Check out the last Mainstage production of the 2013-2014 Season- GOD OF CARNAGE!

GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza played to a sold-out audience last Friday, its opening night, at American Stage. The play, directed by Karla Hartley, is about a playground fight between 11-year-old boys resulting in two teeth missing which leads two parent-couples coming together.  When the parents meet for cocktails, hoping to discuss the situation civilly, they intend to “practice the art of co-existence” rather than “slaughter each other with insurance claims.” But the veneer of polite society quickly falls away, and the evening deteriorates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of finger-pointing, tantrums, and tears. And that’s before they break out the rum. Performances resume Wednesday, July 23rd.

God of Carnage stars, from left, Katherine Michelle Tanner, Billy Edwards, Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea.

God of Carnage stars, from left, Katherine Michelle Tanner, Billy Edwards,
Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea. | Photo by Chad Jacobs

There are a few additional things to consider about the background of GOD OF CARNAGE to spike your interest, if not persuade you to see it at American Stage before it closes on August 10th. Stephanie Hayes, a Times performing arts critic goes into detail about the comedy’s beginnings, while still leaving space for imagination in her preview of the darkly humorous production. Check out her: “5 things to know about ‘God of Carnage’ at American Stage”

Also check out the unique art that’s part of the set and available to buy!

American Stage is proud to announce a Peter Wright original which is a part of our GOD OF CARNAGE set selected from The Duncan McClellan Gallery. When searching for the most distinctive art piece to fit with our set design for GOD OF CARNAGE. Jerid Fox, our Props Master, worked with Duncan McClellan to select this Peter Wright original as the perfect addition to this beautiful set designed by Scott Cooper.

Our stage design has a modern and artistic feel for this production which allowed for this unique partnership with The Duncan McClellan Gallery.  This art piece is available for purchase at $6,000. The Duncan McClellan Gallery is generously donating the net proceeds back to American Stage Theatre Company. You can be the proud owner of this striking original piece from The Duncan McClellan Gallery and the set of GOD OF CARNAGE!

For more information or to purchase this art piece, please contact Development at 727.823.1600 x203 or email development@americanstage.org

Reviews say….

“The phrase “Karla Hartley has done it again” has been said so often that it should be copyrighted. She is a true gift to the Bay Area, and for years audiences and artists alike have been thankful for her guidance in numerous shows. Everything she does is top of the line, whether it’s direction, lighting, sound design, running a theatre company…”

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Ease on down to Demens Landing and enjoy our latest hit…THE WIZ!

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The cast of THE WIZ (L-R) Tia Jemison, Scott Daniel, Allyson Tolbert, Sharon E. Scott, Sara DelBeato, Chris Walker, Whitney Drake, Torrey Thomas, Darryl Reuben Hall, Georgia Mallory Guy, Jesse Rodriguez, and Rodner Salgado  |  Photo by Chad Jacobs

THE WIZ, our 29th Annual American Stage in the Park production opened with our Annual Gala Under the Stars Fundraiser last Friday. It also marks the return of some of the same creative team that brought THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW to Demens Landing in 2012 (director Karla Hartley and choreographer Domenic Bisesti). In this fresh take on the time-told classic, Dorothy (Whitney Drake) travels to the Land of Oz, and she’s walking on a road paved in rock, gospel, and soul! This beloved Broadway musical – winner of 7 Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is a dazzling multi-cultural journey that will take you to the most fantastical places…and back home again.

Every year, as a part of the American Stage in the Park tradition, we partner with various organizations around the area to create various theme nights. Bring your co-workers, family, and friends and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter; our theme nights this year include: Pets in the Park Night, City of St. Petersburg Night, Hospitality Night, Buy Local Night (in partnership with LocalShops1), tbt* Night, LGBT Night, Bicycle Night, Educators Night, and Front and Center for Wellness presented by Bayfront Health. Click the above banner image for full details on each of these great events!

American Stage is excited to be partnering with Creative Clay for a fun Instagram contest that celebrates both artwork from Creative Clay’s Artlink program and the 29th Annual American Stage in the Park production of THE WIZ running from April 9 through May 4, 2014. This partnership allows for Artlink teams to create unique artwork inspired by this musical. ARTLINK teams will observe the theatrical rehearsal process and translate their behind-the-scenes inspirations to their own artistic creations. Click the above banner image for full details! The contest ends on April 28, 2014.

