Sunday, December 20, 2015

December 2015 Curtain Call

Season 2015 has been challenging and productive, and memorable for some ground-breaking accomplishments. We opened our black box theatre with both adult and youth productions, Cactus Flower and The Last Romance, and The Light in the Mill and Rikki Tikki Tavi. Rockin’ at the Hop and Fences rehearsed at the Center and played to appreciative audiences in the Gretna Movie Theatre.
 
We initiated the Coffee House Series on occasional Saturday evenings with music, comedy, and magic, and celebrated the Strawberry and Wine Festival, Gretna Fest, and Old Timers Jubilee with activities for youth, and book signings for authors.
 
The progress made on the renovation of the Center for the Arts was due to the dedication and creative spirit of Charles and Theresa Converse, to whom we owe much, and will miss in months to come. Charlie joined us in 2014 as set carpenter, but quickly spread his enthusiasm to the remodeling of the main rehearsal hall into the green and maroon black box we now have. The Converses have relocated to Tennessee but have left behind many personal items for the scene shop and furniture inventory as they downsized.
 
In summer of 2015 we were given a substantial donation by an “angel” which enabled us to purchase construction material for Center projects, specifically the new bathrooms, additional stage lighting equipment, a projection system, and updating electrical service. After a year-long fund-raising campaign and raffle, we bought a new roof, and increased our comfort with heating and air conditioning.
 
We enter 2016 with a full schedule of plays (attached in a separate letter) with several directors, and with opportunities for new set designers and builders to join us. Our production calendar includes a four-week youth theatre workshop for after school participation in late spring. We hope to attract volunteer musicians, especially pianists, for a musical concert performance.
 
We appreciate all volunteers for every position in the theatre, on-stage, back-stage, front-of-house, scene shop, and enlarge our call for volunteer contractors to join us in the continuing renovation of the Center for the Arts. There is room for every creative person who subscribes to this newsletter to participate in the coming season.
 
During December, GLT solicits patrons and sponsors to contribute for the coming year. We are a 501 (c) 3 organization, and every dollar is a tax exemption. The following letter has been mailed to businesses and organizations in the Greater Gretna area. Please consider joining our sponsors with monetary or in-kind donations.
 
This last season we presented the majority of our productions in the Center in our “Black Box” theatre setting. With fifty seats, we have intimate seating for our audience which improves both sight and sound. With wing space on both sides of the acting area, we improve backstage activity – storing props, wardrobe changes, better control of stage effects. And we are adding more theatrical peripherals – lighting, sound effects, scenic elements – this coming season.
The 2016 schedule begins with Joseph Kesserling’s Arsenic and Old Lace, a favorite community theatre comedy; then Ira Levin’s melodrama, Dr Cook’s Garden, followed by   The Miracle Worker, William Gibson’s dramatization of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan’s early experience. Two comedies are coming in the fall, Pat Cook’s Stealing Home by the same playwright who gave us Those Crazy Ladies, and Noel Coward’s delightful Blithe Spirit.
A summer youth workshop, George Dibdin Pitt’s The String of Pearls, is the 18th century play about Sweeney Todd from which Stephen Sondheim and Tim Burton fashioned their respective hits. Students of all ages are encouraged to be a part of this four week experience.
As sponsors, Gretna businesses and individuals are valuable partners with the community theatre in Pittsylvania County. We do apply for grants and have been successful in partial funding of our activities. However, to continue providing an entertainment and social venue, we encourage the participation of donors. Your generous support helps to pay the bills so that we may continue to offer this creative art to students of all ages, and to audiences of Greater Gretna at lower ticket prices than surrounding theatres.
To honor your participation, every sponsor/donor is listed in our production programs and also on our website. We hope you will send a tax-deductible contribution to this non-profit organization. Please send a check to Treasurer, Gretna Little Theatre, 209 Mountain Top Court, Lynch Station, VA 24571.
 
