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Important Announcement Concerning COVID-19 and THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Village Players of Fort Thomas

VP_new logoMarch 27, 2020, Fort Thomas, KY— In the interest of keeping our patrons as informed as possible in these rapidly changing times, Village Players of Fort Thomas is formally announcing the removal of The Last Five Years from its previously announced April 2020 performance dates.

This decision is in response to Governor Beshear’s COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines to maintain safety for Kentuckians and our neighboring states. Village Players of Fort Thomas will fully comply with the governor’s orders and do our part to help flatten the curve so that we can return to producing quality, local theatre as soon as it is safe to do so.

While we had hoped to share our definitive plans for the future of The Last Five Years, there are still several unknowns. The talent that producer Meagan Blasch and director Nathan Henegar assembled for this show is second to none, and we want to explore all possibilities and resources before announcing a final decision.

The Board will soon discuss the remainder of our season, including our planned annual New Works production, and will share information as soon as we have firm answers.

Patrons who currently hold tickets for The Last Five Years should reach out to Village Players at (859) 781-3583 to discuss options, including donating the tickets, requesting a refund, or exchanging them for a future performance.

Thank you as always for your patronage and support of the arts. We look forward to seeing all of you in the theater again soon.

Village Players of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, is a vibrant community theatre that has produced plays and musicals for more than 50 years. Performing in an intimate space, you will feel like you are part of the action, sitting inches from the actors on three sides of the stage. We strive to appeal to a broad audience, producing three main-stage shows of varying styles and a children’s show each winter. Village Players is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT), Association of Community Theatres Cincinnati (ACT), Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA), and the Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA).

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WRONG WINDOW Cancelled at Beechmont Players

BPI_logoAs more information and government mandated bans are announced throughout the state in relation to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Beechmont Players board of directors has made the difficult decision to cancel our May production, WRONG WINDOW.

With the CDC’s recommendation of organizations to not hold gatherings of more than 50 people for the next several weeks, this interferes with the opening of Wrong Window. We refuse to risk the safety of our patrons, cast, and crew so cancelling this production is in our best interest all around.

In this trying time, dozens of organizations are having to cancel their productions in order to be in compliance with the mandates set by the State Department of Public Health. If you have tickets to a live performing arts event which is canceled due to COVID-19, including Beechmont Players, please consider donating your ticket to the organization.

If you would life a refund for your tickets, please call our box office at 513-233-2468 and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your understanding in our decision and we hope to be back on stage here soon. Any future updates will be posted on our website, beechmontplayers.org, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Auditions Announced for Livecast of PYGMALION

MISC_Auditions2Richard Zenk is excited to announce auditions for PYGMALION Livecast. PYGMALION “inspired” the musical – My Fair Lady. The production will be live cast and made available on YouTube.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmalion_(play)

As easy as 3, 2, 1:
3 rehearsals (or less)
2 recordings (or one)
1 live performance

All auditions, rehearsals and the performance will be done from your home. To participate in auditions, rehearsals and performances, you must have a device (PC, Mac, cell phone) that fits the audio and video requirements of Zoom (www.zoom.us) and a room that is well-lit without glare from windows and quiet. Finally, you must audition and perform in one or more of the British accents referenced in the play.

The script is available to read (and reference during rehearsals and the performance) at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/3825/3825-h/3825-h.htm

Have tech skills and/or sound effects skills? Contact me. 🙂

Patrons who view the show will be encouraged to donate to their favorite community theater.

Live Video Auditions: Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 from 4-5pm. Acting talent of any race, ethnicity, disability, size, sexual identity, age, and gender/gender identity are encouraged to audition.

Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ea4ae29abfb6-pygmalion

Rehearsals are to be scheduled weekday evenings and weekends between April 8 to 17th. Live performance will be on April 18 or 19.

