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.