La Cage Aux Folles auditions announced

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

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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Call for Production Staff

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!

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!

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

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

Urinetown Overflowing with….Talent

After starting the 2013 season off with a show about intrigue, scandal, and murder most foul, Imagine’s next offering this season will also feature bold lawbreakers who – dare I say it – pee. Wherever they want. Whenever they want. With whomever they want.  The satirical comedy Urinetown is making its way to Wall Street’s stage in May, and this past weekend we saw close to forty amazing people audition to help bring this hilariously twisted version of a potential future to life.  Over twenty of these people were called back to see what they could make of the brilliant music and script. After our production staff was finally able to stop laughing at the hilarity, they set off to select our cast.

And here we are, surrounded by a shady crew of characters who are going to teach you all the finer points of popular resistance, political back-dealings, corporate strong-arming, and sustainable economic policy. But through jokes and music. We look forward to seeing you all in May when this fantastic cast and crew bring down the walls of Wall Street with laughter.

The Cast:

Officer LockstockSam Vestey

Little SallyEmma Lou Andrews

Penelope PennywiseAmy Rittberger

Bobby StrongCody Schmid

Hope CladwellBrittany Eckstrom

Mr. McQueenAsher Pollock

Senator FippBen Hartwig

Hot Blades HarryJonathan Collura

Tiny Tom/Dr. BilleauxDrew Wander

Soupy SueLena Haleem

Little Becky Two ShoesElisabeth Zimmerman

Old Man Strong/Robby the StockfishJeremiah Cotman

Billy Boy Bill – Logun Baker

Josephine StrongEmily Cotman

Officer BarrelJack Miller

Caldwell B CladwellJay Rittberger

UGC Executive ­– Stephanie Bier

Mrs. Millenium – Andrea Klinker

 

Production Team:

DirectorBrandon Boring

Assistant DirectorBecki Durra

Stage ManagerDana Anderson

ChoreographerJennifer Danver

Music DirectorAshley Frisch

Performances:

May 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, and 25 at 7:30pm (Ages 18+)
May 19 and 26 at 4:00pm (All ages)

Reserve your seats now!

Wall Street Night Club
144 North Wall Street
Columbus, OH 43215
URINETOWN
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Urinetown was produced on Broadway in September, 2001 by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheaterDreams, Inc. and Lauren Mitchell
Urinetown is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre international (MT1).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
www.MTIShows.com

It’s March!

Along with a hopeful return to sunnier weather and warmer temperatures, March heralds the official opening of Imagine’s 2013 season with Chicago.   Smoothing their dance moves and polishing their vocals since mid-January, this talented cast is ready to take the stage in less than two weeks!  One performance is already at standing room only and three more almost there, so reserve your seats right away!  Use promo code RAZZLEDAZZLE by Sunday for discounted seats.  Don’t forget, the SEASON PASS is also still an option and gets you the best price and best seats we’ll offer all year!

Don’t forget, auditions for Urinetown are TOMORROW!  Visit www.imaginecolumbus.com/auditions to sign up!

Hopefully everyone voted for our  gracious host, Wall Street Nightclub in the Columbus Alive Best of Columbus Awards!  Read up on Wall Street and the changing environment of LGBT clubs! We’re extremely happy to be part of the evolving community!

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Our first monthly newsletter came out this week and we want to keep everyone updated!  Use this link to sign up!  We’ll offer special promotions for our shows and have all the latest information on auditions, shows and events!

What a Start!

Imagine members and fans opened the 2013 season in superb form with our Over the Top Cabaret, our annual fundraiser. A huge standing room crowd enjoyed solo and ensemble performances from our 2012 season, a preview of 2013 and a mix of our favorite outrageous songs. MC Doug Joseph entertained the fabulously receptive crowd as they enjoyed homemade treats from our bake sale. Many thanks to Tim Valentine and Ryan Stem who put the amazing evening together, and to all who came to support us!
At the Cabaret, Imagine also announced its new SEASON PASS, a great way to secure your seats for all our 2013 shows AND make sure you’re getting the best seat in the house for each one. With the huge shows coming up; Chicago, Urinetown, 9 to 5 and Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein, (and only 100 seats per performance), don’t get stuck in the standing room only crowd! Reserving your seats now also gives you the best overall value at only $55/seat total! Visit www.imaginecolumbus.com/seasonpass.
With over five weeks left until opening night of Chicago, and the cast hard at work learning their lines and Fosse, we’ve already sold over a third of our seats for the show! So reserve your seat now!

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!