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Monday, October 07, 2013

Only 5 Performances

 

Friday, October 04, 2013

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 Monday, September 16, 2013
Creation... and Promotion!

 

Leading Actors for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown Jejie Esgeurra (CHARLIE BROWN) and Fiona Gourlay Grant (LUCY VAN PELT),

 along with Director and ACT President Arvin Robles,  chat with, and sing for, host, Noreen Mir of RTHK Radio 3 Interview on their lunchtime programme, 123 Show.

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   Click below for an exclusive sneak  peek at the rehearsal process for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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Monday, September 16, 2013
The Musical of 2013 is Here!

ACT Charlie Brown Musical 2013

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Impro-Active hits the airwaves!

Click here to to listen to the RTHK Radio 3 Interview on their lunchtime programme, 123 Show.

ACT Impro-Active Director Wendy Herbert and ACT President Arvin Robles share a moment and a laugh with host, Noreen Mir.

Noreen and me

 

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Impro-Active is here!

ACT and WAG Productions proudly present the return of Hong Kong's FIRST Comedy Improv Showcase (2006 premiere cast, 2006 tours, 2007 cast) .

 

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Playreading August 2013

Every month, ACT is proud to host events that promote theatre appreciation as well as social networking. For July 2013, ACT will host a playreading of  Moisés Kaufman's Tony Award-winning drama, 33 VARIATIONS.

ACT Aug Playreading

“What 33 Variations suggests, ultimately, is that when ideas breathe at all, it's because human beings have given shape to them in the first place.

We're their alphabet, their notation, and the form we give them can linger, miraculously, even after we're gone.”

New York Magazine, Mar. 9 2009

 

 “Kaufman makes a convincing case for the genius of emotional variation in each of us, whether we're Beethoven or not.”

Entertainment Weekly, Mar. 31 2009

 

Playreading for August 2013

33 VARIATIONS

Written by Moisés Kaufman

Playreading hosted by Eric Ng

 

PlayreadinG Date and Time

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21 2013

7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

PlayreadinG VENUE

Katterwall

Room 806,

 Arion Commercial Centre,

2-12 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan

For directions, click here

 

Free Entry

RSVP at PLAYREADINGS@ACTHONGKONG.COM

About the Play

33 Variations examines the creative process of one of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations as well as the life of musicologist Katherine Brandt, obsessed with finding the meaning behind the creation of the Variations.  Set in both modern times and the 19th Century, 33 Variations examines in depth both the potential beauty and disaster created by obsession. 33 Variations premiered on Broadway on March 9, 2009, starring Jane Fonda in the leading role.  It was nominated for 5 Tony awards including Best Play.  It also won the 2007 Edgerton New American Play Award and the 2008 Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award.

 

  Thursday, August 08, 2013

ACT CB Musical Teaser

 

Monday, July 01, 2013

Playreading July 2013

Every month, ACT is proud to host events that promote theatre appreciation as well as social networking. For July 2013, ACT will host a playreading of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama,  How I Learned to Drive.

ACT Playreading

"...Ms. Vogel has written a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman's memories."

NY Times.

"…HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a tremendous achievement, genuine and genuinely disturbing…This is, quite simply, the sweetest and most forgiving play ever written about child abuse…Vogel's delicate tactic makes sense not only as a way to redouble the dramatic effect, but as a representation of reality, a perfect case of the form fitting the subject."

Village Voice.

"...With subtle humor and teasing erotic encounters, Vogel addresses the dangerous intersections of teenage temptation. She also paints a richly poetic and picturesque landscape…The play is a potent and convincing comment on a taboo subject, and its impact sneaks up on its audience."

Variety.

"…HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE turns out to be a most compelling ride."

BackStage.

 

Playreading for July 2013

How I Learned to Drive

by Paula Vogel

Hosted by Howard Paley

PlayreadinG Date and Time

Wednesday July 17 2013

7:00pm to 9:00pm

PlayreadinG VENUE updated

Katterwall

Room 806,

 Arion Commercial Centre,

2-12 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan

For directions, click here

Free Entry

For paid ACT members, the first round of drinks is on ACT!

So make sure you get the most out of the ACTion by signing up as a member at our gatherings.

To RSVP Email

PLAYREADINGS@ACTHONGKONG.COM

About the Play

This funny, surprising and ultimately devastating tale of survival follows the strained, sexual relationship between Li'l Bit and her aunt's husband, Uncle Peck, from her adolescence through her teenage years into college and beyond. The story follows the strained, sexual relationship the two, from her adolescence through her teenage years into college and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving and the issues of pedophilia, incest, and misogyny, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation.

