The Chamber Players Community Theatre
Thelma Moore Community Playhouse
140 West Fifth Avenue
Garnett, Kansas 66032
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"The Wild Women of Winedale" by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten
September 5-9 & 13-15, 2019, Directed by Dennis Richards
This joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching, comedy focuses on three women at crossroads in their lives – the Wild sisters of Winedale, Virginia – Fanny and Willa and their frustratingly quirky sister-in-law, Johnnie Faye. This feisty and fun-loving trio has supported and cheered one another through life’s highs and lows over the years, including the early demise of two of their husbands. And they really need each other now as Fanny experiences a hilariously inappropriate reaction to her 60th birthday while Willa is so stressed-out from her nursing job she resorts to vodka and speed-knitting to cope and Johnnie Faye, determined to put her year of fraught widowhood behind her, desperately tries to find a man – preferably a man with a house since hers is somewhere at the bottom of a Florida sinkhole. These women’s lives are further upended by the responsibility of caring for their free-spitfire, ailing aunt and the realization that they are drowning under the loads of family keepsakes and possessions nobody wants – especially them! With equal doses of hilarity and heart, these extraordinary women come up with delightful and surprisingly unorthodox ways to free themselves of what’s keeping them from moving their lives forward. They confidently set their sights on accepting nothing less than happiness while there’s still time to enjoy it. Together they prove it’s never too late to take another one of life’s paths for a grand new adventure.
"A Christmas Pudding" by David Birney (title tentative)
November 28-December 1 & December 6-8, 2019, Directed by Dennis Richards
"David Birney's adaptation is an evening of song, poetry, comic and otherwise, and stories that celebrate the spiritual dimensions of the season...from a diverse array of classic and modern texts, punctuated with musical interludes...[The] tone ranges from lighthearted whimsy to solemn reflection...humorous, wry...lighthearted...This is definitely a Christmas show...one [whose] openhearted sentiments send a message that's reassuringly inclusive." - The Los Angeles Times"
"2 Across" by Jerry Mayer
March 19-22 & 27-29, 2020, Directed by Krystal Donaldson
Two strangers, a man and a woman, board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m. They're alone in the car, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She's an organized, sensible psychologist. He's a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, "Crosswords are a metaphor for life, those who finish, succeed, those who don't, fail." Now he vows to finish. Why? He's a competitor and she happens to be lovely. This starts an eighty-minute ride described by critics as "Hilarious," "Witty," "Romantic," "Poignant," and "Wonderfully entertaining." Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other's values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that the other helps solve. Their trip is filled with unpredictable, but believable, surprises, even a passionate kissing embrace or two. As the train ride ends, it's obvious each of them has been changed for the better.
"If It's Monday, This Must Be Murder" by Pat Cook
June 4-7 & 12-14, 2020, Directed by Les Thomas
Harry Monday is a throwback to the private detectives of 1940's black and white movies. Only Harry is more gum-on-your-shoe than gumshoe. He's posing as a golf-playing psychiatrist at the Shady Meadows Country Club. "A place where old polyester goes to die," says Harry, after club members start dropping like divots on the duffer's course. And the club members aren't much saner than he is: a prima donna club president, an astrological moon child, a Wall Street ad man, and someone claiming to be the twin of a missing club member. They're all dropping red herrings in their wake. Throw in a naive supervisor; a sultry, hard-hearted dame and a surly police sergeant and you have to figure If It's Monday, This Must Be Murder!
Second Show of 2018-19 Season...
Thrilling audiences since 1991.
“It Runs in the Family” by Ray Cooney.
June 6-9 & 13-16, 2019
"If you're going to tell a lie, tell a WHOPPER."
Dr. David Mortimore, Neurologist at Saint Andrews Hospital, is about to give the speech of his career - The Ponsonby Lecture - and there's a knighthood hanging in the balance. The pressure is enormous, but the good doctor can cope.
In the next few minutes, a distraught former mistress will bring some shocking news: Their brief fling exactly 18 years and 9 months ago produced a son who, at this moment, is in the hospital lobby, unhinged, possibly violent, and demanding to finally meet his father. The lies pile up along with the distractions, mistakes and misunderstandings, punctuated with a revolving door of Mortimore's wife, his boss, a severe hospital matron, a police sergeant and his best friend, Dr. Bonney, whose singing, dancing and impersonation efforts are all required.
Speech? What speech?!
Master of farce, Ray Cooney, serves up the laughs while the young members of Frontier District 4-H Club are in the theater to serve our guests. Your tips will fund their Citizenship Washington Focus.
It's the wrap-up show of our 28th season of dinner theatre. We'll launch Season 29 in September, but first we'll host Garnett's future stars for Theatre Camp (June 24-28), escort 40 of our friends to Boston (June 27-30), and throw the Annual Members Gala in July.
Tickets for "It Runs in the Family" are on sale to members now and go on sale to the public May 20.
The 27th Season was an attendance record-breaking season for The Chamber Players. May the 28th Season be even better!
Thelma Moore Community Playhouse - 140 West Fifth Avenue - Garnett, Kansas
*Show and show dates are subject to change at the discretion of the CPCT Board of Directors.