Stellar Cast Set to Light Up in La Cage

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

Tabarro – Greg Zunkiewicz

Chantal Tilton Wiley

Hanna Jesse Weaver

Phaedra Steve Stumphauzer

Bitelle – Kyle 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?

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.

The Monster is Loose!!!

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!!!

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

Columbus Theater Celebrated at the Jebby’s!

Last night, many of the local theater groups of Columbus came together to participate in the Jebby Award Ceremony. Can you imagine the energy in that room?! Between the cocktails, vocal performances, witty commentary, and random acts of dancing, the 2013 Jebby Awards were a success!

With 5 nominations for actors/actresses in Imagine shows, and Avenue Q up for the Local Production of the Year, Imagine is proud to have been recognized for these great accomplishments.

CONGRATULATIONS TO JAPHEAL BONDURANT ON WINNING THE LOCAL PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: SUPPORTING MALE (MUSICAL) AWARD!

Bondurant’s performance as Motormouth Maybelle in Imagine Productions’ Hairspray proved to be the pinnacle of supporting roles in Columbus in 2012.

Alongside our nominees, there were a number of entrances last night from the Imagine Family, including Sam Vestey, Michelle Winberry, and Jay Rittberger giving phenomenal vocal performances.

A special congratulations to Available Light Theater, and their production of 33 Variations, which was crowned the Local Production of the Year.

Thank You to Jeb Bigelow for hosting this event, and Thank You to all our supporters throughout the 2012 season! We here at Imagine Productions look forward to a continued, wonderful 2013 season.

IMAGINE NOMINEES:
Local Performer of the Year: Supporting Male (Musical)
Japheal Bondurant (Hairspray)
Doug Joseph (Hairspray)
Todd Holland (Avenue Q)
Local Performer of the Year: Supporting Female (Musical)
Emma Harvey (Avenue Q)
Local Performer of the Year: Female Lead (Musical)
Michelle Winberry
Local Production of the Year
Avenue Q

Warm Up Your Week

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They say keeping moving helps keep you warm. Imagine members have been keeping toasty! Two weeks into rehearsals for Chicago, it’s already apparent what an exciting show it will be. Seats are already filling up fast, so reserve yours soon!

Also keeping us moving are the preparations for this Sunday’s Over the Top 2: An Evening of Musical Theater. This, our annual fundraiser, will feature musical numbers from our upcoming season, celebrate our 2012 successes and throw in a bunch of outrageous and flamboyant numbers we just really wanted to perform! The event will be hosted by the incomparable Doug Joseph and we’ll have baked goods for sale alongside a 50/50 raffle! Come ready to relax, have a drink and warm yourself with our company and cookies. Very few seats remain, reserve yours now!

‘Twas the Post Right on Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through C-bus,

The whole town was talking a lot about us!

Our Board all were all starting a well deserved nap,

With the season behind us, that put us on the map.

We thank the directors that each made appear,

At Wall Street, worlds unlike they’d seen here.

As Spring was Awakened, our audience saw

Talented young actors all bloom with the thaw.

And Avenue Q kept them laughing in ripples

At hysterical antics of puppets with nipples.

Hairspray took joy in the struggle and strife

Of the 60’s and growing up larger than life.

And Rocky, alas, our perennial friend,

Brought the show to new heights and our year to an end.

And just as the thrill had abated,

We saw some awards had US nominated.

So as we have family all sitting round doting,

Let’s get them online while there’s still time for voting!

A year of such wonderful musical shows,

Now have many excited to see where this goes!

Our actors aware of all their New Year’s goals,

Dream dancing and singing their most hoped for roles.

First, Over the Top; songs with vague rhyme or reason,

Will soon be performed to fundraise for our season.

Chicago, a tale of such murderous rage,

Mixed up with Bob Fosse, in March takes the stage

In May, satire abounds in a world that could be,

Urinetown where its a privilege to pee.

Girl power in August comes fully alive,

In Imagine’s premiere of the hit 9 to 5.

And last in October, we try to enshrine

Mel Brooks funny genius in Young Frankenstein.

So those who’d audition should prepare without fear

And sign up online, by just clicking HERE.

Our thanks to our patrons, you’re our Santa Claus,

Filling our stockings with all your applause.

