For immediate Release
December 28, 2018
Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR BROADWAY CLASSIC MUSICAL “OKLAHOMA!”
Auditions for the Spring production of Theatre 29’s 20th Anniversary 2019 season, the frontier Broadway musical classic “OKLAHOMA!”, have been scheduled for Monday, January 14th at 6:00pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. This tale of star-crossed lovers, a charming cowboy and a winsome farmer’s daughter in the wild frontier of what will become America’s 46th state in the early twentieth century will take the stage for four weeks beginning March 8th through 31st, 2019.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary: Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
Award winning veteran director Charles Harvey will be seeking a cast of 25 (PRINCIPALS 3 Women & 4 Men, FEATURED DANCERS 1 Woman and 2 Men, ENSEMBLE: Large singing-dancing ensemble with numerous small roles) musical performers for this production. ALL ROLES MUST SING AT LEAST CHORALLY! The roles being cast are:
Female, Soprano, (18-35)
She has an innocence and yet an air of knowledge about her. She lives with her Aunt Eller on a ranch and is in love with Curly, though she may not admit it.
Male, Baritone, (18-35)
Has a confident swagger and deserves it, he is the most handsome man in the whole county. He is in love with Laurey, but refuses to admit it. He’s a cowboy and the romantic lead. He is called Curly for his curly hair.
Female, mezzo, (40-?)
She acts as the town’s aunt, a fun-loving caretaker. She watches over the town and a ranch with her niece, Laurey and a hired hand, Jud. She sees the good in everyone, but is nobody’s fool.
Male, Tenor, (18-35)
Will is a cowboy who is skilled enough to compete in rodeos. Being able to do rope tricks is a plus. Will is a dance role, tap dancer preferred. He is interested in Ado Annie, but isn’t the brightest bulb.
Male, Baritone, (18-35)
Described as dark and growly by others, Jud works the ranch Laurey and Aunt Eller live on. Jud does not fit in with the society he lives with, he is seen by most as an outsider and misunderstood. He has feelings for Laurey. He works hard to take care of Laurey and Aunt Eller on the ranch and thinks he is owed a return of those affections..
Ado Annie Carnes
Female, Soprano, (18-35)
Andrew Carnes’ daughter, she “Can’t Say No” to anyone. She wants everyone to be happy. Her heart is always in the right place, but she isn’t always the best judge of character. A comic, romantic lead, she is wooed by Ali Hakim, but deep down she feels a connection to Will Parker.
Traveling peddler who says he’s from Persia (present day Iran), but most likely from the East Coast, possibly Jewish. He is a bit of a con artist. Though we aren’t sure how much of what he says we can believe. He, like Jud, is an outsider to this community but not feared by most. He likes pretty things and pretty women. He pursues Ado Annie and Gertie Cummings, but as flings, not a commitment.
Female, Alto or Soprano, (18-35)
From the next town over, she has eyes on Curly and isn’t waiting around for Laurey to say no to him. She has a unique, irritating laugh.
Andrew “Pa” Carnes
Male, Tenor, (40-?)
He is very protective of his daughter, Ado Annie. He doesn’t want Will Parker to marry her because he believes the cowboy’s life to be risky and unreliable. To prove this isn’t true he asks for Will to maintain $50 in order to have his daughter’s hand in marriage. He is a rancher, and doesn’t feel very kind to cowboys in general.
Male, Dancer, (16-35)
He must be able to dance balletically and should resemble Curly in Laurey’s dream ballet. will be doubled as another character or in the ensemble
Female, Dancer, (16-35)
She must be able to dance balletically and should resemble Laurey. will be doubled as another character or in the ensemble.
Male, Baritone, Farmer, (30’s+)
Owns the ranch where the Box Social takes place.
M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Cowboy and Territory Judge
Dance and Vocal Ensemble:
Fred M, Baritone, Farmer (16+)
Slim M, Dancer, Farmer (16+)
Jess, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Chalmers, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Mike, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Joe, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Sam, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Ellen, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Kate, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Sylvie, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Armina, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Aggie, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Auditions will consist of vocalization for 16 bars in the style of the show (Pick Broadway standards in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein, please), movement and cold readings. Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD (Musical Theatre piece, NO ORIGINAL WORKS OR POP SONGS). An accompanist will NOT be provided. If you bring accompaniment on mobile device or phone, please bring a speaker for the device as well. Dress prepared to move. Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition). For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms or on www.theatre29.org/auditions or contact the director, Charles Harvey, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program/News Director, KCDZ, Z107.7FM
Associated Press Hall of Fame, 2010
President, Theatre 29
President, Rotary Club of Twentynine Palms
Join Theatre 29’s legendary improv ensemble THE BAKER’S DOZEN Saturday, December 29, 2018 for an end-of-the-year holiday-load of their hilarious award-winning antics in FROSTY, THE DOUGH-MAN.
