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Painting Stories for 35 Years
February, 2013
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Last Weekend
Variety Show
College Scholarships
Spotlight on The Shooks
Last Weekend to see
To Kill A Mockingbird


Pictures taken by Hilary Tupper

Performances of "To Kill a Mockingbird" are scheduled for   Feb. 1, 2 and 3. Curtain time on Friday and Saturday nights is 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $13 (students and senior citizens 60 and above) and can be purchased and printed online at FCTstage.org or by calling 540-349-8760.

Get Ready to Laugh
with FCT's "Comedy of Errors"

By Dixie Walters


Fauquier Community Theatre has the perfect antidote for the winter doldrums with the upcoming "Comedy of Errors," based on one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays. The farcical comedy opens March 8 and has weekend performances through March 24.


Innovative director Ted Ballard puts an updated spin on the comedic classic, giving it a distinct setting (a Caribbean island), updating the language and modernizing the characters to make the play more accessible. Ballard also injects a shock of color into the production with a brightly colored set and island-oriented clothing.  


The slapstick elements are all still present, however. In fact, Ballard, a fan of comedic duos such as Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello, has even raised the silliness bar. "I've added a lot of slapstick to it," he says. "You'll see a lot of that type of humor."



Who's on First?

"Comedy of Errors" tells the story of two sets of identical twins, born on the same day, who were accidentally separated at birth. One set of twins is born to an upper class couple, while the other is born to a poor woman. The well-to-do father purchases the less privileged twins at birth with the intention of making them servants to his sons. An unexpected event soon occurs, causing family members, including both sets of infant twins, to be separated from one another.


The plot takes hold once the four grown-up twins, finding themselves in the same town, set off a series of misunderstandings, mistaken identities, a near seduction, an arrest and various false accusations. "And, as with any farce, there's an exaggerated chase scene," Ballard says, explaining the madcap nature of the action.


Lured by Comedy

Again and again, Ballard has been drawn to comedy, both as a director and actor. Although he may be more familiar to FCT patrons as a director ญญ-- he previously directed "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "You Can't Take It With You" and "Little Shop of Horrors" -- Ballard also likes to act when a suitably silly part comes along. "I just find it much more interesting and fun to do a comedy role," he says.


His quest for comedy has taken him to other area theaters as well. He's directed plays at Castaways Repertory Theatre in Woodbridge and the Center for the Performing Arts at the Candy Factory in Manassas.


Casting Notes

"Comedy of Errors" features a cast of 16 actors. Those in lead roles include Michael Golder and Will MacLeod as the upper class twins (Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, respectively); Rodrico Pool and Ricardo Padilla play the servant twins (Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus, respectively); and Sarah LaFantasie plays Adriano, the wife of Dromio of Ephesus. Stage manager Hannah Malinowski oversees the energetic on-stage activity. Don Richardson serves as producer, in addition to taking on two different character parts.  


Although the play is still in the early stages of rehearsal, Ballard already seems to be having a good time with it and promises theatergoers: "It's going to be a fun show."


Sponsored by GRC Direct, performances of "Comedy of Errors" are scheduled for March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Curtain time on Friday and Saturday nights is 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $13 (students and senior citizens) and can be purchased and printed online at FCTstage.org or by calling 540-349-8760.


FCT Nominated for Community Theatre Awards

WATCH (Washington Area Theatre Community Honors) is an organization founded for the adjudication and presentation of annual awards recognizing artistic and technical excellence in community theatre throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

FCT congratulates all WATCH nominees for 2012, but especially want to congratulate and thank the following people who were nominated for awards from The Fauquier Community Theatre! We will find out the results at the WATCH awards ceremony on March 17th. If you would like ticket information, please contact us at 540-349-8760.  


Outstanding Choreography - Martha Lynch - Into the Woods
Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical - Susan Noe & Martha Lynch - Into the Woods Outstanding Light Design in a Musical - Tim Kirk - Into the Woods
Outstanding Makeup Design in a Musical - Tim Kirk & Rebecca Carver
Outstanding Properties in a Musical - Richard Perryman et al - Into the Woods
Outstanding Set Construction in Musical - Tim Kirk & Kirk Noe - Into the Woods
Outstanding Set Decoration in a Musical - Tim Kirk - Into the Woods
Outstanding Set Design in Musical - Tim Kirk & Martha Lynch - Into the Woods
Outstanding Set Painting in Musical - Nancy Daugherty et al - Into the Woods
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical - Tim Kirk - Into the Woods
Outstanding Special Effects - Tim Kirk - Into the Woods
Outstanding Cameo in a Play - Bob Burnett as "Beverly Carlton" - The Man     Who Came to Dinner  

Outstanding Choreography - Corinne Shumaker - The Music Man  




More detailed information is available on the website under the tab "auditions".

