A Christmas Carol – Now Playing – It’s Only Tuesday Productions

This post is a re-post from the It’s Only Tuesday website.
November 30 – December 23 Friday/Saturday @7:00
Sunday @2:00
Focusing on Dickens’ powerful language, humor and warmth, this charming version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL simply and directly tells the story of the redemption of a human soul. The play follows the ever-powerful story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous human being. It begins with a child reading the story for the first time. As the scenes are played out behind him, with 5 other actors playing multiple roles. the child becomes totally caught up in the story and is finally invited by the other characters to enter the play as one of them. With traditional carols and English folk tunes creating the proper atmosphere, the world of Scrooge, Fezziwig and Tiny Tim comes alive, igniting the holiday spirit for young and old alike.

Antelope Valley Thespians prepare for 3 Days of Rain

(material grabbed from AVT’s website.)

AVT’s production of Three Days of Rain, by Richard Greenberg and set to open November 4th, is well underway with the rehearsal and technical design process. Director Nicelle Davis is moving forward with a beautiful and ambitious vision for the production, including a blend of solid and ephemeral elements to to bring out the play’s many-layered themes.

Working on an aggressive rehearsal schedule, actors Phil McKaughan, Missy Schaapman, and Nalin Ratnayake are beginning to mesh as a cast as we close to within one week of an Act I full run-through. Each actor is playing two roles, one in the modern day Act I, as well as a parent of each character in the 1960′s in Act II.

Starting from a staging plan designed by Nicelle and Nalin, member Sarah Bialobroda is observing rehearsals and starting the sketches for her first production as a lighting designer. Sarah has operated the lighting for the shows of many AVT productions to date.

Read more at AVThespians.org 

A Summer of (Original) Theatre in the Antelope Valley

Several new and original pieces of theatre will be showing this summer in Lancaster and Palmdale through Laity Theatre Company, Antelope Valley Thespians and […there are rumors of a festival of one acts going up in August somewhere…AV Arts Blog will try to find out where and let you know.]

Look for an article about these works – dramas and musicals, full length and one acts – in an upcoming article in the Antelope Valley Press Showcase (weekend). The article is to include interviews with the writers, directors, actors and producers involved in bringing these original productions to Antelope Valley stages

For the time being here is some information to pique your interest:

Laity Theatre Company

Bridget’s Girl
A New Musical
Book & Lyrics by
Barbara Dixon
Music by
James A. Goins
Directed by James A. Goins
in The LAB Theatre
Thursday July 28th 7:45PM
Show Running: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:45PM 
& Sunday 2PM 
July 29th – Aug.20th

Antelope Valley Thespians

AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
by Eric M. Martin

Winner of the 2010 AVT New American West Play Competition
Produced by arrangement with Eric M. Martin, Quartz Hill, CA.

Check out the websites of these theatre companies for more information. Links are at the top of the sidebar.

Antelope Valley Thespians: February Writer’s Briefing

posted by Nalin

One of the main goals of AVT is to produce original work by playwrights local to Quartz Hill and the Antelope Valley. Seeing your play undergo the production process gives you a great insight into how your script might be interpreted by a director and actors.

This season, we will be bringing to the stage our first production written by a local playwright, HUNGER FOR PARADISE. Check out our 2011 Season for more information.

If you are a local playwright looking to write for the stage, please join us Saturday, February 26th at 1pm at Sagebrush Cafe in Quartz Hill.  AVT will hold a Writer’s Briefing to describe the nature of our company and to discuss upcoming events with local writers.  We will also have our directors available for Q&A on what we are looking for and why.

You can find out more information about how we work with playwrights on our Playwrights page.


Written By Nalin @ AVThespians.org

Antelope Valley Thespians presents:


by Barbara Schneider

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Sept 12-21
Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm

Starring Sarah Arnac, Sarah Bialobroda, Joe Gruca, and Kara McCollum.

Directed by Karen Gruca.

A moving and thought-provoking story of the love between a father and daughter, separated by place and perspective. What is right and wrong in times of war? A journey across the years since WWII looks at our own vulnerability to the easy habit of indifference in present-day America.

Tickets $8.

Web ticketing is available now through the day prior to each performance. Walk up purchases for any remaining tickets, via cash or check only, will be available on a first-come-first-served  basis starting 30 minutes prior to each performance.

