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Young People's Conservatory
Summer Program 2014
"Fame" August 1, 2 & 3, 2014
Plus more workshops for Young People

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

Auditions for "I Hate Hamlet"
Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:00

Fiddler on the Roof
August 29 - September 14, 2014
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Young People's Conservatory
Summer Program 2014

Shows! Workshops! Fun for Kids of all ages!


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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)

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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

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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

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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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)

Directed by Rob Hypes
Musically Directed by Dennis Brown
Choreographed by Noelle Chandler

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
CAST LIST

Tevye: RC Essig
Golde: Theresa Hong
Avram: Glen Singer
Bielke: Claudette Asenjo
Chava: Katie Bordona
Fruma-Sarah: Alicia Bohlke
Fyedka: Jeshamon Volkerts
Grandma: Tzeitel Page Stayer
Hodel: Stephanie Rogers
Lazar Wolf: Jesse Stofle
Mendel: Christopher Ingle
Mordcha Rich Barnes
Motel: Matt Capron
Nachum: Robert Porta
Perchik: James McIntyre
Rabbi: Rick Morrison
Shaindel: Karen Linn
Shprintze: Jade Seymour
The Constable: Paul Wegner
Tzeitel: Melissa Beckwith
Yente: Melissa Proietti

The Russians
Henry Flores
Chris Espinoza
Tyler Botill
Ron Daily

Villagers
Dob Francise
Bridget Mitchell
Nicole Terry
Elina Sahagun
Hannah Emily Glenn
Colby Hanning
Lauren Miller
Cossette Asenjo
Sologne Patterson
Emily Johnson
Casie Bonstein
Chelsea King


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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.

AUDITIONS

"I Hate Hamlet" - by Paul Rudnick
Saturday, August 2 at 1:00 pm
@ Playhouse Merced Mainstage
452 West Main St Merced, CA 95340
Please meet in main lobby

"I Hate Hamlet" is a hilarious comedy about 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 apar tment 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

Please come prepared with a brief 25 – 45 second comedic monologue. Selections from the show will also be available. For questions or to schedule a different audition time, please contact Robert Hypes at robh@playhousemerced.com

Character Breakdown

RALLY: The 28-year-old former star of the now-canned soap opera Jim Corman, MD. Somewhat spoiled and arrogant by his success, his biggest neuroses stem from the lack of artistic integrity in his life, coming to head when he's offered the role of Hamlet in Shakespeare in the Park.

BARRYMORE: Once the greatest Hamlets of his generation, and now currently a corpse. That hasn't stopped him from living it up with copious amounts of booze, swords, and womanizing, as he works to train the reluctant Rally to become the next great Hamlet.

GARY: Rally's writer-director-producer friend from Hollywood. The man is completely self-absorbed and totally cultureless, but exudes the smooth cool of cinematic style. A man's man in the realm of film and television, he's looking to get Rally back in the game--and to score a nice commission for himself.

DEIRDRE: Rally's 25-year-old girlfriend. She's slightly ditzy but completely charming, even down to her infuriating desire to save her virginity till marriage. She's an actress who's big on dreams if low on talent. She is not a gold-digger, but is sexually attracted to artistry and talent--which she believes Rally to have in abundance.

LILLIAN: Rally's elderly German agent. She once had an affair with Barrymore, way back in the day. She now has an ominous-sounding cough. She's pushing Rally to take the role of Hamlet, much to Gary's dismay.

FELICIA: Rally's New Jersey real estate agent. She's used to servicing the weirdest of clients, and that eccentricity has rubbed off on her -- she claims to perform seances and chat with her dead mother on "the other side." Like Gary, she has no social filters, but she is too perky and positive to notice.

Rehearsals
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
"I Hate Hamlet" runs for three weekends, September 26 - October 6, 2014.
Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:00.

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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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