"CTL Newsletter 09 Winter 2"
COMMUNITY THEATRE LEAGUE atre live! munity the Com Scrooge! The Musical 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. December 10-12 December 17-19 December 20 $15 GA/$8 STU “I Hate People,” “Father Christmas,” “December The Twenty-Fifth,” “Happiness,” “A Better Life,” “Thank You Very Much,” and so much more in this energetic, musical version of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. And the excitement spills off the stage and into the lobby as CTL raffles off a set of the famous Byers’ Choice Caroler Figures! Director Kyle Wilson has assembled an all star cast of Winter 2009 Directed by Kyle Wilson Music Director Jacquie Engel Choreographer Jessica Carpenter Book, Music, and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse Notes From the President The Ray of Light adjudicators had their first meeting to prepare for judging high school plays this fall. There are 13 adults and 20 students scheduled to attend seven plays in November/ December alone. Three outlying districts are new this year. Milton, Warrior Run and Central Mountain have joined Montgomery, South Williamsport, Montoursville, Jersey Shore, Hughesville, Williamsport, and Muncy as participants. The Ray of Light Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the Community Arts Center. The festivities spotlight the youthful talent we enjoy in our area. Save the date and I guarantee you won’t regret it. SunSponsored by J. B. Gibbons Construction and Williamsport Sun-Gazette more than thirty actors and an equally talented and dedicated backstage crew to bring new life to the old favorite. And with so many versions of the story out there, which one is this? Scrooge! The Musical is adapted from the 1970 film Scrooge written by Leslie Briscusse and starring Albert Finney. Bricusse won an Academy Award for the song score he wrote for the film, and most of those songs were carried over to the musical. The American premiere opened on October 26, 2004 with Richard Chamberlain in the title role. Taking the title role in CTL’s production is Steve Furey. Haunting him into changing his ways are Keith Wagner as Marley, and Davena McCabe, Steve Hulslander, and Micah Bower as the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The eerie Ghost of Chistmas Yet to Come is not Micah’s only role in the play, He also takes on the role of Bissett. Ten cast members in all hold dual roles. They include Nick Buckman in the roles of Fezziwig and Harty, and Jennifer Heimbach playing both Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Dilber. Jennie Judd splits her time on stage between the roles of Helen and Isabel, Ian McLeland plays Fred and Young Ebenezer; Connor continued on page 3 Andrée Phillips Sprouts Theatre for Children Sponsored by PPL Corp. & Affiliates and The Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts February 19 & 20 7:30 p.m. February 21 2:00 p.m. $8 GA or 4 for $25 tive and entertaining children’s story. This time, they are bringing Sherwood Forest to the CTL stage. Their latest show features Robin Hood and his Merry Men — and a few others — in a captivating audience participation play for young theatre – goers. For tickets and information call the Box Office at 327-1777 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday—Friday or visit us on the web www.ctlnet.org Written by Beau Schemery Directed by Gretchen Bower Gretchen Bower and Beau Schemery have teamed up again with another interac- PAGE 2 COMMUNITY THEATRE LIVE! A tribute to the ‘7 0’s — an d themselv es The Chain bills itself as a “tribute band” — it pays homage to the popular ‘70’s band Fleetwood Mac. They are also, however, a tribute to themselves, a group of truly talented area musicians who carry off their mission with rare talent and veracity. The five-man band which derives its name from the Fleetwood Mac hit of the same name, good naturedly features Scott McDonald as Bindsey Luckingham; Tom Nelson as Flick Meetwood; Randy Artiglere as Vohn McGie; Kim Williams as Vistine McCrie; and Kathy Phillips as Tevie Snicks February 5 7:30 p.m. $15 GA/$8 STU or 2/$25 The Chain covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The Fleetwood Mac story