Still not convinced that the journey to see THE WIZ is a trip worth taking? Then check out what the critics have to say! Click on each of these excerpts to view the full reviews:

“Fresh…entertaining, fast-moving and fun [with] sass to spare…Sharon Scott, a veteran performer with a mammoth voice, plays three roles. When she opens the second act as wicked witch Evillene, the energy really starts to pop. Scott is hilarious…On the duet Be A Lion, [Whitney] Drake and [Sara] DelBeato send a stunning harmony into the night sky…When we meet the Wiz, the set by Scott Cooper really starts to come to delicious life.” -Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times

“Spot-on entertaining…moving…soulful…fun…impressive.” –Walt Belcher, The Tampa Tribune

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A Season Above the Rest…An Unforgettable Journey: Our 2014 – 2015 Season Has Been Announced!

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Click above image for more information about our 2014-2015 Season & subscribe!  |  Artwork by Chad Jacobs & Roman Black

American Stage Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our 2014-2015 season including our six Mainstage productions, 30th Anniversary with American Stage in the Park and a bonus production that will be a Florida premiere!

The season opens with THE CHOSEN, written by the creators of last year’s hit MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, and is followed by NUREYEV’S EYES (bonus production), a Florida premiere produced in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Art’s Wyeth exhibit. During the holidays we will present Neil Simon’s LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR. We then kick-off the new year with our 8th installment in August Wilson’s Century Cycle, RADIO GOLF, followed by the hilarious musical comedy GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! starring Matthew McGee and Chris Crawford. In celebration of our 30th Anniversary with American Stage in the Park, we bring outdoors the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical (and Pulitzer finalist) IN THE HEIGHTS. Summer of 2015 will see the play that won the Tony for “Best Play”, RED, and the regional premiere of comedian Lewis Black’s farce ONE SLIGHT HITCH.

To kick off our new season, our 2014-2015 Mainstage Subscription packages (excluding FLEXpasses) for both 6 & 5 play packages are now 20% off now through April 13, 2014. We also offer our FLEXpass which is 6 flexible tickets you can use whenever or however they want. For the 5-Play Package, Previews, nextWAVE subscriptions, or to receive 50% off of tickets to see the Florida premiere of NUREYEV’S EYES, please contact our box office directly at 727-823-PLAY (7529) where they will be able to process your play selections.

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Be sure to lock in the current rates for 2015 PARK tickets for IN THE HEIGHTS!

Click here for more information on each of the shows, and click here to see our subscription packages and subscribe today! Or if you would like, you can always order your subscriptions through our box office by calling (727) 823.PLAY(7529).

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2 TRAINS RUNNING is Currently Playing…and is a HIT with Both Critics and Theatre-Goers Alike!

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The cast of 2 TRAINS RUNNING (L-R) Wilbert L. Williams, Jr., Kim Sullivan, Bryant Louis Bentley, Renata Eastlick, ranney, Alan Bomar Jones, and Cranstan Cumberbatch  |  Photo by Chad Jacobs

2 TRAINS RUNNING, the 7th installment in our stunning August Wilson Century Cycle, opened last Friday, January 24th, to thunderous acclaim. This show takes place 1969, and is set in the aftermath of the riots, Dr. King’s assassination, and the rise of the black power movement. It tells the story of a young man named Stirling (Bryan Louis Bentley, who has starred in previous Century Cycle productions — including last year’s THE PIANO LESSON) who comes to Memphis Lee’s (Kim Sullivan, another Century Cycle alum) diner where customers have gathered for decades to share their struggles, faith, and hopes. But this diner has been slated for demolition in the city’s new redevelopment plan, and what unfolds is Wilson’s most compassionate and humorous work about lives in transition, evolving social awareness, and spirits rising.

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Sterling (Bryant Louis Bentley) and Risa (Renata Eastlick) share an intimate moment at the jukebox in August Wilson’s 2 TRAINS RUNNING.  |  Photo by Chad Jacobs

The cast is rounded out by many other familiar faces from Century Cycle productions past (Alan Bomar Jones, ranney, and Cranstan Cumberbatch), and some new faces as well (Renata Eastlick and Wilbert L. Williams, Jr.).  Under the thoughtful direction of incomparable Bob Devin Jones, these actors come together to create magic onstage that will leave you both satisfied…and eager to see what the Century Cycle has to offer next.

