News & Notes
Theatre 7 is excited to announce that after a tremendous turnout for auditions, the cast has been chosen for its holiday dinner theatre production “A Christmas Chaos.” The play will be performed Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 at The Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave. Tickets are $45 and will go on sale November 1. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (217) 429-4200.
Narrator: Shawn Becker
Scrooge: John D. Poling
Stage Manager: Christie Linder
Cratchit: David Gilpin
Nervous/Fred/Christmas Future: Cheryl Lawskowski
Charity Lady/Mary: Terri Tate
Christmas Past/Present/Businesswoman: RuthAnn Holmes
Confused: Sarah Rice
Bob/Mrs. Cratchit: Kathy Zientara
Peter/Businessman: Craig Culp
Young Scrooge/Boy: Antares Harrison
Tiny Tims: Josie Timmerman & Dakota Walker
Marley: John Dunn
The show is being directed by Jan Hooten. We wish to thank everyone who auditioned. Although it’s always a good thing to have many actors audition, there were some very tough decisions here because each and every auditionee exhibited great talent and enthusiasm.
Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for “A Christmas Chaos” its second-annual holiday dinner theatre fundraiser. Auditions will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. October 17 and 18 at Theatre 7 Headquarters, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Actors will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Performances will be December 7 and 8 at The Decatur Club. Rehearsals will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting October 30. Please be prepared to provide any scheduling conflicts you may have from October 30 through December 8.
Actors 16 and older are welcome to audition; anyone under 18 needs parental permission. Actors do not need to attend both auditions.
In addition to actors, we will need support crew for this production consisting of a wardrobe/costuming specialist to help our wardrobe mistress, a set/props master or mistress (the real stage manager), and a light and sound technician. Please email Director Jan Hooten at email@example.com or show up on one of the audition nights if you are interested in helping out! Tickets will be available in November at the Decatur Club.
Theatre 7 has booked a touring Royal Shakespeare Company to perform their stirring rendition of “A Christmas Carol” as a holiday fundraiser for the community theatre group. Unfortunately, the professional company runs into travel difficulties and doesn’t show. So, our intrepid band of fine actors and technicians must put together their own production at the last minute! Have you ever experienced behind-the-scenes mayhem? Well, you haven’t seen anything yet! This farcical play focuses on our thespians doing their best while chaos reigns is all around them: two actors fighting over who gets to play Tiny Tim, a confused actor who thinks she’s in another show, a haughty lead actor, one actor playing both Bob and Mrs. Cratchit, an out-of-control director, thrown-together props and costumes, ridiculous scenery, and tons of flubs and confusion. Many actors will play multiple roles, and even the tech people are called on to fill parts. This extremely fast-paced and physical one-act comedy is a hilarious parody of the classic novel and of everything that can go wrong with a theatrical production!
Scrooge – mature male, considers himself a “professional actor” and is appalled by the other community theatre “amateurs.”
Stage Manager – male or female. Take-charge type, doing their best to keep the cast and the play on track
Narrator – male or female, considers him/herself to be a “great speaker,” and loves to show off his/her great vocabulary
“Confused” – female, quite talented yet flighty. Keeps coming on stage as a character in the wrong play
Tiny Tim – two actors, male or female, youngish (15-30), slightly built. Each believes he/she was promised the role, so they both play it. Both strong-willed, used to getting their own way, think they are the “child stars” of the company
Nervous, Fred, Christmas Future – female, was the understudy for the production. Suffers from stage fright
Bob Cratchit, fan, Belle – male, younger, goofy, thinks he’s a good actor but tends to overplay. In relationship with actress playing Young Scrooge
Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Businessman 1 – male or female, loves to ad-lib, frequently amused him/herself
Peter, Businessman 2 – male, loves being involved in theatre, in spite of his minimal talents
Charity Lady, Mary – female, quick, always making the best of a tough situation
Marley, Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Cratchit – male, must be a strong actor who loves challenge. Plays Bob an Mrs. Cratchit simultaneously with the aid of creative costuming. Must ad-lib well and roll with the punches.
Young Scrooge, Boy – female, strong-willed and hard-headed. In relationship with actor playing “Fan” and they frequently argue
Help solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy in Theatre 7’s “Clue: The Musical,” the first show of their 2017-2018 season of “Murder, Mystery & Mayhem!” Tickets are on sale for this hilarious, family-friendly live-action version of the internationally popular board game “Clue” showing at the Decatur Civic Center from October 13-15 and 20-22. Who did it? You decide!
“When Theatre 7 decided it wanted to make this season all about murder mysteries we agreed that a game of CLUE was just what we wanted,” said Director Tanya Haubner. “Who doesn’t like family game night? That’s just what this show is, well with some songs and dancing thrown in for good measure!”
The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical which brings the world’s best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon? There’s a new murderer every night! Before the show, the audience will receive forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the evening. Like the game, select audience members will choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms ‒ there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem.
“The characters in this show make it what it is,” Haubner said. “Everyone from a disgruntled cook to a prim and proper professor, the actors really have embraced their characters. When the actors are having fun on stage the audience is having fun watching them and trust me they sure know how to have fun.”
