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Tuesday
Aug082017

HAIR Cast Announcement

Chicago Street Theatre and director Bob Cooley are pleased to announce the following cast for the tribal love-rock musical HAIR. Congratulations to all and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who auditioned. We look forward to seeing you at the show! HAIR opens October 13, 2017 and runs through October 29. 

Lillian AlyssumTribe
Brandon BerkTribe
Tracy BerminghamTribe
Elli BezotteJeannie
Nate HendricksWoof
Arlene HenryChrissy
Jen HernandezDionne
Matt KileyBerger
Brandon KingHud
Craig NordstromDad, General, etc.
Michael OhmClaude
Caroline RauEarth Mother
Samantha SangermanSheila 
Jennifer StevensMom, etc.
Nathaniel WaskoTribe

Saturday
Jul012017

2017/18 Season On Sale Now!

CST is celebrating a lot in 2017/18 as we mark our 20th Anniversary at Chicago Street with Season 63. Become a Viewer’s Choice Subscriber and never miss a moment of great theatre and discounts from our group of local restaurants throughout the entire season. Viewer’s Choice cards give you the flexibility to see the shows you want to see and save up to 25% over the cost of individual ticket purchases. In addition to the great shows you’ll be able to experience, subscribers also receive our Dining Partner’s Discount Card as our way of thanking you for supporting the theatre all season long. 

Want a free sample of the great selection of shows Chicago Street has coming in 2017/18? Join us Friday, August 18 for our Season 63 Preview Party.




Choose from our  selection of musicals,  dramas, comedies and classics: 
HAIR | Hurlyburly | Moonlight and Magnolias 
Fool for Love | Much Ado About Nothing 



Plus, we have a terrific line-up of family features: 
How to Eat Like a Child | It's a Wonderful Life 
Sideways Stories from Wayside School 


There's something for everyone as CST celebrates 20 years on Chicago Street as

"Your Neighborhood Place for Plays."


Individual Production Tickets | Season Tickets(219) 464-1636 ext. 1

Sunday
Jun042017

HAIR: Auditions July 24-25

AUDITIONS:

HAIR AUDITIONS: MONDAY, JULY 24 AND TUESDAY JULY 25 AT 7PM

The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s; several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. Hair tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius" living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifist principles and risking his life.

For information about auditions, scheduling, or with any other questions or concerns, please email the director Bob Cooley.

Casting is open to performers 18 and up. A youthful appearance is essential except where noted. Please prepare a monologue not to exceed 150 words (you may use one of those provided below or bring one of your own) and a vocal selection not to exceed 32 bars. Bring your sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. There will also be a dance evaluation.

Principle characters:

  • Claude Hooper Bukowski – Gentle and beautiful, Claude is conflicted about burning his draft card and avoiding conscription. Songs include “Manchester”, “Where Do I Go?”, and “I Got Life”.
  • George Berger – Brash, magnetic, and aggressively irreverent, Berger is the de-facto leader of the hippy “tribe”. Songs include “My Donna” and “Going Down”
  • Sheila Franklin – Sheila, 2nd semester NYU, is a sometimes over-bearing student militant and organizer. Songs include “Easy to Be Hard” and “Good Morning Starshine”.
  • Hud – Hud is a militant “black power” advocate. He will try to intimidate you by getting in your face about race in America. Songs include “Colored Spade” and “Abie Baby”.
  • Jeanie – Jeanie, incredibly sweet, understands Claude better than anyone. She is a wise, passionate, creative woman, who is pregnant with the tribe's baby. Songs include “Air”.
  • Neil "Woof" Donovan – Woof is distinctly bi-sexual and has a thing for Mick Jagger (and probably Berger). Woof’s songs include "Sodomy".
  • Crissy – Crissy is a sweet young hippy. Her songs include “Frank Mills”.
  • Dionne - Dionne is sassy and lots of fun. She adds some soulful backup parts to many of the songs. Dionne is featured on "Ain't Got No", "Eyes, Look Your Last", "Dead End", "Abie Baby", "Air", "Walking in Space", "White Boys", and "3-5-0-0".

The Tribe – We could call the Tribe "the chorus", but that would not be an adequate description of their responsibilities. There are 43 numbers in "Hair". The Tribe sings 10 of these themselves, and is featured on 21 of the others. And they dance on almost every one of these. That's 31 songs featuring the Tribe singing and dancing. They almost never leave the stage. They are singers, dancers, and actors, and each tribesman has the opportunity to create their own unique character. We are looking to cast 10-12 tribe members, equal number men and women. Racial/ethnic diversity will be very important.

