Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CCPT 2009 Season – Weekend 1

What a week it was! The final dress rehearsals and then into Carlson Park for the opening weekend of Culver City Public Theatre's (CCPT) 2009 season. A bit of drama on the opening day when there were problems getting power for the sound system. Finally, everything was up and running 20 minutes before "curtain."

The weekend opened with the CCPT Children's Popcorn Theatre production of Aunt Fondeen and the Lost Dutchman Goldmine (written by Heidi Dotson, a CCPT member of several years. The audience loved it both days. Only 2 pictures are offered here (with apologies to all cast members not pictured).

Harold (Stefan Tabencki) and Aunt Fondeen (Osa Danam) riding off in Betsy Hacklebarney

Crazy Walt (Kamel Dickinson) and P. Pierpoint Ragright (Josh Gren)

The main stage production of Kaufman and Hart's You Can't Take It With You, directed by John Glass followed. It also was greeted by an appreciative audience that was entertained by both the antics on the stage and the special effects emanating from back stage. Since The Ancient One was in the cast, Milton Chen graciously agreed to take pictures, 2 of which follow (with a plan to bring forth more at a later date).

Grandpa (The Ancient One) with Ed (John Glass) and Essie Hilary Chen) Carmichael

Penny (Donna Donnelly), Tony (Kenny Seliger), Mr. De Pinna (J.T. Moye) and Grandpa

All in all it was a truly wonderful weekend with a combined audience of about 240. Now on to the rest of the season. And, of course, a shameless plug: Information can be found at www.ccpt.org .


Charles Gramlich said...

That's cool. And a great turnout. That was bigger than our SF con.

savannah said...

congratulations, sugar! xoxox

Darlene said...

I'm glad that all went well. It appears that you just said something very funny in the first photo of the cast.

Leon said...

CHARLES - Well that was a total audience for the 2 Aunt Fondeen performances plus the 2 You Can't. . . performances. It just sounded better than list individual performance numbers. :~D

SAVANNAH - Thank you, It was good good weekend.

DARLENE - Essie (on the right) had just danced in saying, "Hello, Have a nice day," to which Grandpa responded in his most loving curmudgeonly voice, "Hello-Have-a-nice day, Don't I even get kissed?" Essie then comes by to make Grandpa happy. :~D