is an episodic saga that spans more than 30 years. It is the saga of a British blues band formed in 1967 that became a California-based pop group in the midSeventies. In between came a period where Fleetwood Mac shuffled personnel and experimented with styles, all the while releasing solid albums with chart topping hits such as Landslide, Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Dreams, Say You Love Me, Hold Me and many others. The band The Chain consists of some of the area's most talented musicians who are joining forces on this project to present these great songs as true to form as imaginably possible. Whether you are a fan of the original Fleetwood Mac, or just a fan of good music from talented musicians, you are sure to love The Chain. SunSponsored by Williamsport Sun-Gazette Valentine’s Day with VJQ February 12 7:30 p.m. $15 GA/$8 STU or 2/$25 VJQ, Quartet, VJQ the Vocal Jazz Quartet is a Williamsport, PA-based group formed by musicians seeking to bring the vocal jazz genre to the Central Pennsylvania region. The group’s initial impetus was to complement a local instrumental group, Jazzin’, at the yearly Community Theatre jazz concerts. As a result, the quartet’s popularity and following has grown tremendously over the years. Performing a wide spectrum of vocal jazz, VJQ repVJQ’s ertoire includes many standards, blues, Latin jazz, funk, swing, and pop selections. They sing original arrangements as well as charts made popular by groups such as The Manhattan Transfer, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and the New York Voices. The quartet is backed by an instrumental trio comprised of Williams- V J Q Craig Weaver Cathy Byham port’s finest jazz musicians. Since its beginnings in 1994, VJQ perVJQ’s sonnel has remained virtually unchanged. Lucy Henry is the group’s soprano, and Cathy Byham sings alto, (although, to tell the truth, they frequently switch places!). Craig Weaver sings the tenor part, and Tom Shellenberger is the bass. Lucy and Tom are former music teachers from the Williamsport area, while Craig is still teaching social studies and plays guitar in several area pop and jazz groups. Cathy is a musical theatre grad whose vocal/piano expertise is in great demand throughout the area. The Vocal Jazz Quartet has performed at many venues over the years, including conventions, banquets, parties, churches, jazz festivals, the Little League World Series, and many other events too numerous to list here. First and foremost, VJQ mission is to VJQ’s offer only the best vocal jazz to audiences of all ages. Lucy Henry Tom Shellenberger To hear samples of the VJQ music, visit VJQ’s them on the web at www.vocaljazzquartet.com. WINTER 2009 Lathrop takes on three roles — Dick, Topper, and a Wine Merchant. The head of the lovable Cratchit family, is played by Jeff Vetock, with Diane Robertson as his wife. The Cratchit children are Jordan Kelley as Kathy; Lindsey Robertson as Belinda; Joseph Taylor as Peter; Kelsey Rogers as Martha; and Levi Roush as Tiny Tim. PAGE 3 Scrooge continued from page 1 Pardoe and Brennan Hepler play the younger Ebenezer as well as a street urchin, and Maureen Richards takes on Mrs. Pringle and a Beggar Woman. Arielle Roush and Sydney Robertson play both Fan and an urchin, and Jason Jake Bachman plays Tom Jenkins; Jessica Carpenter is Bess; Tiffany Eisner is Miss Dilber; Jillian Jackson is Mary; Fred Lowmiller, Jr., Pringle; Tim Mallery, Jollygoode; and Roy Meyer, Carstairs. There is a full contingent of urchins as well, played by Alexis Griess, Micah LaBarre, Julia Taylor, and Lindsey Taylor. The large cast and crew is managed by The cast practices dance steps on the Rehearsal Stage, under the direction of Choreographer Jessica Carpenter. Marianna Steele, who costumed the ’08 Cinderella, CTL production of Cinderella has once again accepted the challenge of creating the costumes for the enormous cast. Scott Knyrim, Stage Manager, and Deb Bechtel, Assistant Stage Manager. Pat Scheib is the Production Manager. Choreographer Jessica Carpenter has been putting the cast through their paces learning the dance numbers since October, when they also began learning the vocals under Music Director Jacquie Engel. Jamie