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I am proud to announce (and happy to congratulate) the Anderson Award winners for October 2016.

Best Play:  The African Company Presents: Richard III (The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City)

Best Musical:  Sweeney Todd (Leawood Stage Company)

Best Actor:  Joshua Gleeson (One Man, Two Guv’nors- OCTA)

Best Actress:   Cori Anne Weber (Sweeney Todd)

Best Cake:  First Kisses (Summit Theatre Group)

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First Kisses at Summit Theatre Group

Please continue to support local theatre and these award-winning theatres and theatre artists.  They have much more to come!

Next up at Olathe Civic TheatreThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever! (Dec 2-18)

Next up at Summit Theatre GroupEvery Christmas Story Ever Told, and then some! (Dec 14-18)

 


For more information on the Anderson Awards (and the beautiful people they are named after) please see this post.

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I am proud to announce (and happy to congratulate) the Anderson Award winners for June 2016.

Best Play:  Arcadia (Olathe Civic Theatre)
Best Musical:  Parade (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre)
Best Actor:  Michael Dragen (Parade)
Best Actress:   Kimberly Horner (Parade)
Best Cake:  Big River (Musical Theatre Heritage)
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Please continue to support local theatre and these award-winning theatres and theatre artists.  They have much more to come!

Next up at OCTAAlter Boyz (Aug 26-Sept 11)
Next up at the METPicasso at the Lapin Agile (Sept 8-24)
Next up at MTHNext To Normal (Aug 4-24)

Need theatre sooner? (Of course you do!)

Most theatre artists here in Kansas City are gearing up for the annual Fringe Festival (July 21-31).  Get out and Fringe, it is an outstanding festival of theatre, music, film, and art sure to surprise, excite, and inspire.
Or check out the KC Theatre Calendar for currently running professional productions.

For more information on the Anderson Awards (and the beautiful people they are named after) please see this post.

Announcing Auditions for Two Rooms by Lee Blessing

Directed by Coleman Crenshaw

Olathe Community Theatre Association
500 E Loula Street
Olathe, KS 66061-5402

4 roles available: 2 women, 2 men.

Open Call Auditions on Dec 6th: 7pm to 10pm at OCTA.  Audition times assigned upon arrival.

Possible Call-Backs Dec 12th at 6pm (if necessary and by invitation only).

Auditions will consist of short dramatic monologue (memorized if possible) of less than 2 minutes and cold readings from the script.

Production dates are Feb 17th to March 4th.  Rehearsals will begin Jan 8th (Sundays – Wednesdays mostly until Feb).

 

ABOUT THE PLAY:

The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut where an American hostage is being held by terrorists and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal.  In fact the same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the setting for the real talks she has with an ambitious reporter and a determined State Department official.

Lee Blessing’s taut psychodrama focuses on an intensely personal story of love, separation, and hope.  Yet Blessing carries the audience through the three perspectives of the individual, the public, and the government and their struggles to respond to the new world of global terrorism.

In the end, there are no winners, only losers, and the sense of futility and despair that comes when people of goodwill realize that logic, compassion and fairness have become meaningless when dealing with those who would commit such barbarous acts so willingly.

CHARACTERS:

Michael Wells — educator

Lainie Wells — educator, married to Michael

Walker Harris — reporter

Ellen Van Oss — representative of the State Department