The Secrets of a Mocking Bird: A solo Fringe Festival performance by Prudence Wright Holmes

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Prudence Wright Holmes, actor and writer

The Secrets of A Mockingbird, a solo show written and performed by Prudence Wright Holmes based on the life of Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird. This show will be featured in this year’s Scranton Fringe Festival. It will be presented September 27 at 6 p.m., September 29 at 4:30 p.m., and September 30 at 5 p.m. at The Space at The Olive, 541 Wyoming Ave, #2, Scranton, PA 18503. 

To order tickets, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harper-lee-the-secrets-of-a-mockingbird-tickets-48732824189.

In the show, audiences will learn the secrets of this beloved but reclusive author who had close relationships with her father, lawyer A.C. Lee and her childhood friend, Truman Capote. They both broke her heart. She never wrote another book. Until she did.

Ms. Wright Holmes is an accomplished actor who is best known for her co-starring role in the popular movies, Sister Act I and II with Whoopi Goldberg. She also recently completed the new Coen Brothers movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs with James Franco and Liam Neeson. She has appeared in four Broadway shows, including Happy End with Meryl Streep, Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott, Lettice and Lovage with Maggie Smith and The Light in the Piazza. She has written and performed four solo shows-Bexley, OH!, which received rave reviews off Broadway, The Secrets of A Mockingbird, Willa Cather, Her Life and Loves; and Agatha is Missing, which recently played to sold out houses at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Ms. Wright Holmes has ties to the Scranton area. She owned a home in the Poconos for several years and spent many happy hours in Scranton visiting her in-laws, George and Marge Rohulich, who lived in Clark Summit. She is very happy to be returning to this area again.

To learn more about the actor/playwright, please click here:  www.prudencewrightholmes.com 

Diva Productions Presents, Bella Saves the World: A Frolic

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Bella Saves The World: A Frolic

Diva Theater Productions
Olde Brick Theatre
Providence Section, Scranton

The children at the Olde Brick Theatre have a spectacular play prepared for Scranton this summer. They will be performing Bella Saves The World: A Frolic, an original play written by local playwright, Michael Pavese.

I had the privilege to speak to two of the youngsters performing in this show last week.  Thirteen-year-old Rusty Morgan was one of them. This is Rusty’s first show with Diva Theater Productions. In this play, he’s performing the role of Riley the Chicken. Rusty admits that Riley is one of the smartest characters in the play—one who knows lots of definitions. Riley is one of the good guys who helps Bella the Labradoodle figure out how to stop the machinations of Marquez the Chihuahua and his evil gang who, of course, are trying to take over the world.

Not a stranger to the Diva stage, Kelly Phillips (age 11) shared that she is on Marquez’s team of bad guys playing Sidney the Badger. Her character, along with Marquez, Sophie the Porcupine, and Flash the Fox, try to conquer the world. Bella and her friends must work hard to try to stop them.

The show is actually a musical, complete with singing and dancing, according to director, Laura M. Heffron. She and her production team are orchestrating quite a feat with a cast of twenty-nine youngsters. She insists though that with the patient crew and determined and talented children in the play, it’s been gratifying to work towards making an extraordinary show as a team.

Both Rusty and Kelly share that the best part of working on this show is the new friends they’ve made. They both seem to want to return to Diva’s free summertime program next time around. They feel everyone should come see the show because everyone is working hard to make it an outstanding production, and that it’s a really funny play.

Come have a good time at Bella Saves The World: A Frolic which runs August 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and August 5 at 2:00 p.m.  Seating is limited, but you can reserve your seats by calling Diva Theater Productions at 570-209-7766.

 

 

C4 Studios Auditions for Sound and Song: Overdone & Over-Sung

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C4 Studios is proud to announce we will be performing, Sound and Song: Overdone & Over-Sung at The Scranton Fringe Festival,this Fall! It features “the Broadway songs we love to hate, and hate to love, but always sing along.”

 

Auditions are continuing until Sunday, August 5th, 2018!  

All ages and experience levels are welcome!

 

Video Auditions: Please send all video auditions to C4Studios1@gmail.com

Also complete the following if submitting a video audition:

Audition Form: https://goo.gl/forms/UHVCnjSO5Nhomc0Q2

 

Or you may attend the physical audition

 

Physical Auditions: 

When:  August 5th, 4:00 PM

Where:  Mary, Mother Of God Parish School Auditorium

316 William St, Scranton, PA 18508

What You Will Need:  Please bring a karaoke track on a flash drive, cellphone, or CD. Auditions should be between 16-32 bars – 1:00-1:30 seconds.

*Audition forms will be provided.

 

*Note: If accepted, there will be a release provided that you must sign in order to participate.

