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Stage Door announces auditions for the musical “Caddie Woodlawn”

The Stage Door will close its 2014-2015 season with the fun and enjoyable musical, “Caddie Woodlawn.”  Carol Ryrie Brink’s award-winning novel “Caddie Woodlawn,” is brought to exuberant life as a musical.  Caddie (the high-spirited Wisconsin pioneer girl beloved by generations of readers) leads her willing siblings in a series of thrilling adventures, not always with the approval of her traditional Bostonian mother.  Her father, however, encourages her antics, that she might thrive amidst the new, tougher ways of the West.  In a dramatic climax, Caddie single-handedly diffuses a potentially deadly clash between the terrified settlers and the local Dakota tribe.  Through it all, the sacredness of family and tradition is powerfully dramatized.

Show dates for this family-friendly, feel-good play are June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14.

Auditions are set for Monday and Tuesday evening, April 13 and 14 from 6-9 p.m. at the theater, located at 601 Oak Avenue in Yukon.  Call-backs will be Wednesday, April 15 from 6-9 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 sheet music as a pianist will be available.  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 6-8:30 p.m. each night with the movement exercise running from 8:30-9:00 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.  And don’t let the lack of theater experience deter you from auditioning . . . everyone has to start somewhere!!  Also, please bring a list of your conflicts from April 20th through close of show on June 14th.  Rehearsals will be Monday through Friday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.

The play features a flexible cast of 4 adult males, 4 adult females, 9 adolescent/teen boys, and 10 adolescent/teen girls, plus extra chorus/settlers.  Ages run the gamut from the very young (4 -5 years of age) to the quite old (you decide if you can do it).  Director is looking for a wide variety of ages to truly depict families and a community.

“Caddie Woodlawn” is being directed by Rebecca Upshaw.  She directed last season’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” at The Stage Door and is a music educator at PCHS.  She has 10+ years of experience in teaching/directing plays and musicals and The Stage Door is thrilled to have her at the helm of this show.  Any audition questions or conflicts should be directed to Ms. Upshaw at 405-227-3711 or rupshaw@putnamcityschools.org.

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The Stage Door preps for final weekend performances of “Blithe Spirit”

Edith (Samantha Miller) serves a cup of tea to Dr. Bradman (David Fletcher—Hall) as Mrs. Bradman (Zaneen Hotchkiss) fusses over a woozy Charles (Taylor Reich). The antics of these characters and others are definitely worth the trip to The Stage Door in Yukon to be entertained by Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”

What’s a girl to do?  She finds herself in a new job for a grumpy, snippy writer and his pushy, picky wife.  They expect precision and perfection from her, and although she is trying her best to please them, it seems that the harder she tries, the clumsier she gets and the unhappier she makes them.  Then, to make matters worse, one of her employers must be a witch or something because doors start opening and closing on their own, vases of flowers float about the room, and the gramophone seems to have taken on a personality of its own – turning on and off at will!!  Seriously . . . what’s a simple working girl to do?!?!?

This seems to be the plight of poor Edith the maid in Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” directed by George Adams and playing now at The Stage Door.  When her employer, writer Charles Condomine (Taylor Reich) holds a séance in his home for research purposes for a new book, it seems the spirit of his dead wife Elvira (Rebecca Cox) is summoned, unbeknownst to everyone, including the medium Madame Arcati (Theresa Santiago) who did the summoning!!  No one can see or hear her except Charles, which makes for some very interesting and entertaining three-way conversations!!

The role of Edith is played by Samm Miller, a young actress who came to The Stage Door in 2013 when she was cast in the role of Eliza Doolittle in “Pygmalion.”  She has been heavily involved with The Stage Door ever since doing backstage/tech work and make-up.  Last season, Samm won the “Best Actress” for show award for her role as Leann in A Piece of my Heart. 

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to see Samm and the other very talented cast members in this witty, enjoyable improbable farce.  There are only three performances left -   February 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $9.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.  Advance tickets may be purchased by visiting www.stagedooryukon.com or any Party Galaxy outlet.  You may also call the theatre’s ticketing agent, TicketStorm, directly at 866-966-1777.  Please note that pre-sale tickets carry a service charge.

