Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! It was indeed the best ever, as anyone fortunate enough to score a ticket knows. The show sold out nearly every performance, and the audiences loved it. The acting and production quality were superb! A big "well done!" to directors John Taylor and Dave Goodyear and everyone involved.
Our next production, Deathtrap, opens January 31 and the cast is already well into rehearsals. Deathtrap is a "prop heavy" show, and we're still looking for a few items. We especially need a partner's desk (that's the kind designed for two people, with drawers on both sides) and two manual typewriters (one of them black). For our younger thespians, a manual typewriter is the ancestor of computer word processors. It had a keyboard, but you used a ribbon instead of a toner cartridge and put single sheets of paper into . . . oh, never mind.
Auditions for A Streetcar Named Desire are Saturday and Sunday - January 4th and 5th. This Tennessee Williams' drama is one of the true classics of the American stage with some fantastic roles. Larry Nielsen is one of our veteran TCP directors and has captained some of my favorite plays at TCP, including The Cover of Life, A Piece of My Heart and Proof. Donna Metz has signed on as assistant director, and with the two of them at the helm it'll be an acting experience you won't want to miss.
President, Twin City Players
By Ira Levin
January 31, February 1, 7-9, 14-16,
(Fri & at 8 PM, SUN at 4PM)
Deathtrap, is presented by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
One of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history, this ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients—gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Dealing with the devious plot of a writer who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, it provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment.
The cast of Deathtrap includes Scott Bradford as Sidney Bruhl, Renee Wright as Myra Bruhl, Steve Prouty as Clifford Anderson, Beth DeCoursey as Helga ten Dorp and Brett Lutz as Porter Milgrim.
Assisting Myers are Assistant Director Dennis Bachman, Student Director Rachel Thursby, Stage Manager Steve Hamel, Costumer Tammy Green, Set Designers Erin Bennett and Candace Seymour Myers and Lead Set Constructor Bob Myers.
Order your tickets online or by calling the box office at 269-429-0400.
- A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
April 4-5,11-13, 18-19, 25-27
Sponsored by Meijer
- The King and I
by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
June 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29
Sponsored by Professional Hearing Services
- The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
July 11-13, 18-20
Sponsored by Chemical Bank
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).
The Twin City Players will hold auditions for its fourth mainstage production of the 2013-2014 season this month. Auditions for the April production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams will begin at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 4 and at 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 5. Participants are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue and will be asked to participate in readings from the script and theatrical warm-up exercises.
A Streetcar Named Desire offers a variety of roles for 6 men and 6 women.
The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister is intensified by the earthy and extremely "normal" young husband of the latter, leading to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.
Auditions will be held at on Twin City Players Campus at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. Perusal scripts are also now available at the TCP Playhouse. Audition and show information is available here. You can access the Directors page here.
A Streetcar Named Desire is presented in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. This production is sponsored by Meijer.
The Twin City Players Board of Directors is happy to announce the 2014-2015 Mainstage and Second Stage productions. Next season's slate of shows will include:
- The Fox on the Fairway
by Ken Ludwig
October 3-4, 10-12, 17-19
and 24-26, 2014
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 which 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 Christmas Schooner
by John Reeger
December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21
and 26-28, 2014
This critically acclaimed holiday treat tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife's misgivings-until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission.
- Educating Rita
Second Stage Production in the Studio
by Willy Russell
January 9-11 and 16-18, 2015
Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves. The play became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
- Little Women
Twin City Junior Players Production
From the novel by Louisa May Alcott
January 30-31, February 1
and 6-8, 2015
Share this timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up.
- The Dixie Swim Club
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope
and Jamie Wooten
March 13-15, 20-22
and 27-29, 2015
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long
weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the
same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.
- Social Security
by Andrew Bergman
April 24-26, May 1-3
and 8-10, 2015
Written by one of Hollywood's top comedy screenwriters and directed by the great Mike Nichols, this hilarious Broadway
comedy starred Marlo Thomas and Ron Silver as a married couple who are art dealers. Their domestic tranquility is
shattered upon the arrival of the wife's goody goody nerd of a sister, her uptight CPA husband, and her archetypal
by Dan Goggin
June 5-7, 12-14, 19-21,
and 26-28, 2015
The show is a fund raiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned
by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Updated with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements and
a brand new song.
All shows are subject to availability. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York and Samuel French, INC.
At the December Membership meeting, Tracy Tiffany, Board Member and Chair of the Membership Committee, presented a newly revised member program for TCP that begins January 1. Members have never before had the benefits that this program offers.
A membership will entitle a person a number of discounts on tickets for plays, organization events and seminars, and periodically, snacks and drinks. The first Saturday of a production is now designated as Member’s Night when members can purchase a ticket for themselves for half price. Any other night the member pays full price, but can bring one guest for half-price. One of the most unusual features is that once they have paid for seeing a performance, members can return to see the same play for free as often as they want. All of these benefits function when tickets are available.
A member has a vote in the annual election of the Board of Directors. A Service Points program for members allows them to earn a gift certificate for a ticket for volunteering to participate in any aspect of a play production.
There are three categories of dues for membership. A Regular Member is $15 per year. A Junior Member is $5 per year for those less than 18 years of age. A Lifetime Membership is $225. Any previous lifetime memberships will be honored under this new program. All membership types have full benefits of membership.
Anyone desiring membership can call the reservations number, 269-429-0400 for more information or to enroll. There are also Membership Brochures in the lobby of the playhouse with a form you can mail.
A huge thank you to our patrons and volunteers for supporting the production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. We were sold out for all but one performance the entire run. Although this doesn’t happen for every show, we encourage you to always make your reservations early. Deathtrap is another favorite crowd-pleaser, and it is beginning its run January 31st. We don’t want anyone disappointed because they can’t get a ticket for the night they select.
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 to better while delivering our services.