|Fauquier Community Theatre's|
|Painting Stories for 35 Years||
House of Blue Leaves
Directed by Sean Trapani
Dark Comedy Brightens
Summer Stage at FCT
By Dixie Walters
What happens when you mix plot elements that include a pope, a zookeeper/aspiring songwriter, a Hollywood director, a wife and mistress, a would-be bomber, a deaf actress and several nuns?
Welcome to John Guare's bizarre comedy, "The House of Blue Leaves," which is being staged by a youthful cast at Fauquier Community Theater. The two-act play is part of the theater's annual Youth Showcase.
Set in 1965 in Queens, New York, the play tells the story of Artie Shaugnessy (Dylan Cooke), a zookeeper by day who dreams of being a Hollywood songwriter and plies his trade by night in seedy bars. Artie is unhappily married to the appropriately named "Bananas" (Brooke Hahne) and has a troubled son (Josh Colilluri), who goes AWOL from Fort Dix, just before being sent to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Artie is having an affair with Bunny (Sadie Carr), a woman who lives in the downstairs apartment and makes Artie believe that his quest for something greater is attainable (despite his inept songwriting).
An imminent visit to New York City by the pope sets the tragicomic plot in motion. For Artie, the pope's visit is a sign that his Hollywood dreams might come through. He reaches out to an old friend, Billy (Michael Golder), a successful movie director, to help him. Billy arrives on the scene with a deaf starlet in tow (Holly Tupper). At the same time, Artie's son shows up with the intention of setting off a bomb during the pope's visit and three nuns burst on the scene in an effort to get a glimpse of the papal arrival from Artie's apartment building. A series of unforeseen events ensues.
Humor and Tragedy Intersect
"John Guare is kind of dark," acknowledges the play's director, Sean Trapani, a recent graduate of Fauquier High School who is set to enlist in the U.S. Air Force in August. "There are a lot of times when you think, 'Did he just go there?' "
But it's the absurd nature of the story that provides an otherwise troubling plot with plenty of levity amid moments of poignancy. Guare has an ability to infuse seemingly tragic plot turns with comedy, notes Trapani.
"It's really funny," he said. "You'll get a lot of good laughs, but there are also points where you'll relate to the characters too. It's kind of an intensified version of real life, and it all crumbles in the end."
Others involved in the production include Hannah Malinowski, Marina Finelli and Victoria Whitesides as nuns and Tyler Treague as a police officer. Finelli and Josh Vest share stage management duties, and the show's producer is Evelyn Rice.
Performances of "The House of Blue Leaves" are scheduled for July 26, 27 and 28 and Aug. 2, 3 and 4. Curtain time on Friday and Saturday nights is 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens and $14 for adults. They can be purchased and printed online at fctstage.org or by calling 540-349-8760.
Fundraiser for FCT!
Come on out and enjoy Chick Fil A on
Monday, July 29th from 6AM-9PM
and FCT's Summer Youth Showcase benefits! The youth are raising funds for their play, The House of Blue Leaves. Please print this Voucher and bring it with you to Chick Fil A to support the Fauquier Community Theatre's Youth!!
| White Christmas
Friday, August 9th at 7 pm or
Saturday, August 10th at 10 am
Sunday, August 11th
Hope Christian Fellowship
4173 Bludau Drive, Warrenton (Located in Vint Hill)
Girls wishing to audition for Susan (ages 9-12) must email for an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone else please come to one of the rehearsal times above.
Prepare 16 bars of a 1940s or 1950s Broadway song and be prepared to dance. If auditioning for a non-singing role, please prepare a 1 minute monologue appropriate for the character for which you are auditioning.
You may download the following documents:
For Character Information, please visit the audition page of the website
|Announcing 2013-2014 Season
(Five shows for the price of 4! Choice between Smoke on the Mountain and
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
Fiddler on the Roof
Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Jan. 24-26, Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Smoke on the Mountain
Feb. 14-16, 21-23
Mar. 21-23, 28-30, Apr. 4-6
May 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
In October, FCT will be launching their 2013-2014 Season
with a brand new look! A lot of exciting things are coming our way and YOU will want to be apart of it!
