Archive for January, 2015

Audition Notice for KISS & TELL at Plaza Theatre Company

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Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce open auditions for its upcoming production of KISS AND TELL. The initial audition is being held on Tuesday, Feb 10 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Audition appointments are available by calling the Plaza Box Office at 817-202-0600 or by visiting www.plaza-theatre.com and clicking “Auditions”.

The audition will be held at Plaza Academy which is located at 221 S. Mill Street in Cleburne about 1 block from Plaza Theatre Company. The show will be directed by JaceSon P. Barrus with stage management by JoAnn Gracey.

AUDITION INFORMATION
Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to read cold from the script during the initial audition. The directors may ask for additional character interpretation at this initial audition and will spend around 5 minutes with each individual performer at this initial audition.

A call back audition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14th from 9am to 12pm. Those who the Directors wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition. PLEASE REFER TO THE PLAZA AUDITION GUIDELINES AS WELL AS THE PLAZA AUDITION CREDO WHEN PREPARING YOUR AUDITION. 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 April 24th and playing thru May 16th. Rehearsals will usually take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings until opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

SHOW INFORMATION
This WW2 comedy tells of 15 year old Corliss Archer who is a trial and a delight to her family, but she can’t stand not being grown up. She flirts with soldiers and schemes to make a date with one – all to the horror of her neighbor and one-time boyfriend Dexter. When an outrageous feud erupts between the two families, how will Corliss make it right?

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 72nd show. The Company has been the proud recipient of over 46 Column Awards including winning “Best Musical” in 2009, 2010 and 2012 in addition to recently being named “Best Theatre Group” by the WFAA A-List for 2011. Further information about PlazaCo is available by visiting http://www.plaza-theatre.com/

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Mr. Willard, a house painter

Louise, the Archers’ maid

Corliss Archer, going on sixteen

Raymond Pringle, aged twelve

Mildred Pringle, going on eighteen

Dexter Franklin, seventeen-the boy next door

Janet Archer, Corliss’ mother

Harry Archer, Corliss’ father

Private Earhart

Lieut. Lenny Archer, Corliss’ brother, aged twenty

Mary Franklin, Dexter’s mother

Bill Franklin, Dexter’s father

Dorothy Pringle, Mildred’s mother

Uncle George, Corliss’ uncle

Robert Pringle, Mildred’s father

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Casting Announcement: 42ND STREET at Plaza Theatre Company

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Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce the official cast list for its upcoming production of 42ND STREET which will play at PlazaCo from March 13th thru April 18th. The show will be under the direction of Jay Lewis with musical direction by Doug Henry, choreography by Tabitha Barrus and assistant choreography by Rachel Browning with Stephanie Cessna as dance captain and Nathan Glenn as stage manager. Plaza producers wish to thank all who auditioned for the show. Some roles are double cast and are noted in the cast list below.

Dorothy Brock – Rachel Hunt
Peggy Sawyer – Tabitha Barrus
Maggie Jones – Stefanie Glenn / Stacey Greenawalt
Ann Reilly – Stephanie Cessna / Cessany Ford
Julian Marsh – Luke Hunt
Billy Lawlor – Jonathan Metting
Bert Barry – JaceSon Barrus
Phyllis Dale – Monica Glenn
Lorraine Fleming – Katherine Balaban / Kelly Nickel
Andy Lee – Nolan Moralez
Pat Denning – Jay Lewis
Abner Dillon – Jay Cornils
Oscar – Parker Barrus
Mac – Sara Blair / Stormy Witter

Dancers –
Levi King
Cameron Barrus
David Midkiff
Eden Barrus
Rachel Browning / Cricket Almond
Anna Looney

Thug/Doctor/et al – Edward Calderon
Thug/Waiter/et al – Dash Maddox

Ensemble –
Micah King
Arianna Ellis

“Plaza’s ‘The Nerd’ Is A Funny, Funny Show” by Paul Gnadt of The Star Group Newspapers

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PlazaCo’s THE NERD, currently playing thru January 24th, has received a fabulous review from Paul Gnadt of The Star Group Newspapers. Congratulations to director Steven Lindsay and to the entire cast and crew. Read on for a great review of the show, then give us a call to reserve – 817-202-0600.
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Plaza’s ‘The Nerd’ is a funny, funny show

Jonathan Metting, right, watches as JaceSon Barrus, playing wealthy developer Warnock Waldgrave, plays a game called Shoes and Socks during the Plaza

Jonathan Metting, right, watches as JaceSon Barrus, playing wealthy developer Warnock Waldgrave, plays a game called Shoes and Socks during the Plaza Theatre Company’s production of “The Nerd.” (Courtesy Stacey Greenawalt)

So over-the-top yet dead-on perfect is the backwoods Wisconsin and Minnesota-style voice inflection of the feature character, it took me 10 minutes to realize it was Plaza veteran Jonathan Metting as “The Nerd,” playing through Jan. 24 at the Plaza Theatre in Cleburne.

Not only do the actors hit their targets with the fast and furious dialogue whose rejoinders require split-second timing, but, under the experienced direction of Steven Lindsay, it’s just as funny to watch their facial expressions and body language.

“The Nerd” is “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” only with the guest being the most obnoxious and nerdy person imaginable.

Plaza newcomer Brandon Wimmer, left, is Axel Hammond and Plaza veteran JaceSon Barrus is Warnock Waldgrave in Plaza Theatre Company’s production of

If you’ve seen “The Foreigner,” another community theater-favorite also written by Larry Shue, you have some idea of the zany situations — all in the same room — and surprise ending that awaits in “The Nerd.”

