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This is an all-family show!
Roger & Hammerstein’s great American musical “Oklahoma,” directed by Thom Watson, will open the 2017-18 season for the Chocolate Church, performances will be the weekends of September 15-17 and 22-24, 2017.
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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2017)
Our Spring Production is the William Shakespeare Classic!
Performances: May 5, 6, and 12, 2017 | 7pm · May 7 and 13, 2017 | 2pm $12 adv | $15 door
“The Taming of the Shrew” remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, loved by audiences around the world.
The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio (portrayed by Mike Blakemore of Brunswick) and the headstrong Katherina (portrayed by Jeanette Wolfarth of Portland). The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina's younger sister, Bianca (portrayed by Letia Fowlie of Bath), who is seen as the "ideal" woman.
“The story of Kate and Petruchio has entertained and captivated us for centuries because it is so familiar to us all,” said John Willey who directs this production. “We recognize ourselves in the power struggles, the small victories and defeats, the resulting new balances as we make our own way through relationships in our own lives.”
Shakespeare provides audiences with great merriment and a peek at how humans, ‘do the dance of love’ to find a working harmony with our partners, parents and society at large. Taming of the Shrew questions what defines happiness and a successful partnership.
The Taming of the Shrew is a Chocolate Church Arts Center production in partnership with Shakespeare on the Kennebec.
ON GOLDEN POND (2017)
The Chocolate Church Arts Center presents “On Golden Pond” as Ethel and Norman Thayer open their Maine cabin to timeless challenges of love.
Performances: Feb 17-18, 24-25 at 7pm and Feb. 19, 26 at 2pm in our cozy Curtis Room
(Bath, Maine) While the prospect of loons welcoming us home after a year’s absence might not always sound quite so realistic during the middle of February, the timeless themes embodied in “On Golden Pond” are always with us. Norman Thayer Jr. and his wife, Ethel, along with their daughter Chelsea, her new boyfriend and his son, plus a lake-roving postman are a part of this classic play’s promise of loons, while granting the possibility of learning to love.
Arriving home at their summer cottage, Norman and Ethel (played by Peter Havas of Harpswell and Shirley Bernier of Lisbon) have spent forty-eight consecutive years at Golden Pond. Now retired, and perhaps a little bit cranky, retired professor Norman spends time hunting the classifieds for a new career and catching up with Charlie (Geno Ring), the lake-roving postal worker who once dated his daughter, Chelsea. Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden, “For my part, I could easily do without the post office. I think that there are very few important communications made through it.” While this spirit of independence might suggest some of the motivations behind the Thayer’s annual trek to Golden Pond, this play is in some ways about the limits to individualism. As we watch Norman and Ethel reminisce about their time on the pond, it becomes clear with Chelsea’s arrival that there is more to be explored beneath the surface.
Chelsea, who is played by Tracy Hall of Portland, is practically estranged from her father. In the 1981 film version of the play (both written by Ernest Thompson), this strained dynamic was immortalized by real-life father and daughter duo Henry and Jane Fonda. Rebelling against her own middle-class upbringing and Norman’s tyranny, Chelsea attempts to inject new life into the surroundings at Golden Pond. Bringing along her boyfriend Bill (Clay Hawks) and his teenage son Billy Jr. (Johnmarcus Willey), Chelsea hopes to heal some of her own wounds in exposing a new generation to the beautiful lakeside setting she experienced as a girl growing up. Ernest Thompson spent summers at Great Pond in Belgrade growing up, though the film version ended up depicting Squam Lake in New Hampshire.
Ultimately, this is a show about different generations coming together. Despite Norman’s initial aloofness and apparent coldness toward his daughter, he finds a connection with young Billy Jr., whose own alienation from his father disappears in the wild beauty of Golden Pond. This is a play for all ages, though some of the themes may be suitable for older children. Directed by Thom Watson.
