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August 26, 2008    Extra Fiddler Auditions

***** NEW AUDITION SLOTS OPENED ***

Due to demand, we have decide to open up more slots on Wednesday Sept 10 & on the morning of Saturday Sept 13.

Please use the website to book your audition time or call 403-246-8505 (Extension 2).


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August 20, 2008    Auditions for Fiddler

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

Front Row Centre Players announces auditions for its second show of their 20th Anniversary 2008/2009 season!

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, written by Joseph Stein
Directed by George Smith

Musical Direction by Donna McCloskey

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

When:
Thursday September 11, 2008 7-10pm
Friday September 12, 2008 7-10pm
Saturday September 13, 2008 1-5pm
Callbacks will be Sunday Afternoon from 1-5 pm

Audition Requirements:

1) If you are auditioning for a Lead Role, please prepare one song from the show (or optionally one song of similar style). An accompanist will be provided, but keep in mind that any sheet music provided must be easily sight-read. Bringing a music track on CD or Tape is recommended (A CD/cassette player will be provided).

2) If you are not auditioning for a lead, please prepare a musical theatre song of your choice (not longer than 3 minutes).

3) You may be asked to cold read and/or do a movement audition so wear comfortable clothing and footwear that you can move in.

How to book your Audition:

To book an audition time slot, please follow the "Get Involved" link at http://www.frontrowcentre.ca. To change or cancel auditions, please call Front Row Centre Players at 403-246-8505.

About the show:

The touching story of Tevye and his daughters as they struggle with tradition in the face of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. Hum along to “Sunrise Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man” as we cut across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.

Show Run Dates:
January 9 to 24, 2009 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 are planned for Sundays 1-5pm, Mondays 7-10pm, Wednesday 7-10pm commencing on September 22nd (there is a chance an additional time will be added in Nov/Dec).

PLEASE NOTE: Front Row Centre Players is a community theatre presenting three major musicals each year. All participants in the process of putting together our shows are volunteers, from actors to directorial team to stage hands to the FRC Board. Cast are expected to be able to help, as needed, with such aspects as move-in, strike, etc.

Casting Requirements
TEVYE The Dairyman, comic, earnest, wise father
Age: 35 – 55 Baritone: Low A flat - High F

GOLDE Tevye's strong-willed wife
Age: 35 – 55 Mezzo-Soprano: Low A-E flat

TZEITEL Tevye's eldest daughter
Age:16-22 Mezzo-Soprano: Low B - D sharp

HODEL Tevye's next eldest daughter
Age:14-19 Mezzo-Soprano: Low B - E

CHAVA Tevye's middle daughter
Age: 12-15 Mezzo-Soprano: Low B-C

SHPRINTZE Tevye's 2nd youngest daughter
Age: 8 - 12

BIELKE Tevye's youngest daughter
Age: 6 - 9

YENTE The meddling matchmaker
Age: She won’t say Alto: Low F - mid E flat

MOTEL The young tailor
Age: 17–24 Baritone or Tenor: E - High F sharp

PERCHIK The strong-voiced student
Age: 17-24 Baritone: B - High E

LAZAR WOLF The brawny butcher.
Age: 45-65 Baritone, C - C

MORDCHA The Innkeeper
Age: Adult Male

RABBI Anatevka's Jewish spiritual leader
Age: Pretty darn old Baritone: G - C

MENDEL Rabbi's son
Age: 20-35 Baritone: B - E flat

AVRAM The Bookseller
Age: 20-35 Baritone: D-High E flat

NACHUM Age: 20-70 The Beggar

GRANDMA TZEITEL Golde's grandmother
Age: 50+ Mezzo-Soprano: C sharp - E flat

FRUMA-SARAH Lazar's Wolf's dead wife
Age: 50+ Mezzo-Soprano: C-E flat

CONSTABLE He runs the town for the Tzar
Age: 35-55

FYEDKA A young Russian
Age: 16-20 Tenor

SHAINDEL Motel's Mother
Age: 35-55

THE FIDDLER Must play the Fiddle… and climb rooftops

SASHA Fyedka's friend
Age: Young adult male

YUSSEL A Hatter
Age: Adult Male

VILLAGERS Russians & Jews


For more information

Email artistic@frontrowcentre.ca or call Front Row Centre Players at 403-246-8505 (Extension 2).


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August 16, 2008    GODSPELL Cast announced

Front Row Centre Players are proud to announce the cast of the upcoming production of GODSPELL. Prepare ye the way of the Lord from November 7 - 15 as, day by day, the following players will present this amazing show!

