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The Shanachie Theater / Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
« on: March 24, 2019, 12:22:44 PM »

Martha - Annabeth Caldwell
George - Jakob
Nick - Marcus Spencer
Honey - Kiri Calderon

The Shanachie Theater / The Woman In Black
« on: February 04, 2019, 12:46:18 PM »

Arthur Kipps - Marcus Spencer
The Actor - Jakob

((Note - The Woman In Black herself goes uncredited, but is performed by Annabeth Caldwell.))

The Shanachie Theater / The Foreigner
« on: November 24, 2018, 11:34:17 AM »

Charlie Baker - Jakob
S/Sgt. "Froggy" LeSueur - Marcus Spencer
Betty Meeks - Kiri Calderon
Rev. David Marshall Lee - Laurence Hale
Catherine Simms - Annabeth Caldwell
Ellard Simms - Byron Warren
Owen Musser - Cary Lyons

The Shanachie Theater / Six Characters in Search of an Author
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:56:44 PM »

The Father  - Asher Price
The Step-Daughter - Kiri Calderon
The Mother  - Annabeth Caldwell
The Son  - Jakob
The Director  - Marcus Spencer
The Boy  - Doran Ilnaren
The Child  - Mairead Harker
Madame Pace  - Leah Fuller
Leading Lady - Helen Payne
Leading Man - Byron Warren
Second Lady  - Phyllis Miller
Juvenile Lead - Cary Lyons
Prompter - Laurence Hale

The Shanachie Theater / Roll Call 2018-2019
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:22:19 AM »
The list of performers for the current season at the Shanachie Theater:

Theater Company

Debbie Adkins
Felix Bailey
Beatrice Benson
Hector Brady
Anya Chavez
Carina Cox
Saila DeFortes
Alexandra Doyle
April Flores
Belle Gallows
Dorian Hadley
Katherine Hernandez
Jessica Houston
Starbuck Jones
Evelyn Little
Amos Maxwell
Leslie Moody
Garry Poole
Asher Price
Renee Russell
Brendryck Stormgaard
Rolando Tucker
Eregor Tur Gairdin
Darrell Webster

Mairead Harker
Doran Ilnaren
Asher Price
Josh Stuart


Kiri Calderon
Annabeth Caldwell
Leah Fuller
Laurence Hale
Cary Lyons
Phyllis Miller
Helen Payne
Marcus Spencer
Byron Warren

Doran Ilnaren
Mairead Harker
Asher Price
Eregor Tur Gairdin

Ballet Troupe


Christian Benoit
Merethyl Benoit
Eeva Cohen
Josette Wheeler
James Willis
Pearl Fand

Corps de Ballet:

Katy Lonergan
Serena Smythe
Julianne Dodd
Sofia Aldrich
Darren Shaw
Michael Blanchard

Anthony De Luca
Anya De Luca
Alexei Barinov
Mairead Harker

Please note - the Shanachie STARS are also considered members of the theater companies, and may be asked to take on roles.

The Shanachie Theater / Auditions 2018
« on: August 25, 2018, 09:58:20 AM »
Applicants entering the theater by the stage door will be directed to the auditorium. In the middle of the stalls will be sat the producing directors of the theater, the director, and the musical director. At the front row is set up a lit table, from which application forms may be taken and filled out. A sign on said table requests that these forms be returned as promptly as possible.

Company Applied for (Theater/Repertory/Ballet/Band):Please include a preference to be a regular or guest performer

Name (inc. title):


Is there anything concerning your medical history or state of health that is relevant to your application? Yes*/No (*If you answer Yes please give details):

How much notice do you need to give to your current employer, if currently employed?

Previous training pertinent to this application (if any):

Previous experience pertinent to this application (if any):

Do you have any criminal convictions? Yes*/No (If you answer Yes please give details):

[size=9]Please note - The positions offered by the Shanachie Theater are full time and salaried. Members of the Company and Band will be expected to keep to a strict rehearsal and performance schedule. Sick and holiday pay is non-negotiable and subject to duration of employment. The directorship withhold the right to terminate employment, should contractual obligations not be met[/size].

The structure of the Theater Company auditions will be as follows - group warm ups, followed by individual dance, singing, and acting interviews. They will be asked to learn and repeat one dance routine, perform one pre-prepared song, and one pre-prepared scene.

