Monday, July 14, 2008

COM: Theatre overwhelming right now . . .

Sorry for the lack of posting lately, i've been doing three to four rehearsals a day and the load is leaving almost zero time for anything else. I'm in High School Musical which opens this week, and directing I Used to Dream which opens right after HSM closes, and Dragons set to open the first weekend of September.

There are a couple of HUGE theatre months coming -- not only with great classics, but new classics, and brand new, never before seen shows.

First up is Jeff Cunningham's "Book of Ruth" which opens tonight at the Cailloux Theatre in Kerrville. Fresh off their stunning production of "Singin' in the Rain", comes this brand new piece. The show includes a number of ITM theatre program graduates, as well as Dale Green, star of GSQ cofounder Tony Gallucci's newest film, and Jake Asbury, a co-writer/composer of GSQ's next production. Here are their notes on the play: "The Book of Ruth" retells the Old Testament story of a young widow's devotion to her mother-in-law. Set in Texas and later in Tennessee, the play puts a new perspective on familiar tale of love, sacrifice, and acceptance. A Playhouse 2000 production. $15 adults, $5 children under 14. Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 830-896-9393. And here's a Kerrville Daily Times preview -- http://www.dailytimes.com/story.lasso?ewcd=4f2b6f0317c56fc3

The next week, the hugely popular nusical for a new generation "High School Musical" opens at the Point Theatre. Lovingly directed by Melissa May Moncus it features a huge cast of talented young actors from as far away as Austin and San Marcos. "The Voice of GSQ" Charles Bryant appears as Chad, and future GSQ actor Jamin Reither appears in the lead. Their notes: After months of rehearsals, Disney's smash hit, "High School Musical," comes to life July 18 - August 2 on the Hill Country Arts Foundation Point Theatre outdoor stage. The musical, written by Peter Barsocchini, will have nine performances over three weekends at 8:30 p.m. Opening night will feature a post-show reception to meet the cast and crew. For those who are not familiar with "High School Musical," it is the story of a high school basketball star, Troy; and a brainy transfer student, Gabriella, who want to audition for their school's spring musical, but are discouraged by rival peer groups. The play has been described as being part "West Side Story," part "Romeo and Juliet," and part "Grease." According to David Simpatico, who wrote the book for the stage version, the message of "High School Musical," is "you can be whatever you want to be." Director Melissa May-Moncus, a Point Theatre alumnus, has assembled a cast of 31 to perform the difficult score and complicated dance routines. Jamin Reither, who appeared as Curly in "Oklahoma!" last summer, will star as Troy Bolton; and Andrea DeLeon, a recent Tivy High School graduate, will make her Point Theatre debut as Gabriella Montez.Point Theatre interns Jenny Anne Canfield and Bobby Dale Sands will portray siblings Sharpay and Ryan Evans. Charles Bryant, whose last appearance on The Point's outdoor stage was the Prince in "Cinderella," will take on the role of Chad; and Travis Taylor, who recently played one of the sons in "Alone Together," plays Zeke. Taylor will be played by newcomer Jasmin Delacerda. Sunday, July 20 is Family Night at The Point. All tickets will be $5. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Services for the deaf and hearing impaired will be available on Saturday, July 26, courtesy of support from the Kerr County United Way. Tickets are selling quickly for this production according to box office staff. For reservations or more information, call the box office at 830-367-5121 or visit the web site at www.hcaf.com. The Point Theatre is located at 120 Point Theatre Road South in Ingram.

Then for one weekend only, August 8-10, there will be a special musical theatre production of an original script "I Used to Dream" put together by Tony Gallucci and the staff and children of the Hill Country Youth Ranch. An hourlong musical "dream" portraying the lives of troubled children ends with hope for their future. Folks who remember the acclaimed "Broken Wings Can Fly" productions at HCYR will feel right at home. In addition to ranch residents, community actors Jake Asbury, Genie Iness, Madison White and Brittney Whitten, and a large crew from Ingram Tom Moore, Our Lady of the Hills and other area theatre programs will be a part of the production. Shows are Friday, August 8 at 7:30, August 9 at 7:30 m and August 10 at 3:00. Tickets are $5 each and can be reserved by calling 830-367-2131.

And GSQ's big announcement is the production of "Dragons", an original musical by Tony Gallucci and Jake Asbury, premiering at the Cailloux Theatre, September 4-21. This show, about a blind girl who learns to "see", is GSQ's first run at an original play. It stars Faith Danielson as Ellen, Ethan Muehlstein as Kevin, Martha Danielson as Margie, Paige Smith as Emily, and Jake Asbury, Jessica Roberts, Genie Iness and Jamin Reither as the parents. Originally written as a short story in 1978, the piece has travelled a long path to its completion with the elegant music composed by Jake Asbury (of recent Cailloux "Singin' in the Rain" acclaim). We are thrilled to have him aboard this journey. Make plans to come see our newest show. More details to come.

Finally, among the other fine shows coming up are Jim Bowman's direction of 'Willy Wonka' at Cailloux, and John Ruth's direction of 'Steel Magnolias" at The Point.

See you at the theatre!

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