Summer Production – The Drowsy Chaperone!

The Carnegie Players is bringing a new and exciting change for Community Theater to the Rensselaer area this summer.  Auditions for this event will be held in April and the show will be on stage a month earlier than in the past; and produced in a different venue!

The Carnegie Players wish to announce that THE DROWSY CHAPERONE will be produced on June 27, 28 and 29, 2019, in Room 207, the RCHS Lecture Hall.  More exciting details in a bit. The show is an American musical set in a comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a musical theatre fan who as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage in his apartment and silliness ensues.

The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 in Toronto and opened on Broadway in 2006. The show was nominated for multiple Broadway and London theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. The show has had major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New

York, London, Melbourne and Japan, as well as two North American tours. For the cast, we are looking for 14 featured roles and room for a great sized chorus.  Actors with dance skills will be featured.  A variety of singers needed for silly titles of songs such as I Do, I Do In The Sky or Love Is Always Lovely In The End or Toledo Surprise and Cold Feets, adding to the ridiculous story line, full of laughter and parody, sure to amuse the crowds. Any level of experience is welcome to audition!

Auditions will be held on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the RCHS Lecture Hall.  Please enter RCHS via the north entrance door #8.  Come prepared to sing a song that showcases your vocal range; either from THE DROWSY CHAPERONE 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. Please bring a small picture of yourself to attach to the Audition Form.  We do ask that all who audition be at least a mature 12 – 14-year old, and above.

Off-site auditions will be available again this year for college youth or anyone out of town during auditions.   Please turn to our website or Facebook page listed above, for further details.  Off-site auditions should be submitted no later than Sunday, April 28, 2019.

The Carnegie Players are pleased to welcome Angela Marcum as Director.  Angela is joined this year by Music Director Janice Malchow, Conductor/Vocal Coach Kevin Norman and Choreographer  Allisandra Potts-Kummer.

Angela Marcum (Director) hails from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her BFA in theatre with emphasis on directing and playwriting. She recently finished her master’s degree in theatre studies at Regent University Virginia Beach, Virginia. Angela has directed and performed with

many professional theatre companies including Chicago Performing Arts Center, Station Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, Virginia Theatre, Holy Cross School and Parkland College Theatre. Angela was assistant director and dramaturg to Karen Lund of Taproot Theatre in Seattle at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. She was the artistic director of Bright Lights Theatre Company and is currently a company member of the Station Theatre, CUTC, and Twin City Squared Theatres. Angela has taught drama/speech and music since the late 80’s, at many schools in the mid-west and Chicagoland area including head drama teacher for the Summer Cultural Arts Workshops in Oak Park, Il.  Angela was also a director for the Illinois Summer Musical Theatre Program at the University of Illinois. Angela was the drama and speech teacher at Judah Christian School, serving on the IESA Speech Advisory Committee for the state of Illinois while also serving as a judge for Illinois State Theatre Festival. A few years ago, Angela was hired by the University of Illinois School of Social Work to teach theatre and music in inner city Chicago at the Simpson School. Before directing, Angela was known for her performances in favorite roles such as Maria in West Side Story, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Josephine in HMS Pinafore and one of her favorites, Mona in the musical Chicago. Past credits also include being a 1985 soloist with the Greater Chicago Chorale which toured Europe and was filmed as a documentary by NBC. Angela has done radio commercials, film and television, most notably an educational date rape film for the University of Illinois and a Mike Trippiedi film. Angela is married to Geoff Brewster, former Director of Instructional Technology at Saint Joseph’s College. They have four grown children and a grandson named Bear. Most recently, Angela was the guest director at Saint Joseph’s College for the 2016 fall play,Lend Me A Tenor which had great success.

Angela is scheduled to work in Seattle this coming fall at the professional theatre company, Taproot Theatre, and direct at a college in Georgia, Spring 2020. Angela is excited to direct for The Carnegie players and serve in her community.

Janice (Hopkins) Malchow (Music Director) a home town girl, is our Music Director and accompanist for The Drowsy Chaperone, having graduated from RCHS in 19??.  Janice was a great addition to our staff last summer with ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.  Janice studied Music Performance and Music Education at the University of Evansville on a music scholarship. She taught K – 12 Music Education for 16 years at the North White School corporation.  Janice had worked with our prior Director Jon Clevenger at North White for 8 years on 10 productions.  She is a retired school administrator from the Lake Central School Corporation.

