ANNIE Get Your Gun

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is returning to Rensselaer, 24 seasons later, commemorating The Carnegie Player’s 25th season! Annie was the second musical produced by The Carnegie Players and will be on stage July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, 2018 in the R.C.H.S Auditorium.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN opened at The Imperial Theatre, New York, on May 16, 1946. It was a smash success and the critics cheered. Through the years since it’s opening night debut, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN has been one of author Irving Berlin’s “greatest achievements in the theatre.” ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is a favorite for all ages. It is simply a FUN show! The character Annie Oakley has been portrayed by Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and more recently by Reba McEntire. An average of 450 productions of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN are produced annually throughout the world.

Auditions will be held on Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the RCHS Lecture Hall. Callbacks if needed, will be held on Thursday, May 17. Please enter RCHS via the north entrance door #8. Come prepared to sing a song that showcases your vocal range; either from ANNIE GET YOUR GUN or your own selection. Piano accompaniment will be available. No one is pre-cast in this show. If you are singing from a pre-recorded media, please bring your own equipment. You may download in advance two forms at: www.thecarnegieplayers.org or Facebook at: The Carnegie Players of Rensselaer. The Audition Form and Media Release Form should be filled out and turned in at auditions. These forms will also be available each night at auditions. Cast requirements: approx.. 12 male and female adults, young people, several children and a large supporting ensemble.

Off-site auditions will be available again this year for college youth. Please turn to our website or Facebook page listed above, for further details. Off-site auditions should be submitted no later than Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Returning Director Jon Clevenger is joined this year by Music Director Janice Malchow, and Choreographer Allisandra Potts is also returning. Claudia Earnest will round out the music on the keyboard. These four talented people promise to bring an exciting and memorable production earmarking Carnegie’s 25th Season.

Rehearsals will begin June 11 and will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights until the opening night of the production. A detailed schedule will be forthcoming. Children ages 5 and up may audition.

If you are interested in helping behind the scenes with sound and lighting, set construction, costumes, make-up, hair, advertising and promotion or any other aspect of the show, please come to auditions and leave us your contact information, or send an email to jordansrensselaer@outlook.com. If you have any questions, please call Ron Jordan at 866-3212 or email at jordansrensselaer@outlook.com.

We are seeking anyone and everyone who has ever been involved in a Carnegie’s Players production through our 25 seasons. Special remembrances of 25 years will be highlighting the days and weeks prior to opening night. Become a “friend” on Facebook, if you are not so already. Please “like”, Share and invite. Mark your calendar now to experience one of music theater’s more popular and well-known shows, July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, 2018.

Please see a synopsis of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN after Off-site audition information.

Off-Site Audition Information
If you cannot attend the auditions and wish to send a video, please record yourself singing the first verse of a song of your choice. Please choose a song that showcases your vocal range.

Please make sure your audition is no longer than two minutes. State your name, age and which part you wish to audition for before proceeding with the audition. Two forms should also be sent: The Audition Form and Media Release Form at the time you submit your video. These forms are available at: www.thecarnegieplayers.org or Facebook: The Carnegie Players of Rensselaer. Also, please include a phone number that you can be contacted on May 13 and 14, 2018. Submissions will close on May 13, 2017. We must have your audition video and forms by this date.

You will receive an email confirmation of your video submission. You may only submit if you are outside of Jasper County during the nights of audition.

Please submit your video to: playerscarnegie@gmail.com

If you have difficulty sending the audition video, please contact Katelyn Herre at: katieh91a@gmail.com

Annie Oakley is the best shot around and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she is discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show, it only takes one glance for Annie to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. Annie soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is pitted against Annie in a final target shootout. The rousing sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.

Love and romance, challenges in life, egos bruised, toe-tapping memorable songs, history portrayed in theatre, and problems resolved; all reasons why ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, has been one of the more popular musicals ever created. ANNIE GET YOUR GUN BLAZED THE TRAIL in The Carnegie Players formative years.

Mark your calendars now. Become a part of The Carnegie Players 25th season; either on stage as an actor, behind the scenes as an assistant or techy or a guest in our audience.

