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The Classical Company Class presents Romeo and Juliet, this Friday and Saturday, August 10th and 11th at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street.  Showtime is 7:00, and the price…

Nada.

Zilch.

Nothing.

I’ve worked with a bunch of these young actors for many years and I couldn’t be more impressed with their work.  Come see a Romeo and Juliet where the actors are actually the age of the title roles they are playing.

I mean not exactly.  We’re not sure of their exact birth dates…

…except for Juliet.  She was born on Lamas Eve at night fourteen years ago…

…that’s actually surprisingly exact.

But I digress.  Come see free theatre supporting some really wonderful people.

Oh, and Jennie Babisch who plays Romeo designed the program cover.  Here’s another for your viewing pleasure.

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Our writers are already hard at work to create tomorrow evening’s shows.  They’ve picked their subjects and locations and they’ve got about 12 hours to write a play over night.  The actors and directors get another 12 hours to stage these new plays and then we put them up in front of a live audience. After the show is over we do it again…with less time.  That’s insane!

 

The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company presents Combat Theatre XXX.

8 Writers

8 Directors

30 Actors

1 Costume

 

Friday and Saturday, June 17th and 18th at 8:00 pm

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC)

325 W. Walnut Street (on the corner of Walnut and Dr. MLK Jr. Drive)

Tickets are $18 available at the door only

Or buy the weekend package for $32

Bunny Gumbo: we do it because we can!

http://www.bunnygumbo.com


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It’s not an X Rated show, it’s our 30th incarnation of Combat Theatre.  Come join us for this ever entertaining event.

The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company presents Combat Theatre, two evenings of shows written, directed and acted over the course of 24 hours.

Here’s how it works: starting at 8:00 pm on Thursday evening, the writers randomly pick a subject out of one hat and a location out of another.  Using those two variables they are tasked with writing a script by the next morning.  At that point the directors and actors are randomly assigned to the eight different plays.  Come 8:00 pm on Friday, the doors open and the show begins.  After the show and with the audience still in attendance, the writers pick new subjects and locations and we do it all over again with less time.  It’ll knock your socks off!

8 Writers

8 Directors

30 Actors

1 Costume

Friday and Saturday, June 17th and 18th at 8:00 pm

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC), 325 W. Walnut Street (on the corner of Walnut and Dr. MLK Jr. Drive)

Tickets are $18 or buy the weekend package for $32, cash and check available at the door only.

Bunny Gumbo; we do it because we can!


Jarecki TarzanWhat were you doing last night?  Sitting on your couch watching Netflix?  Wasting time surfing the internet?  Exciting stuff.  You could have seen 8 fantastic new plays that didn’t exist 24 hours before.  Bummer.

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So what are you doing tonight?  8 new shows are being produced right now by 70 insanely talented Milwaukee theatre folk.  It’s Bunny Gumbo’s Combat Theatre.  Tonight at 8:00 pm at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street.  Tickets are only $18.  Come on out and get yourself some theatre!

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Summer Combat is less than a month away, so mark your calendars.  The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company invites you to join us for Combat Theatre.  The summer installment of Combat arrives May 29th and 30th at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC.)

 

30 actors, 8 writers and 8 directors bring you 16 new works of theatre all created in 24 hours.  The subjects and locations for these new plays are all, literally, pulled from a hat.  The scripts are written overnight and the casts have less than 12 hours to memorize their lines and get the shows up on their feet.  After Friday’s show, we do it all over again…with less time!  There is no advanced preparation, no warning, no mercy – just instinct, ability and raw talent on display. The outcome of the process is a wide variety of 15-minute works that boggle the imagination.

 

Combat Theatre takes place Friday and Saturday, May 29th and 30th, at 8 pm at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut (on the corner of Walnut and MLK.)  Tickets are $18 each and are available at the door only.  The weekend package gets you both nights for only $30.

 

Combat Theatre involves the best writers, directors, and actors Milwaukee has to offer.  Those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early as previous installments of Combat have sold out quickly.

 

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center is a collaboration of First Stage Children’s Theatre and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 

For more information about Bunny Gumbo, write to bunnygumbo@wi.rr.com or visit our website: www.bunnygumbo.com

 

And for info on all things theatrical in Milwaukee go to: https://bunnygumbo.wordpress.com

 


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Here it comes.  Combat Theatre like you’ve never seen it before.

 

8 Writers

8 Composers

8 Directors

34 Actors

 

And 2 very special Narrators

 

60 ridiculously talented performers coming together to create 1 great show, and you only have 1 chance to see it.

 

Bunny Gumbo presents, Combat! The Musical!

 

Saturday, June 7th at 8:00

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC)

325 W. Walnut Street

Tickets are $18 and available at the door only

 

Normally our writers are challenged with writing a play based on a random Subject and Location.  Not so with Combat! The Musical!  This time they get 1 of 8 parts of a story.  Oh, and they have to write a song or two.  Once the first writer and musician team is done with their installment, they pass it on to the next team who must take the story on the next leg of the journey.  Only then, when the story is complete, does the real fun begins.  Our directors and actors have to whip all of these pieces together in one short day for this most challenging of musicals.

 

So get your Bunny on!

 

Visit us at www.bunnygumbo.com for more details.


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One night only!

Combat!  The Musical!

 

8 Writers

8 Musicians

8 Directors

36 Actors

 

60 ridiculously talented people coming together to create a new musical in just 24 hours.

 

Normally our writers get a random subject and location and must create a play based on those variables.  This time they get one of 8 parts of the story.  Oh, and they have to write a song or two.  Once the first team of writer and musician is done with their installment, they pass it on to the next team who must take the story on the next leg of the journey.  Only then when the story is complete, does the real fun begins.  Our directors and actors have to whip all of these pieces together in one short day for our one night only show.

