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Reservations (706) 208-TOWN (8696) · Lobby/Backstage (706) 548-3854
Attend the Meeting, Support T&G, Bring Goodies
The regular midyear meeting of Town & Gown members is set for Sunday, May 16, at the theater. Proceedings will commence at 5 p.m. and will feature reports from your officers and committee/department heads as well as an opportunity for you to raise questions about how we operate, what's coming up, and how you can take an even bigger part in our company's success.
In a fine old theater tradition, if you bring free food, the crowd will eat it all up.
Do attend and participate, but be warned: Hope Vance will be in Recruiting Mode that afternoon, and Amy Wright will look hurt if you don't sign up for a shift in the box office during Liaisons or Richard III.
Coming to Town & Gown
Golden Anniversary Wrapup
The board of directors extended a vote of thanks to Amy Miller for her amazing work in organizing our 50th anniversary party, which took place April 4. Dozens of T&G members, including a couple of the founders, attended the party, which featured champagne, outdoor entertainment, a catered buffet, thousands of icicle lights, and a special birthday cake for the company.
The board also extended a vote of thanks to Marie Bruce, the liaison of the Town & Gown Theatre Guild, for organizing and conducting the silent auction in the course of the evening. Donated mostly by Guild members, the items on offer included a Bulldog sports basket, gift cards, a wine and cheese package, T&G souvenirs, and a hat created by Chris Harris (Andy Garrison's sister), who works as a costumer and milliner.
A major part of T&G's golden anniversary observance has been the Mainstage season, which includes a "new" show (one we have not put up before) dating from each of our five decades (1950s through 1990s) and a musical based on our very first production. For you calendar-keepers, our curtain first rose on The Philadelphia Story March 30, 1954.
We publish a brochure listing every play Town & Gown has ever produced, at least through 2002-3 (an update is due). Pick up your copy next time you attend a performance.
On the Mainstage: Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Playing May 28-30 and June 3-6
Nothing Charms So Well As Evil.
And nothing is so evil as Allen Rowell and Marie Bruce when they're being charming. Town & Gown Players present the decadent Les Liaisons Dangereuses [Dangerous Liaisons] by Christopher Hampton. The critically acclaimed show follows an enclave of amoral French aristocrats whose lustful intrigues result in a gleeful morass of sex, deceit, betrayal, and death. The aforementioned Rowell as the malevolently elegant Vicomte de Valmont deftly maneuvers his way through the confidences and passions of his prey. But what good is a game without an opponent? Marie Bruce matches him move for move, parry for riposte as the deliciously diabolical Marquise de Merteuil. Many people will be most familiar with the 1988 film version, titled Dangerous Liaisons and starring John Malkovich, Glenn Close, and Uma Thurman. It's an excellent film, but you're going to want to see the game up close and personal on our intimate stage. Watch each move unfold like a chessgame.
And what good are chessmasters without their pawns? You'll see some familiar faces along with some new surprises amongst the victims . . . errr, supporting cast. T&G newcomers include Joe Costello as Azolan, Julia Wilson as Emilie, with Stuart Fleisher as Footman and Courtney Gaston as Maid. T&G returners are Brooke Bender as Tourvel, Will Riley as Danceny, Carrie Jedlicka as Cecile, Kelly McGlaun-Fields as Rosemonde, and Elissa Hadley as Volanges. Justin Knox as Footman and Joe Cerniglia as Major-Domo round out our impeccable ensemble.
The content and subject matter of this play are very mature, and require an audience that is likewise. Or that at least enjoys gratuitous sex, violence, and debauchery. So assuredly, we'll see all of you at one, if not multiple, performances.
Call (706) 208-TOWN (208-8696) during business hours for reservations.
Audition Call for I Hate Hamlet
Audition Dates: May 31 through June 1, 2004. This show runs from July 23 through July 25 & July 29 through August 1, 2004.
I Hate Hamlet is a comedy about a young actor named Andrew Rally, whose successful TV show, L.A. Medical, has just been canceled. Andrew, not really knowing what to do next, agrees to audition and perform in New York's Shakespeare in the Park's production of Hamlet. The only problem is that Andrew hates Hamlet. He moves to New York and his realtor picks out the former apartment of John Barrymore, a famous actor known for his Hamlet. Wacky stuff happens and Andrew inadvertently summons the ghost of Barrymore to help/force him to play Hamlet. From there the two argue about acting styles and fight with words and swords over the fame and money of Hollywood versus the glory of playing a real part in a real play.