Sincerely,                                                       
Janina Shoemaker                                                                   Deborah Price Moran
Executive Director                                                                  President, Board of Directors
 
 
Please include a note with your sponsor/donor check in reference to which package you would like to sponsor.
 
_______Platinum Sponsor Any amount above $250 which includes your name listed in the programs of the plays and on our website. Also two patron/season tickets
 
_______Gold Sponsor $250 donation which includes your name listed in the programs of the plays and on our website. Also two patron/season tickets
 
_______Silver Sponsor $150 donation which includes your name listed in the programs of the plays and on our website. Also one patron season ticket
 
_______Bronze Sponsor $100 donation which includes your name listed in the programs of the plays and on our website. Also one patron season ticket
 
_______Friends $50 donation which includes your name listed in the programs of the plays and on our website
Volunteer workers especially needed.
In-Kind Donations of building materials or services (paint, carpentry, plumbing or electrical services,) which will be acknowledged in the play programs and on our website. Also patron season tickets.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Auditions for Arsenic & Old Lace:

Gretna Little Theatre will hold auditions for Arsenic & Old Lace, a comedy, 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, and 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 14.  All area actors are invited to participate, but previous experience is NOT required to audition.  Crew positions are also needed.  The 2016 Season is listed below. For additional information, call 434 656 3637.

2016 Schedule:

ARSENIC & OLD LACE: The first show of the season is Joseph Kesserling’s comedy about two elderly spinsters who offer tea and sympathy to elderly bachelors. They are assisted in the final care of these gentlemen by their slightly off-center brother who believes with all his heart that he is Teddy Roosevelt, hero of San Juan Hill. The cast offers roles for three women and six men, plus a few “one-line” support roles for the bachelors. Michael Carter directs. Rehearsals begin in January, and the production is February 19 – 22.
 
DR COOK’S GARDEN: Jim Nordquist will direct Ira Levin’s suspense drama that uncovers more than flowers in the ornamental garden of this New England beloved physician. On a visit home, a young doctor drops in to thank his mentor, Dr. Cook, for his faith and support in sending him to medical school. But an angina attack sends the good doctor into a fatal discovery. Three men, two women. Rehearsals begin in March, for April 29, 30, May 1 production.
 
THE MIRACLE WORKER:   GLT scholarship awardee Ashley Rayburn directs this classic American family drama about the early education of Helen Keller by a young, just out of school, teacher, Annie Sullivan. Based on biographical details, we see the Keller family desperate for help in raising a sight and hearing impaired six-year old daughter. The miracle of water holds the key. Six women, six men, and several children. Rehearsals during May and June, production June 17 – 21.
 
STEALING HOME:   From the same pen as Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner, (Oct 2014) Pat Cook sends us “a frantic farce” of a mortuary about to go under, until robbed by a pair of mal-adjusted con-men. The plot is de-railed by family greed and accidental revelations. Who are the culprits? Who are the victims? The race to the finish is the bait & switch. Seven women, four men. Directed by Dr Hal Shoemaker , Rehearsals though July, Production August 5-8.
 
BLITHE SPIRIT: That British comedy smash hit by Noel Coward, a reckless dinner party lets loose a perfectly delightful pair of spirited ladies, Madame Arcati and Elvira. The spunky deceased wife of a strait-laced gentleman moves in, aided by the clairvoyant Arcati, and the mansion is bedeviled. No one anticipates the damage to be done; it’s classic British humour . Five women, two men. Directed by Janina Shoemaker, rehearsals in September for October 21-24 Production.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Farewell, Charlie & Theresa!

For the past two years, Charles Converse and his wife Theresa have been an invaluable asset to Gretna Little Theatre. Charles has generously devoted many hours to rebuilding our performance space, building sets, and hanging new light fixtures. Theresa has also been invaluable for her insight and expertise both in our business affairs and design of our new space.

Charles and Theresa will be leaving us the first of December, due to change of employment for Theresa. They will be sorely missed. Gretna Little Theatre would not be enjoying performances in our own space without their gracious help.
 
Thank you both for all of your hard work! You will be missed!

