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Join us Oct 24!

Join us Oct 24!

For our October 24 REVUE show, MCCT will give 50 people a whole TWO DOLLARS simply to be Audience!

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?!? 

Over the last few years, the quality of our shows has been so good that reviewers have bemoaned that more people haven’t seen the show. The MCCT Board has decided to take a One-Hundred Dollar Advertising Budget and give it to YOU!

REVUE SHOW at 7pm at the MCPL LIBRARY AUDITORIUM

Our Revue shows are an initiative meant to allow people to perform who cannot commit to long rehearsal periods. More Community! This Revue will have Music! Maybe Dance! Humans dressed like Cats! Dementia Friendly! Great for Kids! WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?!?!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Coming to Third Street Park next weekend

It’s the 30th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park and we’re celebrating by bringing back to life the very first Shakespeare in the Park we ever did – a Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Benjamin Watkins, our musical director for this show, says,

“Very rarely do we have the privilege of two absolutely brilliant minds meeting in the context of one work of art, but with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we have just that. Felix Mendelssohn engaged in a very close reading of Shakespeare’s play, and in the process of composing music to accompany the stage play, he not only illustrated the story, but also passed into immortality thanks to the profundity and beauty of his deeply inspired musical vision.

In these humble outdoor performances, you will find artists of all ranks exploring the treasures that have been bequeathed to humanity. You will see children learning to speak, and to think for all of us; you will hear classical musicians of the highest caliber deftly execute some of the most difficult passages in the standard repertoire, and everything in between. It is our hope that these experiences will remind us of the power of dreaming, and of the limitless nature of human potential.

We’re excited to see you NEXT weekend!

September 12-14 at 7:00pm, September 15 at 3:00pm. As always, Shakespeare in the Park is FREE! Donations will be accepted. Come, join the merriment and celebrate 30 years of Shakespeare with us!

Tickets on Sale: Frozen

Tickets on Sale: Frozen

FROZEN by Bryony Lavery is the story of three people: a serial killer, the mother of one of his victims, and a psychiatrist that is studying the minds of serial killers. Told over the course of two decades, Frozen looks at loss, hate, fear, redemption and forgiveness. Told primarily through monologues, the audience goes on an emotional journey as three people, linked by the unspeakable, slowly come face to face with each other. Due to the nature of the content and language, the show is for those 16 and older. Frozen stars three familiar Bloomington actors: Emily Solt McGee (Agnetha), Steve Scott (Ralph) and Jennifer Whitaker (Nancy).

Show Dates & Times:

  • August 2 & 3: 7:00pm
  • August 4: 3:00pm

Rose Firebay at the Waldron. Tickets available at mcct.org ($15)

summer showcase

summer showcase

MCCT FREE JUNE 6!

SHALL WE MAKE THE WELKIN DANCE INDEED?

On June 6, from 7 to 8 pm, Monroe County Civic Theater will have an hour of songs and speech! A satyre of Lear, songs from Twelfth Night, and mysterious and pertinent announcements for interested parties!

We’ll be in the Library Auditorium downtown, and if you’re interested in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or you’re looking to make a submission for our 2020 season or you just want some giggles, join us for this free event.

If you’ve writ something you’d like to hear spoke, feel free to bring it. We’ll have the room until 9pm and would make good use of it.

Join us this weekend for Twelfth Night

Join us this weekend for Twelfth Night

Our first Shakespeare show of 2019 is May 17-19 at the Windfall Dance Studio. Check out what director Eric P. Van Gucht has to say about the show and get your tickets today at mcct.yapsody.com!

Art by: Roy Sillings

Twelfth Night was my first Shakespearean show as an actor, playing Fabian at Bloomington North as a senior in high school; nearly fifteen years later, I am so grateful to have a chance to do this show as a director. Revisiting it has given me a new insight into the brilliance of this play.

Times are obviously very strange right now. With this show, I want audiences to be able to laugh despite the ridiculousness, perhaps because of it. Additionally, this play’s subtitle is “Or What You Will.” We ask you to suspend your disbelief tonight, and a treasure of this play is that Shakespeare allows his audience a chance to be a part of the joke. Because of this, you may notice we’ve done some things a little differently, a little wink to the audience here and there (some subtle, others not so much).

For stylistic purposes, I wanted to go with a Carnival/Mardi Gras theme. I felt like the unabashed joy of the ceremonies, combined with the atmosphere that comes from the scenery and costumes, convey the message that it’s okay to be a little ridiculous sometimes.

Thanks to a wonderful cast/crew, co-workers, friends and family, who keep encouraging me.

Enjoy the show, and like Feste the jester says, “We’ll strive to please you every day.”

  • Eric P. Van Gucht
Making Magic Behind the Scenes – Meet Stage Manager Dorothy Granger!

Making Magic Behind the Scenes – Meet Stage Manager Dorothy Granger!

There’s a good chance you’ve seen Dorothy at an MCCT show. She’s usually dressed all in black and she’s making sure the show happens from behind the curtain. As a seasoned Stage Manager, Dorothy is someone everyone in MCCT has come to rely on! Read on to hear why she volunteers with us and what being a part of MCCT means to her!

