A near-capacity packed house of Business, Government, Civic, and Community leaders joined enthusiastic Theater supporters from throughout the Morongo Basin and beyond at Theatre 29 Wednesday evening. September 19th. The Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Chambers of Commerce were there in support as Theatre 29 to reveal their exciting 20th Anniversary, 2019 theatrical season.
Theatre 29 Board President Gary Daigneault opened the event by welcoming the overflow crowd to the 10th annual event with a brief look at the remarkable history, ongoing growth, and unquestioning community support for the all-volunteer Community Theater organization since its inception in 1999.
Representatives of the two Chambers of Commerce greeted the enthusiastic full house, giving an overview of their plans and information about Chamber events and opportunities in their individual communities.
2019 is the 20TH Anniversary Season for the celebrated Morongo Basin artistic and iconic all-volunteer non-profit Community Theater. To mark the remarkable success and progression of Theatre 29, the Board of Directors asked area Directors to submit comedies, Dramas, and musicals which had been produced in the past 19 years for a “Best Of” 20th Season offering.
As the formal season announcement unfolded, complete with a giant projection screen and crisp sound from the theatre’s custom state-of-the-art triple tiered sound system, the six Directors for the season took the podium, and with humor, snippets of shows and outstanding vocal and theatrical performances, they introduced the much-awaited 2019 season.
As a result, Theatre 29 will present six Main Stage productions, their wildly successful Summer Youth Theater Program, and six fan-favorite Improvisational Theater troupe performances. The 2019 season brings a well-balanced season of live arts with an eclectic mix of new shows, classic shows, and even more opportunities for area newcomers and young people to participate.
Musicals will run 12 performances over a 4-week run (three performances, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each weekend) with allowance to extend the run another weekend. Non-Musicals will run 9 performances in a 3-week run, also Friday, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. Each play will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
1/11/19 – 1/27/19
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes”
Directed by Char Childs
Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter. To shoo them away, and gain some privacy, Myra invents a mad, homicidal sister—who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors. The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman develops an affection for "Sister Sadie". The uproarious doings keep audiences laughing right up to the final curtain, and then some.
Run 3/8/19 – 3/31/19
Directed by Charles Harvey
The first collaboration of famed partners Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! set the American musical theatre standard. Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand-new state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A - OKLAHOMA!
Run 4/26 – 5/12
Directed by Eddie Tucker
Jack Sharkey’s three-act British farce, “The Murder Room,” concerning newly-weds Edgar and Mavis. Two days after their wedding Edgar discovers that Mavis - a nasty piece of work - is being unfaithful. After her first attempt to kill him by poisoning his cocoa when the cat dies instead, Mavis resorts to shooting him and then returning to her lover. Chaos and complications reign when it transpires that the shots were blanks and that Edgar's body has vanished...
Summer Youth Theater
6/24/19 – 7/26/19 performances 2x 7/26, 27, 28
Run 8/9/19 – 8/25/
Directed by Katie Fleischman
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. This crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged.
Run: Theatre 29 10/4/19 – 10/27/19
Barstow Performing Arts Center 11/1 – 11/3
“Little Shop of Horrors”
Directed by Gary Daigneault
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Run 11/22/19 – 12/15/19
“Once Upon a Mattress”
Directed by Kathy Ferguson)
If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.
“Baker’s Dozen” Theatre 29 Improvisational Troupe
Directed by Chris Fleischman
Theatre 29’s smash hit improvisational comedy troupe, THE BAKER’S DOZEN, is back and DOUGHIER than before! Monthly shows will tickle the funny bone and bust those ribs with non-stop insanity, goofy characters and quick, unscripted cleverness. Each show is different. You never know what will happen next! As such, there can sometimes be some adult content.
2019 Season tickets will be available by October 1, 2018. Visit www.theatre29.org or call (760) 361-4151.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) returned to Twentynine Palms on Tuesday, Sept. 18, for its second public lands orientation session. The educational presentation was co-sponsored by the City of Twentynine Palms and the Visit 29 Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) as part of the city’s partnership with the BLM as an official gateway to Mojave Trails National Monument.
The orientation was led by Mike Ahrens, BLM Field Manager for the Needles Field Office, who offered an informative overview of the Bureau of Land Management agency and the public lands that they manage. The presentation highlighted visitor safety and accessibility and highlighted some of the many places to visit in the Mojave Trails National Monument, including Amboy Crater, Cadiz Dunes, Bonanza Springs, and the iconic Route 66.
Lodging owners, managers, and hospitality staff had the opportunity to meet with BLM staff, obtain brochures and maps for their lodging properties, and ask questions about the recreation and business opportunities available on surrounding public lands.
“Our BLM staff were happy to come and provide an overview of the BLM and the tremendous recreation opportunities on public lands neighboring the City of Twentynine Palms,” said Ahrens. “I think we will look back at this as one of our most important first steps in building what will be a great partnership. It's exciting to be a part of the visionary approach Twentynine Palms has embarked upon to integrate public lands into its tourism market.”
