21 & Over Presents The Candy Project

Omaha Community Playhouse's 21 & program is pleased to present special guests The Candy Project.

Monday, May 7, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse
Howard Drew Theatre
Free and open to the public, with an opportunity for donations. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

The Candy Project
This fresh, local company is dedicated to bringing contemporary, intimate and awesome musical theatre to the Omaha area. Join us as they present Kooman and Dimond’s Homemade Fusion, a vibrant, cutting-edge new song cycle. The Candy Project is musical theatre for a new generation.
Director: Cathy Hirsch
Music Director: Luke Furman
Roderick Cotton
Sam Hartley
Cathy Hirsch
Stephanie Kidd
Steve Krambeck
DeAnna Langabee
Megan McGuire
Jaimie Pruden
David Rubio
Homero Vela
Allison Wissman

The remainder of the 21 & Over schedule for the 2011-12 season is as follows:

June 18, 2012: Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl

The 21 & Over productions are intended for a mature audience and discretion is advised. For more information on 21 & Over and other OCP alternative programs, contact Amy Lane, Resident Director, at alane@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 164.

21 &Over is sponsored by Omaha Steaks and the Mammel Foundation and media sponsored by Omahype.

"Tenor" Actors Hone Their Comedy Techniques

"The foundation of acting is the reality of doing. Good acting is not an accident."

According to actor Desi Arnaz, “An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama, but not necessarily vice versa.” So what makes the unique breed of comic actors so successful at drawing laughs? For the upcoming Omaha Community Playhouse production of Lend Me A Tenor, the director and cast members weigh in on their comedic techniques.

"I think comedy comes from honesty," said Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek, who plays the character of Max. "If you're not listening it's not real. Often times anyone who thinks they're funny generally isn't."

Since Lend Me A Tenor requires a large amount of physical humor, Anthony believes that timing and honesty are the most important aspects of his character's development.

The entire play is set in a hotel suit in Cleveland, Ohio in 1934 where eight unique characters find themselves amidst a classic case of mistaken identity. The financially motivated Saunders is the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company who has hired Tito Merelli, a world-famous tenor, to perform the Italian opera Otello. Before Tito can even leave his hotel room a series of unfortunate events causes the star to miss the beginning of his critically acclaimed performance. Rather than cancel the sold-out show and refund the audience, Saunders instructs Max, his dutiful assistant, to take the tenor's place on stage.

"Good farces not only have incredibly sharp timing, but developed characters," said Director Carl Beck. "To me I think it's the last strong farce that's been written. Farce is a difficult thing to write and a difficult thing to perform correctly." The importance placed on the characters and their development is what Carl says makes Tenor a crowd pleaser. It isn't just about the obvious sex jokes and slamming doors, but rather how the audience cares about the characters and their desire to know what happens next.

Joe Dignoti, who plays the famous tenor Tito, claims that the show's irony plagues the characters and hinders their agendas all to the audience's benefit. "It's a very energetic comedy of errors." Pratfalls, mistaken identity, wardrobe malfunctions and a clever script makes Lend Me A Tenor a comedic classic.

Don’t miss Lend Me A Tenor in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre, April 13–May 6, 2012. Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $19-35 for adults and $21 for students. For groups of 15 or more, adult tickets are $23 and student tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (402) 553-0800, visit the Box Office or click here.

Article by Chad Cunningham

Theatre Career Expo Success Once Again!

The 6th Annual Theatre Career Expo at the Omaha Community Playhouse was a great success again this year! Over 200 students participated in five workshops and visited with twenty venues.

The Theatre Career Expo was created to connect drama theatre students and theatre career bound men and women with those currently in the profession. This includes those who work at universities, theatre businesses and theatres themselves. All venue participants are from Omaha and the Midwest region, including guests from South Dakota and Missouri. After visiting with these entities, participants are able to see the wonderful opportunities available to them “in our own backyard.”

The event also showcased workshops. The following workshops were presented: Sound; Louder is Not Always Better; Puppetry; Bunruku to Avenue Q; Dialects; Moving Light Magic and Scenic Painting: Magic in Front of Your Eyes.

Special recognition goes to the Theatre Arts Guild (TAG) of Omaha for providing partial funding of the event.

With such a great response and connections amongst the participants and students, we look forward to next year!

What others are saying:

“Just keep doing all that you are doing!! Excellent training and community service to people and the arts!!”

“Just having this is great. I like the space and running it all day. …thank you so much for allowing us to participate. We will be coming back next year.”

“The facilities are beautiful, the lunch was delicious, the staff was incredible, and the students were engaged and prepared. A+ for the event!”

“Set up, layout of event was great – allowed for good traffic flow. Great attendees who were interested in what we had.”