Auditions For The 2017 Season

LYCEUM NEWS

AUDITIONS

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Announces 2017 Season Auditions

Arrow Rock, MO, January 6, 2017 — Local auditions for our 2017 season will be held at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If necessary, additional audition dates and times will be added. These auditions are by appointment only. Appointments can be made by emailing a picture and resume to arrowrockcasting@lyceumtheatre.org.  Please specify if there is a time of day that is best for you.  Also, please indicate if there are specific roles for which you would like to be considered.  Please include in the subject line of your email ARROW ROCK CASTING. No phone calls, please. A Lyceum representative will be in touch the second week of February confirming your time slot. If you are unable to attend the audition, you may email a video to arrowrockcasting@lyceumtheatre.org.

Those auditioning must prepare 16 bars of two contrasting songs and one brief monologue. An accompanist will be provided. Children under the age of 10 may audition with 16 bars of one song and no monologue. Anyone who is not a singer may perform a monologue only.  The Lyceum is seeking equity and non-equity actors of all ages and ethnicities.  There will not be a dance call at the Arrow Rock auditions.

Along with the local auditions, the Lyceum will participate in the MidWest Theatre Auditions in St. Louis Feb. 17-19.

New York auditions will be held by appointment only in March. For consideration, email a headshot and resume to casting@lyceumtheatre.org by Feb 22, 2017. Please include in the subject NYC CASTING. No phone calls, please.

Rehearsals for the first production of the Lyceum’s 57th Season, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, will begin Tuesday, May 23. The season concludes with the final performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL on December 23.

XXX

# # #


ARROW ROCK LYCEUM THEATRE WELCOMES THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHILDREN’S CLASSIC GOODNIGHT MOON TO ITS STAGE!

LYCEUM NEWS

ARROW ROCK LYCEUM THEATRE WELCOMES

THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHILDREN’S CLASSIC GOODNIGHT MOON TO ITS STAGE!

Arrow Rock, MO, January 6, 2017 — The musical based on the classic children’s storybook Goodnight Moon takes to the stage at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, at 1 PM. This production makes the regional premiere of the musical and the Lyceum’s first family theatre for young audiences.

Based on the classic childhood book Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd, the musical Goodnight Moon was adapted by Chad Henry. As the Old Lady attempts to get Young Bunny to sleep, he insists on bidding “Goodnight” to everything in his room—and beyond! With special attention to the details from the beloved book illustrations, the playwright has crafted a charming musical that imagines lives for everything in the book, with appearances by the three bears sitting in chairs, the cow jumping over the moon, and even the Tooth Fairy!

The cast features professional Equity actors from Nashville, TN, veterans all, who have performed dozens of shows at Nashville’s famed Nashville Children’s Theatre, ranked by Time magazine as one of the top five children’s theatres in the country. Featuring Rona Carter as the Old Lady, Mikey Rosenbaum as Bunny, Amanda Card as Mouse, and Samuel Whited as the Tooth Fairy, Goodnight Moon is directed specially for The Lyceum by Shawn Knight, who helmed the Lyceum’s interactive mystery weekend this past fall and will portray the Moon.

“This musical is a charming adaptation of a book that has become a childhood favorite for many, who treasure sharing the story night after night with their children. And as a creative team, we are honored and excited to bring it to The Lyceum stage in some of the theatre’s first-ever programming geared for children,” says director Shawn Knight.

“The public shows will cap off a nearly sold-out week of school performances, during which close to 3,000 children will get to experience this classic tale as a live theatrical event. We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity for school children in Mid-Missouri and appreciate the support of our sponsors to help make it happen”, says Rebecca Early, Special Events Chairman.

The set, designed by resident scenic designer Ryan Zirngibl, will recreate the classic illustrations live on stage with surprises in store. Costumes are designed by Jessica Mueller, costume designer at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Perfect for children ages four and up, Goodnight Moon will offer shows on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, at 1 PM. Tickets are $20 for ages 13 and older, and $10 for ages 4-12. Tickets are expected to sell quickly. Visit http://lyceumtheatre.org or call 660-837-3311, ext. 1.

Goodnight Moon is sponsored in part by Wood and Huston Bank, McCarthy Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, and Central Missouri AGRIService (CMAS).
XXX

# # #


Get in the Spirit with A Christmas Carol at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre!

LYCEUM NEWS

Get in the Spirit with A Christmas Carol
at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre!

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale is brought to life
by a new cast of Lyceum favorites.

ARROW ROCK, MO, November 21, 2016 – Plan on celebrating the joys of Christmas in Arrow Rock in December! The Lyceum stage will once again be aglow with good spirits and Christmas tradition as Charles Dickens’ immortal classic, A Christmas Carol, comes musically to life starring Lyceum favorite Ron Wisniski as Ebenezer Scrooge. There will only be 12 performances running from December 14 through December 23.

The Lyceum is pleased, for the third year, to bring to life the familiar story of a seemingly heartless miser given one last chance at redemption by four visiting ghosts. On Christmas Eve Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes an incredible transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future. A Christmas Carol is now a cherished annual tradition in Arrow Rock and is made possible through the generous support of LammTech of Sedalia.

