August 2009 Stage Lines

Volume 10, Issue 1    August 2009

Welcome to Season 29!!


  • Editorial Ramblings
  • 2009-2010 Season
  • Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
  • Actor Spotlight
  • Art of Murder
  • Board of Directors
  • Upcoming Events


Editorial Ramblings

Hey, it’s Sarah.

Since Genny has been so busy, I’ve stolen the opening letter from her this month.

I’ve been thinking a lot about families. And not just the family that you’re born into, but also the families that we create as we get older. This theater is definitely one of my families, and, if you read this newsletter on a regular basis, is probably one of your families, too. You might not like everyone in your family all the time, but you know that you can always count on them to have your back. These are the people you can go months without seeing and then pick up the conversation you left off with when you see each other at Albertsons. And the Memorial Day picnic, Casino Nights and Annual Meeting can feel family reunions (although without your creepy uncle hitting on you.)

One of the most important parts of family, though, is supporting your family members, which is why you should go see Duck Hunter Shoots Angel and show your support for some of my favorite family members. It’s directed by Kevin Labrum and opens August 28th. See you there! We can continue the conversation we started 4 months ago.



2009-2010 Stage Coach Theater Season

Call 208.342.2000 to Reserve Your Season Tickets Now!!!

Click here to read full descriptions of all the shows in the new season

Season 29

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
A comedy written by Mitch Albom
Directed by Kevin Labrum
Courtesy of Dramatist Play Services
Aug. 28-29, Sept. 3-6, 10-12

Art of Murder
A mystery written by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Anthony Polidori
Courtesy of Dramatist Play Services
Oct. 9-10, 15-18, 22-24

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
A Christmas tale written by Tom Mula
Directed by: Jenn Dunn
Courtesy of Dramatist Play Services
Nov. 27-28, Dec. 3-6, 10-12

Dilemmas with Dinner
A farce written by Robin Roberts
Directed by: Joseph Wright
Courtesy of Playscripts, Inc.
Jan. 8-9, 14-17, 21-24, 28-30

A drama written by Steven Dietz
Directed by Claudia Scott
Courtesy of Samuel French
Mar. 5-6, 11-14, 18-20

A romantic comedy written by Don Gordon
Directed by Ben Hamill
Personally Submitted by Author
Apr. 16-17, 22-26, 29-30, May 1

The Bob & Al Show
A comedy written by Geoffrey Howard
Directed by G. Robert Fields
Courtesy of Playscripts, Inc.
May 28-29, June 3-6, 10-12

Two One-Acts in One Night
The Whole Shebang
A comedy written by Rich Orloff
Directed by Genny Ulmen
Courtesy of Playscripts, Inc.

And the Winner Is…-
A comedy written by Mitch Albom
Directed by Lora Volkert
Courtesy of Dramatist Play Services
July 9-10, 15-18, 22-24


Duck Hunter Shoots Angel

Imagine you saw this headline in tomorrow’s Idaho Statesman – “DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL”. Something tells me it would catch your eye, and for some reason, you would feel compelled to read about it. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to hear more about that. Did they mean to shoot an angel? Is it even angel season? Wait a minute – are angels even real, and if so, how can you shoot one?? Unfortunately you won’t find this headline in any newspaper, probably not even in the National Enquirer. But you will find it on the Stage Coach stage. Duck Hunter Shoots Angel is the title of the new show at Stage Coach, and it’s about a whole lot more than hunters shooting angels.

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, directed by Kevin Labrum, is about wrongs being righted, mistakes being forgiven and of course, shooting angels. Two bumbling brothers, Duwell and Duane Early, played by Curtis Ransom and Brian Zuber, think they’ve shot one of God’s heavenly creatures. Duwell feels it’s his calling in life to tell the world about it, which he proceeds to do, much to the chagrin of Duane. Sandy, a burned-out tabloid reporter, played by Ben Hamill, gets sent to investigate the story by Lester Bryce, played by Bradley Campbell, the owner of The Weekly World and Globe – a bottom-of-the-barrel tabloid famous for stories of Bigfoot and aliens. With photographer (Larry Brown) in tow, Sandy travels back to where he started his career as a journalist – Alabama. Going back stirs up memories of a long-lost love (Courtney Ransom) and of mistakes of the past. He sparks up a friendship with the teenage clerk at the local Gasmart (Marissa Jerome) while he’s waiting to get the story about the angel from Duane and Duwell, all the while seeming to have a conversation with someone or something outside of his present situation. G. Robert Fields and Karl Johnson are also featured as slightly out-of-the-ordinary characters.

With twists and turns, and a surprising turn of events at the end, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel will keep you laughing and fighting to hold back the tears. It’s a touching tale of redemption, destiny and backwoods shenanigans with shotguns. You won’t want to miss it. The show opens August 28th and runs for 3 weeks.


Actor Spotlight!

Ben Hamill, who is featured in Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, is the subject of this month’s Actor’s Spotlight. Here’s some more info about Ben.

Personal Questions-

Stage Lines: Where were you born? Raised?
Ben Hamill: I was born in Long Beach, California and moved around a lot in the Southern California area. Before moving to Idaho, I lived in Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Downey, Paramount and Bellflower. I miss California.

SL: What made you move to Idaho?
BH: Parents. When I was 16, at the end of my sophomore year in high school, my mom yanked me up to Nampa, Idaho. It was quite a culture shock and I was very angry for quite a while. I’ve since adjusted.

SL: What got you interested in community theater?
BH: I’ve been interested in entertainment and performing since I was a teenager, although I never did anything about it. I’ve always wanted to make films. When I was in Bible School (Yes! I went to Bible School!) a drama group was forming. I decided to act on my desires and jump into performing. I spent the next summer traveling around the Midwest in a van, performing in churches and other places. The natural progression was to community theater.

To read the complete interview, please click here – Ben Hamill complete interview

Art of Murder

A Mystery by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Anthony Polidori
Courtesy of Dramatists Play Services

2000 Edgar Award Winner for Best Mystery Play

In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, awaits the imminent arrival of his art dealer. But the visit is not a standard one, for Jack feels wronged, and he is intending to kill the man. As Jack lays out of his intentions for the evening, his wife, Annie, calmly paints. She is reluctant to go along with the plan, until Jack’s threat of violence convinces her otherwise. Harried and annoyed, Vincent, Jack’s flamboyant art dealer arrives. Will Jack carry out his plan? Will Annie help him? Or is something else going on?

“A scintillating hit with thrills and chills and some wonderful humor … It will have you laughing and guessing who is to murdered and who is the murderer.”
-The Suburban News

Rated R

The show runs Oct. 9-10, 15-18, 22-24

Stage Coach Board of Directors

Our annual SCT picnic is the time when we say goodbye to board members who’s terms are up, and bring on new members who would like to help run the theater. This year we said goodbye to two members – Shelly Ward and Kevin Kimsey. We want to thank them for all that they contributed to the success of our theater.
We also welcomed a new member, Lora Volkert, into our fold. Thank you Lora, for stepping in.

So here is the Board of Directors for the 2009-2010 season –

Kim Sherman-Labrum, President
Ben Hamill, Vice President
Karl Gautschi, Treasurer
Kevin Labrum, Secretary
Becky Jaynes, Business Manager
G. Robert “Gerry” Fields, Artistic Director

Teresa Sorensen
Summer Day
Lora Volkert

Advisory Board Members

Don Walker
LaRae Walker
Don Cederstrom
Vera Cederstrom
Nadine Miller
Jeff Thomson
Kevin Kimsey

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events!
August 28 Opening Night of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
Sept 12 Closing Night of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
Sept 19 Improvolutions Improv Comedy Show
October 9 Opening Night of Art of Murder
October 24 Closing Night of Art of Murder

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