 

Monday, July 08, 2013

Sign up for Impro-Active

ACT and WAG Productions proudly present the return of Hong Kong's FIRST Comedy Improv Showcase (2006 premiere cast, 2006 tours, 2007 cast) .

ImproActive

Join us for eight workshops of intensive theatre games classes culminating in a competition showcase at your favorite venues. This course is designed for those who have never stood on stage before, to those who consider themselves experienced but a little rusty, or even performers working well within their creative flow but who are looking for further inspiration.

 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS

 

ACT ImproActive

Just like the guys on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, you will join with fellow improvisers learning new skills, expanding your creativity and just having a blafst . You'll learn what it means to make and accept an offer and how to gain a full understanding of actors collaboration all the while feeling secure and safe to explore your inner extrovert. Usefully you will also learn when to hold, when to fold and when to just run away. Then step up to the plate and show off what you know for your friends and family, as well as those lucky enough to be propping up the bar. Impro-Active is one of the most rewarding and totally addictive drama classes available.

 

ABOUT THE TRAINER

 

ACT WAG Wendy

Impro-Active is created, conceived and led by Wendy Herbert of WAG Productions. As a celebrated theatrical director, Wendy's previous successes include Good Morning, Hong Kong, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Don's Party and My Big Gay Italian Wedding.

 

She has appeared on stage in dozens of roles including playing Annabella De Leon in the autobiographical Vital Voices Seven, and in the one-woman show Marg Szaluba – Pissy’s Wife. Wendy has performed internationally as a stand-up comedian and is frequently booked as a master of Ceremonies. She is an accredited Theatre SportsTM  Trainer and her company, WAG Productions, frequently provides performers for corporate role play and forum theatre, and runs events for a number of high end clients. She also runs regular training courses for levels from beginners to master class.

 

Her Impro-Active series is a fun way for newcomers and old hands to expand their skills using recognised improvisation techniques. The activities enhance communication and creativity and boost participants’ confidence. Impro-Active is for everyone, and is a relaxed way to make new friends in a fun environment.

 

SIGNING UP

 

The cost is $1800, which includes:

√ 8 Classes Dates: July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8, 15, 22 29

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Venue: Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre,

7A Kennedy Road, Central

 √ 2 Showcase Performances

August 30, 31

More Dates TBC

√ A year’s membership to American Community Theater (ACT)

 

To Sign Up:

1.  Fill in the ACT Membership Form 2013 and add ygour name to the end of the file name

2.  Deposit payment (HKD1,800.00) to HSBC Account 502-285943-001 American Community Theater

3.  Send the form and the Transaction Advice/Deposit Slip from your payment to info@acthongkong.com

 

Places are limited and will fill quickly. There is a minimum age of 18. What are you waiting for? Get in on the ACTion now!

Secure a place in the workshop by enrolling through info@acthongkong.com.

Deadline is 9th July, 2013.

 

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Playreading June 2013

Every month, ACT is proud to host events that promote theatre appreciation as well as social networking. For June 2013, ACT will host a playreading of John Patrick Shanley's comedy, Four Dogs and a Bone. The same Tony Award-winning playwright of Doubt (2004) and Academy Award-winning sreenwriter of Moonstruck (1987), Four Dogs and a Bone is a one-act play that invites us into a dysfunctional, manipulative, but hilarious quartet of show business professionals at odds over the fate of a film in production.

ACTPlayreading

 

"If you're going to write a satire about the movie business at this very late date, it had better be very, very funny.

In the case of FOUR DOGS AND A BONE…that criterion is most abundantly met."

NY Times.

"…FOUR DOGS AND A BONE [is] the funniest play in town, and the neatest,

if kinda affectionate, evisceration of that ol' dream factory you will encounter in years."

NY Post.

Playreading for June 2013

FOur Dogs and a Bone

by John Patrick Shanley

Hosted by Howard Paley

PlayreadinG Date and Time

Wednesday June 19 2013

7:00pm to 9:00pm

PlayreadinG VENUE

Meeting Room,

The Fringe Club, Central

Free Entry

For paid ACT members, the first round of drinks is on ACT!

So make sure you get the most out of the ACTion by signing up as a member at our gatherings.

