For many years my mantra has been “never is there a dull moment” when it comes to things to do in the Palm Springs Valley. But this past year it seems like our beloved desert has gone into overdrive. If one had the time, energy, and resources, it would not be hard to be out each and every day and night with a different and fun thing to occupy our time. Take the theater offerings as one little example… In the course of two weeks, I saw three very well-produced theatrical events.
Coachella Valley Rep (www.cvrep.org) presented the two-hander “What the Night is For” at its comfortable and intimate space on 111 in Rancho Mirage. As a new company founded by Artistic Director Ron Celona, this group is one to watch, what with its full roster planned throughout 2012 and into 2013.
Then there was the staged reading of a new play by writer Stacey Luftig presented at the Indian Wells Theater by Script2Stage2Screen (www.script2stage2screen.com). Stacey’s fascinating work tells the story of the close friendship between local aviatrix Jackie Cochran and doomed pilot Amelia Earhart. This is an amazing tale to be told that will have you enthralled. Keep your eyes peeled for a proper staged production some time in the hopefully near future.
And to cap things off, I was bowled over by the College of the Desert’s amazing, professionally presented production of the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde performed at the 1000+ seat McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. (www.collegeofthedesert.edu/newsroom/Pages/jekyllandhyde.aspx) Thanks to the cast of tremendously talented local and national actors on a stage graced by super sets that blew my socks off, I have been talking about this show non-stop since the moment the proverbial curtain fell. As an annual event, this is one to keep in mind each and every spring. Rumor has it that a certain Sondheim musical is planned for May 2013, complete with a mid-century modern setting (yes, as in our very own Greater Palm Springs Oasis). I can’t wait!
I’m always looking for a theatrical partner in crime. Why don’t you join me?!