Nebraska Theatre Caravan Adult Auditions for 2019 Tour of ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan will hold auditions for adults (ages 17 and older) for the anticipated national touring production of A Christmas Carol.  Auditions will be held Saturday, April 6 at 11am at the Omaha Community Playhouse located at 6915 Cass Street in Omaha, NE.  Please enter through the stage door on the west side of the building.

The audition will include singing and reading from the script followed by movement.  Applicants should bring a resume and headshot, a 16 bar cutting of a prepared song with sheet music, and be prepared to read from the script.  Applicants should also be prepared to move.  An accompanist will be provided.

Estimated contact dates for A Christmas Carol are early November through late December 2019.

These are touring productions and performances will be conducted across the United States.  Rehearsals will be held 9am-6pm in Omaha.  All actors must be available to attend al rehearsals during stated times as well as all performances.

For additional audition or production information, contact Company Manager Kate Whitecotton at kwhitecotton@omahaplayhouse.com.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. . .At the OCP

A Christmas Carol Opens Friday at Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha, NEA Christmas Carol opens this Friday, Nov 16, at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  The show will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre from Nov 16 through Dec 23.

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol.  Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with lovely costumes, exquisite music, beautifully crafted sets and special effects second to none.  Perfect for the whole family!

Tickets for A Christmas Carol are available at TicketOmaha.com or through the Omaha Community Playhouse box office by calling 402-553-0800 or visiting 6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE  68132. For more information, please visit www.omahaplayhouse.com.

Production:  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Adapted by Charles Jones with musical orchestration by John J. Bennett.

Dates:  Nov 16-Dec 23, 2018 on the Hawks Mainstage Theatre (There are no performances on Nov 21 or Nov 22)

Show Times:  7pm on Wednesdays.  7:30pm Thurs-Sat.  2pm and 6:30pm on Sundays.

Tickets:  Tickets start at $40.  Prices may vary by performance.  Tickets available for purchase at the Omaha Community Playhouse box office, 6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE  68132, by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at http://www.ticketomaha.com.

Directors:  Kimberly Faith Hickman and Ablan Roblin

Choreographer:  Michelle Garrity

Featuring

Jerry Longe as Ebenezer Scrooge

Chris Berger as Bob Cratchit

Madison White as Tim Cratchit

Don Keelan-White as Jacob Marley

Lori Lynn Ahrends as Ghost of Christmas Past

Bob Gilmore as Ghost of Christmas Present

And a slew of Omaha’s finest theatrical talent!!

Upcoming Auditions

CIRCLE THEATRE PRESENTS AUDITIONS FOR
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Circle Theatre will hold auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” running May 4-19.

Auditions will be held March 26th and 27th at 7:00p.m.

Please bring a calendar and a list of ALL conflicts from April to May.
The show opens May 4 and runs through May 19, 2018.
Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 for two weekends.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.
The Circle Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting, and auditions are open to all.

Synopsis:
When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasy that proves the course of true love never did run smooth.

Auditions will be held at Hanscom Park United Methodist Church at 4444 Frances Street.
For more information, please contact Circle Theatre at circle.theatreomaha@gmail.com

OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS
THE 2018-2019 SEASON MUSICAL ADULT AUDITIONS

Saturday, May 12, 11:30 a.m. check in, 12:00 p.m. start
Sunday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. check in, 6:00 p.m. start

Omaha Community Playhouse will hold adult and youth season musical auditions for all five musicals for the 2018-2019 season in May, including auditions for Fun Home, Shrek The Musical, A Christmas Carol, The Bridges of Madison County and Ragtime. Actors interested in these shows should plan to attend. Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse, inclusive casting.

What:  2018-2019 Season Musical Adult Auditions
Who: For actors 16 years and older of all genders and ethnicities
Location: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street | Omaha, NE 68132
Those auditioning should enter through the main lobby entrance and proceed to the check-in table.

Requirements:
Actors please be prepared with the following:
* Sheet music with 16 bars ready to sing (an accompanist will be provided)
* There will be a dance audition, so actors should be dressed to move (no boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc.)
* You will be asked to fill out an audition form, please have all necessary contact information and schedules available to complete the form.
* A recent photo to attach to your audition form. Please note, the photos do not need to be professional and will not be returned.
* Should you not have a photo, one will be taken at the time of the audition.

Show Dates:
Fun Home
 – August 17 – September 16, 2018, (Howard Drew Theatre)
Shrek The Musical – September 14 – October 14, 2018 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)
A Christmas Carol – November 16 – December 23, 2018 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)
The Bridges of Madison County – March 1 – 24, 2019 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)
Ragtime – May 31 – June 30, 2019 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)

There will be additional auditions held at later dates throughout the season for the following non-musical productions: She Kills Monsters, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Of Mice and Men, One Man, Two Guvnors and Men on Boats, as well as Alternative Programming auditions. Those dates will be announced at a later time.

Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse, inclusive casting.

Contact:
For more information, contact Breanna Carodine, bcarodine@omahaplayhouse.com, at (402) 553-4890, ext. 110.

It Just Wouldn’t be Omaha Without ‘A Christmas Carol’

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41st Annual A Christmas Carol at Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha’s Holiday Tradition Opens November 18, 2016

Omaha, Neb.— A Christmas Carol will run at the Omaha Community Playhouse in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre Nov. 18-Dec. 23, 2016. This will be the 41st year for this holiday production at OCP.

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music, perfectly crafted sets and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!

This year, the production will be led by a team of directors: OCP’s former longtime artistic director Carl Beck, OCP’s former longtime associate artistic director and former interim artistic director Susan Baer Collins, OCP’s artistic director Kimberly Faith Hickman, OCP’s associate artistic director Jeff Horger and guest director Ablan Roblin. Beck and Collins directed A Christmas Carol on the Mainstage for many years and will “pass the baton” to Hickman and Horger as they establish themselves at the artistic helm of OCP.

Production: A Christmas Carol

Credits

Written by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Charles Jones

Musical orchestration by John J. Bennett

Directing Team: Carl Beck (Director), Susan Baer Collins (Director), Kimberly Faith Hickman (Shadow Director), Jeff Horger (Shadow Director), Ablan Roblin (Cratchit Director/Shadow Director)

Music Director: Jim Boggess

Choreographer: Michelle Garrity

Cast

Jerry Longe as Ebenezer Scrooge

Chris Berger as Bob Cratchit

William Wisneski as Tiny Tim

Ron Chvala as Jacob Marley, Ball Musician, Man at Cart

Julie Huff as Ghost of Christmas Past, Myrtle Crow

Don Keelan-White as Ghost of Christmas Present, 1st Charity Man, Mr. Fezziwig, Baker

Scott Ven Den Top as Fred

Marcus Benzel as Jake, Man at Cart

Rusheaa Smith-Turner as Nell

Don Harris as 2nd Charity Man, Man at Cart, Toyshop Keeper

Henry Wisneski as Peter Cratchit

Brodhi McClymont as Francis Cratchit

Maddie Smith as Belinda Cratchit

Daniel Davis, Andrew Hedin, and Samuel Ortner as School boys

Keithen Cudly as Ebby

Ella Coombs Walker as Fan

Joseph Mokrycki as Dick Wilkins, Poulterer

Sara Planck as Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Dilber, Baker’s Wife

Ian Hill as Young Scrooge

Emily Smith as Belle Fezziwig

Emily Mokrycki as Mrs. Cratchit

Clara Pohlman as Martha Cratchit

Julia Ervin as Millie

Emma Chvala as Lucy

Geroge “Nick” LeMay as Topper

Judson Cloudt as Boy with Sled

Alexis Reynolds as Little Bo Peep

Gracee Fitch as Little Boy Blue

Kole Rowan as Beggar

Jenna Hager as Chestnut Vendor

Amina Teri as Greenery Vendor

Featuring:  Josie Ausman, Hannah Fay Johnson, Taylor Morrison, Katie Hoskins, Cora Johnson, Abbey Lienemann, Ella Walker, Henry Wisneski

Show dates: Nov. 18-Dec. 23, 2016; Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (No performances on Weds., Nov. 23 and Thurs., Nov. 24.)

Tickets: At the OCP Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800 or online at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com or www.TicketOmaha.com. Before Dec. 15, tickets are $38 (adults) and $25 (students). Dec. 15-23, tickets are $42 (adults) and $29 (students). For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $32 (adults) and $18 (students) for all dates.

Sponsored by: First National Bank, KPMG (orchestra sponsor), JK Barker Foundation (cast dinner sponsor), Rotella’s Bakery (bakery shoppe sponsor), SilverStone Group (counting house sponsor) and Cox (media sponsor).

Location: Omaha Community Playhouse, Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre 6915 Cass Street | Omaha, NE 68132

Performance note: A shadow interpreted performance for the hearing impaired is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Food drive: Audience members are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to OCP to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland as part of Conagra Brand’s Shine the Light on Hunger campaign.

“A Christmas Carol” is Sleeker, But Chipped Around the Edges

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Greedy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, is given one chance to redeem his soul.  Will a visit by the three spirits of Christmas be enough to gain salvation?  This is the story of A Christmas Carol adapted by Charles Jones from the classic novel by Charles Dickens and celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Question:  How do you breathe new life into a 40 year old tradition?

