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The Shanachie Theater / Re: Important Announcements
« on: December 15, 2021, 08:26:10 AM »
Just FYI, the Shanachie Theater is now closed indefinitely.

The Shanachie Theater / Re: Backstage - The OOC Thread
« on: August 02, 2021, 01:57:10 PM »
What he said.

The Shanachie Theater / Re: The Shanachie Theater Calendar
« on: January 03, 2021, 04:31:17 PM »
In case anyone missed it, the theater is closed for maintenance until the end of January. Enjoy your break, everyone! We'll be back with new shows come February! :)

The Shanachie Theater / Re: Important Announcements
« on: December 13, 2020, 03:26:35 PM »
Just pointing this out in case anyone missed it. ;D

Shanachie Holiday Party

The Shanachie Theater / Re: The Green Room
« on: December 13, 2020, 03:06:07 PM »
The following announcement is tacked up in the Green Room, along with a copy of the invitations that were sent out to all cast and crew members of the Shanachie Theater.

All cast and crew members of the Shanachie Theater companies are cordially invited to attend a holiday party to be held in the Upper Bar on December 27th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Shanachie Theater.

Families are also invited to attend, and children are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and there will be crafts and games for the kids, as well as a special appearance by St. Nick.

This is our way of thanking everyone for being part of our theater family, so please come celebrate the season with all of us at the Shanachie Theater.

((Details will be forthcoming and can be found here: Shanachie Holiday Party.)).

The Shanachie Theater / Shanachie Holiday Party
« on: December 13, 2020, 02:41:48 PM »
All cast and crew members of the Shanachie Theater companies are cordially invited to attend a holiday party to be held in the Upper Bar on December 27th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Shanachie Theater.

Bring a guest, spouse, or significant other. Children are also welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be crafts and games for the kids, as well as a visit from St. Nick.

This is our way of thanking everyone for being part of our theater family, so please come celebrate the season with all of us at the Shanachie.

((This will be a board only event. Stay tuned to this thread, as details will be forthcoming soon!))

The Shanachie Theater / Re: How The Grinch Stole Christmas - The Musical
« on: December 12, 2020, 03:31:48 PM »

An elderly dog carrying a battered suitcase appears, listening to carolers in the distance. He puts a paw to his ear and hears the voices of Whos from long ago (“Welcome, Christmas”). Suddenly the past becomes the present, and we’re in Who-ville at the holidays (“Who Likes Christmas?”). The memory fades and is replaced by the old dog’s younger self: it’s Max, the Grinch’s pooch (“This Time of Year”). But Old Max and Young Max hear an ominous chord and from an icy hole in the mountain the Grinch himself appears! (“I Hate Christmas Eve”) But why does he hate Christmas so?

We see a wild, nightmarish version of Christmas as the Grinch sees it, with hordes of toy-crazed children (“Whatchamawho”). We see the Whos caroling as the Grinch sees them (“Welcome, Christmas” and “I Hate Christmas Eve” reprises). And then … the Grinch gets an awful idea: he’ll stop Christmas from coming, and now he knows how!

In Who-ville the unsuspecting Whos go holiday shopping (“It’s the Thought That Counts”) while the Grinch sneaks about town in disguise, stealing what he needs for his awful plot: red fabric and a pair of antlers. Back home in his cave the Grinch ties the antlers to Young Max’s head (“This Time of Year” reprise). Then, the Grinch dresses himself as Santa Claus! (“One of a Kind”). He harnesses the poor dog to a ramshackle sleigh and hurtles down the mountain to Who-ville (“Down the Mountain”). Meanwhile the grownups wrap presents and remember Christmases gone by, while the Who-kids sleep (“Now’s the Time”). But when everyone has gone to bed, the Grinch and Young Max slide down a chimney and emerge from a Who fireplace, and the old green meanie starts stealing Christmas! (“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”).

When everything has been stuffed up the chimney except the tree, young Cindy-Lou Who interrupts the fake Santa. She buys his lie that he’s old Saint Nick, and assures him she’ll never forget him (“Santa for a Day”). Cindy-Lou almost melts his small heart, but in the end he sends her to bed and steals her tree!

