The Boutique Wraps Another Successful Season, Calls For Submissions

This Sunday at 2 pm will be the final performance of The Boutique Theatre’s production of Mary Chase’s award-winning play, Harvey, also wrapping another successful for the theatre. “We are very grateful to have seen many new faces approach The Boutique this past season, to become involved on and offstage, and with new and unique offerings,” commented Ken Sebryk who, along with his wife, Karrie, founded The Boutique Theatre to provide community theatre opportunities for Puerto Vallarta long-term and full-time residents.

In order to kickstart the 2019-2020 season, a team comprised of current and past directors have been meeting on a regular basis with the purpose of establishing new guidelines and providing The Boutique with a back-to-basics approach: theatre. “We have cheerfully opened our doors in the past to a number of cultural activities outside of the realm of theatre, including lectures, solo concerts, film screenings and talks,” explained Sebryk. “Moving forward, we will focus our energy exclusively in producing the best possible community theatre.”

To that effect, The Boutique’s 2019-2020 season will consist of no more than seven plays, from November 15 to April 15 of the following year. The aforementioned team is currently looking for play submissions from current and new directors that meet the following criteria:

  • Plays in the following genres: comedy, drama, melodrama, mystery or musical.
  • Must be suitable for community theatre performers and for dinner theatre audiences.
  • The length of the plays must be 90 minutes or less.
  • Plays will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday for three consecutive weeks, 6-8 pm.

The planning team will accept plays submitted until May 15. All plays will be carefully reviewed, selected and announced on June 30. All qualified directors will choose shows they wish to direct with no one person directing more than one play per season. “We are truly excited with the new, more specific approach we’ve proposed and are truly grateful for the support we’ve received from our current team of directors and actors, and look forward to opening the doors to new talent. We are also grateful for our partnership with Nacho Daddy, and look forward to another successful season.”

For more information or to submit a play and/or to get involved in any capacity, please email rvickery@gmail.com or ken@sebryk.com.

IMPORTANT: The final two Dinner and a Movie screenings will take place on Tuesday, April 23 and 30, at 5 pm. Kami Desilets continues to perform her weekly show I’m Playing Me! A Modern ‘Broad-ville’ Cabaret Monday evenings at 6 pm through May 27.

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.

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Discover Philip Glass and his Music

What happens when you bring up Philip Glass in conversation? For some, the first image that comes to mind is ‘minimalist music,’ a notion powerful enough to make folks change the conversation topic at once. Indeed, some of his most important works could be classified as such, and there is something to be said about minimalist music—some folks love it, others don’t, or simply don’t know enough of it.

Labeling Philip Glass, one of the most successful and influential American composers of the 20th century simply as a minimalist composer, would be hugely inaccurate. Throughout his professional life—which continues nowadays at age 82—Glass has had his finger on the pulse with so many different music worlds, it’s impossible to peg him. While studying at the acclaimed Juilliard School of Music in Manhattan, his classmates included Steve Reich and Peter Schickele. He studied Bach, Mozart and other classics with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. His fascination for film and theater led to experimental music excursions in both arenas. Travels to India in the late 60s introduced him to musicians such as Ravi Shankar, who also had a strong influence on his own musical language.

In 1968, he founded the Philip Glass ensemble as an outlet for his own brand of minimalism after attending a performance by former classmate Steve Reich the year before. A consistent musical ensemble allowed him to further experiment, adding a world of his own to a number of important films, most notably Koyaanisqatsi, a 1982 American experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio with cinematography by Ron Fricke. His works have caught the attention of the operatic world, with several opera commissions under his belt, including his very successful Einstein On The Beach, and Satyagraha, loosely based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

But what does his music sound like? For his April music appreciation presentation, local musicologist Paco Ojeda will dive into the life and world of Philip Glass, showcasing some of his most important compositions on Thursday, April 18 at 6 pm. To complement the presentation, Paco will host screenings of two films that feature soundtracks by Glass: the aforementioned Koyaanisqatsi and The Hours, on April 23 and 30, respectively, at 5 pm.

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.

Meet the Cast of Harvey

By the time you read this, Harvey, the popular 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about an affable man and his unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey—a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall rabbit—will have celebrated its opening performance. Here is an opportunity to learn more about its cast.

Stan Allen has enjoyed participating in several Boutique productions and wishes to continue honing his acting skills. He’s from Calgary, Alberta. Thomas Carroll has also been involved in several productions at The Boutique. “I love acting and think that Harvey is one of the funniest plays out there.” A New York City native, Carlo Gagliano saw the movie and the play while he was young. “For a time in my life, I worked as a psychiatric nurse, so I can relate to Elwood, the lead character.”

Frank Harrison, who plays the lead role of Elwood P Dowd, was drawn to the character “because I’m as crazy as Elwood,” he said. He is also excited to collaborate again with Ralph Hyman, who is directing the production under Karrie Sebryk’s oversight. Also from New York City, Cat Meders is thrilled to be part of the company. “I’ve always wanted to be in this play,” she commented. When the play was adapted as a movie in 1950, starring James Stewart, Ellie Frank saw the film. “I was very young but remembers every detail. When I found out the Boutique was casting the play, I really wanted to do it.”

Miana Melendez is making her acting debut with this production of Harvey. “I love the cast, but more importantly, I love the opportunities that The Boutique Community Theatre offers local residents to get involved, both on and off stage. Brandon Miller is originally from Texas and fairly new to Puerto Vallarta, also making his acting debut. John Scott is also new to the stage and will be making his acting debut with this production. When asked how things are going, he gave a huge smile and said, “I’m having fun.”

The cast has been rehearsing rigorously to prepare for their opening night and encourage visitors and locals to enjoy this new production of a classic comedy, and one of the most popular plays in the English repertoire. 

When asked for compelling reasons for the audience to explore the local community theatre scene and not to miss this new, Puerto Vallarta-based production, Brandon had the best answer: “the beach isn’t going anywhere!” Harvey continues its run April 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 6 pm, and on April 7, 14 & 21 at 2 pm. Evening performances include a dinner option at 5 pm.

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.