Press Contact: Mitchell Webb


Fresh off a successful run at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Merely Players extends into July, as part of the ENCORE! Producers’ Award.  The show, a meta-exploration of the theatre scene, watches as a struggling (and mostly terrible) theatre troupe attempts to put on a musical that maybe really should never have been written in the first place. The piece was also named “Best Full-Length World-Premiere Musical” by StageSceneLA, making the “Top Ten of the Fringe” list.

This new musical with book by James Penca and music and lyrics by Alex Syiek (Giraffenstein, and The Pokémusical – 2013 Best Musical [DOMA Sponsored] Fringe Winner) features direction and musical staging by Joanna Syiek (Broadway World Nomination – Best Direction, The Pokémusical) with musical direction by Jennifer Lin. The cast for Merely Players includes Courtney Reed (Parker), Nick Pavelich (Jamey), Kelsey Schulte (Addison), Adam Foster Ballard (Glen), Sara Guarnieri (Kiley), Ari Gwasdoff (Delaney), Seth Salsbury (Hunter), Josh Hillinger (Sonny), Caleb Mills Stewart (Cecil), Katie DeShan (Rene), Jennifer Lin, (Jen), Emily Arkuss (Usher), Joseph McMahon (Usher, Sonny & Cecil Cover),  Rose Leisner (Female Cover) and Ian Klingenberg (Usher Cover). For the extension, the role of Delaney will be played by Alex Syiek and the role of Rene will be played by Rose Leisner.

The encore performance is scheduled for July 12, 2015 at the Lounge Theatre located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tickets ($10) are available at or at For more information visit


Book by James Penca and Music/Lyrics by Alex Syiek
Direction and Musical Staging by Joanna Syiek
Musical Direction by Jennifer Lin

Produced by Color and Light Theatre Ensemble


Parker: Courtney Reed
Jamey: Nick Pavelich
Addison: Kelsey Schulte
Glen: Adam Foster Ballard
Kiley: Sara Guarnieri
Delaney: Ari Gwasdoff (Alex Syiek in extension)
Hunter: Seth Salsbury
Sonny: Josh Hillinger
Cecil: Caleb Mills Stewart
Rene: Katie DeShan (Rose Leisner in extension)
“BOYLE COMMUNITY PLAYERS” Ushers: Emily Arkuss and Joseph McMahon
Female Cover: Rose Leisner
Cover- Sonny & Cecil: Joseph McMahon
Usher Cover: Ian Klingenberg

Assistant Direction: Mitchell Webb
Stage Management: Chiffon Valentine
Sound Design: Corwin Evans
Lighting Design: Brandon Baruch

Sunday, July 12, 7PM

Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

HOW: or


Free Street Parking available



MERELY PLAYERS Extends Into July

Broadway World Coverage: Merely Players

As seen in:


“One of the kookiest projects at the Hollywood Fringe Festival is also one of its biggest hits.”


“More fun than should be legally allowed”


Editor’s Pick! “PokéMusical is a Hollywood Fringe Festival double award winner for Pokémon geeks and non alike!”


“This is The Pokémusical’s time and place, and The Pokémusical (of all things) just might be the show we end up remembering the 2013 Fringe Festival by.”


“By the end of Friday’s production, I was on my feet clapping, sides sore from laughing non-stop. In other words, The Pokémusical is spectacular.”

“It’s no surprise “The Pokemusical” sold out opening night, just as it’s no surprise it took Best Musical at the Hollywood Fringe Fest earlier this year. Smart, well-crafted, but most of all good fun.”


Things to Do in LA: “Praise for the entire cast who all pulled of great songs and took on multiple roles throughout the night.”


“The Pokemusical, a live-action musical parody filled with adult situations and comical parallels that are sure to have anyone who had any interest in pocket monsters both laughing and feeling a warm tingle of nostalgia.”

bitter lemons

Bitter Lemons’ “Let’s Fringe” with Cindy Marie Jenkins

“Whether you grew up with the show or only know who Pikachu is, you’ll find this show to be a treat. It sets out to be a wild, silly ride and it succeeds in doing so.”

“I enjoyed this show, and I would recommend it to other people, something I’d never thought I’d say going in. It’s for those who are open to an evening filled with a vibrancy hard to find in this culture of snark and cynicism we sedate ourselves with…And for that, Pokemusical, I thank thee.”

French coverage of The Pokemusical:
“Une comédie musicale Pokemon fait beaucoup parler d’elle en ce moment outre-Atlantique puisqu’elle est inspirée d’un de nos grands souvenirs d’enfances, le phénomène Pokémon.”


Spanish coverage of The Pokemusical:
“Revive tu niñez con esta obra de teatro sobre una de las caricaturas que marcó la infancia de la Generación Y”

“A live action show that is one of the most hilarious, clever, and entertaining that I have ever seen.”

Of Pokemusical: “Under Joanna Syiek’s lively direction, cast members deliver energetic and often quite terrific performances. McCoy simply couldn’t be more appealing as our spunky, wide-eyed hero Ash, and I look forward to seeing much more of this very talented new L.A.-based singer-actor.”

Of Merely Players: “Songs are funny and catchy, wild-and-crazy characters are straight (or not so straight) out of an actual Max Ginsburg painting, choreography by director Syiek is infectiously fun…Whether you’ve ever done community theater or never trod the boards in your life, you will love Merely Players. And you might even buy a ticket to go back. I have.” WINNER! BEST FULL-LENGTH WORLD-PREMIERE MUSICAL


LA Stage Times

Los Angeles

Giraffenstein Coverage


Santa Monica Mirror


Musicals in LA: See Rock CityPokémusical, and Things to Ruin

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