Archive for November, 2011

Photos of ANNIE as well as added performances

ANNIE is smash hit at PlazaCo y’all. Shows are Sold Out far in advance and the word continues to spread. In order to accommodate the additional demand, we’ve added extra performances of the ANNIE to the calendar. These special dates are:

Monday December 5th at 7:30pm (Thursday Night / Saturday Night Cast)

Monday December 12th at 7:30pm (Friday Night / Saturday Matinee Cast)

Monday December 19th at 7:30pm (Thursday Night / Saturday Night Cast)

Tuesday December 20th at 7:30pm (Friday Night / Saturday Matinee Cast)

Wednesday December 21st at 7:30pm (Thursday Night / Saturday Night Cast)

All of these added shows have GREAT seats available right now.

And now, enjoy some fun pix of the show.

Here are a few of the Friday Night / Saturday Matinee Cast: (Photos by Ginny Rodgers)

And here’s some photos of the Thursday Night / Saturday Night Cast: (Photos by Ginny Rodgers)

And now it’s time to give us a call at the Plaza Box Office to get your ANNIE tickets reserved. 817-202-0600.

See ya soon!

AUDITIONS for Fiddler on the Roof at Plaza Theatre Company

Fiddler on the Roof

Audition Dates: November 28th and November 29th, 2011 (Those who wish to audition need only make an appointment for one of these nights)

Call backs are December 3rd at 9am to 1pm.

Auditions held at the Plaza Academy Fine Arts & Dance Studio at 221 S. Mill St., Cleburne, TX

Directed by Soni and Jodi Barrus
Music Director: Soni Barrus
Choreographer: Tabitha Barrus
Stage Manger: Cessany Ford

An audition appointment is required. Click here to make an appointment:

All roles are available for Plaza Theatre Company’s upcoming production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. An open audition is being held at Plaza Theatre Company to cast the show on November 28-29, 2011. Auditions are by appointment only.

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, December 3rd from 9am to 1pm.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will open at Plaza Theatre Company on February 3rd and play thru March 10th, 2012. The show plays every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Rehearsals will commence on December 12th. Double casting of some roles MAY be available to accommodate scheduling.


(all roles are available)

Tevye, the Dairyman: Age 35 – 60’sTevye is a likeable, hard-working, baritone/base,  who sees the positive side of life. He has raised his five daughters according to the Scriptures, many of which he invents himself. He is humorous and relaxed, but when pushed, Tevye can show stubbornness, and at times, anger. He sings several numbers including “Tradition”, “If I Were A Rich Man”, “To Life”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, and “Do You Love Me?” Tevye carries a good portion of the show.

Golde, Tevye’s wife: Middle age – Golde is the real strength behind Tevye, an alto, who keeps the household going. She is very concerned that her daughters make good matches and have easier lives than she and Tevye have had. Golde must be a strong singer with comic timing. She sings in“Tradition”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, “Do You Love Me”, and Anatevka”.

Yente, the matchmaker: Yente is a middle-aged or older alto who matches up the young people of the village in the hopes that they will marry. She is the village busybody and a flare for an eastern Jewish accent is a plus. Comedy is her strength.  She sings in “Tradition” and “Anatevka”, though vocals are not her strong suit.

Lazar Wolf, the butcher: Lazar is the town’s wealthiest citizen and is the same age as Tevye, maybe even older. He wants to marry, by traditional parental arrangement, Tevye’s daughter, Tzeitel, promising to give her a good and secure life. This is a feisty, comedic role requiring an actor with good comic timing and a strong 2nd tenor or baritone voice.  He sings in “To Life” as well as “Tradition” and “Anatevka.”

Tzeitel, the eldest daughter: Ages 18-30 – Tzeitel is the first daughter to marry and the first to challenge the traditions. She must be a capable dramatic actress and able to sing and move well. As a mezzo she sings in the trio, “Matchmaker” with her two sisters, as well as “Tradition” and “Anatevka”.

