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August 15, 2007    Camelot Auditions

Audition Notice

Front Row Centre Players announces auditions for its second show of the 2007/2008 season, Camelot!

Written by Alan Jay Lerner, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, directed by Richard Michelle-Pentelbury.

Where:
The Community Arts Centre at the Currie Barracks (2633 Hochwald Ave S.W.) in either the FRC or Morpheus Studio (watch for signage).

When:
September 4 and September 5, 2007, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, September 8, 2007, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Callbacks:
September 8, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Audition Requirements:
Chorus - prepare a short selection of a song from a musical, as well as a five to eight line part of a monologue, and be prepared to dance.

Lead - prepare a song from the show, a short monologue, and be prepared to dance.
NOTE: You will be expected to attend a dance audition as part of the audition procedure. In the evenings they will be scheduled for a 20 minute period at 7:40 and 9:00 pm. On the Saturday afternoon they will be scheduled for a 20 minute period at 12:50, 2:50 and 4:40 – you are asked to attend one of these scheduled dance auditions closest to the audition time you have booked.

How to book your Audition:
To book an audition time slot, please follow the “Get Involved” links at http://www.frontrowcentre.ca/ or call Front Row Centre Players at 403-246-8505.

About the Show:
Camelot – a fairy tale made real for Adults! A nervous King Arthur tries to cajole Merlyn, his teacher, to tell him about Guenevere the future Queen. Merlyn knows the future, as he lives from the future into the present. He grows younger instead of aging. Upon her arrival Guenevere dodges the awaiting crowds and hides as she sings The Simple Joys of Maidenhood. Arthur and Guenevere accidentally meet in the forest and are delighted to find they are charmed with each other. The wonderfully placid Camelot, where royal decree sets the tone, becomes the set for a story of love and chivalry. Especially when Guenevere meets Lancelot!

Show Run Dates:
January 11 – 26, 2008 on the Victor Mitchell Stage at the Pumphouse Theatre.
Evening Shows: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7:30 pm
Matinee Shows: Sat and Sun at 2:00 pm

Rehearsal Schedule:
Rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Rehearsals will begin September 10th.

Roles Available:
Total of 35 cast members: 16 men of all ages, 16 women of all ages, 1 boy - ages 8-10, 2 boys.
For more information:
E-mail artistic@frontrowcentre.ca or call Front Row Centre Players at (403) 246-8505.


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July 31, 2007    Nine - The Musical Cast

Front Row Centre Players is thrilled to announce the cast for our first show in the 2007-2008 season, Nine - The Musical.
Book by Arthur Kopit. Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston.
Adaptation from the Italian by Mario Fratti.
Directed by Colleen Bishop

Our incredibly talented cast is:
Guido Contini - Brian Holiday
Luisa Contini - Allison Roth
Carla Albanese - Ashlyn Peneycad
Claudia Nardi - Stefanie Lyall
Guido's Mother - Debbie Wicks
Liliane LaFleur - Jutah Hinds
Lina Darling - Carly McKee
Stephanie Necrophorus - Diane Huynh
Our Lady of the Spa - Carlyn Miller
Mama Maddelena - Judy Dunsmuir
Sarraghina - Nicole Owen

The Italians - Tyne Johnston (Guilietta) Christy Denike (Diana) Tayla Clarke (Renata), Bobbi Goddard (Maria)

The Germans - Elaine Torrie (Olga), Linda Delaney (Ilsa)

Little Boys - Brock Reid & TBA

Thank you to everyone who auditioned!

Nine - The Musical runs November 9-17, 2007 at the Pumphouse Theatres - Victor Mitchell theatre. Call 263-0079 for tickets or online at www.pumphousetheatres.ca

We hope to see you out for the auditions for our next show, Camelot. Camelot auditions will run the September 4th, 5th and 8th 2007. Watch our website at www.frontrowcentre.ca for full details and to register for your audition.



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July 19, 2007    FRC 2007 CAT Award Nominations

Front Row Centre Players is thrilled to announce our nominees for the 2007 Calgary-ACTS CAT Awards.

Front Row Centre is the top-nominated musical-producing company with an outstanding total of 31 nominations! Chicago with 14 nominations and Little Shop of Horrors with 9 nominations lead the way. Ultimately, with Oklahoma!, Chicago and Little Shop of Horrors all nominated for both Best Musical and Best Performance by Chorus or Ensemble, we are proud and thrilled to have had such wonderful and talented cast, crew and orchestra involved in our fantastic season.

