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SEASON'S
GREETINGS

A Wimberley Players
Presentation

at the
Greenhouse Theatre
in Woodcreek
November 19th
through December 5th, 2004

 

A hilarious tale
of an English family Christmas

The Wimberley Players' holiday gift to the community is Sir Alan Ayckbourn's sparkling comedy, Season's Greetings. This hilarious tale of an English family Christmas opens Friday, November 19, at the Greenhouse Theatre in Woodcreek and plays weekends through December 5th. Shirley Marlett (Director) comes full circle with Season's Greetings, the show that marked her Wimberley Players' directorial debut in 1992. An award winning 50-year veteran of community, repertory, and dinner theatres throughout the Southwest, Shirley has directed and/or appeared in more than a dozen local productions including husband Russ's musical melodramas, The Blanco Was Blameless or It Was Balcones' Fault and the memorable Llano Estacado. Marlett is ably assisted by Payton Lawrence as Producer and Mark Bursiel as Assistant Director.

It's Christmas Eve, and things in the Bunker household are rapidly falling apart. Belinda is rushing around decorating the tree and seeing to all the guests and their needs. Uncle Harvey is being his usual obnoxious self. Neville has (once again) forgotten to buy his wife a present. Eddie and Pattie are having a serious showdown. Rachel has invited Clive, a writer friend no one in the family knows, and, amongst all this, Bernard is involved in a chaotic rehearsal of his annual gift for the children, a sixteen-scene puppet show of The Three Little Pigs. To add to the confusion, Bernard's wife Phyllis is in the kitchen quietly getting sloshed on the cooking wine. Then something seriously disastrous occurs...

Marlett is justifiably proud of her talented and experienced cast that includes both veterans and newcomers to the Greenhouse stage. Austin resident Bobbie Oliver (Belinda) was last seen locally in All in the Timing. She has received two Best Actress nominations from the Austin Circle of Theatres, and recently returned from New York City where she completed her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Allan Eastwood (Bernard) has assumed a number of roles since his first stage appearance with the Players in 1998. His favorite so far was in An Inspector Calls, set in his native county of Yorkshire, England. Allan currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Wimberley Players. This is the first stage role for Dan Jennings (Neville) who has had a long and successful career as a voice actor for video games, animations, and radio and TV commercials. He has also performed in a number of films and is a published author. Larry Oliver of Austin (Clive) is also new to the Greenhouse stage, but not to hill country audiences. He has appeared in 15 Austin Lyric Opera productions, in addition to roles at Austin's Daugherty Arts Center, Lockhart's Gaslight Theatre, and the Polo Barn Theatre in Georgetown.

Steve Zinkgraf, (Harvey), another newcomer to the Greenhouse, received extensive training in classical acting through Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. He has been involved with theatres in various venues around the country performing in contemporary dramas as well as Shakespearean roles. Whitney Marlett Mollahan (Pattie) debuted at the Country Playhouse in Houston at the age of 2, was a child actor at the Dallas Repertory Theatre, and was working with the famed improvisational comedy troupe, the L.A. Connection, before relocating to Wimberley with husband and son this past summer. Judith Laird of San Marcos (Rachel) first appeared at the Greenhouse in 1998 as a dog in Sylvia, and has held several starring roles during the past six years. She has served as Manager for Artistic Direction on the Wimberley Players' Board, has produced several shows, designed sets, and costumed more than a few actors. Rebecca Ballard Jennings (Phyllis) is making her third appearance on the local stage. She starred in last spring's On Golden Pond, and sang and danced in the Broadway Revue this summer. Rebecca has appeared on regional stages in Texas, Colorado, and Washington, D.C., and has performed in radio, television, and film. Mark Bursiel (Eddie) has been very much involved with theatre since 7th grade. He appeared on stage in high school productions, and for six years of Summer Shakespeare. Mark also served as technical director for the Lone Star Theatre. He joins the Players wearing two hats, the role of Eddie, and Assistant Director.

Reservations for this classic comedy, hailed by The Times as "a treat from start to finish" can be made at any time with Visa/MasterCard by calling (512) 847-0575, or, beginning November 15, you can purchase $12 tickets at the Box Office located in the Ozona Motor Bank lobby. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 1- 5 pm.

-  Carolyn Hart  -

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