Earth Mother - This is what I'm calling the vocalist who will sing "Aquarius" and "What a Piece of Work is Man" (a duet). A hippie role for a more experienced female performer. This actress will probably double as Claude's Mom.

There are 3-4 roles for more mature men. A character called “Margaret Meade”, who sings the song “My Conviction” in drag, could be a cameo, or be performed by one of the men that appear as various authority figures (high school dean, military generals, dad).

Director’s notes: This will be a difficult show to mount and rehearse. The Tribe has dance and vocal responsibilities on so many numbers that rehearsal attendance will be of primary importance. Auditions are being held 11 weeks prior to opening to allow for flexibility and time to assimilate the large amount of material.  We can work with scheduling conflicts if we know about them in advance, but multiple additions to your conflict schedule after casting will present a serious problem. Please come to auditions with a complete list of your weekday evening and weekend conflicts for the dates July 31st through Oct 12th (opening night is October 13th). Again, we will work to accommodate conflicts to get the best talent on the stage, but conflicts after the fact are detrimental to the quality of the show, and particularly to the efforts of your cast mates.

About nudity: While it is not mentioned in the script, most theater buffs know that Hair usually features a nude scene at the end of Act One, after Claude sings “Where Do I Go.” Most of the principals involved in mounting the original production concede that it was mostly a publicity stunt, but it has nonetheless become a standard part of the show. Although we are not sure yet exactly how we are going to stage the end of Act One, I want to assure all prospective auditioners that nudity on your part will never be required. You will not be asked at auditions if you if you are willing to do a nude scene. If the production team decides some form of discreetly lit and very brief nudity would add to the show, and if the group of performers as a whole decides they are in favor of that, it will still be individually strictly voluntary. A comfortable, safe, and supportive environment is essential for this show, and we will do everything necessary to provide one.

Monologues. 
You may use one of these or choose your own. Not to exceed 150 words.

Berger: Hello.  My name is George Berger, but I don’t dig George, so just call me Banana Berger, or Cheese Berger, Unzipper Berger, Pull ‘em down Berger, Karma Berger, Pitts Berger, Tak ‘em off Berger, Up your Berger, Any Berger and I’ll answer you. Oh oh, I know you people think right off, Oh look dear, isn’t that a cute one?  What is it Agnes, a boy or a girl?  What is this god damn thing?  Three thousand pounds of Navajo jewelry.  Ha ha ha. Lady, will you hold my pants for me?  Mother!! Hey lady, can you spare a hand out?  A nick, dime, a quarter?  Something for a psychedelic teddy bear like me, me, me.  To keep my chromosomes dancing, dancing... up the Methedrine River.  I came over via Hoboken... and in the middle of the Hudson River, through the industrial haze, I thought I saw Donna, Donna, my Donna, standing in the water.  But it was only Democracy’s daughter, the Statue of Liberty, waving at me.

Claude: Hello there... ever thought of how you’re living right smack bang in the middle of the Stone Age?  Well, this folks, is the Psychedelic Stone Age.  Without doubt, the most exciting time this weary, whirling, square globe has seen for generations.  And it’s your age... you are living it, you are psyching it, you are stoning it.  It’s the age of electronic dinosaurs and cybernetic Indians, the age where it’s more fun than ever to be young.  The age where it’s more fun than ever to be stoned. I don’t want to be a dentist or a lawyer or a bum or an IBM machine, or a rock’n’roll hero, or a movie star.  I just want to be stoned. Maybe I’d get sooo stoned I could be... invisible.  An invisible man… I could float around and slip into people’s minds and know exactly what they’re doing and what they’re thinking.  I could go anywhere, do anything. I could perform miracles.  That’s the only thing I want to do or be on this dirt.

Hud: My name used to be Lafayette. I ain't Lafayette no more. I’m Hud. Do you understand about cosmic consciousness and all that shit? That's what I'm talking about, baby. All I'm talking about. I’m talkin’ about Black Power and power to the people. I’m talking about all of the beautiful brothers and sisters living in equality.

