What a great summer for theater!
Congratulations to all the Tiffany Award-winners! Our own version of the Tony Awards recognizes outstanding acting and technical achievements during the past season, and is always lots of fun. I’m glad I didn’t have to serve as a judge this year – the quality on our stage has never been higher.
Audiences LOVED My Big Gay Italian Wedding! The show packed ‘em in for every performance (including an added performance) in The Studio. Candace and I saw it when we ushered for the second Friday performance and thought we’d die laughing. Kudos to director August Garritano and his talented cast and crew who put together a delightful, incredibly energetic play with a great message. I’m already hearing rumors of a sequel: My Big Gay Italian Funeral. (Yes, it’s a real play! Ready for a reprise, August?)
If you saw MBGIW, you also saw our new lighting system in The Studio that helped make the show possible. When TCP built The Studio a few years ago we hoped that it would serve as a location for Second Stage productions like MBGIW and our first play there, Rabbit Hole. This new lighting system will allow us to put on many more creative plays like those in the future. Our heartfelt thanks go to the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and our “Matchmakers” for funding the new equipment, and to Marty Golob and the Crew for acquiring and installing it.
Rehearsals are already underway for TCP’s first production of the 2014-15 Mainstage season, The Fox on the Fairway. Congratulations to everyone in the cast. Directors Lloyd Bolick and Christine Sloan have a dynamite cast of TCP veterans and newcomers, and I’m really looking forward to opening night.
Don’t forget the TCP Membership Meeting on Monday, September 15th! We’ve reinstated paid membership dues structure, and while I encourage you to send in your membership check prior to the meeting you will also be able to pay your dues that evening. The members will also be voting on the slate of board members for the coming year, so it’s important that you’re there to make your voice and vote heard.
See you at the theater!
President, Twin City Players
Sunday matinée performances will now begin at 2:00 PM. When planning to attend an upcoming performance in the 2014-2015 Season, please be sure to make note of this change!
The Twin City Players will host a Membership Meeting, September 15th at 7:00 PM. The election for new board members will take place during this meeting.
Please note the following changes to TCP's Membership policy announced last month:
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 1st to June 30th.
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.
The Fox on the Fairway
by Ken Ludwig
October 3-4, 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26
Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Lloyd Bolick and Christine Sloan
Sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation
Recommended for Mature Audiences
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.
The cast of The Fox On the Fairway includes Chase Samuelson as Justin, Kathy McAlhany as Louise, David Goodyear as Bingham, Renee Wright as Pamela, Joel Smiedendorf as Dickie and Beth Sekellick as Muriel.
Performance dates are October 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th and 26th. The Fox On the Fairway is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. This production is sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation.
Assisting Bolick and Sloan are Student Director Natalie Smiy, Costumer Tammy Green, Lighting Designer Scott Bradford, Tech Crew Members Ian Bradford, Bryce McNeil, Natalie Smiy and Aaron Rennhack, Stage Manager Peggy Harrington, Set Designer and Builder Bob Myers, Student Stage Manager Ariel Higgins and Stage Crew Member Eliza Davis.
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 twincityplayers.org. Performance times are 8 PM for Friday and Saturday evening performances and 2 PM for Sunday matinées. All performances take place at the Twin City Players Playhouse located at 600 West Glenlord Road in St. Joseph.
Other Upcoming Productions:
- The Christmas Schooner
book by John Reeger, Music
and Lyrics by Julie Shannon
December 5th-7th, 12th-14th, 19th-21th and 26th-28th, 2014
Sponsored by Meijer
- Educating Rita
by Willy Russell
January 9th-11th and 16th-18th, 2015
Second Stage Production in TCP Studio
- Little Women
from the novel by Louisa May Alcott
January 30th-31st, February 1st and 6th-8th, 2015
Sponsored by Kreis Enderle
Twin City Junior Players Production
- The Dixie Swim Club
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas
Hope and Jamie Wooten
March 13th-15th, 20th-22nd and 27th-29th, 2015
Sponsored by The Herald-Palladium
- Social Security
by Andrew Bergman
April 24th-26th, May 1st-3rd and 8th-10th, 2015
Sponsored by The Boulevard Inn & Bistro
by Dan Goggin
June 5th-7th, 12th-14th, 19th-21st and 26th-28th, 2015
Sponsored by Professional Hearing Services
The Twin City Players community gathered in August to celebrate the 27th Annual Tiffany Awards. The Mardis Gras Celebration recognized the performances and achievements of its members and volunteers from the immediate past season.
The Tiffany Performance Awards are named after the late Marion Tiffany, an actress, volunteer and charter member of Twin City Players. A secret panel of judges selects each years winners.
Best Leading Actors were Timothy Aranyos, Jr. for his performance in A Streetcar Named Desire and Christine Sloan for her performance in The King and I. Best Supporting Actor awards went to Timothy Aranyos, Jr. for his performance in Dracula and Rebecca Maxey for her performance in A Streetcar Named Desire. Named Best Character Actors were Lloyd Bolick for his performance in The King and I and Beth de Coursey for Deathtrap.
Golden Neophyte Awards, presented for best "first-time" performances in a TCP production, went to Noah Tan for his performance in The King and I and Natalie Smiy for her performance in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The Youth Award, given for one or more outstanding performances by an actor under the age of 19, went to Matthew Tan for his performance in The King and I. Named Outstanding Ensemble Member was Joann McMahon for A Streetcar Named Desire. The What a Ham Award was presented to Bob Myers for his performance in Dracula. Micah Johnson was recognized with the Milking It Award for her performance in A Streetcar Named Desire.
From each show, cast and crewmembers select one fellow cast member and one crewmember for the highly prized Unsung Hero Awards. The following were recognized with this distinction: John Frambach and Joel Pennington (Dracula); Laura Simmons and Milt Russell (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever); Beth de Coursey and Steve Hamel (Deathtrap); Leo Carmody and Sarah Szwabowski (A Streetcar Named Desire); Janine Golob and Beth Sekellick (The King and I); Peggy Harrington and Bryce McNeil (The Crucible).
The award for Outstanding Costume Design went to Peggy Hamel and Barb Klein for their work on A Streetcar Named Desire. Erin Bennett received the award for Outstanding Set Design for Deathtrap. Marty Golob was recognized with the award for Outstanding Lighting Design for Dracula.
Singled out for special service to the organization during the 2013-2014 season were Marty Golob (Bob Grace Service Award), Christine Sloan (Dottie Griffith Distinguished Volunteer Award) and Tracy Tiffany and Aaron Rennhack (President's Award). The group also recognized Carol Sizer, and Steve Sizer posthumously, with the introduction of the Steve and Carol Sizer Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Twin City Players also recognized this year’s recipients of the Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship Juliet Golob and Sam Johnson.
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.