Monday, January 11, 2010

Introducing OCPoints

See a show. Get a point. Get a prize.
High Schoolers who attend any of the five shows listed below on Opening Weekend for only $7 will get a point for their schools. Students will write their name and school on the back of their ticket stub, and leave it at the Box Office during intermission. After May 2nd, points will be added up and prizes will be awarded.

Grand Prize (must earn more than 20 points total to qualify)
-Complimentary COMPLETE SHOW props rental for one of your 2010-11 productions
(includes any furniture or small/hand props in stock)
-Complimentary group workshop on topic of your choosing led by an OCP teaching artist

Runner-up (must earn more than 10 points total to qualify)
-One complimentary prop piece rental for each production in your 2010-11 season

Posters outlining all of this information are in the mail and should be to you within the next couple days. Student Rep Board members will be sharing the information during your drama club/class mailings. Point total updates will be sent to teachers each month in the Sharing the Stage eNewsletter.

Lucky 7 weekends ($7 tickets)
Cheaper By the Dozen – January 22nd-24th
Death of a Salesman – February 19th-21st
All Shook Up – March 5th-7th
Mister Roberts – April 16th-18th
Awesome 80’s Prom – April 30th-May 2nd

Call the Box Office at 553-0800 or visit the Box Office in person to purchase a Lucky 7 ticket. Students must show their school’s student identification when picking up the ticket at the Will Call window. Each student is limited to one ticket per production. Or, go in a group. Contact Karli Newman at 553-4890 ext. 147 to make your group reservation or for more information. Pre-payment for group reservation is required seven days in advance of your chosen night. Each student is limited to one ticket. Bonus: Theatre educators who bring 10 or more students may receive their ticket at a reduced rate!

Winter Classes and Workshops begin this month

Six-week classes begin the week of January 25th, workshops January 18th
The Winter 2010 session offers a wide array of subjects for high school students.

Class/workshop topics include:
Speech Team Prep Workshops (1/18 only)
Slapstick Physical Comedy (1/23 only)
Stage Combat (begins 1/25)
Directing for the Stage (begins 1/25)
Improv (begins 1/26)
Demystifying Shakespeare (begins 1/27)
The Physical Actor (begins 1/27)
Stage Make-up: Fantasy (2/6 only)
Hip-Hop, Jazz and Tap classes

Click here to view the full class offering and to register online. Class brochures will be in your mailboxes early this week for advertising.

Student Representive Board now active!

Do you have interested students? C0ntact Melanie Walters at 553-4890 ext. 131
The 2009-10 Student Representative Board held its inaugural meeting on November 23rd. This motivated and creative group of students have provided valuable feedback regarding the OCP and its relationship to high schools, helped coordinate upcoming collaborative events and programs, shared upcoming events in their own programs and have met with Playhouse staff members to learn more about their careers here at the Playhouse. Our December staff guest was Susie Collins, Associate Director for the Playhouse. January's guest is Tim Schmad, President of the Playhouse.

Student Representative Board 2009-10:
Connor Bates, Omaha Burke
Joey Castellanos, Omaha South
Angie Chuda, Omaha Burke
Colleen Kilcoyne, Omaha Central
Abby Legge, Westside
Emily Maynard, Westside
Allie O’Dell, Westside
Patrick Riley, Brownell-Talbot
Allison Simkins, Brownell-Talbot
Lily Steckman, Omaha North
Paul Shaw, Omaha Northwest (eMember)

The Student Rep Board is always looking for new members to join the ranks. Our goal is to have representation from every drama program in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro, so send us your interested students!

Educator’s Night - $15 for show and reception!

Cheaper By the Dozen – January 24th
A special event scheduled around one of our 11 productions which will feature a pre-show reception and “meet and greet” with a member of the production team - JUST FOR TEACHERS! Receptions: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm, Performance: 6:30 pm. Advanced reservations are required by calling Karli Newman at 553-4890 x147.

Group tickets for "Death of a Salesman"

February 19th – March 21st
The Playhouse has several opportunities for discounted tickets to this production. Our Lucky 7 tickets allow students to attend a performance on opening weekend (February 19-21) for only $7 per student. Lucky 7 tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 553-0800. Students must show student ID at the Box Office window when picking up tickets. Group discounts are available for groups of 15 people or more throughout rest of the run. Groups will receive one complimentary ticket for every 20 tickets purchased. School groups will receive one complimentary adult ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased (excluding Lucky 7 Tickets.) Call Karli Newman at 553-4890 x147 to reserve your group.

"Fiddler on the Roof" auditions

Audition Dates: February 13th at 1pm & February 14th at 7:00pm
Production Dates: May 28 – June 27, 2010
Rehearsals begin early April

Casting Needs:
All roles are open.
Approximately 20 men, ages 18 – 65+
Approximately 10 women, ages 16 – 60+
2 young girls (between 7 – 12 years old)
1 boy (between 9 – 12 years old)

Director: Susan Baer Collins
Music Director: Jim Boggess
Choreographer: Kathy Wheeldon
Religious Advisor: Rabbi Jonathan Gross

Please bring 16 – 32 bars of music to sing. A pianist will be provided. Initial auditions for this production will consist of participants presenting their musical selection and learning a brief movement routine.

**Bonus for Sharing the Stage readers

Ticket giveaway for opening weekend of Cheaper by the Dozen
As a bonus to those of you who are reading the Sharing the Stage eNews, you are eligible to win a pair of tickets good for any opening weekend performance of Cheaper By the Dozen, January 22nd-24th. Simply respond to with the codeword "Gilbreth" (for the Gilbreth family in the show) and you'll be entered in our drawing! Just a little way for me to see who's following us. Thank you for your support!