MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS!
MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS!
A smart, fast-paced comedy running through Sept. 21st
at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios, with
performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $22 ($18 for seniors, $10 for students) and are available at the TheatreSquared box office at 479-445-6333 or on-line at:
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Moonlight and Magnolias tells the fascinating and funny backstage story about the making of Gone with the Wind, the blockbuster of all blockbusters. Hollywood producer David O. Selznick, the outsized ego behind the making of the film, shut down production, fired his screenwriter and director, and hired legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming, locking them in his office for a week to rewrite the film while subsisting on bananas and peanuts!
That much is known. Unknown is what actually went on behind closed doors, and Moonlight and Magnolias imagines just that. The result is a fast-paced, often hilarious peek at the creative, frantic underside of show biz. This show is custom made for people who love writing, understand the pressure of deadlines or love Gone With the Wind!
THE ARTISTIC TEAM
TheatreSquared has assembled a creative team of local professionals and visiting artists, led by director Amy Herzberg.
Bryce Kemph (David O. Selznick)is a graduate of the MFA acting program at the University of Arkansas where favorite roles included Sweeny Todd in Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, and the Baker in Into the Woods. Bryce currently lives in Astoria Queens. He was recently featured in The New to New York Actors Showcase at the Producers Club and was seen last season in TheatreSquared's production of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol.
Justin Scheuer (Victor Fleming), who holds an MFA in Acting from UofA was last seen in T2's My Father's War. He recently moved back to Fayetteville after living in California where he worked and taught in L.A. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of his many stage credits include Orsino in Twelfth Night and Orlando in As You Like It. Justin is the head of the drama department at Bentonville High School and will be appearing in T2's production of Fully Committed this April which will be part of Walton Arts Center's Night Out Series.
Kevin Cohea (Ben Hecht) A graduate of the University of Arkansas' MFA Playwriting Program, Kevin's plays include 2A.M., Strays, The Love Molecules, Scoop, Ho!Ho!Ho!, and the screenplays The Grimoire, 30 Minutes or Less, The Last Days of Winthorpe Vance, and an adaptation of the novel Towing Jehovah. He has appeared in numerous productions for University Theatre and Not a Penny Productions. He currently teaches English at Main Street Academy. This is his first Theatre Squared production.
Virginia Scheuer (Miss Poppenghul)holds her MFA in acting from the University of Arkansas, and just recently moved back to Fayetteville from California where she has worked professionally doing theatre and documentary work in L.A. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her favorite credits include Titania and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Celia in As You Like It, Amanda in Private Lives and Hermione in The Winter's Tale.
Amy Herzberg (Director)is Associate Artistic Director of TheatreSquared. Amy Joined the University of Arkansas' drama faculty in 1989, following a four-year stint as a company member of the San Diego Repertory Theatre. She has acted and directed professionally throughout the country and has directed dozens of productions for the University Theatre and Boars Head Players at the University of Arkansas, including Assassins, Cabaret andI Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Herzberg is the Head of Performance in the UA Drama Department, where she helped start the MFA Acting program. Her teaching has been recognized by the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, which awarded her a National Acting Teacher Fellowship in 2003. Amy holds an MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts.
Robert Ford (Assistant Director)serves as Artistic Director of TheatreSquared and Director of the Arkansas Playwrights Workshop. A winner of the prestigious Stanley Drama Award, Ford's plays have appeared in New York's Abingdon Theatre, thePennsylvania Stage Company, St. Petersburg’s American Stage, and many othertheatres. His full-length play The Fall of the House is slated for the 2008/9 season at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Ford's well-received first novel, The Student Conductor(G. P. Putnam's Sons), won both the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction and the Steven Turner Award for Best First Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, among other distinctions. Ford is also writer-in-residence at the Fayetteville Public Library, where he helped create the FPL Writers Center under a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council. A member of Actor's Equity, Ford has directed and acted both regionally and in New York. He holds a M.Mus. degree from Yale, an MFA in acting from Rutgers, and an MFA in playwriting and screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. Ford is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Shawn Irish (Scenic Design)For T2, Shawn has designed The Mystery of Irma Vep, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Noodle Doodle Box andMy Father's War. Shawn’s favorite designs include The Elephant Man, Cabaret and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His Lighting Design for Big Love was featured in Theatre Design and Technology and American Theatre magazines and The Prague Quadrennial Exhibit in 2007. Shawn holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas and currently serves as Assistant Professor and Lighting Designer at West Texas A&M. http://www.shawnirish.com/
D. Andrew Gibbs (Lighting Design) is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Drama, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he has taught since 1978. He serves as director of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Lighting program and teaches courses in lighting design and technology, theatre architecture, theatre and stage management and scene design. Andy holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Illinois, an MA in Drama/Design from the University of Washington and a BFA in Theatre from the University of Connecticut. He is a past National Design Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivall and has active memberships in the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Shauna Colclasure Meador (Costume Design)is a resident of Conway and teaches costume design in the Theatre Department at the University of Central Arkansas. She has designed at UCA, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and Purdue University and has also worked at the Texas Shakespeare Festival and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Richard Rew (Sound Design)is celebrating his 32nd year in the entertainment business this year, having started in 1976. From 1992, when it first opened, to 2006, he was a member of the Walton Arts Center technical crew, the last ten years as the Technical Manager. In 2007, he became one of the masterminds behind The Event Production Group. Richard has designed sound for several T2 productions including Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol and My Father's War.
