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Cast Members Needed for Play Reading at Beechmont Players

BPI_logoBeechmont Players is going to hold another ZOOM play reading on Sunday afternoon, January 10th from 2-4pm. It will be an as-yet-unpublished dramedy (see below) sent to us by acclaimed playwright Michele Lowe, who wrote THE SMELL OF THE KILL which Steve Phelan directed for BPI four years ago.  

Please email Steve at stevephelan7588@gmail.com  if you are interested in taking a role (and which role(s) you are interested in). Steve will cast this first-come, first serve, but will try to give preference to people who haven’t participated yet, so we all get a chance to join in the fun!  Once cast, an electronic copy of the script will be emailed to each cast member.

ZOOM readings aren’t the same as live, but they provide a great chance to experience unknown shows, practice your acting skills, and socialize with your theater buddies.  And we hope they’ll be a reminder of why we started working with Beechmont Players in the first place!

Just want to watch?  Put the date on the calendar and let Steve know. He will make sure you receive the ZOOM link! Zoom link will also be available via our social media pages!

Mezullah, 1946
A spunky young woman tries to carve out a career and a life in the chaotic period following the end of World War II. Mezullah is the last woman working at a Boeing aircraft factory.  The men want her out, but she doesn’t want to go.  Meanwhile, friends and relatives try to resolve relationships that include a ghost and a woman hunting her missing (soldier) husband.

The cast (descriptions and ages are given just to guide character and perspective):

Women:

  • Mezzulah Steiner–19 
  • Mary Steiner—Mezzulah’s mother, late 30s 
  • Suzannah Hart– Mezzulah’s aunt, early 30s 
  • Clementine Flynn—- Crazy war widow, early 20s.  Doubles as Sally Cauley
  • Elvira Glass—-early 20s, doubles as Mrs. Bates 

Men:

  • Isaiah Benson—Drifter who’s sparking Mary Steiner, late 30s 
  • Horace Steiner—- Mezzulah’s  father, 19,  Doubles as Man #1 
  • Charlie Steiner—-Mezzulah’s uncle and factory foreman.Doubles as the Reverend .
  • Errol Hart—-Suzannah’s husband, early 30s.  Doubles as Man #3 
  • Fist—Sweet on Mezzulah, early 20s.  Doubles as Man #2

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ON CUE Fall 2020

ACT_vON CUE – The electronic newsletter of the Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati 

Fall 2020 Linda Roll, editor
llroll69@hotmail.com
Wow, what a year this has been. No one could have foreseen all the changes that have taken place. This has impacted every aspect of our lives. Let’s hope for at least some return to normalcy, whatever that will look like.In the meantime, let’s talk about what has been happening in our theatre world. The ACT board has continued to meet via ZOOM to conduct business.

  1. It was decided that groups who are still active will not be charged for any shows they ask to be judged. Groups will still need to pay their dues.
  2. Plans are underway to have the scholarship auditions conducted virtually. Each auditionee will have 5 minutes to show what they can do. 2 judges have already agreed to participate, and Melissa Smith is working to secure the others. It will be interesting to see if this will increase the number of young people who chose to audition.
  3. Dates have been set for the OCTA/ACT regional in June. Amanda Emmons Shumate has booked Parrish Auditorium and the Embassy Suites. This year the dates are June 17-19, 2021. Since most groups have cancelled their season, OCTA has decided that groups may excerpt from the past season. If for some reason there are again no regionals held, then the September OCTA fest will be pushed back another year (We are ALL hoping that won’t be the case)
  4. Even though there have been few shows, the shows that have happened have been adjudicated and have received those critiques. Fred Hunt stated that he is still looking for more judges, so if you have someone you think would make a good judge, let him know.
  5. Laureen Caitlin announced that the winter judges’ forum is scheduled for February 27 and will be via ZOOM. The topics to be discussed are lighting, sound, stage management and producing. As in the past, anyone is welcomed to view this video.
  6. For those of you who use the Wesseling One list to post information, in December, this address will be changing. Yahoo will no longer be hosting group lists, so John Wesseling is working to get relocated to a Google group. This email address will be released when it is up and working. For now, you can still submit to the Yahoo group page.

