Pinewood Players Announce 2018 Plays

Pinewood Players Announce 2018 Play Information

By Dan Slocum

Pinewood Players Play Selection Committee chaired by Nancy Del Duca has come up with three more “winners” for the 2018 season of Theater in the Pines. The plays for next season will be “A Comedy of Tenors,” Reunited” and “Everybody Loves Opal.” Next season’s plays are being announced early this year to provide advance notice to those who wish to audition so mark your calendars now. Auditions are open to all Pinewood Country Club members.

Auditions have been scheduled for Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2 at the Pinewood Playhouse. Times for the audition both days will be 9-11:30am, 12 noon to 2:30pm and 3-5:30pm. The Directors are still coordinating with regard to which plays will audition in which specific timeslot and that information will be announced soon. If necessary, a second round of auditions may be held on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9. The need for a second round of auditions will be determined based on the results of the first round.

The tentative dates for the 2018 season productions are listed below. These dates are tentative and will be confirmed at a later date.

A Comedy of Tenors: June 8,9,10 and 15,16,17

Reunited: July 27,28,29  and August 3,4,5

Everybody Loves Opal: August 17,18,19 and 24,25,26

Additional information including number in casts and a brief description of the each play is below

A Comedy of Tenors

Cast composition: 3 female roles, 4 male roles


If you saw Lend Me A Tenor a few years back here in PWP, you won’t want to miss this sequel and find out what has happened to Italian opera superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife Maria.  Four tenors, two wives, and THREE girlfriends in one hotel suite. . .what could go wrong!  Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and madcap delight.  Critics say: “Laugh after laugh greets one improbable scene after another.  Playwright Ken Ludwig has hit the jackpot again with his fast-paced, over-the-top farce.”


Cast composition: 6 female roles, 2 male roles


Four girl-friends from the University of Nebraska get together for a week of fun and frolic every 10 years.  A 65th birthday party turns into a disaster; a long-lost friend shows up unexpectedly looking like a hippie; two love triangles develop; one gal has a heart attack. Petty jealousies are squelched, and a favorite friend communicates in an unusual way.  Mr. man-about-town gets the girl, but not the one he started with; the coach goes back to work.  Friendship triumphs.

“Everybody Loves Opal”

Cast composition: 2 female roles, 4 male roles


Everyone Loves Opal written by John Patrick is a prank in 3 acts! It is entertaining with both laughter and a cheerful philosophy. The plays main character, Opal, lives as a virtual recluse in a tumbled down mansion. She is besieged by three con artists who convince Opal they are her friends. What they really want is to see her dead so they can collect on an insurance policy they bought on her life. Add into the mix a small town sheriff and doctor! The hilarity comes from these criminal’s antics and everyone’s interaction with the kind-hearted and always optimistic Opal. Will the villains fall victim to Opal’s odd charm or manage to do her in?


Mark your calendars and plan to audition for your favorite character in one of these great plays.


Pinewood Players Founders Honored

To: Joan Gorges, Jim and Vel Hedberg

Founding Members, Pinewood Players

The Board of Directors of Pinewood Players would like to thank you for your amazing foresight and vision in the founding of our wonderful community theatre.  Your hard work, tenacity and unwavering support of the theatre has not gone unnoticed.  You are always in attendance, quietly supporting others without drawing attention to the fact that your decisions many years ago led to the theatre’s very existence and the success of over 100 productions.  The theatre has provided exposure to the wonderfully creative process of creating magic on the stage and has profoundly affected several generations of Munds Park residents. We are all the grateful recipients of your service to the community.  It is not possible to enumerate the life enriching exposures to theatre or the countless favorite memories you have helped to create.  Please know that the legacy of your hard work is one that continues to bless and enrich us all.

We have instructed the ticketing company that you are to receive two complimentary tickets to each of the three productions this summer and for each of the wonderful summers ahead. Thank you once again for your gift to us all.  Please choose your preferred dates and contact Eileen Jones @ 602-996-5192 to receive your tickets.





Silent Auction Results

Silent Auction Results

By Nancy Del Duca

The Pinewood Players Scholarship Program was the beneficiary of a silent auction on June 24, 2017.  Several tables of auction items were set up at the back of the general meeting.  Donated items ranged from the practical to the unexpected. In true auction style, the bidding accelerated as friendly competition was generated. All of the donated items were sold to happy new owners with the final call of “two minutes remaining to get your final bids in” upping the bidders’ determination. A down comforter sold for $45.00 while pasta party ingredients netted $30.00. With very little effort, close to $450.00 was raised for the scholarships to be awarded in 2018.  The general meeting was not disrupted, bidders were happy and the scholarship fund has its’ first donation which will build as the year goes on.

