“Antelope Valley Theatre Project”

Hello, 
Antelope Valley residents have opportunities to explore their inner actor – for free! – with Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Antelope Valley Theatre Project. Free workshops and residencies for adults include Elizabethan Dance, Fencing and Stage Combat; Classical Acting and Writing and Performing (all offered with provided childcare) and a multi-generational residency for families titled Families Act the Classics, during which family groups (each group must include at least one child and one adult) are directed by Theatricum directors in their own performance of an edited version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be performed on December 14/15 during the Community Theater Festival.
 
Please consider covering and interviewing Antelope Valley families who are participating in Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s Antelope Valley Theatre Project and or the free public professional performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm and the the final component, a culminating Community Theater Festival at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1:00 pm, where class participants will present final demonstrations of their work and the multi-generational Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed twice for the public.
 
For example, a retired military officer is participating in three of the free classes offered – he now is able to go after his dream to become an actor; or a husband and wife along with their son who are now enjoying quality time as a family while having unique experiences; there’s also a grandmother who is participating along with her daughter and grandchildren; and another resident is taking the adult acting class and is only able to do so because it’s a free class and childcare is provided so she can bring her son with her.

This Theatre Project is providing much needed arts programming and creative experiences for adults, students and children alike who wouldn’t ordinarily have the access. Thank you for your consideration. I’d be happy to coordinate interviews and arrange for you to visit classes (which take place in various locations around the AV and/or the performances which take place at the AV College of Performing Arts Theatre.

Susan

 “Antelope Valley Theatre Project”

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum seeks to inspire, revitalize and increase engagement
with the arts through immersive community theater program

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has announced the Antelope Valley Theatre Project, an immersive theater program that will expand the company’s reach to the Lancaster/Palmdale area with support from The James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund.

“Theatricum has been working to build a relationship with communities in the Antelope Valley for some years,” explains project director Elizabeth Tobias. “We are always searching for a way to translate the education programming we do with kids in schools into programming for adults that will similarly inspire and engage them with the arts.”

The Antelope Valley Theatre Project is a three-pronged program that includes bringing professional performances to the region; engaging local residents through acting classes and workshops; and presenting a culminating Community Theater Festival.

Theatricum Botanicum’s professional repertory company offers free admission to the public performance of its award-winning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre (Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.).

In addition, community members will be offered the opportunity to participate in one of six different workshops culminating this December at no charge, including technique workshops for adults in Elizabethan Dance, Fencing and Stage Combat; Classical Acting residencies for adults; Writing and Performing residencies for adults; and a multi-generational residency for families titled Families Act the Classics, during which family groups (each group must include at least one child and one adult) will be directed by Theatricum directors in their own performance of an edited version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Workshops will take place at various locations throughout the Antelope Valley including Antelope Valley College; Living Stone Cathedral; Jackie Robinson Park; Piute and Lowtree Wellness Homes in Lancaster; and Legacy Commons Senior Center and various community centers in Palmdale.

The third and final component will be a culminating Community Theater Festival at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15, where class participants will present final demonstrations of their work and the multi-generational Dream will perform twice for the public.

Working with Theatricum artistic director Ellen Geer, education director Susan Angelo and company member Earnestine Phillips, Tobias has spent over 8 months laying the groundwork for the project by organizing community outreach meetings with local community leaders, public officials and the general public.

“The bulk of our work so far has been forming partnerships,” she says. “We want to make sure the project is carefully integrated into any enrichment programming already taking place in the area so we can reach as many people as possible. We are planting the seeds for what we hope will blossom into a long-lasting, more permanent theater program that develops organically from the amazing support of The James Irvine Foundation, our own expertise and enrichment/development of the community’s existing programs and passion.”

