American Stage shines a light on 40 years

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TAYLOR_SWEAT_headshot_SmBy Taylor Sweat, American Stage 2017/2018 Production & Stage Management Apprentice
Production and Stage Management Life; November 17th:

The Production and Stage Management Apprenticeship is something that is new to American Stage, and I am so honored to be a part of its inaugural year! I am the assistant stage manager on all six of American Stage’s mainstage productions. So far, each production has brought me something memorable that I wouldn’t have experienced elsewhere. I also get the opportunity to be immersed in many production elements of each show. So, what does a day in the life of a stage management apprentice look like? Let’s dive in.

Most of my duties center around what a typical assistant stage manager what do. There’s a week before the first rehearsal, known as prep week, where I get to help the stage manager (in this case, the illustrious Rachel Harrison, who I hope everyone gets a chance to work with someday because she is phenomenal) tape out the rehearsal space, prep actor scripts, outline paperwork, and get dressing room spaces ready. To better understand what prep week is, think of the weeks leading up to Christmas. You wrap presents, put the tree up, and bake cookies for the special night. When it finally arrives, it’s a joyous occasion, and totally worth all of the prep. The joyous occasion in this metaphor is, of course, the rehearsal period. During rehearsal, I am responsible for creating the blocking script. This means that I am keeping track of the actors’ every move and interaction within the play. I also sometimes serve as an actor stand-in when a particular actor is absent, and provide actors with line notes at the end of a rehearsal run. During rehearsals, I start keeping track of entrances and exits, costume changes, and major scene shifts to make tech week run smoother.

When it comes time for tech week and the actual run of the show, my role becomes the deck head, which means I am responsible for all transitions and changes within the show. Those scene shifts and changes that I took … Read the rest

MUCH ADO BLOG

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Artwork by Laura Spencer and Joey Clay Photography in collaboration with the American Stage Marketing Team

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING now playing through
December 10, 2017.

Tickets at americanstage.org/MUCHADO

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Check out Opening Night photos here!


 

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By Kody Hopkins, American Stage 2017/2018 Acting & Production Apprentice
Behind-the-scenes (Nov. 3rd, 2017):
One of the major draws for me when applying to be an American Stage Apprentice was the scope of the program. While I am a performer by nature, I quickly gained an interest and respect for all aspects of theatre making upon entering university. I put myself to work in a little bit of everything: I sewed costumes, took lighting design, wrote some plays, directed several scenes, and even house managed two productions. The stage always feels like home to me (and I’m glad to be returning to it in MUCH ADO!), but I realized that being a part of everything it touches is what makes me feel whole. So, when I found out just how MUCH I would get to put my hands on here at American Stage, I was excited… and maybe a bit overwhelmed.

Because of this program, I am afforded the ability to peek behind the curtain, to see how the proverbial sausage gets made. It’s inspiring, if not always easy. From the design reveals at our first rehearsal, to making marketing posts I can’t believe the boss green-lit, to putting together the set and cabling the lights (you know you’re committed when you’re crawling on your hands and knees under the stage…), I get to see my small, but noticeable touch on the final product. Jack of all trades, master of none, I like to say. All of this is fueled by my passion for the profession. But, how does anyone else get to know about any of this? About the late night light hangs with lo-fi music and Master Electrician Chris Baldwin, or early morning bagels before tearing down a set you helped put up?

Well, in the words of Beatrice, there is “a very even way”: American Stage’s BEHIND-THE-SCENES series. A few weeks … Read the rest

The American Stage Travel Trippers are going to PALM BEACH!

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Here they go again! American Stage’s Travel Trippers are heading to Florida’s East Coast this winter to enjoy holiday cheer, decorations, and festivities at one of the finest ocean-front paradises in the world – the five-star Breakers in Palm Beach!
The Trippers travel across the country to experience world class theatre with the convenience and comfort of having their whole trip planned out to a tee.

This December, the Trippers are going back to Palm Beach.

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s Palm Beach Trip:

5. DRIVE-THROUGH SAFARI

The Travel Trippers will be visiting Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park! There, they’ll spend the day on safari with over 1000 animals. With animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 5 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more, they’re sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari.

Learn more at lioncountrysafari.com

 

4. SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ at Stage Door Theatre

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The Trippers will get to experience SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ at Broward Stage Door Theatre! Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying experience that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized ’50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre!

Learn more at stagedoorfl.org/smokeyjoescafe

 

3. Disney’s NEWSIES at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

The Trippers will head over to The Maltz to see NEWSIES – A family friendly musical Based on the real-life 1899 New York paperboy strike, Disney Newsies tells the story of the youth who struggle to sell newspapers in order to survive. As paper prices rise, they band together to take on the biggest names in New York media, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. This Tony Award®-nominated story comes to life in a high-energy explosion of song and dance. This show is perfect for the entire family this holiday … Read the rest

THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO LONDON WITH P.A.D. STEPHANIE GULARTE

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Stephanie Gularte is thrilled to be heading to London with the American Stage Trippers this fallOctober 10-20, and would like to invite you to join! For the past thirty years, the Trippers have traveled around the country and around the world on cultural adventures. These trips have provided great memories and unique experiences to hundreds of travel lovers, while raising critical funds that support American Stage’s programming. 

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:

5. FOUR THEATER PRESENTATIONS AND POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONS WITH STEPHANIE GULARTE

Our fall trip to what many call the “theatre capital of the world” will be Stephanie’s first opportunity to join the Trippers and she is already having a great time working with General Manager Tom Block to plan an amazing 10-day experience. Stephanie has been poring over the fall London theatre line-up to select the dynamic plays that the Trippers will be seeing— “We got really lucky with the tickets we were able to secure – some of the hottest productions this fall!”

