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Auditions for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tupelo Community Theatre will hold auditions for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang as soon as possible. This winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play deals with middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, who  share their deceased parents’ home in Bucks County, PA.  The two bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives when their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness worries the imperious Masha.  The siblings (1 man and 2 women) should be able to play characters between 40 and 65 years of age.  Cassandra can be any age.  Spike’s character is in his 20’s or 30’s and must feel comfortable on stage in a speedo swim suit.  Nina’s character is in her 20’s or 30’s as well.  Lynn Nelson will direct. For more information contact the director at lynn_nelson@hotmail.com or contact the TCT office at 662-844-1935.

‘Night, Mother Celebration Performance

Tupelo Community Theatre will present a One Night Only celebration performance of the multiple award winning ‘Night, Mother on February 22nd  at 7:30 p.m. at TCT Off Broadway 213 East Franklin Street.  The 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning play was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Play.  The story deals with Jessie, and her mother, Thelma, their life together and the daughters struggles with divorce, a wayward son and illness.  TCT will represent Mississippi at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Community Theatre Festival in Louisville, KY on Feb 28th.  This is TCT’s 10th trip to compete at SETC, winning 3 times.  Tickets are $30 with the evening  including food, drink and the performance.   To purchase tickets call the TCT box office at 662-844-1935.

Moon Over Buffalo

Tupelo Community Theatre will present Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo March 5 – 7 at 7:30 p.m. and also a Saturday matinee on the March 7th at 2 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre in Downtown Tupelo. This show is a raucous farce about a dysfunctional theatre troupe at the Erlander Theatre in Buffalo, New York, in 1953. The troupe winds its way through a tangle of confusion to produce a misbegotten mixture of two plays at the same time. The comedy is witty and filled with laughter and slapstick comedy. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and younger. For more information or to purchase your tickets call the TCT box office Monday through Friday Noon- 4 p.m. at 662-844-1935.

Puffs at TCT Off Broadway

Tupelo Community Theatre will present  Puffs by Matt Cox February 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. at TCT Off Broadway 213 East Franklin Street in downtown Tupelo.  For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.  This clever and inventive play never goes more than a minute without a laugh giving you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along. Their hilariously heartfelt and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.  The New York Times proclaims PUFFS, “A FAST-PACED ROMP through the ‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.’

The play is contains language some patrons may find offensive and is recommended for age 14 and older.   Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students or younger and may be reserved by calling the TCT office at 662-844-1935

Of Mice and Men

Tupelo Community Theatre will present John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men January 23rd -25th, 2020 at the historic Lyric Theatre in downtown Tupelo.  The play, first produced in 1937,  looks at loss and longing among migrant workers scratching out a living in Depression-era California.  It is considered one of the principal works of its Nobel Prize-winning author.  Productions are at 7:30 each evening, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on January 25th.  Audiences should be warned that the play contains harsh language, including heavy profanity and offensive racial slurs commonly used by laborers in the 1930’s. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.   For more information contact the TCT box office at 844-1935 Monday through Friday Noon- 4 p.m.

A Christmas Story

TCT will present A Christmas Story by Philip Grecian, based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; 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!”  Evening performances for the holiday classic will December 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 14th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and younger.  Call the TCT box office at 662-844-1935 Noon-4 p.m. to reserve.

Moon Over Buffalo Auditions

Moon Over Buffalo

Tupelo Community Theatre will hold auditions for Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 2:00 PM and Monday, December 16, 2019, at 6:00 PM in the rehearsal hall at the Lyric Theatre at 201 N Broadway in Downtown Tupelo. This show is a raucous farce about a dysfunctional theatre troupe at the Erlander Theatre in Buffalo, New York, in 1953. The troupe winds its way through a tangle of confusion to produce a misbegotten mixture of two plays at the same time. The show is filled with laughter and slapstick comedy. The cast is composed of 4 females: 2 – ages 20-30; 1 – age 45-55; and 1 – age 70+ and 4 males: 2 – ages 20-30 and 2 ages 45-55. Some of the male roles involve quite a bit of physicality and staged combat. No advanced preparation is required. Production dates are March 5, 6, and 7, 2020 with rehearsals beginning on January 26, 2020. For more information, call 662-844-1935 or email the director, Bobby Geno, at robertgeno@comcast.net