Monday, August 30, 2010

TONY & TINA'S WEDDING--Audience Participation Play with a Meal & Wedding Reception--Returns to LC this Fall.

We are lucky to have been granted a license to perform TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING this fall.  The event begins with the side-splitting ceremony where anything can happen (and usually does!).  As a show that is improvisationally heavy, the audience really plays a role in the direction of each evening's four performances.  A favorite performed in 2001 at LC, this audience participation event is back by popular demand!

After the ceremony, it’s time for the most hilarious wedding reception you’ll ever attend! You’ll enjoy a full Italian meal, throw rice, raise a glass for a cider toast, eat the wedding cake and dance the night away at the party you and your friends will be laughing about for years to come. The show stars "Tina," the headstrong 20-something party girl bride with an attitude – and "Tony," the rowdy, handsome, yet charming groom-to-be. Other hilarious characters emerge from this quirky cast, which includes an entire wedding party of guests ranging from "Connie," the pregnant maid of honor, to "Father Mark," a priest who thinks he's hip. As the evening unfolds, the only guarantee is that there will be plenty of drama all around.

So, save a date for this production that's guaranteed to tickle your funny bone, fill your stomachs and get your feet moving in the dance.  The show plays Friday, October 29 and Saturday, Ocotber 30, Friday November 13 & Saturday November 14.

Auditions begin this week!  There will be a general/informational meeting on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM in the LCHS Drama Room.  There will also be an informational meeting at 3:00 on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM in the LCHS Drama Room and a meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM.  Students need to attend ONLY ONE informational meeting.  Auditions will be held after school September 7 & 8.
So, come join Tony & Tina and their family and friends, and see for yourself why theirs is still the most talked about wedding in town - rated the second longest running Off Broadway show in theater history, the #1 Dinner Show in the world, and the show the New York Times calls

"Audaciously imaginative!"

"One of the most successful and imaginative hits in Off-Broadway history." - Liz Smith, New York Daily News

This all-inclusive evening of entertainment will be something you and your friends will be talking about for many years to come. In this hilarious interactive comedy, the audience is part of the show.

FATHER MARK: Priest, 30s-50’s, natural comedian, thinks he's hip and one of the gang.

BARRY: Best Man, 20s – 30s, everybody's pal, life of the party.

CONNIE: maid of honor, 20s – 30s, sarcastic, jaded, party girl

DOMINIC: usher, 20s – 30s, a body-builder, bull dog, dumb.

DONNA: Bridesmaid, 20s-30’s, cute, aspiring American Idol winner, and a good singer.

JOHNNY: usher, 20, Tony's little brother. A cute flirt.

MARINA: bridesmaid, 20s – 30s, wants to be loved desperately, tag-along, and the gang's doormat.

JOSEPHINA VITALE: Tina’s mom, 50s, strong willed, controlling, and a martyr.

LUIGI: Tina's great uncle, late 70s, old world gentleman, speaks Italian

JOEY: Tina's brother, 20s – 30s, gay, loves "show biz," super-flamboyant.

SISTER ALBERT MARIA: Tina's cousin, nun, 20s – 30s, sings, family oddball.

TONY NUNZIO, SR.: Tony's dad, 50, owner of a chain of car-washes where cars are hand-washed by bikini-wearing workers, charismatic in a sleazy way, sees himself as a king.

MADELINE MONROE: Tony Sr.'s girlfriend, 20s – 30s, great body, hard living, lives on the kindness of strangers.

GRANDMA NUNZIO: Tony's grandma, 70s, spry, a little crazy, matchmaker.

MICHAEL JUST: Tina's ex-boyfriend, 20s – 30s, just got out of re-hab...

SAL ANTONUCCI: photographer, 40s – 50s, pushy, loud, eccentric.

LORETTA BLACK: Vinnie's wife, 20s - 40s, Ex pageant girl, natural comedian, browbeaten.

NIKI/VIKKI BLACK: Caterer's daughters, 20’s, Totally opposites, Niki is the Goth type. Vikki is daddy’s little girl.