Motel, the Tailor: Ages 20-30 – Motel is a rather meek and miserably poor tailor who seeks the hand of Tevye’s eldest daughter, Tzeitel, and comes into his own in the process! This is a terrific character role needing a sensitive, nervous, but lovable portrayal. He sings in“Tradition” and “Anatevka” and has one blockbuster solo, “Miracle of Miracles”.

Hodel , the second eldest daughter: Ages 16-28 – Hodel becomes intrigued with the radical, young student, Perchik , and eventually leaves Anatevka to marry him in Siberia where he has been imprisoned for his reform activities. Hodel needs to move well, and sings “Tradition” “Matchmaker” “Sunrise, Sunset”  and the haunting solo, “Far From the Home I Love.”.

Perchik, the student: Ages 20-30 – Perchik is a visitor to Anatevka, and therefore, an outsider, bringing with him radical new ideas that challenge the villagers’ traditions. He falls for Hodel, the second eldest daughter. The role of Perchik requires an actor capable of showing intensity and an unfailing commitment to his beliefs.

Chava, third eldest daughter: Ages 16-28 – Chava is the scholarly daughter who falls in love and runs off with Fyedka, a Russian soldier, which breaks her father’s heart. This role requires a capable dramatic actress who also sings “Matchmaker” “Sunrise, Sunset”.  Ballet background could be helpful.

Fyedka, a Russian soldier: Ages 20-30 – Fyedka, a strong young soldier, falls in love with Chava. He challenges Tevye’s imposed silence towards him. Fyedka sings in “To Life” and dances a short Russian dance with his fellow soldiers.

Grandma Tzeitel: Grandma Tzeitel is a ghost figure who appears in the Dream Scene and has a character solo, “Mazeltov”,”Mazeltov”, endorsing the marriage of Tzeitel with Motel, the tailor. This actress will also appear as a Villager.

Fruma-Sarah: Fruma-Sarah is also a ghost figure who appears in the Dream Scene. She portrays Lazar Wolf’s departed wife who becomes enraged that her husband plans on marrying Tzeitel. It is a show-stopping scene requiring an excellent singer with a strong voice to sing a challenging solo, and the ability to scream loudly (without straining the throat!). This actress will also appear as a Villager.

The Constable: This Russian military official stationed near Anatevka, knows the villagers well, particularly Tevye. But these superficial relationships don’t prevent him from carrying out violence. This non-singing role requires a strong, impressive actor who can present this two-faced personality.

Avram: Middle age to older – The Bookseller –chorus

Mendel: Age 20-30 – The Rabbi’s son -chorus

Mordcha: – Middle age to older – The Innkeeper -chorus

Nachum: The Beggar – chorus

Rabbi: Anatevka’s Jewish spiritual leader

Sasha: Age 20-30 – Fyedka’s friend-chorus

Shaindel: Age 40-60 – Motel’s mother-chorus

The Fiddler

Yussel: A Hatter – male-chorus

Russian Soldiers: Ages 18-30 chorus-dancers

Shprintze: Younger daughter of Tevye. She sings in “Tradition” and “Anatevka”  chorus

Bielke: Youngest daughter of Tevye. She sings in “Tradition” and “Anatevka” chorus

The Bottle Dancers: We will need three male dancers who are both athletic and musical, and are willing to put in the time to learn a tricky but very do-able Russian-style dance while balancing bottles in their hats. They will also portray Villagers and sing in “Tradition” and “Anatevka”.

Villagers: These chorus members will portray the people of the village as Mamas, Papas, Daughters, or Sons. They will perform in “Sunrise ,Sunset” “Tradition” and “Anatevka’. Some smaller speaking roles will be determined during rehearsals

Many additional men, women, and boys and girls of all ages will be needed for the chorus.

We’re painting Plaza Academy this Saturday morning

As fans of Plaza may be aware, we at PTC have been renovating our new Plaza Academy Fine Arts & Dance Studio in preparation for the Open House on December 13th. We are so excited to be expanding Plaza Academy beginning in January of next year as well as thrilled with the help this new space is going to offer our operations here at Plaza.

One of the things the new space needs is a fresh coat of paint. So this Saturday morning starting at 8am going going until we have to leave for the matinee performance of ANNIE we’ll be having a painting work day. The whole interior of the Studio will be getting a fresh coat of bright colors. If you are free and are game to help we’d love to have you. We’ll bring in pizza and Cokes and enjoy each others company while we get this job finished.

We hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful and we appreciate your considering giving us a hand.

Plaza Theatre Company announces it’s Cast List for THE FOREIGNER

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce the Cast List for it’s upcoming production of THE FOREIGNER. The show will be the 50th produced by PlazaCo since opening in April of 2007. The production will be under the direction of Luke Hunt with Stage Management by Crystal Todd. The show will open December 31st, 2011 and play thru January 29th of 2012. Further information is available by visiting or by calling the Plaza Box office at 817-202-0600.

The Cast List is as follows:

Charlie – Robert Shores
Froggy – Luke Hunt
Betty – Trich Zaitoon
Katherine – Jennifer Fortson
Ellard – Jerry Downey
David – David Johnson
Owen – Michael Lain

Official Press Release of Plaza Theatre Company’s production of ANNIE

Plaza Theatre Company – PRESS RELEASE

Plaza Theatre Company to present America’s Happiest Musical ANNIE, opening November 18th

November 10th, 2011

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of ANNIE on November 18th, 2011. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening November 18th and playing through December 23rd, 2011. The show will be the 49th produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

In December of 2007, Plaza Theatre Company presented it’s very first Christmas production which was titled “A Christmas Carol”. The theatre had opened its doors in April of that year and was presenting it’s 7th production of the season with “A Christmas Carol”. The show was the first to begin playing to sell-out audiences for Plaza and the production solidified PlazaCo as a great destination for holiday enjoyment in Cleburne.

Fast forward four years later and Plaza is once again on the brink of an important milestone with its 2011 Christmas production. This year’s show is the Broadway musical based on the popular comic strip about a little orphaned redhead named “Annie”. Theatregoers will of course recognize “Annie” from it’s popular Broadway run as well as the numerous professional revivals of the show. In fact, “Annie” enjoys the designation as the single most produced play in musical theatre history.

Often called ‘America’s Happiest Musical’, Annie tells the story of a spunky red-headed orphan who longs to leave the orphanage and find her real parents. When Billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites Annie to spend Christmas at his mansion, Annie jumps at the chance to find her family, with the help of Warbucks promise of a $50,000 reward of course. But when the drunken Miss Hannigan and her con-artist brother try to make off with the reward money, the good guys win, the bad guys get caught and Annie finds love in the arms of her adopted ‘Daddy’ Warbucks. What musical could be happier than that?

“We wanted to present something special to mark the milestone of our 49th production”, stated JaceSon Barrus, Plaza’s Artistic Director and Co-Producer. “And Annie is definitely the perfect fit. The holidays just seem to be a little brighter with this uplifting story of courage and hope. Everyone needs to have a little dose of Annie’s positive attitude sometimes, and what better time than at Christmas to remember what it’s really all about”.

The production boasts a large cast headed by two young ladies (Rachel Browning and Taylor O’Toole) who are double cast in the role of Annie. They are supported by a cast of 20 young ladies who play the orphans at Miss Hannigan’s Orphanage. Daddy Warbucks is played on alternating nights by Tyler Cox and Jay Lewis with Grace Farrell played by Jill Baker and Denise Fisher. The boozy Miss Hannigan is played by Darcy Farrington and Caroline Rivera with the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt taken by Doug Henry. The cast features a large group of supporting performers and chorus members as well.

The full Cast List of Annie is: (Double Cast where noted)

Orphans –
Annie – Rachel Browning, Taylor O’Toole
July – Bryanna Levac, Hannah Tarron
Duffy – Khloe Rooke, Emme Sullivan
Pepper – Noelle Mitchell, Taylor O’Toole
Kate – Julie Hall
Tessie – Eden Barrus, Grace Mitchell
Molly – Mimi Barrus, Kylie Scarborough
Betsy – Brooke Boyd, Lena Moralez
Ruthie – Brynn Fisher, Paige Moore
Corrie – Katherine Balaban, Tess Scarborough
Dee Dee – Allyson Orr, Annie Rheuark
Warbucks – Tyler Cox, Jay Lewis
Grace Farrell – Jill Baker, Denise Fisher
Miss Hannigan – Darcy Farrington, Caroline Rivera
Rooster – JaceSon Barrus
Lily – Tina Barrus
Mr Bundles – Jay Lewis, Kyle Scarborough
Lt. Ward – Sam Arias
Apple Seller – T’Keyah Adams
Dog Catcher – Devlin Pollock
Eddie – Doug Henry

Homeless –
JaceSon Barrus, Tina Barrus, Kyle Scarborough/Jay Lewis, Terrie Neilson/Stacy King, Kennedy Styron, Shauna Lewis, Tabitha Barrus/Caitlan Davis, Suzi Hanford, Hannah Midkiff, Lauren Donoghue/Bailey Davis, T’Keyah Adams, Emily Warwick, Ben Midkiff, Devlin Pollock, Josh Leblo/Drew Sifford, Eduardo Aguilar, Doug Henry, Parker Barrus, Robby Adams, Anthony Adams

Star-to-be – Emily Warwick
Mrs. Greer – Stacey Greenawalt King, Terrie Nielsen
Mrs Pugh – Hannah Midkiff
Drake – Jay Lewis, Tyler Scarborough
Cecille – Kennedy Styron
Sophie – Tabitha Barrus, Caitlin Davis
Annette – Suzi Hanford

Servants –
Hannah Midkiff, Lauren Donoghue/Bailey Davis, T’Keyah Adams, Emily Warwick, Ben Midkiff, Devlin Pollock, Eduardo Aguilar

Connie Boylan – Hannah Midkiff
Ronnie Boylan – Emily Warwick
Bonnie Boylan – Tabitha Barrus/Caitlan Davis
Bert Healy – Josh Leblo, Joey Geisel
Jimmy Johnson – Eduardo Aguilar
Fran McCracken – Suzy Hanford
Sound Effects Man – Devlin Pollock
Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Doug Henry
Hull – Jay Lewis, Kyle Scarborough
Harold Ickes – Josh Leblo, Joey Geisel
Morganthau – Sam Arias
Frances Perkins – Stacey Greenawalt King, Terrie Nielsen
Louis Howe – Eduardo Aguilar

The production is under the Direction of Taffy Geisel with Musical Direction by Joey Geisel and Choreography by Tabitha Barrus. The show will open on Friday November 18th at 7:30 and will play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening thru December 23rd at 7:30 with Saturday matinees every Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Additional performances will be given on Monday December 5th at 7:30pm, Monday December 12th at 7:30pm, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday December 20th thru 22nd at 7:30pm. There will be no performance on Thanksgiving Day November 24th. 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. Further information is available by visiting the Plaza website at

CRAZY FOR YOU Review from Paul Gnadt of The Star Group

There is still time to get tickets to see this charming musical y’all. Only two more weekends though. Here’s another great review of this fabulous show. Read it then give us a call at 817-202-0600 to reserve.
“Crazy For You” at Plaza Theatre Company (reviewed by Paul Gnadt of The Star Group Newspapers)
All-hands-on-deck dance numbers, George and Ira Gershwin songs that have stood the test of time and corny but clever one-liners combine for an evening of good, old-fashioned fun in “Crazy for You,” playing through Nov. 12 at the Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne.
Great Gershwin songs are one thing, but when they’re sung by Jonathan Metting, Daron Cockerell and Burleson’s Kasi Hollowell, backed by the usual suspects at the PTC, you’re in for a musical delight.
The songs of the song writing brothers are actually from their Broadway shows of the 1920s and 1930s, pieced together in a story from a book by Ken Ludwig and largely based on the 1930 musical, “Girl Crazy,” but there are songs from several other Gershwin productions as well. “Crazy For You” opened on Broadway in 1992 and won a Tony Award for Best Musical that year.
The story is easy to follow. Reluctant New York banker Bobby Child (Metting) — whose dream is to dance on Broadway, not hoof it up the ladder of financial success — is sent by his banker-president mother to Deadrock, Nev., to foreclose on an old theater, leaving behind Irene Roth (double cast with Milette Siler and Caitlan Davis in the production I attended), who wants to marry him.
Out in desolate and dying Deadrock, Child falls in love with Polly (double cast with Cockerell and Hollowell), who is the daughter of the theater’s owner (Joshua’s Doug Henry). Child has to impersonate famous Broadway producer Bela Zangler (double cast with Andrew Barrus and Kyle Macy) in order to win her love, as well as put on a show to raise money to keep from foreclosing on the theater. When the real Zangler shows up, quickly followed by Irene, Polly figures out Child’s trickery and things really get, well, crazy.
Metting, most recently seen as Rev. Oglethorpe in “Smoke on the Mountain,” has a strong, yet mellow, voice that is perfect for the intimacy of Plaza’s 160-seat theater in the round (actually rectangle). And he can tap and ballroom dance, too, and get plenty of opportunities to do both.
Hollowell (in the performance I attended) and Cockerell can both really sing, so you’ll be treated to great renditions of “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “But Not For Me,” regardless of who plays Polly.
But PTC’s “Crazy” is more than the music and the one-lines. It’s also about the blockbuster-type dance numbers and the come-to-be-expected-we-almost-take-it-for-granted clever and creative sets.
Example: A simple wooden arch with a sign saying “Lank’s Saloon,” is at the corner of the stage floor that is easily understood as the setting outside the saloon. As the actors walk under the stage-lighted arch and turn it around while tables are arranged on the dark stage, the sign say’s “Have a Nice Day” and the audience is suddenly inside the saloon. Quick, clever and creative. A PTC trademark.
So, too, the one-liners, such as the exchange in New York between Irene, who doesn’t want Bobby to leave, and his mother, who is sending him out west:
“He’ll go to Deadrock over my dead body!”
“That sounds like a good route to me.”
The tap dance numbers — choreographed by Courtney Sikora and Tabitha Barrus — are larger than life on the PTC floor, using all available exits and entrances as dancers leave wearing one costume and enter wearing something different.
The ballroom choreography by Rachel Hunt, who also finds time to be a member of the Follies Girls, as does Tabitha Barrus, is also outstanding as Bobby, Polly and the Follies Girls are in numerous ballroom numbers.
In addition to Barrus and Hunt, the other Follies Girls are Faith Brown, Caitlan Davis, Cessany Ford, Monica Glenn, Stefanie Glenn and Mary Vickers.
More comedy is provided by the Cowboy Trio of Josh Leblo and PTC cofounders, G. Aaron Siler and JaceSon Barrus, who combine for songs and hijinks.
Alvarado’s Luke Hunt is Lank, a rough and tumble type who falls for Polly but ends up meeting has match in Irene.
Amid all the singing and dancing, watch for a clever scene between look-a likes Childs and Zangler when, sitting at a saloon table, their actions mirror each other during about two minutes of silence.
Directed by Jay Lewis, who somehow manages to play a saloon cowboy and design the sets, with musical direction by Soni Barrus, costumes design by Tina Barrus, and light and sound design by G. Aaron Siler, “Crazy for You” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 12 at the Plaza Theatre, 111 S. Main St., in Cleburne.
Tickets — $15 for adults, $13 for seniors age 65 and older and students, and $12 for children age 12 and under — area available from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the PTC box office or by calling 817-202-0600.