Hilton and Randy Curry are collecting the props for the show, and Jim Carpenter makes his CTL debut in lighting design. Don’t miss your chance to see this CTL Holiday spectacular, and while you’re there, take a chance (one for $5, or 3 for $10) on a set of Byers’ Choice Carolers! Choreographer Jessica Carpenter explains a dance routine to Steve Furey (Scrooge), Jillian Jackson (Mary), and Roy Meyer (Carstair). DRAMATIC GIFTS FROM THE CTL GIFT SHOP Treat them to a show…or several! Admission Vouchers and Flex Tickets make great gifts. Admission Vouchers: Good for one admission to any 2009-2010 performance Adult Voucher $15, Student Voucher $8 Flex Tickets: Multiple admissions to use as you wish in any combination to any CTL 2009-2010 production 2 Flex ..................... $ 30.00 ...........................................................(A Pair to Share) 4 Flex .................... $ 60.00 ............................................................(A Double Date!) 6 Flex ..................... $ 81.00 .............. $ 78.00 Seniors ................. (A $90.00 value) 8 Flex ..................... $108.00 ............... $106.00 Seniors .................(A$120.00 value) 12 Flex ................... $162.00 ............... $158.00 Seniors ................(A $180.00 value) Special Family 4-Pack ...........................................4 SPROUTS Admissions for $25 CTL t-shirts ................................................................................................. $10—$17 Long and short sleeves, Youth Med to Adult 2X. Great for CTL patrons, performers and techies. PAGE 4 COMMUNITY THEATRE LIVE! Auditions! Auditions! COME PLAY WITH US! Robin Hood The Quest for Piper’s Green AUDITIONS: Dec. 20 & 21 7 pm Show Dates: Feb. 19-21 Directed by Gretchen Bower A CTL original by Beau Schemery Parts for ages 16+ Character Descriptions: Robin Hood: A hero The Sheriff--A Villain Marion--A Heroine Little John--A Large Fellow Will Scarlet--A Quick Fellow Friar Tuck--A Jolly Fellow A Witch The Old Man Robin Goodfellow at another man would be an insult to her husband's memory. Sam: The butcher--a sensitive widower looking for companionship. He is attractive and has a lot to offer, but is a little shy. Mildred: In the same age bracket as the other ladies, she is less sophisticated and has a dress sense that to the others is tacky, but to her is class. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Peter DePasquale Sandy Dougherty John A. Felix Marie Fox Janet Harris Marisa S. Hickey Scott Knyrim B. J. Kropp Steve Lindenmuth Jason Moyer Brenda Nichols Andrée Phillips Martena Rogers Kathie Sinibaldi Barbara Velez Tom Wilson Mamma Meatloaf! AUDITIONS: Feb. 7 & 8 7 pm Show Dates: May 6-8 Open to all high school students in grades 9-12 The Reluctant Dragon STAFF The Cemetery Club AUDITIONS: Jan. 3 & 4 7 pm Show Dates: March 5-14 Directed by Jason Moyer All characters are between the ages of 50-70. Character Descriptions Ida: Widow who appears conservative and "settled" but has a desire to experience new things and find some excitement. Lucille: Widow who is flamboyant and man-crazy. Seizes the day and doesn't care what anyone thinks. Doris: Widow who is very staid and conservative. To even look AUDITIONS: Feb. 28 & Mar. 1 Pam Wright Administrative Manager 7 pm Jacquie Engel Administrative Assistant Show Dates: April 16-18 Directed by Julia Ferguson Hulslander Roles for males and females 17+ Ed Richards Joe Moyer Technical Director Asst. Tech Director/ Set Director Thoroughly Modern Millie AUDITIONS: Mar. 21 & 22 7 pm Show Dates: June 18-27 Directed by Marisa S. Hickey Music Directed by Jacquie Engel People with a desire to learn tap dancing, or knowledge of tap are encouraged! Newsletter sponsored by: WINTER 2009 PAGE 5 Another rip roarin g British farce Sponsored by Hudock Moyer Wealth Management It wouldn’t be winter without a British Farce on stage at CTL. This winter we bring you Derek Benfield’s Bedside Manners, directed by Marie Fox in her CTL directorial debut. Marie says she is very excited to be directing this show. “ It is a hilarious British farce which proves to be as much fun for the audience as it is for the actors.” When Roger (Keith Wagner) decides