2015/16 SEASON

South Pacific
(Jun. 10 - 25)

 2016/17 SEASON

Iconic Broadway (Opera in the Village)
(Aug. 13 - 14)

Jekyll & Hyde
(Oct. 28 - Nov. 12)

Reefer Madness
(Jan. 6 - 21)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
(Mar. 24 - Apr. 8)

Little Shop of Horrors
(Jun. 9 - 24)
2016-2017 Season
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April 6, 2016    2016-2017 Design Team Applications

Front Row Centre is pleased to announce that submissions for production and design team members are open for our 2016-2017 season! As of today, we have only secured Directors and Producers for the shows in our upcoming season.
Contents of this Notice
  1. About FRC
  2. The roles we are seeking
  3. About the Shows
  4. How to Apply


About FRC
First off, please be aware that FRC is a volunteer based organization and we do not pay fees or honorariums for any of these positions. If you are a member of a union or other organization that puts restrictions on your ability to volunteer for us in this manner, please understand that we are not able to pay any fees stipulated by these organizations.
As a result we have a vision of each show having a supportive team with everyone being involved in as much as possible during the production period - or in other words the ideal that "we're all in this together" is what makes this a success. As such, we expect our designers to also be builders and shapers, but also that we will work as a cohesive, and - most importantly - fun team to pull the show together!
FRC recently celebrated our 25th Anniversary producing exclusively musicals in Calgary. Our rehearsals and performances are held at the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre.

Roles we are Seeking:
  • Stage Manager
  • Musical Director
  • Choreographer
  • Orchestra Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Props Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Hair & Makeup Designer
  • Projection Designer

We are also potentially looking for the following:
  • Assistant Directors
  • Assistant Musical Directors
  • Assistant Choreographers
  • Assistant Producers

We have descriptions for each role on our website at http://www.frontrowcentre.ca/volunteer/.

About the Shows

Jekyll & Hyde
Directed by Lindsay Kurtze, Produced by Jeff Diodati
Run Dates: October 28th - November 15th, 2016
Design/Production Period: Starts immediately

Jekyll and Hyde will be a period gothic musical paired with naturalism/realism drawn from its inspirational novella. Visually (and of course musically) the gothic side will be exposed. Due to Jekyll and Hyde's focus on duality, however, the gothic visuals/music beg for opposition. Therefore the acting style and the characters will be completely realistic. Hyde will not be a Monster, but a man "He gave an impression of deformity without a nameable malformation." (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)


Reefer Madness
Directed by Danielle Desmarais, Produced by TBA
Run Dates: January 6th - 21st, 2017
Design/Production Period: Starts approximately July

This satirical cult classic, based on the 1936 propaganda film of the same name, takes a darkly comedic look at the politically-charged topic of marijuana use. Looking for a fun, experienced, adventurous team to join me on my first dive into the directorial world! Reefer Madness is new, hilarious, fun and edgy musical that will be the ride of a lifetime! Want to be a part of something never been seen before in Calgary? Join me and my team for FRC's second show of the 2016-2017 season!


How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Directed by Jamie Eastgaard-Ross, Produced by Jenn Lanciault
Run Dates: March 24th - April 8th, 2017
Design/Production Period: Starts approximately September

The design influence for this show is an ultramodern-retro feel. Think an exaggerated and idealized vision of 60's modern chic. Think Jackie O., vibrant colours, sleek hairdos, minimalist lines, and high energy. Music and choreography should complement in their energy and "larger than life" feel.


Little Shop of Horrors
Directed by Jeff Diodati, Produced by Kristine Astop
Run Dates: June 9th - 24th, 2017
Design/Production Period: Starts approximately December

Get ready for a brand new look at one of musical theatre's "classics". This isn't your everyday Little Shop of Horrors! People may know the story, the music, and the plant. This production is going to bring a dynamic design concept to the stage, completely immersed in a comic book world. This concept will require an exciting and integrated design from costumes, set, & lighting, but more notably from makeup & hair, all to create a completely illustrated world and cast, bringing a comic book design to life. This exciting design aesthetic supports an incredibly catchy 1960's score from the writing team of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, stylized movement & dance, and iconic plant puppetry. Don't feed the plants! Feed your creativity and join the Little Shop team!


How to Apply
  1. Send an e-mail to designrecruitment@frontrowcentre.ca
  2. Indicate which positions and shows you are interested in
  3. If you are indicating a specific show or shows, please also indicate your willingness to consider the same position with the others
  4. Please include a brief summary of any relevant experience
  5. Don't forget contact information


Please send your e-mail by April 10th so that we can make decisions as soon as possible, in particular for Jekyll & Hyde.

Thank you for your interest in FRC, we are planning on having a great time producing a spectacular 2016-2017 season and hope that you can be a part!


