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We had such a nice November, December and now January, and hopefully not all of February will remind us that winter in Michigan can be ever changing.  We do however, have a ray of sunshine on the horizon.  Opening on February 26 is the very funny Laughing Stock 
about a down on its luck professional theater company in New Hampshire, putting on its summer selection of Charly's AuntDracula 
and Hamlet. A ragtag group of actors in a galaxy far far from reality... whoops, that is a different play. This one will leave you laughing and maybe with a little tear.  Director Dave Goodyear has the cast working very hard in this cold climate to bring you a little warm humor. More on this performance later in the newsletter.

Every time I sit down to write this letter something new is happening and worth mentioning. I hope everyone who gets this newsletter reads through and takes note of all the wonderful things happening at your community theater.

Tim Aranyos and his junior players recently did an informational forum at the Oak Room of the Citadel in Benton Harbor showcasing young talent from various disciplines including dance, songs and instrumental presentations. A wonderful night of talent and information about our little corner of the world. We are in the early stage of rehearsal for our April production of To Kill a Mockingbird and our own Larry Nielsen is directing a production of  The  Heidi Chronicles at Lake Michigan College. So, bundle up, drive carefully and come on out this winter to see some amazing shows and wonderful talent right here at home, and feel sorry for all those snow birds who don't know what they are missing.
The Twin City Players (TCP) announces its next comedic production of the 2015-2016 season, Laughing Stock by Charles Morey, directed by David Goodyear and Carol Orlaske. 

Laughing Stock is a hilarious backstage farce and genuinely affectionate look into the world of the theatre. When The Playhouse, a rustic New England summer theatre, schedules a repertory season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley's Aunt, comic mayhem ensues. We follow the well-intentioned but over-matched company from outrageous auditions to ego-driven rehearsals through opening nights gone disastrously awry to the elation of a great play well told and the comic and nostalgic season close.

The cast of Laughing Stock includes Brett Lutz as Gordon Page, Zach Teadt as Jack Morris, Renee Wright as Susannah Huntsman, Danielle Babcock as Mary Pierre, Chase Samuelson as Tyler Taylor, Bob Myers as Vernon Volker, Bill Klein as Richfield Hawksley, Candace Onweller as Daisy Coates, Joel Smiedendorf as Craig Conlin, Kathy McAlhany as Sarah McKay, Candace Myers as Harriet (Henry) Mills, Ariel Higgins as Apprentice #1, Connie Weaver as Apprentice #2 and Michael Cooke as Apprentice #3. 

Assisting Goodyear and Orlaske are Assistant Director Carol Orlaske, Stage Director Ariel Higgins, Light and Sound Technicians Bryce McNeil and Aaron Rennhack, Set Designers David Goodyear and Candace Myers, Art Designer Cindy Jakeway, Costumers Nancy Goodyear and Teresa Polasek, and Stage Construction Crew David Goodyear, Candace Myers, Aaron Rennhack, Cassandra Hora and Bob Myers.
Performance dates are February 26, 27 and 28, March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. This production is sponsored by The Herald-Palladium.
 LAUGHING STOCK is presented in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service.

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 online at or by calling the TCP box office at 269-429-0400. Performance times are 8 PM for Friday and Saturday evening performances. Sunday performances will now be held at 2 PM. All performances take place at the Twin City Players Playhouse located at 600 West Glenlord Road in St. Joseph.

Opening Night Afterglow Reception

On opening night, join cast and crew after the show for an Afterglow reception featuring refreshments generously provided by Afterglow partners, Lemon Creek Winery and Bit of Swiss Pastry Shoppe. 
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Next to Normal Auditions

The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for its next mainstage production of the 2015-2016 season this February. Auditions for the May production of Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, and directed by Paul Mow, will begin at 6:00 PM on Friday, February 26 and at 5:00 PM on Sunday, February 28.

Next to Normal offers a variety of roles for 10 men and women.

Actors are asked to prepare at least one dramatic, contemporary 32-bar Musical Theatre excerpt (an accompanist will be provided) and one dramatic monologue of no more than 90 seconds in length. Actors may sing something from the show. Also, please bring a resume and headshot if you have one. There are no dance requirements for this production.

Auditions will be held in the Twin City Players Studio at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. 

