We have lots going on at TCP this summer, starting with My Big Gay Italian Wedding and rolling right into auditions for The Fox on the Fairway.
We’re also working on a number of organizational changes. Elections for the TCP board of directors will be Monday, September 15. If you’re interested in serving on the board, contact our vice president, Mike Johnson. He can inform you about the expectations of board members and get information about your expertise and what you can bring to our theater organization.
We’re also returning to a paid membership. You should soon receive a membership brochure in the mail with all the information; they’ll also be available at the Tiffany Awards night on August 9. TCP let the paid membership program lapse several years ago due to difficulties in tracking the paid and unpaid members, but we think we have those issues resolved and can return to a more formal membership structure. Membership will be required for both voting and board service.
A huge thank-you to everyone involved with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Academy and our new friends from Germany with their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Veranda at the Whitcomb in downtown St. Joseph provided its facility free of charge and the group put on a wonderful, funny adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play for a standing-room only crowd. Give a big pat on the back to our TCP people who made it all possible: Tracy Tiffany for spearheading the whole project; Christine Sloan for lining up all the host families; Marty Golob for the technical setup; Scott Bradford for building the ramps for the set; Bill Klein for running concessions; Dave Goodyear for a great day of “tubing” on Lake Michigan; all our generous host families; and a bunch of people I probably don’t even know about but helped out in their own quiet way.
Kudos also to the cast and crew of The Crucible. Our TCjP folks gave a powerful performance of the show – one of which we can all be proud. “Well done” to directors Christy Sloan and Lloyd Bolick, the cast, and the crew.
Our annual Tiffany Awards night is August 9. For our “newbies,” the Tiffanys are the TCP version of the Tonys or Oscars – only far more prestigious. After all, Tom Hanks has two Oscars and five Oscar nominations, plus four Golden Globes, but does he have a Tiffany? No! There’s a potluck, cash bar, entertainment and of course the presentation of Tiffany Awards and the Unsung Hero Awards. Don’t miss it!
Our Second Stage musical comedy, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, opens August 14 and runs through the August 23. Director August Garritano and his cast and crew are putting together a show out in The Studio with great music and great comedy - what more could you ask?
See you at the wedding!
President, Twin City Players
The Twin City Players (TCP) will present a second stage production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding by Anthony Wilkinson, directed by August Garritano next month.
In this feel-good comedy, Andrew and Anthony are getting married – and everyone wants to "help"! My Big Gay Italian Wedding spins into a hysterical fiasco as everyone tries to have their way. From a saboteur ex-boyfriend to a loud, opinionated, outspoken Italian mother, personalities and culture collide in a music and dance-filled extravaganza.
The cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding includes Susan Salas as Angela Pinnunziato, Vaughan Radde as Frankie, Jason Cope as Frankie/Anthony Understudy, Bill Klein as Joseph Pinnunziato/Father Rosalia, Avery Green as Anthony Pinnunziato, Sarah Wallsten as Maria Pinnunziato, Micah Johnson as Aunt Toniann, John A. Corr Jr. as Andrew Polinski, Alex Novitzke as Rodney, Sebastian Martinez as Mario, Zachary Teadt as Gregorio, Eliza Carpenter as Connie, Meggie Anderson as Lucia, Ricky Wallsten as Maurizio LeGrande, Coreana Frampton as Nun/Wedding Guest and Carlee Stoker as Dance Captain/Bridesmaid.
Assisting Garritano is Assistant Director Charlene Krikke, Student Director Leo Carmody, Music Director Lena Miles, Set Design John Taylor and Stage Crew Sarah Stolte.
Performance dates are August 14,15,16,17, 22 and 23. My Big Gay Italian Wedding is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Sponsored by Kevin S. Anderson, Attorney at Law, Modern Dentistry Associates and Woodland Terrace Senior Living.
Cash Bar and Cocktail Hour
A cash bar will be available during all Friday and Saturday evening performances. On Friday, August 15, TCP will host a mixer prior to the performance at 7 PM, giving patrons the opportunity to meet the production’s directors.
All Seats Reserved
Tickets will be $12. 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 twincityplayers.org. Performance times are 8 PM for Friday and Saturday evening performances and 4 PM for Sunday matinees. All performances take place at the Twin City Players Playhouse located at 600 West Glenlord Road in St. Joseph.
The Twin City Players will host a celebration open to members and the public on Saturday, August 9 at 7:00 PM. The 27th Annual Tiffany Awards will recognize the performances and achievements of its members and volunteers from the immediate past season.
Tickets are $15.00 at the door and include admission, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This year’s Mardi Gras theme encourages guests to dress in festive attire. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the award ceremony commencing at 7:00 PM. The celebration will be held on the TCP Campus at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph MI.