to take a little vacation — from his marriage — at a secluded little bed and breakfast, he brings along a “friend,” Sally (Melissa Mabus). To his surprise, who should he run into but his wife Helen (LeAnne Brown) who, coincidently, is also taking a brief vacation from their marriage, with a “friend” of her own, Geoff (Brian McKeon). Things get a little more complicated when Sally and Geoff, run into their spouses, Geoff and Sally! The only one who seems to be able to keep things straight is the hapless stand-in innkeeper Ferris (Thomas Degan), who was trying to get away for a quite uneventful weekend — all alone. If it all sounds a bit confusing, well, it’s supposed to — it’s a British farce! Which means that along with the fast-paced frantic fun on stage, there will be plenty of uproarious laughter in the audience. Directed by Marie Fox Written by Derek Benfield The well seasoned cast is backed by an equally talented crew. Krista Snyder is Stage Manager, with Todd Mertz, and Tempest Barnes as Assistant Stage Managers. Lauren Fink and Amy Owens are handling props, with Barb Velez in the role of Production Manager. What a great way to keep warm on a cold winter night! January 22, 23, 28—30 7:30 p.m. January 31 2:00 p.m. $15 GA/$8 STU What’s with that w histl e? Although King Arthur in "Camelot" answers his own question "How To Handle a Woman?" with the answer "Love her...really love her", playwrights and lyricists don't have quite an easy answer in how fathers can handle their children, especially in large families. What do Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and Mr. Gilbreth in "Cheaper By the Dozen" have in common in trying to control their youngsters? It's the bosun whistle which both fathers use to get their children's attention. In CTL's delightful family comedy "Cheaper By the Dozen", Keith Wagner uses the shrill bosun whistle to call his dozen kids-- nine of whom appear on stage--- to order. When a couple of the older ones want bobbed hair or bebopping boyfriends, the father gets frazzled and the audience gets lots of CTL’s production of “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Keith Wagner as Frank Gilbreth, conducts a fingernail inspection after calling his children to assembly. Children left to right: Kaleb McKeon, Sydney Powell, Peter Sinibaldi, Brian McKeon, Ben Thomas, Mikayla Born. — Photo by Robyn Richards laughs whether or not Mr. Gilbreth gets to toot his whistle . Captain Von Trapp doesn't have a dozen but seven youngsters to handle in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music", also resorts to his bosun whistle -- perhaps a leftover from his days in the Austrian Navy. His children also march in as he toots away until the governess Maria convinces him that the children will respond more to music and affection than his militaristic ways. In another Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the father of many children --maybe 12 -20, depending on the number of kids auditioning -- doesn't have to use a whistle but only a scowl. He is the King of Siam and his flock march in and out of the palace at a clap of a gong. That is until Anna teaches the regal ruler that he must modernize his ways. That's not to say that there is not a whistle in "The King and I". But it's not a whistle that the King blows. It's Anna who wins hearts with her "Whistle A Happy Tune". — Contributed by Jack Felix PAGE 6 COMMUNITY THEATRE LIVE! 2009-20 10 Ap peal Thanks to you, W e’r e Almost Ther e! Here’s your chance to make a difference by making a contribution to CTL’s educational and outreach activities. As school funding for the arts decreases, the demand for these CTL programs increases. Current activities include: Summer Theatre Camps – A $7,000 hands-on program for ages K-12, serving 150 children each year. $6,000 Student Productions – A unique opportunity for high school students to write, produce, $5,000 direct and perform. Act Up! – An all youth summer performance in collaboration $4,000 with the Community Arts Center, serving 75 or more students. The Ray Of Light Awards – $3,000 Celebrating the best and brightest of the area’s high school per$2,000 formers. This year, 10 schools are participating