Yukon Theatre Seeks Scholarship Applicants

The Stage Door, Inc. of Yukon is accepting applications for two scholarships to be awarded this June. Junior or Senior High School students and current college students may apply.

Scholarships are for $250.00 each.

Candidates may download an application at the following link or call 405-265-1590 to request a hard copy.  Application deadline is May 31, 2014.

Stage Door Scholarship Application

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The Stage Door announces auditions for “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

Mark April 7th and 8th on your calendars!!

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are two of Mark Twain’s most beloved characters in all of Americana . . . like baseball and apple pie.  And the script, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ which is adapted for the stage by Randal Myler, is probably the most comprehensive adaptation of the book around.  It covers all of Huck and Jim’s adventures as they float down the Mississippi, and does so, in a most creative and interesting way.

The show will be under the capable direction of Rebecca Upshaw.  She is the choral music director at PCHS and has directed such productions as “Annie,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Little Women,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and most recently, “The King and I.”

The cast consists of roles for 10 men and 4 women of all ages.  More can be cast, if available, but the doubling of roles is also a possibility.  The cast of 14 is the least number that can be used.  The role of Jim must be played by an African American actor.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Those auditioning need to bring their theatre resume along with a headshot.  If you do not have a headshot, one can be taken at the theatre for a charge of $1.00.  Auditioners also need to bring a list of their conflicts from April 14th through June 15th, 2014.

Audition dates are set for April 7 and 8 from 7-9 p.m. nightly.  Callbacks will be Wednesday, June 9th, if needed.  Production dates are June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, 2014.

Questions or requests for more information can be directed to Ms. Upshaw at 227-3711.  Questions can also be e-mailed to the theatre at stagedooryukon@gmail.com.

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The Stage Door revisits a painful past in “A Piece of my Heart”

Vietnam War drama opens April 4th

Recently named, “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association, “A Piece of my Heart” by Shirley Lauro, will transport the audience back to a time when young men and women did not always willingly go fight in a war that was most certainly not supported by the average citizen, nor was their service appreciated.  It was a time when an 18th birthday for a young man was not a celebratory rite of passage, but a fearful time of wondering if they would be called up as they registered for the draft.

In the 1960’s and early 1970’s, while this “police action” raged, the military was still pretty much a boy’s club.  Women never saw “line of fire” duty alongside their fellow soldiers.  A young woman’s role in this war was that of a nurse.  “A Piece of my Heart” is a powerful, true drama that depicts the paths of six women who went to Vietnam:  five nurses and a USO singer.  The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at The Wall in Washington.

“A Piece of my Heart” premiered in New York City at Manhattan Theatre Club to rave reviews.  The New York Times stated, “There have been a number of plays dealing with Vietnam, but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro’s work.”  And now The Stage Door is proud to be featuring this powerful piece in its 2013-2014 Season.

“A Piece of my Heart” is being directed by Denise Harris, a very familiar face around The Stage Door for the last 17 years.  Denise is kind of a “Jane of all trades” around the theatre, having directed nine shows and worn the hats of costumer, set designer, light and sound technician, stage manager and backstage crew member, academy teacher, producer, board member, janitor, and general all around flunky.  Plus, she even found some time through all of that to be cast in many shows.  A show about veterans is certainly in the capable hands of a Stage Door veteran.

You won’t want to miss the chance to experience this hard-hitting drama, so mark your calendars now!!  Performances are April 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. matinees can be enjoyed on April 6 and 13.

Tickets are $9.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.  Pre-sales can be made by visiting www.stagedooryukon.com or by calling The Stage Door at 265-1590 (leave a message).

“A Piece of my Heart” is being produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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The Stage Door sets auditions for “A Piece of my Heart”

The Stage Door is proud to announce auditions for “A Piece of my Heart,” by Shirley Lauro, recently named the “most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation” by the Vietnam Vets Association. Auditions are set for February 17 and 18 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. nightly. “A Piece of my Heart” will be directed by Denise Harris.

