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Auditions Announced for THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

Award-Winning Theatre Nebula Announces Auditions for our Fall 2015 Production of Richard O’Brien’s Iconic Rock Musical The Rocky Horror Show   From the same team that brought you SPAMLOT! Directed by Kevin Wiczer, Choreographed More »

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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is ON SALE NOW!

Theatre Nebula Presents: Richard O’Brien’s Original Hit Rock Musical THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – LIVE! This cult classic musical, with music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien, is a humorous tribute to the science More »

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Theatre Nebula’s GODSPELL Moves Audiences to Laughter and Tears

Wonderful GODSPELL Concluded the 2014-15 Season Theatre Nebula incorporated insightful direction, powerful performances, realistic and creative scenery, playful costumes, and beautiful lighting to bring this new angle on the classic rock musical, GODSPELL More »

World Premiere of ‘A Man with No Opinion’ Opens Feb 14

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Theatre Nebula proudly presents the World Premiere of A Man with No Opinion, a farce in two acts by Kevin Wiczer.  While her employers are away on a business trip, Constance Caldwell (played by Mary Clare Becks) meets the man of her dreams, Frances Billows (played by Adam Kasprowicz), a man with no opinion, which she finds ideal for a husband. Impressing Frances was the easy part, but impressing Frances’ manipulative and meddling mother, Dorothy (played by Laural Reinhart), would seem impossible. In order to gain the respect she needs to win her over, Constance pretends her employer’s home is her own, and invites them both over not realizing that her employers, Robert (played by Alex Kostner) and Lillian (played by Julia Macholl), have returned from their trip much sooner than expected. A web of lies is quickly spun in this sophisticated farce set in the 1950′s.

The production opens on Friday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) to a SOLD OUT audience!  Tickets are available for purchase for February 15 – March 9 performances at CuttingHall.org.  Follow the show on Twitter using #ManWithNoOpinion.

‘Joseph’ Begins Rehearsals, Opens September 7

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Theatre Nebula’s 2013-2014 season will kick off with a huge production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!  Check out the cast list is available under the “Current Season” tab in the menu bar.  Theatre Nebula is very excited to have a variety of talented artists involved with this production.  Some of which are returning Nebulites while others are new to the company.

Scaring the Normals #22: Maintaining Le Normal

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It has been a true pleasure to get to know Katherine Conick throughout this production.  I couldn’t ask for greater enthusiasm, flexibility and commitment to this show.  Kat brings a spirit and an energy that any show would profit from and makes sure ALL the pieces are in place.  In particular, she’s coordinated and funneled redrafts to the cast and crew with great efficiency.

Kat’s also brought a sense of optimism and fun, which can be difficult to maintain when we’re in the sprint of tech week.  I’ve learned a lot about what it takes when you get your hands dirty making a play actually happen.

STN Blog #15: A Director Made for Scaring

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I love, love, love working with Kristen Foley.  I was thrilled when the production team chose her.  From the first table read of Crazy Love (as it was known then) in October 2010, Kristen has gotten every line and all the meaning between the words.  It helps that we share a devious sense of humor, enjoy farces, and love playing on stage.

I always enjoy seeing a director elevate script (a great example is Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris on Little Miss Sunshine).  Kristen blocked a difficult script seamlessly.  She has added accents and touches throughout that only she could invent.  Believe it or not, it takes a lot to make me laugh, but she seems to find a way.  She’s also very open to ideas and has a collaborative approach.

I’ve learned a lot about directing by watching her work with the actors, corral the production team and keep forward momentum.

Thank you, Kristen.  You are  gift to the Normals.

STN Blog #14: A Home on Stage.

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Production Designer (and Producer Extraordinaire) J. Spencer Greene is bringing his 35+ years of theatre experience to our set design. His design solved a lot of problems the script presented, put some of the action right next to the audience and brings a concurrency to events that wasn’t scripted. He thankfully solved a BIG blocking problem that was slogging the end of Act I. Overall, he’s given the piece a visual cohesion.

Visuals are not my strengths. That’s the beauty (and fun!) of collaborating with so many talented artists. I’m excited for you to see his design.

Chris

STN Blog #13: That Scene

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I’ve spent the last month re-drafting Act II. I thought it would be simpler than Act I because everyone’s established, I know the arcs, etc. Wrong.

It was harder because while the elements were there, the rhythm was not nor a balance in our dénouement. We have a large cast (18) and a good many of them contribute to where this story ends. The last draft was windy, clunky and a bit forced.

The hardest part, though, was a scene at the heart of the story. The reason is it’s an important scene but probably a scene you’ve seen before. The challenge was to make it unique, realistic, and have some flow. The characters need to say certain things, but they can’t be set up or you’ll know what they’re going to say before the even start. The key was adding an existential edge.

Congrats to Fellow Theatre Nebulites on Jeff Award Nominations!

2013 Jeff Nominations [Colette & Tom]

Theatre Nebula would like to give heartfelt congratulations to Colette Todd and Tom Vendafreddo on their recent 2012-2013 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations.  Colette is nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical, for her superb work as Giulietta Trapani in the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre‘s production of Aspects of Love.  Tom is nominated for his wonderful work in the Best Musical Direction category for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble‘s production of  The Spitfire Grill.

STN Blog #12: Never a Deadline.

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I wrote last Friday that I would have a re-draft completed by Monday. That didn’t happen. In fact, nine days later, I’m through the first Act. Most of the tweeks have to do with the dialogue of the “heavier” scenes, trying to strike a balance between the action and doing it in a way that hasn’t been seen before. I’m feeling good about it. STN is really starting to tighten up.

Something that’s been a hard lesson learned (and re-learned) is that my creativity and creative works come when they’re ready. And not a minute before. As much as I worry about my ever-upward age and the window of time I have to contribute, I can write (mostly) only when I’m in a zone for it (and in between being a husband, father, full-time psychologist, and relaxation). The words almost have to be busting at my mental-seams before they can be transcribed. This makes for less prolific output, but hopefully improves the quality of what manages to get out.

STN Blog #11: Rehearsal

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Rehearsal last night was intense. Amongst some great ensemble pieces, we worked on an critical dramatic scene that’s essentially the impetus to change for one of our characters. If it doesn’t work or isn’t convincing, you won’t buy the rest of the show. I re-wrote this scene after the read-through because it was actually a little too harsh (and abrupt). Now that it’s a little smoothed it’s, ironically, more uncomfortable to watch. As always, our actors are doing fine work, finding things between the words.

STN Blog #10: Saying Something, Part Two

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Jokes! I forgot to mention jokes. This is a comedy, after all.

Okay, back to that blog about balancing all those disparate pieces into something tasty. I’ve written jokes or scenes that crack me up, but just don’t fit in a play. They wind up feeling staged or out of place.

The difficult trick is weaving humor seamlessly into an intriguing story with fleshy characters. As much as I like all-out absurdist comedies, that is not this play (though one scene from the “silly draft” is still in). Sean Patrick Hargadon, who directed me in Twelfth Night (2011, Janus Theatre) taught me that humor is at its best when rooted in reality.