Mailbox Monday: Free Pizza, a World Premiere, and More

From left - Marjorie Allan as Ouiser, Nancy Kinsey as M'Lynn, Micki Caughey as Truvy, Susan Townsend as Clairee, Lisa Smith as Annelle.  Location: Empire Beauty School.

Let’s see…what have I been saving from my email box and my personal diary to share with you this week…

Ah, yes!  The above photo!  Isn’t it fun?  Run your mouse over it to see the actresses’ names.  Ben Asaykwee Lamey, the Performing Arts Coordinator at the Indianapolis Senior Center, sent the photo to me, along with the following information about their first full play:

The Indianapolis Senior Center will present “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling, May 15 – 17 at their newly renovated space at 708 East Michigan Street.  This production will be the first full scale dramatic presentation offered at the ISC and will include professional lighting, a full stage built specifically for the show in the ballroom space, and a celebrity guest star.

The ISC, in operation since 1962, focuses on enriching the lives of persons over the age of 55, so most of the actors in the popular play have been cast accordingly.

The show will star Marjorie Allen, Micky Caughey, Nancy Kinsey, Lisa Smith, Susan Townshend, and Indianapolis radio personality, Mindy Winkler (WZPL, WXNT).

Tickets for Steel Magnolias are $10-12 and may be purchased at the ISC, 708 East Michigan Street, or over the phone with a credit card, 263-6272.  Performances are Friday, May 15th at 7pm; Saturday, May 16th at 7 pm; and Sunday, May 17th at 2 pm.

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Lynn Webster, Director of Education for Dance Kaleidoscope, sent me the following invitation along with a very nice photo of David Hochoy, DK’s artistic director and choreographer.  I’m sorry that I do not know how to put more than one photo in a blog post without making the text go all wonky!  Anyway, here is the invitation:

Please Come and Bring a Friend

Conversations with David  

Topic: “Rite of Spring”

David brings insight to the historical ‘scandal’ of the first production of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and introduces DK’s contemporary interpretation.

Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Cabaret (3rd Floor)

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Admission: FREE

 * If you are planning to attend please RSVP to lynnw at dancekal dot org or (317) 940-8459

Bazbeaux’s Pizza and Refreshments Served

Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, National Wine & Spirits Corporation and Duke Energy

I would love to hear what David has to say, and I have never been to the third floor of the IRT.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, but I double-checked with Lynn that it was okay for me to share the invitation with you.  She said yes, that they would love to get the word out.  Just be sure to contact her if you plan to attend, so that she knows how much pizza to order.

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Juli Inskeep told us that “Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat” has sold out through May 15 and therefore been extended AGAIN at Theatre on the Square.  It now runs Fridays and Saturdays only through May 30.  Please call the theatre box office at 317-685-8687 to make a reservation.  Yay, Juli!

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I was delighted to hear from one of my blog readers, Jim Lucas, that storyteller Gene Tagaban will be at this year’s Indian Market at the Eiteljorg Museum.

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Ashley Jackson introduced herself to me during intermission at the opening night of “Rabbit Hole” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.  She mentioned that Greenwood’s Shakespeare in the Park group has an exciting summer planned.  I hope they send me a press release, or even a simple email with just the 5W’s in it (Who, What, Where, When, Why/How), as soon as they have their shows, dates, and times finalized.

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I have news about my own Lincoln stories programs, too, but that, and some of the other press releases I received this week, will have to wait for another time. 

I’m going to close this week’s “Mailbox Monday” post with the following excerpt from the press release that Sharon Gamble sent me about the world premiere that opens at the Phoenix Theatre this week.  I love getting press releases of all kinds, as you know, and I am not ashamed to enjoy and share them “straight up, as is” but this one was extra fun because it came with an easy-to-play audio clip.  I have no idea how to share it with you, and maybe I ‘m not supposed to, anyway, so I’ll just tell you it was a hoot.  Sharon even warned me that it included the phrase “Show us your tits!” but I still barked with surprise and laughter when I heard it.

