Monterey County GIVES 2017!

Thanks to Monterey County Gives! your year end donation will go even farther in support our special programs. November 9 through December 31, 2017

Marina SIngs! and the Forest Theater Guild present A benefit for The Thomas Carmen Food Pantry

Memories of an old man unfolding via a series of dream sequences, triggered by a marathon of holiday TV shows.

Carmel Pops 2017

Some of the fantastic cast of Carmel POPs! 2017

Lighting Design 2017

Lighting a play at the Forest, featuring the talented Miss Emma Satchell and crew...the stars were truly out!

James and the Giant Peach 2012

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The 2018 season sneak peak

The best way to predict your future is to create it - Abraham Lincoln

 

Christmas Ghosts of 1944 to be performed on the Monterey Peninsula

Christmas Ghosts of 1944 is short play centered around the defining life moments of George, played by local and longtime stage favorite Keith Decker. We get a brief glimpse of what has led George to be the cantankerous lonely old man he is today via a series of dream sequences, triggered by a marathon of holiday shows on the TV that has become his constant companion.
This play,  previously presented in the Bay Area, was written and will be directed by Carmels own dynamic duo, mother/daughter team  Kelly and Gracie Balestreri. A true community theater effort, sponsored by the groups Marina Sings and The Forest Theater Guild of Carmel with considerable support from Epiphany Church of Marina, the Carmel Youth Center and First Church of God Pacific Grove. A diverse group of local actors and dancers from all over the Monterey Peninsula  create a unique presentation of this play that includes dancing, singing, romance and reflections of years gone by. With veteran and new actors and dancers working side by side you are sure to recognize some of your regular stage favorites like Cheryl Karoly, Charles OBanion, James Landy, Kelsey Posey, and Craig Brown just to name a few. From some of our local High Schools and previous years productions you will recognize the talents of Jeremiah Lamph, Laurel Bowen, Ivy DiGirolamo, Jaydee Beaudry and many more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support the Thomas Carmen Food Pantry located in Marina, California (http://thomascarmenfoodpantry.org)which has been in operation since 2002….just a few statistics from previous years… in 2013 they distributed 5,165 bags of food, serving 14,610 people including 4,115 children and 3,753 seniors. For information on volunteer opportunities or donations please visit their website above.

CARMEL POPS!

News Release

Well known Peninsula performers Reg Huston, Gracie Poletti and John Daniel head “A Musical, Musical”, the mini-cabaret of Broadway songs which is part of the benefit show, CARMEL POPS!  The evening of music, song and dance is set for Oct 21 and 22 at the outdoor Forest Theater. The event is a presentation of the Forest Theater Guild in association with The Forest Theater Foundation and The deFaria Company. It is produced and directed by Walt deFaria

Special features of the two evenings include the 40-piece string orchestra of Carmel High School under the direction of Brian Handley and ballet excerpts by the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts/Dance Kids ballet troupe, choreographed by Philip Pegler and Gary Franco.  The dances included are selections from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and An American In Paris.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the scholarship and educational programs of the Carmel High School orchestra, CAPA Dance Kids, the Forest Theater Guild and the Forest Theater Foundation.

Buy Tickets to Pirate Booty

Pirate Booty at Forest Theater Opening Memorial Day Weekend
Kicking off the 2017 Forest Theater Guild season and reviving on a long standing Guild tradition of presenting new and original works, we welcome the world premiere of PIRATE BOOTY…an original play written and directed by Carmel’s own Todd Weaver. This rollicking pirate comedy is a sure fire hit for the whole family, with pirates and mermaids and laughs galore!

Buy tickets for “Pirate Booty” presented by The Forest Theatre Guild

Auditions Jan 7th 2017 for “Big” and “Pirate Booty”

Announcing Auditions for
BIG and PIRATE BOOTY

Open Auditions for The Forest Theater Guilds productions of Big and Pirate Booty, will take place on Saturday January 7th 10:00am-4:00pm at the Carmel Youth Center on the corner of 4th and Torres. All ages and experiences are welcome.  Please be prepared to have fun… a brief monologue and song would be ideal but, not completely necessary.  Tentative show dates for Pirate Booty: last weekend in May, and first three weekends in June, 2017. Tentative show dates for Big: last weekend in June and first weekend in July.

Roles for adults & children
No previous theatrical experience required!  All ages and skill levels encouraged!

Sign-up for an audition time-slot here, or show-up and we will fit you in.

