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1) What are the 2010-2011 seasons at the theatres in your town?

Here, 2010-2011 we'll have:

Theatre #1:
Mr. Marmalade
The Pillowman
Assassins

Theatre #2:
Send/End
Burn This
Titus Andronicus
Bat Boy
I Am My Own Wife
Art

Theatre #3:
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Curtains

Theatre #4:
The Music Man
Scrooge, the Musical
Hello Dolly
The Wizard of Oz

Theatre #5:
The Wizard of Oz
Charlotte's Web
The Diary of Anne Frank
Children of Eden

Theatre #6:
Fat Pig
The Drowsy Chaperone
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Miser

Theatre #7:
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Witness to the Prosecution
Cabaret
How I Learned to Drive
Member of the Wedding
TBA Summer Musical
And something else I can't remember...

Theatre #8:
The Compleat Wrks of Shakespeare {Abridged}
The Diary of Anne Frank
Chicago

Please notice the doubling of Anne Frank, Wizard, and Spelling Bee. Like RENT this year, it's because theatre companies/schools do not want to SHARE the rights to shows, so they both just do them...in the same year...within less than 2-3 months of each other. As fun as some of those shows are, I don't think I should have to see them done within just a couple months of each other...unless it was Broadway.

EDIT: On another note, one theatre is doing Chicago this season, and another is deciding to do it next season. Really?

2) How does a director go about choosing a season? I'm sure budget is a big one as well as relative audience and qualities of shows. Any quirky, strange reasons why directors choose shows, or any reasons other than the ones I listed above?

Also, what are your thoughts on the doubling up of shows (two companies in the same town doing the same show in the same year), and what are YOUR THEATRE COMPANIES' next seasons?

Thanks! :)


Wed May 19, 2010 8:00 am
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My God, you have a lot of theatres near you. I am quite jealous. Which ones are you planning to see or audition for?

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Professional or community? I'll list both.

Mirvish (professional, tours):
CATS
Burn The Floor
Rock of Ages
The Secret Garden
Sweet Charity
Wicked
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Billy Elliot
Legally Blonde

SMT (Community):
Annie
Sweet Charity

EMT (Community):
Oliver!
Urinetown

Curtain Call (Community):
A Fosse Celebration
Sweeney Todd

Others:
Fame
Spelling Bee
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
My Favorite Year

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You say theatres in the same town, so I'll go ahead and say these aren't in the same town. They are all within a distance that I would mind driving to them to see or be in their shows.

Summer seasons:

Theatre #1
Unnecessary Farce
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Wizard of Oz

Theatre #2
Tom Sawyer

Theatre #3
Steel Magnolias
Hairspray

Theatre #4
The Music Man
Smokey Joe's Cafe

Theatre #5
Songs for a New World
Rent

Seasons that begin in the fall:

Theatre #6
M*A*S*H
Undecided Christmas show (possibly White Christmas)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Undecided children's show

Theatre #7
The Laramie Project
November
Dead Man's Cell Phone
You Can't Take It With You
Charlotte's Web

There's four more theatre companies, three junior colleges, and a university left to announce their seasons. I know the first show at the junior college I attend is called Kill Me Deadly and they're considering The Glass Menagerie for the second.

There are a few professional theatres that aren't in my area but that my grandparents are willing to take me to. Their seasons:

Theatre #1
Beauty and the Beast
Titanic
Damn Yankees
Cats
The Sound of Music
Footloose
Showboat

Theatre #2
Big River
Promises, Promises
The Aristocats
State Fair

Theatre #3
Wedding Belles
Cinderella (R&H)


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SomeoneLikeYou wrote:
My God, you have a lot of theatres near you. I am quite jealous. Which ones are you planning to see or audition for?

*coughcoughMusicManandAssassinscough*


Well, that list includes a theatre 15 minutes from our city and 2 colleges.

As for the shows, my #1 priority is Music Man, actually. I want to be Marcellas. In the winter slot, I am hoping to do Spelling Bee. February is a tough call...maybe Dolly...maybe something else. Spring will be the hardest for me (Wizard, Art, and Assassins at the same time) because I have to choose between the 3 shows mentioned above. :(


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Alexia Dark wrote:
Professional or community? I'll list both.

Mirvish (professional, tours):
CATS
Burn The Floor
Rock of Ages
The Secret Garden
Sweet Charity
Wicked
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Billy Elliot
Legally Blonde

SMT (Community):
Annie
Sweet Charity

EMT (Community):
Oliver!
Urinetown

Curtain Call (Community):
A Fosse Celebration
Sweeney Todd

Others:
Fame
Spelling Bee
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
My Favorite Year


Adding on:

Mirvish:
Calendar Girls
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (pre Bway tryout)
How Now Mrs. Brown Cow
A Jew Grows in Brooklyn (extended)
Fiddler on the Roof (return extension)

and this isn't this season, per se, but The Lion King is coming back as well.

for my end of the GTA:

OLT:
The King and I
Waiting for the Parade
Arsenic and Old Lace
Play On!

