Love Letters Fundraiser May 27, 2017

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

Love Letters will be performed at Blakeburn Studios in downtown Clinton in conjunction with the Route 66 Festival on May 27, 2017. There will be six different performances, beginning at 10:00AM and running every two hours. 10:00AM, 12:00PM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, 6:00PM and 8:00PM. Director Ashley Underwood has announced three different casts for this production.

10:00AM - DiAnn McDown and Josh McSpadden;

12:00PM - Kristin and Robert Blakeburn;

2:00PM - Ann Brown and Brandt Arganbright;

4:00PM - DiAnn McDown and Josh McSpadden;

6:00PM - Ann Brown and Brandt Arganbright; and

8:00PM - Kristin and Robert Blakeburn

Love Letters follows the lives of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position. The two are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through course of their lives, telling each other of their respective marriages, the victories and defeats of life, and their beautiful and tragic love for one another.

As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

Each performance is by donation. We will have some refreshments available during the day. Each show will run approximately an hour and a half. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward purchasing new seating for the theatre and general upgrades as determined for the building.

Season tickets will also be available at this event at a discounted price.

Auditions - Pride and Prejudice - May 1 and 2 at 7:00PM

Southwest Playhouse Inc. has set auditions for its last production of the 2016-2017 season, Pride and Prejudice, adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, based on the novel by Jane Austen.

This production will be directed by Emma Brown. Emma directed Steel Magnolias last season, and co-directed And Then There Were None in April 2015. Emma is also a master tech operator and stage manager. She has been a part of the majority of the SWPH productions for over 5 years.

Pride and Prejudice is a romantic comedy where marriage is an inevitable fact of life for the five Bennet sisters – Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia. With the family estate entailed away to their closest male cousin, their only hope to advance in life is to find a rich and single man – and one has just arrived in the form of the very handsome and very well-off Charles Bingley. The kindhearted and beautiful Jane seems poised to make a match, but must contend with her overly zealous mother, his snobbish sister, and a slippery social ladder. When Bingley’s taciturn friend Fitzwilliam Darcy shows an interest in the opinionated and spirited Elizabeth, the situation becomes more complicated than either of them expect. The fife and wit of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 romance shines through in this vibrant new adaptation.

Pride and Prejudice calls for 23-26 actors – 13-14 females and 10-12 males. The show is placed in different parts of England, therefore, there will be a British accent. This show has no parts for children. Character ages are suggestions. There are also 3 parts that have no lines but are very crucial to the show.

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. There will be a sample of the schedule at auditions. Please bring ANY conflicts you have or might have. Director Emma Brown also asks that you come a few minutes before 7pm to fill out your audition form.

If anyone is interested in helping with the production but doesn’t want to be on stage, please come to at least one of the audition nights and talk to Emma.

Auditions are again set for May 1st and 2nd, 2017 at 7pm at Southwest Playhouse, located on 6th and Nowahy in Clinton, Oklahoma. The production dates are June 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18 and Media night is on the 7th. The Friday and Saturday shows and Media Night is at 7:30pm, while Sunday performances are at 2pm.

Thank you for your interest in auditioning or helping at SWPH. If you have any questions, please contact Emma at 580-309-1547 or email swosu_bulldog_06_12@yahoo.com

Major Musical, South Pacific, a Major Hit!

Just a few weeks ago, Southwest Playhouse closed its major musical, South Pacific. This classic and well loved muscial by Rogers and Hammerstein brought in patrons young and old, season ticket holders and new faces too. The theatre was at almost full capacity for a few of the productions. In total, Southwest Playhouse saw almost 1,000 people through its doors for the funny, memorable, and resounding play.

The lead roles, Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque, played by Julie and Sean Williams, were masterfully sung and lovingly played by these two veteran thespians. Anyone watching would believe that these two people are comfortable with each other and very in love, and by the end of the show, we were all cheering that they could be together. Carson Guthrie, a patron favorite, brought out all the laughs with his humerous portrayal of Luther Billis, and Melissa McSpadden was equally funny in her role as Bloody Mary. Wesley Javorsky, a relatively new face to SWPH, played the handsome Joe Cable, and he drew us in with his good looks and pure voice. Each member of the cast brought their own stregths to the table, and made the show fun and entertaining for all.

The choreography, by Jill Powell, added power, fun, and energy to the production, and the lighting was a lovely addition to what was, overall, a very pretty show.

One addition to Southwest Playhouse that cannot go unmentioned, is the beautiful popcorn machine that can now be found in the lobby. Popcorn is served by SWPH volunteers before the show and during intermission. We wish to say Thank You to Berrong Insurance in Weatherford for this generous gift.

Our next production, Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward is deep into the rehearsal process. We hope to see you there when it opens o,n April 21!

Auditions set for Blithe Spirit

Auditions - February 27th and 28th, 2017 - 7:00PM

Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward

Southwest Playhouse Inc. has set auditions for its next production, Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward.

Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. (http://stageagent.com/shows/play/2334/blithe-spirit#ixzz4XT5RzfwM)

Blithe Spirit calls for seven actors - two men and five women. Character descriptions are as follows:

Charles Condomine, a novelist in his forties. Charles is bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present.

Ruth Condomine, Charles’s second wife in her late thirties or early forties. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable.

Elvira, the ghost of Charles’s first wife - in her mid to late thirties. Elvira is gray from head to toe, and only Charles can see or hear her. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she has cocktails with Genghis Khan. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth.

Madame Arcati, the local spiritualist and medium, she is anywhere from 45-65. Madame Arcati bicycles into the play wearing slightly outlandish clothes and talking to an eight-year-old contact on the other side.

Edith, the young maid. She's a bit high strung and is determined to impress her employers.

Doctor George Bradman, 40s and older, the village doctor and a good friend of Charles Condomine.

Violet Bradman, 40s and older, the doctor’s wife and comfortable in village life. She is simple and naive.

Character ages are suggestions. If you are determined to play Ruth and you are not in your 30s or 40s, that's just fine! Please come out and audition for her. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. We will be performing this production in a British dialect, so practice before you come out! We will have dialect CDs for all actors that are cast for the roles. Our rehearsal schedule will be Sundays at 2:00PM, with nighttime rehearsals on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 7:00PM and Wednesdays at 8:00PM.

If you are interested in helping with the production of Blithe Spirit, but don't necessarily want to be on the stage, come to auditions anyway and meet the director, Ashley Underwood, and her assistant director, Jim Hull and tell them what you would like to help with. SWPH is always looking for new faces to help on and off the stage.

Auditions are February 27th and 28th at 7:00PM at Southwest Playhouse located on 6th and Nowahy in Clinton, Oklahoma. Our production dates are April 21, 22, 23, and 28, 29, 2017. Please bring a calendar of conflicts to auditions. We also request you arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to audition times so you may fill out your audition form.

Thank you for your interest in auditioning at SWPH. If you have any questions, please email Ashley at underwooda73@yahoo.com or swph@cableone.net.

Director Jim Hull releases cast list for Miracle on 34th Street

Director Jim Hull is pleased to annouce his cast for the classic, Miracle on 34th Street. Auditions were full of wonderful actors, new and veteran alike.

Kris Kringle – Truett Guthrie; Doctor Pierce – Jason Bengs; Bag Lady – Valencia Fetterolf; Rich Person/Pedestrian/Al – Hunter Staggs; Shellhammer – Lindy McCain; Doris Walker – Ashley Underwood; Susan Walker – Samantha Rother; Fred Gayley – Zach Perry; Drunken Santa/Judge Harper – Perry Adams; Macy – Jim Hull; Sawyer – DiAnn McDown; Bloomingdale – Johnny Jones; Finley – Jacob Staggs; Mara/Sharon’s Mom – Keri Staggs; Halloran/Johnny’s Dad – Carson Guthrie; Duncan – Brenda Clinton; Janet Mara – Britten Bengs; Newscaster/Pedestrian/Lou – Connor Williams; Sharon/Elf – Kalyssa Staggs; Megan/Elf – Bryale Johnson; Johnny/Elf – John Jones; Dutch Girl/Pedestrian – Lexus Wolfe; Foster Parent – Jalonda Bengs; Head Elf – Izzy O’Bleness; Elves – Rachell Jones, Rebekah Campbell, Olivia Campbell, Madilynn Davidson; Child and Parent – Hannah and Kathy Gregory

Thank you to everyone who came out for auditions! Miracle opens on November 11, 2016.

Sweeney Todd opens daring show Sept. 16

Director Christy Russell, Music Director Ashley Underwood, and their superb cast are preparing for the very challenging production of Sweeney Todd. As a director, Russell is not afraid to push the envelope, and this is the perfect show to do just that.

Sweeney Todd tells the story of Benjamin Barker, a man who has spent 15 years in prison on a "trumped-up" charge. He comes back to London, hoping to find his wife and daughter and pick up the pieces of his life. He spirals into madness when he finds out that his wife has poisoned herself and that his daughter is the ward of the man who sent him to prison. Barker, who now wishes to be called Sweeney Todd, becomes obsessed with revenge and his desire to kill the man who wronged him. Sweeney works with his neighbor, Mrs. Lovett, to commit and cover up murderous acts all in the name of vengeance.

The title role is played by Josh McSpadden, while Mrs. Lovett is played by Melissa McSpadden. The McSpadden family rounds out with Dean McSpadden playing the villainous Judge Turpin. The remainder of the cast is as follows:

Anthony Hope – Wesley Javorsky
Johanna – Lily Dowdy
Tobias Ragg – Maggie Green
Beadle Bamford – Zach Perry
Adolfo Pirelli – Connor Simmons
Beggar Woman – Blair Barnett
Jonas Fogg – Joseph Suderman
Birdseller – Ty Taylor

CHORUS: Julie Barnett, Laramie Wright, Ashley Underwood, DiAnn McDown, Jayce Green, Matthew Blakeburn, Joel McCoy, and Robert McDown

The show opens on September 16 and runs the 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25. The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30PM and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:00PM. Season ticket holders may purchase their tickets on Monday, September 12, and the general public may reserve their ticket on Tuesday, September 13. This show has a rating of PG-13 due to language and content, but do not expect this production to mirror the Hollywood interpretation starring Johnny Depp. Sweeney Todd for the stage is a dark comedic thriller, and we hope you come prepared to laugh as well as be on the edge of your seat.

