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ANNOUNCING OPEN AUDITIONS – FEBRUARY 20TH AND 21ST!!!
We will be holding open auditions for Theatre 7’s spring presentation, a deliciously funny Southern-fried comedy, The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens!
Auditions will be held at Theatre 7 headquarters at 131 N. Water Street, Decatur, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. February 20th and 21st. Actors will be asked to do a cold reading from the script. Character descriptions are listed below. Auditions will last about 15 minutes and you do not need to stay the entire time. Please bring your calendar (and any potential schedule conflicts) for March 6 to April 30.
The Last Round Up of the Guacamole Queens is being directed by Tanya Haubner. The cast consists of 4 men and 8 women of any age in a variety of large and small comedic roles. Show dates are Friday-Sunday April 21-23 and April 28-30. Rehearsals will be in the evenings starting Monday, March 6. For more information, email Tanya at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (217) 413-0990.
The Show Synopsis
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. From an octogenarian love triangle to a malevolent hand puppet, Guacamole Queens is a side-splittingly hilarious farce from start to finish!
The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens is the third and final comedy in the Verdeen Cousins Texas Trilogy that began with The Red Velvet Cake War and continued with Rex’s Exes. The script is written by the team of Jones-Hope-Wooten Comedies. Find the full show description here: www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=5059
Cee Cee Windham, f – Sassy and stylish; a cable TV hostess.
Jimmie Wynvette Verdeen, f – Hearty, good ol; girl with an unfortunate unibrow. Cousins with Peaches and Gaynelle.
Peaches Verdeen Belrose, f – Flashy dresser, loud-talking and fun loving.
Gaynelle Verdeen, f – Quirky and a bit on edge. A former Guacamole Queen.
Aunt La Merle Verdeen Minshew, f – Well dressed, self serving, sharp tongued.
Uncle Aubrey Verdeen, m – Good-natured, oxygen dependent, horny patriarch of the family.
Dixie Davenport, f – Evangelist, sculpted platinum white wig, sprayed and teased to an astonishing confection, overly made up.
Ennis Crowder Pluncknett, m/f – Blunt, no-nonsense.
Della Crowder, f – Feisty, sweet faced little old lady.
Sheriff Grover Lout, m – Beleaguered good ol’ boy.
Dewey Davenport, m – Good looking nice guy. Puffy over styled pompadour hair. Will work with hand puppet.
Raynerd Chisholm, m – Uncomplicated and child-like.
Tanzie Lockhart, m/f – Prim and proper, the Governor’s Assistant. Second act character.
Director Al Scheider is pleased to announce the cast for Theatre 7’s upcoming production of Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike:
Vanya: John D. Poling
Sonya: Mary Wilking
Masha: Kathy Zientara
Spike: Robert Lark
Cassandra: Lesa Andrick
Nina: Kelli Smith Runyon
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike is a comedy, written by Christopher Durang, that revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged, unmarried siblings. Two of them, Vanya and his sister Sonya, live together in the family’s stone farmhouse in the middle of a cherry orchard in Bucks County, PA, and do not have jobs. The play revolves around a visit by the third sibling, a famous actress who supports them. When Masha, the famous sister, theatens to sell the house, all manner of family conflict and trickery ensues, in a very funny way, as the three face issues of family relationships, growing older and things that could have been. The cast is supported by a young wannabe actor (Masha’s “boy-toy”), a young, pretty neighbor who’s an aspiring actress, and a self-proclaimed psychic housekeeper (think clairvoyance and voodoo dolls). This play was nominated for six Tony awards, and won the 2013 Tony for Best Play. The original off-Broadway cast included Sigourney Weaver, Kristine Nielsen and David Hyde Pierce.
The show will be performed at The Decatur Civic Center on February 17-19 and February 24-26. Show times are 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 PM on Sundays. Click here to order tickets.
Theatre 7 announces open auditions for its mid-season show, “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike.”
Director – Al Scheider (217) 428-6831 or (217) 413-1469 email@example.com
Producer – Robert Lowery (217) 201-8881 firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions will held at Theatre 7 headquarters – 131 N Water Street, Decatur on
Thursday December 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday December 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Please plan to arrive slighly before the audition starting time, but anyone will be given an audition if arriving within two hours of the starting time. If none of these times are possible, please contact the director.
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha
Vanya – He is a resident of Bucks County, PA his entire life, early 60’s, resigned to his life
Sonia – She is a resident of Bucks County, PA most of her life, adopted sister of Vanya & Masha, mid 50’s, discontented, upset, regretful with her life. She frequently uses a “Maggie Smith voice.”
