The Merc Playhouse in Twisp is holding auditions for its fall production of Rope, a psychological thriller written by British playwright Patrick Hamilton. The play will be directed by Don Nelson.
Saturday, 9/7 @1pm
& Thursday, 9/12 @7pm
Looking For: 3 men (early 20s); one woman (early 20s); one woman (40+); one man (30+);
one man (50+); and one man or woman (any age).
No experience or prepared readings are necessary. Pages from the script will be handed out at auditions. Rehearsals begin the first week of October. The show runs November 15-24.
Rope takes place in a swanky London apartment in 1929, where two young university students have murdered a fellow student for the mere thrill of the experience. They place his body in a chest in the apartment, then invite several guests (including the dead man’s father) for a supper party which will be served off the chest. Tension mounts as the question of whether the two killers will get away with the “perfect murder” hangs in the air.
For more information, call (509) 997-7529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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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.
Announcing the 2019 recipient of The Steinebach Award for Outstanding Contribution to Live Theater: Dean Hussey!
To say Dean's contribution to live theater is outstanding does not even begin to scratch the surface. He has participated on our production team in a number of ways over five years. He's gone way beyond pushing the "GO" button behind our sound board. Dean has composed music and created sound cues for a number of shows, most notably Bike America, for which he composed the full soundtrack as his senior project. Our 2018 summer production required Dean to commit countless hours of composing, editing, and working with the rest of the cast and tech crew through rehearsals and performances. Missi Smith, the show's director, was thrilled with Dean's artistic interpretation through music, and she loved how his work enhanced the production.
Though he has typically remained behind the scenes in the tech booth, Dean recently went in front of the audience in our Reader's Theater production of A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Adding another whole level of risk, and stepping even further out of his normal comfort zone, he became a strong advocate for those living with autism while teaching his fellow cast members about his own experiences with it. His participation on stage, for the first time ever, greatly enhanced the production. The guy can act, too!
Our founders, Carolanne and Egon Steinebach took huge risks to begin The Merc Playhouse Society. They committed to building a theater that has grown into a community gem over the past 20 years. Without their countless hours of work, their dedication to live performing arts, and their inspired vision, we wouldn't be the organization we are today. We are happy to honor people in our theater community who show the same type of dedication to live performing arts, and Dean could not be more deserving of the award this year.
Dean is graduating from Liberty Bell High School in May. He will be greatly missed at The Merc while he bravely ventures out into his future, but we are certain he has many successes ahead of him. We just hope he comes back to see us once in a while, and maybe work on some more shows...
Now hiring a Facilities Cleaning and Maintenance Person!
The Facilities Personnel is responsible for cleaning and maintaining The Merc’s Facility, including:
Approximately 20 - 25 hours per month. Flexible schedule to the extent it follows the calendar of events. Weekends necessary.
The Merc Playhouse connects curious seekers through live theater. The Merc’s staff enjoys the creative process involved with making magic onstage in a lively and energetic theater space. We make connections and interact with The Methow Valley community while engaging in performing arts. We have fun and work hard to create quality live theater and we are looking for a new member to our team. We look forward to meeting you!
To Apply: download an application here. Return application via email to Missi or mail to PO Box 425 Twisp, WA 98856.
The Tom Zbyszewski Children's Theater at The Merc Playhouse proudly presents "Charlotte's Web"!
Showing March 15-24. Thurs-Sat @7pm, Sunday @2pm. Click here to purchase tickets!
July 22nd - 27th
10 AM - 4 PM
We are pleased to announce exciting plans for summer camp this year! Along with our well-loved and totally fun week of Musical Theater Camp that culminates in a musical production at the end of the week, we have added a new option for our growing pre-teen and teen bunch of actors. Drama Camp, for students in 7th grade through 12th grade, will focus on further developing acting skills, and this camp will culminate in the performance of a one-act play. Both camps are happening the week of July 22nd - 27th and offer public performances on Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th.
$100 deposit due at registration
scholarships available, email Missi or call 509.997.7529 for information and application
Meet the Summer 2019 Camp Staff:
With their combined experience and areas of expertise, our team of camp instructors is looking forward to providing an enriching and fun week of theater development.
We are thrilled to have Megan Hicks return to Twisp to lead her 7th summer camp with us! She is a director, actor, and choreographer from the Puget Sound and teaches junior high drama and English. She looks forward to working with new and returning campers to build theatre skills and create well rounded characters!
And in a serendipitous turn of events, we are so lucky to bring you Julie Wenzel! Julie has been involved with theater since she was a child. She has a BA in the theater from the University of WA with a specialization in children's theater. Previously the Artistic Director of The Merc Playhouse, she is currently the Development Director of Fidalgo DanceWorks and is working to complete her masters degree in counseling from Seton Hall University.
Added to this powerhouse is Jane Orme, a veteran teacher at Liberty Bell Jr. Sr. High and a Merc board member. Jane has directed a number of shows at The Merc over the past four years, and before that she directed at Liberty Bell for over two decades! She is currently working with our children directing Charlotte's Web and last year helped direct Rikki Tikki Tavi.
Missi Smith, The Merc's Executive Director, helped direct Rikki Tikki Tavi last year and before that Peter Pan. She has been dancing since she was a child and has choreographed at The Merc since working with Julie on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. She has worn nearly every hat at The Merc from actor, to board member, to staff member. She is thrilled to be working with this team of instructors and can't wait to see all the kids this summer!
Each of these instructors will work with both camps in a number of ways throughout each day. They are excited for a fun-filled week with all of you!!
Join us this summer!
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