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It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Fall 2020 Youth Production
Directed by Beverly Preuss

Big Deal Productions is pleased to present It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play for the fall 2020 youth production.  This beloved holiday gem comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, following the life of idealistic George Bailey and all of the other beloved characters from Bedford Falls. Presented by some of Buffalo Grove’s very talented young performers, this heart-warming classic arrives at the Community Arts Center just in time for the holidays!

Performances will be streamed for viewing on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 at 2 pm.  Streaming fees are only $10 per screen. Please click on the date and time of the performance you’d like to virtually attend to pre-order your streaming access.  After you reserve your access, you will receive a confirmation email from our partners at broadwayondemand.com.  You will then receive a link for direct access to the streamed performanceapproximately 2 hours prior to the performance.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Lindsay Grandt at lindsay@bgparks.org or 847.850.2132 with any questions.

Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm

Friday, November 20 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 21 at 2 pm

Sunday, November 22 at 2 pm

Imagination Players

Storybook Classics
Grades 2 - 5
Directed by Cathy Jacobson

This group will focus on bringing to life some of your favorite storybook classics to the stage in a unique and fun way. Performances will be held at the Community Arts Center on December 3 at 7 pm, and December 5 at 2 pm. Extremely limited in-person tickets will be available for purchase starting on November 10 for $12 per ticket. No more than 30 tickets ill be sold for each individual performance. The seats will be assigned in a socially distant manner in our large auditorium, which has a normal capacity of over 400 people. All audience members, as well as the actors on stage will be required to wear a face covering while inside the Community Arts Center. Please note: The production will also be live streamed during each performance for a cost of only $10 per device. For more information, contact Jessi Hersman at 847.850.2152.

Compass Players

Stories From Screens
Grades 6 - 10
Directed by Emma Harmon

This group will focus on actual scenes from the screen, and will develop, embody and become famous characters that we all know and love. Performances will be held at the Community Arts Center on December 4 at 7 pm, and December 6 at 2 pm. Extremely limited in-person tickets will be available for purchase starting on November 10 for $12 per ticket. No more than 30 tickets ill be sold for each individual performance. The seats will be assigned in a socially distant manner in our large auditorium, which has a normal capacity of over 400 people. All audience members, as well as the actors on stage will be required to wear a face covering while inside the Community Arts Center. Please note: The production will also be live streamed during each performance for a cost of only $10 per device. For more information, contact Jessi Hersman at 847.850.2152.

Troupe Cast Lists

 

Upcoming Auditions

Bad Auditions…On Camera - A Stay-At-Home Play

Young Adult Production

Big Deal Productions is thrilled to present Bad Auditions…On Camera - A Stay-At-Home Play as this year’s young adult virtual production. This hilarious comedy follows a casting director who has one day to find an actor to fill the role of a lawyer in a crime procedural. What seems like a simple task proves impossible when the pool of actors includes stage thespians who can't tone it down for the screen, performers completely unable to keep themselves in frame, and an actor who seems to believe this is a toothpaste commercial. The Zoom audience will join in on the fun as they vote for whom they think should get the role. Join us for a chance to step behind the doors of a casting session in this hysterical, fully virtual romp!

This production is open to all performers in grades 6 - 12. Auditions will be conducted via Zoom on the evening of Wednesday, December 9. Auditions can be reserved online at bigdealproductions.org starting on December 1. The online audition signup will close at 1 pm on Wednesday, December 9. Please note: We are using a new audition reservation system for this production. Participants will be asked to attach a digital headshot (professional photos not required) and resume when they book their audition. If you do not have a resume, you will have the opportunity to list your recent theatrical experiences on the online audition form. Additionally, prospective participants will need to indicate their potential rehearsal conflicts at this time. Please be sure to review the production calendar at bigdealproductions.org prior to booking your audition appointment.

If cast in this production, a registration fee of $150 will be due for all cast members. This fee includes 7 weeks of theater instruction via Zoom rehearsals, a virtual script, and a show t-shirt. Virtual rehearsals for this production will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:45 pm, and Saturdays from 11 am - 12:15 pm. An additional tech rehearsal will be held in the evening on Thursday, February 18.

This production will be presented virtually on February 19 at 7:30 pm, and February 20 at 1:30 pm. All virtual tickets will be per screen, and will be available for a fee of $12 per screen. For information on how to access the virtual performance, please visit bigdealproductions.org on or after February 5. Please note: Virtual tickets for this performance must be secured no less than 24 hours prior to the performance. Please be sure to secure your spot early. For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132.

 

Dear Edwina Online Edition

Youth Production

Big Deal Productions is excited to present Dear Edwina Online Edition for the winter 2021 virtual youth musical. Dear Edwina follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly "Advice-a-Palooza.” Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods, to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs.

This virtual musical production is open to performers in grades 2 - 5. Auditions will be conducted via Flipgrid video submission. Detailed instructions, a production calendar, and submission deadlines will be posted at bigdealproductions.org no later than December 11. If necessary, Zoom callbacks will be held in the evening on Tuesday, January 5.