WE NEED YOU!

Community theatre is a total experience! It’s performance, it’s fellowship, it’s learning new things, it’s construction, and for the next two months, it’s remodeling. Whatever your skills, come and be a part of Gretna Little Theatre’s intensive remodeling at The Center for the Arts! Be a part of the Arts!All “handy persons” needed! WE NEED YOU! 

We need volunteers for:
Painting: walls and ceilings
Flooring and carpeting
The lighting grid 

 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Frankenstien, Trick or Treating, and a Coffee House; Oh My!

On Saturday, October 31, from 4:00 to 7:30, children in costume will be welcomed along Main Street in Gretna for trick or treating. Be sure to include the Gretna Center for the Arts on your route. There will be fun for the whole family. At 7:30 lights will dim as storytellers take the stage to read from the classic horror tale, Frankenstein. Free admission, coffee and hot chocolate available for donations.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fences:

Gretna Little Theatre will present August Wilson’s Fences this weekend, October 23 at 7:30, and October 24 at 2:30 matinee and evening at 7:30, in the Gretna Movie Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, with student, senior and military tickets at $10. For reservations, call 434 656 3637.
 
The story: about a former baseball player in the Negro League who was overlooked for the majors, and how this has impacted his life since. Taking place in 1957, Troy’s high school-aged son wants to play football, but Troy’s bitterness has wormed its way through his soul, and family life. Twice married, Troy is looking elsewhere for confirmation, and his relationships with his wife, sons, and co-workers are all soured by his vaulted memories of long ago baseball days.
 
August Wilson, a Pittsburgh native, was one of the most admired American playwrights of the last century. Born of a white father and a black mother, he struggled through early schooling but became involved with the Black Power movement of the 1960s. His plays take place in the Hill district of Pittsburgh, and each is set in a particular decade. The Piano Lesson (a 2012 GLT production) told the history of a Mississippi Delta family, and Fences is an example of discrimination in sports. The situations are representative of families of any community, regardless of status; a father’s disenchantment wreaks havoc with his sons’ most earnest desires. Wilson is known for writing of the trials of a people rejected but hopeful of understanding and acceptance through their patience and steadfast trust in a future.
 
First time actor Michael Harris plays the James Earl Jones role of Troy, and his real-life wife, Sandra, plays Troy’s steadfast Rose; the cast of returning GLT players includes Keyon Coleman as the brain-damaged Gabriel, Tremayne Oakes as the musician son Lyon, Roc Marable as the football playing son Cory, and Waverly Hubbard as co-trash worker Bono. Another newcomer to our stage is Justice Witcher as Raynelle, Troy’s love child.
 
Tim Bennett produced, Karen Coleman directed, LaWanda English stage manages, and Charles Converse designed and constructed the set, a small house in the Hill district with a picket fence. Fences is a Womack Foundation production.
 
Gretna Little Theatre will present August Wilson’s Fences this weekend, October 23 at 7:30, and October 24 at 2:30 matinee and evening at 7:30, in the Gretna Movie Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, with student, senior and military tickets at $10. For reservations, call 434 656 3637.

Gretna Little Theatre to Present Fences:

Gretna Little Theatre will present Michael Harris, Tremayne Oakes, Waverly Hubbard, and Sandra Harris in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Fences, this weekend at The Gretna Movie Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and military. Performances on Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 24th for a 2:30 p.m. matinee and at 7:30 p.m. For Tickets, call the number below.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gretna Little Theatre Open House:

The Gretna Center for the Arts will host an Open House on Saturday, October 17th, during Old Timer’s Jubilee from 9-2 p.m. Come in and check out the renovations. We will be hosting author Bunny Goodjohn and her book of poetry: Bone Song, face painting by Lady A Designs, and an art exhibit. We will be selling vinyl records, movie posters, and GLT Logo t-shirts and baseball caps. We also have a 5-500-$500 Raffle going on so be sure to enter for your chance to win $500. Come by any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.to pick up your tickets for Fences. Auditions for Mary Shelley’s  Frankenstein at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Last Romance Synopsis


Our “Black Box” theatre is presenting a play about getting older, and family, and taking opportunities when we see them.  A romantic comedy.