in 14 productions. Reader’s Theatre – Perform- $1,000 ance without memorization for people of all ages. UNSCENE HEROES Under the guidance of costume designer Marianna Steele, these Sew Good Volunteers have been meeting on Saturday afternoons to help prepare costumes Clockwise from left: Ginny Engel, Marianna Steele, for Scrooge! the MusiAndrée Phillips, Nancy Eischeid, Judy Fischer cal. For this particular Not in photo: Michelle Taylor, Lauren Taylor, Pat Scheib production, approximately 60 costumes were created for about 30 cast members. Marianna had the fabrics pre-cut and ready to go for afternoons of enjoyable, relaxing sewing sessions. “Saturday Sews” are scheduled as needed, and volunteers sign up as their schedules allow. Anyone interested in joining the “Sew Good Volunteers” should contact the business office. Many thanks to all those who helped build the fabulous costumes for Scrooge! the Musical. VOLUNTEERING A MYSTERY? Clueless about how to become a CTL volunteer? Part of a social or service organization and looking for new opportunities? Bring your group to a fun-filled, life size game of Clues and Cues at the CTL. Learn more about your local community theatre and discover the many interesting and creative volunteer opportunities. Clues and Cues is an informational, behind the scenes open house. Refreshments will be provided, and prizes will be awarded to all participants who solve the murder of Mr. Boddy while discovering the vast volunteer opportunities. Join the fun and solve the murder at CTL! For more information, please contact the business office at 327-1720 or email Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org. EVENTS AT A GLANCE Sun 29 Mon 30 1 Tue 2 Wed 3 Thu 4 Fri 5 Sat D 6 7 e c 13 14 e m 20 21 Heartbreak b SCROOGE 2House 7—9 p.m. PM AUDITIONS: e Robin Hood 7 28 r 27 PM 8 9 10 11 12 Schedule of Events MAINSTAGE $15 GA/$8 STU • Scrooge! The Musical December 10 - 12 December 17-19 December 20 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM SCROOGE! The Musical 7:30 PM 15 16 17 18 19 SCROOGE! The Musical 7:30 PM 22 23 24 25 26 29 30 31 1 2 • Bedside Manners January 22, 23 January 28 - 30 January 31 _ J a n u a r y _ 3 4 AUDITIONS: Cemetery Club 7 PM 5 6 7 8 9 • Cemetery Club March 5,6, 11-13 March 14 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 CONCERTS $15GA/$8 STU , 2/$25 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 • The Chain February 5 7:30 PM 7:30 PM Bedside Manners 7:30 PM 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 • VJQ February 12 Bedside Manners 7:30 PM 31 Bedside Manners 2 PM 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 SPROUTS $8 GA, 4 for $25 • Robin Hood February 19, 20 February 21 7:30PM 2:00 PM The Chain 8 9 10 11 F e b r u a r y 7:30 PM 12 13 AUDITIONS: Mamma Meatloaf! 7 PM VJQ 16 17 18 14 15 7:30 PM 19 AUDITIONS 20 • Robin Hood December 20 & 21 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM Robin Hood 7:30 PM 21 Robin Hood 2 PM • Cemetery Club January 3 & 4 22 23 24 25 26 27 • Mamma Meatloaf! February 7 & 8 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 • The Reluctant Dragon February 28 & March 1 7:00 PM AUDITIONS: The Reluctant Dragon 7 PM Cemetery Club 7:30 PM Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Williamsport, PA 17701 Established in 1976 Committed to Educate, Enrich & Entertain 100 West Third Street Box Office: 570-327-1777 Bus. Office: 570-327-1720 Fax: 570-321-6215 Email: email@example.com Look inside for…... PREVIEWS of upcoming shows and concerts PLUS Auditions! • • • Cemetery Club Robin Hood The Reluctant Dragon ...and more! RATHER GET THIS NEWSLETTER ONLINE? Just let us know! If you prefer e-mail to “snail mail” simply contact the business office at 327-1720 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember, you can always check out the latest information about CTL online at ctlnet.org • • • • • Scrooge! The Musical Bedside Manners Robin Hood The Chain VJQ Media Sponsor: CTL is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends upon annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by Northern Tier Cultural Alliance. Mainstage series sponsored by the Williamsport/Lycoming Community Foundation