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NOV 14 & 21 (7 PM) TCPiT Workshops
DEC 4 (8 PM) A Christmas Carol Opening
DEC 7 (7 PM) White Elephant Gift Exchange
DEC 8 & 9 (6:30 PM) Laughing Stock Auditions
DEC 12 (1 PM) Laughing Stock Auditions

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I hope you all had a Boo-tiful Halloween.  By the time you read this Barb and I will have had one of the more memorable Halloween's in our lifetime, ranking right up there and maybe a little ahead, of the first trick or treat with our little girls and our first  costume fun with the girls.  On this past Halloween, our little girl became Mrs. Paul  Mow.  Lauren and Paul were married in Traverse City in a wonderful ceremony among  family and a few close friends. We all wish them well in their married life together, excuse me while I wipe away a few of the remaining tears of joy and happiness. 

I hope you all got a chance to see the wonderful opening production of  And Then There Were None directed by Lloyd Bolick and Christy Sloan.  A great cast and crew did a marvelous job in bringing this Agatha Christie mystery to life on our stage.  A job well done by all.  

You should start thinking of making your holiday plans complete by getting 
tickets to the TCjP production of  A Christmas Carol.  This will be a holiday treat for the whole family and I know Tim Aranyos and his cast and crew are working very hard to get this production ready for you.  A wonderful holiday story which will make everyone happy and in the mood for Christmas.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those few hardy souls, those few whom so much is owed by so many, who helped out at the work day and began the slow process of cleaning out the workshop.  Bob Myers, Steve Hamel, Dave Goodyear, Danielle Babcock, Keegan Downey and Ian Bradford cleaned out, sorted and restacked, and created a nice little bonfire which was later burned by Steve Hamel and I.  We still have more sorting and cleaning out to do in the workshop so stay tuned for additional workday fun in the future.
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to invite all who read this letter to think about how you could help make the Twin City Players better.  We have been around since 1932 as an all volunteer organization and to this day, except for our newly hired Business Manager and our Marketing Manager, we are still operated by volunteers.  Volunteers operate the box office during shows, and serve as ushers and house managers.  Volunteers build the sets and paint and furnish them, serve as back stage crew, stage managers, run the lights and sound in the booth.  Volunteers help actors, also volunteers, get costumes and make sure their hair is right.  Volunteers serve on committees like play reading, party planning, membership and board elections.  Volunteers help out on work days and also serve on the Board of Directors.  Without volunteers this organization will no longer exist.  We need you, whether it is up on the stage or back stage or front of house or sewing costumes or helping out at a work day, your involvement is critical and important to TCP.  Our Mission Statement is “Engaging our Community in theater experiences that change lives,” if you want to change lives come and get involved, you might just change your own life.  Contact us through the TCP website or the box office number 429-0400 and let us know what you are interested in and how you can be a part of this community.
The Twin City Players (TCP) announces its holiday production of the 2015-2016 season, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Larry Nielsen, directed by Timothy Aranyos Jr.

Based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, this adaptation by Larry Nielsen follows the life of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to redeem himself. Told through the eyes of his contemporaries, after his death, we greet characters we know and love and we meet a few new ones along the way. Darkness and mystery become magic and hope in this classic tale about the power of the Spirit of Christmas.

With the goal of encouraging participation in community theater by local youth, the cast of each TCjP production includes students in grades 6-12. The cast of A Christmas Carol includes Aidan Kidd Diefenbach as Old Joe/Scrooge, Laura Simmons as Mrs. Dilber/ Christmas Past/Christmas Future, Tabitha Nelson as Charwoman/Marley’s Ghost/ Christmas Present, Noah Yardley as Customer 1/Bob Cratchit/Fan/Gent. 2/Husband, Nash Kent as Customer 2/Boy Scrooge/Fred/Sol. 1/Gent. 3/Mr. Fezziwig/Mr. Jorkins, Emily Andrina as Customer 3/Young Scrooge/Sol. 2/Mrs. Fezziwig/Gent. 1/Guest 2, Natalie Smiy as Soloist/Guest 1/Wife, Kiana Bartloff as Martha Cratchit, Antwon Johnson as Peter Cratchit/Dick Wilkins, Darien Scott as Belle/Mrs. Fred, Eirian Mzuka as Tiny Tim/Waif, Roberto Cuadra, Tabitha Hoskins, Maddie Ostenson, Jonah Yardley and Amy Paine as Carolers/Street Families, and Ariel Higgins, Sophia Newland and Skye Scott as Carolers/Street Urchins.

