Performances Postponed.

Due to the recent spike in Covid cases in our area, the board of directors at Magnolia Arts Center has decided to stop all rehearsals and postpone performances for ALL productions at this time. The board of directors will re-evaluate in two weeks. 

 
Those that bought tickets to one of our postponed productions may request for their reservation to be held until we reschedule the performances, may choose to donate the cost of their tickets to Magnolia Arts Center, or may request a full refund. 
 
Please email info@magnoliaartscenter.com with any questions.

The Chicago Caper

The Chicago Caper
A Magnolia Arts Teen Murder Mystery
A coffee & dessert production.

You have received an invitation to S.P. Keasy’s place, a private club near the headquarters of notorious gangster Hal Cappone.  Cappone was released today from Awsume State Penitentiary after serving a six-month term. But upon arriving, Hal is discovered murdered! The question “whodunnit”? The suspects: Molly M. Awbsterr (society dame from NY, the ultimate flapper in Chicago); Ernie (Bet-a-million) Ernie G. Ambler (Chicago’s most colorful millionaire), Silky M. Adame (shady owner-operator of Chicago’s most prominent private establishment), Eddie (Socks) R. Gyle (smooth and fashionable, owns the Green Tables gambling house), Malissa F. Orrthot (a crime reporter for the city’s leading paper The Trumpet, her beauty and  charm helped further her career on both sides of the law), S. Treighton Harrow (US District Attorney), Anna Maria Carlotta Sassine (her sultry voice and her traditional blues renditions have earned here the nickname “Torchy”), this smoldering beauty) Billy (The Kid) Thrower (star pitcher for the Stock Kings; he is fun-loving, hard-drinking, warm-hearted, and hell-raising).

Everyone is a suspect, has a motive, and an opportunity (or two). If you haven’t been to a murder mystery before, we suggest you give it a “shot”.

SO MUCH FUN, IT’S ALMOST CRIMINAL!
If you like, come dressed as a character from the Roaring 20s!  The best costume each performance receives two invitations to the preview night of Magnolia Arts Center’s production of Annie.

This caper is also a coffee and dessert production.  Everyone attending will get complimentary coffee/beverage.  Several dessert choices will be available.

·         SHOW DATES:

·         Thursday, September 9 @ 7 p.m.

·         Friday, Sept. 10 @ 7 p.m.

·         Saturday, September 11 @ 7 p.m.

·         Friday, September 17 @ 7 p.m.

·         Saturday, September 18 @ 7 p.m.

·         Sunday, September 19 @ 2 p.m.

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZE CAST ANNOUNCED

Between Riverside and Crazy Cast:

Pops Washington– Johnie Hamilton

Junior Washington-  Jason Brown

Lulu–  Ronnie Parker

Oswaldo–  Monte Franklin

Detective Audrey O’ Conner– Virlika Prayer

Lieutenant Caro– Tim Messina

Church Lady- Michelle Joyner

THE STORY: Ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his newly paroled son Junior have spent a lifetime living between Riverside and crazy. But now, the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed—and the church won’t leave him alone. When the struggle to keep one of New York City’s last great rent-stabilized apartments collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems that the old days may be dead and gone.

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. “…somewhere south of cozy and north of dangerous, west of sitcom and due east of tragedy…a dizzying and exciting place to be…Blurring lines between the sacred and profane has always been a specialty of Mr. Guirgis…fresh and startling…RIVERSIDE traffics in paradoxes, which is to say it deals with the walking contradictions that are human beings…Mr. Guirgis has a splendid ear for these various languages of deception.” —NY Times. “You can’t always believe your eyes or ears during Stephen Adly Guirgis’ vivid group portrait, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. [Guirgis’] dialogue is believable and lived-in.” —NY Daily News. “…wonderful…a genuine original, one that deserves to be seen by anyone hungry for a smart, exuberantly funny urban dramedy with a spirit as shrewd and forgiving as its motor-mouth language is wild and lush.” —Newsday. “[A] love/hate song to this impossible town and its outlandish citizenry…Everyone’s bound to be captivated by Guirgis’s loudmouthed locals…[and] warm, rich dialect that comes right off the city streets.” —Variety. “RIVERSIDE explores, with both street-smart, sometimes-profane wit and disarming tenderness, the different ways in which we cling to, reject and exploit faith. Never one to settle for simple answers or snarky observations, Guirgis portrays his characters, and their twisting journeys, with humor and compassion.” —USA Today.

ANNIE AUDITIONS!

Auditions are as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 11 @ 9 am for all ages

Sunday, Sept. 12 @ 2 – 4 pm: For those under 15

Sunday, Sept. 12 @ 4 pm: For those 15 or older(Youth or Adults)

Little orphan Annie charms everyone with her positivity despite living a next-to-nothing life in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC.

