Season End Wrap Party

Pinewood Players Event

The annual season end “Wrap Party” is scheduled for Thursday, August 30 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm in the Pinewood Country Club Showroom. The event is open to all Pinewood Players members and promises to be one of the most memorable in years including something for everyone; food, drink, music and  dancing. Brian Obillo’s “Buddha  Extravaganza” will entertain with a “show tune” theme. CLICK HERE to get your invitation and more information on how to reserve your seats! You may also call Dee Spain at (480) 231-3425 or email her at This is an evening of fun and entertainment that you do not want to miss. Make your reservation now! Must RSVP byAugust 24, 2018.

2019 Plays Announced

Pinewood Players Announces 2019 Plays and Auditions

The Plays:
The 2019 season of Theater in the Pines will open in June with “Cahoots” by Rick Johnson. The play is a “dark comedy” filled with witty dialog and farcical overtones. It will be directed by Frank Hess. Frank is a veteran of the Pinewood Playhouse stage and he has directed three previous main stage productions (“Exit the Body” “Wrong Window” and“The Gazebo”). He most recently produced the 2018 Reader’s Theater for Pinewood Players. CLICK HERE to read a synopsis of “Cahoots.”

The second play of the season scheduled for August will be the award winning drama “A Delicate Balance” by Edward Albee. The play premiered in 1966 starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Croyn. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967. It was made into a movie in 1973 starring Katharine Hepburn, Paul Schofield and Lee Remick. There have been two Broadway revivals of the play, one in 1996 which won the Toni Award for best play revival and the other in 2014 that starred John Lithgow and Glenn Close. Les Maurseth, also a veteran of the Pinewood Playhouse main stage will be returning to direct his second play. Les directed a remarkable production of “Aspirin & Elephants” earlier this season and we are looking forward to enjoying his work again. CLICK HERE to read a brief synopsis of “A Delicate Balance.”

Auditions for both plays will be held on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Pinewood Playhouse.  On Friday “Cahoots” will audition from 10:00 to 11:30 am and “A Delicate Balance” will audition from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. OnSaturday “A Delicate Balance” will audition from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and “Cahoots” will audition from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Scripts are available for loan by contacting the directors. The directors have also offered to discuss the plays with anyone interested prior to the auditions. Their contact information is below. Auditions are open to all Pinewood Players members. Pinewood Country Club members will be given priority for roles.
Frank Hess: (602) 920-5452 or email
Les Maurseth: (602) 329-5425 or email

Pinewood Players Workshops

Pinewood Players Workshops

Pinewood Players is sponsoring a series of Theatrical Workshops this month to provide training for those interested in various aspects of theater. There will be three specific workshops conducted; Director/Stage Manager, Technical Theaterand Audition. These workshops are free of charge and we encourage you to take advantage of the expert instruction being made available.
Director and Stage Management Workshop
Have you ever dreamed of directing a play or managing the back stage production? If you think directing or stage management might be your thing the Director/Stage Manager Workshop is for you! In this workshop you will be instructed in the basic roles of the director and stage manager and the proven techniques and skills required to produce successful stage plays. Pinewood Players is always looking for fresh talent both on and off stage. If you are interested in learning about what directors do and how the off stage production is managed this session will give you insight into the factors that are critical to a successful production.
Date: Saturday, August 25
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Pinewood Playhouse
Instructors: Frank and Tricia Hess
Technical Theater Workshop
The Technical Theater Workshop may sound like a “geek fest” to some, but in reality the session will provide very interesting insight into how the sound and lighting equipment is operated. Even those with no experience  can be trained quickly to learn the basics that will enable them to operate and manage the technical aspects of a play like a pro! If your thing is not to be on stage, but you would like to control some of the most critical functions of a stage production, this may just be your cup of tea!
Date: Saturday, August 18
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Pinewood Playhouse
Instructor: Jim Burnett
Audition Workshops
The Audition Workshops are geared to first time auditionees and “would be thespians” who are interested in auditioning for acting roles on the Pinewood Playhouse main stage. The workshop will focus on techniques and the “how to’s” of preparing for a successful audition. Two Audition Workshops will be conducted just prior to the auditions for Pinewood Players 2019 plays. You can attend these workshops then put what you’ve learned directly to use in the auditions!
Dates: Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25
Time: 9:00 am (both days)
Place: Pinewood Playhouse
Instructors: Frank Hess, Les Maurseth, Linda Sustman, Pam SolaceIf any of these Workshops sound interesting to you, please contact Tricia Hess at (602) 920-5446 or email to pre-register for the Workshop(s) of your choice. Pinewood Players’ mission is to offer these cultural opportunities to children and adults who seek knowledge in the performing arts. Please take advantage of the opportunities to learn about these theatrical disciplines. It can be very rewarding and even life changing!

Passing of Pinewood Players Pioneers

Farewell to Three Pinewood Players Pioneers

It is with great sadness that Pinewood Players bids farewell to three of its most loved pioneers who died this past year.
Joan Gorges, 93, died last August. Joan was a founding member of Pinewood Players in 1990 and was an active supporter the rest of her life. Known for her dry humor and spitfire personality, Joan always attracted a crowd whether onstage or off. Joan served in the Navy during World War II, worked as a “Harvey Girl” at the Grand Canyon and later as a school teacher.


Lee Henry, 88, died May 31, 2018. He was the first president of Pinewood Players and for 24 years devoted himself to entertaining Munds Park audiences as an actor. Lee was probably better known, however, for his role as Munds Park Community Church organist, where he served for 15 years. Prior to his life in Munds Park, Lee rose to the rank of Captain in the Navy followed by a career as a school teacher.



Florence Sleeper, 97, died April 2, 2018. “Flo” or “Flossie” ushered for every Pinewood Players production from the time she joined in 1991 until 2017. She also acted in many plays, but a prima donna she was not. She was just as happy cleaning the theatre, working the Carnival, or whipping up her famous Texas sheet cake for rehearsal snacks. Prior to her time with Pinewood Players, Flo worked as a nurse. Flo will always be remembered for her signature hair bows and her mischievous smile.
These wonderful pioneers will be deeply missed.