All shows are high energy, audience interactive and different every performance. THE BAKERS DOZEN will end another year of bringing the FUNNY! Now that the turkeys have been eaten, the gifts have been opened and the stocking's ransacked, let us bring 2018 to a close with what we do best, comedic mayhem! Get your seats EARLY!
The wildly successful 2018 year saw Theatre 29 filled to overflow capacity with enthusiastic audiences, Theatre 29's Improvisational Troupe, THE BAKERS DOZEN, takes the stage for their 2018 season finale show Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Join them to ring in the New Year with the sound of laughter!
Already boasting a cadre of loyal followers, (and many have their special t-shirts to prove it!), this top-notch cast of improvisers and special guest artists take their audiences through a series of hysterical improvisational games where anything can happen (and usually does!)
Improvisational theatre pre-dates the invention of writing, long before there were scripts we were telling stories by acting them out. improv is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment.
Under the Direction of Troupe Director, Chris Fleischman, the Theatre 29 THE BAKER’S DOZEN Troupe will take suggestions from the audience prior to the show as a source of inspiration to get the hilarity started.
THE BAKER’S DOZEN consists of thirteen extremely talented comedian/actors, each with a unique take on the art of improvisational comedy. Along with Fleischman they are; Graham Cooley, Cindy Daigneault, Kathy Ferguson, Katie Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Charles Harvey, Cody Joseph, Kevin Myer, Marty Neider, Joseph Rego, Kurt Schauppner, and Lyle Williams.
ATheatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
Ticket prices are greatly reduced with General Admission at $10.00, Military, and Seniors are $7.00 and $5.00 for students with ID. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders can attend one performance at no charge. Reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
TWENTYNINE PALMS - With the upcoming holiday season there will be special holiday hours at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center.
The Senior Center will be closed on December 24 and 25, 2018 and on December 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There will be no senior lunch on these dates.
On Wednesday December 26th thru Friday December 28th the Senior Center will be open from 9 am to 1 pm daily and the senior lunch will be served. The Senior Center will resume normal hours and operations on January 3, 2017.
For more information contact Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410 and Happy Holidays!!!!
MORONGO BASIN - Are you a caregiver caring for a loved one at home? Do you need help coping or need advice on how to make life a little easier? Reach Out Morongo Basin is looking to implement Caregiver Peer Support Groups and is looking for interested participants to attend groups in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley.
Caregiving can be a tough and isolating experience but caregiver support groups are filled with people in similar situations that get what you’re going through. These informal groups are a great place to ask for advice, find out about useful resources or just vent about your frustrations. Nobody will judge you because everyone is going through the same struggles.
There is no instruction manual for being a caregiver and being forced to learn everything by trial and error is hard. Our caregiver support group will give you an informal place to learn techniques from someone else’s experience.
If you are interested in participating in please call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410 or 760-369-8671.
The Board of Directors for the Morongo Basin’s most successful, all-volunteer, non-profit Community Theater organization, Theatre 29, held their yearly reorganization meeting December 11, 2018 and elected new officers and Board Members for 2019.
Elected for two-year terms (2019-2020) were Incumbents; Kathryn Ferguson and Charles Harvey. They were joined by newcomers Tera Bottorff, Ben Costello, and Peggy Thrasher.
They will join incumbent Board members (2018-2019) Char Childs, Cindy Daigneault, Gary Daigneault, Lisa Goldberg, Janet Peercy, and Serina Zuniga.
With sadness, the Theatre 29 Board regretfully said good bye to the last of the original founders of Theatre 29 remaining on the board, Brian Tabeling. Tabeling, his wife Patty, and John and Carol Calveri first created the Theatre 29 organization in 1999. Board President Gary Daigneault said, “We will miss the time, talent, and hard work given so generously by Brian Tabeling. Brian’s integrity, fairness, work ethic, and knowledge of the inner workings of the Theater itself, as well as of the nuance of the art of theatre are irreplaceable.” Tabeling will be retiring from his position as an instructor at the Marine Corps Communication and Electronics School (a position he took after retiring as an active Duty Marine) in 2019. Tabeling will remain as an active ex-officio member of the Board, transitioning other volunteers before a long-planned move to Arizona in 2020. Also, regretfully leaving the board are Patti Brown who will turn her attention to pressing business obligations, and Katie Fleischman, who will focus on directing, performing and planning for a family.
In reorganizing for 2019, for the Executive Board, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Gary Daigneault as the Board President, Charles Harvey was named vice-president, Lisa Goldberg Board Secretary, and Tera Bottorff Treasurer.
