Archive for June, 2012

Introducing PlazaCo’s new late night series: “Plaza AFTER Hours”

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce a new late night series that will be added to our weekly lineup: PLAZA AFTER HOURS.

This series will tackle a little more offbeat material than Plaza’s regular season of shows. These plays will be original, fresh, unique and most of all – FUN! Of course we’re still Plaza, so every you see will be something the whole family will love. But the “After Hours” series will offer an opportunity to get a taste of something a little unconventional.

As you can tell by the title of the series, these shows will take place later in the evening than our regular productions. PLAZA AFTER HOURS will play Friday nights AFTER our regular 7:30 show. These shows will start at 10:30 and last approximately an hour and a half. So if you looking for something completely original on a late Friday night, we are have got the shows for you!

Our first production in the PLAZA AFTER HOURS series is one we’ve been aching to produce ever since we opened PlazaCo. We’ve just never felt it fit in with our regular seasonal approach. But with this new series it is a perfect fit. Opening on July 13th and playing through August 31st (8 Fridays), Plaza Theatre Company will be presenting THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – (ABRIDGED).

Now we know you may not have heard of this show, so you might have to trust us when we will you it side-splittingly FUNNY. Imagine all of Shakespeare’s plays acted out by 3 guys in the space of 90 minutes. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Warning! This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness. PlazaCo cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers!

Visit the Plaza Facebook page here to see a video of the hilarity surely to ensue at this production:

The show will feature JaceSon Barrus, Luke Hunt and Aaron Siler as they act out every show in Shakespeare’s canon. Believe us, this ain’t your father’s Shakespeare. We promise if you give this a try you’ll have a blast.

Give us a call at 817-202-0600 to reserve your seats. Or visit for online reservations.

The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Coming July 13th to a PlazaCo stage near you!

Storyline and Cast List for PlazaCo’s Murder Mystery – I Buried An Idol

Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at one of those TV reality shows? Well we’ve got the scoop for you.

Flamboyant host Brian Beeznest and producer Bossie Wench, as well as their harried assistant Gofer, present this year’s hot new show – America’s Next Big Thing! Celebrity judges Handy Racksome and Small I’mcool are here to choose America’s Next Big Thing from among contestants Mary Meenow, Rox Dahouse, Queenie Bee, Saltsa Hottie, and Heeza Hot. And of course what reality performance show would be complete without cheerleading parents Jane and Bubbles?

Of course, in order to win these contestants will have to sing their way into America’s hearts, as well as the judges good graces. These kinds of competitions can get nasty – the perfect setting for murder.

At PlazaCo, our annual Murder Mystery is a one night only event playing June 12th starting at 6:30pm. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and desserts as well as the chance to investigate the murder and guess the murderer. It’s a terrific evening of mayhem and fun.


The Crew –

Brian Beeznest – JaceSon P. Barrus
Bossie Wench – Stefanie Glenn
Gofer – Nathan Glenn

The Judges –

Handy Racksome – Aaron Siler
Smalla I’mcool – Rachel Hunt

The Contestants –

Mary Meenow – Daron Cockerell
Rox Dahouse – Cessany Ford
Queenie Bee – Jill Baker
Saltsa Hottie – Camille Shaw
Heeza Hot – Auston McIntosh

The Parents –

Bubbles – Jay Cornils
Jane – Jamie Dugger

Our annual MURDER MYSTERY is the only fundraising event of the year at PlazaCo. Tickets are $25 each and include light refreshments, dessert, beverage and the show. Give us a call at 817-202-0600 or visit to reserve your seats. Hope to see YOU there!

Another great review for GUYS & DOLLS

It’s another great review for GUYS & DOLLS from Paul Gnadt of The Star Group Newspapers. If you haven’t yet reserved for GUYS & DOLLS, now is the time. There are three more weekends of the show and there are great seats available. Give us a call at 817-202-0600 or visit to reserve today. Now check out the review of the show below:


by Paul Gnadt of The Star Group Newspapers

It’s a good bet you’ll enjoy “Guys and Dolls,” the current production of the Plaza Theatre Company about New York City gamblers and their love of dice games and women, or “dolls” as they’re called in the musical.

As we’ve come to expect from PTC, the JaceSon Barrus designed scenery and Tina Barrus designed costumes are as much a visual treat as the music, directed by Caryn Martin, and Nu Yawk-style dialogue are to the ears in this Jay Lewis-directed production.

The gamblers’ outfits are cartoonishly colorful. The cleverly designed street scene needs only a magazine stand and streep lamp to transport you to Times Square.

The show begins with bigger-than-life Nathan Detroit, played perfectly by Ben Phillips — previously seen in PTC’s “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and “The Scarlet Pimpernel” — looking for a place to play his popular crap game. In order to rent a place safe from snooping police Lt. Brannigan, he bets gambling guru Sky Masterson the $1,000 rental fee that the next girl he sees will go to Havana with him.

Masterson is played by the versatile JaceSon Barrus, who thinks he’s won the bet when the next girl he meets is Sarah Brown, leader of a Salvation Army-type mission band determined to save the souls of the gamblers. Brown is played by PTC newcomer Shoshana Bryant Cook, who can sing. You fit right in, Shoshana, hope to see you again, soon.

For a show that premiered on Broadway in 1950, and was made into a 1955 movie starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, I expected to hear more familiar songs, but only a few — “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and “Luck Be a Lady” were songs I remembered.

No matter. The action is fast and furious, especially the numerous dance numbers choreographed by Jennifer Leyva involving the Hot Box Girls or the gamblers hoofing it in a underground sewer. Somehow, in the end, long suffering Adelaide, double cast with Camille Shaw and Tina Barrus, finally gets to marry Detroit.

You’ll enjoy G. Aaron Siler as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Michael Durington as Benny Southstreet, Mark Mckee as Rusty Charlie, Daniel Scott Robinson as Harry the Horse, Justin Diyer as Angie the Ox, Nathan Glenn as Liver Lips Louie, Lloyd Ekpo or Mitchell Moore as Society Max and Luke Hunt as Big Julie.

Also, veteran PTC watchers will enjoy the veteran Jay Cornils singing a featured song.

This is a good one. There’s no gamble to see “Guys and Dolls,” playing at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays through June 23 at the Plaza Theatre, 111 S. Main St., in Cleburne.

Tickets — $15 for adults, $13 for seniors age 65 and over and high school or college students, and $12 for youth age 12 and under — are available 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Plaza box office, by phone at 817-202-0600, or online at