The Grinch steals Christmas from every Who-home. He loads the presents and toys and all the food onto his sleigh, and whipping his whip, drives through the night to the top of Mount Crumpit. He waits there for morning, to hear the sad cries of the Whos as they discover their happiness has been stolen. But what he hears from down below shocks him (“Who Likes Christmas?” reprise). He hasn’t stolen Christmas after all! The Whos are still happy!

Maybe, he wonders, their happiness isn’t the toys and the gifts and the feasts that he stole! (“One of a Kind” reprise). Even Cindy-Lou remembers him … with love! Painfully, the Grinch comes to realize that Christmas is not something that comes from a store, and that a Who is whoever can be of good cheer – including him!

Old Max has remembered it all, this special Christmas when everything changed for the better. Now, he’s ready to say goodbye (“This Time of Year” reprise). Down in Who-ville the Whos hold hands and celebrate (“Welcome, Christmas” reprise) But a crazy horn blast interrupts them, and the Grinch – still dressed as Santa – rides into town with Young Max and a sleigh full of gifts. He’s finally able, with Cindy-Lou Who’s help, to wish them all a Merry Christmas from the bottom of his three-sizes bigger heart! A gigantic Christmas wreath descends and frames them all.

The curtain falls. When it rises again, we see the holiday miracle as Dr. Seuss illustrated it on the story-book’s final pages: the Grinch and all the Whos, hand in hand on a glowing horizon, singing for joy! (Bows and Exit Music).

The Shanachie Theater / How The Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical
« on: December 12, 2020, 03:24:24 PM »

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical
Dec 14th - Dec 26th
Shanachie Theater Company


The Grinch - Pearl Fand Ilnaren
Old Max - Asher Price
Young Max - Doran Ilnaren
Cindy Lou Who - Tippletoe Timbers
Papa Who - Felix Bailey
Mama Who - Anya Chavez
Grandpa Who - Carina Cox
Grandma Who - Arandir of Ilythelin

The Shanachie Theater / Re: The Shanachie Theater Calendar
« on: December 12, 2020, 03:23:32 PM »

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical
Dec 14th - Dec 26th
Shanachie Theater Company

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, is a seasonal musical adaptation of the 1957 Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The musical, with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, original score by Mel Marvin and choreography by John DeLuca, made its debut on the mainstage of Minneapolis's Children's Theatre Company in November 1994, after special arrangements had been made with the Dr. Seuss estate to exclusively adapt and perform the book. The original production was remounted in again in 1995 and 1998 playing to sold-out houses every time.

The Shanachie Theater / Re: A Christmas Carol (Rep)
« on: November 29, 2020, 12:05:58 PM »

Act One

It is Christmas Eve and Ebenezer Scrooge is in his counting house. Despite the excitement of Christmas Eve, Scrooge refuses to join in and instead slams the door on carol singers and people collecting for charity. Scrooge questions whether the poor houses and prisons are still in operation, as he thinks the poor should go there, rather than depending on other people’s charity. Scrooge is visited by his nephew, Fred, who also encourages Scrooge to join in with the Christmas spirit but he refuses once more. After issuing lengthy instructions and errands, Scrooge finally allows his employee Bob Cratchit to go home for Christmas, but not before Scrooge has complained about Bob wishing to have the entire Christmas Day off. His parting words are a reminder not to be late back to work on Boxing Day.

The ghost of Jacob Marley, his business partner who has been dead for seven years, visits Scrooge. Marley’s ghost tells Scrooge that unless he changes his ways, he too will live out his life unhappy and alone. Marley explains that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, and encourages him to heed the warnings that they will give. Scrooge does not believe him and retires to bed.

The first spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Past, arrives at the strike of one. She takes Scrooge back to his own past, which he recognises by the young boys playing in the street, and then the vision of himself as a young boy, alone and left at boarding school over Christmas. The boy plays with a set of toys inspired by Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and the Tales of the Arabian Nights. In particular, he plays with a parrot, relying on his imagination to escape his loneliness. Little Fan, Ebenezer’s beloved sister, arrives to take him home but once at home it is clear that he is a disappointment to his father. In order to assist with the family’s financial debt, Ebenezer is to enter into employment immediately.