The FRC Nominations are:
Outstanding Costume Design
Frank MacLeod - Chicago
Frank MacLeod – Little Shop of Horrors

Outstanding Lighting Design
Paul Hilton & John Nairn - Chicago

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical
Nikki Barran as Hunyak /Velma Kelly Understudy - Chicago
Janelle Cooper as Matron Mama Morton - Chicago
Tanis Laatsch as Ado Annie /Gertie Cummings - Oklahoma!
Caitlynne Medrek as Ado Annie /Gertie Cummings - Oklahoma!

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical
Carl Bishop as Mr. Mushnik - Little Shop of Horrors
Lindsay Robinson as Orin Scrivello - Little Shop of Horrors
Gary Silberg as Amos Hart – Chicago
Bryan Smith as Will Parker - Oklahoma!

Outstanding Musical Direction
Brian Holiday – Chicago
Mary-Anne Wilson – Little Shop of Horrors

Outstanding Choreography or Stage Fight
Karen Iwanski - Oklahoma!
Angela Woodard with Jodi Harrison – Chicago

Outstanding Performance by a Chorus or Ensemble
Chicago
Little Shop of Horrors
Oklahoma!

Outstanding Sound Design or Composition
Andrea Katz – Chicago

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Michael Brown – Chicago
Faith Marie Casement – Oklahoma!
Joey Sayer – Little Shop of Horrors

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Jenifer Pope as Roxie Hart – Chicago
Angela Woodard as Velma Kelly – Chicago

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Justin Crowe as Curly McLain - Oklahoma!
Dave Gagnier as Seymour Krelborn - Little Shop of Horrors
Carman Portelli as Billy Flynn - Chicago
Levon Yon as Seymour Krelborn - Little Shop of Horrors

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Chicago
Little Shop of Horrors
Oklahoma!

Thank you everyone!

Front Row Centre Players Board of Directors


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February 24, 2007    Little Shop Cast Announced!

The Front Row Centre Players are proud to announce the cast of our upcoming production of "Little Shop of Horrors", being presented in May/June 2007. The show will be directed by Joey Sayer, with music direction by Mary Anne Wilson and choreography by Karen Iwanski-Doutre.

The cast is as follows:
(Please note: the role of Seymour has been double cast, sharing the role 50/50.)
Seymour - Dave Gagnier
Seymour - Levon Yon
Audrey - Christine Horne
Orin Scrivello, DDS - Lindsay Robinson
Mr. Mushnik - Carl Bishop
Audrey II (Voice) - Chris Willott
Crystal - Krista Vander Neut
Ronnette - Heather Ostryk
Chiffon - Lindsey Paterson

Congratulations to the cast and thanks to all who auditioned.


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January 30, 2007    Audition Notice

*** A U D I T I O N N O T I C E ***

Front Row Centre Players announces auditions for its final show of the 2006/2007 season! Little Shop of Horrors
Books and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Joey Sayer

Where:
The Community Arts Centre at the Currie Barracks
(2633 Hochwald Ave S.W.) in the FRC Studio

When:
Wednesday February 14 - Friday February 16 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday February 17 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Callbacks on Sunday, February 18, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Audition Requirements:

1) One humourous song and one Broadway ballad of your choice that best show your vocal range. Please bring sheet music in the correct key or CD/Tape backing track.
An accompanist and CD/TAPE deck will be available.

How to book your Audition:
To book an audition time slot, please follow the “Join a Show” links at http://www.frontrowcentre.ca/ or call Front Row Centre Players at 403-246-8505.

About the show:
Little Shop Of Horrors is the story of Seymour Krelborn, a meek Skid Row florist who makes a Faustian pact with a tiny plant in order to win the heart of Audrey, the girl he loves. While Audrey doesn't notice the romance blooming between them, she does recognize the moneymaking potential of the exotic little plant. Soon money pours in and Seymour becomes a celebrity, but behind the glamour and fame lies a secret Seymour can't reveal - this strange and unusual plant's favorite food is human blood. As the plant grows, its demands for food grow too, and Seymour starts to suspect that the plant might have an agenda larger than light and soil. Little Shop of Horrors includes such well-known musical numbers as "Somewhere That's Green," "Suddenly Seymour" and the title song “Little Shop of Horrors”.