Click each of the quotes to read what the local theatre critics have to say, and once you have seen it for yourself, be sure to let us know what you think!

“American Stage continues its impressive series of August Wilson’s Century Cycle plays with 2 Trains Running. Director Bob Devin Jones draws fine performances from a strong cast… Wilson is, as always, dealing with big issues: freedom and justice, love and loss, violence and hard-won peace. … entirely individual, believable characters, their stories cast in a balance of drama and comedy…Rich and full of rhythm and beauty…an entertaining and thought-provoking trip.” -Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

“A spirited, engaging production with more laughs than one might expect…Comedy, tragedy and romance are served well.” Walt Belcher, Tampa Tribune

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Let Your Child’s Imagination Grow With 2014 Spring Youth Classes

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American Stage Education is proud to offer acting classes for youth ages 5-18.  With a focus on developing the student’s performance skills, creativity, and self-confidence we have classes for the beginning actor as well as for advanced performers.  Each class meets once a week for 12 weeks, allowing students the opportunity to get a truly in-depth experience.  Lessons and final showcase pieces change each semester.  Classes are designed to be taken year after year.  See the difference that theatre can make in your child’s life!

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact Meg Heimstead, the Director of Education, at 727-823-1600 x 201 or email her at mheimstead@americanstage.org.

Classes for Spring 2014:

Creative Storytelling II – Ages 5-7
Story Theatre – Ages 8-10
Page to Stage – Ages 11-13
Advanced Teen Acting  – Ages 14-18

For full class details click here.

What the students and parents are saying!

“This class really helped my daughter come out of her shell.”

“This class has given me tools to carry with me throughout my entire theatre career.”

“I have noticed her writing and storytelling at school has really improved. Her teacher notices too.”

“My child has a great imagination and this class fosters that in so many ways.”

For more information or if you are having difficulty enrolling on-line, please call Meg Heimstead, the Director of Education, at 727-823-1600 x 201 or email her atmheimstead@americanstage.org.

 

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Giving Back During the Holidays

YWCA December Drive

Donate a non-perishable food or personal care item for YWCA Family Village, a transitional housing facility, from 12/1 through 12/22 and receive a voucher from our box office for $5 off any upcoming Mainstage production. Donations accepted at the American Stage Theater box office, located at 163 Third Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701. Visit our site for a list of items.

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This Sunday: 2nd Annual Acoustic Holiday Classics with 15 Local Gems

Come all ye faithful music lovers…..Don’t just come for the show….
come for the experience!

Acoustic Holiday Classics

Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
2 sets with one intermission

LOBBY CABARET MIXER- 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Mingle and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres compliments of the Witches BBQ Den for all ticket holders and cash bar

Performing one night only on the
American Stage Theatre’s Mainstage

Tickets: $17 advance and $20 day of show – General Admission

 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the
St. Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank

The 12 Notes of Christmas will include the following artists: 

1. Renee Gianconne:
I’ll Be Home for Christmas,
O Come O Come Emmanuel

2. Colleen and Andy:
Christmas in Prison,
Please Daddy

3. Erin Joyner Janus:
White Christmas,
O Little Town of Bethlehem

4. Scott “Twitch” Anderson:
Christmas fun,
Christmas is a Dream Come True

5. Rebecca Zapen and Jayne Kelli:
O Holy Night,
Ave Maria

6. Ronny Elliott:
Silent Night,
Christmas is for Losers

*INTERMISSION (10 min)

7. Rebekah Pulley:
December 25,
Baby it’s Cold Outside

8. Matt Haley:
Christmas Don’t Be Late,
You’re All I Want for Christmas

9. Gale Trippsmith:
Christmas Time is Here,
Santa Baby

10. Rob Tyre:
Little Drummer Boy,
Santa Claus is Coming to Town

11. Betty Fox:
Hallelujah,
TBD

12. Dave Williamson and TC Carr:
Zat You Santa Claus?,
Jingle Bell Rock

The Ale and the Witch Music Productions Presented By:

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2013 Volunteer Party

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We here at American Stage Theatre Company wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make our Volunteer Appreciation Party such a success this past Monday! Thank you to the staff of American Stage, thank you to The Scott & Patti Show (Matthew McGee + Scott Daniel), Katherine Michelle Tanner, Brian Shea, and Frank Bowman for sharing their time and talent…but most importantly, THANK YOU to the volunteers of American Stage for being, in the words of one Stephanie Boewe, the “Best-est Volunteers of ‘em All”! We are forever grateful for your assistance and enthusiasm, and hope you stick around for years to come. The fun is just beginning, and we are honored to have you as a part of it!