Assisting Aranyos are Assistant Director Dave Goodyear, Student Director Kayla Boughner, Stage Manager Jen Ammerman, Set Designer John Taylor, Lead Set Builder Bob Myers, Costume Designer Tammy Green, Sound Designer Bryce McNeill, Lighting Designer Ian Bradford, Dramaturg Paige Smillie and Production Manager Kraig Kirkdorfer.

Performance dates are December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. This production is sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation.

All Seats Reserved

Tickets will be $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Group rates are also available. All seats are reserved. Reservations can be made by calling the TCP box office at 269-429-0400. TCP is also offering online ticket purchases at Performance times are 8 PM for Friday and Saturday evening performances. Sunday performances will now be held at 2 PM. All performances take place at the Twin City Players Playhouse located at 600 West Glenlord Road in St. Joseph.

Opening Night Afterglow Reception

On opening night, join cast and crew after the show for an Afterglow reception featuring refreshments generously provided by Afterglow partners, Lemon Creek Winery and Bit of Swiss Pastry Shoppe. 
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White Elephant Gift Exchange & Director's Forum

December 7 at 7:00 p.m. will be our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange! Anyone who has attended this knows what fun it can be if everyone brings an imaginative and interesting gift to open and swap. As in the past, feel free to bring a dish you’re proud of to pass, but we will also provide some light appetizers. This event is BYOB. Don't miss out on another chance to mingle and socialize with your TCP family!

During the evening festivities, we will also host two short Director's Forums for our upcoming productions of Laughing Stock (Dave Goodyear) and To Kill A Mockingbird (August Garritano). We will also have a short preview from the cast of A Christmas Carol

Laughing Stock Auditions
Perofrmance Dates
February 26-March 13, 2016
Sponsored by The Herald-Palladium

The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for its next mainstage production of the 2015-2016 season this December. Auditions for the February and March production of  Laughing Stock by Charles Morey, directed by Dave Goodyear, will begin at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 and at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 12.

Laughing Stock offers a variety of roles for 9 men and 5 women.

Actors need only attend one audition session, but are welcome to
attend both. Actors will be asked to perform readings from the script.

Auditions will be held at on Twin City Players Campus at
600 West Glenlord Road, 
 St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.

Director Dave Goodyear is also inviting off-stage participation in Laughing Stock as well. We need to assemble the entire team of both cast and crew, from leading man and assistant director on down.  If you think you would have an interest in participating, in any capacity, please contact director David Goodyear at or 269-930-9571 and he will see about getting you a perusal script. You may also contact him directly to schedule an additional time to audition, if you are unable to make one of the audition dates. He says, “I’m sure anybody who has participated in theater on any level will find many things to identify with in the script and hopefully take pleasure in."
Laughing Stock is a hilarious backstage farce and genuinely affectionate look into the world of the theatre. When The Playhouse, a rustic New England summer theatre, schedules a repertory season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley's Aunt, comic mayhem ensues. We follow the well-intentioned but over-matched company from outrageous auditions to ego-driven rehearsals through opening nights gone disastrously awry to the elation of a great play well told and the comic and nostalgic season close.

Laughing Stock is presented in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service. 

We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to YOU, our patrons, for naming the Twin City Players Southwest Michigan's BEST COMMUNITY THEATER in the The Herald-Palladium's 2015 Reader's Choice Awards! We love performing for you year after year, and your support is very much appreciated!


The Twin City Players next theater workshop for Southwest Michigan students will be on Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 PM. This upcoming workshop will focus on Lighting Design, instructed by Scott Bradford. The technical training program, called Twin City Players in Training, will offer a variety theater production courses.

Additional 90-minute courses include:
  • November 21, 7:00 p.m. — Set; Instructors Bob Myers, Candace Myers and John Taylor; Twin City Players Campus, 600 W. Glenlord Rd., St. Joseph, MI

Bus transportation between the Benton Harbor Salvation Army at 233 Michigan St. to the Twin City Players Campus at 600 W. Glenlord Rd. will be available, departing at 6:40 p.m.  before all Saturday workshops and departing at 3:40 p.m. before the Sunday workshop. Return bus transportation after the workshop will also be available.

Registration and parental permission is required. Registration is available online at Participants will be asked to pay a $5.00/course fee at the door; however financial assistance is available for those in need.

Additional workshops will be held later next year. This technical training program is made possible in part by a grant from the Upton Foundation.

For more information about Twin City Players in Training, contact Timothy Aranyos Jr. at, Kraig Kirkdorfer at or Kim Kidd at .
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