Answer:  You put Hilary Adams at the helm.

Ms Adams’ direction gives A Christmas Carol a new lease on life.  More importantly, her direction went a long way in giving me the A Christmas Carol that I’ve long wanted to see.  Ms Adams accomplished this task by trimming a lot of unnecessary fat from the play, cutting a whiplash pace, and, for the most part, guiding her actors to natural, realistic performances.  I applaud Ms Adams for her staging of the story and she and the stage crew deserve especially high praise for the seamless and effortless scene changes.  The only critiques of her direction are that she needed to rein in some of the more cartoony performances that weakened this incredibly realistic production and to slow down the pace just a little bit.  Some of the actors were talking so fast that diction suffered and some important beats got glossed over.

I was extraordinarily pleased with Jerry Longe’s performance as Scrooge.  This was actually my third go-around in watching this play and the two previous times I thought Scrooge was missing something crucial.  This time I got a pitch-perfect Scrooge.  Longe’s Scrooge is cold-hearted, mean, greedy, selfish, and those are his better points.  This is a man that needs redemption.  I thought Longe was especially effective in making Scrooge’s salvation a drawn out process.  He fights changing tooth and nail and changes just a little with each interaction with the spirits until he finally sees the error of his ways.  That slow process makes the light-hearted, giddy Scrooge utterly believable when he is, at long last, redeemed.

Longe does need to slow down his delivery.  I lost some of his dialogue in Act I because he was speaking so quickly, though his speed was much more controlled in Act II.

David Krenkel was a wonderful surprise as he made his Playhouse debut as Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s long-suffering clerk.  Krenkel was utterly natural as Cratchit.  He imbued a wonderful fatherliness and goodness into his role which had me believing him from start to finish.

I was underwhelmed by Don Keelan-White’s portrayal of Jacob Marley.  Keelan-White’s rushed line delivery resulted in the loss of character and made it feel like he was simply going through the motions.  Marley should exude a sense of otherworldliness and he seemed all too human to me.  Instead of speaking faster, Keelan-White just needs to close up the spaces between his words.  This will allow him to retain nuance without sacrificing pace.

Bridget Robbins strikes all the right notes as the Ghost of Christmas Present.  Ms Robbins found quite a few nice character moments in her role.  I was especially impressed with how her Spirit was concerned about Scrooge’s welfare, yet had no qualms about giving him a metaphorical shot to the mouth by using his own cruel words against him.

I am not quite certain what Michael Farrell was trying to accomplish with his interpretation of the Ghost of Christmas Present.  His phrasing was rather odd which made it difficult for me to understand what he was saying.  Farrell’s vocal quality also made it seem like he was trying to be jolly (which did come through) and magisterial (which did not quite hit the mark).

The ensemble was always engaged in the action, but there were several notable performances in smaller roles.  Don Harris impressed as Jake, especially in a scene where he tries to stand up to the usurious Scrooge before caving into him.  Emily Mokrycki is splendid as Mrs. Cratchit and strikes the perfect balance between love for her family and disdain for Scrooge.  Megan Friend excels with a sweet turn as Belle Fezziwig, the one-time fiancée of Scrooge, and a hilarious turn as the thieving Mrs. Dilber.

Jim Boggess and his orchestra add to the feeling of Christmas with bright and spritely renditions of Christmas carols.  Georgiann Regan’s costumes perfectly fit the Victorian tale.  Jim Othuse’s sets, lighting, and special effects are absolutely marvelous.

I understand that over 70% of the cast was appearing in this play for the first time.  That much new blood combined with opening night jitters may account for some of the bumps I saw tonight with diction, volume, and interpretation, especially in Act I.  The cast seemed to find their groove in Act II which is a good sign that they will reach their full potential for this 40th anniversary run.  All quibbles aside, I still consider this to be the best version of A Christmas Carol that I’ve seen at the Playhouse in the nearly 19 years I’ve lived in Omaha.  Even if you have seen the play before, I promise you surprises that will make it new all over again.

A Christmas Carol plays at the Omaha Playhouse through December 23.  Performances are Wednesdays at 7pm, Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 6:30pm.  There are no performances on Nov 25 or 26, but two additional performances will be held on Dec 22 and 23 at 7:30pm.  Before Dec 15, tickets are $36 for adults and $25 for students.  Tickets for the Dec 15-23 performances are $40 for adults and $29 for students.  For reservations contact the OCP box office at 402-553-0800 or visit www.omahaplayhouse.com or www.TicketOmaha.com.  The Omaha Playhouse is located at 6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE.

