Profiles /News Clips/Scholarship Fund/New Web Site/Rich Dahl/Playhouse/Education of Angels/General Meeting

March 2017

Message from the Editor
Volume 3: Edition 1

Welcome! After a two year hiatus, the Pinewood Players Newsletter is back for the 2017 season of Theater in the Pines.

Even though the season is still a few months away the wheels are turning and the organization is moving into action mode. Rehearsals are taking place and a number of newsworthy activities are swinging into motion. We have a new President who we will introduce in the Profiles feature. There are important positions to be filled for the upcoming season, the Scholarship Fund is kicking off for 2017 and we have a new look web site and a new rehearsal space and ticket window at the Playhouse.These and more are among the topics in this month's letter.

I hope you will enjoy the revival of the newsletter this season. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you as we all look forward to the upcoming 2017 season.

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Pam Solace

Pam was born and raised in northern Illinois but has been an Arizona resident since 1972.  In 1997, she and her late husband Keith, purchased a lot in Munds Park and spent weekends for the next 10 years, building their cabin. Following a 23 year career with  Mayo Clinic, she retired in 2010 and was finally able to become a summer resident.

Pam first became involved with Pinewood Players as a member of  Readers Theater playing a small part in “Dixie Swim Club.” In a later Readers Theater / Cabaret Nights production, she portrayed Gracie Allen in the hilarious skit “George and Gracie Radio Hour”.  It  was during that time  that Pam developed an interest in directing. She took on the directing duties for several Readers Theater skits under the tutelage of Doug Pusateri.  She served as co-stage manager for the 2013 production of “Bells are Ringing” and acted as assistant director to Doug Pusateri for the 2016 production of “Said the Spider to the Spy”. Also, in 2016 Pam took over the production coordination of Readers Theater / Cabaret Nights.

Pam has said that she is excited to be part of this talented theater group and  she has proven her commitment to the organization by serving on the Board of Directors since 2016 and accepting the role of President for the 2017 season. We all wish Pam great success and anticipate many important accomplishments during her term. Break a leg, Pam!

March News Clips


Pinewood Players Positions Available

As the season approaches there are always many positions available to allow our members and supporters to participate in the fun and camaraderie of Pinewood Players. Everything from set construction and painting, set decorating,costume design and makeup to backstage assistants and everything in between.

This season we have some very important volunteer positions to fill which have the additional benefit of providing training in some of the technical aspects of theater. In addition, we are advertising for a very important PAID position which will manage the box office and ticket sales for the 2017 season. Job descriptions and information on how to apply for these positions are below. 

Box Office/Ticket Manager: Paid Position
The duration of this job is JUNE 9 THROUGH AUGUST 27, 2017. Successful applicant must be available for training prior to June 9.  Duties involve being in charge of the Box Office ticket booth at Pinewood Players Playhouse on Saturday mornings from  10:00 AM TO 12:00 noon.  The Ticket manager will also sell tickets on Wednesdays from  4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM in the Pinewood Country Club lobby.  The ticket manager must also be in charge of the Box Office ticket booth 45 minutes before each performance including 18 Adult plays and 6 Drama Camp plays (24 total plays during the season). The position requires some basic computer knowledge and additional  training will be provided by Pinewood Players. This job pays $750.00 for the season.  If you are interested, have questions or know of anyone who may be interested please contact  Eileen Jones at
Lighting and Sound Operators: Volunteer Position - At least 3 individuals needed
Pinewood Players is in need of Sound and Lighting operators for the 2017 season.  Some experience with sound or lighting equipment is a plus but not a requirement. Pinewood Players will train interested candidates to operate the sound and lighting control boards for the 2017 plays. The responsibilities involve operating the sound and lighting systems for technical run throughs,  dress rehearsals and live performances. Each candidate would likely be assigned to one play during the season (at least one technical run through, two dress rehearsals and six live performances total, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday Matinee on two consecutive weekends). Anyone interested in learning these skills and supporting our  2017 live theater performances by performing these very critical functions,  please contact Dan Slocum at or call (480)415-8410.

2017 Scholarship Program in Full Swing

 Mandy  Tomkins                         Claire Haller
2016 Recipients of Pinewood Players Scholarships

Last year, the Pinewood Players initiated a scholarship program designed to assist students who want to attend a college or university and study some form of theatre arts.  Up to two scholarships of $2,000 each will be offered.

Scholarship awards are intended to aid students who have a close connection to Munds Park, maintain a high grade average and demonstrate leadership qualities. Young people who have participated in the Pinewood Drama Camps are encouraged to apply.  The expectation is that a scholarship recipient will pursue at least a minor in a theatre field such as acting, directing, music, dance, or technical fields such as lighting, sound, scene design and/or performing arts education.  They must enroll full time and participate in some way in college productions.  Recipients may attend any accredited two or four year college or university without regard to location.

Applications will be accepted after March 1, 2017. The application form can be downloaded from the Pinewood Players website,  The application deadline will be May 15. Students must fill out the application form and follow the directions within.  For further information and application forms visit our website at or contact Pinewood Players Scholarship Program, c/o Rich Dahl, PO Box 18484, Munds Park, AZ 86017.  You may also contact Dahl at
 Last years’ recipients were Claire Haller and Mandy Tomkins.  Both had previously attended Drama Camp and are now in their first year of college level study.   
Decisions regarding recipients will be made by the PWP Scholarship Committee and the Board of Directors.

