The Orange Community Playhouse is in full swing after being dark for a year completely renovating the theater.

The board of directors along with the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting May 21 and showed off the brand new lobby and other updates to the theatre, including, the new ramp that makes accessibility much easier for wheelchairs. Previously wheelchairs had to go to the side of the building to get into the theatre and it was complicated, but now there is a ramp that goes behind the seating to an area with plenty of room for several wheelchairs and has great visibility to the stage.
There are 183 regular seats plus 30 chairs that can be placed on the wide platform steps during sell out shows.

The second performance of the season starts Thursday with a well rounded tribute of show tunes in Broadway Fun for Funds V. There will be three fun filled evenings of food and wine, song and dance in the fifth annual event.

In less than a month they have gathered an awesome group of voices and have danced and sang their way through selections from some of Broadways most successful shows such as “Hairspray,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Wicked” and “Little Shop of Horrors” to name a few.

There will be several standout performances including Eastwood Almazon playing the dentist from “Little Shop of Horrors”, Tanya Guillotte in “Ladies Who Lunch”, Dee Dee Howell, Chris Arena and Amanda Sauceda in “Easy Street” to name a few.

They had their first complete run through this weekend with dress rehearsals starting Monday. By opening night, Thursday, it should be a top notch performance for the bargain price of $20. Wine and food included.

The doors open at 7 p.m. with curtain at 7:37 p.m., May 29, 30 and 31 at 708 W. Division in Orange. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 882-9137.

They will be holding auditions for the next production, Once Upon a Mattress, 10:00am – 3:00 pm., June 7, at the theatre.  You will need to bring your own music on CD or accompaniment.

Performances are scheduled for August 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.