Scrooge finds an entirely different world in that of Mr Fezziwig, whose own attitude to life is jovial and highly charitable. Christmas with the Fezziwigs is loud, cheerful, and full of laughter, music and dancing. Before meeting him, Scrooge encounters Fezziwig’s daughter, Belle, who coaches him on the way in which to reply to a conundrum. If faced with two families who have recently been bereaved, one by the death of an elderly relative, the other by the loss of a young child, who should he help first? Scrooge’s initial answer is those with the most money but the Fezziwigs allow him to see that there is a more kind and benevolent approach: he should prioritise the family of the small child with whom they will never share a long life, compared to the family of the elderly relative.

Scrooge falls in love with Belle, but in his quest to gain financial riches, allows himself to be distracted and they grow apart. The audience sees the life that Scrooge could have been part of, potentially even taking over the family business later on.

Scrooge returns home to his family with gifts such as ribbon and fabric. His mother is very ill, and his father rejects the gifts insisting that money would have been better. Little Fan is delighted to see her brother and has made him a scarf which he promises to wear forever.

After seeing these visions of the past, Scrooge explains to the Ghost of Christmas Past that his family experience of debt had driven him to seek riches but does not seem to take responsibility for losing Belle who eventually married another man. The Ghost of Christmas Past leaves Scrooge, and he is suddenly back in his own bed.

The Ghost of Christmas Present arrives and immediately shows him a life of misery and poverty. As a debt collector, Scrooge is responsible for some of this misery but he insists that he is simply playing his own role in society. The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the home of his lowly employee Bob Cratchit whose family, despite being extremely poor (as a result of the inadequate wage paid to him by Scrooge), live a life of happiness and contentment because of the love that family have for one other.

Upon arriving home, Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim play a game of hide and seek with other children in the family until Mrs Cratchit enters with the Christmas goose. It is small and will not satisfy the hunger of the family but they remain happy and grateful for what they do have. Bob toasts Scrooge as his employer, wishing him well, although Mrs Cratchit is not as enthusiastic about those well wishes.

Scrooge is then taken to the home of his nephew Fred, whose mother was Little Fan. Fred is playing a parlour game with his guests, describing an unattractive being who roams London and which can be savage and cruel. He is talking about Scrooge, much to the amusement of his guests. Scrooge is scornful and angry with the ghost, but also hears Fred admit that despite his idiosyncrasies and lack of empathy he loves him, and misses him at Christmas.

The next vision shown by the Ghost of Christmas Present is that of Belle, with her husband Nicholas. Nicholas reminds her that Fezziwig owed a financial debt to Scrooge and died as a result of the strain. Again, Scrooge refuses to take responsibility for doing anything other than his job and is reluctant to admit how much pain the loss of Belle has really caused him.

Suddenly, Bob and Mrs Cratchit reappear with Tiny Tim who has fallen ill after waiting in the cold for his father to return home. Despite not having the necessary money, they call for a doctor but it is too late. Act One ends with Scrooge still resisting change despite the pain and unhappiness that he has been exposed to that night, and still insisting that he is a ‘great man’.

Act Two

Shaken by his previous two visitors, Scrooge is then visited by a third spirit — in this production that of his late sister, Little Fan. She shows him his own funeral, and explains that the material riches that he leaves behind will only rot or be stolen by thieves. Little Fan shows him a future in which he has been unnecessarily cruel and petty, even sacking Bob Cratchit for poor time keeping following Tiny Tim’s death. Despite this, Bob is seen mourning over Scrooge’s coffin, mentioning only kind and positive thoughts about his former employer. Fred, too, speaks of his uncle fondly even though Scrooge has changed the locks to his home and offices and they have not spoken for several years. Scrooge admits that he was suspicious of Fred’s attempts to move Scrooge into his home with him in order to look after him: he thinks it is simply an attempt to take all of his money. In order to protect Scrooge from even more pain, Little Fan refuses to show him the funeral of Tiny Tim but she reminds him of the possibility and rewards of love and kindness. Scrooge is able to see that there were so many possibilities for the person he was to become and Little Fan takes leave of him as he experiences his enlightenment.

