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July 2014

Message from the Editor
Volume 2: Edition 7

July is here and it is  hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through the summer season! The first adult production Blithe Spirit burst onto the stage like fireworks lighting up the sky, the Fourth of July Carnival delighted the little ones for yet another year, Kidz Kamp Youth Theatre Drama Camp closed with a "bang up" recital of "Cactus Pass Jamboree" last weekend and the Tween Campers are preparing for their "star spangled" performances of "Rock Around the Block" on July 18, 19 & 20.  The Fourth of July may be over but for Pinewood Players, the fireworks have just begun! The calendar is exploding with Pinewood Players events all through the remaining summer season. From Cabaret Nights Reader's Theatre performances to the two remaining adult productions "The Gazebo" and "Cactus Flower" there is plenty of fun and high quality entertainment remaining to enjoy. This month "Profiles" features Frank Hess who is directing "The Gazebo." Frank brought us the hilarious production of "Wrong Window" last season and we can't wait to see how he puts his creative touch to this classic dark comedy. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Click on the SUGGESTIONS button in the sidebar to give us your input. 

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Frank Hess

Frank is directing his 3rd play on the Pinewood Players stage. Last year he directed “Wrong Window”, a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, his favorite director. In 2011, he brought the mystery farce “Exit the Body” to our stage. Previously, he was assistant director of “Guys and Dolls” and was prop manager for “Music Man”.  He stage managed “Red Hot Mamas” and with his wife Tricia, he co-stage managed “Send Me No Flowers”. Although he’s not fond of acting, he played the role of the seasoned author in “Light Up the Sky”, a role he had played 38 years before.

Frank first became interested in theater in 1965 while employed in the space industry in Houston at NASA. He started by helping to build sets and run lights. This led to acting parts in such plays and musicals as “The Boyfriend”, “The Heiress”, and “Light Up the Sky.”  At that time, his real interest was stage managing and serving on theater boards. Among other plays, he stage managed “Summer and Smoke,” “The Heiress” and “Inherit the Wind”.
Frank always says his acting claim to fame was acting (in a very small part) with Joan Aldrin in “The Heiress”, shortly after hubby Buzz visited the moon. Frank recalls a serious and somewhat ironic discussion with Buzz and astronaut Rusty Schweickert about solutions to prevent a theater door from closing unexpectedly.

Perhaps like many residents of Munds Park, Frank and Tricia became aware of the area on a week-end stay in a friend’s home. When a realtor mentioned the Pinewood Players, that did it. Frank and Tricia purchased their home within 36 hours and have thoroughly enjoyed the Pinewood Players for the past eleven years.

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The Gazebo

History of the Plays & Films

The Gazebo is a play by Alec Coppel based on a story by Coppel and his wife Myra.

It opened at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on 12 December 1958 and ran for 266 performances, closing on 27 June 1959. Walter Slezak and Jayne Meadows played the leads,  Elliott and Nell, and the director was Jerode Chodorov. Brooks Atkinson in the New York Times claimed it was "as real as a TV crime play and a thousand times more diverting," though fellow critic Robert Coleman maintained that "There were times when a good gust of wind might have blown The Gazebo right off the Lyceum's stage." The subsequent US tour starred Tom Ewell and Jan Sterling.

In London, Ian Carmichael and Moira Lister were the stars of the West End production, directed by Anthony Sharp. This opened at the Savoy Theatre on 29 March 1960 and ran for 479 performances. "The Gazebo is one of those modern murder plays which depend on comedy rather than mystery," noted Theatre World editor Frances Stephens, "and no actor is better equipped than Ian Carmichael, with his wholesome fooling and overall 'niceness', to take any embarrassment out of a laughter-making murder theme, even with the corpse in full view."

In 1959 the play was made into a black comedy movie starring Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds. It was directed by George Marshall and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. The French film Jo, released in 1971 and starring Louis de Funès and Claude Gensac, was also based on the play. Another French version, this time for TV - Une femme dans les bras, un cadavre sur le dos, with Jean Lefebvre and Blanche Ravalec - appeared in 1995.

Next month Pinewood Players will undertake this murder mystery (pun intended) as Frank Hess directs Tom and Judy Harris in the lead roles. "The Gazebo" will run August 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9 10 with Friday and Saturday night curtains at 7pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:30pm. 



Gazebo Leads Tom Harris, Judy Harris, Clyde Morrison
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! Click on the "Buy Tickets" icon in the sidebar to link to the online ticketing system or visit the Box Office at the Pinewood Playhouse just east of the pool area on the Pinewood Country Club campus (Box Office hours 10am to noon, Wednesday and Saturday) or call the Ticket Manager at 623-680-3369 for reservations. 