In addition to visiting Salisbury and London, going on interesting excursions, eating great food and staying in elegant hotels, Stephanie will be hosting several gatherings where the Trippers will have the opportunity to chat about the plays before and after each performance.

When you step inside the Prince of Wales, you feel like you’€™ve been transported back in time. The lobby is wonderfully ornate with intricate hardwood floors, plush Victorian furniture, a stained glass mural, beautiful sculptures and plenty of fresh roses. Experience luxury and feel like royalty.

4. A TOUR OF THE ROYAL ELTHAM PALACE

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The Trippers will experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace as they are transported back to the 1930s (just in time for cocktail hour!). Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, and part medieval royal palace. The Trippers will make themselves at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.

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Spotlight On…THE INVISIBLE HAND

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THE INVISIBLE HAND by Pulitzer-Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar, directed by Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte, runs May 31 – June 25.

Why not take your experience to the next level by attending one of our spotlight events or theme nights?

FOREWORD

Sunday, May 21 @ 1pm
Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of the play, and following her presentation, Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte will give behind-the-scenes insight into the making of THE INVISIBLE HAND.

$7 for Act 1 Club Members & Subscribers | $10 for General Public

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PROLOGUE

30 minutes prior to every performance
Arrive early and enjoy our new interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to THE INVISIBLE HAND ticket holders

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Spotlight On…THE INVISIBLE HAND: Forum

Monday, June 12 @ 7pm

What are the roots of Islamic terrorism? What role does the American dollar play in events that shape terrorist activities around the world? THE INVISIBLE HAND raises these very raw questions about the past, present,and future.

American Stage FORUMs dig deeper into the relevant and often controversial topics explored by our MainStage productions. Join a panel of local experts for a lively conversation on the global impact of money and terrorism as we further explore THE INVISIBLE HAND.

$7 for Act 1 Club Members & Subscribers | $10 for General Public
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Young American Night

Thursday, June 08 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM

Young Americans between the ages of 21-29 are invited to enjoy THE INVISIBLE HAND with BOGO Specialty Drinks. After the performance, join us at Station House St. Pete where you will be given a free drink voucher good for a beer, wine, or our THE INVISIBLE HAND specialty drink!

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets. Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstage.org

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Chatbacks

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Don’t Miss Our HAIRSPRAY Dream Drawing

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Dream-Drawing

 

Throughout the run of HAIRSPRAY, you have a chance to win the prize of your dreams! For only $20 you can purchase a ticket – or tickets – of only 500 sold to win one of these dreamy prizes: Click Here to View Brochure

 

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Travel to Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico to Enjoy a Luxurious 7-Night Stay at the 4-Star Ixtapan Spa Hotel & Golf Resort

Enjoy spa treatments such as:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Facials
  • Loofah Salt Glow
  • Hair & Nail Treatment
  • Manicures & Pedicures
  • Hair Styling
  • & More!

Plus!
Try the personalized tennis lessons or Kundalini yoga classes; relax by one of the pools and enjoy 12 acres of sprawling gardens; visit the spectacular restaurants and bars or the nearby movie theater!

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John Waters Ultimate Fan Package

Includes:

  • Signed John Waters “This Filthy World” Poster
  • Framed in Silver Mooncrater Frame w/ Suedemats & UV Glass from ARTicles Gallery ($500 Value)

Plus!
John will Record a Personalized Voicemail Greeting for YOU!

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These prizes are simply DIVINE and only $20 is standing between you and the vacation of your dreams or official & ultimate John Waters fandom.

Here are three easy ways to enter AND support the theatre you love:

  • DROP OFF
  • CALL
    • Contact the Development Department at 727.823.1600 x 207
  • MAIL

 

Click Here to View Brochure

And definitely don’t miss HAIRSPRAY in the park – Now Playing through May 14 | Click Here for Tickets & Info

Thank You For Supporting American Stage!
Terms and Conditions: Proceeds go to support American Stage Theatre, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization at 163 Third Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Random drawing will be held and winner announced at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017 in the American Stage Theatre Lobby Cabaret. Entry forms are available at American Stage Read the rest

THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO THE SHAW FESTIVAL!

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It’s that time again, the American Stage Travel Trippers are heading to NIAGARA ON THE LAKE for the George Bernard Shaw Festival!

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:

5. 4 STAR PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL

Offering close proximity to unique shops and boutiques and just steps from the world renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. The historic Victorian-style hotel has 110 individually decorated guest rooms, an award-winning restaurant, lounge and patio, a world-class spa and a lavish tea room serving afternoon tea daily.

When you step inside the Prince of Wales, you feel like you’€™ve been transported back in time. The lobby is wonderfully ornate with intricate hardwood floors, plush Victorian furniture, a stained glass mural, beautiful sculptures and plenty of fresh roses. Experience luxury and feel like royalty.

4. NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, has a long and distinguished history. Its many attractions include historic sites – Fort George and the Historical Society Museum, the Shaw Festival with its three theatres, the marina, our heritage business district for shopping, golf courses, parks and beautiful farmland, agricultural markets and our world famous Niagara wineries.

3. The Shaw Festival’s production of ME AND MY GIRL
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“You don’t understand, do you? You could no more walk the Lambeth way than we could walk the Mayfair way.”
– ME AND MY GIRL

This delightful comic romp from the thirties follows the fortunes of Bill Snibson, a proud Cockney who is amazed to learn that he’s actually the fourteenth Earl of Hareford. But if he wants to claim his title, it looks as if he will have to shed his old life – and love.

With well-loved classic songs including The Lambeth Walk and Leaning on a Lamp Post, Me and My Girl was brilliantly updated by Stephen Fry in 1986 for a run that won a hatful of Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony Awards.

2. The Shaw Festival’s Production of DRACULA
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“Be careful how you cut yourself. It is more dangerous than you … Read the rest