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August 2015




Letter from the President

Oh my gosh, it is August already and we really haven't had summer. I hate to say it, all you school kids do not read this, but we are about to see all the back to school sales start anew.

I hope you have made your plans to attend this years Tiffany Awards on August 8th. It should be a fun evening with good food and a few libations and I hope you will all come and help us celebrate what has been a stellar season. Everyone has worked very hard this year from the actors and stage crews and front of house and all the technical folks and this is the night when we celebrate each other. No matter who takes home a coveted Tiffany Award, all are winners and TCP could not exist without all of us working together.

Don't miss the amazing sequel to last years uproarious comedy the My Big Gay Italian Wedding when many of the same wonderful characters return to the Studio Stage inMy Big Gay Italian Funeralwhich runs for two weekends August 13th thru 23rd. If you recall we had to turn away customers on the last weekend because we just didn't have enough seats available. Don't let that happen to you!

The director of My Big Gay Italian Funeral is also putting together a one night only staged reading of 8 which is a dramatic representation of the trial transcript from the Federal Court trial of Proposition 8 from California which legalized gay marriage in California.

Directors Lloyd Bollick and Christy Sloan have anounced audition dates for the October production of And then there were None by Agatha Christie.  Those times are 4 to 6 pm on August 9th and 7 to 9 pm on August 10th at the Playhouse.

Bill Klein
President
Twin City Players



Upcoming Summer Second Stage Productions

8
by Dustin Lance Black

August 1st
Saturday at 8pm

Directed by
August Garritano

 

Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. 8 —a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black—demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry). Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California's Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, 8 shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play. 

The cast of 8 includes Bill Klein as Judge Walker, Sebastian Martinez as Spencer Perry, Leo Carmody as Elliott Perry, Linnea Martinez as a Broadcast Journalist,  Coreana Frampton as a Broadcast Journalist, Kendall Rogers as Courtroom Clerk, John Taylor as Mr. Olsen, John Martin as Mr. Boies, Kathleen Driscoll as Mr. (Mrs.) Cooper, Joel Smiedendorf as Jef Zarillo, August Garritano as Paul Katami, Meagan Francis as Kris Perry, Lisa Garritano as Sandy Stier, Alexander Novitzke as Mr. Blankenthorn, Julia Farrell as Maggie Gallagher, Danny Ferenczi as Evan Wolfson, Vaughan Radde as Ryan Kendall, Carlee Stoker as Dr. Nancy Cott, Josh Boger as Dr. Gregory Herrek, Bruno Streck Rodrigues as Dr. Iian Meyer, John Taylor as Dr. Gary Segura and Ricky Wallsten as William Tam. 

There will only be one stage-reading performance of this production on August 1st at 8 PM at the Twin City Players Playhouse located at 600 West Glenlord Road in St. Joseph, in partnership with the OutCenter's Lake Effect Pride Event weekend. 8 is produced with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact.

Assisting Garritano with both productions are Assistant Director Josh Blair-Boger, Stage Manager Daniel Shawn Breen, Set Designer/Builder John Taylor, Costumers Sarah Nadolski and Barb Klein and Lighting Designer Matt Dolphy Clark.

All Seats Reserved
Tickets for the stage-reading performance of 8 will be $20 for adults and
$15 for students and seniors. This performance will benefit Broadway Impact and the OutCenter. 

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.



Upcoming Summer Second Stage Productions

My Big Gay Italian Funeral
by Dustin Lance Black

August 13th - 16th, 20th - 23rd
Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

Directed by
August Garritano
Sponsored by
Kevin S Anderson, Attorney at Law

My Big Gay Italian Funeral picks up where My Big Gay Italian Wedding leaves off, at the funeral of Anthony’s father Joe. Anthony is reunited with his gay brother Peter Pinnunziato, who he hasn’t spoken to in over a decade. Family drama and crazy characters unite when everything that can possibly happen at an Italian wake certainly will! 

The cast of My Big Gay Italian Funeral includes Josh Blair-Boger as Anthony, Ricky Wallsten as Maurizio, Vaughan Christopher Radde as Peter, Susan Salas as Angela, Linnea Martinez as Maria, Bruno Streck Rodrigues as Dominick, Meggie Anderson as Ondine, Lisa Garritano as Toniann, Carlee Marie Stoker as Lucia, Kathleen Driscoll as Connie, Coreana Frampton as Eva/Aunt Donna/Fanny, Joel Smiedendorf as Lou Donatacci/Ezio, Alexander Scott Novitzke as Rabbi Horowitz/Diamondelle and Kendall Rogers as Pontessa/Vidal.

Performance dates are August 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Performance times are 8 PM for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances. Sunday performances will now be held at 2 PM. All performances take place at the Twin City Players Studio located at 600 West Glenlord Road in St. Joseph. 

There will be a cash bar available during the Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances. A cocktail hour, featuring a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available before Thursday performances. 

My Big Gay Italian Funeral is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. This production is sponsored by Kevin S. Anderson, Attorney at Law

Assisting Garritano with both productions are Assistant Director Josh Blair-Boger, Stage Manager Daniel Shawn Breen, Set Designer/Builder John Taylor, Costumers Sarah Nadolski and Barb Klein and Lighting Designer Matt Dolphy Clark.

All Seats Reserved
Tickets for My Big Gay Italian Funeral are $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 twincityplayers.org. 


Tiffany Awards

The Twin City Players will host a celebration open to members and the public on Saturday, August 8th at 6:30 PM. The 28th Annual Tiffany Awards will recognize the performances and achievements of its members and volunteers from the immediate past season.

