The curtain has come down, the ovations have rung
out, an era has ended. San Felipe Players recently
brought their final effort to the stage for dinner
theater to benefit Mission San Felipe Church. "Cookin'
with Gus" (curtain call to the left)
shows the comedic talents of the Lords and the Taylors.....all
founding members of SFP who now look forward to
new adventures. They thank their loyal patrons for
helping this non-profit troop raise thousands of
dollars for the benefit of the people in San Felipe.
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Presenting, STEEL MAGNOLIAS,
A San Felipe PLAYERS Production
The San Felipe Players was conceived
as a thought…a vision for consistent live
theater productions presented by local talent throughout
the seasons. Several friends shared a few minutes
together talking it through and then following it
through with action and necessary money, of course.
That’s how the SF Players was born more than
seven years ago. Two couples looked for plays, built
and painted sets, printed tickets, programs, posters
and hundreds of other details besides learning their
lines, and finally performing. The SF Players now
have attained non-profit status from the Mexican
government. Future profits will go to the Cobach
High School of San Felipe to help complete its unfinished
theater. This excellent venue will allow live theater
and musical entertainment to Spanish-speaking audiences
as well as English-speaking visitors in San Felipe.
Performances of numerous plays include COMING APART
by Fred Carmichael and LO AND BEHOLD! by John Patrick.
In March 2005 the 1st Annual San Felipe Folk Festival
and Cowboy Poetry Event was held. Other events are
in the planning stages for the coming season and
The San Felipe Players is entering its 7th year,
bringing laughter to audiences and financial benefit
to the Cobach High School theater project that is
not yet completed. When the theater is finished
it will be an excellent venue for Spanish and English-speaking
plays, musical concerts and many other cultural
events for the enrichment of life in San Felipe.
The SF Players recent donation purchased two roll-down
doors in the stage area. They are excited to donate
all this season’s profits toward the next
stage of development. Come to the theater and experience
the excitement of live performance right here in
San Felipe and when you arrive see the progress
on the new theater.
For this year the San Felipe players are preparing
a fun event for your viewing pleasure December 9-11
at Cobach High School Audio/Visual auditorium. The
6-member cast with new as well as remembered faces
will give you smiles and tears as you watch them
tell the story of Shelby Eatenton in STEEL MAGNOLIAS.
The role of Truvy, on screen played by Dolly Parton,
will be played by Katherine Hammontre-McKay. The
role of Shelby, M’Lynn’s daughter, was
created by Robert Harding and brought to life on
the screen by Julia Roberts and is performed by
San Felipe’s own Wendy Gilson-McCarley. Some
may remember Wendy from LO AND BEHOLD! She stole
the show as Daisy. STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story
of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come
together in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana
in Truvy Eatenon’s Beauty Parlor. The other
cast members include Annelle played by Desiree Blair;
Clairee will be performed by Julie Houk of Minnetonka
Smallflower fame in LO AND BEHOND!
M’Lynn is brought to life by Nancy Taylor,
with her world of acting experience. Dorothy Biely
plays Ouise, the role Shirley McClaine played so
well in the movie. You decide who brings the role
to you in a more humorous way. Filled with humor
and heartbreak, these "Steel Magnolias"
make us laugh and cry as the realities of their
lives in tiny Chiquapin Parish unfold.
There will be four performances in December 2005.
This theater affair is as close as you can come
to Broadway here in San Felipe but is no less fulfilling.
The premier performance will be on 4 December at
the South Camps Community Center. Other performances
in San Felipe will be at Cobach High School Audio/Visual
auditorium at 7pm on Friday, 9 December and Saturday,
10 December. A Sunday matinee will be performed
on 11 December at 2pm. TICKETS are available for
$10.00 from any of the San Felipe Players, at the
El Dorado Swap meet on each Saturday from 7-10am,
at the Peoples Gallery, The NET and San Felipe Title
Company. You can also call 576-0154 or 577-2913
for tickets. Seats are limited for each performance.
come experience real live theater in San Felipe.