Antelope Valley Thespians present MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET and A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Alan Bennett

Antelope Valley Thespians present MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET and A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Alan Bennett.

June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16

at the Antelope Valley Winery

Antelope Valley Thespians Presents:

Two monologues from The Complete Talking Heads.
Produced by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Alan Bennett’s award-winning series of solo pieces is a classic of contemporary drama, universally hailed for its combination of razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity. First produced for BBC television in 1988 to great critical acclaim, the Talking Heads monologues also appeared on the West End Stage in London in 1992 and 1998. In 2002, seven of the pieces were performed at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles for a highly praised brief engagement, and in 2003 a selection of the monologues premiered in New York at the Minetta Lane Theatre. These extraordinary portraits of ordinary people confirm Alan Bennett’s place as one of the most gifted, versatile, and important writers in the English Language.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm. There is no performance Sunday June 17th.

Produced by Nikki L. Martin
Directed by Missy May and Nicelle Davis
Starring Rachel Jennings and Jan Jensen

$8 general / $6 students



4th October
posted by Nalin
work by aj currado

Visit for tickets!

Note that there is no performance on Sunday, November 13th.

NOVEMBER 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20
by Richard Greenberg

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, New York.

A year after he disappeared on the day of his father’s funeral, Walker Janeway returns to New York. Here he finds a clue to his troubled past: “April 3-5: Three days of rain.” So begins the curious journal of Ned Janeway, the father that Walker thought he knew. In Act II, we travel back in time to the mid-1960’s, where we are offered an alternative, unexpectedly romantic perspective of the family story. A many-layered drama peppered with witty moments that make us smile, Three Days of Rain ultimately questions every one of those little stories that we tell ourselves—the ones we need in order to make sense out of life.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm. There is no performance on Sunday, November 13th.

This play contains strong language. We do not recommend it for young children.

Remaining tickets not sold in advance online will be available at the door, 30 minutes prior to curtain, via cash or check only. 

The Friday Nov. 5th performance (opening night) is our PATRON PREVIEW NIGHT. Patrons of AVT get in free, and all other tickets are just $5.

Playing at It’s Only Tuesday Productions

September 22 – October 8
Thursday – Saturday
Featuring Jacob Robison & the 2011 Featured Actress In A Musical 
ENCORE award winning Actress 
Michelle Piccirillo Hargreaves

The Last Five Years is a one act Musical written by Jason Robert Brown
 It premiered in Chicago in 2001 and was then produced off-Broadway in March 2002. Since then it has had numerous productions both in the United States and internationally.
The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding  in the middle as their timelines intersect.

A Summer of (Original) Theatre in the Antelope Valley

Several new and original pieces of theatre will be showing this summer in Lancaster and Palmdale through Laity Theatre Company, Antelope Valley Thespians and […there are rumors of a festival of one acts going up in August somewhere…AV Arts Blog will try to find out where and let you know.]

Look for an article about these works – dramas and musicals, full length and one acts – in an upcoming article in the Antelope Valley Press Showcase (weekend). The article is to include interviews with the writers, directors, actors and producers involved in bringing these original productions to Antelope Valley stages

For the time being here is some information to pique your interest:

Laity Theatre Company

Bridget’s Girl
A New Musical
Book & Lyrics by
Barbara Dixon
Music by
James A. Goins
Directed by James A. Goins
in The LAB Theatre
Thursday July 28th 7:45PM
Show Running: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:45PM 
& Sunday 2PM 
July 29th – Aug.20th

Antelope Valley Thespians

AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
by Eric M. Martin

Winner of the 2010 AVT New American West Play Competition
Produced by arrangement with Eric M. Martin, Quartz Hill, CA.

Check out the websites of these theatre companies for more information. Links are at the top of the sidebar.

Podcast #16: Thoughts from the Final Show of THE AMERICAN CENTURY

18th June
posted by Nalin
Dean Berg, Mathew Gruca, and Sarah Allen rehearsing THE AMERICAN CENTURY in AVT’s garage blackbox studio.

