Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Twilight Theatre Annouces Auditions for "The Music Man"

The Twilight Theatre announces auditions its summer stock production, "The Music Man", under the direction of Jared Wright. The musical follows the story of a fast-talking traveling salesman who tries to con a small town in Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a "band" he is forming to "save their children" from degradation. Little do they know that he doesn't truly know anything about music. In the midst of his scheme, he falls for his adversary, a music teacher. Does she convince him to change his ways? Does she return the love he feels for her? A show that encompasses classical musical theatre and a well-constructed script - what's not to love about this musical?

Auditions will be held at the Heritage Christian Church, 2130 Redwine Road, Fayetteville, GA on Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. Performances will be at the Frederick Brown Jr Amphitheater in Peachtree City at 8:00 p.m. on July 11, 12, 18, and 19. Come to auditions prepared to do cold readings from the script, musical selections from the show, and improv exercises. Some dancing may also be required, so dress accordingly.

Anyone who can play a musical instrument is encouraged to attend, too. There will be a live orchestra for the show, but playing a musical instrument is not required to audition for a role in the show.

For more information, visit www.TheTwilightTheatre.com, email Director Jared Wright: jaredcwright@gmail.com, or call him at 678.491.4582.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES 2008-2009 SHAKESPEARE FOR A NEW GENERATION GRANTS

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies will receive grants to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from June 1, 2008-May 31, 2009. Part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, Shakespeare for a New Generation targets middle and high school students, introducing young people to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program already has benefited more than one million students and their teachers with live performances and educational activities.

"The NEA's Shakespeare initiative not only introduces millions of Americans to the English language's greatest writer, but it also brings the experience of professional theater to many students who have never seen it before," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "I am delighted that through Shakespeare for a New Generation, we have benefited not only students, but also their teachers, as well as provided employment to numerous actors and theater professionals."

Each of the participating companies, 11 of which are new to the program, will present productions of selected Shakespeare plays with accompanying educational activities to at least 10 schools in their communities. These activities may include in-school residencies, workshops, or post-performance discussions. Companies receive grants of $25,000 each to support the project for a total federal investment of $1,000,000.

For the complete release and a list of participating theaters please go to http://www.arts.gov/news/news08/Shakespeare.html
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Monday, April 21, 2008

Acting Up Ministries of the First United Methodist Church presents “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Acting Up Ministries of the First United Methodist Church presents “Jesus Christ Superstar,” April 25 through April 27 at the Griffin Auditorium.

The 1969 rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (their first) chronicles the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of his disciple, Judas Iscariot.

The action of the two act opera follows the Gospels’ accounts of the last weeks of Jesus’ life, beginning with Jesus and his followers arriving in Jerusalem and ending with the Resurrection.

Originally appearing as a 1970 Decca LP recording because producers were afraid to take a chance on such a daring production, “Jesus Christ Superstar” eventually premiered on Broadway in New York on October 12, 1971. The show, directed by Tom O’Horgan, opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre to mixed reviews but despite opposition from certain religious groups, the production became a huge box office hit and ran for over seven hundred performances.

A year later the musical opened in London’s West End and ran for eight years.

The Oscar-nominated film adaptation of “Jesus Christ Superstar” was released in 1973 and became the eighth highest-grossing film of that year.

Featuring such notable songs as the title song, “Superstar,” sung by Judas, and "I Don't Know How to Love Him," sung by Mary Magdalene and “Everything's Alright” are familiar stand-alone hits from the show and earned five Tony Award nominations.

Some religious groups condemned the Broadway show and subsequent productions. However, three decades after its debut, the furor over the multi-Tony Award winning opera died down.
Today it is routinely performed by many civic and church groups, who appreciate it simply as an established secular play concerning the life of Jesus set to music.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is directed by Nancy Beall with Adam Grubbs as Jesus; Jordan Hale as Judas; Allison Kirkland as Mary and Gene Sheffield as Caiaphas. Seth Davis has recorded the energetic accompanying score.

The remainder of the thirty-member cast, including Priests, Disciples and Soldiers, are from the Griffin/Spalding County pool of talent that are often seen in Main Street Theatre and Camelot Theatre productions.

Acting Up Ministries, the dramatic ministry of Griffin’s First United Methodist Church, brings “Jesus Christ Superstar” to the Griffin Auditorium, 324 East Taylor Street at Sixth Street, this Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26 at 7:00PM and Sunday, April 27 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For more information, please call 770-228-3020 or visit www.griffin-fumc.org.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rent --- The Theatrical Experience that Changed Broadway Forever

Featuring South African Idol Winner Heinz Winckler and American Idol
Finalist Anwar Robinson in the National Tour of RENT

The 2007-2008 national touring production of RENT features Heinz Winckler as Roger Davis and Anwar Robinson as Tom Collins. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical RENT, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, is coming to The Fox Theatre in Atlanta for 5 performances from April 25 – April 27, 2008. Tickets are available through authorized agents at The Fox Theatre Box Office, participating Publix and other Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone: 404-817-8700. For group information, please contact 404-881-2000.

Winckler was the winner of the first South African Idol in 2002 and the 4th place finalist in the 2003 inaugural World Idol competition, in which he competed against American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Robinson was the 7th place finalist on the 4th season of American Idol.
On stage, Winckler played Tony in the Toronto production of West Side Story. Winckler has recorded three hit albums with Sony BMG, including: One Step Closer, Come Alive (both South African Music Award “SAMA” nominees for “best pop album”) and Moment of Truth. His song, “Once in a Lifetime,” was a “SAMA” nominee for “best single.” He performed the song “Chasing Shadows” for the Walt Disney movie, Treasure Planet, and participated in the Westlife Greatest Hits Tour in South Africa. Winckler has received the People Magazine Award for “Hottest Hunk,” “South Africa’s Hottest Artist” and “Best Male Personality.” He was also featured in Cosmopolitan’s “Sexy Man Calendar.”

Robinson will make his stage debut in this touring production of RENT. American audiences will recall Robinson as the Music Teacher who was rocketed to television stardom on season four of the pop-culture phenomenon American Idol. His vocal range quickly landed him a coveted spot in Idol’s Top 10, where Judge Paula Abdul touted him as “technically the best singer of the competition.” Robinson has toured the country as part of the Idols Live show. The New Jersey native has worked and appeared with a number of music icons, including Clive Davis, Patti Labelle, Kelly Price, Byron Cage and Pastor Donnie McClurkin. Robinson recently released his debut album, The Truth About Love.

Critics have called RENT “the best thing that has happened to the Broadway musical in a long time,” and have said that RENT “justifies every bit of attention that has been lavished on this phenomenal musical.” “It shimmers with hope for the future of the American musical.” The New York Times.

RENT is the theatrical experience that transformed how a generation feels about musicals, changed Broadway forever, and inspired a major motion picture. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about being young and learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. RENT has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock and a story that really resonates.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews. It rapidly became a sold-out hit. The show transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996 where it continues to play at The Nederlander Theatre. RENT is now the 7th longest running show in Broadway history.

The success of RENT is always tempered by the death of its creator, Jonathan Larson. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on the morning of January 25, 1996, just hours after Rent’s final dress rehearsal off-Broadway, and ten days before his 36th birthday.
RENT features musical direction by Tim Weil, choreography by Marlies Yearby, set design by Paul Clay, costume design by Angela Wendt and lighting design by Blake Burba.

Tickets are available through authorized agents at The Fox Theatre Box Office, participating Publix and other Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone: 404-817-8700.

Starr’s Mill High School to Hit Home Run

Starr’s Mill High School, widely known for its professional quality musicals, is planning to knock one out of the park this spring with its production of “Damn Yankees!”

The musical, the high school’s 10th, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 23, 24, and 25 in the school’s Duke Auditorium at 193 Panther Path in Fayetteville.

Sixty students, under the direction of David Spearman, musical director John Odom and choreographer Courtney Savage, have been hard at work since January rehearsing this tale of a middle-aged baseball fan and his pact with the devil.