What brought you to MCCT in the first place?  
Jen Whitaker, we were at WFHB one day with nothing to do…

Why did you want to be a part of Farndale? 
Farndale is a hilarious script and who would not want to be a part of it?!?

What is the most challenging part of your role? 
Say WHAT?!? You think actors are the only ones with challenges?!?

How did you become a stage manager? It seems like hard work!
My daughter was in a professional company (Louisville/New Albany) when she was young and I was forced to sit through rehearsals…I mean, I went to all the rehearsals and am not very good at just sitting and being a good girl so I volunteered to help back stage and the rest is history. I am generally an organized person and this helps back stage.

What is something unexpected that you’ve learned by being a part of community theater? 
I’m not sure it was unexpected, but I love that everyone has a role in community theatre! Acting is not easy and it’s not for everyone…except here. Everyone is welcome, everyone is encouraged, and everyone can play!

What is your favorite thing about this show? 
The show is hilarious and it is fun to watch the actors have fun!

What is your biggest challenge with this show? 
Trying to stay healthy has been a challenge not only for me but for the majority of people involved with the show. So when you hear deep, guttural coughing backstage, it isn’t necessarily me.

What would surprise the audience to know about you? 
I am a quiet, retiring, bookish sort of woman.

Meet Mr. Peach – Steve Scott

Meet Mr. Peach – Steve Scott

Steve Scott becomes Mr. Peach in Farndale Macbeth

As we get closer to our Farndale Macbeth opening, we want to introduce you to some of our cast and crew. First up is Steve Scott. Steve has been a fixture in the MCCT and BPP worlds for years, but his role in Farndale is unlike anything he’s ever done before!

What brought you to MCCT in the first place?
A former President of MCCT, Eric Anderson, saw my silly theatrics when I taught children’s classes at my martial arts school. In 2012 he asked me to play the role of “the fireman” in “Studs Terkel’s Working: The Musical”. I loved it.

Why did you want to be a part of Farndale?
The role of Peach offers me a chance to stretch out and test my range as an actor.

What is the most challenging part of your role?
The wardrobe, the makeup. I’ve been getting a LOT of help with that!

What is something unexpected that you’ve learned by being a part of community theater?
It isn’t so much what I’ve learned but who I’ve gotten to know. I’ve met some outstanding people through my years at MCCT.

What is your favorite thing about this show?
It’s tremendously funny. I acted in four of MCCT’s Shakespeare productions and get the biggest kick out of seeing a farce built around “The Scottish Play”.

What is your biggest challenge with this show?
See #3. With the addition that walking in heels might be a challenge…

What would surprise the audience to know about you?
In real life I’m Mr. Peach’s antithesis. If I can make Steve Scott disappear and become a convincing George Peach, I’ll count it a success.

Farndale opens April 12 at Stages Bloomington. Tickets are $15 and available now. Get yours here!

Meet the Cast of Twelfth Night

Meet the Cast of Twelfth Night

MCCT has two shows in the works right now! Look for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Windfall Dance Studio this May. Here is a peek at the cast!

Viola – Robin Pyle 
Sebastian – Micheal Harrison 
Orsino – Jason Howard 
Olivia – Katie Benson 
Feste – Zilia Balkansky-Selles 
Sir Toby Belch – Thom Kirk 
Sir Andrew Aguecheek – Jason Lopez 
Malvolio – Roy Sillings 
Maria – Heather Howard 
Fabian – Rhianna Jones 
Antonio – Mary Cusato 
Priest/Captain/Ensemble – Connie Temm 
Ensemble – Mike Milam

Farndale Macbeth Tickets On Sale Now!

Farndale Macbeth Tickets On Sale Now!

Join us April 12-14 for this hilarious comedy! What happens when an all-women’s dramatic society tries to put on Macbeth? Craziness, that’s what. Add in missing cast members, a special audience member, and more, and you have a recipe for hilarity!

Farndale Tickets

Farndale Macbeth kicks off our 2019 Mainstage Shows!

Farndale Macbeth kicks off our 2019 Mainstage Shows!

Our first spring show this year is a lively and hilarious farce by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr – “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s production of Macbeth!”

Our director for this adventure is Bill Goveia. AND we have an incredible cast that includes:

Mr. Peach, the critic – Steve Scott

Henry, stage manager (Lady Macbeth) – Martin Cusato

Plummer, the producer – Dan Heise

Mrs. Reece (Lady Macduff, Doctor) – Becky Stapf

Thelma (Macbeth, Ross) – Jennifer Whitaker

Minnie (Banquo, Macduff’s Child) – Nancie Eagan

Dawn (1st Witch, Porter, 2nd Murderer, Duncan) – Maryann Iaria

Felicity (2nd Witch, Seyton, 1st Murderer, Malcolm, Gentlewoman) – Rebecca DeLong

Kate (3rd Witch, Macduff, Messenger) – Sarah Mae Ruggles

Gwynneth (Fleance, Voices) – Dianne Shewmaker

Show Info:

April 12-14 at Stages Bloomington (222 W 2nd Street)

Tickets on sale March 11!