Applicants for the positions in the Repertory Company will be interviewed individually. They will be asked to perform a prepared audition piece of their own choosing, and sight-read and perform a monologue chosen by the in-house director.

Applicants for positions in the Ballet Troupe will be invited back to audition with Anthony and Anastasia De Luca. There will be set pieces, as well as a solo and group audition.

[size=9]((OOC Note - The Shanachie Theater Companies and House Band are intended to be a platform for players to expand their horizons among the community. Applications can be considered to be successful if made. Regular play, in forums and/or live, would be very much appreciated where time permits. Player's names will be attached to the pertinent productions in varying roles, unless they specifically state otherwise. Please note, if you are currently on the Roll Call of the Shanachie's Companies, you will need to add your details to this thread, or contact me directly, to keep that place in the Shanachie line up. In light of the last couple of years experience at this, I am also adding that should your character join the Shanachie and then do absolutely nothing - play in the rooms, post on the boards, etc - for an extended period of time, I will remove your character from the roll call. Love ya!))[/size]

Of Gall And Grangers / First Sight
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:49:11 PM »
"... in horror, Juliet - that's you - stabbed herself through the heart and died."

Mataya gestured toward the little girl currently sitting on the floor next to another little boy and winked. The girl mimed stabbing herself, over-egging her death scene to the tune of giggles from their interactive audience before finally falling onto her back and snickering quietly as Mataya grinned over at Jon. They'd been running interactive Shakespeare shows together for the summer, but for some reason death scenes always went down well.

"And then, of course, the Watch arrives, along with the Capulets and Montagues, too late to save the star-crossed lovers. Seeing their children dead, they agree at last to end their feud and promise to live in peace with each other from then on," Jon took over for Mataya, gesturing for the two boys who were playing Lords Capulet and Montague to step forward and shake hands to seal the agreement.

There was a fair amount of embarrassment from the boys who, despite having volunteered, were slightly awkward about actually performing.

"And the play closes on the last words of the Prince," Mataya told the crowd of children watching them. "A glooming peace this morning with it brings; the sun, for sorrow, will not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things - some shall be pardon'd, and some punished. For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

"What does woe mean? Is that like saying whoa to a horse?" a voice from the back of the pack of children piped up, raising an arm above his head and waving it to get someone's attention.

 "Uh, woe means ..." Jon glanced at Mataya a moment before charging ahead with an answer. "Woe is sadness. Have you ever heard someone say 'Woe is me'? That usually means they're feeling sad about something. It's a different kind of woe than the whoa you say to get a horse to slow down."

Another hand rose in the gathering of children. "And they just [die?" a boy asked, apparently shocked. "It's not a happy ending?"

Mataya smiled gently. "No, it isn't," she agreed. "Romeo and Juliet is what's known as a tragedy play. In tragedies, very often the main characters die, usually because of a misunderstanding."

"But why did their families hate each other?" another child asked, raising yet another hand into the air.

"The play doesn't really say, but we're to assume it's because of some long-standing disagreement," Jon answered.

"But that's stupid," interjected another child. "It's like people hating elves just because they have pointy ears."

"The play was written in a time on Earth when countries went to war with each other over the smallest things," Mataya explained, letting the performers find their seats in the makeshift audience. "Bigotry - hating people for being different to you - it is stupid, and it often ends in tragedy. Shakespeare was writing about the world that he lived in."

"They should have just run away from home together and got married and had kids and lived happily ever after," another child blurted - this one a girl who didn't even bother to raise her hand. Her comment was met with mostly nods and murmurs of agreement.

"Well, that's what they were trying to do," Jon said. "But it wasn't that simple."

Another hand went up, big dark blue eyes wide with the hope of being called on. "You know you said that girls didn't act," this little girl said thoughtfully. "Does that mean Juliet was a boy in a dress?"

"When people first started performing Shakespeare's plays, yes, but not anymore. Nowadays, an actress would play the part of Juliet," Jon replied. "If any of you are interested, there's a program called STARS where you can learn more about the theater."