Sweeney Todd is an ambitious task for any community theatre to tackle, and we hope you choose to "Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd."

Director Emma Brown releases cast for Steel Magnolias

Emma Brown has released the cast for her solo directorial debut, Steel Magnolias. Emma had approximately twenty women come out for this show with a small cast of six, and after hours of consideration, she chose a cast with personalities big enough to handle the sassy characters in Steel Magnolias. 

  • Shelby - Jill Powell
  • M'Lynn - Melissa Dickerson McSpadden
  • Truvy - Christy Russell
  • Annelle - Latasha Graybill
  • Ouiser- Sharon Alexander Hull
  • Clariee - Annie Brown

Steel Magnolias is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.”  

Steel Magnolias is set to open on June 3 and runs the 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. Showtimes are 7:30PM nightly with 2:00PM Sunday Matinees. We look forward to seeing you there! 
 

Into The Woods Completes Successful Run

On February 21, Southwest Playhouse performed its last production of Into the Woods, one of Stephen Sondheim's more musically challenging works. The cast of twenty brought numerous fairy tales to life on a beautifully constructed set, made possible by Christy Russell, Dean McSpadden, Scott Campbell, and Gerald Kelley, with costuming by Director Julie Barnett, all complimented by the stunning lighting design by Dean McSpadden, and our light board operator Ashley Roever. Emma Brown ran 10 mics, two of which are brand new thanks to our fundraising efforts, as well as all of the sound cues for Into the Woods. This tech heavy show challenged our players and crew in ways that have never been realized at Southwest Playhouse before, and the Board of Directors is excited about this step into different kinds of theatre.

Southwest Playhouse saw nearly 900 patrons enter our doors to enter the Woods. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the release of our next season, and we hope to see you in April for our production of All My Sons! 

Into the Woods Company begins Work on Major Musical

Rehearsals have begun for the major musical at Southwest Playhouse Inc.! Into the Woods is cast and the players are working very hard on the music and will soon begin work on blocking the show. As told by the Narrator, the show is a twist on many of your childhood fairytale favorites. This is the story of the "ever after" after "happily ever after."  

As in real life, the story line by James Lapine conveys how we all live with our own choices and their consequences. It is filled with fun and frivolity, at times poignant precious moments and fantastic phenomenal musical numbers!  The voices in the show are exceptional and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics will forever resound in your memory. Makeup designs are already being applied, the set is in process of being built and costumes are being considered. Director Julie Barnett can hardly contain herself at the prospects of such a wonderful show! This production will prove to be one of the most ambitious productions that SWPH has taken on. The company is up for the challenge and will be sure to delight audience members! 

Company members include:

CAST

  • Narrator/Mysterious Man - Dean McSpadden; 
  • Cinderella - Charissa Berrong
  • Jack - Josh McSpadden 
  • Jack's Mother - Melissa McSpadden
  • Baker - Sean Williams 
  • Baker's Wife - Julie Williams 
  • Cinderella's Stepmother - Christy Russell
  • Florinda - Lily Dowdy 
  • Lucinda - Ashlin Murray 
  • Little Red Ridinghood - Karlee Liner 
  • Witch- Blair Barnett
  • Cinderella's Mother - Cara McKay 
  • Wolf - Zach Perry 
  • Granny - Kristin Blakeburn 
  • Rapunzel - Ashley Underwood 
  • Rapunzel's Prince - Connor Simmons 
  • Cinderella's Prince - Michael Berrong
  • Steward - Connor Williams 
  • Giant - Emma Brown 
  • Snow White - Hannah Detweiler
  • Sleeping Beauty - Addi Duerksen

CREW

  • Director/Costume Designer/Set Designer - Julie K. Barnett
  • Music Director - Melissa Mcspadden
  • Stage Manager/Sound Designer/Costume Crew - Emma Brown
  • Costume Crew/Sound Crew - Cara McKay
  • LightingDesigner - Dean McSpadden
  • Light Board Operator - Ashley Roever
  • Makeup/Hair Designer - Jill Powell 
  • Makeup/Hair Crew - Kirsten Bangeman and Ella Barnett 
  • Properties Designer - Ashley Underwood 
  • Set Artist - Christy Russell
  • Set Construction - Scott Campbell
  • Box Office - Sharon Hull 
  • Usher Coordinator - Tracye Kelly

Be sure and put February 12th through the 14th and the 18th through the 21st on your calendars to see this unforgettable, beautiful production at Southwest Playhouse where we strive to bring you the absolute best in live theatrical entertainment.