Opening night for the two-week run is Friday, October 13. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K Anderson Plaza. Doors open half an hour before curtain.
Tickets are $15. Select your seats by purchasing tickets in advance online at theatre7.tix.com or in person at the Civic Center Box Office, Monday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. The box office can also be reached at (217) 422-7300. General admission tickets will be available before the show. Season flex passes are also available online. See all three of this season’s shows for only $35. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for discounted rates. Contact Josh Sisson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Clue: The Musical” is directed by Tanya Haubner and Hayley Kot. The cast includes Ben Wilson as Mr. Boddy; Gina Tomlinson as Mrs. Peacock; Brock Hayden as Professor Plum, Emily Massey as Miss Scarlet, Cameron Williams as Colonel Mustard, Emily Steele as Mrs. White, Tyler Bowlin as Mr. Green; and Merijha Branson as the Detective. The production team includes Music Director Brandon Lane, Assistant Director Hayley Kot, Producer Josh Sisson, Costumes Dina Fryman, Set Designer and Master Builder Brian Haubner, Props Coordinator Michelle Stephens, Hair and Makeup Keyli Morganthaler and House Manager Ruth Ann Holmes.
If you would like to assist with set construction, costumes, props, backstage or ushering, please email the director at email@example.com.
Theatre 7 is a non-profit, volunteer community theatre organization dedicated to fostering an interest in all aspects of theatre in Decatur and Central Illinois since 1964. More information is available at www.theatre7.net or on the Theatre 7 Facebook page. “Clue: The Musical” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The Book is by Peter De Pietro, Music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci and Lyrics are by Tom Chiodo.
Theatre 7 is excited to announce the cast of “Clue: The Musical” the first show in our 2017-2018 season of “Murder, Mystery and Mayhem!” showing October 13-15 and 20-22 at the Decatur Civic Center. “We’re thrilled with the outpouring of support from the community for auditions,” said Director Tanya Haubner. “We’re very excited to be bringing in several new actors to the Theatre 7 family.”
The cast includes Ben Wilson as Mr. Boddy; Gina Tomlinson as Mrs. Peacock; Brock Hayden as Professor Plum, Emily Massey as Miss Scarlet, Cameron Williams as Colonel Mustard, Emily Steele as Mrs. White, Tyler Bowlin as Mr. Green; and Merijha Branson as the Detective. The production team includes Music Director Brenna Pfiefer, Assistant Director Hayley Kot, Producer Josh Sisson, Set Designer and Master Builder Brian Haubner, Props Coordinator Michelle Stephens, Costumes Dina Fryman and Hair & Makeup Keyli Morganthaler.
Due to the high turnout, unfortunately not everyone who auditioned could be cast in the show. Haubner would like to invite anyone interested in helping out with set construction, costumes, props, backstage or ushering, to please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep an eye out for Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett and Colonel Mustard next weekend as they explore Decatur Celebration and kickoff Theatre 7’s season of murder, mystery and mayhem!
The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical which brings the world’s best known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon? The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the evening. Like the game, audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem.
Opening night for the two-week run of “Clue: The Musical” is Friday, October 13. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K Anderson Plaza. Tickets are $15. Or, season passes are available starting August 7 at theatre7.tix.com. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for discounted rates. Contact Josh Sisson at email@example.com for more information.
Theatre 7 is a non-profit, volunteer community theatre organization dedicated to fostering an interest in all aspects of theatre since 1964. Like the Theatre 7 Facebook page for updates on productions. “Clue: The Musical” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Theatre 7 is excited to announce the seven original short plays and the cast for our “10, Din & A Grin” dinner theater happening at Doherty’s Pubs & Pins on August 18 and 19. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling Doherty’s at (217) 428-5612. Doors open at 6 p.m., a buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available.
Garden for Children by Cristen Monson
Directed by Emily Steele
Heather: Abby Lynn Martin
Monty: Zachary Thomas Hammon
Cierra: Alan Antares Harrison
A Terrifying Confession by Mark Beanblossom
Directed by Hayley Kot
Vincent: Dillon Bethard
Milly: Emily Steele
Good Fortune by Bruce Boeck
Directed by Hayley Kot
Sarah: Gina N. Tomlinson
Mollie: RuthAnn Holmes
Jenna: Michaela McQuality
Intelligent Life by Shawn Becker
Directed by John D. Poling
Man: Joe Davies
Woman: Jan Hooten
Alien: Terri Tate
Second Woman: Kathy Zientara
Faith & Chance by John D. Poling
Directed by John D. Poling
Faith: Molly Shade
Chance: Dillon Bethard
Bartender: Craig Culp
Quality Time by Kathleen Malone Clesson
Directed by John D. Poling
Trudy: Mary Wilking Mary Wilking
Marlene: Cynthia Hinkle
Kitty: Cheryl Laskowski
The Blind Date by Dustin L. Yocum
Directed by Joshua Hammon
Jack: Zach Stewart
Noreen: Abby Martin
Ben: Zach Hammon
Jenny: Taylor Ingham
Theatre 7 will hold open auditions on Sunday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 11th for the 2017 “Ten, Din and a Grin,” Ten Minute Plays Dinner Theatre to be performed August 18th and 19th at Doherty’s Pub, 242 E. William Street.