The Tiffany Performance Awards are named after the late Marion Tiffany, an actress, volunteer and charter member of Twin City Players. TCP members and pass holders nominated candidates to ten different categories, including leading actress, supporting actor, and more from the season’s six mainstage shows. A secret panel of judges selects each year's winners. Backstage and volunteer contributions also are recognized with various special awards.
The Twin City Players will also recognize this year’s recipients of the Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship Juliet Golob and Sam Johnson.
The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for its premier mainstage production of the 2014-2015 season next month.
Auditions for the October production of The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig, directed by Lloyd Bolick and Christy Sloan, will begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 10 and at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 11. The Fox on the Fairway offers a variety of roles for 3 men and 3 women.
Actors need only attend one audition session, but are welcome to attend both. Each actor is asked to prepare a one-minute monologue ahead of time. While memorization is not required, it is preferred. In addition, actors will be asked to perform readings from the script. If callbacks are needed for some or all parts, actors will be notified and asked to attend a callback session on Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 PM. Actors may be cast even if not asked to the callback session.
Perusal scripts are available by request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Auditions will be held at on Twin City Players Campus at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
About The Fox on the Fairway
A tribute from Ken Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with... golf.
Performance dates are October 3-4, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. The Fox on the Fairway is presented in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc. This production is sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation.
The Twin City Players will host a Membership Meeting, September 15 at 7:00 PM following sweeping changes to the organization’s membership program.
The cost of membership is $15.00, however a junior membership for those under the age of 18 is only $5.00. Lifetime memberships are available for $225.00.
Membership will not be prorated. The membership year runs July 1 to June 30.
Becoming a member of TCP gives you a special affiliation with a group of people who are united in their desire to participate in and promote community theater at The Twin City Players. Membership signifies your desire for an ongoing relationship with the organization, and your aspiration to learn more and be more in our theater.
Only members can be on the Board of Directors and membership is required to vote for Board members and participation in maintaining and improving a quality theater experience for both volunteers and patrons.
Membership is not linked to Flex Passes or the annual Tiffany Awards. Anyone who takes part in a play production is eligible for awards. We do encourage membership for the benefits it provides.
Additional benefits of membership include:
- You will receive a new membership card each year that you can use to receive discounts and special offers as described below.
- Any person who is a current member at the time of the annual meeting may vote in elections.
- Member’s Night: The first Saturday of a production, members can purchase a ticket for themselves for half price if tickets are available.
- Any other night of production, a member will pay full price but may bring one guest for half off the guest’s ticket, if tickets are available.
- After paying for a ticket to a play, a member can return to see as many performances of the same play as they want for free, on stand-by, as long as seats are available.
- Discount on Tiffany Awards tickets.
- Members Only 50% discount on one concession item by presenting a coupon from Backstage Chatter.
- Registration reimbursement of a small amount after attending a Community Theater Association of Michigan event.
- Discount on TCP play crafting seminars.
Please keep your eye out for your Membership Brochure to arrive by postal mail soon. This is a new program begun in January, 2014. Being a member gives you numerous opportunities to save your hard-earned cash while attending the plays you love to see.
Also Flex Pass brochures for next season will go out in August. We have kept the same prices as last year, and those of you who have had a Flex Pass know what a great deal it is.
I am really seeking computer-savvy volunteers to learn our reservation system and work in the box office. Please leave a message on the reservations phone line if you have any interest, 269-429-0400 or email me here.
Volunteering for front of house positions serves the very important function of making our patrons feel welcome and comfortable. People assisting in these spots have the best opportunity to be ambassadors of goodwill to our viewing public.
There will be an orientation and refresher for all new and seasoned box office managers on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 13 at 1p.m. Sessions are for 2 hours. Please let me know which date will work for you. If you want to become a Box Office Manager, I will train you over the next month or so until you feel comfortable trying a night with me as back-up. Leave a message on the box office phone or email me here.
All window workers will have refresher/ training on either Thursday, September 4 at 7p.m or Saturday, September 13 at 3p.m for one hour. When you finish, you will be able to enter cash and credit card sales directly into the computer. You must attend a session or otherwise be retrained to work in the Box Office. Please notify me of your selected day by the above methods.
There will be House Manager/usher updating/training in September as well. These one hour sessions will occur on Saturday, September 6 at 1p.m. or Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m. for one hour. You must attend or be otherwise retrained to work front of house. Please email or phone with the date you have selected. Thank you.
Box Office Manager
The Twin City Players want to hear from you! Not only are we asking you to share your thoughts on comment cards during every production this season, but we also have an online survey where you can make your voice heard. Simply complete the survey found here to weigh in! We want to know what you think of our shows and what we can do better while delivering our services.