILOCKS ON TRIAL, Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Will she be found guilty and sent to prison, or will the truth come out? It's up to Judge Wallabee and some very silly jurors to decide, after hearing testimony from Goldee, the bickering three Bears, and surprise witness Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, among others... This fresh adaptation teaches young audiences the meaning of responsibility through its clever, upbeat dialogue and audience participation.

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

Book & Lyrics by ERIC IDLE

Music by JOHN DU PREZ & ERIC IDLE

A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motionpicture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

From the original screenplay by GRAHAM CHAPMAN,JOHN CLEESE, TERRY GILLIAM, ERIC IDLE, TERRYJONES, MICHAEL PALIN.

Directed by KATHRYN FERGUSON

AUGUST 23  SEPTEMBER 21

Matinees: SEPTEMBER 1 & 15

In this farcical re-telling of the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's SPAMALOT features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, catapulting cows, coconut carrying swallows and a legless knight. Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot "raises silliness to an art form".

THEATRE 29’S TENTH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HAUNT

NIGHTMARES

Produced by ERIC ROSS

Directed by FRANCES WRIGHT

OCTOBER 18 & 19, 25 & 26, & 31ST 7-10PM

24TH & 30TH 7-9PM

For a decade, the Theatre 29 Halloween Haunt has set the standard in terror. In it’s tenth year, “The Haunt” will set the bar even higher. Tickets will be available only at the door with tours launching every 10-15 minutes. Season ticket holders get their first tour included with their season ticket purchase.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

by CHARLES DICKENS

Adapted by Romulus Linney

Directed by ROB WANLESS

NOVEMBER 15  DECEMBER 14

Matinees: NOVEMBER 24 & DECEMBER 8

A wonderful Holiday treat to delight all ages! Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption comes to life in this production that promises magic and merriment. The miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, is isolated from his community and the spirit of Christmas. With visits from Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, we follow Scrooge on his transformational journey to rejoin the world, find redemption and discover what it means to be fully human. A Christmastime staples for generations, brought for the first time to the Theatre 29 stage. A joy for the whole family!

Season Tickets including all six regular theatrical productions and the special Halloween Haunt event are now on sale at $68.00 for regular admission, $56.00 for Seniors, Military, and $46.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID. To purchase season tickets call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 and leave a message with an address to send a 2013 brochure and order form.

All evening performances start at 7:00 p.m., Sunday Matinees are 2:30 p.m.

Regular admission tickets are $12.00, Senior and Military $10.00, and Children under 12 and Students with ID are $8.00.

Reservations can be made at the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.com. Theatre 29 will pay the fees incurred by those buying tickets on line.

Founded in 1999, Theatre 29 is an all volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 non-profit Community Theater

Organization. Theatre 29 is located at  73637 Sullivan Road, in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR HOLIDAY MUSICAL COMEDY

Theatre 29 and Director Marty Neider have announced open auditions for "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol", a hilarious musical spoof of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Try-outs will be held Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30 PM at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road (around the corner from Barr Lumber) in Twentynine Palms. Audition "sides" are available on the Theatre 29 website at www.theatre29.org.

Those trying out are reminded to prepare 16 bars of music to sing, there will be no live accompanist, so please bring a backup CD or a tape (cued up to where you start singing), you may also bring a song to sing acapella.

The final show of an ambitious 2012 season, "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol" is an outrageously funny take-off of the Classic Dickens play. It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he's skipping Christmas, storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice and goes into a coma.  He comes back in his dream where he's visited by folk legend, Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.  Sven takes Gunner (Scrooge) on a journey similar to that in the traditional "A Christmas Carol" only very different.  Will Gunner come out of his coma and find redemption with Clara at The Bunyan?  This musical has 18 original songs in several different musical styles.

The Director will be looking for performers to fill the following roles:

CLARA JOHNSON - Gunner's wife.  Strong-willed co-owner of a bar called "The Bunyan," who's been married to Gunner for a long time.  (Age 35-50)  Looking for an Alto vocal range

GUNNER JOHNSON - Clara's husband.  Strong-willed co-owner of The Bunyan.  A north woods Archie Bunker.  (Age 35-50)  Bass vocal range

KANUTE GUNDERSON - Oblivious, full of himself business owner.  (Age 20-30)  The character is a Tenor

BERNICE LUNDSTROM  - Pretty, young, dreamy ex-waitress at The Bunyan. (Age 20-30)  She performs music in the Soprano range.

SVEN YORGENSEN - World famous folk legend. A ladies man.  (Age 40-55) Performs in the tenor range.

"A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol" will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 PM from November 16 through December 15, with a Thursday show at 7:00 PM November 29 and a Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM December 9.

Tickets are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults, $10.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID and children under 12.

Theatre 29 is an all volunteer non-profit 501 (c) 3 Community Theater organization located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. For more information call 760-361-4151.

 

 

CLASSIC FAMILY MUSICAL "ANNE OF GREEN GABLES" AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29's production of a new musical version of the classic L.M. Montgomery tale, "Anne of Green Gables" is now open, running through September 22nd.

Brought to the stage, in part through the support of US Bank, this family musical, with music by Nancy Ford and book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer, is helmed by the veteran production team of Director and Musical Director, Kathryn Ferguson and Assistant Director Marty Neider.

"Anne of Green Gables" follows the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts, and all of Prince Edward Island, with her irrepressible spirit and imagination--and wins over audiences with her warm, poignant story about love, home and family.

The cast of skilled veteran performers, as well as promising newcomers, promises a show full of heart, with tuneful melodies and a rustic, homey setting. Vanessa Walton is Anne, with Virginia Sulick as Marilla Cuthbert and Leonard Weber as Matthew Cuthbert. Emily Sheckler plays Diana Barry, with Scott Clinkscales as Gilbert Blythe supported by Analisa Pilecki as Rachel Lynde, Shelly Sheckler as Mrs. Barry, Marissa Thomas as Josie Pye, Amy Fangmeyer as Prissy Andrews and Nena Jimenez as Ruby Gillis, Jasmine Shaffer plays Mary Jo and the Neighbor lady and Ben Bees plays the Station Master, Post Master, Mr. Phillips and the Doctor.

"Anne of Green Gables" will run weekends through September 22nd, 2012, with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There also will be a Thursday performance, at 7 p.m. September 8th and a Sunday matinee, at 2:30 p.m. September 18th.

Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. All tickets sales are available now through the Theatre 29 Web site: www.theatre29.org , or by calling the box office at (760) 361-4151. Theatre 29 is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to producing quality, family-oriented live arts for the residents of the Morongo Basin.

They are located at 73637 Sullivan Road (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ADDS MATINEES, DROPS THURSDAYS, FOR 2013 SEASON

When the Theatre 29 2013 season begins, so does a new performance schedule for the Morongo Basin's premiere live theater venue. The Theatre 29 Board of Directors has adjusted their schedule to make performances easier to attend for patrons who have difficulty or do not care to drive at night. While still scheduling 12 performances of each of their six main stage shows, for 2013 they have dropped the Thursday night show in the third week and added an additional Sunday matinee in the 4th week of the run. The result is performances will be held on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 PM for the entire five-week run, and Sunday Matinees will be held at 2:30 PM on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. There will no longer be any Saturday matinees.

