THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Young Artists Ensemble and Conejo Theatre for Everyone present GUYS AND DOLLS JR, directed and choreographed by Jess Coffman April 16 – 18, 2021 livestreamed Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. It will also be projected onto a giant screen at Conejo Creek Equestrian Center, 1350 E. Avenida de Las Flores in Thousand Oaks, Friday and Saturday only at 7:30 pm. Musical Direction is by Susan Treworgy-Calkins.
This show features 23 performers who rehearsed and filmed under COVID-safe conditions at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. This was accomplished by placing the actors into three pods of 10 actors or less, who used the outdoor patio “safety stage” – a 60 ft. long platform that provides each of the ten performers with a 6 ft. by 4 ft. performance area enclosed on the sides, back, and top. The Therapeutic Recreation Unit and Young Artists Ensemble combine to present this show featuring performers with and without disabilities in a unique theatre experience called CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE.
“We’ve been learning quite a bit since our Teen Summer Musical production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE,” says producer Megan McDonough. “We’re reusing and improving on many of those safety features in our open outdoor space to allow these gifted performers to have an outlet for their creativity during this difficult time.”
With a brassy, immortal score by Frank Loesser, GUYS AND DOLLS JR. is set in Damon Runyon’s New York City. Nathan Detroit is a gambler trying to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. GUYS AND DOLLS JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.
A YouTube Live streaming link will be emailed with ticket confirmation. Those who wish to view the live stream at Conejo Creek Equestrian Center in a Drive-In Movie style from their car may also purchase a ticket. Tickets can be purchase online through the honor system for $15 for one person, $25 for a family. Tickets to attend the drive-in style movie presentation are $25 per car. There are restrictions for the drive in theatre, and the performers will not be there in person. Purchase all tickets by calling online at www.yaeonline.com. Call (805) 381-2747 or visit www.yaeonline.com if you have any questions.
Young Artists Ensemble has received many accolades in the past 38 years including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts, and Best Innovative Program 2011, Large District from the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts. Most recently, it received thirteen wins and thirteen additional nominations for their 2019-2020 Productions.
PHOTOS BY PAUL CRANMER:
Nathan begs Adelaide:
Finleigh Williams is Adelaide
Drake Munson is Nathan Detroit
Trio: McKenna Keiser is Benny Southstreet
Damian Castillejo is Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Hunter Uliasz is Rusty Charlie
The Therapeutic Recreation Unit and Young Artists Ensemble combine to present this show featuring performers with and without disabilities in a unique theatre experience called CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE.
Filmed Performances: April 16 – 18, 2021
Streamed Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.
Drive-In Viewing Friday and Saturday only at 7:30 pm
Stream on YouTube from the comfort of your couch or
Stream at Conejo Creek Equestrian Center from the comfort of your car
1350 E. Avenida de Las Flores in Thousand Oaks
HOW: (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com
Tickets can be purchase online through the honor system for $15 for one person and $25 for a family. Tickets to attend the drive-in style movie presentation are $25.
OTHER: This is an online streamed performance, with all portions pre-recorded for the safety of performers, and technicians.
-Everyone in your car must be COVID Free and from the same family.
-Your ticket is for a designated parking space that is at least 6 ft. from all other vehicles
-Over-sided vehicles such are RV’s are not permitted.
-The first 4 row are designated for parking facing the screen only. You may back in for all rows behind the first 4 rows.
-All patrons must remain inside their vehicles during the event.
-We will provide the radio station setting for your FM Radio at the event.
-Restrooms are available.
-Patrons exiting their vehicle to use the restroom must wear a mask at all times when outside their vehicle.
-No more than 2 people per vehicle at a time can leave to use the restrooms.
-Patrons must maintain 6 ft. of social distancing when traveling to and waiting for the restrooms
-Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized during the event.
-There will be no concession sales, but you can bring your own snacks.
-Do not leave your car running. We can help if you need a jump start.