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Auditions for ‘night, Mother

uTupelo Community Theatre will hold auditions for ‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman, Thursday, September 12th at 7 p.m. at TCT Off Broadway 213 East Franklin Street.  The 1993 Pulitzer Prize winning play was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.  The play is about a daughter, Jessie, and her mother, Thelma. It begins with Jessie calmly telling her Mama that by morning she will be dead, as she plans to commit suicide that very evening. The subsequent dialogue between Jessie and Mama slowly reveals her reasons for her decision, her life with Mama, and how thoroughly she has planned her own death, culminating in a disturbing, yet unavoidable, climax.  Those auditioning for the two female roles should be able to play mid-30s  or older.  No advance preparation needed.  The production dates for ‘night, Mother are November 21, 23, 2019 and Tom Booth will direct.  For more information email the director at tbooth54@gmail.com or call the TCT office at 844-1935. 

Auditions for Haunted Theatre

Tupelo Community Theatre will hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6 p.m. for anyone wanting to be involved in the 2019 Haunted Theatre.  All those wishing to participate as a director, actor, builder or support person should meet at the Lyric Theatre to sign up. Anyone wishing to participate that is not high school age or older must have a parent or guardian participate with them.  Dates for this year will be October 18, 19, 25, 26 and 31.  If you are unable to attend you may email 1tct@bellsouth.net or call the TCT office at 844-1935.

Auditions for A Christmas Story

Tupelo Community Theatre will hold auditions for A Christmas Story, by Philip Grecian, at the Lyric Theatre, 201 N. Broadway in Downtown Tupelo.   The play is based on the motion picture A Christmas Story and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.  Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”   Auditions for boys and girls will be Sunday, September 15th at 2 p.m. and everyone should be 10-16 years old.  Men’s and women’s auditions will be Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm and those auditioning should be able to play characters in their mid-20s to mid-40s.  No advance preparation is needed and Debby Gibbs will direct.  Production dates for A Christmas Story are December 12-14, 2019.  For additional information contact the director at  gibbsdr@bellsouth.net or call the TCT office at 844-1935.

Mamma Mia-Tickets on sale August 5th

Tupelo Community Theatre’s historic 50th season begins with the Broadway favorite Mamma Mia, written by British playwright Catherine Johnson and  based on the songs of ABBA by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Tupelo.  Join the more than 60 million people worldwide who have fallen in love with the Jukebox musical  Mamma Mia!, the ultimate feel-good show!  ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise, where on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Tickets for Mamma Mia go on sale August 5th at Noon for the production which runs August 22-24 at 7:30, with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.   Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and younger.  For more information or to purchase your tickets call 662-844-1935

Music, Monet and Margaritas

The Lyric Krewe, Tupelo Community Theatre’s support organization, will present their 16th Annual Street Fiesta, Music, Monet, and Margaritas, on June 15th from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. The event will be on Broadway in front of the Lyric and will include live music and a silent auction of local artist’s work. Tickets are $25 and include food provided by Outback steakhouse and your first drink.  BankPlus is the sponsor. 

TCT needs volunteers to help with set-up, gate, bar, food, or clean up, Work for two hours and enjoy the event on us! Also looking for donations from artists for the silent auction. For more information on tickets call 662-844-1935 or visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094ba9aa28a6fe3-music2 to sign up to help.

Mamma Mia auditions

Auditions for Mamma Mia will be announced soon.  Tupelo Community Theatre will hold auditions for the long running Broadway musical Mamma Mia,  with music and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and book by Catherine Johnson, on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in the rehearsal hall of the Lyric Theatre.

Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show.  The musical  includes the  Abba songs Honey, Honey, Dancing Queen, The Name Of The Game, Money, Money, Money, SOS, Knowing Me, Knowing You,  Take A Chance On Me, I Have A Dream and a dozen more.

Mamma Mia is an adult production and is open to men and women who can sing and dance.  Those auditioning must be at least a sophomore in high school in fall of 2019.  No advance preparation is needed, music from the show will be taught during the auditions.  Those auditioning should be prepared to sing in groups and solo and a dance audition may be required.   Tom Booth will direct with Debra Robison as musical director and production dates for the show are August 22-24, 2019.  More  detailed information about cast posted at www.tct.ms or email the director at 1tct@bellsouth.net.

Additional info about the cast requirements.  

Character Breakdown

Sophie Sheridan Born and raised on the island.  Gender: female Age: 20 to 25  Vocal range top: E5  Vocal range bottom: F#3  

Donna Sheridan  Sophie’s mother.  Gender: female  Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: A5  Vocal range bottom: E3  

Sam Carmichael  Might be Sophie’s father.  Gender: male  Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: Ab4  Vocal range bottom: D3  

Bill Austin  Might be Sophie’s father.  Gender: male  Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: F#4  Vocal range bottom: Bb2  

Harry Bright  Might be Sophie’s father.  Gender: male  Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: F#4  Vocal range bottom: C#3  

Sky  Sophie’s fiancé.  Gender: male  Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: D5  Vocal range bottom: Eb3  

Tanya  Former Dynamo.  Gender: female  Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: E5  Vocal range bottom: E3  

Rosie  Former Dynamo.  Gender: female  Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: D5  Vocal range bottom: E3  

Lisa  Sophie’s friend.  Gender: female  Age: 20 to 25 Vocal range top: Db5  Vocal range bottom: G3  

Ali  Sophie’s friend.  Gender: female  Age: 20 to 25 Vocal range top: D5  Vocal range bottom: G3  

Pepper  Barman at Taverna  Gender: male  Age: 20 to 25 Vocal range top: F5  Vocal range bottom: A4  

Eddie  Helps Sky with Water-Sports.  Gender: male  Age: 20 to 25  

Chorus  Consists of the Islanders, who work at Donna’s, Wedding-Guests. Gender: any

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Tupelo Community Theatre will present the youth production of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Robert Kauzlaric, Paul Gilvary, and William Rush on May 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m. at TCT Off Broadway 213 East Franklin Street. Every story has two sides and when the Big, Bad Wolf takes the stand in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century, he finally gets his say. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and younger and may be purchased by calling the TCT box office at 662-844-1935.