Three roles are double-cast. On the night I attended, Metting, who is one play away from earning as asterisk next to his name in the playbill for having participated on stage or behind the scenes in 20 PTC productions, was joined by PTC regulars JaceSon Barrus, Carlee Cagle, JoAnn Gracey and David Goza along with newcomers Parker Skinner and Brandon Wimmer.

For Barrus, one of Plaza’s four founders, “The Nerd” is his 55th Plaza production, while it’s Goza’s 11th and Cagle’s fifth, although both should continue to earn more credits given their versatility and talent.

Here’s the word about “The Nerd.”
Goza is Willum Cubbert (double cast with Robert Shores on Saturday), a Terre Haute, Indiana, architect who is in love with Tansy McGinnis (Cagle, double cast with Suzanne Lee), a TV weather forecaster who is moving to Washington, D.C.

Their best friend, a sharp-tongued drama critic named Axel (PTC newcomer Brandon Wimmer) is trying to bring the two together because Willum is afraid of making a commitment and concentrates too much on his work and not enough on Tansy.

When Willum hosts a dinner party for a wealthy and powerful new client, Warnock Waldgrave (Barrus), his wife, Clelia (Gracey), and their son, Thor (Parker Skinner, double cast with Corbin Vincent), Willum’s telephone-answering machine reveals a message from Rick Steadman (Metting) a war comrade who saved Willum’s life in Iraq.

The comrades were able to stay in touch via snail mail and, because Willum owns his life to Steadman, promised he would do anything for him.

The thing is, Steadman’s heroic deed occurred during a sandstorm while Willum was unconscious, so Willum has no idea what Steadman looks like.

We soon learn what he acts like. He shows up and is the nerd of all nerds; a rude, crude social misfit who plans to stay at Willum’s house for a lengthy visit.

Willum, already afraid of making a commitment to Tansy, is now afraid to throw Steadman out of the house.

All the while, Steadman displays multiple ways to be annoying, including the invasion of everyone’s personal space, the table manners of a pig, and self-centered impressions of celebrities that are embarrassingly awful.

When the dinner party is dragging because of Steadman’s boorish behavior, he forces the group to play a game called Shoes and Socks, resulting in everyone running around the living room with grocery sacks on their heads. The scene ranks right up there with the living room chase from “See How They Run,” the Ed Sullivan Show scene from “Bye, Bye Birdie,” and the body bag scene from “Cash on Delivery” as one of the funniest in PTC history.

With a 58-minute first act and a 47-minute second act surrounding a 15-minute intermission, you’re there at least two hours, but there are so many laughs and the cast is so good that you get your minutes worth, not to mention your money’s worth.

The set, designed by Barrus and built by him and his father, Jodie, takes advantage of all areas of the theater-in-the-round with clever use of a false balcony for a hilarous bit involving cottege cheese.

This is a good one. See it.

With co-stage management by David Sorter and Amy Wolff Sorter, sound and lights by G. Aaron Siler and costumes by Emily Warwick, “The Nerd” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 24 at the Plaza Theatre Company, 111 S. Main St. in Cleburne.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for age 65 and older and high school and college students, and $13 for children age 13 and under — and can be purchased online at http://www.plaza-theatre.com, or at the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or by phone at 817-202-0600.

Plaza Theatre Company Anticipating Record Crowds For THE WIZARD OF OZ

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Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of THE WIZARD OF OZ on January 30th, 2015. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening on January 30th and playing thru March 7th. The show will be the 83rd produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

Everyone’s favorite MGM movie musical comes to life on stage. After a tornado whisks Dorothy away to the magical land of Oz, the young Kansas farm girl starts her quest “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” to find the mighty Wizard who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey.

The Cast List for THE WIZARD OF OZ is: (Double Cast where noted)

Dorothy Gale – Juliana Keller, Bella Murphy

Aunt Em – Angela Burkey

Glinda – Kathy Lemons

Uncle Henry – Jay Cornils

Guard – Al Mayo

Lion – Billy Myers

Tinman – Nate Milson

Scarecrow – Jason Cole

Gulch/West Witch – Shauna Lewis

Professor/OZ – Joel Lagrone

Nikko – Hayden Cawood

Munchkins

Emma Whitehorn

Liam Blanton

Ty Drury

Rylee Mullen

Paige Moore

Jonathan Myers

Grace Dalley

Mimi Barrus

Eden Barrus

I.J. Meachem

Victoria Burkey

Henry Cawood

Ozians

Jay Cornils

Al Mayo

Drew Sifford

Angela Burkey

Rylee Jenkins

Emma Dalley

Sherry Clark

Anna Looney

Noe Myers

Madison Heaps

Harrison Cawood

Hayden Cawood

Aaron Siler

Winkies

Jay Cornils

Al Mayo

Drew Sifford

Harrison Cawood

Hayden Cawood

Henry Cawood

Aaron Siler

Jitterbugs

Madison Heaps

Eden Barrus

Emma Whitehorn

Anna Looney

Drew Sifford

Grace Dalley

Emma Dalley

Angela Burkey

Rylee Jenkins

The production is under the direction of Jodie & Soni Barrus with musical direction by Soni Barrus, choreography by Angela Burkey and stage management by Ruth Ann Warwick. THE WIZARD OF OZ will open on Friday January 30th at 7:30pm. The show will then play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening thru March 7th at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees every Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students and $13 for Children.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 817-202-0600, by visiting http://www.plaza-theatre.com or visiting the Plaza Box Office between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday.

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