Auditions For “A Tuna Christmas” Sep 24th and 26th

Auditions for the second production of out 2012/2013 season, “A Tuna Christmas,” will be held September 24th and 26th at 7:00PM in the Patty Birge Room at the NPCP.  Auditions are open to all interested persons age 10 and up.  There are several roles for children and many roles for adults.  No preparation is necessary to auditon.  Come join the fun at the NPCP!!

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons!

Written by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams

Directors: Carolyn Clark and Carey Harder

Production Dates: November 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25.

Produced through special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.

Save The Date!

The first show of the 2012/2013 Season at the North Platte Community Playhouse will be the production of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’.  Auditions for ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ will be held the first week of August 2012.  The performaces of this musical, directed by Anne Schmit, will be the last two weekends in September. 

 

For information about this musical, go to

    http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000289

TWO MORE CHANCES TO SEE ‘THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES’ AT THE NP COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE

From Scott Carlson / NP Community Playhouse

Central Nebraska will have two more opportunites to see the amazing show, ‘The Marvelouw Wonderettes’ at the North Platte Community Playhouse on Saturday, April 28th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.northplattecommunityplayhouse.org, at the Playhouse from none to 5, by calling 308-532-8559, or at the door starting approximately one hour prior to curtain time. ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ is a non-stop musical blast from the past featuring mega-hits from the 50’s and 60’s and is guaranteed to have the audience singing and dancing along! Come join the North Platte Community Playhouse on a musical journey back in time!

This show is made possible by the North Platte Community Playhouse’s corporate sponsors McChesney, Martin & Sgaehorn and Integrated Computer Solutions, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Endowment for the Arts and is produced through special arrangements with Steele Spring Productions.

NP Community Playhouse welcomes.. The Wonderettes

MArvelttes

The final production of the 2011/2012 season, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” is set to open Friday April 20, with additional performances on April 21, 22, 28 and 29. Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8:00PM and Sunday Matinees start at 2:00PM. Tickets are $15.00 for Adults and $7.00 for children and students.

Written by Roger Bean, “The Marvelous Wonderettes, “is a non-stop musical blast from the past. Featuring mega-hits from the 50’a and 60’s such as, RESPECT, Sincerely, Son of a Preacher Man, Mr. Lee, Secret Love and more, this show is guaranteed to have the audience singing and dancing along.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet the Wonderettes-Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their skirts, and the voices to match. In the first act, we learn about their lives and love, as the girls perform beautiful tight harmonies from classic 50’s song. Then in the second act, we join the girls at their ten-year reunion where we see how their friendships have changed and endured as they perform soulful renditions of classic tunes from the 60’s.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a must see. The cast consists of veteran actors Leah Purdy as Missy, Vicky Van Velson as Suzy, Deb Stadler-Stone as Betty Jean and Donna Pucket as Cindy Lou, with cameo appearances by Lynette Niles as Miss McPherson and Jamie Panzer as a Student. The production is directed by Darrell Drullinger with Musical Director Glenn Van Velson. This show is made possible by our Corporate Sponsors, McChesney, Martin and Sagehorn and Integrated Computer Solutions, The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Endowment for the Arts and is produced through special arrangements with Steele Spring Productions.

Arsenic & Old Lace- NP Community Playhouse

Abby and Martha Brewster (Lou Cox-Fornander and Carolyn Clark) serve their guest Mr. Gibbs (Wayne Anderson) with a glass of their homeade elderberry wine, with a few added ingredients. “Arsenic and Old Lace” opens at The North Platte Community Playhouse on Friday February 10.

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE” RETURNS TO THE NORTH PLATTE COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE
Contributed by Scott M. Carlson-NPCP General Manager