The 2013 season will be announced and 2013 season tickets will first go on sale at a special Four-Chamber "Season announcement Gala", hosted by the Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley Chambers of Commerce at "Friendship Hall" of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 12, 2012. There is no charge for the Season Announcement Gala event. Theatre 29 volunteers and Board members will provide complimentary hors d'oeuvre and a no-host bar including soft drinks will be available.

At the event, the seven directors of the 2013 Theatre 29 season productions will reveal their individual shows with descriptions and featured performances. The new 2013 season will not be revealed until the night of the Gala event.

The season announcement event will give those in attendance the opportunity to secure season tickets first. Season Tickets for all six regular theatrical productions and the special Halloween Haunt event will be $68.00 for regular admission, $56.00 for seniors, Military and DAN Members, and $46.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID.

After the season is announced September 12th, Season tickets will be available on-line at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361 4151, leave a message with a complete address to receive a 2013 brochure and order form. For individual shows, regular admission tickets are $12.00, Senior and Military $10.00, and Children under 12 and Students with ID are $8.00. Reservations can be made at the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or on-line at www.theatre29.org. Theatre 29 will pay the fees incurred by those buying tickets on line.

Founded in 1999, Theatre 29, an all volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 non-profit Community Theater Organization, is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

Morongo Basin Senior Support Services to benefit from opening of "ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, THE MUSICAL" at Theatre 29.

Opening night for Theatre 29's next production, the musical "Anne of Green Gables," is Friday, August 24, and is being sponsored by the Morongo Basin Senior Support Center. Tickets for opening night only are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and are available at the Senior Center in Yucca Valley, 57121 Sunnyslope Drive, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the curtain rises at 7:00 pm.

"Anne of Green Gables" is helmed by the veteran production team of director and musical director, Kathryn Ferguson, and assistant director Marty Neider.

The play follows the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan, Anne Shirley, with fiery red hair and a temper to match, who is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy.

The play runs for five weekends through September 22 with a Thursday night show September 6 and a Sunday matinee September 16. Tickets for shows other than opening night are $8 to $12 and are available by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151 or on line at theatre29.org.

 

 

THEATRE 29, 4 CHAMBERS, HOST 2013 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT GALA

Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin's premiere live theater venue, will join forces with all four Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their 2013 performance season in a unique "Season Announcement Gala" event. The special Four-Chamber event, hosted by the Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley Chambers of Commerce, will feature the announcement of the much anticipated 2013 Theatre 29 season of live theatrical productions.

The season announcement Gala will take place at the spectacular "Friendship Hall" of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center (formerly Mentalphysics) in Joshua Tree from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Business people and individuals from the Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley communities of the Morongo Basin will have a very rare chance to network, get together and discuss business growth and mutual cooperation. Each of the chambers will give a brief presentation on their economic development activities as well as give a snapshot of their upcoming events and benefits of membership. The Four-Chamber event offers a unique opportunity to forge valuable business relationships amongst the Morongo Basin family of communities.

There is no charge for the season Announcement Gala event. The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce will be serving beverages, including beer and wine as well as soft drinks as a fund-raiser. A large selection of complimentary deli delights will also be served to those in attendance by Theatre 29 Board members and volunteers.

Theatre 29 Board President Brian Tabeling will host the event, welcoming those in attendance and starting the presentation and announcement of the three Musicals, Classic Murder Mystery, a Special children's production, and Classic Holiday presentation as well as the updated "Halloween Haunt" planned for 2013.

With sell-out audiences clamoring for seats at Theatre 29, the season announcement event will give only those in attendance the opportunity to secure season tickets first. Season tickets offer theatre-goers a reserved seat to all six of the 2013 stage productions as well as a special Halloween Haunt event in October.

At the Announcement, each of the seven directors selected for the Theatre 29 2013 season will give a sneak peek of their individual shows with featured performances and descriptions. The new 2013 season will not be revealed until the night of the Gala event.

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 Brian Tabeling 760-367-9338.

 

 

CASTING COMPLETED FOR THE MUSICAL “ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” AT THEATRE 29

 Final casting for the Fall production of Theatre 29s 2012 season, a new musical version of the classic L.M. Montgomery tale, “Anne of Green Gables” has been announced by Director Kathryn Ferguson.

The family musical, with music by Nancy Ford and book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer, will take the stage for five weeks beginning August 24th through September 22nd.

Helmed by the veteran production team of Director and Musical Director, Kathryn Ferguson and Assistant Director Marty Neider.  “Anne of Green Gables” follows the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts, and all of Prince Edward Island, with her irrepressible spirit and imagination--and wins over audiences with her warm, poignant story about love, home and family.

Cast in the role of the fiery Anne is Vanessa Walton, fresh from her role in “Suessical”. Strict but with a heart of gold Marilla Cuthbert, is portrayed by Virginia Sulick, who was recognized in 2011 as “Best Actress in a Comedy” by the Desert Theatre League. Her plain-spoken brother, Matthew Cuthbert will be played by Leonard Weber, another “Suessical” alumni.  Anne’s “bosom” friend, Diana Barry, is Emily Sheckler, also last seen in “Suessical”.  Handsome Gilbert Blythe, will be played by Scott Clinkscales, also a “Suessical” alumni for his role as a Wickersham.  Nosy Rachel Lynde is played by Analisa Pilecki, making her Theatre 29 debut.  Snooty Mrs. Barry is Shelly Sheckler, another “Suessical” player.  Gratingly dense Josie Pye is Marissa Thomas, with other students Prissy Andrews and Ruby Gillis will be played by Amy Fangmeyer and Nena Jimenez, respectively.  Rounding out the cast is Jasmine Shaffer, last seen as Sour Kangaroo in “Suessical”, as Mary Jo and the Neighbor lady and Ben Bees, a final “Suessical” alumni, playing the Station Master, Post Master, Mr. Phillips and the Doctor.

Boasting a well balanced cast of veteran performers, talented newcomers, as well as fresh young performers, this show promises to wow audiences with its humor, soul and pathos. Brought to the stage, in part, through the support of US Bank, it is a family show guaranteed to entertain all ages.

“Anne of Green Gables” will run weekends beginning August 24th through September 22nd, 2012, with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There also will be a Thursday performance, at 7 p.m. September 8th and a Sunday matinee, at 2:30 p.m. September 18th.

Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. All tickets sales are available now through the Theatre 29 Web site: www.theatre29.com , or by calling the box office at (760) 361-4151.

Theatre 29 is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to producing quality, family-oriented live arts for the residents of the Morongo Basin. They are located at 73637 Sullivan Road (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT ASSEMBLES EXPERIENCED CAST FOR U.S. DEBUT OF ORIGINAL PLAY "ACTRESS" IN TWENTYNINE PALMS.

Director/Playwright Josh Lazar, a resident of Twentynine Palms, has assembled a striking and experienced troupe of performers for the United States Debut of his critically acclaimed drama "Actress" at Theatre 29.

The play, the second in the Theatre 29 2012 season "Original Play" series, opens August 3rd for a limited two-weekend run. "Actress" is being offered in addition to the regular 6-show production season, and will run on two consecutive weekends August 3-12 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 7:00 pm on August 3-4, 10-11 and two Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM on August 5th and 12th.

Lazar, who splits his time between homes in Twentynine Palms and Los Angeles, held auditions in Los Angeles and has assembled a well-rounded array of five talented performers to bring his work to life. They are;

Mark Colbenson (Gene): A native Minnesotan, Mark has spent 40 years acting and directing. Favorite roles include Joe Keller in "All My Sons", Megs in 'Strange Snow", and title roles in the one-man shows "Einstein, A Stage Portrait" and "Clarence Darrow".

Claire Burgi (Regina) made her professional debut at age ten at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura California in the west coast premiere of Defying Gravity. Claire has performed in numerous productions in Los Angeles and Ventura County, including Penny in Hairspray, Maisie in The Boyfriend, Terry in Babes in Arms, Ursula in Bye Bye Birdie and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Anthony Specchio (Jim) grew up in northern Nevada and moved to Los Angeles to study acting. Favorite roles to date include Paul in Barefoot in the Park, Polo in Hatful of Rain, and Valere in Tartuffe. Anthony also has extensive experience in improvisation work and has intensively studied the Meisner technique at the Baron Brown studio.

Veronica Kelly (Bell) is a native to California by way of Montana. She has been in over 50 plays. She had a blast playing Georgie in "Spiked Heels" at KD Studio in Dallas and channeled her inner Marilyn Monroe while playing Cherie in "Bus Stop". The show closest to her heart is "I Usually Don't Do This" which she co-wrote and co-starred and was presented at Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood.

Jennie Floyd (HEDDA) makes her debut with ACTRESS. A retired management consultant, Jennie has been acting since 2001 in film & TV as well as on stage. She is a member of the acclaimed SkyPilot Theatre Company, based in North Hollywood, and played leads in their original plays.

"Actress" takes place in a week in May in Cleary Minnesota. Judge Gene and Hedda Morgan are waiting for their younger daughter, Regina, to arrive back home for the first time after she ran away 10 years ago to become an actress. Now a big success with a movie coming out, Regina is coming back with her touring company to put on a play at the town's small theatre- the same play Regina's older sister, Bell, starred in at high school. Bell gave up acting after high school to marry a local farmer Jim, and has not acted since. Bitter about giving up acting, she tells Jim she won't go to the play's opening the next night. Bell and Regina have the long simmering battle and Bell says she is still a better actress then Regina. When Regina "calls her bluff" by calling the theatre to tell them Bell will go on in her place, Bell breaks down and explains she gave up acting because she was afraid to go through what Regina has gone through.

The only former production of the powerful original drama "Actress" was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010. Previously, "Actress" won the Connecticut Playwrights Festival award after being developed at The Ensemble Community Theater in New York.

Tickets for "Actress" are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students. Theatre 29, a 501 ( 3 ) non-profit all-volunteer Community Theatre, is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR 2012 HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA “ASYLUM”

Theatre 29, Creator/Producer Eric Ross and Director Frances Wright with the assistance of Charles Harvey, proudly announce auditions for the ninth incarnation of the highly popular Halloween Haunt. The event, this year entitled Asylum, will come to life beginning October 19, ending Halloween night.

Performances of this popular seasonal "scarefest" will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday nights October 19, 20, 26, 27. Monday & Tuesday performances will be at 7:00 pm - 9:00 PM October 29 & 30. Halloween Night, October 31st will be from 7:00 PM -10:00 PM.

The October 19th and 20th haunts will be presented as part of this years Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Pioneer Days celebration.

In Asylum”, all new for 2012, adventurous souls will be self guided, as they explore the depths of an abandoned asylum for the criminally insane, where the inmates never left! Fright fans are promised a terror trip they will never forget this year! Are you up to the challenge?

The production team will be seeking at least 20 performers and behind the scenes technicians, ages 16 & older only. Be prepared to move and perform cold reading, if required.  Auditions will be Tuesday, September 4th beginning at 7:00 PM on the Theatre 29 main stage.

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

Theatre 29 is a non profit, (501 (c) 3), all volunteer Community Theatre Organization. For information about Theatre 29 and the rest of the 2012 season productions and auditions got to www.theatre29.org.

 

 

THEATRE 29 PRESENTS US DEBUT OF ORIGINAL PLAY "ACTRESS"

 Theatre 29 will present the second of their special "Original Play" series on two consecutive Thursday Friday and Saturdays, at 7:00 pm August 3,4,5 and 10,11,12. The play, "Actress", by Twentynine Palms resident Josh Lazar will make its West Coast debut at the Morongo Basin's premiere live theater venue.
 
"Actress" was developed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, won the Connecticut Playwrights Festival Award, and was produced at the Church Street Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Lazar is a lawyer, high school English teacher, journalist and playwright. "Actress" is his first play. Other plays which have been performed in Los Angeles include "Mammitus", "Before Santa Claus", "Confession", "The Apartment" and "The Letter". His most recent play, "Brooklyn Y", won the Best Comedy award last year at the Playwrights Express Festival at First Stage Theatre Company in Los Angeles.
 
Lazar and his wife Kathy, also a lawyer, have been avid Theatre 29 goers for years and were thrilled when Actress was selected for the 2012 season.

Lazar comes from a family immersed in theatre. His mother had roles on and off Broadway for several years, including in "I am a Camera," and his uncle, Steven Hill was a noted TV actor and the original lead in the Mission Impossible TV series.
 
Lazar said, ""Actress" was written as homage to world of theatre, and the tortuous road that actors travel in pursuing their dreams. "Actress" is also about giving up those dreams, and the road to self-acceptance. If there is a motto to the play, it is this: You can achieve anything, as long as you are willing to pay the price to get there".

In the play, Sparks fly when the younger "prodigal" daughter of a conservative local judge, who ran away from her small home town in Minnesota to become an actress in Hollywood, returns after 10 years to star in the town theatre's production of the same play her talented older sister, who gave up acting to marry a farmer, starred in her senior year in high school. Old wounds resurface, rivalries ignite, and each character must come to terms with the truth of their own past before the curtain descends.
 
The show features a seasoned cast of up and coming performers with strong theatrical backgrounds, Mark Colbenson as "Gene", Claire Burgi as "Regina", Anthony Specchio "Jim", Veronica Kelly "Bell, and Jennie Floyd as "Hedda".

In June, Theatre 29 debuted their special Original Play series with "The Memory Jar" by Kurt Schauppner in an effort to give local playwrights an opportunity to see their work on stage and allow area audiences to see compelling new theater. Now, with "Angel", Josh Lazar brings his prodigious talent to the Twentynine Palms stage to complete the series.
 
Tickets for "Actress" are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students.
 
Theatre 29, a 501 ( 3 ) non-profit all-volunteer Community Theatre, is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

"SEUSSICAL" AT THEATRE 29 IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

The Broadway smash hit musical "Suessical" running at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms through July 28 is a real family affair!

The delightful family-friendly show is based on the children's books of Dr. Seuss and features characters and situations that generations grew up with. The adventures of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, Sour Kangaroo, and more favorites are brought colorfully to life in the bright and energetic musical Directed by Gary Daigneault with Musical Direction by Bill Barrett and Choreography by Mandi Pushkar.