AVT operates in a fully-functional, blackbox theater built into a private residence at Almond Valley Way, Lancaster, CA 93536.  Business hours are strictly limited to 30 minutes prior to a performance until appx 1 hour afterward.

Adding to recent action, AVT announces…

29th August
written by Nalin

AVT is holding open auditions for CROSSINGS by Barbara Schneider.  Rehearsals will be twice weekly for approximately 2 hours per rehearsal, starting as soon as roles have been cast.  There will be 6 performances from November 12-21, Fri/Sat 8pm and Sun 2pm.

Auditions will be by cold reading on Tuesday, September 7th, from 6:30-9:00pm in the AVT garage black box at  [street address information available on AVT’s website] Lancaster, CA 93536.  Please contact the stage manager, Courtney Marietta (cam@avthespians.org) if you intend to audition.

A probing and compassionate look at the constantly changing relationship between a German musician who lived through the Second World War in Nazi Germany, and his daughter who emigrates to the United States to become a political activist.  The play begins in postwar Germany with a father telling his young daughter the old and familiar story of his escape from a prisoner-of-war camp. In ensuing scenes, the daughter grows up and begins to question her father’s passive behavior during the war. Though he tries to defend his actions as a rational response to the time and place he lived, his daughter remains skeptical. It is only when the daughter realizes her own vulnerability to the easy habit of indifference, in present-day America, that she truly begins to understand her father.

There are four roles available, each of which must be able portray a range of age:

Katja (young) – female, character age is 8-12.

Katja (grown up) – female, character age is 20-30.

Papa – male, character age 40+.

Anna Marie – female, character age 40+.


CROSSINGS is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Producer: Nalin A. Ratnayake
Stage Director: Karen Gruca
Artistic Director: Kara McCollum
Production Stage Manager:  Courtney Marietta

Announcement Found at: http://www.avthespians.org/productions/category/production/

Read more on Antelope Valley Thespains at their website.

Antelope Valley Thespians: Live Theatre in Quartz Hill

22nd August
posted by Nalin

Antelope Valley Thespians presents:

THE INTERROGATION OF NATHAN HALE (by Captain John Montresor of HRM Expeditionary Forces)
drama by David Stanley Ford

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

What is freedom? What is courage? What is the value of a life? Touching on lofty themes through a startlingly raw portrayal of two historical figures, this is a play that seeks to understand the values of our nation—their flaws, as well as their wondrous virtues.



Six performances:
Friday, September 17th, 2010 – 8pm
Saturday, September 18th, 2010 – 8pm [SOLD OUT]
Sunday, September 19th, 2010 – 2pm
Friday, September 24th, 2010 – 8pm
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 – 8pm
Sunday, September 26th, 2010 – 2pm


WEB TICKETING IS AVAILABLE NOW through the day prior to each performance.

Walk up purchases for any remaining tickets, via cash or check only, will be available on a first-come-first-served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each performance. The number of remaining tickets will be announced several hours prior via this blog post, our Facebook Page, and our Twitter Feed.

Producing Director: Nalin A. Ratnayake
Artistic Director: Kara McCollum
Stage Manager: Juliana Katzman

This play contains strong themes and instances of stage violence. We do not recommend it for young children.

AVT operates out of a fully-functional blackbox theater built into a private residence on Almond Valley Way, Lancaster, CA 93536. Business hours are strictly limited to 30 minutes prior to a performance until appx 1 hour afterward.

Artwork by AJ Currado.

Information courtesy of Antelope Valley Thespians. (http://www.avthespians.org/productions/)

AVT to Host 2nd Playwrights Expo – July 24, 2010

Antelope Valley Thespians will be hosting a limited workshop production of three original scenes in the AVT Blackbox on July 24.

Each scene or short selected for this Expo will be given a reading and limited staging by actors and AVT’s artistic director (all who will have had advance reading of the scripts to develop basic characters) followed by discussion to receive feedback from actors, techies, directors, fellow writers, audience members, and AVT’s dramaturg. (AVThespians.org)

Producer Nalin R. writes, “We will be conducting staged readings and discussion of the three selected scripts from 10:00 to 12:30 in the garage theatre.  The event is free and open to the public.”

For more information and details follow the Antelope Valley Thespians link on our sidebar.

To read one of the scenes by a participating writer in this year’s Playwright’s Expo, follow this link: (“180 Degrees” by Eric Martin)