Playhouse Merced is a real gem of the central valley. It rivals much larger production companies in all aspects of live theater.
In early 2006, I was asked if I would volunteer my services to become the "company photographer."
I agreed to do so. And now, about 50 productions later, I'm glad I did. Very glad. I have no plans to stop, unless, of course, I'm fired.
The pay is pittance, nothing -- but I did say I volunteered, didn't I?
There may be no money, but there are many other perks.
I have the priviledge of seeing all productions, meeting the greatest local and out-of-town actors, volunteers, and playhouse staff members.
It's always fun to deliver the pictures for the "Now Playing" wall to see the reactions, thankfully, mostly positive.
If you've never seen a Playhouse Merced production -- do it. You will not be sorry.
Corey Strauss looks over at Tess Parks in the 2009 production of "Something's Afoot."
Samantha Narron plays the role of Blanche in "Streetcar Named Desire."
Dwight Mahabir, Nancy O'Bryan, and Jeremy LeClerc star in "Man of La Mancha."
Nancy O'Bryan stars as Maria in "The Sound of Music."
Richard Miley in "On Golden Pond."
Alyson Wren and Göran Norquist in a montage from "Our Town."
Emily Gomes and Samantha Narron are two of the "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress."