Archive for August, 2012

2013 Season Ticket Renewal INFORMATION

There is information below for both current Season Ticket Holders as well as for those who are wishing to become Season Ticket Holders. Read on for Renewal AND for first time buyer information:

Current Season Ticket Renewals Information

As a 2012 Season Ticket holder, you get the month of September to secure your season ticket before they are open to the general public in October. To renew your Season Ticket, you must fill out the renewal form and return it to the Plaza box office. We will begin accepting renewal forms when our box office opens at 10 AM Tuesday, September 4th (the day after Labor Day).

This year we are making it easier than ever to renew your season ticket. We have two convenient options:

OPTION 1:  Pick your dates and seats later on.
Do you just want to secure your Season Ticket and pick your dates later?  Then you can renew via:
– Online at http://www.plaza-theatre.com and clicking on “Online Tickets”.       (This is only available if you are not choosing specific dates or seats.)
– Telephone (with Visa, Mastercard or Discover).  817-202-0600
– In person at the Plaza Box Office during business hours (with Cash, Check or Card)

OPTION 2: Pick your dates and seats now.
If you wish to choose specific seats and dates when you renew your season ticket, simply fill out the form on the back of this page and either return it to the Plaza Box Office by mail, or bring it by during business hours. We will process renewals in the order we receive them and never in person.
If you feel you must choose specific seats, please offer flexibility on dates. For example, offer us a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of dates you desire. Alternately, if you must have certain dates, please be flexible in the seats you will accept. Again, offer us a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of seating areas.

PLEASE NOTE – During the month of September, we will ONLY process Season Ticket renewals through the use of the renewal form, unless you are simply buying the Season Ticket without choosing specific seats and dates. WE WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR FORM OVER THE PHONE OR IN PERSON. After we process your form we will mail you a detailed receipt with your dates and seating assignments.

First Time Season Ticket Buyers

We will begin accepting General Public (First Time Buyers) on October 2nd. You can reserve in person, in the Box Office or online at www.plaza-theatre.com. Once we have reached 1,200 Season Ticket Holders for our 2013 Season, we will stop selling the Season Ticket. So if you plan to become a 2013 Season Ticket Holder, we recommend purchasing as soon as you possible.

Plaza Theatre Company’s 2013 Season of Shows (click the title for more info)

SEE HOW THEY RUN – December 31st thru January 26th (Auditions November 5th, 2012)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – February 1st thru March 9th (Auditions December 3rd and 4th, 2012)

[TITLE OF SHOW] APROPOS – March 15th thru April 13th (Auditions January 7th and 8th)

PILLOW TALK – April 19th thru May 11th (Auditions February 19th)

DIRTY, ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – May 17th thru June 22nd (Auditions March 18th and 19th)

BYE, BYE BIRDIE – June 28th thru August 3rd (Auditions April 22nd and 23rd)

MAN OF LA MANCHA – August 9th thru September 7th (Auditions June 3rd and 4th)

DEAR RUTH – September 13th thru October 5th (Auditions July 9th )

CLUE the MUSICAL – October 11th thru November 9th (Auditions August 19th and 20th)

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS – November 15th thru December 23rd (Auditions September 16th and 17th)

Audition Notice: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Plaza Theatre Company

September 17th or 18th between the hours of 7pm and 10pm

Plaza Theatre Company – 111 S. Main St, Cleburne, TX

Auditions are by appointment only. Audition appointments can be made here or by calling the Plaza Theatre Box Office at 817-202-0600. The audition will be held at Plaza Academy at 221 S. Mill Street (1 block from the theatre)

Click here to make an audition appointment

The show will be Directed by JaceSon & Tina Barrus with Musical Direction by Soni Barrus, Choreography by Tabitha Barrus and Stage Management by Stefanie Glenn.

AUDITION INFORMATION
Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of music in the style of traditional Christmas Carols that will best display their vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, auditioners will be asked to read cold from the script during the initial audition. The directors will spend around 5 to 10 minutes with each individual auditioner at this initial audition.
A call back audition will be held on Saturday September 22nd at 9am. Those auditioners who the Directors wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 4 hours time. PLEASE REFER TO THE PLAZA AUDITION GUIDELINES AS WELL AS THE PLAZA AUDITION CREDO WHEN PREPARING YOUR AUDITION FOR A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The guidelines and Credo can be found at plaza-theatre.com/auditions

PRODUCTION INFORMATION
The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on November 26th and playing through December 23rd. Rehearsals will commence on October 11th and take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings till opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

SHOW INFORMATION
Plaza Theatre Company’s bi-annual production of this timeless Christmas tale is back again for 2012. You’ll thrill to our original adaptation of this majestic story of change and forgiveness as the cantankerous Scrooge sees his life from the past, present and future. A wonderful holiday event for the whole family!

ABOUT THE THEATRE
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 57th 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 www.plaza-theatre.com

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Ebenezer Scrooge, Male 50+
Scrooge’s Nephew Fred, Dickens, Male 30+
Bob Cratchit, Male 40+
Mrs. Cratchit, Female 40+
Tiny Tim Cratchit, Boy 5-6
Peter Cratchit / Boy Scrooge, Boy 13-14
Belinda Cratchit / Little Fan, Girl 10-11
Katherine Cratchit, Girl 6-7
Frederick Cratchit, Boy 8-9
Charity Man 1 / Alfred (Double Quartet Tenor), Male 25+
Charity Man 2 / Augustus (Double Quartet Bass), Male 40+
The Ghost of Christmas Past, Turkey Boy, Girl 9-11
Jacob Marley / Undertaker, Male 30+
Teen Scrooge, Teen Male 16-18
Dick Wilkins, Teen Male 16-18
Mr. Fezziwig / Walter (Double Quartet Bass), Male 40+
Mrs. Fezziwig, Female 40+
Elizabeth Fezziwig / Martha Cratchit, Teen Female 16-18
Belle / Fanny (Double Quartet Alto), Female, Early to Mid 20’s
Young Scrooge / Topper (Double Quartet Tenor)
The Ghost of Christmas Future, Male Early to Mid 20’s
The Ghost of Christmas Present / Old Joe, Male 40+
Fred’s Wife, Female 40’s
Topper’s Girl (Double Quartet Soprano), Female Mid 20’s
Georgiana / Charwoman (Double Quartet Alto), Female 20+
Letitia / Laundress (Double Quartet Soprano), Female 20+

Plaza Theatre Company Announces its Official Cast List for RAGTIME

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to make the official casting announcement for its upcoming production of RAGTIME.

PRODUCTION STAFF:

Directors: Milette Siler (COLUMN subscriber, nominee) & G. Aaron Siler (multiple COLUMN award winner, COLUMN Board of Directors Member)
Music Direction: Bree Cockerell (COLUMN nominee)
Stage Management: Lindsay Hardisty (COLUMN winner)
Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah Midkiff

CAST:

Coalhouse: Major Attaway
Sarah: Chimberly Carter Byrom
Mother: Daron Cockerell
Father: JaceSon P. Barrus
Tateh: Dennis Yslas
Younger Brother: Jonathan Metting
Little Boy: David Midkiff, Henry Cawood
Emma Goldman: Heather Morrill
Henry Ford / Reporter 1: Doug Henry
J.P. Morgan / Judge: Burl Proctor
Booker T. Washington / soloist 1: Ecko Wilson
Sarah’s Friend: Whitney Latrice Coulter
Evelyn Nesbit/ Soloist 1: Elicia Lynn Gantverg
Grandfather: Jay Cornils
Little Girl: Miranda Barrus, Eden Barrus
Houdini / Fireman buddy: Auston McIntosh
Admiral Perry/Tateh’s Customer/Willie Conklin: Luke Hunt
Kathleen: Stacey King
Welfare Official: Jennifer Orcutt
Brigit: Cherie Robinson
Jury Foreman: Kristi Taylor
Second Bureaucrat: Keli Price
Chorine / Baron’s Assistant: Cessany Ford
Chorine: Chelsea Manning
Chorine: Tabitha Barrus, Fatima Rodriguez
Sob Sister: Emily Warwick
Town Hall Bureaucrat / Sob Sister: Stefani Glenn
Immigrant Woman: RuthAnn Warwick
Immigrant Woman: Sarah Morton
Person of New Rochelle: Micah King, Dora Hunt
Conductor / Fireman buddy 2: Daniel Scott Robinson
Charles S. Whitman/ Reporter 3: David Phillips
Policeman: Michael Sorter
Reporter 2 / Newsboy 1: Joshua Cummins
Newsboy 2: Jordan Price, Hayden Cawood
Newsboy 3: Levi King
Male Soloist 2 / Coalhouse Follower / Henson: Lloyd Ekpo
Female Soloist 2 / Follower 2: TBA
Female Soloist 3 / Follower 3: TBA

The directors are still looking for two african american women to fill soloist roles. If interested please contact the box office at 817-202-0600.

Plaza Theatre Company’s Official 2013 Season of Plays

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce the official lineup of shows for its 2013 season. This message will supersede any previous announcement regarding the 2013 Season at PlazaCo. PTC will once again be presenting 10 productions in 2013 – seven musicals and three comedies. The full line-up is listed below:

As you can see, the second show of the year isn’t listed. That’s not because we’re keeping a secret – it’s because our contract doesn’t permit us to advertise the show outside of 25 miles from Cleburne EXCEPT for on our website. You can visit the Plaza Theatre website at www.plaza-theatre.com and check the calendar to see the title in the second slot.

The dates of the 10 productions are as follows:

SEE HOW THEY RUN – December 31st thru January 26th (Auditions November 5th, 2012)

THE UNLISTED PRODUCTION – February 1st thru March 9th (Auditions December 3rd and 4th, 2012)

[TITLE OF SHOW] APROPOS – March 15th thru April 13th (Auditions January 7th and 8th)

PILLOW TALK – April 19th thru May 11th (Auditions February 19th)

DIRTY, ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – May 17th thru June 22nd (Auditions March 18th and 19th)

BYE, BYE BIRDIE – June 28th thru August 3rd (Auditions April 22nd and 23rd)

MAN OF LA MANCHA – August 9th thru September 7th (Auditions June 3rd and 4th)

DEAR RUTH – September 13th thru October 5th (Auditions July 9th )

CLUE the MUSICAL – October 11th thru November 9th (Auditions August 19th and 20th)

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS – November 15th thru December 23rd (Auditions September 16th and 17th)

The Directors and Production Teams for these productions have not been finalized and will be announced at a later date.

2013 will be an eclectic mix of both classic and modern material at Plaza Theatre Company – and we couldn’t be more excited about what the season will bring. Current 2012 Season Ticket holders will be able to begin renewing their Season Tickets for 2013 on Monday September 3rd at 10am. The general public may begin purchasing Season Tickets for 2013 on Monday October 8th.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2013 and hope you’ll join us for this outstanding season of shows.

~ The PlazaCo Staff

The Star Group Newspapers Review of FOREVER PLAID

Our patrons are loving FOREVER PLAID. Every night so many stream past on the way out the door saying something like “this is the best one yet”. We are so proud of the hard work, dedication and excellence put in by this charming group of performers, musicians and crew. If you haven’t yet made plans to attend – DON’T WAIT! This weekends shows are nearly full and the rest are filling fast. Call us at 817-202-0600 or visit www.plaza-theatre.com to get your seats.

Now read what critic Paul Gnadt of The Star Group Newspapers thought of the show:

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FOREVER PLAID at Plaza Theatre Company
by Paul Gnadt of The Star Group Newspapers

Great songs from the past, side-splitting physical funny stuff and pleasing four-part harmony are the fabric that make “Forever Plaid” — the current production of the Plaza Theatre Company — one of the most popular community theater productions of all time.

As you would expect, PTC nails it, weaving together the right cast, clever staging and creative props in this trip down the musical memory lane of every Baby Boomer who ever put a nickle in the Jukebox.

Plaza favorites Kyle Adams (“Smoke on the Mountain,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and Andrew Guzman (“Smoke on the Mountain,” “Fiddler on the Roof”) are back and brought their excellent singing voices with them. They’re joined by PTC rookies Andrew Trites and Matt Sacy, whose stage presence belies the fact that this is their first time with the PTC.

The individual facial expressions and timing as a foursome in the physically demanding comic routines is right on.
But it’s the songs that are the foundation of the show, and the quartet is absolutely outstanding as they sing 20 oldies but greaties favorites — sometimes one right after another — many accompanied by hilarious sight gags.

If you grew up with the music of the Four Freshmen, the Lettermen, the Hi-Lo’s or the Four Aces, then you already know the words to “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Moments to Remember,” “No Not Much,” and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.”

The boys are accompanied by live music, provided by musical director Cheri Dee Mega on piano, Mike Melody on bass  and Parker Barrus on drums.

The songs are great, and alone would be worth the price of admission, so it’s a bonus that there’s a plot and story line, too.

Basically, it’s this: The Plaids are a four-man harmony group of high school buddies — Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge — who in 1962 were on their way to play the Fuselounge at the airport in Pittsburgh, Pa., when their cherry-red Mercury convertible was broadsided by a bus full of Catholic schoolgirls on their way to New York City to see The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The girls survive but the boys are killed. Because the planets are aligned just right, original writer, director and choreographer Stuart Ross brings the boys back to earth to give one last concert. What we see is that show.

Fortunately for us, The Plaids sing much better in death than they did in life.

They all have after-school jobs, which allows some seriousness when first tenor Jinx (Guzman), who works in hardware and has frequent nosebleeds, and Frankie (Trites) who works in plumbing accessories, talk about life at home. The others, baritone Sparky (Adams, who also manages to direct along with his wife, Megan) sells dresses and bass Smudge (Sacy) sells building supplies. It all means they were four regular, non-athletic guys who found out they could sort of sing and their dream was to make it as a quartet.

Each is featured in at least one song, but for the most part, it’s the quartet singing and sounding like quartets are supposed to.

One problem: the hand-held microphones are props. The real mics are taped to each actor’s face and, with all the physical comedy and choreography, don’t always pick up the full sound. I’d rather hear the excellent voices at full volume than have them sometimes muffled by the action.

I had difficulty hearing Sacy on a couple of numbers, especially on “Sixteen Tons,” one of his featured numbers.

One more thing: On a few numbers, they strayed from the original melody and added a new route. You know, like those singers who “make it their own” and add their ending to the national anthem. Not good. The crowd attracted to Plaid doesn’t want anyone to mess with the ending of “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.” My research reveals that “musical continuity and arrangements” by James Raitt means songs and choreography and to remain just as he originally intended. So sing it the way it was written.

That’s easy to correct. What’s hard to forget is the audience participation in the Calypso number and one of the funniest three minutes in theater when The Plaids recreate the Ed Sullivan Show.

If you’re old enough to remember watching Sullivan with your folks on black and white TV, then you’ll recall Sullivan’s guests such as José Jimenez, Señor Wences, the singing nun, the trained seal and other guests that pass by in a flash.

There’s some irony here, too, because it was the Beatles who more or less brought an end to The Plaids style of music as the British Invasion of groups such as Herman’s Hermits, the Dave Clark Five and many others swept The Lettermen and their types off the charts.

But that was a long time ago.

As for today, treat yourself to an evening of good music, parent-friendly humor and relaxing fun and don’t miss “Forever Plaid.”

With stage management and light design by Cameron Barrus, costumes by Tina Barrus, sound design by G. Aaron Siler and set design by JaceSon Barrus, “Forever Plaid” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 8.

Tickets — $15 for adults, $13 for those age 65 older and high school or college students and $12 for age 12 and under — can be purchased from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the PTC box office at 111 S. Main St., in Cleburne or with credit card by calling 817-202-0600.

FOREVER PLAID is Now Playing at PlazaCo – A Study in Plaid

NOW PLAYING on the PlazaCo stage thru September 8th – the charming, funny, romantic musical comedy FOREVER PLAID!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

On their way to their first big concert, a singing quartet of young men – The Plaids – are killed in a car accident. Due to the alignment of space and time, The Plaids are able to return to Earth for one final concert. In between telling the stories of their lives, The Plaids perform some of the greatest hits from the 1950’s and 60’s including “Three Coins in a Fountain”, “Shangri-La”, “Crazy ’bout Ya Baby” and “Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing”. Once they’ve performed their one great show, The Plaid’s happily resume their journey back to Heaven.

WHEN DOES IT PLAY?

The show plays every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees every Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

HOW DO I GET TICKETS?

Reservations can be made by calling the Plaza Box Office at 817-202-0600 between 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday OR by visiting www.plaza-theatre.com ANYTIME.

MEET THE CAST & CREW

ANDREW GUZMAN (Jinx)
ANDREW GUZMAN (JINX) Andrew Guzman is thrilled to be back on the Plaza stage in Forever Plaid!!! Some of Andrew’s favorite roles include: Angier Duke from MILLIONAIRE, Perchik from FIDDLER, Joseph from DREAMCOAT, Jose from POINTED TOES, among others.
ANDREW TRITES (Frances)
ANDREW TRITES (FRANCES) Andrew is honored to make FOREVER PLAID his debut appearance with the Plaza Theatre Company; the show’s signature four-part men’s harmony sound makes him reminisce about his days in Barbershop Quartet in high school and Men’s Glee Club in college. He has recently appeared on stage with Family Music Theatre at Cedar Valley College as Officer Pitman/The Major in TITANIC, Mr. Gloop in WILLY WONKA, Passarino/Chorus Captain in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and Mr. Bixby in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. Andrew, a graduate of the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!), is a Texas Transplant in his fourth year as choir director at Frank Seale Middle School in Midlothian, TX. He also “moonlights” as choir director at Hope Lutheran Church in Cedar Hill, TX. “Thanks to Megan, Kyle, and our esteemed producers for the opportunity to sing such great harmonies with this talented cast!”
KYLE ADAMS (Sparky)
KYLE ADAMS (SPARKY) Kyle is excited to be returning to the Plaza stage after a long hiatus during which he was establishing a family with his beautiful wife and new addition, baby Zoë! He is privileged to have been a part of the very first Plaza production of Man with the Pointed Toes in the makeshift theater at the Putt Putt. Since then he has been able to share many performances and milestones with Plaza such as performing in the opening show of the brand new theater back in 2008. His shows include Charlie Brown (Linus), Oklahoma! (Curly), Man With The Pointed Toes (Tom, Lem), The Secret Garden (Fakir), See How They Run (Clive), Smoke on the Mountain (Oglethorpe), Aida (Radames), Singin in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Beau Jest (Dave-Bob), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Into the Woods (Repunzel’s Prince). He would like to thank team JTAM for his first directorial opportunity with Megan, and, of course, the guys for making it an overall pleasant experience! Here come the Plaids!
MATT SACY (Smudge)
MATT SACY (SMUDGE) This is a year of firsts for Matt-performing in his first production, learning to sing harmony, and being a Plaid; his most favorite thing!! Matt loves playing the guitar, leading worship at church and has enjoyed the friendships he has made during Forever Plaid. Matt would like to thank his family and friends for their amazing support and would also like to express his love for his Lord and Savior. Plaid life Rocks!!!
KYLE AND MEGAN ADAMS (Directors)
KYLE AND MEGAN ADAMS (DIRECTORS) Kyle and Megan have appeared on stage together and separately since they met in 2009, and are so excited to present to you their first directorial endeavor. While Megan is an old directorial pro, having taught high school and middle school theater for the past 7 years in Anna, Texas, GPISD, and now StoneGate Christian Academy, this is their directorial debut as a team. They would like to thank the guys for their enthusiasm and spirit which has made this a great first experience! They are excited to bring to you their first show and hope to have many more in the future. Go Team Adams!
CHERI DEE MEGA (Music Director, Pianist)
CHERI DEE MEGA (MUSIC DIRECTOR, PIANIST) Cheri is honored to have been a part of Plaza Theatre from its inception and is so excited to see its growth into the flourishing organization it has become. She has been the music director for many productions here, including all of the SMOKE productions and she even tried her hand at acting as the Mother Abbess in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. She is grateful to her son, Curt, for getting her addicted to this theater hobby and to her husband, Brian, for his patience in enduring it. “JaceSon, Tina, Aaron and Milette; I’m so grateful to know you all and I am thankful for the opportunities you’ve given me here. I pray for your continued success.” “Thank you to Kyle and Megan and Zoe for the rides and fun in the car on the way.” “Thank you to my Lord, Jesus for life and family and friends. All glory be to Him.”
MIKE MEDLEY (Uncle Chester, Bass)
MIKE MEDLEY (UNCLE CHESTER, BASS) We are glad to have Mike back again for FOREVER PLAID. You may recognize Mike since he has played with the Sanders Family for the past two productions of the SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN series. He and his wife moved to Burleson in May 2008. Before that, he was a band director, private instrumental instructor and performer in the SW Houston area. He is a multi-instrumentalist trained in classical and jazz. For his last seven years in Houston, he was the electric/acoustic bassist, tubist and associate conductor for The Masquerade Theatre, resident company in the Hobby Center in downtown Houston. Currently, he teaches flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trombone, euphonium, tuba and electric bass in Crowley and Forney ISDs, and the German Band of North Texas on oboe/English horn and flute. He is also a faculty member of Mountain Valley Studios in Joshua, teaching woodwinds and brasses.
PARKER BARRUS (Percussion)
PARKER BARRUS (PERCUSSION) has been in a few shows here at Plaza. You may remember him as Willard Hewitt in our recent production of FOOTLOOSE or as Frank Gilbreth in CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. He has also played as Raymond in KISS AND TELL, The Washing Machine in CASH ON DELIVERY, Fredrich in SOUND OF MUSIC, and Collin in THE SECRET GARDEN. Several years ago he also played Ruby Sideburns in the Lolly-Pup’s Roundup show BLACKBEARDS BIRTHDAY BASH. Park is an inventor (better keep an eye on the blue tape) and a professional big brother. He sends loves to Tabby, Cam, Edie, Mimi, and JJ.
CAMERON BARRUS (Stage Manager)
CAMERON BARRUS (STAGE MANAGER) Even though Cameron has done MANY things here at Plaza this is his first time to be a stage manager. Cameron recently played in FOOTLOOSE as ‘Tag-A-Long Kid’ Other past performances include Nelson in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Sling shot boy in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHER, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES As James Rogers BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as Chip, A CHRISTMAS CAROL as Fredrick, and SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL as a Who. in his spare time Cameron likes to design lights and play with Photoshop.

Plaza Academy’s Expanded Fall Semester Is Right Around The Corner

Plaza Academy has been a blazing success at Plaza Theatre Company. Since expanding the program into a new facility at the start of 2012, interest and attendance has skyrocketed. Our first full semester in the spring of 2012 culminated in a phenomenal recital and our Summer Camps (all 3 of them) were an extraordinary achievement by our students and teachers.

(The photos below are from the Spring 2012 Plaza Academy Showcase taken by photographer Ginny Rodgers.)

Dance, Sing, Act, INSPIRE!

Our Plaza Academy programs offer a variety of courses for youth ages 3 to 18. They include courses in a wide range of dance disciplines, vocal performance and acting with classes for every level of experience and ability. Our teachers are practiced at working with young people of all ages and bring a great deal of ability to the Academy.

Students will enjoy a 14 week program concluding with a recital performance called the Plaza Academy Showcase. To accommodate greater demand, we have added more classes for the Fall 2012 Semester.

Registration

Registration is simple and quick. Simply visit this link to get started: Plaza Academy Registration

Or you can call the Plaza Academy office at 817-202-0601 any time during regular business hours. You can also find out more information about Plaza Academy by visiting the Plaza Academy website

There are second student and second class discounts available as well as a simple payment plan. AND anyone registering before the 16th of August will have the $25 registration fee waived.

Classes and Descriptions

Below is an updated listing of available classes for the Fall 2012 Semester:

Beginning Show Stoppers

Age: 8-18
Instructor: Tabitha Barrus

Discover the magic of Musical Theatre in this introductory class. Focusing on dance and music, this course assists students in developing their performance skills. Students will join with the advanced Show Stoppers class in producing a short musical or musical revue! (60 mins)
Tuition: $175

Advanced Show Stoppers

Age: 8-18 (Teacher approved admission)
Instructor: Tabitha Barrus

Continuing to focus on dance and music, this course will inspire students to begin refining their Musical Theatre skills. As they work to produce their short musical or musical revue, the students will enjoy the challenge of advanced choreography, dialogue, harmony and character development. (90 mins)
Tuition: $225

Acting for Teens

Age: 11-18
Instructor: Camille Shaw

Teens will love our challenging, but fun, approach to acting. Focusing on a one-act play, students will grow in character development, script analysis and stage presence as they work to produce the show. (60 mins)
Tuition: $175

Vocal Performance

Age: 12-18
Instructor: Aaron Siler

Students will enjoy the encouraging atmosphere of this group style voice lesson. Technique is key as each student prepares a pop song of their choice. (60 mins)
Tuition: $175

Mini Dance Bugs

Age: 3-5

Instructor: Tabitha Barrus

Our youngest dancers will be introduced to the basic concepts of tap and ballet in this playful class. Students will learn beginning technique through simple songs, creative movement and rhythms. (45 mins)
Tuition: $175

Dance Bugs

Age: 6-7

Instructor: Tabitha Barrus

This tap/ballet combo introduces basic concepts and terms in a fun imaginative way. Students will learn basic terminology, short combinations and correct placement while nurturing the imaginative atmosphere. (45 mins)
Tuition: $175

Tap Stars

Age: 8-11

Instructor: Tabitha Barrus

As a Tap Star, students will have a blast putting the fundamentals of tap to work. Over the semester they will learn new steps, rhythms, patterns, and combinations in cute and fun routines. (60 mins)
Tuition: $175

Tappin’ Teens

Age: 12-18

Instructor: Tabitha Barrus

In this high-energy class, teens start with the basics to build solid tap technique in a fun and supportive environment. Students will incorporate steps, rhythms and combinations into routines, danced to some of their favorite music. (60 mins)
Tuition: $175

Ballet Stars

Age: 8-11

Instructor: Faith Brown

This is a class for students who are new or returning to ballet. Students will learn ballet fundamentals and terminology while developing strength, confidence, balance, and flexibility. (60 mins)
Tuition: $175

Ballet for Teens

Age: 12-18

Instructor: Faith Brown

Teens will enjoy learning the basics of ballet while developing confidence, mental concentration, physical coordination and grace. This is a class for students who are new or returning to ballet. (60 mins)
Tuition: $175

Audition Prep.

Age: 13+

Instructor: Tina Barrus

Covering different aspects and tips for auditioning, this course gives students the tools to feel more prepared and confident with auditioning. By the end of the 14 weeks students will have 2-4 songs and monologues prepared for auditioning. Students will also be assisted in preparing an audition book and resume. Head shots will be taken by a professional photographer as well. (60 min)
Tuition: $225 (includes headshots)

Private Lessons

Instructor: Various

Plaza academy offers private voice, acting, piano, and a variety of other musical instruments. Our qualified teachers will work one-on-one with your student, helping them learn and grow in their individual are of study.
(30-60 mins)
Tuition: Determined by Instructor

So what are you waiting for? Give us a call at 817-202-0601 or visit the Plaza Academy website today.

A fabulous review of THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

We are having a blast performing THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) during our late night “Plaza After Hours” series. The show plays Friday nights at 10:30pm and features some of the zaniest, craziest comedy ever presented on the Plaza stage. Starring Luke Hunt, JaceSon Barrus and Aaron Siler, the show is a wacky look at all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays presented in 97 minutes. But don’t just tske our word for it. Read this review of the show from Amy Wolff Sorter of The Star Group Newspapers:

THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
by Amy Wolff Sorter of The Star Group

At first blush, a show entitled “The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare” might be considered a daunting production to experience as an audience member. Attending just one Shakespeare play requires a lot of concentration and attention. Add to the fact the Plaza Theatre Company’s performance of the Bard’s entire offerings takes place at 10:30 p.m. Friday nights — after the main performance — and you might be forgiven in thinking this would be a marathon production of epic proportions, requiring from the audience (not to mention the actors) a great deal of stamina, coffee and energy shots.

But “The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare” isn’t your garden-variety Shakespeare production. For one thing, the word “abridged” is prominently displayed in the title, more as an afterthought than anything. Furthermore, this is a 90-minute show – there are few, if any, Shakespearean plays that can be performed in an hour and a half. Throw in the actors’ costumes, consisting of the perquisite frilly shirts and tights and topped off with athletic shorts and high-top sneakers, and you probably understand that this show is the furthest thing from daunting or typical from an audience point of view. It is, to put it mildly, hysterical.

“We wanted to do play this forever because we think it’s very funny,” said JaceSon P. Barrus, one of Plaza Theatre’s producers and an actor in the show. Written by The Reduced Shakespeare Company, the show was initially performed at a renaissance fair. It went over so well, it prompted this theater company to write, produce and tour shows about other “reduced” topics, such as the Bible and American history.

“The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare,” is a high-octane concept, filled with all kinds of antics and physical comedy, making it ideal for an “after hours” series, a concept Barrus said Plaza Theatre is working to develop. “There were some shows out there we wanted to do that were unique and different from our mainstream series, and we felt that an after-hours format would suit them better,” he commented, adding that one of the shows performed after hours last year was “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” “We don’t feel we can ask a large cast to do such a show, but something like ‘Shakespeare’ is reasonable,” he explained.

In the Plaza Theatre’s “Shakespeare” production, Barrus takes on the role of a self- proclaimed Preeminent Shakespeare Scholar (a designation apparently obtained online from http://www.preeminentshakespearscholar.com. Alongside him is G. Aaron Siler, who borrows his Shakespeare facts liberally from Google and Wikipedia. And attempting to hold it all together in rather bewildered fashion is straight man Luke Hunt. “Attempting” is about right – there is nothing “held together” about this show at all, which is what makes it so richly funny.

The cast roams its way through the Bard’s array of plays, imbibing free beer at Capulet’s feast in “Romeo and Juliet;” rapping its way through “Othello;” offering up “Titus Andronicus” as a TV cooking show and presenting Macbeth – as a golf match. All of this – and more — of this takes place during the first act. The second act is devoted solely to the skewering – uh, interesting interpretation – of “Hamlet.”

The threesome sets a comedic pace from the start that doesn’t allow theater-goers much time to catch a breath between guffaws. Slapstick abounds, along with terrific timing, line delivery and a good chunk of physicality. And when it comes to the fourth wall between performers and audience, fuggedaboutit.

The actors don’t just break that wall, they ram right through it at warp speed. Anyone concerned about a lack of audience interaction need not worry with this production.

If you’re interested in seeing a wacky spin put on some well-known, nay, famous plays; if you’re interested in experiencing the “splendor of the sonnet” while holding your sides in laughter; if you want to go back to a time during which “manly men can wear pink tights with pride,” as Preeminent Shakespearian Scholar Barrus puts it, plan to stay awake past your bedtime. Go see Barrus, Hunt and Siler present the entire works of Shakespeare . . . and prepare to be hugely entertained.

“The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will run at 10:30 p.m., Friday nights through August at Plaza Theatre Company, 111 S. Main St., Cleburne. For more information, call 817-202-0600 or log onto www.plaza-theatre.com.

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The show plays thru August 31st on Friday nights at 10:30m with one regular evening performance at 7:30pm on Tuesday August 28th. Tickets are available by visiting www.plaza-theatre.com or by calling 817-202-0600.

Audition Notice – RAGTIME at Plaza Theatre Company

August 20th and August 21st, 2012

Call backs are August 22nd, 7-10pm

Auditions held at the Plaza Academy Fine Arts & Dance Studio at:

221 S. Mill St., Cleburne, TX

Directed by G. Aaron and Milette Siler
Musical Director – Bree Cockerell
Stage Manager – Lindsay Hardisty

AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED:
Click here to make an audition appointment

All roles are available for Plaza Theatre Company’s upcoming production of RAGTIME. An open audition is being held at Plaza Theatre Company to cast the show on August 20-21, 2012. Auditions are by appointment only.

AUDITION PREPARATION:

Those who choose to audition are asked to come prepared to sing 16 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 backing track. A brief cold reading will also be required at the initial audition. A head shot and resume are requested.

To be considered for a principal role please prepare two contrasting songs, 16 bars each, in the style of the show with one up tempo and one ballad not from RAGTIME. You must bring sheet music or backing track.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

RAGTIME is a story about life in America at the beginning of the 20th century. The show illustrates poignant issues of the day – from immigration, racism and politics to industrialization and social upheaval. Historical figures intermingle with fictional characters. The show focuses on three families – one upper-middle class, white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, once socialist immigrant Jewish and one Harlem Black – whose intersecting lives are influenced by the Ragtime era’s social challenges. These interwoven stories of family, faith, and the desire for social justice are the make the fabric of an America just beginning to rise.

Based on the book “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctorow
Book by Terrance McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

ABOUT THE THEATRE:

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 55th show. The Company has been the proud recipient of over 37 Column Awards including winning “Best Musical” two years running 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 www.plaza-theatre.com

PRODUCTION INFORMATION:

RAGTIME will open at Plaza Theatre Company on October 12th and play thru November 10th, 2012. The show plays every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Rehearsals will commence on August 27th. Double casting of some roles MAY be available to accommodate scheduling.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

(all roles are available)

Principal Roles – 2 women/4 men

Mother: Caucasian, 25 – 40. Graceful and gracious on the surface, a product of the American upper class. Inside, however, there is spirit, compassion, intelligence and fierce independence; the Accidental Feminist. Also has a wonderful, playful relationship with her son and is always amused by him. Maintains a proper and dutiful relationship with her husband and discovers her own womanhood as the play progresses. Voice: Beautiful soprano with a strong belt (to C#). Low G – high F# (optional high B).

Coalhouse: African American man, early 20s – late 30s. A leading man of power, presence, edge, integrity and charisma. Coalhouse has a nobility and a ferocity we discover as his expectations of how he should be treated come into conflict with the reality of the experience of an African American man at the turn of the (20th) century. His final resort to violence is the climax of the story. Voice: Powerful, rich baritone with strong high notes. Low Ab – high A.

