Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Ellard (Jouni Kirjoli) and Charlie (Michael Bishop) having an entertaining breakfast in this fun comedy.
Imagination Theater in partnership with Porter Media Group and Nicknig Films are seeking donation for the following items to feed the cast and crew while filming in El Dorado County April 24th and 25th. A local chef Kevin O’Connor has generously agreed to donate his culinary expertise to plan and serve the meals. Please contact Lanny at 530-903-6361 to coordinate your donation:
List of Items:
1. Apple juice – 3 containers
1. Fresh fruit – 3 bunches of bananas, 2 bags of apples 2 bags or oranges and 3 bunches of green grapes
2. Nuts - 3 canisters of mixed nuts
3. Bagels – 3 dozen
4. Cream cheese – 3 large containers
5. Red vines – 2 canisters
6. Beef Jerky – 3 bags
7. Cookies – 3 dozen
8. Chips – 3 bags
9. Pretzels – 2 bags
Dinner items for meals:
Saturday night meal – 50 people
1. Ground beef 12.5 lbs
2. Taco size flour tortilla's (100 count)
3. Refried beans (vegetarian) 8 30oz cans
4. Cheese 2 bags of cheese
5. Spanish rice 16 boxes
6. Green salad 3 bags of lettuce
7. Sour cream 2 24oz tubs
8. Tortilla Chips 4 22oz bags
9. Salsa 2 70oz jars
Sunday night meal – 65 people
1. 40 Chicken breast boneless skinless
2. 5 boxes 16 oz Penne Pasta
3. Asparagus – 6 bunches
4. 10oz heavy cream
5. 4 yeast packets
6. 17 oz bottle of olive oil
7. 4 bags of flour
8. 4 bags of mixed greens
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
- Many critics of The Foreigner imply that the play has only “commercial” appeal, that it is not much different from the typical television sitcom. Compare Shue’s play with one or more of your favorite television sitcoms and argue for or against this assertion.
- Some critics of The Foreigner claim that the play reduces southerners to “politically incorrect” stereotypes. Investigate the way southerners are portrayed in both serious literature and in popular entertainment, comparing these treatments with Shue’s portrayal of Betty, Catherine, Ellard, David Lee, and Owen.
- Research the history of the Ku Klux Klan in America and describe in detail the status and activity of the Klan in America in the early- 1980s.
- Klanwatch, a branch of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has monitored Klan and other hate group activity since 1981. By the late- 1990s, Klanwatch was aware of over 400 racist and neoNazi hate groups in America as well as 500 “militia” groups. Research this explosion of hate-group activities in America in the latter half of the twentieth century and discuss whether a comedy like The Foreigner can hope to ameliorate such a social problem.
- Research the psychological condition of shyness, bashfulness, or timidity. What causes it in real life? How does overcoming real-life shyness compare with Charlie’s triumph over shyness in The Foreigner?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Foreigner was first produced at the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Repertory Theatre in January of 1983, and the boisterous laughter it created there made the play an enormous local success. Named by the American Theatre Critics Association as one of the best regional theatre plays for the 1983-1984 season, The Foreigner was subsequently produced Off-Broadway in November of 1984 at the Astor Place Theatre in New York City. Lukewarm responses from the critics failed to quench the play’s enormous audience appeal, and as Laurie Winer reported in a 1988 New York Times article, “one of the few Off Broadway plays to overcome negative reviews, The Foreigner played 685 performances and fully recouped its $250, 000 investment.”
Because of the extraordinary commercial success of The Foreigner, Shue’s other plays came to the attention of American theatre companies. His earlier farce, The Nerd, had gone from its successful Milwaukee production in 1981 to similarly successful productions in England. It played in Manchester in 1982 and at the Aldwych Theatre in London in 1984, where it earned more money than any other American play on the West End. Two years after Shue’s death, in 1987, The Nerd was produced on Broadway, and eventually his more serious play, Wenceslas Square (1984), became popular as well. These plays are now staples of university, regional, and community theatres all over America.