Masha – She is the sister to Vanya and Sonia, glamorous and successful actress who travels the world, late 50’s, extremely self-centered
Spike – He is an aspiring actor, late 20’s, Masha’s new companioin, sexy “hunk”, self-absorbed, buto therwise outgoing and friendly, flirtatious with anyone
Nina – She is an aspiring actress, early 20’s, visiting her aunt and uncle next door to Vanya and Sonia, attractive, star-struck, sincere, earnest, and energetic
Cassandra – She is the cleaning lady for Vanya and Sonia, also a soothsayer, any age
We hope to see you there
Theatre 7 will perform “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play,” at The Decatur Club on December 9th and 10th, 2016. We will bring the Golden Age of radio to life in this stage play adaptation of Frank Capra’s iconic holiday classic film. Performed as a “live” radio broadcast in front of a “studio audience” (you, the patrons), the play will take you back to Bedford Falls on Christmas Eve, 1946 – complete with 1940’s costuming and live sound effects, created on stage by a Foley artist. A group of 10 talented actors portray “radio stars,” using different voices to play the roles of 36 separate parts adapted directly from the dialog of the movie.
The play stars Evan Miller, Sarah Rice, John Dunn, Zachary Hammon, Maria Diaz, Anitra Hines, RuthAnn Holmes, Cynthia Hinkle, Zach Stewart and Craig Culp, with Terri Tate performing as the Foley artist, and is directed by Jan Hooten.
Join us on Friday, December 9th or Saturday, December 10th for an evening of elegant dining – Decatur Club style – great entertainment, and holiday inspiration.
Timeline and menu:
Doors open 6:00 PM – CASH Bar
7pm – Plated Dinner
Spinach Salad w/ Cranberries & Toasted Pecans
Poppy-seed & Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressings
Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Herb Espagnol
Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
Riviera Vegetable Blend
Rolls & Butter
Coffee, Tea & Water
7:30 (approx) – Show Begins
**Dessert served at Intermission – NY Cheesecake w/ Strawberry & Blueberry Toppings on Table
Tickets are $45.00 IN ADVANCE and include the dinner and stage production. A cash bar will also be available. To purchase your tickets call the Decatur Club at 217-429-4200 BEFORE December 7th. Limited seating.
Theatre 7 is excited to announce the cast for its Christmas dinner theatre play, which will be performed at the Decatur Club on December 9th and 10th.
“It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” will take the audience back to Bedford Falls in 1946 and the trials of George Bailey – complete with 1940’s costuming and real live “Foley artist” sound effects.
Turn back the clock to the 1940s and set the dial for a double dose of holiday nostalgia. This version of It’s a Wonderful Life harkens back to the golden age of radio, and is performed as a stage play – presented as a ‘live’ radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Conceived and drawn directly from Frank Capra’s classic film, our ensemble 10 talented actors and one clever sound technician (Foley artist) will tell the story of George Bailey and the night he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
CAST: The following actors will play the parts of the radio stage actors, voicing all the characters in the play, a total of 36 different speaking voices, including “normal” voice, children and older adults.
“JAKE LAURENTS” – Evan Miller
“SALLY APPLEWHITE” – Sarah Rice
“FREDERICA ‘FREDDIE’ FILMORE” – Anitra Hines
“HARRY “JAZZBO” HEYWOOD” – John Dunn
“LANA SHERWOOD” – Maria Diaz
“JACKIE FOLEY” – Foley artist – Terri Tate
“JACK E. CARSON” – Zachary Hammon
“NORA DANBRIDGE” – RuthAnn Holmes
“MIMI ACHIEVETTI” – Cynthia Hinkle
“JOHNNY DuMONTE” – Zach Stewart
“TOM SEDGEWICK” – Craig Culp
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will go on sale November 1st. Cost is $45.00 per person and can be purchased ONLY through the Decatur Club, by calling 217-429-4200. Ticket includes a plated meal and the show. A cash bar will also be available.
Theatre 7 announces open auditions for its Christmas dinner play, which will be performed as a dinner theatre event at the Decatur Club on December 9th and 10th. Auditions will be held on October 17th and 18th at Theatre 7 Headquarters, 131 North Water Street, Decatur, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Please be prompt.
“It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” will take you back to Bedford Falls in 1946 and the trials of George Bailey – complete with 1940’s costuming and real live “Foley artist” sound effects.