As the story goes, the hapless Washington Senators cannot win a baseball game. So, ultimate fan Joe Hardy sells his soul to the devil to become a young baseball star. He makes the devil agree to an “escape clause,” and he becomes the hero of the team. News reporter Gloria Thorpe, however, is determined to discover who Joe really is. Meanwhile, the devil attempts to get out of the escape clause by having Lola, his assistant, try to seduce Joe. But, Joe’s love for his wife is too strong, and the battle begins as the Senators start winning their way to the pennant.

The musical, based on Douglass Wallop’s 1954 novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, includes the big hits “You Gotta Have Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants.”

As with each of its previous musical productions, Starr’s Mill promises a talented cast along with lavish sets and costumes. “However, this year,” Spearman said, “students in the Acting 1, 2, and 3 classes and the Advanced Drama 2 class have learned to sew, and they are making the costumes for the show!”

Tickets, which can be purchased through the school or at the door, are $8. For more information, contact Starr’s Mill High School at 770-486-2710.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

FCFT's Most Popular Workshop

FCFT's two originally scheduled Art of Musical Theatre Auditioning, Highs School Musical Edition Workshops on Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 are extremely close to being FULL, so FCFT is adding an additional shop on Tuesday, April 15 to allow ALL those who wish to participate the opportunity.

These classes will cover all the basics of Musical Theatre Auditioning and help those wishing to audition for any production with FCFT or any other company in the future. It will conclude with a mock audition using the dance combination, song and script from our upcoming production of "Disney's High School Musical."

Thursday, April 17 ~ 2 more spaces left
Friday, April 18~ 1 more space left
ADDED CLASS~ Tuesday, April 15
(5 to 8 p.m.) (Fee: $55.00) (Ages: 10 to 15 years)
Preregistration Required: 770-599-0051 or fcftdirector1@aol.com
www.fcft.net/Shops

REMEMBER! REMEMBER!
DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL AUDITIONS
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 AT THE FCFT WAREHOUSE
WWW.FCFT.NET/AUD

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Disney Theatrical Productions MARY POPPINS HOLDS OPEN CASTING CALLS FOR CHILDREN IN ATLANTA

The highly successful and award-winning Broadway and upcoming touring productions of MARY POPPINS will be holding open casting calls in Atlanta for children who can sing, dance, and act on Sunday, April 13.

Jennifer Rudin, Director of Casting and Talent Development for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York City, will be conducting the auditions. Jennifer spent five years as head of casting for Walt Disney Animation Studios in Los Angeles and cast the following animated movies to name a few: Chicken Little, The Incredibles, Meet the Robinsons, The Wild and Brother Bear. Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America.

We are also pleased to announce the debut of MARY POPPINS in Atlanta as part of the 2009-2010 season for Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta.

Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony® Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical—and like nothing you'd ever expect. Produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, the show includes such wonderful songs as “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The NY Daily News hails MARY POPPINS as “a roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!”

Disney Theatrical Productions is seeking children ages 8-12, with a maximum height of 58”, who can sing, dance and act to play Jane and Michael Banks:

JANE BANKS (11 years old) Pretty and attractive girl. Exuberant but willful.
Thoughtless, short-tempered and untidy. Occasionally inclined to snobbishness.

MICHAEL BANKS (9 years old) Cute and cheeky. Excitable. Naughty. Noisy,
mischievous troublesome little boy who adores his father and tries to be like him.

WHEN:
Sunday, April 13, 2008
3 pm – 7 pm
Sign in begins promptly at 2 pm

WHERE:
Studio Dionne, School of Dance and Music
524 Plasters Avenue (near Monroe/Armour Drive at I-85)
Atlanta, GA 30324
For map and directions: http://www.studiodionne.com/

PREPARE:
Prepare a song of your choice that shows off your range. Please provide sheet music for the accompanist, and remember to bring a current picture and resume.

For more info visit http://www.disneyonbroadway.com/ or email casting@disneyonbroadway.com.

If you are unable to attend this audition, send a picture and resume ASAP to:
Tara Rubin Casting, ATTN: Mary Poppins, 570 7th Avenue, Suite 401, New York, NY 10018