Coming Summer of 2018!!!

Mark your calendar now. The Carnegie Players is delighted to announce that  ANNIE GET YOUR GUN has been selected as it’s  25th Summer Musical !  It will be produced on July 27 and August 2, 3 and 4, 2018 on stage in the R.C.H.S Auditorium at 7:00 pm.  Jon Clevenger will be returning as Director, Janice Malchow is Music Director and Accompanist, Claudia Earnest will be on keyboard and Adreanna Potts is the Choreographer.  Audition information will be appearing in late March.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN was Carnegie’s second musical, produced in 1995.

An all time favorite, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN promises to be a crowd pleaser.

And,…….don’t forget Carnegie’s winter production BAREFOOT IN THE PARK ON  March 2 & 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm.          at The First Presbyterian Church, 220 N. Cullen St., Rensselaer.  Tickets will be available soon.

Join The Carnegie Players for two great productions for its 25th season.

Barefoot in the Park!

Come join us for The Carnegie’s Players 25th season of community theater in Rensselaer in 2018.

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We start out the year with the production of Barefoot In The Park, John Rahe Director, at The First Presbyterian Church, 7:00 pm on March 2 and 3, 2018.  Tickets will be available from any cast member, board member or from Jordan’s.

 What is it about?

A pair of newlyweds – he a stuffed-shirt lawyer, she, a free-spirit – attempt to adapt to each other and life in a small Greenwich Village flat.  Barefoot In The Park is a Neil Simon romantic comedy first made famous on Broadway starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley and later in the theater starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Carnegie Players Scholarship Applications Available

Scholarship Deadline Reminder

 Just a reminder for local high school students applying for the Carnegie Garrity-Laird Scholarship.

The Carnegie Players’ scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of the Rensselaer Central Schools district, whether that student attends public school, private school, Christian school, or is home-schooled. The scholarship is also available to a current full time College student who was previously a resident of the Rensselaer Schools district.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing studies in Performing Arts or Theater Arts at the College level and must have participated in theater in school or community organizations. Preference is given to applicants who have been active with The Carnegie Players.

Scholarship applications are available at Jordan’s, 324 S. College Ave., Rensselaer, The Carnegie Players website (thecarnegieplayers.org) or in our Facebook page files.

The deadline has been extended to April 28th, 2018!

The Carnegie Players’ Annual Meeting Announced!!

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The Carnegie Players will hold the 2017 Annual Meeting on
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at
The First Presbyterian Church, 220 N. Cullen St., Rensselaer

Please bring your favorite dessert to share. Coffee, iced tea
and table service will be supplied.

Carnegie Members will approve the 2018 Operating Budget and new
Board Members, and annual committee reports will be presented.
Please join us for a year-end review.

2018 is The Carnegie Player’s 25th Anniversary.
Please bring a few suggestions on how to celebrate our
25th year of Community Theatre in Jasper County.

Carnegie Announces Winter Show – Barefoot In The Park!

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The Carnegie Players will be producing Neil Simon’s romantic comedy, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, on March 2 and 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm at The First Presbyterian Church, 220 N. Cullen St., Rensselaer.

John Rahe will direct this well-loved comedy. John, the former Director of Theater at Saint Joseph’s College, teaches acting, directing and improvisation. He has been active as theater director for over 40 years on the Collegiate, Community and professional levels, and has directed over 100 plays and musicals. In addition, John has been a professional actor and has written several short plays and comedy sketches.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK premiered on Broadway in 1963 and starred Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. The play was made into a film in 1967, also starring Robert Redford, and Jane Fonda. On Broadway it was Neil Simon’s longest running non-musical play in Broadway history.

Corrie and Paul Bratter are a newlywed couple. For their first house, they live in an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone in New York City. During the course of four days, they learn to live together while facing the usual ups and downs. Corrie wants Paul to become more easy-going: for example, to run “barefoot in the park.”