The summer blockbuster show is a fun endeavor involving many area families. The Schmelling family has their entire family involved, Dad Marv plays The Mayor of Whoville, wife Robin is running the specialized sound tracks, daughter Lauren is Gertrude McFuzz, and daughter Lizzie shines in a variety of quick-change roles. 13 year old Kayleigh Coughlin plays Jojo and her 8 year old sister Natalie charms as Cindy-Lou Who. Robin Wilson is brassy as Mayzie LaBird while her daughter Kirby Davis-Wilson is sassy as one of the Bird Girls. Director Gary Daigneault sees wife Cindy playing the Grinch and his grandson, Quentin Roberts, 10, drives the Circus McGurkus train. Choregrapher Mandi Pushkar has husband Robert Pushkar as her assistant, daughter Jasmine  on stage and daughter Audrey runs a spotlight. More family fun on stage with Shelly Sheckler joined on stage with her daughter, Emily, and while young Linnea Hilderbrand is in the spotlight, Mom Celeste Hilderbrand is running the theater's new Hi-Tech Projection system. Costuming genius Kathryn Ferguson has her husband, Charles Harvey in the show as Horton the Elephant.

With an all-volunteer cast of 27 and stage crew of 10, "Suessical", is the essence of true community theater for the entire Morongo Basin. The powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant; in a story that makes you laugh and cry, "Seussical".

Tickets for the five-week run are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.  Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students.

Theatre 29, a 501 ( 3 ) non-profit all-volunteer Community Theatre, is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – THE MUSICAL”

Twentynine Palms Ca: Auditions for the fifth production of Theatre 29’s 2012 season, the heart-warming new musical, “Anne of Green Gables”, have been scheduled for Monday, July 2nd at 6:00pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road, across from Barr Lumber in Twentynine Palms. This musical, based on the children’s classic novel of the same name by Lucy Maud Montgomery, will take the stage for five weeks beginning August 24th through September 22th. Follow the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts, and all of Prince Edward Island, with her irrepressible spirit and imagination--and wins over audiences with her warm, poignant story about love, home and family. Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson will be seeking a cast of thirteen singer/actors for this production. The roles being cast are:
 

 Anne Shirley (Age 14-16, ages up 3 years during play): Orphan who comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert (brother and sister). Sees the world thru rose colored glasses, sees the best in everything. Strong singer
 Matthew Cuthbert (Age 55+): Gentle farmer getting older and harder to do all the work so decides to take in an orphan “boy” to help.
 Marilla Cuthbert (50+),: Matthew's sister, an old maid, keeps the house and takes care of the farm and her brother.
 Diana Barry (14-16).: Anne's new best friend, Very sweet and pleasant.
 Gilbert Blythe (14-16) Rambunctious, smartest boy in class but ineloquent when it comes to his budding love interest Anne.
 Rachel Lynde (Age 45+): Marilla's best friend, nosy, chatterbox, opinionated heavyset.
 Mrs. Barry (Age 40+): Diana's mother, busy with several children.
 Josie Pye (14-16): unmotivated and lazy student
 Mary Jo (Adult – Age Open): hired girl who works for Mrs. Barry, also plays a neighbor lady.
 Postmaster (Adult – Age Open): Also plays the doctor and stationmaster.
 Mr. Philips (20-30): schoolteacher, in Green Gables
 Prissy Andrews (10 -14): school girl in Green Gables
 Ruby Gillis (10-14): school girl in Green Gables
 

Show dates are August 24-25, 31-September 01, 06-08, 14-16, 21-22. Please come to audition prepared with either a karaoke tape or professional backing track as accompaniment, (No background vocals, please!) as there will be no live accompaniment available. Dress to move. Be prepared for cold reading, pre-selected sides are available for review on our website: www.theatre29.org, choose the “Auditions” tab and follow the links. Music samples from the production are also available on that page. For more information, contact the director, Kathryn Ferguson via email at theatre29programs@msn.com or call the Box Office at (760) 361-4151.

 

 

 

29 PALMS ROTARY HOSTS OPENING OF "SEUSSICAL" AT THEATRE 29

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club is hosting the opening night of "Seussical, the Musical”, at Theatre 29 Friday, June 29th. The Broadway Blockbuster is under the Artistic Direction of Gary Daigneault, Musical Director is Bill Barrett with Choreography by Mandi Pushkar.

For this special opening night event, doors open at 6:00 p.m. with complimentary Dr. Seuss themed hors d'oeuvres and punch. The snacks will be served until the curtain opens at 7:00 p.m. In addition, at intermission, delicious desserts will be served. All proceeds will go to the local scholarships and community service provided by the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club, part of Rotary International, the largest and most prestigious service club in the world.

The very family-friendly "Seussical" will debut a major addition to the Theatre 29 experience, a "new technology" digital projector system which will allow the creative team at Theatre 29 to project backdrops, special effects, and moving scenes across the entire back wall seamlessly and silently.

Tickets are $25 per person, for the opening night gala only, and can be purchased through members of the Twentynine Palms Rotary or by calling the Twentynine Palms Recreation Department at 760-367-7562. Tickets are also available at the Z107.7 FM studios In Joshua Tree and The Loan Lady in Yucca Valley. Tickets for the special opening Night gala are also available by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

"SEUSSICAL" is described as a "a fantastical, musical extravaganza!" All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters from 15 of his books are brought to life: Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie, and a imaginative little boy--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the world of the Whos. Follow Horton, who finds himself protecting his tiny friend Jojo (and all the Whos) from a world of naysayers & dangers, but also an abandoned egg, left by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, but the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant; in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

"SEUSSICAL" will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 From June 29 until July 28 with a Thursday show at 7:00 pm July 12, and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm July 22.. After opening night, tickets for the rest of the five-week run are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students. Theatre 29, a 501 ( 3 ) non-profit all-volunteer Community Theatre, is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 DEBUTS ORIGINAL PLAY "THE MEMORY JAR"


Theatre 29 and Director/Playwright Kurt Schauppner have opened the first of this year's special "Original Play" series.

"The Memory Jar" will perform for a limited run with performances at 7:00 pm June 8,9,15,16. Matinee Performances will be offered on June 10th and 17th at 2:30 pm. The "Original Play" series is above and
beyond the regular Theatre 29 season, written and Directed by Twentynine Palms residents.

In "The Memory Jar", Schauppner, also playwright of "The Unbroken Chain" and "April", has crafted a powerful story for the local stage. With their patriarch facing a grave illness, a fractured family gathers together in the family home, a former homesteader's cabin in Deseret Valley. When the oldest child proposes creating a memory jar for their parents, the youngest child balks, claiming that memories
are faulty at best. There may, however, be a very real reason secret hidden within.

The cast features Tom Highfill as Christopher Barrett, Marty Neider as Cassandra Barrett, Susan Usher as Alexandra Barrett-Murphy, Keith Roleff as Devin Murphy, Rob Wanless as Arthur Barrett, Joshua Morris as Alan Barrett, Sue Kelly as Miss Stasse, and Faraimo FuiFui as Sam.

Tickets for "The Memory Jar" are available now by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12,00 for regular admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Children
under 12 and students with ID.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR "SEUSSICAL" THE MUSICAL

 

Theatre 29 and Artistic Director Gary Daigneault, Musical Director Bill Barrett, and Choreographer Mandi Pushkar have announced the casting for the summer blockbuster, "SEUSSICAL" the Musical.