Ralph meets Carol, who has a Chihuahua.

His sister, Rose, objects to this new friendship. 

But between Ralph and Carol is the specter of her husband.

And Rose has a shadow in her life, her husband, Tony, who she hasn’t seen in 22 years. Tony needs a divorce; his companion is sick and all she wants is to marry him.

This bittersweet play about men and women looking for companionship, and taking the chance of a bucket list moment, will charm you, and hopefully encourage you to take a chance too.

Setting: a dog park in Hoboken, New Jersey, present day.

As Ralph explains his feelings about La Scala, the famed opera house in Italy:

“We always talked about going, but – it was too expensive, too much trouble – we’d do it when we have time, we said, when we got older.

Funny, huh? You think you’ve all the time in the world, and then before you know it, time’s up.”

The Last Romance, by Joe DiPietro
September 18-20, tickets are limited, please call for reservations, 434 656 3637, and leave a message.
$10.00 General Admission, $8.00 Seniors and students
 
 

Last Romance Cast

 

Jane Reid
Steve Petrick
Patsi Compton
Mack Williams

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Gretna Little Theatre Coffee House Hosts Robert Stanfield on August 15, at 7:30 p.m.

     Gretna Little Theatre is sponsoring a series of Coffee House evenings, for local acoustic musicians, singles or small groups, in the Black Box theatre space in the Gretna Center for the Arts. The first Coffee House will host Robert Stanfield, composer, guitarist, singer, on August 15th at 7:30 p.m.
 
     The Center is an intimate venue for music and family comedy, and artists are invited to call for booking in 30 minute (or less) sets. A variety of acts are encouraged to join us, especially students wanting to perform to an audience.
 
     There is no admission, but donations accepted. Coffee and snacks will be available.
 
     To become a visiting artist, call 434 656 3637 and leave a message. A second evening is scheduled for August 29.

Local Artists ad Musicians Wanted!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Local Plumbers Wanted!

Annual Meeting:

 

Notice:

Please notice the change in time. Gretna Little Theatre will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. to give a preview of our upcoming show, "Rockin' at the Hop".
 

Auditions for Fences to be held Saturday, July 25, 2015:

Gretna Little Theatre will hold auditions for August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Fences, this coming Saturday, July 25, at 2:00 at the Center for the Arts, 101 Main Street. The play has roles for 5 men, 1 woman, and 1 girl. The team of Tim Bennett, Karen Coleman, and Tremayne Oakes will produce and direct the drama for production October 23-25. All interested are encouraged to attend.

Acting experience is not necessary.

Troy Maxson, (played by James Earl Jones on Broadway) was a contender in his prime as a ball player for the Negro baseball leagues. However he was denied major league opportunity because of his race, and that denial has colored his subsequent life and relationships. The story picks up in 1957 as his son is scouted for college, and Troy finds himself the object of attention from a woman not his wife. His bitterness invades not only his soul but his home as well.

Gretna Little Theatre will share the stage at GretnaFest Friday, July 24, and answer questions about Fences and Rockin’ at the Hop . The community theatre will also have items for sale, including advance tickets for Rockin’.

Rockin’ at the Hop, a tribute to fifties music and dance, will open Friday, July 31, and play 3 performances at the Gretna Movie Theatre. The show is a fast moving revue of rock and roll with a dozen singer/dancers, a live rock combo, and music, music, music.

Tickets are $16 General admission, $12 Seniors and students, Advance tickets $15.

Contact Janina Shoemaker
(434)-656-3637

Curtain Call July 20, 2015:

Mrs. Durant has been abandoned in the dental chair of Dr Winston, as he races to the apartment of his beloved, leaving his receptionist, Stephanie, to rearrange his appointments.
This laugh-filled show was our first major production in the newly remodeled Black Box performance space in the Center for the Arts. Starring Madalyn Mohamed as Stephanie, Jim Nordquist as Julian Winston, and Maggie Greer as Toni, with Matt Pabo, David Hudson, Waverly Hubbard, Casi Price, and Arlene Creasey (Durant) in supporting roles.

