Brownsville’s Camille Playhouse celebrates 55 years

Brownsville,Texas is home to a delightful community theater, the Camille Playhouse. Born of humble beginnings in 1963, this vibrant theater has become a beloved source for live theater in the Rio Grande Valley.

Sher and I attended a Saturday night performance of a musical classic: A Chorus Line. The theater is located in Dean Porter Park, a Brownsville city park. The lobby is warm and welcoming when you arrive to purchase your tickets. The theater itself is comfortable with all seats having a clear view of the stage.

We really enjoyed the performance of A Chorus Line. Chris Ikner directs. During the performance, which ran two hours without intermission, Sher and I were continuously surprised with the very talented cast. The choreography was, well, high stepping to say the least. Numbers such as “One” are performed with precision. Several of the cast have excellent voices and share that talent on stage.

A Chorus Line offers song, dance, humor and heart wrenching drama as a group of strangers compete for one of a limited number of spots in the chorus line of a Broadway play. The Camille Playhouse version of the musical is moving, well acted, fun and worth seeing. The show will be onstage February 8th, 9th and 10th. If the quality of A Chorus Line is any indication, we would suggest enjoying any production at Camille Playhouse.

Check future productions at the Camille Playhouse website.

 

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“The Lost Colony” brings history to the outdoor stage

1st contact between Indians and English

1st contact between Indians and English

The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island has been the subject of study by historians for centuries. For the past 79 years the Roanoke Island Historical Association has put on a play that gives the history of the lost settlement and one version of what happened to the missing settlers.

This production is a wonderful play. The costumes and sets are fantastic and the actors are professionals who give great performances. The outdoor theatre is very comfortable and all seats provide good views of the stage. The show has all the elements of a top notch production including a seamless narration given by a “National Park Ranger”.

The story line traces the history of the early English explorations in the New World. The interaction between the Indians and the English is portrayed with drama and in a couple of cases violence. The scenes shift back and forth between Roanoke Island and Queen Elizabeth and the English Royal Court and the docks in London.

Lavish costume for "Queen Elizabeth"

Lavish costume for “Queen Elizabeth” (Emily Asbury)

Actor Christian Muller

Actor Christian Muller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were able to chat with one of the cast members prior to the show. Christian Durand Muller was a delight to talk with and, as part of the Choir, added greatly to the production.

The Waterside Theatre is located within the grounds of the Fort Raleigh National historic Site. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a popular travel destination. When you visit be sure to get tickets for “The Lost Colony”. Here is the website.

Old Tom (Robert Hooghkirk)

Old Tom (Robert Hooghkirk)

Sure looks like a ship sailing off to the New World!

Sure looks like a ship sailing off to the New World!

Don Bridge portrays NPS Historian (narrator)

Don Bridge portrays NPS Historian (narrator)

Beef and Board Dinner Theatre – Crazy for You

B&B media photo from Crazy for You

B&B media photo from Crazy for You

I’m enjoying the warm weather and know my friends and family back in Indiana are having some very cold weather right now. But, I’m sad we are going to miss Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre presentation of Crazy for You. Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre is one of our favorite places to go when we are in Indiana. They always have great shows and a delicious buffet. Playing now through April 4th is the award winning show Crazy for You. We have never been disappointed at Beef and Boards and we have went to almost all of their shows for the last 4 years. That is how much we like them and why I’m sad at missing this show. We will be back in time to see The Drowsy Chaperone. If you’re around Indianapolis, this is a for sure place to go to. Visit the website at Beef and Boards and my Examiner article by clicking here.