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Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama


 

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Current Auditions & Announcements


Audition for a Commercial: Opus Media Productions is casting for a TV Commercial here in Birmingham and needs 3 actors: Two 25-35 year olds (male and female); One 60-80 year old male. arik@opusmediapro.com. 205/218-3354

 


Audition for a Thrackadoom: THRACKADOOM will be holding auditions for the Southern Gothic Vamsploitation filmCarbon-Based Blues in Birmingham on Saturday July the 14th at Theater Downtown/5th Avenue Antiques, located at 2410 5th Avenue South from 11:00 A.M. Until 3:00 P.M. Carbon-Based Blues is an Action Horror Comedy with a large cast of characters. It is also violent and full of salty language, so ages 19 and older only, please…

Come prepared for cold reading and possibly Jenga.

We are still accepting resumes and head shots via THRACKADOOM@Gmail.com. Any questions can be asked there, as well. You can also find us on Facebook. Thank you, and good luck! http://www.THRACKADOOM.com

 


Audition for a Radio T.B.S. Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals: The Montevallo Main Street Players will hold auditions for its production of Radio T.B.S. Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals by Mark Landon Smith on June 25 & 26 at 7 p.m. in the Parnell Memorial Library Theater, 277 Park Road in Montevallo. 10-woman cast. The show will run August 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. and August 19 at 2 p.m. Leah Kirk will direct. The action revolves around radio hostesses and society doyennes Vesta Poteet and Dixie Mandrell who bring to you the comings and goings of the activities in and around The Luna Del Mar Manufactured Home Oasis and Monkey Empire. And what a jumpin' place this trailer park is. There's a visit to Graceland from rovin' reporter Missy Goode (and her unfortunate arrest by the security guards); there's the upcomin' Miss Manatee contest; there's The Heart of Dixie advice for the lovelorn and addicted. The colossal celebration at Luna Del Mar, penicillin capital of central Florida, honors Jesus and Elvis: A Tribute to the Kings, a little nativity with some rock n' roll. It's not in honor of the holidays but of Elvis that a drive-by nativity is planned with headlights to be beamed on the annual tableau—low headlights, PLEASE! If you think that this kings' tribute runs smoothly, you'll also believe that teased hair is a thing of the past.

For more information, contact Steve Gilbert at 205-960-8587 or sgilbert@travelnalabama.com.

Visit the Montevallo Main Street Players at www.montevalloartscouncil.org/mmsp. 

 


Audition for a Commercial: Opus Media Productions is casting for a TV Commercial here in Birmingham and needs 3 actors: Two 25-35 year olds (male and female); One 60-80 year old male. arik@opusmediapro.com. 205/218-3354

 


Audition for Radio T.B.S. Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals: The Montevallo Main Street Players will hold auditions for its production of Radio T.B.S. Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals by Mark Landon Smith on June 25 & 26 at 7 p.m. in the Parnell Memorial Library Theater, 277 Park Road in Montevallo. The show will run August 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. and August 19 at 2 p.m. Leah Kirk will direct. The action revolves around radio hostesses and society doyennes Vesta Poteet and Dixie Mandrell who bring to you the comings and goings of the activities in and around The Luna Del Mar Manufactured Home Oasis and Monkey Empire. And what a jumpin' place this trailer park is. There's a visit to Graceland from rovin' reporter Missy Goode (and her unfortunate arrest by the security guards); there's the upcomin' Miss Manatee contest; there's The Heart of Dixie advice for the lovelorn and addicted. The colossal celebration at Luna Del Mar, penicillin capital of central Florida, honors Jesus and Elvis: A Tribute to the Kings, a little nativity with some rock n' roll. It's not in honor of the holidays but of Elvis that a drive-by nativity is planned with headlights to be beamed on the annual tableau—low headlights, PLEASE! If you think that this kings' tribute runs smoothly, you'll also believe that teased hair is a thing of the past. The 10-woman cast, mid-teens to 50s. For more information, contact Steve Gilbert at 205-960-8587 or sgilbert@travelnalabama.com. Visit the Montevallo Main Street Players at www.montevalloartscouncil.org/mmsp. 

 


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Tap Class:  Saturdays.  Grebel Center for Dance, 102 Commerce Parkway, Pelham, AL 35124.  Tap class for ages 10 and up at Grebel Dance begins this Saturday.  The class is 11:00am - 12:00pm and the fee is $15 per class. Bring a friend and get two for $15 this week!  Call 205-987-7234 for more information.  www.grebeldance.com

 


GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! Presented by The Seasoned Performers. Our fourth annual Summer Acting Workshop!! Consisting of six two-hour sessions exploring of the basics of acting, this fun and active workshop is for senior adult beginners and experienced actors alike. Theatre exercises, improvisation, and scene work will focus on physical expressiveness and the process of creating a role, as well as comedy. The workshop will be led by Martha Haarbauer, founder of The Seasoned Performers and will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 9 and 11, 16 and 18, and 23 and 25 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Artists on the Bluff, 571 Park Avenue, 35226.  The fee for all six sessions is $150.  Martha Haarbauer served as the director of TSP for 24 years. She now serves as the theatre’s Readers Coordinator. Martha has taught acting at UAB for over thirty years. She is the author of Seasoned Theatre: A Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Senior Adult Theatre, published by Heinemann in 2000. Haarbauer has appeared in a dozen Birmingham Festival Theatre productions as well as with Town and Gown, Jewish Community Center Players, Terrific New Theatre, and UAB Theatre, and had a featured role in Horn in the West outdoor drama in Boone, North Carolina. She won an Obelisk Award for acting, a Birmingham Festival of Arts Silver Bowl Award for her work with The Seasoned Performers, and the 2007 Birmingham Area Theatre Alliance Award for contribution to the theatre community in Birmingham. To register call The Seasoned Performers office at 205-978-5095 or email martha@seasonedperformers.org.

 


Local Collaboration Kicks Off National Search for “The MLK Project”: Red Mountain Theatre Company (Birmingham, AL) and its Executive Director Keith Cromwell, in collaboration with Lee Sentell (Alabama Tourism Director) and Dr. Lawrence J. Pijeaux (President and CEO of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute) are hosting a national search for a one-act written piece to be produced in honor of the 50th Anniversary commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” The one-act theatrical presentation (play, musical or spoken word) will become the second act of a fully-realized theatrical event that features a first-act dramatic reading of the “Letter to Martin Luther King” by a group of clergymen and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” written during his incarceration in 1963. 

Submissions are due no later than September 1, 2012, and the winner will be announced on October 15. A judging panel, including Keith Cromwell, Lee Sentell and Priscilla Hancock Cooper (Vice President of Institutional Programs at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute), will review each entry to determine the winning piece.

The winning team will be awarded $5,000, along with a round-trip visit to Birmingham, AL, (including accommodations) during the MLK Project’s production period (dates TBD). Performance dates are April 11–14, 2013 (Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 PM and Sunday, 2:00 PM).

For complete details regarding the MLK Project and application requirements, please visit http://www.redmountaintheatre.org/in-the-community.html.

For more information about the special events surrounding the 50th Anniversary commemoration, visit www.bcri.org.

 


ACTING OUT! MOVIE CAMP! JUNE 25-JUNE29 (SPACE IS LIMITED) Acting Out Academy is excited to announce that we are teaming up with actress and prestigious kid's acting coach Darcy Martin. Darcy will be making a special trip to Birmingham from NYC to take part in our first Movie Camp. The Camp will be the last week of June and consist of film, television and commercial training for ages 8-14. During the week we will write, cast and film a short film that will be premiered in a red carpet event Friday evening on the 29th and all our stars will have their own DVD of the film to keep. For more information and to register please visit our website: www.actingoutacademy.com or call 818-231-4065

Acting Out Academy is adding two new summer classes at Wee Flip starting in June and going throughout the summer!

Glee for Wees! (Ages 6-8)$75 a month. Tuesdays from 4pm-5pm For ages 5-10, this class focuses on expression through voice and movement. In it we use music, dance and controlled play to help kids direct their energy through creative expression!

Encores (Ages 9 and up) $75 a month. Mondays from 11am-12pm For any kid showing interest in performance this class is a must. Classes explore classical and contemporary text, voice and speech, movement, acting for the camera and improvisation. All students will work on a solo monologue of their choice and are encouraged to write their own works. And like Ensembles, there will be a performance for friends and families at the end of every session where the actors show off what they learned!

At the end of a two month session the kids will be given DVD's of some of their best work!

Go to www.actingoutacademy.com for more information.

 


Now Available!! Perfect for Dinner Theatre, Fund-Raisers, Benefits or as a Party Event! Society Paige:

A New Comedy-Mystery by Whitney Ryan Garrity. It’s 1929 and flighty socialite Paige Whitehall is throwing herself a birthday party. Sheltered and pampered, Paige decides to invite an assortment of “Broadway” types and soon the room is filled with aspiring performers, bookies and amiable gangsters. When caustic columnist Fritzi Fitzroy arrives and manages to offend everyone in sight, it’s no surprise that she ends up drowned in the bathtub gin! This hilarious mystery requires absolutely no set!  Featuring 5 female roles and 4 male roles, this versatile play can be performed as a solid one-act play or expanded as an interactive entertainment for a full evening.  The interactive version features 8 possible endings your audience decides whodunit!!

Scripts -$5.00 (includes shipping); Minimum 10 scripts per production; Royalties - $30 per performance.

Contact Whitplay Productions for a perusal copy. whitplay@gmail.com

Coming soon … SOCIETY PAIGE – the musical!

