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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A MARVELOUS PARTY!


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The critics are raving about A MARVELOUS PARTY! THE NOËL COWARD CELEBRATION;

“American Stage’s A Marvelous Party! The Noël Coward Celebration is sparkling entertainment for the holiday season: witty and spirited… The group numbers shine, from the exasperated brio to the tender a cappella harmony…McGee’s an exuberant comic actor, and does a splendid job with such Coward classics…Lizzie Hagstedt is a standout as well with  her hilarious big number…Larry Alexander does a lovely job…Melissa Bayern ranges from wiggly flirtation to delicious rue… Musical Director, Philip King at the grand piano and Irv Goldberg on upright bass provided able accompaniment…Soignee costumes by Mike and Kathy Buck Designs [and with] Greg Bierce’s set design suggests a party with onstage seating.”  -Tampa Bay Times, Colette Bancroft

“A Marvelous Party! indeed… there was nothing but honest emotion or wonderfully witty wordplay, not to mention a hilarious parody of Cole Porter’s ‘Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)’… Larry Alexander, with perhaps the most spectacular singing voice, [is] devoted to a life of pleasure… Melissa Bayern is the romantic sophisticate [and] sang a deeply moving rendition… Mathew McGee is the crowd-pleaser, born to make us laugh, and Lizzie Hagstedt is the dynamo, brimming with talent and enthusiasm… Director Steven Flaa does a tiptop job of keeping the action moving…This was a marvelous party.” – Creative Loafing, Mark E. Leib

And they are not the only ones who are loving the show, hear what some of our patrons are saying;

“Saw A Marvelous Party! last night. True enjoyment. Enjoyed the evening with friends.”

“What a wonderful night out! This show was so much fun! Grab a cocktail, sit onstage and have a good time!”

Be sure to experience A MAVELOUS PARTY! THE NOËL COWARD CELEBRATION before it’s too late! This spectacular musical is a perfect joyous event for the holiday season. And American Stage is pleased to offer a limited number of on stage seats at no additional charge. A MARVELOUS PARTY! ends December 22, so be sure to catch this amazing performance before it’s gone! And check out our full previews linked below.

Tampa Bay Times Preview by Colette Bancroft
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Preview by Jay Handelman
Tampa Tribune Preview by Walt Belcher

Also, be sure to catch our bonus holiday show, Santaland Diaries! Starting December 15th, be sure to catch this hilarious Christmas satire.

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OPEN CASTING CALL!

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American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL is seeking two African-American actors for August Wilson’s TWO TRAINS RUNNING, directed by Bob Devin Jones. WEST: Black man, 60s. The undertaker. He is dressed all in black, except for a white shirt. He wears a pair of black gloves. Since his wife’s death he has allowed his love of money to overshadow the other possibilities of life. WOLF: Black man, 30s. Wolf is a man who enjoys his notoriety and popularity as the community’s numbers runner. While he manages to keep money in his pocket and a decent pair of shoes on his feet, his inability to find secure female companionship is the single failure that marks his life. Both roles must be non-AEA; pay is $250/wk. Day time rehearsals begin December 31, starts previews January 22, opens January 24, and closes February 23. We do have the opportunity to house actors from our of town. Send all materials (to include video) to Todd Olson atcandtolson@aol.com.

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American Stage Holiday Season

A Marvelous Party - The Noel Coward Celebration 04-webAmerican Stage is proud to announce its 2013 holiday shows! We start off the winter season with A Marvelous Party! The Noël Coward Celebration. Imagine a party as sparkling as a newly-popped bottle of champagne, a scintillating evening of ravishing melody and witty repartee—all courtesy of that personification of British wit and sophistication, Noël Coward. Drawn from his songs, plays, and journals, this effervescent revue is a whimsical, lighthearted romp featuring 33 songs and a bevy of sketches, anecdotes, writings and musings. The perfect holiday treat for everyone! The play stars Larry Alexander, Melissa Bayern, Lizzie Hagstedt, and Matthew McGee.

We are also announce that A Marvelous Party! will include on-stage seating available to add to the holiday festivities. On stage seating is limited to 20 seats per show, so be sure to buy your ticket in advance before they’re all gone!

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A Marvelous Party! runs from November 20th until December 22nd, but we’ll be keeping the holiday spirit alive with our next show, Santaland Diaries.  The show follows the tale of Crumpet, the unemployed, chemically dependent writer who takes a job as a “helper elf” at Macy’s Santaland in NYC! His tale of mass marketing, stressed out sales clerks, drunken Santas, screaming kids and the general insanity of the holidays is hilarious and meant for mature audiences only. A favorite of NPR, and award-winning author of such books as “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” Sedaris’ cutting, sardonic wit is on full display with this one-man show starring local favorite Brian Shea (Othello & August: Osage County and ART). A must see hit for anyone who views the holiday season a little differently from what the television wants us to believe. The show runs from December 15th to 29th.

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There is no better way to enjoy our productions than with a Holiday Flex-4 Pass. That’s 4 flexible tickets to any of our 2013-2014 shows, for only $165! Plus it includes one free general admission lawn ticket to see our production of The Wiz and our Subscriber Rewards Program Card. This Holiday Flex-4 Pass makes the perfect gift for any theater lover that they can enjoy all year.

 

 

 

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The Birds Have Landed At American Stage

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(left to right) Roxanne Fay, Richard B. Watson, and Gretchen Porro
Photo by Chad Jacobs

A suspenseful thriller, The Birds opened our 2013-2014 season here at American Theater. Based on the same story that inspired the cult classic Alfred Hitchcock film. This gripping tale is perfect for those who are ready to get in the Halloween spirit with a good old fashion thriller.