President Daigneault then made board committee appointments, which were approved by a vote of the Board as per the Theater 29 by-laws. The board members and their areas of responsibility are:
Facilities Manager (Theatre 29 physical plant) – Betty Thrasher
Technical Bridge Area –Lisa Goldberg/Charles Harvey
Outside, Shop and Storage Areas – Betty Thrasher
Stage Area Manager – Janet Peercy
Gree room / Dressing rooms /Paint nook – Tera Bottorff
Box Office Operations / Mailing List Manager – Cindy Daigneault
Publicity– Gary Daigneault
Sponsorship and Patrons – Cindy Daigneault
Security– Gary Daigneault
Program Advertisement Sales – Cindy Daigneault / Ben Costello
Snack Bar Manager – Serina Zuniga
Props and Costumes Storage – Char Childs/Tera Bottorff
Volunteer Coordinator, Box Office, Cindy Daigneault
Volunteer Coordinator, Snack Bar, Serina Zuniga
Insurance/Corporate compliance – Charles Harvey
Website/Graphics– Charles Harvey
Historian– Char Childs
Play Selection Committee: Chair, Janet Peercy - Tera Bottorff, Cindy Daigneault, Serina Zuniga, Patti Brown (ex-officio).
Building Committee: Chair, Gary Daigneault - Charles Harvey, Ben Costello, Brian Tabeling (ex-officio).
Desert Theatre League – Charles Harvey
Special Events Committee, Chair, Kathy Ferguson, Cindy Daigneault and Patti Brown (ex-officio).
First organized in 1999, Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit Community Theater program incorporated as an IRS 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Theatre 29 operates in a building provided “For the public good” by the City of Twentynine Palms at 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, Ca. 92277.
The mission of Theatre 29 is: “To bring quality, family-oriented Theater to Twentynine Palms while offering opportunities for our children and citizens to experience the live arts.”
The new 2019 “Best of” season includes hit productions from the past 19 years, three hit Broadway Musical Productions, a Comedy, a classic drama, and a fun Murder/Mystery/comedy, Summer Youth Theater Children’s program production, and 6 performances of the “Baker’s Dozen” Improv troupe will also be offered.
Ticket prices for 2019 were unchanged at:
Regular Admission - $15.00
Seniors and Military - $12.00
Children under 12 and Students with ID - $8.00
Student Rush - standby only, with ID, 5 minutes before curtain - $1.00
2019 Season Ticket Prices, also unchanged: includes all five main stage productions plus one Impov Show performance.
Regular - $65.00
Seniors, Military, - $52.00
Children under 12 and Students with ID - $37.00
2019 Season tickets and tickets for individual shows are available now on-line at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 will pay on-line processing fees to those who make reservations and purchase tickets on-line at www.theatre29.org. The state-of-the-art “Vendini” computer reservation system allows patrons to choose, reserve, and pay for individual seats from the comfort of their home or office computer.
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
Program/News Director, KCDZ, Z107.7FM
Associated Press Hall of Fame, 2010
President, Theatre 29
President, Rotary Club of Twentynine Palms
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2018) – Beginning January 5, professional artists will teach a series of art classes for children and adults at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Prices are discounted for art gallery members. To register for classes, go to www.29palmsartgallery.com or call 760-367-7819, Thursdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
CLASSES FOR YOUTH: Class size is limited to 12 students. Pre-registration is requested.
Design a Mask, Saturday, Jan. 5, 9-10:45 a.m., $7.50 or $5 for Youth Art Club members.
Students 5 to 11 years old join clay artist Ed Keesling to make masks using examples of cultures that make and use masks. Each participant will have an opportunity to design and make their own fantasy masks.
Portrait Painting, Monday, Jan. 7, 4-6 p.m., $7.50 or $5 for Youth Art Club members.
Students 12 to 17 years old join Alane Levinsohn, a well-known national portrait artist, to learn portrait painting. During the class students will learn the process of painting with oil paint using a wet-on-wet method. Materials are provided by the gallery.
CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Must register by Jan. 11. A minimum of five participants is required.
Managing Your Art Business, Wednesdays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., $120 or $100 for members.
A team of professionals will help artists enhance their business skills, including creating a business plan, bookkeeping, branding, licenses, selling and more. The cost includes the following six sessions:
Jan. 16: Business Plan Introduction: Outline contents, study examples, set objectives
Jan. 23: Bookkeeping, Budgets, and Accounting: with Carol Kundert, CK Associates
Jan. 30: Taxes, Licenses, Insurance and the Law: with Carol Kundert, CK Associates
Feb. 6: Branding and Promoting: with Lori Rennie, Benchmark Studios
Feb. 13: Selling Your Art: Galleries, stores/shops, commissions, arts/crafts fairs
Feb. 20: Business Plan Completion: Finalize, assess and share business plans.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is the oldest arts organization in the Morongo Basin and was founded by a group of desert artists and famed painter John Hilton in 1951. It is located in a historic adobe building built in 1936 near the Oasis of Mara as a home for western author Tom Hopkins. Since 1963, Artist Guild members have volunteered their time to operate the non-profit organization, gallery and gift shop in the adobe near Joshua Tree National Park. The gallery also hosts seasonal events such as an art auction, holiday art & craft fair, community exhibitions and art classes for all ages. To learn more, visit www.29palmsartgallery.com
Available December 14, 2018 – January 31, 2019.