Information on the highly successful Pinewood Players Scholarship program is on the PWP website.  Tax deductible donations are earmarked for the support of Munds Park related college students who are pursuing careers in the many fields of the performing arts. Please take a look at the scholarship program and the four grateful recipients.  The silent auction may well return at the general meeting in June of 2018.  Bidders: sharped your pencils!

Scholarship Awards

Pinewood Players Award 2017 Scholarships

By Penny Petersen

Pinewood Players is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 PWP Scholarship competition.   Sophia Drapeau and Kirsten Ryder will each receive an award of $2,000 toward college expenses.

The purpose of the program is to assist students who have a close connection to Munds Park and attend college in a field connected to the arts (theatre, music, dance, performing arts education and technical theatre.)  Former participants in the PWP drama camps are urged to apply.  Candidates are required to have theatre or other performing arts area as their declared major or minor.

Sophia Drapeau, granddaughter of Nancy and Bart Del Duca, graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix with a GPA of 4.3.   Her goal is to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting.   She will be attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts this fall.  Sophia is a past participant in the PWP Drama Camp where she performed in Perfect Pirates,  Annie, and 101 Dalmations  (Cruella.)

Counting high school plays and those in the valley, Sophia has more than 40 productions to her credit including,  Anything Goes, The Importance of  Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing,  Harvey, Into The Woods, Curious Savage, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  In addition to PWP, she’s performed with Valley Youth Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare, Phoenix Theatre, and has done commercials.    She is also proficient in dance.

Sophia served as Student Body President at St. Mary’s, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has several Best Actress awards.

“I am so grateful to Pinewood Players for introducing me to theatre,”  said Sophia.  “I credit my love for acting entirely to Pinewood Players.”

Kirsten Ryder is the granddaughter of Lynn and Lou Rouyer and the daughter of Debbie Ryder who has been a director of past Kidz Kamp productionsShe graduated from Jefferson Preparatory High School in Glendale with a GPA of 4.0.   She will be attending NAU and studying Early Childhood Education with a minor in Theatre Arts.  She is a past participant in the PWP Drama Camp and served as a counselor for the camp for three years.

Kirsten began acting at age three.  Some of the productions she has appeared in include School House Rock, Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Footloose,   and Once on This Island.   She regularly sang the National Anthem at sporting events and is well known for her singing voice.

Kirsten served as Student Body President, is a member of the National Honor Society, and received Actress of the Year awards both her junior and senior years.  She was also selected as Student of the Month and was team captain of the Regional Volleyball All-star Team.

“I can’t imagine a future without being involved on a stage or behind the scenes of a production,” said Kirsten.  “I see how much the theatre has helped to build my confidence and given me the ability to present myself to others in a more polished manner.”

Criteria used to select recipients included the following:  Experience in High School theatre and community productions, academic performance, extra-curricular activities, selection of a major or minor in performing arts,  honors received in the arts, an essay regarding how the scholarship will be utilized, and letters of recommendation.

Serving on the selection committee were Rich Dahl (chair), Cheryl Parker, Dee Spain, Penny Petersen and Frank Hess.

A fund raising event is being planned for later in the summer.  All funds raised will benefit the PWP Scholarship Program.


Scholarship Fund Reaches Initial Threshold Goal

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and a matching donation from a magnanimous anonymous benefactor Pinewood Players Scholarship fund has reached the initial threshold to fund a $2000 scholarship this fall. Our Scholarship Committee is already reviewing some deserving candidates and will be making recommendations to the board.

Rich Dahl and his scholarship committee have done an incredible job of soliciting donations and qualified applicants. They are now in the second phase of their fund raising activity attempting to generate enough contributions to fund the second scholarship. If you have not yet made a donation to Pinewood Players this season, please consider designating your donation to the scholarship fund. Click here for more information on how to donate.