MICKEY BLACK: Caterer’s son, 20’s, Geeky, nerdy type.

AUNT ROSE: Tony's aunt; 40's, cosmopolitan, urbane, big-city girl.

RICK DEMARCO: Videographer, 20s-30’s, hired to videotape wedding, flamboyant, flirt, Joey's boyfriend.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Audience Participation Script Finalists Announced

So, although there's an outside chance of producting TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING, it doesn't look good.  The good new is there are tons of improvisational, interactive shows handled through Samuel French.  We are busy researching the shows for quality.  I am calling a meeting of any ITS Members who are interested in helping us make a final selection.

The first two choices are probably the finalists.  We need all ITS Members to help us promote auditions, the show and to get the "best and the brightest" to be involved in the fall play.  Mr. Heckman and Mr. McLaughlin will meet this week and review the scripts to make a choice.  We are leaning towards AWESOME 80's PROM because it would sort of be a hybrid between a school dance and a play and could be great fun.  We also like HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, ANGEL! LOVE, GINO as it seems like TONY N' TINA at their five year anniversary.  Regardless of the choice, we really don't like directing the same show more than once.  We can use our experience with TONY N' TINA to make this a smooth process.  We're excited about the improv, the audience participation and the food!

·THE AWESOME 80s PROM By Ken Davenport and the Class of '89 Comedy, Audience Participation/Interactive. 11m, 8f Unit Set 80s. Prom is a brand new blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding and The Donkey Show set at Wanaget High's Senior Prom... in 1989! All your favorite characters from your favorite '80s movies are at THE PROM, from the Captain of the Football Team to the Asian Exchange Student, from the Geek to the hottie Head Cheerleader, and they're all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on "American Idol", the audience decides who wins! Come back in time and join the breakdance circle or just sit back and watch the '80s drama unfold.

· HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, ANGEL! LOVE, GINO By Family Jewels Creations. Conceived and written by Jay D. Spencer, Stefanie R. Coletti and Cheryl D. Smith. 10m, 8f, optional extras. Gino Paolucci is throwing a big anniversary bash for his beautiful wife, Angel! You're invited to join in the celebration of their fifth wedding anniversary as they renew their vows at the zaniest party you'll ever be a part of! Watch the loving couple attempt to "re-tie their knot" and witness the crazy calamities and mishaps surrounding the celebration. Then sit down to a sizzling family feast, dance to a live DJ and interact with the Guests of Honor and their crazy but lovable relatives and delightful friends!

·FINNEGAN’S FAREWELL by Kevin Alexander. 8m, 6f plus dancers and musicians.
The audience has come to say goodbye to Patrick James Finnegan a mailman who won 2.5 million dollars playing the slots at Atlantic City and then promptly dropped dead.

·NOIR SUSPICIONS by David Landau. Music and Lyrics by Nikki Stern. 4m., 3f.
This hard-boiled comic mystery sequel to the ever-popular Murder at Café Noir ex-private dick Nick Archer is now the confused manager of Café Noir on the island of Mustique. A tribute to Casablanca with many references to the classic movie, Noir Suspicions is guaranteed to delight audiences whether of not they are familiar with Murder at Café Noir.

·LAFFERTY’S WAKE by Susan Turlish. 4m., 3f.  Our darlin' wild rover Charlie Lafferty is being waked in grand style in his home away from home, the local pub. The audience joins Charlie's widow, his sweet daughter and bumbling son in law, the parish priest and the savvy innkeeper as they celebrate the life and times of ramblin', gamblin' Lafferty.

· GRANDMA SYLVIA’S FUNERAL by Glenn Wein and Amy Lord Blumsack. 12 m., 10 f.
Audiences flock to join the bereaved at this Jewish funeral, where the mourners (i.e. the audience) are treated to fond remembrances, biographical anecdotes, shameless bickering and vaudeville like turns with the dearly departed's friends and family.