Blossom Trail Players Announces Fourth Season Lineup, Including New Junior Company and Theatre Education Initiaves

DECEMBER 20, 2017—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLOSSOM TRAIL PLAYERS ANNOUNCES FOURTH SEASON LINEUP, INCLUDING NEW JUNIOR COMPANY AND THEATRE EDUCATION INITIATIVES

Sanger, CA—Blossom Trail Players is excited to announce their lineup of productions and events for the 2018 season. BTP has selected for its Summer 2018 production, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. With four Tony Award-winning Broadway productions thousands of performances worldwide to its name, the musical that Oscar Hammerstein himself thought was the pinnacle of his achievements with Richard Rodgers is truly "Something Wonderful." When Anna Leonowens and her son arrive in Bangkok, she finds herself having to repress fear of the unknown and dealing with a temperamental king. Brought to Siam by his request to become a tutor to the King's many wives and children, it's the spirit of her new charges that convinces her to stay and take the job. As cultures and traditions clash between East and West, Anna eventually comes to realize that her biggest challenge with the King may be more intimate than professional.

Performances will be held June 21–30, 2018 at the Sanger High School MPR. Auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I are scheduled for April 21 & 24, 2018, with callback auditions taking place on April 25. We encourage actors of all ages over 8 to attend. Cast rehearsals are slated to begin May 7, 2018. The production will be directed by local theatre educator Elizabeth Fiester. More information on auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be shared as the dates get closer.

In addition to their summer production, Blossom Trail Players is thrilled to announce the debut of its new junior company. Funded in part by charitable contributions, the company will offer Sanger area students the opportunity to perform on stage in front of large audiences in a production geared for budding performers. Performances will take place in conjunction with the summer musical. As the group is still in development, more information on auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be announced soon.

Also new for 2018, Blossom Trail Players is proud to announce that it is developing a new theatre education intensive to offer area theatre students and actors in the community a collaborative environment to hone their craft. The initial event is tentatively slated for late summer, with more information to come. BTP also continues work on additional educational outreach efforts in conjunction with Sanger Unified School District to expose students to the theatrical arts and offer further educational opportunities in the theatrical arts for those interested in pursuing related fields as career opportunities.

Blossom Trail Players will finish the 2018 season with a new fundraiser dinner theatre event. Featuring a cabaret-style production with one-of-a-kind performances, this event will offer delightful entertainment with the sole purpose of helping to cultivate theatre in bloom™. More information is forthcoming.

For more information, please check the BTP website (http://blossomtrailplayers.com) or contact BTP Artistic Director Dan Husak at 559-260-0263 or Danahusak@hotmail.com or the Blossom Trail Players information line at info@blossomtrailplayers.com.

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ABOUT THE BLOSSOM TRAIL PLAYERS: BLOSSOM TRAIL PLAYERS is a brand new community theatre group in Sanger, California. Founded by theatre enthusiasts, professionals and educators through the support of Sanger Unified School District, the BTP’s mission is to put on high-quality theatrical productions for the entertainment of the community, to offer an outlet for performers and creatives to apply their talents in a group setting, and to provide training and educational opportunities to those interested in learning more about the theatrical arts.

In 2015, the BTP made their stage debut with a critically-acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof that critics raved is "the start of something wonderful in Sanger!" (Karan Johnson, longtime performer and director) The production was directed by Sanger High School’s theatre arts teacher, Erica Mardirosian, with music direction by Sanger native and music educator Andrew Esquer and choreography by Jefferson Elementary School’s resident theatre choreographer, Jackie Moreno. The production featured over 40 actors, many of whom made their stage debuts in the show, and starred Sanger math and choir educator Daniel Warnecke as Tevye. A live orchestra of over a dozen musicians was on hand to provide the music.

For more information, visit blossomtrailplayers.com or facebook.com/blossomtrailplayers.