Dirty Rotten Scoundrels take Parker Auditorium stage at La Jolla High School

By Jenna Jay

Full Circle Theatre will present the exuberant musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at La Jolla High School’s Parker Auditorium, Aug. 4-7. Karina Wiener directs the show with assistance from Ann Boutelle, head of the theater department at La Jolla High School.

“The people involved in the production are all students of some kind,” Boutelle said. “There are college students and some high school students. A lot of the kids met during their high school years in the National Comedy Theatre improv. They’re doing basically all of the creative design and choreography and dancing.”

The newly resurrected Full Circle Theatre boasts a core of performers who came to Boutelle with the idea of presenting “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” following last summer’s performance of “The Thirty-Nine Steps.”

On selecting “Scoundrels,” Boutelle said, “It was just a show that a lot of them really liked. They came to me said, ‘Can we do this?’ and I was like ‘OK!’ Everybody I know who saw the musical really enjoyed it. It’s very silly and funny.”

The cast of 13 began rehearsals in mid-June.

“They are bringing the energy to it,” Boutelle said. “They want to use the space, want to entertain the community, want to work on the skills and craft they’ve been developing. Many of them are very serious about performing as a career, and I think it’s great that they’re coming back together again to work together and learn from each other.”

This is the second year for Full Circle Theatre to present a production in La Jolla. Last year, at the urging of La Jolla High School theater students Katheryne Penny and Brendan Milove (two performers also involved in this year’s production), Boutelle resurrected Full Circle after several years of dormancy.

Full Circle Theatre began as a local performing arts company in 2000, established by Boutelle and her husband, as well as Walter Stewart, former artistic director and founder of the La Jolla Stage Company and theatre teacher at La Jolla High School. The company has produced shows such as “Kindertransport,” “The Diviners,” “Stepping Out,” “Pets,” “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” “Teach Me How to Cry,” “The Trial” and “Black Comedy.”

This year, Boutelle said, theatergoers can expect “a colorful, hysterical, lively, very funny show with beautiful sets and cool lights. “

If you go


Musical from Full Circle Theatre


7 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday


Parker Auditorium, La Jolla High School,

750 Nautilus St.


$12-$8 at the door and (858) 454-3081 ext. 4402. Cash or check only. No credit accepted.

About the show

The musical premiered in

San Diego

on Sept. 22, 2004, before moving to Broadway in January 2005. It closed on Broadway on Sept. 3, 2006 after 626 performances. It’s based on the 1988 film, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, and centers on two con men living on the French Riviera.