Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wait Until Dark Auditions

Audition notice for Wait Until Dark

Date: August 30th
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Place: Empress Theatre

Auditioners need to be at least 18.

Anyone auditioning must come prepared to do some cold reading and must be available for at least one half an hour of the audition time period. For audition times please call (801) 347-7373

Show runs October 24th thru November 17th Monday, Friday and Saturdays.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Seven Brides Review by Mary Margarita

You'll need lots of salt and limes for this one, since the "5 margarita" review says if the review were for a book, "Best read I've had in a long time. Will re-read it several times until the cover falls off." (For you Latter-day Saints out there that don't understand the reference, a "margarita" is an alcoholic cocktail served in a salt rimmed glass, and with limes.)

Here's what she said about the show itself:

The play is performed by local actors from the Oquirrah (sic) Hills Performing Arts
Alliance. However, you couldn't tell, I felt like I viewed a Broadway play, well
alright, maybe an off Broadway play.

Pre-show there was an old fashioned,
finger-lickin', lip-smackin', rip roarin', dutch oven dinner. Delicious, and for
a good cause, help to fund our community non-profit theatre.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Win-Win Solution

Would you invest an hour of your time to raise $50 for the Empress Theatre?

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If you call Amy at (801) 864-5280, schedule a free initial consultation with a certified financial advisor, and let her know that you were referred from the Empress Theatre, Ameriprise will donate $50 to OHPAA! There's no obligation beyond spending an hour with the advisor. Now if everyone of the 482 unique visitors to this blog over the last month were to schedule an appointment, that would be over $24,000 for the Empress Theatre. How cool would that be?

And, if Ameriprise's services are a match for you and you sign up as a client, Ameriprise will donate another $50 to OHPAA.

What are you waiting for? Call Amy now! (801) 864-5280.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Other Stages

OK, this post is only for those of you that have already seen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. If you haven't seen our show on the Empress Theatre stage, then go reserve you tickets now...

Go ahead, I'll wait.

Got 'em reserved. Good!

Laura Bedore was kind enough to invite my family to the dress rehearsal of Twelve Dancing Princesses which opens tomorrow night at the Off-Broadway Theatre and runs through August 18. It was the most fun I've had at a non-Empress Theatre show this season!

Laura directed, and also stars as the Fairy Godmother/Narrator/Wicked Witch, and features more than a dozen actors who have graced the Empress Theatre Stage in recent months. Brady Flannagan, Nate Unck, Aldo Gomez from The Jesters Royale (with Nate playing a Jester... When he's not pretty in pink); Scott Ferrin and Aubrey Vickers from It's a Wonderful Life; Patrick Aldeman, Brinana & Brooke Bedore from Midsummer Night's Dream and Chris Aldeman and Drew Keddington from Much Ado About Nothing; Jourdan Dixon from "Work in Progress." There weren't any printed programs, so I'm sure I missed a couple of folks.

I'm not going to spoil the show for you, but there are some wonderful surprises. There is something for everyone: Opera, French cuisine, buff jocks, ledherhosen, hot latin lovers, aristocrats in powdered wigs and frogs in need of kisses.

If you only get to see one show this month... Well, I gotta tell you to go see Seven Brides, because that's my job. But if you can see two shows this month, go see Twelve Dancing Princesses. You won't be disappointed.

Oh, and what a wonderful way to take a ride on 'Max.' We caught Max at Smiths (8000 W & 3500 S) at 5:59 PM and arrived about 6:40 at OBT, which is just across Main Street from the 3rd South Trax station.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Strongest Opening Night Ever!

I only need four words to describe Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opening tonight: Sold Out! Standing Ovation!

Steve Harmon (Adam) and Liz Oates (Milly), and all the rest of the cast were in top form tonight and wowed the sell out crowd in the Empress. This was the strongest opening night I've seen at the Empress.

If you weren't there tonight, you'd better get your tickets quick, cuz the word is gonna get out!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Jesters Royale

OHPAA is happy to announce "The Jesters Royale" as our comedy improv group!

The Jesters Royale will perform on the Empress Theatre stage every Friday and Saturday evening at 10:00 PM. Admission is just $5. (Through Seven Brides for Seven Brothers admission will be included with your tickets to a Friday or Saturday Seven Brides performance.) Come check 'em out!

