Cast for Incorruptible Announced!

Huge thanks to all those who auditioned for the upcoming comedy Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger, directed by Jason Utesch. We are thrilled to present this quick-witted, lighting-fast farce! The production runs May 19 - June 3 and will feature:

  • Charles: Donald Beck
  • Martin:  Darren Serhal
  • Peasant Woman:  Denise Murray
  • Olf:  Dean Johanson
  • Felix:  Eddie Castle
  • Jack:  Rodney Thornton
  • Marie:  Angela Wehner
  • Agatha:  Luanne Pezel

Auditions Sat, March 11

It's time to audition for the final two productions of Chicago Street Theatre's 2016/2017 Season and we want you to be part of the experience. Amatuer actors are needed to audition for our two comedies that will wrap up our 62nd season of serving the community with the very best in theatre You'll find all the details on available roles and how to prepare on our Audition page.  On Saturday, MARCH 11, 10am-1pm, directors are auditioning both Incorruptible and The Taming of the Shrew.

To audition, please read the descriptions on the Audition page to determine if there is a role that is of interest to you, and that it is within the appropriate age range. Next, check the rehearsal dates and performance calendar of the production(s) you are interested in, making sure you do not have any major conflicts. Lastly, fill out the on-line audition form and, if there are any scenes (or songs) posted, print them out and make yourself familiar with them in preparation for the audition. We hope to see you there!

Staged Reading: November 11

Attend a FREE Staged Reading of a brand new work by Chicago Street Theatre's very own Tom O'Neill.

VAMPIRE ROBOTS OF GIANT SPIDER ISLAND

by Tom O'Neill

November 11 in the Edith B. Wood Studio (Upstairs) at 8pm

If you're a fan of the "B" Movies of a bygone era, VAMPIRE ROBOTS of GIANT SPIDER ISLAND is a show you will love! Packed with laughs, thrills, and science fiction mayhem, you can be part of helping CST and the playwright further develop this comedy for future performances.

Featuring Andy Urschel, Kat Lutze, Matt McCann, Daniel Matern, Mary A. Bird Matern, Tim Gleason, and Jason Kaplan. 

RSVP on CST's Facebook page.

Upcoming Auditions

We have several upcoming auditions open to our membership and the public. You'll find all the details on available roles and how to prepare on our Audition page.  The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is auditioning October 8 and 9, and Pale Dream (a world premiere) is auditioning on October 22.


To audition, please read the descriptions on the Audition page to determine if there is a role that is of interest to you, and that it is within the appropriate age range. Next, check the rehearsal dates and performance calendar of the production(s) you are interested in, making sure you do not have any major conflicts. Lastly, fill out the on-line audition form and, if there are any scenes (or songs) posted, print them out and make yourself familiar with them in preparation for the audition.   

We hope to see you there!

 

FALL CLASSES 2016

Chicago Street Theatre's Childrens Theatre Works Fall semester begins the week of September 12 and ends with a Showcase & Certificate Ceremony the week of December 12. Take a look at the offerings below and visit our education page for details on registering!

DIRECTING II (Ages 12+)

Designed to continue developing young theatre artists’ understanding of the director’s craft, this elective will explore and further apply skills developed in Directing I,including vision & concept, script analysis, blocking, collaboration, and rehearsal techniques. Students will choose a 5 minute piece, cast it, set up a Director’s Notebook, and rehearse the piece for performances during our Showcase Week. Must have taken Directing I (Special or Elective) to participate in this class.

  • MONDAYS (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28 & Dec. 5 - Performance during Showcase Week on December 12), 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

SEEDS (Grades 1 & 2)

This class is an energy-packed exploration of imagination.  The emphasis is on creative expression through structured play.  Young students learn to “act out” a story while important skills such as listening, concentration, and collaboration are introduced. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • New & Continuing - TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with TBD
  • Advanced Session - THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS (Grades 3 & 4)

This class is an exciting initiation where students are guided through the foundational elements of drama (who, what, and where).  While acting out favorite stories and playing theatre games, students explore imagination and creative expression with a purpose.  The emphasis is on extending concentration and focus while illuminating discipline, self-esteem, empathy, understanding, and basic problem solving.  New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced Session - MONDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS 2 (Grades 5-6)

In this stimulating class, students learn to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while transitioning into scripted material. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is introduced, as they are taught to understand the importance of “listening.” The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced Session - WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

BUDS (Grades 7-8)

In this exploratory class, students continue to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while creating and developing original scripted material. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is applied through the creation of scenes. The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced "Teen Ensemble" Members - WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

BLOOMS (Grades 9-12)

This challenging course focuses on bringing a character to life through an advanced exploration of text. Students learn to identify and play objectives( wants/needs), how to break a scene into beats, and continue to explore “listening and responding.” Students will also develop skills to analyze and critique dramatic work and suggest alternative artistic choices. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced "Teen Ensemble" Members - WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

THE TEEN ENSEMBLE 

Advanced BUDS & BLOOMS students are invited to become a Member of the Teen Ensemble, performing in the 2nd Annual CTW Teen Festival in May.  During the Fall semester, we will work on character development, script analysis and ensemble, while exploring the performance pieces.  They will be chosen for the first day of the Fall semester.  During the Spring semester, we will apply the skills learned in the Fall, and rehearse the plays for performance in the Festival.  Signing up for these advanced classes requires a commitment to both the Fall and Spring Semesters and availability for the following dates:  Tech Week: May 2, 3 & 4 (7:30-9:30 pm).  Performances: Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6 & Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm, along with Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 pm.

Night of the Living Dead Cast

A huge thanks to all those who auditioned for CST's Zombie thriller. We are pleased to announce the cast of talented volunteers. Congrats to all!

