Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Auditions for "The Importance of Being Earnest", Main Street Players, Griffin

Auditions for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Main Street Players next production, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 7th and 8th, at The Main Street Theatre, 115 North Hill Street, in Griffin, Ga, starting each at 7:00PM each night.

Auditioners need to prepare a one-minute monologue.

Roles open are for two women in their 20's, two men in their 20's, two men any age over 20, one man 35 plus, one woman 40 plus and one man 40 plus.

Call 770-827-9821 for an appointment to audition.

Callbacks are possible for the following Saturday, January 10th.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, will perform February 26 through March 8, 2009, with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 3:00PM. Anyone winning an audition is expected to perform in every performance as well as rehearsals four weeks prior to the performance dates.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Peachtree City Atlanta Bread Company to Host Whodunit

Offshoot Productions’ latest audience-participation mystery, Rehearsal for Murder, is headed to a new venue. The popular show, which played to standing room only audiences in the fall, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, at Atlanta Bread Company in Peachtree City.

The play involves two striving actors, Toby and Anne, and director/playwright Marcy Masters, who has recently escaped punishment for murder with a successful insanity plea. The characters may seem familiar to some audience members as the play is a sequel to Audition for Murder, which Offshoot presented two years ago. Co-written by Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D., Offshoot’s artistic director, and Paige Steadman, Rehearsal for Murder takes place several years after Audition for Murder, when all the characters (except, of course, the one murdered in Audition) meet at a regional audition where they are trapped in a malfunctioning freight elevator. Here, old disagreements, yearnings and blame mix and ignite, resulting in the death of one of the characters.

The audience plays the roles of police detectives, with one lucky audience member providing the offstage voice of the elevator repairman. At the conclusion of the action, the occupants of each table vote on whether the death was accident, suicide or murder…and if it was murder, whodunit.

Tickets, $10 each, may be picked up in person at Atlanta Bread, 401 City Circle in the Avenue shopping center, which is located at the intersection of GA 74 and GA 54. Tickets may also be purchased by credit card online at www.offshoot.org, or ordered by mail. Checks should be sent to Offshoot Productions, P.O. Box 2462, Peachtree City, GA 30269. As previous performances of the comic puzzler have been sold out, early ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

To contact the Atlanta Bread Company, call (770) 486-1330.

For questions and additional information about the performance, contact Offshoot Productions at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com.

Offshoot Productions is the longest-running professional theatre on Atlanta’s Southside.
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Monday, November 10, 2008

Twilight Theatre presents The Civil War

November 14, 15, 21, 22, 2008
Opening/Media Night November 14, 2008

The Civil War is a dramatic musical event about the lives of people who lived during the single most defining period in American history. Composer Frank Wildhorn incorporates diaries, letters, historical documents, speeches, and poetry to portray the effects of the war on many levels: cultural, societal, familiar, and individual. Unlike the usual musical that tells a story in chronological order, The Civil War is a series of musical vignettes through which stories of real people affected by the war are told - wives, children, brothers, friends, parents, slaves, soldiers.

The powerful music in this show covers a wide range of emotions. The Union and Confederate armies sing of their excitement as they prepare to go into war and defend their respective causes. The enslaved sing of their pain and misery as they are sold as property. A soldier and his wife try to ease their separation by writing frequent letters. An abolitionist lobbies his cause, and expresses his frustration with both the injustice that his people suffer and the reluctance of President Lincoln and the Union to address it. A nurse reflects on the work that she is trying to do. Captains from the two armies grapple with the decisions that they must make, not only for themselves but for the soldiers who follow them. The enslaved join in rousing gospel numbers, keeping their hopes and their spirits alive despite everything that they endure. The soldiers of both armies, gradually realizing the horrors of war, face despair, death, and defeat.

This intense work delves into one of our nation's most defining times, and is packed with feeling and messages, expressed directly through the wide variety of musical numbers performed. A large cast and full orchestra will provide a wonderful evening of music and drama.

Members of the Artistic Team that bring this show to the stage include Tony Peregoy, Director; Ellie Shelton, Vocal Director; and Laini Benefield, Music Director.

Performances are November 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m. at the beautiful Charles Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan.

Opening/Media Night is Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Tickets are $15 adult / $12 students, seniors, and military. For more information, visit us online at www.thetwilighttheatre.com.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Congratulations to Twilight Theatre's New Apprentice Company!

Congratulations to the following young people who were recently accepted into Twilight Theatre's new Apprenticeship Company.

Kathleen Balmes
Ashley Berry
Robin Burton
Corey Couch
Reagan Grillo
Mallory Hu
Kelly McCarty
Maria McCranie
Grace Nelmes
Sara Nelmes
Nicole Nipper
Andrew Perry
Marissa Shenkle
Anna Kate Spears
Maggie Spears
Nora Wilfong
Kirstie Wilkinson

Under the direction of Dana Spears, the Apprenticeship Company is for students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in learning more about all aspects of theatre. Participation in the Apprenticeship Company provides hands-on learning opportunities and monthly meetings featuring guest speakers. Education on a wide range of theatre topics is provided at the apprentice-only monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, and Apprentices will enjoy various opportunities for hands- on learning under the tutelage of knowledgeable, experienced mentors.

Membership in Twilight's Apprenticeship Company will focus on building an impressive body of well-rounded knowledge about theatre and developing skills and experiences that will help Apprentices land good jobs and admittance to colleges.
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Twilight Theatre Announces Workshops for Youth and Teens

The Twilight Theatre and The Twilight Apprentice Company are excited to offer a Christmas workshop: Little Cosette and Father Christmas. Directed by Dana Spears with Music Director Barbara Zellner, this one-act play for teens and children was adapted by Adele Thane from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.

Auditions for named parts is on Thursday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, GA. This is a workshop. NO AUDITION IS REQUIRED for Villagers and Children (ensemble), but paid registration is required on Nov. 6th. Parts will be announced that night.

Parts are marked as L (large: many/several lines to learn) or S (few/no lines to learn).

Cast and suggested age range:

Must be Males
Henri Thenardier (villain) (age 14+) L
Schoolmaster (age 14+) L
Pierre Boulatruelle (age 13+) L
Wagoner (age 10+) S
Jean Valjean (age 14+) L

Must be Females
Madame Thenardier (age 12+) L
Ponin (age 8-12) L
Zelma (age 6-10) L
Cosette (age 8-12) L
Gypsy (age 14+) S

Male or Female (age-range flexible)
Juggler S (needs to juggle)
Clown L
Peddler 1 S
Peddler 2 S (acting, no lines)
Toy vendor L
Candy seller S (acting, no lines)
Villagers (ensemble)
Children (ensemble)

The fee for the workshop is $75 (includes all instruction, costumes, and production fees) and must be paid on Nov. 6th to hold your spot. Every actor will receive 2 free tickets to the performance on December 4.

Rehearsals will be on Thursday nights (beginning November 8) and Saturday mornings with no rehearsals the week of Thanksgiving.

Audition hints:
There will be a singing audition for Little Cosette only. Please be prepared to sing Castle on a Cloud from the Broadway musical Les Miserables if you are auditioning for Little Cosette.

To audition for all other named parts, be prepared to read from the script in front of the other students and their parents. We will have copies for you to study and use to prepare in the hall if you would like. You can look at the script that night to decide which parts interest you. Reading ability is less important than acting the role with energy and volume. We will not be using microphones in the performances, so volume is required.

This open-audition format (with an audience) is being used by theaters in Atlanta, so this will be great practice (which is what workshops are all about). Everyone who does not get a named part will be casted in the ensemble. Ensemble members are on the stage a lot (more than some of the named characters). Being in an ensemble is great experience. Remember that most Broadway stars started in the ensemble.

Please send this information to your friends who want to try theater. This is a fun and low-cost opportunity to learn what it's like to be on stage. The script is not "corny" as so many children's plays can be, but instead has the true flavor of the Victor Hugo book and will be a nice Christmas experience for your friends and family.

For more information, email Dana Spears at dana@thetwilighttheatre.com.

Anyone wanting to have an individual coaching and confidence-boosting session in preparation for the audition and/or a private voice lesson to prepare Castle on a Cloud can contact Alison Chambers for more information on times and cost at alison@thetwilighttheatre.com.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fayette Senior Services Premiers it's First Murder Mystery Theater Evening

Fayette Senior Services invites the public to enjoy a "dinner and show" evening in their own Center Theater presenting "Some Show!" The October 23rd performance, 6 - 9 p.m. will include a prime rib dinner prepared by the Center's own Chef Todd Rossi. Tickets are $22.50 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Fayette Senior Services Center located at 4 Center Drive, Fayetteville. Cash or check is accepted. No tickets will be sold at the door.

"Some Show" is a murder mystery that starts out as a "talk show" about "talk shows" but gets heated with a few ego and personality clashes with guests that include the Vegas Lounge singing team of Shecky Scagnetti and Edie Buffet, new age guru Celeste Ethereal, home economist Phoebe St. Self and gossip columnist Gordon Bennet. Sure, it sounds like every other talk show. But, Phoebe turns up dead back-stage, "poisoned" by a "taineted wet-nap." Who would want to render Phoebe harm? Or is the question, who wouldn't? Can Nickie and Ricky solve the murder on the air and boost their ratings? Must the Show go on? Tune in and find out.

Fayette Senior Services is a non-profit organization that provides a wide variety of life-enhancing social, leisure and educational opportunities for older adults age 50 and better.

Since 1978, Fayette Senior Services has provided services to eligible older adults to improve their quality of life and foster independence. Our social services include: Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Care Referral Service, Information and Referrals, Transportation Services, In-Home Services, and Case Management.

For more information visit www.fayss.org or call Fayette Senior Services at 770-461-0813.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Auditions for Children for CCCT’s Nuncrackers

Carroll County Community Theatre has cast the adults for the holiday production of Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical by Dan Goggin. The cast is Becky Allen (Reverend Mother), Martie Abney (Mary Hubert), Liz Banks (Robert Ann), Heather Miller (Amnesia), and Bill Easterly (Father Virgil). CCCT still needs to cast children ages 8 to 14 and will hold an audition on Thursday, October 9 at 6 pm in the Theatre Rehearsal Room. All cast members are required to pay a $10 participation fee if cast. Children should bring a short song to sing acapella to the audition. This musical comedy is directed by Laurence Smith and Kathy Waldrop Production dates are December 4-6 at 7:30 and Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10. Perusal scripts are available at the Art Center. Call 770-838-1083 or email plewis@carrollton-ga.gov for more information.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Offshoot Productions Offers a Free Performance in Tyrone on October 16

Offshoot Productions’ Gallery Players improvisation troupe, which is quickly gaining a loyal following, will perform at Tyrone’s Boxcar Café at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16. This lively performance is entirely free of charge, as it is part of the Theatre Communications Group's national audience-development program, Free Night of Theatre.

Although there is no ticket cost, reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve up to two tickets, visit Offshoot’s web site, www.offshoot.org. Scroll down for a link to Free Night of Theatre. Once you are on the Free Night web site, click “Find a Show.”

The Boxcar Café, where the theatre company has performed previously to full houses, is located at 865 Senoia Road, Tyrone, GA 30290. Beverages and desserts will be available for purchase.

The actors in Offshoot Productions’ Gallery Players—Elizabeth Clausen, Andy Fleming, Kristi Israel, Betty Mitchell, Paige Steadman and Joey Waldrop—bring a wide range of performing experience to the seemingly effortless improvisation they create for delighted audiences. Despite their different ages and backgrounds, they show an obvious mutual respect and delight in one another’s characters and antics. The director, Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D. has previously helmed an improv troupe in Michigan and has taught improvisation skills in workshops, classes, theatre festivals and conferences.

Each show is always different from preceding ones, depending upon audience input and the selection of scene formats from among dozens in the group’s repertoire. Examples? Well, how about a scene in which each line has to begin with the subsequent letter of the alphabet? (And the audience gets to blow the whistle—literally—when an actor slips up.) Or a dating game in which the audience assigns different characters (real or fictional, from Cleopatra to Orphan Annie) to the women competing for a guy? Like variety? Watch the actors turn an everyday scene into a Shakespearean tragedy, science fiction, situation comedy and more.

For additional information on the Gallery Players, contact Offshoot Productions at (770) 631-2362 or offshootp@aol.com. For general information on the Free Night program, go to http://www.freenightoftheater.net/. To reach Tyrone’s Boxcar Café, call (770) 486-8931.

Offshoot Productions is the longest running professional theatre on the Southside.
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Kedron Receives Target Grant for Children’s Theater

Students at Kedron Elementary are going to star in their own full-scale musical, complete with professional sets and costumes, thanks to the generosity of Target.

Fifth grade teacher Carla Zonneveld was instrumental in helping Kedron receive a $5,000 Target grant to bring the Missoula Children’s Theater to the school in 2009. The grant will fund the weeklong residency of two professional actors/directors who arrive in town with all the costumes, props and sets necessary for a full-scale musical production. The only thing missing is the cast, which is where the students become involved.

The week begins with a casting call on where 50-60 students are selected to fill the roles of a popular children’s story that has been adapted to a musical. Other students will serve as backstage directors, helping with the curtains and lighting and making sure that the actors enter the stage on cue. By Saturday, after a week of intensive rehearsals involving memorizing lines, learning songs and practicing choreography, the students put on two public performances. Tickets are sold to the community for both performances with the school keeping all of the proceeds, which will be used to bring the theatrical group back to the school the following year.

“Bringing a program to a school that will make a lasting impact on some of its students is not difficult, but introducing one that will change the lives of an entire school community is nearly impossible,” say Zonneveld.

This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today, that translates into more than $3 million every week.

Zonneveld says the Missoula Children’s Theater experience will give students the confidence and skills they need to be effective students while instilling important character traits that they will use for the rest of their lives.

“I have witnessed first-hand the effect this type of training can have on a large group of children. As my daughter attended rehearsals after school, I began to see the whole group changing. By performance day, I was in awe of the talent being displayed with complete confidence. Even the youngest children had developed the discipline and demeanor of seasoned performers,” says Zonneveld.

Schools can apply for Target grants between March 1 and May 31 of each year. Target funds arts programs that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for youth and families to participate in cultural experiences such as touring programs, field trips to the theater or symphony or artist in residencies and workshops in schools.

“I hope that with the generous support of this grant we will be able to start a tradition of showcasing the arts in our community and changing the lives of many generations of Kedron Knights to come,” says Zonneveld.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lacuna Group to Perform Coriolanus

Coriolanus, by William Shakespeare, will be performed by Lacuna Group on Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26, in the Greenville Street Park in downtown Newnan. Both performances start at 3:00 p.m. There is no admission charge, and the group will host a pre-show talk at 2:30.

Lacuna Group, a local theatre collaborative, will perform Shakespeare’s complex political thriller with an all-male cast of ten, doubling and tripling roles as the play progresses.

“We played around in the park last weekend to see how we would need to adapt our performance to the space,” said Dale Lyles, member of the group. “We realized we needed to make a lot of changes, but we also came up with a list of recommendations for our audience, since this is a new experience for all of us.”

Those audience suggestions include bringing seating (chairs or blankets), sunglasses, and “a hat with a brim to keep the sun out of your eyes,” said Lyles. Sunscreen would probably be a good idea as well. There are no restrooms in the park. There will be one intermission.

Since it is outdoors, the play also presents a listening challenge to the audience.

“We were surprised at how good the acoustics are,” Lyles said, “but the fact is that we’re always competing with outside noises, traffic, birds, passersby. The audience will have no problem hearing us, but I think listening is different from hearing, and Shakespeare always demands a different kind of listening than other performances. Our audience is going to find itself paying attention just like the groundlings did 400 years ago.”

The Tragedy of Coriolanus tells the story of Caius Martius, a Roman general who is always successful on the battlefield. However, when his overbearing mother pushes him to stand for consul, the highest magistracy in Rome, he cannot hide his disdain for the common people. The tribunes lure him into betraying himself with his own anger, and the people banish him. He then seeks out his great opponent, Aufidius, and offers his services as a general to Rome’s enemies.

“This is one of those Shakespeare plays that many people have never heard of, and fewer have read,” said Lyles. “However, that doesn’t make it a ‘hard’ play to understand. In fact, I think people will be shocked at how contemporary the play feels, especially with an election of our own coming up. I’m betting that people are going to accuse us of translating or inserting passages, but every word is four centuries old. People are just people, and politics are politics, for good or bad, and William Shakespeare was the master at portraying them.”

Cast members include Jeff Allen, John Bilon, Jeff Bishop, Dan Coleman, Marc Honea, Greg Lee, Dale Lyles, Kevin McInturff, Andrew Stroud, and Scott Stroud.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Twilight Apprenticeship Company Accepting Applications for Innovative New Program!

The Twilight Theatre is now accepting applications for the new Twilight Apprenticeship Company. Operating on a school-year calendar, the Apprenticeship Company will provide students in grades 6 to 12 opportunities to learn about various aspects of theatre from hands-on involvement, networking with experts at monthly meetings, and working under the tutelage of knowledgeable mentors.

The Apprenticeship Company will operate under the direction of Dana Spears. We recently interviewed Ms. Spears about her vision and plans.

FFP: You came up with the idea for the Twilight Apprenticeship Company -
Where did the idea come from?

DS: I’m a child development specialist and through my work and reading I’ve discovered that preteens and teens need mentoring to help them explore career options and to come to better understand their own gifts and abilities. Just at the age when they need to be thinking about the transition to adulthood, some become stuck in adolescence. Their peers encourage them to see adults as the enemy when they desperately need adult role models in their areas of interest. Athletes sometimes get this kind of mentoring. Creative kids too often do not. I want to be sure that my children and the youth I know are coming in contact with adults who have talent and maturity, and are getting encouragement from them. I’ve met some wonderful adults through The Twilight Theatre who have great insight to offer into the creative process.

FFP: You have acted, directed musicals and workshops, costumed (you and your daughters Anna Kate and Maggie have singlehandedly created Twilight's costume closet). Why the venture into something different?

DS: My professional and volunteer activities have usually been with kids. I’ve been a counselor for children and families for many years and have written a book about creative, ”Dreamer” kids. I’m also a youth ministry volunteer and Cub Scout leader. When my children became interested in theater, I jumped in with them, both to be sure I knew what was going on in their lives and to support their dreams. Like most community theater groups, Twilight offers lots of opportunities to volunteer and perform. The Apprenticeship Company offers me a chance to combine my interest in youth with my love of theater.

FFP: Have you always been interested in theatre?

DS: I was a dancer first. I started acting at about age ten with a children’s theater company. I continued doing musical theater in high school. In youth ministry, I wrote skits and performed all the crazy roles. I’ve been a professor and public speaker in the years since. Twilight got me back onto the stage starting with “Annie.”

FFP: What do you do other than theatre/in your spare time?

DS: As I mentioned, I do a lot of volunteer work. I am in private practice as a counselor with A New Start Counseling Center, and I home school my three children. I like to invest my time in people. I’m good at starting things and helping others. Unfortunately, maintenance tasks like housekeeping tend to fall by the wayside. I also watch a lot of old movies, mostly musicals.

FFP: What areas of theatre do you hope to offer as options for education
and experience?

DS: Youth will learn sound and light, plus choreography, directing, costume and set design, and administration. Adults with specific areas of giftedness will mentor students in these different areas. We aren’t looking for actors only. Students with technical interests won’t be required to act if they prefer to work behind the scenes. For those who are career-minded, the technical jobs are a lot more numerous than the acting jobs. Learning to do both can give an actor a more stable career and variety in their work.

FFP: Tell me about opportunities this program offers for adults.

DS: Adults who want to support community theater through Twilight, but don’t have time to work on show after show, can train students to take over the tasks they’ve been doing. Also, adults with untapped talents can come alongside these kids to help them follow their dreams. A small amount of supervision, encouragement, and accountability is often all that’s needed to help a student step up and succeed. We’ll also need one-time speakers to come in to our monthly meetings and discuss their areas of expertise.

FFP: Why do you think this program is important?

DS: How long do you have? As I’ve already mentioned, individual mentoring is critical in helping students transition to adulthood. Also, theater kids enjoy getting together. As a director, I’ve learned that they want to talk. If they have opportunities to socialize beyond rehearsals (when they need to be quiet) they can be more focused when the curtain goes up. So we’ll have social events and field trips to shows in addition to the monthly meetings. Creative kids often feel alone and weird because they think differently and have different interests that a lot of their peers. They need to learn that they aren’t alone and that’s it can be good to be different. I remember being at a cast party and seeing teens gathered around a piano singing show tunes…not a typical teen party, but a very positive way to spend an evening. I want to help youth see the positive and put aside the competition with one another to work as a team.

FFP: How can students become a part of this program?

DS: Apprentices are accepted based on their application, 1 personal reference, 1 theatre/arts reference, and an interview. The interview is NOT an audition, but an opportunity for applicants to show their enthusiasm, their eagerness to learn, their willingness to listen, and their commitment to the program. Applications and reference forms are available for download at www.TheTwilightTheatre.com/Apprenticeship.html. Due to scheduling difficulties among members of the selection committee, the deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, September 29, 2008. Once the complete application packet is received, applicants will be notified and an interview date and time scheduled.

FFP: Thank you, Dana. We look forward to hearing more as this innovative, worthwhile program takes off.

DS: Thank you, too. We’ll definitely keep you posted.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Theatre Sells Costumes and More on September 12 and 13

Fayette County based Offshoot Productions is holding a sale of hundreds of costumes pieces as well as front-of-house items and small props on Friday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The sale will take place at the Peachtree City home of artistic director Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D.

Costumes, mostly in adult and teen sizes, include various period pieces, animals, fantasy creatures and children’s story characters. In addition, material, small props and front-of-house equipment such as brochure holders, lanterns, tablecloths and storage bins will be available.

The goal is to consolidate belongings and make available to other performing arts groups and individuals much of what the company has accumulated in its 15 seasons.

For additional information and directions, contact Offshoot at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com
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Offshoot Seeks Actor for Murder Mystery

Offshoot Productions is looking for an actor, late 20s to mid-30s, to fill the role of Toby in Rehearsal for Murder. The actor needs to be quick study with some improvisation background and a flexible schedule. Performances are on an occasional basis in restaurants and other intimate settings.

The play takes place at a regional audition, where Toby, an actor, finds himself trapped in a freight elevator with a off-kilter director and a lovely aspiring actress. He is a flirt and an egotist, but not without talent.

Interested actors should contact the Offshoot office at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com to set up an audition appointment. Please note that stipends are paid for each performance, and that most rehearsals and performances are in Fayette County.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gallery Players Return to Gallery Row on September 7

After an audience-pleasing initial performance at the Gallery Row coffee shop in Peachtree City, the Gallery Players improvisation troupe is set to return on Sunday evening, September 7.

This Offshoot Productions ensemble features diverse actors ranging in age from twenties to fifties and with a variety of backgrounds in theatre and music. Rehearsals and several performances have enabled the Players to develop into a cohesive and very funny troupe. Actors include Elizabeth Clausen, Andy Fleming, Kristi Israel, Betty Mitchell, Paige Steadman and Joey Waldrop, all of whom have appeared in previous Offshoot shows over the years.

The director, Susan M. Steadman, has staged nearly 70 productions for professional, alternative, community and university theatres. While establishing the first theatre program at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, she led a popular improvisation troupe and has widely taught improvisation techniques. A Dramatists Guild member and produced playwright, she has also authored many publications on theatrical literature and practice. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University.

Gallery Row’s Peachtree City location is 1255 North Peachtree Parkway, in the Kedron shopping center. A $10 cover charge, which may be paid at the door, includes complimentary coffee, with mouth-watering desserts available for purchase. Reservations are suggested.

Contact Offshoot Productions for details and reservations at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com. To learn more about Offshoot, the longest-running professional theatre on the Southside, visit www.offshoot.org.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Fun and Creative Workshop for the Youngest Performers... Little Ones Production Shop~ Little Red Riding Hood

One of FCFT's most popular shops are our "Production Shops" were participants actually get to design costumes and sets and work toward the presentation of a show for an invited audience. Our entry level Production Shop is the "Little Ones Production Shop" for ages 5 to 8 years of age. Our next session of this popular shop will be September 23, 24 and 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each evening. The shop will be producing the narrated 15-minute play "Little Red Riding Hood" which will be presented to family and friends at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24. This shop requires no prior theatrical experience or memorization and all who register are assured of a role in the show. Registration fee is $90.00 and preregistration is required. Shop is limited to a total of twelve participants. To register call 770-599-0051 or visit www.fcft.net/Shops
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FCFT's Dinner Theatre Production "Twelve Angry Men"

Mark you calendars for a spectacular evening or afternoon of delicious food and powerful theatre, as FCFT brings to the stage the Reginald Rose classic jury room drama~ "Twelve Angry Men." This three act dramatic masterpiece plays like a bullet across the stage and will have audiences on the edge of their seats throughout the entire show. Join 12 amazing male actors as the jury room explodes with passion and male energy.

A young Hispanic man is on trial for the murder of his father, and what seems to be an open and shut cast, soon becomes a mix of opinions, prejudices and reasonable doubts.

Presented in the intimate venue of the Fayette YMCA Lodge House Blackbox Theatre at 215 Huiet Road in Fayetteville, this production promises to grab you and not let go!

Show Only Performances (Only $10~ Reservations Highly Suggested)
Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner Theatre Performances ($22 General / $20 under 13 and Seniors)
Dinner Productions~ Reservations A MUST!
(Entire tables that seat 8 are available for $150.00 ~ Tables MUST be prepaid in the form of 1 check prior to show date.)
Friday, September 11 ~ Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Show 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 12 ~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. / Show at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 13 ~ Dinner at 1:30 p.m. / Show at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 20~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. / Show at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 21 ~ Dinner at 1:30 p.m. / Show at 2:30 p.m.

Catered Menu for Dinner Theatre Performances
Mixed Salad w/dressing
Hot Roles
Barbecue Chicken
Home made Macaroni and Cheese
Seasoned Green Beans
Tea, Coffee, Lemonade, Ice Water
Assorted Desserts

Don't miss this opportunity to see a magnificent production and share a tasty meal. To make reservations call 770-251-7611 or through the e-mail link at www.fcft.net/TwelveAngryMen.

FCFT rates this production PG for intense situations.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Offshoot Productions Downsizes by Selling Flats, Set Pieces, Props

Fayette County-based Offshoot Productions, now concentrating on traveling shows for special events, continues to downsize by selling its warehouse contents, which include flats, platforms, set pieces, props, storage bins, front-of-house items and more. No reasonable offer will be refused, and extra wood and other miscellanea will be available for free with any other purchase.

Appointments may be set up to view the warehouse contents with Joey Waldrop at joeywaldrop@gmail.com. The warehouse is located at 316 Dividend Drive, Peachtree City, GA 30269.

Offshoot, which is the longest-running professional theatre on Atlanta’s Southside, is also planning another costume sale in August, with hundreds of costume pieces available. Details will be listed next month on the web site: www.offshoot.org.

For additional information and directions, contact Offshoot at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com
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Offshoot Offers Audience Participation in Murder Mystery and Improvisation Troupe

Offshoot Productions, the Southside’s longest-running professional theatre, has shifted its focus to touring and special events. Having recently completed its wide and resoundingly successful tour of the company-developed children’s show, Tales from Near and Far, the theatre is turning its attention to interactive performances for adult audiences.

Rehearsal for Murder is a sequel to 2006’s Audition for Murder and features several of the same characters. The play takes place in a police station following the death of Dr. Marcy Masters, a wacky theatrical director who has recently been released from an institution after getting off with a “not guilty due to temporary insanity” plea in the murder of an actress. The suspects in Marcy’s murder are two performers, Toby and Anne, who were trapped in a malfunctioning freight elevator with Marcy. The audience members, who have been given lines before the start of the show, play police detectives.

In addition to developing the murder mystery, Offshoot has expanded its improvisation troupe, the Gallery Players, over the past few months. The highly experienced and witty performers can tailor a performance to the needs of any group. Moreover, audience members supply many of the characters and situations enacted by the performers, and occasionally a few brave souls have an opportunity to join the actors on stage. Because the audiences always provide different input and because not every member of the Gallery Players appears in every show, performances are always different.

As the company’s need for set and costumes is greatly reduced, it will continue to sell much of the contents of its Peachtree City storage space. Interested parties should call the Offshoot office for details.

Those interested in booking Rehearsal for Murder or the Gallery Players should contact Offshoot at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Visual and Performing Arts Seminar Scheduled

A first of its kind seminar bringing together experts in the fields of event planning, advertising, marketing and increasing ticket sales for all arts organizations is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro.

According to event organizer, Andre De Lorenzo, “This is a great learning opportunity for every arts organization in the Southern Crescent. In our area Arts organizations, regardless of their size, face the same challenges as organizations in Atlanta. Perhaps even on a greater scale because of a lack of knowledge about today’s marketing trends, professional management techniques, availability of funding, lack of suitable venues and limited exposure. To address these issues and provide a vehicle for the exchange of expertise and ideas in these vital areas, we’ve established this seminar.”

Attendance at this one day seminar will be open to every arts organization in Carroll, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, South Fulton, Spalding and Troup counties. “We have invited subject matter experts in areas of management, advertising, promotion, marketing, scheduling, sponsorship and financing to speak on their field of expertise.”

A partial list of presenters includes Flora Maria Garcia, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition, Stephanie Lee, Interim Director of the Ferst Center for the Arts, Dr. Anita Lloyd, Coordinator for the Clayton Performing Arts Center, Paul R. Pierce, Producing Artistic Director of the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia, Lisa Cremin, Director, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and Kim Patrick Bitz, Executive Director of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts.

“The list of presenters grows every day and we expect additional participation from individuals representing State and National arts organizations. They are excited about this opportunity to share their expertise with our Southern Crescent organizations.” stated De Lorenzo. “Topics that will be covered include everything from how to best plan for an effective season, the business of the arts, effective advertising and marketing techniques, how to apply for and win grants and where assistance is available. There are a number of State and National organizations that can provide planning and training that has proved to be effective for the arts from the smallest community groups to the largest of county managed venues. The techniques discussed at this seminar are equally important and useful to both visual and performing arts organizations.”

Advance registration for the all day seminar, which includes breaks and lunch is $35 per person. Day of event registration will be $50. “Thanks to the cooperation of the presenters who are volunteering their time without compensation, we are able to keep this important seminar affordable to every individual associated with an arts organization.”

Information and a registration form are available by e-mail from southsideartsagenda@comcast.net or by calling 404-822-9057.
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Friday, August 8, 2008

Gallery Players to Perform at Gallery Row in Peachtree City’s Kedron Shopping Center

In an amazingly serendipitous arrangement, the Gallery Players, Offshoot Productions’ improvisation troupe, will perform at Gallery Row coffee shop on Sunday evening, August 24. The troupe, which has met with audience laughter, participation and enthusiasm during the past eight months, takes stage at 7 p.m. at Gallery Row’s Kedron location, at Hwy 74 and Peachtree Parkway. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

A $10 cover charge includes complimentary coffee. Delectable cheesecake will be available for purchase.

This improv troupe of inventive, quick-witted and versatile performers includes actors who have appeared in a wide range of professional venues, from the Georgia Renais­sance Festival to repertory companies in other states and many Atlanta theatres.

Each performance is unique, and the group has hours of material to call upon at the drop of a hat. Furthermore, because the audience is always different, the show is always different. For example, in the ensemble’s version of the Dating Game, the audience assigns different charac­ters (real or fictional, from Cleopatra to Orphan Annie) to the women competing for a bewildered contestant. In another scene, laughs abound when the players must begin each line with the subse­quent letter of the alphabet and the audience gets to blow the whistle—literally—if an actor slips up. Like variety? Watch the actors turn an everyday scene into a Shakespear­ean tragedy, science fiction movie, musical comedy, soap opera, Dr. Seuss book or televi­sion sitcom.

The company is scheduled to return to Gallery Row on September 7.

Contact Offshoot Productions for details at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com.

Curtain Rises on New Atlanta Broadway Series

The lights of Broadway are preparing to shine on Atlanta’s newest performance venue! A brand NEW series of blockbuster Broadway programming is set to debut at the new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art venue that opened to popular and critical acclaim in September 2007.

The first season of the Atlanta Broadway Series will premiere this fall with a spectacular line-up of Broadway’s biggest hits and most exciting offerings, including WICKED, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy, HAIRSPRAY and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Audiences can also enjoy a special performance from Natalie Cole.

“We are proud to kick off the new Atlanta Broadway Series with such high-caliber content,” comments Stephanie Parker, vice president of the series. “Bringing these beloved Broadway hits to metro-Atlanta audiences is a natural progression now that the Atlanta region features such a spectacular new performing arts facility.”

“The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is thrilled to announce its third resident company, the Atlanta Broadway Series, in a venue designed to accommodate Broadway," said Michael Taormina CFE, managing director of the Centre. "Booking a Broadway series has always been a priority for the Cobb Energy Centre. Being able to announce —particularly during our first year of operation—this exciting new addition to the Centre's program offerings is especially gratifying.”

The 2008-2009 season of the Atlanta Broadway Series includes:

WICKED
October 28 - November 2, 2008
This show is playing at The Fox Theatre, but subscribers to the Atlanta Broadway Series will get the chance to see the musical phenomenon as part of their 2008-2009 package.
Back by “Popular” Demand. The New York Times calls WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster,” and when it first played Atlanta in May, 2006, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 20 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is sure to create more box office magic when it flies back to Atlanta. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY
December 30, 2008 – January 4, 2009
USA Today calls CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, “Dazzling…A fantastical tale of an enchanted jungle.” Direct from Broadway, CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of 28 soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with over 150 spectacular costumes and set in a fantastical jungle ignited by striking visual effects. From the breathtaking aerial ballet of butterflies to the balancing giraffes, gigantic flowers and trees, this world-class explosion of athleticism, theatre and imagination will exhilarate the entire family. In the ongoing tradition of extravagant touring shows, Neil Goldberg and Cirque Productions continue to blend European artistry with circus and Broadway theatrics in a dramatic fashion that transcends imagination and leaves its narration to the eyes of the beholder making CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY a Broadway first.

HAIRSPRAY
January 13 - 18, 2009
It's 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire - to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network - all without denting her 'do! Don't miss HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. As The New York Times says, “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!”

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
March 17 - 22, 2009
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail." Directed by Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up Spamalot.

SEASON SPECIAL:
As one of the Season Ticket Holder benefits, Atlanta Broadway Series Season Ticket Holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to a NATALIE COLE CONCERT PERFORMANCE at the Cobb Energy Centre on October 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Singer Natalie Cole has achieved unprecedented global success as an interpreter of standards and soulful R&B vocalist. She was the first black singer to win a Grammy in the “Best New Artist” category and received a “Record of the Year” Grammy for “Unforgettable,” the groundbreaking duet with her late father’s voice. She releases a new collection of standards this fall called Still Unforgettable.

The 2008-2009 Atlanta Broadway Series season packages are on sale now with prices ranging from $116 – $354. Season ticket prices will vary depending on the number of shows chosen, the number of performances, show time, day of the week and seating location. New subscriptions may be ordered over the phone by calling 1-877-451-7469 Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; by fax at 1-800-535-2929; or online at www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Tickets to individual shows in the 2008-2009 season are not available for purchase at this time. Single-show tickets typically go on sale to the general public six to eight weeks prior to Opening Night. However, Season Ticket Holders have the unique opportunity to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the public. For more information on the 2008-2009 Season, or to order online, please visit www.cobbenergycentre.com. Reservations for groups of 20 or more for individual shows can be made at this time by calling 404-881-2000.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (All times are subject to change). An audio described performance for the visually impaired and an American Sign Language-interpreted performance for the deaf are available for each pre-determined Saturday matinee of each presentation.

