The Boutique Community Theatre Changes Hands

The curtain has come down for Karrie and Ken Sebryk, founders of The Boutique Community Theatre, who due to personal reasons, have chosen to pass on the project to Nacho Daddy co-owners, Tammy Prust and Sean Moore. “For ten years the Boutique has given Karrie and me untold hours of joy as we came to know splendid actors, directors and stage crew who came together to produce unforgettable moments before enthralled audiences,” commented Ken. “Now is the time for a new and fresh direction from Sean and Tammy and let the curtain continue to rise on the best amateur theatre in Puerto Vallarta.”

It is difficult to believe that the Sebryks produced and directed the Boutique’s first show,  Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana at Puerto Vallarta’s CECATUR theater fourteen years ago. The CECATUR theater was not destined to become the Boutique’s permanent home, so the project moved to Cathy Von Rohr’s art studio on Manuel M. Dieguez St. At that location, Karrie wrote and directed Robin’s Hoods. The Boutique subsequently moved to Naranjo St. eight years ago with its production of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. At this location, The Boutique generously opened its door for other local performing arts projects to prosper, such as the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s’ Chorus and Perro Bravo’s production of Mexican playwright Tomás Urtusástegui’s stage comedy Princesas Desesperadas, which began its run in a basement and continues to delight local audiences to date.

For the past six seasons, The Boutique Community Theatre has called Nacho Daddy’s second story performance space home, bringing into its fold a number of other community-based events, such as lectures, conferences and film screenings; and creating performing opportunities for local singers, such as Mikki Prost and Sol Rose, while continuing to produce and present dozens of plays featuring members of the Puerto Vallarta performing arts community, many of which came to the Boutique with little experience and have found a new life passion through theater.

For the current season, the Boutique chose to return to its roots, focusing on its primary focus of producing community theater, a vision that is now preserved by its new overseers moving forward. “We just want to assure everybody that we’re not planning on making any major changes in the theater,” commented Nacho Daddy owner, Sean Moore. “We want to do our best to honor what Karrie and Ken have accomplished in partnering with us and wish them all the best.” “It is important for us to keep Karrie’s community theater dream alive,” added Tammy. “We love and appreciate Karrie and Ken for the good fortune of partnering with them for the past few years.” 

In this new chapter, The Boutique Community Theater is managed by Craig Szczepanski, who also had the opportunity to work alongside the Sebryks. “I’ve had the great fortune to work alongside Ken and Karrie during the last season. After getting to know their spirit, dedication, and passion for the Puerto Vallarta performing arts community, it was an easy decision for me to step up and undertake a bigger role in their dream,” he commented.

The Boutique Community Theatre Gears Up for its Next Production

After a very successful run of Rosemary Frisino Toohey’s Gladys in Wonderland, the cast of players that are part of our unique theatrical community is busy rehearsing for the award-winning stage comedy by A. R. Gurney, Sylvia, directed by Lynne Dellinger.

The title refers to a zesty stray dog that manages to persuade Greg, a middle-aged New York man to adopt her and bring her home to the empty-nest home he shares with his wife, Kate. In doing so, Sylvia lands smack in the middle of their relationship, challenging their way of life in all sorts of unexpected ways.

Sylvia opened Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club on May 2, 1995, where it ran for 167 performances. Directed by John Tillinger, the cast included Sarah Jessica Parker as Sylvia, Blythe Danner, and Charles Kimbrough. The production received Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play (Parker), and Outstanding Costume Design (Jane Greenwood). The play was recently Broadway revival hit, with Parker’s husband, Matthew Broderick as Greg.

“Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney’s new comedy, Sylvia…”

The New York Times
Lydia Damato stars as the adorable Sylvia.
Ron Skeffington stars as Greg.
Josie MacGillivray stars as Greg’s wife, Kate, who is clearly not at ease with having Sylvia in their lives.

Sylvia will begin its Boutique Community Theatre run on January 9, with additional performances on January 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Tickets are available for purchase online by clicking here. For ongoing information, please feel free to follow us on Facebook!

The Boutique Announces 2019-2020 Season

Puerto Vallarta’s Boutique Community Theatre has just announced that their 2019-2020 season will feature four plays and one musical revue. The theater company was founded over a decade ago by Ken and Karrie Sebryk with the goal of providing theatrical performance opportunities—onstage and offstage—in English for Puerto Vallarta full-time and seasonal residents.

Formerly a space where audiences could enjoy lectures, concerts and film screenings along with theatrical performances, The Boutique Community Theatre made an announcement at the end of their 2018-19 season (on their Facebook page) that moving forward, it would ‘go back to its theatrical roots,’ and focus exclusively on producing and presenting plays.

The upcoming season will include Gladys in Wonderland, a comedy by Rosemary Frisino Toohey; Clue, a murder mystery adapted for the stage by Jonathan Lynn; Sylvia, a musical comedy by A. R. Gurney; I Could Have Danced All Night, The Music of Lerner & Loewe, a musical revue developed inhouse; and In the Time of Old Age, a comedy by Gordon Carruth, for performances on November 2019 thru March 2020, respectively. Audition, rehearsal and performance dates will be announced on The Boutique Community Theatre’s website, www.btpv.org, and their Facebook page, facebook.com/TheBoutiquePV.

Paco Ojeda is The Boutique Community Theatre’s Publicity Manager. A Puerto Vallarta-based freelance communicator, he writes news and stories for Puerto Vallarta’s English-speaking community at his blog, paco-ojeda.com.