Here are 3 Ways to Support FCT:
Individuals may support FCT with membership donations - now - when we need it the most. Royalties for our shows have to be purchased and we count on your donations ahead of the season to do just that! As a member you receive complimentary tickets (per level of membership) and you are invited to all of the Opening Night Receptions as well as FCT's Annual Member Banquet! You may fill out this form or go online to donate.
Sponsorship of FCT has its advantages! Your business can be featured on FCT's home page of their new website (coming in September) and in the 2013-2014 Annual Playbill. What do patrons do for 20 - 30 minutes before showtime? They see your Business acknowledgment while reading the playbill! For more information please contact our Public Relations Manager at Christie@FCTstage.org.
Sign up now (so you don't miss even one show) to be a season subscriber! You get 5 shows for the price of 4! Fill out this form and send it in or go online to purchase your season subscription!
Fiddler on the Roof has begun their rehearsals for FCT's Season Opener in October.
More male actors are needed. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact the producer, Dawn Fansler at email@example.com.
POLICY UPDATE - MEMBERSHIP
The Board of Directors is responsible for the financial health of the organization and for building a sense of ownership in FCT by its participants. To further both of these ends, the Board recently updated its policy on membership to require that all adult (over 18) performers and production staff, with the exception of orchestra musicians, be or become members of FCT. An individual membership can be purchased for as little as $25 per year and Family memberships are also available. There is no requirement to be a member merely to audition for any show.While it is not required, youth who wish to become members are encouraged to do so with a
special rate of $15 per year.
Membership has a number of benefits, apart from the ability to participate in our productions. Depending on the level purchased, members receive one or more complimentary tickets to use during the season. They are invited to our "Meet the Cast" receptions on Opening Night of each main-season production, and they receive our electronic newsletter, the Spotlight, as well as other communications of interest. Adult members also have a vote at our Annual Membership Meeting in June, where Directors are elected and other business is decided. For more details, visit the Website and click on the "DONATE" tab.
FCT was well represented at the June NVTA One-Act Play festival in Falls Church. Our two sponsored entries, ably lead by Directors Nora Zanger ("Polterguest") and Hannah Malinowski ("Ledge, Ledger and the Legend"), were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Our teams received many award nominations: Brooke Angel, for Best Supporting Actress ("Polterguest"); Zachary Thaler, for Best Actor ("Ledge, Ledger and the Legend"); Jennifer Rubio, for Best Actress ("Polterguest"); Hannah Malinowski, for Best Director ("Ledge, Ledger and the Legend"); Chuck Smith (author, "Polterguest"), for Best Production of an Original Play; and FCT for Best Overall Production ("Ledge, Ledger and the Legend"). We are also excited to report that Bob Hurley WON the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance as P.J. Bradley in "Ledge, Ledger and the Legend". Way to go, teams! Both of these talented groups have indicated that they plan to enter the Virginia Theatre Association Festival on September 7th and 8th in Richmond, and FCT members are encouraged to attend and support them! Watch this space for more details later this summer.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR APPOINTED
The Board of Directors of Fauquier Community Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Leland Shook as our new Artistic Director. Leland will lead FCT's volunteer staff in all of the group's artistic endeavors. He has a strong background in a variety of theatrical pursuits, including acting, directing, and the technical disciplines. He is committed to building on FCT's long history of service to our community by finding ways to reach out and attract new audiences and new talents, and he welcomes input from all FCT volunteers regarding the future direction of FCT. Please welcome him and share your thoughts by emailing him at ArtisticDirector@fctstage.org.
VCA GRANT AWARDED
We've just received word that the Virginia Commission for the Arts (under the umbrella of the National Endowment for the Arts) has awarded FCT a $4,500 General Operating Support grant. Don Richardson and new Board member Mike Markley co-wrote the grant application. This grant is important for two reasons: it can be renewed and possibly increased each year if we continue to perform well as an organization, and other grant-making organizations often look to see if you have VCA support before deciding on your application. The amount you receive depends on the annual operating revenues of the organization and the quality of the application. Anyone with grant-writing experience who would like to help us seek other funding sources should contact Don at Chairman@fctstage.org.
|Thank you for being part of Fauquier Community Theatre. Whether you are a patron, member, subscriber, actor, usher, or any of the other numerous volunteers, you put the "Community" in our theater.|