It seems like just yesterday Beauty and the Beast debuted on Broadway, but it was 20 years ago. If you caught the special on ABC Family on December 14, 2014, you had a glimpse into the what it takes to put on a production like that.
The special was hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame. He gave a fantastic look backstage with the Broadway casts of Disney’s “The Lion King”, “Aladdin” and the North American Tour of “Newsies”.
“Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” also featured music from the Disney on Broadway catalog, including special musical performances from Sir Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen (ABC’s “Nashville”), Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”).
In addition to the one we posted below, you can see these performances on Disney on Broadway's YouTube channel.
ACT has a rich history that we are very proud of. I reached back into the vault from our 59th Season in 2007 and found the photo below of people in our production of Beauty and the Beast.
If you have photos from your favorite ACT production that you would like to share as we develop our historical database over the next year or so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether it's deciding new shows or planning the direction Actors Community Theatre is going in, we usually get a lot accomplished in most of our meetings throughout the year. There is one exception. Our annual Christmas meeting. Usually at this meeting we don't do anything but go over minutes from the prior meeting and the financial statement. This time, it was just about the truth except Andy had to bring a new marketing report. That started a brainstorming session that normally doesn't happen at this meeting. What can I say? We couldn't help ourselves. We are always thinking about how to make this organization better for the community, even when we are trying to make merry!
As keen observers might note that there is a person missing from the photo. Doreen Lechner was fulfilling her duties at the Jasper Arts Center and unfortunately could not make it. She sent a message later that night... she was also spending her time as Director for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged thinking about casting for our new show.
We have just had auditions for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged earlier this week and had many people show up. I was at both auditions and I know that this was not an easy decision. Although not everyone could possibly be chosen, the talent that was presented in these auditions were the kind we like to see! We strongly encourage those of you who attended auditions to come back for School House Rock, Live auditions this summer.
Well, without further ado, I present to you the cast of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged: Heath Kluemper, Joshua Murrell, Anthony Price, and Kyle Rupert.
Doreen and the Technical Directors (Jasmine Ruckriegel and Luke Verkamp) are also asking for help backstage in many different aspects including board operators, costumers and prop masters. If you are interested, please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com.
O'Tannebaum Days is happening this weekend and ACT was honored to be a part of it. A group of us braved the rain on Saturday and went store to store singing our hearts out. We enjoyed all of the hospitality we received in each store and Libby's even caught us in the act! We got a little damp as we went along, but our spirits were not dampened in the slightest. The highlight for many of us was getting to close the caroling with accompaniment by Wade Baker on the trumpet.
If you would like to be a part of our group, you are more than welcome to join us. It doesn't cost anything and we do fun things like this regularly. We also offer workshops and master
In fact, this week you have the perfect opportunity to get involved as we are holding auditions for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged on both Monday and Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8pm at the Jasper Arts Center. There are three male roles in the show that have to be filled and we could use some help backstage and preshow in several capacities.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on how to become involved.
Next week, we are holding auditions to fulfill three male roles for the upcoming show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. On either Monday or Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm you can audition for one of these three hilarious roles at the Jasper Arts Center. Please enter through the lower level just as you would for a backstage show. The performances for this show will be March 6-8 and 13-15. We are even including a performance for high school students in the area. Hope you can make it to the auditions!