Director’s Chair

2017

Director’s Chair – The Education of Angels

By Lynn Rouyer, April, 2017

“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, prepare 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.

From 2016

Director’s Chair – Dearly Beloved

by Lynn Rouyer, Director

How does one select a play for the Pinewood Players? First, I think about our audience. If it is an audience pleaser; like a well known play, comedy or musical, or a drama that has a special message for the audience, that is my goal. If the play doesn’t have audience appeal, then why consider it? Second, I look at the set. Can we build it on our Pinewood Theatre stage? In the past, we have had a 2 story, a tri-level, many multiple scenes for musicals. Our set construction team headed up by David Westmark and Stewart Lanier are the BEST. They can tackle almost anything, and make it look spectacular. I also consider the period in which the play takes place. Will this require special costuming? Would this be cost effective to invest in special costuming. Then I consider the characters. Do we have the actors; age appropriate, enough males and females that will audition. So as you can see, there is much thought and consideration that goes into selecting just the right play for you, the audience.

“Dearly Beloved”, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten; fantastic writers that we have enjoyed their plays before on our stage, have created this delicious story. The Futrelle Sisters, Frankie (Ele Parrott), Honey Raye (Cheryl Parker), and Twink (Pam Uveges), are throwing a wedding. Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her twin daughter (both twins played by Lori Prescott) Tina Jo’s antebellum-inspired wedding, and the rumor mill in their small town of Fayro, Texas, is working overtime. No surprise there, the Futrelle Sisters have never been strangers to gossip. After all, they did survive the scandalous breakup of their almost-famous gospel singing trio, The Sermonettes. But Twink’s desperate attempts to get her boyfriend, Wiley Hicks (Larry Clow), of 15 ½ years down the aisle, Frankie’s ongoing conversations with their dead mother, and Honey Raye’s tendency to race to the altar at every opportunity, have kept tongues wagging for years. In spite of her own marital problems with Dub (Don Parrott), Frankie has held steadfastly to the hope that she can pull off one “final Futrelle occasion” with elegance and style with the help of the cantankerous wedding coordinator, Miss Geneva (Dolores Lanier), who runs the local floral shop/bus depot. But on the day of the nuptials, Twink has an alternate solution to an expensive catered wedding dinner and turns it into a potluck supper sponsored by Clovis Sanford’s House of Meat. When the prodigal, Honey Raye, arrives at the church in something other than an appropriate Fayro dress, consumed by hot flashes and a steely determination to right old family wrongs, Frankie’s hope is shaken. Well, I don’t want to spoil the fun that is told so well in this comedy of one laugh after another. Other actors are: Rich Dahl as the highway patrolman, John Curtis; Linda Morrison as the snobbish groom’s mother, Patsy Price; Darvin Bussey as the young, almost pastor, Justin; and Dovie Templin as the local psychic, Madam Nelda. There are seven seasoned actors and 4 talented newbies joining our cast. As a director of many plays and musicals at the Pinewood Theatre, my journey with this extremely talented cast and crew has been the BEST! Yes, it takes a village of behind the scenes volunteers to help create the fantasy of the play itself!

I know that you will marvel at the way the mini plots intertwine creating this hilarious play. So, put your reality aside, come and be entertained; laugh and enjoy!!! At the reception after opening night performance, there will be wedding cake served to all. See you at the THEATRE!!!

KIDZ KAMP 2016

We the People

A well known director for the Pinewood Players is stepping into some big shoes as she follows Debi Ryder, the previous Kidz Kamp Director for several years. Lynn Rouyer is Debi’s mom and is very excited about taking over for her daughter. Lynn has directed casts of 20 to 120, musicals, plays and even her own Cable TV show “Lynn Hope and Friends”.

The campers, all girls this year, are going to have a wonderful experience as they set the stage for a patriotic musical, “We The People”. A few will be taking over some male roles in Act I and then having female roles in Act II. The story is about 6 children that have been given the task of creating a musical for the 4th of July celebration. They decide to use the Declaration of Independence as their guide. Each scene depicts some very important words that our Founding Fathers felt necessary to help our country grow. We meet about 40 characters throughout the show that share who they are in song and dance. What an exciting way to enjoy our 4th of July tribute and witness our young, talented actresses. We promise to touch your heart and lift your spirits!

 

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