 

The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company presents

Combat! The Musical!

Saturday, June 7th at 8:00 pm

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

325 W. Walnut Street

(on the corner of Walnut and MLK Jr. Drive)

Tickets are $18 and available at the door only

 

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center is a collaboration of First Stage Children’s Theatre and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 

For more information about Bunny Gumbo, write to bunnygumbo@wi.rr.com or visit our website: www.bunnygumbo.com

 

And for info on all things theatrical in Milwaukee go to: https://bunnygumbo.wordpress.com


I can think of few organizations that do so much good for so many.  Please consider making a donation and please help to spread the word.

-Fletcher

Hey folks-

The First Stage Young Company Shakespeare team (of which I am the founder and “Coach’)   is again hard at work preparing for its annual fundraiser, the Bard-o-thon. They are raising funds to support a cross country trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival High School Acting competition to compete against 3000 competitors from 9 states(which, though we don’t do it for trophies, they have placed FIRST in 3 of the past 6 years). Last year their large group scene, in addition to placing first was selected to perform at the special showcase of excellent work and was met with hundreds of teenagers leaping to their feet in standing ovation.To prove their worthiness to return, they are going to perform as many consecutive Shakespeare monologues as they can on April 26th. Their goal is 450 monologues and all 154 sonnets. They are a special group of young folks and so I’m helping them in their fund raising. This is my one charity e-mail ask of the year. If you don’t think it’s right for you or just isn’t a charitable priority for you, no worries. But I am writing to set an example for my students of the importance of soliciting donations for worthy causes. And I do believe that this is a worthy cause. If you can offer any amount, my fundraising page is :

http://www.razoo.com/story/John-Maclay-Bardothon-2014

Thanks for considering. Also; PLEASE share and/or forward this to anyone who might be interested in supporting this effort! Thanks again.

john

John Maclay
Associate Artistic  Director/ Director of the Young Company


FIRST STAGE General Non-Equity auditions for the 2014-2015 season
 

Monday, March 31  10:00 – 5:00 pm   Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

All auditions will take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212.  You are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time and check in with our audition monitor.  There is parking in a lot off of MLK Drive (just south of Walnut).  There is a commons for you to wait in and restroom facilities should you need them.

You are asked to perform two contrasting pieces of 3 minutes total in length.  A song is optional, but encouraged.  An accompanist will be provided.  16-32 bars of a song is recommended.    Please bring at least two (2) copies of your headshot and resume.  You will be auditioning for Jeff Frank, Artistic Director; John Maclay, Artistic Associate and Director of the Young Company; Jeff Schaetzke, Company Manager and Director/Music Director in the upcoming season; as well as some other Artistic and Academy staff.

We will not be having any show-specific auditions on this day, but will contact actors should we need you for call backs for any specific show.  We respectfully ask that if you are not available during the season (September – May) that you do not come to this call (i.e. you will be in college).

First Stage is one of the nation’s largest professional theatre for young audiences.  We are an Equity theatre, that also hires non-equity actors, artistic interns, and understudies for most shows.  Contracts run in length from six to nine weeks.  We do age-appropriate casting for are young roles, and cast anywhere from five to twenty-five young performers per show.  We also are interested in actors who have experience or potential as teaching artists either in our Education department or our nationally acclaimed Theatre Academy.

First Stage 2014-2015 Season   (rehearsal dates through closing)

Sherlock Holmes: Baker Street Irregulars (Sept 23 – Nov 15)  (play)

Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer (Nov 4 – Dec 28)  (musical)

Stargirl  (Dec 23 – Feb 15)  (play)

Big Nate: The Musical (Jan 27 – March 29) (musical)

Luchadora! (March 17 – April 26)  (play)

Big Fish (April 13 – May 31)  (musical)

Three Pigs (First Steps Musical) (October 15 – November 23)

Goldilocks (First Steps Musical)  (Jan 21 – February 22)

Three Young Company Shows (Mattress, Our Town, Hamlet) that will have Adult Actors/Teaching Artists involved in some roles

Please email or call Jeff Schaetzke, Company Manager for an appointment.  When possible, please submit your headshot and resume electronically ahead of time.

A separate Equity call for Actor’s Equity Members will be held on April 14, 2014.  More information is at www.firststage.org

Thank you,

Jeff Schaetzke, Company Manager

jschaetzke@firststage.org

auditions@firststage.org

414-267-2985


Over the course of the thirteen years we have been producing Combat Theatre, there are any number of the plays produced that have deserved attention and a life outside of the single night they were produced.Certainly one of the highlights of all those productions was Patrick Holland’s The Cowboy.  Patrick’s play has been published in The Best American Short Plays 2011-2012 along with the likes of plays by such hacks as John Guare.  Well done, Master Holland!

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Hey Fletcher,

 

Well the book is out! It’s so weird to me to see “The Cowboy” published especially in this particular anthology. I keep flashing back to writing it at three in the morning at a Starbucks for Combat! But I am so grateful to everyone from Combat. Without your support, this play would have never been written. And what a wonderful acknowledgement of the work we all do than to have it included in the “The Best American Short Plays Of 2011-2012.”

 

For the anthology William Demastes, the editor, wrote this about “The Cowboy”:

“The Cowboy by Patrick Holland is haunting in its own way. The work is perfectly crafted to present a collection of improbabilities leading to a fantastic accident that generates the feeling that the accident was no accident at all. The messy lives of three women come together in an unexpectedly appropriate manner, overseen by the silent hand of a character known as the Cowboy, begging the question: What forces lie beneath daily events beyond our control and even understanding?

Preview the first few pages:

But it on Amazon: