Jade Production's History

Jade Productions, Inc. was organized in 1995 by Pat and Joy Demain to enhance the level of artistry in live theater productions for the Las Vegas community and thus enhance the quality of life in Southern Nevada.

* 1995 promoted original musical, DESIRE, for an East Coast theater company which performed two nights at the San Remo.

* 1996 Kander and Ebb's THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND directed by Phil Randall (professional producer).

* 1997 YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN directed by Joy Demain, choreographed by Louis Kavouras (head of dance department at UNLV)

* 1998 Joined the American Association of Community Theater, ODD COUPLE (The Female Version) directed by Joy Demain, "Movable Feast", a dance concert featuring the dancers of UNLV under the direction of Louis Kavouras and Margo Mink Colbert, and "Jim Hodge and Friends" (a Broadway review--concert style) directed by Ray Favero.

* 1999 FUNNY GIRL (February) directed by Gary Giocomo, produced "Showstoppers" which was presented at the Pinnacle Theatre in Sun City in April and Joy Demain's one woman show "Broadway Love & Ladies", also at the Pinnacle Theatre in July. HAUNTED THEATRE presented at Nevada Power in conjunction with ScareFaire '99, directed by Joy Demain.

* 2000 I DO! I DO! Presented at the Clark County Theatre in the Performing Arts Complex on Flamingo from March 16th through April 2nd, directed by Gary Giocomo. LI'L ABNER, directed by Joy Demain, music directed by Pat Demain, in conjunction with Henderson Parks and Recreation in October, 2000 at Valley View Recreation Center. BABES IN TOYLAND, directed by Ed Humphrey and music directed by Pat Demain presented at Summerlin Performing Arts Center in December, 2000.

* 2001 TIME AFTER TIME, directed by Joy Demain, in conjunction with Henderson Parks and Recreation at Valley View Recreation Center January 26th through February 4th. I DO! I DO! was presented again (for the Summerlin audience this time) from April 20th through the 29th at Summerlin Performing Arts Center, again directed by Gary Giocomo, music directed by Pat Demain. SHOWTUNE, An Original Musical Review, conceived and directed by John Gillespie (for a Jade Productions debut) was presented in July at the Summerlin Performing Arts Center, again music directed by Pat Demain. The play EXTREMETIES was produced in conjunction with Teatro Angst in September at the Whitney Library Theatre. Jade Productions was on the cover of the August 11th edition of LAS VEGAS CITY LIFE, honored with a "Tony Award" for best production of the past theatre season in Las Vegas.

* 2002 In October John Gillespies' SHOWTUNE! toured to Sun City MacDonald Ranch and Sun City Summerlin. A Revival of AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Kander & Ebb's Musical Revue, Jade Productions' winner of Best Production of the Year by Las Vegas City Life's Tony Del Valle was presented in November at Summerlin Performing Arts Center. January and February found Jade presenting Studs Terkel's Musical WORKING at Summerlin Performing Arts Center. We ended our season with a One Night Only "Songs of Broadway--Jade & Friends Gala Fundraiser" on March 8th Summerlin.

* 2003 In June we joined forces with Super Summer Theatre and presented LI'L ABNER at Spring Mountain Ranch. The show was directed by Joy Demain. In October we presented the off-Broadway hit PETE 'N KEELY at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center. The show was directed by it's author--direct from New York--Jim Hindman. Things slowed down a bit here for Jade Productions, as president Joy Demain was treated for breast cancer.

* 2004 We presented an encore TIME AFTER TIME, directed by Joy Demain, this time at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center. In November we co-produced TEXARKANA WALTZ with Greenhouse Theatre Company. It was presented in CCSN's Black Box Theatre and directed by Byron Tidwell.

* 2005 We joined forces again with Spring Mountain Ranch Super Summer Theatre and sold out houses for our August production of GUYS AND DOLLS. This great show was directed by Jim Carey and co-choreographed by Kristen Gressley. In September, in response to our theatre community's desire to put together a show to raise funds for the Katrina Hurricane Disaster, we worked with several theatre companies and individuals to bring on "What A Relief!" Fundraiser for Katrina. Together, we raised $6300.00.

* 2006 We held our Ten Year Anniversary Gala Celebration for January 15 at Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center. Jade Productions was the official sponsor of V-Day Las Vegas 2006 on Sunday, February 12th, again at Summerlin PAC. VAGINA MONOLOGUES was presented, and we raised $4500.00 for the Las Vegas Rape Crisis Center and the World V-Day Organization. In February and March, MAME, also at Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center was presented.   We received grants from Reynolds Foundation and Nevada Arts Council.  On Sunday, September 30, Jade Productions joined forces with "What A Relief" and other Las Vegas theatre companies and raised funds for Make A Wish Foundation.  At our Anniversary Gala in January we were hired to create and perform a similar type show for the Westside Newcomers Club at the Redrock Casino on December 13.  We created "Hits of Broadway".  The show starred Tony Blosser, Joy Demain, Russ Grieve, Jennifer King, and Martha Watson.  Rob Kastil directed.  We performed the same show on December 14 at Starbright Theatre.
*2007--Jade produced A NEW BRAIN, directed by Rob Kastil.  Lee Terry designed the lights--amazing.  The show starred Michael Brown, Lamont Russell, Jennifer deAnne King, Drew Yonemori, Tracy Blackwell, Keith Dotson, Steve McMillan,  John Ivanoff, Jennifer Dela Torre, and Joy Demain.;  Steve Palladie designed the sets.   For the remainder of the year, Jade has been on a bit of a hiatus.  Joy Demain was called to teach high school theatre at Silverado High School, so Jade is patiently waiting for time and space.

Jade's mission is to promote and cultivate theatre awareness and support by offering excellence in theatrical production in for our community and all the artists and technicians involved in our productions. We attempt to create a positive working atmosphere throughout the production process by giving performers and technicians in the community the chance to learn and utilize performance and theatrical technical skills in a real working situation.