To RSVP Email

PLAYREADINGS@ACTHONGKONG.COM

About the Play

Brenda, a seemingly guileless young actress, takes a meeting with Bradley, a troubled, middle-aged producer, to discuss the film on which they are working. Brenda wants to be a star, she even chants for it! But Collette, the other actress in the film, is in her way, so Brenda must convince Bradley that the film is in serious trouble unless he makes certain changes, one of which is taking out Collette's part. Bradley, knowing full well that the film is seriously over budget, intimates that he will effect Brenda's suggestions if she can convince her stepbrother, a giant movie star, to make a cameo appearance in the film, guaranteeing more capitalization and the cachet of success. Meanwhile, Collette has her own agenda: She knows she's not as young as she once was. She tries to convince Victor, the writer, to alter the film so she can be the heroine, or else, this, his first film, is destined to be lost in art houses or, worse, go directly to video. Victor, a naïve young writer from Off-Off Broadway, doesn't know how to handle any of this, and his mother just died. He needs to mourn and to drink himself into a stupor before he changes his screenplay. Later, in the make-up trailer, Brenda and Collette find out they've been trying to stab the other in the back which leads to the kind of cat fight only actresses do and culminates in a mock-bonding. All hell breaks loose in the final scene when Bradley and Victor confront one another over the state of the film and are interrupted by Brenda and Collette, and all the lies and backbiting are exposed as these four dogs go after their bone.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Audition Notice

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

**Winner of 3 Drama Desk Awards and 2 Tony Awards**

including one for its breakout star, Kristin Chenoweth

 

 

Directed by

Arvin Robles

Musical Direction by

Jacqueline Gourlay-Grant

Choreography by

Rye Bautista

 

 

 

 

 

Produced by

Carly Dorfman and Jenny Lun

 

 

ACT is proud to announce our upcoming musical comedy, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (The 1999 Broadway Revival Version). Winner of 3 Drama Desk Awards and 2 Tony Awards, including one for its breakout star, Kristin Chenoweth, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown brings the loveable characters of the Charles M. Schulz's from the Peanuts comic strip to the stage. It's an average day in the life of CHARLIE BROWN,  made up of little moments picked from all the days of CHARLIE BROWN, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends, LUCY VAN PELT, LINUS VAN PELT, SCHROEDER, SALLY BROWN and SNOOPY. These moments are strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.  

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES

Monday June 10

Friday June 14

7:00pm to 9:00pm

AUDITION VENUE

KATTERWALL

Room 806,

 Arion Commercial Centre,

2-12 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan

For directions, click here

To book your audition slot, Email auditions@acthongkong.com

(See Audition Details below)

ACT MEMBERSHIP

For insurance purposes, all individuals confirmed to perform in any ACT production must join as a paid ACT member for the year.

This membership comes with exclusive discount benefits for all ACT events and productions. The yearly membership fee for 2013 is HKD200.

Rehearsals

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening

June to September (with a break in July and early August)

Performances

September 25 to 29, 2013

MacAulay Studio, HK Ars Centre

AUDITION Details

What to Prepare

1) You can prepare to perform any song from the musical OR any song that reflects that reflects the character you are auditioning for

2) You need to bring the accompanist sheet music/MMO if you choose your own song

3) You will do some cold reading from the script

4) Be prepared for some dancing/movement

5) Be prepared for some improv work

 

About the Characters

Though the Peanuts gang are 6-9 years old, the show is cast with adults. The characters reflect the diverse traits and neuroses of every individual, including sarcasm, stubbornness, infatuation, infuriation, impatience, imaginative, philosophical and sincere affection.

 

CHARLIE BROWN: the main character; a lovable guy, dominated by insecurities (Baritone: B-Flat2 to F4)

Charlie Brown is a lovable loser, a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities and a "permanent case of bad luck". He is often taken advantage of by his peers. Charlie Brown is almost always addressed by his full name by other characters.Best known as a sad-sack character, CHARLIE BROWN feels enslaved to the care of Snoopy and beset by negative comments from everyone around him. He is often victimized by the other characters, usually getting blamed when something goes wrong (even when he is not the one at fault). Charlie Brown also has a problem of letting people take advantage of him, or not sticking up for himself when people pick on him. He is often referred to as a "wishy-washy" character. However, even with Charlie Brown's depressed nature, he is always very optimistic, and no matter how bad a day might be, he always looks foward for tomorrow. He also has a positive attitude on his baseball team, and no matter how the game looks, even if it looks like his team has no chance of winning.

 

LUCY VAN PELT: Linus' older sister; a bossy, crabby girl (Alto/Mezzo: G3 to F-Sharp5)

She is the older sister of Linus and is familiar as the bossy, crabby, selfish girl of the Peanuts gang. Some of LUCY's famous gimmicks include always missing easy catches in baseball when the ball comes to her in the outfield and yet blaming CHARLIE BROWN for every loss, opening her psychiatry booth, where she gives people lousy advice for a nickel, and being in love with Schroeder, who does not return her affection.