OCP Celebrates 40 Years of “A Christmas Carol”

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40th Annual A Christmas Carol

Omaha’s Holiday Tradition Opens Nov. 20, 2015 at the Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha, Neb.— A Christmas Carol will run at the Omaha Community Playhouse Nov. 20-Dec. 23, 2015. This year marks the 40th year for the production on the Main Stage of OCP. In celebration of 40 years, the Omaha Community Playhouse will hold a special “alumni reunion” party for all former and current cast and crew members on Thursday, December 17.

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music, perfectly crafted sets, and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!

Production: A Christmas Carol

Credits: By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Charles Jones, Musical orchestration by John J. Bennett Director: Hilary Adams Music Director: Jim Boggess Choreographer: Michelle Garrity

Cast:

Jerry Longe–Ebenezer Scrooge

Lauren Anderson–Millie

Marcus Benzel–Young Scrooge

Heidi Carpenter–Mrs. Fezziwig, Baker’s Wife

Michael Farrell–Ghost of Christmas Present, Baker, 1st Charity Man, Ball Musician

Megan Friend–Belle, Mrs. Dilber

Adam Fulbright–Beggar

Adam Hogston–Dead Scrooge, Male Ensemble

Jenna Hager–Chestnut Vendor

Don Harris –Jake

Sean Hill–Topper

Don Keelan-White–Jacob Marley, Ball Musician, Man at Cart

David Krenkel–Bob Cratchit

Gregg Learned–Mr. Fezziwig, Toyshop Keeper, 2nd Charity Man, Man at Cart

Emily Mokrycki–Mrs. Cratchit

Joseph Mokrycki–Poulterer, Dick Wilkins

Sydney Readman–Lucy

Bridget Robbins–Ghost of Christmas Past, Myrtle Crow

Emily Smith–Female Ensemble

James Allen Spain–Organ Grinder

Julia Ervin–Nell

Scott Van Den Top–Fred

Keithen Cudl– School boy, Shepherd, Ensemble

Liliana Cudly–Ensemble, Angel

Daniel Davis–Ensemble, Shepherd

Sasha Belle Denenberg–Ensemble, Angel

Emma Gould–Fan

Jamie Gould–Ensemble, Mary

Evelyn Hill–Martha Cratchit

Cora Rose Johnson–Ensemble, Angel

Ryan Laughlin–School boy, Wise Man, Ensemble

Grayson Longe–School boy, Wise Man, Ensemble

Nikolas Loontjer–Ebby, Wise Man

Taylor Morrison–Francis Cratchit, Angel

Samuel Ortner–Ensemble, Shepherd

Alexis Reynolds–Little Bo Peep, Angel

Natalie Reynolds–Little Boy Blue, Angel

Kole Rowan–Peter Cratchit, Joseph

Maddie Smith–Boy with Sled, Angel

Ava Sturdy–Belinda Cratchit, Angel

Amina Teri–Ensemble, Angel

Henry Wisneski–Greenery Vendor, Innkeeper, Ensemble

William Wisneski–Tim Cratchit, Shepherd

Show dates: Nov. 20-Dec. 23, 2015; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thursdays–Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (No performances on Nov. 25 and 26; added performances on Dec. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.) Tickets: At the OCP Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800 or online at http://www.OmahaPlayhouse.org or http://www.TicketOmaha.com. Before Dec. 15, tickets are $36 (adults) and $25 (students). Dec. 15-23, tickets are $40 (adults) and $29 (students). For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $32 (adults) and $18 (students) for all dates.

Location: Omaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE), Howard and Rhonda Hawks Main Stage Theatre

Performance note: A shadow interpreted performance for the hearing impaired is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by: First National Bank, KPMG (orchestra sponsor), Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (snow and special effects sponsor) and Cox (media sponsor)

Food drive: Audience members are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to OCP to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland as part of ConAgra Foods’ Shine the Light on Hunger campaign.

Adult Auditions for A Christmas Carol at Omaha Playhouse

Adult Auditions for A Christmas Carol

Omaha Community Playhouse – enter through stage door on west side of building (6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE)
Adult Auditions: Monday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Production dates: Nov. 20-Dec. 23, 2015
Rehearsal dates: October-November, 2015

Audition requirements: Those auditioning should bring a piece of music (16 bars) to sing at the audition. A piano accompanist will be available.

Show summary: It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music, perfectly crafted sets and special effects second to none.

Contact info: Jeannine Robertson – jrobertson@omahaplayhouse.com, (402) 553-4890, ext. 164

Director: Hilary Adams
Roles: All roles are open except Ebenezer Scrooge