The Atlanta Broadway Series was created in partnership with WH Management.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

GodStuf Family Worship Holding Auditions

GodStuf, a drama-based worship program for families with elementary school-age children, is returning to Peachtree City United Methodist Church this September. We are currently seeking high school and adult actors and dancers from the community to audition for roles in this year’s cast. Drama auditions are scheduled for Monday, August 18, at 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Dance auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, August 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Both auditions will be held at the PTCUMC Worship Center at 225 Robinson Road in Peachtree City. GodStuf revolves around a monthly virtue word, combining music, dance, drama, video and bible lessons to create an entertaining learning experience for the entire family. The program takes place every Wednesday at Peachtree City United Methodist Church, 225 Robinson Road, from September through April, 6:15 – 7:00 PM, except for special holiday schedules and school break weeks. For further information, contact Cathy Fralish, Director of Children’s Ministries, at 770-487-6499 ext. 249.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Fayetteville First United Methodist Church will begin auditions at 6:30 PM Monday, August 11, 2008, for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” Auditions will be scheduled over three days. One of the most popular holiday productions of the past 25 years the play is based on a 1972 best seller by Barbara Robinson. FFUMC will host the event for three consecutive nights - November 13-14-15, 2008. Showtime each night is 7:30 PM.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” is about the Bradleys, a young couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant. They are faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. When the Herdma's collide with the Christmas story head-on, the mayhem and nonstop fun commence. First-time director Len Gough will direct the production.

Cold readings will be from the script, which is available for checkout and review during office hours at the church office. If a child can’t read yet, he or she will be given some simple direction and lines to act out.

We are looking for actors and actresses of approximately the ages listed below:

· 4 roles for adult males aged 18 and up
· 6 roles for adult females aged 18 and up
· 8 roles for boys aged 6 to 16
· 9 roles for girls aged 6 to 18

FFUMC will have an open casting policy, with first audition priority given to Fayetteville First UMC members. No experience is required. All parts require some basic stage movement. We reserve the right for pre-casting. Everyone, regardless of experience, is encouraged to try-out.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled for lead parts. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and perhaps a Saturday or two during the late afternoon. If scheduling permits, rehearsals for school kids will be as early in the afternoon or evening as possible, and may entail a Saturday or two to accommodate school schedules.

For the audition, please come prepared with a short one-minute-or-less monologue, or choose one of the following three readings from the script. Please note that these readings are not gender specific:

1): The Herdmans were the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars, even the girls, and talked dirty and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken down tool house.

2): There were six of them ­ Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys ­and they went through Woodrow Wilson school like those South American fish that strip your bones clean. They went around town the same way stealing things and tearing things up and whamming kids-so it was hard to get away from them.

3): Our Christmas pageant isn't what you'd call four-star entertainment. Mrs. Armstrong breaking her leg was the only unexpected thing that ever happened to it. It's always the same old Christmas story, and the same old carols, and the same old Mary and Joseph and that's what my mother was stuck with.

Please call or email Len Gough at 404-216-2566 or len27@bellsouth.net to book your audition time.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Musical That Made Carol Burnett a STAR... "Once Upon a Mattress"

Beginning this Thursday for two weekends, Main Street Players present “Once Upon a Mattress.”

“‘Once Upon a Mattress’ comes complete with an evil, possessive queen, a silent king, knights, a magician, a mama's-boy prince, and a weight-lifting princess who, together with this youthful student cast, is the perfect summer vehicle for Main Street Theatre’s annual Summer Program for Youth,” says director Nancy Gresham.

In this hilarious tweaking of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” the crafty old Queen has ruled that her son, the Prince, can only marry a Princess of true blood i.e. one that can feel a pea underneath a pile of twenty mattresses. No one may marry until her son is married.

Twelve potential princesses have come and gone, but all have failed the scheming Queen's impossible tests. Enter the hopeful Princess Winnifred….

All hope now lies on Princess Winnifred ("Fred" to her friends), a charming, moat swimming, force-of-nature who will go to any length to pass the icy Queen’s impossible tests and win the Prince's hand.

With the whole kingdom rooting for her, “Fred” must swim moats, endure all-night dance-a-thons, and feel a pea through twenty mattresses in order to impress the cunning Queen and win the hand of her Prince.

Will “Fred” pass all the tests???

The Main Street Players’ Program for Youth, 115 North Hill Street, Griffin, brings “Once Upon a Mattress” to the stage for eight performances only; this weekend: Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, August 3rd, 2008.

All tickets are $10. For tickets and information, please call 770 229-9916.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fayette Coweta Family Theatre, Inc. Presents The Broadway Musical "Little Women"

(As part of their "New Student Director Program" - Directed By: Amy Hebel)
Music By JASON HOWLAND
Lyrics By MINDI DICKSTEIN
Book By ALLEN KNEE
Based on the novel by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

"Six generations have read the story.....This one will sing it!"

Join the remarkable March sisters, Meg, Jo Beth and Amy, as one of America's most beloved books soars to the stage with amazing vocal performances and the passion and power of young minds. A richly sentimental favorite with family-friendly appeal!

Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10
At 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily
Fayette Family YMCA Lodge House
215 Huiet Road in Fayetteville
$8.00 Presale
(770-251-7611 or www.fcft.net/HomePage)
$10 General / $9 under 13 and Seniors ~ at door
Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York, NY.
MEET THE TALENTED CAST OF "LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL"

Amy Hebel as Jo March ~ Past credits include FCFT Musical Director, 2006 Fayette Idol Winner, Belle in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," Sharpay in "Disney's High School Musical," Fantine in "Les Miserables" and Dorothy in "Wizard of Oz," Vocal Performance Major at Georgia Southern University this fall.

Brent Davis as Laurie Laurence~ Past credits include FCFT Music Director, Jean Vel Jean and Marius in "Les Miserables," Seymore in "Little Shop of Horrors," Jesus in "Godspell," Iago in "Disney's Aladdin," Wickersham Brother in "Seussical."
Melanie Thompson as Marmee March~ Melanie is the Vocal Arts/Music Teacher at Crossroads Christian School in Sharpsburg who has numerous musical theatre credits to her name.

Emily Sipe as Meg March~ Past credits include FCFT Choreographer, Gabriella Montez in "Disney's High School Musical," Babette in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," Duchess in "Disney's Aristocats," Dori in "School House Rock" and Maria in "Sound of Music."

Hannah Herndon as Beth March~ Past credits include Anemone in "The Little Mermaid," ensemble in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," ensemble in "Oklahoma," stepsister in "Into the Woods," ensemble in "Little Shop of Horrors," Spirit in "Pocahontas" and Shulie in "School House Rock."

Trevor Martin as Professor Bhaer~ Past credits include Jean Vel Jean in "Les Miserables," Jesus in "Godspell," Vocal Performance Major at Georgia Southern University,

Tammy Barton as Aunt March/Mrs. Kirk~ Past credits include Clarie in "Steel Magnolias," Sheila in "Boys Next Door," Scarecrow and Glenda in "Wizard of Oz," Mother Earth in "Pocahontas," The Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella, FCFT Artistic Director, has directed over 120 shows in her career, professional acting coach, published playwright, FCFT co-founder

Andrew Miller as John Brooke~ Past credits include Lefou in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," Ryan in "Disney's High School Musical," Assistant Director for "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," ensemble "Crazy For You."

Joshua Kenndy~ Past credits include Troy Bolton in "Disney's High School Musical," Simon The Zealot in "Jesus Christ Superstar," Sonny in "Grease" and Mike Teevee in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Little Red Riding Hood, Little Ones Production Workshop

Rescheduled dates and times!
Ages: 5 to 8 years Fee: $90.00 ~ September 18, 19 and 20
from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. each night
Performance: Saturday, September 20 at 7:45 p.m. for family and friends. A shop for the youngest of performer. Participants will make simple costumes and sets, experience stage makeup, participate in rehearsals and take part in fun theatre games as they work toward presenting the 20 minute narrated production of "Little Red Riding Hood" at the conclusion of class. No memorization is required and each child gets a great role! Only 12 spaces available, so register early to secure your spot in this fun and creative shop! 770-599-0051 or fcftdirector1@fcft.net

Monday, July 14, 2008

Scott Tigchelaar, President, Riverwood Studios Featured Speaker at Chamber's Early Bird Forum

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce will feature Scott Tigchelaar, President of Riverwood Studios, at its upcoming Prosperity Happens Here Series Early Bird Forum on Tuesday, July 22 at 7:45 a.m. at the Central Educational Center. This month’s emcee is Rod Griffith with Griffith Financial Group. Admittance to the Forum is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers and includes breakfast. There is a networking time from 7 – 7:30am.