Date Set for August General Members Meeting

The second General Members Meeting of the 2014 season is scheduled for August 23, 10:00am at the Pinewood Country Club. A luncheon will be served after the meeting. For reservations please contact Kassie Walters at 928-286-9198.

Drama Camp Update

Another Successful Season

The Kidz Kamp came to a successful conclusion this past weekend with their production of "Cactus Pass Jamboree." Performances were well attended and the "Kidz" did themselves proud, showing what two weeks of fun and focused learning can produce. The recitals played to enthusiastic audiences of family, friends and supporters who came to encourage the performers and also because it's just plain fun to watch the kids perform.

Last Chance to see the Campers Perform

Next weekend (July 18, 19 and 20) the Tween Campers will present their recital of  "Rock Around the Block." The Tweens have been working for three weeks under the direction of Matt Dearing to bring us a true toe tapping experience that will have you rockin' in the aisles featuring songs such as  “The Nifty Fifties," “Oh, Baby," “Teen Queen,”  “Hippity Hop,” “Rebel with a Cause” and several others.
The story, written by Tim Kelly and Bill Francoeur, involves Gracie, a high school dance committee chairman who has to find a new location for dances because the gym is being remodeled.  She promises to get a famous singer to entertain.  Three stuck-up high school socialites, a basketball star, motorcycle toughs, and a soda jerk complicate the plot.  A sub-plot involves a stolen motorcycle, a difficult brother and a cop.
There will be four performances: Friday, July 18 at 7pm, Saturday, July 19 at 2:30pm and 7pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person. 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! Click on the "Buy Tickets" icon in the sidebar to link to the online ticketing system or visit the Box Office at the Pinewood Playhouse just east of the pool area on the Pinewood Country Club campus ( Box Office hours 10am to noon, Saturday & Wednesday) or call the Ticket Manager at 623-680-3369 for reservations.   Tickets are $10.


Reader's Theatre Update
Get Your Tickets Now for July & September
As predicted, these tickets are selling fast and they will not last long so get yours today! The Thursday, July 24 performance is already sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Sunday, July 27 matinee. Plays and directors are: “Endless Autumn” directed by Marsha Propps, “Check Please” directed by Bill Kane, “At Halftime” directed by Marsha Propps and “Chocolate” directed by Doug Pusateri. Doug will also direct "Canker Sores and other Distractions." Don't miss the fun, get your tickets now for the Sunday show.
The second  production with different plays (to be announced) will be staged on Thursday, September 4 and Sunday, September 7.  Additional auditions for the September plays will be held on August 2 at 10am at the Pinewood Country Club. Buy your tickets for the September shows now to avoid missing out on these entertaining performances. All performances (July and September) are in the Pinewood Country Club Show Room, cash bar will be provided in the Show Room.

Tickets are $6 (Club Members) or $7 (non-Club Members) and are on sale in the lobby of the Pinewood Country Club on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm during Happy Hour and during Box Office hours (10am to noon on Wednesday and Saturday) on the Pinewood Playhouse patio. These performances are guaranteed to be “sell outs” so get your tickets now!

One Door Closes,
Another Door Opens

(Reprinted from Pinewood News)

“Blithe Spirit” closed on June 22 to high critical acclaim and sell out audiences. Those of you who attended one of the six performances understand what a special event this was and how fortunate we are to have these talented and dedicated volunteers providing first class theatrical experiences for the community. If you had the opportunity to experience “Blithe Spirit” for yourself, you are probably already planning to purchase tickets for our second adult performance “The Gazebo.” For those who missed “Blithe Spirit” there are still opportunities this season to experience the high quality entertainment provided by the Pinewood Players. “The Gazebo” opens on August 1 and continues on August 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10.  The play is directed by Frank Hess, the veteran director who brought us the hilarious production of “Wrong Window” last season.  Similar to “Wrong Window,” this dark comedy has an interesting set, a twisting, turning plot with lots of laughs and a surprise ending. So, we must say farewell to “Blithe Spirit” as excellent as it was, but we can say “hello” to the next fantastic Pinewood Players production, “The Gazebo.” Get your tickets now!

Save the Dates

Reader's Theatre Auditions

Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 am at the Pinewood Country Club.

"The Gazebo"
August 1, 2, 3 & 8, 9, 10 (Friday & Saturday Evenings 7pm, Sunday Matinees 2:20pm) at the Pinewood Playhouse

Pinewood Players General Meeting

Saturday, August 23 at 10:00am at the Pinewood Country Club. All members are invited to attend.  The meeting will be followed by a buffet lunch.  Reservations for the luncheon and more information about the event are available by contacting Kassie Walters at 928-286-9198.

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