Wimberley Players in Late Summer Production of "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off"
"Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" Opens at Playhouse July 31, 2009 and runs through August 23rd. Performances are at 8 PM, with Sunday afternoon performances at 2:30.

Set against the backdrop of a circus, "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" tells the story of Littlechap, a man who thinks he can improve his lot in life by marrying his boss's daughter. While he is dreaming of success, life happens. The famous musical will be on the Wimberley Players stage from through August 23rd.

The Players production is being directed by Jay Jennings and produced by Teresa Stankiewicz. Jennings, director of the Players' "Deathtrap" last year, is a 25-year veteran of Texas State University, where he teaches movement and acting.

When Littlechap, played by Nathan Villarreal, tires of his wife (Carole Hofstad) and family obligations, he finds himself in the arms of Russian (Amber Lackey) German (Dawn Young) and American (Juli Dearrington) mistresses. His dawning realization of his stupidity comes forth in the famous song, "What Kind of Fool Am I?" He begins to realize, in the twilight of his life, that he had more than he needed in the love of his wife.

Other actors in the play are Villarreal's real-life daughter, Celeste, and Nicole Bennett. They are joined by a chorus of singers and dancers: Vance Loggins, Caroline Weaver, Kimberly Suarez, Falon C. Rucker, Reed Neal, and Deanna Lalich. Music is provided by a chamber group consisting of Guy Ben-Moshe (bass), Michal Rosenberger (musical director, piano), Sean Palmer (percussion), Jonna Kay Beck (bassoon), Gerin Hood (flute) and Malcolm McLean (keyboard). Among the familiar songs are "What Kind of Fool Am I" and "Once in a Lifetime."

"Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" will run weekends from July 31 until August 23. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $15, except for the opening night champagne reception ($20). Buy tickets online at the Wimberley Players website (see below) or call 512-847-0575.  The Box Office will be open weekdays July 20 to August 1, 1 to 5 PM.