PISTOLS OR POISON

By Ele Parrott, Director

The town of Flatt Hills needs your help!  Brand N. File, the local blacksmith, was ‘done in’ and the good folk are a’gatherin’ to figure out just who done him in!  Was it Phil M. Upp, the gentle bartender? Or Mayor Red. E. Ornot ‘always’ campaigning’ to be re-elected?  Perhaps Sheriff Wynott Burp slipped and misfired by mistake! Miss Rose E. Bottoms is the town’s local entertainer. What did she say or overhear being said?  And those two newcomers that arrived last evening on the stage: Miss Telli Ahal, the new School Marm might know more than just book learnin’ and Doc Meddie Cyne …..is she really a Doctor? Cliff Hanger, a drifter with a keen eye for detail is watchin’ Annie Bea Quick, a gunslinger with a tongue as quick as her gun. Watch and listen as the plot unfolds on the Munds Park Community Church stage and try to guess ‘who done in’ Brand N. File along with the rest of the townfolk!

You will enjoy Pistols or Poison in this very fun, interactive production of CCT on August 12, 13 and 14. Plan on bringing the entire family from children on up. The G status will ensure than all ages will enjoy clean, creative entertainment on stage as well as among the “townfolk”, those of you who come!! We’re invitin’ you to dress the part of this 1870’s frontier town.  An event all will remember! Want to come to more than one show? Fine with us, as each evening has its own original ending! Not even the cast knows “who done it!!”

Tickets will go on sale soon in various locations around Munds Park.  All seating is general admission.  Tickets can also be purchased soon on our website at www.cctfriends.org.

Fantastic Fun For Families

By Cheryl Parker

Coconino Community Theatre has lots of fun family entertainment planned for July and August and you don’t want to miss it!

                                                                             SING, SING, SING!

The fun begins with a family karaoke sing-a-long. Agee’s Barbecue will host “Sing, Sing, Sing!” on Friday, July 16th at 7PM. Plenty of group songs with audience participation will get you warmed up for competitive events later in the evening. Kids will have a chance to sing their favorite solos, duets, and trios; and adults can sign up to compete in Elvis and Big Bopper contests. Couples, bring your best rendition of “I Got You, Babe.” Even a few Christmas songs will add some joyful chill to the warm summer night. To sign up to enter the competition, email your ideas to info@cctfriends.org.

                                                                              MARY POPPINS, JR.

Munds Park’s most talented children are busy learning their lines, songs, and dances for Arizona Children’s Theatre’s presentation of Walt Disney’s beloved musical, “Mary Poppins.” Directors Lynn Rouyer and Jared Bowyer are patiently helping the kids hone their acting and musical skills during the three-week camp so they’ll be ready to perform on Thursday, July 22nd and Friday, July 23rd at 6:30pm; then again on Saturday, July 24th at 2pm at Munds Park Community Church. The church has seating for only 150 people per show, so get your tickets before the shows sell out

                                                                            PISTOLS OR POISON

What could be more fun than a who dunnit mystery straight out of the Old West? On August 12th, 13th, and 14th, you’ll travel back to the 1800’s when a small town’s blacksmith is killed either by elixir or a bullet. The clever plot has the townfolk, made up of some of your favorite actors from past performances, pointing guns at each other. The writer and director, Ele Parrott, doesn’t even know who dunnit. You’ll enjoy some honky-tonk style piano music, join in on some favorite old western songs, and offer your own verdict after each performance. The play will be performed at Munds Park Community Church. Tickets will go on sale soon, so be sure to get in on the fun!

CCT, PPOA and Provident Partners Realty Host Children’s July 4th Carnival

Last year’s Carnival was canceled due to the COVID-19 plague, but the COCONINO COMMUNITY THEATRE will be hosting the Carnival for all of Munds Park’s kids this year in the parking lot of Provident Partners Realty immediately following the parade.  The carnival has been successful year after year with long lines at each one of the games and booths and lots of smiling faces on both the kids and volunteers helping to make the day special for all of Munds Park youngsters. 

For the third year, Provident Partners is a core sponsor of the carnival as well as “CCT”, and the Munds Park Business Alliance.  The PPOA has generously donated funds as well, to make sure the event could be enjoyed by all of the children during this special holiday.

Enjoy a Meal from Agee’s Before the Play

Local Munds Park  favorite Agees  will be providing and serving the food for the meal before the two performances of “Dixie Swim Club.”  Diners can choose either BBQ beef brisket or turkey.  A bun, coleslaw, beans and a cookie come with the meal.  Water will be provided but the RV resort bar will be open for the purchase of other beverages.   Dinner is at 5 p.m. with the show at 6:30 p.m. for the show on Wednesday and the dinner at noon with the show at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.  Tickets for the dinner and play are $25.  Those going to the dinner and play can reserve a seat at one of the tables which can be selected when purchasing tickets.   No seats are assigned for those who wish to only attend the play.  Those tickets are $15.  Please go to our “Tickets” page to  purchase your tickets.

THE HIT SHOW DIXIE SWIM CLUB COMING SOON

 

For all that 2020 wasn’t for theatre lovers, the summer of 2021 makes up for it! Coconino Community Theatre (CCT) had to cancel its award-winning DIXIE SWIM CLUB thanks to Covid last year, but the actors have aired out their swimsuits and brushed up on their classic southern humor for audiences hungry for top-notch performances this year. Not only will play-goers be served up the best community theatre Arizona has to offer, but they’ll also get to indulge in scrumptious barbecue provided by Agee’s.

