We open with two terrific shows on Thursday night! Come see Twas the Night Before Chrismas and Christmas…Unwrapped! Come down to the theatre! Tickets are available at Dunn Area Tourism Authority, online here at the website and at the door of the show. Show dates November 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM and November 22 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and youth.
That’s right. That is what HRT is giving you for Christmas this year. Two shows for the price of one. Not only are we doing our Christmas show, Twas the Night Before Christmas, we have invited the Home Drama Players to present their Christmas show, Christmas … Unwrapped. So beginning at 7:30, we will have the first show, Christmas…Unwrapped. We will break for intermission where you can go partake of some delicious snacks in the lobby. The popcorn always smells so good! We will follow our intermission with Twas the Night Before Christmas. A great night of theatre brought to you by your theatre. Come and support the arts in Harnett County!
Hi. I am Dennis McCool and I have the fun task of directing the next show for Harnett Regional Theatre. It is entitled Twas the Night Before Christmas and was written by one of my favorite stage authors, Ken Ludwig. This will be the fourth show of Ken Ludwig’s that HRT has put on (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Lend Me a Tenor and The Fox on the Fairway). I have been involved in all of them so far, acting in one and now directing one of his scripts for the third time. As previously listed in another post, auditions for this show will take place this coming Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM at the Stewart Theater in Dunn, NC located at 114 N. Wilson Avenue. There is nothing for you to prepare ahead of time. Readings will be from selected parts of the play itself. What follows is a short synopsis of the play and then character sketches of the roles available.
Twas the Night Before Christmas is a story we all know and have all probably read growing up, only this version is a bit more exciting. The play begins with Uncle Brierly attempting to read the traditional version only to be interrupted by a mouse that is in fact stirring. But, the real fun begins when it is revealed that Santa left both Emily and her mouse friend, Amos off the ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ lists thus skipping their house all together. At this point, an elf named Calliope comes to investigate and whisks Emily and a reluctant Amos Mouse off to the North Pole to save Christmas. The ensuing adventure is a hilarious and chaotic mix that includes rogue elves, airplane rides, a case of mistaken identify, a confused Santa, an elf cheer, sword fighting, characters rapping out songs and the quest for Santa’s ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ lists. There is no shortage of enthusiasm, exhilaration and elation during this Ludwig written adventure. Designed to appeal to children of all ages (yes, even adults) hopefully it will stir all of you who are young at heart during this time of year to be laughing and singing along with the chronologically youngest in the audience.
The play is written for 3 males and 2 females. Though depending on the number of people auditioning it could be 3 females and 2 men. This will be explained as you read on. Three of the roles play two parts and one role plays three. Again depending on the number of willing participants auditioning, the actual number of people given a role to play may increase.
Uncle Brierly who doubles as Sir Guy of Gisbourne: Age can be anywhere from 35 to 60. He is a jolly man who you would want to be around at Christmas while his counter role is just the opposite. A dastardly spoilsport who has it out to ruin Christmas for everyone.
Emily: She is Uncle Brierly’s niece. Mid-teenager. Could be younger if mature enough, could be older if can play younger convincingly. She is a young girl who has a zest for life.
Amos the Mouse who doubles as his twin brother, Amos of Kansas. He is cool and calm on the surface but the embodiment of a nervous mouse underneath. Mid-teens. Would possibly consider a young adult for the role. It would be questionable as to whether a younger person would be considered because of the comedic timing required of this character. But no decision is set in stone at this point. This is also the role that might be played by a female who would be trousered and would take on the role of the male mice.
Calliope who also doubles as Britannia Sneed: An elf who is loving, sweet and nuturing and is the embodiment of Christmas magic. Female, 20’s to 30’s (even though she is 518 years old).
Mulch, the side kick to Sir Guy of Gisbourne, also plays Wendall Sneed and Santa Claus (though it would nice to find a separate actor to portray Santa). As Mulch, he is clueless and dorky which leads to some madcapped adventures. Male 20’s to 40’s.
The Doubled Characters:
Sir Guy of Gisbourne: An ex-elf who is too wicked for the North Pole to handle, the “Fallen Angel”.
Wendall and Britannia Snead: Married to each other and are the wacky friends of Uncle Brierly. This is a chance for both actors to use different dialets throughout their portrayal of these characters.
Amos of Kansas: The western twin of Amos the Mouse. Philosophical and relaxed. A good guy to have in a tight spot.
