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It’s a Wonderful Life

Its a Wonderful Life

December 15-16, 2019

West Coast Players in Clearwater, FL will host Palm Harbor University High School’s production of Rodgers’ Its a Wonderful Life, presented in special arrangement by Dramatic Publishing and based on the movie by Frank Capra.

In our American culture, It's a Wonderful Life has become as familiar as Dickens' A Christmas Carol and is a natural for a stage adaptation. The saga follows the life of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligation and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that this has been, after all, a wonderful life.

This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season — it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded.

Ticket Prices
$21 / $15 for students / $19 for groups of 10 or more

Performance Times
Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday at 2:00 pm

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West Coast Players is a 501(c)3 non-profit community theater in Clearwater.

Palm Harbor University High School’s Theater Department is an award winning program and is commonly regarded as one of the premier High School Arts departments in the state of Florida.

For additional information regarding PHUHS’ production of Its a Wonderful Life At West Coast Players, please call (727) 437-2363 or visit us online to purchase tickets at wcplayers.com.

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Forever Plaid – auditions

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West Coast Players will hold auditions for Forever Plaid on Monday, November 11th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at West Coast Players Theater in Clearwater. WCP is seeking 2 cast members for the roles of Sparky and Smudge. The roles of Francis and Jinx have already been cast.

Synopsis: The show is a revue of the close-harmony “guy groups” that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. Personifying the clean-cut genre are the Plaids. This quartet of high-school chums’ dreams of recording an album ended in death in a collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The revue begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory.

Actors will sing cuts from the score and participate in a short dance call. All Roles must play late teens to early 20’s.

PRODUCTION DATES: January 24-February 9, 2020 
Special Saturday matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 1st at 2:00 p.m. 

REHEARSAL DATES: TBD in NOV.-JAN.

Available Roles: 

Sparky (Lead): Male, 18-30

Baritone; the clown of the group, who is shown to have a heart; very sharp and loves singing his tailor-made solos; wears a retainer and has a slight speech impediment; energetic and clever.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Smudge (Lead): Male, 18-30

Bass; the worrier; he worries about the props, the running order, and always assumes the audience won’t like him; has chronic nervous stomach and is oddly reluctant to perform; wears glasses, which hides his good looks and sex appeal.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

For more information, please contact Director, Ashlie Timberlake at Timberlakea@pcsb.org

West Coast Players is located at 21905 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater. For complete directions, please see http://wp2.wcplayers.org/about-us/directions/.

West Coast Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

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A Hotel on Marvin Gardens

A Hotel on Marvin Gardens by Nagle Jackson

November 8-24, 2019

Director Mary Kay Cyrus is pleased to announce the cast of A Hotel on Marvin Gardens. Deborah DeLucia as Erna, Kelly DiMauro as Bo, Tynan Pruett as KC, Marc Sanders as Henry and Dani Byrnes as Rose. “My life is like this board game,” quips one of the characters, and there you have the essence of Nagle Jackson’s sparkling comedy. The smart interplay of characters marks Jackson’s comic riff on the savagery in the corporate world. Set on a private island in Long Island Sound, the play revolves around an annual April Fool’s day game of Monopoly. As the banter becomes more ironic and perilous, the game becomes a symbol of the larger power plays among the characters.

Ticket Prices
$21 / $17 for students / $19 for groups of 10 or more

Performance Times
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm

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A Hotel on Marvin Gardens – auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  West Coast Players will hold auditions for A Hotel on Marvin Gardens, Sunday August 25 and Monday August 26th at 7 pm at the theatre.   Production dates are November 8-24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. “My life is like this board game,” quips one of the characters in A Hotel on Marvin Gardens, and there you have the essence of Nagle Jackson’s sparkling comedy.  The smart interplay of characters marks Jackson’s comic riff on the savagery in the corporate world.  Set on a private island in Long Island Sound, the play revolves around an annual April Fool’s day game of Monopoly.  As the banter becomes more ironic and perilous, the game becomes a symbol of the larger power plays among the characters. Director Mary Kay Cyrus is looking to cast: K.C.  (40s-50s): Central character, powerful owner of ME magazine, charming at first but the personification of her magazine title. BO (40s-50s) publisher and obedient lover of KC HENRY (30s-50s) magazine’s emotional, about-to-be-fired editor ERNA (40s-50s) a bit ditzy, the magazine’s eccentric new restaurant critic ROSE (20’s) a stranded school teacher who interrupts the party, a bit salty vocabulary No performers paid. Auditions will be cold readings from the script.  West Coast Players is located at 21905 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater. For complete directions, please see http://wp2.wcplayers.org/about-us/directions/. West Coast Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. To change your email address click “Update your Profile” here and then enter your email address, or click in the update link in an email from us.

