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An edge-of-your-seat Holmes mystery with a female Sherlock and Watson!

Oct. 19-Oct. 29, 2017

About the Show

When an anonymous note sends a newlywed wife looking for help, Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police inspector whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. But this Holmes and Watson face far greater challenges than bringing the cunning criminal to justice. Miss Holmes possesses one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, but she chafes at the restraints imposed upon her by society and family. Dr. Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in London that will hire female doctors. In a time and place where gender roles are rigidly defined, these unconventional women dare to challenge societal norms by providing an unusual, but necessary, service. Inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this theatrical “fan fiction” shines a new light on favorite characters from the canon, re-examining the Victorian world of Holmes and Watson by exploring the added obstacles faced by these two iconic characters if they were women.

Sources: Samuel French

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Cast and Crew

Director: Jay Fontanetta
Stage Manager: Darla Goudreau
Assistant Stage Manager: Eileen Crow
Technical Director: Nick Schwartz
Costumes: Michael-Colin Reed
Dramaturg: Peggy Carlson
Hospitality: Joe Mills
Lights: Linda Bugielski
House Manager: Cassandra Johnson
Prod. Coordinator: Janet Venzon
Program Editor: Dennis Fry
Props: Sharon Sobotka and Bob Jadach
Set Construction: John Baderman
Set Design: John Baderman
Set Painting: Karen Holbert and Kurt Lemke
Sound: Jack Calvert and Kurt Lemke

Cast:
Sherlock Holmes: Gina Palmer
Dorothy Watson: Stacy McCargo
Gregory Lestrade: Michael-Colin Reed
Mycroft Holmes: Jeffery Siddall
Eudora Featherstone: Renata Allelujka
Martha: Diane Baschetti
Peggy: Grethel Bayro
Thomas Chapman: Michael Bolton
Superintendent: Jack Calvert
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: Susan Cardamone
Mrs. Hudson: Jennifer Collins
Edwin Greener: Jonathan Kraft
Lizzie Chapman: Elizabeth Ley
Reginald: Brendan Mertens
Michael Stamford: Tom Schutt

 

 

When two actors are cast as lovers, the results are funny and painful in this edgy comedy. (This play has mature language and themes.)

Sept. 28-Oct. 8, 2017

 

About the Show

Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl’s singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one.

Stage Kiss enjoyed it's world premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, in 2011, before making its New York City debut at Playwrights Horizons in 2014 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.

Sources: Samuel French

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Cast and Crew

Director: Angelee Johns
Stage Manager: Bill Rotz
Technical Director: Nick Schwartz
Production Coordinator: Janet Venzon

Cast:

SHE: Linda Cunningham

HE:  Tim Gannon

DIRECTOR: Joe Savino

KEVIN: Tommy Aldis

THE HUSBAND: Robert Cappetta

ANGELA / MILLIE / MAID: Devon Winchester (CTWS)

MILLICENT/LAURIE: Kelly Winters

Come help the Little Sisters of Hoboken save their convent in this musical comedy sensation!

Sept. 7-17, 2017

 

About the Show

When the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns,tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.

NUNSENSE was first produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City on December 12, 1985. It was directed by Dan Goggin.

Sources: Official Nunsense Website and Wikipedia

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Cast and Crew

Director: Greg Kolack
Music Director: Kyle Anne Greer
Choreography: Chelsea Ward
Stage Manager: Cal Turner
Technical Director: John Baderman, Mike Huth, and Co.
Production Coordinator: Janet Venzon

Cast:
Sister Mary Regina (Mother Superior): Lori D'Asta
Sister Mary Hubert: Tammy O'Reilly
Sister Robert Anne: Jennifer Torchia
Sister Mary Amnesia: Kelli Kopp
Sister Mary Leo: Emily Leatherwood

Crew:

Assist. Stage Manager: Sue Wisthuff
Assist. Stage Manager: Tom Gess
Costumes: Michael-Colin Reed
Dramaturg: Pat Hettinger
Hospitality: Joe Mills
Lights: Kurt Lemke
House Manager: Cassandra Johnson
Makeup: Michael-Colin Reed
Program Editor: Ashley Kennedy
Props: Sharon Sobotka
Set Construction: John Baderman
Set Design: Margaret Nikoleit
Set Painting: Mary Kuhn
Sound: Pat Politano

Technical Director – 3 shows – Theatre of Western Springs

The Theatre of Western Springs (TWS) seeks a Technical Director with strong set design, CAD, and paint skills to provide technical direction and set design advisement for the first three productions of our season. We welcome applications for one, two or all three of these productions. There is pay. We are beginning a search for a full-time TD as well.

TWS is an 88 year old community theatre in Western Springs, Illinois. The theatre is a 20 minute drive from Chicago and a quick 5 minute walk from the Western Springs Metra train stop. Our mainstage is a wide thrust which seats 404 and our Cattell Theatre is a flexible black-box which seats 120.

PRODUCTIONS

  • Nunsense by Dan Goggin (Mainstage Theatre).
    • Pre-production begins on/around July 8; build begins August 7, tech week begins August 29; production opens September 7. Fee is $1,200 (negotiable).
  • Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl (Cattell Theatre).
    • Pre-production begins on/around July 29; build begins August 28; tech week begins September 19; production opens September 28. Fee is $1,400 (negotiable).
  • Miss Holmes by Christopher Walsh (Mainstage Theatre).
    • Pre-production begins on/around August 19; build begins September 18, tech week begins September 19, production opens October 19. Fee is $1,400 (negotiable).

Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Reading and analyzing scripts
  • Meeting with volunteer designer to advise and guide set design
  • Meeting with director and production team
  • Producing all necessary drawings and elevations (CAD)
  • Ordering lumber and other materials
  • Scheduling and supervising volunteer crews for build
  • Buying and/or mixing all paint, developing paint treatments, producing paint samples and teaching treatments to volunteer crews
  • Attending tech rehearsals to finish, adjust and repair
  • Being available as needed during the run for repairs (with volunteer annual construction chair)
  • Attending and supervising strike

To apply, please send your design portfolio, cover letter, resume and two references to EAD@theatrewesternsprings.com.

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