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.)

Conejo Players Theatre Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Season with 300th Mainstage Show!

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. Pop the cork … the big celebration is about to begin! This January, Conejo Players Theatre kicks off its incredible 60th Anniversary Season with Broadway Bound — the third in Neil Simon’s hilarious autobiographical trilogy!
If that wasn’t special enough, a recent spin through the CPT Archives uncovered this astounding fact: Broadway Bound will be the whopping 300th mainstage show to tread the theatre’s storied boards …

Broadway Bound finds Eugene Jerome and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents’ break-up — and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs! Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Play in 1987, and a finalist for the ’87 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Broadway Bound “contains some of the author’s most accomplished writing” (New York Times) and is “expectedly funny and unexpectedly moving” (New York Daily News).

With a stellar cast and creative team — including the return of Brighton Beach Memoirs (and Biloxi Blues) director Erin Fagundes and actors Bennie Glasner, James Cluster, Kathleen Bosworth, and Mark Maresca — Conejo Players’ Broadway Bound will tug at your heart strings and tickle your funny bone!   #BroadwayBoundCPT #CPT60

BROADWAY BOUND by Neil Simon
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French

CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Kate Jerome: Kathleen Bosworth
Grandpa Ben: David Newcomer
Eugene Jerome: Bennie Glasner
Stanley Jerome: James Cluster
Blanche: Kimberly Demmary
Jack Jerome: Mark Maresca

Director: Erin Fagundes
Producer: Abby Cluster
Stage Manager: Don Johnson
Asst. Director: Noah Terry
Set Designer: Rick Steinberg
Costume Designer: Elena Mills
Lighting Designer: Dominick Riches

LOCATION:
Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008

PERFORMANCES:
January 12 – February 3, 2018
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES:
$18 for Adults / $16 for Students, Seniors, & Military

TO ORDER TICKETS:
Go online to www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715

Conejo Players Theatre Honors Local Arts Advocates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEConejo Players Theatre Honors Local Arts Advocates

Thousand Oaks, CA – February 24, 2015 – Conejo Players Theatre inaugural Arts Advocate Awards was a heartfelt ceremony that honored and highlighted the amazing work of local theatre champions Richard “Dick” Johnson; Corey Fogelmanis of Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World; and the City of Thousand Oaks.

Each honoree has played a foundational part in strengthening CPT, other theatres, and the arts in general.  They are shining examples of people who are guided by an appreciation of the arts, who understand their importance in the community, and who are ambassadors for art appreciation. In addition to the awards, hand-picked songs were selected for the evening’s entertainment to honor each recipient. The night was capped off with a champagne dessert reception in the backstage area of the theatre where personal thank you’s were exchanged.

Accepting the Civic Advocate Award on behalf of the City of Thousand Oaks were Mayor Al Adams and councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña, who spoke about the need to support the arts in our community and commented that Conejo Players was and is an important part of that design. One of the songs chosen to honor the city was The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss). The song was popular in 1964 – the year the city incorporated.  It is also a song from the Marvelous Wonderettes – a show from the 2014 CPT season.

Introducing Dick Johnson was his son Mark Johnson, who gave a heartfelt, but mostly funny account of his father and his many years volunteering with CPT. Dick enlightened the crowd with his memorable stories his volunteer efforts at CPT. He designed and directed A Thousand Clowns in 1969 — and to date has designed and built over 50 sets and directed almost half that number of shows for the theatre. He retired his position of Executive Director several years ago, after serving 11 three-year terms. An Honorary Life Member of the Players, Mr. Johnson has received 37 CPT Harlequin Awards. The songs chosen for Mr. Johnson were “Getting to Know You” from King and I – Dick did the set design for both productions of The King and I at the theatre – one in 1969 and the other in 2008 and “I Gotta Crow” from Peter Pan – He directed it in 1984 and did the set for it again in 2012.

Corey Fogelmanis accepted the Youth Advocate Award and expressed his gratefulness for the experience he gained at Conejo Players which has led to his recent success in television. Songs chosen for Corey were “Candy Man” from Willy Wonka and “Anything’s Possible” from Seusical Jr – Mr. Fogelmanis was in both of these productions.

Deidre Parmenter, CPT President, explains the motivation for the event: “As Conejo Players Theatre starts on a journey toward solidifying our future with a new Capital Campaign, we wanted to reflect a bit on why we do what we do. The arts are hugely important to us as individuals and to our community at large. We are where we are today because of individual contributions and a supportive community. Honoring those that advocate both for Conejo Players and for the arts in general was an easy choice. It’s a tradition we hope to continue.”

Photos available per request
Candace Gray, Media Director Conejo Players
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