Thursday, May 08, 2008

GSQ: Death of a Salesman Opens Today!

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet is gearing up for their next production on the Warrior Theatre stage. Arthur Miller's “Death of a Salesman” is due to run from May 8-24th – please note the date adjustments due to conflicts – May 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m., May 11 at 3:00 p.m., May 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m., May 18 at 3:00 p.m., May 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Warrior Theatre is located at 510 College Street in Ingram next to the Ingram ISD Administration Building. Tickets are $10 at the door, with group rates available by calling 377-8957. From the Y in Ingram, take Texas 27 (Junction Highway), right towards Mountain Home. At the blinking light on College Street, turn left and a couple of blocks down you’ll see the Ingram ISD Administration Building. Warrior Theatre sits right next to it.

“Salesman,” directed by Holly Riedel, stars George Stieren as Willy Loman, Marie Cearley as his wife Linda, Travis Newman as Biff, Irec Hargrove as Happy, Justin Shotts as Charley, and Anthony Goodman as Bernard. Other cast members include Ann Reynolds, Madelyn Beaudoin, Lindsey Morris, Sarah Tacey, Todd Mein, Jeff Scott, Jon Cearley and Tony Gallucci, with special appearances by Holly Riedel, Charles Bryant, Faith Danielson and Marc West.

The cast are area theatre veterans and student actors known to all local theatregoers. Cearley, Tacey and Reynolds were the stars of John Ruth and Kay White Bocock’s “Circling the Drain” at the Point Theatre last fall, Justin Shotts just finished a run in “Kitchen Witches” at The Point, and Stieren was Ebenezer Scrooge in a much-loved Point version of “A Christmas Carol.” Gallucci directed the last three GSQ productions, “Lend Me a Tenor,” “The Octette Bridge Club” and “The Drawer Boy” which included Riedel, Cearley, Tacey, Beaudoin and Bryant among others. Charles Bryant, a St. Edward’s University Theatre student returns to reprise his offstage role as the “Voice of the Guadalupe Stage Quartet.”

Hargrove, a one-time student of Roy’s, was the first recipient of the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship, presented at the ITM Awards Convocation by Holly Riedel for the Guadalupe Stage Quartet. He starred for ITM in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Deadwood Dick," and “Playing for Time”, and at the Point Theatre in “Oklahoma”. Irec graduated spring 2007 from Ingram Tom Moore High School, where he was a member of the Ingram Tom Moore Thespians. He now attends The University of Texas-San Antonio majoring in Theatre.

There are other local student stars in the show also including: Newmans, a winner of the Best Actor award at State One-Act Play for Tivy High School, who returns after a long absence from Kerrville-area stages, and is embarking on a theatre teaching career. Jeff Scott, a Bandera HS graduate and One-Act and Point Theatre veteran is working his Ph.D. at Texas Tech in Theatre, and headed to D.C. for a year-long Shakespeare internship.

Some other ITM student honorees and graduates are in the cast as well. Madelyn and Lindsey both won Best Actress awards in One-Act Play competition this spring in ITM’s “Twelfth Night”. Anthony Goodman has been involved with the Thespians since their first One-Act Play entry “Macbeth” under the guidance of ITM Theatre teachers Riedel, Cearley, and the late Roy Burney, three of the four founding members of the Guadalupe Stage Quartet.

Jon Cearley, Zack Morris, Jordan Spradling, Benton del Toro, Jason Gardner, Tino Rodriguez, Robert Calhoun, Mathis Lidiak, Genie Iness and Dan Schmidt will serve as the managing crew for this production.

All proceeds from GSQ shows go directly to the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund and the ITM Thespians. The Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund is a project of the Guadalupe Stage Quartet, and is awarded annually beginning in 2007, to a deserving and outstanding theatre arts student graduating from Ingram Tom Moore High School. The first three GSQ productions provided over $12,000 towards this project.

Thus far the GSQ has produced three acclaimed shows – “Lend Me a Tenor” at The Point Theatre, and “The Octette Bridge Club” and “The Drawer Boy” at Warrior Theatre. Future projects include “The Lion in Winter,” “Never the Sinner,” “Dragons,” “The Women of Lockerbie,” “A Delicate Balance,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “’Inherit the Wind,” and “A Christmas Carol.”

Donations to the scholarship can be made to "Roy Burney Scholarship Fund" and hand-delivered to any member of the Quartet, or may be mailed to Holly Riedel, Ingram Tom Moore High School Theatre Department, 510 College Street, Ingram, Texas 78025.

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