In 1980, Shue studied with a theatre company in Japan. He developed the central idea for The Foreigner when he discovered that the Japanese would tolerate even his most bizarre behavior (because he was unaware of Japanese social customs), dismissing his inappropriate actions as the conduct of an outsider. The Foreigner remains Shue’s most highly regarded work and is considered the most perfectly realized of his plays.
More about the background of the author and his death in a plane crash here.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Rick is delighted to be performing the role of Froggy LeSueur in this, his favorite play with this very talented cast. Live performing is one of Rick’s oldest memories as he began singing in church choirs about 1957. His first acting role (1980) was in San Jose Civic Light Opera’s Paint Your Wagon as Pete. A telephone technician since 1972 (Owner of Rick Gaylord’s TeleFIX) Rick has appeared in over 45 community theater plays and as lead performer in over 10 of those and has occasionally shared the stage with professionals such as Noel Harrison and Jed Allen.
In film, Rick was the lead actor for Bryan Darling’s short film, Catharsis and was the Casting Consultant for one of Bryan’s more recent projects, Lily. In video, Rick sold commercial advertising and performed on both sides of the camera for scores of El Dorado County television commercials, many including Rick's voice-overs. Rick was also producer and editor for a 30 minute video documentary about the local movie Mistaken by Mike Turney.
Rick’s favorite stage role was Charlie in Theatre El Dorado's 1997 production of The Foreigner and his more recent efforts include Greater Tuna (7 males, 2 females & 1 dog) Godspell (John the Baptist & Judas), Big River (the Duke), Music Man (Marcellus Washburn), A Christmas Carol twice (once as Bob Cratchit & once as Scrooge) and Anything Goes (Billy). Rick's award winning roles were Ali Hakim in Oklahoma and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.
Comedy is Rick’s favorite (and most challenging) performing genre leading him to coin the phrase “levity is the only way to fly”. Rick is a private pilot and a grandfather of five, who is very grateful for his family and especially his wife, Marsha, for her continued support.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Foreigner marks Linda Wolfe’s return to the IT stage after 6 years. She has been active in theater since the age of 10. As an adult, some of Linda’s favorite roles have been Lady Macbeth in Macbeth in Juneau, Alaska, The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz at Theater El Dorado in 1999, and M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias at Imagination Theater in 2004. Linda has also assistant directed several shows at TED and IT, including The Foreigner in 1997, Meet Me in St. Louis in 1998, and Breaking Legs in 2007. Linda teaches at Charles Brown Elementary School and coaches their Oral Interpretation team. She would like to thank her husband, Peter, for his support and their shared love of theater, and her children, Brian and Sarah. Special thanks to daughter, Sarah, for her professional makeup design for Betty. She also thanks Lanny Langston for letting her play this spunky old lady and the awesome Foreigner cast for an amazing ensemble experience. Finally, Linda would like to give a big ol’ southern hug to Larin Hinson, Betsy Hawkins, and Paula Deen (on the Food Network) for their dialect coaching!
Friday, March 12, 2010
After living and working in different spots throughout the country, Grant is excited to be back in his hometown and acting again. In 1996, Grant was cast in Godspell. Since then he has been fortunate to be part of quite a few wonderful shows, playing roles ranging from the twisted, nitrous huffing dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, to being on trial for murdering a fellow marine in A Few Good Men. We last saw Grant as a Marine Corps Captain looking for bad guys in Imagination Theater’s production of The Amorous Ambassador. When not building a set or memorizing lines, you’ll likely find Grant glued to his Playstation 3 or watching some gruesome B rated horror movie. He has been fortunate during The Foreigner to work with such a great cast and crew and he looks forward to his next opportunity with Imagination Theater!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Jessica is overjoyed to make The Foreigner her debut performance with Imagination Theater. She was raised in the hills of Somerset, just east of Placerville, but was too intimidated while growing up to audition for any of ITs productions. Currently she is living, working, going to school, and working on stage and film in Sacramento. Her past highlights include Keely and Du (Keely), The Three Musketeers (Constance), and Angel Street (Nancy). She is also delighted to play Lucy Westenra in the IT! and Porter Media Group production of Dracula this October. Next spring, she is moving to San Francisco to pursue a BFA in Theatre. She thanks Lanny for embracing her in the IT! family, her pragmatically supportive parents, Glenn and Joyce, and her everyday cheerleader, David. She couldn't do it without them!