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Fire & Ice Players
The Laramie Project: A Staged Readings
Directed by Amy Ticho and Jessi Hersman
Fire and Ice Players is pleased to present our first show of the season. The Laramie Project is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version, the 8-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, recording hours of interviews with the town's citizens over a 2-year period. The script focuses on the troupe's visit, using the actual words from the transcripts to create a portrait of a town forced to confront itself. This show is recommended for ages 14 and older. Performances will be held virtually and live on February 26 and 270 at 7 pm. Ticketing information will be available at bigdealproductions.org beginning on February 8. Tickets will cost $10 per device. For more information, contact Jessi Hersman at 847.850.2152.
Bad Auditions…On Camera - A Stay At-Home Play
Friday, February 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 20 at 1:30 pm
Big Deal Productions is thrilled to present Bad Auditions…On Camera - A Stay At-Home Play. This hilarious comedy follows a couple of casting directors and their quirky assistant who have one day to find an actor to fill the role of a lawyer in a crime TV 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 pharmaceutical 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!
All virtual tickets will be available for a fee of $12 per screen, plus a $0.95 service fee. Please note: Virtual tickets for this performance must be secured no later than 12 pm on the day prior to the performance. All guests who purchase a ticket for the show will receive the production Zoom link and performance details no later than 7 pm on the day before their selected performance. The information will be sent to the email address that was used to purchase the ticket. A separate email address must be used for each screen. For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132.
10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Spring Young Adult Theater Production
Directed by Lindsay Grandt
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 - 8 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 8 performers. 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 $200, which includes 8 weeks of in-person theatre instruction, a script, and a show t-shirt. Rehearsals for this production will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 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 – 8:30 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.
Performances are scheduled for April 23 - 25. Audition appointments can be reserved online by clicking on the link below. Actors will be asked to attach a digital headshot (professional photos not required) and resume when they complete their digital audition packet. If you do not have a resume, you will have the opportunity to list your recent theatrical experiences on the audition packet. Additionally, prospective participants will need to indicate their potential rehearsal conflicts at this time. Please be sure to review the production calendar below prior to booking your audition appointment. Audition appointments are limited, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The online audition signup will close on Monday, February 15 at 5 pm.
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. For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132.
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.