Auditions – The Christmas Carol Rag

Auditions for musical comedy The Christmas Carol Rag

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the irreverent musical comedy The Christmas Carol Rag, written by Norman Allen with musical arrangements by Howard Breitbart. The show will be performed Nov. 24 through Dec. 17, 2017 at Burien Actors Theatre

The Christmas Carol Rag calls for 9 actors of any race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression and physical/mental ability for all roles. Characters range in age from their 20s to their 70s. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them.

SYNOPSIS:  A delightfully irreverent take on the Dickens classic, set in the ragtime music world of rough-and-tumble New York, circa 1911. Ebenezer Scrooge has been recast as an embittered woman named Evelyn who runs her sweatshop with an iron fist, but slowly opens her heart when visited by a sarcastic Jewish Ghost of Christmas Past and a blunt Gospel-singing Ghost of Christmas Present. With Joplin-like syncopation, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future carry the miserly Mrs. Scrooge from the tough life of immigrant tenements to the amber glow of the Gilded Age. A funny and moving show that puts a new twist on a holiday classic with rousing production numbers featuring music of Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan like The Streets of New York.

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Nov. 24 through Dec. 17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin Oct. 9.

The stage director is Calen Winn and the music director is Elizabeth Bender.

$100 stipend provided.  Free on-site parking.

Auditions are Monday, Aug. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Script club?

BAT’s lending library allocated at Bumbershoot Books is growing. BAT just added the script for Ben Butler, BAT’s first show of the season TICKETS.

But BAT has bigger plans than a lending library. BAT has started a script club, a once a month meeting, much like a book club, but we discuss scripts. (Email info@burienactorstheatre.org BAT if you want more information.)

What would you like to see to make your BAT theater experience even better?

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Come on already

BAT’s season is underway. Ben Butler, TICKETS, BAT’s first show of the season is cast, and auditions for The Christmas Carol Rag, TICKETS, will be happening soon. The creative teams for the first two shows are set. It’s beginning to feel like theater season around here.

If you can’t wait for the season to get underway, you can join BAT at is season kick off gala on September 16, TICKETS. You can get your season tickets HERE. And you can help BAT raise the royalties by making a donation HERE.

The first $5,000.00 raised to pay this season’s royalties will be matched. Double your impact, and give today!

BAT has never been more excited to get a season going than it is this season!

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BAT season thoughts

BAT’s tickets for the season are here! This was enough reason for me to take another look at BAT’s 2017-18 season, and what a season it is! This is better live theater at its best.

Opening the box of tickets and seeing all the stacks, all the dates, all the color made the season real.

Selecting a season is a marvelous thing. In the beginning, there is a wonderful world of plays. The season can be anything. There is simply no limit. With each choice that universe gets a little smaller.

Some seasons there are shows BAT has been waiting to do. For one reason or another, they were not available when BAT first wanted to do them. As of now, there are few plays left in the queue, but none of those were available for this season. This entire season consists of plays BAT selected just this season. Two of the plays just became available this season.

The first show of the season, and the first show BAT selected is Ben Butler. I had heard of Ben Butler but had trouble finding the script. Eventually, I talked to the author, he was in the middle of a rewrite, but sent me a copy to read anyway. Continue reading

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BALL gets real

They say nothing exists until it has a name. Well BALL, Burien Actors Lending Library, has had a name for a long time, but no sign, until now that is.

BALL roosts at Bumbershoot Books in downtown Burien. Bumbershoot Books can be found at 639 SW 152nd St, Burien, Washington. Bumbershoot is a grand used bookstore that is hard to get out of without picking up a gem or two. It is also the host of BALL.

BALL is a lending library full of books on theater tech and scripts. It is a work-in-progress and grows whenever BAT finds a book or script that would be a worthy addition. You can check out the books in BALL right HERE.

BAT sends a special hat tip to Bumbershoot Books.

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BAT chills

BAT’s old refer

BAT’s office has a refrigerator. It was there for many years. Originally, it was a gift to BAT. (This how small theater works, and the community support gives BAT a warm feeling.)

BAT’s refer finally died. The freezer would no longer freeze. The ice BAT would put in for the weekend would stay cool, but melt to the point where chipped ice became block ice with some runoff. Interesting, but hard to keep enough ice for a weekend full of shows.

The refrigerator part of the refer would work, just not well.

So, BAT put the call out. Help BAT chill! And offers came in. BAT settled on the offer from John H.

BAT’s new refer. Thanks John H.

Today I moved two refrigerators, and BAT has a shiny“new” refrigerator! As I type, the refer is chillin’ and BAT is smilin’.

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BAT’s economic impact on Burien – 2017

The University of Washington’s Foster School of Business came to Burien to take a look at BAT’s economic impact on Burien.

BAT produces four MainStage shows a year. The audiences for these performances came from Burien and the region, including a few from Vancouver, Canada. Many of BAT’s audience spend money in Burien. Not everyone, of course, but enough people that their spending makes a difference to the City of Burien. Plus BAT spends money in Burien.

Theater is great entertainment. It is also a business, and theater helps the community it is located in grow.

The national average theater goer spends $23.44 in the community where the theater is located.

The Foster School of Business came to see how BAT’s audience compared to the national average. The top line of the Foster School of Business’ report is that BAT brings an additional $141,000 into the City of Burien. (Not bad, for just four productions a year.) Each BAT participant spends an average of $22.27 per production, which is very close to the National average.

Looking back at BAT’s tax and other records, for the years 2013-16, the Foster School of Business found BAT averaged 777 audience members per production. Adding the cast and crew, BAT brings about 3,109 people to Burien per year. Over those same years, approximately 1,500 of the audience members filled out questionaires which asked if they ate before, the show or planned to eat right afterward. (This is a large enough sample to be statistically significant.)

The surveys showed that 57% of BAT’s audience members ate before or after the show. Of those who ate before of after the show, 94% ate at a restaurant in Burien. (BAT has recently added a list of the restaurants in Burien (156) to BAT’s website to make finding just the right place to eat that much easier. LINK

Foster then looked at where these audience members came from. Most were from outside Burien. Surveys show that 31% of BAT’s audience comes from Burien. That means 69% of BAT’s audience comes from outside Burien. The numbers of audience members from outside of Burien was confirmed by comparing BAT’s online ticket sales, which showed that just 22% of online ticket sales came from Burien. Continue reading

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Auditions July 9 & 10 for Ben Butler

Auditions for historical comedic drama “Ben Butler

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the historical comedic drama Ben Butler. Come see Ben ButlerBased on historical events, playwright Richard Strand’s script is a thought-provoking story of equality and the politics of race in America. A hit on the East Coast, the Northwest premiere of this play will be performed Sept. 29 through Oct. 22, 2017 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Set during America’s Civil War, Ben Butler calls for a strong ensemble cast of four men, one African-American and three Caucasian. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them. The intent in casting is to be as historically consistent as possible with the time period, place and circumstances in which the play is set.

SYNOPSIS: Ben Butler is based upon historical events. It’s the first week of the American Civil War and Major General Benjamin Butler has been placed in command of the Union outpost Fort Monroe in Virginia, which has just seceded from the United States. Three escaped slaves arrive seeking sanctuary despite the Fugitive Slave Act, which requires fugitive slaves be returned to their owners. Among the fugitives is Shepard Mallory, a man unlike any Butler has ever met. The play skillfully balances pathos with well-crafted humor as the educated and stubborn Mallory challenges the equally stubborn Butler to “see things differently.” Butler, a successful Massachusetts lawyer in civilian life, is led to establish a legal precedent that marked the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States and changed the course of American history. This unique look at a key decision in the Civil War drew rave reviews at theaters back East. Northwest premiere.

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Sept. 29 through Oct. 22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin Aug. 21.

The stage director is Isaiah Crowson.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are Sunday, July 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday, July 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be Sunday, July 16 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues (serious/comedic) totaling no more than 3 minutes. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment: audition@burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. DIRECTIONS.

Character Descriptions/Requirements

Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them. The intent in casting is to be as historically consistent as possible with the time period, place and circumstances in which the play is set.

Major Benjamin Butler: Male, approximate age range 46-55, Caucasian. A Massachusetts lawyer turned commanding officer. Highly intelligent and self-assured, bordering on arrogant. He does not have the crisp neatness associated with military men and in fact appears quite frumpy.

Shepard Mallory: Male, approximate age range 26-34, African-American. An escaped slave. Mallory is a collection of contradictions: brash but wary, respectful and flippant, humble yet arrogant in a moment, simultaneously scared and over-confident. His education is a blessing and a curse to him, as is his impassioned demeanor. Argues relentlessly to save his life and the lives of his fellow fugitives. Ultimately, his passion, intelligence and charm win out.

Lieutenant Kelly: Male, approxmate age range 30-34, Caucasian. Serves as Butler’s adjutant. A West Point graduate and career army man, Kelly is all military and has earned his stripes. He has found few reasons to like or respect his new commander.

Major Cary: Male, approximate age range 46-55, Caucasian. Confederate Army officer. Southern accent necessary. Former head of a military academy for boys. Formal, dignified and showy. Relies on spit and polish, but has the ability to threaten. Cary comes to the fort under the orders of his commander to reclaim the fugitive slaves and detests being sent to negotiate with Butler.

 

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BAT’s 2017-18 Season

It’s here! BAT’s 2017-18 season! This year promises to be fanatical, amazing and wildly entertaining!

Don’t miss your chance to get season tickets HERE. What a season, what a deal!!!

Here is what is up at BAT:

BAT’s Season Opening Gala – September 16, 2017, from 6 to 9 pm.

Join BAT as we celebrate a new season with fun, food, beverages, and a sneak peak at what’s coming up in BAT’s season. GET YOUR GALA TICKETS HERE.

This wonderful evening is the kickoff of a a season that will amaze and entertain. It is also a chance to help BAT “raise the royalties.” Your donation, early in the season, lets BAT pay for the rights to produce the shows in the season. DONATE HERE When it comes to producing plays, it is strictly pay before you play!

Special musical guest Allan Loucks rounds out the evening.

Right after the Season Opening Gala, the season is off and running! First up:

“Ben Butler” by Richard Strand, a comedy-historical drama

Sept. 29, 2017 through Oct. 22, 2017
Friday, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm

Two quick-witted men, one black and one white, and their innate stubbornness radically change the course of U.S. history and the purpose of the North’s cause. This look at a key decision in the Civil War is part comedy, part historical drama and part biography, often all at once, and sometimes none of those. A simultaneously thought-provoking and sidesplitting story of equality and the politics of race in America. Northwest premiere.

Get your tickets HERE, or send an email with your request to: tickets@burienactorstheatre.org.

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The BAT strawberries dance again

If, over the years, you visited BAT a the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival (every year on Father’s Day Weekend), you must have seen BAT’s dancing strawberries. The Strawberry Festival is also where BAT announces its new season. BAT passes out flyers with the season and a chance to order your season tickets before the mad rush occurs.

One year, Burien Parks had a contest to see who’s booth best fit the theme of “strawberries.” It was a question of “strawberriness.” BAT was the winner by a wide margin. BAT’s dancing strawberries played no small part in the crushing victory. It is a testament to the size of BAT’s win that Burien Parks never brought back that contest.

BAT has been told many times that families have years of their children growing up documented through pictures of the kids in BAT’s dancing strawberries. It has become a happy tradition. Continue reading

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