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February 7, 2016    South Pacific - Meet the Cast!

We want to give a big thank you to all the people who came out to audition for South Pacific. You were all fantastic and didn't make any of our decisions easy. We are very proud of the cast we have and look forward to seeing them perform on stage!

ENS. NELLIE FORBUSH - Caitlin Karpetz
EMILE DEBEQUE - Mike Johnson
LT. JOSEPH CABLE - Fadi Saghir
BLOODY MARY - Rowena Romero
LUTHER BILLIS - Rich Davis
LIAT - Annie Limcango
CAPT. GEORGE BRACKETT - Tim Elliott
CMDR. WILLIAM HARBISON - Michael Burritt
NGANA - Monet Dupas
JEROME - JJ Peneranda
STEWPOT - Thompson Harper
ENS. DINAH MURPHY - Stefanie Barnfather
ENS. CORA MACRAE - Danielle Carrick
ENS. JANET MACGREGOR - Paige Fossheim
ENS. GENEVIEVE MARSHALL - Nicole Heide
SEABEE PROFESSOR - Daniel Ripley
SAILOR HERBERT QUALE - Scott Fea
SAILOR BOB MCCAFFREY - Valentin Zapien Mercado
SEABEE MORTON WISE/HENRY - Damion Duckett
SEABEE TOM O'BRIEN/LIEUTENANT BUZZ ADAMS/SHORE PATROL - TBA


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January 19, 2016    AUDITION NOTE: It's Good To Be Bad

It's Good to be Bad

Coordinated by Jamie Eastgaard-Ross
Musical Direction by Jenn Brown Clarke
MC'ed by Carl Bishop


Got a song you just need to get out and no show to sing it in? Well it’s that time again, Front Row Centre is holding our annual season announcement gala and we’d like you to take part!


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Bring your favourite musical theatre piece or two (preferably an upbeat and a downbeat song), give it your own special pizzazz, and we’ll see if it’s a good fit for the show. We are interested in solo numbers, and particularly duets and group numbers, so bring some friends!

Our theme for the Gala is Good and Evil. So you are welcome to tailor your selections to this theme (i.e. good, evil, good vs. evil, etc), but we are also open to selections that do not fit the theme.

You must provide sheet music for your piece in advance to our accompanist, Jenn, by dropping it off at the Box Office at Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre or e-mailing a scanned copy to jennbrownclarke@frontrowcentre.ca. No backing tracks or A Capella, as all performances will be accompanied by a small band at the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Members of Equity and ACTRA please note that as FRC produces shows on a volunteer, recreational basis, we will not pay any professional association fees, such as the fees stipulated by Equity’s Amateur Guest Artist policy, under any circumstances whatsoever.

WHERE:
Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre
375 Bermuda Dr NW (watch for signage)

WHEN:
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Monday February 8th, 2016
PLEASE NOTE: No callbacks required for this show.

REHEARSALS:
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 - 1pm to 5pm
Sunday, February 28th, 2016 - 4pm to 6pm (with the band)

PLEASE NOTE: There may be a dress rehearsal the day of the show. To be determined.

SHOW DATE:
March 12th, 2016
In the Mamdani Opera Centre (Formerly the Arrata Opera Centre)

BOOK YOUR AUDITION:
Visit our website at www.frontrowcentre.ca/auditions/


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January 9, 2016    Audition Notice - South Pacific

AUDITION NOTICE for FRONT ROW CENTRE PLAYERS

SOUTH PACIFIC

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by JAMES MICHENER

Directed by Joey Sayer
Musical Direction by Allie Higgins-Pompu
Choreography by Andrea Gleason
WHERE:
Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre
375 Bermuda Dr NW (watch for signage)

WHEN:
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 3:30-6:30 pm
Monday, February 1, 2016, 7-10 pm
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7-10 pm
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7-10 pm

CALLBACKS:
If required, Callbacks will be held on Saturday, February 6, starting at 6 pm.

SHOW RUN DATES:
June 10 – 26, 2016
In the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Members of Equity and ACTRA please note that as FRC produces shows on a volunteer, recreational basis, we will not pay any professional association fees, such as the fees stipulated by Equity’s Amateur Guest Artist
policy, under any circumstances whatsoever.

Please note that due to thematic material and plot requirements, the roles of BLOODY MARY and LIAT will be cast from auditioners able to convincingly portray characters of Asian descent. The roles of NGANA and JEROME will be cast from auditioners able to convincingly portray children of mixed Polynesian (or Melanesian)/French descent.

FOR THOSE INTERESTED ONLY IN THE NON-SINGING ROLES OF HARBISON and BRACKETT, please prepare a one- to three-minute monologue.

FOR CHILD ACTORS INTERESTED IN THE ROLES OF JEROME and NGANA, please prepare a song, as per below. Also, if possible, please prepare a couple sentences in French, as the characters will be singing and speaking French.

