YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, musical by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Wimberley Players, September 12 - October 5, 2014
- Published on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:06
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Directed and Choreographed by Melissa May-Moncus
Musical Director Shaunna Shandro
Produced by Terri Burney-Bisett
September 12 thru October 5, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 PM, Sundays 2:30PM at The Wimberley Playhouse
A rollicking spoof of classic horror films of the ‘30s and 40s (as in the 1974 movie of the same name). Meet the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, who insists his name be pronounced "Fronkensteen" and that he is not a madman but a scientist. Big musical numbers! Big laughs! HUGE FUN!
Reserved seats $19. Opening night $21. Students with ID $10. All prices include $1 ticketing fee.
Tickets: www.wimberleyplayers.org. Box office 512-847-0475
Wimberley Playhouse is located at 450 Old Kyle Rd. Wimberley TX 78676 - click for map
The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his 1974 hit film into a brilliant stage creation. With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven to be monstrously good entertainment!
Monster – Ameer Mobarak
Frederick Frankenstein – R. Michael Clickscales
Igor – Derek Smootz
Inga – Caitlin Iliff
Elizabeth Benning – Lariena Brown
Frau Blϋcher – Rebecca Smootz
Inspector Kemp – Will Mercer
The Hermit – Guy Ben-Moshe
Victor Von Frankenstein – Bill Claussen
Ziggy – Daniel Perez
Ensemble – Dirk Bauer, Erin Brownlee, Heather Bullard, Zach Butler, Benjamin Culpepper, Laura Haygood, Whitney Marlett, Brenan Mercer, Danny Mosier, Kendra Patch, Tiffany Patch, Kayla Perez, Arianna Pickett, Michelle Piersol, Luiz Rodriquez-Alegria, Chris Schaible, James Springer, Sarah Villarreal, Ryley Wilson, Yvonne Ybarra
Young Frankenstein is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
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LIBERTY! EQUALITY! AND FIREWORKS! by Gregory Perrin, Pollyanna Theatre Company at the Rollins Theatre, October 11 - 19, 2014
- Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:46
Pollyanna Theatre Company and LBJ Presidential Library
collaborate to educate children about Civil Rights
Playwright commissioned to commemorate 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act
Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks! October 11-19, 2014
Public Performances – Tickets through www.thelongcenter.org
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Pollyanna Theatre, resident theatre company of the Long Center, is partnering with the LBJ Library on a special production for children, Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! by Gregory S. Perrin opening October 11 – 19 at the Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin.
The original play by award-winning playwright Gregory Perrin was commissioned by Pollyanna Theatre specifically for the young people of Austin. Best suited for mid to upper elementary school children and their families, Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! is a theatrical exploration of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.
Perrin, who has studied with three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee is passionate about the project. “History is important, but many of our children feel that it is boring because it has nothing to do with them. My goal is that the children seeing this play will leave with questions about what they have seen, which
The LBJ Library’s Education Department is partnering with Pollyanna Theatre in creating educational resources which will be available online and in print for all adults who attend the production, to accompany the play. The materials explore the Civil Rights Movement and include recommendations on how to navigate children through this very important topic. The two organizations will also cross promote school visits to explore the LBJ Library’s exhibits in conjunction with the performances.
The action of Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! is set in a history museum where the play’s characters (a group of 4th grade students) experience key elements of our national history when iconic images from that period come to life. These characters entertain, enlighten and take the children on a fascinating journey through history.
Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Founder and Artistic Director of Pollyanna Theatre Company feels strongly about commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “This was a critical turning point in our nation’s history. It is so important for children of all races, to understand the movement, especially in light of what’s happening in today’s world. There is still much work to be done.”
The inspiration for the collaboration between Pollyanna Theatre and LBJ Library came about earlier this year through an introductory email from Judy to LBJ Library’s Sarah McCracken Director of Public Programs. That email led to a meeting that included Amanda Melancon, the Library’s Education Specialist. From there, a partnership was forged. Both Judy and Gregory were invited to the Civil Rights Summit in April at the Library, which was attended by President Obama and former Presidents Carter and Clinton.
Judy received another thrill at the Summit when she realized she was sitting next to an avid Civil Rights advocate also dedicated to education; Dr. Bernice King – youngest child of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.
Amanda Melancon, Education Specialist at LBJ Library says, “We are thrilled to partner with Pollyanna Theatre Company. We have outstanding educational resources on the Civil Rights movement: from photos and films to historical documents. We host thousands of children each year through our exhibits and activities, and to be a part of a theatrical version of this story, is yet another way to engage future generations.”
