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.