Cari Lynn Pace Member SFBATCC Gives “Millie” Rave Review!

Sassy “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Wows ‘Em!

By Cari Lynn Pace Member, SF Bay Area TheaterCritics Circle, Adjudicator for TheatreBayArea

It’s a classic story told in the time of 1922, when women were first entering the workforce and had dreams of self-propelled success.  Enthusiastic Millie arrives inNew York City, fresh from the farm and ready to take a big bite out of life, and hopefully find herself a rich husband.  Millie doesn’t give up her dreams, even when she’s mugged and left penniless.  She gets her hair stylishly bobbed, finds a job at a company headed by a handsome bachelor, and makes friends with the young actresses at her seedy hotel.  No one knows that her evil landlady abducts attractive women for export abroad.  Local favorite Daniela Innocenti Beem casts a hilarious turn as the snarky proprietress.  The plot is frothy, silly, and funny, and delighted audiences immediately when it opened on Broadway in 2002, winning six Tony awards.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” bursts with songs, tap dancing, over-the-top characters, and yummy period costumes by Tracy Hinman Sigrist.  Director Craig A. Miller serves up this musical like a juicy bowl of fresh-cut fruit topped with whipped cream.  There are so many outstanding performances, starting with Rebekah Pearson in the title role and Anthony Guzman as the cavalier yet unemployed heartthrob.  It’s astonishing that Pearson, who fell and broke her wrist during rehearsal one week before opening night, can deliver such graceful gestures and keep her balance while singing and dancing in her arm cast.  She relates how she was getting her cast put on and urged the doctor “Could you please hurry it up?  I have to get back to rehearsal!”  That’s truly the “Millie” spunk!

Another standout performance includes Evan Attwood as Millie’s clueless boss.  He rattles off an amazing “Speed Test” that sparks spontaneous applause, particularly when Millie matches him word to word.  The music is from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patter Song” but the lyrics are all cleverly new.  Attwood really outshines himself in Act II when he swoons to the charms of Millie’s dainty friend, Miss Dorothy, a blonde fromCaliforniacoyishly enacted by Nicole Thysell.  It’s all too delicious!

The office stenography pool (which flourished until the advent of voice recorders) offers a bounty of 1920′s beauties kept largely in line by Miss Flannery.  Of course Miss Flannery can’t keep these modern girls from tap dancing or doing theCharleston, although she might try.  Shari Hopkinson Cohen is perfectly cast as the cranky and domineering office manager.  You can tell she really relishes her curmudgeon role, and deservedly so.

The surprises keep coming:  Joseph Favalora and Natalie Herman play the Chinese henchmen who work as slaves to Innocenti Beem’s evil landlady.  They long to bring their mother toAmerica, they sing a derivation of the Al Jolson song “My Mammy” entirely in Chinese.  The superscreen above the stage flashes the translation and the audience just cracks up.  Neither Favalora (who also did the show’s choreography) nor Herman speak Chinese.  ”We recorded the song, played it slowly, then kept singing it faster until we had it right.”  Favalora laughs.  “One of my Asian friends who attended opening night said it sounded perfect.”

A generously talented cast completes the ensemble, with Tina Lloyd Meals conducting the orchestra, in this thoroughly delightful performance for all ages.

WHAT:  “Thoroughly Modern Millie” directed by Craig A. Miller, Musical Direction by Tina Lloyd Meals, Choreography by Joseph Favalora, based on the movie starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore

WHEN:  Now through May 25th

WHERE:  G.K. Hardt Theater,6th Street Playhouse,52 West Sixth Street,Santa Rosa,CA95401

COST:  $23 – $35

INFORMATION:  www.6thstreetplayhouse.com or (707) 523-4185

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2014-2015 General Auditions: Coming Home – An American Theatre Experience

General Auditions for the 2014-2015 Season:

Coming Home – An American Theatre Experience

6th Street Playhouse will be seeing adult and child actor/singers, by appointment only, for roles in the upcoming 2014-2015 Season of plays and musicals.

 Saturday, May 31st from 10 AM – 6PM

 Sunday, June 1st from 10 AM – 6PM

Both audition days will be held at The G.K. Hardt Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse, located at 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Acting Only?

Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues to present at the audition, not to exceed five minutes.

Acting & Singing?

Actor/Singers wishing to also be considered for the season musicals should prepare one comic monologue and thirty-two (32) bars from one Broadway style song – and also be prepared to possibly learn parts and sing cold from the show librettos at the audition. You may sing a song from one of the schedule shows in the season. An accompanist will be on hand for those singing.

