Sam Bass Theatre

Youth Acting Workshop Series

Join us for an acting workshop this fall! Students will join the Youth Guild and produce their own one act play from auditions to performance. Students will study character development, stage directions, blocking, acting techniques and character objectives.! All students will be given the chance to show their skills in a final performance!

September 14-October 26: Saturdays 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Performances October 26 at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Students will be called at least an hour before the first show.
Ages 8-17

Workshop Cost: $175
All students receive 2 comp tickets
Students who have registered and paid before September 1 will receive 4 comp tickets!

Tickets to view the performance: $5

Students should bring a Peanut-free snack and a water bottle each week. Tuition includes Youth Guild Membership for the 2019-2020 Season! There will be a short parent meeting at the beginning of the first class. Auditions will be held after a read through of the script during the first class. Tuition must be paid before attending the first class and will not be refunded if a student chooses not to participate after parts have been assigned. Workshop will be cancelled and money refunded if enrollment minimum is not met before class begins.

Sep 14th at 1:00pm

Everybody Loves Opal

Everybody Loves Opal
(by John Patrick)
Directed by Sara DeSoto
Sept. 20-Oct. 13, 2019

Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse, lives in a tumbledown mansion at the edge of the municipal dump. The general disarray of her establishment is aggravated by the fact that Opal collects things—anything that can be toted home in her little red wagon. Opal is also an optimist, for no matter how mean her lot—or her "friends" —Opal responds with unfailing kindness and an abiding faith in the goodness of human nature. Into her rather strange world comes Gloria, Bradford and Solomon, three purveyors of bogus perfume on the lam from the authorities. Opal's menage is the perfect hideout—and Opal, herself, might be the remedy for their shattered finances. They decide that what she needs is plenty of insurance, a rapid demise, and three beneficiaries named Gloria, Bradford and Solomon. Attempted murder wouldn't seem to be funny, but in Mr. Patrick's magic hands it is uproarious. The unsavory trio concoct an elaborate scheme to drop the ceiling on Opal's unsuspecting head—but she is in the cellar at the time; they try to drug her and set the house on fire—but Opal's state trooper friend arrives at the wrong (or right) moment; a plan for a "hit and run" accident backfires. Through it all, Opal radiates kindness, affection and, strangely enough, gratitude. But the real clincher comes at the end. It seems that there was plenty of money around all the time; bags, barrels, and mooseheads full of it, in fact, and any friend of Opal's is welcome to as much as he wants. All they had to do was ask.
Sep 20th-21st, Sep 26th-28th, Oct 4th-5th, Oct 10th-12th at 8:00pm;Sep 22nd, 29th, Oct 3rd, 6th, Oct 13th at 2:00pm

Miracle on 34th Street Radio Play

Miracle on 34th Street Radio Play
(Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast
by Lance Arthur Smith)
Directed by Melanie Lewis
Thurs., Fri., Sat. evenings Nov. 29-Dec. 21

"Miracle On 34th Street" is the story of the real Santa Claus, who goes to work at Macy's toy department. The story begins on Thanksgiving day in New York City as the annual Parade given by Macy’s department store gets underway to herald in the Christmas season. Away from the crowd are two of the stores public relations staff pleased with the Santa they have employed – the best Santa in Macy’s history.

This radio play was first broadcast at the Lux Radio Theatre. December 22, 1947.
Nov 29th-30th, Dec 5th-7th, Dec 12th-14th, Dec 19th-21st at 8:00pm

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Best Christmas Pageant Ever
(by Barbara Robinson)
Directed by Veronica Prior
Sat. & Sun. afternoons only, Nov. 30-Dec. 22

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States!
Nov 30th, Dec 1st, Dec 7th-8th, Dec 14th-15th, Dec 21st-22nd at 2:00pm

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

(by Nora and Delia Ephron)
Directed by Rhonda Roe
Jan. 10-26, 2020

A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman.
Jan 10th-11th 2020, Jan 16th-18th 2020, Jan 23rd-25th 2020 at 8:00pm;Jan 12th 2020, Jan 19th 2020, Jan 26th 2020 at 2:00pm

Night Watch

Night Watch

( by Lucille Fletcher)
Directed by Kerry Coward
Feb. 14-Mar. 8

Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine's terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body—this time a woman's—but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a lady psychiatrist, who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved—Elaine's old friend and house guest Blanche; the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives next door; and the nosy German maid Helga—all contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax.
Feb 14th-15th 2020, Feb 20th-22nd 2020, Feb 27th-28th 2020, Mar 5th-7th 2020 at 8:00pm;Feb 16th 2020, Feb 23rd 2020, Feb 29th 2020, Mar 1st 2020, Mar 8th 2020 at 2:00pm

Gin Game

Gin Game

(by Donald L. Coburn)
Directed by Rhonda Roe
Apr. 3-26

This winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time, and their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats, but it doesn’t happen. He leaves the stage a broken man, and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely, old age.
Apr 3rd-4th 2020, Apr 9th-11th 2020, Apr 16th-18th 2020, Apr 23rd-25th 2020 at 8:00pm;Apr 5th 2020, Apr 12th 2020, Apr 19th 2020, Apr 26th 2020 at 2:00pm

Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine

(by John Cariani)
Directed by Dale Roe
May 22-June 14

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
May 22nd-23rd 2020, May 28th-30th 2020, Jun 4th-6th 2020, Jun 11th-13th 2020 at 8:00pm;May 24th 2020, May 31st 2020, Jun 7th 2020, Jun 14th 2020 at 2:00pm

Summer Youth TBD

Summer Youth TBD
Jul 17th-18th 2020, Jul 23rd-25th 2020, Jul 30th-31st 2020, Aug 1st 2020 at 7:30pm;Jul 19th 2020, Jul 26th 2020, Aug 2nd 2020 at 2:00pm