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Our all-new 2014-2015 season is here!
Season Tickets on Sale Now

Now Playing - Live and On Stage
From the Stephen King novel
"Carrie: the Musical"
Now through November 2, 2014


The holiday treat
Based on the Charles Dicken novel
"Oliver!"
November 21 - December 7, 2014

AUDITIONS!
"The Pirates of Penzance: In Concert" and "Crowns"
November 29, 2014

Playhouse Merced's Annual Gala
"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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Carrie: the Musical
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King

Now Playing through November 2, 2014

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the musical of CARRIE hasn’t been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, this is the perfect show for the Halloween season.

Rated “M” For Mature Audiences

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Oliver!
Music, Lyrics & Book by Lionel Bart

November 21 - December 7, 2014

Adapted from the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, Oliver tells the story of a young orphaned boy who, after running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy are fit for a life of crime. Featuring hit songs such as “Food, Glorious, Food,” “Where is Love,” “Consider Yourself,” “As Long as He Needs Me,” and “ You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” Oliver has remained one of the most beloved family musicals of all time.

Rated: A (All Ages)

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The Pirates of Penzance:  In Concert
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestrations by Peter Murray

January 16 - January 25, 2015

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender- hear ted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

Rated: A (All Ages)

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Crowns
Written by Regina Taylor
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry

February 6 - February 15, 2015
 
Crowns is the story of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere in exquisite variety, and in this movingand celebratory musical play, hats provide a theatrical springboard for an exploration of black history and identity. The characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning. There is a hat for every occasion - from flir ting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and current fashion.

Rated T For 13 and Above

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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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Carrie: the Musical
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King

October 17 - November 2, 2014

Directed by Rob Hypes
Musically Directed by Darrel Lingenfelter

Cast

Carrie White: Rachel Pearre
Margaret White: Dianne Kocher
Sue Snell: Stefani Potter
Tommy Ross: Jeshamon Volkerts
Chris Hargensen: Emily Johnson
Billy Nolan: GB Blackmon III
Miss Gardner: Theresa Hong
Mr. Stephens: Corey Strauss
Norma: Rachel Rodrigues
Frieda: Tanayiah Bryels
Helen: Madison Mitchell
Student/Voice of Police Officer: Nicole Terry
George: Matt Capron
Stokes: Anthony Ortiz
Freddy: Chris Battisti

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn’t been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, this is the perfect show for the Halloween season.

Rated “M” For Mature Audiences

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Oliver!

Oliver Twist – Spencer Brown
Mr. Bumble – Dusty Guthier
Widow Corney – Jamie Michaels
Noah Claypole – Christian Espinoza
Mr. Sowerberry – Rich Barnes
Mrs. Sowerberry – Taryn Hakala
Charlotte – Madison Mitchell
Fagin – Matt Capron

Fagin’s Gang:
Artful Dodger – Aiden Mitchell
Charles Bates – Nathaniel Drennen
Christian Espinoza
Gregory Viveiros
Karlyn Rahmgren
Tassha Tilakamonkul

Nancy – Melissa Beckwith
Bet – Bethany Lawrence
Bill Sykes – Dan Hong
Old Sally – Karen Linn
Old Lady – Sandra Hay
Mrs. Bedwin – Kristi Rieg
Mr. Brownlow – Dave Elam
Dr. Grimwig – Joseph Brown
Charwoman/Ensemble – Bridget Mitchell

Orphans:
Jade Seymour
Abby Samuelson
Tassha Tilakamonkul
Keegan Reig
Haley Hixson
Niara Jones
August Seymour
Easton Seymour
Cameron Linn
Julia Nies
Ashley Keown
Aralyn Day
Leah Hanneman

Vendors in Who Will Buy:
Karlyn Rahmgren
Jade Seymour
Abby Samuelson

Ensemble:
Sierra Carl
Sologne Patterson
Allison Jones
Brittany Smith
Katherine Brokaw


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Audition Information
 
Auditions for the 2014-2015 will be announced here as we get close to each show.

We hope you'll consider coming out and auditioning for a show at Playhouse Merced. We're your community's theater and would love for you to come and be a part of our theatre family.

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Upcoming Auditions for Crowns and Pirates of Penzance: In Concert.
Auditions for both shows will be Saturday, November 29, 2014

"Crowns" - auditions - 11:00 am
"The Pirates of Penzance: In Concert" - auditions - 1:00 pm

For both auditions, please prepare 16 bars of music for the musical director / accompanist who will be on site to play piano
for each person auditioning.

"Crowns" weaves together a variety of stories from different characters, time periods, and perspectives that, when integrated with music and dance, create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place. The essential story of "Crowns" is that of a young African American girl trying to figure out her identity, her place in the world, ...and her place in her own culture. Currently we are looking to cast 6 female roles and 1 male role.

"Crowns" runs February 6 - February 15.    Rated: T = 13
and up

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"The Pirates of Penzance: In Concert," is the beloved Gilbert & Sullivan comedy presented on the Playhouse Merced stage in a concert setting. With the entire orchestra and cast on stage the entire time, the show will experience a shortened rehearsal process. "Pirates" runs from January 16 - January 25.

"The Pirates of Penzance" or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender- hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him
faithfully. Rated: A (All Ages)

"Into the Woods," is currently set to audition on December 6th. More information to follow in this space soon.  For any questions, please contact Robert Hypes @ robh@playhousemerced.com



Next show coming up
Gilbert & Sullivan's classic musical operetta
"The Pirates of Penzance" In Concert

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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