“A Piece of my Heart” 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 play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at The Wall in Washington.

The cast is made up of six women, ages 17-55 and 1 man, ages 18-60. The character of Maryjo (age 17-37) must be able to sing and play the guitar. The character of Steele (age 35-55) must be an African-American Actress.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Those auditioning need to provide a theater resume, a headshot (if one is not available, the theater will take a photo for a $1.00 fee), and a list of rehearsal conflicts from February 24 – April 13.

Performance dates are April 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m.

If the auditioner has questions or requires further information, the director may be contacted by calling 501-7074 or by e-mailing her at denise_stagedoor313@yahoo.com.

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“The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” is coming to The Stage Door

Opens February 14 . . . Lord, have mercy on our souls!!

The Stage Door is excited to be presenting “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” to lead off the second half of the 2013-2014 Season.  Written by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” is directed by The Stage Door’s own Frieda Penn.  It promises to be 2-1/2 hours of great fun and entertainment.

The play is set in Gilbert, Texas which lies about 90 miles west of Houston.  This little country burg has been home to the “Chicken Ranch” for about 100 years.  This is not news to anyone except maybe “a couple of tourists and all Texans still takin’ their suppers outa high chairs.  Why, half of the police officers and two thirds of the lawyers in the state of Texas grew up right in this house.”  But when “The Watchdog,” Melvin P. Thorpe, gets wind of this information, he turns his attention and his television cameras to this very spot, and the peaceful coexistence between the town of Gilbert and the Chicken Ranch begins to unravel . . .

“Although this show is a lot of fun, it deals with a mature subject matter and there is plenty of language,” says director Penn.  “There is no nudity, but there are a lot of ladies running around in some skimpy costumes and some gentlemen in boxers, etc.  You won’t see anything you probably don’t see on primetime television on a nightly basis, but parents need to be aware that this is an “R” rated show and it is not appropriate for children.”

Penn continues, “We tried to figure out how to tone down the cussing of Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, but his roughness is a big part of his character, and a huge reason why everything with the Chicken Ranch gets so blown out of proportion.  It’s a central part of the story.  So, if we cut out a lot of the offensive words, much of the other dialogue wouldn’t make sense.  We thought about bleeping him whenever he cussed, like a television censor, but the timing of that would be very difficult and could/would end up being very slapstick and cheesy, which isn’t what we’re trying to achieve.  So, in the end, we decided to stay true to the script and hope we don’t offend anyone too deeply.  Other than that, I guarantee you will have a toe-tappin’ good time!!”

“The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” opens February 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Other show dates are February 15, 21, and 22, also at 7:30 p.m., and February 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Because it’s a musical and the production royalties are so much higher than a regular show, ticket prices will reflect an increase to help absorb that cost.  So, tickets in advance are $12.00 and those purchased at the door will be $15.00.  Advance purchases may be made by visiting the theatre’s website at www.stagedooryukon.com or by calling the theatre at 265-1590 (leave a message).

So, start off 2014 by discovering a little cheeky entertainment . . . discover The Stage Door!!

“The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” is being produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and is being funded in part by a grant from the OAC and NEA.

 

 

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One more audition night added for “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas”

The Stage Door Theatre will be holding a third night of auditions Monday, December 16 from 7-10 pm.

For more information about this show, click here to see our previous announcment.

“The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” performance dates are February 14, 15, 21, & 22 at 7:30 p.m. and February 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Audition dates are December 9 & 10 from 7-10 p.m. nightly.  Callbacks will be Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m., if needed.

If you have questions or require more information, the director can be reached at 405/640-5095 or e-mailed at stagedooryukon@gmail.com.