Kevin Norman (Music Coordinator/Conductor) returns this year to Carnegie as a “tall, tall man!” In a more official capacity, Kevin is excited to serve as Music Coordinator and Conductor for this year’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.”  A graduate of Purdue University, Kevin sang with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club during his tenure and utilizes many of the same principles experienced through the Varsity Glee Club in his work with Carnegie – attention to detail, a commitment to excellence, and great music!  Look for the “tall, tall man” and you’ll find him conducting the orchestra.  He won’t be too difficult to find!

Allisandra Potts-Kummer (Choreographer) is a Senior at Marian University, with a double-major in Biology and Public Health, and is on the Marian Dance Team.  She has helped choreograph several songs in Carnegie productions through the years, along with and as well as has her twin Adreanna.  Several members of the Potts family (including their mom April), have graced the Carnegie stage through the 26 seasons. Allisandra will graduate from Marian University in May with a B.S in Biology, and B.A. in Public Health.  She will be attending Graduate School this fall to obtain her Master’s in Public Health.  She also added her “MRS.” to her name last summer while a star in our production of Annie Get Your Gun.

Rehearsals will begin May 6 and will run three nights per week in May at the First Christian Church in Rensselaer.  A detailed May rehearsal schedule will be forthcoming. Commencing June 6, rehearsals will begin in the RCHS Lecture Hall, Room 207, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and also a Saturday afternoon OR  a Sunday afternoon (not both) rehearsal each June weekend until the opening night of the production.  A detailed schedule will be forthcoming.

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 tojordansrensselaer@outlook.com.  If you have any questions, please call Ron Jordan at 866-3212 or email atjordansrensselaer@outlook.com.

Become a “friend” on Facebook, if you are not so already.  Please “like”, Share and invite. Mark your calendar now to experience this fun and entertaining show, June 27, 28 and 29, 2019.

Please see a synopsis of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE after the 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 and dance skills.

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 April 29 and 30, 2019.  Submissions will close on April 28, 2019.  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: katieh91a@gmail.com

If you have difficulty sending the audition video, please contact  Katelyn Herre at: katieh91a@gmail.com or 219-964-8428

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Who would have thought that a skit originally written as a wedding present would, with a little shaping and molding, make its way to Broadway?  That is exactly what has happened with fun-packed Broadway transfer The Drowsy Chaperone. It is a show about a man’s love for musicals, and the musical he loves the most.

The Drowsy Chaperone is silly fun. Its plot is not a difficult one to get to grips with: a man is feeling down, so he puts on his favorite musical theatre record, the entirely fictitious 1928 comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. In doing so, the musical comes to life on stage and, while the slightly inane love story is played out, the man (Man In Chair as he is known) – talks the audience through his favorite parts.

The ensemble cast has license to play up to pantomimic stereotypes, aping the golden age musicals that this show’s writers so adored, and they do so with comic abandon. Not only are they playing characters, but they’re playing actors playing characters.

Even the story of fictitious musical The Drowsy Chaperone has enough within it to bring a smile to the face. Yet even among all the silliness, there is enough here to draw you into the show and make you care. Every so often, the characters in The Drowsy Chaperone pull you into their world and into their love story. More often, it is Man In Chair who draws affection, either through his unbridled, though often defended, love for the musical, or through the sadness that is occasionally spotted behind his eyes.

Melancholy, though, is not what this show is about. Like the musical it is based around, it is about raising the spirits. The audience will leave with a smile on their face.

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

Carnegie Mourns the Loss of Kevin Long

“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players ; They have their own exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.”

William Shakespeare, As You Like It

The Carnegie Players and our community lost an important and faithful theater enthusiast on Sunday. While vacationing in Cancun with his wife Coleen, Kevin Long passed away suddenly. For many, many years, Kevin has been a key part of what has become The Carnegie Players today. His knowledge of theatre and music was phenomenal. There was not an area in the process of producing a show that Kevin was not afraid to handle or tackle. Lighting, stage rigging, backdrops and tech, (he was a Union electrician by trade), sets, costumes, advertising, make-up, music, and even watching little kids if needed, was just a sampling of his talents.

If he was not helping behind the scenes working on a show, he was playing a major role in the production. A portion of his roles were: Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady; Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap; Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!; Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls; Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate and The Beast/The Prince in Beauty and the Beast.

Kevin was always a positive person and tried to look for the positives in a bleak situation. He was always looking down the road for tech problems that might pop up and was prepared to handle them before they became an issue. He gave 200% at all times. He always had a joke to crack and loved making light of a situation, but not the person. Singing, teaching grandkids to sing, playing trumpet, and most recently learning how to serenade on the bagpipes, were a part of his musical talents.

Kevin served in various capacities for The Carnegie Players as a member at large, secretary, treasurer, vice president, president and grant writer. He was normally the last to leave a rehearsal or function, making sure everything was put away and ship shape.

