The Sandy River Players of Farmington invite audiences to travel with them to Tuna, Texas, where in the course of a normal day for citizens of Tuna they will explore many unusual scenarios. The two-act comedy “Greater Tuna,” by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, asks some peculiar questions such as: what was Judge Buckner actually wearing when he died? Is Petey Fisk a “puppy pusher?” Is Pearl Buras a serial dog killer? Did the town drunk really see a UFO? Should “Romeo and Juliet” be snatched from the high school library? These questions are answered with hilarity – and some adult language. The play would probably be rated PG-13.
“Greater Tuna” will be performed in the Mt. Blue High School Forum on Nov. 9 through 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. General admission is $14 and Seniors and Students pay $10.
The play was originally conceived and performed by the two authors playing all 22 characters. Director Peter Simmel, former professor of Theatre at UMF, is repeating a concept he used at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, when he cast the play with multiple actors to fill the many roles. Co-author Joe Sears came to see Simmel’s production and said he very much liked the concept. So the SRP cast is made up of 18 actors, and in community theatre style includes high school students, retirees, a minister, college professors, and people who travel from East Dixfield, Vienna, and even Auburn to participate.
Complimentary tickets for the Sandy River Players’ production of “Greater Tuna” are being offered as prizes at the Dugout Bar and Grill Trivia night on Tuesday, November 7, and to lucky callers who respond to ads on local radio station WKTJ. That ad will be recorded by actors Bruce Ibarguen and Robin Lisherness (shown) who fill the roles of radio announcers in the play. This is no big jump for Ibarguen, who for many years was a notable voice of WKTJ.
Advance tickets may be purchased at DDG Booksellers in downtown Farmington or by reservation by calling 207.779.7884.
The Sandy River Players of Farmington are announcing a second round of auditions for their Fall production of Greater Tuna, a comedy by Jaston Williams and Joe Sears. Greater Tuna takes the audience through a day in the lives of the citizens of Tuna, Texas, encountering such things as radio station OKKK, UFO sightings, a used weapons sale, and celebrity murder. The play will be directed by retired University of Maine at Farmington professor of theatre, Peter Simmel. Auditions will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on September 14 and 15, and from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sept. 16. The auditions will be held in the Performance Forum at Mt. Blue High School. The cast includes 19 characters. Some roles are likely to be double cast. Auditioners are asked to be ready to do cold readings from the script. The performance dates for Greater Tuna are Nov. 9 – 12. SRP is also seeking an assistant stage manager for this show. For more information you can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or check the Sandy River Players FaceBook page.
The Sandy River Players will hold its annual public meeting on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. at Troll Valley Campground and Disc Golf.
This meeting will include a social hour and pot-luck supper, plus an optional business meeting–during which previous and upcoming productions will be discussed. There will also be an explanation of the nomination of new board members and election of officers. All former audience, cast, and crew members of any SRP show as well as anyone interested in auditioning for or helping behind the scenes with future shows are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Sandy River Players, your local theater company, has a long-standing tradition of producing quality plays and musicals. Recent productions include the annual summer children’s theater camp versions of The Lion King, Jr. and Spamalot, the plays Almost Maine and The Rimers of Eldrich, plus the musicals 1776 and The Sound of Music.
SRP is currently looking for new members to continue in the next season of this great theater tradition and provide input and talent with upcoming shows. Please join us!
If you would like more information and/or can’t make the meeting, please email email@example.com.
Always look on the bright side of life! Sandy River Players annual Summer Youth Music Theatre Camp will be performing “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT: Young@part” on July 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and July 16 at 2 p.m. in the Bjorn Auditorium at Mt. Blue Campus.
Appropriate for younger audiences, “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT: Young@part” is based on the 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT;” books & lyrics by Eric Idle with music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. The Young@part edition has been adapted by Marc Tumminelli.
The story centers around King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. After a rather silly bit of miscommunication leads us briefly to Finland, our king and his ever faithful squire Patsy begin to search for knights to accompany him on his Quest. He finds his first in the unlikely guise of Dennis, a hideous local mud farmer. After convincing the locals that he is the king by conjuring the Lady of Lake to prove it, Dennis is transformed into Sir Galahad. The rest of the knights are found far and wide and The Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, send our stalwart band on their way. They meet up with an unforgettable slew of outrageously kooky characters and musical hilarity ensues as Arthur and the Knights make their journey.
Tickets are available at Devaney, Doak, & Garrett Booksellers in Farmington or at the door the night of the performance. You can also reserve tickets by calling 779-7884. Please note that although this show is performed in the new Bjorn Auditorium, SRP’s contract with Theatrical Rights Worldwide has limited the number of seats available each night to 150 despite the larger size of the Bjorn, so please get your tickets early! The costs are $11 for adults and $9 for seniors and students.