When Scrooge awakes, once again in his own bed, he has undergone a moral transformation. He enthusiastically gives money to charity collectors who are amazed at his generosity and change in attitude. He makes a visit to Belle, who confirms that the man whom Scrooge has become is not the man with whom she fell in love. She is happy that Scrooge is part of her story, but is also content with the family she has raised and the good life that she has lived. She wishes him happiness.

Moved by the possibilities that have been opened up to him, Scrooge runs to his nephew’s house and finally accepts the invitation to share Christmas with him. However, he asks that the Christmas feast become a moveable one because he wishes to share it with the Cratchit family who welcome him wholeheartedly.

Suddenly Scrooge finds himself alone, unsure whether what he has just experienced is real or even possible. The ghost of Jacob Marley reappears and reminds him that although the path to redemption is not always easy, Scrooge has the capacity to ensure he achieves it. The three spirits also reappear, telling Scrooge honestly that he did not deserve the happiness he has just experienced but that he can make amends. Scrooge ensures that he does.

((Please note: This is a slightly different version than that of the traditional story. Please read the synopsis before posting and remember to have fun with it!))

The Shanachie Theater / A Christmas Carol (Rep)
« on: November 29, 2020, 12:00:10 PM »

A Christmas Carol
Shanachie Repertory Company
Nov 30th - Dec 12th


Ebenezer Scrooge - Hugo Durant
Bob Cratchit  - Eregor Túr Gairdín
Tiny Tim - Oscar De Luca / Benjamin Granger (STARS)
Fred - Cary Lyons (NPC)
Father / Marley - Jonathan Granger
Ghost of Christmas Past - Kiri Calderon-Spencer
Boy Ebenezer - Robert Mallory / Rick Harker (STARS)
Young Ebenezer - Byron Warren (NPC)
Little Fan - Mairead Harker
Belle - Leah Fuller (NPC)
Fezziwig - Laurence Hale (NPC)
Ghost of Christmas Present / Mrs Fezziwig - Marcus Spencer
Mrs Cratchit - Phyllis Miller (NPC)
Jess - Margaret Lassiter / Beatrice Granger (STARS)
Ferdy - Martin Rogers / Robert Mallory (STARS)
Nicholas - Rick Harker / Jamie Rogers (STARS)

((Please note: This is a slightly different version than that of the traditional story. Please read the synopsis before posting.))

The Shanachie Theater / Re: The Shanachie Theater Calendar
« on: November 29, 2020, 11:07:14 AM »

A Christmas Carol
Shanachie Repertory Company
Nov 30th - Dec 12th

A Christmas Carol
is a play by Jack Thorne based on the 1843 novella of the same name by Charles Dickens.

The adaptation premiered at The Old Vic in London on 20 November 2017 running until 20 January 2018, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge. The production is directed by Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, designed by Rob Howell with music composed and orchestrated by Chris Nightingale. Notably, the production's design transforms the Old Vic proscenium stage into the round with seating on stage and a walkway going through the centre of the stalls, creating a more immersive environment for the audience and the performers (who greet and hand out mince pies and satsumas to members of the audience before the play begins).

Following the success of the production, it was revived at the Old Vic for the 2018 season (24 November 2018 to 19 January 2019, starring Stephen Tompkinson as Scrooge) before returning for the 2019 season (23 November 2019 to 18 January 2020, starring Paterson Joseph as Scrooge)

For the 2019 season, The Old Vic production opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre from November 7, 2019 until January 5, 2020 starring Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. However unlike the Old Vic, the production was adapted into a traditional proscenium arch setting.

The Shanachie Theater / Re: Important Announcements
« on: November 09, 2020, 12:01:34 PM »
Hi, all! The Shanachie Theater has really grown over the years, so I thought I should take a moment to outline the various opportunities available for players.