"SUESSICAL" is described as a "a fantastical, musical extravaganza!" All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters from 15 of his books are brought to life: Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie, and a imaginative little boy--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the world of the Whos. Follow Horton, who finds himself protecting his tiny friend Jojo (and all the Whos) from a world of naysayers & dangers, but also an abandoned egg, left by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, but the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

The lead roll of HORTON THE ELEPHANT is played by veteran actor and Theatre 29 veteran, Charles Harvey. THE CAT IN THE HAT will be played by Yucca Valley High School graduate and UCLA Theater student Chris Fleischman. The curious, mischievous JOJO is being portrayed by Kayleigh Coughlin of Twentynine Palms. The popular GERTRUDE McFUZZ character is being performed by Lauren Schmelling, MAYZIE La BIRD is Robin Wilson with Jasmine Shaffer as SOUR KANGAROO.

MR. MAYOR of Whoville is Marv Schmelling with Patti Brown as MRS. MAYOR. GENERAL GENGHIS KHAN SCHMITZ is Ron Bryant. The BIRD GIRLS are being sung by Jami Tyus, Katie Van Sumeren, and Kirby Davis-Wilson. THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS are Ben Bees, Scott Clinkscales, and Leonard Weber.

The ensemble, playing Whos, Circus characters, Jungle animals, Hunters, the Judge and the Grinch are; Susan Brundage, Natalie Coughlin, Charlene Childs, Linnea Hilderbrand, Cindy Daigneault, Jazmin Pushkar, Lizzie Schmelling, Cathy Inscore, Emily Sheckler, Shelly Sheckler, Vanessa Walton, and Amanda Winters

"SUESSICAL" will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 From June 29 until July 28 with a Thursday show at 7:00 pm July 12, and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm July 22. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm from May 8 until opening.

Tickets are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students.

Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.  Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer community theater overseen by an elected volunteer Board of Directors under President Brian Tabeling.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2013 SEASON

Theatre 29 is beginning the process of selecting plays, comedies, dramas and musicals for their 2013 season.

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

The Theatre 29 play selection committee will review all requests and submit a recommended 2013 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 2013 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. The Play Selection Committee reserves the right to require additional directorial qualifications on a case-by-case basis.

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

Theatre 29 will present six or seven productions during the 2013 calendar year. Each play will run 12 performances over a 5 week run. Each play will have a Thursday performance the third week and a matinee the fourth week. Matinees will be on Saturdays or Sundays at the discretion of the director. The schedule allows for a minimum 7 week rehearsal cycle.  All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

Tentative 2013 season slots:

 Show: 1 January 11 – February 9

 Show: 2 March 8 – April 6

 Show: 3 May 3 – June 1

 Show: 4 June 28 – July 27

 Show: 5 August 23 – September 21

 Haunt or Halloween themed show: October 17-18-19, 24-25-26, 31

Show 6: November 15 - December 14

 

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

 

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2012. Prospective Directors can review their responsibilities on the Directors page at www.theatre29.org. For further information call Theatre 29 Season Selection Committee member Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.

 

 

THE CAST IS LAUGHING TOO DURING SCREWBALL COMEDY, "A LITTLE MURDER NEVER HURT ANYBODY", AT THEATRE 29

As delighted audiences fill Theatre 29 with belly laughs during the latest production, "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody" at Theatre 29, the cast is laughing right along with them. Director John Wright says the cast started clicking right away during rehearsals for the screwball comedy and the humor was infectious. He said it started during a scene in which Bunny (Lauren Schmelling), and Donald (Chris Fleischman) dip each other for kisses. The cast started ribbing Fleischman because Schmelling was a better dipper for the kiss then he was!

Jericho McWilliams, as the goofy Detective Plotnik, had to figure the best way to fall without getting himself hurt while still producing a gut splitting fall that the audience would buy into. Tom Highfill (Matthew Perry) had to practice with a blowgun to make an extraordinary shot across the stage into the wall. All of that goofiness kept the veteran cast in stitches most of the time. Wright also remarked that Cheryl Gillon (Julia Perry) with great facial expressions and comedic timing and Marv Schmelling (the butler) are a pure joy to witness on stage. 

"A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody", homage to the screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's, is a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless. After Mr. Perry cheerfully informs his wife he plans to kill her, Julia cleverly dodges Matthew's devious murder attempts. Meanwhile, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously. It seems Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia. Enter Detective Plotnik, a Sam Spade reincarnation who suspects everyone, but hasn't a clue.

"A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody" plays at 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights through June 2nd, with a Thursday performance at 7:00 PM May 17th, and a Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM May 27th. Tickets are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 SETS AUDITIONS FOR ORIGINAL PLAY “ACTRESS”

Theater 29 has set open auditions for the second in their “Original Play” series featuring plays written by local playwrights. “Actress”, by Twentynine Palms Resident Josh Lazar, will run for a limited two weekend run August 3, 4, 5, and 10, 11, 12, 2012.

The Sparks fly when a small town judge and his wife’s youngest "prodigal" daughter runs away to become an actress in Hollywood and returns 10 years later to star in the town theatre's production of the same play her talented older sister- now a farmer’s wife- starred in her senior year in high school. Old wounds resurface, rivalries ignite, and each character must come to terms with the truth of their own past before the curtain descends.

 “Actress” was developed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, won the Connecticut Playwrights Festival, and was produced at the Church Street Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “Actress” explores the costs of pursuing our dreams - and the regrets that come with not having done so - and the magical but difficult road to becoming an “Actress”. The setting of the play is a small town in Minnesota.

 Auditions will be held Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm at the Theatre 29 facility at 73637 Sullivan Road, (around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms. Actors should bring a resume limited to acting experience and a photograph or headshot. Actors should be prepared to read any of the available sides for the character they wish to audition for; actors may (but are not required to) bring additional material from another play, or a monologue, to read. Callbacks, if any, will be held Sunday, June 10th, or Monday, June 11th, at another location. The cast will be announced no later than Monday, June 11th.

 Anyone wishing to audition who cannot make the June 9th audition date may contact Josh Lazar at YASHKAJL@YAHOO.COM or call him at 714 661 3794.

”ACTRESS” will run for six performances on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday Matinees on August 3, 4 and 5, and 10, 11 and 12. Rehearsals will generally be held Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm (although times and dates may vary after rehearsal begins) from Tuesday, June 12, 2012 until opening. Anyone interested in working backstage, stage construction, painting, lighting, sound, costumes, or props are requested to come to the June 9th audition.

ROLES BEING SOUGHT

REGINA (YOUNGER SISTER) (age 25-35) Character traits: Vulnerable, sensitive, grows up in the shadow of Bell, but ultimately tough and passionate enough to succeed as an actress.

 BELL (OLDER SISTER) (age 25-35) Character traits: A “country girl” married to a farmer, unsophisticated, comfortable with her family life, but a domineering and jealous older sister who must always hold “center stage”. Regina’s return forces her to confront herself and ask: why did she give up her dream?

 JIM (BELL’S HUSBAND) (age 30-40) Character traits: A “country boy”. Easy going, sociable, effusive, he sees life through a simple, clear lens, and his wife’s sudden transformation into a bitter woman obsessed with regret baffles him.

