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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Directed by Grant Gelvin and Kat Vaughan
Produced by Brenda Townsend

“The Herdmans were the worst kids in the whole history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars, even the girls, and talked dirty and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s old broken down tool house.”

Run For Your Wife

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Run For Your Wife

Directed by Wayne James Wynne
Produced by Gretchen Pili

Ray Cooney’s  madcap farce!!

Man of La Mancha

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Man of La Mancha

Directed by Fred Tracey

A review of this show’s history reveals that its roots extend back to tumultuous times in this country: the assassination of John F. Kennedy two years to the day before its opening, and war during the sixties. Just like then, we look for someone like Don Quixote to reveal the qualities we look for in each other – nobility, a compassionate spirit, chivalry, and idealism that blazes through what seems to be impossible or improbable.

For me, this show is the most noble of all musicals, and “The Impossible Dream” the greatest anthem of musical theater. My wish is for you to leave any cynicism at the door, and for the time you are here to really believe that Don Quixote does exist – in all of us. And afterwards, you leave with his spirit, because only then will your heart lie peaceful and calm.

Enjoy the show!

Nuts

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Nuts

Directed by Jay Mower
Produced by Jim Clevenger

Set in a courtroom in the psychiatric wing of New York’s Bellevue Hospital in 1979, the story concerns an incarcerated woman’s valiant attempt to fight those who want to have her committed as mentally incompetent to stand trial on a manslaughter charge.

The state, represented by a court appointed psychiatrist and aggressive prosecutor, say Claudia Faith Draper is nuts. In the course of this arresting yet at times funny drama, she demonstrates to the judge that she isn’t crazy.

Revelations come out about an abusive childhood, dysfunctional family, divorce, and prostitution. This moving and poignant drama tugs at our very heartstrings and has us progressively rooting for her victory over what seems like nearly insurmountable odds.


Cast Me Tony

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Cast Me Tony

Conceived and Directed by Deborah Zimmer
Produced by Brenda Townsend

When I decided to put together another musical revue for Patio Playhouse, I realized I had a golden opportunity to poke some loving fun at myself and the countless other volunteers who pour their blood, sweat, tears, hearts and souls into community theater. Of course, any resemblance of these characters to any actual volunteers, living or dead, is impurely coincidental.  

Consider this show a Read More »