The Spanish Peaks Players
Salida native Stephanie Masinton began acting in high school with the Salida High Country Fine Arts Association where she enjoyed performing in Hello, Dolly and Give My Regards to Broadway and participating in her high school drama club. During 12 years in England, she was a member of the Durham Dramatic Society, took part in the Durham medieval mystery play cycle, performed in front of Durham Cathedral and performed and directed Shakespeare and medieval plays with the Lords of Misrule in York. She returned to Salida briefly in 2006 where she coached the drama club and directed the school’s spring production of Peter Pan. Her FCPA performances include: “Sybil Fawlty” in the 2019 summer comedy, Fawlty Towers, various memorable roles in the 2019 Salute to Carol Burnett, and most recently as “Audrey” in Little Shop of Horrors. Stephanie works as a librarian for both the school and the public library, where she entertains the kids with dramatic readings and storytelling on a weekly basis.
Many will recognize Tony Masinton as the Director of the La Veta Public Library. His first turn on the La Veta stage was as the language-challenged Barcelonan "Manuel" in Fawlty Towers. Tony has also been in other FCPA productions: he played various roles in the Salute to Carol Burnett, played improv with the Francisco Street Fools, and played "Seymour" in Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere, he has spent several months studying at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London; acted in numerous productions in York, England; was a member of the Durham Dramatic Society (England); and performed Shakespeare with the Lords of Misrule in York. He also had one or two brief appearances on the BBC during his career as an archaeologist at the University of York.
Peggy Arnold-Hoobler, a seasoned veteran of the stage, possesses theatre credits far too numerous to list on this page! In addition to being the founder and an active member of the FCPA Show Choir, Peggy is well-known locally from her utterly unforgettable turn as “Louise Seger” in the June 2014 sell-out musical Always. . .Patsy Cline, which she also directed. In 2013 she directed the smash summer hit Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, while also serving as “The Narrator” and member of the ensemble cast. Peggy also directed the FCPA’s 2015 dramatic musical Quilters, the 2016 musical The Marvelous Wonderettes and 2018’s Church Basement Ladies. In addition to her extensive work in musical theatre, Peggy has also directed a number of the FCPA’s summer melodramas including 2017’s Treachery At Cartilage Creek, where she also played the role of “Widder Plunkett,” and 2014’s The Treasure of Shiver River Retired from thirty-three years in education, Peggy now spends her time participating in numerous clubs and organizations including the FCPA’s Board of Directors, where she currently serves as its Treasurer.
California native Christopher Workmon spent most of his childhood in Fresno, graduating high school in 1970. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy he settled in Louisiana where he currently resides with his wife Arlene. Upon retirement in 2014 from a wide variety of interesting occupations, Chris and Arlene built a second home in Silver Spurs Ranch in Huerfano County. Chris has enjoyed years and years of acting in theatre productions, primarily with the St. John Theatre Group in Louisiana. Chris’ first community theatre role was the lead of El Gallo in the 1981 production of The Fantastiks. Among his many acting credits are his roles as “Mitch Mahony” in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, “Juror #8” in 12 Angry Jurors, “Sir Danvers Carrouh” in Jekyll & Hyde, “Nicely Nicely Johnson” in Guys and Dolls, “Painless DDS” in M*A*S*H and “Andrew Carnes” in Oklahoma. Christopher recently joined the FCPA Show Choir and entertained dinner theatre diners as “Bob Ford” in Double Trouble At Twin Peaks (2019). When live performances continued Chris joined us again in our return to the stage in Little Shop of Horrors as Mushnik the florist.
Shane Clouse first became involved in the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts shortly after he and wife Sher moved to LaVeta in 1996 and has been on the theatre’s Board of Directors for an impressive 21 years! While local audiences will recognize Shane from his many acting roles in FCPA productions over the years, many locals also admire his mastery of the theatre’s sound and light board where he worked his magic coordinating sound, lights and a slide show in 2013’s Respect: A Musical Journey of Women and again in 2015’s Sylvia. A natural comedian, Shane has entertained melodrama crowds as, e.g., “Wing Tip” in The Shame of Tombstone, and pirate “Orin Gold” in The Treasure of Shiver River. He has also entertained dinner theatre-goers as the ‘pharmaceutically challenged’ “Tony Conflenti” in Whack Whack, the erstwhile rock star “Stung” in 2014’s The Last Noel and sycophantic conniver “Hasty Dasher” in Jestifiable Homicide. Shane also played the chronically hapless explosives enthusiast “Doug” in 2016’s The Old People Are Revolting, “Charlie” in the 2017 Senior Moments sketches “The Code” and “Growing Old” and hapless chef “Terry” in 2019’s Fawlty Towers. Most recently, Shane and wife Sher directed a Salute to Carol Burnett, where he also played a variety of roles. Last year he returned to the stage as the villainous veterinarian in the melodrama, The Vile Veterinarian.
Tylor Kirkland has once again stolen the show with his incredible comedic skills. As a method actor, he has climbed five flights to six flights of stairs several times a day to prepare for his current role. He has an incredible memory and has almost always remembered his one line. He has recently been seen in: The Vile Veterinarian, The Francisco Street Fools, and Charlie's.