"That little packet under your chair has all the information about STARS in it, and a little comic of Romeo and Juliet, just in case we totally failed to actually get the story across," Mataya told them, glancing at the clock. "We hope you enjoyed Romeo and Juliet - when we come back next week, we'll be doing A Midsummer Night's Dream. In which nobody dies."

There was a ripple of giggles at the comical expression on her face.

"Thank goodness!" Jon exclaimed with an exaggerated sigh of relief and a grin on his face. This week, they had given them tragedy; next week, they'd give them comedy - each equally important facets of the theater. "Now, I believe there's milk and cookies on the table at the back of the room."

Dismissed, there was a scramble to get to the snacks first. Mataya snorted with laughter, turning to pick up the props that had been discarded. "That went well, huh?"

"I think so, so long as they don't get too carried away with the sword-fighting," he said, as he stooped to pick up the plastic swords there were part of the props.

"Well, we didn't have any injuries today, and there is a lot of sword fighting in R&J," 'Taya pointed out with a smile. "That was fun, though."

"Um ... excuse me?"

She glanced over her shoulder to find one of the girls standing uncertainly nearby, apparently having foregone her chance for cookies to come and say hello to them.

Jon turned, as well, one child-sized plastic sword held in each hand. "Yes?" he asked, with a friendly smile, recognizing the girl as the one who had asked about whether boys had once played the girls' parts.

The little girl looked to be about ten years old, brown hair in a bob and hands in the pockets of her denim dungarees. She glanced between the two adults curiously. "Um ... why didn't the nurse tell Juliet what happened?" she asked.

"She probably just forgot," Jon explained, though the real reason was that Shakespeare simply had to write it that way. "What do you think would have happened if she had told her?" he asked, turning the question back around on her, as he crouched down in front of her so that he was looming over her.

The little girl considered this for a moment, chewing on her lower lip. "It wouldn't have changed anything, would it?" she said eventually. "'Cos ... 'cos Juliet still woke up after Romeo did the stupid and died."

"Exactly!" exclaimed Jon, beaming a smile full of praise. "But that's why it's called a tragedy. Because it doesn't have a happy ending. And there's a lesson to be learned there, too, don't you think?" he asked.

The child frowned, still chewing on her lip. "Don't be a idiot and stab someone just 'cos they're annoying?" she suggested, with a small sparkle in her eyes that suggested she knew this wasn't the answer he was looking for.

He chuckled. "That's pretty good advice, but no ... I think it's more about not holding grudges. What do you think, 'Tay?" he asked, glancing up at his companion, but remaining crouched near the girl.

"Mm?" Mataya moved to crouch with him with a warm smile. "Are we talking about the moral of the story here?" she asked. "Because I always thought that it should have been about not making assumptions and waiting to know all the facts before you act."

"Well, there's that, too, but don't you think the bigger message is not to hold grudges? If the Montagues and Capulets weren't feuding, Romeo and Juliet wouldn't have been forbidden from being together," Jon reasoned, though he understood Mataya's point of view.

The Shanachie Theater / Cyrano de Bergerac
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:21:46 PM »

Cyrano de Bergerac - Aristotle Kruger Allen
Christian de Neuvillette - Marcus Spencer
Roxane - Kiri Calderon
Comte de Guiche - Eregor Tur Gairdin
Ragueneau - Byron Warren
Le Bret - Yasmin
Valvert - Cary Lyons
Duenna - Annabeth Caldwell
Lise - Saila DeFortes

The Shanachie Theater / Lady Windermere's Fan
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:40:24 AM »
Cast - principals only[/i]

Lord Windermere - Marcus Spencer
Lord Darlington - Aristotle Kruger
Lord Augustus Lorton - Eregor Tur Gairdin
Lady Windermere - Annabeth Caldwell
Mrs. Erlynne - Kiri Calderon

The Shanachie Theater / The Rocky Horror Show
« on: June 10, 2018, 10:07:54 AM »

Usherette - Carina Cox
Janet Weiss - Belle Gallows
Brad Majors - Dorian Hadley
Riff Raff - Asher Price
Magenta - Yasmin
Columbia - Saila DeFortes
Frank N. Furter - Eregor Tur Gairdin
Rocky - Craig Cleric
Eddie - Brendryck Stormgaard
Doctor Everett Scott - Amos Maxwell