Within the theater itself are the Repertory (Stage Plays), Theater (Musicals), and Ballet companies, along with the House Band, and various staff and crew members who work behind the scenes to keep things running. Auditions for the companies and band are held yearly in late summer. There's also a bar and a cafe, which are open to the public.

The theater also offers the following learning opportunities:

Shanachie STARS - A weekly performing arts program for children aged between six and sixteen, where they can learn to perform through singing, dancing, and acting under the tutelage of respected professionals within each field.

Rosita De Luca School of Performing Arts - The school is open to anyone over the age of sixteen who is interested in preparing for a career in the theater.

De Luca Dance Studio - Dance classes for all ages and levels, featuring ballet, jazz, and tap, along with Ballroom/Latin classes for adults.

Information is posted regarding all of these opportunities, but if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask, and thanks for reading! :)

The Shanachie Theater / Re: The Shanachie Theater Calendar
« on: November 09, 2020, 10:06:27 AM »

Come celebrate the holidays with us

The Shanachie Theater

Visit Santa in the foyer
Sample an array of holiday goodies in the cafe
And enjoy the show!

The Nutcracker
Nov 8 - Nov 28
Shanachie Ballet Company

A Christmas Carol
Nov 30 - Dec 12
Shanachie Repertory Company

How The Grinch Stole Christmas - The Musical
Dec 14 - Dec 26
Shanachie Theater Company

Tickets on Sale NOW
Bring the whole family!


The Shanachie Theater / Re: The Nutcracker Ballet
« on: November 08, 2020, 04:28:51 PM »

Act I

It is Christmas Eve in Germany 150 years ago: Doctor and Frau Stahlbaum, along with their children Marie and Fritz, are hosting an elegant holiday party. In a festive parlor with a splendid Christmas tree, they entertain friends and relatives with games, dances, and gifts. At the stroke of eight, an owl suddenly flaps its wings over the grandfather clock in the corner of the room; the lights flicker and fail. The party is swept up in a sense of wonder as Marie’s godfather, the mysterious Herr Drosselmeier, makes a dramatic entrance with his young nephew. They have brought life-sized dancing toys that they unveil to the delight of the assembled guests. Drosselmeier then presents Marie with a special gift: a Nutcracker.

Marie proudly shows off her new toy until Fritz, in a jealous tantrum, seizes the doll and breaks it. Drosselmeier mends the Nutcracker with his handkerchief and gives the doll to Marie, who tucks it into a toy bed beneath the Christmas tree. After a final dance, which Marie shares with the nephew, the guests say goodnight and the family goes to bed. At midnight, Marie sneaks back to look for her Nutcracker. She soon falls asleep; the room begins to change.

Giant mice scurry through the shadows while the Christmas tree and the toys beneath it grow bigger and bigger. Under a now-towering tree, the mice, led by their fierce King, do battle with the Nutcracker and his army of toy soldiers. It seems the mice will be triumphant until, at the very last moment, Marie throws her slipper at the King, distracting him long enough for the Nutcracker to run him through with his sword and seize victory. Exhausted, Marie falls onto her bed and is magically transported to the Land of Snow. There, where snowflakes dance, she is reunited with the Nutcracker, now transformed into a handsome young Prince.

Act II

The Nutcracker Prince leads Marie on a journey to the Palace of the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns. There, the Prince tells the court how Marie saved him in his battle with the Mouse King. As a reward, the Sugar Plum Fairy seats them both upon a special throne to enjoy the dances performed in their honor. As a final honor, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a majestic pas de deux. Marie and the Nutcracker Prince thank the Sugar Plum Fairy for her grand entertainment. Everyone in the Land of Sweets gathers to bid them farewell.

((Please note: The above is a slightly modified version of Balanchine's Nutcracker, which utilizes students from STARS, De Luca Dance Studio, and De Luca Performing Arts School. Also please note that the principal children's roles are shared - Rick, Maria, and Oscar will perform the first half of the shows; Martin, Caty, and Benjamin will perform the second half. As always, feel free to post for your characters - cast, crew, family, friends, audience members, etc. - below, and remember to have fun with it!))

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