Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year 2011 from PlazaCo

Our best wishes for a happy and safe New Year y’all. On New Year’s Day, and every day, we wish you joy and happiness. 2011 is going to be great!

Elves Aaron, Milette, Tina and JaceSon dancing for Christmas

Merry Christmas y’all. Enjoy.

A PlazaCo Christmas Card

Merry Christmas from Plaza Theatre Company

Last Chance to get in on the Legacy Quilt Raffle

Tonight at intermission of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, we will be holding the drawing to see who will win the beautiful Legacy Quilt pictured below. This gorgeous quilt, created and donated by Cyndy Finnell, represents almost every show since Plaza opened in 2007. Today, right up until intermission of tonight’s show, is the last opportunity you’ve got to buy a chance to win the quilt before the raffle. Tickets are $5 for one chance or $20 for five chances, and since the raffle is being run as a fundraiser for PlazaCo, you’ll be supporting the theatre in the bargain. We’ll be here the rest of the day and your chance can be purchased over the phone or here in person and you NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN! Call or come by to get in on this fun fundraiser at Plaza Theatre Company.

MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES opening for New Years Eve

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES on December 31st, 2010. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening on New Year’s Eve and playing through January 29th, 2011. The show will be the 40th produced by Plaza Theatre since it’s inception in November of 2006.

In celebration of this achievement, Plaza Producers are eagerly anticipating the unveiling of MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES. “When we first opened our doors in November of 2006, MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES was the show we chose to present” says Aaron Siler, Plaza Operations Manager, “We felt TOES was a great example of the kind of theatre we wanted to try to bring to our patrons, a pleasant love story mixed in with some Texas wit and wisdom. What better show to present as our 40th?”

The comedy tells the story of Tom Coterel, a shy, backwards cowboy who suddenly becomes rich when oil is discovered on his ranch. Soon a gold-digginbg debutante comes to call and Tom falls head-over-heels for her. When Tom hires a tutor to help him get some “culchur”, all sorts of mayhem breaks loose.

MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES is directed by Stefanie Glenn with Stage Management by Heather Aikman. Costume design is by Kara Barrus, Set design by JaceSon Barrus, Lighting design by Cameron Barrus, Props by Milette Siler and Sound design by Aaron Siler.

The cast for MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES is:

Tom Coterel    – David Cook
Mr. Wright    – Jay Cornils
Pamela Wright    – Milette Siler
Link Hanson    – Kevin Poole
Hank Stover    – Luke Hunt
Lem Reed    – Kyle Adams
Florence Reins    – Tina Barrus
Jose    – Andrew Guzman

The special New Year’s Eve opening of MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES will play December 31st, 2010. The evening will begin with a meal at 8:00pm, the performance at 9pm and dancing after the show until the clock strikes midnight. This will be the fourth year of Plaza’s acclaimed New Year’s Eve event in Downtown Cleburne.

As mentioned, MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES will play Plaza Theatre Company from December 31st thru January 29th, 2011 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with Saturday afternoon matinees at 3pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and Students and $12 for children Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 817-202-0600 or visiting the Plaza Box Office between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday.

Bringing ANNIE GET YOUR GUN to the Plaza Stage – a Director’s Journey Part 1

We thought it would be fun for our patrons and fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process a Director goes through in bringing a large musical to the Plaza stage. To that end, we have asked Kyle Macy, Director of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, to provide a weekly blog about his Director’s journey. This is Part One of his Director’s Journey blog. — Plaza Producers

Annie Got Her Blog

Volume 1.

I feel truly honored to have been asked by the Plaza Producers Aaron and Milette Siler, and JaceSon and Tina Barrus to direct Annie Get Your Gun.  This offer came while I was performing the role of Mervin Oglethorpe in their production of Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming.  AGYG is not a show that I was really familiar with, and I’m not sure how it fell through the musical theatre cracks of my experience.  Upon some quick researching, I found a series of “I didn’t know that came from that show!” songs.  That, combined with the logistics of staging a warhorse musical in the round seemed like a fun challenge.  Also, my lead time was only a month and some change until auditions, meaning I had to research the piece and come up with my production framework in a very quick amount of time.

