Thursday, October 30, 2008

Twilight Theatre Announces Workshops for Youth and Teens

The Twilight Theatre and The Twilight Apprentice Company are excited to offer a Christmas workshop: Little Cosette and Father Christmas. Directed by Dana Spears with Music Director Barbara Zellner, this one-act play for teens and children was adapted by Adele Thane from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.

Auditions for named parts is on Thursday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, GA. This is a workshop. NO AUDITION IS REQUIRED for Villagers and Children (ensemble), but paid registration is required on Nov. 6th. Parts will be announced that night.

Parts are marked as L (large: many/several lines to learn) or S (few/no lines to learn).

Cast and suggested age range:

Must be Males
Henri Thenardier (villain) (age 14+) L
Schoolmaster (age 14+) L
Pierre Boulatruelle (age 13+) L
Wagoner (age 10+) S
Jean Valjean (age 14+) L

Must be Females
Madame Thenardier (age 12+) L
Ponin (age 8-12) L
Zelma (age 6-10) L
Cosette (age 8-12) L
Gypsy (age 14+) S

Male or Female (age-range flexible)
Juggler S (needs to juggle)
Clown L
Peddler 1 S
Peddler 2 S (acting, no lines)
Toy vendor L
Candy seller S (acting, no lines)
Villagers (ensemble)
Children (ensemble)

The fee for the workshop is $75 (includes all instruction, costumes, and production fees) and must be paid on Nov. 6th to hold your spot. Every actor will receive 2 free tickets to the performance on December 4.

Rehearsals will be on Thursday nights (beginning November 8) and Saturday mornings with no rehearsals the week of Thanksgiving.

Audition hints:
There will be a singing audition for Little Cosette only. Please be prepared to sing Castle on a Cloud from the Broadway musical Les Miserables if you are auditioning for Little Cosette.

To audition for all other named parts, be prepared to read from the script in front of the other students and their parents. We will have copies for you to study and use to prepare in the hall if you would like. You can look at the script that night to decide which parts interest you. Reading ability is less important than acting the role with energy and volume. We will not be using microphones in the performances, so volume is required.

This open-audition format (with an audience) is being used by theaters in Atlanta, so this will be great practice (which is what workshops are all about). Everyone who does not get a named part will be casted in the ensemble. Ensemble members are on the stage a lot (more than some of the named characters). Being in an ensemble is great experience. Remember that most Broadway stars started in the ensemble.

Please send this information to your friends who want to try theater. This is a fun and low-cost opportunity to learn what it's like to be on stage. The script is not "corny" as so many children's plays can be, but instead has the true flavor of the Victor Hugo book and will be a nice Christmas experience for your friends and family.

For more information, email Dana Spears at

Anyone wanting to have an individual coaching and confidence-boosting session in preparation for the audition and/or a private voice lesson to prepare Castle on a Cloud can contact Alison Chambers for more information on times and cost at
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Top Local Actor Honored as Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at Alliance Theatre

The Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce that local actor Donald Griffin has been selected as an inaugural Lunt Fontanne Fellow by Ten Chimneys Foundation, the National Historic Landmark estate of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. The fellowship is a groundbreaking national program created to serve regional theatre actors and enhance the future of American theatre. Griffin will receive a cash fellowship and will participate in an intensive week-long master class and retreat at Ten Chimneys with world-renowned and acclaimed actress Lynn Redgrave as the first master teacher in the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program.

The Alliance Theatre was invited by Ten Chimneys to nominate multiple actors in Atlanta for consideration to be chosen as a Fellow. Selection criteria for the program include having 20-plus years of experience as a professional actor; being widely considered among the top actors in their community; and being widely respected by audiences, directors and fellow actors for their talent, dedication to craft, attention to detail and passionate pursuit of excellence.

