Cabaret Nights Auditions

Reader’s Theater “Cabaret Nights” Auditions

Auditions for Reader’s Theater will be held on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Pinewood Country Club in the Green Room. All interested in participating in this season’s production should plan to attend one of these auditions. If you are unable to attend an audition but still wish to participate please contact Frank Hess at (602)920-5452 email: or Tricia Hess (602)920-5446 email:


Pinewood Players Drama Camp Goes on Tour

Pinewood Players Drama Camp Goes on Tour

The 2019 Drama Camp production of “Annie JR.” took to the road this month making a performance tour to two Flagstaff area nursing homes. By special arrangement with the Flagstaff Library, Director Lynn Rouyer took the show on the road to the Brookdale Senior Living Center on the morning of July 5th and then on to Haven Health for an afternoon performance that same day. The kids were treated to lunch in town between the performances and then stopped off for treats after the afternoon performance before returning to home base in Munds Park. The picture below was taken at Brookdale.

Not only did the residents enjoy the young entertainers as they performed and sang excerpts from the production, but it also provided the opportunity for the kids to perform in front of live audiences as a warm up prior to their big opening and performance weekend at the Pinewood Playhouse on July 12, 13 and 14.


Pinewood Players thanks the Flagstaff Library and Lynn Rouyer for arranging these special performances and for giving our Drama Camp participants an opportunity to showcase their talents and bring a joyful experience to the residents of Brookdale and Haven Health. Surely it was a memorable day for all!

Director’s Chair – A Delicate Balance

The Director’s Chair

By Les Maurseth

“A Delicate Balance”

I was asked to suggest a play I might be interested in directing.  I considered Aspirin and Elephants to be a success and was proud of everyone involved in that production. I hadn’t even thought about directing again, until I was asked, so I started looking for another play about LIFE – in theatrical terms, a drama.  It’s not easy to find a drama that fits our demographics, but I did.

Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has been performed hundreds of times with talented actors, many of whom we all know and enjoy.

Some think Albee’s plays and characters are too complex.  Some have said they are “dark”.  But that’s not the case.  The characters are real people with real problems – problems that most of us can relate to.  We will show them to you – the real people and the real problems.  We have had many spirited discussions about these interesting characters, what they have done and what they should have done.  I believe you will have similar spirited discussions once you have seen a performance – possibly even during intermission.

I want to dispel one aspect of the play that some waste time on – why are they there?  In the play, Harry and Edna show up at Agnes and Tobias’ home expecting to stay there, expecting to move in. The author’s script does not reveal the reason why they are there.  It doesn’t matter why they are there, but I know why.  I have read their words many times to figure them out, and I have read a medical article that describes their condition exactly – chronic loneliness.

“Studies show that chronic loneliness triggers an increase of stress hormones such as cortisol and the ‘fight or flight hormones.’  … It can disrupt sleep patterns, increase risk of suicide, precipitate depression, and even affect memory.  …  Older people suffer …  increased risk of heart disease …”

Harry speaks of his shortness of breath (heart) and both speak of being tired and frightened.  Clear symptoms of chronic loneliness, although they don’t know it.  So, the ‘fight or flight hormones’ cause them to flee their home and go to the only people they feel safe and comfortable with – their best (only?) friends of over 40 years

However, their presence threatens to upset A DELICATE BALANCE that Agnes and Tobias have crafted for themselves.  A balance that is already severely tested due to her live-in alcoholic sister (with a salacious past).  Then, daughter Julia returns home escaping her fourth failed marriage and it all becomes too much.  It unravels dramatically.

Will they be able to recover


Well, with the able help of our Assistant Director Pam Solace, the very talented cast of Betsy Froderman, Sandra Dyke, Chelsea Cantrell, Kassie Walters, Brian Cantrell and I will show you.  (Yes, some of them are new to our stage, but I like bringing in new actors.  If you’d like to give it a try, let me know!  Anytime!)


August 2, 3, and 9 at 7:00 PM

August 4, 10, and 11 at 2:30 PM

Tickets are available online at and at the Pinewood Playhouse Box Office on Saturdays from 10:00 am to noon. Tickets may also be purchased in the Pinewood Country Club lobby on Fridays from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Need assistance to purchase tickets? Call our Ticket Hotline at (928) 300-0481.

2019 Drama Camp Underway

Pinewood Players Drama Camp 2019 is Underway

By Susan Liberty

Another great season of Drama Camp began on Monday, June 24th. There are some changes for this upcoming season. Instead of two camps, there will be just one big camp which we’re calling Drama Camp 2019. We’re going to be doing Annie JR (a shortened version of the Annie musical we all know and love). Annie JR has a large cast with a wide range of roles from the young orphans to Daddy Warbucks and Ms. Hannigan. So, we have combined Kidz Kamp and Teen Camp to accommodate this larger-scale production and to ensure that all the talent in our Munds Park community can be showcased.