Narrators - Mataya De Luca / Jonathan Granger

The Shanachie Theater / Hamilton
« on: May 15, 2018, 08:55:21 AM »

Alexander Hamilton - Craig Cleric
Eliza Hamilton - Yasmin
Aaron Burr - Brendryck Stormgaard
Angelica Schuyler - Saila DeFortes
Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson - Asher Price
George Washington - Dorian Hadley
King George III - Eregor Tur Gairden
John Laurens / Philip Hamilton - Amos Maxwell
Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds - Belle Gallows
Hercules Mulligan / James Madison - Rolando Tucker

The Shanachie Theater / Camelot
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:48:43 AM »

King Arthur - Eregor Tur Gairdin
Queen Guinevere - Carina Cox
Sir Lancelot - Asher Price
Merlyn - Bob
Pellinore - Brendryck Stormgaard
Mordred - Dorian Hadley
Sir Dinadan -Craig Cleric
Morgan le Fay - Belle Gallows
Tom of Warwick  - Doran Ilnaren
Lady Catherine - Yasmin
Nimue - Saila DeFortes
Sir Lionel - Josh Stuart
Sir Ozanna - Amos Maxwell
Sir Sagramore - Darrell Webster

The Shanachie Theater / The Lion King
« on: February 06, 2018, 11:42:01 AM »

Simba - Craig Cleric
Scar - Gary Poole
Mufasa - Hector Brady
Nala - Saila DeFortes
Rafiki - Belle Gallows
Timon - Asher Price
Pumbaa - Brendryck Stormgaard
Zazu - Dorian Hadley
Shenzi - Darrell Webster
Banzai - Evelyn Little
Ed - Amos Maxwell
Sarabi - Yassidy
Young Simba - Robert Mallory/Doran Ilnaren
Young Nala - Margaret Lassiter/Penny

The Shanachie Theater / Peter Pan Goes Wrong
« on: December 17, 2017, 11:57:33 AM »

Peter Pan - Cary Lyons
Wendy - Annabeth Caldwell
Mr Darling/Captain Hook - Aristotle Kruger
Mrs Darling/Liza/Tinkerbell/Tiger Lily/Pirate 4 - Kiri Calderon-Spencer
John/Smee - Doran Ilnaren
Michael/The Crocodile/Peter Pan - Byron Warren
Nana/Peter's Shadow/Mr Starkey - Eregor T?r Gaird?n
Tootles/ The Narrator - Leah Fuller
The Narrator - Jonathan Granger
Stage manager/Peter Pan - Marcus Spencer

Special guest appearance by the staff of the Shanachie Lower Bar

The Shanachie Theater / A New Hire
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:33:12 PM »
Dear Ms. De Luca,

I hope this letter finds you happy and in good health this holiday season! Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Raul Stoneson, add I have recently returned to Rhy'din after several years abroad, studying the theatrical arts, and most particularly, the craft of makeup for stage and screen. I write to inquire if you have any available positions at the Shanachie for someone of my skills. Of course I understand that you couldn't really consider such a request sight unseen, and so I have enclosed some photographs of my work.

*several photos of actors in makeup are included in the envelope, ranging from simple enhancements to full-on masks and prosthetic appliances*

Should no opening be available, I certainly understand and thank you for your time in reading this letter.

At your service,
Raul Stoneson

Mataya grinned as she reached the end of the letter. This was close to perfectly timed - she, Ludo, Tony, and Jon had just finished putting together the schedule for next year's season, and they were going to be opening in February with something that was definitely going to need an expert in exactly the area this Raul Stoneson declared himself to be. She much preferred physical effects to magical ones, herself, and she knew from the statements of some of the actors that they, too, had a preference for being able to inhabit their characters in the dressing rooms, rather than having to rush through the magical transformation in the wings.

Picking up her pen, she was delighted to be able to write back almost immediately.

Dear Mr. Stoneson,

I cannot tell you how delighted I am that you would consider the Shanachie as a place of employment. I am very happy to be able to offer you a senior position in our make-up and costuming department. Your contract, job description, and sundry details are enclosed in this letter. There will be a period of probation, lasting six weeks, to ensure you are comfortable within our sometimes odd little theater, after which I am hopeful you will wish to continue on with us.

Welcome to the Shanachie!

All the best,
Mataya De Luca

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