It's been a while since I mentioned Culver City Public Theatre (CCPT), the company in which I am a member. Even though I haven't posted since the end of the 2007 season, we have been busy developing plans for the summer of 2008, our 10th year and the 22nd year of free outdoor theatre in Paul Carlson Park in Culver City. The season will open on July 19 and run through August 24. The selected plays with dates of performance are:
Children's Popcorn Theatre:
Sluefoot Sue and Pecos Bill – an original play by Heidi Dotson – 12:00 noon - July 19, 20, 26, 27, August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24.
Main Stage Productions:
The Ideal Husband – by Oscar Wilde – 2:00 p.m. – July 19, 20, 26, 27, August 2 and 9.
To Kill a Mockingbird – based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee; stage adaptation by Christopher Sergel. – 2:00 p.m. – August 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24.
Open Auditions will be held Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday (May 14, 15 and 17) with Callbacks on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (May 20-21-22). Rehearsals begin June 2.
I first performed in Carlson Park in 1997. It is hard to explain the experience of performing outdoors with no amplification and competition from whatever else is going on in the park. The following photo, from the 2007 season gives a sense of what the performance area looks like from the back of the audience:
And, of course, The Ancient One gets in a little plug for himself with a photo from last year's production of Much Ado About Nothing in which he appeared as Dogberry (he's the one on the right in cape):
There will be much more on CCPT as the season approaches. If you are interested in outdoor summer theatre, stop by now and then. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, leave a comment or send an e-mail. "Summer time and the living is. . ."