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Reservations (706) 208-TOWN (8696) · Lobby/Backstage (706) 548-3854
Please join us in celebrating 50 Years of Town & Gown!
Sunday, April 4th, 2004 · 7:00-9:00 pm at the theatre
We'll be wishing the Town & Gown Players a very happy 50th Anniversary with food, drink, entertainment, door prizes and a fabulous silent auction!
Tickets are $15.00 each and must be reserved no later than Monday, March 29th. Reservations may be made by voice mail at 706-548-3854 or by email.
We hope to see you there!
Anyone interested in helping out with set up for the party can contact Amy Miller at 613-9146 or get in touch by email.
Auditions Coming Up
Opening Soon: High Society
. . . a delightful musical adaptation of T&G's very first production, The Philadelphia Story.
The music of Cole Porter is featured in T&G's latest mainstage production: High Society, a central part of the Town and Gown Players' 50th Anniversary Season. High Society revolves around the wedding of a beautiful society girl who is preparing to marry the wrong man. Mistaken identities, alcohol-induced hijinks, and practical jokes shape the next 24 hours, in which the bride-to-be learns enough about herself (and her three potential lovers) to make the right choice on her wedding day . . . all of which is accompanied by delightful Cole Porter musical numbers, romantic exchanges, and high-energy comedy.
Under the direction of Amy Wright and with choreography by Scott Earle, the cast includes longtime favorites (such as Cindy Nason as Mother Lord and Speedy Arnold as the gin-loving, maid-chasing Uncle Willie) and new faces to the T&G stage (such as Claire Ansley as Tracy Lord and John McCroan as Mike Connor, the writer-turned-journalist who falls for Tracy). Other cast members include Kathryn Scheffel, Brad Blythe, Laura Jackson, Andy Garrison, Joe Cerniglia, Dina Canup, Amber Clarke, Mary Margaret Blue, Nikki Pruitt, Stefanie Legato, and Stephanie Ralston.
The show runs March 26-28 & April 1-4. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Prices are $12 Friday and Saturday, with discounts for T&G members, seniors, and students, and $5 Thursday and Sunday. For reservations call 208-8696 (208-TOWN).
Second Stage Presents True West
Playing April 16 through April 18, 2004: True West by Sam Shepard
Two brothers who haven't seen each other for five years house-sit for their mother while she's away on vacation. Austin is a successful Hollywood screenwriter working on his next script. Lee is a desert drifter who spends his sleepless nights robbing houses. Looking at them, you would hardly think them related. But as the two become more and more familiar with each other's lives and points of view, each realizes the inadequacies of his own world. As a result, jealousy gradually turns the relationship inside and out.
True West was first performed at San Francisco's Magic Theatre in the summer of 1980. Having recently earned success in Hollywood as an actor, Shepard had gained particular insight into the inner workings of Hollywood. Applying his fascination with the duality of human nature and family relationships, he created a simple story with complex characters. The play has recently been revived on Broadway with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly filling the leads and trading roles from week to week. Fans of the recent hit film Adaptation would be pleased by the striking similarities between the two works. While Adaptation was more satire, True West focuses on the evolving perceptions of the two brothers as they run the gamut from resentment to admiration to envy.
Town and Gown's production is directed by Patrick Franklin, who promises to live up to his production of The Bald Soprano last year with another visually interesting interpretation of this beloved Shepard play. True West stars Jason Watkins, Quincy Evans, and Dan Guyton. Don't miss it.
(T&G veterans will recall the success of our previous Shepard productions, Fool for Love and Buried Child.)
Curtain times are 8:00 pm on April 16 and 17 and 2:00 pm on April 18; admission is $5 for all shows. We do not take reservations for Second Stage performances, so arrive early and get a good seat!
Open auditions for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, written by Christopher Hampton from Choderlos de Laclos, will be held at the Town and Gown theatre on Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30 starting at 7:00 p.m. Director Derek Adams and Assistant Director Mike Smith are calling for a wide range of ages to play a wide range of role sizes. Needed are 6 female leads and 3 male leads and 3-5 Maids/Footmen who may also double as costumed stage crew. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and no prepared monologues will be required. Callbacks are TBA. Derek says, "the play's subject matter is extremely mature and will require actors that are likewise."
Second Stage Auditions
Open auditions for the Second Stage production of Richard III, by William Shakespeare and directed by Matt Humphrey, will be held in Room 144 of Park Hall at the University of Georgia on Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20 from 7 to 9 pm. (Performance dates are June 11-13). The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. There is a good range of large, medium, and small roles for males and females, adults and young adults (12 and older). For more information, get in touch with Matt by email or call (706) 227-0199. You can also keep up with plans and progress on Matt's Richard III website.
T&G Golf Shirts
Don't forget to order or pick up your golf shirt! A bargain at only $20 each, these stylish shirts can show your Town and Gown pride at work, school, on the town or even at the theater! You can pre-order on the website or purchase them at concessions during any T&G performance.
Show your T&G spirit, buy one today!
Is there a show you've always wanted to see performed at Town and Gown? Something you are dying to direct? Contact Vice President Stuart Ivy by email with your submissions and suggestions.
Board and Membership Meeting Schedule 2004
Getting to know your T&G President, Dina Canup!
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Dina grew up in Cullman, Alabama. She received her B.A. at Auburn (studied English and theatre) and M.A. at Georgia (studied history of religion and theology). She is currently the Graphics and Advertising Coordinator for Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. She also occasionally teaches "Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam" at UGA. Dina is married to Neal Canup, a local musician. They have three cats that are mother and babies: Lovey, Boy, and Tilly.
Dina made her debut at T&G in 2001 as Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, directed by Fran Teague, after finding an audition notice in the Flagpole. Dina had known Fran years earlier when she was a teaching assistant under Fran for Renaissance Drama, in the Writing Intensive Program. She met Ben Teague at the same time, and that's when she first heard about T&G.
Dina says that T&G brought her back to her "latent love of theatre" after many years' absence. She later appeared in The Play's the Thing, directed by Ben Teague, as the incredibly goofy Miss Mell. Another favorite role of Dina's is Mary Shelley in Bloody Poetry. She has also enjoyed dabbling in stage crew work (most of all when she worked with Patty Reeber, Alyssa Jackson, and Cameron Logan in Lettice and Lovage) and directing Henry V and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. She says she's even grown to enjoy working box office! Dina is currently enjoying being a singing/dancing maid in High Society, her first musical in about sixteen years.
After her first year at T&G, she received the President's Award from Allen Rowell. The next year she served as Front of House co-chair, and now . . . President!
New Season Ticket Chair, Gina Marie Champlin!
Gina Marie is a licensed assistant at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. She is originally from Arizona, went to high school in Montgomery, Alabama, attended Auburn University for undergrad and Florida State University for graduate work in English Literature and Philosophy. The first show she saw at T&G was the Second Stage production of Laundry & Bourbon, directed by Bill Akin. She even offhandedly suggested Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead when Dina Canup was searching for directing ideas. When Dina mentioned the need for a season ticket chair, Gina Marie questioned, "How hard is that job anyway?" Famous last words. Welcome aboard, Gina Marie!
New Board Position
Amy Miller will serve as T&G's Development Chairperson, overseeing fundraising and outreach efforts. This position was not included in the 2004 Board of Directors listed in the January/February 2004 edition of the Envoy. You can reach Amy by email.
Town & Gown Players is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your gifts are tax-deductible.
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