Volunteers Needed: Lighting & Sound

Lighting and Sound Operators: Volunteer Position – At least 3 individuals needed.  Pinewood Players is in need of Sound and Lighting operators for the 2017 season. Some experience with sound or lighting equipment is a plus but not a requirement. Pinewood Players will train interested candidates to operate the sound and lighting control boards for the 2017 plays. The positions involve operating the sound and lighting systems for technical run through,  dress rehearsals and live performances. Each candidate would likely be assigned to one play during the season (at least one technical run through, two dress rehearsals and six performances total, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday Matinee on two consecutive weekends). Anyone interested in learning these skills and supporting our  2017 live theater performances by performing these very critical functions,  please contact Dan Slocum at or call (480)415-8410.

College Scholarships Available

Last year, the Pinewood Players initiated a scholarship program designed to assist students who want to attend a college or university and study some form of theater arts.  Up to two scholarships of $2,000 each are being offered.

Scholarship awards are intended to aid students who have a close connection to Munds Park, maintain a high grade average, and demonstrate leadership qualities.  Young people who have participated in the Pinewood Drama Camps are encouraged to apply.  The expectation is that a scholarship recipient will pursue at least a minor in a theatre field such as acting, directing, music, dance, or technical fields such as lighting, sound, scene design and/or performing arts education.  They must enroll full time and participate in some way in college productions.  Recipients may attend any accredited two or four year college or university without regard to location.

Applications are now being accepted. The application form can be found and printed by clicking on Scholarship under the Drama Camp menu item on our website.  Applications are due by May 15.  They are also available by contacting  Rich Dahl at PO Box 18484, Munds Park, AZ 86017.

Last years’ recipients were Claire Haller and Mandy Tomkins.  Both had previously attended Drama Camp and are now in their first year of college level study. Decisions regarding recipients or our scholarships are made by the PWP Scholarship Committee and Board of Directors.


Drama Camp News

It’s the start of the 2017 season of the Pinewood Players Drama Camp. Drama Camp is a great opportunity for children to exercise their theatrical ambitions in a fun learning environment. In addition to performance rehearsals, campers will participate in creative drama activities meant to develop acting skills and an appreciation for and understanding of the theater craft. Kidz Kamp is the camp for younger children, ages 7 to 11. Teen Camp is the camp for older children from ages 12 to 18.

Kidz Kamp Ages 7 to 11: This year Kidz Kamp will be presenting the production Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway. This production is in the grand tradition of 42nd Street and the great Broadway musicals with songs from George M. Cohan. Kidz Kamp’s young thespians learn the basics of acting, singing, projecting, and memorization during the two weeks of camp. We have a seasoned Director in Lynn Rouyer and four camp counselors, as well as several adult supervisors, to work with the children. Tuition is $150 per camper. Performance tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online here, or at the box office. Enrollment in Kidz Kamp is limited to 25 campers. Kidz Kamp will run weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 on June 26th (arrive at 8:30 on Monday for registration and pictures) through July 9th, with performances on July 7th, 8th, and 9th. There will be no camp on Tuesday, the Fourth of July. We will have a makeup session on Saturday, July 1st, from 9:00 to 12:00.

Teen Camp Ages 12 to 18: The Teen Camp will be performing Totally Awesome 80s. This fun-filled tribute to the 1980s features nods to 80s teen movies and celebrities and a rockin’ score that captures the hit sounds of the decade. Remember big hair and eyeliner, MTV, Betamax and Atari, leg warmers and parachute pants? Like, for sure! Dale Nakagawa will be back as Director and Leslie Fields will be back as Music Director. Tuition is $175 per camper. Performance tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online here, or at the box office. Enrollment in Teen Camp is limited to 25 campers. The Teen Camp will run weekdays from 1:00 to 4:30 on June 26th through July 16th, with performances on July 14th, 15th, and 16th. Arrive early at 12:30 on Monday, June 26th for registration and pictures.

The 2017 Pinewood Players Drama Camp tuition fees include a Drama Camp T-shirt, a script and music CD, daily snacks, the cast party, and a performance DVD.

Note that there are two Registration forms; one for Kidz Kamp and one for Teen Camp. If you have multiple campers in one or both camps, you must fill out a Registration form and a Liability Release form for each camper. The forms are available here for download. Also, please note that participants in Drama Camp must have a Pinewood Players Member sponsor. The PWP Membership form is also available here for download.

Send the Registration form, Liability Release form, tuition check, PWP Membership form (if needed), and a photo of the camper(s) to:

Susan Liberty, Drama Camp Administrator, 8972 W Topeka Dr, Peoria, AZ 85382

Or email to
Phone: 623.341.9435