Aug 28 2014

Auditions: 2014-2015 Season

by Tallgrass Theatre

Tallgrass Theatre Company announces audition dates for their 2014-2015 season.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged (revised)
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield

Directed by Mark Littlejohn

Audition dates:
September 14 & 15 – 7:00pm

Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine Street, West Des Moines

Roles: 3 men, all ages welcome, actors should be able to move with ease as this is a fast paced show.

Production Dates: October 31 – Nov 15, 2014


Tallgrass is auditioning for The Elephant Man early to accommodate costume demands of the production.  Rehearsals will most likely start in early December.

The Elephant Man By Bernard Pomerance

Directed by Thomas D. Perrine

Audition dates:
November 2 & 3 – 7:00pm

Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine Street, West Des Moines

Roles: 6 men, 2 women (with the exception of the Merrick role all actors double and triple)

Role breakdown:

John Merrick – actor must be in good physical condition
Frederick Treves/Belgian Policeman
Carr Gomm/Conductor
Ross/Bishop Walsham How/Snork
Pinhead Manager/London Policeman/Will/Earl/Lord John
Orderly
Pinhead/Miss Sandwich/Countess/Princess Alexandra
Mrs. Kendal/Pinhead

Production Dates: January 30 – February 14, 2015


Independence is this season’s Dream project and the Director and lead actresses want to cast the remaining two roles early to allow for script work before actual rehearsal begin.

Independence by Lee Blessing

Dream Project 2014-2015 featuring Mary Bricker & Becky Scholtec

Directed by Maxwell Schaeffer

Audition Dates:
November 10 & 11 – 7:00pm

Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine Street, West Des Moines

Roles: 2 women

Role breakdown:

Jo – earnest, raw sensitivity, 25 to 35
Sherry – rebellious, unflappable teen, 18 to 25

(The roles of Evelyn and Kess are cast)

Production Dates: March 27 – April 11, 2015

 
Apr 23 2014

2014-2015 Season Announced!

by Tallgrass Theatre

October 31-November 15, 2014
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Directed by Mark Littlejohn

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has been revised for 2014. This irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays features madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride.


January 30-February 14, 2015
The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Thomas D. Perrine

The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London in the late 19th century. A horribly deformed young man, he was found abandoned and admitted for observation to a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a respected doctor, Merrick changed from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. But his belief that he could become a man like any other was a dream never to be realized.


March 27-April 11, 2015
Tallgrass’ Second Annual Dream Project: Independence by Lee Blessing
Featuring actors Mary Bricker and Becky Scholtec
Directed by Maxwell Schaeffer

Independence is the powerful, disturbing study of a family divided against itself. The setting is the small town of Independence, Iowa, at the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs. Her oldest daughter, Kess, has come home at the request of her sister, Jo, who is concerned for Evelyn’s mental health. Kess wants to cut her family ties once and for all; Jo, a longtime virgin, has now become pregnant; while youngest daughter Sherry, salty-tongued and amoral, wants only to finish high school and leave home for good. In the end, each realizes that she must find her own heaven—or hell—in her own way.

 
Apr 23 2014

Tallgrass Announces New Artistic Director

by Tallgrass Theatre

 

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Tallgrass is pleased to announce the addition of
 Thomas D. Perrine to our artistic staff.  As Artistic Director, Tom will supervise much of the day-to-day activities of actors and directors, providing guidance as needed, as well as head up season script selection.  He will also act as a liaison with the community and other theatre groups.

 Please join us in congratulating Tom on his new role!