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12 ANGRY MEN
Directed by Jackie McDonald
June 8 - 17, 2018
Script by Reginald Rose
12 Angry Men, written my Reginald Rose, premiered onstage in 2004, 50 years after the teleplay first aired on CBS. Adapted for the silver screen in 1957, winning critical acclaim and three Academy Award nominations, 12 Angry Men did not become a classic until it was aired on broadcast television. Winner of the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play, and 2005 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
The Jurors are entering the Jury Room to deliberate the fate of a young man who could face the death penalty. While eleven of the Jurors are convinced of the accused guilt, Juror Number 8 has some reservations, and he believes, reasonable doubt. Rose’s examination of the jury system, the pressure of the need for a unanimous vote, and the different levels of commitment of each of the jurors to their task, gives us a glimpse of stain the 12 men face in coming to their final vote. As the jurors deliberate, argue, and investigate the evidence, they are forced to investigate the reasons behind their rush to judgement, and the prejudice that they each have brought with them to the table.
Foreman - Chris L'Hommedieu Juror 2 - Paul Menezes Juror 3 - Cory King Juror 4 - Bill Myers Juror 5 - Dan Burgess Juror 6 - Sean Wallace Juror 7 - Jason Pelletier Juror 8 - John Blanchette Juror 9 - Phil Vampatella Juror 10 - Dan Kane Juror 11 - Donald Libby Juror 12 - David Moyse Guard - Jim Mckinley
L/A Community Little Theatre is excited to announce the cast for their upcoming production of URINETOWN. The 2001 Broadway hit features music by Mark Hollmann and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, with book by Greg Kotis. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, URINETOWN is a hilarious, touchingly honest, musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! This production is being directed by Kay Warren, assistant directed by Nicole Chase, produced by Brandon Chaloux, choreographed by Jake Boyce, with musical direction by Rebecca Caron.
The central hero in the story is Assistant Urinal Custodian Bobby Strong (Cameron Ramich), who collects the fees the poor must pay each morning and evening to use the urinals. If people attempt to relieve themselves without paying, such as behind a bush, they are arrested and sent to Urinetown. Urinetown is a mystery: is it an actual place, or is it a euphemism for death? Everyone in power is corrupt, from Penelope Pennywise (Ashleigh St. Pierre), who is in charge of the local urinal, to the police (Jason Pelletier & Owen Kane), and the politicians (Mitch Thomas & Lucy Poland) —all the way up to Caldwell B. Cladwell (Dan Kane), the president and owner of Urine Good Company (UGC), which has a monopoly on all urinals. Caldwell’s greed has no limits. He even seeks to impose another rate hike for the right to pee. On stage huddles the poor, scrapping and begging each day to raise enough money to relieve themselves.
One day Bobby’s father (Cody Watson) violates the law and pees without paying. After his father is “sent to Urinetown,” Bobby meets and falls in love with Hope (Jordan Payne Hay), who turns out to be Cladwell’s daughter. The following day, racked by guilt over his father’s death, Bobby leads a revolt at the urinal and lets everyone pee for free. Police are called, and Bobby and the poor rebels take Hope prisoner and flee underground. Add in a bunch of Rebels (McKayla Prophett, Aaron Louque, Jake Boyce, Sophie Wood, Becca Tinkham, Stefanie Lynn, Maxwell Draper, Mason Lagasse, Gregory Judd, Danica Hemond, Carley Georgen, Hayden Thomas, Sarah Wing, Kiya Caron and Ansley Watson), and a few members of the UGC (Lynn O’Donnell, Margaret Brown, Kaitlyn Prophett, Olivia Dubois and Charlotte Morin) and chaos ensues. Needless to say the ending is not happy, but we get some rousing musical numbers, such as “Run Freedom Run” and “I see a River,” along the way.
The L/A CLT production of URINETOWN is a side-splitting sendup of greed, love, and revolution, in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Performances will be held at L/A Community Little Theatre April 6-7 and 12-14 at 7:30PM and April 8th and 15th at 2:00PM. Tickets ($18 for adults/ $15 for Seniors / $12 for Students) are available at the box office at 783-0958 or on their website at www.laclt.com.
Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas tells the story of a couple that simply falls in love: the young man is idealistic and romantic; the young woman is a bit wild and unpredictable. Immediately after Peter and Rita have exchanged wedding vows, an unknown elderly man asks to kiss the bride. As he does, something supernatural passes between them and Peter soon discovers that his wife’s soul now inhabits the body of the old man, and vice versa. Back from the honeymoon he realizes he must find the old man and determine his reason, and try to switch them back.
Though it may sound like the plot of a teen rom-com, Prelude To A Kiss is a romance about falling in love, marriage, and what happens when the person you married changes, either through age, appearance or illness. Written in the late 80’s it was considered to be an allegory about the AIDS epidemic. Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan starred in the movie adaptation, also written by Craig Lucas. Lucas is also known for writing such other highly romantic shows as The Light In The Piazza and Amèlie, as well as author and screenwriter for the movies Reckless and Longtime Companion.
The Production Team for Prelude to a Kiss is led by Director Eileen Messina. Britny Anderson will serve in the role of Producer. Asstant Director and Stage Manager will be Dan Kane.
The highly skilled team of hard working volunteers rounding out the production team include:
Richard Martin - Lighting Design
Zach Gagne -Lighting Asst. and Light Board Operator
Britny Anderson - Sound Design
Maureen Brann - Sound Design Asst. and Sound Board Operator
Eileen Messina – Costumes
Sophie Messina – Prompter and Properties
Celeste Philippon – Program and Publicity
Rebecca Cole – Photography
Dane Kane – Set Construction
Auditions were held and the Directorial Staff is thrilled to reveal their cast!
Peter - Ryan Adair
Rita - Michelle Martin
Old Man - Mark Hazard
Taylor - Christopher Hodgkin
Dr. Boyle - David Marshall
Mrs. Boyle - Shirley Bernier
Uncle Fred - James McKinley
Aunt Dorothy - Kathy Demers
Leah - Tracy Draper
the Minister - Mitch Thomas
Production dates are June 9 – June 18. Get your tickets HERE!