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Cast of Characters for Pirate Booty:

  • Pirate Captain: An idiotic man with a brown beard in his 30s or 40s, a father figure
  • Cabin Boy: A handsome young man in his teens
  • Mermaid Princess: A beautiful young woman in her teens
  • Mermaid Queen: A beautiful woman in her 30s or 40s, a mother figure
  • Sharky: A seasoned pirate sailor man
  • Finny: A flamboyant pirate sailor man
  • Cockswain: A pirate sailor (man or woman)
  • Whaley: A pirate sailor (man or woman)
  • Matchy: A pirate sailor (man or woman)
  • Patchy: A pirate sailor with eye patch
  • Pegleg: A pirate sailor with a peg leg
  • Bones: A pirate sailor skeleton
  • Melody: A mermaid singer
  • Treble: A mermaid or merman
  • Timpani: A mermaid or merman
  • Triangle: A mermaid or merman
  • Trombone: A mermaid or merman
  • Patchwork: A merfolk with an eye patch
  • Peggy: A merfolk with a peg leg
  • Skelly: A merfolk skeleton
  • Parrot: A pirate kid leader
  • Pirate Kids: A group of pirate children
  • Mackerel: A merfolk kid leader
  • Merfolk Kids: A group of merfolk children

Auditions for BIG the Musical TYA December 9th and 11th

Announcing Auditions for

                                      Big the Musical

Open Auditions for The Forest Theater Guilds production of Big the Musical TYA, based on the Tom Hanks movie will take place on Friday December 9th 6:30-9:30pm and Sunday December 11th from 10am-4pm at the Carmel Youth Center on the corner of 4th and Torres. All age and experience are welcome. Please be prepared to have fun with a brief monologue and song that showcases your range. Tentative show dates: two weekends only/ 8 performances …end of June and beginning of July, 2017.

Roles for adults, teens & children. Also looking for singers and dancers. No previous theatrical experience required! All ages and skill levels encouraged!

Additional auditions days to be announced in January and the “Sign up now” button will again be active


Auditions for Pirate Booty Nov 18/20 2016

Announcing Auditions for
PIRATE BOOTY

Open Auditions for The Forest Theater Guilds production of Pirate Booty, a world premiere opening in June 2017 at the Forest Theater, will take place on Friday November 18th 6:30-9:30pm and Sunday November 20th from 10am-4pm at the Carmel Youth Center on the corner of 4th and Torres.  All age and experience are welcome.  Please be prepared to have fun…a brief monologue and song would be ideal but, not completely necessary.  Tentative show dates: four weekends only in June, 2017.

Roles for adults & children
No previous theatrical experience required!  All ages and skill levels encouraged!

Sign-up for an audition time-slot here, or show-up and we will fit you in.

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Cast of Characters for Pirate Booty:

  • Pirate Captain: An idiotic man with a brown beard in his 30s or 40s, a father figure
  • Cabin Boy: A handsome young man in his teens
  • Mermaid Princess: A beautiful young woman in her teens
  • Mermaid Queen: A beautiful woman in her 30s or 40s, a mother figure
  • Sharky: A seasoned pirate sailor man
  • Finny: A flamboyant pirate sailor man
  • Cockswain: A pirate sailor (man or woman)
  • Whaley: A pirate sailor (man or woman)
  • Matchy: A pirate sailor (man or woman)
  • Patchy: A pirate sailor with eye patch
  • Pegleg: A pirate sailor with a peg leg
  • Bones: A pirate sailor skeleton
  • Melody: A mermaid singer
  • Treble: A mermaid or merman
  • Timpani: A mermaid or merman
  • Triangle: A mermaid or merman
  • Trombone: A mermaid or merman
  • Patchwork: A merfolk with an eye patch
  • Peggy: A merfolk with a peg leg
  • Skelly: A merfolk skeleton
  • Parrot: A pirate kid leader
  • Pirate Kids: A group of pirate children
  • Mackerel: A merfolk kid leader
  • Merfolk Kids: A group of merfolk children

The Borrowers The Musical – June 23 to July 17, 2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOREST THEATER REOPENS WITH FOREST THEATER GUILD PRODUCTION

A Forest Theater Guild Gala reception will herald the reopening of Carmel’s unique Forest Theater on June 25 followed by an opening performance of The Guild’s production of  “The Borrowers-The Musical.”  Based on the classical family novels by British author Mary Norton, the musical was written by Carmel’s Walt deFaria with music by Stephen Tosh and lyrics by deFaria.  With previews on June 23 and 24, the production runs through July 17.

The Borrowers-The Musical tells the story of the little people who live under our floorboards and borrower all those things that go missing like socks , pins and needles.  The books have been the subject of numerous international television and motion picture productions produced by deFaria, winning awards including Emmys.