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN ALL OTHER ROLES, please prepare a one- to two-minute monologue, and prepare approximately 30 bars from a classic musical or from a WWII era song that focuses on range, ability, and interpretation. Everyone should also come prepared to do a range check (if needed).

Please bring a backing track (iPod/MP3 player or CD) or accompanist. No A Cappella please.

All auditioners (except for those ONLY interested in the roles of HARBISON,BRACKETT, NGANA and JEROME) will need to stay for a group dance audition held once per hour.

Please bring a photo & resume (photo does not need to be a professional headshot). Also please arrive with any potential rehearsal conflicts.

FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING AVAILABLE ROLES OR TO BOOK YOUR AUDITION visit our website at http://frontrowcentre.ca/auditions/


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November 30, 2015    The Cast of Catch Me If You Can

Front Row Centre Players is pleased to announce the cast of our upcoming production of Catch Me If You Can.

Frank Abagnale Jr: Bryan Smith
Carl Hanratty: Mike Sornberger
Frank Abagnale Sr.: Murray Melnychuk
Paula Abagnale: Judy Dunsmuir
Brenda Strong: Jenna Fraser
Carol Strong: Jill Howell-Fellows
Roger Strong/Jack Barnes: Bruce Fraser
Agent Branton: Cody Field
Agent Cod: Vincent Kanasoot
Agent Dollar: Izaha Cochran
Ensemble: Danielle Desmarais, Nicole Bouwman, Ginette Simonot, Ashlyn Beatty, Lyndsey Paterson, Nicole Heide, Alexander Moorman, Ethan Taylor, Jordan Dahl

Thank you to everyone who came out to audition!


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September 24, 2015    The Cast of The Who's Tommy

We are please to announce the cast of FRC's production of The Who's Tommy:
The list is available online at http://frontrowcentre.ca/show/20152016/TheWhosTommy/castlist/Cast/

Thanks to everyone who auditioned!


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August 10, 2015    Executive Committee Members Wanted for 2015-2016 Season!

The Front Row Centre Players Executive Committee is seeking passionate and committed individuals to join our team for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. We are currently looking to fill three Director positions.

We are seeking to fill:

- Fund Development Director (Job Description)

- Inventory Director (Job Description)

- Volunteer Director (Job Description)


Please be advised that there may be internal candidates under consideration for any or all of the Director positions above. The Directors will be selected prior to our AGM in September.

HOW TO APPLY:
No resume is required, please send a letter of interest, stating why you think you are appropriate candidate for any of these Director positions via e-mail to Darren Stewart, President, at president@frontrowcentre.ca.

The deadline to apply is August 20th, 2015.


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August 2, 2015    New Courses! Audition Prep - Jazz & Tap - Technical

FRC is pleased to launch our slate of courses for 2015-2016. To make registration easier, all classes are available for registration immediately!

First and most exciting is a new Audition Preparation course, which starts August 22nd and will finish in time for your audition for Tommy!
For more details, go to http://www.frontrowcentre.ca/workshops or click on the poster for our brochure.



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July 20, 2015    The Cast of the Mystery of Edwin Drood

FRC is pleased to announce the cast of Edwin Drood!

Mr. Philip Bax
WAITER/BAZZARD
Johann Wentzel
Chairman William Cartwright
MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA
Clark Adams
Miss Janet Conover
HELENA LANDLESS
Allie Higgins-Pompu
Mr. Nick Cricker
DURDLES
Janos Zeller
Master Nick Cricker Jr
DEPUTY/SATYR
Harrison Bentley
Mr. Victor Grinstead
NEVILLE LANDLESS
Thompson Harper
Mr. Cedric Moncrieffe
REV. MR. CRISPARKLE
Steven Eastgaard-Ross
Miss Alice Nutting
EDWIN DROOD/DICK DATCHERY
Chelsea Wellman
Mr. Clive Paget
JOHN JASPER
Jeffrey Diodati
Miss Deirdre Peregrine
ROSA BUD
Nicole Heide
Miss Angela Prysock
THE PRINCESS PUFFER
Donna Barnfield
Miss Violet Balfour
SUCCUBUS/MAID
Vicki Trask
Miss Christine Lyon
SUCCUBUS/MAID
Tanis Laatsch
Miss Florence Gill
FLO/SUCCUBUS/MAID
Christine Mooney
Mr. Montague Pruitt
HORACE/SHADE (JASPER) /WAITER
Connor Goodfellow
Miss Gwendolyn Pynn
BEATRICE/SUCCUBUS/MAID
Tarryn Harris
Stage Manager J. Throttle
CITIZEN OF CLOISTERHAM
Jacqueline Reid
Miss Isabel Yearsley
WENDY/ CITIZEN
Maddy Quinn


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