Archive for July, 2012

Casting Announcement: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at Plaza Theatre Company

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to make the official casting announcement for its upcoming production of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. The Cast is:

Abby Brewster – JoAnn Gracey
The Rev. Dr. Harper – Jay A. Cornils
Teddy Brewster – Michael Lain
Officer Brophy – Nathan Glenn
Officer Klein – John Lewis
Martha Brewster – Katy Wood
Elaine Harper – Sara Blair
Mortimer Brewster – Stephen Singleton
Mr. Gibbs – Jay Cornils
Jonathan Brewster – Michael Rudd
Dr. Einstein – Tyler Cox
Officer O’Hara – Luke Hunt
Lieutenant Rooney – Amy Sorter
Mr. Witherspoon – J. Cornils

The show will be directed by Ben Phillips with stage management by Emily Warwick and will play at Plaza Theatre Company’s 158 seat theatre-in-the-round from September 14th thru October 13th. More information is available by visiting

Some fun photos of FOOTLOOSE taken by Plaza photog Ginny Rodgers

FOOTLOOSE is an exciting and energetic blast-from-the-past. The show is Now Playing at PlazaCo thru August 4th and even though this weekend performances are all Sold Out, there are still great seats for the final two weekends. Take a look at these fun pix of the show taken by resident PlazaCo phtog Ginny Rodgers and then give us a call at 817-202-0600 or visit to reserve your seats.

A marvelous review of FOOTLOOSE from Paul Gnadt of The Star Group

FOOTLOOSE is playing at PlazaCo thru August 4th. While every performance this weekend is Sold Out, there are still seats for every performance the last two weekends. We highly recommend reservations as soon as possible if you plan to attend. Call 817-202-0600 or visit to reserve. Now read on for a great review of FOOTLOOSE from Paul Gnadt of The Star Group Newspapers.

Hoof it to the Plaza to see ‘Footloose, the Musical’

By Paul Gnadt

Those people jumping on car rooftops to strike a defiant pose with one fist raised skyward and dancing down the sidewalk with a double leg vault over the fire hydrant aren’t nuts, they’ve just seen Plaza Theatre Company’s “Footloose, the Musical,” playing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 4 at the Plaza Theatre in Cleburne.
Featuring the PTC debut of two lead actors, dozens of young dancers from the theatre’s summer camp, and the multiple talents of the Barrus family — cofounders of PTC — “Footloose” is a fun evening at the theatre.

And predictable. There is no suspense and not much drama, just good songs and good dancing; exactly what a musical is supposed to be.

The impact of the Barrus bunch is big. Husband and wife JaceSon and Tina are the co-directors, JaceSon designed the sets and plays the part of Clark, the high school principal; Tina designed the costumes; oldest daughter Tabitha is the choreographer and is double cast in the female lead; oldest son Parker plays the shy and socially backward Willard who — predictably — goes from wallflower to wildflower (his version of “Mama Says” is a good one); daughters Eden and Miranda have faces-in-the-crowd supporting roles, youngest son Cameron plays a tag-a-long kid; nephew Nigel plays a high school student and niece Chloe is another tag-a-long.

The show is the debut of Jace Bachman as Ren, and Kelsey Wooldridge as Ariel (the part double cast with Tabitha Barrus in the role Fridays and for the Saturday matinee.) PTC regulars already know Barrus can sing, dance and act, and now we know Wooldridge can, too. Only a senior at North Crowley High School, she has a stage presence beyond her years.

Bachman, too, brings a self confidence and some incredible dance moves to the part. The entire cast seems to play off of his energy. Bachman plays Ren, a Chicago street-wise teen who moves with his mom to her sister’s place in Bomont, Texas, after the dad walks out of the home.

He is immediately at odds with his schoolmates and townsfolk, whose spiritual life is overseen by the influential local minister Rev. Shaw Moore, played by the veteran and versatile Jay Lewis. It’s also a family affair for Lewis, too, as his wife, Shauna, plays the wife of the family who takes in Ren and his mom, and the Lewis’s son, John, plays the coach who kicks Ren off the tumbling team.

Ren breaks out in song and dance with “I Can’t Stand Still,” but is shocked to learn dancing is not allowed in town, a decision resulting from a car accident five years ago in which four local teens died, one of whom was the pastor’s son.

Because the teens were returning from a dance, the pastor used his considerable influence to ban dancing. The pastor’s daughter, Ariel, (Wooldridge and Tabitha Barrus), however, is rebellious and sneaks out with her bad-boy biker boyfriend Chuck (PTC regular Daniel Robinson) to attend dances, which heightens tension in the home and leads to two introspective songs, “Learning to be Silent,” and “Heaven Help Me.”

When Ren walks Ariel home after she has a fight with Chuck and the pastor sees them, he forbids her to see Ren again, calling him a troublemaker.

PTC veteran Darcy Farrington is Vi, the pastor’s wife, who tries to tell her husband (“Can you Find it in Your Heart”) he is consumed by anger over the death of their son and has allowed his anger to ruin his relationship with Ariel and threaten their marriage.

Ren and his teen bopper buddies head to out of town dances, where Willard gains self-confidence and everyone dances to a really good song called “Can You Find it in Your Heart?” performed by Emily Warwick . Ren takes the issue of dancing to the town council, who supports the dancing ban because the pastor told them how to vote.

When Ren figures out the pastor’s behind-the-scenes influence, he meets him privately at the church. It’s the pastor facing the son he lost versus the teen confronting the father he never had. But the meeting doesn’t go well and Shaw throws Ren out of the church.

Disappointed in himself, the pastor realizes the pain over his son’s death has controlled his life. He changes his mind and announces that dancing is OK.

With music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, based originally on a movie screenplay by Pitchford, with music directed by Caryn Martin and amazing sound and light design by G. Aaron Siler, “Footloose, the Musical” plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and  3 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 4 at the Plaza Theatre, 111. S. Main St., in Cleburne.

Tickets — $15 for adults, $13 for age 65 and high school or college students, and $12 for children age 12 and under — are on sale from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the box office or online at Phone 817-202-0600.

Audition Notice: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at Plaza Theatre Company

Arsenic and Old Lace

July 16th

Directed by Ben Phillips
Stage Management by Emily Warwick

Callbacks are Tuesday, July 17th from 7-10pm.

Auditions are by appointment only!

An appointment for this audition can be made by visiting: Arsenic and Old Lace Audition Appointments

Auditioners will be asked to read cold from selected portions of the script provided at the audition. Each auditioner should plan to spend about five minutes auditioning for the Director. A call back audition will be held on Tuesday July 17th, 7 to 10pm. Those auditioners who the director wishes to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to three hours time.

This classic play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt, and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein. Because of this streak of insanity in his family, Mortimer believes he musn’t marry and carry on the family line, until a late reprieve saves the day. A lively comic masterpiece.

Written by Joseph Kesselring

Plaza Theatre Company is a 158 seat theatre-in-the-round located at 111 S. Main in Cleburne, TX. The Company produces 10 shows a year usually in the style of family-friendly comedies and musicals. PlazaCo opened in November of 2006 and is currently producing it’s 49th show. The Company has been the proud recipient of over 37 Column Awards including winning “Best Musical” in 2009 and 2010  in addition to recently being named “Best Theatre Group” by the WFAA A-List for 2011. Further information about PlazaCo is available by visiting



Mortimer Brewster, Male, 25 to 30, The slightly neurotic nephew to Abby and Martha Brewster, who most come face to face with his maniac brother, Jonathon.

Elaine Harper, Female, 20’s, Mortimer’s pretty, independent girlfriend.

Abby Brewster, Female, 50 +, One of the two insane “Brewster aunts,” who believes murdering lonely old men to be an act of charity.

Martha Brewster, Female, 50 +, The other insane “Brewster aunt,” who serves as Abby’s partner in crime.

Jonathon Brewster, Male, 40 +, Mortimer’s evil, maniac brother, who, because of numerous plastic surgeries, bears a striking resemblance to Boris Karloff.

Dr. Einstein, Male, 40 +, Jonathon’s partner in crime, who hopes that they will be able to turn the Brewster house into an evil laboratory.

Teddy Brewster, Male, 40’s, The kindhearted brother to Mortimer and Jonathon–who honestly believes that he is President Theodore Roosevelt.

Mr. Witherspoon, Male, 40 +, The caretaker of Happy Dale Sanitarium. May double with Mr. Gibbs.

Officer O’Hara, Male, 20 +, The determined police officer who is also an aspiring playwright.

Lieutenant Rooney, Male, 35 +, A police officer who aids Mortimer in his fight against Jonathon.

Mr. Gibbs, Male, 50 +, A lonely little old man who nearly falls victim to the aunts’ charity. May double with Mr. Witherspoon.

Reverend Dr. Harper, Male, 50’s, Father to Elaine Harper; The minister who runs the church next door to the Brewster house.

Officer Brophy and Officer Klein, Male, 18-35, Officers who make their rounds collecting Christmas toys, and aid Mortimer in his fight against Jonathon.

Added performances of FOOTLOOSE, Opening week for PLAZA AFTER HOURS, the official FOREVER PLAID Cast List and dates for SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK JR. LIVE

Demand for seats to see FOOTLOOSE has been overwhelming. Never before have we Sold Out every seat of our first two weekends of a show. Additionally, every show this weekend (July 12, 13 and 14) is already Sold Out. To accommodate this demand, we are adding performances on Saturdays at 12 noon. These added dates are: Saturday July 14th, Saturday July 28th, and Saturday August 4th. These shows have just been added, so great seats are available right now. Call 817-202-0600 or visit for seats to these added shows.

We are so very excited to be offering a PLAZA AFTER HOURS series starting this Friday night at 10:30pm. Our first Plaza After Hours production will be the outlandish and hilarious THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged). The show is simply pure fun as 3 men perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s in 90 minutes. And believe us when we tell you, this a’int your father’s Shakespeare. Come on out for a very original evening of theatre at PlazaCo. 817-202-0600 or visit to reserve.

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce the official Cast List for it’s upcoming production FOREVER PLAID. The play is being directed by Kyle and Megan Adams with Choreography by Megan Adams and Musical Direction by Cheri Mega. The Cast is:

Frankie – Andrew Trites
Jinx – Andrew Guzman
Sparky – Kyle Adams
Smudge – Matt Sacy

FOREVER PLAID will open on Friday August 10th and play through Saturday September 8th on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday afternoons at 3pm. Tickets are available by calling the PlazaCo Box Office at 817-202-0600 or by visiting

Our youth summer Show Camp is going full blast here at Plaza Academy. 70 students ages 8 to 12 are taking part in an intensive 2 week camp where they’re also preparing to present SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK JR. LIVE! The students will then be presenting this show opening at 12:30 on Saturday July 21st and continue by playing two shows a day Monday July 23rd, Tuesday July 24th and Wednesday July 25th at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The show lasts one hour and is one the whole family will absolutely LOVE! All seats are $7.50 and can be reserved by calling 817-202-0600 or by visiting and clicking ‘Online Tickets’.

Summer is always amazing at PlazaCo. Come join the fun – we can’t wait to see you!