Callbacks!

As a result of these auditions, actors will be asked to come to callback auditions throughout the season for specific roles, held at date/times TBD.

To set up an audition appointment, please have a time slot in mind and submit your audition request to: Natalie Herman, Interim Company Manager at Natalie@6thStreetPlayhouse.com

All acting positions are paid. Some AEA contracts will be offered.

Directors, Choreographers, Designers, Stage Managers, and all other artists should

submit cover letter and resume/portfolio via email above.

To see a listing of The Official 2014-2015 Season productions go to: www.6thStreetPlayhouse.com

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Auditions for Grease are being held at 6th St Playhouse

Auditions for Grease are being held at 6th St Playhouse

Sunday, April 6th, at 6:30 p.m in the Rehearsal Room – General Call*

Tuesday, April 8th, at 6:30 p.m in the Rehearsal Room – Call Back

Where: All audition days will be held at 6th Street Playhouse, located at 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Prepare: Actors should bring a headshot and resumé to the audition. Actors should prepare a two-minute comedic monologue and 32 bars of a Broadway song that is in the style of the show, or may sing a song from the show. For the dancing audition, actors should be warmed up and wearing proper clothing and footwear to move in a dance combination, which will be taught by the choreographer. Changing areas will be provided if needed.

Call Backs: Many actors will be asked to come to the call backs on April 8th. Actors who are called back will be notified either at the end of the Sunday audition, or via phone or email the morning of the call back.

Rehearsals/Performances: Rehearsals for this production will tentatively begin the week of April 28th, 2014. The production opens and runs June 13th – July 6th, 2014.

All adult acting positions are paid a $250.00 stipend.

Grease will be directed and choreographed by Staci Arriaga and music directed by Tina Lloyd Meals.

*To RSVP for the general audition on Sunday, April 6th, please contact:
Natalie Herman, Interim Company Manager
natalie@6thstreetplayhouse.com

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Auditions for Thoroughly Modern Millie – February 16–18

6th Street Playhouse will be seeing adult actors for Thoroughly Modern Millie.
When:
Sunday, February 16th, 2014 in the Rehearsal Room – General Call*

6:30 p.m General Singing/Acting & Dance Audition
Monday, February 17th, 2014 in Rehearsal Room – Call Back
6:30 p.m Advanced Dancing and Singing from Score
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 in Studio Theatre – Call Back
7:00 p.m Cold Readings and Singing from the Score TBA
Where: All audition days will be held at 6th Street Playhouse, located at 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401Prepare: Actors should bring a headshot and resumé to the audition. Actors should prepare a two-minute comedic monologue and 32 bars of a Broadway song that is in the style of the show, or may sing a song from the show. For the dancing audition, actors should be warmed up and wearing proper clothing and footwear to move in a dance combination, which will be taught by the choreographer. Changing areas will be provided if needed.

PLEASE NOTE: All actors wishing to be seen for featured dance roles need to provide their own tap shoes or hard soled footwear that can create tap sounds.

Call Backs: Many actors will be asked to come to the call backs on February 17th and 18th. Actors who are called back will be notified either at the end of the Sunday audition, or via phone or email the morning of the call back.Rehearsals/Performances: Rehearsals for this production will tentatively begin the week of March 27th, 2014. The production opens and runs May 2nd – May 25th, 2014.

*To RSVP for the general audition on Sunday, February 16th, please contact:
Natalie Herman, Assistant to the Artistic Director
assistant@6thstreetplayhouse.com

All roles are open at this time
All adult acting positions are paid a $250.00 stipend.
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Auditions for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — December 15th and 16th at 6th Street Playhouse

 

 

 Auditions for 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

6th Street Playhouse and Lucky Penny Productions will be seeing Adult actors for roles in their upcoming co-production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

  • Sunday, December 15, 2013 in the Studio Theatre – General Call*
    • 6:00PM – 10:00PM: General Singing/Acting & Dance Audition
  • Monday, December 16, 2013 in Costume Shop – Call Back
    • 6:00PM – 10:00PM: Cold Readings & Singing from Score

Where: All audition days will be held at 6th Street Playhouse, located at 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Prepare: Actors should bring a headshot and resumé to the audition.  Actors should prepare a two-minute comedic monologue and 32 bars of a Broadway song that is in the style of the show, or may sing a song from the show.  For the dancing audition, actors should be warmed up and wearing proper clothing and footwear to move in a dance combination, which will be taught by the choreographer.  Changing areas will be provided if needed.

