THE Editor: Pat Boera SPOTLIGHT Web Site: www.lyrictheatrevt.org · Email: [email protected] EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE By Syndi Zook As I sit in my office on this cold…very cold…evening in February, I must admit that I feel nothing but warmth and cheer coming through the walls of our creative facility here in South Burlington. The Legally Blonde team is in the large space behind me, working on a dance number with 30 actors that is so hip-hoppin’ great I can barely stay seated. In the conference room next door the team from White Christmas (November 2015) is finalizing graphics, logos and set designs as well as looking at color swatches and faux fur. Perfect night for fur! In the office next to mine the Education Committee is reading scripts so they can choose a couple of fun shows for LyricKids summer camps this year. All in all, there are at least 56 people busy making all aspects of Lyric Theatre happen tonight despite that polar vortex! It is truly a dream come true for all of us to be here, under one roof, together. On February 7th, the Lyric Board of Directors met in an all-day Board retreat to look at the company’s ten-year plan. I would very much like to thank all of the Board members who were there, helping Lyric to forge new policies and procedures, expand the vision and move us forward thoughtfully into the next decade. The continued dedication of all Lyric volunteers is deeply appreciated. Thank you all for helping to make such beautiful shows for everyone to see, provide fun-filled summer programs for children to enjoy and make available your business, marketing and human resource skills to guide the small staff at Lyric in their professional efforts. It is cold outside–but it is the Summer of Love here at Lyric! 50 SHADES OF PINK By Wendy Mays The Flynn MainStage will explode with 50 Shades of Pink April 9th-12th. Do you have your tickets yet? Great seats for Legally Blonde: The Musical are still available, but are going fast, so order yours today! The only “toys” in this show are jump ropes, but OMIGOD YOU GUYS, it’s going to be a blast! So Bend and Snap your way to the Flynn Center Box Office to get your tickets today! Order online at www.flynncenter.org, call 802/86FLYNN, or stop by the Flynn Center Box Office at 153 Main Street in Burlington. March 2015 MEMBER BENEFITS DURING SHOW WEEK: APRIL 2ND-12TH Thank you to the following businesses for participating in Lyric’s Backstage Benefits! Your Lyric Theatre membership card will get you discounts at the following establishments during show week for Legally Blonde–April 2nd to April 12th. Please frequent them and be sure to express your appreciation for their generosity to Lyric! New businesses and restaurants are being added all the time. Check the Lyric website to see additional benefits: www.lyrictheatrevt.org. RESTAURANTS A Single Pebble, 133 Bank Street, 10% discount on food only Big Daddy’s, 177 Church Street, 2 slices + soda for $5 The Gryphon, 131 Main Street, 15% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages Juniper, 41 Cherry Street, 10% discount on food Kountry Kart, 155 Main Street, free can of soda with sub/sandwich purchase Leunig’s, 115 Church Street, 20% discount on food only Manhattan Pizza & Pub, 167 Church Street, 15% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages Pizzeria Verita, 156 St. Paul Street, 15% discount on food only Revolution Kitchen, 9 Center Street, 15% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages Scuffer Steak & Ale, 148 Church Street, 20% discount on food only Sweetwaters, 140 Church Street, 15% discount on food only SERVICES Cynthea’s Spa, 102 Church Street, 10% discount on services Dostie Bros. Framing, 308 Pine Street, #101, $25 off picture framing; 10% off creating show posters on plaques Fully Present with You, 528 Essex Road, Suite 205, Williston, $20 off regularly priced session when booked during show week Kathy & Company Florist, 221 Colchester Avenue, 10% discount Lines for the Body, 2035 Essex Road, Williston, 10% discount on dance and fitness wear O’M Salon, 171 St. Paul Street, $10 off haircut with Don booked during show week UPS Store, 1127 North Avenue and Taft Corners, Williston, 20% discount, restrictions apply THOUGHTS ON THE PASSING OF TOM MCKENNY By Syndi Zook On February 12th Lyric lost a dear member and friend in Tom McKenny. Everything was BIG about Tom. A big guy, a big talent, a big heart and a really big story teller (as in epic, not fantasy). Tom was the sound designer/engineer for many, many Lyric shows spanning 30 years of Lyric history. His most recent show with us was the 2007 production of West Side Story. He was always dedicated to Lyric and with his sidekick, John Boy Wagner, helped Lyric negotiate the tricky technological changes of the sound industry and the peculiarities of the Flynn venue. He cared deeply about his craft and will be missed by many musicians in the area. He was my pal. And just as recently as four weeks ago, he was visiting at the new building and talking to Marcus and I about things both nostalgic and up to the minute. Thanks for everything you did for us, Tommy! SIGN-UPS ARE OPEN FOR LYRICKIDS CAMPS LyricKids provides an enriching, high quality and funfilled musical theatre experience for youth. Through the process of producing a musical theatre performance, participants will increase their knowledge and skills in both technical and performing aspects of