“The city’s partnership with BLM distinguishes Twentynine Palms from other gateway communities in offering travelers access to unique and fascinating desert experiences still relatively undiscovered,” said Ann Congdon, vacation rental owner and member of the Twentynine Palms TBID Advisory Board and Sky’s The Limit Observatory.
TBID Advisory Board member and Marketing Director for Historic Inns of Twentynine Palms, Breanne Dusastre, emphasized the importance of the monument. “From stunning mountain ranges and ancient lava flows, to pristine sand dunes and diverse wildlife and plants, to important cultural sites and archaeological resources, to the longest undeveloped stretch of historic Route 66, Mojave Trails National Monument offers our visitors incredible exploration and recreation opportunities. Collectively, our hospitality industry in Twentynine Palms has such a great opportunity to attract new visitors, increase average length of stay, and grow our tourism and recreation economy through raising awareness for the Mojave Trails National Monument and inviting visitors to come and explore this special part of the Mojave Desert.”
BLM-managed public lands offer more recreational opportunities than lands managed by any other federal agency, with more than 99 percent available for recreation with no fee. Lands used for recreational activities also contribute significantly to local economies. In 2016, BLM lands received more than 64.6 million recreation-related visits, an increase over the previous year. In California alone, recreation on BLM-managed public lands had an economic output of $744.5 million in 2016.
For more information, go to www.Visit29.org/news for links to Mojave Trails NM and other BLM sites and resources.
A Community Cleanup Day will be held in Twentynine Palms on Saturday, October 13,
2018 from 8:00 a.m. until Noon.
The City of Twentynine Palms and Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services are partnering
in the cleanup effort, which will have a trash drop-off site and large bins located in the
Community Services Center parking lot across from Luckie Park, at 74325 Joe Davis
Drive, Twentynine Palms.
The drop-off location is free of charge, and residents will be assisted with unloading and
depositing their trash loads on a first come, first serve basis.
Items that will be accepted at the drop-off site include household trash in bags (no
garbage), scrap metal, appliances, and mixed recycling such as paper, glass, plastic,
aluminum, and cardboard. All wood must be shorter than 4 feet long.
No Electronics will be accepted. No Tires will be accepted.
No loaded trailers over 14 feet will be accepted.
No household hazardous waste such as motor oil, paint, insecticides, and
batteries will be accepted at the cleanup site.
On October 27, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM a Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup
will be held behind City Hall (6136 Adobe Road).
Household Hazardous Waste Collection site is located in Joshua Tree 62499
Twentynine Palms Highway and open the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am until
For more information or directions to the cleanup day drop-off site, contact Jim
Thornburg at City Hall (760) 367-6799 ext 1010.
Art Panel for critically acclaimed ‘DESERT ICONS’ exhibition at Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center to be held SEP 30
YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center (YVArts) will present a panel discussion on the ideas and artists of its second large and critically acclaimed exhibition, DESERT ICONS. The event will take place on Sunday, September 30th at 4 pm with the doors opening for a reception and cocktail party at 3:30 pm. The exhibition centers around how artists reflect upon their experience in the desert, their observation of its beauty and influence. Ten renowned and esteemed artists in the exhibition will speak to the ideas surrounding the show.
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy the desert night sky on Saturday, September 29. This free public event will start around 7:30 and last approximately 2 hours. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
The residents of the City of Twentynine Palms’ 3rd, 4th, and 5th City Council districts will have a great opportunity to hear from their local candidates courtesy of their hometown Community Radio Station.
Hi-Desert Playhouse’s award-winning Reader’s Theater Series to open political comedy, Walter Cronkite Is Dead
Hi-Desert Playhouse/Cultural Center
For immediate release
September 19, 2018
Opening its new 2018-2019 season of the region’s top-awarded live theater, the Hi-Desert Playhouse presents Joe Calarco’s lively comedy, WALTER CRONKITE IS DEAD, this Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, at the new starting time of 7:30 pm. A part of its award-winning Reader’s Theater Series, these special Hi-Desert Playhouse performances take place at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree.
The sixth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition in Twentynine Palms was a successful event on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16. Early estimates show that more than 2,000 visitors attended the weekend activities, including the Art Market on the lawn at the 29 Palms Inn, where people enjoyed music, food and beverages and shopping for art at nearly 40 artist booths.
For immediate release
September 14, 2018
Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
Auditions for the final production of Theatre 29’s 2018 season, the happy family Broadway musical “ANNIE”, have been scheduled for Sunday, September 30th at 5:00pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The tale of the plucky red-headed orphan will take the stage for four weeks beginning November 23rd through December 16th.
For immediate Release
September 10, 2018
Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
THEATRE 29 “BAKER’S DOZEN” IMPROV TROUPE SEPTEMBER 15
Now with a year and a half of legendary hilarity, wildly successful performances and the hometown Theatre 29 filled to overflow capacity with enthusiastic audiences, Theatre 29's Improvisational Troupe, THE BAKERS DOZEN, takes the stage once more at 7:00 pm Saturday, September 15th, 2018 for a show guaranteed to be Half-Baked!