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Playhouse 395’s Chicago Opens

Playhouse 395 opening Chicago March 4

March 1, 2016
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The musical Chicago opens Friday March 4 on the stage of the Bishop High School Theater. It is a tale of treachery and corruption; of greed, glitz, glamour and ‘All That Jazz’. What is unknown to many fans of the musical Chicago, is that it is based on true happenings in the city of Chicago in the 1920’s. It was in this Prohibition-era Chicago that a number of murders committed by women came into the spotlight when the all-male juries of that time found their way to acquitting most of them.

At this time Chicago’s press and public were riveted by these crimes and the murderesses became instant celebrity criminals. A fine line between good and evil became blurred by the press who were obsessed with the lure of vaudeville and its alluring stars, and went about fooling the public into believing beautiful young murderesses were innocent. A corrupt criminal justice system played right into their stories. This then is the societal backdrop in which a young reporter working for the Chicago Tribune, Maurine Dallas Watkins, wrote her 1926 play based on actual criminals and crimes she reported on. Her play became the basis for the musical Chicago.

Roxie and Velma, photo provided by Playhouse 395
Roxie and Velma, photo provided by Playhouse 395

Today in Bishop, actors are polishing their singing and dancing numbers and the orchestra is getting all tuned up in preparation for opening night and the presentation to the public of their ‘razzle dazzle’ rendition of the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. The sets are done, the props are staged and ready to go, the lighting crew is perfecting their spots, and the curtain is about to go up.

Velma and Roxie Converse with Matron Mama Morton
Velma and Roxie Converse with Matron Mama Morton. Photo by Playhouse 395

Tickets for Chicago, which is playing the first three weekends in March, can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets. They can be reached at http://playhouse395bishop.bpt.me/ or 24/7 over the phone at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets can also be purchased locally in Bishop at two Playhouse partner locations.

The Bishop Chamber of Commerce at 690 North Main Street. General Admission tickets only. Monday – Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-4.
Inyo Council for the Arts at 137 South Main Street. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11-2. General Admission and Premium Reserved Seats.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Theater Box Office at the high school starting one hour before the start of the show, unless it is sold out; Saturday March 5 is already sold out. The play Chicago is rated PG-13.

Theater goers who really want to get in the mood are fully encouraged to come dressed up in their Roaring 20’s and flapper finest……..then have their photo taken with an actor or two after the show!

For any questions please call Playhouse 395 at 760-920-9100 or visit their website at playhouse395.com.

cover photo provided by Playhouse 395

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Great News, One More Murder!

Playhouse 395 Offering One More Night of Murder

You asked for it…another murder in Bishop. Back by popular demand, Mountain Rambler Brewery will be hosting Playhouse 395’s Encore presentation of Eat, Drink and Be Murdered on Monday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM.  The cast of this murder mystery dinner theater has performed to two sold out audiences featuring two witty, feuding families gathered under one roof to celebrate the 80th birthday of Rose McFadden, the matriarch of Wild Irish Rose Distillery.

If you missed out on all the fun of our previous two shows, you have a final opportunity to experience this murder mystery dinner theater by attending our November 2nd Encore performance.  A limited amount of tickets are available at Mountain Rambler Brewery located at 186 S. Main Street for $40 per person. For more information contact Debbie Clarkson (760)920-8817.

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Playhouse 395’s Murder Mystery

Playhouse 395 presents “Eat, Drink and be Murdered”

Playhouse 395 is proud to announce a special fall dinner murder mystery presentation “Eat, Drink and be Murdered”. This dinner show will be presented at the Mountain Rambler Brewery on Monday October 12th and Monday October 19th. The mystery begins at 6:30 when the McFadden’s and O’Riley’s get together to commemorate the 80th birthday of their family matriarch, Grandma Rose.

A distillery vat drowning, a secret ingredient and feuding families will make this a night to remember. Tickets are $40 each and include a delicious dinner, the theatre show and prizes awarded to the lucky dinner guest who correctly guesses the murderer and the motive.

Tickets are now available at the Mountain Rambler Brewery on South Main Street but seats are limited so be sure to purchase yours soon!

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“Guys and Dolls” Opening Friday

Playhouse 395’s “Guys and Dolls” Opens in Bishop on Friday, April 10

The Playhouse 395 hysterical and moving production of “Guys & Dolls” opens on Friday, April 10 for the first of nine performances in  the newly renovated Bishop Union High School Theater.  Set in the 1940s, gamblers, missionaries and night club performers mix it up in this satire set in New York City and Havana, Cuba. Shows run the last three weekends in April. All the big gamblers are in town for a huge craps game, organizer Nathan Detroit needs $1,000 to set the game up, Miss Adelaide wants Nathan to marry her, high-roller Sky
Masterson has to persuade Missionary Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana, and the Save-A-Soul Mission is about to be shut down. Without spoiling the plot, you’ll love how they thrash out most of the solutions by the final curtain.

For the first time ever, Playhouse 395 is offering show goers an incredible chance to make an on-stage cameo appearance in a live musical! Come to any of the nine performances of “Guys & Dolls” dressed in 1940s style. Two lucky people will be chosen to experience the best seats in the house during a nightclub scene. No acting experience needed – the director will show you just what to do. Loads of fun – be the envy of your friends – You’ll love it!
Shows are Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11 at 7 pm; Sunday, April 12 at 2 pm; Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 at 7 pm; Sunday, April 19 at 2 pm; Friday, April 24 at 7 pm; and Saturday April 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm. This year Playhouse 395 is proud to launch a new online ticketing system, Brown Paper Tickets. Get yours today and don’t miss out on getting your favorite seat! Visit www.playhouse395.com or call 760-920-9100.

photos by Ryan Tetz.

A fight has broken out! But don't worry, it's all part of the show
A fight has broken out! But don’t worry, it’s all part of the show
Megan Hammitt and Cristian Herrera rehearsing their parts as Adelaide and Nathan Detroit
Megan Hammitt and Cristian Herrera rehearsing their parts as Adelaide and Nathan Detroit
Adelaide (Megan Hammitt, left) and Sara Brown (Allison Peeler) enjoy a song together. This is Megan’s first show and Allison's second
Adelaide (Megan Hammitt, left) and Sara Brown (Allison Peeler) enjoy a song together. This is Megan’s first show and Allison’s second
Phillip Traver (Sky Masterson) and Allison Peeler (Sarah Brown) rehearsing a song
Phillip Traver (Sky Masterson) and Allison Peeler (Sarah Brown) rehearsing a song

Cover Photo….Megan Hammitt (Adelaide), Jordan Kost (Harry The Horse and others), Cristian Herrera (Nathan Detroit), Robb Saunders (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), and Curt Mulder (Benny Southstreet) rehearse a New York scene. 

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