2010 Season of Shows at the Barrow-Civic Theatre

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Box Office News June 26 2009

BOX OFFICE NEWS – for “Good Times” – June 26, 2009

KISS ME, KATE final weekend!
The reviews are in! Don’t miss the last chance to see “Kiss Me, Kate” at the Barrow-Civic Theatre this weekend!

Considered Cole Porter’s greatest work, this show served as a comeback for Porter in his heyday. The BCT production stays true to all the elements originally designed for the show—great sets, outstanding costumes and a sharp, witty cast to boot!

Some of the greatest music ever to play a Broadway stage is included in this winning musical comedy, including “Too Darn Hot,” “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” and “Wunderbar.”

Kiss Me Kate features Jaime Agnello as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine and Terri Gilmore as Lois Lane/Bianca, with Brett Sloan as Fred Graham/Petruchio and Jacob Krupitzer as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, and a strong supporting cast featuring newcomers to the BCT stage as well as seasoned regulars!

Directed by Ted Smith (director of Wizard of Oz and Sweet Charity), with music direction by Pete Greene and main choreography by Christine Fornof.

Kiss Me Kate showcases its final weekend on June 26 at 8:00pm, June 27 at 8:30pm and June 28 at 2pm. Follow the show's progress at our show blog: kissmekate-bct.blogspot.com and purchase your tickets online at the theatre website www.barrowtheatre.com.

Next up in FCOA’s season of shows is the much-beloved Neil Simon comedy THE ODD COUPLE.
One play. One movie. Umpteen years on TV. A female version. An updated version. Countless late-night jokes and who-knows-how-many wisecracks among friends. Think you’re familiar with this show? Think again!

Step back into mid-20th century New York and witness Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar’s original run as “the odd couple.” You’ll be surprised –and royally entertained – by what you may not remember.

Bringing a wealth of stage experience to his BCT directorial debut is Nick Mitchell, co-owner of Empty Jug Productions of Pittsburgh. Bill Nichols will portray Oscar Madison opposite Christian Marshall as Felix Ungar. Katie Kirby-Rogers and Lisa Harry are cast as the Pigeon sisters, Cecily and Gwendolyn. Rounding out this hilarious comedy are Bill Hennessy as Murray, Nick Keeley as Speed, Ben Bodamer as Roy, and Andy Coleman as Vinnie. Producers for the show are Cooper Oliver and Mary Anne Wilkinson.

THE ODD COUPLE takes to the stage August 7-8 and August 14-15-16 at the Barrow-Civic Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for students/children.
Let Felix, Oscar, and the boys around the poker table deal you in on a great night of laughs. Order your tickets today on-line at http://www.barrowtheatre.com/ or by calling 814-437-3440 or 800-537-7769. Follow the show blog at oddcouple-bct.blogspot.com

Attention, fans of the Yankees and Mets, the Jets, Giants, and Bills, the Sabers, Islanders and Rangers. Oh, yeah, and the Knicks! Odd Couple director Nick Mitchell wants to create the ultimate New York sportwriter’s apartment for Oscar Madison. If you have any NY team apparel and memorabilia you can loan the production, please call the Box Office at 814-437-3440. Thanks!

Summer is a great time to discover just what your skills can make happen on stage at the Barrow-Civic. Have you ever considered helping with the technical aspects of a production – set construction and painting, lighting and sound, costuming, make-up? Set construction and painting people are especially needed.

Production for FCOA’s THE ODD COUPLE is under way. Whether your skills are expert or basic, your help is welcome! Call the Box Office at 814-437-3440 or Mary Anne Wilkinson at 814-657-8899 to volunteer.

The Knight the Castle Rocked by Jill & Michael Gallina

Rock back through the ages with this magical tale of merriment, music and movement. With a band of lively minstrels as your guide, you'll explore the world of dance through the ages. Proceeding from the medieval reel, the minuet, waltz, Charleston, Jersey Bounce and right up to the pop dances of today, the characters enjoy a swing through history that makes for a great deal of light-hearted hand clapping and foot tapping fun.

The camp runs July 12 -16, with a Public performance Thursday, July 16th at 7:00pm. The cost of the camp will be $20 if registered by July 1st. This will include a t-shirt and dinner on Thursday. Registration forms available at the theater or available on the Barrow Civic Website.
The camp is for actors ages 7-16 and tech crew (those wanting to learn about lighting, sound, set and backstage work) ages 10-18.

From New York straight to the Barrow!
Known as “The Grande Romanza,” Stefano and Nina Tanchietti, the magical American Dramatic Tenor and Soprano Duo, offer a powerful and unforgettable experience as entertainers of the Broadway repertoire. Based professionally out of New York City and originally heralding from Massachusettes, the duo possesses glorious operatic voices, extraordinary physical beauty, incomparable acting ability and innate artistic expressiveness. From their first joint venture as college sweethearts as Marco and Gianetta in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers”, to their first operatic pairing as Don Jose and Micaela in Bizet’s “Carmen”, to their most recent performances as Otello and Desdemona in Verdi’s “Otello”, their audiences have marveled at the special chemistry they share onstage.

BCT has contracted to bring one of their most popular shows, BROADWAY POPS, to the BCT stage on July 11, 2009 at 8:00PM. Stefano and Nina will perform musical scenes with full costume and choreograpy, from some of the most famous musical productions of our time. SHOWBOAT, BRIGADOON, WEST SIDE STORY, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA are all part of the amazing theatre production planned for one night only at the Barrow!

From the Broadway tunes of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Bernstein and Webber, to the Operetta melodies of Lehar, Kern, Herbert and Romberg, to the Opera arias and duets of Verdi, Puccini and Bizet, the duo’s BROADWAY POPS performance is an event that should be seen by everyone. Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased by calling the box office at 814-437-3440. You can also purchase tickets online at the theatre’s website www.barrowtheatre.com.

Barrow-Civic Theatre
P.O. Box 1089 - 1223 Liberty Street
Franklin, PA 16323
Box Office - 814.437.3440 or 800.537.7769
Tuesday through Friday 10AM to 4:30PM

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Odd Couple enters blogosphere and Kate Returns

Notes from a blogger:

FCOA's production of The Odd Couple has entered the blogosphere. Follow the progress of the show online at oddcouple-bct.blogspot.com. The latest BCT show blog will feature cast news, rehearsal and schedule updates, ticket information and more as the next FCOA production takes shape.

Directed by Nick Mitchell, making his directing debut at the BCT following on the heels of his stage debut as General Harrison Howell in Kiss Me Kate. Nick is a partner in Empty Jug Productions, a Pittsburgh-based production company.

Kiss Me Kate returns to the main stage this weekend, Fri-Sun June 26-28 (Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm, Sun 2pm). Join us as we close out the final three performances and return to backstage of the Ford's Theatre in Baltimore for Fred Graham's triumphant production of The Taming of the Shrew.
You can view photos and reviews of the show, and it's progress since auditions at the show blog: kissmekate-bct.blogspot.com Please note that Saturday's performance begins at 8:30pm due to the parade.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Odd Couple Cast Announced

FCOA and the Barrow-Civic are pleased to announce the cast for the 2009 production of The Odd Couple.

Oscar Madison-Bill Nichols
Felix Ungar-Christian Marshall
Murray-Bill Hennessy
Speed-Nick Keeley
Roy-Ben Bodamer
Vinnie-Andy Coleman
Cecily Pigeon-Katie Kirby-Rogers
Gwendolyn Pigeon-Lisa Harry

The Odd Couple is directed by Nick Mitchell, with Cooper Oliver & Mary Anne WIlkinson as producers on behalf of Franklin Civic Operetta Association.
Show date are August 7-8 and 14-16 at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin, PA. Tickets available online at www.barrowtheatre.com or through the Box Office at 800-537-7769 or 814-437-3440

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Audition Notice

Audition Notice for FCOA's upcoming production of "The Odd Couple."

Auditions for "The Odd Couple" will take place Saturday JUNE 20 and Sunday JUNE 21 (2pm both days) in the BCT Little Theatre (use alley door). The show is being directed by Nick Mitchell, currently onstage at the Barrow-Civic as General Harrison Howell in Kiss Me Kate.

Nick brings a background in acting, directing and producing shows. He currently runs Empty Jug Productions in Pittsburgh, PA.

Auditioners should come prepared to cold-read from the script. Six male and two female actors are needed - adult roles.

For more information, contact the theatre at 814-437-3440.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Box Office News for June 12

This week's Box Office news copy - as published in the Good Times of The Derrick and News Herald papers. Click picture to enlarge and read.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Kiss Me Kate begins final rehearsals

Kiss Me Kate, opening June 19 on the Barrow-Civic Theatre Main Stage, is entering it's final weeks of rehearsals as a cast of thirty makes final preparations to bring Cole Porter's award-winning musical alive.

Pictured are Bret Sloan as Petruchio, Jamie Agnello as Katharine, Jacob Krupitzer as Lucentio, and Terri Gilmore as Bianca.

Join us June 19-20 and 26-28 at the Barrow-Civic Theatre for Kiss Me Kate. Visit the show blog at http://kissmekate-bct.blogspot.com for cast spotlights, show information and more.

Buy your tickets at http://www.barrowtheatre.com/ or through the box office at 814-437-3440 or 800-537-7769.