Jeanie: So… this is the way it is.  I’m hung up on Claude.  Sheila’s hung up on Berger, Berger is hung up everywhere. Claude is hung up on a cross over Sheila and Berger.  And as a prospective mother, I would just like to say that there is something highly unusual going on here, and furthermore, Woof is hung up on Berger. I live with a whole bunch of people on Teeny Bopper Island.  And I love Claude.  I dig this groovy, hip, beautiful living hunk of gold, blond, blue-eyed man, muscle of all muscle, smooth skin animal.  Claudio, I’d die for you.  I am lost in the unfathomable infinities of your mystical third eye.  I wish it was your baby inside my body.  I was knocked up by some crazy speed freak.  Wouldn’t you know?  Claude is my acid, Claude is my trip.  Methedrine’s a bad scene, and Claude loves me.

Sheila: I’m an anthropology student at NYU. We marched on the pentagon, the five sided dragon, and we levitated it! Then we attacked the FBI building, but they tear gassed us… tomorrow morning, at dawn, we will take our heads down to the US Army induction center for an exorcism of the Khaki. We’re going to yip out all the bad vibrations – yip, yip, yip – and we’re going to yip up the sun – yip, yip, yip, yippee! The war is white guys sending black guys to kill yellow guys to protect land they stole from the red man!

Dionne: Four score, I said four score and seven years ago, our forefathers… don’t get nervous, I mean all our forefathers, brought forth on this here continent a new nation… sock it to ‘em Buckwheat… conceived in liberty and dedicated to the one I love. I mean dedicated to the proposition, that all men… I mean you too, honey… all men are created… you know something pitiful? They’re not making shoe shine boys like they used to. Anyway, all men are created equal.

Tuesday
Apr112017

Announcing Season 63

The BIG News is that CST is excited to announce a whole new season of plays and musicals being slated for 2017/2018. Individual Tickets and Viewer's Choice Subscriptions will go on sale July 1! Be here for Season 63 when we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary at Chicago Street with great shows right here in your community!

  • Aug/Sept. 2017--Family Musical--How to Eat Like a Child 
  • October 2017--Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Tribal Musical--HAIR 
  • Nov/Dec. 2017--Holiday Favorite--It's A Wonderful Life 
  • Jan/Feb. 2018--Edgy Drama--Hurlyburly 
  • March 2018--Family Favorite--Sideways Stories From Wayside School 
  • April 2018--Comedy--Moonlight and Magnolias 
  • May/June 2018--Drama--Fool for Love 
  • July 2018--Shakespeare's Comedy--Much Ado About Nothing
Sunday
Mar192017

Cast for Incorruptible Announced!

Huge thanks to all those who auditioned for the upcoming comedy Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger, directed by Jason Utesch. We are thrilled to present this quick-witted, lighting-fast farce! The production runs May 19 - June 3 and will feature:

  • Charles: Donald Beck
  • Martin:  Darren Serhal
  • Peasant Woman:  Denise Murray
  • Olf:  Dean Johanson
  • Felix:  Eddie Castle
  • Jack:  Rodney Thornton
  • Marie:  Angela Wehner
  • Agatha:  Luanne Pezel
Wednesday
Mar012017

Support CST--Have Lunch with Frog & Toad

Meet members of the cast for lunch from Noon to 1PM for the Barnes and Noble/Chicago Street Book Fair happening Saturday, March 4 at the Valparaiso Store located at 150 Silhavy Road. Be there for a story, a song, a special Frog and Toad lunch menu, and photo opportunities with the cast with a percentage of your purchases being donated to CST's Children's Theatre Works Educational Programming. It's a great way to support the arts and a fun way to do it!

Learn more by visiting the Facebook event page here.  

 

Monday
Jan022017

Auditions Sat, March 11

It's time to audition for the final two productions of Chicago Street Theatre's 2016/2017 Season and we want you to be part of the experience. Amatuer actors are needed to audition for our two comedies that will wrap up our 62nd season of serving the community with the very best in theatre You'll find all the details on available roles and how to prepare on our Audition page.  On Saturday, MARCH 11, 10am-1pm, directors are auditioning both Incorruptible and The Taming of the Shrew. 

To audition, please read the descriptions on the Audition page to determine if there is a role that is of interest to you, and that it is within the appropriate age range. Next, check the rehearsal dates and performance calendar of the production(s) you are interested in, making sure you do not have any major conflicts. Lastly, fill out the on-line audition form and, if there are any scenes (or songs) posted, print them out and make yourself familiar with them in preparation for the audition. We hope to see you there!

