NEWS & AUDITIONS
A CHORUS LINE
ANNOUNCING GALA 2013: THE CIRCUS HITS THE HEIGHTS!
Trying to be a big success like last year’s Gala, this year’s Gala will be a trip down memory lane to the turn of the last century. We will be presenting an old-fashioned melodrama where the audience is an important part of the show - cheering the hero, booing the villain, sighing with the damsel in distress, etc. This will all be presented with a twist, however. The title of the melodrama is Rascals Under The Big Top, or The Ring’s Around Miss Rosie, hence we will be transforming The John Bourne Theater at the Heights Players into a circus. Following our tradition of having song, dance and comedy in our Galas, interspersed will be songs of the time period, dance numbers and comedy skits. All those participating in this year’s Gala should have a lot of fun.
Gala dates are Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, May 15. A rehearsal schedule will be given out at the auditions. No outside preparation is needed for the audition. Directing the production is Thomas N. Tyler with Anne Rebold as musical director.
OUR TOWN for OUR TOWN
Thank you to all our friends, family and subscribers who joined us on
Thursday, March 14th for our special benefit performance of Our Town to help victims of Super Storm Sandy
recover from ongoing hardships created by the massive storm. The Heights
Players partnered with The Secret Sandy Claus Project and Coney Island
Sports Foundation for this special event and raised almost $1,300 to assist
these two organizations.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NOVEMBER SHOWS!
Both Verdict, on our mainstage slate, and Alice in Wonderland, Theater for Children's opening production for the season, experienced great excitement these past few weeks of November. Verdict proved to be a big hit, not only with audiences, but with reviewer Jay Reisberg of Culture Catch. As Mr. Reisberg said, "A modern audience ... will find Verdict engaging just as it is: a compelling chamber drama that includes the kind of ruminations and personal struggles found in the films of Ingmar Bergman." To read Mr. Reisberg's full review, click here. Nino Pantano of the Brooklyn Eagle also reviewed Verdict, giving it great accolades too. "[Noel MacDuffie's] ... stage knowledge gave a fluid, tense, well-paced performance that smoothly took us into this terse drama with some 'Casablanca'-like undertones and unexpected turns in the road." Read Mr. Pantano's review here.
And on two Saturday afternoons, the John Bourne Theater at
the Heights Players came alive with near-capacity audiences (primarily
children) who assisted the tremendous cast and crew of Alice in Wonderlandin turning the theater into the Enchanted Forest where Alice met her many
adventures in Wonderland. View photos here.
IN MEMORIAM: Marilyn Beck
It is with great sadness that we inform our membership of Marilyn Beck's passing. Marilyn passed away at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn on Saturday evening, June 30th. President Ed Healy, along with other Heights Players members, was vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, when he -- and the other players -- heard the news. "Marilyn was the quintessential Heights Player. She approached her work with true professionalism, grace and poise. Every role she was cast in, no matter how big or small, was equally important to her and all of us who were fortunate to share the stage with her are deeply saddened to hear the news of her passing."
Long time Heights Player, Marc Hermann reported the
news on the Brooklyn Heights blog. His lovely tribute follows (to view
this obituary online,