You have two more chances to catch a great show that the Orange Community Players put together with only two weeks of rehearsals.
Broadway Fun For Funds V is an enjoyable mix of show tunes from great Broadway productions. Brook Doss did an excellent job creating and directing this years show.
Mandy Dowden and DeeDee Howell did most of the choreography for the show.
It’s amazing how many great voices are in this area. There were several outstanding performances that deserve mention.
Eastwood Almazan as the “Dentist” from “Little Shop of Horrors” gave a delightful rendition about getting pleasure from giving pain.
Tanya Guillotte was halarious in her tribute to “Ladies who lunch.”
DeeDee Howell, Chris Arena, and Amanda Sauceda connived and drank their way through a plan to get money out of Daddy Warbucks in a rendition of “Easy Street” from the Broadway hit, ”Annie.”
Keep an eye out for Kevin Doss in the finale. (I knew he had played the fool before.) I’ll say no more on that to not  ruin the surprise.
There were also many meloncholy and romantic numbers too. Janet Bland sang “I’ll Be Seeing You,” Chris Arena and Joshua Scales vocalized “Alone in the Universe” from Seussical. Jenny Carson has a soulful voice that filled a handful of numbers. In “Moma, Who Bore Me” she was joined by a female ensemble. From “The Last Five Years” she sang “Still Hurting,” and was joined with Adam Conrad in “The Next Ten Minutes.
Ashley Van Pelt from Orangefield graduates Saturday night, but plans coming to the theatre to complete her numbers as soon as graduation is over. She is featured in two numbers, “Serious,” from Legally Blonde which is the break up scene with Travis Coombs and “Whatever Lola Wants” from Damn Yankees.
There are many, many other great numbers that are worthy of a peek. There is a cast of over 50 players which is the most they have ever had at one time. Over half the cast was new to Orange Community Players with last night being their stage debut. You couldn’t tell it from where I was sitting.
Sure, there were a couple of songs that a few words missed, and maybe a dance step or two, but the one’s it happened to were some of the veterans. Those very small and few mistakes did not take away from a fun night that is worth every penny of the $20 admission.
The doors open at 7 p.m. Wine, beverages and hors d’ouvres will be served until curtain at 7:37 p.m. Desserts and coffee are served at intermission.
Reservations are required. Call 882-9137 to reserve your seat now.
If you have always thought about getting involved with the theater, do it, they are always in need of more volunteers. You don’t want to be on the stage? Great! “Behind the scenes,” there are many opportunities to get involved.
Sponsorship is a great way to support the theater. Sponsors helped pay for most of the rennovations, but there are still things that need fixing. One day when it rained this week, they practiced with buckets on the stage collecting water from the leaky roof. That is next on the remodeling agenda.
You want to be on stage? Super! They are auditioning for Once Upon a Mattress, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 7, at the theatre. You will beed to bring your own music on CD or accompaniment.
Performances are scheduled for August 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st,22nd and 23rd.
Catch a show this weekend. You won’t be disappointed.

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.