This podcast contains interviews with Artistic Director Kara McCollum, Technical Director Kevin J. Hogan, Production Stage Manager Juliana Katzman, and actors Mathew Gruca, Sarah Allen, and Dean Berg. Interviews were taken just prior to the final show of the run of THE AMERICAN CENTURY, AVT’s opening production in the 2011 Season.

Click here for the AVT page podcast.

Desert Opera Theatre Announces auditions for “The Wiz”!

Desert Opera Theatre Announces auditions for “The Wiz”!
Directed by Margaret Wassner

Friday, March 11 from 5 – 9 PM
Saturday, March 12 from 3 – 7 PM

Lancaster High School Theatre
44701 32nd St. West
Lancaster, CA 93536

All those auditioning must come prepared to sing part of a song of their own
choosing and will be taught a short dance to perform. Please bring a CD with
backtrack music only (no vocals) or sheet music of your prepared song. You
may also be asked to cold-read for specific roles.

For all audition details and available roles go to our website:

Story Synopsis: 
While similar in plot to ³The Wizard of Oz², The Wiz (usually) uses an
all-black cast to transform the show into a more fun, funky modern version.
Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland
in the Land Of Oz. While there she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman & the
Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. She defeats the evil witch and goes
to see the powerful Wizard who turns out to be a phony. However, Glinda is able
to convince Dorothy that she can do anything she wants if she just believes
in herself. Dorothy also realizes the importance of home and her family.

All performer/singers are encouraged to audition (lots of roles available,
male & female, all ages!!) Although black performers may be given
preference for certain roles (especially Dorothy), auditions are open to ALL
performers. We expect to have a very diverse cast!!

Desert Opera Theatre
P.O. Box 900434
Palmdale, CA 93590

Go See It! Antelope Valley Thespians present…

posted by Nalin

by Barbara Schneider

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Nov 12-21
Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm

Starring Sarah Arnac, Sarah Bialobroda, Joe Gruca, and Kara McCollum.

Directed by Karen Gruca.

A moving and thought-provoking story of the love between a father and daughter, separated by place and perspective. What is right and wrong in times of war? A journey across the years since WWII looks at our own vulnerability to the easy habit of indifference in present-day America.

Tickets $8.

Web ticketing is available now through the day prior to each performance. Walk up purchases for any remaining tickets, via cash or check only, will be available on a first-come-first-served  basis starting 30 minutes prior to each performance.

AVT operates in a fully-functional, blackbox theater built into a private residence at Almond Valley Way, Lancaster, CA 93536.  Business hours are strictly limited to 30 minutes prior to a performance until appx 1 hour afterward.

Antelope Valley Thespians: Live Theatre in Quartz Hill

22nd August
posted by Nalin

Antelope Valley Thespians presents:

THE INTERROGATION OF NATHAN HALE (by Captain John Montresor of HRM Expeditionary Forces)
drama by David Stanley Ford

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

What is freedom? What is courage? What is the value of a life? Touching on lofty themes through a startlingly raw portrayal of two historical figures, this is a play that seeks to understand the values of our nation—their flaws, as well as their wondrous virtues.



Six performances:
Friday, September 17th, 2010 – 8pm
Saturday, September 18th, 2010 – 8pm [SOLD OUT]
Sunday, September 19th, 2010 – 2pm
Friday, September 24th, 2010 – 8pm
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 – 8pm
Sunday, September 26th, 2010 – 2pm


WEB TICKETING IS AVAILABLE NOW through the day prior to each performance.

Walk up purchases for any remaining tickets, via cash or check only, will be available on a first-come-first-served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each performance. The number of remaining tickets will be announced several hours prior via this blog post, our Facebook Page, and our Twitter Feed.

Producing Director: Nalin A. Ratnayake
Artistic Director: Kara McCollum
Stage Manager: Juliana Katzman

This play contains strong themes and instances of stage violence. We do not recommend it for young children.

AVT operates out of a fully-functional blackbox theater built into a private residence on Almond Valley Way, Lancaster, CA 93536. Business hours are strictly limited to 30 minutes prior to a performance until appx 1 hour afterward.

Artwork by AJ Currado.

Information courtesy of Antelope Valley Thespians. (