“Blithe Spirit” is being produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

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The Stage Door announces auditions for “Wrong Window”

The Stage Door is excited to announce auditions for “Wrong Window,” by comedic writing duo, Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.  The playwrights pay tribute to Master of Horror, Alfred Hitchcock, with this comedy whodunit.  Auditions are set for Wednesday, February 18 and Monday, February 23 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. nightly.  “Wrong Window” will be under the direction of Tim Berg, last season’s winner of the Golden Door Award for “Best Director.”  February 18 and Monday, February 23.

“Wrong Window” features off-and-on New York couple, Marnie and Jeff as they enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their across-the-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife.  After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes, and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt.  The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbor’s apartment – 39 steps away – and the fun begins.  Among multiple door- slammings, body-snatchings, and a frantic flashlight chase scene, two questions remain:  Who killed Lila Larswald?  And . . . if she’s not dead . . .  then who is?  If you’re a fan of “Rear Window” on screen, you’ll award “Wrong Window” onstage a perfect 10!!  With snappy dialogue peppered with Hitchcock film titles, allusions and references (there are over 20), plus laughs aplenty, “Wrong Window” is an actor’s and audience’s choice!!

The cast consists of five men and three women.  Characters can be pretty much any age from middle 20’s thru 60.  Jeff and Marnie are a couple, as are Robbie and Midge and Thor and Lila Larswald (although Lila spends the majority of the play being drug around as a corpse – think “Weekend at Bernie’s”).  The remaining characters are Loomis, the building handyman (big and not too bright) and Detective Thomas (can be either male or female).

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 23 – April 19.

Performance dates are April 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m.

If the auditioner has questions or requires further information, the director may be contacted by calling or texting 595-9076 or by e-mailing him at aricphidelque@yahoo.com.

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The Stage Door kicks off second half of season with Blithe Spirit

Improbable farce opens February 13

Since opening on London and Broadway stages in 1941, Noel Coward’s smash comedy hit, Blithe Spirit, has become a much-revived classic.  Mr. Coward, also the playwright of, Private Lives, offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist, Charles Condomine, remarried but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira.  Elvira is called up from the afterlife by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati.  As the worldly and unworldly personalities clash, Charles is left trying to explain to his current wife, Ruth, to whom he is speaking when there is no one else in the room and why his behavior has gotten so erratic.  This “improbable farce” is a completely enjoyable comedy and one every couple should see this Valentine’s Day.

The Stage Door is thrilled to be welcoming award-winning director, George Adams, to helm this production.  As a theatrical producer and director of dozens of projects in Los Angeles and New York, Mr. Adams was one of five directors nominated for Best Director from over 90 participants at the SpotLight On festival in New York.  His cast for The Insanity of Mary Girard went on to win the Best Ensemble Cast award.  Other plays include The Boys Next Door (Drama-Logue Best Ensemble Award); Fool for Love (Torry Award – Best Play; Best Supporting Actor); the West Coast premiere of the Hercule Poirot mystery Black Coffee; and the critically-acclaimed Love Letters, starring Broadway and television star, Marion Ross.  Other productions include The House of Blue Leaves, The Lucky Spot, Faith Healer, Les Liaisons Dangerous, and Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  In August of this year, Mr. Adams will be directing Mr. Marmalade for Oklahoma City’s Red Dirt Theater Company.

Mr. Adams is also an international-multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker having screened films all over the world. He recently screened his film Touche: A Blind Fencer’s Story in Oklahoma, California, Washington and Madrid, Spain. Touche is about a young woman who lost her sight and learned the Olympic sport of fencing as part of her rehabilitation. His current motion-picture, a feature, titled Emerald, Texas, screened in Oklahoma City to an enthusiastic audience and will be making its way to film festivals beginning this spring.  He has two film projects slated for 2015.

The Stage Door is also thrilled to be revealing their brand new, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems with this show.  Through the hard work of many in our last two years of haunted houses and the generous donations of patrons AND the hard work, dedication, experience, and donation of Jason Lott, these much needed improvements have finally been realized.  So, when the curtain rises on this production, a well-lit stage will be revealed and no actor will be left unheard!!