WCT:
Suds
Leading Ladies
Some Assembly Required

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Our 2010-11 season (runs July-June) looks like:

Sunshine Boys
Don't Mention Casablanca (a new play about the life of the director of Casablanca)
God of Carnage
Cabaret
Midnight in Moscow
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
The Slapdash Assassin
Tartuffe

Our second space season runs January-December; so far we've done a play called Saving Grace and are nearly through a season of Glorious, with The Perfumed Garden, Eros and Two Fish & A Scoop to come.

Other groups in town are doing:
42nd Street
Curtains
Sweeney Todd
Dancing at Lughnasa
Noises Off[/i]

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Someone come to Minneapolis and see something with me! I swear, if I don't get a job so I can get paid and see something by August or during August, I will be one very sad sad theater goer. or no goer. lol.

Some of what we're having:

Guthrie Theater
Dollhouse
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Scottsboro Boys
The 39 Steps
A Christmas Carol
Romeo and Juliet
The Comedy of Errors
The Winter's Tale
Ma Rainey's Black Button
Arms And The Man
Arsenic And Old Lace
God Of Carnage
H.M.S. Pinafore

Mixed Blood Theater
A Cool Drink A Water
House of the Spirits
Agnes Under The Big Top
Avenue Q

Minneapolis Musical Theater
Evil Dead The Musical
Bare
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Orpheum
Wicked
Rock of Ages
Billy Elliot
Shrek The Musical
Hair
Jersey Boys
West Side Story

Ordway
Evita
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat
Next To Normal (HECKS YES!!)
Guys and Dolls
9 to 5 The Musical

Redeye Theater
The Thugs
Maria/Stuart

Theater In the Round
Rozencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
The Melville Boys
Born Yesterday
Come Back To The 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Ring Round The Moon
Hamlet
Anatomy of Gray
Beyond Therapy
The Fantasticks

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Theatre #1:
Cats
Chicago
South Pacific
The Color Purple
In The Heights
Hair

Theatre #2:
The King and I
George M!
White Christmas

Theatre #3:
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
My Fair Lady
Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical
Not Now Darling
Over the River and Through the Woods

Theatre #4:
1776
The Music Man

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EDIT: Theatre #5 where I live is now doing Hairspray instead of Children of Eden.

One of the high schools here in town is apparently doing it, too.

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Theatre #1

25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Wizard of Oz
Hairspray
13-The Musical

Theater #2

The Glass Menagerie
Educating Rita
The Sunset Limited
Steel Magnolias
Masquerade
A Christmas Carol

Theater #3

An Evening of Culture: Faith County 2
Kudzu: A Southern Musical
Dividing the Estate
Guys and Dolls

Theater #4

Oklahoma
The Complete History of America (abridged)
An Evening of Short Plays
The Little Princess: Sara Crewe
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Emperor's New Clothes
Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles
The King & I

Theater #5

The Hobbit
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Mulan Jr.

Theater #6

Billy Elliott: The Musical
A Christmas Carol
The Lion King
Shrek: The Musical
Hair


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spencer101f wrote:
2) How does a director go about choosing a season? I'm sure budget is a big one as well as relative audience and qualities of shows. Any quirky, strange reasons why directors choose shows, or any reasons other than the ones I listed above?

It varies from company to company, but with most places I have my hands in, there is a board that makes the decision, often from options that directors have presented as pieces they are interested in directing.

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Also, what are your thoughts on the doubling up of shows (two companies in the same town doing the same show in the same year

I don't like it. Granted, I'm from a small-ish city with only a modest number of different companies, so needs may be different in larger areas. But I was actually trained to respect a five-year rule. The line of thought behind that was always that the patrons of local companies are not necessarily theatre people, and they need variety or they will get bored and stop coming.

Also, the world of theatre is a small community, and I've seen that when the same show is done too frequently, one of two things happens. One is that the same few people make a career out of playing the same role over and over for every playhouse in town (boring for patrons to see the same thing every time). The other is that everyone of the same type ends up playing "each other's" roles... toes get stepped on and it starts feeling like we're one-upping each other by stealing thunder, which shouldn't happen in a community of artists. (I'll never forget the time someone did a role eighteen months after I did, and we were compared in a review... it reduced us to bodies in costumes filling a part, instead of actors just doing what we do.) Again, I'm sure it's a little different in huge metropolises where it isn't quite so close-knit.

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