Take just one look at the Desert Theatre League’s (www.deserttheatreleague.org) nominations for its 2015 Desert Star Awards (to be handed out on the evening of Sunday, October 11) and it’s plain to see that the live performance scene is thriving not only throughout the entire Palm Springs Valley but in the City of Rancho Mirage.
Having spent my fair share of time in the seats of New York City’s Broadway and of London’s West End during my years as a flight attendant, I am so thankful that my home town has not one but two great company of producers, directors, actors, and other show business artisans — the Desert Rose Playhouse (www.desertroseplayhouse.org) and Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (www.cvrep.org) — whose upcoming seasons I covered in an early August blog.
After you’ve secured tickets to those two companies’ productions, don’t forget that there’s a plethora of other comedy, drama, and musical options in the desert. First up—and I mean, act quickly, it shows October 2 and 3—is Rancho Mirage’s Script2Stage2Screen’s (www.script2stage2screen.com) 7:30 p.m. presentation of R.A. Pauli’s comedic The Adventure of Noah directed by Gina Bikales. It’s the first production of the new season. Check the revamped website soon for additional upcoming performances.
Over in Palm Desert, the McCallum Theatre’s (www.mccallumtheatre.com) new season starts October 18. Just a precious few highlights include Pippin, 42nd Street, Jersey Boys, Bill Maher, Wynonna Judd, Lily Tomlin, and Shirley MacLaine. Also in Palm Desert, at the Arthur Newman Theatre, Desert Theatreworks’ (www.dtworks.org) five upcoming productions are Steel Magnolias, A Christmas Carol, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Clue The Musical, and Other Desert Cities.
Returning to Palm Springs’ Annenberg Theatre after a brief absence, Coyote Stageworks (www.coyotestageworks.org) kicks off its season with a November 18 gala benefit presentation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest adapted and directed by part-time local resident (and Tony Award-winning lyricist) David Zippel. Other upcoming shows include Art and Agnes of God. And celebrating its eighth year at the Pearl McManus Theatre at the Palm Springs Woman’s Club, Dezart Performs (www.dezartperforms.org) has such shows as The Receptionist, Suicide Dogs, On the Air!, and The Outgoing Tide in store for its audiences.
So happily go forth, eager theatregoers. And see you there. I’ll be the one front row center!