As a born-and-bred Palm Springs Valley baby, I’ve been around the block a few times, so suffice it to say that personal or professional theatrics have never threatened me. I’ve tried my hand at acting but found that I was much more suited to off-stage antics, which is why I’ve supported the arts whenever I’ve been able. As a Rancho Mirage resident I find that I never have to go far to enjoy a good play or musical—especially now with a new theatre group in town.
The Coachella Valley Repertory (www.cvrep.org) was founded in 2008 and recently moved into The Atrium in Rancho Mirage. Its mission is to help enrich and enhance the lives of the visitors and residents of our beloved valley by offering innovative professional theatrical productions and a variety of outreach programs. And so far, by golly, they’ve done just that! Early projects include “Vivien,” “Our Dad in Atlantis” (performed alternately in English and in Spanish), “Thank You For Flushing My Head in the Toilet” (about combating bullying), and “Captain Louie,” the latter two of which offered young students what may have been their very first theatrical experience. William Mastrosimone’s “The Woolgatherer,” an adult-themed drama revolving around the love affair of a rough and tumble truck driver and a flighty candy-counter girl in South Philadelphia in the late 70s is now in production. I simply cannot wait to see it!
CVRep always has an ambitious roster of performances that includes everything from piano concerts and dance recitals to their Actors Conservatory (an eight-week class in vocal building) and a weekend workshop on the fundamentals of improv. The group’s Luminary Lunches have already been a big hit, with such terrific talent as Carol Lawrence, Lindsay Wagner, and Carol Channing. Upcoming lunches will feature Tony Award-winning lyricist David Zippel, as well as actors Joann Worley and Adam West.
I anticipate that this company will achieve grand things, and I couldn’t be happier that they are right around the corner from me in Rancho Mirage. Let the theatrics begin!