(Orange, Texas)

July 5, 2014

Musicals, comedies highlight OCP season

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The new season of the Orange Community Players can be described in one word - ambitious.

The Orange Community Players has announced its four scheduled performances for the 2014-2015 season. This is the theater group’s 57th performance season and it looks to be one of the best yet.

The first production of the year will be the dark musical “Sweeney Todd” and presented in September. The highly popular Broadway musical is the tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to London in search of vengeance against the judge who framed him and then ravaged his young wife.

Codie Vasquez, a long time member of the Orange Community Players and the director of “Sweeney Todd,” knows the cast and crew have its work cut out for them.

“We have been working on this production for a month already,” she said. “But I have faith in our cast and crew that we will be able to get it done. We are updating the costumes a bit and it will be much more visually interesting than what you might expect.”

On the schedule in October is the entertaining “Shipwrecked,” which will be directed Alaniz Vasquez.

It is the tale of a young man, Louis, born in Paris but raised in England. His a sickly child who passes his days in bed by listening to his loving mother read him stories such as “The Arabian Nights” and “Robinson Crusoe.” These tales fuel his head for adventure and the travels begin.

OCP veteran Diana Hill returns to the director’s chair for “The Dixie Swim Club in February 2015.

According to Vasquez, this comedy tale is the story of five southern women who are friends and were college swimmers. They meet every summer at the same beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This tale focuses on several of those weekends and their lives over a three decade long period.

Closing the 57th OCP season will be the hilarious musical event, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” which is to be directed by Anne Lillyquist and presented in April 2015.

“It’s a southern musical which takes places in a Florida trailer park,” Vasquez explained. “It’s really funny, but it is definitely a PG-13 production because it has a lot of adult humor.”

Vasquez said the organization is really making a push to generate more season ticket memberships this year.

“We have had a drop in season memberships the past couple of years,” she said. “Despite that drop, we have seen an increase in the number of tickets being purchased on the night of the show these past couple of years, so it works out.”

One reason season memberships are so important to the Orange Community Players is because it helps the group cover the costs of performance expenses and fees early.

“Some people may not know this, but a lot of time and money goes into each production we do,” Vasquez explained. “The fees for royalties and licensing can be really expensive, plus there are script rentals and music fees. Last year, with ‘Les Miserables,’ we paid $3,500 alone.”

A variety of sponsorships are available to the public and area businesses.

There are three sponsorship levels, all of which have names listed in programs and preferred seating opportunities. Each comes with a substantial ticket package as part of the purchase too.

The “Saint” package is available for $500 and includes 32 general admission tickets and 32 student admission tickets. The “Benefactor” package costs $250 and includes 16 general admissions and 16 students, while the “Angel” package includes eight general admission tickets and 12 student tickets in its cost of $150.

For its 57th season, Vasquez said OCP is taking a new approach at generating funds for the theater group.

“The ‘partnership’ idea is something new we are trying this year,” she said. “The more funds we have to back up a show, then the better quality show we can put on for our patrons.”

The partnerships are limited, but partners with the Orange Community Players receive “top billing” for each production, plus there is a season partner package available.

The “Season 57 Partner” costs $10,000, and there is only one such package available. It includes 500 admissions to the OCP season and the name of the individual or business is listed in all OCP promotional material throughout the season.

There are two “Musical Partner” packages available for $4,000 each. This package includes 150 admissions for a select production and the name of the individual or business listed in all promotional material. The “Non-Musical Partner” package costs $2,000, and there are two of these available. Each package include 100 admissions for a select production and the name of the individual or business is listed in all promotional material as well.

“Last season went really well for us, but we are really excited about what we have in store this year,” Vasquez stated. “No one can never say we are not ambitious.”

People or businesses interested in partnerships may contact OCP at for more information. Visit for more information on the organization and its schedule.