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Audition Dates and Special Event Dates at PlazaCo for 2012

There continues to be a lot going on at Plaza Theatre Company. For those who have asked or are interested – here are the audition and special event dates for 2012 at PlazaCo:

AUDITIONS for “The Foreigner” – November 7th (Callbacks November 9th)

AUDITIONS for “Fiddler on the Roof” – November 28th and 29th (Callbacks December 3rd)

NEW YEAR’S EVE Special Event – Saturday December 31st at 9pm

AUDITIONS for “The Drowsy Chaperone” – January 9th and 10th (Callback January 14th)

VALENTINE’S Special Event – Tuesday February 14th at 6:30pm

AUDITIONS for “The Happiest Millionaire” – February 20th (Callbacks February 22nd)

AUDITIONS for “Guys and Dolls” – March 19th and 20th (Callbacks March 24th)

THANK YOU PARTY Special Event – April 10th at 6:30pm

AUDITIONS for “Footloose” – April 23rd and 24th (Callbacks April 28th)

GUILD APPRECIATION NIGHT Special Event – May 22nd at 6:30pm

AUDITIONS for “Forever Plaid” – June 4th and 5th (Callbacks June 9th)

MURDER MYSTERY Special Event – June 12th at 6:30pm

AUDITIONS for “Arsenic and Old Lace” – July 9th (Callbacks July 11th)

AUDITIONS for “Ragtime” – August 20th and 21st (Callbacks August 25th)

SEASON TICKET KICK-OFF Special Event – September 4th at 6pm

AUDITIONS for “A Christmas Carol” – September 17th and 18th (Callbacks September 22nd)

AUDITIONS for 1st show of 2013 – November 5th (Callbacks November 7th)

AUDITIONS for 2nd show of 2013 – December 3rd and 4th (Callbacks December 8th)

Season Ticket KICK-OFF (Clarification)

Dear Plaza Fans,

As you may be aware, next week (September 5th and 6th) are the annual Season Ticket KICK-OFF dates here at PlazaCo. All current Season Ticket holders (ALL 976 of you) should already have received your 2012 Season Brochure in the mail or here at the theatre. The brochure should give you all the information you need about next year’s exciting productions, ticket pricing (the same as last year) and dates. But there is still a little confusion as to how the KICK-OFF works, so we’re sending this message today to help clarify how the KICK-OFF will be handled this year.

There are three (3) categories of Season Ticket purchases this year. They are:

  1. Current Season Ticket Holders who DO NOT wish to choose specific dates and seats for 2012.
  2. Current Season Ticket Holders who DO wish to choose specific seats and dates for 2012.
  3. NON-Current Season Ticket Holders who wish to purchase PlazaCo Season Tickets for the first time.

Category 1, current Season Ticket Holders who DO NOT wish to choose specific dates and seats for 2012, your options are:

  • Season Tickets are available for you to purchase beginning September 5th at 10am. These tickets are available to those wishing to renew until we’ve reached 1,000 Season Ticket Holders at which time Season Ticket sales will be cut off. We strongly urge current Season Ticket Holders to renew this category of ticket as quickly as possible as we do anticipate selling all 1,000 Season Tickets before the end of 2011.

Category 2, Current Season Ticket Holders who DO wish to choose specific seats and dates for 2012, your options are:

  • Season Tickets are available for you to purchase beginning September 6th at 6:15pm at the official KICK-OFF event. This event will be held at the Plaza Box Office and will feature refreshments and entertainment as well as a numbering system that will help attendees avoid standing in line. These “Now Being Served” tickets will be given to those in attendance in the order of their arrival. We will have 5 stations of Season Ticket processing to help alleviate the demand and make the evening go as quickly as possible. Again, we strongly urge current Season Ticket Holders to renew this category of ticket as quickly as possible as we do anticipate selling all 1,000 Season Tickets before the end of 2011.

Category 3, NON-Current Season Ticket Holders who wish to purchase PlazaCo Season Tickets for the first time, your options are:

  • Season Tickets are available for you to purchase beginning at 10am on October 3rd. The amount of available tickets in this category will depend on the number of renewals which take place before this date, IF tickets are available, you may choose to buy Season Tickets without specific seats and dates, OR Season Tickets with specific seats and dates – your choice. Again, we strongly urge those in this category to purchase as quickly as possible as we do anticipate selling all 1,000 Season Tickets before the end of 2011.

Hopefully, this will clear up any confusion relating to this year’s Season Ticket KICK-OFF event. But if not, feel free to call us at the Box Office and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Thanks,
The PlazaCo Team

A Thanks for the “Shout-Out” in The Column by John Garcia

  

As many of our Plaza patrons may be aware, we have been fortunate to have had some success at The Column Awards over the last few years. Well, we’re so thrilled that the founder of The Column, Mr. John Garcia, is appearing in a Plaza production for the 1st time. He is appearing as one of Joseph’s brothers and as Pharaoh and those who have seen the show already will attest that his performance is one of the standout parts of the show.

