Season ticket sales for the 2014-2015 Season now open to the public

Our lives would be pretty dull without imagination.  It’s imagination that fills in the blanks and paints the pictures in our minds when reading a book.  It’s imagination that spurs us towards creating wonderful memories, a piece of art, or working towards that goal.  Imagining what “could be” is the best elixir on the planet.
Imagination is the core of everything that happens at The Stage Door.  From the printed words in the script to the closing curtain of every show, the imaginations of the playwright, director, set designer, costumer, actors, and technicians all combine to make memorable experiences for the audience.
And 2014 is the year for you to imagine the possibilities and join those who already enjoy the accomplishments of this wonderful community theater, located in the historic YMAC building at 601 Oak Avenue in Yukon.
Imagine murder and mayhem in Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution.”  Agatha Christie’s most celebrated courtroom drama – Leonard Vole stands trial for the murder of his beneficiary, and even though his wife can prove his innocence, she takes the stand and denies his alibi.  Can he escape the hangman’s noose???  Ms. Christie keeps you guessing the entire time and promises you a big surprise ending!!
Imagine the spirit of Christmas in “Miracle on 34th Street” by Valentine Davies.  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.  A must-see, heart-warming holiday treat.
Imagine the joys of living with your wife and dead wife in “Blithe Spirit.”  This smash comedy hit by Noel Coward 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.    A completely enjoyable comedy for every couple.
Imagine combining horror and comedy In “Wrong Window.”  Playwrights Van Zandt and Milmore pay tribute to the Master of Horror, Alfred Hitchcock, with this comedy whodunit.  An off-and-on New York couple enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their across-the-courtyard neighbor murder his wife.  The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbor’s apartment – 39 steps away – and the fun begins.  If you’re a fan of “Rear Window” on screen, you’ll award “Wrong window” on stage a perfect 10!!
And finally, imagine the Wisconsin frontier in “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.
Season tickets are now on sale for just $40.00 apiece.  Season tickets may be purchased by visiting the theater’s website at www.stagedooryukon.com or by calling the theater at 265-1590 (leave a message).  The Stage Door is proud to announce that TicketStorm of OKC is now the on-line ticketing agent.  The theatre is confident that the people here will be more than helpful with all of your ticketing needs.
So, imagine the possibilities at The Stage Door this season.  Imagine murder, Christmas Spirit, a haunting, comedic mayhem, and Americana.  Where else can you discover so much for so little?

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Stage Door announces auditions for “Witness for the Prosecution”

Auditions set for July 14 & 15 from 7-9:30 p.m. nightly

The Stage Door in Yukon is thrilled to be holding auditions for the first show of the 2014-2015 Season, Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution.”  Directed by Frieda Penn, along with assistant director Allison Penn, the show features a flexible cast size between 13 and 30.

Set in the 1950’s, the action takes place in the Chambers of Sir Wilfrid Robarts and the London Central Criminal Court, better known as the Old Bailey.  Leonard Vole stands trial for the murder of his beneficiary, and even though his wife can prove his innocence, she takes the stand and denies his alibi.  Can he escape the hangman’s noose?  Ms. Christie keeps you guessing the entire time with lots of plot twists and turns and a big surprise ending!!

The cast minimally consists of 8 male and 5 female roles with the possibility of many extras.  The leads are for adults, ranging in ages of 18-70.

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 July 24 through September 14.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and both proper and cockney English accents will be used.

“Witness for the Prosecution” performance dates are September 5, 6, 12, & 13 at 7:30 p.m. and September 7 & 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Audition dates are July 14 & 15 from 7-9:30 p.m. nightly.  Callbacks will be Thursday, July 17 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 Awards Gala

Last night at The Stage Door’s Golden Door Awards and Gala, we said good-bye to another wonderful season and honored many who put forth fantastic performances and shared their creative vision and talents with us this past year. The complete list of winners are:

For “Rumors” . . .
Best Actor: Jesse Sierra for his portrayal of ‘Lenny Ganz’
Best Actress: tie between Katie Carter for her portrayal of ‘Claire Ganz and Frieda Penn as ‘Cookie Cusack’
Best New Talent: Jesse Sierra

For “Halloween Screams” . . .
Best Actor: Nathen Barber for his portrayal of ‘Chris’
Best Actress: Alexie Davis for her portrayal of ‘Justine’
Best New Talent: Alexie Davis

For “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” . . .
Best Actor: Doug Carlton as ‘Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd’
Best Actress: Denise Harris as ‘Miss Mona’
Best New Talent: Greg Van Ness

For “A Piece of my Heart” . . .
Best Actor: Greg Van Ness for his portrayal of ‘Every Man’
Best Actress: Samantha Miller as ‘Lee Ann’
Best Newcomer: Angela Laughter

For “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” . . .
Best Actor: Caleb Boyer for his portrayal of ‘Huckleberry Finn’
Best Actress: Christine Dawson as ‘Miss Watson/Aunt Sally’
Best New Talent: Maxwell Breaux

The 2013-2014 Scholarship recipient is Miss Samantha Miller.
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And the Golden Door Awards went to . . .

