THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
The last few weeks, I’ve been recovering from surgery, a process that has been unfortunately long, stressful, and exhausting. But in the midst of that, I had the opportunity to see the national tour of Spring Awakening at the Victoria Theatre last week, and for those two and a half hours, I forgot my pain and exhaustion as I watched and enjoyed an amazing piece of art. The experience reminded me of the incredible power of theatre, and how moving and cathartic seeing a show can be.
We all have plenty of stresses in our lives, and theatre can be a great way to cast those aside for a few hours as we lose ourselves in a show, many of which will still teach us something about life and ourselves in the process. Whether you want to do that by laughing (Anything Goes) or crying (Wit), there’s a show for you in Dayton these next two weeks. And, performing in a show can be just as cathartic, so be sure to check out the auditions below, too.
Another Openin’, Another Show
…SHOWS OPENING SOON
The Story: English professor Dr. Vivian Bearing has just been diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer; words and her wit are her only defense, since the hospital gown and Boston Red Sox cap cannot protect her from a body that has turned into an enemy and a cure that may be worse than the disease. Ultimately, “we uncover a new appreciation for the simple, the maudlin, and the kind, and see the triumph of the human spirit.”
Dates: November 12 – 21, 2010
Tickets: (937) 424-8477
More Information: Dayton Playhouse: W;t
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
The Story: When Piggsylvania’s highest court puts him on trial, things don’t look so good for Alexander T. Wolf — everyone from judge Prudence Pig to the court reporter is rooting into the truth about his so-called terrible deeds! In this fresh musical adaptation of the familiar story, audience members (ages 4+) decide the way the story ends.
Dates: November 19 (7 pm), 20 – 21 (3 pm), in special performances at the Schuster Center’s Mathile Theatre
Tickets: Ticket Center Stage or call 937-228-3630
…SHOWS CLOSING SOON
WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
The Story: In this musical set aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London, Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is unfortunately engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; former Evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney falls in love with Lord Evelyn; gangster Moonface Martin attempts to escape the law, and Hope’s mother only desires to maintain her social standing.
Dates: October 28 – November 14
Tickets: 937 775-2500
More Information: Wright State University: Theatre season
Part of it All
…AUDITIONS AND CASTING CALLS
I Hate Hamlet
Auditions: Nov 15 & 16, 2010, 7:00 pm
Performances: January 21-23 & 28-29, 2011.
Directed by Ray Gambrel
The Story: In this dramatic comedy, television actor Andrew Rally is struggling in his professional and private lives, attempting to play the role of Hamlet (which he hates) and deal with his girlfriend’s unrelenting chasteness. The dilemma deepens when the ghost of John Barrymore appears to try to convince Andrew to persevere in the role… while an old deal-making friend suddenly offers Andrew the chance at a new television deal.
The Octette Bridge Club
BEAVERCREEK COMMUNITY THEATRE
Auditions: November 15 & 16, 2010, 7:00 pm
Performances: January 28 – February 6, 2011
Directed by Jim Lockwood
The Story: Eight sisters in a small Rhode Island town meet twice a month to play bridge and gossip; the ten year span of the show, exploring the eras of WWI and WWII, shows the changes in the sisters, their relationships, and the world.
More Information: Beavercreek Community Theatre: Auditions
One Short Day
…SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THE THEATRICALLY MINDED
An Evening with Sutton Foster
SPRINGFIELD ARTS COUNCIL
The Basics: Broadway sensation Sutton Foster, known for originating roles in four shows, performs selections from her debut solo album, “Wish,” in a night of laughter and music. Music Director Michael Rafter accompanies Sutton on the piano in this evening filled with some of Broadway’s best.
Date: November 13, 8:00 pm
The Basics: In this dynamic review, four top-notch Broadway vocalists join the Dayton Philharmonic in an evening of musical theatre classics from shows such as Wicked, Rent, Tommy, Phantom of the Opera, The Wiz, Mamma Mia, and more, backed by a full orchestra and chorus.
Date: November 12 & 13, 8:00 pm
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Katherine Nelson is a senior theatre major at Cedarville University who focuses on performance, playwriting, and stage management. She’s the Literary Intern with locally based Encore Theater Company, where contributors Shane Anderson and David Brush also work. The local theater company recently moved into the new arts collective space in the Oregon Arts District, along with Zoot Theatre Co & Rhythm In Shoes. Encore Theater Company has a mission to help develop new works of musical theater, most recently Next Thing You Know and The Proof, two new musicals in development.