Exciting Season for PWP Drama Camp

Now that Spring Break and Easter and Passover are over, we find ourselves looking ahead to summer and planning our summer activities in Munds Park. Central to summer in Munds Park, both timing-wise and in importance, is Drama Camp, which runs from July 2nd to July 22nd. We have a very exciting season planned for Drama Camp this year!
Kidz Kamp will be doing Golly Gee Whiz!, a new play from Pioneer Drama Service that won the National Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding New Musical. It’s a tribute to the Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movie musicals of the 1930s and 40s where the younger generation tries to lift the spirits of their elders during the Depression by putting on a show. Lively music and lots of great parts will keep your young thespians (ages 7 to 11) excited and engaged.
For Teen Camp (ages 12 to 18), we’re kicking it up a notch; we’ll be doing Fiddler on the Roof Jr. This is a condensed version of the Broadway Classic and has been staged by youth drama groups all over the country. I guarantee you’ll leave the theater humming Tradition and If I Were a Rich Man. This show has lots of great music, but there are also some great dance numbers. We’ll need dancers, as well as singers. So, get your teen signed up for the experience of a lifetime.
Let me finish by reminding you that Drama Camp is open to the children and grandchildren of all the families in the Munds Park community. Registration and Liability Release forms can be downloaded, along with the PWP Membership form (all families must be members of the Pinewood Players), from the PWP website, pinewoodplayers.com. Or, you can contact me and I’ll mail you a registration packet. Don’t let your child/grandchild miss out on a great season. Sign them up now.
Susan Liberty
Drama Camp Administrator
8972 W Topeka Dr
Peoria AZ 85382

College Scholarships Available

2018 College Scholarship Applications Now Available!

Pinewood Players is very happy to announce that the applications are now available online for the Pinewood Players Scholarship Program which was initiated in 2015.  The program was established to assist students who have plans to attend a college or university and study some form of theatre arts.  April 16, 2018 is the deadline for the submission of this year’s scholarship application.  Once again, a scholarship of $2000.00 will be awarded to this year’s honoree.  The scholarship is intended to aid a student who has a close connection to Munds Park.  Additionally, the applicant must be a high school senior or graduate, maintain a high grade average and demonstrate leadership qualities.  Young people who have participated in the Pinewood Players Drama Camps are encouraged to apply. The expectation for consideration is that the recipient will pursue a major or minor in a field related to theatre. The many areas of participation include performance in or the teaching of acting, directing, music and dance. Additionally, the technical fields of lighting, sound and scenic design qualify. The participant must be a full time student in an accredited two or four year college or university.  The geographical location of the institution is not a factor in selection.  The recipient is expected to participate in some way in college productions.

Applications are being accepted between March 2, 2018 and April 16, 2018.  Completed applications must be postmarked within that time frame.  The 2018 application form can be downloaded in the FORMS section on the pinewoodplayers.com website. They are also available by contacting Nancy Del Duca at 5903 East Orange Blossom Lane, Phoenix, Az. 85018.

2017 recipients Sophia Drapeau (NYU) and Kirsten Ryder (NAU) and 2016 recipients Claire Haller and Mandy Tomkins are actively pursuing their college education with the benefit of the $2000.00 awards given through the Scholarship Program.  We look forward to the continuation of the program through the awarding of another $2000.00 to a deserving student.  The Pinewood Players Scholarship Committee and Board of Directors look forward to the announcement in early May of this year’s scholarship recipient.

Reader’s Theater 2018

Pinewood Players is proud to announce that Frank and Tricia Hess have agreed to produce Reader’s Theater  “A Cabaret Night” for our 2018 season. Frank and Tricia are well known to Pinewood Players and our audiences for their work over the past several years. They have directed, produced, assistant directed and stage managed a number of Theater in the Pines productions. Among their many credits, Frank has directed and Tricia has produced 3 plays on the Pinewood Playhouse main stage including “Exit the Body” in 2011,“Wrong Window” in 2013 and “The Gazebo” in 2014. They co-stage managed “Send Me No Flowers” in 2009 and most recently Tricia was assistant producer for last season’s Reader’s Theater “Cabaret Nights with a Twist.” Between the two, Frank and Tricia bring a wealth of theater knowledge, experience and talent to the Reader’s Theater venue.

The project is currently in the planning stages and while some directors have been identified, more are needed. If you have an interest in directing a Reader’s Theater segment, please contact Frank at 602-920-5452. Audition dates and times will be announced as we get closer to the season opening so stay tuned.

Reader’s Theater performances are scheduled for Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 pm in the Pinewood Country Club Showroom. Tickets can be purchased online atwww.pinewoodplayers.com when the web site opens for 2018 season ticket sales, at the Pinewood Playhouse Box Office on Saturdaymornings from 10:00 am to noon (in season) and in the Pinewood Country Club lobby on Wednesdays between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm (in season). Seating is limited and Reader’s Theater events have all been sellouts so be sure to purchase your tickets early.

Mark your calendar! We will look forward to seeing you there for an evening of entertainment, laughter and fun!