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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tickets on Sale for "The Wedding Singer!"


   This press release arrived today from the Charleston Light Opera Guild:

   The box office opens Monday, July 28 at 10 a.m. for the Charleston Light Opera Guild production of The Wedding Singer slated for August 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 3 and 10 at 3:00 p.m. 
at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre.  

   Box office hours at the Little Theatre are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and one hour prior to show times or by calling 304-343-2287 or buy tickets online at www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org.  All seats are reserved at $20.

   Based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler film, we return to 1985 when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

   The Wedding Singer has a book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The Broadway production received five Tony Awards nominations.

   Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favortie wedding singer.  He's the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar.  Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. 
Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

   The Director/Choreographer is Nina Denton Pasinetti, Musical Director is Bobby Hodges, Jr. and orchestra and rehearsal pianist is Leah Lewis.  The cast is led by Scott Jarrell as Robbie Hart and Lauren Meyer as Julia.

   The production is sponsored by Mrs. Alex Schoenbaum.

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Once on This Island, Jr." Parents Meeting

   First Stage has auditions coming up this weekend for a unique show.

   It's called Once on This Island, Jr., and even though the show won't be presented until Spring 2015, the auditions are being held early because the cast will be traveling to Altlanta in January to take part in the annual Junior Theatre Festival.

   That means lots of preparation and fundraisers, so they have to get an early start! 

   Here's the information about a special informational meeting that's being offered for interested parents on Tuesday night:

Once On This Island informational Parents’ Meeting: 
Tuesday, July 22 – 6:30 p.m.
at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church. 

   This meeting is a time for parents and kids to learn more about the Junior Theatre Festival and the commitment required to participate in Once on This Island, Jr. 


   Members of the production team will be available to answer your questions. The goal of this meeting is to give you and your family the information that you need to help you make a decision before auditions on Saturday.

   This meeting will be helpful to families that did not participate in JTF last year, but it is not required in order to audition.

   There will be a another parent meeting for all cast members after auditions and at the start of the rehearsal process.

   If you have any questions email: onceonthisisland@gmail.com


Friday, July 18, 2014

On Stage This Weekend

    Several great shows on stage this weekend - here's the rundown:

Willy Wonka: The Musical - HART presents the classic musical based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl on July 18-20 and 25-27 at 8:30 p.m. Gates open for picnicking at 6:30 p.m. Children's Preshow "Adventures in Storyland" at 7 p.m., "HART's Superstar Preshow" at 7:30 p.m. It will be presented at the Ritter Park Amphitheater at 1310 8th Ave. in Huntington. Tickets are $15 Adults, $10 Children, $20 reserved Seats, Group Rates Available. 

- Labels: A Series of One ActsThe Basement Playhouse presents the plays on July 18 - 19 at 8 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Pendleton Arts Center at 1537 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, Ky. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids (12 and Under) Veterans, Active Military and Public Servants get in free (with ID).

- Peter Pan -  Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical  July 18, 23, 26, 30 and 31 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre Ampitheatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets $12.50 - $22

- Children of Eden - The Aracoma Story presents the musical loosely based on stories from The Bible.  Shows run through July 26 at 8:30 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park, Little Buffalo Creek Road in Logan, W.Va.  Tickets are: adults $12, seniors $10, children (3 - 12) $8. 

- The Aracoma Story - Will be presented July 18- 26 at 8:30 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park on Little Buffalo Creek Road in Logan, W.Va. Tickets are adults $12, Seniors $10, Children (3 - 12) $8.

    So get out there and support your community theatre!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Needed: a Male Actor in Huntington

   My pal Mike Murdock sends out this call for a male actor to fill a spot in the show they're working on now. He writes:

   MALE ACTOR NEEDED
 
   Ever wanted to try your hand at Shakespeare or be in Much Ado About Nothing or be in an ARTS show?
    Are you a male actor between the ages of 20 and 35 (negotiable)?
   Do you live in or have reliable transportation to the Huntington area?
 