Scott Tigchelaar and Riverwood Studios have played two lead roles for Coweta County. For starters, Riverwood offers state-of-the-art production facilities in Senoia to attract Georgia’s growing film industry. But an added attraction is Riverwood’s involvement in their role of Historic Development Ventures (affiliated with Riverwood Studios) in preserving and revitalizing downtown Senoia as both a vibrant 21st Century town center and an authentic early 20th century movie set. Riverwood offers a great example of how modern technology and historic preservation add up to economic prosperity, which earned them a 2008 Prosperity Award from the Chamber.

The Early Bird Forum is a monthly Chamber event that provides networking opportunities and eye-opening information from business leaders throughout Coweta County. To RSVP, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or info@newnancowetachamber.org. The deadline to make a reservation is Friday, July 18th by 5pm.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

FCFT Brings the Broadway Musical "Little Women" To Life Through Their New Student Director Program

Fayette Coweta Family Theatre, Inc. is proud to announce a new program that enables outstanding members of FCFT the ability to take the helm of a production. FCFT's "Student Director Program" was started to give those younger performers who exhibit amazing creative abilities and talents an opportunity to experience directing a major show under the watchful eye of FCFT Artistic Director, Tammy Barton.

"There are so many spectacular young people who work with FCFT, that it just made sense to begin this program and to challenge their talents in the director's arena," states Barton. All student directors are chosen by Barton and coached throughout their production on the proper way to put together a magnificent show! "I know that audiences will be very pleasantly suprised at the dedication, creativity and maturity of these young directors," says Barton.

The first Student Director, Amy Hebel, is hard at work putting together the program's first production, "Little Women, The Broadway Musical." Ms. Hebel is a 2008 graduate of Fayette County High School and is an outstanding talent who has been in FCFT productions as Belle in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" and Sharpay in "Disney's High School Musical." She is the 2006 Fayette Idol Winner, is a multiple vocal award and scholarship winner who plans to attend Georgia Southern University in the fall to obtain a Vocal Performance degree. Ms. Hebel has assembled an astonishing cast for this heartfelt musical! Every cast member has credits galore and the vocal strengths in this production are mind blowing!

"Little Women, The Musical" enjoyed a moderate run on Broadway and is now enjoying a successful national tour. It tells the story of the March family, particularly Jo March, played perfectly by Amy Hebel and her sisters Amy (Lanie Thompson), Beth (Hannah Herndon) and Meg (Emily Sipe or Grace Hendly) and their suitors Professor Bhaer (Travis Martin), Laurie (Brent Davis) John Brooks (Andrew Miller) and Mr. Laurence (Josh Kennedy). Many adventures befall these ladies and their mother, Marmee (Melonie Thompson) as this beautiful story unfolds. Add the overbearing, but well-meaning Aunt March (Tammy Barton) and the outrageous stories and imagination of Jo March, acted out in dramatic musical numbers throughout the play, and you have the makings of a wonderful afternoon or evening at the theatre.

Performances are scheduled for August 9 and 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day and will be presented in the perfectly intimate setting of the Fayette Family Lodge House at 215 Huiet Road in Fayetteville. Presale tickets are only $8.00 with door prices being $10 general and $9 under 13 years and seniors 65+. Seating is limited, so making reservations is highly suggested! House opens 30-minutes prior to each performance.

Don't miss this magnificent Broadway gem. A story that the entire family will enjoy. For reservations or more information call 770-251-7611 or visit www.fcft.net/HomePage.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Auditions for Carroll County Community Theatre’s Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, July 21 and 22

Auditions for Carroll County Community Theatre’s Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, July 21 and 22 in the Choral Rehearsal Room at 7 p.m.

Parts are available for 8 men and 5 women.

About the play: Death of a Salesman is one of Arthur Miller’s most famous and commonly revived works. The play is often viewed by many as a caustic attack on the American dream of achieving wealth and success without regard for principle. More importantly, at its wounded heart, this is a play about a family adrift. It leaves us pondering the explosive mix of love, contempt and seething anger that at times pulls the Loman family together and at other times hurls them apart. Death of a Salesman made both Arthur Miller and the character Willy Loman household names.

The debut of Salesman was greeted with enthusiastic reviews, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949, the 1949 Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Death of a Salesman is the first play in history to win all three major awards. Produced worldwide, the searing drama confirmed Miller as an internationally-known playwright.

Production dates are September 25-27 at 7:30 and Sunday September 28 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information call 770-838-1083.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Calling All Performers…..Talented Kids Needed

The Atlanta Workshop Players are scouting the metro area for top talent this summer. AWP is a professional children’s theatre company currently looking to fill three major upcoming artistic events. The AWP Tour Show (age 7-adult), Punchline Kids’ Cabaret (Ages 6-18) and AWP’s Professional Training Program (ages 9-18) need performers.

The Tour Show is casting for 3 educational and social-issues musicals which will tour metro Atlanta during the 2008-2009 school year. AWP needs singers, dancers and actors ages 7-adult.

The Punchline Kids’ Cabaret is a zany variety show looking for talented, crazy kids age 6-18. Performed 4 times a year, the Kids’ Cabaret is searching for musicians, dancers, and hilarious G-rated comedians to entertain the audience.

For experienced performers on the pro-track, AWP’s Professional Training Programs Hollywood Bound and Broadway Bound are designed to assist kids pursuing professional performing careers. Please call for an audition packet for these training programs.

Auditions for these exciting opportunities will take place July 23-26th at Atlanta Workshop Players’ Studio Of the Arts at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Suite 111 Alpharetta, GA. 30022

Call the AWP HOTLINE at 770-998-8111 for details and for an audition appointment. www.atlantaworkshopplayers.com

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Casting Announced for Atlanta Engagement at the Fabulous Fox From July 15 - August 3

Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders and the producing team of the Broadway smash hit THE COLOR PURPLE, The Musical about Love, are proud to announce casting information for the Atlanta date of the first North American Touring production of THE COLOR PURPLE. The show will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre for 24 performances from July 15 through August 3. Tickets are on sale NOW through http://www.ticketmaster.com/ and 404-817-8700. Group tickets can be purchased through the Fox Theatre Group Sales Dept. at 404-881-2000.

Nominated for eleven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE COLOR PURPLE is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is about hope and the healing power of love.

“We are thrilled to host the tour of THE COLOR PURPLE here in Atlanta in association with the National Black Arts Festival,” states Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars. “Its powerful and timeless message is sure to resonate with our audiences. And we are thrilled to welcome this marvelous ensemble cast including Stu James, who is originally from Atlanta.”

The cast of THE COLOR PURPLE includes:

JEANNETTE BAYARDELLE (Celie) is a Hunter College graduate from NYC. This Gospel recording artist released her debut CD entitled Praise Report in September 2005, which is available online at www. jeannettebayardelle.com. She starred on Broadway as Celie in The Color Purple and has performed in national and international tours of Big River, Rent, and Sister Act.
FELICIA P. FIELDS (Sofia) is a native Chicagoan who earned a Tony Award Nomination for her portrayal of Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway. Her performance also earned her a 2006 Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, two Broadway.com Awards and she was a 2006 Drama League honoree. Felicia has worked throughout the Chicagoland area in Jammin’ With Pops (Ella Fitzgerald), Hot Mikado (Katisha), Show Boat (Queenie), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ma Rainey), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell/Amelia) and Dreamgirls (Effie Melody White), to name a few. Felicia’s stellar performance in Chicago’s Drury Lane production of Sophisticated Ladies earned her the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

ANGELA ROBINSON (Shug Avery) portrayed Shug Avery on Broadway in The Color Purple. She also appeared on Broadway in: Wonderful Town, Bells Are Ringing, Play On! Her tour credits include: Wizard of Oz, and Dreamgirls (Deena) [Black Theatre Alliance nomination]. She’s performed extensively in regional theatre including the Baltimore Center Stage, Paper Mill, Pittsburgh Public, The Alliance, Prince Music Theatre, and TheatreWorks CA. Her roles on television include “A Diva’s Christmas Carol,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

RUFUS BONDs, JR. (Mister) performed the role of Mufasa in Julie Taymor’s Broadway production of The Lion King. Mr. Bonds recently won the L.A. Weekly nomination, Best Ensemble, for his work in the Los Angeles premier of Because They Have No Words, directed by Emilie Beck. Bonds received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jim in the Los Angeles Deaf West production of Big River. He has worked with such greats as Stephen Sondheim in Merrily We Roll Along, William Finn in Romance In Hard Times and Harold Prince in Parade for which Bonds was nominated for both the Drama Desk and the FANY Award.

STU JAMES (Harpo) is thrilled to be a part of such a timeless and amazing story as The Color Purple. He’s a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Morehouse College. He performed on Broad­­way as Benny in RENT. His movie credits include Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls; Downtown A Street Tale; House of Grim and the D.K. Holmes feature Burning Sands. Television audiences know him from roles on “General Hospital,” “All My Children” and “Barbershop.” Stu is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut Album Love Is (www.myspace.com/stujameslive) and he’s working on a one man show entitled Son of the South.

