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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 »

STN Blog #9: The Best Part?

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Rehearsals have to be a main reason most of us do shows: a chance to meet new people, explore new characters and situations, create something unique together, and hopefully have some fun.

Last night’s rehearsal was a kick. The focus was the finale, blocking starting to take shape, actors trying out different choices, and steadily finding our rhythm. I can see glimpses of the show this will become. If you like farces (that say a little something), witty banter and physical humor, you’ve come to right place.

STN Blog #8: Cast Up Closest-ly-ing

Kathy Conick [Pic]Our dear Producer, Katherine Conick, is playing SHANSNA. Katherine is bringing her production, costume, prop and acting skills to STN. She’s working hard to make sure production values are high and that people are having a good time.

My lovely wife, Tiffany Bibby, is playing MOM. Acting pushes Tiff outside her comfort zone, but she was kind enough to indulge me. She is also coordinating costumes and keeping things together at home while Daddy is at the theatre. She is my angel, the woman I didn’t know was in my future when I wrote about IAN.

STN Blog #7: Cast Up Closest-ly

540416_10151152695105213_618870898_nThe delightful Priya Mohanty is playing RETTA. STN is Priya’s first acting gig ever! But you wouldn’t know it from her audition. She did it and the callbacks like a pro, bringing spontaneity to a character that wrecks havoc in IAN’s life. I’m thrilled to have Priya on board for her first (but certainly not her last) production.

The talented Lori Nancarrow Rohr is playing ALICE. My first memory of Lori was her generosity at auditions for “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (Theatre Nebula, 2009; Dir. Jeff Greene). We didn’t know each other, but she let me carry her over my shoulder onto stage.

STN Blog #6: Saying Something or Nothing At All

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So, I redrafted yet again after listening to the first read through. Not too much this time, some refining, a little fleshing out of one character’s scenes so she has more depth and impact. There will be more in the week ahead.

As I look over the latest draft of STN, a mix of conflicting thoughts flood into my head. There are a lot of balancing acts:

1. The story. I want to tell a personal story, but one that isn’t too idiosyncratic as to be foreign to anyone except me. Hopefully, the adventure will speak to you.

Diving Into the Rehearsal Process

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Two rehearsals in and things are beginning to click!

The cast is up on their feet and working with director Kristen Foley in the process of bringing their original piece to life for the first time.  Playwright Christopher Bibby provided new pages for the cast to apply to their scripts following last week’s read-through.  The timing is everything and Foley takes a playful approach creating a fun and safe environment for the cast to bring their ideas to the stage.

STN Writer’s Blog #5: Cast Up Closest

Laura Williams [Headshot]Laura Williams is playing CLAIRE, the student intern who lets her anxiety drive her. CLAIRE’s that over-anxious student I was in grad school who takes things way too seriously. Laura gets to play in one of my favorites scenes, and I’m looking forward to see her energy and enthusiasm bring it to life.

STN Writer’s Blog #4: Cast Up Closer

384049_2227995310488_174953407_nThe lovely DoMonique Goens is playing LINDA. DoMonique gave a great audition and has an impressive resume. She seems to be one of those actresses who brings a lot of her own ideas to the table. I truly enjoy people who bring characters to life with fresh ideas and bold choices.

Another audition surprise was Joe Quinn. He nailed CURT, the burnt-out psychologist who should have retired with Guess Jeans. This is such an ironic and fun part (CURT’s so mean!). Joe brings that Jack Nicholson grizzle mixed with his own unique, sardonic flavor. And boy, he showed us how to do a call-back: came prepared and did different characters for several roles. He sold us and deservedly got the part. Joe’s a’gonna make you laugh.

STN Writer’s Blog #3: Cast Up Close

Christopher T. Pantelis [Bob]Karen Neidlinger is playing ELISE, our off-the-grid yoga instructor. ELISE enjoys rocking all boats for reasons of her own and takes particular pleasure in messing with IAN’s tidy life.

I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Karen in Noises Off (2009, Greenroom Theatre; Dir. Martine Hunter; Ass. Dir. Taylor Kras). Karen has everything you would want in an ingénue: comic timing, beauty, and an authenticity you can feel. I could be wrong, but I think this play is a little different from what she’s done before, and I’m excited to see her stretch.

STN Writer’s Blog #2: The Cast

Check out the terrific cast of Scaring the Normals:

ELISE WILSON                         Karen Neidlinger

LINDA                                          DoMonique Goens

DR. CURT TREVORS               Joe Quinn

JACK GERDO                             Michael Noens

DR. ALICE WOODS                 Lori Rohr

RETTA                                          Priya Mohanty

‘Scaring the Normals’ Enters Into Production

#ScaringNormals | Cast Read-Thru

Last night (03.25.13), nearly the entire cast and crew of Theatre Nebula’s next production participated in the first read-through of the script at the Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center in Palatine – which is also where the curtain will go up on this production.  Under the direction of Kristen Foley, the rehearsal process will involve working side-by-side with playwright Christopher Bibby.  “If you have any ideas or questions about your character along the way,” said Bibby before the read began, “feel free to pull me aside and let’s talk about it.”