WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
From the regional premiere of an already-legendary work to an all-childrens’ play, the events of this week, and their diversity and quality, make it clear why the Dayton metro region has such a thriving theatre scene. Three of the shows mentioned this week also appeared in Shane and David’s Top Season Picks article a couple of weeks ago, so seeing one or two or all of them is definitely worth your time! Here’s what’s happening this week…
Another Openin’, Another Show
…SHOWS OPENING THIS WEEK
August: Osage County
HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY AND WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
September 23 – October 10
By Tracy Letts
Three generations of the Weston family of Oklahoma reunite after the disappearance of the family patriarch one hot summer night, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed in a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest – and absolute worst (para. from Samuel French). A mixture of fierce humor and powerful drama, August: Osage County has won five Tonys and a Pulitzer, is Time Magazine’s “Play of the Decade,” and is premiering this week here in Dayton as a professional and collegiate collaboration.
I’ll be publishing a feature article later this week with a lot more details about the show and the collaboration, so be watching for that. In the meantime, get your tickets soon! Curtain times vary, and a performance calendar is available at http://humanracetheatre.org/1011aoc.shtml . Tickets are available through the WSU Box Office at (937) 775-2500. Also, the Inside Track talkback with the directors will be before the September 23 preview performance, and the While We’re on the Subject discussion is after the October 2 matinee.
…SHOWS STILL UP
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
TOWN HALL THEATRE – All Children’s Theatre
September 17 – October 3, 2010
There’s still time to see Town Hall’s production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr., featuring performers in grades 2 through 12! Read a more detailed synopsis and see pictures from previous shows in last week’s post.
To recap: the show runs 70 minutes and is recommended for children ages 2 and up. Performances will be held on Fridays at 7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm; additional matinee performances are scheduled on Thursday, September 23 and 30 at 4:30 pm. Reserve tickets online at http://www.townhalltheatre.org or call 937-433-8957.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
LA COMEDIA DINNER THEATRE
Book by Jeffrey Lane; Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek; based on the film by Frank Oz
September 8 – October 31, 2010
Read last week’s column here for a synopsis and full description of this show! But, here’s basic ticket information: Arrival times for Wednesday to Sunday evening performances are 5:30 – 6:00 pm; Wednesday and Thursday matinees and Sunday brunch, 10:30 – 11:00 am. For more information or tickets, call 1-800-677-9505 or (937) 746-4554 or visit http://www.lacomedia.com. Also check out the DMM event page here.
…SHOWS TO CATCH BEFORE THEY CLOSE
The Spitfire Grill
BEAVERCREEK COMMUNITY THEATRE
Music & Book by James Valcq; Lyrics & Book by Frank Alley; based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
September 17 – September 26
Last week for its opening, I described this show and included a couple of pictures. So, I won’t go into all of the details here again, but check out the original article here.
Just a reminder, performances of The Spitfire Grill are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm, at Beavercreek Community Theatre in the Lofino Center (3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Beavercreek). Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students, seniors, and BCT members. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (937) 429-4737, email [email protected], or visit http://www.bctheatre.org. This is the final weekend, so catch it if you haven’t yet.
One Short Day
…SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THE THEATRICALLY MINDED
The 7th Annual ArtBeat Festival of the Arts
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON
Friday, September 24: 4-7 p.m.
“The University of Dayton’s ArtStreet hosts ArtBeat, the annual visual and performing arts festival featuring performances by University of Dayton Community Artists-in-Residence, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Jazz Ensemble and other local and student performing groups. The festival will also feature a variety of food, professional and student art vendors and is held at the ArtStreet Amphitheatre. ArtStreet is located at the intersection of Lawnview Avenue and Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. For more information about ArtStreet, call (937) 229.5101 or visit http://artstreet.udayton.edu.”
Blue Man Group
VICTORIA THEATRE ASSOCIATION – SCHUSTER CENTER
September 28 – October 3, 2010
Some tickets are still available for the Blue Man Group’s touring production, part of their first national tour! From the official description, “Blue Man Group is best known for its widely popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment in a blissful party atmosphere.”
Ticket prices vary based on seat and multiple showtimes are available, with evening performances Tuesday through Sunday as well as weekend matinees. Visit the official website for information about the group, and The Victoria Theatre Association to learn about and get tickets for the show at the Schuster.
Part of it All
…AUDITIONS AND CASTING CALLS
Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
TOWN HALL THEATRE – LANDMARK CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY
Auditions: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Performances: December 3 – 19, 2010
Directed by Brittany Hayden-Hinkle (THT’s education director)
The Story: Everyone’s favorite girl is back and this time it’s personal! The holidays should be that special time of year when everyone spreads peace and goodwill… but not when Junie B. draws her sworn enemy’s name for the secret Santa gift exchange at school. Things get especially ugly when their music teacher announces that the two will perform together in the school’s holiday pageant…
Open auditions for this show will be held on Saturday, October 2nd beginning at 8:45am for those in grades 2 through adult. Those interested in auditioning for the show must register in advance of the audition date online at http://www.townhalltheatre.org or by calling the box office at (937) 433-8957. Actors must prepare (1) one-minute memorized monologue only (no song is necessary). Headshots or photos are required and resumes are encouraged. There will be a registration fee of $130 for participants if cast. The production begins rehearsals October 26th and will be held Mondays through Thursdays from 7-10pm and Saturdays 9-12pm at the theatre.
Schuster Center Celebration Choir
If you’re looking for to get involved in something musical but don’t have the time commitment to audition for a show, the Schuster Center Celebration Choir may be a great opportunity for you! The Choir was convened in 2003 to celebrate the opening of the Schuster Center for the Performing Arts, and its members enjoyed singing together so much that the temporary choir became a permanent group. This intergenerational, multi-ethnic group for adults of all ages mirrors the diversity of the Greater Dayton community and its repertoire encompasses a broad range of styles.
The SCCC is open to all and participation is free. It typically rehearses Tuesdays, although the schedule is flexible. Upcoming performances will be at the Kroc Center, Grande Illumination, and Wintergarden Wonderland at the Schuster Center. For more information, visit The Schuster Center Celebration Choir website, and to join the choir, contact Tina McPhearson at [email protected]
Katherine Nelson is a senior theatre major at Cedarville University who focuses on performance, playwriting, and stage management. She’s the Literary Intern with locally based Encore Theater Company, where contributors Shane Anderson and David Brush also work. ETC recently moved into the new arts collective space in the Oregon District, along with Zoot Theatre Co. & Rhythm in Shoes. Anderson, Brush & ETC just concluded their summer season of new musicals in downtown Dayton, which featured Johnathan Larson’s RENT, [title of show] & the new musical in development Next Thing You Know.