Coming Events:

GretnaFest: Join us as we celebrate the friendly folks of our home town in the first GretnaFest, sponsored by Danville Regional Foundation this coming Friday evening, 6:00 to 10:00 at the Galveston meadow near El Cazador. (405 North Main Street)

We’ll have tickets for Rockin’ at the Hop plus opportunity to visit with the cast, order the new GLT shirts, buy some 33 and 45 vinyl records, or have your face painted by Ashley. On exhibit, photo displays of 2015 productions to date, plus the 2016 Tentative Season. (Free admission)
Audition: Fences, by August Wilson, a Pulitzer winning drama, will be Saturday, July 25, at 2:00 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. Directed and produced by Tim Bennett, Karen Coleman, and Tremayne Oakes. Production dates: October 23-25. Roles for 5 men, 1 woman, 1 girl, seven.
Fences starred James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson, star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded from the major leagues during his prime, his bitterness affects his relationships with his wife and sons.

"Rockin’ at the Hop" This anxiously awaited tribute to the tunes and dances of the 50’s explodes onstage at the Gretna Movie Theatre July 31, August 1, 2.** Created by Hal and Janina Shoemaker, with vocal coaching by Brenda Velarde, music arranged by Gretna guitarist John Mirando, (of Riverbottom John’s Pickin’ Den) a “live” rock combo, (The Blue Suede Dudes,) a dozen singers/dancers, be prepared for an evening of the original hits of rock and roll. Half of our cast knew the music before we started rehearsing, the other half are new converts to the jitterbug and do-wop.
Featuring, in no particular order, John Wilt, Deborah Moran, Paul Shelton, Mae Gayle Dalton, Ashley Rayburn, Maggie Greer, David Hudson, Hattiebelle Spigener, Carol Cundiff, Barry Cundiff, Matt Pabo, and Dan Taylour. Danny Farmer, bassist, and Adam Ilconich on drums.
Preview of the show at GretnaFest at 6:30. **Performances at the movie theatre are 7:30 Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 matinee on Sunday. Tickets: General admission $16.00, Students and Seniors $12.00, Advance tickets $15.00 at GretnaFest.

Currently there is a 3 dimensional art exhibit in the front window at the Center. Wood and stained glass artwork by Carrie Roncaglione and pottery and sculpture artwork by Jennifer Leigh from the Color of Mud Farm. Walk by for viewing.

Our next ARTsy event will be music. Soon. On a Saturday night. Guitar pickin’s. The plan is to have the talent perform pro bono, free admission, but donations accepted. Open to the community, and coffee, cold drinks, and snacks for sale.

The Last Romance (by Joe DePietro) postponed from March,. A beautiful script of elderly longing for the something more than retirement. Musical snippets of glorious music mingle with comic dialog of family bickering and romantic desire. Featuring Steven Petrick, Jane Reid, Patsi Compton, and Mack Williams. Watch for announcement.

At the Annual Meeting of the membership, held July 15th, we elected the 2015 - 2019 Board of Directors and Officers. Deborah Price Moran continues as President, SuEllen Stracke is Vice President, Ashley Rayburn continues as Secretary, and Jim Nordquist is Treasurer.

Jeff Bailess, Susan Ilconich, Matt Pabo and Casi Price were returned to the Board. Carrie Nordquist was also elected to the board. The Founding Directors including Bunny Eanes, Janina & Hal Shoemaker, Joyce Trani, Brenda Velarde, and Marie Young.

Board meetings are open to the general membership. General membership is all who participate in productions, contribute sponsorship or donations to the Theatre & Center, or attend as audience. Meetings are called at the discretion of the President.

