Review – Musical brings back the innocence of Elvismania

Theatre critic Cary Ginell saw Bye Bye Birdie on opening night and had a few things to say!

“Conejo Players’ current production, which opened March 25, uses a rich cast of characters to tell the story of an Elvis-like teen idol whose forthcoming induction is prefaced by one last publicity stunt, one that upends the lives of the frantic teenagers of fictional Sweet Apple, Ohio.”

“Brendan Lynch’s Albert is a manic-depressive who is either congratulating himself on his P.R. brilliance or wringing his hands over his client, who is basically a cardboard cutout in gold lamé.”

“Albert’s mother, Mae, has the most laugh lines of any character, and Eve Kiefer hits each one of Mae’s lines out of the park.”

“Devery Holmes does her usual superb job as director while hubby, Jim Holmes, and Shelley Saxer do a marvelous job with the singers.”

Bye Bye Birdie runs through April 11, don’t miss it!

Review – Conejo Players heads down the rabbit hole in ‘Harvey’

Theatre critic Cary Ginell saw ‘Harvey’ on opening night and had a few things to say!

“How an actor portrays Elwood is central to any production’s success, and John Eslick provides a near-perfect performance as this polite and courteous fellow …”

“Judy Diderrich nearly runs away with the play …”

“Local veteran character actor Dale Alpert fits right into his portrayal of Dr. William Chumley …”

Harvey continues through Feb. 12, don’t miss it!

Auditions for Harvey, Bye Bye Birdie are coming soon!

The 2022 season is kicking off with a bang with Harvey and Bye Bye Birdie to start off the year. And we can’t have a show without a cast!

Now’s your chance to audition for these two shows. Nov. 7-9, 2021 we’ll be seeing actors for the comedy play Harvey.

Beginning Jan. 2 and running through Jan. 4 of 2022, come audition for a part in Bye Bye Birdie!

All the information is on our auditions page, click below to find out more. We can’t wait to see you at the theatre!

Announcing our 2022 season!

With a return to (almost) normal, the Conejo Players is proud to present a diverse and exciting season for 2022.

Picking up where we left off in 2020, we invite you back to join us for fabulous musical adventures as we present the hugely popular Bye Bye Birdie; and the hilarious romp from everyone’s favorite country queen Dolly Parton, 9 to 5. Completing the Mainstage season is the Pulitzer prize-winning Harvey and the riveting The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

This season, we are also pleased to bring you the fast-paced and witty The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in our Conejo Artists Theatre (CAT) lineup and for our Youth Theatre season, two delightful productions: The Music Man, Jr. and Bye Bye Birdie Young Performers Edition. And finally, wrapping up the year, don’t miss Home for the Holidays, a fun celebration for the whole family.

Save big by ordering season tickets, which are now available by calling the box office at 805-495-3715. We hope to see you at the theatre!

Review – ‘Almost, Maine’ a shimmering look at love and loss

The Acorn newspaper came to see Almost, Maine and the reviews are in!

“… individuals were enchanted by the talent of the play’s six young actors, all of whom perform multiple roles in John Cariani’s series of romantic comedy sketches.”

Almost, Maine runs through Oct. 3, get tickets now!

Read the whole review here:
https://www.toacorn.com/articles/conejo-players-is-back-with-a-shimmering-look-at-love-and-loss/

Health and Safety update

For the health and safety of everyone, beginning September 17, all patrons will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours from the time of entry to attend shows at Conejo Players.

Please refer to California Department of Health guidance here for acceptable methods of vaccine verification and here for acceptable methods for proof of negative test result.

All California residents may request a digital vaccination record at MyVaccineRecord.cdph.ca.gov

All patrons must wear a mask at all times while inside the theatre, regardless of vaccination status.

CPT debuts Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee

The Conejo Players Theatre (CPT) located in Thousand Oaks, CA, is proud to announce the formation of the CPT Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee. After receiving an impassioned letter from a member, we realized that there was a need to make a more focused effort to reach out to BIPOC communities.

The Committee’s mission is to develop ways to be more inclusive and inviting to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the greater Conejo area and Los Angeles & Ventura counties. The Committee’s goals are to ensure that CPT offers real opportunities to the BIPOC communities on the stage and behind the scenes in all capacities of CPT.

The Committee’s focus is to develop targeted outreach to get the word out for ways to become involved at CPT both on-stage and behind the scenes.