You are invited to become a part of The Carnegie Player’s 25th season of community theater in Rensselaer. Walk barefoot with Carnegie in 2018!
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Presenting Joseph!

                For its 24th annual summer production, The Carnegie Players will be bringing the famous musical of Biblical proportions “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to stage this month. Jam-packed with eclectic music ranging from country to pop to rock n’ roll, vibrant color, dancing, and all the songs you love, Joseph is a show that the whole family can tap their feet to!

                This story is perhaps one of the most well-known and beloved of the Bible. Join our narrator (Kendal Ford) as she follows Joseph (Peyton Webb), the revered son of Jacob (Bob Sagendorf), as he comes to understand the meaning of his prophetic dreams. After receiving a beautiful coat adorned with all the brilliant colors of the rainbow, Joseph realizes he is destined for greatness. With this dream the only thing to hold on to, Joseph finds himself sold into slavery in Egypt by his eleven jealous brothers. From there, we watch him bravely, and sometimes hilariously, tackle test after test of his integrity and character – including being the adored household servant of the affluent Potiphar (Ron Jordan) and the salacious Mrs. Potiphar (Caity Webb), which goes terribly awry. Enter the reigning Pharaoh (Phil Nagel) – or the “King” – a rock ‘n’ roll, lip-curling ruler who takes a special liking to Joseph and his amazing gift of prophesy. We see Joseph rise to power, and eventually, come face-to-face with the family that betrayed him.

                Developed originally as a cantata in 1968, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was lyricized by Tim Rice and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The famed duo used the success of their rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” to promote “Joseph” in 1969, and eventually saw its entirety come to Broadway by 1982. With over 20,000 revivals in amateur theatres and schools since its initial success, “Joseph” has become one of the most cherished and family-friendly musicals of all time.  Perhaps one of the most well-known renditions is the 1999 straight-to-video production starring Donny Osmond.

                Jon Clevenger will return as director this year, along with Bernard Sell as music director (Carnegie’s own dynamic duo), and Allisandra Potts, our talented Rensselaer native, has taken the task of choreographing all of “Joseph’s” lively songs.  Returning to the spotlight is Kendal Ford as the Narrator, the spunky, fun-loving storyteller, and Peyton Webb as our hero, Joseph. Both are no strangers to the stage, as they have appeared in numerous Carnegie productions in the past, including principle roles in last year’s hit “Beauty and the Beast.” With a strong supporting cast of brothers, wives, servants, and a children’s chorus, “Joseph” will be certain to light up the stage!  For a complete cast list, visit thecarnegieplayer.org

                “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be running July 28th and August 3, 4, 5th at 7 PM in the Rensselaer Central High School auditorium. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door or online. You can purchase tickets from any cast or Carnegie board member, at Jordan’s, or The Willow Switch. Online ordering will also be available, as well as credit card purchases at the door.  Come join us for a tale that teaches us character, perseverance, redemption, and that “any dream will do!”

Who’s the Cast? Who’s the Cast?!

We are pleased to announce the Cast list for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

Cast List

Narrator Kendal Ford

Joseph Peyton Webb

Jacob Bob Sagendorf

Brothers Jay Covill, Jared Huber, Joah Huber, Josiah Huber, Rick Mangas, Ote Wood, Caleb Ford, Elizabeth Gray, Vandaline Baker

Wives Addy Knakiewicz, Elaina Knakiewicz, Lily Martin, Catherine Moran, April Potts, Barbara Slade, Vandaline Baker, Angel Zenner, Caity Webb

Potiphar Ron Jordan

Mrs. Potiphar Caity Webb

Guard Kynon Sell, Mylissa Mattocks

Cook Angel Zenner

Butler Jared Huber

Pharaoh Phil Nagel

Potiphar & Pharaoh Court Addy Knakiewicz, Elaina Knakiewicz, Anna Huber, Lily Martin, Angel Zenner, Caity Webb (Pharaoh Court only)

Children’s’ Chorus Zion Bronson, Brynn Hannon, Aleah Huber, Jedidiah Huber, Jeremiah Huber, Maddie Martin, Braedy Martin