The Column, besides being an organization that recognizes the best of professional and amateur theatre in the Metroplex, also serves as a location for information about shows and auditions at all DFW venues. This email goes out to over 17,000 recipients every week. Well yesterday, John included the following paragraphs in his weekly update:

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Speaking of shows you should also-no you MUST take a trip to Cleburne this weekend to see JOSEPH….
DREAMCOAT at Plaza Theatre Company!

JOSEPH..DREAMCOAT has now opened and now we are settling for the long run. We learned during tech week that is the largest cast in Plaza’s history. The company comprises of 11 brothers, 11 wives, Joseph, two narrators, Jacob, his wife, a dance corp, teen chorus, a children’s chorus-oh and a stuffed sheep named Dirk! That is close to 60 bodies on stage by the time we get to the megamix! I’m still learning names! And we’re in the round!

I wish I had a video camera to tape the organized chaos and frenzy wildness that goes on backstage. Many of us have major costumes changes that need to take place in less than 5 measures of music! And I’m not talking about taking one costume piece and putting on another. We are talking head to toe full costume changes! We are all backstage stripping off those costumes like they are on fire and then quickly changing into another-then race back on stage with grace, ease, and a smile on our faces.

For me to go from Pharaoh back into the brother requires two women and myself to transform from the king to a brother in about 4-5 measures of music. I’ve got Noxzema stinging my eyes by the time I get back on stage because I have wipe off all that make up off. I know I look like Tammy Faye after a 24 hour pledge telecast telethon! These two great women (four of them rotate nightly to help me) get under my skirt to stuff costume up in my black spandex pants, tear off costumes pieces, slab noexma on my face to take off the Egyptian make up, etc. It is scary each night trying to do that as fast as possible. Let’s just say I’ve gotten to become quite close to those ladies due to all that stripping, groping, and touching. Needless to say the children stare at us with their tiny eyes wide open in utter fear. LOL.

Normally a theater company would not costume that many people beyond one outfit. But our costume designer Tina Barrus and amazing dedicated team of seamstresses worked like caffeine addicted elves on all our costumes. Her husband JaceSon really had his hands full. Again think massive large cast. But then his poor wife (Tina) badly injured her back. So he had to take the reins in directing and staging the show while she recuperated. There were some nights where if I were in his shoes I would have lost it and spewed out a sea of obscenities. But he NEVER once lost his cool. I was VERY, VERY impressed how he handled this massive cast and what had to be unbelievable pressure. I learned a lot from him about how to be cool under pressure.

The cast I must say is one of the hardest working companies I’ve had the pleasure of being on stage with. Lots of laughs-both on and off stage. Greg Gerardi (one of the Josephs) is the one I carpool with and we have developed a very close bond and friendship that I will treasure beyond closing night. This show marks his Texas/DFW stage debut! Jonathan Metting (one of the Josephs) and I actually met years ago in a very funny way. But we’ll leave it at that! LOL. Both guys do a super job in the show-as does the full company.

The teens are hoot. There are several of them that crack me up (Midkiff brothers!) and the dance corp rocks (Garrett..Remember…gold lame is slippery! LOL). The children are all sweet, but there are some that just melt your heart like butter on a skillet. They are just too adorable. We adults all have one or two children assigned to us for the finale, and one of mine is this tiny boy who just goes full out in the staging. He always runs up to me for the dramatic finale and yells “Pharaoh!”. Oops. No, I’m brother now dear! LOL. It’s just so cute to watch him dance in the finale. Plus it’s nice to finally be taller than someone else in a show! Over half the brothers in the cast are like 6 feet and over-so I’m like a hobbit in the woods with those tall men! LOL.

I sincerely hope you will come see the show. The drive is worth it, I promise you. I’m so proud of this cast & their dedication to the show is something to marvel at. And everyone is there to support everyone.

Last night was Mimi’s birthday (she’s the sheep we attack in the show & 5 yrs old)-and they made homemade cupcakes for her birthday. She brought one up to me and said, “This one I made special for you because it has all these sparkles on it!” Come on, you know that has got to warm your heart! Her daddy got her a sparkled make up case to which she said to me, “Now I have one just like yours!”. Yep, she’s a theater kid. LOL.

Thus is my personal invitation to all of you (including my theater friends-and you know who you are!) to come see the show! I can get you a discount too-so email me about it!

And here’s the best part-the show runs about an hour and 30 minutes long! It goes by fast! You can’t beat that!

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Thanks John for the kind words. We’re loving you in JOSEPH and appreciate all you do for the local theatre community.

It’s gonna be one HOT summer at PlazaCo

Summer 2011 is gonna be hot y’all, and so are the many wonderful things going on at PlazaCo this summer. Here’s a rundown of all that’s happening at “Cleburne’s Unsurpassed Family Entertainment Destination”.

