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The 2014-2015 season continues!
Season Tickets packages can still be had

Final weekend of the mirthful musical holiday treat
Based on the Charles Dicken novel
Now through  December 7, 2014

Casts announced soon for
"The Pirates of Penzance: In Concert"
and "Crowns"

"Into the Woods"
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00

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!



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

Call (209) 725-8587 or
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Music, Lyrics & Book by Lionel Bart

November 21 - December 7, 2014

Adapted from the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, "Oliver!" is a musical retelling of the 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





Ticket's on sale now for this mirthful magical holiday treat!

Music, Lyrics & Book by Lionel Bart

November 21 - December 7, 2014

Adapted from the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, "Oliver!" is a musical retelling of the 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)

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

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

Sierra Carl
Sologne Patterson
Allison Jones
Brittany Smith
Katherine Brokaw


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.


Cast lists for Crowns and Pirates of Penzance: In Concert.
coming soon

"Into the Woods," iDecember 6th. at 1:00

WHAT: INTO THE WOODS Audition Notice
Directed by Joseph Hypes
Musically Directed by Darrel Lingenfelter.
WHEN: December 6th, 2014 at 11:00 am
WHERE: Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main Street, Merced, CA 95340
HOW: Come prepared with 16 Bars from a Stephen Sondheim musical (this includes Into the Woods)
NOTE: All singing parts include very difficult music. The director and music director request 16 bars from a Stephen

Sondheim musical to really see your vocal/performance range for this Sondheim show.


Clueless and confused
Male, 45+ yrs old
Baritone C3-F4

Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing. Strong bari-tenor sound.
Male, 20-40 yrs old
Range: B2 - F4

The fearless Giant killer who is 'almost a man.' He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed. Clear tenor voice

Male, 15-30 yrs old
Range: B2 - G4

A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.
Male, 40+ yrs old
Range: G2 - Eb4

An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.
Male, Any Age
Range: G2 - E4

Just as vain and gorgeous as his brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor. Strong bari-tenor sound.
Male, 20-40 yrs old
Range: C#3 - E4

Surly and bureaucratic.
Male, 18+ yrs old

A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is

willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles. Must very comfortable with patter,

dialogue and have excellent diction.
Male, 25-45 yrs old
Range: Ab2 - G4

Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey. Male, 20-45 yrs old.
Range: Bb2 - Gb4

A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.
Female, 17-30 yrs old
Range: G3 - G5

Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.
Female, 25+ yrs old
Range: E4 - F4

The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.
Female, 40+ yrs old
Range: A3 - F#5

Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella.
Female, 18-40 yrs old
Range: C4 - Ab5

Voiceover. The Giant's wife is an angry and vengeful 'monster.' She is seeking restitution for her loss. Female, 40-60 yrs old
Speaking Role ONLY

Female, 35+ yrs old
Speaking Role ONLY

Browbeating and weary, Jack's protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.
Female, 40+ yrs old
Range: Bb3 - Gb5

A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless yet youthful, and naive. Strong music skills required.
Female, 15-25 yrs old
Range: Bb3 - F5

A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.
High soprano.
Female, 20-35 yrs old
Range: B3 - A5

Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life but also conceals an

incredibly selfish side. Must have a full, easy, rich voice and strong acting chops.
Female, 25-45 yrs old
Range: F3-G5

Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive. Must be a strong
singer and musician.
Female, 25-60 yrs old
Range: F3 - G5

For any questions about auditions, please contact Robert Hypes @

Watch this space for more information soon


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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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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