Motown Christmas – One Night Only!

Stage Aurora Theatre returns to AMP  with talented singers performing an evening of Motown Holiday Hits that will get you in the holiday spirit.

Buy tickets for Motown Christmas  $15, $10 for students
Box Office: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-12:00pm/5:00pm-8:30pm
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Get Your Tickets for an Evening of Blues and Gospel

Manew Blew & Tom Leon are both blues addicted. They show it regularly on the island, Florida and Georgia. Tom loves to sing some good ole blues & country songs over his acoustic guitar whereas Blew blows…in his “Mississippi Saxophones”(harmonicas)! Manew took the title of Florida Harmonica Grand Champion in 2013-14. He ll sing and play a few originals of his own as well.
Special Guest: Don Anderson, a unique and rare harmonica player, carrying and incarnating a longtime and disappearing harmonica tradition.
Please come share this unique moment announcing a wonderful Christmas!

Buy tickets for Acoustic Blues and Gospel Songs

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Little Shop of Horror Auditions

Audition Date: Monday, December 12th, 6:30 pm
Show Dates: March 9.10.11.16.17.18.23.24.25 at 7:30 pm, and March 19 at 2:30 pm
Director: Jill Dillingham

littlehorrorA nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. Character descriptions (as per the original script.)

  • Seymour – mid 20’s, insecure, put upon sweet and well meaning.
  • Audrey – bleach blonde love of his life.  If you took Carol Channing, Goldie Hawn, and Marilyn Monroe, removed their education and feelings of self-worth, and dressed them in spike heels and a black low-cut dress, and shook them up in a test tube to extract what’s sweetest and most vulnerable – that’d be Audrey.
  • Mr. Mushnik – Their boss.  A failure of an east side florist.  His accent is more that of middle class NY than of eastern Europe.
  • Orin – black leather jacketed dentist with sadistic tendencies.  An egotistical pretty boy – all got up like a greaser thinking like an insurance salesman and talking like a radio announcer.   (May potentially double as other roles)
  • Voice of the Plant – Provided by an actor w/ offstage mike.  The sound is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White, and Wolfman Jack.
  • The Plant (Audrey 2) – The creature is a cross between an avocado and a Venus Flytrap.  A series of 4 increasingly large  puppets, manipulated by one puppeteer (who may double as Wino #1 in first scene)
  • Crystal, Ronette, Chiffon  – 3 young women, young, hip, and smart, they function as a Greek Chorus.  The only ones in the show who really know what is going on.  3 part harmony throughout the whole show.Several smaller roles that may be assigned to individuals, stage crew, or doubled by actors. We are also looking for pit, stage crew, and stage manager.

 Auditioners should prepare a short monologue in the style of the character they would like to play, and 1 minute of a song of their choice, preferable in the style of LSOH music. Songs from the musical are permitted, as are singing a cappella or with a device you bring yourself. If you would like to audition but are unable to make the 12/12 audition, please contact Jill directly at dilljill@msn.com to schedule another date.

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12 Angry Men Auditions

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Audition Date: Sunday, December 11th 12:00-2:00pm
Show Dates: February 23-26, March 3-4, 2017
Director: Bob Weintraub

Written by Sherman L. Sergel, adapted from the CBS Studio One television show by Reginald Rose, and made into a motion picture, the play has twelve primary male roles and three small parts. Eleven of the jury roles can be played by men aged 30 to 70. They range from business executives, professionals, small business owners and blue collar workers, a cross-section of American life. The twelfth is a European immigrant older than 60.

In 12 Angry Men a jury deliberates the case of a 16-year-old boy from a slum on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death. If there is any reasonable doubt they are to return a verdict of not guilty. If found guilty, the boy will receive a death sentence.

The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The film was selected as the second-best courtroom drama ever by the American Film Institute and is the highest courtroom drama on Rotten Tomatoes’ Top 100 Movies of All Times.

Roles

The twelve jurors (only identified by number) and the actors who played them in the movie:

1. (Martin Balsam) the jury foreman, judiciously patient but not imperturbable, somewhat preoccupied with his duties and never gives any reason for changing his vote; proves to be helpful to others. An assistant high school football coach.

2. (John Fiedler) a meek and unpretentious bank worker who is at first dominated by others, but as the climax builds up, so does his courage. Tongue-tied, unused to self-assertion, yet, when it counts, rising drolly to the occasion.

3. (Lee J. Cobb) a businessman and distraught father, opinionated, disrespectful, and stubborn with a temper. A close-minded Juror neither overdoing nor shortchanging his unlikability, and riveting in his final pathos. The main antagonist and most passionate advocate of a guilty verdict throughout the play.

4. (E. G. Marshall) a rational, unflappable, self-assured and analytical stock broker who is concerned only with the facts. Methodical, buttoned-up but unsweaty in this hot room, coolly yet unimaginatively reasoning.

