Puerto Vallarta’s new theatrical entertainment company, ACT II ENTERTAINMENT, announces its formation. Founding members Elizabeth Ensor, Danny Mininni, Alain Perreault and David Restivo, actors in last season’s hits, THE FOREIGNER (directed by Danny Mininni) and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (directed by David Restivo), are proud to announce five productions slated for the 2012/2013 season: two musicals, two comedies and one drama, all of which will be performed at The Palm Theatre and Cabaret (Olas Altas 508 in the Romantic Zone) as well as other venues in the Banderas Bay area.
ACT II ENTERTAINMENT’s mission is to provide Puerto Vallarta residents the opportunity both to attend and to participate in quality presentations of a cross-section of the finest theatrical works available. The company’s focus is on inclusion and quality, giving the public a well-balanced theatrical season and striving for excellence in all aspects of production with the hope of developing and drawing from local talent to the maximum extent possible.
The season begins with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, which opens October 26 and will run through the end of December at The Palm on weekends at 7:30, with 2 special performances on Halloween at 7:30 and midnight. David Restivo directs this stage version of the cinema cult classic. Musical direction is by Rhonda Padmos (of Vallarta’s renowned music duo, Don and Rhonda) who will lead the 4-piece rock band, including piano, guitar, drums and tenor saxophone. Choreography is by another celebrated talent of Vallarta, Alejandro Balcázar. Starring Alain Perreault (Dr. Frank N. Furter), Craig Hinman (Riff Raff), Kathleen Palmer (Magenta), Joan Houston (Columbia), Aggie Unda (Janet), Jesus Salcedo (Brad), Roger Uscila (Dr. Scott), Juan Pablo Hernandez (Eddie), Danny Mininni (Criminologist) and Elizabeth Ensor (Usherette). Chorus members include Juan Carlos Ramirez, Mary Jacobs, Pam Alexandra, Mary Beth Volker, Cynthia McManus, Jamie Coates, Holly Wright and Dustin Fairchild
AN EVENING WITH SONDHEIM is an enchanting musical revue of selected works of the legendary Broadway composer/lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, featuring Elizabeth Ensor, Sharon Baughman White, David White, Kathy Overly, Alain Perreault, Craig Hinman and David Restivo. Directed by Elizabeth Ensor, the revue will open January 3, 2013 and will play several dates throughout the remainder of the season at The Palm and other venues.
HOSANNA, Act II Entertainment’s first drama, deals with issues of gender identity, sexual identity, the ignorance and acceptance of aging, and the social expressions of being gay. In this astonishing personal journey, the characters, Hosanna, an aging drag queen, and Cuirette, her reckless biker lover, shed layers upon layers of their personalities to discover the true essence at the core of their being. The two-character play by award-winning French Canadian playwright, Michel Tremblay, stars Alain Perreault and David Restivo led by the distinguished Montreal director Robert Maurac. Opening is scheduled for mid-January at The Palm.
SORDID LIVES by Del Shores is a black comedy about white trash. As an eccentric family in a small Texas town prepares for the funeral of their licentious matriarch, we learn the uproarious, sad and tawdry truth of their sordid lives. Danny Mininni will direct a cast of 12 in this offbeat and touching story, which opens at The Palm at the beginning of March.
GOD OF CARNAGE is a comedy of manners without the manners! Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 2009, the story is about two pairs of parents who meet to discuss in a civilized manner a playground skirmish between their sons. However, as the play unfolds, the parents become increasingly childish, and the evening devolves into chaos. Alain Perreault directs the show scheduled to open at the beginning of April. The cast features Danny Mininni, Elizabeth Ensor, David Restivo and Aggie Unda.
Tickets are $250 pesos and will be on sale at the box office at The Palm beginning mid-October, and season ticket packages will be announced soon. ACT II ENTERTAINMENT invites the public to LIKE their Facebook Page to stay up to date with information on upcoming productions.