 HEDDA (age 50-60) Character traits: A stay at home wife married to a domineering husband, she is the rock of the family which she lost when Regina ran away ten years ago. Constantly “chatty” to hide her nervousness, always trying to put out the brushfires that start when Regina returns, she remains focusedthroughout the play on one thing: to get her family back.

 GENE (HEDDA’S HUSBAND) (age 50-60) Character traits: The local town judge, gruff, domineering at home, no feminine side to speak of. He has a great relationship with Bell and Jim, but he was humiliated when Regina ran away ten years ago, and he’s not throwing down the welcome mat when she returns. His saving grace is that he is very much in love with his wife - and she knows it.

 Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer community theater overseen by an elected Volunteer Board of Directors.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR ORIGINAL "THE MEMORY JAR"

Theatre 29 and Director/Playwright Kurt Schauppner have announced the cast for the first of this year's special "Original Play" series. "The Memory Jar" will perform for a limited run with performances at 7:00 pm June 8,9,10 and 15,16,17, 2012.

The "Original Play series is two extra shows, above and beyond the regular Theatre 29 season, written and Directed by Twentynine Palms residents. The plays written by Schauppner, the Editor of the Desert Trail Newspaper, and Josh Lazar, an Attorney, were selected for the special series by the theatre 29 Board of Directors after reviewing their original plays submitted for the 2012 season. Lazar's "Actress" will run August 3, 4, 5 and 15, 16, 17, 2012.

In "The Memory Jar", Schauppner, also playwright of "The Unbroken Chain" and "April", has crafted a powerful story for the local stage. With their patriarch facing a grave illness, a fractured family gathers together in the family home, a former homesteader's cabin in DeseretValley. When the oldest child proposes creating a memory jar for their parents, the youngest child balks, claiming that memories are faulty at best. There may, however, be a very real reason secret hidden within.

The cast features Tom Highfill as Christopher Barrett, Marty Neider as Cassandra Barrett, Susan Usher as Alexandra Barrett-Murphy, Keith Roleff as Devin Murphy, Rob Wanless as Arthur Barrett, Joshua Morris as Alan Barrett, Sue Kelly as Miss Stasse, and Faraimo FuiFui as Sam.

Tickets for "The Memory Jar" are available now by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12,00 for regular admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID.

 

 

THEATRE 29 HOSTING “A LITTLE MURDER NEVER HURT ANYONE” OPENING NIGHT GALA

The Theatre 29 Board of Directors is hosting the opening night of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody”, Directed by John Wright, as a special fund-raiser to purchase a state-of-the-art digital projection and screen system. The hilarious whodunit by Ron Bernas opens May 4, 2012.

For this special opening night event, doors open at 6:00 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvre, wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic beverages. The snacks will be served until the curtain opens at 7:00 p.m. Theatre 29 Sponsorship and Patron Committee Chairperson Cindy Daigneault said a variety of desserts and coffee will be available at intermission for the opening nigh event. In addition, at intermission, delicious desserts will be served.

All proceeds will go to a major addition to the Theatre 29 experience, a “new technology” digital projector and screen system which will allow a 15 x 8 foot screen to be mounted across the rear wall of the stage. The new projector and screen will allow the creative team at Theatre 29 to project backdrops, special effects, and moving scenes across the entire back wall seamlessly and silently. The new system will make its debut in the blockbuster summer musical “Suessical”.

Tickets are $25 per person, for the opening night gala only, and can be purchased through members of the Theatre Board, at the Z107.7 FM studios in Joshua Tree, and The Loan Lady in Yucca Valley. Tickets for the special opening Night gala are also available by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. In “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” It’s New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion, Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all, but Matthew wants something more -- to be rid of his wife, Julia, so he can have some real fun! He resolves to murder Julia by the New Year’s end, and tells her so. She vows to stay alive, and tells him so. And so the game begins.

“A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” plays at 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights May 4 – June 2, with a Thursday performance at 7:00 PM May 17th, and a Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM May 27th. After opening night, tickets for the rest of the five-week run are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students.
 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “A LITTLE MURDER NEVER HURT ANYBODY”.  

Theatre 29 and Director John Wright have completed the casting for the 3rd show of the 2012 season, “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody.” By Ron Bernas. The comedy murder mystery (yup, all three!) will open May 4 and run five weekends through June 2.

In “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” It’s New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion, Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all, but Matthew wants something more -- to be rid of his wife, Julia, so he can have some real fun! He resolves to murder Julia by the New Year’s end, and tells her so. She vows to stay alive, and tells him so. And so the game begins. A hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless. While Julia cleverly dodges Matthew’s devious murder attempts, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously. It seems Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia. As the bodies are falling, dim-witted daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her wedding to unwitting Donald since all the intended gift-bearing guests are dying. Enter Detective Plotnik, a Sam Spade reincarnation who suspects everyone, but hasn’t a clue. That is, not until Donald stumbles upon Julia and gentlemanly butler Buttram in what Donald mistakenly perceives as a compromising situation. Donald jumps to the conclusion that Julia is the murderer -- trying to murder Matthew! “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” is homage to the screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s.

 Wright, who made his directorial debut at Theatre 29 with “Pinocchio” last season, has assembled a very talented cast of veterans of Theatre 29 for this production. Playing Matthew Perry, a man who from birth has had more dollars than sense, is Tom Highfill, last seen in “Barbecuing Hamlet”. Playing Buttram, the family butler for many years, though convinced he is above being a butler, is Marv Schmelling. Matthew’s wife, Julia Perry, a classy, intelligent woman who loves her husband despite his many faults, will be played by Cheryl Gillon. Matthew and Julia’s sweet, but dim-witted and deeply shallow daughter, Bunny Perry, is played by Lauren Schmelling. Donald, Bunny’s fiancée, is very earnest, and very much in love with Bunny, despite her lack of savvy, is played by Chris Fleishman. Rounding out the cast as Plotnik, a witless detective, who fancies himself a cynical gumshoe, but lacks the savvy to locate, let alone solve, a crime, is Jericho McWilliams.

“A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” plays at 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights May 4 – June 2, with a Thursday performance at 7:00 PM May 17th, and a Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM May 27th. Tickets are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

AUDITIONS SET FOR SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER MUSICAL "SUESSICAL" AT THEATRE 29

For the twelfth consecutive year, the creative team of Gary Daigneault and Ed Will are directing the Theatre 29 summer blockbuster musical. For 2012, the team, with Daigneault taking on the task of artistic Director and Will as Musical Director has selected the kid-friendly "SUESSICAL", based on the works of Dr. Suess. Newly returned Theatre 29 veteran Mandi Pushkar will be the show's Choreographer

SUESSICAL is described as a "a fantastical, musical extravaganza!" All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life: Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie, and a imaginative little boy--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the world of the Whos. Follow Horton, who finds himself protecting his tiny friend Jojo (and all the Whos) from a world of naysayers & dangers, but also an abandoned egg, left by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, but the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