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Stage Door announces auditions for “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas”

Auditions set for December 9 & 10 from 7-10 p.m. nightly

The Stage Door in Yukon is thrilled to be holding auditions for its biggest production in years, “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas.”  Directed by Frieda Penn, with musical direction by Lisa Gigstad-Francel and choreography by Patty Hull, the show features a cast of close to 40.

The show is set in the small town of Gilbert, Texas.  On the outskirts of town is a nice, well-kept farmhouse that the locals refer to as the Chicken Ranch.   The Chicken Ranch is a house of ill repute run by Miss Mona.  Now, aside from the moral discussion of a bordello, most of the townsfolk look the other way when it comes to the Chicken Ranch.  Miss Mona runs a clean business, pays her taxes, supports several charitable organizations around town, and most of the wives appreciate a night off every now and then.

However, idyllic, peaceful situations never seem to last long before someone stirs up trouble.  Enter The Watchdog:  Melvin P. Thorpe.  He hears about Gilbert, Texas and its shameful circumstances and decides to turn his puritanical “watchdog” eyes and ears towards this sleepy little town and shine his spotlight on their sin!!  And that’s when things really start to get out of hand.

Filled with lots of good, toe-tappin’ music, great over-the-top characters, and lots of laughs, “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” is a font of fun and friendliness.

The cast consists of 13 male and 14 female roles with extras.  Most of the leads are for more “mature” adults, ranging in ages of 35-60.  The “girls” employed at the Chicken Ranch need to look like they are in their 20’s, with a couple of “barely 18’s.”  The “customers” are all ages, but one particular farmboy is just 18 and then the Texas A&M boys would need to be early 20’s.  Because the show is R-rated, the director asks that no one under 18 audition.

Most of the main characters will need to be able to sing along with their acting, but few will actually have to dance.  There are a few roles, mainly male, that require no vocals.  However, those cast as an “extra” or “chorus” will definitely need to be able to sing and dance at least minimally.

Those auditioning need to bring their acting resume along with a headshot.  If you do not have a headshot, a photo can be taken at the theatre for a nominal $1.00 fee.  Everyone also needs to provide a list of their conflicts from January 2 through February 23.  Those wishing a singing role also need to come prepared to sing 16 bars of a Broadway-style song.  A piano and accompanist will be available, as well as, a cd player.  Cold readings from the script will follow musical auditions, and the evening will conclude with the participants learning and performing some simple choreographed steps.

“The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” performance dates are February 14, 15, 21, & 22 at 7:30 p.m. and February 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Audition dates are December 9 & 10 from 7-10 p.m. nightly.  Callbacks will be Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m., if needed.

If you have questions or require more information, the director can be reached at 405/640-5095 or e-mailed at stagedooryukon@gmail.com.

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It’s “A Funny Thing” at The Stage Door

One night only this Saturday, November 9 at 601 Oak Avenue in Yukon

The Stage Door is proud to bring “A Funny Thing” back for its fourth consecutive year.  Brainchild of local funnyman, Kelly Hilburn, “A Funny Thing” features local comedians who hone their stand-up comedy skills in front of a friendly audience in a non-alcoholic, non-smoking atmosphere, using no more than PG-rated material.  It makes for an enjoyable evening for the entire family.

There is no cost to the comics, but their rewards are many.  Besides the opportunity to perform and enhance their stand-up resumes, one of the comedians will get the chance to co-host The Stage Door’s annual Golden Door Awards and Gala in June, and then there’s always bragging rights!!

Besides those scheduled to perform for the evening, emcee Hilburn will also give one or two people from the audience a chance to come up and enjoy the stand-up experience.  Those volunteering from the audience would only need to have 5-7 minutes of prepared material.  It’s a great opportunity to see if comedy is your calling!!

There is still room for a few more comics in the program and if you would like to try your hand at stand-up comedy or you are experienced but would just like another opportunity to perform, contact Hilburn at kellyisok@gmail.com.

The event will be general seating and admission is $7.00 at the door . . . no pre-sales for this show.  The lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. and the theatre doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Concessions will be available, and as always, every item sells for $1.00.

