Back by popular demand, the Blazin’ M Ranch is proud to present A WOMAN’S HAND, a special live theatrical production filled with music, laughter, tears, and a whole lot of pioneer women’s soul. The show enjoyed a sold out run last year and now audiences will have the opportunity to experience this special show again or for the first time starting October 4th when it will play every Sunday through November 8th this year.
Along with the Blazin’ M’s signature chuck wagon dinner, pre-dinner activities and attractions, guests can engage with colorful Old West living history characters that showcase the hard work, challenges, triumphs and everyday hardships of women in the 1800’s.
The result of tireless research by the show’s playwright Dev Ross and historian Kate Ruland-Thorne, “A Woman’s Hand” features women who helped weave the fabric of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Their stories are heartwarming, often heartbreaking, and rich with spirit. Audiences will enjoy hearing directly from these historical women who come alive on stage. Meet the first African-American woman to own a business in Jerome, a saloon hall Soiled Dove from Flagstaff, a Chinese singsong girl, Latina Apolonia Chavez and Sedona Schnebly.
Lori Mabery, Managing Partner at the ranch, beamed with excitement when describing the show. “We’re proud and excited to feature this great musical production, “A Woman’s Hand,” again at the Blazin’ M Ranch. It’s truly a local history lesson coming to life right before your eyes, with the added bonus of dinner and all the regular western activities and attractions we’ve always offered here at the ranch!”
In 2014, the cast & crew spent weeks modifying the stage by adding lighting and recreating historical scenes where living history characters interact with guests prior to dinner.” Mabery continued, “We’ve got a powerful and talented cast, the show is amazing, and it’s a great compliment and addition to our regular cowboy dinner show. This production really appeals to locals who love our community as well as tourists who are interested in the history of our area.”
Along with Dev Ross, one of Sedona’s favorites, Shondra Jepperson, a singer, songwriter, actor and half of the entertainment duo Tom & Shondra, is also a producer as well as an actor in the show. Jepperson commented, “It’s been a thrill to see this show go up at the Blazin’ M Ranch and to be an actor in it with my creative partner Dev Ross. The actors we share the stage with are extremely talented and it’s a pleasure to work alongside them. Audiences have really expressed their appreciation to us for sharing the unknown stories of the women who held their own during a very tough time in Verde Valley’s history. I’m thrilled to be running this show again!”
Both Jepperson and Ross tout a long list of leading role credits in plays and productions throughout southern California as well as in Sedona and the
Verde Valley. In the past several years, both have also successfully co-produced and acted in murder mysteries penned by Ross with sold out performances at the Blazin’ M Ranch.
Dev Ross commented, “My producing partner, Shondra Jepperson, and I had discussed putting the play up for years but had no venue for it until the
Blazin’ M Ranch. Having my show play there is a dream come true. Lori
Mabery and her team at the ranch shared our vision, added to it, and are helping to bring more theater back into our community. We had a terrific run last March with sold out shows so we know this run is bound to sell out quickly.”
The other three cast members joining Ross and Jepperson are well known to
Sedona audiences and have also enjoyed success in theatre. Tricia
Greer has been cast in leading roles in Shifting Gears, Lion in Winter, Glass
Menagerie, Proof and 37 Postcards here in Sedona, and has an extensive resume of lead roles in theatres throughout California. LaToya Lewy had her first theatre experience at the age of ten when she was cast in Oliver and starred as Cinderella in her high school production of Into the Woods. LaToya attended Concordia College-Moorhead where sang in the ensemble choir directed by renowned director/composer, Rene Clausen and she’s been performing for local audiences in Cottonwood’s Emmanuel Fellowship productions such as The Celebration of Christmas and Celebration America. Talented James Ball is thrilled to be accompanying this talented group of women. James is well known in the Verde Valley for teaching Choir, Music Theory, and as the Director of the Musical Theatre Department at Mingus Union High School.
John Reynolds is the director of the show who, besides his directing resume, has an extensive background as a special effects lighting director for major
motion pictures motion pictures including E.T., Twilight Zone, Towering Inferno just to name a few. Reynolds stated, “Directing A Woman’ Hand at the Blazin’ M Ranch is the perfect venue. After having this experience, I am excited about the potential to do other programs there. It’s a perfect environment for a director; great support, great team, warm environment, and it feels like home.”
The series of six Sunday performances of this historical production open on Sunday, October 4th. Gates open at 5:00PM for pre-show activities and actor/audience interactions. Dinner is served at 6:30PM. The hour-long show starts at 7:30PM. Adults: $35.95+tax, Seniors: $32.95+tax, Children (3-12). $19.95+tax.
2015 Holiday Hootenannies at the Ranch
Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood is offering a special holiday show this season sure to please the entire family! With nearly a million people entertained (and fed!) in the past 20 years, Blazin’ M’s special holiday program kicks-off November 27 and runs on select dates through December 27.
This special limited production features an abundance of comedy and festive cowboy and traditional songs to put patrons in the true spirit of the season. Champion yodelers, Jim and Jeanne Martin, and steel-guitar player extraordinaire, Bill Bassett, blend their melodic sounds and cowboy humor to create a spectacular hour of holiday fun you won’t want to miss.
Blazin’ M Wrangler’s will literally “deck the barn” with holiday-themed decorations for everyone’s enjoyment. With shows starting the day after Thanksgiving, make plans now to bring everyone from the oldest to the youngest family members and friends to enjoy great food and outstanding entertainment …as well as a very surprising and festive rendition of their signature Ghost Riders in the Sky!
“Every year our holiday shows sell out,” says Lori Mabery, Managing Partner for Mabery Ranch Company, the family entity that founded Blazin’ M. “If you are looking for the perfect evening of food and entertainment for your visiting family and friends for the holidays, or just need a spirit-booster for the season, this is the must-have ticket.”
In addition to the regular activities and attractions included with the ticket, like the vintage tractor ride and roping lessons, the retails shops are packed full of great merchandise to complete your holiday shopping. With thirty plus staff members serving as shopkeepers, ticket takers, servers, singers and cooks, everyone pitches in to make the evening enjoyable for all!
For details and reservations call 928-634-0334 or visit BlazinM.com for up-to-the-minute availability.