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Casting Announcement: THE NERD at Plaza Theatre Company

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Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce the official cast list for it’s upcoming production of THE NERD. The show will open on December 31st and play thru January 24th. It is under the direction of Steven Lindsay with stage management by Dave and Amy Sorter. Thank you to all who auditioned and congratulations to those cast.

The cast is: (double cast where noted)

THE NERD Cast List

Willum Cubbert – David Goza, Robert G. Shores

Tansy McGinnis – Carlee Cagle, Suzanne Lee

Axel Hammond – Brandon Wimmer

Rick Steadman – Jonathan Metting

Warnock Waldgrave – JaceSon P. Barrus

Clelia Waldgrave – JoAnn Gracey

Thor Waldgrave – Parker Skinner, Corban Vincent

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Audition Notice: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Plaza Theatre Company

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Audition Notice:

Auditions are: November 22nd and November 24th, 2014

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce open auditions for its upcoming production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The initial audition is being held on Saturday November 22nd from 9:00 am to Noon or Monday November 24th 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Auditioners need only make an appointment for one of the available days. Audition appointments are available by calling the Plaza Box Office at 817-202-0600 or clicking on the link below.

Click Here To Setup an Audition AppointmentThe audition will be held at Plaza Academy which is located at 221 Mill Street in Cleburne about one block from Plaza Theatre Company. The show will be directed by Soni and Jodie Barrus with musical direction by Soni Barrus, choreography by Angela Burkey and Stage Management by Ruth Ann Warwick.

AUDITION INFORMATION
Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to sing 16 bars of music in the style of the show that will best display their vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, those auditioning will be asked to read cold from the script during the initial audition. The directors will spend around 5 minutes with each individual performer at this initial audition.

A call back audition will be held on Tuesday November 25th. Those 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. 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 January 30th and playing thru March 7th. Rehearsals will usually take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings until opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances. Rehearsals will begin December 1st.

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
Dorothy Gale – Age 12-20
Aunt Em / Glinda Good Witch of the North
Uncle Henry / Emerald City Guard
Zeke / Cowardly Lion
Hickory / Tinman
Hunk / Scarecrow
Almira Gultch / Wicked Witch of the West
Professor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz
Munchkins (Citizens, Mayor, Coroner, Barrister, City Fathers, Tots, Tough Guys, Braggart)
Osians (Chorus, Beauticians, Polishers, Manicurists)
Winkies & Winkie General (Male Chorus)
Monkeys (Dancers & Chorus Members)
Nikko (Commander of Monkeys)
Jitterbug (Lead Dancer)
Jitterbugs & Ghosts & Dancers

Official Press Release: DEAR RUTH at Plaza Theatre Company

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Plaza Theatre Company to stage the WWII comedy classic DEAR RUTH

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of DEAR RUTH on September 13th, 2013. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening on September 13th and playing October 5th. The show will be the 68th produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

Set during WWII, the show tells the story of a precocious young girl who carries on a romantic correspondence with an overseas soldier while signing the name of her unwitting older sister. The soldier returns to finds that his pen-pal is already engaged… to another guy! After a series of lively complications and plot twists, the older sister has to choose who to marry.

The Cast List for DEAR RUTH is: (Double Cast where noted)

JUDGE HARRY WILKINS – Jay A. Cornils, Luke Hunt

MRS. EDITH WILKINS – Katy Wood, Cheryl Coward King

RUTH WILKINS – Tabitha Barrus, Kellie Nickell

MIRIAM WILKINS – Rachel Browning, Brooke Verbois

DORA the MAID – Becki Schoen, Ruth Anne Warwick

Lt. WILLIAM SEAWRIGHT – David Goza

Sgt. CHUCK VINCENT – Michael Sorter, Jesse Bowron

MARTHA SEAWRIGHT – Scout Harrell, Dora Hunt

ALBERT KUMMER – Jonathan Metting

The production is under the direction of Taffy Geisel with stage management by Emily Warwick. DEAR RUTH will open on Friday September 13th at 7:30pm. The show will then play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening thru October 5th 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.

Casting Announcement: The official Cast List for DIRTY, ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Plaza Theatre Company

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Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce the official Cast List for it’s upcoming production of DIRTY, ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. The Cast is listed below with doubles noted.

