Theatre was my bag from an early age, and Theatre Memphis used to be one of my favorite places to perform. Every time I drive by Theatre Memphis, I feel a nudge to write about them for StyleBlueprint. This local organization is doing amazing things on stage and in the community. This leads me to ask you something … Do you need a creative outlet that brings your talents to the forefront while emphasizing fun and community involvement? Perhaps you sing in the church choir and would like to expand into the theatre? Maybe you used to love singing, acting or dancing, and now you have time to try it again? Theatre Memphis also depends on volunteers in a multitude of off-stage roles for every performance that you may enjoy as well.
Interested in trying out for upcoming shows? Here are two options! (Break a leg!) If you know you are not interested in auditioning, scroll down to Current Performances to get your StyleBlueprint discount code for tickets to Sylvia, an endearing comedy that is currently running on their black-box stage.
Auditions for Proof, by David Auburn and directed by Tracey Zerwig Ford
Performances: September 6 – 23, 2013 on the Next Stage
Description: Pulitzer Prize / Tony Award for Best Play. A young girl watched her mathematical genius father succumb to a mental illness. After his death, a discovery is made that he may have produced another brilliant proof in later life. His daughters will try to determine the authenticity of the discovered work. A beautifully written, moving play about loss and trust.
Audition Dates: Saturday, May 4 at 2:15pm; Sunday, May 5 at 5:15 pm; Monday, May 6 at 5:30 pm (callbacks) by invitation.
Auditions for The Royal Family, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber; directed by Jerry Chipman
Performances: August 16 – September 1, 2013 on the Lohrey Stage
Description: A Classic Comedy of Grand Proportions. Set in the home of Broadway’s most legendary acting family, conflict is always center stage as three generations of the Cavendish clan struggle with fame, egos and career-altering decisions. Outrageous road bumps and hilarious mix-ups are the daily fare for this eccentric, lovable group of stars and the supporting players in their lives. Life in the theatre triumphs in this affectionate look at “the show always going on.”
Auditions: Saturday, May 4 at 12:45pm; Sunday, May 5 at 5:15pm; Monday, May 6 at 5:30pm (callbacks) by invitation.
Further information about the cast of characters in each show and what to expect when auditioning or being cast in a production at Theatre Memphis may be found online at www.theatrememphis.org by clicking on the audition tab. Look in the left column under “Audition Tips.” If you have any further questions, contact
Amy Salerno Hale at [email protected] or 901.682.0518.
Note: If you are auditioning for both Proof and The Royal Family, it is advised that you audition on separate days.
The Lohrey Stage
Coming up on the Lohrey (main) Stage is the comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs (April 26 – May 12), a Neil Simon semi-autobiographical romp that follows a young man coming of age who is dealing with a search for his own identity. The season finale on the Lohrey Stage will be the musical Singin’ in the Rain (June 7 – 30). The ultimate feel good musical contains songs like Make ‘Em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the title song Singin’ in the Rain.
Sylvia on the Next Stage
This weekend, check out the final offering on Theatre’ Memphis’ Next Stage for this season, the endearing Sylvia (April 5 – 21), a comedy about a couple who take in a stray dog (which is played by an actress). Man’s best friend becomes the wife’s worst nightmare in this classic battle of wits. The “Next Stage” is a black-box theater experience with audience seating that can be redesigned for each performance. For this week’s production, it is arranged in a stadium-style arrangement.
Randall Hartzog, Director of Marketing and Communications for Theatre Memphis, is also the director of Sylvia. Aliza Moran, who is playing the role of Sylvia says, “This is the hardest role I have ever taken on. There are elements that need to be dog-like but it is such a human experience type of story. The audience has to believe me as a dog, but the dialogue is a real conversation between two beings who really care for one another.”
Special Discount for StyleBlueprint Readers!
Great news, theatre fans!! Theatre Memphis has shared a discount code for StyleBlueprint readers who want to see Sylvia this weekend. With the discount code of CARDLTSY, you will save $5 off of full-price adult tickets for Sylvia, (normally $23 would be only $18). Sylvia plays this Thursday night at 7:30, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and closes Sunday with a 2pm matinee. (Share this code with the box office, 901.682.8323, or if purchasing tickets online at www.theatrememphis.org, enter the code during checkout.)
Note: Randall wants to be sure we tell our readers that there is graphic language in this play. As cute as the play is, it is not for very young children. Contact the Box office with further questions about this advisory.
Need clever ideas for children of all ages this summer? Theatre Memphis offers the following camps. (One children’s performance is The Giving Tree. I have never made it through The Giving Tree book without tearing up. Pretty sure I will be bawling if I watch children perform it live!)
Silverstein’s Summer Shenanigan’s (June 17 – 21, 9am to 3pm, Cost: $175)
The Camp Showcase will be June 21 at 3 p.m. Don’t miss this wild journey through the heartfelt and hilarious world of Shel Silverstein! Students will be exposed to the art of theatre through movement, acting, and design (crafts). Group A (5 & 6 year olds) will perform a variety of poems. Group B (7 to 10 year olds) will also perform selected poems, as well as The Giving Tree. They will breathe life into a beloved story and show off on stage with wacky rhymes!
Following auditions (date TBA, but likely June 5 & 6, $50), a talented group of teenagers will rehearse from June 24 to July 12 from 10 to 1 for performances July 15 to 19 at 11 a.m. and July 20 & 21 at 2 p.m. (Title of production TBA.) Tickets to these performances will be open to the public. All participants will receive an allotment of complimentary tickets to share with friends and family.
Middle school and high-school students (ages 11 to 18) will have the opportunity to audition for a summer production and act alongside the professional actors of ShoWagon (the Theatre Memphis professional touring company). There will be management, tech and crew positions available for teens who are more interested in the behind-the-scenes study of theatre.
Tap your creative talents or get involved with a cornerstone organization in our community by exploring the roles you might play at Theatre Memphis! For more information, visit: www.theatrememphis.org