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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!
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.
Thursday, May 26
Friday, May 27
By Appointment Only
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 firstname.lastname@example.org on or after Monday, May 16, 2016.
This month we open The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a critically acclaimed play that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and deals with hugely relevant questions about race, socioeconomics, the media and popular entertainment.
Oh, and it's about wrestling.
That's right - we've got a 14-foot professional wrestling ring installed in the middle of our Yeager Theatre. The actors actually had to learn to wrestle like the pros, including mastering a crazy, kind of dangerous move called the Powerbomb. We've been working with two fantastic partner organizations, Doomsday Wrestling and Horse Head Theatre Co., to create a full-on wrestling+theatre event with pre-show wrestling matches, photo opportunities in the lobby and a gallery of vintage-inspired wrestling posters. Oh, and free popcorn.
It's gonna be A-MAZ-ING.
But still, we understand that some of our audiences might wonder why we're doing a wrestling show, or what prompted Kristoffer Diaz to write a play set in that read on...
I program a season much like the construction of a great play. Thus, we open big, take some twists and turns along the way, pause somewhere in the middle to reflect more intimately on some core themes, and finish with a huge finale that seeks to create a larger context for everything we’ve done. The entire 2014-2015 season has been about great risk and great courage. Every play this year has asked us to dare and to trust. With Mack and Mabel, we risk more and reach farther than we ever have. And at this very moment, we are preparing the show to be performed in Houston for the first time in more than 20 years.
In the midst of our tech process, I am filled with emotions as we craft, shape and challenge ourselves to bring the play alive. And while the complexity of the production is staggering at times, the dominant emotion I feel is joy. There read on...
Gertrude Fail (Courtney D. Jones): thoughtful, independent, loyal
Jenny June Fail (Brittany Halen): spirited, determined, water-loving
Nelly Fail (Nina L. Garcia): fizzy, joyous, whimsical
Failure: A Love Story opens this week, and we wanted to know a little more about what it's like to be a dazzling-but-doomed Fail sister. Here's what we learned:
What was your favorite part of the process on this show?
Courtney/Gerty: This beautiful story has immediately transported me back to the days when I believed in all things make-believe! I was that kid who had the biggest imagination, building forts and all kinds of stuff. As I get older the Virgo in me sometimes doesn't let my imagination live and breathe, and this story plays to all of that. It's been wonderful to live in the land of make-believe again.
Brittany/Jenny June: Discovering, creating, and playing - especially with such a wonderful team of people!
Nina/Nelly: My favorite part of this adventure has been taking read on...
Calling All Flamingo Artists!
Have you, or a friend or loved one, long aspired to decorate a plastic flamingo for the holidays? YES?!?!? Then my oh my, have we got a project for you!
In celebration of the true spirit of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, we'll be decorating our lobby with DIY holiday-themed flamingos created by artists, our staff and board and YOU!
If you'd like to participate, just send us an email to reserve your "blank" flamingo, then stop by Stages and pick it up, art-ify it any way you want for the holidays, and return it by November 8 to be considered for the display.
Because nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like a bedazzled plastic flamingo with a light-up Santa hat.
But wait, there's more!
We'll also be decorating our Trailer Park Christmas tree with DIY/found-object ornaments. Think beer can reindeer and a cigarette carton nativity and you'll be in the right ball (er, trailer) park. So if you need an excuse to throw back another six-pack, go ahead and turn those empties into Trailer Park Christmas magic and drop them on our doorstep!
In conjunction with our current production of Ira Levin's thriller Veronica's Room, we're thrilled (ooh, see what we did there?) to host an exhibit of work by artist Robert Dampier in our lobby gallery. A Houston native who now resides in Galveston, Robert uses found objects to create stunning new works of assemblage, painting, sculpture and collage.
A selection of Robert's work is on display in the Stages lobby through November 3. Lobby hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and 12:00 - 6:00 PM Saturday-Sunday. The lobby is also open before and during Stages performances. You can view Robert's work and learn more about his approach on his website.
Teresa Zimmermann stars as The Girl in Stages' fall thriller Veronica's Room, which runs October 9 - November 3. We chatted with Teresa about the show, theatre life, and her love of karaoke.
Teresa, when did you know a life in the theatre was the one for you?
I can't say that there was any specific point in time that validated what I was doing. It happens every now and then, like in the middle of a productive rehearsal, opening or closing night, when I'm looking at old photographs of my parents performing, or when my dad sees a show multiple times or researches the play before I get the chance to tell him about it. College also helped develop this feeling. There I found friends that I'll always consider to be sort of... soul-mates. Feeling as though we're cut from the same cloth and in the same industry is particularly reassuring that I must be doing something right!
What has surprised you most about Veronica's Room?
Given the dark content in this piece, I was expecting read on...