Christine Colgate – Kelly Nickell, Camille Shaw
Lawrence Jameson – Aaron Siler
Freddie Benson – Clyde Berry
Muriel Eubanks – Milette Siler
Andre Thibault – Michael Durington
Jolene Oakes – Stacey Greenawalt King
Croupier / Nikos – Solomon Abah
Lenore (Woman 1) / Nun – Kimberley Mickle
Sophia (Woman 2) / Dance Corps – Suzi Hanford, Rachel Hunt
Conductor / Dance Corps – Daniel Scott Robinson
Waiter / Hotel Mng. / Desk Clerk – Jay Cornils, Jamie Long
Woman 3 – Madison Heaps
Gerard / Dance Corps – Lloyd Ekpo
Docent / Sailor – David Goza
Usherette – Tina Barrus, Monica Glenn
Bellboy / Porter / Dance Corps – Justin Diyer
Renee / Dance Corps – Sara Blair
Maid – Dora Hunt

DIRTY, ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS will play at Plaza Theatre Company from May 17th thru June 22nd. The play is being directed by Luke Hunt with musical direction by Doug Henry, choreography by Rachel Hunt, stage management by Monica Glenn and assistant stage management by Dana Siler. Tickets are available by calling the PlazaCo Box Office at 817-202-0600 or by visiting www.plaza-theatre.com

Official Press Release for THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Plaza Theatre Company

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Plaza Theatre Company set to open the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic THE SOUND OF MUSIC

January 24th, 2013

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of THE SOUND OF MUSIC on February 1st, 2013. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening on February 1st and playing thru March 9th. The show will be the 61st produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

The musical is considered one of the masterpieces of modern musical theatre and marked the culmination of the epic Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. Featuring such theatrical standards as “The Sound Of Music”, “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria”, “16 Going On 17”, “Edelweiss” and “Climb Every Mountain”; The Sound of Music remains one of the most beloved musicals of the era.

Too high-spirited for the religious life, Maria is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of widowed naval Captain von Trapp. She gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, however upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis. The family’s narrowly escapes to Switzerland providing one of the most inspirational finales ever presented in musical theatre.

The Cast List for THE SOUND OF MUSIC is: (Double Cast where noted)

Maria Rainer – Meredith Browning
Captain von Trapp – JaceSon P. Barrus
Max Detweiler – Jay Lewis
Franz – Billy Myers
Frau Schmidt – Ruth Ann Warwick
Elsa Schraeder – Tina Barrus
Herr Zeller – Kyle Scarborough
Leisl – Tabitha Barrus / Katy Nicholas
Freidrich – Hayden Cawood / Benjamin Midkiff
Louisa – Rachel Browning / Marisa Pope
Kurt – Harrison Cawood / David Midkiff
Brigitta – Eden Barrus / Emma Whitehorn
Marta – Rylee Mullen / Kylee Scarborough
Gretl – Miranda Barrus / Paige Moore
Rolfe – Robert Twaddell
Mother Abbess – Kathy Lemons
Berthe – Cherie Robinson
Marguerite – Lisa Randol
Sophia – Bethany Dane
Baron Elberfeld – Jamie Long
Baroness Elberfeld – Julie Hefner
Admiral von Schreiber – Jodie Barrus
Fraulein Schweiger – Judy Barnett
Nuns
Julie Hefner
Sherry Clark
Suzi Hanford
Kathrynne Myers
Priscilla Nix / Kennedy Styron
Carolyn Myers
Debra Midkiff / Donna Moore
Michelle Cawood / Tammie Phillips
Dawn Diyer
Amy Hilton
Townspeople / Germans
Michael Sorter / Chris Stanferd
Levi King
Nolan Moralez
Nicholas Hefner
Cameron Barrus
Jamie Deel / Mark Midkiff

The production is under the Direction of Jodie and Soni Barrus with Musical Direction by Soni Barrus, Choreography by Tabitha Barrus, Assistant Direction by Jamie Long and Stage Management by Emily Warwick. The show will open on Friday February 1st at 7:30pm and will then play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening thru March 9th at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees every Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students and $12 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.

SEE HOW THEY RUN received a wondrous review from Kristy Blackmon of The Column by John Garcia

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Yes, SEE HOW THEY RUN is getting fabulous reviews from our patrons. And now the critics agree as well. It’s a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud evening of theatre that is sure to have you smiling for days. Read on for a fabulous review of the show by Kristy Blackmon of The Column by John Garcia, then come by, call 817-202-0600 or visit www.plaza-theatre.com to reserve you seats today.

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Reviewed by Kristy Blackmon, Associate Theater Critic for John Garcia’s THE COLUMN

Plaza Theatre Company, in quaint downtown Cleburne, has drawn attention from patrons and critics from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area in recent years as a hidden gem. Situated on the edge of the metroplex, PTC has gained a reputation for high-quality theatre that often entices talent to make the long drive from the city to participate in its productions. I expected an entertaining evening on Saturday when I traveled there to review the opening weekend of See How They Run, a World War II era farce by British playwright Philip King, but PTC left my expectations in the dust. See How They Run is one of the most delightful evenings of theatre I have experienced in years, leaving me utterly breathless with laughter and opening the 2013 season by setting a comedic bar that will be difficult to surpass.

See How They Run is a classic example of farce, complete with mistaken identities, fast-paced and razor-sharp repartee, ludicrously improbably plotlines, and slapstick humor peaking in a chase scene so perfectly timed and executed that I marvel at the hours of rehearsal that must have gone into staging it. The play is perfectly suited to PTC’s theater-in-the-round space, involving quick entrances and exits through multiple doors and allowing Director Ben Phillips to maximize the intricate character twists and subplots by playing to a 360 degree audience.