Lyceum Producing Artistic Director, Quin Gresham, directs his adaptation of the Dickens classic. “The combination of A Christmas Carol’s timeless and heartwarming message, more than a dozen holiday songs, and a brilliant cast is certain to fill audiences with Christmas spirit,” said Gresham. “Thanks to the tireless work of Resident Scenic Designer Ryan J. Zirngibl and a new cast of familiar favorites, there will be many exciting improvements to the production that will make Scrooge’s transformation even more powerful in 2016!

The Lyceum is pleased to announce that the role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be played, once again, by Lyceum favorite, Ron Wisniski. Mr. Wisniski originated the role in the inaugural production of A Christmas Carol in 2014, a role he has also played at Syracuse Stage. Other Lyceum appearances include the devilish Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees, the flamboyant Roger Debris in The Producers, Diary of Anne Frank, You Can’t Take It With You and Hello Dolly. Ron appeared in the National Tours of Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Annie (FDR), and Tintypes (Teddy Roosevelt) and has appeared in more than 200 productions at theatres nationwide.

Harry Bouvy returns to the Lyceum playing Scrooge’s long suffering clerk, Bob Cratchit. Harry appeared at the Lyceum this past summer as John Adams in 1776. Recent credits include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Montana Shakespeare and Cal in Mothers & Sons at Saint Louis Rep, directed by another Lyceum vet, Michael Evan Haney. Bouvy has also been seen Off-Broadway as Hannibal Lecter in Silence! The Musical, in Las Vegas as Sir Robin in Spamalot, and as Carmen Ghia in the National Tour of The Producers (Helen Hayes nomination).

Returning to the Lyceum for his fourth season, Elliot Dash plays the jovial Ghost of Christmas Present and Scrooge’s first employer, Mr. Fezziwig. Dash’s Lyceum credits include Tee Tot in Hank Williams: Lost Highway, the Voice of the Plant in Little Shop of Horrors, and, most recently, Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy.  Credits include Gretna Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Totem Pole Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Wayside Theatre, The Folger, The Acting Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and The South Carolina Shakespeare Company.

Playing the dual roles of Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Dilber will be Lyceum regular April Woodall. April returns to Arrow Rock where she has appeared in Into the Woods, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Sound of Music, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof. Regional credits include: Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, American Theatre Group, Mill Mountain Theater, Little Theatre on the Square, Gateway Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre; Hedgerow Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, Center City Theatre Works, The Seaport History Museum Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, and The Devon. Barrymore and SALT nominations for the title role in Souvenir – a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Montgomery Theatre; Cortland Repertory Theatre); and a Carbonell nomination for her performance of Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Maltz Jupiter Theatre.)

Robert Elliott returns to the Lyceum after playing the domineering Capt. Queeg in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial to play the dual roles of Old Joe and Jacob Marley. Mr. Elliot began his career as a company member at the Missouri Repertory Theatre and at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. Extensive work over the years at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Indiana Rep, Syracuse Stage, Asolo Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, PCPA Theatrefest, Cleveland Playhouse, and Roundabout Theatre.

Making her Lyceum debut, Manon Halliburton plays Mrs. Cratchit. Credits include Utah Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Rep, Indiana Rep, Unicorn Theater, Chester Theater Co. and Cincinnati Playhouse to name a few. She also has guest starred on Law and Order and had a recurring role of the fourth season of HBO’s The Sopranos.

New to the production are Bailey Jordan Reeves playing the dual roles of Scrooge’s first love, Belle, and Fred’s Wife, Anne, and Bernell Lassai III, Cher Desiree Alvarez, and KK Elfrink in a variety of roles.

Returning for this year’s production are Laura Sexauer as the violin-playing Ghost of Christmas past, Michael Amoroso as Scrooge’s nephew Fred as well as Scrooge’s younger self, Michael Dewar as one of Scrooge’s debtors, and Adam McCall, Michael Brennan, Paula Danner, Jonathan Brown, Julie Butner, and Paula Bear in a variety of roles.

The cast of 29 actors also features a number of young performers from neighboring communities including Lilian Buie, Simeon Buie, Cailyn Chaney, Jacob Christy, Sophia Christy, Wyatt Logan, Cooper Rainwater, Abigail Rainwater, Spencer Rainwater and Daniel Ryan.

The creative team for A Christmas Carol includes Quin Gresham (Director/Adaptor), James Woodland (Resident Musical Director), Kristen Nordstrom (Choreographer), Ryan J. Zirngibl (Resident Scenic Designer), Randy B. Winder (Resident Lighting Designer), Kerri S. Packard (Costume Designer), Ryan Matthew Hall (Resident Sound Designer), Ivan Cano (Production Stage Manager), and Laura Berrios (Assistant Stage Manager).

Single Tickets for A Christmas Carol are priced at $36.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available as are special group rates. Performances are December 14 – December 23, 2016, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatre.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 55 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 408 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

# # #