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From the Director: Kenn McLaughlin on ‘De Kus (The Kiss)’

by Stages Repertory Theatre on September 28, 2016

On a recent trip to Rotterdam, I was discouraged to learn that a world-renowned Cathedral was closed to the public on the one day I would be in the city. A kindly docent attempted to lift my spirits with tales of other important sites and she mentioned a place she loved as a little girl. She told me she hadn’t been to the place in forty years,  that she remembered riding her bike there as a child, and that she didn’t even quite know how you got there any more – or if there was any “there” left at all. But I was intrigued enough by her whimsical memories to set off without any map in the general direction of Delphs Harbor. 

It was a warm day and the city was bustling, crowded café conversations filling every street. I walked picturesque blocks and blocks that are likely never photographed. I went through a Chinatown, a Little India, Little Ireland. I passed a flock of rainbow flags and big seats of government. I walked along canals, past large public art displays and I stopped once read on...


Artist O’ the Week: Rachael Logue

by Stages Repertory Theatre on September 21, 2016

Have you met Rachael Logue? If you've seen any of the Wonderettes series, Dollhouse, Steel Magnolias or Grey Gardens, you probably have!

Currently Rachael is charming audiences as Cindy Lou ("the yellow one") in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On - playing at Stages through October 16. 

Rachael sat down and answered all the questions you've been dying to ask - see more, below:

Full given name: Rachael Drees Logue

Hometown: Kingsville, TX

Zodiac sign: Aries with a Virgo rising smile

Special skills: Some dialects, some basic guitar and piano skills, and a vast knowledge of musicals that came out pre 1975. 

First Broadway show ever saw: The Pirate Queen…Yes, I know, but Stephanie J. Block was phenomenal!

Favorite show tune: This is like Sophie’s Choice, but probably something from Funny Girl 

Last book you read: The Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes  

Favorite board game: Clue

Performer you would drop everything to go see: Barbra Streisand. Or Beyonce. Both Queen B’s

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Artist O’ the Week: Mark Ivy

by Stages Repertory Theatre on August 30, 2016

Houston, have you met Mark Ivy? You may have seen him in Life Could Be a Dream, Xanadu, Next to Normal, Girls Night and currently, Shear Madness. Here's everything you ever wanted to know about Mark (and more!)...

 

 

Full given name: Mark Herndon Ivy

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Zodiac sign: Aries

Audition song: “Cry for Me” from Jersey Boys

Special skills: General Beyoncé knowledge, can dance the “Single Ladies” routine to near perfection, can elongate neck, Chewbacca sounds, and a pretty decent dinosaur impression.

Favorite show tune: The "It's All Over/And I'm Telling You" sequence from Dreamgirls.

Most played song in your iTunes: Grown Woman by Beyoncé...

One album you couldn't live without: B'Day Deluxe Version - The first issued edition where it still had the cover from the Romeo + Juliet movie.

Last book you read: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it was pretty interesting read. A mash up of my two worlds.

Must-see TV show: I love House of Cards and read on...


Did You Know? Wonderettes edition

by Stages Repertory Theatre on August 15, 2016

6 Fun Facts About The Marvelous Wonderettes!

Did you know that The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On is the fourth in the Wonderettes series, and Stages has produced them all?

Did you know that the first play in the Wonderette saga, The Marvelous Wonderettes, opened at Stages in July 2010 and ran for a record-breaking 9 months in Stages' Arena Theatre?

Did you know that the holiday themed follow-up Winter Wonderettes proved so popular, Stages brought it back for a second consecutive holiday season?

Did you know that the cast has remained the same for ALL Stages Wonderettes productions? Holland, Rachael, Chelsea and Christina first came together as Wonderettes six years ago and have been fast friends in real life ever since.

Did you know that just like her character, Cindy Lou, actor Rachael Logue also left Houston several years ago to pursue a career in New York? We're glad to have her back for this Wonderettes World Premiere!

Did you know that two Wonderettes are also Honky Tonk Angels? Chelsea Ryan McCurdy and Holland Vavra join Kelley Peters for The Honky Tonk Angels at Miller Outdoor Theatre September 9th and 10th!

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On plays though September 18 in Stages' Arena Theatre. Click here for tickets or call 713.527.0123.


Young Actors Conservatory 2016

by Stages Repertory Theatre on June 06, 2016

FULL THROTTLE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE TRAINING

SPONSORS 
Nancy B. Willerson
United Airlines

The Young Actors Conservatory (YAC) is a unique summer intensive that offers conservatory-style training for Houston-area middle and high school students. Led by recognized theatre professionals, YAC master classes encourage participants to explore every facet of dramatic production.

Using a total immersion method, students develop scripts; create costumes, sets and props; design lights and sound; learn movement and voice techniques; and rehearse and perform roles. Building on what they’ve learned, students focus on a central theme to conceptualize, write, design and perform an original theatre piece, combining the students’ own material with texts taken from the work of well-known writers. The program culminates in a fully realized production of this work at Stages Repertory Theatre.

For 2016, Stages once again is proud to offer the high school session completely free of charge to all read on...


Stages 2016-2017 Season Auditions

by Stages Repertory Theatre on May 18, 2016

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR HOUSTON ACTORS

Stages Repertory Theatre will hold 2016-2017 Season Auditions for Houston actors are on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27. Auditions are for AEA and non-AEA adult actors, ages 18 and older. Auditions are by appointment only, and may be scheduled beginning Monday, May 16, 2016. Actors should prepare one monologue that is one to three minutes in length and bring a current headshot and resume. No phone calls please.

WHEN
Thursday, May 26
Friday,  May 27
By Appointment Only

WHERE
Stages Repertory Theatre
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77019

To obtain an appointment, e-mail contact information (name, phone number, and indicate whether you are a member of AEA) to jmorrison@stagestheatre.com on or after Monday, May 16, 2016.


From the Artistic Director: Subscribe Now for 2016-2017

by Kenn McLaughlin on April 22, 2016

Every moment of your life is an amalgam of innumerable choices: choices you have made, choices that others have made for you, and choices that rise from the ceaseless motion of the universe. The very act of reading this brief letter rises from such a confluence of choices. You stand right now at the busy intersection of what to do, what will happen and what can be. And you are not alone there. Plays, as the reflection of our lives, are built from a conspiracy of choices. The characters in a play interact with each other and the world through the choices they make—scene by scene, moment by moment. And we, the audience, witness the consequences of those choices with a desire to understand ourselves and others more fully. This is the bold ambition of great theatre. 

Our 2016-2017 Season shines a light on these defining moments. Take, for example, De Kus (The Kiss) a bold Dutch play about two strangers who decide to walk together in the darkening woods. Or consider a pair of young read on...


12 Lasting Impressions from 2015

by Kenn McLaughlin on December 31, 2015

At twelve o’clock tonight, we say hello to a new year, having bid 2015 a fond farewell. Twelve is the crossroads from what was to what can be. Reflecting on that, I took one last look back at twelve lasting impressions of Stages Repertory Theatre in 2015 – a backstage peek at the moments and experiences that will remain with me forever.

1. PANTO’S SOUL - On the first preview of Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen, 170 middle school students joined actor Nick Cuellar in singing a version of John Legend’s “All of Me,” a parody version in which Nick had one of the show’s prime solos. Instead of trying to out-sing them and save his solo, Nick brought his voice down to a whisper so the room was filled with children’s voices spontaneously singing from their hearts. It was one of those rare moments when the line between audience and artist is completely erased, and all that exists is pure communication. In an ironic twist, it was also the last time we ever heard that song – it was cut from the read on...