PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse has announced its summer schedule of entertainment, with activities ranging from concert performances and dance to movies and drama.
“This summer the Playhouse is offering a full spectrum of the very best in community art, dance theatre and music, as well as some of the most well-loved movies of all time,” stated Recreation Supervisor Annie M. Pagliaro. “These shows are a great way for families to spend an affordable evening out, introducing their own children to live theatre and music.”
Tickets for all Palmdale Playhouse events may be purchased online at www.cityofpalmdale.org/playhouse. Ticket also can be purchased at the Box Office, beginning two hours before each show, located at 38334 10th Street East in Palmdale. For more information, call 661-267-5684.
Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m.
Kicking things off, the Palmdale Theater Arts Program presents two short comedies, “Check Please” and “Check Please: Take 2” by Jonathan Rand .
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. “Check Please” follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse — until they do. Soon after their relationship ends, Guy and Girl are forced by their well-intentioned best friends to plunge back into the dating pool. Unfortunately, in “Check Please: Take 2” that pool is filled with foot-reading psychics, extreme accountants and pirates! Tickets are $5 all ages.
Saturday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
The West Coast Classical Jazz Combo presents “An Evening of Jazz,” paying homage to jazz giants, featuring compositions by John Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, George Gershwin, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and many more. The concert will also feature saxophone legend Tom Scott as guest solo artist. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors, students, military, and 12 and under.
Thursday, May 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Playhouse lobby will be the site of a reception and display for a new art exhibit titled “The Color of Happy” featuring the works of Janet K. Briggs. Briggs is a self-taught contemporary artist who explores the world of mixed media using colorful acrylics layered over collage. She has only recently begun to show her work and is off to a successful start. She placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 2014 Antelope Valley Fair categories and had local showings at ARTown Fusion and Encore. Her work has been featured in national magazines such as “Cloth Paper Scissors” and “Studios.” The exhibit will be shown through Sunday, July 26.
Thursday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
West Coast Classical presents “Little Night Music,” an instrumental musical experience by the newly formed West Coast Classical Beginning String Orchestra, directed by Patricia Graham, and West Coast Classical Beginning Band, directed by Jeffrey Kaser. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors, students, military, and 12 and under.
Friday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.
The West Coast Classical’s String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Choir and Flute Choir will perform “Music in the Air,” treating the audience to a variety of popular classical, pop and jazz compositions. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors, students, military, and 12 and under.
Saturday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.
West Coast Classical Concert and Symphonic Orchestra presents “New York, Here We Come!” Directed by Patricia Graham, this musical toast to New York City will feature “Forty-Second Street,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.” The concert will also include Tchaikovsky’s “March Slav,” Aaron Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture” and several classic scores by John Williams, America’s favorite film composer. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors, students, military, and 12 and under.
Saturday, June 20, 6 p.m.
The Palmdale Junior Ballet and Theater Dance Company present “Dare to Dance.” Students will perform an exciting and dynamic dance presentation featuring classical, ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and rhythm tap. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors, students, military, and 12 and under.
Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Palmdale Junior Summer Theatre Camp presents “Bedbugs,” by Leah Genuario. Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado, “Bedbugs” unravels the story of Marie, a little girl who likes to jump on her bed. To the bedbugs being squished underfoot, Marie is the wicked witch who causes earthquakes, among other natural disasters. The microscopic citizens of her bed are up in arms — and legs! So, the bedbugs launch a full-scale attack against Marie, prompting her to investigate with her magnifying glass. To her surprise, there really are bedbugs…and they have something to say! Crawling with laughs in a fun way, this show will remind you there are always two sides to every story! Tickets are $7 for all ages, with Family Four-Packs available for $20 (at the box office only.)
Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 25, both shows at 7 p.m.
Students of the Palmdale Summer Theatre Experience present “Occupation Murder” by Billy St. John. Produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Plays and Musicals, the plot revolves around a TV quiz show “It’s a Living!” and the murder of Tony Fabrizi, the show’s sponsor. Why was he murdered? Was it for the missing diamond bracelet he brought for the commercial, or was he shot for personal reasons? Homicide detective Lt. Jim Slate, along with Amanda Maxwell, a little old lady amateur sleuth, discover that most of the TV show’s cast had motives to murder the man — including his Italian wife with a fiery temper. Rounds of the fictional game show are actually played during the performance using members of the audience on stage as contestants! Tickets are $7 for all ages, with Family Four-Packs available for $20 (at the box office only.)
During intermission of the show, Playhouse theatre students will raffle off hand-painted “theatre themed” chairs at their “Take a Seat Chair Auction” to raise funds to support community arts programs for youth at the Playhouse. Chairs will be on display in the Palmdale Playhouse lobby prior to each performance. Tickets are $1/each or $5/six tickets, and available for purchase July 13-25 at the Playhouse. Winner need not be present.
New! Summer Classic Movie Series
The Playhouse is introducing its first ever Summer Classic Movie Series, which will be held on two Sundays in June, July and August.
Featured will be “Casablanca” on June 21; “Singin’ in the Rain” on June 28; “Some Like it Hot” on July 12; “West Side Story” on July 19; “High Noon” on Aug. 16 and “Jailhouse Rock” on Aug. 23.
Doors open 1 p.m. and the movies will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for all ages and admission includes a complimentary beverage and dessert before each movie.
“Come enjoy a classic movie on a Sunday afternoon,” Pagliaro stated. “Film buffs will enjoy nostalgic movies in our intimate setting, as well as our new, state-of-the-art audio system, donated by the Warnack Foundation!”
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]