Thalian Association Community Theatre will hold auditions for the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday March 27 at 11 am. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Audition Form Auditions will be held at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be directed by Chandler Davis. The production will run for live performances with limited seating May 7 through March 16 with streaming options also available. Audition participants need to prepare a Shakespearean soliloquy that may be memorized or read. The selection should not take longer than one minute to perform. The director strongly encourages those auditioning to research the plot, characters, and writing style in the play to help them be as successful as possible in auditions. Those wishing to audition may call 910-251-1788 to set up an audition time. Callbacks will be that afternoon if needed. Due to mass gathering rules, the cast will remain smaller than typical TACT youth shows. All roles are available. TACT’s artistic director encourages youth with all levels of experience to audition. All are welcome. Audition forms will be available on Thalian.org or at the front desk of the CAC. Please do not enter the building until it is your time to audition. Helpful information : https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/msnd/ Available Roles Puck Also known as Robin Goodfellow, Puck is Oberon’s jester, a mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals. Though A Midsummer Night’s Dream divides its action between several groups of characters, Puck is the closest thing the play has to a protagonist. His enchanting, mischievous spirit pervades the atmosphere, and his antics are responsible for many of the complications that propel the other main plots: he mistakes the young Athenians, applying the love potion to Lysander instead of Demetrius, thereby causing chaos within the group of young lovers; he also transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass. Oberon The king of the fairies, Oberon is initially at odds with his wife, Titania, because she refuses to relinquish control of a young prince whom he wants for a knight. Oberon’s desire for revenge on Titania leads him to send Puck to obtain the love-potion flower that creates so much of the play’s confusion and farce. Titania The queen of the fairies, Titania resists the attempts of her husband, Oberon, to make a knight of the young prince that she has been given. Titania’s brief, potion-induced love for Nick Bottom, whose head Puck has transformed into that of an ass, yields the play’s foremost example of the contrast motif. Lysander A young man of Athens, in love with Hermia. Lysander’s relationship with Hermia invokes the theme of love’s difficulty: he cannot marry her openly because Egeus, her father, wishes her to wed Demetrius; when Lysander and Hermia run away into the forest, Lysander becomes the victim of misapplied magic and wakes up in love with Helena. Demetrius A young man of Athens, initially in love with Hermia and ultimately in love with Helena. Demetrius’s obstinate pursuit of Hermia throws … » Continue Reading
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TACT Youth Cabaret
Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) is pleased to announce TACT Youth Cabaret: A Fundraiser for the Youth Leaders program. This One Night Event will be presented on the 2nd Street Stage in the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Friday August 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm with cocktails starting at 6:30pm. Catering provided by Angie of Chris’ Restaurant. The concert will feature all youth performers from TACT Youth Theatre program performing songs and dance numbers from our upcoming season as well as popular broadway shows. Tickets are $35 which includes dinner and the show and can be purchased or 910-251-1788. Featuring numbers from Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and more!
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Disney’s Tarzan April 27 – May 6, 2018 Book by David Henry Hwang, Music & lyrics by Phil Collins Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart,” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds,” make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Junie B. Jones the Musical
Junie B. Jones the Musical March 2 – 11, 2018 Book & lyrics by Marcy Heisler, Music by Zina Goldrich Sneak a peek into the “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal” of the outspoken and lovable Junie B. Jones! Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical!
A Year with Frog and Toad
A Year with Frog and Toad January 19 – 28, 2018 Book & lyrics by Willie Reale, Music by Robert Reale Arnold Lobel’s treasured characters hop from page to stage in a story of friendship and adventure in the hit show A Year with Frog and Toad. Featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast November 10 – 19, 2017 Book by Linda Woolverton, Music by Alan Menken, and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features some of the most popular songs ever written, along with new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.
Hairspray September 15 – 24, 2017 Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan, Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.
2016 Youth Academy Fall Semester
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Susan Habas Thalian Association Community Theatre 910-251-1788 THALIAN ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES YOUTH ACADEMY FALL SEMESTER Exciting New Classes & Returning Favorites Begin Next Week WILMINGTON, NC – Thalian Association Community Theatre today announced the fall 2016 semester of theatre arts classes and workshops for budding young actors ages 6 – 18 with special “Tots” classes for children ages 3 – 6. Classes will be held in two locations, the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center at 120 S. 2nd Street and the NE Branch of the New Hanover County Library Executive Development Center at 1241 Military Cutoff Road. Registration is available online at thalian.org or at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center, Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm. The fall semester will begin September 12, 2016 and continue through December 1, 2016. All students will be invited to perform in the Academy Showcase on the 2nd Street Stage in the Community Arts Center at the end of the semester. The Youth Academy provides an affordable opportunity for all children to develop and express their passion for live theatre. All classes and productions are aligned with the North Carolina Essential Standards and the National Standards of Arts Education. Scholarships will be available on a first-come basis. The curriculum includes returning favorites; Behind the Curtain (including Theatrical Make-Up), Star Power, Drama, In the Spotlight and Gotta Sing Gotta Dance. For younger students TACT Tots classes offer a wonderful introduction to music, dance and expression. Artistic Director Chandler Davis will teach Musical Comedy & Characters, a class teaching the fundamentals of musical comedy, comedic timing and character development. New classes focus on tap dancing, film making, improvisation and audition techniques with Beginning Rhythm Tap, TACT Film Makers, Improv Mania and Fake It ‘Til You Make It. Full details about classes and tuition are available on thalian.org. “We are excited to offer such a great lineup of classes taught by local theatre professionals,” said Thalian Association Community Theatre Executive Director Susan Habas. “The Youth Academy offers opportunities for young performers to learn new skills and perfect techniques.” Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, four productions at the Red Barn Studio and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature.
TACT Season Announcement 2017-2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chandler Davis, Artistic Director Thalian Association Community Theatre 910-251-1788 Thalian Association Community Theatre Announces 2017-2018 Main Stage and Youth Season Thalian Association Community Theatre is pleased to announce the show selections for their 2017-2018 season. The Main Stage Thalian Hall season will include Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein, It’s A Wonderful Life, Oliver!, The Bridges of Madison County, and The Wedding Singer. Artistic Director Chandler Davis says the decision to announce the new line up earlier than TACT’S usual December season announcement is due to general excitement over finalizing a year that includes two classic favorites and three new shows that have never been produced locally before. “Choosing a season is a wonderful, yet difficult task that requires a great deal of thought”, Davis says. “We are about to open our Main Stage Season with the Wilmington Premiere Rock of Ages which we are really excited about. People keep asking me what we have planned for the future so I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of our current season than by announcing next years!” The Youth season at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center will include Hairspray, Scrooge!, A Year with Frog and Toad, Junie B. Jones the Musical, and Disney’s Tarzan. Thalian Association Community Theatre to continue the tradition of announcing their new season in the Fall as opposed to December in the future. Davis says, “This is an exciting time for theatre in our community. Theatre goers and the talented individuals who audition for local theatre are always wondering what’s around the corner and I am happy to oblige them!” Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, four productions at the Red Barn Studio and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature.
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Thalian Association Community Theatre Leadership Program Ages 12 and up The TACT Leadership Program is designed to give those interested in learning more about specific jobs in the theatre community the chance to have an up-close, hands-on experience. Participants will have the chance to be paired with a team member in the field of their choosing. Once paired, they will “shadow” their mentor through the entire creative process from pre-production planning to closing of the show. Participants will have the chance to learn new skills, participate by assisting their mentor, and receive detailed instruction by a veteran creative team member. The TACT Mentor Program is for those who are seriously interested in expanding their knowledge in a particular artistic field. It is a serious time commitment for the teacher and the student. Those being mentored should have fun while also remaining punctual, respectful, ready to jump in and help, and ready to learn. Positions available to shadow are: Artistic Director/Producer Director Music Director Choreographer Set Designer Stage Manager Costume Designer Music Director To be considered, please fill out questions below and email to Chandler Davis or drop off a hard copy at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Name: Phone Number: Email Address: Position(s) you would like to shadow: Please list any past involvement with Wilmington theatre: Why are you interested in the TACT Mentor Program? TACT Leaders will plan and produce special events and activities during the 2017-2018 season. For more information please contact Chandler Davis at 910-251-1788
