Stan Jenson

Stan Jenson STAN JENSON has been acting for 56 years since his high school debut at the age of 14. In those ensuing years, he has appeared in several hundred productions across the United States and Australia including understudying Joel Grey in a tour of Cabaret, dancing in Raquel Welch's club and television acts, and appearing on stage and on television as various sea and space monsters for Sid & Marty Krofft Productions. He has recorded over 35 unabridged audio books, stage managed extensively, directed, composed, designed, and worked as a union stage hand. He now resides in Palm Springs where he appears in as many as eight productions per year, with numerous Desert Theatre League awards and nominations.



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BWW Review: 25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER at Encore Theatre DistrictBWW Review: 25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER at Encore Theatre District
Posted: Oct. 1, 2019


BWW Review: PETER PAN at Palm Canyon TheatreBWW Review: PETER PAN at Palm Canyon Theatre
Posted: Sep. 21, 2019


BWW Feature: THE CRUCIBLE at Palm Canyon TheatreBWW Feature: THE CRUCIBLE at Palm Canyon Theatre
Posted: Oct. 10, 2019


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BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Desert Theatreworks is an Explosion of Delightful EnergyBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Desert Theatreworks is an Explosion of Delightful Energy
Posted: Mar. 10, 2019


BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Palm Canyon TheatreBWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Palm Canyon Theatre
Posted: Jan. 27, 2019


BWW Review: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at Palm Canyon TheatreBWW Review: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at Palm Canyon Theatre
Posted: Mar. 2, 2019


BWW Review: GRAND HOTEL at Palm Canyon TheatreBWW Review: GRAND HOTEL at Palm Canyon Theatre
Posted: Apr. 12, 2019


Palm Canyon Theatre's SPRING AWAKENING is Inventive, Exciting, and DelightfulPalm Canyon Theatre's SPRING AWAKENING is Inventive, Exciting, and Delightful
Posted: Jul. 6, 2019


BWW Review: AVENUE Q in Top Form at Palm Canyon TheatreBWW Review: AVENUE Q in Top Form at Palm Canyon Theatre
Posted: Nov. 3, 2018


BWW Review: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Desert TheatreworksBWW Review: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Desert Theatreworks
Posted: Jan. 14, 2019


BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! is the Happiest Show in Town!
October 19, 2019

If you notice an inordinate number of smiles in the east end of the Valley, chances are that they're on people who have seen Desert Theatreworks newest show, Mama Mia! The musical includes 25 songs by the Swedish rock group Abba, and every one of them is so enjoyably recognizable that after the first measure or two, viewers think a?oeOh, yeah. That one!a?? You'll amaze yourself at how many of them you recognize, and what disco-ball memories they conjure forth!

BWW Feature: THE CRUCIBLE at Palm Canyon Theatre
October 10, 2019

Arthur Miller's American classic, The Crucible, is being presented this weekend by Palm Canyon Theatre, and it is relevant as more than just a precursor to Halloween's witches. Written in 1953 as a protest against Joseph McCarthy's persecution of anyone he decided was a Communist, it is a timely warning today to base decisions on fact and common sense, not hysteria.

BWW Review: 25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER at Encore Theatre District
October 1, 2019

COD student Katrina Dixon has set a performance level in local theatre that will be hard to surpass. In Encore Theatre's production of 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, close to 90% of the 70-minute show is her monologue, and she holds the audience's attention throughout, proving herself to be a deft storyteller.

BWW Review: PETER PAN at Palm Canyon Theatre
September 21, 2019


BWW Review: THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY at Desert Theatreworks
September 9, 2019

Desert Theatreworks has kicked off their 2019/2020 season of community inspired theatre with a frothy toast of champagne: a laugh-a-minute comedy called The Savannah Sipping Society. A group of women of a certain age, each of whom is facing a new situation in their lives, meet almost coincidentally. Three of them have enrolled in a Hot Yoga class, thinking that the term a?oeHota?? meant it would be hot fun. We meet them as they escape the torturously overheated room, and they agree to meet later that week for drinks and nibbles. A fourth lady joins them for their drinks, and the stage is set for two thoroughly enjoyable hours.

BWW Previews: KIDSWORKS at Desert Theatreworks
July 17, 2019

When I hear the term "Summer Camp," I have an idyllic vision of canoes on a lake, arts and crafts (I was a whiz at braiding lanyards), and sappy songs around a campfire. That vision, as Margaret once said, is "gone with the wind." Today's youth want to have a good time exploring more relevant skills such as acting, singing and dancing. This month, the Valley's largest theatre camp, KidsWorks in Indio, will be performing three different shows. It looks like they are worthy of our attention.

Palm Canyon Theatre's SPRING AWAKENING is Inventive, Exciting, and Delightful
July 6, 2019

It's a shame that our lack of summer population will limit the houses at Palm Canyon Theatre's current production of Spring Awakening because it is one of the most inventive and exciting musicals to be presented this season. The story of adolescents in late 19th century Germany discovering and dealing with their blossoming sexuality is combined with folk music and some very angry rock to deliver a still-relevant story.

BWW Review: BIG RIVER Delights at PALM CANYON THEATRE
May 13, 2019

Palm Canyon Theatre is taking an exuberant romp on the Mississippi in their current musical, Big River. The 1985 Broadway hit, with songs by Roger ("King of the Road") Miller, is a stage adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In the capable hands of director Se Layne, it shows energy, style, and a fair bit of heart.

