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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

patio_gammaposter_y-720pxFrowzy, acid-tongued, supporting herself and her two daughters by taking in a decrepit old boarder, Beatrice Hunsdorfer wreaks a petty vengeance on everybody around her. One daughter, Ruth, is Read More »

The Music Man

showlogo-music-manby Meredith Wilson

Directed by Evelyn Lamden & Richard Brousil
Choreography by Evelyn Lamden
Produced by Brenda Townsend

Performance Dates: August 3-25, 2012
Location: Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre
Map to the Amphitheatre

Con man Harold Hill poses as a boys’ bandleader to scam the good people of River City. But when he meets Marian the librarian, it’s she who calls the tune. She’s the one he wants, but she only wants him to leave town. Romance blooms when Harold helps Marian’s little brother, Winthrop, overcome his fear of public speaking. With Marian at his side, Harold tries to Read More »

Sheila: A New Rock Musical

 Patio Playhouse is pleased to present a
Grand Facade Theatre production

Sheila LogoBook, Music &
Lyrics by Charles Jirkovsky

Directed by Geoffrey A. Cox
Produced by Sandie Strauss
Choreography by Candace L. Carbajal
Musical Direction by Charles Jirkovsky

Performance Dates: July 20 – August 5, 2012

Start with a carload of teen romance from Grease, toss in the undeniable energy of High School Musical, set it to the rock-style of Rent and you’ve got SHEILA, a new rock musical. Music, lyrics and book by San Diegan, Charles Jirkovsky. Sheila is the girl every guy wants and every girl wants to be. Sheila “Gets Around,” giving her classmates the “Sheila Blues.” So they come up with Read More »

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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

Run For Your Wife

Directed by Wayne James Wynne
Produced by Gretchen Pili

Ray Cooney’s  madcap farce!!

Man of La Mancha

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!



Directed by Chris Hall
Produced by Richard Brousil and Kevin Jones

A musical fable suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.

The Weir

The Weir

Directed by Dick Gant
Produced by Gretchen Pili

A weir, a small dam, holds back water much as many social occasions hold back our real feelings and prevent the free flow of communication. Once the weir is breached, however, there is no telling where the water will go.

In a small pub in the Northwest of Ireland, a few regulars greet a local land owner and a woman from Dublin who has bought a house from him. They banter and spar verbally with each other. Then one of the men tells a strange story about the house that the woman has just bought.

Once started, the storytelling flows rapidly, each one becoming stranger. Then the woman surprises the men with a story of her own. The barriers come down, and real comradeship develops.

Winnie The Pooh

Winnie The Pooh

Directed by Chris Hall
Produced by Brenda Townsend

The musical story of A.A. Milne’s beloved storybook character.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Directed by Richard Brousil
Musical Director Mary Bright
Produced by Brenda Townsend

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” has been a favorite of mine ever since I first performed the part of Miles Gloriosus at Moonlight Amphitheater about 15 years ago. This show really leands itself to the outdoor theater experience since it does indeed take place outdoors. When the Plays In The Park organization decided they were going to make the summer season an annual event, I saw my opportunity arise. Many thanks to Jack Campbell and the rest, and to all of the theaters involved in Plays In The Park –May it thrive for many summers! Enjoy the show!