The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Announces New Housing Addition to Open in 2019

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The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Announces
New Housing Addition to Open in 2019

ARROW ROCK, MO – The Lyceum’s reputation is well regarded by a growing number of professional artists from around the country, and it is thanks to those many artists that the Lyceum’s productions continue to improve year after year. Housing a wide assortment of actors, technicians, directors, stage managers, and designers is an important aspect of the Lyceum’s operation. The Lyceum provides housing for its seasonal employees just outside of the Arrow Rock city limits.  After a devastating fire in 2004, the theatre not only re-built its housing facility but doubled the number of available rooms for future growth.  And now, 10 years later, the theatre needs to expand again.

Producing Artistic Director Quin Gresham and Managing Director Steve Bertani have been successful in growing the Lyceum’s audience as well as the scale of productions which requires more personnel.  “During our musical productions we have as many as 40 employees needing housing.  Unfortunately our current housing is unable to accommodate that number so, for the past several years, we have found it necessary to locate and rent additional housing for the season, “says Gresham.  “It is not only costly to rent housing for several months of the year, but it is increasingly difficult to find places available for the short period of time we need them,” says Bertani.

Gresham and Bertani approached the Board of Directors a few years ago about the housing challenge the theatre faces each year.  And with the leadership of the Lyceum’s Building & Grounds Committee, a plan was created to build additional housing adjacent to the current housing facility. This new expansion will be built by Pate-Jones Construction in Columbia. “Pate-Jones is honored to help the Lyceum Theatre build for the future,” said John Jones, Owner.

“We’re excited to get this long-anticipated project underway to allow The Lyceum to continue attracting the very best caliber performers to our Mid-Missouri theatre” says Dave Griggs, Building and Grounds Chair.

Donna Huston, Capital Campaign Chair, states “More accommodations are needed to improve this outstanding theatre and we appreciate our Board of Directors and other contributors who have donated to this project. The ground breaking for additional housing is a sign that excellent performances will continue at The Lyceum. We celebrate this accomplishment.”

“Thanks to the donors, to the Arrow Rock Community, to the Lyceum Board of Directors and staff for their work and support in making this much needed housing project a reality,” says Doug Crews, President of the Lyceum’s Board of Directors.

The additional theatre housing facility will offer eight more rooms and will be open for the 2019 Lyceum season.

The Lyceum Theatre will open its exciting new 8 show season on June 6 with the Lyceum premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. What follows includes five more Lyceum premieres (All Shook Up, 9 to 5 The Musical, Murder For Two, and Fully Committed, Swingtime Canteen), along with Crimes of the Heart and the sixth annual production of the Lyceum’s unique adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. The Lyceum’s season runs June 6 through December 22, 2019.

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 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 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.

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

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

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale is brought to life by a cast filled with Lyceum favorites.

ARROW ROCK, MO – 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. Only 13 performances, December 12 through December 23.

The Lyceum brings 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. “Dickens’ timeless and heartwarming message of hope and transformation is certain to fill Lyceum audiences with Christmas spirit,” said Gresham. “With more than a dozen holiday songs, a brilliant cast filled with Lyceum favorites, and the continued work of our resident designers, this year’s production will delight audiences with unexpected surprises and a renewed freshness.” said Gresham.

The role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by long-time Lyceum favorite, Don Richard. Don’s many memorable Lyceum roles include Thernardier in Les Misérables (2015), Fagin in Oliver (2016), Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017), and Everett in Crazy For You (2018). Broadway credits include the original casts of Jane Eyre, Urinetown, and the 2014 Side Show revival.  National Tours include Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark) and WickedBen Gougeon returns to the Lyceum for a second year playing Scrooge’s long suffering clerk, Bob Cratchit as well as Scrooge’s first employer, Mr. Fezziwig. Mr. Gougeon was also seen on the Lyceum stage as Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Other favorite credits include The Visitation (Witness Immersive), Half Moon Bay (Nylon Fusion), The Drunkard (Metropolitan Playhouse), True West, One Flea Spare (Whole Art Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Booth Tarkington). TV: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Bull,’ ‘Sweetbitter,’ and ‘Law & Order: SVU.’ FILM: The PriceLove StoryBeds.

Robert Elliott returns for his third year to play the dual roles of Jacob Marley and Old Joe, a corrupt henchman of Scrooge. Mr. Elliott wowed Lyceum audiences as Matt Drayton in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (2017) and the domineering Capt. Queeg in The Caine Mutiny (2016). Mr. Elliott’s credits include KC Rep/Missouri Repertory Theatre: Of Mice and Men (Candy), American Buffalo (Donnie), The Tempest, Born Yesterday. Kansas City: Two Jews Walk into a War, Farragut North (Unicorn Theatre). Other regional credits include Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival), and PCPA Theatrefest. Playing the dual roles of Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Dilber for a third year will be Lyceum regular April Woodall. Ms. Woodall was recently seen at the Lyceum as Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir and as Miss Andrew, the wicked nanny, in Mary Poppins. Regional credits include Maine State Music Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Fulton Theatre, American Theatre Group, Cortland Repertory Theatre, 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.