Auditions will be held Monday, May 7th, at 6:00 pm at the Theatre 29 facility at 73637 Sullivan Road, (around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms. The cast of 24 will include 6 children's parts (10 or over, younger only with previous theater experience). All performers will need to sing and demonstrate basic competent movement ability. The most skilled dancer/movers are The Cat, Mayzie, The Bird Girls, The Wickershams, Vlad, and the Jungle Animals. A number of performers play several characters (circus performers or creatures etc.) The characters are:

THE CAT IN THE HAT (age 16-30)

HORTON (age 20-35)

GERTRUDE (age 18-30)

MAYZIE (age 25-35)

THE SOUR KANGAROO (age 25 -40) and ROO (age 6)

BIRD GIRLS (Age 19- 30)

WICKERSHAMS (age 17 -35)

JOJO (age 8-12)

MR. MAYOR (age 30-50)

MRS. MAYOR (age 25-45)

GENERAL GENGHIS KHAN SCHMITZ (age 30-60)

THE GRINCH (age 25-45)

YERTLE, THE TURTLE (age 20 -40)

VLAD VLADIKOFF (age 19-35)

JUNGLE ANIMALS (age 10- 40)

WHOVILLE CHARACTERS

WHOS CITIZENS (all ages)

SUESSICAL will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 From June 29 until July 28 with a Thursday show at 7:00 pm July 12, and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm July 22. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm from May 8 until opening. Anyone interested in working backstage, stage construction, painting, lighting, sound, costumes, or props are requested to come to the may 7th audition.

Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer community theater overseen by an elected volunteer Board of Directors under President Brian Tabeling. For more information about auditions for SUESSICAL, call Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.

 

 

"Lost in Yonkers" an artistic gem for Theatre 29
 
There is some serious theatrical magic going on at Theatre 29 as “Lost in Yonkers” runs through April 7th. Director Rebecca Havely has molded the “memory play” by Neil Simon into an artistic gem for the all volunteer community theater.
 
Havely chose to interpret the drama with nuances which grip and delight audiences and help bring her characters, and their world, Yonkers, to vivid life. “Lost in Yonkers” is getting critical raves, and has been dubbed a “must see” show by the area theater community.
 
While the original script, set in 1942, mentions a Candy Shop below Grandma's Yonkers apartment, it was never actually seen. Since Theatre 29 had such an interesting stage layout, Havely, a multi-award winning director, was able to have the Candy Shop set after all. That gave her the opportunity to allow more performers who auditioned to be a part of the cast. She says the cast can't wait till closing night to raid all the candy jars on the set, “We told them to bring trick-or-treat bags with them”, she chuckled. 
 
Havely also enhanced the original by bringing the show’s voice overs to life. The voice overs by the boys Dad reading his letters while traveling by train in the south, are usually only just voice overs.  Havely said , “I thought an actual train car set would be appropriate so we can see the Dad, in his work clothes traveling with strangers in an old time train. We turned what would have been just voice overs in black-outs to really sweet scenes with an old fashioned feel that add to the 1940's period piece.
 
In “Lost in Yonkers”, Bella, is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne'r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hood in a strange new world called Yonkers.

“Lost in Yonkers” plays at 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights, with a Thursday performance at 7:00 pm March 22nd, and a Saturday Matinee at 2:30 pm March 31st.
 
Tickets are available now online at www.theatre.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students.
 
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

RELAY FOR LIFE SPONSORS OPENING NIGHT AT THEATRE 29 MAY 9TH

The opening night gala for Theatre 29's newest production, Lost in Yonkers, is a benefit for the 2012 Relay for Life Morongo Basin. Tickets for the Friday, March 9, performance are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. The doors open at 6 with light hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and a silent auction. A variety of desserts will be available during intermission. The curtain rises at 7. Call Betty Wanless at 760-449-6893 for tickets, or to make a donation for the silent auction.
 

 

THEATRE 29 RECEIVES U.S. BANCORP FOUNDATION GRANT

 For the second year in a row, U.S. Bank, through the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, presented an arts and culture grant to Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms.  The bank followed up a Grant for $1,500.00 in 2010 with another $2,000.00 for the year 2011. The non-profit, all volunteer community theater is grateful to U.S. Bank for having pledged their support for a second straight year.

U.S. Bank, with branches in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms, provides grants, through the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, to non-profit organizations and programs that build audiences for the arts, especially among underserved populations, bring select and limited civic amenities to underserved, rural communities or promote the arts in education.

Theatre 29 Board President, Brian Tabeling, said, “We are very thankful for the continuing support of U.S. Bank, which allows our organization to increase its theatrical offerings and improve our facilities. They have been a great community partner”.

U.S. Bank is a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB). The U.S. Bancorp Foundation contributes to the strength and vitality of local communities through partnerships that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low- and moderate-income individuals and families and enhance the cultural and artistic life of the communities in which U.S. Bancorp operates.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $340 billion in assets as of December 31, 2011, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,085 banking offices in 25 states and 5,053 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the 2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com for more information.

Theatre 29 is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to producing quality, family-oriented live arts for the residents of the Morongo Basin. They are located at 73637 Sullivan Road (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “LOST IN YONKERS”.

Theatre 29 and Director Rebecca Havely have completed the casting for the 2nd show of the 2012 season, Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.”  The comedy will open March 9 and run five weekends though April 7, 2012.
By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. Bella, is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne'r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hood in a strange new world called Yonkers.
Havely, a multi-award winning actress and director making her directorial debut at Theatre 29, has assembled a talented cast of veterans and newcomers to the non-profit Community Theater’s stage.
Playing the quirky Grandma Kurnitz, is veteran actress Sue Kelly. As Aunt Bella, no stranger to the stage but making her Theatre 29 debut, is Stephanie Gillham. Making his acting debut as Uncle Louie is Joshua Tree resident and violinist, Tim Kelly. Eddie Kurnitz will be played by Jericho McWilliams (you may remember him as Sister Mary Amnesia in the recent production of Nunsense Amen). As young Jay Kurnitz, the talented Jarod Burks. As younger brother Arty, Vincent Thomas takes the role for the majority of the run with Theatre 29 favorite, Cyrus Short understudying and performing one weekend. Aunt Gert, portrayed by Judy Andershak, will be another shared role’ Marty Nieder will fill in for opening week end. Rounding out the cast are Candy Shop patrons including, Wendy Lane, Charlotte Havely & Darren Sheffield.
“Lost in Yonkers” plays at 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights, with a Thursday performance at 7:00 PM March 22nd, and a Saturday Matinee at 2:30 PM March 31st.
Tickets are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students.
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.
 

 

Sunday Matinee February 5th for “Jake’s Women” at Theatre 29

“Jake’s Women” continues its very successful run at Theatre 29 through February 11. Director Butch Pelfrey and his talented cast are leaving audiences delighted and garnering rave reviews.

In “Jake’s Women”, America's premier comic playwright, Neil Simon, makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with real life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females.

In addition to the regular performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm, Theatre 29 is planning a 2:30 matinee on February 5th. Tickets for the regular performances and the Sunday matinee are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased from the box office during any performance, or by calling (760) 361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.org .

2012 Season tickets to Theatre 29 are still available, $68; $56 for seniors and military; and $46 for children and students.

Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

"Jake's Women" at Theatre 29‏

When the curtain went up for the opening night of the Neil Simon comedy, ”Jake’s Women” at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, Director Butch Pelfrey knew he had a hit on his hands. “The cast is highly motivated and have strived to develop the characters as they feel Neil Simon would want.” he said.

