Little Lamb Leaves

Unfortunately, our lovely little lamb, Sunshine, wasn't as comfortable on stage as we had hoped she would be. As of Friday's opening night performance of Gypsy, Sunshine has been replaced by a stuffed and silent lamb. Not nearly as cute, but smaller, lighter, and doesn't baaaa when being sung to! Sunshine will still be working with her fans through the SOS Sheep Club. And don't you worry---Ferris, the dog, and Pogo, the parrot, are still very much a part of our production.

$7 Sunday Night at Gypsy

Sunday, May 31, marks the final $7 Sunday Night for the 2008-2009 Season. If you'd like to be entertained by this musical for less than the cost of a movie, head to the Playhouse box office starting at 4pm Sunday. Pick up as many $7 tickets as you need, go to one of the many close by restaurants for an early dinner and come back for an eye-popping show at 6:30pm.

Cash and check are the only accepted forms of payment for $7 Sunday Night tickets and advanced reservations are not accepted. Seats are limited and are subject to availability. This offer is not valid on previous purchases.


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Summer Dance Classes for Ages 14 and Up at the Playhouse

Six week session begins the week of June 8th ~ Register today!

Beginning Ballet
Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm

Beginning Jazz
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
*No class on June 24th

Beginning Tap
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
*No class on June 24th

Intermediate/Advanced Tap
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Jazz
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm

Masters Tap
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm
*June 29-July 23 only

Cost for six-week session: $70
Can’t commit to a full session? Drop in to any class for only $15!

Register now at or call the Education office at 553-4890 ext. 131

12 Angry Men

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Two Community Meetings Added

Due to the success of our first Community Meetings, the Playhouse has added two more on Monday, June 8 and Monday, June 15 from 5:30-6:30pm. These meetings will focus on Artistic based topics submitted by you! Please submit your ideas to Karli Newman at

Please attend these meetings to submit your ideas, voice your opinions and impact our future.

Community Meeting- Monday, May 18, 2009

Please join us for the third Community Meeting this evening, May 18, from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Playhouse's 2nd level boardroom.

The topic for tonight is fundraising. Discussion will focus on short-term and long-term fundraising ideas. Please come to share your ideas, hear what others have to say and impact our future.

Community Meeting- Monday, May 11, 2009

Please join us for the second of three Community Meetings on Monday, May 11, from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Playhouse's 2nd level boardroom.

The topics for this second meeting are community engagement and events during the 85th 2009-2010 Season. If you have ideas or would just like to attend and see what it is all about, please be here!

Opening Night- The Final Chapter In The Chronicles of Twelve Angry Men By Christopher Elston

And opening night has finally arrived. This is the moment where we see if all of our hard work and long nights pay off with a successful performance.

I arrive at the theatre at about 6:15 and see some of the other actors are already there. Some are making small talk while others are walking around with an intense look of concentration on their faces. I can tell they are mentally going over their lines and blocking. Opening night gifts are left on a small table for the cast, letting us know that we are appreciated, but also a visceral reminder that the pressure for us to deliver weighs heavily upon our shoulders.

At 6:30, all of the actors have arrived and Lara (our stage manager) calls us into the theatre. Once there, Susan (our director) gives us a pep talk and a few last minute notes. We run the first 14 pages of the show to help build our energy. Then we run the scuffle between Jurors 8 and 3 and fine tune the scene a bit to give it more impact. Susan gives us final words of encouragement and tells us the show is there, but that we need to be certain to continually drive it and fight for our point of view. I echo these sentiments as I simply state to the cast, “Go for the jugular, guys.”

I head down to the dressing room, get into costume, and style my hair for the show. As I gaze at myself in the mirror, I feel myself metamorphosing into the guard. I then head down to the little classroom by the dance studio and begin my pre-show ritual of energy building exercises, vocal warm-ups, and mouth and tongue stretches. Upon completing that, I run through my lines several times with a focus on projection and intention. When I finish that, I glance at my watch and see it is ten minutes to curtain. I leave the classroom and head upstairs to the theatre. I grab my clipboard, pray for a special blessing on the show, wait, and focus. Soon I am joined by other cast members. Very few words are exchanged. We exchange handshakes and a look that says we know what we have to do. The opening introductions are made, the lights dim, and the sonorous voice of the judge opens the show. I take a deep breath, unlock the door, and the magic begins.

In between my scenes, I wait in my dressing room and try to work through a biography of John Lennon, but my ear is constantly attuned to the monitor to hear when my entrance cues are coming up and to check on the overall progress of the show. I wonder if the men are driving things enough. I smile as I hear the audience react to certain points. I give a silent cheer when I hear a particularly well delivered line. And then the ending comes and I race upstairs to speak the final lines of the show. As we make our final exits, I wonder if the audience appreciated the show. When I hear thunderous applause and am greeted with the sight of a standing ovation, I know we did it.

And that’s opening night from the actors' side. I hope you have enjoyed this series and it has given you an appreciation of a show from the point of view of the thespian. It is my hope that these chronicles will give you a greater appreciation of the show and a better understanding of that magical world we call the theatre. Thank you for joining me on this journey.