Returning to the role she has played in all five years of A Christmas Carol, Laura Sexauer plays the violin-wielding Ghost of Christmas Past; The Lyceum Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Quin Gresham joins the cast this year playing the jovial Ghost of Christmas Present; Lyceum favorite Ben Nordstrom returns as Scrooge’s nephew Fred as well as Marley’s younger self; Manon Halliburton returns for her third year as Mrs. Cratchit; Molly McCaskill, previously seen this season in A Comedy of Tenors, plays the dual roles of Scrooge’s first love, Belle, and Fred’s wife, Anne; Lucas Reilly returns to the Lyceum after appearing in The Hound of the Baskervilles to play one of Scrooge’s debtors and Scrooge’s younger self; and Adam McCall, Michael Brennan, Paula Danner, Jonathan Brown, Paula Bear, and Brianna Lopez appear in a variety of roles.

The cast of 26 actors also features a number of young performers from neighboring communities including Cailyn Chaney, Sophia Christy, Lauren Kennon, Gabe Palmer, Cooper Rainwater, Abigail Rainwater, Spencer Rainwater, Blake Strode, Scarlet Strode and Weston Pingrey as Tiny Tim.

The creative team for A Christmas Carol includes Quin Gresham (Director/Adaptor), James Woodland (Resident Musical Director, Composer), Stephanie Berg (Composer), Kristen Nordstrom (Choreographer), Ryan J. Zirngibl (Resident Scenic Designer), Randy B. Winder (Resident Lighting Designer), Kerri S. Packard (Costume Designer), Jon Robertson (Sound Designer), Ivan Dario Cano (Production Stage Manager), Ally Taylor (Assistant Stage Manager), and Makayla Rodgers (Production Assistant).

Single Tickets for A Christmas Carol are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available as are special group rates. Performances are December 12 – December 23, 2018, Evening performances are at 7pm 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 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 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.

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE COUNTRY MUSIC JUKEBOX MUSICAL HONKY TONK ANGELS

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE COUNTRY MUSIC JUKEBOX MUSICAL HONKY TONK ANGELS

ARROW ROCK, MO – Casting is now complete for the foot-stompin’ musical Honky Tonk Angels. This performance, playing from September 19 – September 30, will be directed by DAVID HEMSLEY CALDWELL, returning to the Lyceum for his 20th production, and musically directed by SAM CLEIN. The production features SHARON MALANE as Darlene, ERIN MCCRACKEN as Angela, and SHELBY RINGDAHL as Sue Ellen.

Featuring the hits “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” ”Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Stand By Your Man,” and many more, Honky Tonk Angels is the story of three Southern women who leave largely unfulfilling lives behind to travel to Nashville in the hopes of living their dreams. When they meet by chance on the same bus to the country music capital they quickly decide to form their own singing group, The Honky Tonk Angels, and take the town by storm.

SHARON MALANE returns to the Lyceum, after playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast last season, to play Darlene, a coal miner’s daughter. Previous credits at The Lyceum include Denise in Sanders’ Family Christmas and Smoke on the Mountain, Hello Dolly (Minnie Fay), Hairspray (Penny), and Annie (Boylan sister). Other regional credits include Grease (Sandy), Legally Blonde (Chutney), Joseph…Dreamcoat (u/s Narrator), My Fair Lady and South Pacific (Lt.J.G.Yeager) at STONC, as well as Leaving Iowa (Sis), Oystertown, and Vintage Hitchcock at the Dixie Theater. She was also in the National Tour of Hairspray playing Penny. Making her Lyceum debut, ERIN MCCRACKEN plays Angela, a married woman with unfulfilled dreams.  Erin has performed in New York City and across the country in musicals, cabarets, concert venues and recently performed with Disney Cruise Lines. Her recent portrayal of Patsy Cline in Always…Patsy Cline won her rave reviews and a Broadway World nomination for best actress in a musical. SHELBY RINGDAHL returns to the Lyceum, after appearing in Beehive last season, to play Sue Ellen, a “career woman”. Shelby is a Missouri native turned New Yorker.  Tours: Disenchanted (Snow White), West End’s ABBA MANIA (Agnetha). Off Broadway: Oh Kay! (Constance Appleton). Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (MUNY, Ensemble), Heathers (Ensemble/ Heather Chandler US), Polkadots (Ms. Square), Catch Me If You Can (Cheryl Ann/ Ensemble). Concert Soloist with Jason Robert Brown, Susan Egan, Jodi Benson, The Fort Worth Symphony, 54 Below, and Cincinnati Pops.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical.  Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. RYAN MATHEW HALL is the Sound Designer, IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year and is the Production Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Honky Tonk Angels are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are September 19 – September 30, 2018, 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 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 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 receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

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.

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