Turn back the clock to the 1940s and set the dial for a double dose of holiday nostalgia. This version of It’s a Wonderful Life harkens back to the golden age of radio, and is performed as a stage play – a ‘live’ radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Conceived and drawn directly from Frank Capra’s classic film, an ensemble of 5-10 actors (3-5 men and 2-5 women) and one clever sound technician (Foley artist) will tell the story of George Bailey and the night he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Because most of the roles require the actor/actress to play a range of characters, I’m looking for variation in vocal quality and the ability to differentiate distinct characterizations. Each actor may read the parts of several adults, an elderly individual and a child. The readings of the characters need to be dynamic, honest and believable (childlike voice, crotchety old man/lady, sweet voice, normal voice). The script will not need to be totally memorized due to the theme of the play (live radio broadcast – the script is part of each actor’s props) but actors will need to be able to affect a believable voice for each the many different parts in the script that they will be reading and be alert to every single cue. The Foley artist will not have a speaking role but will be required to follow the script and deliver appropriate “homemade” sound effects on cue, using old-time radio techniques.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS: The following 6 primary characters will play all the main characters in the play, with another possible four characters being added, depending on the quality of the auditions, to fill out the cast. With a total of 36 different speaking voices required in the script, the list below could be altered (taken from those listed for ”Freddie,” “Harry,” and “Lana” and assigned to other actors) in order to fill the many voice parts.
“JAKE LAURENTS” – George Bailey / Young George
“FREDDIE FILMORE” – Announcer, Joseph, Mr. Gower, Henry F. Potter, Uncle Billy Bailey, Ernie, Pete Bailey (Child), Mr. Bailey, Old Man Collins, Ed, Man, Giuseppe Martini, Nick, Bridge Keeper, Binky
“HARRY “JAZZBO” HEYWOOD” – Harry Bailey / Young Harry, Bert The Cop, Clarence Oddbody, As-2, Sam Wainwright, Lawyer, Dr. Campbell, Randall, Tom, Man 2, Charlie, Carter, Horace the Bank Teller, Tommy Bailey (Child), Mr. Welch
“SALLY APPLEWHITE” – Mary Hatch Bailey / Young Mary
“LANA SHERWOOD” – Violet Bick / Young Violet, Matilda, Ruth Dakin Bailey, Rose Bailey, Mrs. Hatch, Passerby at Run on Bank, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Davis, Schultz, Janie Bailey (Child), Zuzu Bailey (Child)
FOLEY ARTIST – (male or female) does all the SFX from a mock “sound booth” on stage.
Rehearsals will start October 26th and run will run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening for approximately two hours until the premier of the play. The performances will be Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th.
We will need the talents of a sound technician (in addition to the Foley artist – for microphones and music), a lighting technician (minor lighting needs) and an assistant set builder/designer to support this production. Please email email@example.com and direct your email to the attention of Jan Hooten in the subject line, or show up at one of the auditions if you can help out.
Theatre 7 is pleased to announce the cast for its first show of the season, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. We’re excited to be bringing some new faces to our stage, along with some seasoned veterans, and we are thrilled to have Molly Shade back with us, reprising her role as Betty! (Some of you may remember that Molly originally rocked that role in the Je De Mi production of “Trailer Park” about ten years ago).
Betty: Molly Shade
Linoleum (Lin): Emily Steele
Pickles: Sarah Boline
Jeannie: Tamara Bivens
Norbert: John D. Poling
Pippi: Ashley Marshall
Duke: Travis Robinson
The show is directed by Kathy Zientara and Tanya Haubner, with Sarah Boline as vocal director and Maria Diaz as choreographer.
The musical will run October 14-16 and October 21-23 at The Decatur Civic Center. For ticketing information go to www.theatre7.net. Tickets can also be purchased at the Civic Center box office. Season tickets and patronages are on sale NOW!
Theatre 7 will be performing it’s holiday dinner theatre fundraiser at The Decatur Club on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th. Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with dinner served at 7:00.
“It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play will take you back to Bedford Falls in 1945 and the trials of George Bailey – complete with 1940’s costuming and real live “Foley artist” sound effects.
Watch our actors vividly bring radio to life in this stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s iconic holiday classic film (adaptation written by Joe Landry).
Tickets are $45.00 per person or $360.00 to reserve a table for 8. This price includes a plated dinner created by the Decatur Club’s excellent chef, plus the evening’s entertainment (check back here for the final menu presentation). A cash bar will be available. Tickets will go on sale on November 1st and all ticket sales and reservations will be handled by The Decatur Club. Seating is limited. To reserve your space, please call them at 217-429-4200.