musical theatre. This year’s camp dates are: July 13th-17th and July 20th-24th for youth ages 9 to 12 July 27th-31st for ages 13+ The registration form is now up on the Lyric website for the 2015 LyricKids Camps. It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Leadership Team for this year’s camps: Nikki Juvan, Kim Hathaway, and John Luce. Sign up now at: http://www.lyrictheatrevt.org/lyrickids2010.html CALLING ALL PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS, MUSIC DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS By Margaret Welch The Show Selection and Evaluation Committee is starting to look for Lyric’s fall 2016 show. If you have been thinking about proposing a show, please let us know how we can help. For information about how to propose a show, visit Lyric’s website: http://lyrictheatrevt.org/propose.html or contact Margaret Welch, Chair of Show Selection, at [email protected] or 862-2428. SPRING 2016: LYRIC PRESENTS MARY POPPINS By Rob Parzych, Producer Mary Poppins is gearing up to fly onto the Flynn stage in one short year. Move in is March 25th, 2016, and our nine shows will run Friday, April 1st, (no foolin’) through Sunday April 10th. The team is busy with initial design meetings, and if even half of our ideas make it to the stage, it will be a spectacle not soon forgotten! A full team listing and other updates will appear in future editions of The Spotlight. LEGALLY BLONDE CREWS NEED VOLUNTEERS For every person on stage in a Lyric Theatre production, there are at least three others who contribute their talents to behind-the-scenes aspects of the show. We need YOU to make Legally Blonde a success! Lyric’s warehouse at 55 Leroy Drive in Williston is buzzing with activity seven days a week. Won’t you join us to help sew, craft, build or paint? Costumes Crew Work Times: Monday and Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Contact: Lyn Feinson, [email protected] or 363-6304; Debby Dot Decker, [email protected] or 598-3987; Cassandra Clayton, [email protected] or 608/574-8622 Properties Crew Work Times: Work times will be determined based on schedules of those who sign up for this crew Contact: Karyn Dubie, [email protected] or 658-6339; Carolyn Gauthier, [email protected] or 878-4273 Set Construction Crew Work Times: Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 6:309:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-Noon Contact: George Walker, [email protected] or 734-7461 Set Decoration Crew Work Times: Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Contact: Jane Harissis, [email protected] or 249-2039 Other committees do not maintain a routine warehouse work schedule; however, they welcome your help! See the full list of volunteer opportunities on the Lyric website. LAMOILLE COUNTY PLAYERS ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR CATS Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heavyside Layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981, and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS' London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years. It won the 1983 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Book, Direction, and Original Score. Songs include Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats, The Rum Tum Tugger, and, of course, Memory. Auditions will be held on March 28th and 29th, starting at 1:00 p.m., at the Hyde Park Opera House. Show dates are July 23rd-26th and July 30th-August 2nd. For more information including the production team, character descriptions and more, visit http://lcplayers.com/Shows/CATS.html. Questions about auditions or about the show? Email Director Patty Jacob at [email protected] Sponsored by: WE’RE DREAMING OF WHITE CHRISTMAS By Erin Evarts, Artistic Director Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a classic show biz musical filled with fantastic songs, dances and characters. We are looking forward to honoring the original movie, celebrating the beauty of the music, and the opportunity to bring this show about community, family, and generosity to the Flynn November 12th-15th, 2015. I’m an excitable person by nature, but can’t begin to describe the joy and enthusiasm I feel each time we work on some aspect of White Christmas. I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the opportunity to collaborate with such talented and passionate people, and can’t wait to share all the work we have already done with an audience who will cherish the show as much we do. On behalf of our entire team I’d encourage you to become a part of Lyric Theatre’s White Christmas by auditioning or joining the team. We would like to thank TD Bank for their show sponsorship. Their generosity in supporting the arts in our community is truly appreciated. Keep your eyes on the Lyric website and Spotlight newsletter for more information but mark your calendars now for these events related to the production: Kick-Off Meeting: August 19th Kids Auditions: August 22nd Adult Auditions: August 23rd-25th Callbacks: August 26th (if needed) All events will take place at Spotlight on Dance in South Burlington. THE MUSIC OF WHITE CHRISTMAS By Nate Venet, Music Director Christmas may seem a long ways away (though the cold and snow could confuse you), but the team members for this fall’s upcoming production of White Christmas have already got a little jingle in their steps! The stage production of White Christmas features all the charm