Somethin’s Brewin’ at RCTheatre

Cotton Patch Gospel

written by Tom Key & Russell Treyz
with music and lyrics by Harry Chapin

Dates:  Feb 5-14

Showtimes:  Fr/Sat 7:30 & Sun 2:00
Tickets: $25 adults, $15 youth (18 and under)
Group rates available.
Location:  650 N Coit, Richardson, TX
Bring a new or gently used Bible to the show and get your 2nd ticket at half price.
Bibles collected for DALLAS LIFE (the Dallas Life Foundation is designed to meet the needs of homeless men, women, children and families in the Dallas metropolis).


Cotton Patch Gospel is based on Gospels according to Matthew & John in which the life of Jesus is presented in a contemporary, southern setting… Gainesville, Georgia. Fun, high energy, heartwarming. Fresh, new look at this beloved classic.
Director:  Debra Carter
Musical Director:  Joel Bourdier
Cast
Jordan Tomenga
Jack Agnew
Jarvon Hughes
Brandon Edward
Amanda Thompson

Bethany Orick

Country/Bluegrass Band

Joel Bourdier (bass)
Bruce Stevenson (guitar)
Christine Aeschbaucher (violin)
Jason Miller (guitar/mandolin)

 

Somethin’s brewin’ in Gainesville
Wonder what it could be?
Somethin’s bewin’ in Gainesville
Come on down and see…

For Tickets Call 972-690-5029
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OCP Auditions for “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods”

LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS
Production Dates: May 6-June 5, 2016
Performs in: Howard Drew Theatre (Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)
Director:  Lara Marsh
Synopsis: Gabriel, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, has started a new life in America. While working in Whole Foods, he meets Christine, a middle-aged, single mother. Christine is drawn to the positivity that Gabriel radiates and his unbreakable spirit. On her eye-opening quest to help Gabriel, Christine finds a broken system and many unanswered questions. Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods is an impactful and heartbreaking play that spotlights social responsibility and compassion for humanity.

Audition Dates: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM and Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Character Descriptions:
GABRIEL: Male, early to mid 20’s
Sudanese refugee, member of the Dinka of Southern Sudan, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” he attends community college part-time and works full-time at Whole Foods. Need to audition with a Sudanese, or African dialect.

CHRISTINE: Female, mid to late 40’s
Recently divorced, at a turning point.

ALEX: Female, age 16
Christine’s daughter, a sophomore at Pittsburgh Catholic School for Girls.

PANTHER: Male, age 30
Gabriel’s roommate, also a Sudanese refugee. Works various minimum wage jobs although he seems to carry around a lot of cash, and a cell phone that rings continuously. Need to audition with a Sudanese, or African dialect.

MICHAEL DOLAN: Dolan; mid to late 30’s
Stay at home dad, Catholic activist. Works for different local causes. He used to work for Catholic Charities, now looking for a new job.

SEGEL MOHAMMED: Female, late 30’s
Director and Founder of the Pittsburgh Center for Refugee Relief, Somali born, Arab raised, single mother. Need to audition with a Somali, or African dialect.

What to Bring:
• You will be asked to fill out an audition form, please have all necessary contact information and personal schedules handy in order to complete the form.

• A recent photo if you have one available. Please note, photos will not be returned.

• Those auditioning for a play will be asked to read sections from the script.

OCP Auditions for “Calendar Girls”

CALENDAR GIRLS
Production Dates: April 15-May 8, 2016
Performs in: Hawks Mainstage Theatre (Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)
Director: Susie Baer Collins
Synopsis: Sisterhood and side-splitting laughs are at the heart of this bare-all play. After Anne’s loving husband dies of leukemia, she vows to keep his memory alive through a hospital memorial. She and her friends “of a certain age” drop their trousers and discover their courage as they pose for a nude, but tasteful, calendar to raise funds for the memorial. As the women experience newfound stardom from their increasingly popular calendar, their bonds of friendship are tested. Based on a true story turned film, this humorous and heartwarming story will provide a night of entertainment, belly laughs and tears.

Audition Dates: Monday, February 15 at 7:00 PM and Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 PM

Character Descriptions:  TBA

CHRIS Female, 50s

ANNIE Female, 50s

CORA Female, early 40s

JESSIE Female, late 60s/70s

CELIA Female, 35-50

RUTH Female, 40s

MARIE Female, 50s

JOHN Male, 50s. Annie’s husband.

ROD Male, 50s. Chris’s husband.

LAWRENCE Male, late 20s.
*Note: this actor will double as Liam

LADY CRAVENSHIRE Female, 60s
*Note: this actor will double as Brenda Hulse

ELAINE Female 20s

Information about the Nudity in the Production
• There will be the suggestion of nudity in the production; however, private parts will ALWAYS be covered.

