Friday, June 10, 2011

Notes from the Garden - Part 2

“Notes from the Garden” is a series of articles written by the Director of Towne & Country Players upcoming production of the Broadway hit; “The Secret Garden”.

Many people wonder how we cast a show at Towne & Country. First of all, we know that our high school age students are fortunate to have a musical each year as the late Jan Donnelly and now Robin Brown have so successful done over the years. So when adults audition, this might be there only chance each year, so often they are given priority. With that said, we always have a rich mixture of ages to audition.

Auditions consist of singing a song of your choice, usually not from the show to be presented, and a reading from the script. Pretty painless, and yet from these snippets an amazing show emerges.

In three months the ideas, of the writer, the musician, and a director come together and make for an evening like none other! How fortunate we are to live in an area where community theatre is alive!

The cast for “The Secret Garden” comes from a variety of locations. From Englewood, Troy, West Milton, Russia, Greenville, North Star, Ft. Recovery, St Henry, New Bremen, Coldwater and of course Versailles, this group of performers has amazing talents and theatre experiences to share with their audience. One member of our chorus, Michael Brown has performed with our group from the start, nearly forty years ago and enjoys being on the stage with his son, Jacob, who is one of the leads. The Borchers family is another example of family involvement as dad, mom, and two of their four children are in the cast. Likewise the Collins family, the DeMange family, and the Rawlins and on and on it goes. It’s all about doing things as a FAMILY.

If you would like to hear members of our cast before the show, on Friday evening, June 17th they will be performing as guests of The Bistro in downtown Greenville from 6:00 to 8:30. We’ll be doing some show tunes, a number or two from “The Secret Garden”, and some nice varied dinner music. Come out for dinner and hear the exciting talent and then join us for our production. Order those tickets early, before they are gone!

You’re in for a real treat as we are planting seeds so that “The Secret Garden” can bloom in Versailles on June 23rd, 24th, and 25th, at 7:00 p.m. and on June 26th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at our box office at 937-214-4139. All seats are reserved and are $12.00 adults and $10.00 for students. Group pricing is available for parties of 25 or more.

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