Thursday, March 27, 2014

Musicals and Mayhem

Presenting....your Heart-A-Rama 2014 musical cast currently starring in "The King of All Cases."  You can catch their act May 1, 2, 3 and 8,9,10 at the C.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers.  But then, if you're reading this, you are most likely familiar with HAR and already have your tickets.  If you don't, rush over to Manitowoc Piggly Wiggly or Inman's Jewelers in Two Rivers while the selection is still good.

What sort of case has this group looking so serious?  That's Judge Cutie in the green wig.  She will have the heavy task of deciding a case that could potentially ruin a lifelong friendship and end a bromance.  She does not take this responsibility lightly, and will most likely  be needing help from the audience to make her final judgement.

This is just one of the many skits casts and crews are rehearsing.  Oleo.  Statins.  Opie.  Cats.  Condiments.  Toilet seats.  They'll all turn up one way or another during the show. 

It's time to LEGALIZE HEART-A-RAMA.  And, if you don't watch your step, 
you might find yourself in a mug shot.  

If you're wondering how this show all comes into being, here's a short synopsis.  Shortly after the end of a run,  general co-chairs and producers meet to brainstorm themes for the coming year.  Once a theme is chosen, directors meet to divide up responsibilities.  Then the weeks of writing begin.  No, the scripts do not fall from the sky; each director pulls together a group to crank out a script.  Sometimes things fall into place nicely, sometimes there are revisions and revisions and revisions before a script is done.

Even before February auditions, crews begin to assemble to plan food, shirt designs, sell advertising, design the program.  And that's just a sliver of what takes place behind the scenes. 

After auditions, directors spend up to three hours deciding who will be given parts.  The chart at the left is one tool they use to make decisions.  In round 1, directors choose who they want in each role.  Round 2, they look for conflicts.   For example, if someone is in back to back skits, they won't have time for costume changes.  Finding and eliminating those conflicts is challenging.  Round 3 is for balance.  Is someone in 4 or 5 skits?  If so, that needs to be changed.  Round 4 - compare casting with conflicts listed on individual audition sheets to see if the people cast have enough open rehearsal dates.  After each round, names and casting slots are read and checked to be sure that all directors have the information correct.  Time consuming, but fun...and word in the wind has it that there is sometimes wine and cheese to aid the process.

What happens after all of this?  Stop by again to find out.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cast and Crew Ticket Sale

It's time to 

Cast and Crew ticket sale
Wednesday, March 19
Lincoln Park Field House

Tickets will go on sale to the general public shortly after at Manitowoc Piggly Wiggly and 
at Inman's Jewelers in Two Rivers.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Legalize Heart-A-Rama Auditions

Time to get caught in the act
....of fund-raising fun, that is!

Thursday, February 6. 7:00
Sunday, February 9, 1:00
Capitol Civic Centre

  • Please bring a complete and accurate list of March, April and May conflicts. Knowing your schedules helps directors make casting decisions.   

  • Be prepared to read and sing...and perhaps dance a bit.

  • A costume committee rep will be at auditions to measure everyone.

  • Special skills needed:  Andy Griffith type accent, ability to sing harmony, ease in learning dance moves (there are two big dance numbers this year).  A fiddle player would be nice, too.

  • You must be 21 years old.  You must be available for all scheduled rehearsals as well as dress rehearsals on Sunday, April 26 (approx 2:00) and Monday, April 27 (approx 6:00), and all performance dates: May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10.

  • Bring your A game....the talent bar gets higher each year,

So, who will end up in the slammer?  
Why is the big cow down for the count?  
And, is it true, can it be...are the cats really back? 
 We'll see.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Presenting Your Enthusiastic Directing Team for HAR 2014

The scripts are done...the verdict is in...Legalize Heart-A-Rama is ready to make opening statements.  How can the show miss with this lively bunch banging the gavel.  Ellen, Lisa, Jim, Brad, Madde and one other who, for undisclosed reasons, is sheltered in the witness protection program  contemplate the seriousness of the issues they plan to present to you.

On May 1, 2, 3, 8,9 and 10 at the J.E. Hamilton Community Center in Two Rivers, you will be witness to the following matters:

The dangers of margarine abuse
The awful repercussions brought about by cow tipping hooligans
A bro-mance thwarted by a beer
A wiener gone bad
A judicious chorale
Cats - yes, cats!
Out of control plaque
Heroes, villains and kissers - oh my

Watch this space for ticket information.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Audition Dates for HAR 2014

Legalize Heart-A-Rama


Thursday, February 6, 7:00
Sunday, February 9. 1:00

Kadow Room at the Capitol Civic Centre

Guaranteed to be an arresting show!

Crimes and judges and Kingsbury...oh my