I would like to thank the TCP membership for electing me to the Board of Directors and the Board for electing me President of the Board.
As I thought about the responsibility of being President of an organization that has been around since 1934, I wondered if I was capable of providing the leadership to such an eclectic group. Then I realized that the reason TCP is still functioning after all these years is the people who are involved with us and the people who buy the tickets and the people who show up for the work details and projects. The people of TCP make this operation run, not one person or one small group and that will continue. So I look forward to being a part of the TCP people and helping us continue to provide quality entertainment and some education and opportunity for all our community members.
And, speaking of opportunity, we have a number of projects which will be available for all to be involved in. We recently installed new seats in our theater, thank you to St. Joseph High School, and the dedicated work of a number of people led by our facilities chair, Marty Golob. But there is more to come as Marty is looking to build some temporary risers from the old seats for use in the Studio Theater for second stage productions. A little help from TCP people would be welcome.
We have a Christmas production of The Christmas Schooner, which will be performed at the Mainstage of the Mendel Center (with the generous help of the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center staff). This production will require many people for chorus and backstage and scenic painting and building.
We are also changing the time for our Sunday Matinee to 2:00 pm for all mainstage and second stage shows. This will allow cast, crew and audiences to have Sunday evenings available.
This is just a sample of some opportunities for our people, watch the Curtain Call and Backstage Chatter for more information on upcoming projects. I will close with the request for the people of TCP to help me stay the course through the coming year to continue to provide quality productions and opportunities to make our little theater group the finest community theater in Michigan.
President, Twin City Players
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 (TCP) will hold an additional day of auditions for its holiday production of the 2014-2015 season next month. Auditions for the December production of The Christmas Schooner, book by John Reeger, music and lyrics by Julie Shannon, directed by Paul Mow, will begin at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 11.
The Christmas Schooner is looking for a large number of participants with a variety of roles available for up to 40 cast members.
Participants should prepare a 32-bar selection of a musical theater piece as well as a 60-90 second monologue. Participants should also be prepared to read selections from the actual production.
Auditions will be held at on Twin City Players Campus at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
About The Christmas Schooner
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.
Performance dates are December 19, 20 and 21 at The Mendel Center Mainstage Theater in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater 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 www.MTIShows.com.
This production is sponsored by Meijer, and made possible, in part, by the support of Lake Michigan College.
The Twin City Players held elections to its Board of Directors last month. Newly elected to the board were Beth DeCouresy, Bill Klein and Larry Nielsen.
Bill Klein, President
Paul Mow, Vice President
Christine Sloan, Secretary
Beth Decoursey, Treasurer
Timothy Aranyos, Jr.
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.