The Committee was formed June 2020, and their first offering will be the upcoming CPT production The Mountaintop, a two-person drama about the last day of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The entire play is set in the Lorraine Motel room, the evening before King’s assassination. King is alone, trying to create yet another powerful speech. When he orders a cup of coffee from room service, a mysterious woman arrives, bringing much more than a late-night beverage. What follows is a reflective, often funny, often touching conversation in which Dr. King examines his achievements, his failures and his unfinished dreams.

The Mountaintop is directed by Sahai Lara, produced by Denice Stradling with production advisor, Devery Holmes. The Mountaintop will star Derrick Parker as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and sharing the role of Camae are Olushola Fagbamila and Rashia Whitlock.

Director Sahai Lara felt The Mountaintop was the right choice to launch CPT’s commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion because she is so committed to highlighting the stories of those who haven’t had as much representation.

“We could’ve gone with a more ‘historical’ show for the launch of our committee, but when I learned about this show, I immediately fell in love with its concept. I really like the way that Katori Hall uses the preconceived notion of what we already knew about Martin Luther King Jr., and shows us the same man but from a different perspective. It reminds us that he, like many other civil rights icons, were still just people. MLK Jr. was an imperfect man that made great strides for humanity and civil rights. But he was a real person with real emotions, fears and yes, even shortcomings. Katori Hall was able to seamlessly blend the ‘put together’ version of Dr. King that we know with the version that was behind closed doors.”

Another member, Denice Stradling, Co-producer of The Mountaintop, also felt strongly about the power of this play, and how and why she was compelled to be part of this Committee. “When I received the Conejo Players Theatre newsletter last June, with the plan to start a Racial Equity Committee, I jumped at the chance to be on it. Seeing George Floyd die so senselessly and heartlessly broke something open in me. Here was a chance to take action – do something, rather than just sit back, wring my hands, and say, “Isn’t this awful?” and then go back to my privileged life.”

For more information on how you can watch this amazing play online, please go to https://conejoplayers.org/mountaintop.

If you want to help us promote racial equality, please consider joining the Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Conejo Players Theatre.

For more information, please contact MediaDirector@conejoplayers.org

The Producers Closes Early

Due to the COVID-19 virus concerns, and the Emergency Declaration from the California Governor, the Conejo Players Theatre will be suspending the remaining scheduled productions of THE PRODUCERS.

We apologize, but out of an abundance of caution, the Conejo Players Theatre believes we need to take this action to protect our patrons, cast, crew, and staff.
For patrons who may have purchased advance tickets not yet used, you may contact the box office at (805) 495-3715 to exchange your ticket(s) for another production.
We thank you for your patronage and support of the Conejo Players Theatre, and look forward to seeing you again at a future performance!

Be well,
The Conejo Players Theatre Board of Directors

Memorial Service for Cheryl A. Talbot

Memorial Service for Cheryl A. Talbot
Conejo Players Theatre
Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:00am

Please join us as we celebrate Cheryl’s life and her gift of music to the community and our theatre.
Please no flowers; any remembrances may be contributed to Conejo Players Theatre in Cheryl’s name.

Statement on Borderline Bar & Grill Shooting

As you may know, Conejo Players Theatre is within walking distance of Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks — just over 700 yards away …

Cast and staff of CPT’s “Guys and Dolls,” who had just finished rehearsal when the incident began, were on lockdown inside the theatre for several hours while authorities assessed the situation. (They are all safe and accounted for, and were eventually able to head home.)

We stand vigilantly with the family and friends of all those involved and affected, and our hearts are with the entire City of Thousand Oaks.

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UPDATE #3: For those closer to the San Fernando Valley, there is an American Red Cross blood donation center at 6338 Variel Ave, Woodland Hills, 91367 (Warner Center area).

UPDATE #2: A community gathering is happening this evening at 6 p.m. at the Fred Kavli Theater at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

UPDATE #1: If you are local to to the Conejo Valley area and would like to donate blood, there are several options. (FYI: Some have been flooded with volunteers already.)
+ La Reina High School (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
+ Thousand Oaks Inn (times unknown)
+ Thousand Oaks Rotary Bloodmobile at Los Robles Greens, 299 South Moorpark Rd. (10:00 AM – 01:30 PM)
+ Ventura Donor Center, 2223 Eastman Ave, Ventura (11:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
+ Santa Barbara Donor Center, 4218 State St., Santa Barbara (11:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

(Thank you to artist and CPT alum Julie Greiner for the image.)