Summer Session: Wildcat Willy in the Wild Wild West!
Be a part of this new musical comedy about a mild mannered accountant who follows his dream and hops a train to the wild, wild west-- where he encounters ruthless train robbers, daring desperados, and even a few hungry old buzzards! There will be two 2-week sessions of this program-- the first June 28th-July 13th and the second July 15th-July 27th. Rehearsals will run Monday through Friday, from 9 until 2. Performances will be the last Friday and Saturday evening of each session. For more info or to inquire about registering for this program, please email Pat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Musical Theater Workshop (Grades 3-6)
This after-school workshop uses theater games, improvs, and vocal and movement exercises as a fun and energetic way to help students interested in musical theater to develop their acting, singing and dancing skills. Beginning the week of February 11th and running through June 7th, students from all EUSD schools can sign up for one or more days a week at any of our three sites: Mondays at Flora Vista, Thursdays at El Camino Creek and Fridays at Park Dale Lane. There will be a final presentation for all students on Friday evening, June 7th.
All Musical Theater Workshop classes are now full.
and the Blue Tarp School:
The Park Dale Players' production of Armando and the Blue
Tarp School took place in March of 2010. Based on the California
Young Readers Award finalist children's book by Encinitas authors
Edith Fine and Judith Josephson, this musical by playwright and
lyricist Pat Lydersen and composer Wendy Woolf brings to life
the work of teacher and humanitarian David Lynch who 30 years
ago placed a blue tarp on the garbage dump in Tijuana and began
to educate the children who lived and worked there.
Our production of Armando not only received standing
ovations to sold-out houses throughout its run, but also played
to over 1500 school children who came on field trips to see the
show. The Park Dale Players donated all the proceeds (over $8000!)
from this production to David Lynch's wonderful organization,
Responsibility, which continues to build schools and give hope
to the forgotten children living near the dumps throughout Mexico
and Central America.
One of our most successful and exciting productions to date, here
is just a sampling of the emails we received after the show:
"Best money we've ever spent!"
"Amazing dance moves and stage presence!"
"I could see this on Broadway!"
"The fire scene was incredible!"
"We're so glad we went!"
"Bravo, bravo, bravo to all involved!"
"The play and music were able to tickle our funny bones while
weaving the bitter-sweet true story of the families living in
sad and difficult conditions."
"The entire production was touching from the moving story
line, the darling actors, the imaginative costumes, to the really
"The whole musical was an ice cream sundae, with bittersweet
sauce, sprinkles and a cherry on top! Delicious! (I want seconds!)."
David Lynch himself, who spoke to the audiences after every show,
said Armando and the Blue Tarp School should head to
Broadway and that it was "the best musical I ever saw!"
(a ringing endorsement if we ever heard one!) For more information
about Responsibility or the book our play is based on, go to www.responsibilityonline.org
Productions (Youth Program):
where otherwise noted, all of the following works are: Script
and Lyrics by Pat Lydersen, Music by Wendy Woolf.
- One little boy defeats the mighty Pumpkin Giant
and creates the first jack'o'lanterns.
Saving Knobby Knoll
- Rabbit, Turtle, and Frog team up with a squeaky
little Cog and a Nerdy Cat to face the
powerful Authorities and save their home in Knobby Knoll
King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table
- Artie and Gwen travel back in time with Merlin
to meet a rather unusual mix of knights,
dragons, and damsels-in-distress
There's a Monster in this Box!
- This poor monster would rather pick flowers and
chase butterflies than go to the School
of Scare to learn how to become a "proper" monster.
Video Victim (Script & Lyrics
by Pat Lydersen, Music by Sally Dean)
- Danny and his dog get sucked into his video game
computer to meet Big Mama Chip,
the boss of it all.
- Rabbit, Bear and Groundhog have no tails. Possum's
tail is bare and ugly. They all
want a nice new tail but there's only one in the store! Who gets
Perseus, the Movie
- The director fired his actors, got a new script,
a new star, and bravely went where no man had gone before-- into
the wacky world of Greek mythology.
Bratty Brother in Outer Space
- Have you ever wanted your bratty little brother
to just disappear? Alice thought she did-
until he was beamed into outer space to become part of a young
alien's science project.
The Halloween Extravaganza
- A wacky mix of spooky tales, screams, and wails--
brought to you by the one and only
The Comic Book Artist
-Hapless little Stanley Leonardo Sappovitz, armed
with only a pen in his hand, faces the
evil Dr. Shock Clock and his sly henchmen, the Minutos.
Mickey Malone and the Medallion of Maldu
- Mickey and his friend Isabelle team up with a
bumbling wizard, an elf, and a very tall
dwarf to battle the evil Zoron and win the Medallion of Maldu.
The Fearsome Pirate Frank
- Fearsome Frank shanghais an acting troupe and
takes them on the high seas, where they meet a zombie captain,
a sad old albatross, and some mermaids who really know how to
pick the right lip gloss.
Dancing, What's That All About (Script
by Pat Lydersen)
- An absent-minded professor gives a lecture on
the origins of rock and roll (among other
Wildcat Willy in the Wild, Wild West
- A mild mannered accountant follows his dream
and hops a train to the wild, wild west-- where he encounters
ruthless train robbers, daring desperados, and even a few hungry
- An irate young zombie, revolting against the
wild popularity vampires have received lately, tries to get a
little respect and love for "Team Zombie".
Monsters in the Closet
- A group of lovable monsters are cast by a pompous director to represent the worries and fears all kids face while growing up!
It Happened in the Hood!
- Mr. Fine, the kindly landlord who hasn't raised the rent in fifty years, is in money trouble and doesn't know what to do. His old neighborhood is about to be torn down and turned into a parking lot!
This Old Guy Aesop
- An English teacher distributes a dusty old book to her students, who find that maybe this strange old guy dressed in a toga may have a thing or two to say to them!