   Are you available to begin rehearsing right away and are you free every weekend in August for performances, as well as for a school show on a weekday morning?
   If so, send me a message / friend request on Facebook / etc. 
I've got a good role for you. It's
 Borachio - you got to have some really great scenes, work with other great people and be a part of one of my wildest choices for Shakespeare yet? 

   Be a bad guy! Break up a Vegas wedding! Do some real acting! Seize the day! Message me!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Drama Camps - Sign Up Now!

   Summer rolls on, and so do several drama camps in the area. 

   Here's information on a couple of them:

Camp 5th Avenue (at Huntington's City Hall) has scholarships available for its "High School Musical Camp." If you know a student ages 11 to 14 who would like to attend camp for free, please contact Eddie Harbert ASAP at 304-544-2831. Camp runs through August 1.

- The Clay Center in Charleston is looking for kids in grades 3 - 7. Instructor Michael Murdock is presenting the "Kids Can Act Camp" from July 21 to July 25 from 1 – 4 p.m. The cost is $85 for members and $100 for non-members. Kids will explore acting and get to write, produce and perform their own scenes.
The Clay Center
phone: 304-561-3570
   For more info, go to this link.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Auditions for "Once on This Island, Jr."

   First Stage has two sets of auditions coming up - the first  is for the last show of the season - but those taking part in that show will go to a special festival early in 2015, so they have to get an early start.

   Here's the info:

Once On This Island, Jr. Auditions
Parents Informational Meeting: Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. 
Audition Date: Saturday, July 26 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Call Backs: Tuesday, July 29 – 6-9 p.m.


This call back will only be for some roles and all auditioning will not be required to attend. 

Location for the Meeting and Auditions:
Pea Ridge United Methodist Church
5747 East Pea Ridge Road in Huntington

   To audition actors must be 10 years old by Sept. 1, 2014 and have performed or worked tech for at least one First Stage production previously. We will host an informational Parents Meeting to answer questions about the Junior Theatre Festival, fundraising and the Spring Production (parents are not required to attend for their child to audition, although it is encouraged).

   Actors should come with a 45-second audition song (accompanist, CD and tape player will be available) and be prepared to learn a short dance.

   This will be the only audition for this production. We will also be looking for our tech crew at this that would like to attend the 
Junior Theatre Festival.

   Rehearsals will begin in the fall. The Junior Theatre Festival will be one long weekend in January in Atlanta, GA. The show, which will run two weekends at the Renaissance Center in Huntington, will open on February 27.

   Festival Dates: January 16-18, 2015 Show Dates: February 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7 and 8, 2014.

   If you have questions please contact the production team at onceonthisisland2015@gmail.com.

   For more information about the theatre company, visit the website at www.firststagetheatre.org.

Friday, July 11, 2014

On Stage This Weekend - Wonka, Detroit and more!

   On stage this weekend - lots of great shows:

- Willy Wonka: The Musical - HART presents the classic musical based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl on July 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27 at 8:30 p.m. Gates open for picnicking at 6:30 p.m. Children's Preshow "Adventures in Storyland" at 7 p.m., "HART's Superstar Preshow" at 7:30 p.m. It will be presented at the Ritter Park Amphitheater at 1310 8th Ave. in Huntington. Tickets are $15 Adults, $10 Children, $20 reserved Seats, Group Rates Available.

- Detroit - Appalachian Artists Collective presents the play by Lisa D'Amour July 11-12 at 8 p.m. at the Alban Arts and Conference Center at 65 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans, W.Va. Tickets are $15 Adults / $10 Students/Seniors.

- Peter Pan - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical July 11 and 16 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre Ampitheatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets $12.50 - $22

- A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical July 11, 12 and 18 at 2 p.m. and July 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre Mainstage in Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets $12.50 - $22

- South Pacific - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical July 12 and 17 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre Ampitheatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets $12.50 - $22

- Children of Eden - The Aracoma Story presents the musical loosely based on stories from The Bible. Shows run through July 26 at 8:30 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park, Little Buffalo Creek Road in Logan, W.Va. Tickets are: adults $12, seniors $10, children (3 - 12) $8.

    So get out there and support your commuity theatre. It's fun and they'd love to see you!