The mission of Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is to educate and entertain audiences by presenting classics, socially relevant plays and education programs. By passing on a sense of history, great works of art inform the present generation and inspire the future. Theatricum was founded by actor/botanist Will Geer who brought artists, musicians and audiences together to share Shakespeare, poetry and folk music in the natural setting of rustic Topanga Canyon. This tradition continues today with a company of dedicated artists presenting professional plays and concerts in Theatricum’s 299-seat main stage theater and 88-seat S. Mark Taper Pavilion for over 20,000 patrons each season. Over 12,000 K-12 students, and 300 private students of all ages from the greater LA area participate in programs designed to ignite a love of language and inspire learning through performance. For over 35 years, Theatricum has been a valued cultural destination and a provider of meaningful enrichment to Southern California and its families.

Click on the photos of A Midsummer Nights Dream in this email to download high resolution versions, or email lucy@lucypr.com to request jpegs.

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Time to Catch “A Piece of My Heart” at It’s Only Tuesday Productions in Lancaster

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
From It’s Only Tuesday Productions: 
This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops.
The portrays each young woman before, during, and after her in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.
A Piece of My Heart premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club, and now has enjoyed over 1000 productions here and abroad. It has recently been named “The most enduring on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Association.

Find out more at It’s Only Tuesday Productions.

Desert Opera Theatre Announces auditions for “The Wiz”!

Desert Opera Theatre Announces auditions for “The Wiz”!
Directed by Margaret Wassner

Friday, March 11 from 5 – 9 PM
Saturday, March 12 from 3 – 7 PM

Lancaster High School Theatre
44701 32nd St. West
Lancaster, CA 93536

All those auditioning must come prepared to sing part of a song of their own
choosing and will be taught a short dance to perform. Please bring a CD with
backtrack music only (no vocals) or sheet music of your prepared song. You
may also be asked to cold-read for specific roles.

For all audition details and available roles go to our website:
www.avdot.org

Story Synopsis: 
While similar in plot to ³The Wizard of Oz², The Wiz (usually) uses an
all-black cast to transform the show into a more fun, funky modern version.
Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland
in the Land Of Oz. While there she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman & the
Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. She defeats the evil witch and goes
to see the powerful Wizard who turns out to be a phony. However, Glinda is able
to convince Dorothy that she can do anything she wants if she just believes
in herself. Dorothy also realizes the importance of home and her family.

All performer/singers are encouraged to audition (lots of roles available,
male & female, all ages!!) Although black performers may be given
preference for certain roles (especially Dorothy), auditions are open to ALL
performers. We expect to have a very diverse cast!!

Desert Opera Theatre
P.O. Box 900434
Palmdale, CA 93590
661-270-6270
desertoperatheatre@gmail.com

Desert Opera Theatre Announces: Auditions for “The Wiz”!

Desert Opera Theatre Announces:

Auditions for “The Wiz”!
March 11 from 5 – 9 PM
March 12 from 3 – 7 PM
Lancaster High School Theatre
44701 32nd St. West
Lancaster, CA 93536
For all audition details go to our website: www.avdot.org
 
Story Synopsis: 
While similar in plot to “The Wizard of Oz”, The Wiz (usually) uses an all-black cast to transform the show into a more fun, funky modern version. Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland in the Land Of Oz. While there she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman & the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. She defeats the evil witch and goes to see the powerful Wizard who turns out to be a phoney. However, he is able to convince Dorothy that she can do anything she wants if she just believes in herself. Dorothy also realizes the importance of home and her family.


Desert Opera Theatre
P.O. Box 900434
Palmdale, CA 93590
661-270-6270
desertoperatheatre@gmail.com

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)

2nd Playwrights Expo Announced

 May
2010
posted by Nalin 
 

Attention local playwrights!

AVT is looking for short works by local playwrights to be considered for limited workshop production to be held 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.

For details visit: http://www.avthespians.org/productions/

Antelope Valley Thespians To Host Live Music Event

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written by Nalin

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8pm.

AVT is pleased to host Grammy Finalists and award-winning Native American artists JIMMY LEE YOUNG and GIL GABALDON II.

Also appearing live in our black box theatre space will be “Tales of the Highway and Desert” presented by local musician SPECIAL K with TWANGER V.

Admission is $10 to this unique event. Refreshments will be served. This event is for those 21 years of age and older.

Purchase Tickets Online and Learn More About the Artists @

http://www.avthespians.org/productions/onstage/live/