Kevin, you left us far too soon. We wanted to see you on stage again portraying a unique character in a way that only you could do. We wanted to hear you sing and dance and show the Rensselaer community your God given talent. You accomplished so much in your short life with us. Ralph Waldo Emerson may have penned this for you: “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” Thank you, Kevin, for the depth of lives that you have touched. You lived life to the fullest. We thank you for your example!

Please remember Coleen and her family in your prayers. Visitation will be at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer on Sunday, March 10, 2:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at Jackson Funeral Chapel on Monday, March 11, at 10:30 am.

Annual Meeting Rescheduled!

Due to the frigid temperatures expected to arrive Sunday evening,

The Carnegie Players is cancelling the 2018 Annual Meeting originally

scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 20.

It has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 27, at 5:30 pm.

 

 

The Carnegie Players will hold the 2018  Annual Meeting on

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 5:30 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 2019 Operating Budget and new

Board Members, and annual committee reports will be presented.

Please join us for a year-end review.

 

Thanks to everyone that helped us celebrate

 The Carnegie Player’s 25th Season in 2018.

 

The Carnegie Players Annual Meeting

The Carnegie Players will hold the 2018  Annual Meeting on

Sunday, January 20, 2019 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 2019 Operating Budget and new Board Members, and annual committee reports will be presented. Please join us for a year-end review.

Thanks to everyone that helped us celebrate.

 The Carnegie Player’s 25th Season in 2018.

Become a Sponsor!

We would like to invite you to be involved in this year’s production as one of our sponsors. This support is what allows us to continue bringing quality community theatre to our area.

COSTUME SPONSOR $100.00 $250.00 $500.00
BACKDROP SPONSOR $100.00 $250.00 $500.00
MUSIC SPONSOR $100.00 $250.00 $500.00
ROYALTY SPONSOR $100.00 $250.00 $500.00
SETS SPONSOR $100.00 $250.00 $500.00
ADVERTISING SPONSOR $100.00 $250.00 $500.00

A donation of at least $100.00 will earn you two free tickets for any production and a quarter page ad in the program and on our power point preshow review. Other rewards are available for different level of sponsorships.
Please send all Sponsorships and Ad copy before July 15, 2018 to be included in the program. Please mail your sponsorship to: The Carnegie Players, P.O. Box 173, Rensselaer, Indiana 47978, and you may email your ad to:
jordansrensselaer@outlook.com

Or you could choose to send a tax-deductible donation for The Laird Endowment for The Carnegie Players at The Jasper- Newton Foundation; an endowment in which only the interest is used each year for our expenses.

We invite you to attend our production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, on July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
in the R.C.H.S. Auditorium. All seats are $9.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door and online. Tickets are available from the cast members, The Carnegie Players Board of Directors, Willow Switch and JORDAN’S. Please feel free to call 219-866-3212 if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Catherine Moran, Ote Wood and Ron Jordan
Sponsorship Committee

Annie Get Your Gun Cast List!

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The Carnegie Players are happy to announce the cast of it’s 25th Season production, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. It will be presented in the RCHS Auditorium on July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. each evening.
 
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is returning to Rensselaer, 24 seasons later, commemorating The Carnegie Players 25th Season! Annie was the second musical produced by The Carnegie Players and is always an enjoyable and entertaining show. Jon Clevinger is returning as Director, Janice Malchow is Music Director and Allisandra Potts is the Choreographer.
 
Mark your calendars now for July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, 2018 and plan to be a part of Carnegie’s 25th Season.
 
 
 
Annie Get Your Gun Cast
 
Charlie Davenport – Dannielle Warren
 
Dolly Tate – Amy Pfaff
 
Foster Wilson – Jay Covill
 
Frank Butler – Jared Huber
 
Annie Oakley – Allisandra Potts
 
Jake – Will Grigson
 
Nellie – Caity Webb
 
Jessie – Aaron de Jong
 
Buffalo Bill – Nagel
 
Pawnee Bill – Peter Schulenburg
 
Sitting Bull – Rick Mangas/Ote Wood
 
Mrs. Potter-Porter – April Potts
 
 
Ensemble
 
Brennen de Jong
Vandaline Baker
Joah Huber
Zion Bronson
Jeremiah Huber
Kendal Ford
Josiah Huber
Aleah Huber
Tyler Luke
Anna Huber
Adalia Knakiewicz
Peter Schulenburg
Nicole Nuzzol
Azariah Warren
Alma Marlin-Rempis
Barbara Slade
Jaylin Schwuchow
Kristi Slaby
Eliana Weston Angel Zenner

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.