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The 2014-2015 season continues!


"Into the Woods"
February 27 - March 15, 2015

"The Crucible"
April 10 - April 19, 2015

 
"2015-2016 Season Preview"
May 2, 2015

 

"Spamalot"
May 8 - May 24, 2015

"The Greater Tuna Quadrilogy"
June 5 - June 14, 2015


Playhouse Merced's Annual Gala
earlier this season
"A Night at the Sands"
A great time was had by all
and we thank our supporters!

 

 

 

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New 2014-2015 Season has begun
You can still get great deals on Season Tickets!

Call (209) 725-8587 or
click the button below for more information





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Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

February 27 - March 15, 2015

The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Rated T For 13 and Above

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The Crucible
Written by Arthur Miller

April 10 - April 19, 2015

This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporar y society. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotr y and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.

Rated T Ages 13 and up

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Spamalot
Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam,
Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin

May 8 - May 24, 2015

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Ar thur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, k iller rabbits, and French people. Monty Python’s SPAMALOT has been hailed as: “A no-holds-barred smash” The New Yorker “Funnier than the Black Death” Brother  Maynard,  Friars  Weekly incorporating Nuns Illustrated

Rated T Ages 13 and Up

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Greater Tuna
Greater Tuna, Tuna Christmas, Red, White and Tuna, Tuna Does Vegas
Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, Ed Howard

June 5 - June 14, 2015

Greater Tuna is a series of 4 comedic plays each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state. The series was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The plays are at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of same. The plays are notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. Come watch as the Hypes brothers tackle The Greater Tuna series in an unprecedented event.  That’s right, four shows, two weeks, 60+ characters and two actors.

Rated T For 13 and Above

 


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INTO THE WOODS CAST LIST

THE NARRATOR: JESSE STOFLE
THE BAKER: ANDREW BURKUM
CINDERELLA’S PRINCE/THE WOLF: COREY STRAUSS
RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE: ROBERT HYPES
JACK: PAUL JACKSON
MYSTERIOUS MAN/CINDERELLA’S DAD: BRAD REED
THE BAKER’S WIFE: MELISSA BECKWITH
CINDERELLA: RACHEL PEARRE
LITTLE RED: JAIME MICHAELS
THE WITCH: DIANNE KOCHER
RAPUNZEL: MEGANNE KOCHER
CINDY’S STEPMOM: RACHEL RODRIGUES
JACK’S MOM: ALICIA BOHLKE
FLORINDA: MADISON MITCHELL
LUCINDA: MIKAELA REED
THE STEWARD/GRANNY/
CINDERELLA’S MOM/THE GIANT: PAGE STAYER
THE BOY: JADE SEYMOUR

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THE CRUCIBLE CAST LIST

John Proctor: Matt Capron
Reverend Hale: Greg Ruelas
Reverend Parris: Jim Bennett
Francis Nurse: Chris Ingle
Judge Danforth: Joe Hypes
Giles Corey: Dan Hong
Thomas Putnam: Joel Scott Shade
Ezekiel Cheever: RC Essig
Judge Hathorne: Colton Dennis
John Willard: TBA
Hopkins: Jim Pacheco
Abigail Williams: Rachel Rodrigues
Ruth Putnam: Jensen Pacheco
Mary Warren: Stephanie Rogers
Betty Paris: Julia Nies
Mercy Lewis: Haley Paulissian
Susanna Wilcott: Elina Sahagun
Elizabeth Proctor: Noelle Chander
Rebecca Nurse: Emily Langdon
Ann Putnam: Theresa Hong
Tituba: Elena Carter
Martha Corey: Jeannette Pacheco
Sarah Good: Sandra Hay



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AUDITIONS FOR SPAMALOT:

WHEN: February 28th @ 1:00 pm
WHERE: Playhouse Merced located at 452 West Main St, Merced CA 95340
WHAT TO BRING: 16 bars from a musical of your choice.
For more information, contact Rob Hypes at
robh@playhousemerced.com

.CASTING BREAKDOWN:

KING ARTHUR (Mid 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find
the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.

SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.

SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

PATSY (30s-40s): King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.

SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.

SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse. No solo singing.

THE LADY OF THE LAKE: A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers
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ENSEMBLE: A small singing and dancing ensemble. Other roles that may be broken down among members of the Ensemble
are:

THE LAKER GIRLS: Backup singers and dancers for the Lady of the Lake
HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic.


NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others' beliefs, claims he is "not yet dead."


FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.


MINSTREL: In Sir Robin's band.


PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower.

SIR NOT APPEARING THE DANCING NUN

TWO FRENCH GUARDS

ROBIN'S MINSTRELS

SIR BORS

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Watch this space for more information soon

 

 

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On Saturday, August 16, 2014, we celebrated our brand new 2014-2015 season, “Traditions,” with our annual fundraising Gala.

With 300 guests in attendance, we turned Bob Hart Square into a recreation of 1960s Las Vegas. 

Here's some highlights.


photo - fishbowl 360


photo by Merced Sun Star


photo by fishbowl 360


photo by fishbowl 360


photo by Merced Sun Star

 

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Rental Information

Need a unique space for your business conference, music recital or other special event?  Rent the Playhouse!  Our unique Mainstage Space can host up to 200 people with stadium-style seating. Rental of our Mainstage starts at $450.00. For more information regarding the facility availability and more detailed rental rates, please contact us at (209) 725-8587.

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News & Media

Your media contact person for Playhouse Merced is Rob Hypes
Have questions about a show?  Need photos or other collateral matieral?
robh@playhousemerced.com

ARCHIVES

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Playhouse Merced Archives
Past Seasons, Past Shows -- What do you remember?

2013-2014 Season

Les Miserables
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
RENT
A Christmas Carol
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
The Piano Lesson
Shrek: the Musical
The Three Musketeers
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Noises Off

2012-2013 Season
"There and Back Again"

9 to 5: the Musical
A Few Good Men
Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show
Annie
Dearly Departed
The Hobbit
Jesus Christ Superstar
Urinetown: the Musical
Merced Born and Raised
West Side Story

2011-2012 Season
"There's No Place Like Home"

Brigadoon
Charley's Aunt
Sweeney Todd
Frost / Nixon
The Wizard of Oz
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The King and I
The Odd Couple (Female Version)
Parade
Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver
The Elephant Man
The Music Man


2010-2011 Season
"Dreams, Fantasy, Drama...and All That Jazz!"

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
12 Angry Men
Reefer Madness
Cinderella
Lend Me a Tenor
Mid-Life: The Crisis Musical
Chicago
All Shook Up
Lysistrata
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Heart of the Lion


2009-2010 Season
"Our Season of Pure Imagination"

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Beauty and the Beast
Little Shop of Horrors
The Bible: The Complete Word of God: Abridged
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Always...Patsy Cline
Company
Big River
The Secret Garden
Macbeth
Rumors
Bye Bye Birdie


2008-2009 Season

The Sound of Music
Something's Afoot
Little Women: The Musical
Greater Tuna
Our Town
I Do!  I Do!
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Children of Eden
It's a Wonderful Life (Rado Play)
Moon Over Buffalo
Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical


2007-2008 Season

Annie Get Your Gum
The Baltimore Waltz
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Okahoma!
On Golden Pond
A Streetcar Named Desire
Biloxi Blues
Crazy for You (In Concert)
Guys and Dolls
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Some Enchanted Evening
 
 2006 - 2007 Season

Fiddler on the Roof
Of Mice and Men
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Art
Charlotte's Web
Grease
Honky Tonk Angels
Much Ado About Nothing
Steel Magnolias

2005 - 2006 Season

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
James and the Giant Peach
The Diary of Anne Frank
A Year with Frog & Toad
Nuncrackers Amen!
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
L.A. Real
The Underpants
Godspell
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Man of La Mancha

2004 - 2005 Season

The Complete History of America (Abridged)
Suessical the Musical
A Taffeta Christmas
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Titanic: A New Musical
Noises Off
Songs for a New World
Pump Boys and Dinettes
The Glass Menagerie
The Wizard of Oz
Judy Speaks
The Guys
De-Grade
DNA & the Dancing Fool
Four Guys Names Jose and a Girl Named Maria
Alice in Wonderland
Bye Bye Birdie


2003-2004 Season

Chess
By the Hand of the Father
Nunsense
Stuart Little
Christmas in the Valley
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Black History
The Taffetas
Cabaret
The Laramie Project
Annie Jr.
A Chorus Line
Schoolhouse Rock!
Grease


2002-2003 Season

My Way
Footloose
The Gift of the Maji
Forever Plaid
Proof
Anne of Green Gamles
Always...Patsy Cline
The Jungle Book
The Little Mermaid
Fame

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