Thus, with a resume as long and impressive as Mr. Adam’s, along with the debut of new technical equipment, The Stage Door has no doubt that the finished product of Blithe Spirit will be worthy of awards as well.  You will most certainly want to mark your calendars and get your tickets reserved early for this delightful romp through some “other worldly” marital woes.

Production dates for Blithe Spirit are February 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and February 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $9.00 in advance and may be purchased by visiting www.stagedooryukon.com , visiting any Party Galaxy outlet, or for those who don’t do the internet, by calling TicketStorm directly at 866-966-1777.  Please be advised that these sales will incur additional fees.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12.00 each.

Blithe Spirit is being produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

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The Stage Door announces auditions for “Blithe Spirit”

Noel Coward classic opens in February, 2015

The Stage Door theatre, located at 601 Oak Avenue in Yukon, is excited to announce auditions for one of Noel Coward’s funniest and most well-known plays, “Blithe Spirit.”  Auditions are set for December 15 and 16 from 7-10 p.m. with call-backs on Wednesday, December 17th.  Rehearsals will start the first full week in January with show dates set for February 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and February 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.

This smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, remarried but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira.  As the worldly and unworldly personalities clash, Charles is left trying to explain to his current wife to whom he is speaking when there is no one else in the room and why his behavior has gotten so erratic.  This is a completely enjoyable comedy for every couple.

“Blithe Spirit” is a character-driven play consisting of 5 females, ages late 20’s through 60’s and 2 males, ages 40-60’s.  Role descriptions are as follows:

Charles Condomine (40s), a novelist, bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present
Ruth Condomine (30s – 40s), Charles’s second wife. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable. She is convinced that Charles has lost his mind when Elvira (his previous wife) appears.
Elvira (early 30s), the ghost of Charles’s first wife. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she has cocktails with Genghis Khan. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth. Her attempts to monopolize the attention and conversation of Charles after she reappears form the central tension of the play.
Madame Arcati (50s), the local spiritualist and medium. She’s an eccentric gypsy babushka, elderly but spry. Madame Arcati wears outlandish clothes and talks to an eight-year-old contact on the “other side.” Is she a fraud or is she in contact with the other world?
Edith, the maid (late 20s). Edith is always trying to please but misses the mark, she’s always in a hurry. On and off throughout the play, Edith holds the key to and turns out to be a central part of the play.
Dr. Bradman (50s – 60s) A friend of the Condomine’s, upper crust, stuffy.
Mrs. Bradman (50s – 60s) The good doctor’s wife, wants to be like the other girls, not as sophisticated and tries to keep up with the conversations.


The Stage Door welcomes new director George Adams to the helm of this show.  Adams may be a new face at The Stage Door, but he certainly knows his way around the entertainment business with a resume full of directing credits, lighting and sound design, set design, producer, stage manager, special effects, publicity, and the list goes on.  Besides knowing his theatre art, Mr. Adams has plenty of experience in the film industry, as well, and The Stage Door is very pleased to have his talents at work in Yukon’s own community theatre.

The director is looking for passionate actors who want to enjoy presenting Noel Coward’s farce. 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 5 through February 22.

If you have questions, you may contact the director through The Stage Door at 405/265-1590 or stagedooryukon@gmail.com.

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“Miracle on 34th Street” opens December 11th

When one puts together their list of holiday traditions, watching beloved holiday movies always makes the cut.  Certainly “It’s a Wonderful Life” is at the top of the list, but also right up there is “Miracle on 34th Street,” the endearing story of an old man whose sanity is put on trial because he believes he is Kris Kringle . . . Santa Claus.  In the process everyone’s beliefs are questioned, in particular, those of one little girl who has been raised by her somewhat  hardened, no-nonsense mother to believe that the world is a cold, heartless place where miracles do not happen and there is certainly no such silly things as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

This play was adapted for the stage by the Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies and is based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture, “Miracle on 34th Street.”  The Stage Door welcomes new director Christine Dawson to the helm of this production.  She is being assisted by Frieda Penn.

Although this is her first solo flight, Christine is certainly no stranger to the theatre.  She has multiple shows to her credit, both on and off stage.

Ms. Dawson hails from Pennsylvania and has been appearing onstage since she was a youngster in elementary school.  While in Pennsylvania, she had her first assistant directing experience with “Gypsy” at the Chambersburg Community Theater.  She also assistant directed last season for “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas,” which won “Best Show” of the season at The Stage Door’s Golden Door Awards and Gala in June.  In addition to assistant directing, Christine also added “stage crew” to her resume, as she worked backstage for “Rumors.”