The musical follows the Forest Theater Guild’s long history of presenting original material that traces back to Hebert Heron , the founder of the Guild. The production features a cast of 45 with Gracie Moore Poletti as Homily,  Jared Hussey as Pod, and Gracie Ballistreri as Arrietty.  Phyllis Davis and Mitchell Davis play the villainous Crampfurls and Arick Arzadon is Spiller.  Choreography is by Gloria Elber and Reed Scott.  Sets are by Nicole Bryant-Stevens with costumes by Yvonne Bowen. DeFaria directs.

For additional information call 831-626-1681 or the website ForestTheaterGuild.org.

Tickets are available online at http://www.foresttheaterguild.org/tickets-2 or at the door.  General admission $20 with children, student and military discounts available.

AUDITIONS

Announcing AUDITIONS for THE BORROWERS-THE MUSICAL, an original musical written by Walt deFaria, based on the famous family novels by British author Mary Norton and featuring music by Stephen Tosh with lyrics by Walt deFaria, who will also direct this production for the Forest Theater Guild at the Outdoor Forest Theater for the 2016 season.

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at the Carmel Youth Center at the corner of 4th & Torres near the Carmel Police Station, Saturday November 7 from 9:30 to Noon and from 1pm to 3pm, also on Sunday November 8 from 1pm to 4pm. Appointments may be made by calling Stacy Meheen at (831)760-0127 or email meheens@gmail.com.

Please prepare a brief monologue and song. Acting and singing roles range from 16 years to all adult ages. Show dates: four weekends only- June 23 to July 17, 2016. If you need additional information please call deFaria at 831 624-4345.

Ron Josephs Actors Workshop

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE YOUR ACTING TO ANOTHER LEVEL?? The Forest Theater Guild is pleased to announce the upcoming collaboration with EmRon Josephmy Award winning actor, Ronald Joseph. Long time SAG member, Joseph has performed on stage, screen and television…his skill and experience has led him behind the scenes as well. His years of practice in the arts have culminated in a unique teaching style that he has brought to the West Coast to share with all of us. Primarily based on the David Alexander Technique, which he studied extensively, he also notes influence from Sylvana Galardo, who won the Russian Best Approach to Acting techniques. His years of training and experience, both on and off stage, will bring a unique blend of styles together to offer you the best of all worlds … The Forest Theater Guild is pleased to present Ron Joseph’s 2015 Actor’s Workshop – Imagery & Intentions, Featuring D.Alexander techniques
Beginning May 27- Wednesdays 7pm-10pm
Please call for more info & appointment 213-359-5987

Construction Status at the Forest Theater

Things are moving along,  with construction slated to start on the first of June running through the first of October of this year. The city recently awarded Otto Construction the contract that is set to remove the red tag items and re-open the theater in time for the 2016 Season and the Centennial Celebrations of Carmel. Otto, a Sacramento headquartered contractor that maintains a branch office on Garden Road in Monterey,  is no stranger to the Peninsula.  Currently constructing the new VA Building that you will notice when driving north on Hwy 1 near the Dunes Shopping Center, you may have also seen examples of Ottos work at Community Hospital…everything from the parking garage and Cancer Center which began construction in 1997 to the beautiful Forest Pavilion. For more info on Otto Construction, their history and qualifications, or to see some of the wonderful projects they have completed you can visit http://ottoconstruction.com.

Welcome to the Forest Theater Otto and thank you for taking up the challenge!

Status of Forest Theater

The FTG Board would like to announce that their upcoming season including Swiss Family Robinson and Films in the Forest will not be held at the historic Forest Theater due to the city of Carmel’s decision to repair the facility. The FTG Board fully supports the city of Carmel’s decision to repair the Forest Theater. The new location of the live theater performances will be held at the Pacific Grove High School, Student Union. The opening of Swiss Family Robinson is Saturday, May 24 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are now on sale.

FTG is now on Instagram

The Forest Theater Guild is now on Instagram.  Please follow us at: http://instagram.com/foresttheaterguild?ref=badge.  

Follow us on Twitter

The Forest Theater Guild is now on Twitter.  Follow us @Forest_Theater and learn about auditions, Films in the Forest, show times, and more.

Vote for Forest Theater Guild

best-of_bug-survey-banner900px_2014It’s time to vote for “Best of 2014” – annual best of Monterey County.  Please vote for the Forest Theater Guild as the best local theater company.  Go to the Monterey County Weekly’s website and register to vote!