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Rabbit Hole

Please note: All shows for this weekend will be performed as scheduled, including Sunday.

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire August 16-September 1, 2019 Directed by Jeffrey Lorick In this 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner, Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. “Rabbit Hole is an entertaining and satisfying play—it might just be the year’s best.” –Show Business Weekly

Please note that this show contains strong language and/or adult themes.

Ticket Prices $21 / $17 for students / $19 for groups of 10 or more

Performance Times Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm Sundays at 2:00 pm

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Lysistrata

The ultimate no-sex comedy
by Ellen McLaughlin, inspired by Aristophanes

October 4-20, 2019

Directed by Susan Demers

This fresh, fast-paced comedy, inspired by the Aristophanes play, follows Lysistrata, an Athenian housewife, who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: all Greek women must refuse to engage in lovemaking until the men see reason, lay down their arms and come home to lay down with their wives in peace. The women agree to make the sacrifice and all hell breaks loose as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not? 

Please note that this show contains strong language and/or adult themes. 

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Ticket Prices
$21 / $17 for students
$19 for groups of 10 or more
Performance Times
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm


Lysistrata is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.


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Love, Loss and What I Wore


West Coast Players will present the comedy/drama, Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, July 14-16, 2019. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The show is directed by Dan Kelley. The cast includes: Colleen Coughenor, Janice Creneti, Kim Florio, Trish Keating, and Kristen Rowell. Love, Loss and What I Wore portrays women’s relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman’s life. It is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects – mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why women only wear black. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times noted that this serves a female audience. "If there are chick flicks and chick lit – derogatory though some might find those terms to be – Love, Loss, and What I Wore should clearly be classified as chick legit...for the women who can share deeply in the particulars of experience dissected and discussed." In Variety, Marilyn Stasio called it "a bittersweet meditation on the joys and tribulations of women's lives, reflected through the prism of their clothes." This play is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Note: Love, Loss and What I Wore contains strong language and adult themes.    

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Ticket Prices
$15 / $10 for students

Performance Times
Fridays and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm

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Rabbit Hole - auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  Director Jeffery Lorick will hold auditions for David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole on Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1, at 7 PM at West Coast Players’ theater. Show dates are August 16-September 1, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. In this winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Director Jeffery Lorick is seeking 3 women and 2 men. Auditions will be cold readings from the script. No performers paid. Becca—a grieving mother in her late thirties or early forties. Tough and uncompromising, she cannot tolerate insincerity or impracticality. Howie—Becca’s husband, a patient man who specializes in pretending everything is fine. Izzy—Becca’s younger sister, in her late twenties or early thirties. A perennial party girl who never grew up, Izzy is still trying to find herself. Nat—Becca and Izzy’s mother, an opinionated alcoholic with a knack for sticking her foot in her mouth. Jason—an awkward and nerdy seventeen-year-old boy who accidentally killed Becca and Howie’s son when the little boy ran in front of his car West Coast Players is located at 21905 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater. For complete directions, please see http://wp2.wcplayers.org/about-us/directions/. West Coast Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. To change your email address click “Update your Profile” here and then enter your email address, or click in the update link in an email from us.