• OCP will create a “safe zone: within the wings of the stage during the final scene in Act I (nude photo session for the W.I. calendar).

• People backstage during the final scene in Act I to include: female stage manager, actresses in scene, female dressers.

• The male actor playing the photographer in the scene will only see what the audience sees.

• Idea of what actresses will wear in the “nude photoshoot” scene:
o Adhesive bra cups without straps (these provide some support and cover the nipple)
o An undergarment on lower half of body that will be determined by what should and shouldn’t be seen in each character’s photo pose, as well as the comfort zone of the actress.

• The Omaha Community Playhouse will always make it a top priority for each actor to feel completely comfortable and safe throughout the rehearsal and performances of this production.

What to Bring:
• You will be asked to fill out an audition form, please have all necessary contact information and personal schedules handy in order to complete the form.

• A recent photo if you have one available. Please note, photos will not be returned.

• Those auditioning for a play will be asked to read sections from the script.

Adult Auditions for Nebraska Shakespeare Festival

Nebraska Shakespeare will hold auditions for the professional company of artists to perform in its 30th Anniversary Season of Shakespeare On The Green:

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and MACBETH
Residency Dates: May 23-July 10
Performance Dates: June 23 – July 10
Audition Dates (Adult): February 13, 4:00 – 9:00 PM, by appointment.

Location:  Lied Education Center for the Arts (2500 California Plz #1, Omaha, NE)

This year’s On The Green company will consist of at least 12 men, 6 women, as well as 1-2 male youth (10-16 years of age) and 1 female youth (8-14 years of age). There are Equity and non-Equity contracts available. Those interested in auditioning for Shakespeare On The Green should prepare two contrasting monologues. One comedy and one dramatic piece are preferred. Youth auditioning should prepare one Shakespearean monologue and sides will be made available. Total audition time is 3 minutes. All actors are encouraged to audition.

To schedule an audition, contact Wesley A. Houston, Director of Production at whouston@nebraskashakespeare.com

Nebraska Shakespeare’s production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, directed by Amy Lane, will utilize traditional practices, combining Elizabethan casting practices with Commedia performance techniques. An all male cast will explore role-playing and traditional gender perception in The Taming of the Shrew.

Available Roles Include:
Baptista 50’s-70’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Father of Kate and Bianca, and a Lord in Padua. Pompous, pedantic, and fraudulent. Inept, long-winded, and ineffectual in most situations. [Likely doubles as Duncan in Macbeth]

*Katherine 30’s. Female played by a male. Any ethnicity. The “shrew” of the title. Seemingly bold, pretentious, and swaggering. Notorious for her temper and sharp tongue. Beneath it all, Katherine is a lover at heart. [Likely doubles as Malcolm in Macbeth]

Bianca Early 30’s. Female played by a male. Any ethnicity. Sister of Kate. Innocent and wholesome. Extremely egotistic and eloquent. Having a singular focus on the one she loves, she often speaks with grand declarations of love. [Likely doubles as Banquo in Macbeth]

*Petruchio 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Suitor of Kate. A self-appointed soldier, who is seemingly bold, pretentious, and swaggering. Loud, boisterous, and quick-witted. [Likely doubles as Macduff or Mentieth in Macbeth]

*Grumio Late 30’s/Early 40’s. Male. Any ethnicity. (Asian or African-American if doubled with Macbeth). Petruchio’s servant and the fool of the play. With Petruchio he is playful, witty, childlike, and passionate. To other servants, he is Sophisticated, but arrogant, quick-witted, and opportunistic. [Likely doubles as Macbeth in Macbeth]

Nathaniel 20’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Petruchio’s servant. Physically adept, witty, childlike, and passionate. Doubles as Vincentio and Musician in The Taming of the Shrew. [Like doubles as Lennox in Macbeth]

Curtis 20’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Petruchio’s servant. Physically adept, witty, childlike, and passionate. Doubles as Officer, Widow, and Musician in The Taming of the Shrew. [Likely doubles as Seyton or Donalbain in Macbeth]

*Gremio 50’s-60’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Gentleman of Padua. Elderly suitor of Bianca. Able-bodied/athletic. Rich, retired, and miserly. Though he is in control of the money and is quite cunning, he is often deceived and disobeyed. [Likely doubles as Hecate in Macbeth]

*Hortensio Early 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Gentleman of Padua. Suitor of Bianca. Pompous, pedantic, and fraudulent. Inept, long-winded, and ineffectual in most situations. [Likely doubles as Stadlin, Seyton, or Ross in Macbeth]

Lucentio Early 20’s.. Male. Any ethnicity. Young student from Pisa. Good-natured, adventurous. Extremely egotistic and eloquent. Having a singular focus on the one he loves, he often speaks with grand declarations of love. [Likely doubles as Menteith or Macduff in Macbeth]