Tickets are $15 ($5 for students who participated in this year's TCjP production) at the door and include admission, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This year’s Beach Club theme encourages guests to dress in festive attire and includes a special invitation to former Tiffany Award winners to return to the event. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the award ceremony commencing at 7:30 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 Rachel Thursby.




Auditions: And Then There Were None

The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for its opening mainstage production of the 2015-2016 season next month. Auditions for the October production of And Then There Were None by Agathe Christie, directed by Christy Sloan and Lloyd Bolick, will begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 9 and at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 10. 

And Then There Were None offers a variety of roles for 8 men and 3 women.

Actors need only attend one audition session, but are welcome to attend both. Actors will be asked to perform readings from the script. If needed, a callback session may be held on Tuesday, August 11th by invitation only.

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

About And Then There Were None
Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger.

Performance dates are October 2-25, 2015. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. This production is sponsored by Meijer.

 


Flex Passes on Sale Now

Download, print and mail in your Flex Pass Order Form HERE or call our box office at 269-985-3431 to order your season pass NOW! 





TCP Management Consultant (Business Manger)


Relationship to Twin City Players: The Management Consultant, also known as the Business Manager, shall be an Independent Contractor engaged by Twin City Players, Inc. (Players).  This person reports to and attends meetings of the Board of Directors.  Direction may be provided by the President of the Board, the Executive Committee, or the Board of Directors as a whole.  This person attends other meetings as requested.  

Reviews: Responsibilities and Tasks for which this person is accountable will be reviewed annually.  In the first year, they will be completed every three months.      

Volunteer Recruitment, Development/Training, and Management Oversight:  To assure quality, timeliness, and coordination between tasks and person, the Business Manager provides oversight of a number of tasks traditionally completed by volunteers or ‘stipended’ persons, including those for: script ordering and securing of royalties, front of house (concessions, ushering, etc.), marketing, supply ordering, facility services (snow, lawn, trash, cleaning, etc.) and repairs (plumbing, heating, electrical, etc.), website and social media management, as well as, working with individual production directors on all their volunteer needs for lights, sound, costumes, music and musicians, choreography, set construction and dressing. Properties, backstage crew and other needs.

Financial / Business Operations Management and Oversight:
A. The Business Manager shall be responsible for the operation of the Box Office, including 

  • Understanding the ticketing software and all its capabilities
  • Preparing starting cash and Box Office activity reports; balancing ticket sales by type and revenue.  
  • Recruitment, development/training, supervision and oversight of Box Office volunteers.
  • Setting the seating charts, making arrangement for all online ticket sales, and at window ticket sales.  
  • Development of a schedule for Box Office hours and volunteers. 
  • Personal contact with patrons is a high expectation with the Business Manager or a competently trained volunteer shall take live calls for the two week period prior to each production.
  • Oversee all customer relations policies and procedures.

B. The Business Manager works with the Board to develop and annual budget and with individual production directors to maintain budget oversight, assistance and adherence.

C. The Business Manager maintains accounting and other operational records from which a variety of reports for the Board of Directors’ use as well as for grant applications.

Theatre Development and Marketing: The Business Manager shall, from time to time, represent Twin City Players at a variety of functions and events.  The Business Manager shall assist the Board of Directors in developing and maintaining positive relationships with other area arts organizations, foundations and other arts advocates and supporters.  

Development/Fund Raising: The Board of Directors leads a variety of fundraising efforts.  The Business Manager will assist in the successful implementation of these efforts including: grant research, writing and submission; the annual Tiffany Gala; sponsorships and advertising; corporate gifting; annual costume sale; life bequests; and, other special activities.

Qualifications: it is preferred the Business Manager will have a variety of qualifications, including: the ability to demonstrate the highest standards of competence, professionalism, and confidentiality; a preferred Bachelor’s degree in theater, drama, arts management or similar discipline; experience in management and/or leadership in the arts organization is required, 1 year required, 3 years preferred; a broad management experience in personnel, budgeting, systems operations, marketing and public relations, and fund development; excellent written and oral communication skills; and, established track record of community, private foundation or public grant awards is preferred.

Compensation: The Business Manager shall be compensated, depending upon qualifications, up to $22,000 per year.

 



Membership Meeting

The Twin City Players will host a Membership Meeting Monday, September 14th at 7:00 PM. The election for new board members will take place during this meeting. Light refreshments will be served.

Please note the following changes to TCP's Membership policy announced last year:

The cost of membership is $15, however a junior membership for those under the age of 18 is only $5. Lifetime memberships are available for
$225. 

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

 


Patron Feedback

The Twin City Players would like 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.

 








Upcoming Events & Performances






1
August



8:00 PM

TCP Campus

Performance:
8

August 1st
 

 

8
August



7:30 PM

TCP Campus

2015 Tiffany Awards

 

9
August



4:00 PM

TCP Campus

Auditions:
And Then There Were None

 

10
August



7:00 PM

TCP Campus

Auditions:
And Then There Were None

 

13
August



8:00 PM

TCP Studio

Performance:
My Big Gay Italian Funeral

August 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd
 

Thursdays Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM Sundays at 2 PM


 

14
September



7:00 PM

TCP Playhouse

Membership Meeting & Board of Directors Elections


 


Twin City Players
600 West Glenlord Road
Saint Joseph, MI 49085


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Twin City Players Playhouse
600 W Glenlord Rd
Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Twin City Players
P.O. Box 243
St. Joseph, MI 49085

Box Office: (269) 429-0400
twincityplayers.org