Chris Greene, director of The Mystery of Irma Vep, will be holding Improv Workshop Sessions on three Saturday evenings in the Saulsbury Room at the theatre. You may attend one, two or all three sessions. The workshop dates include November 22, November 29 and December 6. Sessions are from 6 to 9 p.m.
Ever thought about appearing in a TCT production? Your next chance is Sunday and Monday, December 14 and 15, when Director Chris Greene will hold auditions for The Mystery of Irma Vep at the theatre at 7 p.m.
The play is a satirical comedy by Charles Ludlam. Two actors play different characters of both sexes. The play involves theatrical, literary and film genres, including Victorian melodrama, farce, the penny dreadful, Wuthering Heights and the Alfred Hitchcock film Rebecca. Performance dates are January 23-25, 29-31 and February 1, 2015.
Chris has his B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with his focus in directing and minor in screenwriting. He was the Producer of Redneck Shakespeare by Master of Revels; L.L.C. which was performed in the Lions Park Sam Farrow Amphitheater this past June.
Temple Civic Theatre will present a special Youth Production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever directed by Betsi Chamlee. Performances will be Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. (note the earlier time), Saturday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. (both are matinees).
This is a special production and is not a part of the main-series season tickets. Reserved seat tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and children. Tickets are currently available online. The Box Office, staffed by a live person, opens on Tuesday, December 2. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 to 1:30, and one hour before each performance.
Beth Bradley (Megan Sloane) narrates the story of a family of incorrigible children (the Herdmans) who join the cast of the annual Christmas Pageant at her church. Beth is the daughter of Bob and Grace Bradley (Jeff Sims and Dharma Saiz), and has a younger brother named Charlie (Daniel Shrode).
It was Charlie who told one of the Herdmans that they could get free food if they showed up at Sunday school — never thinking they would actually attend. The day the Herdmans showed up was the day that the Christmas Pageant parts were being assigned.
The Herdmans (Kolby Kosel, Kira Ziehr, Adam Dlugas, Kayla Podbielski, Madison Hope White and Allison Owens) are the meanest kids in town. They are bullies and do whatever they want.
Mrs. Armstrong (Kelby Kosel) had directed the Christmas Pageant every year until she broke her leg. She convinced Beth’s mom to do it, but still likes to try to control things. When Mrs. Bradley asks for volunteers to play the roles, the Herdmans take over. Alice (Lauren Rodarte) usually plays Mary, but is too afraid to go against Imogene Herdman for the part. But Alice keeps a journal to report every incident during rehearsals to her mother and the Rev. Hopkins (Lauren Pogue).
In the end, the Herdmans discover the Christmas story for the first time and help everyone else rediscover its true meaning.
Other adult roles are played by Brianna Boswell, Taylor Chancellor, Arianna Cruz-Guerra, Ella Ling, Esalma Mojica and Grace Mungia. Other children roles include Reina Barber, Dindy Brown, Houston Brown, Sophia Campos, Skyler Gordon, Aiden Guerra, Rennison Ling, Oliver Lynch, Lyric Jones and Macy Ziehr. Baby Angels include Mahalynn Dickerson, Mallory Jarrell and Tatum Ziehr. Jo Elwood is stage manager, with Mary Casey as costumer.
Temple Civic Theatre's next main-series show, Almost, Maine, begins on November 7. The show, written by John Cariani, includes a series of independent vignettes which occur on the same winter night in a remote, mythical town called Almost, Maine.
Evening performances (8 p.m.) will be November 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. Matinee performances (2:30 p.m.) are November 9 and 16. Online tickets are available now. Our regular box office, staffed by a live person, is also open. Box office hours are 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.
Cast members include John Asbach, Debbie Cable Brown, Clyde Ciupek, Joy Ciupek, Evan Clawson, Jacob Duncan, Kris Glorioso, Chris Greene, Brad Huckabay, Sarah Hustus, Christina Kirby, Shelby Lawless, Sarah Sanderford, Rusty Schramm, Halli Watson, Chris Wohleb and Devin Zamora. (Click on the poster to see a larger version.)
The production staff includes Michael J. Fox, director; Dustin Ozment, technical director; Dan Becker, stage manager; Jesse Wyman, lighting designer; and Jasmine Suino, costume mistress.
The article below appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on November 6, 2014, with photography by Rusty Schramm.
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!
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.
Season memberships for the Temple Civic Theatre 2014-15 Main Series Season are on sale. There will be no price increase from the previous season. Season brochures have been mailed and emailed, and memberships are available online (click the Season Memberships Blue Box on the right). We've received performance permission for all of the shows.
Our 2014-15 season will include:
The Miracle Worker, opening September 26, 2014
Almost, Maine!, opening November 7, 2014
The Mystery of Irma Vep, opening January 23, 2015
Chicago (musical), opening March 20, 2015
Noel Coward's Hay Fever, opening May 8, 2015
Into the Woods (musical), opening July 17, 2015
We're also planning a special production during December of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Please check this website often for the latest information.
CLICK HERE to download a PDF file of the 2014-15 TCT Season Brochure. The order form is on Page 4 of the PDF file.
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.
Almost, Maine = auditions October 5 & 6, opening night November 7
*The Best Christmas Pageant Ever = auditions Oct. 19 & 20, opening night Dec. 12
The Mystery of Irma Vep = auditions December 14 & 15, opening night January 23
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
*Special production — not part of the main-series season
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
2413 South 13th St.
Temple, TX 76504
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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.