PYGMALION
George Bernard Shaw

Roles:

  • Eliza Doolittle – a common flower girl, feral and feisty, all instinct, determined to better herself and not get kicked in the process. She is a strong-willed street urchin whose journey to a more refined young woman has many stops along the way, from the patina of elegance that hasn’t become inherent, to an educated, far-seeing young woman who suddenly discovers both longing, other ambitions, and appetite, along with a new understanding that far from being elevated and set free she has simply exchanged one kind of box for another.
  • Professor Henry Higgins– He is a bachelor who specializes in phonetics and who is an acclaimed authority on the subject of dialects, accents, and phonetics.
  • Colonel Pickering– A distinguished retired officer and the author of Spoken Sanskrit. He has come to England to meet the famous Professor Henry Higgins. He is courteous and polite to Eliza, and he shares in Higgins’ experiments in phonetics in teaching Eliza to speak as a duchess.
  • Mrs. Pearce – the long-suffering housekeeper for Henry Higgins. Tart, can be intimidating, keeps his house running amid the chaos, but can also be charmed by her irascible, unpredictable boss. She waivers between horror and wild pity for the waif of a young woman who has been thrust under her roof.
  • Alfred Doolittle – Eliza’s father, a dustman, a cockney rogue, cocky, brilliant in his own understanding of his own morality and code of ethics, exceedingly clever with language and the cat who always lights on his feet, proud of being one of the undeserving poor, and as a result, finds himself elevated to middle-class respectability with, to him, horrifying consequences..
  • Mrs. Higgins – Henry’s mother, wise, intelligent, with a wry, dry sense of humor, she is herself broad- minded in her thinking, but likes to observe societal conventions and is constantly challenged by her son’s unconventional, occasionally boorish ways. Not above going against her son when his blind arrogance deserves it.
  • Mrs. Eynsford Hill – financially of the middle-class, but perhaps used to belong to the upper class, and still behaving as though that’s her milieu. She longs to still be part of good society, and her financial strictures very much get in her way. The mother of Freddy and Clara, she is trying to do her best for her children, with great compassion for their youth and situation.
  • Freddy Eynsford Hill – somewhat bumbling, ineffectual, but charming in an earnest, young gentlemanly British sort of way, henpecked a bit by his sister, eager to please, well-meaning, eventually bowled over and utterly charmed by the vision that is the new Eliza Doolittle.
  • Clara Eynsford Hill – the daughter of Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, she feels the financial restrictions keenly and this constant need to grasp for what they can’t quite reach makes her shrill, occasionally unkind, and preoccupied with fitting in with the latest trends in both society and fashion. By turns petulant, yearning, snobbish, and gullibly charmed.
  • Ensemble – two men and two women to play bystanders, servants, and others of various classes, ages – so facilities with accents and characters a plus.

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Live Performances of 13TH AND REPUBLIC Postponed at Walterhoope

wh_logoDue to social distancing efforts Walterhoope has decided to postpone all live performances of 13TH AND REPUBLIC to a later, undetermined date.

In the meantime, we are rising to the challenge and view this as an opportunity to expand the ways in which our audiences can experience 13TH AND REPUBLIC.

Our goal is to work with high-quality studio recordings of the music and performance to create a separate and uniquely-special work of art. Thank you for your support and understanding; I will be in touch as we move forward.

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LASSO OF TRUTH Postponed at The Know Theatre

ktc_logoThe deep dive into the history of Wonder Woman will be rescheduled to an upcoming season.

It is with great disappointment that the Know Theatre of Cincinnati announces the indefinite postponement of their production of Carson Kreitzer’s LASSO OF TRUTH.

The production, which was slated to open April 17, was to be directed by the Know’s Associate Artistic Director, Tamara Winters, and told two interweaving stories about the pop-culture phenomenon that is Wonder Woman: one recounted the lives of her original inventor and the two women he loved, both of whom served as inspiration for the character, and the other followed a modern-day fan struggling to reconcile her progressive sensibilities against her lifelong love for Wonder Woman, even as she discovers how the character was shaped by a culture of shame and secrecy.

“This is a play that’s been on our radar for a few years, and we were all extremely excited to produce it,” said Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford. “Our goal is to make space for it as we schedule our upcoming seasons.”

The Know previously had to bring an early close to its Rolling World Premiere of ALABASTER, by Audrey Cefaly, which it transferred to a limited-run, highly successful video-on-demand. As a part of the Know’s Know-to-Go brand, the Know is in the process of rolling out ways to experience its signature theatrical storytelling at a distance, through streaming filmed productions, audio plays, and performance-based livestreams of tabletop role-playing games.

Audiences can always keep up with the Know’s programming by visiting knowtheatre.com or visiting the theatre on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.

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