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Quarterly Newsletter of Theatre in the Woods, Ltd.
AUDITIONS: June 3 & 5, Callbacks June 7
by Arthur Miller
by Donna Barnes Haesemeyer
Copies are generally available in school and public libraries. Especially if you are auditioning for one of the lead roles, it would be helpful if you could attend both auditions so that you have the opportunity to read with a variety of people. Those of you auditioning for one of the teenage girls’ roles, should plan to attend the June 5 audition as that is also one of the audition dates for the summer Youth Theatre production (see pg. 4 for times and details). This gives you the opportunity to audition for TWO productions. A read-through and a couple of Saturday morning discussion sessions as well as costume fittings will be scheduled for early summer. Rehearsals will begin in earnest right after Labor Day. Volunteers are also needed for set construction, costuming, light and sound. Contact the director, Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer, at 715 468-7277 or e-mail at email@example.com for further information. Theatre in the Woods’ production of The Crucible will take the stage at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre Friday, October 24- Sunday, October 26 and Friday, October 31- Sunday, November 2.
Upcoming for the fall is TitW’s production of Arthur Miller’s American classic drama,The Crucible. Auditions for the production will be held at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre in Shell Lake on Tuesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled for Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. The Crucible is set in 17 -century Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witchcraft trials. A man finds himself caught in the conflict between preserving his own good name and saving the life of his wife, who has been falsely accused as a witch. The drama portrays the conflict between the state’s rights and an individual’s rights to privacy and freedom of speech. Miller wrote the play during the McCarthy period, and the allegory is as topical today as it was in the 1950s. The cast includes 10 males and 10 females, including a number of teenage girls. Reading the play before the audition is strongly recommended.
Want to be involved in a Theatre in the Woods production, but the spotlight gives you stage fright? Many people who are never seen on stage participate in our productions. We urgently need volunteers to assist with our fall production of The Crucible. We need people to cut and sew costumes, people to build the set, people to distribute posters. Even if you have never tried anything like this before, lend a hand! Come join us in the fun of putting together a show for the stage. You might enjoy it so much that you come back again and again!
Scene at the Quam...
by Samuel Beckett
Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer as Winnie Bob Olsgard as Willie Carolyn Burnett, Director
A dandy new roof for the Quam and the Shop!
PIZZA & a PLAY Sunday, April 6
THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller
by Tom Smith March 6-8 and 14-16
Directed by Roger Sweeney
Fifteen people were at the reading. Shirley Hile up front wearing a light sweater - moving clock-wise John Cook, Carol Seehafer, (Marie Sweeney) Janet Rowny, Jessica de la Cruz, Marie Shipley, Karen Kaufman, Emily Organ, Donna BarnesHaesemeyer, Pat Berry, Jay Hands, Beverly Stencel, Chuck Okonek. L to R: Rhonda Tisdel, Dave McNulty, Joe Vanda, Patricia Schifferd, Emily Vanda, Susan Damman, Kathy Brihn, Larry Damman
The Costume Connection
- musings of a wannabe costume goddess
by Megan Conners
to do here! You would not believe the stuff we lugged around and loaned to each other. The e-mails were flying furiously back and forth….Hey do you have a…or I need some…any ideas…(What did we do before e-mail?). It has been a pleasure working with Diane and Pattye. We are truly kindred spirits when it comes to costuming. Well, after our sort-a-thon, we decided to treat ourselves to dinner and had so much fun discussing past shows, future shows, and some really uncanny connections from all our pasts! I am fortunate to know these very organized women, and by the way, both have costume rooms to die for, I am so jealous. We have been having a great time connecting with friends from our own theaters, meeting and collaborating with each other’s theaters, and enjoying knowing that life is all about connecting with others and helping each other achieve common goals… we’re all in this together. So my challenge to you reading this is come on over and connect with all of us. Theater is a fun place and we really need volunteers to keep the connection going.
