Auditions for “Crimes of the Heart”

web_print_squareNotes on “Crimes of the Heart” from Director Kate Kale Wolf   

Auditions will be held on April 9 & 10 for “Crimes of the Heart” which will be performed May 25 – June 3.

Plot & History

This touching and hilarious comedy/drama takes place in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to deal with multiple family emergencies.  Lenny, the oldest sister is a “spinster” whose looming birthday reminds her of diminishing marital prospects.  Meg, the middle sister who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast.  Meanwhile Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after being accused of having shot her husband in the stomach.  A memorable movie of this play was made starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek.

Here is some Wikipedia info on the play, the playwright, and their many awards.

The Cast (Ages are approximate.)

Lenny Magrath, 30-40, the oldest sister – maternal, frazzled, stressed
Meg Magrath, 27-37, the middle sister – tries to be tough, sultry,  “wild child”
Babe Magrath Botrelle, 24-34, the youngest sister – girly, sweet, ditzy
Chick Boyle, 27-40, the sisters’ first cousin – bossy, snooty, full of her own importance
Doc Porter, 30-40 Meg’s former boyfriend – laid back, charming, friend to all 3 sisters
Barnette Lloyd, 25-30, Babe’s lawyer – eager to help, smart, driven, new at his job

Auditions

Auditions are April 9 and 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lantzy Rehearsal Hall in Ebensburg across from Agway. We will be reading scenes from the script for auditions.  You can find them below listed by character.

Audition scenes:
Lenny, Meg, Babe, Chick
Babe & Barnett
Meg & Doc

Rehearsals

I generally like to rehearse Sunday through Thursday nights, but the calendar will be developed once we know the cast’s conflicts. Although the play is very funny, I see it as a very warm, intimate and real story.  The relationships of the characters are very important – we need to see them and feel them throughout the story. The rehearsal process will support building those relationships as well as the comedy.

Read-through will be soon after casting and most rehearsals will start the week of April 16.  Tech rehearsals will be May 21-24. Performances run May 25-June 3. Strike is June 4.

 

Cresson Lake Playhouse Announces 2017 Season

Graphic only lowCresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the 2017 season. From drama to comedy to a farce, the season promises to be a crowd pleaser with something for everyone.

The season will open with the junior theatre production of Disney’s Mulan, Jr. Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, the Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor! This delightful musical will run from May 4-7.

The first production of the main season is the touching comedy/drama, Crimes of the Heart. The three Magrath sisters have gathered to deal with multiple family emergencies.  Lenny, the oldest sister is unmarried and facing diminishing marital prospects.  Meg, the middle sister quickly outgrew her hometown, but is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast.  Meanwhile Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after being accused of having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles are grave and yet somehow hilarious.  Performances run from May 25 to June 3.

Ring of Fire will explore the barriers broken by Johnny Cash as well as his unmatched legacy with roots in folk, gospel, rock, and country. Ring of Fire gives the music the spotlight as a group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such a long-lasting part of the American experience. Performances run from June 20 to July 1.

Sure to enchant the entire family, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, will run from July 25 to August 5. A spoiled prince turned into a beast must find true love if he is ever to return to his human form. Will he be able to find love in time? Will Belle, the beautiful, intelligent girl who found her way to his castle learn to love him?

In the hilarious farce, Cheat Sheets, college professor Willa is having the worst day of her life.  She caught a student cheating, her daughter is dating a punk band singer, and she may be losing her job.  Then her best friend, Louwana, appears to help her save the day.  Their crazy plan dissolves into mistaken identities, slamming doors, cross-dressing, and three matching laundry bags – only one of which contains laundry. Performances run from July 25 to July 30.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, running from October 5 to 14, takes the audience to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards, it’s a bawdy, gaudy, guilty pleasure with a delightfully jazzy score. This uproarious musical is sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief.

Lastly, throughout the season many special events will be occurring from CLP Unplugged events to Comedy Night to a special drama combined with an art show. All details can be found throughout the season at www.cressonlake.com. Season subscriptions are on sale now until April 30. Individual tickets go on sale April 10. Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased by calling 814-472-4333 or online at www.cressonlake.com.  All sales are final and non-transferable.

Online Theatre Marathon

Hamilton profile picCresson Lake Playhouse is planning a 24-hour online Theatre Marathon March 24-25 to raise money for their upcoming season.

Hamiltunes

The event will take place through Facebook Live and will kick off with two sessions of Hamiltunes, the latest craze sweeping the nation where participants vie to perform musical numbers from Broadway’s smash hit, “Hamilton.”  Each of the two sessions will play the entire score through beginning to end.

Here are some highlights from Hamiltunes in LA.

Singing slots for Hamiltunes can be reserved for a $5 donation for each slot.  Slots are limited.  First come, first served.

For a singing slot for the All Ages Hamiltunes (Friday, March 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.), click here.