If cast in this production, a registration fee of $170 will be due for all cast members. This fee includes 8 weeks of theater instruction via Zoom rehearsals, a virtual script, and a show t-shirt. Virtual rehearsals for this production will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 - 7:45 pm, and Saturdays from 9:30 - 10:45 am in January and February. Additional tech rehearsals will be held in the evening on Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4.

This production will be presented virtually on March 5 at 7:30 pm, and March 6 at 1:30 pm. All virtual tickets will be per screen, and will be available for a fee of $12 per screen. For information on how to access the virtual performance, please visit bigdealproductions.org on or after February 19. Please note: Virtual tickets for this performance must be secured no less than 24 hours prior to the performance. Please be sure to secure your spot early. For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132.

 

10 Ways To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

Youth Production

Big Deal Productions is thrilled to present auditions for 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. This side-splitting show is perfect for teen and tween performers, and will come in very handy as it guides the audience on how to survive a zombie apocalypse (hint - sacrifice the weak is step number one)!

Auditions are open to all performers in grades 6 - 12, and will be held on Tuesday, February 16 from 6 - 9 pm at the Community Arts Center. Callbacks (if necessary) will be held on Wednesday, February 17 in the evening. Please prepare a 1-minute monologue (either comedic or dramatic is acceptable), and be prepared to do a cold read from the script, if requested. All performers and staff will be required to wear a face covering when inside the Community Arts Center, including during auditions. Due to gathering size restrictions, the cast for this production will be limited to no more than 15. In the event that interest exceeds capacity, we will double cast the production, and offer additional rehearsal days. Please contact the producer for further information on this.

If cast in the show, there is a participation fee of $210, which includes top-notch in-person theatre instruction, a script, and a show t-shirt. Rehearsals for this production will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 9 pm, and Saturdays from 10 - 11:45 am. In the event that this production is double cast, we will hold additional rehearsals on Mondays from 6:30 - 9 pm, and Saturdays from 12 - 1:45 pm. Cast members will be responsible for securing appropriate footwear/ tights/undergarments and stage make-up for the show. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, performers will also be responsible for providing the foundational aspects of their costume (pants, skirt, shirt, etc.) from their own home, which should not require actors to purchase anything new. Supplemental accessories and “zombie” costume pieces will be provided as needed. 40

Performances are scheduled for April 22 - 25. Audition appointments can be reserved online at bigdealproductions.org starting on January 13. Please note: We are using a new audition reservation system for this production. Participants will be asked to attach a digital headshot (professional photos not required) and resume when they book their audition. If you do not have a resume, you will have the opportunity to list your recent theatrical experiences on the online audition form. Additionally, prospective participants will need to indicate their potential rehearsal conflicts at this time. Please be sure to review the production calendar at bigdealproductions.org prior to booking your audition appointment. Audition appointments are limited, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please note: Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, this program has been designed to run in-person, as well as virtually, should in-person programs be suspended. No refunds will be issued if the format changes from in-person to virtual.

 

Advanced Theatre Company Prep

Grade: 5

Big Deal Productions is pleased to announce a new section for our 5th grade students that are interested in becoming a part of the Advanced Theatre Company Program. Class will meet on Wednesdays from 4 - 5 pm from February 3 through May 26. This group will focus on a wide variety of both global and unique techniques that will help your actor grow as a human, and as an artist. Current Advanced Theatre Company students will not need to audition, but will need to register. The winter session will cumulate in a showcase on May 27. This program will be hybrid, with some classes meeting in-person, and some classes meeting virtually.

Auditions will be submitted virtually through FlipGrid, and must be sent by January 24. You will be asked to film a monologue or song of your choice that is 60 - 90 seconds in length. If accepted into the program, the cost will be $150. For more information, and to learn how to submit your audition and fill out the necessary paperwork, contact Jessi Hersman at 847.850.2152.

 

Advanced Theatre Company

Grade: 6 - 12

Big Deal Productions is pleased to announce auditions for Advanced Theatre Company. Class will meet on Thursdays (exact times depend on placement) from February 4 through May 27. This group will focus on a wide variety of both global and unique techniques that will help your actor grow as a human, and as an artist. Students currently in the program will not need to audition, but will need to register. The winter session will culminate in a showcase on May 27. Our hope is that this program will be hybrid, with some classes meeting in-person, and some classes meeting virtually.

Auditions will be submitted virtually through FlipGrid, and must be sent by January 24. You will be asked to film a monologue or song of your choice that is 60 - 90 seconds in length. If accepted into the program, the cost will be $150. For more information, and to learn how to submit your audition and fill out the necessary paperwork, contact Jessi Hersman at 847.850.2152.


Volunteers

The Buffalo Grove Park District Performing Arts is looking for volunteers to help with our upcoming productions. We are looking for people willing to usher at performances, assist with set building/painting, help with costumes and a variety of other tasks related to putting on large scale productions. For more information about volunteering, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132.

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