Call Backs: Many actors will be asked to come to the call back on December 16th. Actors who are called back will be notified either at the end of the Sunday audition, or via phone or email the morning of the call back.

Rehearsals/Performances:  Rehearsals for this production will tentatively begin the week of February 17th, 2014.  The production opens and runs March 28th – April 13th, 2014. This is a co-production with Lucky Penny Productions and will run at the Napa Valley Opera House for two weeks dates to be determined in late April/early May.

*To RSVP for the general audition on Sunday, December 15th, please contact:

Natalie Herman, Assistant to the Artistic Director

Assistant@6thStreetPlayhouse.com

All roles are available at this time!  Cast size:  10 men/10 women

All Adult acting positions are paid a $250.00 stipend.  

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Donating Mutual Funds or Stock — The Hidden Tax Benefit

Most donors know about the tax benefits of making donations to a qualified non-profit, such as 6th Street.  For example, if you’re in a 28% federal and 9% California tax bracket, a $5,000 contribution to the Playhouse can save you $1,850 in taxes.  However, I’m surprised by how many of my investment clients are unaware of the additional tax benefits of donating mutual funds or common stock.

Suppose you have a mutual fund that is currently worth five times what you paid for it (if you’re of a “certain age,” that’s not much of a stretch – I have several mutual funds in my portfolio that are worth almost 10 times what I paid).  If you sold $5,000 of that fund, you would report a gain of $4,000, and, depending on your income level, you might pay 20% in federal capital gains taxes, plus 4% investment income tax and 9% state income tax, totaling $1,320 in taxes.  If you donated $5,000 of that fund to the Playhouse, all of that tax burden disappears, and you get the same $5,000 deduction on your 2013 taxes as if you donated $5,000 in cash.  That means the $5,000 donation, less the tax savings of the deduction and the capital gains taxes, effectively costs you only $1,830!

How difficult is this donation to accomplish?  It depends on your advisor, broker, or mutual fund provider.  For many advisors and brokers, there is a standard form to complete, and it might take you 15 minutes or less to complete.  However, because many financial institutions get very busy near the end of the year, if you want to take advantage of the tax deductions for 2013, you should submit the paperwork by early December.

I need to add one qualification – every tax situation is different.  The numbers I used reflect my own tax analysis, but you might have other tax liabilities or credits that make the effective tax savings higher or lower for you.  If you use a tax accounting or investment advisory firm, you should consult them before assuming you will receive the same tax benefits.

Scott Lummer

Board President

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6th Street Playhouse Audition Information for 2013-2014 Season

General Auditions for the 2013-2014 Season

6th Street Playhouse will be seeing Adult and Child actor/singers, by appointment only, for roles in the upcoming 2013-2014 Season of plays and musicals.

  • Saturday, May 25th from 12 PM – 6PM
  • Sunday, May 26th from 12 PM – 6PM

Both audition days will be held at The G.K. Hardt Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse, located at 52 W. 6th Street, Unit B, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Acting Only?

Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues to present at the audition, not to exceed five minutes.

Acting & Singing?

Actor/Singers wishing to also be considered for the season musicals should prepare one comic monologue and thirty-two (32) bars from one Broadway style song – and also be prepared to possibly learn parts and sing cold from the show librettos at the audition.  You may sing a song from one of the schedule shows in the season.  An accompanist will be on hand for those singing.

Callbacks!

As a result of these auditions, actors will be asked to come to callback auditions throughout the season for specific roles, held at date/times TBD.

To set up an audition appointment, please have a time slot in mind and submit your audition request to:

Craig A. Miller, Artistic Director at: Craig@6thStreetPlayhouse.com

All roles are available at this time!

All acting positions are paid.  Some AEA contracts will be offered.

Directors, Choreographers, Designers, Stage Managers, and all other artists should submit cover letter and resume/portfolio via email above.

To see a listing of The Official 2013-2014 Season productions go to :

www.6thStreetPlayhouse.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6th Street Improv Goes Wild West on 11/17!

Got cabin fever? Tired of the palaver on your tv? It’s time for an adventure in the Wild West! Roll on down to Railroad Junction (the 6th Street Playhouse Studio) and get ready to shoot off your mouth to help us wrangle up a whole mess of colorful characters and tall tales about the wild WILD West! You may feel like a greenhorn, but your bang-up ideas are just the fodder needed to flesh out our stories.  So get your giggle on and mosey on down to 6th St. Improv for a humdinger of an evening of side-splittin’ shenanigans when we go WILD at the Round Up!