On Golden Pond sponsored by:
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (2016)
Holiday Family Entertainment
CCAC celebrates the 70th Anniversary of this beloved Christmas favorite by staging live theatre performances of this Holiday Family favorite!
The Chocolate Church Arts Center turns the holiday spotlight on family entertainment with the staged production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on December 15-16-17 at 7pm and December 17-18 at 2pm on the main stage located at 804 Washington Street in Bath.
"It’s A Wonderful Life" is a spectacular adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved 1946 film. The epic love story of George and Mary Bailey is a powerful Christmas tale, a portrait of the Greatest Generation and a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life.
George Bailey is played by Walter Gregg and the role of Mary is split between two actors, Phoebe Hansen and Letia Fowlie. This reinterpretation of the show’s traditional cast of characters has been extended to the essential role Angel 2nd Class Clarence Odbody, in this show being played by Sararose Willey and Olivia Cunningham.
The rest of the family is played by Nina Ryan (Zuzu Bailey), Kenneth Jensen (Tommy Bailey), Royal Kloberdans (Pete Bailey) and Racey Gregg (Janie Bailey). Rick Grover is Uncle Billy and Michael Millett plays the role of the notorious Henry Potter.
Originally conceived as a short story—“The Greatest Gift”—by Philip Van Doren Stern 1939, director Frank Capra read the story at the behest of an RKO studios executive and decided to make it into a film.
The show, directed by Wayne Otto, continues the tradition since 2013 that the Chocolate Church Arts Center produces a theatre show highlighting the Christmas spirit for all ages. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is an opportunity for families to enjoy a holiday experience together.
ONE WAY TRIP TO MARS
Original Rock Musical
September 29, 30, October 1, 2, 2016
Gilbert & Sullivan’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE
September 9-10-11 and 16-17-18, 2016
William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR
May 6-7-8 and May 13-14, 2016
The Auditions Process & Performance Information
How to Audition
Do you want to know what to expect and the in’s and out’s of the audition process? Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next audition,
Be familiar with the Audition Announcement. The Director appreciates if you research the show (and if possible, read it or at least become very familiar with it) before you audition. You should be prepared to list your upcoming conflicts when you get to the audition.
In Community Theater, an AUDITION is a friendly invitation for singers, actors, or other volunteer performers to “try out” for the roles in a live stage show.
The Chocolate Church Art Center’s auditions are what are called “Open Auditions”. “Open” means open to the public, but in community theatre, an open audition usually refers to auditions where actors are expected to come to ONE of the published days of Auditions and stay for a couple of hours.
What Happens at the Audition?
You will be asked to do a short preparation – scene/monologue you’re handed when you come to auditions and given a few minutes to look over. Sometimes to test chemistry we conduct Improvisation — acting without a script, making it up as you go along
- BRING EVERYTHING you’ll NEED…
Dress in clothing that allows you to move and groove and avoid clothing/jewelry that draws attention away from YOU. Considering saving TIME filling out Audition paper-work – bring in a TYPED LIST of your past Experience and Training to staple to your audition form!
- Directors ALWAYS Look for…
Team Players — actors who listen and support their fellow actors
- Poise & Personality — confident, relaxed and energetic actors
- Good Diction & Projection — speaking loudly, clearly, and slowly enough to pronounce all the sounds in each word
- Understanding — actors who “get” what they’re reading
- Expression — an actor must share his/her feelings and emotions with the audience while reading, dancing or singing
- Vulnerability — allowing your sensitive side to show
- Whole-hearted Acting — using everything you’ve got — Face, Voice and entire Body
- Flexibility — being able to make changes if asked
- Dedication — Volunteers who can really commit to the show.
Rehearsal & Performance Schedules
- Most shows rehearse 3 or 5 times a week in the evenings (6:00 until 8:00 or 8:30pm.) The week prior to opening there may be rehearsals scheduled every day.
- We always try to work around schedules as much as possible! If you would like to participate in a show then come to the audition. We can talk about your conflicts then and we will try to make it work.