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American Stage Offering Long-Form Improv Classes!

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For the first time in the Tampa Bay Area, American Stage is offering a unique program specializing in the art of long form improvisation training and performance. The program is divided into four sections and will guide participants through the foundations of improvisation as a performance medium, beginning with a course in organic scene development, expanding to courses focusing on premise scene building and character improv, and culminating in a course that delves into the different forms of improv.  Students will be using a wonderful recently-published improv manual developed by the well-renowned Upright Citizens Brigade. Students will eventually be placed in teams and will even have the opportunity to perform in our Sunday Comedy Series! Our classes are taught by improv professionals who have trained and worked with such groups as Second City and The Groundlings. To find out more about the program and the courses offered by American Stage in long-form improv studies, click here!


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Give the Gift that Gives All Year… Plus a Free Ticket to See THE WIZ!

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* This is a special holiday promotion valid now thru January 5, 2014.

Plus, Order now and receive a FREE General Admission Lawn ticket to see our production of THE WIZ at our 2014 American Stage in the Park (A $20 value. Ticket valid from April 9 thru May 4, 2014. Not available during our Gala on April 11, 2014).

In addition, the recipient will also receive a Subscriber Rewards Program Card to enjoy discounts at participating local restaurants and caterers. It’s the perfect gift for your family, friends and clients! This is just one more way to save by subscribing to American Stage! A valid Subscriber Rewards card must be presented to qualify for these discounts. For full details, please click here.

Restaurant & Catering Partners:
Bayou Catering | Bella Brava | Café Alma
Everything Dolce | Fresh Go Wild Market + Grill
Gratzzi Italian Grill | Marchand’s Bar & Grille (The Vinoy Renaissance)
MEZE 119 | Parkshore Grill

Currently on stage, American Stage delivers a party where everyone is on the A-list with A MARVELOUS PARTY! THE NOEL COWARD CELEBRATION where the performances are always different. We then kick-off the new year with our 7th installment of our August Wilson Cycle, 2 TRAINS RUNNING noted as being one of Wilson’s most comedic moments. The unique and hilarious exploration builds with AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. The 29th Annual American Stage in the Park continues with THE WIZ, a musical that takes you on a multi-cultural journey and winner of 7 Tony Awards. Harling’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS is destined to be the feel-good hit for the summer and concluding our season of love and laughter with GOD OF CARNAGE, a Tony Award winner by Yasmina Reza.

  1. New! Subscriber Rewards Program: Starting this October, American Stage Subscriber will be able to enjoy discounts at many local restaurants as part of the Subscriber Rewards Program. Check out the amazing deals right here!
  2. HUGE Savings: Depending on your subscriptions, you can save 20% to 30% on your total ticket cost for our main stage productions.
  3. Best Seats Guaranteed: We save our very best seats for our subscribers. As a subscriber you get your choice of the very best seats in the house, before the general public.
  4. Discounts on Single Tickets: We offer 10% off single tickets to all of our subscribers, making it more affordable to bring along your family and friends to enjoy the shows.
  5. Unlimited Free Ticket Exchange: Have you ever booked a performance for one night, only to realize later that you can’t go? No problem! As a subscriber, you will be able to exchange your ticket for any other showing that is not already booked. Just call the box office before the show and have the set it up.
  6. Lost Ticket Insurance: If you lose or damage your ticket, you will be able to replace it at the box office at no charge.
  7. Free E-Newsletter: Our newsletter offers the latest information on our performances, as well as offers that will be available to our subscribers before the general public.

If you would like, you can always order your subscriptions through our box office by calling (727) 823.PLAY(7529).

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