All roles in Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! are played by professional adult actors.The cast includes; Bethany Harbaugh, Olivia Jimenez, Cameron McKnight, Emily Braun, Aubrey Hicks, Jacques Colimon, Aaron Alexander, Alessandra Manon, Craig Kanne and Jessica Hughes. The production is directed by Matetzschk-Campbell.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT - GREGORY S. PERRIN: Gregory Perrin has been involved in theater for more than 25 years and has directed, produced and/or performed in more than twenty plays and commercials. He studied with Edward Albee, a three time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, who selected one of Gregory's plays for the 1997 Edward Albee Playwrights' Workshop in Houston, Texas. As a playwright, Gregory has received five commissions to write plays for family audiences. Many of these plays center around a guarding angel superhero character named GASH. Gregory was the inaugural playwright commissioned by Theater LaB Houston for the Fiesta First Ward Children’s Theater Project.
He has a MFA and BA from the University of Houston School of Theatre. He is very pleased to be working with Pollyanna Theatre Company and overjoyed to continue the conversation about race and the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to playwriting, Gregory is a seasoned fundraising professional, mentor and leader. He currently is the chief development officer for the University of Texas Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin.
ABOUT POLLYANNA THEATRE COMPANY: The founders of Pollyanna Theatre Company believe that theatre is a powerful teaching tool that speaks to people of all ages in a unique and powerful way through a variety of visual, aural, and emotional languages. Therefore, theatre should be a part of all general education from pre-kindergarten through adulthood. Toward that end, The Pollyanna Theatre Company strives to work alongside educators to inspire, motivate, and teach audiences of all ages. Although the company’s primary focus is upon young audience members, the ensemble performs top quality theatrical productions that speak to and illuminate the human spirit and condition for all ages. www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org
ABOUT THE LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY: The LBJ Presidential Library is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Its mission is to preserve and protect the historical materials in the collections of the library and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibits and educational programs; to advance the LBJ Library’s standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world. www.lbjlibrary.org
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- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:52
THEATRE en BLOC is proud to present
An Impressive Comedy by Mike Bartlett
October 3-26, 2014
Thursdays- Sundays at 8 p.m.
at The Off Center @ 2211 Hidalgo Street - click for map
TICKETS: $15-$35 Sliding Scale:
512.522.4083 or buyplaytix.com
Winner of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement
OUR ENDLESS OBSESSION WITH...
COCK is a play about John, who takes a break from his boyfriend, and accidentally meets the woman of his dreams. Still deeply in love with both his partners and filled with guilt, he decides there's only one way to straighten it all out…
Climaxing at a dinner with both parties and the boyfriend's father, everyone wants to know: Who is John? What is he? And what will his decision be? Mike Bartlett's punchy play takes a candid look at one man's sexuality and the difficulties that arise when his identity is on the line.
CAST: Zac Carr, Ryan Hamilton, Jenny Lavery, Dennis Bailey
DESIGN TEAM: Blake Addyson, Jenny Hanna-Chambers, Christal Boyd, Derek Kolluri
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- Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:31
JOB / INTERNSHIP Austin Shakespeare is seeking an intern for wigs (including lace front) for CYRANO to refresh and style hair pieces, esp for men under the design of Allison Lowery. Show runs Nov. 20-Dec. 7. Stipend. contact melinda dot parr at gmail dot com
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CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmund Rostand, Austin Shakespeare at Rollins Theatre, Long Center, November 19 - December 7, 2014
- Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:23
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- Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:09
The Insomniac's Ball, the first play of Bottle Alley's third season, is about the effects of sleep deprivation on the human body and mind. Insomniacs gather for a ball, where they drink, smoke, do drugs, and dance in an effort to keep themselves awake far past all others who are soundly asleep. The play takes place in the aftermath of this ball, during a friendly poker game between four characters, determined to keep themselves up later. As the night stretches on, and their poker game grows longer, these characters begin to reveal truths about themselves - secret admissions that they have never told anyone, and are faced with realities that they had refused to acknowledge.
Auditions shall take place on the evening of TUESDAY, September 23rd as well as WEDNESDAY, September 24th at 7 p.m. at Space Recording and Rehearsal on Manchaca Rd. Actors must memorize a selection from the script of their choosing to perform. In addition, there will also be cold (semi-cold) readings from the play. You can come to one session, or to both. If you need access to the script email writer/director Chris Fontanes(me) at my personal email address cmfontanes [AT] gmail.com. Please, please, please, respond upon reading the script - even if it is just to say that you aren't interested.
Actors should respond with a resume and a current headshot
Performances shall take place this winter. Yes, this is a paid gig
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- Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 07:00
I am super excited to announce auditions for my new Christmas musical "Christmas On Ebony Street" this October making its debut this December on the Abundant Life Church Stage!! The new musical takes a look at the story of Ebenezer Scrooge... but told from a different perspective. Come along with us as we take you on a Winter Wonderland ride of your life filled with Gospel, Jazz and the Soul sounds of Ebony Street!!
