The Stage Door announces auditions for “Where the Lilies Bloom”

The Stage Door is excited to announce auditions for “Where the Lilies Bloom,” by Celeste Raspanti.  It is based on the book by Vera and Bill Cleaver.  Auditions are set for February 22 and 23 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. nightly.  “Where the Lilies Bloom” will be under the direction of Frieda Penn, the 2012-2013 winner of the Golden Door Award for “Best Director.”    

“Where the Lilies Bloom” features Mary Call Luther, a young girl with spunk, guts, spirit – call it what you will.  She needs all the talents she can muster if she’s to keep her family together after the death of her father.  To do this, she has to hide her father’s death from the county welfare, from Kiser Pease, their landlord, and from the townspeople.  Kiser wants to marry Devola, Mary Call’s older sister, a dreamy, quiet, deceptively retiring girl.  Keeping Kiser Pease and the townspeople at bay lets everyone in for some hilarious tricks and ruses that keep the play moving with action and suspense.  The outstanding script is beautifully written, touching, often wildly funny, and proves the impossible can be accomplished when a family sticks together.  It has true grit.

The cast consists of three adult men and three adult women.  They range in age from 20 up.  There are roles for six female youth and 4 male youth, plus extras – both adults and children of all ages.  Mary Call should look to be 13-15; her sister Devola is approximately 18; her brother Romey is around 10-12; and little sister Ima Dean can be in the range of 6-8.  Students and friends of the Luther clan can range in ages from 6-16.   The Luther children are outstanding characters and the actors chosen to play these roles will need to be dedicated in creating these roles.

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 25 – April 14.  

Performance dates are April 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.  

If the auditioner has questions or requires further information, the director may be contacted by calling or texting 640-5095 or by e-mailing her at churchlady247@aol.com.  

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Seeking Director, Where the Lilies Bloom

The Stage Door will soon be selecting the director for “Where the Lilies Bloom” by Celeste Raspanti. It is based on the book by Vera and Bill Cleaver.
The story takes place in the Appalachian backwoods where Mary Call Luther and her family live. Young Mary Call has spunk, guts, spirit – call it what you will – and she needs them if she’s to keep her family together after the death of her father. To do this, she has to hide her father’s death from the county welfare, from Kiser Pease, their landlord, and from the townspeople. Kiser wants to marry Devola, Mary Call’s older sister, a dreamy, quiet, deceptively retiring girl. Keeping Kiser Pease and the townsfolk at bay lets everyone in for some hilarious tricks and ruses that keep the play moving with action and suspense.
If you think you might be interested in directing this wonderful, heartwarming play, please contact The Stage Door at stagedooryukon@gmail.com or call the theatre at 265-1590 and leave a message BEFORE 5pm on Monday, February 8th. Presentations to the board of directors will be held on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening, February 9 or 10 at 6pm.
Show dates for “Where the Lilies Bloom” are April 15-17 and 22-24, 2016.

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Auditions set for “Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”

The Stage Door theatre, located at 601 Oak Avenue in Yukon, is excited to announce auditions for “Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.” Auditions are set for December 14 and 15 from 7-9 p.m. with call-backs on Wednesday, December 16th. Blocking rehearsals will start January 4th with show dates set for February 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and February 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m.
In a small town dime store in West Texas, the “Disciples of James Dean” gather for their twentieth reunion. Now middle-aged women, they were teenagers when Dean filmed “Giant” two decades ago in nearby Marfa. One of them, an extra in the film, has a child whom she says was conceived with Dean during the shoot. The ladies’ congenial reminiscences mingle with flash backs to their youth; then the arrival of a stunning, but familiar, stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments.
“Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” is a character-driven play consisting of 4 women (ages 17-25), 4 women (ages 37-50), one character can be male or female (age 37-50), one male (age 17-25), and one female (age 50-60).
The Stage Door welcomes Denise Harris back to the fold to direct this show. After about a two-year hiatus, Denise finds herself drawn back to the smell of paint, the drone of drills, and the hum of lights. She has an extensive resume consisting of acting, directing, stage managing, set design, costume design, costume construction, and production. She was a hard-working board member for many years and she is thrilled to be “in the trenches” once again. The Stage Door is excited to see what kind of a gem Ms. Harris creates this time.
The director is looking for passionate actors who want to enjoy working closely with the director and fellow cast mates. Sides from the play will be used for the auditions. Please bring a resume and headshot (or picture) to include with your audition form, as well as a list of your evening conflicts from January 4 through February 28.
If you have questions, you may contact the director at 405/501-7074 or at denise_stagedoor313@yahoo.com. You may also contact The Stage Door at 405/265-1590 or stagedooryukon@gmail.com.