"So, what's different?" you may ask. "Why the name change?"

Work in Progress was the name given to an independent improv group that performed at the Empress Theatre. The Jesters Royale is an OHPAA sponsored program, and there have been some personnel changes as well, though most of your favorite actors are now part of The Jesters Royale. So now the Empress now has her official royal jesters...

For more information, visit The Jesters Royale website

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July Thank You's

A big special thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the 4th of July Empress Theatre Style!

Suzanne, Michele, Pam, Tammy, Dr. Haggart, Douglas, Amy, Ginny and all the ushers and tour guides and other people whose names I don't have who helped with the yard sale and the theatre tours. We made a little over $800, which is good money for a yard sale. I'm not sure we made enough to justify doing all the work everyone did again, but we're that much closer to our goal of raising the down payment on the Empress! Way to go!

Steve, Liz, and all the cast of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the cast of "Jesters Royale" (It was as big a surprise for me as it was for you) for your presence in the parade and for passing out the fliers. A special personal thank you to Adam McKinlay for rescuing Amy and Ephraim with the 4-wheeler.

Laura Bedore, KOSY-FM and Green Team Utah for providing our parade announcer. As usual, Laura was terriffic!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Clarification on the Chuck Wagon Dinner

I've just learned that some folks are confused about the ticket prices for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the the Chuck Wagon Dinner before Friday and Saturday evening performances.

The ticket prices for the shows are $11.00 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $9 for children under 12. For Monday and matinee performances tickets are $8.50 for everyone.

Before Friday and Saturday evening perfomances we are having a catered "Chuckwagon" dinner in the parking lot. The combined price of the show and the dinner is $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and students. Children are $18. The dinner is going to be scrumptious! But it is completely optional; you can see the show without buying the dinner.

The On-line box office shows the "Regular" price as $20, but it's a dropdown list and you can select your seat with or without the dinner. Please call me at 864-5240, or the box office at 347-7373, if you have problems navigating the EZTicketLive screens and we'll get you hooked up!

But hurry, 'cuz tickets are goin' fast!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Something a little more fun...

How much do you know about Seven Brides for Seven Brothers? Before the show opens, take our little quiz and see if you know the story. You'll find it in the sidebar on the left side of the blog!
(Cast members can take the quiz, but if you don't get 100%, well...)
Post your score as a comment, if you dare! Challenge your friends to beat your score!

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Rehearsal

I finally had a chance to go to a Seven Brides rehearsal last night! (I'm designing the lights, and it's usually a good idea to find out where the director is putting the actors. They always find some new place to put somebody where it's a bit challenging to get light! Seven Brides is no exception!) Douglas and I will be setting lights tonight after the rehearsal, and probably tomorrow after the parade, which could be interesting for anyone taking a tour of the theatre.

Liz Oates managed to get a hold of some rehearsal pictures Erica Jones and her mother took of one of the rehearsals and posted them on her blog.
Things are coming along wonderfully on the production. Porter is an extremely talented director-choreographer, and he's put together a great cast for this show. Get your tickets early, and tell your friends!

Capital Plan Phase I: Purchase the Empress Theatre

As most of you know, we're kicking off a capital project fund raising drive with a "super-colossal" yard sale at the Empress Theatre on the 4th of July. Since we're asking for donations, I think you probably want to know what the money will be used for. The overall project will be in several phases over the next few years, so I'll serialize it in several posts as the information becomes appropriate to release.

The first goal is to own the Empress Theatre mortgage free in five years or less.

The down payment is $20,000. We've already raised $8,000, so we need to raise another $12,000. We've set August 31, 2008, as the milestone deadline to make the down payment.

The total purchase price is $240,000. Once we make the down payment, we'll have to service a $220,000 mortgage. We'll need to raise enough to pay that off over five years. Of course, raising it sooner would be better than paying interest.

So the numbers on this part of the project are: $12,000 by August 31, 2008, and $220,000 (in addition to the $12,000) by July 4th, 2013 or sooner.

Since this is just one phase of the overall project, if we raise more than these amounts, the money will go toward our other goals. (I'll post more about them in future posts.) If we don't make the $12,000 milestone by the end of August, we will have to renegotiate our agreement with the Ware family.