Harnett Regional Theatre will present the second show of their 2014-2014 season, “It’s A Wonderful Life” starting November 14th. The show, based on Frank Capra’s film, is directed by Ruth Mills. Performance dates are November 14, 15, 20-22 at 7:30pm and November 23 at 2:30pm at the Stewart Theatre in Downtown Dunn. Admission for the show is $10 for youth and seniors and $15 for adults. HRT will host a “Family Night” on November 20 where all tickets will be $9. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre the night of the performance, Dunn Area Tourism Authority, Glass Doctor of Central Carolina or online at www.onlinehrt.org.
Regarded as a holiday classic around the world, Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s 1939 short story The Greatest Gift. George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born. It’s a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Academy Awards and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 Best Films Ever Made.
Harnett Regional Theatre is a community theatre in Dunn, NC whose mission is to educate and entertain by providing the opportunity for participation in high quality theatre for the people of Harnett County and the surrounding areas.
Fore more information, please visit HRT’s website at www.onlinehrt.org.
Photo Caption: Pictured Left to Right: Jeannine Beasley (Aunt Tilly), Billy Ray Godwin (Uncle Billy), Tyler Henry (Young George/Pete Bailey), Peter Klisiewecz (Tommy Bailey), Jenna Marie Burkart (Janie Bailey), Krista Wilson (Mary Hatch), Tim Morris (George Bailey), Olivia Godwin (Zuzu Bailey)
Harnett Regional Theatre is set to open the second show of their season, “A Christmas Story” this Friday, November 15th. The show is the stage version of the classic holiday film based on the stories of Jean Shepherd and is under the direction of Vicki Wade.
Harnett Regional Theatre is a community theatre in Dunn, NC whose mission is to educate and entertain by providing the opportunity for participation in high quality theatre for the people of Harnett County and surrounding areas. For more information, please visit HRT’s website, www.onlinehrt.org.
HRT is a non-profit community theatre and as with most community theaters, ticket sales do not meet the cost of keeping the doors open. Many of you may ask what does that mean. It means that we must have your donations along with sponsorships and grants to make ends meet. Below are some examples of our expenses from last season to show you how your donations will help us survive.
- Royalties and Scripts: $3,260.74
- Costumes: $4,330.53
- Sets: $2,226.13
- Musicians: $3,175.00
- Suessical (Total cost): $12,830.46
As you can see, it costs a lot of money to produce the high quality theatre you have come to expect from us. This season’s expenses will be even higher because we are doing 4 shows and two of them are musicals! Please help us continue doing what we love for Harnett County!
Level of Donation:
- $1,000+ Platinum Star
- $500-$999 Gold Star
- $250-$499 Silver Star
- $100 Donor
Please mail your contribution to:
Harnett Regional Theatre • P.O. Box 1471 – Dunn, NC 28335
Harnett Regional Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Consult your tax advisor for more information.
Harnett Regional Theatre will be holding auditions for the classic show, “A Christmas Story” on September 30th and October 1st. Auditions will be at 7:30pm in the Stewart Theatre. Vicki Wade will direct the show.
HRT is looking for older men and women and children ages 10-12. Please be prepared to read from the script at the director’s discretion. Please bring all known conflicts with you to the audition. They will play a vital role in casting. Show dates are November 15-24, 2013.
Harnett Regional Theatre continues the first show of their season, “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman, this Thursday, September 26th. The show is under the direction of Dennis Johnson. Justine Blackmon is the music director and Janice Godwin is the choreographer.
Remaining shows will be the 27th and 28th at 7:30pm and Sunday, Sept. 29th at 2:30pm. All shows are at the Stewart Theatre in Downtown Dunn. Admission is $10 for youth under the age of 18 and senior citizens over the age of 60. Adults are $15. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre the night of the performance. Minor adult language is used in this show and may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.
The cast includes Hunter K. Taylor as Seymour, Rachel Strickland as Audrey, Rick Stephenson as Mr. Mushnik, Wade Hodges as Orin Scrivello, Clayton Riddley as Audrey II (The Plant), Lacie Smoak as Audrey II (Puppeteer), Connor Stephenson as Ronnette, Katie Rupp as Crystal, Juanita Velazquez as Chiffon, Alec Carroll as Bernstein/Mrs. Luce/Patrick Martin, and Zane Burkardt as the Interviewer/Derelict/Snip.
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore that offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing it to be an alien creature poised for global domination!
Harnett Regional Theatre is a community theatre in Dunn, NC whose mission is to educate and entertain by providing the opportunity for participation in high quality theatre for the people of Harnett County and surrounding areas.
For more information, please visit HRT’s website,www.onlinehrt.org.
Photo Credit: Gregory Taylor Photography