Basic Principles of Stagecraft Class offered at the Fox

Fox Playhouse will be offering a series of theater classes! The first course is outlined below. Later this fall we’ll be adding “Stage Sound” and “Stage Lighting”. Anyone interested in learning more about the many facets of theater is welcome to attend. We’d love to broaden our base of volunteers and what better way to do so than provide instruction from our “experts”. Please feel free to email any questions you might have. See you at the Fox!
Basic Principles of Stagecraft-
· Basic stage conventions
· Basic set construction
· Designing and building
· Identifying sightlines, set bracing, offstage masking
· Set takedown and storage
7:00-8:30 Wednesdays September 27, October 4
no cost
instructors Alfred Fenske and Milly Hall

Auditions for Christmas Belles Announced

Auditions for the comedy Christmas Belles  by Jones, Hope and Wooten will be Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 3-5 PM and Monday, October 9, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Fox Playhouse. There are 7 female roles and 4 male roles. Scripts will be provided at the auditions; it is not necessary to prepare a piece with which to audition.  This play is the second part of a trilogy; last year’s Dearly Beloved was the first part. Performance dates are November 30-December 3, 2017.  The production is directed by Richard Daut and sponsored by Metz Banking Co.

THE STORY: A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.

It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus—played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband, Dub—is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters’ Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

(Dramatists Play Service)

Community Choir Begins Rehearsals September 26

Community Choir rehearsals for our concert, “A Christmas to Remember”, will begin Tuesday, September 26, from 7-8 pm in the Nevada High School choir room and continue every Tuesday at the same time and place.  Singers aged high school and adult are welcome to come and sing with us.  No audition is necessary.  Please do not bring children to rehearsals.  The choir will perform its concert December 14 at 8 pm for sponsor night, and public performances are December 15 and 16 at 8 pm and December 17 at 2 pm.  The director of the choir is Wes Morton, and the concert is sponsored by Renwick Insurance Agency.  Please email us at with any questions.

2017-2018 Season Shows

Our 2017-2018 season has begun! Directors Sam and Larry DeLaney presented Treachery at Cartilage Creek or Our Hero Has a Bone to Pick, a melodrama by Tim Kelly, July 20-23.  We are excited to welcome Kansas City’s StoneLion Puppet Theatre ( for an all-ages production of the classic The Wind in the Willows on Saturday, September 16, at 2 pm. CCPA teams up with the Bushwhacker Museum for a History Tour of Deepwood Cemetery in October. Our holidays will be full at year end with Christmas Belles, by Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten, and Jessie Jones and directed by Richard Daut, and “A Christmas to Remember” with the Community Choir directed by Wes Morton.  In spring 2018, we present The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza, by Don Zolidis and directed by Margaret Haverstic, and a TBA comedy directed by Linda Davidson. Five-event season tickets are available; secure a seat for the plays and choir concert performances at a discount! NOTE THIS DISCOUNT: You may use multiple event punches to bring guests to a single event. An order form is linked to the Donation Card below.

Our goal is always to promote the performing arts in our community. Thanks to your long-term support, we will pay off the Fox Playhouse mortgage at the end of this year. But the costs of maintaining our home continue, and we provide a season of community entertainment with multiple events each year. We see upcoming needs for lighting and sound, new concession equipment, drywall and paint for the playhouse walls and paint for the stage. Your donation is a crucial part of our fund drive goal of $10,000 to keep the historic Fox Playhouse (and the fun that occurs within) a jewel in our community. We would also love for you to volunteer with us. If you would like to help in way (build sets, distribute flyers, you name it), please mark the box on the Donation Card, and a CCPA board member will be in touch to help you.

Please print and complete the Donation Card and mail your donation to CCPA, P.O. Box 754, Nevada, MO 64772. You can also donate online below with our secure PayPal link using your credit card. Your gift will be acknowledged in our program books throughout the season and on our website because you are an important part of keeping the performing arts alive in Nevada and the surrounding community. All gifts are tax-deductible.