 

SALLY BROWN: Charlie Brown's younger sister who has a crush on Linus (Soprano: B3 to A-Flat5)

She is the younger sister of Charlie Brown. Sally has a "take it easy" approach to life, preferring to slide by while doing as little work as possible. Sally has a good heart and a strong moral sense; like her older brother she is extremely sensitive to the unfairness of life, especially because Sally also can be very ignorant being the youngest member of the Peanuts gang. As a result, Sally starts developing "philosophies" on life. They were not the most well thought out philosophies, basically being phrases such as, "Who cares?", "Why me?", and "How should I know?" 

 

SNOOPY: Charlie Brown's lovable dog (Tenor: C3 to A4) *Possible Female role (must fit the vocal range)

SNOOPY is Charlie Brown's pet beagle, and is owned and cared for by Charlie Brown, although at times it is not clear who is in charge. Snoopy is blessed with a rich, Walter Mitty-like fantasy life. Snoopy is a genuinely happy dog. The only thing that upsets SNOOPY is a lack of supper. Snoopy also loves sleeping, and being lazy. Snoopy often lies on top of the doghouse and sleeps, sometimes all day long. The most famous of SNOOPY's alter egos is The World War I Flying Ace. When assuming this personality, Snoopy dons goggles, a flying helmet and a scarf, and climbs on top of the doghouse.

 

SCHROEDER: the piano-playing character; Lucy's love interest; admirer of Beethoven (Tenor: B-Flat2 to A-Flat4) NOTE: Ability to play piano a plus but not mandatory.

A major character in the Peanuts comic strip,  SCHROEDER is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in particular. Schroeder is also the catcher on Charlie Brown's baseball team and the object of Lucy van Pelt's unrequited love. After Linus van Pelt and Snoopy, Schroeder is probably Charlie Brown's closest friend. He also runs his school's glee club, which the Peanuts gang are members of.

 

LINUS VAN PELT: Charlie Brown's blanket-toting best friend; Lucy's younger brother (Baritone: B-Flat2 to E4) Ability to dance or move well.

He is Lucy's brother. Linus always means well and tries to smooth over any storms that arise amongst the gang. He is Charlie Brown's best friend. Despite being younger than the rest of the characters, Linus seems to be the smartest. He acts as a philosopher and theologian. In contrast to his advanced intellect, Linus carries with him a security blanket. A source of frustration for him is Lucy, who always belittles him, particularly over his security blanket.

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 SEason

The calendar for 2013 is filling up very quickly with auditions for our upcoming musical comedy, comedy improv workshsops and showcase, playreadings and social events. Click onto this page to see what's coming up. Be among the first to hear about auditions, tickets, social events and other exciting updates by LIKEing us on facebook or signing up to our mailing list at info@acthongkong.com. By being a paid member for the year, you also get exclusive discount benefits for all ACT events and productions. The yearly membership fee for 2013 is HKD200.

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

AGM ANNOUNCEMENT

 

ACT ANnual General Meeting 2013

When

Thursday May 24 2013

Time

7:00pm

Where

Fringe Club Meeting Room

1/F The Fringe Club, Central, Hong Kong

 

Thank you for your invaluable support for ACT! Thanks to your participation, your audience and your feedback, ACT has been able to consistently provide quality theatre experiences for the community every year.

 

Our 2012 season began with the runaway ensemble hit of spring, the sold-out production of A. R. Gurney's The Dining Room, directed by Jonathan Brantley and produced by Lara Gevonese, featuring the talented  Neil Runcieman,  Sara Bulckaert, Jenny Hann, Josh Blue and Adam Walker. ACT also closed off 2012 with a bang, with the highly successful What a Handful (A.k.a. What A Pair 4). For the fourth year in a row, ACT proudly supported breast cancer awareness with our annual fundraising concert, with portions of the proceeds going to the HK Breast Cancer Foundation. Produced by Michele Archibald, this year's concert an international line-up of talented vocalists and performers, including Cholo Kahiwat, Christine Domingo, Daphne Tan, d’Arcy and d’Voeux, Candy Lo, Aramis Wong, Grace Notes, Hannah Lochhead, Jessica Walsh and Alan Farrell.

 

In 2013, ACT will bring numerous exciting events  to the theatre scene, including theme nights, play readings, and auditions for both dramatic and musical prdouctions hitting the stage this year. If you want to be among the trend-setters, decision-makers and miracle-workers to bring the 2013 season to life, Come along to the ACT AGM, step up to the plate and let’s entertain Hong Kong together! All fully-paid members for this year can attend the meeting and are entitled to nomination and election as Officers and as members of the Committee. If you aren’t already, you can sign up at the AGM and even propose, second or have a vote at this meeting, while ideas and suggestions from all attending are welcome.

 

This is your chance to make your voices heard and to help bring about the future productions of ACT. So, Take ACTion and confirm your attendance by emailing info@acthongkong.com, subject ACT AGM 2013.