THEATRE NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA—WEEK OF DECEMBER 27TH

42ND STREET MOON ANNOUNCES  “FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE” A FUNDRAISING GALA IN HONOR OF CO-FOUNDER  AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR GREG MACKELLAN STARRING KLEA BLACKHURST 6pm, February 10, 2016

 

– 42nd Street Moon announces FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE, a fundraising gala that will honor Co-Founder and Artistic Director Greg MacKellan, who will complete his 23rd and final season with the company this June. Singer, actress, and veteran Moon performer Klea Blackhurst will serenade patrons in an exclusive concert during the evening. The event also includes cocktails, a live auction, dinner, and a “MoonLight Lounge” with Musical Director Dave Dobrusky and other 42nd Street Moon performers.  Cocktail attire is encouraged. For tickets ($375 – $7500) and more information, the public may call (415) 255-8207 or visit 42ndstmoon.org.

 

This year’s gala is held in honor of Greg MacKellan, who co-founded 42nd Street Moon with Producing Director Stephanie Rhoads 23 years ago. In October, MacKellan announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the season to return to his native Southern California, where he plans to focus on writing, acting, and directing plays as well as musicals.  A veteran musical theatre writer, director, performer, and producer, Greg MacKellan’s producing credits in New York and Los Angeles include The Baker’s Wife, a musical he produced early versions of, working closely with writers Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein. In addition to directing and restoring dozens of productions for 42nd Street Moon, three of which were funded by NEA grants, MacKellan has served as director and writer in more than fifteen revues for various Bay Area groups. Throughout his tenure at 42nd Street Moon, MacKellan has directed more than 50 musicals, adapting the scripts for many of them.

 

The evening kicks off at 6pm with cocktails, and at 7pm guests will be treated to a lavish dinner and a live auction, followed by a concert from Klea Blackhurst. A favorite on the local and national cabaret circuit, Ms. Blackhurst is known for Everything the Traffic Will Allow, her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman. Her other concert credits include numerous appearances at New York’s famed Birdland, a tribute to the Broadway career of composer Vernon Duke, and Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael, a collaboration with Billy Stritch. At 42nd Street Moon, she has starred in productions of Red, Hot and Blue and Call Me Madam and taught a Master Class on singing technique and song interpretation.

 

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SMUIN BALLET OFFERS RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE NEW WORKS CREATED BY DANCERS FOR DANCERS IN “2016 CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE”January 29-30, 2016

– Admired for their versatility on stage, Smuin Ballet dancers invite audiences to experience their talents as choreographers and more when Smuin Ballet presents its 2016 Choreography Showcase. This rare opportunity allows patrons to join Smuin dancers Cara Cooper, Erica Felsch, Rachel Furst, Nicole Haskins, Weston Krukow, Ben Needham-Wood, Susan Roemer, and Rex Wheeler in the intimate ODC Theater, to view a showcase of their own choreography set on fellow company members. These new works, set to a wide range of music, also feature original lighting and costumes. This sixth edition of Smuin Ballet’s Choreography Showcase, including a Q&A after the show, will be presented 7:30pm January 29, and 2pm & 7:30pm January 30 at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., San Francisco. Tickets ($30-$45) and information are available at www.odcdance.org or by calling (415) 863-9834.

 

Smuin Ballet continues to develop significant choreographic voices from within its company. Former Smuin dancer Amy Seiwert is a noted choreographer who has her own company Imagery and whose works appear in the repertoires of Smuin Ballet as well as Ballet Austin, BalletMet, American Repertory Ballet, Washington Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Robert Moses KIN. This year she created a world premiere “Broken Open” that kicked off Smuin Ballet’s 2015/2016 season. Smuin dancers Nicole Haskins and Rex Wheeler are also accomplished choreographers: Haskins has been awarded the Fellowship Grant at the New York Choreographic Institute, while Wheeler’s works are in the repertoires of Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Academy East, and Slovak National Ballet, among others. Current dancers Nicole Haskins, Weston Krukow, and Ben Needham-Wood have also had their works premiered on the company’s mainstage to critical acclaim.

 

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Main Stage West & Shakespeare in the Cannery are co-hosting auditions for the 2016 season.

 

Main Stage West will be casting roles in the following plays:

Bob: A Life In Five Acts (four roles are multi-character chorus)

Outside Mullingar – Aoilfe Muldoon (Irish farm woman in late fifties early sixties); Anthony Reilly (Irish farmer in his forties)

Capacity – (numerous male and female roles who play multiple characters)

Dancing At Lughnasa – Kate (woman in her late thirties, early forties)

Hope – possible roles for one man and one woman (actor, singer, musician) who play multiple characters.  Audition must include a song if actor is interested in this play.

“Meet the Challenge: one Cast, one Director, two Plays. Be a Part of Shakespeare in the Cannery!”

 

Shakespeare in the Cannery is auditioning for Macbeth and a new work by local playwright, David Beckman entitled, The Plot Against Shakespeare.

Auditioning means you can be selected to be in one or the other or both of the plays for the summer 2016 cast of Shakespeare.

 

You will be auditioning for the following Directors:

Elizabeth Craven, Sheri Lee Miller & Molly Noble. & David Lear.

 

Important Details:

Audition dates: Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th Time: 12 noon -6:00 PM Audition location: Main Stage West (104 N. Main Street, Sebastopol)

Callbacks: Shakespeare in the Cannery callbacks 6-10PM Monday the 25th of January at the Arlene Francis Center (99 Sixth Street, Santa Rosa). Callbacks: Main Stage West callback will arranged at a different time.

Shakespeare in the Cannery auditions require two contrasting (one comedic and one dramatic) Shakespearian monologues.

Main Stage West auditions require 1 contemporary monologue, maximum five minutes but willing to make adjustment. Visit www.MainStageWest.com for play descriptions.

You are free to audition for either or both companies.

Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. To arrange an appointment please email

shakespeareinthecannery@gmail.com or audition@mainstagewest.com

 

Please bring a headshot and resume, and allow time to fill out an audition form.