Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) Owners and Guardians, Bob and Sandy Malone, recently opened their production of "Hairspray," for a fourteen performance run on the Barn Stage. And a rousing and delightful production it was! The Director was Robert W. Schneider whose work was last seen at PBT when he directed "The Drowsy Chaperone" in 2018.
The Barn Stage, a 240-seat venue, is in its 82nd season and is cited as the oldest summer stock barn theatre still operating in America. The original barn was built in 1875. The current owners, Bob and Sandy Malone, completed a modernization and renovation effort in 2014-15 and also installed new seats and new state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems at that time.
"Hairspray" - "It's 1962. In Baltimore, Maryland lives Tracy Turnblad. She has one wish; to be on the Corny Collins Show. Attaining this goal makes Tracy an overnight star plus sets a series of events in motion to integrate a TV network. A musical masterpiece!" (Source: PBT)
This is Part 1 of a 4-part series of blog posts and this first batch of images is from Act One of the next-to-last rehearsal.
Part 2 is at this link.
Images from previous PBT seasons are at this link.
Produced by: Bob and Sandy Malone
Production Manager: Joshua Patino
Director: Robert W. Schneider
Music Director: Christopher Ricci
Choreographer: Sarah Crane
Stage Manager: Shannon Malone
Assistant Stage Manager: Lauren Masterpolo
Sound Engineer: Kyle Robinson
Lighting Designer: Abigail Wang
Costumer: Tess Beckwith
Director of Public Relations: Barbara Baumgarten
The following images were captured live during a dress rehearsal and are in order of occurrence in the show. Many images are similar since an individual actor may look better in one image than the other and some actors will use these images to share with family, friends, and/or, to build their resumes. Cast members hail from many parts of the country and bring their extraordinary talents to this venerable theatre, some as first-timers, and some have performed here before.
(Click on an image for a higher resolution version if your device supports that action).
Note: Many of these theatre images, when viewed on a small screen cellphone, may present over-saturated colors. More normal views can be achieved when viewing on a larger laptop or desktop screen.
The next post in this series will present images from Act 2 of this rehearsal. Check back soon.
The Barn Doors Orchestra under the direction of Chris Ricci (at right) provides live musical accompaniment.
2019 PBT Barn Stage Productions - Adult Cast Series
"Life Could Be A Dream" in May,
"Heathers the Musical" in June,
"Hairspray" in July,
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in August,
"[Title of Show]" in September,
"Young Frankenstein" in October.
2019 PBT Barn Stage Productions - Children's Workshop Series
"Seussical Jr" in May,
"Junie B. Jones, Jr" in July,
"Little Red Robin Hood" in August,
"Frozen Jr" in August
2020 PBT Barn Stage Productions - Adult Cast Series
"Sisters of Swing" in May,
"She Loves Me" in June,
"Mamma Mia" in July,
"Spamalot" in August,
"25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in September,
"The Addams Family" in October.
Contact PBT online at this link or by phone at 508-224-4888 for tickets or more info.
We are so fortunate to have such an extraordinary performing arts venue right here in our local community. Your support and attendance is important to keep this resource thriving.
(This post was originally published on 7/7/19).