Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Welcome to the show!

Welcome, everyone, to the RCP blog! Here, we will let you know all the news that's fit to print (or blog) about upcoming Rush County Players productions, as well as backstage news, and anything and everything else going on in the wonderful world of community theatre.

Currently, we are working on a great comedy called, "Sandbag, Stage Left, or One Dead Dolly." This show is written by John Anthony, and is basically the story of every community theatre company out there.....although not all of us have had a leading lady crushed by a sandbag. It's a lot like "Waiting for Guffman" which, again, is a lot like RCP. If you haven't seen it, rent it. Netflix it. Do whatever you have to do. If you are a community theatre geek, you MUST see "Waiting for Guffman."

Oops, sorry, I digress. I'll get into my love of "Guffman" later. "Sandbag" is directed by Aaron Scholl. It is his second directorial effort. His assistant director, in his first turn in such a position, is Scott Medd. Producing is Bonnie Locchetta (that's me, by the way). Our cast includes a lot of RCP regulars, and a few new folks. Here's the run down, with asterisks by the newbies.....

Judge----Jack Harmon
Bailiff---Kyle Huntsman
Guard #1---Mike Best
Guard #2---Tyler Coons
Guard #3---Tiffany Alexander
Prosecutor Cling---Nikki Calciano *
Defender Static---Matt Griffin
Arnold Meddle---Dan Scholl
Salvatore Soo---Steve Harmon
Gretel Van Cistern---Liz Gist *
Ginger Rayle---Chrissy Rankin
Mrs. Byron Shelley---Shelli Griffin
Byron Shelley---Mark Sloan
Edwena Bury---Sharon Scholl
Penelope Pacemaker---Amanda Locchetta
Harriett Meddle---Jayne Ashbrook *
Dora Glockamorra---Molly Rose
Gus, the lovable doorman---Justin Rodgers
Stenographer---Allie Best

So far, we have had a read thru and one rehearsal, and we continue to crack ourselves up. This show is hilarious! Shelli, as Mrs. Byron Shelley, almost has her part memorized already!!! Needless to say, we are very impressed!!!

Showdates, by the way, are Fri. June 6 at 8 pm, Sat. June 7 at 2 pm, Sun. June 8 at 2 pm, Fri. June. 14 at 8 pm, Sat. June 15 at 8 pm, and Sun. June 16 at 2 PM. We are fortunate to actually present this courtroom comedy in the courtroom at the Rush County Courthouse! Also, we will have an actual jury, who will decide the outcome of the show (there are 2 different endings written). When we begin selling tickets for the show (next week, hopefully) we will also begin selling raffle tickets for those jury seats. Those jurors will actually vote on the guilt or innocence....well, I don't want to give too much away just yet......

I will be back soon with more, but hopefully this will give you a little taste of what we are doing. See ya' when the curtain comes back up!