The play tells the story of Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with real life, facing a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife, who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife.

Pelfrey, directing his seventh show for the highly successful community theater speaks very highly of his performers. “K.W. Heckart, as Jake, is doing a fantastic representation of a man slowly losing his wife and his mind.” he said. He describes Jake's sister Karen, Wendy Costello, as “both a comfort and an irritant to Jake, She’s there when he needs her and when he wishes to be left alone.” Pelfrey said Janet Peercy, as Jake's current wife Maggie, is “absolutely riveting in her ability to ride the emotional roller coaster that is her marriage and Cheryl Gillon, as Sheila, Jake's current "another woman", provides the funniest situation of the play.”

The veteran Director, recently retired after a long career with the Marine Corps, both as a Marine and instructor, had equally high praise for some of the newcomers and younger members of his cast, saying, “Rebekah Douglas is superb as Julie, Jake's deceased wife whom he has never fully released from his heart even ten years after her death. Jeanne Rodick, as Jake's shrink, Edith, is a refreshing new face on the Theatre 29 stage. Kara Dailey, as Jake's daughter Molly at 21, is also a new comer to Theatre 29, she is a breath of fresh air able to cover the complete range of emotions necessary and Kayleigh Coughlin as Molly at age 12 is wonderfully emotional and insightful.”

“Jake’s Women” plays through February 11, with Friday and Saturday night performances at 7:00 p.m., a Thursday night performance at 7:00 p.m. January 26, and a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee February 5.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased from the box office during any performance, or by calling (760) 361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.org .

Season tickets to Theatre 29 are still available, $68; $56 for seniors and military; and $46 for children and students.

Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road, (right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.

 

 

THEATRE 29 HOLDS OPEN HOUSE FOR BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEERS

In addition to the many volunteers that appear on the theatre 29 stage in various comedies. Dramas, and musicals, there is a hard working cadre behind the scenes.

Theatre 29 will be holding a special open house event looking for those who would like to help building sets and props, costuming, helping change sets backstage, running sound and lights, and more.

Theatre 29 President Brian Tabeling said, “We often get calls from volunteers who want to help backstage and this is a chance to gather those potential volunteers, explain them what exactly what is done and assign them to specific Directors and shows”. Theatre 29 has an ambitious nine show schedule for 2012.

Anyone wishing to help the all volunteer Community Theater Organization backstage is asked to meet at the Theatre 29 building, 73637 Sullivan Road (around the corner from Barr Lumber) in Twentynine Palms Monday, January 16th, at 6:00 p.m.. Auditions for “Lost in Yonkers” are also being held that same evening in another area of the theater.

Veteran Theater 29 backstage technicians, lighting and sound experts, set builders, and Directors will be on hand to welcome the new backstage volunteers and give them an orientation on how the theatre process works.

All ages are welcome, Tabeling said, “If you ever thought it might be fun to help out painting and building sets and helping with shows, but did not want to actually be on stage, this is a great volunteer opportunity to work with a fun and dedicated group of people.”

 

 

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “LOST IN YONKERS”

Theatre 29 and Director Rebecca Havely have announced open auditions for the Neil Simon Comedy/Drama “Lost in Yonkers”. Auditions will be held Monday January 16th at 6pm at the Theater building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. (right around the corner from Barr Lumber)

 "Lost in Yonkers" is a coming of age story for two young Jewish brothers in YonkersNew York from writer Neil Simon, America’s great comic playwright.

“Lost in Yonkers” is set in 1942.  Bitter old Grandma Kurnitz is forced by crazy Aunt Bella to take in her grandson's Jay & Arty for 10 months while their Father, Eddie, takes a traveling job to pay off the loan shark that funded their Mother's funeral. They stay in Grandma's small apartment above the family owned candy store.  Uncle Louie comes to visit, he's a small time gangster who acts like James Cagney with his hand gun and little black bag.  Also Aunt Gert stops by, she has a nervous tick that causes her to suck in her breath half way through each sentence.  For fear that she may say the wrong thing in front of Grandma.  Both boys are fun loving and full of wit and humor beyond their years.

 Two of the roles. Aunt Bella and Grandma Kurnitz are pre-cast, all other roles are open.

 The available roles are: Eddie, one of Grandma Kurnitz’s 6 children, a grown man with 2 sons, Jay and Arty.  A Jewish New Yorker with an accent, he is nervous, especially around Grandma.  His is also sad, since he recently lost his wife. Age range from mid 30's to late 40's.

 Jay has a Jewish, New York accent. He is funny and sarcastic and at times shows a lot of guts.  Age 15 but could be played by a 14-19 year old actor.

 Arty also has a Jewish New York accent and a sense of humor.  He is 13 but could be played by a 10-15 year old actor.

 Aunt Gert is a sweet spinster in her 50's-60's she has a nervous speech impediment that makes for some serious laughs.  She also has an accent.

 Uncle Louie is a small time gangster who believes he's a big shot.  Also has an accent and quite an attitude.  He wears suspenders, suits, fedoras and caries a suspicious little black bag, and a gun.  He's between 45-55

 Audition “sides” are available at www.theatre29.org.

 “Lost in Yonkers” runs from March 9, 2012 through April 7, 2012 with Friday and Saturday night performances at 7:00 PM.  A 7:00 PM Thursday performance will be held March 22, and a Saturday Matinee at 2:30 pm March 31st.

 A multi-talented, award-winning Director/Actress who has directed for other theater companies and appeared on the Theatre 29 stage before, this is Havely’s directorial debut at Theatre 29.

 Tickets for “Lost in Yonkers are available by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.org. Tickets are $12.00 for regular admission, $10.00 for seniors and military, and $8.00 for children under 12 and students with ID.

 Season tickets to Theatre 29 are also now available, at $68 regular admission, $56 for seniors and military, and $46 for children and students. Season tickets can be purchased from the box office during any performance of “Jake’s Women”, playing January 13 through February 11, 2012, by calling (760) 361-4151 or online at www.theatre29.org.

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

 

 

SOROPTIMIST SPONSORING OPENING NIGHT OF “JAKE’S WOMEN” AT THEATRE 29

 
Soroptimist International Club, a non-profit service organization of Twentynine Palms is sponsoring the opening night of the Neil Simon hit comedy, “Jake’s Women”, directed by Butch Pelfrey, at Theatre 29  Friday, January 13.
 
For this special opening night event, doors open at 6:00 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic beverages. The snacks will be served until the curtain opens at 7:00 p.m.
 
 A Soroptimist spokesman said a variety of desserts and coffee will be available at intermission for the opening nigh event.
 
In addition, bidding on a wide variety of silent auction items is available beginning at 6 and at intermission. All proceeds will benefit local Soroptimist scholarships and charities.
 
Tickets are $25 per person, for opening night only, and can be purchased through members of the Soroptimist Club of Twentynine Palms or at Napa Auto Parts, the Flower Garden, Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, and the Desert Trail, all in Twentynine Palms. Call 760-668-4594 for more information.
 
After opening night, tickets for the rest of the five-week run are available at regular prices at the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or on-line at www.theatre29.org .