LaTOYA LONDON (Nettie). Being part of The Color Purple is a dream come true for LaToya. Now known to her fans simply as “London,” she was named the early front runner to win season three of “American Idol” by Simon Cowell and Elton John. On-air she joined the ranks of “The Three Divas” alongside Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia Barrino before she was shockingly voted off, ending up in fourth place. London later garnered a Peak Records recording contract and two Billboard-topping singles. Regional credits and tours include: Beehive, Issues, Handles Messiah and Quincy Jones’ Blues In The Night at The Hollywood Bowl. Her debut album Love & Life is in stores now. For more information and the latest news about Latoya visit http://www.latoyalondon.com/

STEPHANIE ST. JAMES (Squeak) is a Los Angeles-based actress, singer and songwriter. She’s a proud advocate for the disease endometriosis. You can learn more about her campaign to raise awareness, her own personal story and struggle with the disease, and more on her acting credits and music at http://www.stephaniestjames.com/

Also starring in the North American Tour are Ensemble members: Lynette DuPree, Kimberly Ann Harris and Virginia Ann Woodruff as the Church Ladies, Bridgette Bentley as the Church Soloist, and Adam Wade as Ol’ Mister. Rounding out the cast are Shani Borden, Brian Harlan Brooks, Reneé Monique Brown, LaTrisa Coleman, Darius Crenshaw, Tiffany Daniels, Quentin Earl Darrington, Alex de Castro, Lesly Terrell Donald, Aliyah D. Flowers, André Garner, Rhett George, Phyre Hawkins, Dameka Hayes, Warner Robins natives LaTonya Holmes and Jenna Ford Jackson, Chauncey Jenkins, Trent Armand Kendall, Keith Byron Kirk, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Diamond White, and Anthony Williams II.

As on Broadway, the first North American Tour of THE COLOR PURPLE is directed by Gary Griffin. THE COLOR PURPLE features a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Grammy Award®-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, and choreography by Donald Byrd. The original creative team of Tony Award®-winner John Lee Beatty (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Tony Award®-winner Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Jon Weston (sound), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations) and Kevin Stites (Music Supervisor) were reunited for the tour.

The first North American Tour is produced by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Quincy Jones, Creative Battery, Anna Fantaci & Cheryl Lachowicz, Independent Presenters Network, Lowy Family Group, Stephanie McClelland, Gary Winnick, Jan Kallish, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Asnes & Adam Zotovich and Todd Johnson, and is produced in special association with AEG Live.

The original cast recording is available on EMI/Angel Records, and THE COLOR PURPLE: A Memory Book of the Broadway Musical (Avalon/Carroll & Graf) is available in bookstores now. Ariel Mutual Funds is a proud sponsor of THE COLOR PURPLE.

THE COLOR PURPLE will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre in association with the National Black Arts Festival as follows:

Tues, July 15 at 8 pm Tues, July 22 at 8 pm Tues, July 29 at 8 pm
Wed, July 16 at 8 pm Wed, July 23 at 8 pm Wed, July 30 at 8 pm
Thurs, July 17 at 8 pm Thurs, July 24 at 8 pm Thurs, July 31 at 8 pm
Fri, July 18 at 8 pm Fri, July 25 at 8 pm Fri, Aug 1 at 8 pm
Sat, July 19 at 2 pm Sat, July 26 at 2 pm Sat, Aug 2 at 2 pm
Sat, July 19 at 8 pm Sat, July 26 at 8 pm Sat, Aug 2 at 8 pm
Sun, July 20 at 1:30 pm Sun, July 27 at 1:30 pm Sun, Aug 3 at 1:30 pm
Sun, July 20 at 7 pm Sun, July 27 at 7 pm Sun, Aug 3 at 7 pm

For more information about THE COLOR PURPLE, please visit http://www.colorpurple.com/

“Jack and the Amazing Beanstalk” Theatre Camp Slated for Tyrone in July

Offshoot Productions, which has presented with great success previous theatre camps and classes for the Tyrone Recreation Department, will offer a new camp this summer: ‘Jack and the Amazing Beanstalk.” During this one-week session, participants will learn how create fascinating characters, propel a fast-paced plot, and incorporate music and stylized movement into a production.

Designed for ages 7 to 15, the camp meets Monday to Friday, July 28 through August 1, from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. Part of the time campers work in small groups according to age, and part of the time everyone works together to mold the brief ensemble piece to be presented on Friday. This camp, which costs $95, is suitable both for those with theatre experience and for newcomers to the stage.

Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D. and Paige Steadman will helm the project. Dr. Steadman, Offshoot’s producing artistic director since 1993, has staged nearly 70 productions for professional, alternative, community and university theatres. A Dramatists Guild member and produced playwright, she has also penned many publications on theatrical literature and practice, including the critically lauded book, Dramatic Re-Visions. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University and an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Paige Steadman is Offshoot’s musical director and composer as well as an experienced actor who is currently touring in Tales from Near and Far and appearing with the Gallery Players improvisation troupe.

For registration information, call the Tyrone Recreation Department at (770) 487-4694 or send e-mail to tyronerec@numail.org. For information on class content, contact the Offshoot Productions office at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Disney's High School Musical Engagement Postponed

Theater of the Stars and Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that the touring production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL will not be coming to Atlanta in August due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts; a return engagement is planned in summer of 2009 when the show will be remounted locally by Theater of the Stars.

“We are disappointed that the touring production of this wonderful show will not play Atlanta this summer but are excited to offer our ticketholders a special opportunity to see the first professional production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the original show,” said Nick Manos, President of Theater of the Stars. “Ever since its premiere at the Fox, the stage version of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL has enjoyed a special connection with Atlanta audiences. We look forward to continuing that connection in the fall of 2008 with the premiere of the new musical.”

Based on the Theater of the Stars stage production, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ON TOUR has delighted audiences in forty cities across North America for the past thirteen months. This high energy, family friendly musical has captured the imagination of regular theatergoers and introduced thousands of new fans to the magic of live theater.

Existing ticket holders to the August 2008 Atlanta engagement have three redemption options:

• Exchange their tickets for special tickets to the Theater of the Stars production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 on Stage (the sequel to the original) which will have its world professional premiere from November 7th through 16th at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. These exchanges will be available before tickets go on sale to the general public and will include access to excellent seats.

• Exchange their tickets for special tickets to the Theater of the Stars production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL on Stage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for the summer of 2009. The exact dates of this engagement will be announced this September. These exchanges will be available before tickets go on sale to the general public and will include access to excellent seats.

• Return their tickets to the point of purchase for a refund.

These options will be available to all ticket holders beginning on Tuesday, July 8th at 10am. For more details on the redemption options, please visit www.theaterofthestars.com.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

FCFT's Summer Drama Production Camp "Hansel and Gretel"

FCFT's Summer Drama Production Camp
"Hansel and Gretel"
The Fun Starts Friday, June 20

FCFT is gearing up to take campers on an adventure of creativity as they present their 2008 Summer Drama Production Camp. Offered since the summer of 1990, this camp allows participants to explore ALL aspects of theatre production as they work toward the ultimate goal of putting on a One-Act Musical Production at the conclusion of camp for a public audience.

Campers will audition for roles, be cast in parts that best suit their abilities, create their own costumes and sets, learn stage makeup, rehearse dances, songs and lines and take part in daily theatre games and exercises that build creativity and self-confidence. Great roles are available for both boys and girls and participants may even choose to take a role that is non-speaking, if that makes them feel more comfortable. Everyone who participates in camp is guaranteed a role in the final production.

There still are a few openings left for this camp that runs Friday, June 20 and Monday - Saturday, June 23-28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. The production of "Hansel and Gretel" will be presented on Saturday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. Campers need to be between the ages of 8 to 15 years.

The registration fee is $250.00 and includes a camp T-shirt and all materials for sets, costumes and makeup. Campers will also be treated to a fulfilled cast party on the final day of camp with a cookout and bingo for prizes.

Camp will be held at the FCFT Warehouse at 177 Fulton Court in Peachtree City with the final Saturday, June 28 camp session and production being at Fayette Family YMCA at 215 Huiet Road in Fayetteville. Preregistration is required to attend. To register please call 770-599-0051 or e-mail fcftdirector1@aol.com. You may also visit the FCFT website at www.fcft.net/Shops for online information.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Legacy Theatre Announces Cast for its Summer Spectacular…The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, the most famous movie musical of all time, made its big screen premiere on August 25th, 1939. This summer, almost 70 years later, this beloved musical is coming to life on The Legacy Theatre stage, and it promises to be its biggest spectacle yet! With beautiful, Broadway-caliber costumes, a breath-taking set from New York designer Scott Aronow, and a cast that rivals any, you can bet that this show will entertain and astound South Atlanta!

The best part…. it is only a short drive to this landmark facility! You can easily join Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and all of the citizens of Oz for this exciting show, not to mention the magic of Glinda the Good Witch and the mean, green one herself, the Wicked Witch of the West!