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The Stage Door celebrates the season with . . . a bunch of fruitcakes???

When you think about holiday traditions of your childhood, undoubtedly, one of the things that comes to mind is Christmas caroling followed by thawing out with steaming cups of hot cider or hot chocolate, accompanied by some tasty homemade treats. Now, one of the homemade treats that seems to stand the test of time is the fruitcake. This fact is puzzling indeed, as no one seems to like them, yet year after year, the obligatory fruitcake is always a staple found on holiday buffets. There is even the theory that, in reality, there is only a single fruitcake in existence, and it is this same fruitcake that makes the holiday rounds each year!!
However, as we mull this theory, consider the small town of McCord’s Ferry, where two old spinsters bake fruitcakes for every single family each year. Now that’s a lot of fruitcake to consume, bury, or use as doorstops!! And this occurs every year!!
And into this fruitcake madness, mix in three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, an estranged old man and a Christmas hog named Buster, and you’ve got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening filled with holiday cheer.
“Fruitcakes” is a comedy written by Julian Wiles. Having grown up in a small town quite similar to McCord’s Ferry, Mr. Wiles can attest to the fact that while many of these characters may appear “nuttier than fruitcakes” to outsiders, to their friends and neighbors, they are just . . . friends and neighbors. In their own way, these townsfolk all have grace, charm, and wit.
And into this bucolic world comes Jamie, a city kid who has run as far away from home as his money would take him. At first he thinks the town’s inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitckes,” but soon he comes to admire, appreciate, and adore this crazy little town. “Fruitcakes” is a moving story of alienation, understanding, and reconciliation that provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer.
Directing this heart-warming story is Julie K. Barnett. Julie is a newcomer to The Stage Door fold, but has an impressive resume. She lives in Sentinel, OK and is very active in Clinton’s community theatre, Southwest Playhouse.
After “playing” in the theatre for many years, Julie decided to take the plunge and get a college degree. She graduated from SWOSU in 2007 with a B.A. in Communication Art with an emphasis on theatre. Besides directing and acting in countless shows, Julie has done a lot of graphic design for shows. She is also a proficient costume mistress, producer, and set designer. Julie has even done a stint or two in teaching summer arts academies at SWOSU. The Stage Door is thrilled to have someone with this much talent and experience at the helm of “Fruitcakes.”
“Fruitcakes” opens December 11 and runs for two weekends through the 20th. Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $14.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by visiting the theatre’s website at www.stagedooryukon.com or any Party Galaxy, or by calling TicketStorm at 866-966-1777. Please note that on-line purchases do carry a fee.
So if you are looking for some great family time this Christmas season, you won’t want to miss this wonderful tale. The spirit of Christmas is certainly alive and well in “Fruitcakes.”

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The Stage Door Sets Auditions for Christmas Show

The Stage Door in Yukon is announcing auditions for “Fruitcakes” . . . Monday and Tuesday evenings, October 19 & 20 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. The theater will be open by 6:30 p.m. and those auditioning are encouraged to come early to fill out their paperwork so that auditions may begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, October 21st, if needed.

All auditioning are asked to bring a theater resume and headshot if they have them and a detailed list of their conflicts from October 22nd through December 20th. If no headshot is available, one will be taken at the theater for a $1.00 fee.