Summer is here, and Sandy River Players’ Summer Youth Music Camp starts soon! This year’s production is “Monty Python’s Spamalot Young@Part,” a Theatrical Rights Worldwide production.
SRP’s Summer Youth Music Camp is a three-week theater camp for children ages 8 – 14. The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., beginning Monday, June 26th through Friday, July 14th with performances on July 14th, 15th and 16th. Camp is held in the Bjorn Auditorium at the Mt. Blue Campus. Tickets for these performances will be available roughly two weeks before the performances at Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers, through the Sandy River Players reservation line and at the door. Each of these locations will have a LIMITED number of tickets.
Cost of the camp is $175. Camp size is limited to 30 children and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications will be available at Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers at 193 Broadway in downtown Farmington starting on April 6th or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org upon request immediately.
Completed applications should be mailed to: Sandy River Players, PO Box 709, Farmington, Maine 04938. Only mailed, hard copy applications will be accepted – electronic applications will NOT be considered. For more information or to request an application please contact email@example.com.
The Sandy River Players announce the opening of its second April production, “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl, and offers a ticket deal for those who want to see both this weeks’ “Glass Menagerie” at MBHS’ Bjorn Auditorium and “Eurydice” next week at the West Farmington Grange. “Eurydice” will open on Thursday, April 20, and also run on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22. All shows begin at 7:30.
SRP is excited to be exploring a new venue for this performance, the West Farmington Grange Hall, with the support of the West Farmington Grange. Ticket prices are $9 for students and $11 for adults. A special offer will take $2 off the price of admission if the audience member brings a ticket from the previous week’s SRP production of “The Glass Menagerie.”
For more information, read the full article at the Daily Bulldog: http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/arts/eurydice-opens-at-west-farmington-grange-on-april-20/
Sandy River Players is proud to announce its production of Tennessee William’s classic “The Glass Menagerie,” directed by Kyla Wheeler. A symphony for four actors, “The Glass Menagerie” portrays a family’s struggle to maintain the precarious balance between a difficult past and an uncertain future, exploring the bonds of family, the weight of memory, and the force of loss.
“The Glass Menagerie” opens on Thursday, April 13 and runs Friday, April 14 and Saturday, 15 at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Bjorn Auditorium at the Mt. Blue Campus.
Tickets can be purchased from Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers or by calling the Sandy River Players’ ticket line at (207) 779-7884. General admission tickets are $11.00, students/seniors are $9.00.
For more information, please read the article at the Daily Bulldog: http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/arts/sandy-river-players-presents-tennessee-williams-the-glass-menagerie/
The Sandy River Players of Farmington are pleased to announce auditions for their second spring play, “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl. Auditions will be held in The Mabel Hastie Lounge in Ricker Hall at UMF, 186 High St., Farmington, on February 15 from 6 – 9 pm, and on February 16 from 4 – 6 pm.
“Eurydice” reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember Orpheus, her lost love. With contemporary characters and ingenious plot twists the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.
The play will be directed by Clare MacKelway, a recent graduate of USM where she received her B. A. in theatre with a minor in music. The youngest person to ever direct a mainstage show for the Players, MacKelway says that she is “absolutely thrilled” to take on this challenge. The SRP board members approved this production, knowing that their community supports all types of theatre, from the classics to summer theatre camp to intriguing and non-conventional plays such as “Eurydice.”
The cast of “Eurydice” is comprised of 7 actors: Eurydice, her husband Orpheus, her father, the Lord of the Underworld, and a chorus of three.
Auditioners should be prepared to read from the script and provide a personal schedule to determine rehearsal availability.
The play will be performed on April 20, 21, and 22 in the West Farmington Grange Hall.
Sandy River Players will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ critically-acclaimed play, “The Glass Menagerie” on February 10th and 11th.
The Glass Menagerie is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on Williams himself and his family growing up.
The play features four characters, two male and two female. The story centers around one night in the Wingfield family apartment. Mrs. Amanda Wingfield, a fading Southern debutante beauty, bemoans her situation in raising her two adult children with little money and no husband as hers abandoned the family 16 years prior. Tom, her son, works at a shoe warehouse but longs to be a poet. Her daughter, Laura, suffers a limp from a childhood illness and has retreated into her own fantasy world as a result. One night, Tom brings home an old high school acquaintance to have dinner with the family and act as a “gentleman caller” to Amanda.
Auditions will be held in Roberts Learning Center, C23 on Feb. 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and again on Feb. 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Auditioners should be prepared to do a cold-read from the show as their audition. Any questions, feel free to contact Sandy River Players via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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