Starring as Dorothy, the lovely, bright-eyed girl from Kansas, will be Melissa Vazquez Cartwright. Ms. Cartwright was seen in The Legacy Theatre’s very first production “A Christmas Survival Guide” and most recently “It’s A Wonderful Life”. When not on stage, Melissa can be scene nation-wide as a video DJ on the Gospel Music Channel!

The Tin Man and Glinda the Good Witch will be played by husband and wife team, Don and Shea Johnson. Shea was most recently seen in the Atlanta Lyric’s production of “Anything Goes” as the sassy songstress Reno Sweeny and on stage at The Legacy in “Some Enchanted Evening”. Don has performed professionally for many years and will be making his Legacy Theatre debut with this production. Don is currently the head of the Fine Arts Department at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn.

Chase Todd, who is quickly making a name for himself in the Atlanta area, will be taking on the role of the Scarecrow. Chase was last seen in the Atlanta Lyric’s production of “Forever Plaid” as Jinx. Legacy Theatre audiences might recognize him as Ryan from last summer’s smash hit “High School Musical”.

Dustin Lewis will play the Cowardly Lion. Dustin has been performing at the Legacy since it’s opening in 2006. He was last seen at the theatre in “The Spitfire Grill”. He worked all over the world as a professional singer, dancer, actor and choreographer for the past 16 years before making his home at The Legacy Theatre in South Atlanta.

Bethany Hayes Smith will play the Wicked Witch of the West. She has performed this devilish role before and cannot wait to bring the mean, green one back to life here in South Atlanta! Bethany, along with her husband Mark, who is directing this production, founded The Legacy Theatre.

Area professionals, dancers from the Doris Russell School of Performing Arts, and over 70 children and teens from the Legacy's popular Broadway Workshop complete this extraordinary cast.

This production promises to be the biggest and best the Legacy has brought to their growing audiences!Ticket are $25 Adults, $22 Seniors 60+/ Students 13+, $15 Children 12 and under.

Group Rates are available.

For reservations call the box office at 404-895-1473 or go online at www.thelegacytheatre.org.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

National Endowment For The Arts And Arena Stage Announce Application Period Now Open For NEA New Play Development Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that the application period is now open for the NEA New Play Development Program (NPDP), which is being hosted by Arena Stage. To help the nation's nonprofit theaters bring more new plays to full production, NEA NPDP will support the development of seven new plays at theaters from across the country. Support will be given for projects taking place between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010. The application and guidelines are available at www.arenastage.org/npdp. The Intent to Apply deadline is June 20, 2008. Applications have a postmark deadline of July 31, 2008.

Two projects chosen as NEA Outstanding New American Plays will each receive $90,000 to support the final stages of development and a world premiere of the selected play.

Five NEA Distinguished New Play Development Projects will each receive $20,000 to support the early stages of development of a new play. Each of the selected projects will involve close collaboration with the playwrights..

The NEA New Play Development Program is open to nonprofit, professional organizations, or a consortium of organizations, who apply in collaboration with a playwright. Applications will be reviewed by a peer panel of experts and judged on artistic excellence and artistic merit.

The NEA and Arena Stage expect to announce the inaugural round of projects in fall 2008.

Twilight Theatre Production Next Two Weekends in Newnan



The cast of Into the Woods, presented by The Twilight Theatre at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium at 25 Jefferson Street in Newnan, on June 6,7, and 13 at 8 p.m., and on June 8 and 15 at 2:30.

Tickets: www.the twilight Theatre.com, at Scott's Bookstore on the square in Newnan, and at the door.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Carroll County Community Theatre presents "I’m Not Rappaport"

Carroll County Community Theatre presents I’m Not Rappaport June 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Theatre.

Directed by Gerald Byrd. A Tony Award Winning Play by Herb Gardner: Inspired by two elderly men Gardner met in New York City’s Central Park, it focuses on Nat Moyer (Mel Slazyk), a cantankerous Jew and Midge Carter (Larry Powell), a feisty African American, who spend their days sitting on a bench, trying to mask the horrible realities of aging, mainly through the tall tales that Nat spins. Additional roles are played by Georgia Keene, Tywone Reese, Bruce Gonsalves, Ben Sasser, and Rudolph Chism

The play touches on several issues, including society’s treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what's best for their parents, and the dangers that lurk in urban areas.

Its title comes from an old vaudeville joke, a variation of which evolved into dialogue between the two protagonists:

Nat: Hey, Rappaport! I haven't seen you in ages. How have you been?
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, what happened to you? You used to be a short fat guy, and now you're a tall skinny guy.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, you used to be a young guy with a beard, and now you're an old guy with a mustache.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, how has this happened? You used to be a cowardly little white guy, and now you're a big imposing black guy.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: And you changed your name, too!

An opening night reception will be provided by Aramark with the assistance of Delta Chi Fraternity. The reception theme will be New York’s Central Park. Tickets are $10. Call 770-838-1083 for information or to order by phone.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Main Street Players Holding Auditions for the Musical "Li'l Abner."

The Main Street Players will hold auditions for actors ranging in ages from 8-25 for the musical “Li’l Abner” next Thursday, June 5th and Friday, June 6th at 7:00PM in the theater located at 115 North Hill Street, Griffin, GA.

Inspired by the satirical comic strip by Al Capp, “Li'l Abner,” the 1956 Tony Award winning show, is a broad spoof of hillbillies but also a pointed satire taking on any number of topics, ranging from the United States government to a mixture of hillbilly nonsense, mixed with sharp, critical humor that has a universal appeal.

“I have always wanted to do this upbeat musical extravaganza,” says Nancy Gresham, director. “If you're looking for a fun-filled, foot-stompin' musical that is taken directly from the comics, then “Li’l Abner” is for you. It's pure entertainment: a side-splitting extravaganza for all.

“We are looking for all the mad-cap characters created in the famous comic strip that ran from1934 through 1977: the flirtatious Daisy Mae; the corporate titan General Bullmoose; the con-man, maryin' Sam; the dynamite-in-a-small-package Mammy Yokum and her hen-pecked husband, Pappy Yokum (Li'l Abner's mother and father); the shapely Appassionata von Climax; Stupifyin' Jones; the pig-toting Moonbeam McSwine; the affable, blustering politician, Senator Jack S. Phogbound; everyone’s black-sheep-of-the family Lonesome Polecat; and the squirrelly Evil Eye Fleegle.

“In casting for this production, we will need several singing and dancing “citizens” of improvised Dogpatch, the setting of the hillbilly musical.

“And, of course, we are looking for the next “Griffin Idol,” the title character --- the obstinate, sweet-natured, muscular (and very naïve) Li’l Abner.

“Please prepare one song and a one-to-two minute monologue or read from the script,” says Gresham. “An accompanist will be available.

“A head shot and resume is a bonus, but not required. However, all applicants must be available for evening rehearsals three weeks prior to the performance dates and, or course, available, for every performance during the run of the show.

“Call 770-867-9821 or 770-229-9916 to set an audition appointment time. Leave name and call back number.

“I think that this fun-filled musical romp, apropos in an election year, is the perfect summer vehicle for Main Street Theatre’s annual Summer Program for Youth,” says Gresham.

The Main Street Players’ Program for Youth, 115 North Hill Street, Griffin, brings “Li’l Abner” to the stage for eight performances only; weekends: Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, August 3rd, 2008.

All tickets are $10. For tickets and information please call 770 229-9916.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Accomplished Improv Performers Keep Audience Laughing


Offshoot Productions, the Southside’s oldest professional theatre, has successfully recreated itself as a touring and special event company. In addition to touring the current children’s participation play, Tales from Near and Far, and preparing for its upcoming mystery, Rehearsal for Murder, Offshoot has increased the cast size of its improvisation troupe, The Gallery Players.

The Gallery Players actors—Elizabeth Clausen, Andy Fleming, Kristi Israel, Betty Mitchell, Paige Steadman and Joey Waldrop—bring a wide range of performing experience to the seemingly effortless improvisation they create for delighted audiences.
Drawing from dozens of improv structures, the troupe can design a performance for a particular occasion or venue. Because the audience is always different, and the cast line-up for a particular performance varies, each show is surprisingly unique.

Every performance begins with a song. Then, according to audience suggestions and predilections, the company presents a wacky interpretation of common—and uncommon--experiences, such as a “dating game” in which the audience assigns different characters (real or fictional, from Cleopatra to Orphan Annie) to the women competing for a guy. At times, the actors may transform a mundane scene into a Shakespearean tragedy or a piece in the style of film noir or Dr. Seuss. Sometimes performers are limited to lines suggested by the audience, or beginning with a letter of the alphabet, or that contain a certain number of words.

There are also opportunities for a few brave souls in the audience to join the actors on stage.

The troupe’s director, Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D., has been producing artistic director of Offshoot Productions since 1993. She has spent over thirty years teaching improvisation in universities, at theatre conferences, or for recreation departments and other organizations.

For information on the Gallery Players and on Offshoot Productions, call (770) 631-2362 or send e-mail to offshootpr@aol.com. For general information on the company, visit www.offshoot.org.
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