Letter from the President
It’s exciting to be part of a dynamic theater group, and TCP is looking at a fantastic summer. We’ve often looked at summer as our “down time” after the musical closes, but this year the projects roll along without stopping.
The King and I opens June 6. It will be a wonderful production and a great “crowd-pleaser.” Get your tickets early. I remember running box office a few years ago for The Sound of Music; everything sold out early into the run, and even after adding several performances many patrons still couldn’t get tickets.
Congratulations to the cast of TCjP’s production of The Crucible! The show opens in July under the direction of Lloyd Bolick and Christine Sloan and will be an incredibly powerful play. I’m continually amazed at the talent shown by our young actors. Having seen some of their performances, it’s immediately apparent that you don’t have to be a parent or family member to enjoy their shows. They’re not just “good actors – for kids.” They’re good actors – period. Children’s Music Workshop, Doug’s Kids on Stage and school drama clubs give our area’s young people great opportunities to learn the craft of acting. I’m
delighted that TCjP concentrates on non-musicals like last year’s Fools or The Crucible.
A newcomer to TCP, August Garritano, will direct a second stage
production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding in August. It’s a great
comedy/musical. Auditions are scheduled and there will be more information about the production coming soon.
Congratulations to Juliet Golob and Sam Johnson, who were awarded TCP’s Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarships. Both are TCP veterans and I can’t think of two more deserving recipients. They’re both off to college this fall: Juliet to Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie and Sam to Grand Valley. We’ll miss you both – don’t forget us little people!
It’s been a hard spring for the TCP family, too, with the passing of Mike Cook and Steve Sizer. I had the honor of sharing the stage with both of them and treasure those memories: Mike as Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank and Steve in The Rainmaker and Much Ado About Nothing. Some TCPers may also remember that Steve once played the King of Siam in The King and I. Theater really is a family and we create some wonderful friendships. In the words of Steve’s character from The Wizard of Oz, “A heart is not measured by how much you love but how much you are loved by others.” We love them and miss them both.
President, Twin City Players
2013-2014 Mainstage Season
The King and I
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29
(FRI/SAT at 8 PM, SUN at 4PM)
Directed by Marty & Wendy Golob
Sponsored by Professional Hearing Services
Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon
Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins
THE KING AND I is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com
It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to tutor his many children and wives. The King is considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image. With both keeping a firm grip on their traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to respect one another, in a truly unique love story.
The cast of The King and I includes Bill Klein as Captain Orton, Matthew Tan as Louis Leonowens, Christine Sloan as Anna Leonowens, Noah Yardley as The Interpreter, Steve Hamel as The Kralahome, Kraig Kirkdorfer as The King, Mark Stutz as Phra Alack, Karol Garrison as Lun Tha, Megan Hamel as Tuptim, Jennifer Robbins as Lady Thiang, Noah Tan as Prince Chulalongkorn and Lloyd Bolick as Sir Edward Ramsay. The Royal Wives will be played by Meagan Francis, Laura Whidden-Wetterlin, Beth Sekelick, Katie Stutz, Jenny Miner, Stacy Solanics, Darien Scott and Ariel Higgins. The Children of Siam will be played by Elise Bradford, Zoe Burkett, Clara Dodson, Emma Goos, Kaela Groppel, Armella Heppler, Alyssa Hyska, Lylah Hyska, Layton Ledford, Lela Ledford, Shannon Mitchell, Sophia Newland, Maddie Ostenson, Andelin Reeve, Braden Reeve, Kellen Reeve, Raelin Reeve, Skyler Scott, Nadia Sekelick, Kaitlyn Stemm, Lorelai Wetterlin, Jonah Yardley and Samantha Zelenock-Grace.
Assisting the Golobs are Stage Manager Janine Golob, Technical Director Scott Bradford, Music Director Maureen Bradford, Orchestra Leader Candace Onweller and Choreographer Juliet Golob.
Order your tickets online or by calling the box office at 269-429-0400.
All shows subject to availability. Presented in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, INC, Samuel French, INC and R & H Theatricals (229 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001).
Auditions - My Big Gay Italian Wedding
The Twin City Players will hold auditions for a Second Stage production next month. Auditions for the August production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding by Anthony Wilkinson will begin at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 14 and at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 15. Participants will be asked to participate in readings from the script. A prepared monologue and a short a cappella musical number are recommended, but not required.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding offers a variety of roles for 10 men and 6 women.
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.
Auditions on June 14 will be held at the Twin City Players Studio at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. Auditions on June 15 will be held on the Southwest Michigan College Dowagiac campus in the Dale A. Lyons building at 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047.
Performance dates are August 14,15,16,17, 22, 23 and 24. My Big Gay Italian Wedding is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. TCP is seeking an LGBT affiliated sponsors for this production.
2014 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship
The Twin City Players is pleased to announce that the Brian Swiger Memorial scholarship will be awarded to two Berrien County students. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to both Juliet Golob
and Sam Johnson
The Twin City Players established the Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship
in 1996 in memory of former member Brian Swiger
. The scholarships are earmarked for seniors graduating from Berrien County high schools who have demonstrated a strong interest in theater-related activities during their academic careers. Winners, however, can use the award money to pursue any field of study at any accredited college, university, trade school or arts education institution.
The scholarship is awarded based upon school and community activities, TCP involvement, grade point average of 2.0 or better and a short essay.
Box Office Beat
Schedules are up on the web for Box Office and House. We expect to have large audiences for The King and I, so sign up early and get your comp ticket to watch the show any time you want.
Members, don’t forget the first Saturday is half price for you.
Play Your Part as a House Manager or Usher!
In an effort to create a volunteer experience that is easier and more efficient for all, TCP has begun using a web sign-up for both Box Office and House Manager/Ushers. All you have to do is type in your name at the website, and the date is yours. No more worrying about missed calls or emails. Just make sure you write down the date. If you have never served in these positions before, you get to see the show free when you fulfill your responsibilities, either the night you volunteer or at any other performance for which we have seating.
You can sign up by clicking HERE. Thank you in advance for giving your time to help TCP!
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 to better while delivering our services.