“Fruitcakes,” written by Julian Wiles, is a funny, heart-warming, delightful show that provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer.

Jamie is a kid who has run as far away from home as his money will take him, which is the small town of McCord’s Ferry. Here, he meets Miss Sarah and Miss Alice, a couple of old spinster sisters who bake fruitcakes for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e in town; Mack Morgan, the old guy who dispenses Christmas trees, whirligigs, and advice; Beebo Dantzler, the town’s only policeman who tries to top himself each year in the Christmas lighting contest; and other various inhabitants, who Jamie thinks are all “nuttier than fruitcakes.” However, he soon comes to admire, appreciate, and adore this nutty little town. “Fruitcakes” is a moving story of alienation, understanding, and reconciliation.

The cast consists of roles for 4 men, 4 women, 6 boys, and 7 girls, plus extras. The part of Mack Morgan needs to be a gentleman who looks to be in his 60’s and the parts of Miss Sarah and Miss Alice are for ladies who can be made to look in their 80’s. The other adult roles are for actors in their 30’s and 40’s, but any adult age could work.

The youth roles consist of all ages from as young as 4 or 5 to 16 or so. The role of Jamie is for a young man, ages 12-14; Little Beebo Dantzler is about 12 and his sister Sally is about 8; and the children of the Christmas pageant are all various ages.

The show is under the direction of Julie Barnett, a very talented, experienced director with the Southwest Playhouse in Clinton, OK. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, October 22nd with a read-thru of the script and then will run on Monday thru Thursday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. Ms. Barnett has hopes of blocking/rehearsing the younger children first in the rehearsals so they can be released early. There will be time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday evenings may be added at a later date, if needed. (Note: these days and times may change once the full cast is assembled to work with as many people’s schedules as possible.)

There will be six performances of this show on December 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7:30 pm and December 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m.

If you have questions, you may contact the director at 580/393-1217, The Stage Door at 265-1590, or e-mail the theatre at stagedooryukon@gmail.com.

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Haunted House casting call

Greetings to all past/present/future ghouls of “Demented Dreams,”

It is time to start making plans for The Stage Door’s 3rd annual haunted house fundraiser.  We are running things a little differently this year, which I think you will find appealing.

Allison Penn will be our designated director of “Demented Dreams, III.”  We are simplifying much of the haunted house in that we aren’t going to spend so much time and energy in creating “scenes.”  The maze will consist of twisting and turning tunnels that are in complete darkness.  The “visitors” will have to feel their way through and the darkness will only intermittently be interrupted by ghouls surprising them in pools of light or strobes, etc.  It will again cover parts of the main floor and the entire basement.  Costumes will consist mainly of dark clothing and/or robes.  Actors will have the choice to wear masks, make-up, or zombie make-up.  The zombie make-up is probably more irritating to the skin, so you might want to keep that in mind when making your choice.

Depending on the answers you give on the casting forms, you will be assigned an area in the haunted house.  You will be designated to work the same area throughout the run of the haunted house, or at least on the nights that you sign up to work.  Besides actors, we need tech people, security people (those working security must be over 18), and make-up artists.  Because this is a real haunted house and can be pretty intense, we ask that no one under 14 sign up to work, unless they will be accompanied by a parent.

We will again be offering a small stipend each night that you work; however, Stage Door personnel will do a walk-thru at the end of each night and if you have not left your personal area picked up and free of all trash and water bottles, you will forfeit your pay for that night.

Something new this year is a lock-in Halloween night.  After we close the haunted house, we will be hosting a lock-in.  The Stage Door will provide pizza, snacks, soft drinks, spooky movies, etc. in exchange for your help in striking the haunted house.  Staying is not mandatory, but if you stay, you will be expected to help . . . not just eat and watch movies.

Show dates for “Demented Dreams, III” are October 23, 24, 29, 30, & 31.  All nights will run from 7:30-midnight except for the 29th, which will finish up at 10:00.

