News & Notes
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!
Zah Steward (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.
Theatre 7 will be holding open auditions on Tuesday, May 2nd and Thursday, May 4th at its headquarters at 131 N. Water Street, Decatur, for its upcoming audience-interactive dinner theatre murder mystery production of “Death of a Hot Sauce Salesman.” Auditions will be from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Please come prepared to do cold readings from the script, with an ensemble of other auditionees.
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 comedy filled with zany characters, outrageous lines, and plenty of hot sauce.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Overworked, underappreciated maid – any age
30’s, very attractive, sexy trophy fiancee’ of Prescott Knight; fortune-hunter type
FESTER N. BOYLE
50’s to 60’s, Prescott’s sleazy attorney
Mid-20’s to 30, Prescott’s older granddaughter, attractive and sarcastic
Early 20’s, Prescott’s younger, naïve granddaughter, Shiloh’s cousin
Mid-20’s to 30, dimwitted but handsome cowboy, about to become engaged to Magnolia
SUE RAE DUKANE
50’s, Prescott’s daughter, Magnolia’s mother
50’s, Sue Rae’s husband
Any age, one-eyed gardener
70’s to 80’s, family patriarch and owner of Hot Knights
60’s to 70, Prescott’s ex-wife
JUDGE TITUS A. DRUMM
60’s to 70, local judge and friend to Prescott Knight
Characters to not have to be the age specified, but must be able to act the age and be made up to appear the age of the character.
Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Theatre 7 headquarters beginning May 23rd. The show will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 7th and 8th at The Main Hangar Restaurant.
EMAIL audition questions to email@example.com
Write us a play! Theatre 7, Decatur’s Community Theatre, is looking for ten-minute comedic plays (scripts that are 6 to 7 pages) for an evening of dinner theatre and short plays to be presented August 17, 18, & 19 in dinner theatre format at The Main Hangar Restaurant. The deadline is June 18, 2017. Send entries in Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for original works that are comedic in nature, feature 2 to 4 actors, and can be staged in a minimal setting (a table, a bar or a bench.) Questions? Email John Poling at email@example.com
Theatre 7’s finale for its 2016-2017 “Family Drama” season is the hilarious Southern fried-comedy “Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens.” From an octogenarian love triangle to a malevolent hand puppet, this Texas-sized comedy by Jones Hope Wooten Playwrights is side-splittingly hilarious from start to finish. It is directed by Tanya Haubner and Kathy Zientara and runs at the Decatur Civic Center from April 21-30. Tickets are on sale now.
“When Theatre 7 was looking for family comedies, we went to the same writers of ‘Hallelujah Girls’ which we did two years ago,” said Director Tanya Haubner. “We know they write great plays and the community responded positively. This one fit right in for our season’s theme – Family Drama and non-stop laughs!”
The Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas ‒ Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette ‒ are up against the clock as they frantically attempt to produce the ultimate high school reunion before the old building is demolished. But they’ve got a bushel of obstacles to overcome before they can pull off a miracle. Gaynelle is reeling from the humiliating demise of her loathed ex-husband; Peaches’ romantic life has tanked because the older her dates get, the more horrified they are by her job as a mortuarial cosmetologist; and Jimmie Wyvette is trying to live down her on-camera catfight with a local televangelist. To top it all off, the cousins have to impress a governor’s aide with their party-planning abilities so they can nab the plum job of throwing the governor’s birthday bash – and keep their business afloat.
Their scramble to prepare the perfect event is interrupted by the exploits of their amorous uncle Aubrey, who is in danger of getting throttled by the two octogenarian sisters he is simultaneously romancing, and by threats from their self-righteous aunt LaMerle, who is determined to be crowned the final and forever Guacamole Queen of Sweetgum High. And that’s before one of Peaches’ former classmates arrives with a malevolent hand puppet and a score to settle, Jimmie Wyvette hog-ties the sheriff with police tape, the high school gym is blown away, and the desperate battle for Guacamole Queen heats up into an outrageous fight to the finish.
“There is always something unexpected happening,” Haubner said. “Explosions, secrets, dead bodies, whipped cream, pageants, parties, crazy puppets and so much more. Most nights after rehearsal my sides hurt from laughing so much!”
Opening night for the two-week run is Friday, April 21. Curtain times 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. Select your seats by purchasing tickets in advance online at theatre7.net or in person at the Civic Center Box Office. The box office can also be reached at (217) 422-7300. General admission tickets will be available before each show.
Doors will open a half hour before curtain. Soft drinks, wine, beer and margaritas will be available at the cash bar before the show and during intermission. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for discounted ticket rates. Contact Emily Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Guacamole Queens is directed by Tanya Haubner and Kathy Zientera. The cast includes Molly Shade as Cee Cee Windham, Gina Tomlinson as Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen, Bekki Moore as Peaches, Ruth Ann Holmes as Gaynelle, Jan Hooten as Aunt La Merle, Bobby Lark as Uncle Aubrey, Terri Tate as Ennis, Abby Martin as Della, Eligio Guerrero as Sheriff Grover, Evan Miller as Dewey, Zach Stewart as Raynerd, Cheryl Laskowski as Tanzie and April Higgs as Dixie. The production team includes Producer Emily Steele, Set Designer and Master Builder Brian Haubner, Stage Manager Hayley Shaffer, Costumes Jane Lackie, Props Kathy Zientara and Hair & Makeup Keyli Morganthaler.
Theatre 7 is a non-profit, volunteer community theatre organization dedicated to fostering an interest in all aspects of theatre since 1964. You can find Theatre 7 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. This show is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.