Jolene Anderson (Gilmer)
Kendra Braun (Sonia)
Omar Escobar (Herb)
Christine Horne (Christine)
Charlotte Loeppky (Peggy)
Jennifer Mikla (Robin)
Heather Smuda (Heather)
Darren Stewdill (Jeffrey)
Heimen Van Essen (Lamar)
Chris Willott (Judas)
Krista Willott (Joanne)
Janos Zeller (Jesus)

Congratulations to the cast and directorial team, and many thanks to all who auditioned!


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June 16, 2008    Godspell auditions POSTPONED

Please note that the auditions for Godspell scheduled for June 18 - 21 have been postponed until later this summer.

ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE BOOKED AUDITIONS WILL BE CONTACTED and we will give you first opportunity to choose audition times of your choice when auditions are rescheduled.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter! If you have any questions, please contact Joey Sayer, Artistic Director at artistic@frontrowcentre.ca.


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June 4, 2008    2008-2009 Season

Front Row Centre Players are celebrating 20 years as
Calgary’s Premier Community Musical Theatre Company

In 1987, the St. Giles Presbyterian Church Choir in Calgary presented a version of "Godspell". The success of this production inspired the performers to create a new musical theatre company.

Thus, Front Row Centre Players Society was born.

Twenty seasons and forty-five productions later, for our 2008-2009 season we’d like to take you back to where it all began…


GODSPELL - November 7 – 15 2008
Book by John Michael Tebelak, Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew
Directed by Shea Christie

A sparkling score by renowned composer & lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked & Enchanted) brings the parables of Jesus Christ to life. Laugh and cry with the cast of Godspell as they take you “Day by Day” through this unique reflection of the life of Jesus.
"Exhilarating… a rapid fire musical fun house" - New York Magazine



FIDDLER ON THE ROOF- January 9 – 24 2009
Book by Joseph Stein, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Music by Jerry Bock
Directed by George Smith

Join us as we celebrate “To Life” with the touching story of Tevye and his daughters as they struggle with tradition in the face of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. Hum along to “Sunrise Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man” as we cut across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.
"One of the unforgettable stage musical creations of modern Broadway history."
- Variety




GREASE - May 22 – June 6 2009
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed by Andrea van der Neut

Rydell High’s class of 1959 will take you through “Summer Nights” in their very own “Greased Lightning”. Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski will resolve the problems of their mutual attraction against a backdrop of pajama parties, proms, burger palaces and drive-in movies.
“The sheer energy of Grease carries all before it." - N.Y. Daily News.
SAVE MY SEAT! SEASON PASSES

Save Your Seat for Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof and Grease prior to November 1, 2008 and save more than 25%!

Adults $48 Save up to $17.25!
Students/Seniors $42 Save up to $14.25!

Prices include GST, $1.75/ticket Pumphouse Service Charge and a $2/ticket surcharge for our Rehearsal Space Fund.

Save your seat today by calling the Pumphouse Box Office at 403-263-0079 or e-mailing boxoffice@pumphousetheatre.ca


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February 12, 2008    Cast of The Wizard of Oz

Front Row Centre Players is pleased to announce the Cast of the Wizard of Oz:

Trish Beeney - Glinda / Auntie Em
Carl Bishop - Cowardly Lion / Zeke
Lowell Boland - Denizen of Oz
Jesse Bowen - Denizen of Oz
Emma Cole - Denizen of Oz
Hannah Duke - Denizen of Oz
Judy Dunsmuir - Wicked Witch of the West / Miss Gulch
Alyssa Durnie - Denizen of Oz
Cameron Gooderham - Denizen of Oz
Jeri Guenter - Denizen of Oz
Mike Johnson - Tin Man / Hickory
Andrew Lynch - Denizen of Oz
Natalie Mack - Dorothy Gale
Veronica Mack - Denizen of Oz
Heather Oystryk - Scarecrow / Hunk
Graham Phillips - Denizen of Oz
Gary Silberg - Palace Guard / Uncle Henry / Denizen of Oz
Andrew Smith - Wizard / Professor Marvel
Tracy Smith - Denizen of Oz
Kennedy Young - Denizen of Oz

Thank you to all who auditioned for the show, there were many tough decisions.

We look forward to presenting another fantastic show.

The Wizard of Oz plays at the Victor Mitchell Theatre at the Pumphouse Theatres from May 23 - June 7, 2008. Please call 263-0079 for tickets or visit us at http://www.frontrowcentre.ca.



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January 3, 2008    Auditions for The Wizard of Oz

************** 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 2007/2008 season!

THE WIZARD OF OZ
Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classical Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

Directed by Joey Sayer

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

When:
Saturday, January 26, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 27, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, January 28, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Sunday, February 3, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
CALLBACKS – Sunday, February 3, 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Audition Requirements:

1) One song of your choice that best show your vocal range. DO NOT USE A SONG FROM “THE WIZARD OF OZ”. An accompanist will be provided, but keep in mind that any sheet music provided must be easily sight-read. A CD/cassette player will be provided if you wish to bring a backing track.
2) One monologue of two minutes or less, either comic or earnestly heartfelt.

