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Opens January 26:

Almost, Maine



by John Cariani
executive directed by Bob Kleinberg

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. In this whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance, knees are bruised, hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend - almost - in this delightful midwinter night's dream.

with Rob Allen, Win Britt, Emma Earnest, Jason Kanow, Pamela Northrup, Jenna Jones Paradis, Christine Smith, and Ryan Willis.

January 26, 27, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8PM
Sunday matinees: February 4 11 at 2PM

Ticket prices: $22 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth (12 and under with adult)
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Auditions

Auditions for Shakespeare's forgotten Rock and Roll masterpiece, Return to the Forbidden Planet, by Bob Carlton, directed by Jeffery Lesniak, with music direction by Chris Wells and choreography by Rikki Howie Lacewell, will be held Monday February 12, and Tuesday February 13.

Please prepare a song (we prefer one from the classic age of rock and roll, like those from the show). Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Dress prepared to dance. Readings will consist of either cuttings from the script, or from The Tempest, not that there's much difference.

Please bring a list of all known conflicts to auditions, no other conflicts will be honored.

About the show: Take the plot of William Shakespeare's The Tempest and set it in space. What do you get? The 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet with Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, and Leslie Nielsen. Put it on a stage, restore the original dialogue, and add a soundtrack of golden oldies, and you get Return to the Forbidden Planet, winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for 1989 and 1990.

Characters:

Captain Tempest
A Starship Captain. Super-hero type, square-jawed. Tenor A4-B2. Songs include Good Vibrations and Young Girl
Doctor Prospero
A mad scientist marooned for 15 years on the planet D'Illyria. Baritone G4-G2. Songs include All Shook Up and I'm Gonna Change The World
Miranda
Prospero's daughter. Hopeless romantic who falls for Captain Tempest. Alto C5-G3. Songs include Teenager in Love and Hey Mister Spaceman
Ariel
Prospero's Robot. Must be able to roller skate. Baritone, but could be Alto. Songs include Who's Sorry Now and Robot Man
Science Officer
A woman with a mysterious past. Mezzo E5-F3. Songs include Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood and Go Now
Cookie
The ship's cook. Hopeless romantic who falls for Miranda. Tenor G4-C3. Songs include She's Not There and Only the Lonely
Bosun Arras
Spaceship Crew Member. Baritone F4-Bb2. Sings The Shoop Shoop Song.
Navigation Officer
Prone to panic during inter-galactic emergencies. Baritone, but could be Alto A4-C4. Provides a lot of backup vocals.
Dance Crew
4 female crew members who will be doing most of the dancing in the show. Kind of like go-go dancers.
Newscaster
Narrator. Role to be pre-recorded on video. Non-singing. (Not auditioning at this time, will hold auditions later.)
Rehearsals will be days TBD beginning February 20. Performances are weekends May 18 - June 9. All roles are open and unpaid.

LIGHTING GRID UPGRADE

We are planning on upgrading to an actual lighting grid. This will remove the unsightly and unsafe extension cords from the ceiling. We will also be moving the loud lighting controllers from the audience area to backstage. There will be a large number of fixed outlets on the ceiling for use, which will greatly simplify rehanging lights when the stage configuration changes. It will make our facility more welcome to guest productions, and will be much safer for our lighting designers.

We have recently received a $5000 grant from the Greenbelt Community Foundation towards our ultimate goal of $16,000. This is in addition to other donations already raised. Please help us reach our goal.


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All shows start at 8pm unless otherwise stated. For reservations or more information call 301-441-8770.
Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt MD 20770
Greenbelt Arts Center is a 100-seat blackbox theater, with plenty of free on-site parking.
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