The Merc Playhouse invites you to the Tom Zbyszewski Children's Theater production of
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Roald Dahl's Fantasy Adventure for Children
Dramatized by Sally Reid
Directed by Jane Orme
Presented by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois
March 18 - 20 & March 24 - 27
Thur-Sat @7:00pm • Sun @2:00pm
Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime
Thur March 24th is Admission by Donation
Adult: $18 • Youth: $5
Ticket Sales Open March 1. Advance ticket sales only due to reduced capacity audience size.
Please check back here when ticket sales open for covid guidelines.
ABOUT THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were nonetheless equally mean
And so begins another enchanting Roald Dahl tale concerning the extraordinary adventures of three nasty farmers, two curious creatures, a family of foxes, and our hero—a most fantastic fellow! Come cheer on Mr. Fox and his friends, the Badgers, Moles, Rabbits and Weasels, as they refuse to be thwarted by Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox will serve up a feast perfectly fitting for Mrs. Fox’s proclamation, “My husband is one fantastic fox!”
We are bringing FOX back and we need cast members!
The Tom Zbyszewski Children's Theater is excited to once again produce Fantastic Mr. Fox! We are holding auditions for approximately 6 parts.
WHEN: Monday, December 13th OR Tuesday, December 14th @ 4:00
WHERE: The Merc Playhouse
WHO: All children ages 8 and up who would like to participate!
No experience necessary.
WHAT TO KNOW:
**You must fill out an audition form and sign up for an audition day. Download the form below, fill it out, and return it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Sign up for either day and return your form by Wednesday, Dec 8th.
**Parents will drop actors off to audition on their designated day at 4:00 PM.
**Everyone coming into auditions must wear a mask! You will wear this mask throughout the audition.
**This is a closed audition. Family members will be asked to wait outside or come back for pick up when the audition is over. When we know how many actors to expect each day, we can tell you approximately how long auditions will last.
**You will be given pages to read at the audition. No previous experience or prepared readings necessary. Just come ready to get creative and have fun!
**Actors who were cast in the show in 2020 are not re-auditioning. They will attend auditions for the director to see how the ensemble fits together, but they have parts. There are about 6 remaining parts open to fill. This is a very unusual circumstance and we regret that there are not an abundance of parts for new actors to our program. We hope to provide summer programming to include and encourage new participants, especially those who have been waiting so patiently to turn 8 years old! That said, we encourage EVERYONE who is interested to come out and audition and give it a try.
**Performance dates are March 18th - 27th (Thurs - Sun).
Questions? Call 509-997-7529 or email!
The Merc is seeking submissions for
We are planning our first post-pandemic production at The Merc and we want stories!
YOUR stories. What did 2020 mean to you? What made the greatest impact on your life? What did you learn? What would you like to share with an audience?
We plan to bring audiences back together in the theater to hear what happened in different corners of our community during the pandemic. We hope your stories connect, inspire, entertain, and teach us.
Submit your writing, video, or sound recording via email by August 30th
OR, don't like email?
Wed, August 11th or Wed, August 25th
6:00 - 8:00 PM
@Yourspace in Building N on Twispworks Campus
Submissions must be less than 5 minutes.
Submissions will be curated and directed and then presented in a multi-media Reader’s Theater performance the weekend of October 14th – 17th. Participants will work with the director to edit submissions and/or rehearse as necessary for final presentation. The director will use his artistic vision while collaborating with participants to create an engaging production for audiences to experience: LIVE theater with some bells and whistles thrown in.
Accepting submissions from all ages, backgrounds, and corners of the community. We seek a wide range, so don’t be afraid to submit!
Submission Deadline: August 30, 2021 or in-person on designated dates
Submission Length: 5 minutes or less
Format: Written words, sound recording, or video recording
Performance Dates: October 14th – 17th
Rehearsals and final editing will be one-on-one with the director during September, then full cast tech rehearsals October 9th and 10th. Performances the following week.
Send email submissions here
Call 509-997-7529 or email with questions.
Murder and menace are served up with a healthy helping of pasta and laughter during Breaking Legs, the first Merc Playhouse show of 2020!
by Tom Dulack
Directed by Carolanne Steinebach
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
January 10-12 & 16-19
Thursday - Saturday @7pm, Sunday @2pm
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime
Online General Admission (Adult): $18
Online Reserved Seats (Adult): $20
Online Reserved Seats (Youth): $7
At-The-Door General Admission (Adult): $20
At-The-Door General Admission (Youth): $5
Thursday, 1/16 is Admission by Donation.