Indianapolis – The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis will produce the world premiere of Jack O’Hara and Tim Brickley’s The Zippers of Zoomerville, or 200 Laps and a Lass: a mini-mockeretta in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre at the Phoenix May 7 through June 6, 2009. The book and lyrics are by Jack O’Hara, and the music is by Jack O’Hara and Tim Brickley. Jack O’Hara is a Nashville (IN) based writer, musician, comedian, actor, and director. In The Zippers of Zoomerville he has written a gentle send-up of all things Indy 500 — but also a gentle send-up of all things Gilbert & Sullivan.                       

ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE ZIPPERS OF ZOOMERVILLE

After graduating from Marian College, Jack O’Hara acted with Indiana University’s graduate rep company from 1967 through 1969, and also with The Brown County Playhouse in 1968. He returned to Marian College, teaching theatre there for four years, acting from time to time, hosting a late night TV show, and doing commercial voice work. In 1971 he signed on as a copywriter/ broadcast producer for an Indianapolis advertising agency, eventually becoming its creative director, and then a partner. Meanwhile, he wrote for and cavorted with his brother Patrick and Gayle Steigerwald in The Nebulous Players, “a purported comedy troupe.” In the recent past, he wrote a trio of Phoenix holiday shows and returned to doing a bit of acting. The Zippers of Zoomerville most resembles his Nebulous Players work. “It least resembles a small fish,” says O’Hara.

Tim Brickley is an Indianapolis, composer-producer-performer described by the Indianapolis Star as a musical “local legend.” He is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and recording studio owner/engineer who: composes/produces music for film, broadcast, theatre and other musical artists at his Hit City Recording facility; records and releases his own music (written with long-time songwriting partner David Rheins) with rock band The Bleeding Hearts; and is a jazz bandleader/vocalist with his Quintet and 16-piece Big Band. He won a regional Emmy Award in 1998 for his score to the internationally-aired documentary, Hoosier Hoops: The Golden Era.  His song Tangled and Tempted  was featured in the Polygram Films release Going All The Way, starring Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz. He composed and produced the theme for the Emmy Award-winning weekly WFYI-20 series Across Indiana and is an Addy Award-winning composer of music for television and radio. Since 1986, he has enjoyed a creative association with the Phoenix Theatre as composer (Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Centaurs, This Is Our Youth, Savant, End Days) and music director/producer (Three Penny Opera , Hair, Bat Boy: The Musical , Urinetown: The Musical) .

 

ABOUT THE PLOT

O’Hara describes The Zippers of Zoomerville, or 200 Laps and a Lass:  A mini-mockeretta this way: “Speed, greed and the dirty deed drive this world premiere musical spoof of fast-track fever, wherein an oval raceway rouses a circular city to revel ’round its maypole. A rite-of-springish, Gilbert and Sullivanesque celebration of flat-out folly and full-throttle love, The Zippers of Zoomerville fancifully celebrates and gently spoofs the Circle City’s love affair with the Indianapolis 500.”

 

ABOUT THE CAST AND CREW

Jack O’Hara will direct the production; Tim Brickley is the musical director and accompanist; James Gross is the set designer; Laura Glover is the lighting designer; and Beth Marx is the costume designer. Scot Greenwell plays John Hoosier Lordyboy, Jr. – The Rookie; Phebe [correct spelling, no “o”] Taylor is Happenstance Throttlehotter – The Lass; Angela Plank portrays Speedlove Throttlehotter – The Queen Mother; Charles Goad is Buck Upshotz – The Developer; Michael Shelton is Rusty Nubbins – The Old Pro; and Mikayla Reed plays Veneera Glossover – The Perennial Princess. The ensemble also portrays various reporters, announcers, and celebrities.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND TICKETS

The Zippers of Zoomerville will be performed in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre at the Phoenix May 7 through June 6, 2009. Performances are Wednesdays at 7:00pm (just for this production!), Thursdays at 7:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, and Saturdays at 8:00pm. Single tickets are $25 for those 25 and over, $15 for those 24 and under. All Thursdays are CheapSeats nights: All tickets are just $15. Group rates for adults are available for groups of 15 or more, as are discounts for buying out the house. To purchase tickets: 317.635.PLAY (7529).  Website: www.phoenixtheatre.org.

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I’m working on a review of “Twentieth Century,” an amusing and elegant show that I saw this past weekend at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre.

In the meantime, have a good week.  I’ll see you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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