Professional Performances * Classes * Community Festival

In the Antelope Valley October and November 2014


Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is returning to the Antelope Valley with a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy As You Like It and classes for all ages from its award-winning theatre education program, all offered exclusively in the Antelope Valley.


Theatricum Botanicum is a critically acclaimed, professional theatre company located in the mountains of Topanga Canyon. Theatricum has brought high-quality performances and classes to Southern California for over 40 years. The 2014 season alone has garnered four L.A. Times Critics’ Picks and prompted Stage Scene LA to write “Perfect… Shakespeare doesn’t get any better than this.” Now, they are proud to announce the second year of Theatricum Botanicum’s Antelope Valley Theatre Program – a three part venture, featuring PerformancesClasses, and a Community Festival all available in the AV this October and November.


Performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It

·         Sunday, October 12 at 3:00p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center

o   call 661-723-5950 or visit www.lpac.org for tickets

·         Saturday, November 1 at 7:30p.m. at the Palmdale Playhouse

o   call 661-267-5685 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/playhouse for tickets

·         Friday, November 21 at 7:30p.m. at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre

o   call 661-722-6580 or email ticket@avc.edu for tickets

All tickets are only $5, and are free for both those 15 and under and 65 and older!


As You Like It tells the story of best friends Rosalind and Celia, who travel to the Forest of Arden in disguise to escape banishment, find love, and discover family. Accompanied by the clown Touchstone, As You Like It is one of Shakespeare most beloved comedies and is appropriate for all ages! Theatricum’s production sets the tale in post Civil War America, and enhances the story with classic American folk music and dance.



A chance to enjoy acting, writing, dance, or fencing/stage combat. Theatricum’sClasses are taught by theatre and education professionals.

·         Adult Acting Residency, Mondays October 13 – November 17, 7:00-9:00p.m

o   offered at the Lowtree Wellness Home and open to community members 18 and up.

·         Writing and Performing Residency, Thursdays October 16 – November 20, 9:30-11:00a.m

o   offered at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors and open to community members 55 and older.

·         Elizabethan Dance Workshop, Thursdays October 30- November 20, 12:30-2:00p.m. 

o   offered at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors and open to community members 55 and older.

·         Fencing and Stage Combat Workshop, Wednesdays October 22 – November 19, 3:30-5:30p.m. 

o   offered at Palmdale Oasis Community Center and open to community members 15 and older.

·         Family Acting Class, Saturdays October 11 – November 15, 3:00-5:00p.m

o   offered at Arbor Court Community Theatre and open to families of all ages (must be at least one adult and one youth enrolled together)

All classes have a one-time enrollment fee of only $10, and include the opportunity to perform your work at the Community Festival on November 22! Contact Frank Weidner at avtpreserve@gmail.com, call 920-918-1706, or visitwww.facebook.com/avtheatreprogram to sign up or for more information.


Community Festival

Students of all AVTP classes will perform in the culminating Community Festival which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE!!

·         Saturday November 22, 2:00 pm at Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre

o   call 661-722-6580 or email ticket@avc.edu for tickets

For more information or to arrange interviews regarding Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s Antelope Valley Theatre Program, please contact Frank Weidnger, Community Outreach Coordinator at 920-918-1706 or at avtpreserve@gmail.com


Time to Catch “A Piece of My Heart” at It’s Only Tuesday Productions in Lancaster

From It’s Only Tuesday Productions: 
This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops.
The portrays each young woman before, during, and after her in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.
A Piece of My Heart premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club, and now has enjoyed over 1000 productions here and abroad. It has recently been named “The most enduring on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Association.

Find out more at It’s Only Tuesday Productions.

A Christmas Carol – Now Playing – It’s Only Tuesday Productions

This post is a re-post from the It’s Only Tuesday website.
November 30 – December 23 Friday/Saturday @7:00
Sunday @2:00
Focusing on Dickens’ powerful language, humor and warmth, this charming version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL simply and directly tells the story of the redemption of a human soul. The play follows the ever-powerful story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous human being. It begins with a child reading the story for the first time. As the scenes are played out behind him, with 5 other actors playing multiple roles. the child becomes totally caught up in the story and is finally invited by the other characters to enter the play as one of them. With traditional carols and English folk tunes creating the proper atmosphere, the world of Scrooge, Fezziwig and Tiny Tim comes alive, igniting the holiday spirit for young and old alike.

Antelope Valley Thespians: Wittenberg

Presented by Antelope Valley Thespians

APRIL 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28
WITTENBERG, by David DavalosMain image

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

Set in 1517 at the University of Wittenberg and in the German town of it’s namesake, this highly irreverent “tragical-comical-historical in two acts” explores how three men’s sagas overlap, intertwine, and irrevocably affect the course of each other’s lives.  Will Hamlet get his tennis chops back and finally declare a major? Can Dr. Faustus distill the perfect medicine for philosophical angst and win the love of his beautiful Helen?  Can the Rev. Fr. Martin Luther defeat the Devil in his privy and reconcile his feelings for the Church? And driving it all, what really is the nature of the Eternal Feminine? Find out (*we can’t guarantee that you will) in this outrageously nerdy romp through literature, philosophy, and religion… A play that, like life, swings from deeply serious to farcically absurd at the drop of a hat.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm.
There is no performance Sunday April 29th.

Starring: Phillip E. McKaughan, Grant Dagg, Will Nicolai, Missy Schaapman, Sarah Bialobroda, and Aamod Samuel.

All performances at the ANTELOPE VALLEY WINERY on 20th St. W. at Avenue M in Lancaster, CA. Arrive early for wine tasting!

This play contains language and themes unsuitable for young children.