For a singing slot for the 21 and over Hamiltunes (Friday, March 24 from 9:00 -12:00 p.m.), click here.

Join in on other activities too

Come on over to participate in a Broadway singalong, play readings from the upcoming season, a stage combat demonstration, theatre games, an acting workshop, and an audition workshop.  The marathon will take place at CLP’s Lantzy Rehearsal Hall in Ebensburg.  Click the Theatre Marathon downloadable schedule link below.

We’ll also post an inside look at a rehearsal for CLP’s Youth Theatre production of “Mulan, Jr.,”

The complete schedule for the Theatre Marathon is below as a downloadable PDF.

Participants will be “tagged” on Facebook and will encourage followers to donate to CLP online. To watch the fun, “Like” Cresson Lake Playhouse on Facebook and tune in anytime from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.

Theatre Marathon pdf

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

WEB_dirty_rotten_scoundrelsbtickOctober 5-14 | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the 1988 film with Michael Caine and Steve Martin, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards, it’s a bawdy, gaudy, guilty pleasure with a delightfully jazzy score.  This uproarious musical is sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief.

At the center of the story are two con men.  Lawrence is an older gentleman, seasoned, experienced, an expert at taking women’s money and leaving them poorer but smiling. Enter Freddy, a young American who’s looking to make a bigger score.  Upon meeting, the two rogues attempt to work together, only to find that this little French town isn’t big enough for both of them.  They agree on a settlement.  The first one to extract $50,000 from a certain heiress wins, and the other must leave town.

A riotous battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing and guessing to the very end.buy-tickets-now

Cheat Sheets

cheat-sheetsbtickAugust 21 – September 9  |  In this hilarious farce, college professor Willa is having the worst day of her life.  She caught a student cheating, her daughter is dating a punk band singer, and she may be losing her job.  Then her best friend, Louwana, shows up to help her save the day.  Their crazy plan dissolves into mistaken identities, slamming doors, cross-dressing, and three matching laundry bags – only one of which contains laundry.

Cheat Sheets author, FJ Hartland, will also be directing the play.  FJ is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced in New York, Miami, Columbus, Wheeling, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.  Some of his greatest successes have been at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival where he has received seven nominations for Best Play winning four times.buy-tickets-now

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

web_beauty_and_the_beastbtickJuly 25 – August 5  |  This “tale as old as time” is the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village.  When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a fearsome monster who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress.  The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return.  The Beast’s enchanted household — Lumiére, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip — watch anxiously as Belle and the Beast befriend one another.  Their feelings grow ever deeper.  But will they confess their love for one another before it is too late?

Songs include Mrs. Potts singing “Beauty & The Beast” and the entire cast performing “Be Our Guest.”buy-tickets-now

Ring of Fire

ring-of-firebtickJune 20 – July 1  |  Johnny Cash broke barriers and left an unmatched legacy with roots in folk, gospel, rock, and country.  From the opening chords of vintage country to Rockabilly and rock n’ roll, from searing ballads to gentle songs of love and deep faith, his music provides a rich fabric on which to lay down his story.  The great bio-pic film, Walk the Line, told the story of the events of Cash’s life and his incredible struggles and triumphs.  Taking a different tack, Ring of Fire gives the music the spotlight as a group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such an enduring part of the American experience.

With more than 30 classic songs creating a rousing portrait of home and family, love and loss, faith and redemption, Ring of Fire lifts your heart and stirs your soul.buy-tickets-now

Crimes of the Heart

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May 25 – June 3  | This touching and uproarious comedy/drama takes place in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to deal with multiple family emergencies.  Lenny, the oldest sister is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects.  Meg, the middle sister who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast.  Meanwhile Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after being accused of having shot her husband in the stomach.

Their troubles are grave and yet somehow laughable.  In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so touching and consistently comical that it will linger in your mind long after the show is over.

Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek played the three sisters in the hilarious 1986 movie.

Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek played the three sisters in the hilarious 1986 movie.

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Disney’s Mulan Jr

web_mulan_jr btickMay 2–7  |  Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit.

The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor!  Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army.  As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan.

With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor, and heart, Disney’s Mulan Jr. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility.

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The Resinski Green Room

barn drawing

Last chance to donate to the Resinski Green Room!

In conjunction with Bonnie Resinski’s revival of “Silhouettes” in September 2015, Cresson Lake Playhouse is wrapping up a special appeal fund drive to renovate the Green Room at the barn.  All proceeds from “Silhouettes” and from the special appeal campaign will support the renovation project.  Work is now underway and when the project is complete, we will dedicate the “Resinski Green Room” to honor Kenny and Bonnie Resinski for their role in the early success of Cresson Lake Playhouse.

Donations to the Resinski Green Room project are still being accepted and can be made here.

Over the years, CLP has made improvements to the Green Room and Dressing Rooms in the lower level of the barn theatre.  Continue reading