And though this post may be a full day behind,

We thought it our duty to simply remind

That tickets are now open to buy and secure,

The nice up-close seat that of course you’d prefer.

And lastly Imagine sends out holiday cheer

Our merchandise shop is now open right HERE!

Merry Christmas to all! And a Happy New Year!

Announcing Directors and Auditions for Imagine 2013

If you thought we couldn’t top our 2012 season, the shows coming up will be some of the hottest and largest in Columbus over the next year. With the member favorites of Chicago and Urinetown and the Columbus premieres of 9 to 5: The Musical and Young Frankenstein: The Musical, we had to find the best directors to lead these productions. We are also excited to announce audition sign-ups for Chicago, now on our website at http://www.imaginecolumbus.com/auditions. Space will be limited so sign-up now if you are interested in auditioning for any of these productions.

Chicago (March 13-24, Auditions January 6-7)
Ed Eblin, founding president and current vice president of Imagine, will direct Chicago. Ed has directed over eleven community productions over the past nine years including Spring Awakening during the Imagine 2012 season. He was recently seen on stage as the Narrator in Imagine’s The Rocky Horror Show. Other directing credits include Mame, Guys & Dolls, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, and The Rocky Horror Show. During the day, Ed teaches math at the Eastland Career Center and Columbus State Community College.

Urinetown (May 15-26, Auditions March 2-3)
Brandon Boring, who most recently ran sound for Hairspray and The Rocky Horror Show, joined Imagine when he played Nicky in Avenue Q and will direct Urinetown. As a graduate of OSU, he was an active member of Off the Lake Productions. Some of his favorite roles include: Hunter in [title of show], Zoser in Aida, and Oscar in The Odd Couple. Directing credits include Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog and Commentary the Musical. He currently works for the Ohio Department of Taxation and looks forward to directing his first show with Imagine.

9 to 5 (August 7-18, Auditions June 2-3)
Ryan Scarlata recently returned to Ohio from New York to become the Education Director at Columbus Children’s Theatre and is welcomed to Imagine to direct 9 to 5. While in NYC, Ryan was cast in the national tour and original Off-Broadway casts of Berenstain Bears the Musical and was promoted to Associate Director of the production in 2011. The show is still running Off-Broadway. Before moving to NYC, Ryan directed and choreographed several productions in the Columbus area including RENT and The Producers (CCT Pre-Professional Company), Jekyll and Hyde (Emerald City Players), Steel Magnolias, A New Brain, Dracula and A Piece of My Heart (Club Theatre Company) to name a few. Finally, Ryan is very grateful to Tim, Esther, Ryan and Andrea for inviting him to the team here at Imagine Productions.

Young Frankenstein (October 16-27, Auditions August 3-4)
Chris Johnson joined Imagine by playing Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show and will direct Young Frankenstein. With a strong obsession with Mel Brooks and the Young Frankenstein movie, Chris will bring creativity and energy to the story on the Wall Street stage. Directing credits include Sleepy Hollow, The Miser, R.I.P. and production credits with Wizard of Oz and Arsenic and Lace. Chris holds his BFA from MVNU in Radio Communications and can be seen in his theatre podcast celebrating theatre in Columbus.

For questions about the audition process, contact us at auditions@imaginecolumbus.com. We look forward to seeing you at auditions and our productions in 2013! Don’t miss our OVER THE TOP 2 CABARET on Sunday, January 27 at 8:00pm at Wall Street Night Club! Co-directed by Tim Valentine and Ryan Stem, this annual tradition will keep you laughing for days.