KIDS SUMMER SHOW CAMP

We’re in full swing with our Kids Summer Show Camp right now. Over fifty kids between 6 and 12 are taking part in our show camp – a week long acting camp that culminates in participation in this year’s summer production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

TEEN SUMMER SHOW CAMP

Next week, starting June 13th, we’ll be starting our annual Teen Summer Show Camp. Students receive a two-week, intensive acting course that also culminates in participation in PlazaCo’s summer production, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. (There are just a few spots left for this camp for any interested teens out there). Past Show Camp Shows have included FOOTLOOSE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and ALL SHOOK UP. This year’s show promises to be the best yet!

MURDER MYSTERY FUNDRAZOR

Tonight is our annual Murder Mystery Fundrazor at PlazaCo. We’ll be presenting an original production by Kyle and Megan Adams entitled, “I Have An Inkling” based on the famous mystery board game, Clue. The evening includes a dinner at The Lemon Sisters Cafe, the Murder Mystery complete with audience participation as investigators, prizes and an exciting silent auction to benefit Plaza’s annual fund. (There are still 5 seats available for anyone wishing to join us last minute).

HELLO DOLLY!

Dolly has been here at Plaza for the past few weekends and has been playing to huge crowds and wonderful acclaim. HELLO DOLLY! will be playing weekends at PlazaCo through June 18th, and after that she’ll be gone. two more weekends to catch this charming musical.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Opening on June 24th and playing thru July 30th, JOSEPH promises to be Plaza’s biggest summer show yet with a marvelous children’s and teen camp chorus as well as some of the finest talent the Metroplex has to offer, not to mention an uplifting and exciting show written by the magnificent team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets for this show are FLYING out the door, so reserve early.

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN

From August 5th thru September 10th, PlazaCo will be bringing back it’s most popular production for one last time before putting the SMOKE franchise to rest for a while. Thrill with the Sanders family as they return to the gospel circuit in the first and best production in the Smoke series. This is a sure sell-out, so make sure to make plans to see SMOKE early.

And just in case you thought we were done…

AUDITIONS for the Ken Judwig adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel TREASURE ISLAND

This will be a production the likes of which have never been seen at PlazaCo. AUDITIONS for the show are July 11th and a small but capable cast will be required to accomplish the feat of bringing this magnificent work to the Plaza stage. The show will be directed by award winning director Aaron Siler.

Whew! Lots, we know. We look forward to seeing you soon here at Plaza and wish you a safe a enjoyable summer.

Sincerely,
~JTAM

A little taste of “Sunday Clothes” from HELLO DOLLY!

Just wanted to share this fun video from the movie of HELLO DOLLY! Once you’ve loved “Sunday Clothes” come on out to enjoy the play live at PlazaCo now through June 18th. Call 817-202-0600 to reserve.

The Brazos Chamber Orchestra Fundraiser Gala

The Brazos Chamber Orchestra Fundraiser Gala was held last night (May 5th) and PlazaCo had the privilege of joining with members of the Orchestra as well as performers from the Carnegie Players to present an evening of music from some well known Broadway musicals. The event was a success. Thank you BCO and particularly Dick Helmcamp for giving us the opportunity to perform alongside some terrific fellow artists in the community. Here’s a video with some highlights from the event:

43 Photos for 43 Shows

As we’ve mentioned, PlazaCo turned 4 this week. In that time we’ve produced 43 wonderful Mainstage productions starting with YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN all the way up to our 43rd, and current show, HARVEY. We have a terrific flickr site with photos from many of these wonderful shows located at flickr.com/theplazaco. It’s a kick to look back at all of the amazing shows and memories we’ve created over the last 4 years. If you get a chance, head on over to our flickr and take a look. In the meantime, here’s 43 Photos for 43 Shows:

2007

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Smoke on the Mountain

Oklahoma

Man With the Pointed Toes

The Secret Garden

Arsenic and Old Lace

A Christmas Carol

2008

Forever Plaid

See How They Run

Beauty and the Beast

The Curious Savage

My Fair Lady

Ghost of a Chance

Footloose

Smoke on the Mountain

You Can’t Take It With You

The Sound of Music

A Christmas Carol

2009

Seussical the Musical

Kiss and Tell

Aida

Cash on Delivery

Singin’ in the Rain

High School Musical

Don’t Drink the Water

The Music Man

Beau Jest

Sanders Family Christmas

2010

Will Rogers Follies

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Steel Magnolias

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Cheaper by the Dozen

All Shook Up

Into The Woods

Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming

Over the River and Through the Woods

A Christmas Carol

2011

Man With the Pointed Toes

Annie Get Your Gun

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Harvey

By the way, most of these photos are by Plaza’s resident photographer Ginny Rodgers. If you like her work, be sure to “Like” her on Facebook (she’s also great for headshots actors).

Wanna see more fun pix? Head over to the Plaza flickr and check it out. Have a great weekend y’all.