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It’s a Mystery

No, not another murder at Pinewood! Why? How? Whodunnit? You decide! Listen to the evidence and meet the suspects! Have the most fun you have ever had at a murder!

Our season will begin with this “just for fun” Mystery Theater event with performances on June 4 at 7 pm and June 6 at 2:30 pm. This audience participation “whodunit” is written and produced by Linda and Scott Sustman.  A prize will be awarded to the successful “sleuth” in the audience who solves the mystery and identifies the murderer.  Test your detective skills and have some grins and giggles while you’re at it! Tickets are $10 per person, or $8 when purchased as part of a season ticket subscription.


Dashing through the Snow

Pinewood Players will present the delightful comedy “Dashing Through the Snow” in June 2021. The zany characters created by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and James Wooten will come alive on the Pinewood Playhouse stage in four vignettes to the delight of our audiences.

It’s four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity. Trina, the harried yet upbeat innkeeper of this B&B, has more than she can handle coping with these nuttier-than-a-fruitcake lodgers.

Hoyt and his sister, Donna Jo, make the mistake of trying to end a thirty-year feud between their curmudgeonly aunts, Ennis and Della, with sidesplitting results. Ainsley and Lenora, self-involved actors from a lower-than-low-budget touring production of A Christmas Carol, descend on the Inn to fulfill a promise, leaving comedic chaos in their wake.

Add to this Yuletide mayhem an ill-advised romantic rendezvous between Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves, a demanding guest who refuses to leave, not to mention a tipsy housekeeper, and it’s clear it will take more than a kiss under the mistletoe to keep Trina’s spirits merry and bright. But a spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding that brings together the fabulous Futrelle sisters—Honey Raye, Twink, Frankie and Rhonda Lynn—and their best friend, Raynerd, takes a surprising and delightful turn that leads to a laugh-’til-your-sides-ache climax, changing all their lives forever. You’ll swear this family-friendly Jones/Hope/Wooten Christmas comedy is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!

Mark your calendar now and look for the opening of our online ticket sales in March to be sure to get good seats for our opening play. Tickets are $15 per person individual performance or $13 per person when purchases as part of our season ticket subscription. You REALLY don’t want to miss this!


The Pinewood Follies


August will bring a very special 30th Anniversary production to the Pinewood Playhouse stage. The first ever “Pinewood Follies” will display local amateur talent and will consist of a multi-act revue of entertaining song, dance and comedy routines. It will be produced by Burl Seaton with stage management by Alta Thompson and technical consulting by Linda and Scott Sustman and Jim Burnett.


“The Pinewood Follies” is Burl’s debut as a producer but he is no stranger to vocal productions as many Munds Park residents are aware. His voice is well known in the community as a premier karaoke singer and we are certain that his many fans will insist that he not only produce but also appear in the show. Alta has stage managed too many successful Pinewood Players productions to list over the past several years and is known for her attention to detail when it comes preparation and timing. Scott and Linda have been involved in the production of “The Walden Follies,” a similar type production which has been performed annually in Texas for a number of years. They offer their expertise in producing such events to Pinewood Players via remote consultation. Jim has produced sound for many professional events over the years and has been an incredible asset to our organization over the past several years, providing “sound” advice and consultation for our sound and lighting system upgrades. We are truly grateful to have such a great production team assembled for this event.


The show will feature something for everyone and will lighten your heart and get your hands clapping and your feet stomping! You may be surprised by the hidden talent in our community. Come see them perform!


“The Pinewood Follies” will be performed on August 6 & 7 at 7 pm and August 8 at 2:30 pm. Three performances only so get your tickets early. Tickets are $15 per person or $13 per person if purchased as part of our season ticket subscription package.


Reader’s Theater “Cabaret”


Pinewood Players Reader’s Theater events have become an annual tradition and one of the most popular productions of the Theater in the Pines season. The event has been the training ground for many main stage Pinewood Players performers who got their start reading comedic skits in the Reader’s Theater format.


Reader’s Theater “Cabaret” is a fun time for both aspiring actors and appreciative audiences who come to see their neighbors and fellow Munds Park residents entertain in a fun, no pressure environment that encourages those who aspire to the stage as well as those who just want to have a little fun entertaining their peers in an evening of laughter and libations.


This season’s event will be co-produced by Pam Solace and Terry Brown. Pam is a Pinewood Players
veteran who has worked behind the scenes in multiple mainstage productions and events producing, assistant directing and she has also previously produced the Reader’s Theater event. Pam also has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the organization. Terry has been active in the organization for several years participating in Reader’s Theater, working as sound/lighting technician, acting on the main stage and co-directing in this season’s Pinewood Playhouse play “Dashing Through the Snow.”


“Cabaret” is a unique event where the audience will enjoy light-hearted entertainment in an intimate “cabaret” setting in the Pinewood Country Club Northernaire Room seated at tables of four with a cash bar available. The event has limited seating and is historically a sell out so it is always advisable to purchase tickets well in advance. Tickets are $10 per person or $8 if purchased as part of our season ticket subscription.


Cabaret will be presented on July 21 and 22 (two performances only) at 7 pm in the Pinewood Country Club Northernaire Room. Get you tickets now!


Cheers to 20 Years!


This season we are celebrating 20 years of Pinewood Players Drama Camps. From the beginning, the goal was to provide a very special opportunity for our young performers to commemorate the
anniversary. Our Administrators and Drama Camp Steering Committee members researched countless shows available through the normal play distribution licensing channels but nothing really seemed to fit the occasion. They ultimately decided to take a very bold step and create an original production that would properly pay tribute to the 20 years of Pinewood Players Drama Camps, performers and volunteers of the past while providing a unique and unforgettable experience for our campers of today.


Creating an original revue was not an easy task. But where there is a will, there is a way and as always, the resourcefulness and talents of our Pinewood Players team proved to be up to the challenge. The resulting production is an original revue rivaling any commercially available licensed show of this type. The team has created a tribute to 20 years of successful Pinewood Players Youth Camps entitled “Cheers to 20 Years.”


“Cheers to 20 Years” pays respect to our Drama Camps of past years by recalling songs and dance from many of the past productions. However, it does so with a fresh, new approach that reflects the amazing talents of our incredible creative staff and provides ample opportunity for our young performers to achieve the theme of Drama Camp 2021 “Everyone’s a Star.” These songs take on refreshing new life sparked by the professional music direction and lively arrangements of Jennifer Adams, the updated and upbeat choreography of Rebecca Steiner all brought together by the inspired direction of Micah awrence.

Don’t miss seeing this incredible original production with live music accompaniment on the Pinewood Playhouse stage this summer. Performances are July 9 at 7pm, July 10 at 2:30 and 5:00 pm and July 11 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 per person, net proceeds go to the Pinewood Players Scholarship Fund.