To help “Demeted Dreams, III” run smoothly, The Stage Door is holding a casting call on September 21 & 22 from 7-9:30 pm in the theatre.  Please bring a list of your conflicts for Oct. 19-31.  Please come and meet/re-connect with Allison and fill out a form to give us good information to contact you and to help us match you to the best character/area.  Once we have the haunted house built, etc., we will be having several “rehearsal” evenings so that Stage Door personnel can help you work on your “character.”  Most of you have done really well in the past, but it always seems to take us a couple of nights to get rolling.  We want to be awesome from the start this year!!

One last thing . . . we have scheduled a major clean-up/organization work day in the basement on Saturday, September 26 from 8am until ???  We would love for anyone who has any time that day to come help.  Wear grubby clothes and sturdy shoes (no flip flops).  We would be forever grateful for your help.

If you can’t get up to the theatre on the 21st and 22nd to get registered, please contact Allison Penn at 642-7932.  You can also e-mail her at luvdove731@aol.com.  Frieda Penn will be working closely with Allison, so you contact her as well at 640-5095 or e-mail her at churchlady247@aol.com.

The Stage Door is looking forward to another fun year and the chance to see many of you again, plus meet some new people.  Let’s scare Yukon!!

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Stage Door Logo Contest

Attention Graphic Artists!!

The Stage Door is sponsoring a new logo contest for the theatre.  Our new logo will be used on all marketing that we do . . . Website, face book, flyers, programs, show ads, etc.  It will be the “new face” of The Stage Door and YOU could be the lucky one to claim the top prize!!

Submissions will be accepted from now through midnight on August 15th.  Submissions can be done electronically and sent to The Stage Door’s e-mail address at stagedooryukon@gmail.com, or if you prefer a hard print copy, they can be mailed to The Stage Door at P.O. Box 852133, Yukon, OK  73085.  You could also drop them off at the theatre, located at 601 Oak Ave.  There will be someone in the building most evenings, Monday thru Friday, between 7-10 pm.

Upon the closing of submissions, The Stage Door board of directors will select their top three logos and then post them on face book.  We will run a public vote and let our fans pick our new logo.  Voting will take place August 17th through midnight on August 22nd.

The winning graphic artist will receive two free season tickets for the 2015-2016 Season and a free ad in all programs for the 2015-2016 season.  It’s a great way to get your name out or just for fun!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the theatre through our e-mail address or call and leave a message at 265-1590.  Someone will return your call as soon as possible!!

Happy designing and good luck!!

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Stage Door announces auditions for the musical “The Full Monty”

Two nights of auditions kick off on July 13

The Stage Door will open its 2015-2016 season in September with the fun and bawdy musical, “The Full Monty.”  A group of out-of-work factory workers discover that while everyone else’s financial security is going down the drain, a local bar in town that features male strippers is going great guns.  The women (who are now the main breadwinners because their husbands are out of work), need some place to let off a little steam and this strip joint seems to be it!!  Jerry comes up with the idea that he and his buddies can do what the dancers are doing and they should be able to make some big bucks doing it!!  And that’s when the fun begins . . .

Show dates for this “ladies night out” romp are September 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20.

Auditions are set for Monday and Tuesday evening, July 13 and 14 from 7-10 p.m. at the theater, located at 601 Oak Avenue in Yukon.  Call-backs will be Wednesday, July 15 from 7-10 p.m., as well.

Those interested in the auditioning process need to come prepared with 16 bars of a “musical theatre” type number.  They may use an accompaniment cd or sing acapella.  The presence of an accompanist has not been secured yet.  Check with the director for this possibility as auditions get closer.  The remainder of the audition will consist of cold readings from the script and a simple movement exercise/choreography.  The musical/acting part of auditions will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. each night with the movement exercise running from 9:30-10:00 p.m.  There are some roles that don’t require any singing and very little movement, so don’t let not being musical stop you from auditioning!!

Those auditioning should bring a copy of their theater resume and a headshot.  If no headshot is available, one can be taken at the theater for a minimal $1.00 charge.  Also, please bring a list of your conflicts from July 17th through close of show on Sept. 20th.  Rehearsals will be Monday through Friday evenings from 7-10 p.m.