*Tranio Late 20’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Lucentio’s servant. Physically adept, witty, childlike, and passionate. [Likely doubles as Ross, Stadlin, or Seyton in Macbeth]

Biondello 10-16. Male. Any ethnicity. Lucentio’s young servant. Simpleminded, honest, young, and personable. Loves intrigue, which usually lands him in difficult situations. [Possibly doubles as Fleance in Macbeth]

Tailor 20’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Doubles as Merchant and Musician in The Taming of the Shrew. Simpleminded, honest, young, and personable. [Likely doubles as Donalbain in Macbeth]

MACBETH, directed by Vincent Carlson-Brown, takes place in an imagined world. Where the Thanes of Scotland reside, juxtaposed, next to the ghosts of Japan. Where the tenets of tribal warfare mix with the principles of the samurai. Where the monarchy of Shakespeare’s created history mingles its tale with Eastern mysticism. Six Sisters, led by the Priestess, Hecate, will witness Macbeth’s ambitious rise and tragic fall. Each Weyward Sister will play multiple characters throughout.

Available Roles Include:
Duncan 50’s – 70’s. Male. Any ethnicity. The King of Scotland. [Likely doubles as Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew]

*Malcolm 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Duncan’s eldest son and Prince of Cumberland. [Likely doubles as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew]

Donalbain 20’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Duncan’s younger son. [Likely doubles as Curtis or Tailor in Macbeth]

*Macbeth Late 30’s/Early 40’s. Male. Asian or African American. A general in Duncan’s army. Brave,powerful, and ambitious. [Likely doubles as Grumio in Shrew]

*Seyton Late 20’s/ Early 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. A porter. [Likely doubles as Hortensio, Tranio, or Curtis in The Taming of the Shrew]

Banquo Early 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. A Thane of Scotland. A brave and noble general. [Likley doubles as Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew]

Fleance 10-16. Male. Any ethnicity. The son of Banquo. [Possibly doubles as Biondello in Shrew]

*Macduff 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Thane of Fife. Hostile to Macbeth’s kingship. [Likely doubles as Petruchio or Lucentio in Shrew]

Lady Macduff 30’s-40’s. Female. Any ethnicity. Macduff’s wife. Angry and prideful.

*Ross Late 20’s/ Early 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. A Thane of Scotland. [Likely doubles as Hortensio or Tranio in Shrew]

*Menteith 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Thane of Scotland. [Likely doubles as Petruchio or Lucentio in Shrew]

Lennox 20’s. Male. Any ethnicity. A Thane of Scotland. [Likely doubles as Nathaniel in The Taming of the Shrew]

*Hecate 50’s-60’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Goddess of witchcraft. Able-bodied/athletic. Participates in stage combat. Doubles as Macdonwald, Priestess, Old Man, and Doctor in Macbeth. [Likely doubles as Gremio in Shrew]

*Stadlin Late 20’s/ Early 30’s. Male. Any ethnicity. One of the Weyward Sisters. Doubles as Soldier, Norway and Thane in Macbeth. [Likely doubles as Hortensio or Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew]

Puckle 20’s-40’s. Female. Any ethnicity. One of the Weyward Sisters. Doubles as Groom, Murderer, and Soldier in Macbeth.

Hellwain 20’s-40’s. Female. Any ethnicity. One of the Weyward Sisters. Doubles as Groom, Thane, Woman, and Soldier in Macbeth.

Greymalkin 20’s-40’s. Female. Any ethnicity. Stadlin’s Genius (guardian spirit). Doubles as Captain, Murderer, and Soldier in Macbeth.

Paddock 20’s-40’s. Female. Any ethnicity. Puckle’s Genius (guardian spirit). Doubles as Soldier, Cawdor, and Thane in Macbeth.

Harpier 8-14. Female. Any ethnicity. Hellwain’s Genius (guardian spirit). Doubles as Macduff ‘s daughter in Macbeth.

The role of Lady Macbeth has been cast.

*denotes potential AEA role.

Be Part of “The Feast”

The Shelterbelt Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for THE FEAST by Celine Song, directed by Noah Diaz

Production Dates: April 15–May 8, 2016
Performances Thursday–Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 6pm

Auditions: February 9 and February 10 at 6:30pm
Location: Shelterbelt Theatre (3225 California Street)
Be prepared take part in cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals will begin early March.

CHARACTERS
WENDY – Female. 30s–40s. Married to Francis. The perfect host and perfect wife. A beautiful smile, but maybe she shows too much teeth. She’s unraveling.

SAM – Female. 20s–30s. Married to Rhett. Maybe a little vain, maybe a little selfish, but charming enough for it not to be a problem. Her marriage to Rhett is a mess. She’s not afraid to tell the truth.