So, as we head into the season of Thanksgiving and take pause to truly be thankful for life and love and laughter and living, take the time to celebrate these things at “A Funny Thing.”  Discover laughter . . . discover The Stage Door.

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The Stage Door to host 4th annual comedy night

Are you funny?  At a party, family gathering, or in your work break room, is there always a group around you, listening and laughing at your jokes and stories?  Well, if this scenario resembles you, then you need to try your hand at stand-up comedy at The Stage Door’s 4th annual “A Funny Thing.”

There is no cost to the comic, but instead, participants will gain valuable experience in the art of stand-up comedy in front of a friendly audience of family and friends.  The only requirement is that the material must be rated no more than PG.  This event is billed as “family-friendly” and The Stage Door wishes to keep the humor out of the gutter.

So, are you good at physical comedy like Dick Van Dyke or are you a person of a thousand faces like Jim Carrey?  Are you always trying to imitate the voices and mannerisms of famous people or are you the person noticing the comedy in everyday things like Arsenio Hall’s “Things that make you go ‘hmmmmmm?’”  Perhaps you lean toward the overweight, middle class mom that brought Roseanne Barr to fame or the redneck humor of Larry the Cable Guy.  Whatever your genre, you will be right at home in The Stage Door’s “A Funny Thing.”

Those interested in trying out their brand of humor on an audience should contact Kelly Hilburn, event coordinator, at Kellyisok@gmail.com.

“A Funny Thing” is set for November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Stage Door announces auditions for their Halloween production(s)

                  The Stage Door announces auditions for their Halloween production(s)

September 9 & 10 at 7:00-9:00 pm

The Stage Door is excited to announce auditions for the spooky comedy, “Halloween Screams,” by L. Don Swartz.

When a theatre group in Chestnut Hollow agrees to transform the community center’s basement into a Halloween spook house, little do they know that the basement is already haunted!  Phantom laughter, flying skulls, ghostly photographs, and other-worldly voices are just some of the clues that help the troupers unearth the secret that has been buried in the basement for over 200 years.

The cast consists of 6 males:  3 are in their late teens or early 20’s, 2 are early teens, and 1 male is 30-40ish.

There are 4 female roles:  2 are late teens or early 20’s, 1 is a mature woman (40-60ish), and 1 is a young pre-teen.

There is also a role that can be cast as either male or female, 30-40ish.

Multiple opportunities abound for extras, pre-teens and teens, to set up and run the haunted house onstage and to portray patrons of the haunted house.

The Stage Door is proud to be giving a talented actor his first chance at directing.  Nathen Barber, who garnered recognition for his pathological portrayal of Clifford Anderson in last season’s “Deathtrap,” actually won the season’s “Best Actor” award for his comical portrayal of ‘Clue’ in “Clue the Musical.”  Under the tutelage of Denise Harris, Nathen will be adding to his theatrical resume.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Those auditioning need to come armed with a headshot (one can be taken at the theater for a $1.00 printing fee), acting resume, and a list of schedule conflicts from September 16through October 24.  Performance dates are October 25, 26, 27, and November 1, 2, 3.  The October 27th and November 3rd shows are afternoon matinees.

Please direct any questions to the director at 405/206-6239 or Nathen0100@hotmail.com.

In conjunction with this show, The Stage Door is hosting a real haunted house in the basement of the YMAC building, 601 Oak Avenue.  There has been rumors floating around for years that this historic old building is haunted, so why not buy into that full throttle?!?!

Many, MANY volunteers will be needed to build/set up the different scenarios, do make-up, act in the haunted house, work as ticket takers, sell concessions, work as security, etc.  Because this will be a serious haunted house and there will be some late hours, The Stage Door is asking for no one under the age of 16 to volunteer.  If interested, please contact the theater at stagedooryukon@gmail.com for more information and more concrete time requirements.

 

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