Article by Rich Dahl, Pinewood Players Scholarship Fund Chairman

New Look Web Site Launched
If you have not visited recently you are in for a real treat. The web site has been given a new flashy look and has also been updated to improve ease of navigation around the site.  The updating was  required because after over 5 years of operation the site's operating software had become obsolete and was no longer supported by the manufacturer. This necessitated an update to a current version of software which supports more features and functionality and as a bonus, enabled the new glitzy look. 

Buying tickets online has never been easier. All the news about current season plays (dates, times, play synopsis, etc.) are all at your fingertips! Take a trip down memory lane by perusing the Past Plays pages, read all the latest news, reviews and articles or download important forms (Membership, Drama Camp, etc.). Provide your input and suggestions or get questions answered quickly using the CONTACT US  feature.
While the web site is now  live, our web team is continuing to move content and update the site with current season information so it may be a few weeks before the work on the site is totally completed.  The update of the operating system has also enabled a  number of exciting new capabilities and features that will be available on the site as we move into the future. Make a habit of visiting the site often to check out what's new and to get all your Pinewood Players information from the most up to date source.

 Thank  you to the members of  web site committee who have worked and guided this project since last November. The committee members are Rich Dahl, Lori Prescott, Phil Howard, Bill Trebelhorn, Ed Werzyn and Dan Slocum. 
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! Click on the animated "Buy Tickets" icon in the sidebar to link to the online ticketing system. Easy, convenient, fast! Reserve your favorite seats while they are still available!


Thank You, Rich Dahl!

Founder and Father of Steps down


After over 5 years of dedication and countless hours spent unselfishly sharing his creativity and talent Rich Dahl has chosen to hand over the keys to the web site that he so diligently nurtured and grew from it's humble beginning to the exciting new site that exists today.

Rich brought Pinewood Players into the modern age of communication in 2012 when he singularly accepted the challenge to create a web site for the organization.He persevered through those early days, working with little technical support to establish and maintain a functional site for the group.Later,in 2013 Rich teamed up with ICCAZ to obtain some technical support and assistance in making some needed improvements which enabled him to bring new functionality and enhanced features to the site.

Most recently Rich served on the web site committee which was tasked last fall with updating the site.Rich's contributions to the committee over the past several months were invaluable in shaping the recent upgrades and changes.Typical of Rich,always willing to give more, he has agreed to continue to generously volunteer his time and knowledge to help train and guide the new content management volunteers, Phil Howard and Bill Trebelhorn as they work to acquire the skills required to manage the site.

Merely saying  thank you seems totally inadequate in light of the years of dedication and the generous giving of time and talent that Rich has devoted to this endeavor. To call him the Founder of the web site is also an understatement of his total contribution. He not only founded the site, he nurtured, expanded and shaped the site into what it has become today,a truly state of the art internet communication and marketing tool for Pinewood Players.

Rich is truly the Guardian Angel of and the organization owes him a debt of gratitude that cannot easily be repaid. All we can offer is our heartfelt thanks for all he has done. Next time you see Rich, please shake his hand and thank him for his outstanding contributions to Pinewood Players.  


Pinewood Playhouse

gets Rehearsal Space

Ticket booth much more visible in new layout

Work was completed last August on a new enclosure at the Pinewood Playhouse which now houses the Box Office/ticket booth and provides on site rehearsal space as well as some additional storage area.

The concept for the space was  conceived by Les Maurseth who envisioned how unused  patio area could be turned into very much needed rehearsal space. He realized that a portion of  the patio  could be configured to almost identically mirror the playhouse stage.  Inspired by the desire to have a dedicated rehearsal area so as not to be dependent upon other venues which were not always available, nor were they always ideal for rehearsals, Les  pursued his idea by consulting  with various experts to confirm the project  was feasible. He then presented the idea to the Pinewood Players Board of Directors and received approval to investigate further and gain club approval which  eventually led to approval and funding of the project by the Pinewood Players  membership last year.

Bart Del Duca was engaged to enclose the area. Throughout the season Bart brought crews to Munds Park and he and Nancy housed them for days at a time in order to complete the project.  

Once  completed, it  provided not only the coveted rehearsal area but also some additional storage space and as an added bonus it solved an age old problem of public visibility to the Box Office. For years customers not familiar with the Playhouse wandered around aimlessly until they finally found the little box office window hidden in an indentation on the southeast corner of the building. Signs and all matter of directions written in ads, articles and posted on the web site  just did not seem to  solve the mystery of the hidden ticket booth. Now it is obvious to anyone approaching the Playhouse where they need to go to purchase tickets.

Thanks to Les's vision and persistence and Bart's awesome construction prowess, the Pinewood Playhouse has been endowed with a much needed space that will serve current and future generations of Pinewood Players for years to come. 

New Ticket Window / Enclosed Rehearsal Space


Save the Dates

Even though the season is still a few months away, it is never to0 early to mark important dates on your calendar. You may also wish to check the web site calendar to insure that you do not miss a single fun filled event this season. 


"The Education of Angels"

Friday and Saturday evenings June 9,10,16.17 at 7 pm, 
Sunday Matinees June 11 & 18 at 2:30 pm
All Performances at the Pinewood Playhouse.


Pinewood Players

General Meeting

Saturday, June 24 at 10:00 am at the Pinewood Country Club. All members are invited to attend. For further information about the event you may contact the Social Committee Co-Chairpersons Lori Prescott (602)390-2648, or Andy Harper (602)690-2083 ,


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