Auditions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at T7 Headquarters, 131 North Water St. We will be doing cold readings from the scripts of the seven plays being performed.
20 actors of a variety of ages are needed. Some actors will likely be cast in two plays.
Actors must be available Aug. 13th – 19th for tech rehearsals and performances.
Questions: email John Poling at firstname.lastname@example.org
Theatre 7 proudly announces auditions for our 1st show of the 2017-2018 Season! We will be holding auditions for Clue the Musical Monday July 24th and Tuesday July 25th from 6-8pm at our Headquarters, 131 N. Water Street, Downtown Decatur. Please plan on reading from the script and have a song prepared. Feel free to bring a cd or music on your phone to play for your song. The Show Dates will be October 13-15 and 20-22 at the Decatur Civic Center. Rehearsals will begin August 14th and run Monday thru Thursday from 630pm-830pm or 9pm each night. Come and join in the Deathly FUN as Theatre 7 presents our season of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem!
The internationally popular game of Clue is now a fun-filled musical which brings the world’s best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon? The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun-filled evening. Three audience members are invited to choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem.
Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience. This colorful crowd pleaser was devised by the authors of Murder at Rutherford House and other popular interactive entertainments.
5m, 3f- Age is open to anyone over 16 (if under 18 you need your parents’ permission)
MR. BODDY – charismatic, handsome, playful host; 30s; soaring baritone/tenor
MRS. PEACOCK – acerbic, manipulative, sexy socialite; plays 40s; mezzo with belt
PROFESSOR PLUM – astute intellectual with a wry sense of humor; plays 30s-40s; baritone
MISS SCARLET – shrewd, very attractive vixen; 20s; wide vocal range with belt
COLONEL MUSTARD – pompous, randy military man; plays 40s-50s; baritone
MRS. WHITE – fun-loving cockney maid, portrayed by a man; plays 40s-50s; wide vocal range
MR. GREEN – slick, handsome wheeler-dealer; 20s; baritone/tenor
DETECTIVE – hard-nosed, snappy, humorous female; 30s; interesting singing voice
The following people received Jay Jay awards for their outstanding performances during Theatre 7’s 2016-17 Season!
Zach Stewart – “The Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens”
Lesa Andrick – “Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike”
John D. Poling – “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”
Kathy Zientara – “Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike”
John D. Poling – “Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike”
Molly Shade “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”
And (not pictured) Mary Wilking – “Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike”
Special Merit Award to Robert Lowery, outgoing Board President. Thanks for all your hard work, Robert!
Merit award winners
Robert Lowery (again!)
While many volunteers deserve to be recognized, these merit award winners served above and beyond! Thanks for all your hard work to help make our 2016-17 season a success!
Spice up your evening with the dinner theatre murder mystery, “Death of a Hot Sauce Salesman” by Michael Druce, presented by Theatre 7 at the Main Hanger Restaurant on June 29th and 30th. You and your friends will help solve this delectable, audience-participation murder mystery while enjoying a wonderful buffet dinner!
Prescott Knight, owner of the Hot Knights Genuine Pepper Sauce empire, announces on the morning of the annual Knight Family Barbecue that he believes someone is trying to kill him. A family meeting is hastily arranged, and Prescott announces he is changing his will so that the recipe for Hot Knights will pass into the right hands. Hours later, family members find Prescott dead and the recipe stolen. Prescott’s family, his lawyer, the housekeeper, and the gardener are all suspects. With the help of volunteers from the audience, Judge Titus A. Drumm slowly unravels this spicy farce-comedy filled with zany characters, outrageous lines, and plenty of hot sauce.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
SASSY (the maid) – Anitra Hines
PEPPER DEVINE (the trophy fiancée) – Sarah Rice
FESTER N. BOYLE (the sleazy attorney) Zachary Hammon
SHILOH DEVERAUX (the ambitious granddaughter) – Gina Tomlinson
MAGNOLIA DUKANE (the young naïve granddaughter) – Maria Diaz
BRICK TARMAC (the hunky but dumb boyfriend) – Evan Miller
SUE RAE DUKANE (the social-climbing daughter) – Terri Tate
W.C. DUKANE (the hale & hearty son-in-law) – Craig Culp
JUAN (the one-eyed gardner) – Ashley Solano
PRESCOTT KNIGHT (the patriarch) – John Dunn
HELEN KNIGHT (the ex-wife) – Cynthia Hinkle
JUDGE TITUS A. DRUMM (Prescott’s close friend) – Joshua Hammon
Doors will open at 6:30 PM each night, with dinner served promptly at 7:00. Advance reservations are required, by calling The Main Hangar at 217-421-7452 or www.mainhangarrestaurant.net. Tickets are $35.00 per person, and include the buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, soft drinks and gratuity. Cash bar is available.