About Next to Normal
Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

Character Descriptions

  • Diana - Delusional, bipolar, and depressed. The sexiness of her yesterdays has only recently begun to soften. She is determined to make her family perfect but is tortured by a death in the family.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 40 to 45
    Vocal range top: F#5
    Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Gabe - Diana & Dan's son. Dashing, athletic, and bright. He is a playful man and everything a mother could imagine.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 18 to 21
    Vocal range top: C5
    Vocal range bottom: B2
  • Dan - Diana's husband. He is handsome and genuine. Though a constant in Diana's tumultuous life, he has grown tired and weary of her antics.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40 to 45
    Vocal range top: B4
    Vocal range bottom: Ab2
  • Natalie - Diana & Dan's troubled daughter. An accomplished pianist and hardworking student, her struggles are exacerbated by her mother's behavior. She greatly admires Henry.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 16 to 16
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Henry - Natalie's classmate. The all-around musician, philosopher, and slacker. He has an intoxicating capacity for sympathy and romance.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 17 to 17
    Vocal range top: B4
    Vocal range bottom: G#2
  • Dr. Madden - Diana's handsome psychiatrist. Quite assured in his practice and considered somewhat of a rock star.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 40
    Vocal range top: A4
    Vocal range bottom: A2

Performance dates are May 6-22, 2016. This production is sponsored by Jimmy John's - St. Joseph and Lake Michigan Chiropractic, LLC. NEXT TO NORMAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684, Fax: 212-397-4684,

The Twin City Players wants to take you to Chicago to see HAMILTON, An American Musical! The groundbreaking Broadway musical is hitting the Windy City and TCP has secured tickets to the November 6, 2:00 PM performance.

Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

We will take a chartered bus from the Twin City Players Campus at 600 W. Glenlord Rd. St. Joseph, MI to The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago to see the show, followed by dinner at the John Hancock Center Cheesecake Factory. Tickets are $170 (cash/check) or $178 (credit) per person, and includes your ticket to the show and transportation. Dinner is not included. Please bring money for dinner. Minors must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. 

We are happy to offer this opportunity to the Southwest Michigan community and believe tickets will sell quickly. Make your reservations now by emailing
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Applications for 2016 TCP Scholarship Now Available

The Twin City Players announces that application forms for the 2016 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship are now available online.

The Twin City Players established the Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship in 1996 in memory of former member Brian Swiger. Scholarships of up to $1,000 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.

Applications can be obtained online at Students at all Berrien County high schools wishing to apply can contact their counselors to learn more.

Applications should be mailed to Twin City Players, P.O. Box 243, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 or hand delivered to the TCP Playhouse at 600 W. Glenlord Road in St. Joseph. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2016. The scholarship is awarded based upon school and community activities, TCP involvement, grade point average of 2.0 or better and a short essay. The recipient(s) will be announced in late May.
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What is TCP Community Spotlight? To support our mission statement of engaging our community in quality theater that changes lives, we will seek to showcase how our productions connect to the community and how families, large and small, connect to our productions. 

When people ask what brought Renee Wright and Tabitha Nelson back to this area, the response is “family.”  Still, the truth is families come in many shapes and sizes. At age 9, Tabitha was too young to join Twin City Junior Players, but when her mom got the chance to perform in Deathtrap in 2014, they were both hooked. 

Fast forward to 2015 and Tabitha is in seventh grade and eligible to audition for a TCjP show. Tabitha learns that Tim Aranyos is directing a December run of A Christmas Carol. Tabitha said she was quite surprised because she didn’t think Tim directed, but she was excited to work with him because she had seen him perform in “Wait until Dark” and “Dracula.” Renee had volunteered with both shows, so Tabitha got a behind-the-scenes experience. She was eager to audition at TCP. 

Tabitha was cast as Charwoman, Marley, Marley’s Ghost and the Ghost of Christmas Present. At the same time, Renee was in the fall production of And Then There Were None.  The rehearsals seemed to run together.

Renee and Tabitha agree that the relationships you create as you bring a show to life are likely the best part of community theater. “It seems that most of the people at that theater I first become friends with and then later they seem like family,” said Tabitha. 

Now Renee is working on “Laughing Stock,” playing a quirky director, and Tabitha has talked director Dave Goodyear into allowing her to be student director. 

Working on shows together allows Renee and Tabitha to spend time together doing something they both love. The process can be summed up in part of a line from their current production, “You’ll learn that … trying to make plays … what you really make is another little temporary family…”
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