Sunday
Nov062016

Staged Reading: November 11

Attend a FREE Staged Reading of a brand new work by Chicago Street Theatre's very own Tom O'Neill.

VAMPIRE ROBOTS OF GIANT SPIDER ISLAND
by Tom O'Neill

November 11 in the Edith B. Wood Studio (Upstairs) at 8pm

If you're a fan of the "B" Movies of a bygone era, VAMPIRE ROBOTS of GIANT SPIDER ISLAND is a show you will love! Packed with laughs, thrills, and science fiction mayhem, you can be part of helping CST and the playwright further develop this comedy for future performances.

Featuring Andy Urschel, Kat Lutze, Matt McCann, Daniel Matern, Mary A. Bird Matern, Tim Gleason, and Jason Kaplan. 

RSVP on CST's Facebook page.

Monday
Oct032016

Upcoming Auditions

We have several upcoming auditions open to our membership and the public. You'll find all the details on available roles and how to prepare on our Audition page.  The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is auditioning October 8 and 9, and Pale Dream (a world premiere) is auditioning on October 22.


To audition, please read the descriptions on the Audition page to determine if there is a role that is of interest to you, and that it is within the appropriate age range. Next, check the rehearsal dates and performance calendar of the production(s) you are interested in, making sure you do not have any major conflicts. Lastly, fill out the on-line audition form and, if there are any scenes (or songs) posted, print them out and make yourself familiar with them in preparation for the audition.   

We hope to see you there!

 

Sunday
Jul312016

FALL CLASSES 2016

Chicago Street Theatre's Childrens Theatre Works Fall semester begins the week of September 12 and ends with a Showcase & Certificate Ceremony the week of December 12. Take a look at the offerings below and visit our education page for details on registering!

DIRECTING II (Ages 12+)

Designed to continue developing young theatre artists’ understanding of the director’s craft, this elective will explore and further apply skills developed in Directing I,including vision & concept, script analysis, blocking, collaboration, and rehearsal techniques. Students will choose a 5 minute piece, cast it, set up a Director’s Notebook, and rehearse the piece for performances during our Showcase Week. Must have taken Directing I (Special or Elective) to participate in this class.

  • MONDAYS (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28 & Dec. 5 - Performance during Showcase Week on December 12), 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

SEEDS (Grades 1 & 2)

This class is an energy-packed exploration of imagination.  The emphasis is on creative expression through structured play.  Young students learn to “act out” a story while important skills such as listening, concentration, and collaboration are introduced. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • New & Continuing - TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with TBD
  • Advanced Session - THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS (Grades 3 & 4)

This class is an exciting initiation where students are guided through the foundational elements of drama (who, what, and where).  While acting out favorite stories and playing theatre games, students explore imagination and creative expression with a purpose.  The emphasis is on extending concentration and focus while illuminating discipline, self-esteem, empathy, understanding, and basic problem solving.  New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced Session - MONDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS 2 (Grades 5-6)

In this stimulating class, students learn to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while transitioning into scripted material. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is introduced, as they are taught to understand the importance of “listening.” The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced Session - WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

BUDS (Grades 7-8)

In this exploratory class, students continue to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while creating and developing original scripted material. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is applied through the creation of scenes. The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced "Teen Ensemble" Members - WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

BLOOMS (Grades 9-12)

This challenging course focuses on bringing a character to life through an advanced exploration of text. Students learn to identify and play objectives( wants/needs), how to break a scene into beats, and continue to explore “listening and responding.” Students will also develop skills to analyze and critique dramatic work and suggest alternative artistic choices. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced "Teen Ensemble" Members - WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

THE TEEN ENSEMBLE 

Advanced BUDS & BLOOMS students are invited to become a Member of the Teen Ensemble, performing in the 2nd Annual CTW Teen Festival in May.  During the Fall semester, we will work on character development, script analysis and ensemble, while exploring the performance pieces.  They will be chosen for the first day of the Fall semester.  During the Spring semester, we will apply the skills learned in the Fall, and rehearse the plays for performance in the Festival.  Signing up for these advanced classes requires a commitment to both the Fall and Spring Semesters and availability for the following dates:  Tech Week: May 2, 3 & 4 (7:30-9:30 pm).  Performances: Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6 & Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm, along with Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 pm.