ACT is pleased to welcome Queen City as a new member. AACT update: This competition will be 100% virtual. This means that any of the theatres that did submit, if they wish to continue it must be 30 minutes. 12 groups will go to nationals, and if selected a professional video crew will come out and tape the 1 hour.

Some of the theatres are producing virtual shows, so be sure to check them out. The following is a list of some of these companies. If you know of a group doing this or are participating in any of these, let others know how to access the productions.

Drama Workshop, Footlighters, Mason, Village Players, Loveland and Equity Productions

If your group is holding events to raise funds, make sure to let us know what they are.

Let’s all support each other during this time.So, here are a few thoughts from your editor.

We are all struggling with just trying to survive what is going on in our lives. Jobs have been lost, family members and friends have been ill from this virus, and some of us have had loved ones die from various reasons, not just this virus. Whether you believe this is real or not, at least think about those around you. If you feel depressed, reach out and talk to someone. We are ALL in this boat together, and we WILL survive this.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you will be sharing the upcoming holidays, however you celebrate, with those you love.

Any errors, mistakes or omissions are not intentional.

Thanks to all of you for being a part of Greater Cincinnati theatre.

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The Passing of Dave Myers

SSP_Dave MyersAdded Oct. 13:

From John Wesseling

Added Oct. 13:
I let many of you know who asked that I would share Dave’s Funeral arrangements as soon as I got them.

Sad to say, it seems that October is a busy month  for funerals.

So the Memorial Service will be Sunday October 18th from 3-5pm at Vitt and Stermer, 4619 Delhi Rd.

The funeral mass will be the next day at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Victory 810 Neeb Rd in Delhi.

Please keep his family and his theatre family in your thoughts!

Best!
John
 

Gang,
I just got the word that we lost Dave Myers at 3:00 this afternoon [10/10]. He lost his 6 year battle with Cancer. This is a sad day for all of us who knew and loved him!

While he was not the founder of Sunset, In many ways he was the foundation of Sunset. Especially tech wise.

As many of you know he was my friend and de facto big brother ( As well as Mike Burke’s and Jerry Yearout’s). For me that relationship lasted over 50 years. Many of the good things that I am today come from Dave’s influence on me.

Sunset’s reputation as a tech group comes from his incredible talents and how he shared them and trained all of us around him.

But most of all, he was an incredible wonderful person and a gentle soul who would help anyone who needed it. If you are a person who prays, please pray for Dave and his family.

His loss will leave a hole at Sunset which will be impossible to fill!

I’ll let everyone know the arrangements when I find them out.

Best to you all!
John

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Fall Classes and Workshops at Acting Up

ACTUP-logoActing Up is excited to offer 6-week small group fall classes and a high school workshop beginning October 5, 2020!  While we are disappointed we cannot produce our usual fall musical due to the on-going restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity for young actors to continue to hone their performance skills during this time!

We will be offering Acting classes for grades 2-12 (grouped by grade level), an Improv class for grades 6-12, and a high school workshop production of “Freaky Friday”!  All classes will be held at our facility in Mason.  Details for each individual class can be found in the EventBrite link for your actor’s grade level.  Spots are extremely limited, and several classes are already SOLD OUT, but we do have a few remaining spots in our Acting Class for grades 8-12 and our high school workshop!

Click on the following links for more information and registration:

All registered participants will receive a detailed guide of Acting Up’s COVID-19 policies and protocols prior to the start of classes, as well as a medical/liability release form that must be completed for the first class.  Actors registered for the “Freaky Friday” workshop will receive a separate email with (optional) audition information.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Acting Up

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THE SUNSHINE BOYS at Fairfield Footlighters Postponed

fflSeptember 10, 2020:

Fairfield Footlighters regret to announce that we have postponed our September production of THE SUNSHINE BOYS. The outdoor event planned for Village Green amphitheatre is no longer possible due to the rise in COVID-19 levels for Butler County. We hope to bring you the production in Spring 2021, so like the Fairfield Footlighters Facebook Page to get latest news.

Fairfield Footlighters remains committed to keeping our patrons, our volunteer cast & crew, and the dedicated City staff safe.

Now, more than ever, support your local community theatre. Many of us are struggling to keep the stage lights on. #SaveOurStages

~ Fairfield Footlighters Board

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