Stellar Cast Set to Light Up in La Cage

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We are excited to announce that we have chosen our flock that will turn Wall Street Night Club into La Cage Aux Folles in February!  After a grueling audition process, the production team has assembled a cast that will dazzle with their high kicks and voices.

Congratulations to this wonderful ensemble and thank you to everyone who made it so tough to choose!

Performances run February 19 – March 2, 2014

Cast

Georges - Jeb Bigelow

Albin - Ryan Scarlata

Jean-Michel - Anthony Tipton

Jacob - Terrence Brown

Francis - Garret Zollars

Anne - Linsey Riley

Jacqueline - Andrea Klinker

Renaud/Dindon - Ryan Stem

Mme Renaud/Marie Dindon - Ciera Howell

Etienne - Tom Miller

TabarroGreg Zunkiewicz

Chantal- Tilton Wiley

Hanna - Jesse Weaver

Phaedra - Steve Stumphauzer

BitelleKyle Rutkowski

Mercedes – Javonne LaFontaine

 

Production Team

Director – Audrey Rush

Music Director – Tim Valentine

Choreographer – Zoe Lathan

Stage Manager – Dana Anderson

Lighting Designer – Rob Philpott

Costumer – Jackie Farbeann

How Over the Top Can We Get?

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By Tim Valentine

Soon after Imagine started in 2011, the board decided that we wanted a special
performance night to feature our new members and grow our family tradition. I
started writing the first Over the Top cabaret in November 2011 and a handful of performers from The Wedding Singer and our first The Rocky Horror Show put together a hilarious night to raise money for Imagine’s future.

Now on our 3rd rendition, we have made it through the favorites and are starting to
find new and unique musical theatre selections that showcase our talent but more
importantly make the audience laugh till you pee. Gender switching? Diva belting?
Costume surprises? Anything goes in Over the Top 3! The original cabaret started with Find Your Grail/Freak Flag and last January opened with Hello/Turn It Off, so what do you think we will open with this time?

As the director, I try each year to create a balance of full ensemble numbers, duets, and solos that can be taught, choreographed, and staged in less than 8 rehearsals. This year, we feature 24 performers in numbers from Mary Poppins, Reefer Madness, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, A Little Night Music, and Hair.

Our soloists will share some hilarious musical theatre cabaret songs by Kooman,
Mitnick, Scanlan & Tesor, and Heisler & Goldrich. Ryan Stem has created a unique
“unplugged” salute to our 2013 season that opens Act 2.

I hope you will join us this Sunday, November 24 at Wall Street Night Club, doors open at 6:30pm with show at 7:30pm. Seats and standing room are $15 online or at the door. Make a reservation today at www.imaginecolumbus.com/reservations.

La Cage Aux Folles auditions announced

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Imagine will transform Wall Street Night Club into La Cage Aux Folles in February for our first full production of 2014. You may know the story from the 1996 movie The Birdcage with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. So that means, we have the perfect venue to showcase a cast of hot high-kicking drag queens.  We are excited to announce Audrey Rush as director after her recent appearance as Maria in 9 to 5. Audrey has worked with Actors’ Theatre and Mad Lab locally after completing her degree in Theatre from The Ohio State University. The production team includes Tim Valentine, musical director; Dana Anderson, stage manager; Zoe Lathan, choreographer; Jackie Farbeann, costumer; and Rob Philpott, set/lighting designer.

The cast will include:

13-15 men: Albin, Georges, Jean-Michel, Anne, Edouard Dindon/Mr. Renaud, Jacob, Francis, Les Cagelles (6-8)

3 women: Anne, Jacqueline, Marie Dindon/Mme. Renaud

Actors should prepare a brief vocal selection and be ready to learn a dance combination. An accompanist will be provided. Auditions will be on Saturday, December 14 starting at 1:00pm at Stonewall Columbus in the Short North. Call-backs will take place on Sunday, December 15.

Sign-up today for your audition time at www.imaginecolumbus.com/auditions.

Send any questions to auditions@imaginecolumbus.com.