  • Barbara - Mary DeBoer
  • Johnny - Andrew Ross 
  • Ben - Tim Gleason  
  • Harry Cooper - Jim Henry
  • Helen Cooper - Andrea Bertsch
  • Karen Cooper - Abigail Berrisford
  • Tom - Brandon King
  • Judy - Mary Yong 
  • Radio Anouncer/Head Zombie - Jeff Schultz
  • News Reporter/Bill Baradough - Aaron Hebert
  • Chief McClellan - Bill Hebert
  • 2 Uniformed Deputies - William Hardin & Jason O'Hearn
  • Zombies - Jillian Davison, Roman Gleason , Matt Hebert,  Dona Henry, Lori Herring, Sarah Hurley, Kirby Johnsen, Carl Mishler, Kelly Owens Hite, Caroline Prairie Connor, Patricia Schulz

Announcing the 2016/17 Season!

 

The 62nd season features family fun, dramas, musicals, comedies, new works, and classics to suit a variety of tastes and audiences. Tickets and Season Passes go on sale July 1, 2016.  

HARRIET THE SPY

by Leslie Brody Based on the novel by Louise Fitzhugh | directed by Kelley Weisenbacher 
August 19-September 3, 2016

Family Fun: A favorite children's books comes to life on stage to tell the story of an 11 year-old aspiring writer named Harriet M. Welsch, whose journal of mean observations about her peers falls into the wrong hands and mayhem ensues. Can Harriet survive 6th grade and her classmates' all out attack to catch the young writer that they've dubbed a "spy?" 

GUTENBERG THE MUSICAL 

by Anthony King & Scott Brown | directed by Zachary Gipson
Co produced with Ensemble Theatre Company
September 16-25, 2016 

Musical in the Wood Studio: After last season's blockbuster production of Young Frankenstein, Ensemble Theatre Company is teaming up with Chicago Street again for this small scale spoof about two dreamers pitching their idea for a musical about the inventor of the printing press. Bud and Doug perform all the parts and sing their way for a shot of going to Broadway.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 

by Lori Allen Ohm | directed by Mike Glorioso
Based on the original 1968 film by George Romero and John Russo
October 14-29, 2016

A Halloween Event: CST has thrilled audiences with Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein over the past five years. This season, experience the cult classic about a disparate group of individuals attempting to survive  a mishap that reanimates the bodies of the deceased that must feed on the flesh of the living.  

HOLIDAY DOUBLE FEATURE in Rotating Rep: November 18- December 18, 2016

A WINNIE THE POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL 

by James W. Rodgers | Based on the books of A.A. Milne
directed by Zachary Gipson
Co-produced with Ensemble Theatre Company 

Bring the whole family to celebrate Christmas with all their friends in the Hundred Acre Woods as Christopher Robin is told about the holiday (not so long ago) when Eeyore lost his tail. Full of enchanting songs and beloved characters, A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail is the perfect holiday treat to share with your little ones.

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL

Book By Betsy Kelso, Music and Lyrics By David Nehls  | directed by Zachary Gipson
Co-produced with Ensemble Theatre Company and directed by Zachary Gipson

Holiday time at North Florida's Armadillo Acres Trailer Park means that everyone's filled with warmth and beer. However when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park's resident Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test, It's a festive fracas just as much cat-fightin', sun-worshipin', chair-throwing fun as the original. 

PALE DREAM 

by Matt Pera | directed by Traci Brant
January 27- February 11, 2017

NEW DRAMA: Two brothers, once united by their love of film and the desire to make movies together, have become estranged as their paths diverged toward lives neither of them imagined. When their father becomes sick, they must face each other and take stock on who it is they've become, and who they could have been. Chicago Street Theatre is proud to present this edgy new work penned by one of our own members.

BETRAYAL 

by Harold Pinter | directed by Mark Baer
February 23-26, 2017

WOOD STUDIO: Taking place in the intimacy of Chicago Street Theatre's upstairs Edith B. Wood Studio is Harold Pinter's contemporary masterpiece about three individuals and the affair that shattered them all. Ingeniously told in reverse time, casting a harsh light on the lies and deceptions of Emma and Robert's best friend Jerry that led to it all. 

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD 

by Willie and Robert Reale | Based on the books by Arnold Loeb
directed by Dona Henry
March 3-17, 2017

FAMILY FUN: This family musical follows the woodland adventures of two friends-a worry-wart toad and his perky frog friend. Based on the storybook favorite, A Year with Frog and Toad broke new ground in bringing professional children's theatre to acclaim on Broadway. Children of all ages will be delighted with the play's whimsical score and colorful cast of characters. 

THE ROSE TATTOO 

by Tennessee Williams | directed by Justin Treasure and Mary Bird
April 7-22, 2017

CLASSIC: This season we are proud to present the drama that served as the basis for the Oscar-winning film staring Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani. In the play an Itallian/American neighborhood in Louisiana is rocked when a local truck driver is killed by police, leaving his wife devastated. Serafina's grieving comes to an end when she learns of her husband's infidelities and lured by the desire for a handsome drifter who has come into town. 

INCORRUPTIBLE 

by Michael Hollinger | directed by Jason Utesch
May 19- June 3, 2017

COMEDY: Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles. 

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW 

by William Shakespeare | directed by Kari-Anne Innes
July 7-8, 2017 at Central Park Plaza  
July 14-22, 2017 at Chicago Street Theatre

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Join us under the stars for a classic romp about the love/hate courtship of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Until the shrewish elder daughter of Batista Minola is wed, the two suitors fighting for the attentions of his younger daughter, Bianca will just have to wait. The game changes when a third suited, Lucentio arrives in Padua and hatches a plan to win the younger's affections in a tale that is filled with mistaken identities, humor and wit.