In approaching any show, and knowing my own habits, I tend to only say yes to projects that scare me a little.  That way, I know I’ll work hard on it.  Smoke, for example required me to sing, something that I don’t believe is one of my better skill sets.  Personally I feel I am best accompanied by a vacuum cleaner or running shower and empty house.  However, Aaron, the director for Smoke, talked with me and we came up with a take on Mervin that we were both comfortable with.  The result was some character singing that didn’t kill the legit work the rest of the cast was doing.  So, in handling the music side of AGYG, I needed someone I could trust to make sure that the music was learned and performed well; so I asked Kristin Spires to accept the role of Music Director. I am grateful she did.  Kristin is a known talent in the DFW metroplex for her musical theater performances, and as voice teacher, and as a veteran section leader for Fort Worth Opera.  Having taken a lesson or two from her before, I know how she works with people and felt she is the perfect choice to help folks learn a lot, and quickly.

Part of the challenge in community theater is finding the talent needed to tell the story you want to tell.  You can find a singer, actor, or dancer, but finding folks who can do all of it is tricky.  Those folks are often pros who can’t afford to work for free.  That combined with the fact that AGYG rehearses over Christmas and New Years, as well as having a Valentine’s Day show meant I would likely not have a lot of folks who had already made travel plans.  This meant I either can’t cast them, as they’ll miss too much time, or I have to somehow work around cast members missing a third of the rehearsal process.

With a limited time, I needed someone who could put together the large dance sequences very quickly.  For that, I turned to Eddie Floresca.  Eddie and I have worked together on two other shows, and I know he’s great at working with dancers of all ability levels.

So how to do AGYG in an interesting way?  When directing a show, I prefer to not simply restage the original production.  However, you have to be true to the intentions of the authors, you can’t change things.  In addition, from a technical end, you’re not producing the show in the same space with the same resources, so it is foolish to expect to have different sets/costumes/orchestration/talent and expect the same results.  Plaza stages in the round, with the audience sitting in rows that rise above the stage.  That means that scenic elements can only be a few feet tall before they cause sightline problems for half the patrons.  So no walls, or buildings, only “furniture”.  The piece takes place in a field, train, boat, ballroom, and circus tent – pretty diverse locations, and those are only the big scenes.  How will I create the physical world for AGYG?

Then there’s the research of the play and in this case, the real-life people.  AGYG has had some major work on it since the first production on Broadway =  new characters and songs, others cut, and a major reworking of the book to remove the non-PC “Indian” jokes.  I thought it would be interesting to do a treatment of the show to pay homage to the real Annie – but my research into the real woman turned up some very problematic results.

Kyle Macy – Director, Annie Get Your Gun

Last minute gift ideas from PlazaCo

We know the holidays can be stressful. What to get as gifts that they’ll love but that won’t break the bank. With just a few shopping days left, we’ve got a few ideas to help you fill their stockings with joy this Christmas.

SEASON TICKETS

You’ve only got a few more days to shop and you’re hoping to get them something they will truly love. Why not gift them a Season Ticket to Plaza Theatre Company? It’s a present they’ll be opening and loving all the year through as it entitles them to attend all 10 of Plaza Theatre Company’s 2011 productions. And it’s so easy. Just call or come by the PlazaCo Box Office between 10am and 6pm Monday thru Friday this week. It only takes minutes to reserve and they will thank you all year long. The clock is winding down, it’s time to give them a 2011 they will treasure.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Plaza Theatre Company has Christmas gift ideas that will fit any budget. Perhaps you would like to gift them just a show or two of their choosing next year. We can provide you with Gift Certificates that are good for any show they choose and they stay good all year long. We’ll even top them with a neat little bow for you to give them. It’s quick, easy, affordable, and they’ll love it. What more could you ask?

PLAZA BASH / NEW YEARS EVE PARTY

As the holiday season winds down, what better way is there to start the new year than to kick it off in style? Plaza Theatre Company is presenting it’s 4th annual Plaza Bash / New Years Eve Party on December 31st and it’s something you won’t want to miss. Complete with food, desserts, party favors, dancing, family-friendly bubbly and a side-splitting comedy called MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES, your 2011 will get started just right when you attend Plaza Bash 2011. Limited seats and tickets going fast – reserve today!

May we also take a moment to wish you and yours a happy and safe New Year. Thank you for your support of Plaza Theatre Company throughout this last year and we look forward to seeing you join us at the theatre again soon.

Sincerely,

Aaron, Milette, JaceSon and Tina

Auditions – THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

All roles are available for Plaza Theatre Company’s upcoming production of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. An open audition is being held at Plaza Theatre Company to cast the show on January 10th and 11th, 2011. THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL is being directed by JaceSon and Tina Barrus with musical direction by Dick Helmcamp and choreography by Jill Baker. Auditions are by appointment only which can be made by visiting:

http://www.appointmentque…st.com/provider/2040169233?schedule=auditionsforthescarletpimpernell

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Those who choose to audition are asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of a showtune in the style of the show. An accompanist or CD player will be provided but each auditioner will be asked to provide their own sheet music or CD. A brief cold reading will also be required at the initial audition. A head shot and resume are requested.