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR features everyone’s favorite little redhead. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks and his personal secretary, Grace Farrell. You’ll hear the iconic songs It’s a Hard-Knock LifeTomorrowMaybe, and Easy Street, as well as others.

So, join us for performances of Annie JR on Friday, July 12th at 7:00, Saturday, July 13th at 2:30 and 7:00, and Sunday, July 14th at 2:30. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at, at the Pinewood Playhouse Box Office from 10:00 am to noon on Saturdays, or Friday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in the Pinewood Country Club lobby.


2019 Pinewood Players Scholarship Recipients

Pinewood Players Announce Recipients of the 2019 Scholarship Program








The Pinewood Players Scholarship Committee made their recommendations and the Board of Directors approved their choice of Maggie Hansen and Mattie Mitchell to be the recipients of the 2019 Pinewood Players Scholarship Award. The annual award of up to two scholarships of $2000 each is offered to deserving students who have close ties to Munds Park and who are pursuing a higher education in the performing arts or who may choose to focus on disciplines other than the arts but has attended at least two Pinewood Players Drama Camps.  Congratulations to these outstanding young women!

Maggie Hansen

Maggie is the daughter of Curt and Nicole Hansen. She graduated from Pinnacle High School in Phoenix with a 4.5 GPA. Her goal is to pursue a career in politics and law. Maggie will attend Northern Arizona University in the fall. Besides enjoying 4 years of ballet, tap and hip hop she has participated in four PWP drama camps and their productions including Wipe Out, Zombie Nights, Totally Awesome 80’s and Fiddler on the Roof.

Maggie is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honors Society and the Society of Women Scholars. In addition she has served as Secretary for the Statistics Club, played on the volley ball team for four years, volunteered with vacation bible school and enjoyed building homes in Puerto Penasco. Maggie says that participating in the performing arts through Pinewood Players drama camps has brought fun and joy to her life in addition to making friendships she believes will last for a lifetime. She said that the coaching she received through participating in the drama camps has encouraged her when times were hard and helped her to realize that she was capable of more than she imagined.  She described summers in Munds Park as the best part of every year all because of the Pinewood Players drama camps.

Mattie Michell

Mattie, daughter of John and Jane Michell, graduated from Centennial High School in Peoria with a 3.8 GPA. She will be majoring in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle University in Prescott, enrolled in the Professional Pilot track with the career goal of becoming a commercial airline pilot. Mattie has participated in 11 PWP drama camps beginning with 101 Dalmations. She has participated as a Kidz Kamp Counselor for 3 years and as Assistant Producer of Fiddler on the Roof last season. Mattie has volunteered at the Phoenix Zoo as both a Trail Teen and a Volunteer Keeper Assistant. She has worked at Panda Express and Red Lobster where she says she worked to insure customers had a positive experience and where she developed skills in problem solving and organization efficiency. Mattie is an Honor Roll student, recipient of a Phoenix Zoo award for her dedication and volunteer efforts and was voted Outstanding Camper by the National Resource Conservation Workshop for Arizona Youth Staff. She has competed in the Arizona Envirothon competition for 3 years, selected team leader in 2017 and won 1st Place in the Soils category in 2018. Mattie has participated in the Mars Student Imaging Project and attended the Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Leadership Training Seminar. She also attended the Women in Aviation International Annual Meeting and gave a speech to the Society for Range Management. Mattie was President of the Science Club for two years, Captain of her softball team in 2016 and a member of the concert and marching bands for three years. Mattie said that involvement in the performing arts has greatly influenced her life. She told us she has found a passion for theater and music and also feels it has given her a second home and family. She calls her 11 year participation in PWP drama camps an amazing experience that helped her to fit in and understand where she belongs.



Call for Volunteers

Pinewood Players is an organization of volunteers. We depend on our members for support of all the critical functions that are required for successful operation of the organization and it’s events. Currently, Pinewood Players is in need of assistance to staff two critical functions, Ticketing and Scholarship. Both functions require limited time commitments, only about 2 hours of your time for a few times during the season. The ticketing positions do require some training which the Ticketing Committee will provide. Pinewood Players membership has already exceeded 200 enthusiastic members so far this season. From our membership pool we need about 3 or 4 more volunteers for our ticketing operation and about the same number to help with our scholarship fund raising activities.

Pinewood Players needs your help to staff these positions. If you can donate a couple of hours of your time a few times between now and August 17, please contact one of the people listed below to volunteer. We think you will enjoy meeting new people and working in an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie while doing something important for your local Pinewood theater group and the community. We guarantee it will be a rewarding experience!

Jim Junker, Ticket & Box Office Chairperson: email:
Kassie Walters, Scholarship Chairperson: email
Lori Prescott, Vice-President in charge of volunteers: or phone: (602) 390-2648

You may also call our Ticket Hot Line at (928)300-0481 and leave a message with your contact information.

Pinewood Players needs you!