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Summer Program 2014
"Fame" August 1, 2 & 3, 2014
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"Fiddler on the Roof"
July 21, 2014

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Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

August 29 - September 14, 2014

Set in the little Russian village of Anatevka, Fiddler on the Roof centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a color ful and tight- knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof ’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Rated: A (All Ages)


I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick

September 26 - October 6, 2014

A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.

Rated T: Teens 13 and above


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

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


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)


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)


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


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


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


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


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





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.


"Fiddler on the Roof"

Audition dates are
Saturday July 19 at 1:00
Monday July 21 at 6:30

Come celebrate with us as we open our 2014-2015 Season with this incredible show.

To audition, all you need is 16 bars of a song.  We ask that those auditioning please bring their own sheet music as an accompanist will be on hand to play along with you.

Typically, we rehearse at Playhouse Merced for 5 weeks before a show opens.  Rehearsals are usually scheduled Monday -
Friday in the evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays in the afternoon.  Specific rehearsal schedule will be available at audition day.

Performance Dates
"FIddler on the Roof" runs for three weekends, August 29 - September 14, 2014.
Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:00.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Hypes at 209-725-8587 or email him at robh@playhousemerced.com

Fiddler on the Roof
Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Book by Joseph Stein

Directed by: Robert Hypes
Musically Directed by: Dennis Brown
Choreography by: Corey Strauss

Set in the little village of Anatevka, Fiddler on the Roof centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Character Breakdown

Tevye, the Dairyman:
Tevye is a likeable, hard-working, pious man who sees the positive side of life. He has raised his five daughters according to
the Scriptures, many of which he invents himself. He is humorous and relaxed, but when pushed, Tevye can show stubbornness, and at times, rage. He sings several solos including “Tradition”, “If I Were A Rich Man”, “To Life”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, and “Do You Love Me?” Tevye carries a good portion of the show.

Golde, Tevye’s wife:
Golde is the real strength behind Tevye, the one who keeps the household going. She is very concerned that her daughters
make good matches and have easier lives than she and Tevye have had. Golde must be a strong singer with comic timing. She sings “Tradition”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, “Do You Love Me”, and Anatevka”.

Yente, the matchmaker:
Yente is a middle-aged widow who matches up the young people of the village in the hopes that they will marry. She is the
village busybody and knows all the news of the town. She sings “Tradition” and “Anatevka”.

Lazar Wolf, the butcher:
Lazar is the town’s wealthiest citizen and is the same age as Tevye, maybe even older. He wants to marry, by traditional
parental arrangement, Tevye’s daughter, Tzeitel, promising to give her a good and secure life. Lazar sings “To Life” as well as “Tradition” and “Anatevka.”

Tzeitel, the eldest daughter:
Tzeitel is the first daughter to marry and the first to challenge the traditions. Tzeitel must be a capable dramatic actress and
able to sing and move well. She sings the trio, “Matchmaker” with her two sisters, as well as “Tradition” and “Anatevka”.

Motel, the Tailor:
Motel is a rather meek and miserably poor tailor who seeks the hand of Tevye’s eldest daughter, Tzeitel, and comes into his
own in the process! He sings “Tradition” and “Anatevka” and has one blockbuster solo, “Miracle of Miracles”.

Hodel , the second eldest daughter:
Hodel becomes intrigued with the radical, young student, Perchik , and eventually leaves Anatevka to join him in Siberia
where he has been imprisoned for his reform activities. Hodel needs to move well, and sings “Matchmaker” and the haunting solo, “Far From The Home I Love.”.

Perchik, the student:
Perchik is a visitor to Anatevka, and therefore, an outsider, bringing with him radical new ideas that challenge the traditions.
He falls for Hodel, the second eldest daughter. The role of Perchik requires an actor capable of showing intensity and an unfailing commitment to his beliefs. This is a non-singing role.

Chava, third eldest daughter:
Chava is the scholarly daughter who loves to read. She falls in love with and runs off with Fyedka, a Russian soldier, and
breaks her father’s heart. This role requires a capable dramatic actress who also sings ”Matchmaker,” and one who can perform a short but emotional dance.

Fyedka, a Russian soldier:
Fyedka, a strong young soldier, sees past his military obligations and falls in love with Chava. He challenges Tevye’s
imposed silence towards him. Fyedka sings “To Life” and dances a short Russian dance with his fellow soldiers.

Grandma Tzeitel is a ghost figure who appears in the Dream Scene and has a wonderful solo, “Mazeltov”,”Mazeltov”, endorsing the marriage of Tzeitel with Motel, the tailor. It is a very entertaining and memorable role. This actress will also appear as a Villager.

Fruma-Sarah is also a ghost figure who appears in the Dream Scene. She portrays LazarWolf’s departed wife who becomes
enraged that her husband plans on marrying Tzeitel. This actress will also appear as a Villager.

The Constable:
This Russian military official stationed near Anatevka, knows the villagers well, and even likes some of them, particularly
Tevye. But these superficial relationships don’t prevent him from carrying out violence against the people. This non-singing role requires a strong, impressive actor who can present this two-faced personality.

Shprintze is the fourth eldest daughter of Tevye. She sings “Tradition” and “Anatevka”.

Bielke is the youngest daughter of Tevye. She sings “Tradition” and “Anatevka”.

The Bottle Dancers:
We will need three male dancers who are both athletic and musical, and are willing to put in the time to learn a tricky but
very do-able Russian-style dance while balancing bottles in their hats. They will also portray Villagers and sing “Tradition” and “Anatevka”.

These chorus members will portray the people of the village as either Mamas, Papas, Daughters, or Sons. They will perform
“Tradition” and “Anatevka’. Some smaller speaking roles will be determined during rehearsals.




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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
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
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"

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)
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
Lend Me a Tenor
Mid-Life: The Crisis Musical
All Shook Up
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
Big River
The Secret Garden
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
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
Charlotte's Web
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
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
DNA & the Dancing Fool
Four Guys Names Jose and a Girl Named Maria
Alice in Wonderland
Bye Bye Birdie

2003-2004 Season

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

2002-2003 Season

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

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