James and The Giant Peach FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Chandler Davis, Artistic DirectorThalian Association Community Theatre910-251-1788 WILMINGTON, NC- The Thalian Association will hold auditions for the first show of their 19-20 Youth Season, James and the Giant Peach Jr., Saturday August 10 at 10am. Auditions will be held at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. The production, directed by Michelle Reiff, runs September 13 through 22 at the Community Arts Center. If needed, callbacks will be Sunday the 11th at 2:00 pm. Available Roles: Ladahlord Ladahlord is a mysterious character who seems to have a hand in the magical things that are happening. Though he may seem a bit off, he carefully watches over James, making sure James moves towards to a better life. Ladahlord also serves as a guiding narrator throughout the story. James James is the hero of our story, on an epic quest to find a family of his own and gain confidence in himself. Ladybug Ladybug immediately takes on a doting, maternal role in Jameslife. This is a fantastic role for a performer with a great singing voice and a regal demeanor. Grasshopper Grasshopper, the leader of the Insects, is ever the optimist and assumes a paternal role in James life. Spider Spider is a clever creature who becomes a fun-loving older sister to James. Earthworm Earthworm is a gentle spirit, although he can be a bit of a coward. Luckily, he gains enough courage to save the day by baiting some gullible seagulls. Earthworm looks at James as a brother figure. Centipede Centipede may be a bit of grouch, but he is ever-loyal to the pack, and by the end of the story, he’s won over by James. James sees Centipede as that cranky uncle with a heart of gold. Centipede should have a good singing voice, and be able to make strong, specific acting choices. Spiker and Sponge Spiker and Sponge are the sort of aunts (or monsters) that you fear ever being stuck with. They take James into their home but only so that he can be their own personal servant. Spiker is the brains of the operation, and Sponge is more concerned with finding something to eat. Zoo Crowd Mr. Trotter, Mrs. Trotter, Karl Kreatour and the Zoo Crowd are all part of James nightmare. Matron Nurse The Matron Nurse runs the Painswick Orphanage, and you definitely get a sense she hasn’ t had a vacation in years. This is a great acting role for a young woman who can command a room. Billy and Bobby Bobby-Cop Billy and Bobby Bobby-Cop are a perfectly unified pair of cops working for Scotland Yard. Garden Chorus The Garden Chorus comes to life in Shake It Up as Ladahlord mixes a magical potion Reporters The Reporters, including Ida Walters, are on the scene just as the peach is becoming larger than life Ladies Bitsy Botana and the rest of the Ladies Garden Guild are in flowery frocks and hats, intent on … » Continue Reading
Youth Academy Download Schedule Download/Print Medical Form Classes will be held at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Register Now COVID 19 Update Your child’s safety is our number one concern, there will be some new policies this fall including: Temperature check and hand sanitation upon arrival Extensive sanitizing of classrooms Limit class size to accommodate social distancing & good sanitation in studio spaces Restroom visits – sanitation guidelines for all campers with enhanced supervision Following state guidelines for mass gatherings, TACT Academy showcases will change to live streaming, video format, or reduced audience size as appropriate Masks required in the lobby and in other public areas – students will be allowed to take masks off during class in their assigned studio space. View TACT Youth Academy Spring 2021 Instructors
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Your child’s safety is our number one concern, there will be some new policies this fall including: • Temperature check and hand sanitation upon arrival • Extensive sanitizing of classrooms • Limit class size to accommodate social distancing & good sanitation in studio spaces • Masks required in the lobby and in other public areas – students will be allowed to take masks off during instructional times in their assigned studio space. • Restroom visits – sanitation guidelines for all campers with enhanced supervision • Following state guidelines for mass gatherings, TACT Academy showcases will change to live streaming, video format, or reduced audience size as appropriate In 1979 Thalian Association Community Theatre established the Youth Theatre program dedicated to the enrichment of arts education for our community’s youth. What we offer: • Five fully realized productions annually with auditions open to performers ages 7 through 18 or high school seniors. • Productions aligned with the N.C. Essential Standards in Theater Arts & N.C. Common Core • Teacher Resources for Productions and Free Preview Night Tickets for Educators • Academy classes and workshops aligned with the National Standards for Arts Education. • Opportunities for children and young people, to learn from professional artists & technicians who are leaders in their fields, onstage & behind the curtain. • Academy Scholarships • Parents Organization • Community Outreach Classes • Collaboration with other non-profit organizations and schools Community Outreach: • Weekly Scholarship classes at the Community Boys and Girls Club & the Brigade Boys & Girls Club, the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, and the YWCA • Special school performances from the Youth Theatre season for the students of A. H. Snipes Academy of Arts & Design, The International School at Gregory, Sunset Park Elementary, and Bellamy Elementary • Sensory Friendly performances for children in NHCS Specially Designed Academics program. • Special performances at local festivals, civic club meetings, community organizations and schools. Why We Do What We Do: We want to turn out great theatre artists but also great doctors, lawyers, bankers & teachers. By teaching volunteerism, civic engagement and character through annual Service Learning projects, we also develop collaborative & thoughtful members of our community. We are proud of our students and honored by our alumni. Want to get more involved? Contact us today! 910-251-1788 Join us Onstage! Be a Co-Producer for a Thalian Association Community Theatre Youth Production! Youth Theatre on the 2nd Street Stage in the Historic USO Building Disney’s The Descendants Nov. 13 – 22, 2020 The Beatles Revue Jan. 22 – 31, 2021 Pinkalicious Mar. 5 – 14, 2021 The Little Mermaid April 23 – May 2, 2021 Grease – June 6-8; 13 & 15, 2014 David Loudermilk, Director