Exciting News for the Fall Dinner Theatre: “The Savannah Sipping Society”

We are excited to announce the cast and dinner menu for our 2017 Fall Dinner Theatre production of “The Savannah Sipping Society” written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten and directed by Jenine Nordquist.

Our cast includes:
Dot (played by Mary Fylling) is the eldest of the four friends, challenged by both health issues and the recent, sudden death of her husband.

Jinx (played by Diane Drager) is a middle aged woman who recently moved to Savannah for the sole purpose of enjoying life with her older sister. Shortly after the move, however, Jinx realizes that her sister is suffering from dementia.

Marlafaye (played by Rhoda Hubbard) is a new addition to Savannah, having “left her life in Tyler, Texas” upon learning of her husband’s affair with a woman 30+ years younger.

Randa (played by Lena Mowlem) is a middle aged woman who becomes unhinged at her workplace when she is overlooked for a much deserved promotion.  She finds herself out of work and unsteady with financial challenges for the first time in her life.

The show delivers serious topics with sensitivity, realism, and humor in a dinner theater setting at the Crow River Winery; what could be better.

The setting of the show is Savannah, Georgia and the menu takes us to the south, with some traditional southern comfort food (with delicious and perhaps unexpected twists) provided by Chef Craig.  And of course, bar service provided by Crow River Winery.

Be sure to purchase your tickets NOW by clicking on the red “Box Office” ticket found on this page!

Please note: Ticket Sales for each performance will end at 5:00pm the evening prior to each show to allow for catering staff to preparations.  Exceptions/Substitutions to the catering menu are not available.

Our “Southern” Dinner Menu:
Southern Fried Chicken with Bourbon Peach Glaze
Cheddar Garlic Grits
Brussel Sprouts in Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette
Grilled Peach Pecan Spring Greens Salad
Bleu Cheese Biscuit Bombs
Praline Cheesecake
Coffee/Water
Crow River Winery Cash Bar Available

YoungStars Registration is now OPEN!

Registration for the 2017 Youngstars Program is now open!

Registration and information about the program can be found on our YoungStars page at: http://www.hutchtheatre.org/young-stars/

If you are already in the know and looking for a quick link to the registration form – it can be found here: HTC Young Stars form-2017 as a word doc OR as a PDF document here: HTC-Young-Stars-form-2017-PDF

Spots fill quickly so make sure to register early!

 

Questions??? Please contact Mary Haugen, the program director.  Her contact information can be found on the registration form or the YoungStars information page – see link above.

Audition Reminder / Casting Call – Bloody Murder

BLOODY MURDER
Mystery/Comedy by Ed Sala
Directed by Lori Thul
AUDITIONS: Jan 23/24, 6-8pm, at Hutchinson Center for the Arts

Performances at Hutchinson Center for the Arts, March 30-April 1, and April 6-8, 2017.

A group of the usual British murder-mystery types gather for a weekend retreat at the sumptuous country estate of the esteemed Lady Somerset. There’s the major who served in India; the inebriated, fading actor; the innocent ingénue; the exotic lady in red; the mysterious Chinese gentleman; the rich dowager aunt; and her faithful maid and worthless nephew. Suddenly, one of them dies of poison! Well, of course. Oh what fun! But wait…Her Ladyship refuses to summon the police! She says she won’t go through all this, again. All what, again? And why were they all invited here in the first place? Is this actually just another formulaic, all-too-predictable mystery story? Or is it something diabolically different? Agatha Christie meets Pirandello, as characters rebel against their author. It’s bloody murder!

This is sure to be a fun play for both seasoned actors and those wanting to give theatre a try. There are several smaller parts besides the characters mentioned above. We need 6-12 actors, men and women, a variety of ages, all adults.

Auditions will be held January 23 & 24, 2017, at Hutchinson Center for the Arts, from 6-8pm. Come ready to read and have some fun! Bring your calendar to provide possible conflicts for rehearsals.

Cast Announcement for Murder at Cafe Noir

Please join this phenomenal cast for a night of murder and mystery at Cafe Noir!
Rick Archer ~ Ben Watson
Madam Toureau ~ Lena Mowlem
Sheila Wonderly ~ Haley Jacobsen
Anthony Cairo ~ Brian Stark
Marie Larue ~ Elizabeth Slepica
Simon Gutterman ~ Alex Burdorf
Thursby, Vangilder, Rigfield ~ All played by Allan Reed
Cafe Noir Clientele ~ Jason Slepica, Jody Runke, Brad Burch, Mary Fylling & Kurt Schulz

This 1940’s “detective story come to life” features Rick Archer, P.I., who is assigned to solve an audience driven murder mystery by David Landau. Each of the characters is “over the top”—a French Madame who is now the manager of Café Noir (a completely black and white club on the island of Mustique), a voodoo priestess, a shyster attorney, a femme fatale. The play is a satirical tribute to the film noir Bogart era.

Doors open at 5:30, Dinner will be served at 6:00, and the show will start at 7:00 pm on November 3-5 and 10-12 at Crow River Winery.

 

Dinner Menu:

Rum Island Chicken
Chorizo Kale Sweet Potato Hash
Mandarin Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Fresh Baked Rolls
Oreo Poke Cake

Auditions for “Murder at Cafe Noir” – September 12 & 13, 2016

Auditions for “Murder at Cafe Noir” will be held on September 12 & 13, 2016 at Hutchinson Center for the Arts from 6:00-8:00 pm.  

Audition Details:
No reservations required.  Walk-ins will be auditioned on a first-come, first-served bases.  Scripts will be provided for audition readings.  Bring your calendar for potential conflicts and rehearsal times/dates.

Hutchinson Center for the Arts is located at 15 Jefferson Ave SW, Hutchinson MN.  Show is directed by Maureen Style – she may be reached at 320-583-8421 or stylema@hotmail.com with any questions.

About the Play:
“Murder at Cafe Noir” is a highly interactive murder mystery comedy set in the 1940’s.  Written by David Landau with Music & Lyrics by Nikki Stern.

This 1940’s “detective story come to life” features Rick Archer, P.I., who is assigned to solve an audience driven murder mystery by David Landau.  Each of the characters is “over the top” – a French Madame who is now the manager of Cafe Noir (a completely black and white club on the island of Mustique), a voodoo priestess, a shyster attorney, a femme fatale, and more.  The play is a satirical tribute to the film noir Bogart era.

 

Character Descriptions:

Rick Archer:  A private eye who’s always wanted to be Bogart or Mitchum in one of those 40’s film noir movies and has not gotten his chance.

Madam Toureau:  A lady who’s seen it all while managing the Cafe Noir where everything is for sale.

Sheila Wonderly:  Her real name is Sheilda Schickelmeier.  Once a spoiled rich girl she took a job at Cafe Noir and learned about life the hardest way of all, becoming hardened in the process.

Anthony Cairo:  A dealer in the black market working Cafe Noir to avoid St. Vincent police.  He has two scars one on either side of his face.

Marie Larue:  The creole Illegitimate daughter of a Voodoo priestess and a St. Vincent’s political figure.  She sells spells and fortunes at Cafe Noir.

Simon Gutterman:  A British barrister who lost his standing when he became implicated in a scandal of having affairs with wealthy female clients.  He now caters to the clientele of Cafe Noir.  Simon is always looking for a quick way to make it to the top.

*Thursby:  A tow bit gun runner

*Vangilder:  A Dutch Blackmailer

*Rigfield:  A British Cop

(*Thursby, Vangilder, and Rigfield are all played by the same actor)

 

EXTRA!  EXTRA!  READ ALL ABOUT IT!
The director will also be casting for EXTRAS for “Murder at Cafe Noir”.  If you ever wanted a chance to see what it’s like to be on stage without all the ‘limelight’, now’s your chance!  Make sure to stop in at auditions or contact the director if you are interested in one of the EXTRA parts as well.

 

Tickets On Sale Now for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

spellingbee
Tickets $18.00 (Buy on-line here)

Tickets can also be purchased at the Hutchinson Center For The Arts (15 Franklin Street SW , (320) 587-7278)  and Hutchinson Chamber Of Commerce (2 Main St S, (320) 587-5252).

Cast Announced for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

 

       Chip Tolentino….. Becky Hudson

        Logainne Schwartzetal….. Rachel Bonderman

        Leaf Coneybear….. Ben Jenum

        William Barfee….. Jason Olson

        Marcy Park….. Margo Hanson

        Olive Ostrovsky….. Claire Melchert

        Rona Lisa Perretti….. Colleen Thul

        Vice Principal Douglas Panch….. Cliff Janke

        Mitch Mahoney….. Jeremy Harris

 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Auditions

Auditions for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be held at Christ The King Church, In Hutchinson, 6:00-8:30 PM, May 31st and June 1st!

1040 S Grade Rd SW, Hutchinson, MN 55350

 

Auditions will include both reading from the script and singing.
Please bring a prepared song – an accompanist will be available if you have sheet music.

Email  Director, Cliff Janke with any questions, prior to auditioning.
crjanke1@yahoo.com

 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a one-act musical that stages a spelling bee contest against a backdrop of drama. The musical includes nine primary characters: six spelling bee contestants, including last year’s champ, and three administrators, including a felon doing community service. Each has a distinct personality that contributes to the intrigue as the spelling bee unfolds. A small supporting cast also helps to keep the action interesting and move the story along.

Most parts require singing skills; there are solos as well as some ensemble singing

Male Spellers

The six spellers are divided evenly between boys and girls. William Barfee, who is called Barfee, was a runner-up in the previous year’s bee but was eliminated after a complication with a peanut allergy. When he spells a word, he first traces it out with his foot.

Leaf Coneybear has an innocent look. He wears handmade clothes, Birkenstock sandals and a gingham cape. During the bee, he stares into space, blows bubbles and plays with a puppet.

Chip Tolentino is the previous year’s champion. He wears a Boy Scout uniform.

Female Spellers

Olive Ostrovsky is quite shy and stands back from the microphone when she competes. Instead, she puts her hand in front of her face and spells the word into her hand. She is the runner up against Barfee.

