Doors open 6:45pm 7:30 PM Start
L.A. native Perry Shields has been a high school English/Drama teacher for eight years, having left Corporate America (Hughes Aircraft for fourteen years, DIRECTV for seven) in 2004 to change careers and become a teacher. He teaches Drama full-time at Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo High School, a charter school in Boyle Heights. His theatrical background includes over 100 productions in the capacity of actor, musician, and director. Always in the theater, it seems, during the past twelve months directed Tribute for Surf City Theatre Company, The Last Romance and the West Coast premiere of Mrs. Parliament's Night Out for the Torrance Theatre Company; appeared in Arsenic and Old Lace for Surf City; as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! for the TTC's summer musical of 2014; and in Art-in-Relation's premiere production of Frankenstein: The Musical as Alphonse Frankenstein in Long Beach. Some of his favorite roles over the years have included Harold Hill ( The Music Man ), Felix ( The Odd Couple ), and himself in The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged) , which he performed both in Torrance and at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro. His training includes improv with the famed Groundlings. Perry has been happily married to Cindy for almost 29 years, and is proud that she is also a fellow Son of the Hollywood Party tent. Their two children, Craig (25) and Kimmy (21) are both involved in the arts as well. Perry has been a lifelong fan of Stan and Babe, having begun his Blackhawk collection at age 11 in 1972 with Helpmates, continuing through membership in the Way Out West tent in the early 80s, and keeping it going now with Hollywood Party. He is proud of his contributions to the legacy of the "Universal Monsters" and their creators through several stage and video projects honoring the likes of Jack Pierce and Lon Chaney. You can find Perry in one of his favorite projects on Vimeo as the Béla Lugosi Frankenstein Monster debating Dan Roebuck's Wolf Man in a mock Presidential Debate from 2012. Perry has been the perennial Master of Ceremonies for presentations at Monsterpalooza in Burbank twice a year almost since its inception in 2009. He has rarely missed a Hollywood Party meeting (and when he has, it's always been due to the theater) and loves our Thursday nights at the Barn. Thanks to Stan for creating a warm home for us fans.
It is we who thank you Perry and your wonderful wife for being a part of our family
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