Giving Thanks for 2012 and Looking Forward to 2013

On this Thanksgiving weekend, Imagine looks back at our 2012 season, grateful for the support, the friends made, and the moments we’ll never forget. We also look ahead to a 2013 season that promises even more.
Our first full season, 2012 started with an extremely ambitious lineup of shows; one designed to bring tons of new talent to the stage, new patrons to the Downtown area and establish, for our new company, a reputation for quality productions. Overwhelmingly, 2012 was a success on all fronts.
From the first show of the season, Spring Awakening, it was clear we were well on our way with an incredibly talented young cast. This group, some still in high school, dealt with the intensely emotional experience and haunting music with a skill well beyond their years and set a new bar for the company. Wall Street’s new, larger stage gave way for bigger choreography, movement and set pieces. Our next show made use of that space as a New York street came alive with the puppet and human tenants of Avenue Q. This cast tackled the challenge of singing, moving and acting through a fuzzy little creature. And audiences loved it! New talent abounded in August when our largest cast ever hit the stage with Hairspray. The nicest and grooviest kids in town surrounded record standing room crowds, taking them on a wild ride to the 60’s. The Rocky Horror Show, in our last iteration for the foreseeable future, brought the perennial cult classic to new life, wowing audiences with what many called the best version yet.
There may be too many people to thank for the success of this fantastic season, but it could not have been possible without every member of the incredible Imagine family. We can’t thank Scot Hafler, owner of Wall Street Nightclub enough, for providing the performing home and the beautiful stage. He and his team have been our best supporters, especially DJ Michele Chaney, who managed lights for every show and has accommodated our sometimes crazy rehearsal schedule. We must also thank Stonewall Columbus, our home for the majority of the rehearsal process. We must heap our thanks on Tim Valentine, our Artistic Director who selected and worked with our amazing panel of directors; Ed Eblin, Corey Notman, Michael Newsome and Mary Sink. This group of directors achieved feats beyond expectation. We must also express our appreciation for the behind the scenes work of our Executive Board and Staff who have put blood, sweat and tears into building the company and have managed to put the pieces together. Lastly, we remember with gratitude, Barb Blankenship, a founding member who passed early this year. She gave so much to the company and even more to the people she knew and loved. We remember her always.

In a time when community theaters struggle to find funding, actors, directors and audiences, we are most thankful that the successes of our 2012 season have allowed us to approach the next year in an even better position. We are now extremely excited and proud to announce our 2013 season.
Over the Top 2 – January 27th
A night of musical theater, and our annual fundraiser, bringing together highlights of 2012, a preview of 2013 and a good bunch of fun, and sometimes ridiculous numbers in between.

Chicago – March 13th through 24th
The Broadway show that won 6 Tony Awards and motion picture that won an Oscar promises to deliver on the Wall Street stage, where we’ll tell the fantastic tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz.

Urinetown – May 15th through 26th
Winner of 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score in 2002, Urinetown satires the legal system, capitalism, corporate responsibility and more, with hysterical musical numbers that could, quite possibly make you wet yourself (which by the way is illegal).

9 to 5 – August 7th through 18th
Based on the hit movie from 1980, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 is a hilarious story of friendship, revenge and teamwork. The upbeat music and clever plot is the perfect break from your own 9 to 5.

Young Frankenstein – October 16th though 27th
Just in time for Halloween, we put away the gold shorts of The Rocky Horror Show this year and instead offer the monstrous Mel Brooks comedy classic. This abnormal telling of the Frankenstein story will make you want to strap on your own platform tap shoes.

Keep an eye on our site, which will have an entirely new look around the New Year and SEASON TICKET offers also coming soon! We thank you all for your continued support of the Imagine family and look forward to performing for you next year!

Treat Yourself this Halloween

Halloween in Columbus is always a great time! And this year, Imagine and Wall Street are teaming up for an October to remember!  In what may be our LAST year performing the perennial cult classic, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, director Mary Sink has brought her twisted and seductive vision to life with a talented cast and production team.  Excitement and earlybird ticket sales have been so incredible that we decided to add an EXTRA performance date just to make sure everyone who wanted to got a chance to see what promises to be a treat.  Join our event on Facebook and invite your friends! http://www.facebook.com/events/155566231241739/

Seats for the added performance, Wednesday, October 24th are now available on the site! And don’t forget to stay for Wall Street’s weekly Boy’s Night and the Dick and Jane Show.

And following our Saturday, October 27th performance, Wall Street Nightclub is excited to present their annual Costume Dance Party & Contest entitled MAGENTA’S MASQUERADE BALL where they’ll be giving away $1000.00 in cash prizes ($600.00 1st, $250.00 2nd, $100.00 3rd & $50.00 crowd favorite)! Judging at Midnight with hostess Brooke Cartus. $8 admission ($5 with club VIP card). 18 & over event.  Click on the link to join the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/483647258321060/