Tateh: Caucasian man, 30 – 45. Dynamic, leading/character man. Jewish immigrant. Challenges his old life and seeks a better one for his daughter. Even when it seems he is beaten by society, his innate strength and humor lift him up. Warm, funny, filled with life and passion; tenacious, a survivor and a very clever man. Voice: Baritone with good high notes. Low A – high F#.

Sarah: African American. 18 – 30. Lovely, passionate, headstrong, yet innocent, simple and quite shy. Acts on her emotions without thinking. Strong belter (to D) with a good mix. Voice: Low G – high F#.

Father: Caucasian, 30 – 45. A salesman; a good, proud, upstanding citizen. Represents the traditional views held by many turn-of-the-century Americans. After his return from his trip to the Arctic, he feels alienated from his family and his environment; he is baffled and befuddled by the new world. Voice: Baritone with good high notes: low A – high F#.

Younger Brother: Caucasian, 18 – 25. Idealistic and difficult, he searches for a sense of self. Obsessed with Evelyn Nesbit, he becomes embittered and depressed and soon becomes a Young Revolutionary and joins The Coalhouse Gang to fight injustice. Voice: Strong tenor. Low B – high G#.

Supporting Roles – 2 children/3 women/5 men

ALL SUPPORTING ROLES HAVE SIGNIFICANT SOLO SINGING AND SPOKEN DIALOGUE.
SEEKING STRONG ACTOR/SINGERS

Little Boy: Caucasian. Seeking actor age 8 – 12 to play age 10. Should be between 4’5″ and 4’10”. Precocious, intelligent, observant and curious, the Little Boy is constantly learning about the world around him. He is prescient—seems to know things before they happen. Actor must have excellent diction! Voice: not yet changed. Middle C up to D (full voice).

Little Girl: Eastern European, Caucasian. Seeking actress age 10 – 14 to play age 10 – 12. Character is appealing, fragile, earnest. Voice: Middle C up to C#.

Grandfather: Caucasian, 50s – 60s. Feisty, upper-class old gentleman. Baritone.

Evelyn Nesbit: Caucasian, 20s. Pretty, sexy, self-aware. Needs to be truly funny. The iconic symbol of sex and beauty at the turn of the (20th) century. Soprano.

Houdini: Caucasian, 20s – early 30s. Magician and performer. Sly sense of magic and charisma. Immigrant raised in the Midwest. Baritone.

Henry Ford: Caucasian, 30s – early 40s. Inventor. Lanky. Folksy. Full of himself. Tenor.

J. P. Morgan: Caucasian, late 30s – 50s. Incredibly wealthy financier. Portly. Pompous, blustering. Baritone.

Emma Goldman: Caucasian, early 30s – early 40s. Anarchist and social activist. Earthy, warm, ironic, full-voiced. Alto.

Willie Conklin: Caucasian, late 20s – mid 30s. Fire Chief Conklin acts hostilely toward Coalhouse, and is ultimately forced out of New Rochelle. Must have a certain amount of joviality and humor, with the menace simmering underneath. Baritone.

Booker T. Washington: African American, early 30s – early 40s. Well-educated orator and leader who preaches friendship and cooperation between whites and blacks as essential to the success of blacks in America. Baritone.

Sarah’s Friend: African American, late 20s – mid 30s. Warm, soulful gospel singer/actress who plaintively and ferociously leads the Harlem Ensemble during Sarah’s funeral. Then becomes a domestic to the New Rochelle family.

Ensemble Roles – 11 women / 12 men
A dancing ensemble will be cast from within the ensemble

Women of the ensemble (possible doubling)

Kathleen ( 5 lines, female)
Welfare Official (2 lines, Female)
Brigit/ Baron’s Assistant (5 lines, Female)
Houdini’s Mother/ Mrs. Whitstein (2 lines, Female)
Jury Foreman/ Second Bureaucrat (2 lines, Female)
Reporter/ White Lawyer (4 lines, Female)
Newsboy #1 (2 lines, Young Female)
Newsboy #3 (2 lines, Young Female)
Female Soloist 1/ Harlem Woman ( 7 lines, Female)
Female Soloist 2/ Follower 2 ( 2 lines, Female)
Female Soloist 3 / Follower 3 ( 2 lines, Female)

Men of the ensemble (possible doubling)

Conductor/ Charles S. Whitman (11 lines, Male)
Admiral Peary/ Town Hall Bureaucrat/ Fan 2 (11 lines, Male)
Willie Conklin’s Fireman buddy/ Policeman 1 (10 lines, Male)
Stanford White/ Tateh’s Customer/Baseball Fan 1(9 lines, Male)
Reporter/ Fan 4 (5 lines, Male)
Harry K. Thaw/ Judge/ Umpire (4 lines, Male)
Doctor/ Policeman 2 (2 lines, Male)
Newsboy #2 (2 lines, Young Male)
Matthew Henson/ Clerk/ Fan 3 (5 lines, Male)
Male Soloist 1/ Harlem Man ( 9 lines, Male)
Male Soloist 2/ Coalhouse Follower (9 lines, Male)
Male Soloist 3/ Lawyer/ Follower 1 (4 lines, Male)