Article on “The Education of Angels”

“The Education of Angels”

by Matthew Carlin

Directed by Lynn Rouyer

 

“The Education of Angels” story is very unique, especially for Pinewood Players. First, there is a role for a very young girl in the play. Having directed the Kidz Kamp, which is the younger of the two Drama Camps, I had an opportunity to select three young girls for the role.  Given this unusual opportunity to the three girls means that they will each have two performances to showcase their talents.  What a blessing to have Bri Smith, Emily Hull and Ava Hull on our stage. Being in the cast will only further their understanding of theatre.

Another unique quality of this wonderful story is that we introduce two ‘Angels-in-Training’ from heaven that come to earth to earn their ‘wings’.  Both Lori Prescott and Darvin Bussey are seasoned actors on our stage, and they have the task of getting Bill Gibney, as Dave, prepared for his wedding day.  Of course, there is always drama in all good stories, and we leave that to Dave’s ex-wife, Natalie, played by Cheryl Parker, both very familiar faces to our audiences. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we try to deceive.”

You can’t have a wedding without an exceptionally, friendly, Pastor  Chuck, played by Don Miller, and a positive, best friend-Best Man, played by Bill Spain. Both characters have been active in our Pinewood Players as actors and Don as a previous director.  How do the ‘Angels-in-Training’ get to the church on time?  Well, why not a New York ‘Cabbie’ played by Ron Petersen, another familiar face with the PWP as actor, sound booth techie, and entertainer.  The story, which not only addresses the ‘Groom to Be’, but also the distraught ‘Angel-in-Training’ needs a voice of years of experience – that would be ‘Clifton’ played by Clyde Morrison.  As you can see, and have already seen before on our stage, the actors are excited to tell the story of love, life and precious memories!  I couldn’t be more proud to be their director while helping create their ‘characters’.  Love of theatre, and a precious passion for working with talented, seasoned actors and young newbies have allowed me to also work with Candy Miller, as Stage Manager, and Jill Brindley, as her assistant.  There are many factors that enter into producing a play, which include the many, many hands and minds that work behind the scenes, from lighting, sound, props, costumes, and building sets; and Pinewood Players have the BEST!  No play is possible without an AUDIENCE! This is where YOU come into ‘play’.  I guarantee that you will walk away with special, warm feelings about the unique story told in “The Education of Angels”.

On Opening Night, June 9th, we will celebrate a special ‘wedding reception’ following the play with a  wedding cake, a special ‘bubbly’ and a toast to the bridal couple and friends.  Also special ‘wedding gifts’ as door prizes will be awarded that same evening.  A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR US ALL THAT YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!!! Tickets are available on line or at the ticket office.

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 kdslocum60@yahoo.com or call (480)415-8410.

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 sliberty@yahoo.com
Phone: 623.341.9435