Show Run Dates:
May 25 to June 9, 2007 on the Victor Mitchell Stage at the Pumphouse Theatre.
Evening Shows: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7:30pm
Matinee Shows: Sat and Sun at 2:00pm

Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsals will be Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons, to be confirmed once the show is cast. Rehearsals will begin March 2007.



Casting Requirements

- Seymour Krelborn – Our insecure, naďve, put-upon florist’s clerk hero. Above all, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. He is not a silly, prat-falling nerd, and therefore should not be played as the hero of a Jerry Lewis film.
- Audrey –The Billie-Dawn-like secret love of Seymour’s life. If you took Judy Holiday, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe and Goldie Hawn, removed their education and feelings of self-worth, dressed them in spiked heels and a low-cut black dress and them shook them up in a test tube to extract what’s sweetest and most vulnerable – that’d be Audrey.
- Mr Mushnik – Their boss. A failure of an East Side florist. His accent is more middle class New York than Eastern European. He seldom smiles but often sweats.
- Orin – A handsome dentist with a black leather jacket and sadistic tendencies. He is not, however, a leftover from the movie version of Grease. Think instead of an egotistical pretty-boy – all got up like a greaser but thinking like an insurance salesman and talking like a radio announcer. (The actor who plays him also plays A Voice Not Unlike God’s, Wino #2, Customer, Radio Announcer, Mr. Bernstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip and Patrick Martin.)
- The Plant (Audrey Two) – An anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado. It has a huge, nasty-looking pod which gains a shark-like aspect when open and snapping at food. This creature is played by a series of increasingly large puppets, manipulated by one Puppeteer (who also plays Wino #1). The first time we see The Plant, it is less than one foot tall. The last time we see it, it fills much of the stage.
- Voice of the Plant - Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone. The voice is very Motown-based, street-smart, funky, conniving and villainous – Rhythm and Blues’ answer to Richard the Third.
- Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon – Three female street urchins who function as participants in the action and a Greek Chorus outside it. They’re hip, smart and the only people in the whole cast who really know what’s going on. In their Greek Chorus capacity, they occasionally sing to the audience directly. And when they do, it’s often with a “secret-smile” that says: “we know something you don’t know.”



For more information

Email artistic@frontrowcentre.ca or call Front Row Centre Players at 403-246-8505.


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December 3, 2006    Call for Directors, 2007-2008

OPEN CALL FOR DIRECTORS IS NOW CLOSED.

Thank you to all who submitted proposals... The interest has been overwhelming. The new season will be great, however it shapes out.

The season will be approved at the January Front Row Centre Playes Board Meeting, and will be announced in early February.

Thank you for helping make FRC such a huge success! --Joey Sayer, Artistic Director.

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FRONT ROW CENTRE PLAYERS

OPEN CALL FOR DIRECTORS, 2007-2008 SEASON

Front Row Centre Players invites directors to make proposals for shows to be produced during our 2007/2008 season. We encourage directors experienced in musical theatre to submit proposals (following the guidelines below) to Joey Sayer, Artistic Director.

FRC produces three musicals each year ("Oklahoma!", "Chicago" and "Little Shop of Horrors" in our current season; "Leader of the Pack", "Evita" and "Hair" in our previous season) and has produced musicals for nearly 20 years.

For our current season, we are looking for shows that will create an exciting and balanced roster. Ideally, we want two potential blockbuster shows and a show that may be lesser-known but will entertain, inspire and deserves to be produced. One show is ideally a "Hot!" show, which explores more mature themes (i.e, "Chicago", "Hair", "A New Brain", "Company"). Thus, the sky is the limit for possibilities.

Please follow the guidelines below to propose shows.

1) Proposals must include the following information:

* Name of Director
* Experience of director with musical theatre and other related experience
* Name of Show
* Composer/Lyricist/Book Writer of Show; other creative credits, as well as rights holder (if known)
* Brief Description of Show
* Director's Vision for the show
* Hot! or not?
* Potential Cast Size of show, with male/female ration
* Possible member of directorial creative team (if known)
* Potential size of band/orchestra
* Potential special effect/technical considerations
* Any other comments or considerations

2) Proposals are to be emailed to Joey Sayer, Artistic Director of Front Row Centre Players, at artistic@frontrowcentre.ca. Any questions can also be sent to this email address.

3) Proposals must be received by midnight, December 31, 2006 to be considered.

All proposals will be considered by the artistic director, and recommendations will be put for to the FRC Board early in the new year to be made official.

Thank you for your interest in Front Row Centre Players!


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