The play features a cast of 6 men, ages 25 to 55, that can sing and dance and are willing to strip down to boxers. These characters are unemployed mill workers.  You don’t have to be lean and buff – looking for all sizes. You also don’t need to be a professional singer or dancer, but should be able to carry a tune and have somewhat of a sense of rhythm.

Also looking for 7 women who can sing and dance.  Again, the characters are mostly “housewives” and their friends, so looking for all looks and appropriate age matches for their husbands.

Cast also includes 1 adolescent boy who looks to be about 12 or so and
1 man willing to be the Professional Stripper.  Must be willing to strip down to a bikini swim suit and must have a sense of rhythm.

Lastly, the cast includes 1 woman who is of an “indeterminate” age and is any size and
2 men who don’t need to sing or dance (aged 30 and up).

“The Full Monty” is being directed by Doug Carlton.  He is new to the director’s chair, but has many years of theatre experience.  Stage Door regulars will remember him as the cantankerous sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd from “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas,” and most recently, the singing hired hand Robert Ireton in “Caddie Woodlawn.”  The Stage Door is excited to see what he can bring to this show.  Any audition questions or conflicts should be directed to Mr. Carlton at 405/596-6284 or furrface1@aol.com.

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Seeking directors for 2015-2016 season

The Stage Door is actively seeking directors for its shows in the 2015-2016 Season.  None have been selected as of yet, but the director for “The Full Monty” will hopefully be selected at the June board meeting or shortly thereafter.

The shows and a short synopsis are listed below.  If you are interested in directing one of these or in acquiring a script for perusal, please contact The Stage Door at stagedooryukon@gmail.com or call 405/265-1590 and leave a message.  You can also message us through our facebook page.  Thanks for stopping to look!!

September 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, & 20, 2015“ – The Full Monty” (musical)

A group of out-of-work factory workers discovers that while everyone else’s financial security is going down the drain, a local bar in town that features male strippers is going great guns.  The women (who are now the main breadwinners because their husbands are out of work), need some place to let off a little steam and this strip joint seems to be it!!  Jerry comes up with the idea that he and his buddies can do what the dancers are doing and they should be able to make some big bucks doing it!!  And that’s when the fun begins . . .

December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, & 20, 2015 – “Fruitcakes”

Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster and you’ve got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. Into this world comes Jamie, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town’s inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitcakes,” but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town. A moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation, FrUiTCaKeS provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer.

February 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, & 28, 2016 – “Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”

In a small town dime store in West Texas, the “Disciples of James Dean” gather for their twentieth reunion. Now middle-aged women, they were teenagers when Dean filmed Giant two decades ago in nearby Marfa. One of them, an extra in the film, has a child whom she says was conceived with Dean during the shoot. The ladies’ congenial reminiscences mingle with flash backs to their youth; then the arrival of a stunning but familiar stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments.  A work of amazing dramatic power… ingenious, shocking… funny, brimming with pathos, wise and full of wonder at the sometimes sinister tricks of life.

April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, & 24, 2016 – “Where the Lilies Bloom”

Young Mary Call Luther has spunk, guts, spirit – call it what you will – and she needs them if she’s to keep her family together after the death of her father. To do this, she has to hide her father’s death from the county welfare, from Kiser Pease, their landlord, and from the townspeople. Kiser wants to marry Devola, Mary Call’s older sister, a dreamy, quiet, deceptively retiring girl. Keeping Kiser Pease and the townsfolk at bay lets everyone in for some hilarious tricks and ruses that keep the play moving with action and suspense. 

June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2016 – “Sordid Lives”

A black comedy about white trash! The author of Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?) brings you a comedy that was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.  “This play is maybe funnier than Daddy’s Dyin’.  Del Shores’ colorful eccentrics are dead on, teetering on a Bowie knife’s edge between the hilarious improbable and the achingly real.”

 

 

 

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Wrong Window opens Friday, April 10

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