 

Diva Productions Presents Showstoppers Cabaret, Preview

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Diva Productions Presents Showstoppers Cabaret, Preview

Recently, I spoke with directors and cast members of the upcoming musical performance, Showstoppers Cabaret, by Diva Theater Productions, to be performed at The Olde Brick Theatre, starting the weekend of June 22, 2018. I met with the cast a few weeks ago at the Olde Brick Theatre and sat down in the back of this charming place, mesmerized. Marcie Herman Riebe, our beloved contributor of Thirty-Third Wheel and Musical Director of Showstoppers Cabaret was hard at work with the talented cast, perfecting the song, “Be Our Guest” from the musical, Beauty and the Beast. As I sang the song loudly in my head as I would aloud as a child of the 90’s, I relived my love for musicals once forgotten. Then, I recalled the feelings of excitement while listening to this number, imagining dancing dishes, charming candelabras, and back-up accoutrement preparing a fabulous dinner for two in a lonely castle. As an adult, I still picture this performance and sing along as I prepare for dinner guests from time to time.

The next number caught my attention, was “Suddenly Seymour” from the musical, Little Shop Horrors. I spoke with George Conrad, who sings the part of Seymour. George has years of experience in the theater, alongside his family members, including his sister, Kayla, who is also in Showstoppers Cabaret. He said he identified with Seymour’s character, which he said he was also “quirky and was not successful with women.” George discussed his goals to direct and stated the importance of “carrying on stories and impacting others.” Whether comedy or tragedy, I could hear the conviction in his voice that George set out to fulfill his purpose.

I discussed with Marnie Azzarelli, also a beloved writer for Thirty-Third Wheel, her roles in Showstoppers Cabaret. She remained secretive about which songs she will be performing in, particularly as lead. However, she hinted that her lead song involves “a lot of corsets and fans.” Marnie stated about her past experience with acting that, “In the last year, I’ve done a couple of musical reviews. I haven’t really been a part of a production like this in a while, so I’m super excited about it! I was only in maybe one musical when I was younger and I was always hoping to be able to branch out and get myself more involved with musical theater. I’m so glad I get the chance to do that with this show! It’s a challenge but it’s a good challenge.”

Lastly, I spoke with Director, Paul J. Gallo, who gave me a summary of what to expect from Showstoppers Cabaret. He stated: “Showstoppers Cabaret is a celebration of great showstopping numbers in musical theatre. Some tried and true favorites as well as some that may not be as well known, but all bring that big showstoppery feel that sets them in their own class!”

I definitely felt the “showstoppery feel” when listening to the performances of this wonderful cast. I encourage you to attend at least one show (you will want to attend more, because it is that good)!

The Olde Brick Theatre is located 126 W Market St, Scranton, PA 18508. It is $12 for general admission and $10 for student admission. Please call 570-209-7766 to make your reservations. The performances will take place on the following dates and times:

Friday, June 22, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 p.m.

 

6X6 One-Acts

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6X6 One-Acts
Diva Theater Productions
Olde Brick Theatre
Providence Section, Scranton

Experienced and brand-new playwrights’ works make up the Diva Theater Production’s “6X6 One-Acts Show” this week.  An annual tradition at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton, this year’s show has a one-act for every season the production company has been in the area.

New to writing plays, but not new to creative writing, James Scott Flannery’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is one feature of the show, starring Flannery and Michael Madajeski.  Flannery shares that while screenplays have been more of his genre in the past, this one-act has inspired him to attempt a full-length play now.

Full-length plays are known territory for Thirty-Third Wheel’s own Marnie Azzarelli, though.  Her piece, “Hairworm,” came from an acting class exercise at Diva, but she and her mother (and director), Margo Azzarelli, are known local playwrights.  The sequel to their work, “The Bristol,” will be produced at Diva later this season.

Michael Pavese is another local writer of NEPA.  His plays have been featured at the Olde Brick Theatre and at Gaslight Theatre Company in Wilkes-Barre in their Playroom series.  He was excited to be able to work with director, Paige Balitski again this year with a new set of animals in “Another Day at the Lab.”  Balitski is also directing Flannery’s play and K. K. Gordon’s comical one-act, “Killing Naked Roses.”

The show also features John Schugard’s “Fun with Richard and Jane” which he is also directing, and Sarah Regan’s “Summer Storm,” directed by Paul J. Gallo and featuring Susan Parrick and Jennifer Frey.

Surely, the Diva One-Acts are not to be missed.  As Marnie Azzarelli says, writing a complete story portrayed in twenty minutes is “very satisfying.”  These pieces should satisfy all audience members with their varied themes and styles.

This show includes adult language and themes.

Call to reserve your tickets for this weekend’s shows soon—seating is limited and it’s filling up fast.  The show runs Thursday (January 25), Friday (January 26) and Saturday (January 27) at 8 p.m. and Sunday (January 28) at 2 p.m.  Call Diva Theater Productions for your tickets today at 570-209-7766!