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Dear Friends of Big Deal Productions,
We hope this message finds you safe, healthy and enjoying these last days of summer. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have had to make significant changes to the 2020-21 Big Deal Productions season. Below are the plans for the upcoming fall season; and, we will announce details for winter and spring in the future. Our number one priority is always the safety of our participants and staff. We remain committed to keeping the arts alive in Buffalo Grove, but only in a manner that is prudent, and follows strict measures and recommendations for safety.
As you have most likely suspected, we will not be producing Matilda, Jr. for the fall 2020 children’s theater production. Due to gathering restrictions and the “super-spreading” that is associated with group singing, we do not feel it is appropriate to offer a large-scale musical at this time. Of course, we are disappointed; but, we will look forward to producing Matilda, Jr. at the Community Arts Center when it is safe to do so.
Additionally, we will be postponing the fall non-musical production of Blithe Spirit until Fall 2021. Although this show features a smaller cast than a musical, and does not involve singing, we do not feel that the current safety protocols we would need to employ to keep the actors, staff and audience safe would best serve the show. We are very much looking forward to bringing this wonderful story to the Community Arts Center stage, and will do so when the show can be produced in the manner in which it was intended.
Although these postponements can be disheartening, we are encouraged and excited by the prospect of bringing some brand new and unique programming to the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Big Deal community this fall. We are pleased to announce that we are offering new mainstage productions and programming in the form of Radio Plays, as well as 2 new auditioned performance troupes for young actors. These productions and troupes can be rehearsed and produced in a safe, socially distant manner, with both actors and in-person audience members in required face coverings.
The Radio Plays will be open to young performers (specifics listed below), and will be double-cast to ensure that all rehearsals are conducted in a socially distanced fashion. The performance troupes will be limited to a maximum of 13 participants per troupe. In-person tickets for all performances at the Community Arts Center will be limited to no more than 30. In-person seats will be spread out according to state guidelines, and will safely accommodate an audience of this size in our auditorium that traditionally seats 361. In addition to the maximum of 30 in-person tickets, we will also be offering a live-stream option at a reduced fee for guests who would prefer to enjoy the show from their home.
Big Deal Productions will also be offering a variety of virtual only programs this fall. More information on these programs will be available in the upcoming Park District September brochure, and will be posted on our various social media platforms as details become available.
A detailed look at our plans for this fall’s season can be found below. As always, contact us with any questions.
The Big Deal Productions Staff
Buffalo Grove Park District
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 and 6 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.
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 and 5 at 7:30 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
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play
2020 Holiday Production
Directed by Beverly Preuss
Big Deal Productions is thrilled to announce auditions for our holiday 2020 presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. This charming production features a condensed radio broadcast version of the classic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Auditions are open to all performers ages 8 - 20, and will be held on Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6 from 6 - 8:30 pm at the Community Arts Center. Callbacks (if necessary) will be held on Wednesday, October 7 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.
If cast in the show, there is a participation fee of $210, which includes top-notch theatre instruction, a digital script, and a show t-shirt. In order to maintain proper social distancing during the rehearsal process, this production will be double-cast. One cast will rehearse on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The other cast will rehearse on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Interested participants will have the opportunity to indicate their preference/availability on the audition paperwork. We cannot guarantee these requests, but will do our best to accommodate.
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 vintage costume pieces will be provided, as needed.
Performances are scheduled for November 13 - 22. Audition appointments can be reserved by clicking on the link below. Please note that we are using a new audition signup 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 below prior to booking your audition appointment. Auditions 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.
For more information on Radio Plays, 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.