GLT has a new patron, and she is one of those persons the theatrical world calls "angels." Last month we received a check for $25,000 to be used for the renovation at the Center, starting with the upgrade of the bathrooms. Although she now lives elsewhere, this angel is from Danville and has ties to the Chatham and Gretna area. She learned of our expensive dilemmas and without a moment's hesitation, she wrote a check.

We deeply appreciate this gracious donation that came when we simply asked "Would you like to contribute?" We now have a dedicated quartette of Board Directors who are compiling a short wish list to responsibly assess our immediate needs, and prioritize the work.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GretnaFest: Preview of "Rockin' at the Hop"


Art Showcase in the Front Window



Wood and stained glass artwork by Carrie Roncaglione and pottery and sculpture artwork by J. Leigh from the Color of Mud Farm.



"Rockin' at the Hop" Poster


Rehearsal Photos form "Rockin' at the Hop"


Photos from "Rockin at the Hop" rehearsals. Pictured Left: Director Janina Shoemaker, listens as Paul Shelton sings. Pictured Right: Maggie Greer and Ashley Rayburn discuss their blocking for the next scene.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June/July Curtain Call

Curtain Call, the newsletter for the Gretna Little Theatre Alliance
 
Coming Events in SUMMER 2015
 
Rikki Tikki Tavi, the Rudyard Kipling fable: Performances will be June 26 and 27.
The title character, the mongoose, is played by Cordaris Miller.
Others in the cast are
Abby Converse as Teddi, Michael and Ashlee Kopczinski as the parents, Joseph Kopczinski as Kurait, the little snake, Madison Hedrick as Darzina, the tailor bird, Dana Richards as Nag and Rebecca Craddock as Nagaina, the cobras. Alexander Stracke is stage manager.
 
A young Mongoose is rescued by a family after a flood. Nag & Nagaina, a pair of King Cobras, live in the garden and threaten the Tailor bird, but when Rikki Tikki Tavi becomes resident, the natural balance is disrupted. A favorite for children of all ages.
 
This is a theatre workshop for children to learn about theatre production including acting and set construction; they have spent several weeks building the jungle garden setting under the direction of Charles Converse. Their acting skills have been polished with Janina Shoemaker, artistic director.
 
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Reservations suggested due to limited seating. Call 434 656 3637 and leave name, number of tickets, which performance, and your phone number. Proceeds benefit upgrading the Center’s bathrooms. Workshop made possible by a grant from the Womack Foundation.
 
Reminder:   Any production in the black box requires advance ticket purchase or reservation, since the seating gallery is limited to 50 seats. Patrons are asked to reserve tickets for a particular performance, available by phone, (434 656 3637) and to be picked up by 15 minutes before curtain. (7:30 evening performances, 2:30 matinees) Any tickets in Will Call will be available then “First come, First served.” Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the Center during rehearsal hours.
 
July 14, 6:00 p.m. at C & E’s Restaurant, ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
This annual meeting is held in July with two-week advance notice to all interested in attending. All Board meetings are open to the general membership*, but only at the Annual Meeting are members able to vote. Officers for the coming year will be presented and new “at large Directors” will be elected. A review of the past season and a sneak preview of what is coming next are included in the agenda.
*Members are any and all persons who have participated in Gretna Little Theatre as players, staff, donors, sponsors, or audience. All are welcome at any Board meeting.
 
July 31, August 1,2,: Rockin’ at the Hop, a 50’s revue: Calling all teenagers, and look-like-teenagers, who love to dance, and sing, and rock. A retro-experience of the early days of rock ‘n roll, the original hit songs that you and your grand-folks grew up with. All hit parade heart throbs. Rehearsals now in progress at the Center for the Arts, singing and dancing. Live music!
This musical will be presented at the Gretna Movie Theatre.
Tickets will be $15.00 General Admission, and $10 for seniors and students. Bring your dancin’ feet and join us in the aisles.
Director, Janina Shoemaker; Choreographer, Hal Shoemaker; Vocal Coach, Brenda Velarde; Music Arranger, John Mirando. Cast: your favorites plus some new “kids”. A great way to end the summer!
 