BWW Review: REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES at Desert Theatreworks brings laughs and insight
May 11, 2019

Desert Theatreworks, the Valley's fastest-growing theatre company, has stepped outside of their pattern of familiar Broadway hits with their current production of Real Women Have Curves. The audience is the winner! Director Rebecca Havely has taken five dynamite actresses, a 1987 script, and presented a production that is as relevant as this morning's headlines. Fortunately, it is delivered with so many laughs and so much love that any messages and societal observations are secondary. It's a genuine feel-good evening in the theatre.

BWW Review: Two Terrific One-Acts, GRACELAND and ASLEEP ON THE WIND, at Desert Ensemble Theatre
April 20, 2019

My first visit to Desert Ensemble Theatre proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Their presentation of two one-act plays -- Graceland and Asleep on the Wind - harkened back to a purity of theatre which was so exciting to me in my college days. By stripping away full sets in favor of a few strategic prop pieces in front of black drapes, all of the focus was on the actors and the words they were speaking, and director Rosemary Mallett certainly found actors who skillfully rose to the challenge.

BWW Review: GRAND HOTEL at Palm Canyon Theatre
April 12, 2019

In producing 12 shows per season, sometimes Palm Canyon Theatre's productions become a blur, but their current offering, Grand Hotel, is one that will stay in viewers' memories for a long time. It is one of their most beautiful productions, combining top talent, design, direction, and choreography with a terrific show and score. It finishes its short run this weekend, and I suggest you run, not walk, to pick up tickets.

BWW Preview: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Palm Canyon Theatre
March 21, 2019

Palm Canyon Theatre presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, a delightful adaptation of the 1998 film, for one weekend only. Not to be missed!

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Desert Theatreworks is an Explosion of Delightful Energy
March 10, 2019

If you hear an explosion of energy coming from the east end of the valley over the next couple of weekends, it is almost certainly the production of Hairspray at Indio's Desert Theatreworks. I enjoyed virtually every detail of the production so much that it's hard to know where to start. The performers, the sets, the singing, the dancing, and above all, the exuberance grab us from our chilly winter evenings and whisk us away to a truly happy place!

BWW Review: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at Palm Canyon Theatre
March 2, 2019

Palm Canyon Theatre's current production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas breathes plenty of energy - and a fair bit of sexuality - into the 1978 musical. Although it is not the first musical to be based on a factual event, it has certainly chosen one of the stranger events to revisit: the closing of a Texas brothel called The Chicken Ranch.

BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Palm Canyon Theatre
January 27, 2019

Guys and Dolls is possibly the most frequently produced musical in the world. Since its Broadway debut in 1950, it has had numerous revivals on Broadway and the West End, and it has been tackled by just about every high school, college, and community theatre in the world. Fortunately, its popularity is justified, and it might become just a bit more popular in Palm Springs because of the production currently playing at the Palm Canyon Theatre. It has filled the house and been greeted with a standing ovation almost every performance in its first two weeks.

BWW Review: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Desert Theatreworks
January 14, 2019

Indio's Desert Theatreworks has scored another bullseye with their current production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. Simon's semi-autobiographical memory piece about his early teenage years in a crowded Brooklyn tenement is delivered in a finely-nuanced performance by a dream cast in the capable hands of director Rebecca Havely. As a result, the tale of a young teen's personal growth and exploration, set against a house full of family conflict and financial strife, takes the audience on a ride which they all seemed to greatly enjoy on the evening I viewed the show.

BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks Delivers a Very Stylish MURDER ON THE NILE
November 5, 2018

Indio's Desert Theatreworks continues their strong 2018/19 season with a stylish production of Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE NILE. Smartly dressed characters with distinct, larger-than-life personalities, come together in the early 1940's onboard an Egyptian riverboat. One of them gets shot through the head, and the remainder of the show deals with the characters figuring out whodunnit.

BWW Review: AVENUE Q in Top Form at Palm Canyon Theatre
November 3, 2018

AVENUE Q is the funniest, warmest, most talented musical production I have seen in a very long time. I urge you to run, not walk, to the box office to make sure you get tickets!

BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Palm Canyon Theatre
September 30, 2018

Fittingly, Palm Canyon Theatre has opened their 2018/2019 season with the classic Oklahoma!, deemed by many to be the foundation of the modern musical theatre. Originally appearing on Broadway in 1943, it is the first collaboration of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, was a blockbuster hit in its original run, and has been filmed, revived, toured, and produced time and again in schools and theatres around the world. However, it's been quite a spell since it has been available to local theatregoers. PCT's production, under the direction of Derik Shopinski, is reverent to the original work, blessed with some amazing voices, boisterously staged, and absolutely delighted the audience on its opening weekend.

BWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at Palm Canyon Theatre
July 11, 2018

Summer is the time for light, fun entertainment, and Palm Canyon Theatre has always selected their brightest, breeziest show as their summer offering. This year's choice is The Wedding Singer, a musical firmly set in the 80's which is based on the 1998 movie with the same title. Director Anthony Nannini has assembled a blue-ribbon cast, and directed and choreographed them through two hours of high energy singing, dancing and acting. They are accompanied by a live four-piece rock band on stage, led by musical director Jaci Davis. The results are sure to put a big smile on even the most heat-weary viewers!



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