Over the Top 3

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey say laughing burns calories! So what better way to follow up Thanksgiving than to join us as some of Imagine’s favorites put on an evening of riotously funny musical numbers for a great cause: US!
We celebrate the successes of the 2013 season and the people that joined this year and give a glimpse of the fun we’ll be having in 2014!
Again, hosted by the incomparable Doug Joseph, come early to enjoy tasty treats from our bake sale and enter our 50/50 raffle! Proceeds go to our exciting 2014 season!

Reserve your seats now!

At Wall Street Night Club, Sunday November 24th at 7:30

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The Monster is Loose!!!

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Monster is Loose

A New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein opens TONIGHT at Wall Street Nightclub! Don’t miss out on all the hilarity of the movie classic with the comedic genius zapped directly into the music.
Show runs October 16 through 27, but seats go fast, so don’t wait to reserve yours!
Reserve your seats now using promo code TRANSYLVANIAMANIA on our reservations page!
We look forward to starting off your Halloween festivities tonight!

It’s AAAALLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIVVVVE!!!

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It’s AAAALLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIVVVVE!!!  Imagine announces the cast of this fall’s Young Frankenstein.

We’ve come to expect nothing but hilarity from the work of Mel Brooks, and Young Frankenstein will not dissapoint!  Brooks’ retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has lept from the screen to the stage with the greatest of ease.

Director Chris Johnson had a tough time sorting through all those awesome performers at auditions!  We have some new and old faces rounding out this excellent cast.  Chris and his production team are chomping at the bit to show us their DEEP LOVE for this zany musical comedy.  Celebrate the Halloween season with Imagine Production’s Young Frankenstein and laugh yourself… TO DEATH!  (But not really.  We prefer you stay alive to see our future productions)

Get your tickets now at www.imaginecolumbus.com

Congratulations to our cast:

Fredrick Frankenstein: Jonathan Collura

Monster: Ricardo loci

Inga: Michelle Weiser

Igor: Zach Alexander

Elizabeth Benning: Ashley Blankenship

Frau Blucher: Sarah Frady

Inspector Kemp: Alex Almeida

Victor Von Frankenstein/Ensemble: Jim Bouyack

Ensemble:

Alex Lanier

Krista Morelli

Heather Cook

Noah Holbrook

Gabriel Thomas

Jordan Shafer

Tiffany Chanel

Matt Kuntzman Ziggy/Hermit

DIrector: Chris Johnson

Assistant Director: Kristin Yarger

Music Director: Brian Horne

Choreographers: Zoe Lathan and Charley Borden

Stage Manager: Lauren Wong

Costumer: Rosemary Cullison

Call for Production Staff

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Imagine is proud to announce our 2014 Season Call for Production Staff. We seek energetic and dynamic directors, assistant directors, music directors, stage managers, choreographers, costumers, and set designers for our 2014 season. Our current calendar is below – note that audition dates are not confirmed until the director has been selected. Questions can be sent to tim@imaginecolumbus.com.

La Cage Aux Folles – February 19 – March 2, 2014
Auditions: December 14-15, 2013
Rehearsals: January 1 – February 18, 2014

Rent – May 7-18, 2014
Auditions: March 1-2, 2014
Rehearsals: March 17 – May 6, 2014

Hair – August 6-17, 2014
Auditions: May 31 – June 1, 2014
Rehearsals: June 16 – August 5, 2014

Little Shop of Horrors – October 8-19, 2014
Auditions: August 2-3, 2014
Rehearsals: August 18 – October 7, 2014

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR INTEREST:
For consideration as a Director, please submit a 1-2 page brief summary for each show title you are interested in directing and address these topics: Experience/Knowledge of Show, Directing Style/Expectations, Ideas/Concepts/Resources for Show. Also, please submit your performing arts resume. Priority is given to individuals who have experience directing and/or experience with Imagine Productions and our venue.

For consideration for all other production staff roles, please submit your resume and a brief description of your interests and any experience with the shows. With our educational mission, we want to help mentor and guide anyone interested in learning about production leadership roles. We welcome interest from all members for assistant roles to help with learning toward holding a main production staff role.

Please submit materials to Artistic Director Tim Valentine at tim@imaginecolumbus.com. Review for directors will begin on September 2 and continue until the roles are filled. We will work with directors to assemble strong production teams. The Artistic Committee may ask to meet with potential production staff to discuss fit for any production.