All Roles Are Open!!!
We are casting for Actors/Actresses, Singers & Dancers of all ages!!
- Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 20:54
The Baron's Men proudly present A Tale of Robyn Hoode, an exciting adaptation of the medieval Robyn Hoode ballads.
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- Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 20:40
14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival
October 17 & 18, 2014
Nearly 50 Austin actors, playwrights, directors, designers and musicians will make 14 world-premiere plays in 48 hours as part of 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival October 17 and 18, 2014 at THE VORTEX. There will be two performances each night at 7:30 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. Each night features seven different, brand-new plays.
14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival was started in Seattle, Wash., in 1998 and quickly became a staple of that city’s theater community, bringing together artists from every type of performance discipline and at every stage of their career. Now the festival’s umbrella organization, 14/48 Projects, is helping new communities around the globe start their versions of the festival. Leicester, England, began their 14/48 in 2013. Now three former Seattle artists living in Austin, Joanna Garner, Zoey Cane Belyea and Julie Gillis, are spearheading the launch of Austin’s festival.
“This city has so many amazing, talented, totally daring theater makers,” said Belyea, a Gale Theatre company member and teaching artist at ZACH Theatre. “We want to lock them all up in The VORTEX, give them lots of beer, and see what happens.”
During 14/48, seven world-premiere plays are written, cast, directed, rehearsed, scored, designed and performed twice in 24 hours. The entire process is then repeated the next day with seven new plays. Participants and audience members have the opportunity to complete the sentence: “Theatre would be a lot more interesting if there were seven ten-minute plays about _____.” One answer per night is chosen at random, and the writers spend the night crafting a play based on that theme. In the morning, directors choose scripts and casts at random.
Tickets are available through The VORTEX Box Office at 512-478-5282 or at www.VortexRep.org. The Box Office is open from 4:30-8 pm on show nights. THE VORTEX is located at 2307 Manor Road, Austin,Texas, 78722. Use of The VORTEX is made possible through the support of VORTEX Repertory Company.Write comment (0 Comments)
- Published on Friday, 08 August 2014 11:15
Austin Playhouse presents
Time Stands Still
by Donald Margulies, directed by Don Toner
– at at 5 p.m.
Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78752
TICKETS: $28 / , $30 / , $35 Opening Night
DISCOUNTS: All student tickets are half-price. $3 discount for Seniors 65 and up.
THURSDAYS: Limited Pick-Your-Price Rush tickets will be available at the box office
one hour prior to showtime for each performance.
A riveting drama that takes on our complicated relationship to war - and the war of relationships
A Tony nominee for Best Play, Time Stands Still is a witty, intelligent examination of the power of war against the backdrop of the homefront. Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist, share a passion for the adrenaline rush that comes from reporting stories in the world’s deadliest war zones. When the realities of combat become too much for James, a rift begins to form between them. After Sarah is wounded in a bomb blast in Iraq, she is forced to return home to James and the safety, and comparative boredom, of New York. Her struggle to adapt to life in the States is contrasted with the life of her mentor, Richard, who is happily embarking on a more conventional path with a much younger woman.
Pressed to consider settling down in New York, Sarah must face her addiction to a life filled unpredictability and come to terms with the impossibility of remaining just a spectator on the homefront to the tragedies of war. Time Stands Still is a witty, intelligent, and topical examination of our complicated relationship to war and its effects on the people who choose to be part of the chaos.
Recommended for audiences 18 and up due to adult language, mature situations and depiction of smoking.
Times Stands Still stars Austin Playhouse Acting Company members Molly Karrasch as Sarah (Venus in Fur, Roaring), Brian Coughlin as James (Man of La Mancha, And Then There Were None), Huck Huckaby as Richard (The Liar, Roaring), joined by Jessica Hughes (Noises Off) as Mandy.
The play is directed by Don Toner, with lighting design by Don Day, costume design by Buffy Manners, and sound design by Joel Mercado-See.
Time Stands Still was a Tony nominee for Best Play in the 2010 Broadway season, and the newest play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dinner with Friends and Collected Stories. "What I tried to do with this play," Donald Margulies says, "is capture a sense of the way we live now, to dramatize the things that thinking, feeling, moral people are thinking about and struggle with — the issues of how to be a citizen of the world, how to show compassion, how to be involved, how to be true to yourself and your immediate loved ones."
“Mr. Margulies’s quietly powerful drama illustrates just how much pain and trauma are involved in the everyday business of two people creating a life together, one that accommodates the mistakes of the past, the reality of the present and the changes that the future may bring.” — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
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- Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 19:32
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