Saturday, November 17 at 8 PM

Tickets $14.  $10 Student Rush at the Door. Call (707) 483-5800  or visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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Funny Fest Coming Sept. 29 – Laugh Local!!

Don’t miss our amazing Funny Fest coming to the 6th Street Playhouse Saturday, September 29 at 8 PM!  6th Street Improv kicks off it’s 5th season with a fabulous funny night of entertainment featuring a bunch of  talented special guests including comedy improv by World’s Biggest Comedy Duo, Stand-up comedians Dave Pokorny (who has opened for Ellen Degeneres and Jim Carrey),  Steven Thomas, Ken Garr, the comic magician, and the cabaret duo Sandy and Richard Riccardi, whose political parodies have garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube.  Tickets to see all of this amazing local talent are only $14, $10 for students with ID’s.  Get your tickets before they’re gone at www.6thstreetplayhouse.com or call the Box Office at (707) 523-4185. Laugh Local!

Ken Garr

6th Street Improv

Steven Thomas

World's Biggest Comedy Duo

Sandy & Richard Riccardi

Dave Pokorny

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisor

Title:                     Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisor

Reports to:           Artistic Director

Supervises:           Volunteer and Contracted Costume Shop Personnel

General Purpose: To support the mission and vision of 6th Street Playhouse by overseeing all day to day Costume Shop & Wardrobe activities including personnel, equipment, supplies, inventory, maintenance of workroom and costume storage areas, supporting all Playhouse productions, and authorizing local costume rentals.

The Costume Shop & Wardrobe Supervisor, assisted by the Artistic Director as needed, works to establish and maintain expense budgets; supervise designers; supervise hired and/or volunteer costume shop personnel, including makeup and wig contractors. The Costume Shop & Wardrobe Supervisor is also responsible for overseeing all wardrobe needs at the theater for all rehearsals and performances, including repairs, laundering of costumes, scheduling of dry cleaning, and strike and restock of in-house costumes/return of rentals.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interviews, aides in hiring/securing volunteers, and supervises personnel of costume shop
  • Supervises all Costume Shop, Wardrobe, and wig and makeup personnel
  • Attends fittings when possible to ensure consistency and construction standards
  • Manages day to day expenses of costume shop
  • Works directly with Costume Designers to balance budget necessities and design integrity
  • Attends all dress rehearsals
  • Communicates with Production Stage Manager regarding fittings, rehearsal needs, and performer requests
  • Collaborates with Production Stage Manager on backstage layout, and coordinates all backstage costume activities
  • Maintains a positive and communicative atmosphere in the Costume Shop and mediates any conflicts among personnel or with designers
  • Coordinates shopping for all locally purchased production specific costume items, as needed by the production/designers
  • Manages and invoices all local and individual costume rentals
  • Drapes, patterns, sews and designs, as required by the needs of the production/designers

Personal Characteristics

The Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisor should possess some or all of the following qualities:

  • Creative Networking: Develop new and unique relationships with other costumers/costume shops that will support the productions of 6th Street Playhouse, insuring that that artistic standards of our productions are of the highest quality;
  • Ethical: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure individual behavior is consistent with these standards and the values of 6th Street Playhouse.
  • Relationship Builder: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally;
  • Communicator: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Team Player: Work cooperatively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance our effectiveness;
  • Organized: Determine strategies, set priorities, develop a work schedule and monitor progress towards goals and staying within costume production budgets.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Knowledge and experience in costume construction, use of sewing machines, and hand stitching techniques;
  • Familiar with performing arts production deadlines, schedules and timeframes;
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software, including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, E-mail and internet;

Experience

  • Minimum of two years costuming/clothing construction experience is required, preferably with a performing arts organization.

The Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisor is a part-time, Independent Contractor position. Though it is expected that most of the work will be performed in the Costume Shop, regular meetings with the Artistic Director (and others) at the 6th Street Playhouse will be necessary. The monthly payment amount is $500.00 for an average workweek estimated to be approximately 10-20 hours.

For consideration, please mail, email or fax cover letter and resume – by September 30, 2012 – to:

Craig A. Miller, Artistic Director

6th Street Playhouse

52 W. 6th Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Fax (707) 523-3544.   Email: craig@6thstreetplayhouse.com          (no phone calls, please)

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