 Imagine this; you live in a small seaside town. Normally quite, peaceful even, until one day everything changes with the weather…. Suddenly herds of birds are violently attack people and for no apparent reason. You are forced to take refuge with strangers in an abandoned cottage. No electricity and very little food, survival seems all but a futile hope. This is the scene set during Conor McPherson’s adaptation of the classic short story.

The reviews are in… “Impressive…American Stage successfully tackles ‘The Birds’” Raves Walt Belch of the Tampa Bay Tribune, “the first play of American Stage’s new season is a well-acted, cleverly staged psychological thriller…a fitting selection as a prelude to Halloween…During the first scenes of “The Birds,” the terror is outside. After the intermission, the terror moves inside…The play touches on fear, paranoia, end-of-times doomsday and survival of the shrewdest…an enjoyable experience with an ending that stimulates discussion.”

“Fun beneath the grim” writes Steve Persall of the Tampa Bay Times, “McPherson keeps the birds outside while trapped people figuratively peck each other toward death…spookily adorned by scenic designer Jeffrey W. Dean. The front door splattered with bloody feather pulp is a nice gruesome touch…Olson’s sound design regularly fills the small theater with angry squawks and flutters, and backstage hands thump the scenery, mimicking the sound of kamikaze crows…a nearby farmer played by Joseph Parra…a genuine terror element…with a druggy gleam and grunts punctuating each suspicion. In a single scene Parra roars menace that intentionally amuses.”

“Left me on the edge of my seat time and time again…Fear Takes Flight: American Stage Show Captures Story’s Dark Essence…As the stage lights came on and the cast took their final bow to a standing ovation, a woman in the row before mine exclaimed, “What a wonderful evening at the theatre!” And, after mentally digesting everything the opening night of American Stage Theatre’s The Birds—directed by Todd Olson—had to offer, I couldn’t agree more. The cast was phenomenal. The set, eerie. And the storyline, captivating. A spectacular display of local talent and a fantastic start to American Stage’s new 2013-2014 season, The Birds was dark, moving, full of emotion and very appropriate for the time of year; an evening at the theatre you definitely won’t want to pass up. And luckily, you have until October 27 to catch it! Don’t miss out.”  -articulatesuncoast.com, Alexis Chamberlain

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The 2013-2014 Season Is Here!

13-14-AMERICAN-STAGE-SEASON-WOur 2013-2014 season has kicked off! And we’re taking a new approach to things this year. As art director Todd Olson puts it, “We found our theme for the season in a quote by August Wilson where he described something as ‘All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.’ Five years into a Recession and after a long election cycle, I want to laugh more, I know our patrons want to laugh more, and we will!”

We are proud to present seven plays this year, which we believe embody this new approach. From the dark humor that can be found in our adaptation of The Birds, the love that can be felt in Steal Magnolias, or the overtly funny show God of Carnage. There is something for everyone to enjoy this season.

People are talking about our changes as well! Click here to hear what the Tampa Bay Times has to say, and also be sure to check out Art Director Todd Olson’s interview with Studio 10.

And that’s not all that has changed this year. We have now made it easier then ever to see all our plays when you buy your season subscription. Check out our different offers http://bit.ly/1aa0Opz!

This season we have an exciting verity of plays and there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. The Birds, based on a short story that inspired the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, opens our season. An emotional thriller, this play follows the strand events that take place in a seaside town when masses of birds begin to erratically attack at high tide. Read more about the birds here.

The festivities in November begin with  A Marvelous Party! The Noel Coward Celebration. Imagine a party as sparkling as a newly-popped bottle of champagne, a scintillating evening of ravishing melody and witty repartee—all courtesy of that personification of British wit and sophistication, Noël Coward. Drawn from his songs, plays, and journals, this effervescent revue is a whimsical, lighthearted romp featuring 33 songs and a bevy of sketches, anecdotes, writings and musings. The perfect holiday treat for everyone!

We’ll be kicking off the New Year by presenting the 7th installment of our August Wilson Cycle; 2 Trains Running. This fabulous play is noted as being one of Wilson’s most comedic pieces yet. The play is set in 1969 to the backdrop of Dr. King’s assassination and the rise of the black power movement. The play follows young Stirling and his time spent at the Memphis Lee’s diner; a place were people 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.

The month of March will bring along the play adaption of French writer Jules Verne famous book Around the World in 80 Days. An exciting tale of stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, you won’t want to miss this thrilling tale of one of the greatest adventure of all time!

We are proud to bring back our 29th Annual American Stage in the Park Performance this year with our adaptation of The Wiz! A musical treat that the whole family is sure to enjoy, The Wiz tells the classic tale of Dorothy’s trip though the Land of Oz but with a twist of some rock, gospel and soul. The winner of 7 Tony Awards, this will be a production you definitely do not want to miss as this musical takes you on a multi-cultural journey.

Steel Magnolias continues our season into may, and is destined to be the feel-good hit for the summer. Shelby’s wedding day nears, so the beauty shop ladies of Chinquapin Parrish, Louisiana – delicate as magnolias but tough as steel – have a lot to talk about. From the new assistant who announces, “I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair”, to the town matron who declares, “I’m not crazy…I’ve just been in a very bad mood 40 years!”…Steel Magnolias is alternately hilarious and touching. 

And finally, our season will wrap up with hilarious show by French playwright Yasmina Reza, God of Carnage.  When two 11-year-old boys have a playground fight, their parents come together for cocktails, hoping to discuss the situation civilly – 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. Winner of the 2009 Tony for “Best Play”, the hilarious God of Carnage is the ultimate comedy of manners without manners!

 

 

 

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