RHETT – Male. 30s–40s. Married to Sam. A bit uncouth and gruff. Rhett is always a few drinks ahead of everyone else. He may have been good-looking in his youth, but something went awry since then. He’s probably very, very sad.

XANDER – Male. Late teens–mid 20s. A scientist. Looks like he’s too young to be a scientist. Unnervingly aware of everything around him. Maybe he’s too skinny or too tall for someone his age.

FRANCIS – Male. 30s–40s. Married to Wendy. A surgeon. Selfless. Handsome and in great shape.

SYNOPSIS
When all meat mysteriously turns to rot, ours becomes a world populated with reluctant vegetarians. Four hungry dinner guests impatiently await a latecomer to the table. As the hour grows late and stomachs begin to howl, the traces of civilization turn to decay. Sensual as it is grotesque, foul as it is funny, THE FEAST is a biting satire that serves up a heady repast straight from the kitchens of our darkest desires.

For questions or a copy of the script, please contact Noah Diaz at ndiaz@shelterbelt.org.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Celine Song is a playwright living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of Ars Nova’s 2014 Play Group, a 2012 Edward F. Albee Foundation Writing Fellow, a 2014 resident at Yaddo, a 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab Playwright, a 2013 Sponsored Artist of Theatre That Transcends, and an IATI Theater’s 2015 Cimientos Playwright. Her plays include THE FEAST, FAMILY, and TOM & ELIZA. MFA: Columbia.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Noah Diaz is an Omaha-based director and actor. Past directing credits include WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION… (Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award) with SNAP! Productions, SLABS at the Shelterbelt Theatre and TAKE ME OUT at the Omaha Community Playhouse. He has also assistant-directed PRINCE MAX’S TREWLY AWFUL TRIP TO THE DESOLAT INTERIOR for the Great Plains Theatre Conference, I HATE HAMLET at the Omaha Community Playhouse and the world premiere of PETE THE CAT: THE MUSICAL at the Rose Theater. As an actor, Noah has worked with the Shelterbelt Theatre, SNAP! Productions, Omaha Community Playhouse, Rose Theater, and Brigit Saint Brigit, amongst others. He is the recipient of five Theatre Arts Guild Awards, three Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, the Elaine Jabenis Award, and the Barbara Ford Award. Noah is a Shelterbelt Theatre board member.

Frost/Nixon Opens at Blue Barn on Feb 4

The Blue Barn Theatre Presents:

Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan

Directed by:  Randall Stevens

Featuring

Paul Boesing as Richard Nixon
Aaron Zavitz as David Frost
Ben Beck as James Reston
Mike Markey as James Brennan
Matthias Jeske as John Birt
Dave Wingert as Bob Zelnick
Brent Spencer as Swifty Lazar
Will Mulller as Manolo Sanchez
Mary Trecek as Caroline Cushing
Dani Smith as Evonne Goolagong

Performance Dates:  Feb 4-28

Showtimes:  Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm.  Sundays at 6pm.  No show on Feb 7.

Location:  1106 S 10 St in Omaha, NE

Ticket Prices:  $30 for adults.  $25 for seniors (65+), TAG members, students, and groups of 10 or more.

Summary

Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing-stock.

Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation’s eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president’s legacy.

“Nameless” Comedy Opening at Shelterbelt on January 22

The Shelterbelt Theatre presents Untitled Series #7: A Comedy by Ellen Struve, directed by Roxanne Wach.

January 22 – February 14, 2016

Artist David Hockney once said, “You can’t take a photograph of Hell.” Failure, art, divorce, dating, and the internet play their part in snapping that photograph when a small white lie sets off a Rube Goldberg machine of events in this romantic comedy set in Chicago’s contemporary art scene. A new comedy written by Omaha’s award-winning Ellen Struve, ‘Untitled Series #7’ is a hilarious look at what it means to make love, make up and make art.

Featuring performances from award-winning actors Laura Leininger–Campbell, Mike Palmreuter, Jennifer Gilg and Eric Salonis

RESERVATIONS:
www.eventbrite.com/o/shelterbelt-theatre-8130212879
OR boxoffice@shelterbelt.org
OR 402-341-2757

Thursday/Friday/Saturday performances: 8pm
Sunday performances: 6pm
Final Sunday, February 14th performance: 2pm

Tickets are $15 for general public and $12 for students/seniors/TAG.
Lobby opens 1 hour before show. House opens 30 minutes before show.

Special Events:
• Saturday, Jan. 23 – Playwright Talkback & Reception
• Saturday, Jan. 30 – Artist & Collecting Panel with artists Kristin Pluhacek and Bart Vargas

The Shelterbelt is located at 3225 California St in Omaha, NE.