Volunteer of the Year: Nicky Howell for her untiring work on our grants and Dawn Villaneda for her unwavering excellence in hair designs for multliple shows over multiple seasons.

Best Technical Performance: Nathen Barber and Alexie Davis for “A Piece of my Heart
Best Costume Design: Frieda Penn for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”
Best Set Design: Frieda Penn for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”
Best Actress: Teri Hood for her role as ‘Steele’ in “A Piece of my Heart”
Best Actor: Doug Carlton for his role as ‘Sheriff Ed Earl Dood” in “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas”
Best Director: Tim Berg, director of “Rumors”
Best Show: “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas”
Directed by Frieda Penn
Assistant Director – Christine Dawson
Music Director – Lisa Gigstad-Francel
Choreographer – Patty Hull
Produced by Allison Penn, Frieda Penn, and Jamie McGuckin

Congratulations to all of the winners!! And many thanks to the many actors and actresses who completed each cast, the many volunteers who spent countless hours buidling the sets, painting, scouring for props, making popcorn, ushering, being a participant in our “Demented Ward,” and the list is endless. You are invaluable to us and you all rock!! Keep watching . . . pictures of the event will be posted soon!!

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The Stage Door announces plans for summer academy

The Stage Door Theater, 601 Oak Street in Yukon, is pleased to announce its summer theater camp, Imagination Academy.  Loosely based on the parameters of Odyssey of the Mind, children from ages 8-18 will participate in activities designed to increase awareness and appreciation of theater. Students will be divided into groups of five or six and given a well-known fairy tale and a time frame different than what was originally written, i.e. old west, roaring twenties, prehistoric, future, etc.  Through classes that cover various aspects of the theatre, such as set design, costuming, characterization, and make-up, they will develop and perform a short production at the end of the camp.

There will be several guest clinicians for Imagination Academy, including Frieda Penn, who has won Golden Door Awards for her costume designs, technical acumen, and characters; Julia McDonald, who taught the academy two summers ago and directed last season’s very successful “There’s a Monster in my Closet;” Rebecca Upshaw, who is a music teacher at PCHS and just finished directing “The King and I” at PCHS and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” at The Stage Door; and Missy Wood, drama teacher extraordinaire for a local home school coop.

Imagination Academy will be held July 7-11, 2014 from 9 a.m. until three, Monday through Friday.  The academy performance will be July 11 at 7:00 p.m.

The cost is $150.00 per student.  There is a price break for multiple children from the same family.  Contact The Stage Door at stagedooryukon.com or call 265-1590 (leave a message) if this is a possibility for your family.

Students may enroll in Imagination Academy by simply contacting The Stage Door by either e-mail or phone by June 30, 2014.  Enrollment fees can only be made by cash or check and may be made by making payment at the theater (make arrangements for someone to meet you) or by mailing it to:  The Stage Door, P.O. Box 852133, Yukon, OK  73085.  Payment must be made by beginning of the first day of class for a student to participate.

For further information, please feel free to contact Frieda Penn at (405/640-5095).

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The Stage Door seeks directors for 2014-2015 Season

The Stage Door has set the slate and the performance dates for next season and are now actively seeking directors for these shows.  If interested or if you have questions, please e-mail The Stage Door at stagedooryukon@gmail.com.  You can also call the theatre at 265-1590 and leave a message or you can send us a message via our facebook page.  Thank you!!

The Stage Door Theater’s 2014-15 Slate of shows

“Witness for the Prosecution”

September 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2014

Agatha Christie’s most celebrated courtroom drama – Leonard Vole stands trial for the murder of his beneficiary, and even though his wife can prove his innocence, she takes the stand and denies his alibi.  Can he escape the hangman’s noose???  Ms. Christie keeps you guessing the entire time and promises you a big surprise ending!!

 

“Miracle on 34th Street”

December 11, 12, 13, & 14, 2014

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.  A must-see, heart-warming holiday treat.

“Blithe Spirit”

February 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22, 2015

This smash comedy hit by Noel Coward 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.    A completely enjoyable comedy for every couple.

 

“Wrong Window”

April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19, 2015

Playwrights Van Zandt and Milmore pay tribute to the Master of Horror, Alfred Hitchcock, with this comedy whodunit.  An off-and-on New York couple enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their across-the-courtyard neighbor murder his wife.  The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbor’s apartment – 39 steps away – and the fun begins.  If you’re a fan of “Rear Window” on screen, you’ll award “Wrong window” on stage a perfect 10!!

 

“Caddie Woodlawn”

June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2015

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.

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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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