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February 20, 2014

Shawnee announces summer lineup; youth theater offerings

The Shawnee Theatre in Greene County announces its Summer 2014 season filled with timeless tales and American favorites.

New producing director Trey D Rock said, “We have listened to Bloomfield and the surrounding areas and made sure our shows are bigger, our youth theater is improved, and we have brought back the immensely popular melodrama. Under new direction Shawnee is going to be better than ever.”

Rock, in his introduction of the prominent members of Shawnee’s new, and improved company, said “Shawnee has gone many years without a dedicated producing division, and a dedicated artistic division. This is something I wanted to bring back, it brings a much more organized, and professional company to the forefront. This model is used by all of the currently successful regional theaters.”

With that in mind, Shawnee has brought back two veterans. Joshua Carroll is on board as Season 55’s artistic director. With his return to the company Carroll said he wishes to bring quality art to the Bloomfield area. “It’s our highest priority at the theater to create an environment which promotes amazing art at affordable prices and brings in the best artists, and undeniably enjoyable experiences for all.”

Also joining the company is Kody C Jones, as the associate artistic director and the education director. “I’m honored to be a part of the new leadership and to work towards taking the already refined quality of Shawnee to the next level of artistic integrity,” Jones said.

“Both Josh and Kody are amazingly talented individuals I have worked together with in the past, all three of us come from the same Alma Mater, and I knew when I came upon the decision to split the management roles up that these were the two I was going to call. They are my dream team,” Rock said.

Shawnee opens its 55th season with the immensely popular musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The book by Bob Martin and Don McKeller, and music/lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, it is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theater fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life on stage.

The show is open for a special two weekend run. Show dates are June 12-15 and June 19-22.

The second show in the lineup is the hilarious comedic version of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” written by John Nicholson and Steven Canny for the hit comedy team Peepolykus. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover in this “wonderfully barking spoof” (Daily Telegraph) for a cast of three actors playing multiple roles. Show dates are June 26-29.

Next is “A Year with Frog and Toad,” where Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale’s Tony-nominated musical. This whimsical musical follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four fun-filled seasons. This children’s tale tells the story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. Show dates: July 3-6.

Shawnee’s Annual Variety Show, on the afternoon of July 4, includes skits, songs and performances from Shawnee artists and any interested community member.

On the heels of the swashbuckling action of Treasure Island last year, is Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. This tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all honor will be performed July 10-13.

The fifth show in the 2014 action-packed season is something that has been asked for time and time again. The return of The Shawnee Theatre World Famous Melodrama. Warm up your pitching arm; there will be plenty of tomatoes to purchase and throw at the cast of this wild and wacky production. Show dates: July 17-20.

To close out the season, Shawnee has obtained special permission to produce one of the greatest plays ever written — Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” This timeless American story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Show dates: July 24-27.

Show times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees will be at 2. Shawnee also is offering the six-show flex pass at a discounted price of $60 for a limited time ($65 regularly). Information can be obtained through the theater’s email, or writing to the P.O. box listed below.

Shawnee Youth Theatre

Shawnee Summer Youth Theatre offers theater programming for students K-12, ages 4-18, and is a fast-paced and fun way to introduce boys and girls to the theater arts. The theater strives to ignite students with the same passion for the arts as the adult theater. Classes are taught by professional actors and theater technicians and final performances will be under the leadership of professional directors and stage managers from all over the United States.

Programming options:

Adventures in Storyland (ages 4-6), $25 if signed up before July 4; otherwise $30. This class will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. July 15-18. Parent orientation will be 9 a.m. July 15. Specifically designed for a younger age group, this class is geared to opening minds, widening imaginations and encouraging creativity through creative play, teamwork, games, and active story-telling. Meant to improve social and communications skills as well as heighten creative momentum.

Introductory and Intermediate Theatre (ages 7-12), $65 before July 4; otherwise $75.

Designed to enable introductory students as well as challenge returning students, young actors learn the foundations of theater both onstage and offstage as well as introductory performance skills that include team building, physical and vocal exploration, improvisation and scene work.

This program will conclude with a performance on the Shawnee stage. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 22-25 and 29-31. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Aug. 3.

Teen Playbuilding and Performance (Age 13-18), $65 before July 4; otherwise $75.

Actors train in the techniques necessary for complete character development through the use of scene and monologue work. Actors learn to create realistic characters in believable situations through directed scene work and improvisation techniques. Vocal and movement techniques will also be taught in order for actors to gain more control of their voice and physicality. Advanced actors hone their craft as they create a performance for the Shawnee stage in the conclusion of the program.

The class will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. July 22-25 and 29-31. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and 2 p.m. Aug. 3.

Advanced Internship (Age 15-18), free.

This new offering is for the advanced student who has experience with on-and/or off-stage theater. The student will work one-on-one with a professional theater designer or technician and learn how to work backstage as a light and sound board operator, spotlight operator and more. The student will then have the opportunity to work these positions throughout the season as an intern at Shawnee. This would be a great way for the up-and-coming theater artist to work with professionals and build an early resume. These positions are limited and will be granted through an interview process.

Any additional children? Any sibling signed up gets $15 off registration.

The theater’s website is down for renovations, but order forms may be requested by emailing shawneetheatre@gmail.com, or by letter to P.O. Box 22, Bloomfield IN, 47424.

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