Should the production team to take a further look at an auditoner, they may be invited to a Call Back audition on Saturday, January 15th from 9am to 1pm.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION:

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL will open at Plaza Theatre Company on March 18th and play thru April 16th, 2011. The show plays every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Rehearsals will commence on Tuesday, January 18th. Double casting of some roles MAY be available to accommodate scheduling.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

It’s the height of the bloody French Revolution when a dashing English aristocrat dares to enter France to save innocents from the guillotine. Through trickery and disguises, the Pimpernel and his band of Bounders save the day. Based on the acclaimed novel by Baroness Orczy, this grand musical vividly portrays the romance, intrigue and horrors of one of the most tumultuous periods in history, mixing historical fact with dramatic adventure.

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Sir Percy Blakeney – male- tenor – 30 to 40- lead
Marguerite St. Just – female – mezzo – 25 to 35 – lead
Citizen Chauvelin – male – baritone – 30 to 40 – lead
Marie Grosholtz – female – mezzo – 25 to 35 – supporting
Ozzy – male – baritone – 21 to 42 – supporting
Farleigh – male – baritone – 21 to 42 – supporting
Dewhurst – male – baritone – 21 to 42 – supporting
Elton – male – baritone – 21 to 42 – supporting
Hal – male – tenor – 21 to 42 supporting
Armand St. Just – male – tenor – 16 to 27 – supporting
Ben – male – tenor – 21 to 42 – supporting
Philippe Tussaud – male – 23 to 35 – cameo
Robespierre – male – 45 to 65 – cameo
Mercier – male – 21 to 50 – cameo
St. Cyr – male – baritone – 25 to 45 – cameo
Prince of Wales – male – tenor – 40 to 55 – cameo
Coupeau – male – 21 to 50 – cameo

2010 in Retrospect – a year in the life of PlazaCo

It has been a spectacular 2010 at PlazaCo! A year full of wonderful events, accolades, achievements and growth. Here’s a taste of life in 2010 at Plaza Theatre Company.

December 31st, 2009 – PlazaCo rings in the New Year with a Sold-Out performance of WILL ROGERS FOLLIES. It is the 29th show produced by Plaza Theatre Company and the 3rd annual New Year’s Eve Party.

January 31st, 2010 – PlazaCo is honored to receive 32 nominations for the 10th annual Column Awards. In all, AIDA gets 12 nominations, CASH ON DELIVERY gets 10, BEAU JEST gets 5, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and DON’T DRINK THE WATER get 2 each and WILL ROGERS FOLLIES gets 1. It is an exciting evening to hear Plaza’s name called 32 times at the nominating event.

February 14th, 2010 – PlazaCo presents it’s 3rd annual Valentines Party. The evening is highlighted by a meal at The Lemon Sisters and a performance of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.

Last week of February, 2010 – Plaza Academy is pleased to host 0ver 40 students and chaperones on a trip to New York City. While there, students watch 4 Broadway shows, take 7 tours of major NYC landmarks and participate in 4 talk-back events with working or aspiring performers. The tour is arranged and led by Stefanie Glenn.

March 8th, 2010 – Plaza Theatre Company is the honored recipient of 10 Column Awards for it’s 2009 productions (all non-Equity). CASH ON DELIVERY receives a Best Featured Actor nod while AIDA receives 9 Awards including Best Directors, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Actress, Best Musical Director, Best Sound, Best Stage Managers, Best Costumes and BEST MUSICAL OF THE YEAR! All told, Plaza ties Uptown Players for the most Awards of the night with 10. It’s quite a magical night for Plaza.

April 20th, 2010 – PlazaCo hosts it’s annual THANK YOU PARTY for Actors, Staff, Crew Members, Designers,Volunteers and Board Members. The event features performances from the previous year’s shows as well as the unveiling of the next year’s season of shows. It also marks Plaza Theatre Company’s 3rd birthday.

May 18th, 2010 – Guild Appreciation Night – Plaza hosts an appreciation event at The Liberty Hotel to honor Plaza Guild Members. Nearly people attended to enjoy the event and to witness the creation of the Volunteer of the Year Award. The recipients of the 1st year’s Award were Jim and Elaine Garvin for 2007, Sherry Clark for 2008 and Judy Barnett for 2009.