Opening Night!

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Mr. Hart gets a bit tied up as the ladies take charge -Photo by David Heasley

Mr. Hart gets a bit tied up as the ladies take charge in 9 to 5: The Musical -Photo by David Heasley

Imagine’s fourth Central Ohio PREMIERE hits the stage tonight, beginning an 8 show run over the next two weeks.  9 to 5: The Musical, based on the 1980 movie that still sits on the list of 100 best comedies, has something for everyone.
An ambitious show, with great group numbers, powerhouse individual performances, and a hysterical and heartwarming story, 9 to 5 is a must see.

Reserve your seats now!!

 

It’s AAAALLIIIIIIVVVEE!

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youngfrank(2)We’ve come to expect nothing but hilarity from the work of Mel Brooks, and Young Frankenstein will not dissapoint! Brooks’ retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has lept from the screen to the stage with the greatest of ease.

Director Chris Johnson and his team had a tough time sorting through all the awesome performers at auditions!  And in true Imagine fashion, both new and old faces round out this excellent cast.  Chris and his production team are chomping at the bit to show us their deep love for this zany musical comedy.  Get ready to celebrate the Halloween season as Imagine presents Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and laugh yourself… TO DEATH!  (But not really.  We prefer you stay alive to see our future productions)

Reserve your seats now!

Congratulations to our cast:

Fredrick Frankenstein: Jonathan Collura

Monster: Ricky Locci

Inga: Michelle Weiser

Igor: Zach Alexander

Elizabeth Benning: Ashley Blankenship

Frau Blucher: Sarah Frady

Inspector Kemp: Alex Almeida

Victor Von Frankenstein/ Ensemble: Jim Bouyack

Ziggy/Hermit/Ensemble:  Matt Kuntzman

Ensemble:

Alex Lanier

Krista Morelli

Heather Cook

Noah Holbrook

Gabriel Thomas

Jordan Shafer

Production Team

Director: Chris Johnson

Assistant Director: Kristin Yarger

Music Director: Brian Horne

Choreographers: Zoe Lathan

Stage Manager: Lauren Wong

Costumer: Rosemary Cullison

Strong cast to take charge of this summer’s 9 to 5

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Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical, is about teaming up and taking care of business… it’s about getting credit and getting even… and it’s about to take charge of Wall Street Nightclub with Imagine’s summer production.  The women are in charge and what fierce strong women we have!

Casting for the Columbus premiere of 9 to 5 turned challenging with strong talent competing for the lead roles.  With also a robust ensemble, we are very excited to welcome so many new and extremely talented performers to Imagine’s stage at Wall Street.  The production team always looks for strong singer/dancers and as usual, Imagine didn’t have to look far – the competition was tough!  With a new set design and concept, hot choreography, and our typical vivacious orchestra, Ryan Scarlata will be leading this production to it’s opening on August 7.  Get your tickets now at www.imaginecolumbus.com/reservations.  Seriously, don’t miss the Columbus premiere of this entertaining show!
Congratulations to our cast:
Violet – Nancy Skaggs
Judy – Rachel Deep
Doralee – Abby Zeszotek
Hart – Keith Robinson
Roz – Mary Sink
Joe – Kyle Rutkowski
Dwayne/Ensemble – Geno Smith
Dick/Ensemble – Cody Shope
Josh/Ensemble – Steve Stumphauzer
Bob Enright/Ensemble – LaRon Hudson
Detective/Ensemble – Charley Borden
Doctor/Ensemble – Jim Bouyack
Missy/Understudy for Violet – Katey Munger
Margaret/Understudy for Judy – Andrea Klinker
Kathy/Understudy for Doralee – Kyra Pazan
Maria/Understudy for Roz – Audrey Rush
Candy Striper/Ensemble/Dance Captain – Megan Overly
Female Ensemble – Andrea Sheff
Creative Team:
Director – Ryan Scarlata
Music Director – Ryan Stem
Stage Manager – Terri Jones
Choreographers – Dionysia Williams, Heather Metcalf
Costumers – Alexa Rybinski, Tammy Irwin
Accompanist – Jim Kucera