Vocal coach Brenda Velarde and choreographer Hal Shoemaker check script while cast members chat quietly waiting for the next song in rehearsal.
Coming in July: Auditions for August Wilson’s Fences. (July 23rd &30th)
rehearsals start in mid. August. To be presented in October. Stay tuned!
 
With A LOT OF HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS! Thank you to all who helped raise this roof!
After months of dodging rain, Gretna Center for the Arts has a new roof, thanks to the donations of organizations, businesses, and individuals of the Gretna community.  Matching grant funds from the Danville Regional Foundation assured the theatre of the upgrade.
The old roof was removed by sections, the wood replaced where necessary, the tar paper laid, and then the red tin applied in strips.  It not only looks good, it is now protecting the huge third floor warehouse, and the second floor storage of costumes, props, furniture, and books, materials also donated for the use of the community theatre.
Quinn's Home Improvement, contractor.
 
Several of us dropped by the fellowship hall at Midway Baptist Church June 20th, and found Joey Giles with a tiny black-haired doll in his lap. Actually we visited with Joseph & Tiffany Giles and met their beautiful daughter Rebekah.
 
At the CENTER, we continue to remodel and organize, and there will be frequent work parties for sweat-equity projects, Costumes have been sorted, organized by various categories, and either hung or boxed. But the task is not complete. We have boxes of shoes and boots, men’s and women’s, some children’s. These need to be cataloged and shelved for easier use. And the big challenge is the “Hats”. Estimated at around a 1,000, we have hats of all colors, many styles, given to us when people clean their closets. These work parties are scheduled for September when it is more temperate. If you have an interest in helping with these two projects, please let us know. And if you have “hat boxes”, please save them for us.
 

Rockin' at the Hop Rehearsals Underway

Rockin' at the Hop rehearsals are well underway. Pictured below are several of the cast members.
Top Row: Maggie Greer, Ashley Rayburn, and Carol Cundiff; Middle Row: David Hudson and Matthew Pabo; Front Row: Brenda Velarde (Musical Director) and Hal Shoemaker (Choreographer)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rikki Tikki Tavi

     Gretna Little Theatre will present Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki Tikki Tavi June 26 at 7:30 p.m., and June 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Gretna Center for the Arts, 101 Main Street.
The title character, the mongoose, is played by Cordaris Miller. Others in the cast are Abby Converse as Teddi, Michael and Ashlee Kopczenski as the parents, Joseph Kopczenski as Kurait, the little snake, Madison Hedrick as Darzina, the tailor bird, and Rebecca Craddock as Nagaina, the cobra. Alexander Stracke is stage manager.
 
     This is a theatre workshop for children to learn about theatre production including acting and set construction; they have spent several weeks building the jungle garden setting under the direction of Charles Converse. Their acting skills have been polished with Janina Shoemaker, artistic director.
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Reservations suggested due to limited seating. Call 434 656 3637 and leave name, number of tickets, which performance, and your phone number. Proceeds benefit upgrading the Center’s bathrooms. Workshop made possible by a grant from the Womack Foundation.
 
Pictured below are members of the cast:
Seated are Rebecca Craddock, Ashlee Kopczenski, and Cordaris Miller. Standing are Michael Kopczenski and Abby Converse.

Rikki Tikki Tavi Poster



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Notice of Annual Meeting

    
 
     NOTICE: Our 2015 Annual Membership meeting, (required by Bylaws) will be July 14, 6:00 p.m. at C & E's restaurant. Dinner followed by Business meeting (GLT will not be picking up the bill.) This meeting is for all interested persons, not just the Board. But specifically the Board should be present. Officers will be elected and the schedule for next season will be presented.
 
     If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board, please contact Jeff Bailess, Chair of the Nominating Committee,  at Tarheel8803@yahoo.com so that you may be considered for a position.
 

Roof Update

The north side of the pitch roof is almost finished, June 10th, as seen from the Caboose. The flat section over the front is still being replaced.
 