On June 23rd and 24th, CCT will be performing the heart-wrenching, yet hilarious, play about the journeys of five women from their early years on the college swim team through marriages, affairs, divorces, child-rearing, career challenges, dementia, and death. Lest you think this is just a “chick flick,” think again. It’s about deep friendship and how our friends impact who we are and how we finish our lives.

The characters are, indeed, colorful: Sheree, played by Nancy Del Duca, is the bossy organizer; Lexie, played by Cheryl Parker, an over-the-top sexpot; Dinah, an alcoholic lawyer, played by Melanie Westmark; Vernadette, played by Carol Jones, a comedic loser in life; and Jeri Neal, a nun-gone-bad problem solver, played by Jayne Heckman. Together, as they age and mature, the characters remind us of our values and why we cherish our closest friends. The play, directed by Lynn Rouyer, will be performed at the Munds Park RV Resort Recreation Center. For tickets, go to www.cctfriends.org, stop by Provident Partners Realtors on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 AM to 1 PM, or call 928-981-0000.

Watch for future articles in the Pinewood News and on CCT’s website: www.cctfriends.org for information on future CCT productions, including the Arizona Children’s Theatre drama camp, the western mystery theatre, “Pistols or Poison,” and the Junior/Senior Prom and community sing-a-longs. We’re planning lots of fun for visitors and residents of Munds Park.

 

Coconino Community Theatre Launches 2021 Season with Award-Winning Play

Coconino Community Theatre Launches 2021 Season with Award-Winning Play

By Cheryl Parker

Seasoned actors, a brilliant script, and a heart-wrenching, hilarious storyline make for great theatre. Unheard of in Munds Park? Perhaps, but not impossible.

The talented cast of The Dixie Swim Club, selected for a City of Glendale/Arizona Arts Commission grant, will kick off the 2021 season of Coconino Community Theatre (CCT) with the play that won that honor. The COVID pandemic prevented the cast from performing the play last year to a live audience, so the actors submitted a videotaped version which won the competition. The Dixie Swim Club, written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, is about five women who competed on their college swim team. Close, lasting friendships evolved and continue into old age. The women reunite every summer to catch up on each other’s lives.  No subject is off limits—sex, marriage, divorce, failed kids, and terminal illness strengthen the ladies’ bond and you’ll laugh and cry right along with them. The Dixie Swim Club, directed by Lynn Rouyer,runs June 24th, 25th, and 26th. Go to www.cctfriends.org for ticket information.

Arizona Children’s Theatre, which is sponsored by CCT, will present Broadway’s hit musical, Mary Poppins, Jr., as its annual children’s camp headliner. More than ever before, children need to discover their creativity, socialize, and escape to a healthier environment. Under the direction of Lynn Rouyer and Jared Bowyer, we invite children ages 7-19 to participate in this 3-week long musical adventure of acting, singing, and dancing. The camp, which runs July 5-25, helps children develop essential skills, self confidence, and poise that lead to lifelong success. For registration, call Lynn Rouyer @ 602-622-2543 or go to www.cctfriends.org.

CCT’S final production of the season will be Pistols or Poison, a wild west mystery written and directed by Munds Park’s own Ele Parrott. Someone’s dead but no one is fessing up to the killing. There will be lots of singing and dancing (audience participation) as everybody tries to figure out who dunnit! Come to the town saloon for this boot stompin,’ rabble-rousin’ night of fun, August 12th, 13th, and 14th.

For tickets, go to www.cctfriends.org or call 928-981-0000.

Throughout the summer, CCT plans other fun community events, sing-a-longs, and even a Junior-Senior Prom saluting the Big Band Era. For details, go to www.cctfriends.org and watch for announcements in the Pinewood News.

BIG HONOR FOR CCT ACTORS

By Richard Dahl

            The summer of 2020 will go down as a bust for Munds Park’s adult theatre community, but five of our top actors deserve a thunderous round of applause.  After Coconino Community Theatre (CCT) had to cancel its play “The Dixie Swim Club” because of COVID-19, the play’s all-female cast decided to enter their work in a highly sought-after big city arts competition. They completed the rigorous requirements set by the City of Glendale’s annual Performing Arts Partnership Program and provided videos of their stagecraft to the judges’ panel. It was quite an endeavor for this fledgling community theatre to compete with long established and well-funded urban arts groups, but the nail-biting and anxious anticipation proved to be well worthwhile.

            The City of Glendale Arts Commission has announced that the “Dixie Swim Club” cast, which includes Melanie Westmark, Carol Jones, Nancy Del Duca, Jayne Heckman, and Cheryl Parker, and Director Lynn Rouyer, are in the winners’ circle for 2021. The prize is a first for Munds Park. The CCT actors will be awarded not only a nice monetary grant, but also the opportunity to perform “The Dixie Swim Club” for live audiences in downtown Glendale over the winter months. Details will be announced once the Glendale City Council formally approves the grant in early October. Show dates and times will be available on CCT’s website, www.cctfriends.org.

            Meanwhile, “The Dixie Swim Club” women offered a preview of their upcoming show to a group attending the Arizona Compassion In Action women’s retreat on August 29th. They performed a scene from the show for a small but appreciative audience whose hearty laughter and applause assured the cast that they’ll be back for more either at the upcoming shows in Glendale or next summer in Munds Park June 25th, 26th, and 27th and July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

            Well done, CCT ladies!