Pride and Prejudice Cast and Crew Announced! 

Director Emma Brown has announced the cast and crew for the last production of our 2016-2017 season, Pride and Prejudice. It is as follows: 

Mr. Bennet                                      Dean McSpadden
Mrs. Bennet                                    Melissa McSpadden
Jane Bennet                                     Jill Powell
Elizabeth Bennet                            Blair Barnett
Mary Bennet                                   Ella Barnett
Catherine Bennet                           Kenda Harris
Lydia Bennet                                  Lily Dowdy
Mr. Darcy                                       Connor Simmons
Georgiana Darcy                           Kenda Harris
Mr. Bingley                                    Josh McSpadden
Caroline Bingley                            Emmi Madden
Mr. Collins                                     Mark Henery
Mr. Wickham                                 Zach Perry
Lady Catherine DE Bourgh           Julie Williams
Anne De Bourgh                            Ella Barnett
Sir William Lucas                          Tony Bowmen
Lady Lucas                                     Aleta Bowmen
Charlotte Lucas                             Malynda Blevins
Mr. Gardiner                                  David Case
Mrs. Gardiner                                Christy Russell
Mrs. Reynolds                               Chante Randle
Fitzwilliam                                    Skylar Parker
Mr. Denny                                     Andrew Long
Captain Carter                              Sean Todd Williams

Director                                         Emma Brown
Assistant Director                         Aleta Bowmen
Chorographer                                Jill Powell  
Props Mistress                              Tracye Kelly
Assistant props                             Eithel Simpson
Costumes Mistress                       Julie K. Barnett
Assistant Costumes                      Sharon Hull
Make up/Hair                                Cast
Sound Designer                            Emma Brown
Sound OP                                       Jason Bengs
Light Designer                              Dean Mcspadden
Light OP                                        Ashley Roever
Set                                                 Scott Campbell,                                                                                                                  Dean McSpadden,                                                                                                              Julie K. Barnett
Ushers                                           Tracye Kelly
Box Office                                      Sharon Hull        

Pride and Prejudice will open June 9 and run the 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18, 2017. 

SWPH announces 2017-2018 season! 

Southwest Playhouse is pleased to announce an exciting 2017-2018 season! It is as follows:

The Little Mermaid Jr. (directed by Melissa McSpadden)- August 3, 4, 5, 6, 2017; Little Mermaid is our Jr. production this season and will have a children's camp associated with it. The camp dates are July 10-14 and July 17-21. More information will be made available regarding the camp as we draw closer to the audition dates.

Arsenic & Old Lace - September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 2017;

Little Women - November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2017;

Music Man - February 23, 24, 25 March 1, 2, 3, 4, 2018;

Marvin’s Room - April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2018; and

Over the River - June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2018. 

The Little Mermaid Jr. brings us Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with underwater life in the kingdom of Atlantica and is curious about the human world. With her best friend Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts in her grotto and often goes to the surface of the ocean to visit Scuttle, a seagull who offers very inaccurate knowledge of human culture. She ignores the warnings of her father King Triton, the ruler of Atlantica, and Sebastian, a crab who serves as Triton's adviser and court composer, that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden. One night, Ariel, Flounder, and an unwilling Sebastian travel to the ocean surface to watch a celebration for the birthday of Prince Eric on a ship. Ariel instantly becomes enamored with Eric. The birthday celebration is cut short by a violent storm which destroys the ship and tosses Eric overboard. Ariel rescues him and brings him to shore. She sings to him, but immediately leaves just as he regains consciousness to avoid being discovered. Fascinated by the memory of her voice, Eric vows to find who saved and sang to him, and Ariel vows to find a way to join him and his world. 

Best known for the 1944 movie adaptation starring Cary Grant, Arsenic and Old Lace is a comedy following Mortimer Brewster and his efforts to marry the woman he loves in spite of his rather interesting family. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of Yellow Fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

Little Women, based on the famous book by Louisa May Alcott, follows the March family. The four March sisters live with their mother, facing Christmas without their father as the American Civil War is underway. The family is settled in a new neighborhood, living in genteel poverty after the father lost their money. Meg and Jo March, the elder sisters, both work outside the home for money to support the family. Meg teaches four children in a nearby family, while Jo aids her grand-aunt March, a wealthy widow whose strength is failing. Beth helps with housework, and Amy attends school. Their nearest neighbor is a wealthy man whose orphaned grandson lives with him. The sisters introduce themselves to the handsome shy boy, Laurie, who is the age of Jo. Meg is the beautiful sister; Jo is the tomboy; Beth is the musician; and Amy is the charming artist with blond curls. The story follows the sisters as they grow from children to young women, and the challenges they face through disease, heartache, and war. 

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love.

Marvin's Room follows a man who had a stroke 20 years ago and is left incapacitated and bed-ridden. He has been cared for by his daughter Bessie in their Florida home, and totally ignored by his other daughter, Lee, who moved to Ohio with her husband 20 years ago and has never contacted her family. Now, however, Bessie's doctor has informed her that she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant and she turns to her sister for help. Lee, in turn, turns to her son Hank, who has been committed to a mental institution for setting fire to his mother's house. This drama was adapted into an amazing film staring Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, and Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997. 

Over the River and Through the Woods is a comedy about Nick, a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job. The job he's been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them, and the news doesn't sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O'Hare as bait.