Marcy Park wears a school uniform when she competes. Marcy is an overachiever and a confident competitor. She walks to the microphone with purpose and spells each word quickly and clearly.

Loggaine Schwartzandgrubenierre, who goes by Schwartzy, is the youngest speller. She talks with a lisp and is very interested in politics. She wears a button-up shirt with a tie and blazer, and she signs each word when she spells it.

The Administrators

Three people administer the spelling bee. Rona Lisa Peretti is the moderator of the bee and a former spelling bee champion herself. Now, she is middle aged and the top realtor in Putnam County.

Douglas Panch is the vice president who is filling in as a substitute to pronounce the words for the contestants. He is also middle aged and wears thick glasses. He fills in to try to get closer to Rona.

Finally, felon Mitch Mahoney acts as the “comfort counselor” as part of court-ordered community service. He wears several silver rings and necklaces. When contestants are eliminated, he gives them a juice box and a hug, but he never smiles.

Supporting Characters

Four audience members are asked to volunteer to participate as spelling bee contestants. No guidelines are set for what kind of audience members should be selected, so the experience can change for each performance of the musical. Other supporting characters include parents of the contestants. There is even an appearance by Jesus, who sings a musical number (typically, the same actor who plays Chip also plays Jesus).

 

YoungStars 2016 registration Is Now Closed

HTC sponsors a youth theatre educational experience each summer called “YoungStars”.

About YoungStars: This annual workshop is a 4-week theatre educational workshop targeted for area youth who have completed grades 4-8. The YoungStars program delivers two live theatre productions. Students going through the program will benefit by learning about theatre, confidently preparing for participation in Middle and High School theatre events, and, where appropriate, auditioning for HTC productions. The program is also designed to provide practical leadership and work experience for an Assistant Director and Teen Mentors.

Students should understand that they may be places in either the cast or the stage crew. This will be determined after auditions. Students will be placed where they are the best fit for this show.

 

YoungStars 2016

YoungStars workshop will run June 6-29 Monday – Thursdays 9:30 am – 11:30 am at New Discoveries Montessori

Performances June 29 and 30 at 7pm at New Discoveries Montessori

Registration is on a first come/ first in basis with maximum 30 participants.
Cost: $80 ea

 

Play is “The Girl With The Golden locks” by Brian D. Taylor

About the play:

Enter the world of fairy-tale espionage and intrigue, where top-level spies take on the kingdom’s worst criminal masterminds.  Agent Gold is the girl with the golden locks and the top agent at the FBI, that is, the Fairytale Bureau of Intelligence.  Her partners are a pair of sisters — Rose Red, who is known as Agent Red, and rookie agent Snow White.  With a little help from Agent Wolf, who serves as her “mole,” Agent Gold takes on the biggest mission of her life.  She must save the kingdom from public enemy number one, the Three Bears, who have recently acquired a C.O.W. from a boy named Jack and plan to destroy the entire kingdom with it!  Facing dwarves and witches, porridge and magic beans, giants and double-agents, Agent Gold and her crack team will have their work cut out for them as they race to stay one step ahead of the bears to save the kingdom. (taken from Pioneer Drama Services)

YoungStars Registration Opens May 2nd

YoungStars

Registration is opens may 2nd, 2016

 

HTC sponsors a youth theatre educational experience each summer called “YoungStars”.

About YoungStars: This annual workshop is a 4-week theatre educational workshop targeted for area youth who have completed grades 4-8. The YoungStars program delivers two live theatre productions. Students going through the program will benefit by learning about theatre, confidently preparing for participation in Middle and High School theatre events, and, where appropriate, auditioning for HTC productions. The program is also designed to provide practical leadership and work experience for an Assistant Director and Teen Mentors.

Students should understand that they may be places in either the cast or the stage crew. This will be determined after auditions. Students will be placed where they are the best fit for this show.

 

YoungStars 2016

 

YoungStars workshop will run June 6-29 Monday – Thursdays 9:30 am – 11:30 am at New Discoveries Montessori

Performances June 29 and 30 at 7pm at New Discoveries Montessori

 

Registration will open on May 2

 

Registration is on a first come/ first in basis with maximum 30 participants.
Cost: $80 ea

 

Play is “The Girl With The Golden locks” by Brian D. Taylor

 

About the play:

Enter the world of fairy-tale espionage and intrigue, where top-level spies take on the kingdom’s worst criminal masterminds.  Agent Gold is the girl with the golden locks and the top agent at the FBI, that is, the Fairytale Bureau of Intelligence.  Her partners are a pair of sisters — Rose Red, who is known as Agent Red, and rookie agent Snow White.  With a little help from Agent Wolf, who serves as her “mole,” Agent Gold takes on the biggest mission of her life.  She must save the kingdom from public enemy number one, the Three Bears, who have recently acquired a C.O.W. from a boy named Jack and plan to destroy the entire kingdom with it!  Facing dwarves and witches, porridge and magic beans, giants and double-agents, Agent Gold and her crack team will have their work cut out for them as they race to stay one step ahead of the bears to save the kingdom. (taken from Pioneer Drama Services)