About Breaking Legs:
The worlds of the Mafia and the Theatre clash hilariously when a professorial playwright seeks funding for his new play from the family of a former student - a family that turns out to be minor Mafia godfathers. The fact that the lusty, unwed daughter of the house falls in love with the playwright only complicates things further, as the playwright has to decide what "offers" he truly "can't refuse"!
Happy New Year! We are very excited to announce our 2020 season which includes four center-stage productions, a partnership production with Liberty Bell High School Drama Company, three Reader's Theater productions PLUS Summer Camp in July. We launch this busy season in less than two weeks with the January 10th opening of Breaking Legs. Find out more about this hilarious comedy and get your tickets here.
Did you hear about our season ticket option? Save a few bucks and buy reserved seats to all four of our center stage productions. Buy now & come back later to reserve your preferred performance date and select your seat.
Regular Price Season Ticket
$72 per person - includes one reserved ticket to all four center-stage productions
Friend of the Merc Season Ticket
(purchased with a minimum donation of $300)
$60 per person - includes one reserved ticket to all four center-stage productions
Buy 2020 Season Tickets Here!
Email for more information or call 509.997.7429
Other ways to save money on ticket costs include buying your ticket online in advance of the performance. Online ticket sales close 60 minutes before showtime and save you $2 plus you get through the ticket line much faster! You can also check out our page on Volunteer Methow each month for concessions volunteer opportunities. Each concessions volunteer receives free admission! It's fun & super easy, and a great way to help us out while seeing a show for free.
The Merc invites all students ages 8 and up to audition for the enchanting Roald Dahl tale concerning the extraordinary adventures of three nasty farmers, two curious creatures, a family of foxes, and our hero—a most fantastic fellow!
No previous experience necessary. All readings and materials to be handed out at auditions. Bring a parent with a calendar to auditions - casting will not be complete until all rehearsal conflicts have been turned in. Rehearsals will begin after holiday break, the week of January 6th. Performances run March 20th - 29th.
Call 509.997.7529 or email for more information.
The Merc announces casting for
by Tom Dulack
Directed by Carolanne Steinebach
October 6th @ 4 pm
October 9th @ 7 pm
Rehearsals: November – January 9th , days to be decided
Performances: January 10th -12th & 16th - 19th, 2020
Seeking: 3 males to play in their 50’s, 1 female to play in her 30’s
No prepared material. Auditioners will read from scripts which will be provided.
For more information call 509.997.7529 or email email@example.com.
The worlds of the Mafia and the theatre clash hilariously when a professorial playwright seeks funding for his new play from the family of a former student. The "family" turn out to be minor Mafia godfathers who are willing to underwrite the play provided they never have to read it. The fact that the lusty, unwed daughter of the house falls in love with the playwright only furthers his involvement with the Mob. "BREAKING LEGS is a crowd pleaser that should provide an additional layer of enjoyment for people in and of the theatre. It is what comedies on Broadway used to be like not that many years ago. Welcome back." —BackStage.
More about the show: Boeing Boeing, a hilarious French comedy by Mark Camoletti and adapted to the English stage by Beverly Cross, is a fast-faced romp.
The play features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent layovers. He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.
Join our theater family, make new friends, and be a part of creating live theater in our community!
The Merc Playhouse invites actors, or those interested in acting, to audition for this summer’s production of A Diner on the Way, directed by Mark Easton. No previous experience is necessary.
Roles Include: one female who can play 18 -22 years old, one male who can play 25-35 years old, one female who can play 40-50 years old, one male who can play 40-50 years old. Four males and/or four females who can play 50-80 years old.
A Diner on the Way is a suspenseful, humorous and witty play told through the lens of the Hubbards: a big city family traveling through a very small town, stopping for a quick bite at a local diner. What they discover about themselves and their new acquaintances is much more than they ever expected! Each role is rich in character and makes up an ensemble cast that is onstage for the duration of the performance.
Bring your calendar to audition and be prepared to list schedule conflicts. Rehearsals begin April 22nd. The show opens on July 12th and runs through July 21st. Scenes to read will be handed out at auditions. For more information, call 509.997.7529 or email us.
Calling all young thespians ages 8 and up! The Tom Zbyszewski Children’s Theater at The Merc Playhouse announces auditions for the beloved children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web.
Director Jane Orme will be auditioning parts for all of the enchanting characters recalled from the story: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte.
No experience and no prepared readings necessary.
Must be 8-years-old on or before December 16th in order to audition.
Pages of script will be handed out at auditions.
Bring your calendar to auditions and be prepared to list rehearsal conflicts!
Rehearsals begin in early January, and performances run March 15th – 24th.
For more information call 509.997.7529 or email us!