In these times of cutbacks due to our struggling economy (like that’s a news flash), a little known connection has formed - the networking between three theaters in the area in regard to costuming/ props. Hey, it just makes sense for us to share ideas, recycle; beg, borrow, steal (just kidding it sounded good). Actually, ETC (Enrichment Through Culture) in Cumberland and their costume goddess exceptionale, Diane Thorp, and one of TitW’s costumers (myself) have collaborated on the lending of costumes for quite some time. Our newest connection is NSTC (Northern Star Theatre Company) in Rice Lake and their costume goddess extraordinaire, Pattye Miller. These past few months have been busy for all three of our theaters. NSTC with Les Miserables (over 52 talented teens with multiple costume changes), ETC with Cumberland High School doing Guys and Dolls (lots of talented teens also), and TitW with Drinking Habits (6 nuns, 3 priests, 1 cardinal, to say the least). We had some challenging things
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Ladies and Gentlemen, your attention please, the Entertainment Committee is pleased to announce that Saturday, Secptember 27, 2008 will be the date of our “Pretty Good Party” to be held at the Quam. Yes, the party of the year will once again occur. Come one, come all! We’ll have the usual pretty good entertainment, pretty good food, and lots of pretty good friends to catch up with as we celebrate our past season and look forward to what is in store for (drum roll please) our 19th season! More to follow on time and how to RSVP. So get your calendars out and mark this date down now, it will be pretty bad if you miss it.
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Vol. XIV AUDITIONS: June 4 & 5
by the TitW Youth Theatre Drama Club
by Emily Hagen
familiar characters on his journey and learns what it takes to be a good king, but will he even discover the way back to his own time? The production camp will take place from 2pm-5pm Monday through Friday the weeks of June 16-20 and 23-27. Performances will be at 7 pm on Fri., June 27 and Sat., June 28 and a matinee performance at 2 pm on Sun., June 29. Auditions for Excalibur: The Once and Future Sword will take place on June 4 and 5 at 5:30 pm at the Quam . Roles are suitable for young actors ages 7-18. Assistant Director and Assistant Stage Manager opportunities are also available.
Upcoming Events at Erika Quam Theater Call 468-4387 for Reservations June 3 & 5 Crucible auditions 6:30 p.m. June 4 & 5 Excalibur auditions 5:30 p.m. June 7 Crucible callbacks 10:00 a.m. June 10 Monthly Meeting 7:00 p.m. June 16-20 & 23-27 Youth Theatre Camp 2-5 p.m. June 27 & 28 Excalibur 7:00 p.m. June 29 Excalibur 2:00 p.m. July 8 Annual Picnic & Monthly Meeting 6:00 p.m. August 9 Quam Day 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. August 12 Monthly Meeting 7:00 p.m. September 6 Small Potatoes in concert 7:30 .pm. September 9 Monthly Meeting 7:00 p.m. October 4 Roxy Cruz in concert 7:30 .pm. Oct. 24-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2 The Crucible TBA
A Teenager, a King, and a Sword of Destiny
Directors Emily Vanda and Emily Hagen proudly announce this year's summer Youth Theatre production, Excalibur: The Once and Future Sword. Inspired by their recent foray into the playwright's territory (Robin of Loxley, 2007), they've expanded the scope of the Youth Theatre experience by challenging the Drama Club, formed by past Youth Theatre participants, to write this year's play! The script for Excalibur has been four months in the making, and the participants have spent time researching the Arthur Pendragon legend and created a modern retelling that will impress theatre fans and Arthurian scholars alike. Our story: While studying with Merlin in preparation for his coronation, Arthur complains about his lack of a normal childhood and is accidentally transported to the future. He finds himself in a modern high school, where he can remain and experience life as a normal teen, or try to return to his kingdom and accept the throne. He meets many
“Despite the benefits of arts education, 19% of Wisconsin school districts were forced to eliminate class sections or entire courses in the areas of art, music, band and orchestra last school year, superintendents reported.” Wisconsin Education Association Council
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