Our “Script In Hand Series” creates more performance and directing opportunities for local artists and introduce audiences to new plays is a full “reading/performance” of a play that the actors are allowed to have their scripts in their hands and not memorized. The director of each show will create blocking, and use of limited costumes, props and sound effects to create a performance experience for the audience. The focus is on telling the story, character development, utilizing new and experienced actors and creating a mood that thrills the audience. Each production will have one night of auditions, a maximum of eight rehearsals and one performance.
All Script In Hand performance this summer will be held at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre.
Seating is general admission and tickets ($5 recommended donation per person) are available at the door.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Saturday June 9th at 7:00pm
Director: Mickey Morstad
During the war Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity. A tremendously impressive drama that received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Tuesday, June 26th at 7:00pm
Director: Jason Schommer
The most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage
Understanding Your Pet With Dr. Marla Brett by Andrew Frodahl
Produced in partnership with ISD742 Project Challenge
Thursday, July 26th at 6:30pm
Director: Heather Mastromarco
Tons of fun and physical comedy energize this truly “wild” one-act farce. Revolutionary pet therapist Dr. Marla Brett has recently developed a new pill that she claims will help people better understand their pets. Her protégé, Dr. Lizzie Linkester, is overjoyed to handle the trial run of the new drug at her veterinarian clinic. Eager patients, including a US senator, a farmer, and an exterminator, flood the clinic in hopes of learning to communicate better with their pets. But medical breakthrough turns to chaos as the pet owners return, suffering from an unforeseen side effect — they’re now starting to act like their animals! It’s the cat’s meow!