The playful 1940’s mood is set by popular wartime songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” playing before curtain and during intermission. The play takes place entirely in the hall of the vicarage in Merton-cum-Middlewick, and the set design by JaceSon P. Barrus and props by Tammie Phillips are perfect down to the last doily, mismatched floral rug, and tufted pillow. Costume Designer Stacey Greenawalt King never misses a beat, and every character is outfitted beautifully, be they former actress, vicar, or American G.I. Visually, See How They Run is a gorgeous display of minute attention to detail and dedication to period authenticity. G. Aaron Siler’s light and sound design is pretty uncomplicated with the only challenge being balancing the shrieks and shouts of various actors through their head mics, an occasional problem but not to the point of distraction. On all fronts, the production quality of See How They Run is superb.

If the crew shines, however, the cast is blinding in its talent, comedic timing, and obvious enjoyment of the show. Joy Millard as Penelope Toop, an American stage actress turned English vicar’s wife, leads a team of actors beautifully through a script riddled with moments that would land less dedicated and talented players flat on their faces, both literally and comedically. Penelope, young and impulsive, does not fit the image that the little village wants for its vicar’s wife. Millard is lighthearted and perfectly flippant. Her performance is evocative of the comedienne’s of the Golden Age Hollywood like Carole Lombard, Ginger Rogers, and Katherine Hepburn. She is feminine and full of energy without slipping into a manic stereotype; indeed, her poise is often all that grounds the madcap action of the play. Penelope’s constant missteps in propriety and etiquette often land her in hot water with the villagers, led by the prudish Miss Skillon, played in this performance by Stacy Blanton. Blanton’s performance is the perfect complement to Millard’s. Where Millard flits, Blanton plods – but she does so while maintaining the lightness and quickness required by the script. Miss Skillon is less offended by Penelope’s manners and more so by her unrequited love for Penelope’s husband, the Rev. Lionel Toop, played by Robert Shores. Though enamored of his vivacious wife, Lionel doesn’t seem quite to know how to handle her, and Miss Skillon’s constant reminders of her inappropriate behavior lead to frequent rows between the married couple.

As the show opens, Miss Skillon has arrived to complain about Penelope’s usurpation of the decoration of the pulpit for the Harvest Festival, which is Miss Skillon’s territory. However, it is soon apparent that her real purpose is to tattle to Lionel that Penelope was seen “yoo-hooing” at an American soldier in a Jeep in the village earlier that day. The soldier is Corporal Clive Winton, played by David Goza, who used to tread the boards with Penelope in America in a production of Noel Coward’s famous stage comedy Private Lives, though none of the characters is aware of his identity yet. Having sown the seeds of marital discord, Miss Skillon attempts to make her exit, but her bicycle has been punctured by sassy Ida, as played by Erica Maroney, a good-intentioned Cockney maid who is as subtle as a ton of bricks.

Though the cast in general is fantastic, especially Millard, Goza, and G. Aaron Siler in a side-splitting and unforgettable supporting performance as Rev. Arthur Humphrey in the second act, Maroney steals this show. Every guffaw, every nugget of wise-cracking Cockney bluntness, and every gesture and movement shows a comedic timing that is tailor-made for this role. The character of Ida plays witness to the night’s tomfoolery, the only one to have even half an idea of what’s going on and have enough sense to keep quiet about what she’s seen, though she has plenty to say about everything else. Maroney shines in the role and her performance raises the bar for everyone who shares the stage with her.

The tripping, giddy back-and-forth repartee between Millard and Goza is another highlight. Their familiarity implies an intimacy without bleeding over the line into any insinuation of sexual attraction, which is difficult to accomplish when you have an actress straddling an actor on the floor calling him a brute. They work very well together but also separately, as they spearhead two of many storylines that intertwine and tangle up into one big knot of extremely well-executed farce. Stephen Lindsay as Penelope’s uncle the Bishop of Lax is another performance peppered with expertly crafted moments of comedy, and Siler’s foppish Rev. Humphrey sent the whole production over the top with a masterful combination of physicality and timing that made me laugh to the point of wiping away tears. John Lewis as Sergeant Towers and Kevin Poole as The Intruder round out the talented supporting cast.

I cannot say enough about my experience at Plaza Theatre Company. The small-town surroundings and very comfortable theater space were enhanced by friendly, smiling volunteers and a truly marvelous and supportive audience. The show itself was such a fun riot that I may make the drive again before the run ends January 26th.

PTC has a great season in front of it with a lineup that includes The Sound of Music, Pillow Talk, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and other audience favorites. I’m glad I made my first visit to Cleburne’s small theatre with its deservedly big reputation early in the year. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this season brings us.

Some Fun Photos of GUYS & DOLLS at PlazaCo

Here are some great photos of GUYS & DOLLS which is Now Playing at Plaza Theatre Company. All pix are by Plaza Photographer Ginny Rodgers. Enjoy the pix, then give us a call at 817-202-0600 to reserve your tix.

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