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

AUDITIONS MAY BE BOOKED BEGINNING JANUARY 12, 2008. No auditions will be booked before this time. Please note that the show will include a maximum of three children under the age of 12. The number of auditioners under the age of 12 will be capped at 20, whether or not all audition spots have been filled.

About the show:
Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination.

Show Run Dates:
May 23 to June 7, 2008 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
***PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MATINEE PERFORMANCE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 7

Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsals are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, to be confirmed once the show is cast. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin on February 12, 2008.

PLEASE NOTE: Front Row Centre Players is a community theatre presenting three major musicals each year. All participants in the process of putting together our shows are volunteers, from actors to directorial team to stage hands to the FRC Board. Cast are expected to be able to help, as needed, with such aspects as move-in, strike, etc.


Casting Requirements

- The Munchkins – Will include a maximum of three children. All other munchkins will be drawn from a variety of ages, genders and types. Munchkins will be involved in set changes and will also play Crows, Trees, Poppies, Citizens of Oz, Winkies, Jitterbugs, Winged Monkeys and other roles as required. A total of 15 munchkins will be cast.
- Dorothy Gale – May range in age from 11-12 to late teens, depending on vocal qualities and ability to handle the role. This role may possibly be double-cast.
- Hunk/Scarecrow – Dual role of Hunk, the farmhand and the Scarecrow. Strong song and dance man, 20s and up.
- Hickory/Tin Man – Dual role of Hickory, the farmhand and the Tin Man. Strong song and dance man, 20s and up.
- Zeke/Cowardly Lion – Dual role of Zeke, the farmhand and the Cowardly Lion. Strong comedic talent, 20s and up.
- Auntie Em/Glinda the Good Witch – Dual role, 30s and up.
- Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard – Dual role. This role does not feature any solo singing. 30s and up.
- Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West – Dual role. This role has limited solo singing. 30s and up.
- Professor Marvel/The Wizard – Dual role. This role does not feature any solo singing. 30s and up.


For more information

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


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October 23, 2007    An Important Announcement

SUMMARY
- FRC, Morpheus and Storybook are partnering to build/renovate a new
centre for community arts
- a $2 surcharge will be added to all FRC tickets beginning with Camelot sales


Fellow patrons of the arts,

As you may be aware, Front Row Centre Players, along with Morpheus
Theatre, Storybook Theatre and other theatre and dance groups,
currently rehearses and operates out of the Community Arts Centre in
the Currie Barracks. The Community Arts Centre of today was created
and renovated out of a partnership between Front Row Centre, Morpheus
Theatre and Storybook Theatre in 2001.

The lease on this building will expire in 2009 or 2010 and the
building is scheduled to be demolished at that time. If we do not
take immediate action, we will be relegated to rehearsing in Church
basements and the like once again. To avoid that fate we have again
taken up partnership with Morpheus and Storybook to acquire, build
and/or renovate a new centre for community arts

This is a huge commitment of time and money and we as a partnership
have opted to take several different options to try achieve the
financial commitments:

- We will begin a fundraising campaign that you will see the effects
of at our shows.
- We will be approaching all levels of government for funding
assistance in our project.

Most importantly for all of you, to help us achieve our targets we
have, together with our partners Morpheus Theatre and Storybook
Theatre, added a $2 surcharge to all ticket sales beginning with our
January production of Camelot.

This $2 will go entirely towards a capital fund for the new centre for
community arts.

Without a new space, we will not be able to create shows like we do
today, and I hope that you will forgive us this small increase to help
ensure our future in the community.

Effective immediately, individual ticket sales for Camelot and the
Wizard of Oz will be as follows:
Adult: $21.75
Student/Senior $18.75
Special Offers:
"12 Buck Tuesday", All Tuesday performances only $12
"Mature Matinees", All matinee performances, Seniors only $15
These prices include GST, the $2 rehearsal space surcharge and the
$1.75 Pumphouse Fee.
A group discount of $2 per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more.

Those who have already purchased season tickets will not be affected,
and tickets for our November production of Nine will also not be
affected.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project.

Thank for your continuing support. If you have any concerns, comments
or questions, please contact me directly at
president@frontrowcentre.ca, or leave a message at (403) 246-8505.

Yours sincerely,

FRONT ROW CENTRE PLAYERS SOCIETY

Darren Stewart, President
Front Row Centre Players Society
Calgary's Premier Community Musical Theatre Company
http://www.frontrowcentre.ca
(403) 246-8505


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