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Lysistrata - auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer! Director Susan Demers will be holding auditions for Lysistrata, by Ellen McLaughlin, inspired by Aristophanes, at West Coast Players on Sunday and Monday August 4th and 5th, 7 pm both evenings. Performances are October 4 - 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. It is 411 B.C. and the men of Greece have officially lost their minds. The war between Athens and Sparta drags on decade after decade and diplomats are helpless to bring the craziness of the conflict to an end. Enter Lysistrata, not your average housewife, who proposes to halt the bloodshed by denying the warriors all bedroom privileges. The ultimatum: lay down your arms or you are not laying down with your wife! 8 women and 5 men of a range of ages are required to bring playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of Aristophanes' classic comedy to life. The language and situations are just as bawdy as you would expect an ancient play about an anti-war sex strike to be! Auditions will be a combination of physical improv and readings from the script. Balloon artist and acrobats needed as well…... West Coast Players is located at 21905 US Highway 19 North. For complete directions, please see http://wp2.wcplayers.org/about-us/directions/. No performers paid. West Coast Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. To change your email address click “Update your Profile” here and then enter your email address, or click in the update link in an email from us.

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2019-2020 Season

Ticket Prices
Straight shows: $21 / $17 for students / $19 for groups of 10 or more
Musicals: $25 / $21 for students / $23 for groups of 10 or more
Staged readings: $6 

Performance Times
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire

August 16-September 1, 2019

Directed by Jeffrey Lorick

In this 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner, Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. “Rabbit Hole is an entertaining and satisfying play—it might just be the year's best.” -Show Business Weekly 

Please note that this show contains strong language and/or adult themes.

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Lysistrata by Ellen McLaughlin, inspired by Aristophanes

October 4-20, 2019

Directed by Susan Demers

This fresh, fast-paced comedy, inspired by the Aristophanes play, follows Lysistrata, an Athenian housewife, who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: all Greek women must refuse to engage in lovemaking until the men see reason, lay down their arms and come home to lay down with their wives in peace. The women agree to make the sacrifice and all hell breaks loose as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?

Please note that this show contains strong language and/or adult themes.

Click here to purchase your tickets now!

A Hotel on Marvin Gardens by Nagle Jackson

November 8-24, 2019

Directed by Mary Kay Cyrus

K.C., the no-nonsense editor of ME magazine, a popular rag dedicated to the upwardly mobile, lives on an island off the Connecticut coast, the island’s only inhabitant. It is April Fool’s Day. K.C. and her publisher-lover, Bo, are hosting their annual all-day Monopoly game. We follow the game – both the familiar board game and the corporate game. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door and a storm-bedraggled girl enters, leading to a showdown. America’s favorite board game becomes the metaphor for American greed. "Smart interplay of character…sparkling dialogue…" -Variety

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Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross

January 24-February 9, 2020

Special Saturday matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 1st at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by Ashlie Timberlake

Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols: The Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo's and The Crew Cuts. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge's family's plumbing supply company, they became "Forever Plaid". On the way to their first big gig, the "Plaids" are broadsided by a school bus and killed instantly. It is at the moment when their careers and lives end that the story of Forever Plaid begins.

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Forever Plaid Special Gala performance February 7, 2020

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Four Weddings and an Elvis
by Nancy Frick

March 6-22, 2020

Directed by Linda Weir

Sandy, the owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, has certainly seen her fair share of matrimonies! Witness four of her funniest: Bev and Stan, are getting married--by the King himself--as revenge on their exes; Vanessa and Bryce, two arrogant aging stars are tying the knot as a publicity ploy, and are vexed by an aging Elvis who doesn't know who they are; and Martin and Fiona, a gentle postal-worker and a tough ex-con trying to get married before the police arrive! However, the final wedding is the funniest all: Sandy’s fifth and final wedding which reveals a hilarious twist! "Come enjoy four acts of love...or something like it. What happens in Las Vegas...is hilarious!" – Eventful

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Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring

April 17-May 3, 2020

Directed by Brian Yarborough

The Brewster family traces their lineage back to Mayflower settlers. Two charming, innocent aunts populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers as well as a nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and another nephew whose hobbies are far from mainstream. Mortimer, upstanding head of the family, is soon to marry a minister’s daughter, but his family’s antics are putting their reputation and his nuptials on the line. “Arsenic and Old Lace is goofy and fun and requires nothing of the audience other than to sit back and watch it play out merrily.” –Inquirer

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Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire

May 29-June 14, 2020

Directed by Donna Donnelly

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. "Good People is poignant, brave and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck." -NY Post.

Please note that this show contains strong language and/or adult themes. 

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