The Curtain’s Going Up

Just a few more days and the curtain will go up on a great evening of three 1-act plays — performed by the talented members of the Ajo Community Players.

Want to know what plays are being performed? Check here.

You’ll find dates, times and ticket prices here.

Here are some of the preparations for opening night. Hope to see you there! 🙂

Vaudeville is Coming to Town

If you’re of a certain age you may remember vaudeville. And if you’re of another age, you might well ask, What the heck is that?

Vaudeville was very popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s to the early 1930s. It was what people enjoyed before movies, television, DVDs, Netflix and iPhones. It was live entertainment. It was fun. It was screwy. It was downright silly. Most of all it was entertaining

Vaudeville was the whole enchilada — comedians, dancers, magicians, trained animals, acrobats, singer, jugglers — anything and everything might appear on the theater stage right before your eyes.

And guess what? Vaudeville is alive and well in Ajo!

Even more amazing you could be part of this special and crazy evening. Do you recite poetry? Play an instrument? Sing? Act? Have a dog that does neat tricks? Well, drop down to the bottom of this post, fill out the form and join our very own Vaudeville 2014 show!

Vaudeville call for acts

An Evening at the Theater

How’s this for a deal? Three plays for the price of one — and all on the same night!

The Ajo Community Players are busy getting ready for the upcoming performances of their one-act plays on January 17th & 18th at the Dicus Auditorium.

The actors are rehearsing, sets are being painted, props and costumes are being collected, sound and lights are being arranged, and posters and tickets are ready to go. It will be a fun evening with three one-act plays and refreshments at intermission. We are hoping to have some original art work to raffle off as well. All in all, a big event, and we’re hoping for a big turnout.

We could really use your help as well. Please encourage as many other people as you can to come to these shows. We will have tickets available to sell, too, and we hope many of you will help us sell them.

The tickets go on sale December 27th, and will be priced at $8 in advance or $10 at the door. If you are interested in selling advance tickets, contact us and we’ll set you up. Tickets will also be available at the ACFA potluck this Sunday, along with posters to distribute.


Submitted by Sherri O’Hare

An Evening of Theatrical Intrigue

The Ajo Community Players are at it again! This time they’re producing three plays at once. This collection of one-act plays will hit the stage for two nights — January 17 and 18 — at the Dicus Auditorium in Ajo, AZ.

Murder By Midnight LogoMurder by Midnight
Hotel detective Dick Piston has his hands full with the clientele. “No man in his right mind would be alone in a room with a woman with a towel without at least a bottle of champagne and a half-order of oysters on the way.”

Growing Problem LogoA Growing Problem
Helen and Frank have started a relationship and their love has been growing for some time now. But so has one of Helen’s plants — and this may present some problems for their budding relationship. The thing is, Frank is a retired cop and Helen’s plant may be slightly illegal.

A Night Among the Dead — Or Are They?A Night Among The Dead Logo
A couple of old grave diggers, one retired and one soon to be,  share memories in the cemetery on a cool fall evening.  Until the not-quite-dead start arriving and interrupting the evening’s chit-chat.  Everyone has their hands full after that – including the audience!

Mark the dates on your calendar  and join us for an evening of murderously good fun!

Back in the Swing

It was a long hot summer in Ajo. The desert is lush-looking after some amazing rainfalls and though the days are growing cooler and shorter other things are heating up, in particular the art scene.

You’ll find a listing of some of the upcoming events in the Calendar. The Ajo Community Players (ACP) have a potluck on November 18. And if you don’t get enough to eat there, the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts (ACFA) is having a welcome-back potluck November 30. If you’re interested in what’s happening in the art scene in Ajo, be sure to check these out.

The ACFA newsletter is back in business too. The first issue of the season will be out December 1. If you’re a paid-up member, it will appear in your computer’s inbox.

The Desert Artists Guild (DAG) is busy too. The Federated Church show is Saturday December 1. The next DAG meeting in early December will be at Diane Carnright’s studio. (More details to follow.)

If you have any arts-related news you’d like to share with others, please use the Contact Form here.

You’re In Contempt!

Ajo’s Community Players have done it again. Yup, their latest play — Contempt of Court — was a fun-filled romp through the legal system. In addition to the great entertainment the audience also enjoyed a full-course meal courtesy of the Oasis Cafe.

Each member of the audience received a Jury Summons and a ballot for each of the three cases to be tried in court that evening.

Carol Yokum

The lawyers? Sydney Schyster and Melissa Cheatham. A credit to the legal profession :-).

Jim Reiman and Colleen Wonnacutt King

Court bailiff Duke Mondhill cautions the new court stenographer to keep detailed notes of the testimony.

George Costuck and members of the jury.

The court artist captures the drama in her sketch book.

Linda Adams

There were several tense moments when an armed man burst into the courtroom and threatened the jury. Ooops. He suddenly realized he was in the wrong courtroom and left.

Jose Castillo

A musical number — “Blame the Lawyers” — broke out in the courtroom.

Lea Halverson, George Costuck and Colleen Wonnacutt King

Nurse Olga is called to testify in the case of Children of FW Rockworth vs Estate of FW Rockworth. She wouldn’t lie on the stand. Would she?

Sylvia Tatman-Burruss and Colleen Wonnacutt King

Cross-examining the witness.

Jim Reiman, Lea Halverson, a willing audience participant, George Costuck and Colleen Wonnacutt King

Howard Costar, color commentator, interviewed members of the court and the jury to ascertain how the cases went.

Bob Harral

So, ma’am, who da think presented the best arguments?

Bravo, all! A wonderful evening’s entertainment.

The cast takes a well-earned bow.