Youth Workshop: Rikki Tikki Tavi

 

GLT workshop members Michael, Ashlee, and Rebecca attach leaves of grass to sticks in construction of the set, for Rikki Tikki Tavi, along with Charlie. Rehearsals are held in the Center for the Arts Monday through Friday from 10 to noon. Openings still available

 
GLT workshop construction crew for Rikki Tikki Tavi:
Rebecca Craddock, Cordaris Miller, Ashlee and Michael Kopczenski, Joseph Kopczenski on step.
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Press Release - May 13, 2015

Gretna Little Theatre will present Abe Burrow’s comic romance, Cactus Flower, in our newly remodeled Black Box Theatre space at 101 Main Street May 15, 16, 17.

The original Broadway cast included Lauren Bacall and Barry Nelson with Brenda Vacarro in the major roles. A film version starred Walter Mathau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn.

Jim Nordquist plays Julian, the bumbling dentist, Maggie Greer is the irrepressible Toni, and Madalyn Mohamed the transformed Stephanie. Also in the cast are Matthew Pabo, David Hudson, Arlene Creasy, Waverly Hubbard, and Casi Price.  Set construction by Charles Converse, directed by Janina Shoemaker, choreography by Hal Shoemaker, with Ashley Rayburn as stage manager, Andrew Ilconich on lights, and Kay Adkins and Peggy Norcutt, properties managers.

A book signing with Leslie M. Szocik for her mystery, Cries in the Light, is also scheduled for Saturday (16th), from 2 to 4 at the Center for the Arts.

Any production in the black box requires advance ticket purchase or reservation, since the seating gallery is limited to 50 seats.  Patrons are asked to reserve tickets for a particular performance, available by phone, (434 656 3637) and to be picked up by 15 minutes before curtain. (7:30 Friday, Saturday, 2:30 Sunday)  Any tickets in Will Call will be available then First come, First served.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the Center during rehearsal hours. (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. through Thursday)  General Admission: $10, Seniors and Students: $8.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

[Auditions] Rockin' at the Hop


Rockin’ at the Hop
Summer Musical
Teens or Teen Look-a-Likes
Singing & Dancing

Where: Gretna Center for the Arts
At 101 Main Street
When: Friday May 30 6 p.m
Saturday June 1 10 a.m.
Callbacks:  Saturday June 6, 1:00 pm
The greatest Hits of the 50s

Show time: July 31, August 1 & 2


Cactus Flower


Starring:

Madalyn Mohamed
Jim Nordquist
& Maggie Greer

Cameos with
Arlene Creasy
and Waverly Hubbard



Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Light in the Mill


Gretna Little Theatre’s Teen Workshop culminates in performance this weekend at the Center for the Arts, 101 Main Street with D.K.’s melodrama, The Light in the Mill.  Set in Lowell, Massachusett’s textile mill industry of the 1840’s, “Light” is a representation of young women’s daily life as workers gone amiss when one of them is discovered drowned.  How did it happen is conjecture, and who is ultimately responsible?

The workshop is not only an experience in producing a play, but, in this case, a study of the time and environment of early manufacturing.  The actors were responsible for research into the play’s background, and then, how it impacted on the development of character.  The “students” were also responsible for costuming and finding or making appropriate props.  Meeting in afternoons, transported by parents, who often remained for rehearsal, the troupe of eleven are now prepared to meet the audience.

Friday, May 8 at 7:30, Saturday May 9 at matinee at 2:30, followed by a final performance at 7:30.

Any production in the black box requires advance ticket purchase or reservation, since the seating gallery is limited to 50 seats.  Patrons are asked to reserve tickets for a particular performance, available by phone, (434 656 3637) and to be picked up by 15 minutes before curtain. (7:30 Friday, Saturday, 2:30 Saturday)  Any tickets in Will Call will be available then First come, First served.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the Center during rehearsal hours.  (4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday)  General Admission: $10, Seniors and Students: $5.