The King and I
Composer - Richard Rodgers
Lyricist and Librettist - Oscar Hammerstein II
Director - Susan Noe'
Music Director - Amy Baillargeon
Sponsored By McKinsey Development

Audition Dates
Friday, Feb 1 - 7:30pm Teens and adults 
Saturday, Feb 2 - 10am children up to 14 
Saturday, Feb 2 - 2pm Teens and adults 
Monday, Feb 4 call backs if needed

Be prepared
Audition Requirements: Come on time, bring your audition form completely
filled out including conflicts, be prepared to sing your choice of 18 bars of a Broadway song with a pianist, bring your sheet music, be prepared to dance with the choreographer, be prepared for either some improv or other activity.

Location of Audition
Hope Christian Fellowship 4173 Bludau Dr., Warrenton (located in Vint Hill)

Cast Requirements
Character names, genders and ages (ranging from 4-65) are located on the audition tab on FCT's website www.FCTstage.org/auditions.


Please contact the director, Susan Noe at susan_noe@yahoo.com.  

Disney's Aladdin Jr 
For Ages 8-23
Co-Music Directed by Evelyn Rice and Ben Vest 
Choreographed by Courtney Rice

Audition Dates
Friday, Feb 22 6:30 to 9:30 
Saturday, Feb 23 10:00 to 2:00
Callbacks (By Invitation only) Sunday, Feb 24 from 2:00 to 4:00   
Location of Audition
Hope Christian Fellowship 4173 Bludau Dr., Warrenton (located in Vint Hill) unless otherwise notified

Cast Requirements 
Character names, genders and ages (ranging from 8-23) are located on the audition tab on FCT's website www.FCTstage.org/auditions.
Evelyn Rice at eveyluvstheatre@aol.com 
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
For Ages 5-18
Directed by Christie Clark
Music Directed by Hilary Pierce



Friday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm 

Saturday, April 13 from 1:00-3:00 pm 

Callbacks (by invitation only) Monday, April 15


Be Prepared
Choose to come either Friday or Saturday, but be prepared to stay for the full audition time. Please print this Charlie Brown Audition sheet and bring it completed to the audition with you. Memorize and be prepared to sing 16 bars of upbeat music (your choice) that shows character, please bring a cd, iPod or sheet music to be played during your performance. Be prepared to dance as a group after being instructed and taught a few dance steps. If you are auditioning for a lead role, be prepared to do a cold reading from a script for the character you are auditioning for.


Location of Audition  

Hope Christian Fellowship 4173 Bludau Dr., Warrenton (located in Vint Hill) unless otherwise notified



Christie Clark at christie@FCTstage.org  

Call for Directors 
NVTA Contest 
Directors, if you are interested in entering a show in the NVTA, you will need to contact FCT by Feb. 15th so that we may submit all required documents.   
Summer Youth Showcase
FCT is seeking directors, aged 16-23 to direct the 2013 Summer Youth Show. Please fill out this application to apply for directorship. 
College Scholarships

FCT coordinates financial scholarships for local high school seniors who desire to study theater in college. Due to patron's raffle donations at our shows, young aspiring actors and actresses are aided toward the cost of higher education as they seek to acquire further training in the arts.

If you are a senior in high school and would like to apply for an FCT college scholarship, please fill out and send in this application.


 Spotlight On Leland and Danica Shook 


  FCT first met the Shooks under suspicious circumstances in the January 2000 psychological thriller Night Must Fall, with he as the murderous Dan and she as Mrs. Branson's nurse. The horror and suspense continued that spring with Dracula; Leland played the steadfast Jonathan Harker with Danica as Dr. Seward's maid and one of the vampire's victims. They were married soon after that, another of FCT's real-life romances. 'Nica returned to our stage in May 2005 as Sonja in Godspell, soloing with "Turn Back O Man", and that fall as a dancer and focal point of a riot in a Havana nightclub in Guys & Dolls. The following years she volunteered to direct Oliver! but had to drop out after auditions with her first pregnancy. Two children (Taylor and Virginia) later, she returned in triumph as the Witch in Into the Woods last year, proclaimed Lofty Award winner as Lead Actress in a musical.


Leland reappeared as another conniving villain, Sir Lawrence Wargrave in Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. And just last month he directed An O. Henry Christmas, ushering in the holiday season.


Previously living in Loudoun County, they moved to Warrenton a year ago where Leland has established Renaissance Media and Entertainment Services LLC (lelandshookphotography.com), and often photographs and records FCT shows. Leland began acting in Indianapolis in 1984. Among his credits are John Proctor in The Crucible, Count Orsano in 12th Night, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and co-director of The Wizard of Oz with Sterling Playmakers in 2011.


Danica loves dancing, singing, karaoke, choreographs dancing and stage combat, does makeup, hair dressing and set dressing. In 2006 she played Abigail Adams in 1776 with Sterling Playmakers and Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2009. She was in Capital Cabaret for two seasons with Alliance Theatre.


What next from this talented couple?


By Henry Baxley

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