Director Mike Smith is calling for a cast of six: 3 men (ages mid-20s to mid-40s) and 3 women(ages mid-20s to late 70s). Auditions will be cold readings from the script on Monday and Tuesday, May 31 and June 1, starting at 7:00, with callbacks on Wednesday, June 2. If you have questions, send Mike an email.
Second Stage Presents Richard III
Shakespeare returns to Town & Gown in June with the Second Stage production of Richard III. Steven Carroll as Richard and Alyssa Jackson as Buckingham lead a cast of many of your favorite T&G actors (and some fresh faces who are sure to become favorites) in this celebrated tragedy directed by Matt Humphrey. One of the Bard's most-performed and most memorable historical dramas ("A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"), this is in fact the first time that Richard III has ever appeared on the T&G stage. Beheadings, betrayals, and a battle for the throne -- we've got it all for one weekend only.
Performances are set for June 11 & 12 at 8 pm and June 13 at 2 pm; admission is $5 for all shows. We do not take reservations for Second Stage performances, so arrive early and get a good seat!
The facilities committee not only runs the playhouse day by day but also looks for ways to make things work more smoothly and help lower the stress level of your production. The main way we get anything accomplished is when T&G members donate their time and other resources to upgrade the physical plant. Here are just a few of the projects your friends have helped put over since the first of the year:
You can get your name in the Envoy too. If you point to a needed improvement and say you'll do it, there is (ahem) every likelihood the committee will give you the go-ahead. Send us an email!
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 and buy one today!
But Will They Let Him Wear His Techie Blacks?
A lot of T&G people worked with Mike Ryle, the brilliant designer and artist, on The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, and many dance and opera productions around town.
Well, Mike has gone to be a paratrooper, and he's waiting for a letter from you.
For the duration of basic training, his address is
RN 147 SPC RYLE, MIKE
He adds this instruction: "Write the roster number (RN) on four corners of the envelope."
Our Soon-to-be "Dearly Departed"
Alyssa Jackson and Patty Reeber will be leaving mid-August to attend Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Alyssa will be studying for her Masters in Children's Literature and Patty will be working on her Masters in Library Science. Both Alyssa and Patty have contributed to Town and Gown in countless ways. Whether it be on stage or behind the scenes, serving refreshments or serving on the board of directors, Alyssa and Patty have been enthusiastic, creative, and a joy to work with. We'll miss you both!
New member Mo Wiltshire, Hope Vance's boss and former school-mate of Lynn Gieger, is running for District Attorney for Clarke and Oconee Counties. For further information, you can visit his website.
At her new job recently, Pamela Mitchell was greeted by a client with, "I know who you are. You're with Town & Gown! You're famous!" Now knowing what stars we are, we have decided to bring you . . .
I know who you are. You're with Town & Gown!
T&G faces spotted around town:
Welcome to our new T&G members!
. . . and welcome back to our renewed members!
A few things to keep in mind when you use the playhouse:
Playing around Athens
Athens Little Playhouse presents its final two productions as a theatrical venue. James & the Giant Peach runs May 28-30 and June 4-6 and The Gilded Turkey, an original comedy starring T&G Secretary and favorite Keith Johnson, runs June 18-20 and 25-27. The Little Mermaid has auditions June 28 & 29 at the ALPS and will run August 20-22 at Seney-Stovall. Please call (706) 208-1036 or email email@example.com for reservations or more information.
Facilities Committee Announces Near-Term Plans
The thermostats that govern the front of house heating and air will get locking guards soon. The idea is to prevent random twiddling that lowers the efficiency of the system.
The committee will submit to the board of directors a plan for improving the safety of people who use the onstage fire doors. Probably it will be a matter of installing handrails and easily visible permanent steps.
We have our eye on a member who wants to install a clock in the light booth. In consultation with the front of house committee, we will install locks on refreshment storage cabinets as well as shutters to close off the box office when the house is dark. We also hope to get new electrical outlets in the box office and lobby so that we don't have to use dangerous extension cords.
Does your theater need roll drops (olio drops)? We have several units (6 and 8 feet wide by 12 feet deep) but no plans to use them. If we give them to you we'll ask only that you let us use them again on request.
Free to a good home: the vast kitchen counter unit from High Society. It can be adapted to a break room or kitchenette. If no one can use it, we fear it may be for the landfill.You can get in touch with us by email.
Board and Membership Meeting Schedule 2004
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