 


Upcoming Performances


The Last Hotel for Women: Birmingham Festival Theatre: June 14 – 30. Call 205-933-2383 or visit www.bftonline.org for tickets and performance times. Written by Randy Marsh / Directed by Edward C. Miller. The novel by Vicki Covington was adapted for the stage by her brother Randy Marsh, a playwright and founding member of BFT. Set in Birmingham in 1961, when Freedom Riders were passing through the Deep South, the production centers around a hotel run by Dinah Fraley and her husband. They are visited frequently by the Birmingham Commissioner of Public Safety, Sheriff Bull Connor, a known racist and bigot. Racial tensions run high in this powerful drama that was originally staged in 1996, and closes out our  40th Anniversary Season.0, 2011 with performances Thursday-Saturday nights at 7:30pm. Admission is $17 for adults ($15 online) and $10 for seniors and students. Opening night is Hobo Night (pay what you can afford with a $7 minimum).

CAST LIST:

Prior Walter - Peter Gray
Louis Ironson/The Angel Australia - Jack Williamson
Joe Pitt/Mormon Father/The Angel Europa - Will Rainer
Harper Pitt/The Angel Africanii - Amanda Maddox
Roy Cohn - Patrick Johnson
Hannah Pitt/The Angel Asiatica - Mel Christian
Belize/The Angel Oceania - Chris Hicks
The Angel/Emily/Mormon Mother - Penny Thomas
Ethel Rosenberg/Sarah Ironson - Debbie Smith
Mr. Lies/The Angel Antarctica - Chuck Evans
Henry/Prelapsarianov/Rabbi
Chemelwitz - Bates Redwine

Call (205) 306-1470 for reservations or visit www.theatredowntown.org to order tickets and save money doing so!

 


The Normal Heart: Theatre Downtown (2410 5th Avenue South). Larry Kramer’s searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis.  Having recently enjoyed a successful Broadway revival, the show follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community.  While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS in his personal life, through family and friends. June 14-16, 21-24 & 28-30.  For more information, e-mail the director at theatredt@gmail.com or visit www.theatredowntown.org.

 


 

Opening in July 2012

 


Search for Elle: MTV’s “Search for Elle” winner and Broadway’s leading lady, Bailey Hanks, heads to Birmingham to star in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s summer blockbuster Legally Blonde July 12-August 5, at the Virginia Samford Theatre (1116 26th Street South).  College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School! This award-winning Broadway sensation based on the hit movie is an all-singing, all-dancing, feel-good musical comedy that’s sure to be the highlight of your summer. Show times are Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 PM, and Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 PM. Tickets are $30-35 (group, senior and student rates are available) and can be purchased by calling 205-324-2424 or visiting www.redmountaintheatre.org.

 


Cinderella: The Leeds Arts Council is proud to present as its summer musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Directed by Cliff Keen, Jr. and Music Direction by Ellen Weems. It tells the timeless story of Cinderella and how she overcomes the obstacle of her stepmother to meet the prince of her dreams...of course, with a little help from her fairy godmother! The show will be performed on July 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 at 7:00 p.m. and July 15, 22, and 29th at 2:00 p.m. There will be special events that will coincide with the performances such as a meet and greet with members of the cast where you can take pictures with Cinderella and the Prince, also tea and cookies with the Fairy Godmother, and much more. The wonderful cast includes Chandler Champion as Cinderella, Mark Zekoff as Prince Charming, Ashley Richardson as the Fairy Godmother, Natalie Valentine as the Stepmother, Al Guido as the Herald, Denise Turner as the Queen, Bill Allen as the King, Noelle Gunn as Portia, Angie McGowan as Joy, and Karen Carroll, Ed Potts, Alec Beiswenger, Aisling Chalian, Rachael White, Leah Stephenson, Abigail Stephenson, Leah Harris, Shannon Harris, Stacy Ross, Katie Ross, Zoe Champion, Molly Lovell, Macy Moon, Tori Camp, and Abrianna Mizell.

Call 699-1892 for reservations NOW!

 


Forty-Second Street: Presented by Gardendale Arts Council. Directed by Andy Duxbury. Choreographed by Vallerie Paulin. Music Directed by Brian Denton. Production Management by Tommy Thompson. Performance Dates: July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 - Gardendale High School Theater

 


 

Opening in August 2012

 


Second Samuel: Park Players Presents: Second Samuel by Pamela Parker Directed by Clay Boyce. Laugh be moved but don't leave unchanged. It was a simpler time in the late 1940s, especially in South Georgia and specifically in a sleepy little town called Second Samuel. What had been called the Great Depression was quickly fading into memory. The war had been won, the election was now over, and "Give 'em Hell Harry" was still president. It had been an exciting time for sure, but the folks in Second Samuel were ready for things to settle down and get back to normal. Except—this was the summer Miss Gertrude passed away, and deep dark secrets were about to be revealed. Nobody could have imagined how the death of one sweet little old lady would turn the entire town upside down, leaving everybody in Second Samuel wondering if anything would ever be normal again!

August 16th - 18th & 23rd - 25th @ 7:30. With 2:30 Matinee August 19th. Community Education South Building. 1220 South 50th St. South. Birmingham, Al 35222. Tickets $15 $10 Seniors and Students. Under 16 free with paid adult admission. Tickets available at door. For more information: www.BhamParkPlayers.com info@BhamParkPlayers.com. 205 590-0155

 



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