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Jouni has been performing for local audiences for the past 15 years. He serves as Drama & Creative Arts Director for Green Valley Community Church and was most recently seen as Mr. Flintwell in GVCC’s original production The Christmas Special. Jouni has written, directed, and acted in all of the Green Valley musicals since 1994. Although he has mostly performed in original productions, he has also been seen locally in productions of Charlie’s Aunt, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Besides stepping into the part of Ellard, Jouni is also currently preparing for a 2nd year overseeing GVCC’s successful dinner theater, which opens in May. Regarding The Foreigner, Jouni thanks Lanny for his stellar leadership and guidance.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Ben is happy to be making his return to this theater after nine years. During this time, he performed with a comedy troupe called I Can’t Believe Its Not Comedy which performed in Sacramento and several other cities including Los Angeles and Phoenix. Ben’s most recent performance was in Main Street Theater Works’ Three Musketeers. He would like to dedicate his performance to his Grandpa.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Sunday, March 21st-7:00-9:00PM (New Date)
Anyone who is interested is invited to come sing the songs from Grease at the first rehearsal of the "Fuzzy Dice." This is the band that will be playing the rehearsals and performances of the show. This sing-a-long is just an opportunity to sing the songs, get in the rock-and-roll mood, and have fun with the music. Anyone, regardless of age, or whether they are actually going to audition for the show is encouraged to participate. No preparation is necessary... this is not an audition. Lyrics sheets will be provided.
GREASE DANCE AUDITION (Mandatory)
Monday, April 5th, 6:30-9:00pm at Vanessa's Foothill Dance Studio in Shingle Springs. Participation in this audition is required for ALL ROLES in Grease. Please be prompt. Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing and jazz or character shoes if you have theme. Auditioners will learn simple combinations and jitterbug steps.
GREASE GENERAL AUDITION
Saturday, April 10th, 9:00am-1:00 pm
This will be the general audition for all roles. (Parking in above lot due to Kids' Expo)
Those interested in being a Doo Wop singer must come to this audition.
All Auditioners will be required to sing a rock-and-roll type song and provide their own karaoke backing CD. An audition accompanist will not be provided. Auditioners being considered for lead roles by the Directors may be asked to also sing a song from the show with the live band that will be provided. Lyrics for the songs from the show will be provided at the audition.
Reading and Improvisation:
Auditioners will be asked to do cold readings from the script and group improvisations.
If time permits, auditioners will participate in jitterbug partner dancing exercises. All auditioners should therefore wear loos-fitting comfortable clothing and suitable dancing shoes... no sandals or bare-feet!
GREASE CALL-BACK AUDITION
Sunday, April 11th, 6:00-9:00PM.
This will be the CALL-BACK AUDITION for all roles. Due to the anticipated large number of auditioners, this Call-Back Audition is likely to be required for some, and maybe all, of the auditioners--- so all auditioners are asked to remain available.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
In the 1987 production, construction of the various quilt blocks was done by local quilters, who donated their time. Chrissie intends to again tap into this rich source of talent for the quilts, but she wants to add another element. Since the finished quilt is called the “legacy” quilt, Chrissie wants it to be made from donated fabric. If someone has a favorite scrap of cotton (or other soft, non-synthetic fabric), that they would be willing to part with, she hopes they will let it be used for the construction of the quilts. Donated materials could be yardage, but it could also be skirts, tablecloths, aprons, or anything that could be cut up and re-used. Just as women of the prairie did, today’s quilters will be stitching together used fabric which is not only “green,” but authentic in living history.
Even though auditions are not until late October, Chrissie and her staff are already hard at work on all that goes into mounting a major musical. They would like to begin collecting fabric on March 15th, so the quilting volunteers have plenty of time for their creations. Collection will continue until there is enough fabric for the quilts needed. Fabric can be dropped off at the Imagination Theater office or at the Mountain Democrat on Main Street in Placerville. What’s more, if there is a story behind the fabric donated, please share that, too, by including a short note. For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer to work on Quilters, email Chrissie Addison at firstname.lastname@example.org.