5. (Jack Klugman) a man who grew up in a violent slum, does not take kindly to insults about his upbringing, endearingly revealing sound instincts.

6. (Edward Binns) a house painter, pugnacious, tough but principled and respectful.

7. (Jack Warden) a salesman and New York Yankees fan, a loudmouth and baseball addict full of crudely funny remarks, who is so eager to leave in order to attend a baseball game, that he becomes impatient with the deliberations, despite the fact that the defendant’s life is at stake.

8. (Henry Fonda) a sensible architect who helps to build a case for the defendant. He conveys inner uncertainties not allowed to undermine the pursuit of reasoned inquiry.

9. (Joseph Sweeney) a wise and observant retiree, his undimmed mind sturdily defying his enfeebled body.

10. (Ed Begley) a garage owner; a pushy and loudmouthed, vehemently spewed-out prejudices; his shirt heavily streaked with sweat, flails and bellows as a gum-chomping bigmouth whose amusing bluster gradually curdles into a revelation of utter bigotry.

11. (George Voskovec) a European watchmaker and naturalized American citizen, unerringly accented meeting raucous challenge with dignified poise. He is polite and makes a point of speaking with proper English grammar.

12. (Robert Webber) as a wisecracking, indecisive advertising executive, glibly girded with ad-agency phrases, yet easily buffeted this way or that. He is the only Juror to change his vote more than once during deliberations.

Further information on the play, the 12 roles and the auditions can be provided by Weintraub who can be reached at robertweintraub23@gmail.com. Copies of the play to borrow are available at AMP for those interested in auditioning.

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2017 Season

ComingSoonTake a look at the plays and musicals we have lined up for you so far next year.

January: THE BELLE OF AMHERST
January: SHREK
February: 12 ANGRY MEN, HOT PROPERTY
March: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
April: STEEL MAGNOLIAS
May: A NIGHT IN THE THEATRE, BITS OF THE BARD
June: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, HEE HAW Y’ALL
July: 6 DANCE LESSONS IN 6 WEEKS
October: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

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An Evening of Blues

Florida Theater - Manew Blew and The LadySaturday, September 24, 2016 at 7:30pm

After a performance in July which set attendance records, Manew Blew and Tom Leon and friends will return for another Evening of the Blues at the Amelia Musical Playhouse. Manew and Leon, both French born, are passionate about the blues and inspire that same emotion in their enthusiastic audiences. Manew won the title of “Florida Harmonica Grand Champion” in 2014. Tom plays acoustic guitar and sings. Most recently they have performed at the acoustic sessions at ACT. Saturday night Blew and Leon will play and sing standard and original blues numbers, and may even have some surprise guests!

Manew Blew won the title of “Florida Harmonica Grand Champion 2013-14.” He has played with many Mississippi and Memphis bluesmen and women, including Big Joe Turner, Ms. Nickki, Super Chikan, and Mud Morganfield – the eldest son of Muddy Waters. He will be performing some original material as well.

Tom Leon will play acoustic guitar and play and sing blues standards from Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, and BB King. He also plays a mean slide guitar!

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Cast Announcement

radioshowThank you to everyone who came out and auditioned for our Old Time Holiday Radio Show and congratulations to our cast!

Adeline Bishop
Anthony Llerandi
Bella Friedrich
Kailin Friedrich
Beth Perkins
Brooke Little
Brinkley Smith
Char Bachman
Chris Occhuizzo
Don Harley
Ed Moore
Karen Hourigan
Grace Lipman
Isabella Homans
Jack Mulligan
Emily Ford
Jan Cote Merow
Karl Jarislawaf
Jennifer Mccarthy
Jeff Packer
Jane Sandhaus Packer
Jim Blain
Jim Streit
Kara Brooker
Michelle Lucas
Mike Miller
Nadine Dardenne
Nancy Dickson
Loren Tyler
Rachel Tyler
Phyllis Stabler
Richard Williams
Sara Savana Sandal
Susan Weiner
Steve Reden
Susan Joline
Susan Raab
Thom Mason
Tony Mcadoo
Will Holder

Thank you to all who came out to audition. If you’d like to be part of the show behind the scenes, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with sets, costumes, props and publicity.

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Classes and Workshops

comedy drama masks by Shannon HodgsonCheck back soon for more Acting Classes

 Sinda Nichols, (BA, Theatre Arts, University of Minnesota) acts, directs and teaches. Well known for the two very different one woman shows, THE BELLE OF AMHERST and THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, she is also the founder of Live Ink Theatre. Sinda enjoys teaching adults of all backgrounds and experience, and loves watching actors discover their own personal creative process. FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please email nichols.sinda@gmail.com

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LoveIsLoveIsLoveIsLove: 49 Poems for Orlando

Please join uloveiss for a very special evening – 16 actors performing poems celebrating love, beauty, (and kissing.) Proceeds benefit the LGBT Community Fund For Northeast Florida.

September 11, 6 p.m.

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