Her acting credits are numerous and varied.  At The Stage Door, she has been seen as Mrs. Armstrong in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and Miss Watson/Aunt Sally in “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

“Miracle on 34th Street” is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards.  What we want Christmas to be all about, really.

The story is about Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, who gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s.  Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for.  Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing.  Is Kris Kringle the true Santa Claus or is he just a confused, disillusioned old man.  The Stage Door believes . . . how about you???

“Miracle on 34th Street” has only five shows over one weekend, so mark your calendar now and make plans to attend.

Show dates are December 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 13 and 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $9.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door.  Advance tickets may be purchased by visiting www.stagedooryukon.com or www.TicketStorm.com to purchase on-line or you can visit any Party Galaxy outlet.  Please keep in mind that on-line purchases will incur a fee.

“Miracle on 34th Street” is being produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

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The Stage Door’s “Demented Dreams” Haunted House Volunteer Organizational Meetings

October 12 and October 16 @ 7pm
Stage Door Theatre Green Room
The Stage Door is in need of MANY volunteers to work as actors in our bigger and better 2014 haunted house, Demented Dreams. Besides the basement of the YMAC building, we are including the main floor of the building in our haunt, so we are in need of 30+ volunteers each night. The dates of operation for the haunted house this year are October 24/25 and 31/Nov. 1 from 7:00-midnight and October 28-30 from 7:00-10:00 pm.
Two informational meetings have been scheduled so that you can provide us with the nights you can work and obtain your liability waiver. FOR ALL MINORS, THESE WAIVERS MUST BE SIGNED BY YOURSELF AND A PARENT OR GUARDIAN BEFORE YOU CAN WORK. NO EXCEPTIONS!! If you cannot attend either meeting, but are still interested in working, you will need to contact our volunteer coordinator to obtain a waiver and all pertinent information BEFORE October 22nd.
We are looking forward to a great haunt and a successful fundraiser for The Stage Door. Thank you for your interest and participation.
Frieda Penn, Volunteer Coordinator
405/354-0617 or 405/640-5095 (Please do not text me as my phone is messed up right now and I am not receiving texts, so phone calls only!!)

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Volunteers needed!

The Stage Door Theatre is seeking volunteers to help with our Demented Dreams haunted house.

Please send your name, email address, and phone number to churchlady247@aol.com . We will contact you shortly about an organizational meeting.

Thank you!

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The Stage Door Sets Auditions for Christmas Show

The Stage Door in Yukon is announcing auditions for “Miracle on 34th Street” . . . Monday and Tuesday evenings, October 13 & 14 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 15th if needed.

All auditioning are asked to bring along a theater resume and headshot if they have them and a detailed list of their conflicts from October 20th through December 14th. If no headshot is available, one will be taken at the theater for a $1.00 fee.

“Miracle on 34th Street,” adapted from the novel by Valentine Davies and based on the 20th Century Fox motion picture, is a funny, heart-warming, delightful show that kinda makes us all believe in Santa Claus all over again.

By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s counselor, he ends up in a court competency hearing. Will the good will of Kris Kringle and the spirit of Christmas win in the end?

The cast is quite large, containing lead roles for three men (aging 30’s to 50’s), one female lead, age 30-something, and one female child who needs to look to be around age 7. This is a fairly large role for a child, so the actress cast in this role should have other acting roles to her credit. Besides these main roles, there are also 15 roles that can be either male or female and age is not important. In addition, there are multiple walk-on roles of various ages. Teens and children with little to no experience are needed for the Macy’s Santa scene to work as elves and children waiting in line with their parents to see Santa.

The show is under the direction of Christine Dawson with assistance from Frieda Penn. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, October 20th and will run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. with time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. (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 five performances of this show staged over one weekend beginning with opening night on Thursday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. Other evening performances are December 12 and 13. There will be two matinees on December 13 and 14 at 2:30 p.m.

If you have questions, you may contact the director at 371-0912, The Stage Door at 265-1590, or e-mail the theatre at stagedooryukon@gmail.com.

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