of the 1954 movie, blending idyllic Vermont atmosphere with the glitz and glamour of post-war showbiz ...in a barn. In addition to White Christmas, the show contains some gems from Irving Berlin’s catalogue, including Blue Skies, How Deep Is The Ocean, Happy Holidays, The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing, and I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, among others, all set to a lively, swinging score. If you’ve been waiting for your chance to sing hot arrangements of songs from one of the most important contributors to The Great American Songbook, and if you love a piano, then keep your eyes on the Spotlight for more information from other team members as we get closer to this fall. UPDATED INFO ABOUT MUSICAL THEATER ROAD TRIP By Pat Boera The Lyric Development Committee is planning a Musical Theater Road Trip to the historic Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady which gets A-level National Tours of all the latest Broadway shows. We hope you’ll join us for this special outing with fellow musical theater fans. Saturday, June 20th, 2015 Matinee performance of Kinky Boots Kinky Boots is the unforgettable Broadway sensation with music by Tony® and Grammy®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. It’s a feel-good celebration packed with nonstop fun...and a kick of pure joy! Tickets for the Musical Theater Road Trip are $139 per person which includes round-trip motorcoach transportation provided by Maple City Charters, departing from Burlington, and seating in the orchestra section of Proctor’s Theater. Maple City Charters will provide snacks and bottled water for the trip down and back as well as movie-themed movies and trivia contests to make the journey to Schenectady fun. There are many restaurants within walking distance of Proctor’s Theater and we’ll allow time after the show for participants to dine on their own. To register for this trip, download the ticket order form from the Lyric website— www.lyrictheatrevt.org. Click on the Kinky Boots logo on the bottom of the page. Send the ticket order form with payment to: Attn: Lyric Musical Theater Road Trip c/o Shawn McElwain 11 Smith Street St. Albans, VT 05478 …or scan and email your order to the address on the form. MARDI GRAS FUN FOR ALL Thank you to Don O’Connell, Ian Ferris, Michael Tutt, George Henry, Jeff Gadbois, Rob Parzych and Stephen Porter for organizing, decorating and driving our Lyric Mardi Gras float. Lyric is happy to support this annual event and proud to make a monetary contribution to The Vermont Food Bank. See our Facebook page for more pictures of the event! P.O. Box 1688 Williston, VT 05495 OMG! It’s time to get your tickets for Legally Blonde! The Spotlight: A monthly publication of Lyric Theatre Company. To submit material for the next issue, email [email protected] Distribution questions? Call 802/658-1484. Deadline for April issue: March 28th, 2015 AT YOUR SERVICE--LYRIC THEATRE COMPANY BOARD & STAFF Marna Bisaccia [email protected] 238-4896 Christopher Brown [email protected] Andrea Cronan [email protected] Karyn Dubie [email protected] 658-6339 Susan Geise [email protected] Geri Ann Higgins [email protected] Stephen Kendall [email protected] Sean Leach [email protected] 363-4599 Serena Magnan O’Connell [email protected] 233-2516 Brian Meyer [email protected] Julianne Nickerson [email protected] Donna Riera [email protected] 922-1946 Nanette Stevens [email protected] Doug Viehmann [email protected] Margaret Welch [email protected] 862-2428 Syndi Zook, Exec. Dir. [email protected] 658-1484 Doris O’Brien, Bookkpr [email protected] 658-1484 Marcus Certa, Adm/Comm [email protected] 658-1484 Kristina McSalis, Campaign [email protected] 658-1484 April 9th-12th, 2015 | Flynn MainStage Presented by Downtown Burlington restaurants collectively known as “Elle’s Elite Eight”—Daily Planet, E.B. Strongs, Ken’s Pizza & Pub, Leunig’s Bistro, Pascolo Ristorante, The Scuffer Steak & Ale House, Sweetwaters & Pizzeria Verita. Non-profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 333 Burlington, VT 05401 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED MEETING TIMES FOR LYRIC’S STANDING COMMITTEES Board (Chair: Stephen Kendall): 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Lyric temp office, 7 Green Tree Dr., South Burlington Building (Chair: Doug Viehmann): Monthly, Time TBA, Location varies PR/Development (Chair: Geri Ann Higgins): 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m., Lyric Office, 7 Green Tree Dr., South Burlington Education (Chair: Andrea Cronan): Meeting details TBA Finance (Chair: Nanette Stevens): 3rd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m., Lyric Office, 7 Green Tree Dr., South Burlington Membership (Chair: Serena Magnan O’Connell): 4th Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., home of the O’Connell’s, Burlington Show Selection (Chair: Margaret Welch): Monthly, Time TBA, Location varies GIFT IDEA FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS Is there a musical theater fan in your life? If your answer is “yes,” then we have the perfect gift idea—tickets to Lyric’s spring 2015 production of Legally Blonde-the Musical. Tickets are currently on sale through the Flynn Box Office; online at www.flynntix.org; or by telephone at 802/86-FLYNN. Make the next special occasion extra special with the gift of live theater.
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