Open auditions for our next main-series production, the musical Chicago, will be Sunday and Monday, January 25 and 26, at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Guest director will be Dr. Michael Johnson, who teaches Voice and American Music History at Temple College. He previously served as Opera Director at Baylor University and has directed over 75 productions of operas, operettas and musicals.
Auditioners are asked to prepare a brief song (32 bars or less) that shows off your voice. We'll have an audition pianist and a CD player on hand, but you may also bring your own accompanist or CD player. There will also be a simple movement exercise — so wear comfortable clothes. We'll also have possible cold readings from the script.
Choreographer will be JoAnna Langthorn. JoAnna teaches dance at Temple College and appeared in the Broadway production of A Chorus Line. She holds master and bachelor degrees from Southern Methodist University. Musical director will be Wayne Bachus, who has music directed many past TCT productions and appeared on the TCT stage numerous times.
Chicago is a musical comedy by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and John Kander. Set in prohibition-era 1920s Chicago, the show tells the story of two rival murderesses locked up in the Cook County Jail. The Academy Award-winning film version starred Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly and Queen Latifah.
During auditions, we will also be signing up volunteers who want to work backstage. Performance dates are March 20-22, 26-29.
Temple Civic Theatre's current main-series show, The Mystery of Irma Vep, continues through February 1.
Evening performances (8 p.m.) will be January 29, 30 and 31. The final matinee performance (2:30 p.m.) is February 1. Online tickets are available now. Our regular box office, staffed by a live person, is open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 to 1:30, and one hour before each performance. Reserved seat tickets for adults and senior citizens are $18. Tickets for students and children are $10.
The Mystery of Irma Vep is a play by Charles Ludlam. It is a satire of several theatrical, literary and film genres, including Victorian melodrama, farce, the penny dreadful, Wuthering Heights and the Alfred Hitchcock film Rebecca. The title is the name of a character in the 1915 French movie serial Les Vampires and is an anagram.
The play is written for two actors who, between them, play eight characters of both sexes. Mandacrest Estate is the home of Lord Edgar (Jonathan Spear), an Egyptologist, and Lady Enid (John Asbach). Lady Enid is Lord Edgar's second wife, though he has yet to recover entirely from the passing of his first wife, Irma Vep.
The house staff (a maid named Jane Twisden and a swineherd named Nicodemus Underwood) have their own opinions of Lady Enid. Enid is attacked by a vampire, and Edgar seeks answers in an Egyptian tomb, briefly resurrecting the mummy of an Egyptian princess. Returning home with the sarcophagus, Edgar prepares to hunt down the werewolf he blames for the death of his son and first wife.
The production staff includes Chris Greene, director; Lori Honeycutt, stage manager; Dustin Ozment, technical director and sound designer; Jared Smith, assistant director; Alec Long, scenic designer; Jesse Wyman, lighting designer; Brittany Tennis, lighting assistant; Sue Morrisey, costumes; and Leon Perkins, properties.
Below is an article by Jeff Osborne (with photos by Josh Quinn) that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on January 22, 2015.
Beginning in March with the Chicago Thursday performance, curtain time for Thursday night shows will change to 7 p.m. (Please note that this change begins in March and DOES NOT apply to The Mystery of Irma Vep.) The earlier time will let Thursday night audiences return home earlier in the evening.
Amazon is offering a program called "Amazon Smile" where they will donate 0.5% of your purchases to Temple Civic Theatre. It won't cost you a thing because Amazon is donating all the money, and it's a great way to help the theatre.
The only catch is you have to start your online shopping at smile.amazon.com instead of the normal www.amazon.com.
The first time you go to smile.amazon.com, you'll select the organization you want Amazon to support. By the way, they have our name spelled "Temple Civic Theater".
If you are a Google Chrome user, you can also download the Smile Always plug-in that will make sure you are always redirected to smile.amazon.com without having to think about it!
Open auditions are typically held on Sunday and Mondays at 7 p.m. at the theatre. You do not have to be a member of Temple Civic Theatre to audition or appear in a show. Auditions are normally cold readings from the script. For musicals, there will also be a singing audition and a movement audition.
Chicago (musical) = auditions January 25 & 26, opening night March 20
Hay Fever = auditions March 29 & 30, opening night May 8
Into the Woods (musical) = auditions May 17 & 18, opening night July 17
What is the best bargain in arts organization program advertising? The answer is easy: Temple Civic Theatre. That's because main series productions at Temple Civic Theatre perform SEVEN DIFFERENT TIMES for each show.
We're beginning to sell ads for the 2014-15 Main Series season. Ads begin as low as $9.29 per performance when you buy the entire season of 42 performances. You also receive a substantial discount for purchasing an ad for the entire season instead of for just one show. Please click the PDF file below for more information.
ONLINE TICKET RESERVATIONS AND SALES -- Beginning September 2, 2014, tickets for ALL six main-series shows in the 2014-15 season will be available. This is online only. Season members may reserve seats using their coupon code or tickets may be purchased with a credit card. By choosing to use the online system, you will no longer have to wait for the box office to open before each show.
BOX OFFICE (with a live person assisting customers) will open 10 days before each main-series show begins and continue through the final performance of that show. Box office hours will continue to be Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and one hour before each performance. Box office personnel will be able to help you with tickets for any of the six main-series shows.
SAME SEAT / SAME DAY PATRONS -- You will be the only members able to make your seat reservations prior to September 2 each year, and have the exact same seats for all six main-series shows. In Summer 2015, when the new season goes on sale, we will protect your current seats until September 1 and give you the opportunity to renew those seats before anyone else can take them.
EXCHANGES -- In emails you receive with your ticket orders, there is now a link to click if you need to exchange your tickets online for a different performance of a show. You must make any ONLINE exchanges at least 24 hours before the performance for which you already have tickets. Otherwise, please contact the box office for assistance.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Temple Civic Theatre and we truly appreciate all the wonderful effort and creative thinking of our volunteers. There are many ways to be involved at TCT as a volunteer. These opportunities are a perfect way to match your interests and talents and involve as little or as much time as you’d like to spend. Call 254-778-4751 for more information.
Volunteer opportunities are divided into several categories. Click on "READ MORE" to see even more volunteer opportunities.
"Neither Temple Civic Theatre nor its current employees or volunteers are under criminal investigation regarding money taken from the theatre's checking account. The theatre is the victim of this crime. We are fully cooperating with the Temple Police Department and the FBI in their investigation of this crime."
-- Jody Donaldson, President 2013-14, Board of Governors
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Temple, TX 76504
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Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
The mission of Temple Civic Theatre is to produce theatre of the highest caliber, to enlist regional talent through open auditions, to educate youth and adults in all aspects of theatre, and to provide opportunities for and encourage participation by volunteers, thus enriching the artistic and cultural base of the communities of Central Texas.