After a twenty year hiatus, the classic stage production “Arsenic and Old Lace,” returns to the North Platte Community Playhouse stage. Written in 1939 by Joseph Kesselring, the play opened in New York City in 1941. In 1943, “Arsenic and Old Lace” moved to the famous Hudson Theatre where it ran until June 17, 2004 after 1,444 performances.
The play is a black comedy which revolves around film critic Mortimer Brewster. In addition to making the biggest decision of his life, marrying his long-time girlfriend Elaine, he must also deal with the antics of his “dysfunctional” family. His family consists of his two Aunts, Martha and Abby who have taken to murdering poor lonely old men by poisoning then with their homemade elderberry wine, made with a few “secret” ingredients; a brother Teddy who is convinced that he is Teddy Roosevelt and continuously digs locks for the Panama Canal in the family cellar; and brother Jonathon who has received plastic surgery, performed by the alcoholic Dr. Einstein, to conceal his identity and now looks like horror film actor Boris Karloff, who was a member of the opening night cast.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” is no stranger to the stage at the North Platte Community Playhouse. It was last produced in 1992. Arleen Petersen and Playhouse matriarch Virginia Robertson portrayed the Brewster sisters, Martha and Abby. Robinson, daughter of the late Keith Neville, was a staple at the North Platte Community for many, many years. The duo also starred in the production at the State Theatre in 1978. Petersen said that Virginia would only take part in the 1992 revival if her “sister” agreed to join her. “While the lines were a little harder to pick up the second time, but Virginia was an absolute joy to work with, and I absolutely fell in love with her.” Petersen said. “The true regret, is that Virginia will not be here to see the production.” Robertson passed away several years ago. “With Virginia’s passing, the Playhouse lost one of the best performers it has ever known.”
The current cast includes, Lou Cox-Fornander as Abby Brewster, Carolyn Clark as Martha Brewster, Gene Gildorf as Rev. Dr. Harper, Andrew Lee as Teddy Brewster, Ben Hill as Officer Brophy, Sam Fornander as Officer Klein, Amanda Pleiss as Elaine Harper, Ryan Pleiss as Mortimer Brewster, Wayne Anderson as Mr. Gibbs, James Keller as Jonathan Brewster, Josh Gesinski as Dr. Einstein, Sam Miller as Officer O’Hara, John Hales as Lieutenant Rooney and Morris Turner as Mr. Witherspoon. Chandra Boeka is the Understudy for Martha and Ben Bartholomew is the Understudy for Mortimer.
The production opens Friday February 10, with additional performances on February 11, 12, 18 and 19. Friday and Saturday curtains are 8:00PM and Sunday Matinees are at 2:00PM. Ticket sales begin Monday February 6, and are $15.00 for Adults and $7.00 for Children and Students. Tickets can be purchased at the North Platte Community Playhouse at 301 E. 5th, Monday-Friday during production weeks from Noon-5:00. Additionally, tickets can be purchased online at www.northplattecommunityplayhouse.org or at the door approximately one hour prior to the production. For more information, contact Scott Carlson at (308) 532-8559. “Arsenic and Old Lace,” is produced through special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, and is made possible by our Corporate Sponsor, Norman, Paloucek and Herman Law Offices. We’ll see you down at the Neville!

A Haunting in North Platte

A team of paranormal investigators were at the North Platte Community Playhouse on Saturday night, and the spirits did not disappoint. The team arrived at approximately 8:30pm, with an impressive collection of equipment used for detecting possible paranormal activity. This included Digital Recorders, Infrared Cameras, Laser Grids and much more. During the intitial set-up, we clearly heard footsteps in the ceiling of the auditorium, so the investigation started earlier than we planned. With all the lights in the auditorium turned off, we began asking question of the potentil spirits, such as “Why are you here,” “how many of you are here.” We asked that a K2 meter, which measure electromagnetic fields, be used to respond to our questions by lighting up lights on the meter. Amazingly, on several occasions, the meter peaked in response to our questions. We continued to ask quesions that would evoke a response, and to our amazement, we were not let down. At one point, we asked that the spirit or spirits give us a sure sign of their presence by moving something on the stage. Shortly after this, we heard what sounded like a chair being moved. Simply unbelievable!

While I can’t say that I’m 100% sure that there are spirits at the NPCP, I can say that there were definitely some occurences that made you think we may not be alone.

The T.R.I.P team will spend the next week reviewing the hours of audio and video evidence from the investigation. They plan on returning to North Platte in a few weeks to present their finding. This will be open to the public.

One thing I am sure of though. If there are spirits at the NPCP, they are not dangerous and have no desire to cause harm to anyone.

 

Arsenic and Old Lace

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran)! to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

Performances February 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19.

 

Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace”

Dear Friends:

Auditions for our third production of the season, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” will be help December 13th and December 15th at 7:00 pm in the Patty Birge Room at the North Platte Community Playhouse. The cast calls for approximately 11 men and 3 women. This will be a 20 year revival of this classic production, as it was performed on the NPCP stage in 1992! All interested parties are encouraged to audition!

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is being directed by Lori Evans, and performance dates are February 10,11,12,18 and 19. No preparation is necessary for auditions. For more information, please contact NPCP General Manager, Scott Carlson, at 308-532-8559, or via email.

We are always looking for volunteers for lights, sound, stage management, props, and many other things. Call Scott if you’re interested!

Don’t forget to follow the NPCP on Facebook,http://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Platte-Community-Playhouse/107076269312220, and on our website, www.northplattecommunityplayhouse.org! You can also keep up with all NPCP events through Mix 97.1, Q Country 107.3, ESPN Radio 1410, North Platte Post and many other media outlets!

Happy Holidays from all of us at The North Platte Community Playhouse!

 

Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ Comes To North Platte Community Playhouse!

There are only two performances left of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at The North Platte Community Playhouse.  We still have plenty of seats available for Saturday Nov. 26 at 8:00pm and Sunday Nov. 27 at 2:00pm.  Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.northplattecommunityplayhouse.org.  This is an epic production, so don’t miss it!  The Box Office will be open one hour prior to show time, and tickets can be purchased at this time. Let us help get you in the Holiday spirit!  From all of us at The North Platte Community Playhouse, Happy Holidays!