29 PALMS, CA - The 29 Palms Inn restaurant is pleased to announce that they are offering seasonal house made pies for order during the holiday season. Enjoy your choice of pecan, pumpkin, or apple pie, baked fresh upon request. Order your 8” pie in person at 73950 Inn Ave, or by phone by calling (760)367-3505. Pie orders require 24-hour advance notice, and are available for pickup Monday through Friday only.
Throughout the holiday season the 29 Palms Inn restaurant will also feature pie-of-the-day specials that will be sold by the slice, during lunch and dinner hours. Call to inquire about daily specials!
Pricing for 8” pies:
From our family to yours, happy holidays!
Geanne Weaver is a Greenleaf success story. Chosen as the 2008 Greenleaf Scholar, Geanne’s tuition, fees, and living expenses were all paid from the Greenleaf Education Fund, which is administered by the Copper Mountain College Foundation. The Greenleaf Scholarship allowed her to pursue an education without the worry of finances.
The F. Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Education Fund was established by the estate of F. Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Mr. Greenleaf came to the Morongo Basin in the 1970s and started a community bank. His arrival coincided with the beginning of fundraising for the building of what has become Copper Mountain College, and he became a major donor to the CMC Foundation. In fact, the college’s library is named in his honor. Mr. Greenleaf developed a close relationship with the Friends of Copper Mountain College, the original fundraising arm of the College, and made trust arrangements for his estate to be transferred to the Foundation after the death of his wife Beverlie. Roy Greenleaf died in 1996, his wife passed in 2000.
The Greenleaf Education Fund requires that recipients begin their education at Copper Mountain College. They may then pursue a baccalaureate degree at a campus of their choice within the University of California and California State University systems. After two years at CMC, Weaver left to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. She subsequently graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills with a Master of Arts Degree in Education and Counseling in 2014.
“I am increasingly grateful for the opportunities the Greenleaf Scholarship gave me,” states Weaver, Director of Admissions and Outreach at Fusion Academy in Southlake, Texas. “I have an amazing career doing what I love. Working with students who think outside of the box and struggle with mental health and/or unique learning challenges has always been where my heart was!”
As you can see from Geanne’s story, the Greenleaf Scholarship can completely change your life. Copper Mountain College Foundation encourages all graduating seniors in the Morongo Basin to apply for the prestigious Greenleaf Scholarship. The deadline for submission is 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. For more information or to obtain an application, visit your high school counseling office or our website at https://www.cmccd.edu/support-cmc/foundation/what-we-fund/
for immediate Release
December 13, 2018
Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
Theatre 29 has completed casting for the first show of the 2019 “Best Of” season, the hilarious comedy, "Bad Year for Tomatoes", first produced there in 2009. The season will feature favorite shows from the past 19 years as Theatre 29 launches its 20th year.
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes” marks the main stage directing Debut for veteran actress and singer Char Childs, a familiar talent to Theatre 29 audiences having been involved in 21 shows there since 2002.
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 occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors.
The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman, Piney, develops an affection for "Sister Sadie" (really Myra in a fright wig) and some of the more officious ladies decide it is their Christian duty to save Sadie's soul. In desperation Myra announces that her imaginary sibling has suddenly gone off to Boston—which brings on the sheriff and the suspicion of murder.
All is straightened out in the end, but the uproarious doings will keep audiences laughing right up to the final curtain, and then some.
The pivotal character, Myra Marlowe, is played by Janet Peercy. Joining Peercy on stage are two nosy neighbors, Cora Gump and Reba Harper, played by Courtney Cooper and Brandy Hazel; Hope Spicer as Willa Mae Wilcox, a kind of new-age hippie witch; Earl Childs typecast as Piney, the local woodcutter, manure salesman, and hog killer; Kevin Myers as Myra’s agent Tom Lamont and Morgan Pennington as the Sheriff.
The technical staff consists of Assistant Director Butch Pelfrey, who directed the original production, Stage Manager Doug Peercy, Assistant Stage Manager Cole Subriar, Technical Directors Nena Jimenez and Brianna Jillson, lighting tech Grace Rodriguez, Sound Tech Scott Clinkscales, and Stagehand Kylie Robinson.
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes” runs weekends from January 11, 2019 through January 27, 2019, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm. Matinee performances will be held at 2:30 pm on Sundays.
Tickets for all performances of “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12,00 Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. "A Bad Year for Tomatoes" is appropriate for general audiences.
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3, Community Theater organization. It is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.