Regarding the nomination and selection of Griffin, Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth said, “A versatile actor, storyteller and beacon of Atlanta’s theatrical community, Don Griffin is simply a treasure. He is an engaging actor with an ever-increasing ability to create contradictory, nuanced and deeply felt characters. What’s more, Griffin possesses an exceptional quality, the common touch. Don Griffin is a natural, poetic and consummate actor at the apex of his craft, a historian of Atlanta theatre, and a precious gem of this community.”

In addition to the Alliance, ten other prestigious regional theatres in the country were invited to nominate multiple actors for consideration to be named Lunt-Fontanne Fellows. With the guidance of a National Advisory Council, Ten Chimneys Foundation selected the “best of the best” from these nominees to be the inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellows. Other actors selected include: Suzanne Bouchard, Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle); Dan Donohue, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland); Lee Ernst, Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Milwaukee); Mary Beth Fisher, Goodman Theatre (Chicago); Jon Gentry, Arizona Theatre Company (Phoenix and Tucson); Francis Guinan, Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago); Naomi Jacobson, Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.); Kim Staunton, Denver Center Theatre Company (Denver); Todd Waite, Alley Theatre (Houston); and Jack Willis, American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco).

Ten Chimneys is the home and retreat of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, widely considered the greatest acting couple in American theatre history. (The estate is fully restored to its original glory. With all of its contents and personal mementos in place, it looks just as it did in the 1930s and 40s, when friends like Helen Hayes, Noël Coward, Katherine Hepburn and countless others visited the Lunts summer after summer.) For much of the 20th century, Ten Chimneys was the center of the theatrical universe – an important place for the luckiest of artists to retreat, rejuvenate and collaborate. The Lunts were known for their dedication to the next generation of actors. They reveled in mentoring young actors. Legends such as Laurence Olivier, Uta Hagen, Montgomery Clift and Julie Harris proudly considered themselves protégés of the Lunts. The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program continues that tradition of mentorship as Ten Chimneys reassumes its historic role as a powerful resource and inspiration for American theatre.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wicked Goes "Green" to Celebrate "Wicked Day" in Atlanta's Renaissance Park, Sunday, October 26th

The National Touring Company of the Broadway musical WICKED will celebrate WICKED Day - the musical’s fifth anniversary - on Sunday, October 26. WICKED Day is a national initiative with events involving the WICKED Company to lend support to the environment and to help educate others on living a greener lifestyle. WICKED Day takes place in various cities where the musical is currently playing, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London.

This year, the National Tour of WICKED currently playing in Atlanta at The Fox Theatre through November 2 has chosen to do something “For Good” for the environment by volunteering their time to help preserve and enhance green space within the city, caring for the trees and plants at Midtown’s Renaissance Park.

“WICKED Day has always been our way of giving back to our fans and the community which has embraced this musical,” explains Producer David Stone. “This year, Atlanta is currently home to the National Tour, and we are proud to continue efforts in bettering the city’s environment and going green,” said Stone.

For more information on Wicked Day, please visit

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. For more information on WICKED please visit

The Atlanta engagement of WICKED is presented as part of the Broadway Across America – Atlanta and Atlanta Broadway Series 2008-2009 seasons. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through authorized ticket sellers at The Fox Theatre, Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 404-817-8700.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Auditions for Children for CCCT’s Nuncrackers

Carroll County Community Theatre has cast the adults for the holiday production of Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical by Dan Goggin. The cast is Becky Allen (Reverend Mother), Martie Abney (Mary Hubert), Liz Banks (Robert Ann), Heather Miller (Amnesia), and Bill Easterly (Father Virgil). CCCT still needs to cast children ages 8 to 14 and will hold an audition on Thursday, October 9 at 6 pm in the Theatre Rehearsal Room. All cast members are required to pay a $10 participation fee if cast. Children should bring a short song to sing acapella to the audition. This musical comedy is directed by Laurence Smith and Kathy Waldrop Production dates are December 4-6 at 7:30 and Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10. Perusal scripts are available at the Art Center. Call 770-838-1083 or email for more information.
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