June 8th, 2010 – PlazaCo hosts it’s 1st annual “Fund-Razor” Murder Mystery. The event served as a fundraiser for Plaza’s Annual Fund and treated guests to an evening of Murder Mystery, karaoke style. The successful event insured the return of the Murder Mystery for Plaza’s 2011 fundraiser.

June 21st, 2010 – Plaza Academy embarks on it’s 3rd annual SUMMER SHOW CAMP. The 2010 camp has nearly 60 students who take part in Plaza’s summer 2010 production of ALL SHOOK UP. The performances of ALL SHOOK UP become Plaza’s most successful production in Plaza history selling our every single performance for it’s 6 week run.

Summer 2010 – Plaza Theatre Company is proud to be named “Best Live Theatre in Johnson County” by the Star Group newspapers.

July 14th, 2010 – Two of Plaza’s co-Producers, Tina and JaceSon Barrus welcome a son into their family. Little Jonah Jaxon Barrus is born and joins the Plaza team on stage for A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the tender age of 4 and a half months.

September 15th, 2010 – PlazaCo holds it’s 3rd annual Season Ticket holder appreciation night. It’s the first night tickets for 2011 were available and nearly 400 Season Ticket holders renewed that night. They were treated to performances from some 2011 shows and some delicious snacks as well.

December 15th, 2010 – Lastly, as a terrific Christmas present, Plaza Theatre Company was humbled to receive several mentions in the annual “Best of 2010” publication from The Column By John Garcia critics. This included 3 mentions for “Best Musical of the Year” (non-Equity) for INTO THE WOODS and 1 mention for “Best Play of the Year” (non-Equity) for A CHRISTMAS CAROL. In all, INTO THE WOODS received 19 mentions, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS received 8, A CHRISTMAS CAROL received 4 and STEEL MAGNOLIAS received 3. All told Plaza Theatre Company had eight of it’s ten 2010 productions mentioned and received 41 total mentions in the publication. We’re humbled and honored by this kind recognition and we congratulate our theatre brethren in the DFW Metroplex for their excellence during 2010.

So, it has been a triumphant year at PlazaCo. We’ve played over 200 performances, made new friends and enjoyed some wonderful successes. From our families to yours, may your holidays be merry and safe and we’ll look forward to seeing you in 2011.

The Cast List for Plaza Theatre Company’s production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

We were so honored by the number of amazing performers who came to share their talents with us at auditions for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Though we wish we could use everyone who auditioned, we are thrilled with the cast that we have and we’re very excited to get this production into rehearsals. The production team of Kyle Macy as Director, Kristin Spires as Musical Director, Eddie Floresca as Choreographer and Shauna Lewis as Stage Manager, with Plaza Theatre Company as Producers are pleased to announce the following cast: (Double cast where noted)

Annie Oakley – Daron Cockerell

Frank Butler – JaceSon Barrus

Dolly Tate – Kristi Taylor

Buffalo Bill Cody – Aaron Siler

Tommy Keeler – Jonathan Metting

Winnie Tate – Natalie Willingham / Elizabeth Wilson

Charlie Davenport – Jay Lewis

Foster Wilson / Pawnee Bill/ President of France – James Long

Mac – Glen Turner

Sitting Bull – Soloman Abah, Jr.

Jessie Oakley – Dana Siler / Lillie Dewar

Nelson Oakley – Cameron Barrus

Little Jake – Eden Barrus

Running Deer / Tsar of Russia – Zack Fountain

Eagle Feather / King of Italy – Eduardo Aguilar

Dining Car Waiter – Glen Turner

Sleeping Car Porter – Glen Turner

Queen Victoria / Mrs. Foster Wilson / Mrs. Schuyler-Adams – Sherry Clark

Messenger – Devlin Pollock

Band Leader – Off stage voice

Mrs. Porter-Potter – Kasi Hollowell

Dance Core / Ensemble: Tabitha Barrus, Abigail Benke, Jillian Turner, Amy Lee Reynolds, Lauren Walker, Aaron Yang, Devlin Pollock, Ben Midkiff, Lloyd Ekpo, Drew Sifford / Daniel Scott Robinson

Ensemble:
Jen Fortson, Suzi Hanford, Chelsea Carpenter

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN will open on February 4th and play thru March 12th at Plaza Theatre Company’s theatre-in-the-round in Cleburne, TX. The PlazaCo Box Office is open Monday thru Saturday 10am to 6pm and can be reached at 817-202-0600. More information about the company and the show are available online at http://www.plaza-theatre.com