Steve Wilhelm (Technical Director)has a working background in technical theatre with emphasis in lighting design. He has learned tricks of the trade from a number of talented professionals during his 16 year career. Steve has lived in Fayetteville since 2002 and is a member of Event Production Group, which has had many opportunites working with area Performing Arts Centers, Civic Groups and Businesses coordinating special events, concerts and galas.
Ashley Butler (Stage Manager) is starting her second year as seasonal stage manager with Theatre Squared. She previously served as the stage manager for T2's 2007-2008 season. Ashley has a B.A. in Drama from the University of Arkansas and has also worked with Northwest Arkansas Dance Coalition and Sager Creek Arts Center.
Carley Tisdale (Intern/Props Mistress)is a senior at Bentonville High School. This is her first production with TheatreSquared, where she currently serves as a 2008/2009 season intern and member of the young company. In the coming years Carley plans to pursue a career in directing and stage management.
FALL OPEN AUDITIONS!
We will be holding open auditions on Saturday, September 13 beginning at 10:00 AM in the Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville (505 W. Spring St.). We are currently casting all of the shows in the current season (with the exception of "Moonlight and Magnolias") as well as for the Discovery: Arkansas New Play Festival. We would also like to see talent that will be available for the 2009/2010 season of plays that we are currently selecting. Here's the scoop:
Area actors age 16 and over are invited to call T2 at 445-6333 to sign up for a five-minute audition slot.
Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues totaling three minutes or one monologue and 20 bars of one song to be sung à cappella.
They should also bring a headshot (or photograph) and acting resumé.
For each of its shows, the not-for-profit TheatreSquared expects to hire a mix of theatre professionals, both Equity and non-equity, from the area and from around the country.
TheatreSquared is currently interested in seeing actors of all ethnicities and are looking to fill roles with the following actors:
- 1 Male (High School Aged)
- 1 Male (College Aged)
- 2 Male (Middle Aged
- 2 Male (Senior)
- 1 Female (College Aged)
- 1 Female (Middle Aged)
- 1 Female (Senior)
CLASSES AT THEATRESQUARED
TheatreSquared is thrilled to announce a partnership with Fayetteville Public School's Adult and Community Education!
We will be offering classes all year at the old Jefferson Elementary School Facility, located at 612 South College.
This year's six-week classes will be educational, invigorating and a lot of fun.
All classes are open to students aged 16 and up. All classes will be held on Sunday evenings.
TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES, visit www.fayar.net/adulted or call 444-3041.
October 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9
This class is especially designed for theatre new-comers or for those who have not taken a course in a while and need a refresher. We will explore the basics of acting including objectives, obstacles, tactics, environment, team-work, and stage presence. This class is a wonderful building block for other classes and can also help you in the workplace by giving you public speaking confidence and boosting your creativity.
SCENE STUDY I
October 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9
In this class (appropriate for students who have had one or more classes or taken private coaching sessions), we will explore partner work, giving students the opportunity to hone acting skills by working with others to prepare contemporary scenes. The class will primarily focus on objectives, obstacles, tactics, partnership and conflict.
SCENE STUDY II
January 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15
This class is an ideal extension of Scene Study I. Students will continue to work with partners exploring more challenging scenes and developing more advanced skills. This class might also focus on period styles, depending on the specific needs of the students. This class will be most appropriate for students who have taken Scene Study I or have taken multiple other acting courses.
April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 2, 9
This class seems to be a perennial favorite! And why not - it is so much FUN!!! In this class, students will explore short-form comedy improviation games, focusing on exercises in team-building, trust, spontaneity, scene-building, accepting offers and conquering fears. Nothing unleashes the power of creativity like improv! This class is great for aspiring actors, comedians and for people who want to bring the comlete power of their own creativity to bear in their professional field. This course may culminate in a showcase performance for family and friends.
SEASON TICKETS are still available!
Why buy season tickets? So many reasons. You will enjoy three provocative and entertaining contemporary shows as well as receive tickets to any or all of the shows that will be featured in the Discovery:Arkansas New Play Festival.
You can also count on hassle-free exchanges and invitations to special TheatreSquared events - and all of this for over 20% off what you would pay for single tickets!
Call 479-445-6333 or visit us online to purchase season tickets today!
TheatreSquared is a regional company of professional artists dedicated to producing exceptional theatre and innovative educational programs. The company produces locally in Northwest Arkansas at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios.
business office: 479.445.6333