In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, the staff at Warbuck’s mansion, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

TEEN MURDER MYSTERY AUDITIONS!

The Chicago Caper
A Magnolia Arts Teen Murder Mystery
A coffee & dessert production.

You have received an invitation to S.P. Keasy’s place, a private club near the headquarters of notorious gangster Hal Cappone.  Cappone was released today from Awsume State Penitentiary after serving a six-month term. But upon arriving, Hal is discovered murdered! The question “whodunnit”? The suspects: Molly M. Awbsterr (society dame from NY, the ultimate flapper in Chicago); Ernie (Bet-a-million) Ernie G. Ambler (Chicago’s most colorful millionaire), Silky M. Adame (shady owner-operator of Chicago’s most prominent private establishment), Eddie (Socks) R. Gyle (smooth and fashionable, owns the Green Tables gambling house), Malissa F. Orrthot (a crime reporter for the city’s leading paper The Trumpet, her beauty and  charm helped further her career on both sides of the law), S. Treighton Harrow (US District Attorney), Anna Maria Carlotta Sassine (her sultry voice and her traditional blues renditions have earned here the nickname “Torchy”), this smoldering beauty) Billy (The Kid) Thrower (star pitcher for the Stock Kings; he is fun-loving, hard-drinking, warm-hearted, and hell-raising).

Everyone is a suspect, has a motive, and an opportunity (or two). If you haven’t been to a murder mystery before, we suggest you give it a “shot”.

SO MUCH FUN, IT’S ALMOST CRIMINAL!
If you like, come dressed as a character from the Roaring 20s!  The best costume each performance receives two invitations to the preview night of Magnolia Arts Center’s production of Annie.

This caper is also a coffee and dessert production.  Everyone attending will get complimentary coffee/beverage.  Several dessert choices will be available.

·         SHOW DATES:

·         Thursday, September 9 @ 7 p.m.

·         Friday, Sept. 10 @ 7 p.m.

·         Saturday, September 11 @ 7 p.m.

·         Sunday, September 12 @ 2 p.m.

·         Friday, September 17 @ 7 p.m.

·         Saturday, September 18 @ 7 p.m.

SCHOLARSHIPS – YOUTH SUMMER WORKSHOPS

MAC Stage Managers just called from the booth: “INTERMISSION IS OVER!  SHOUT, OH YES!” Youth Ensemble Studio Returns! We are live and direct coming in July and August. Three different transformative theatrical workshops will be offered and taught by Janice Vertucci Schreiber. CDC guidelines and protocol will be followed.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO!

Scholarships are available!

 

 

 

Broadway OnDemand

PRE-ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Magnolia Arts Center’s first BROADWAY ON-DEMAND performance will be broadcast on November 20th and 21st! Enjoy this hilarious virtual play from the comfort of your home!

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales features many of your favorite characters from familiar fairy tales. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s quintessential children’s book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from “Chicken Little” to “The Gingerbread Man” gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around.

This production is performed by the Magnolia Arts Center’s Youth Ensemble Theatre and features a cast from Greenville, NC to Ocean City, NJ!

TICKETS ARE $10 PER HOUSEHOLD.

YOU CAN WATCH THE PERFORMANCE ANY TIME STARTING ON
NOVEMBER 20TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 21ST!

Click below to pre-order your tickets now!

Stinky Cheese Man Auditions!

Magnolia Arts Center
Zoom Showcase Players

AUDITIONS!!!             SOMETHING SMELLS FUNNY!!!

The Magnolia Arts Center will hold auditions for the virtual production of ‘The STINKY CHEESE MAN And Other Fairly Stupid Tales’ which will be presented on November 20th and 21st. “Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieska and Lane Smith’s quintessential children’s book of fractured fairy tales,” as described by the play publishers.

The MAC is seeking youth, ages 9 – 13 for this virtual production of fractured fairy tales. There are seven actors in this play doing multiple roles which is a great learning experience for a young actor. Three roles are already cast with four roles still available: 2
males and 2 of any gender. However, if we have a huge audition turnout, the production has the ability to be expanded.

The auditions will be held via Zoom on Saturday September 19th at two different times: 10:00 – 12:00 and 4:00 – 6:00.

Be prepared to be at the audition for the entire time slot because the directing team may want to hear you again.

Please fill out the audition form at the link below and return to the Magnolia Arts Center before September 18th by email:

AUDITION FORM

Please make copies of the audition sides listed at the link below:

AUDITION SIDE 1

AUDITION SIDE 2

Rehearsals are scheduled for Thursdays and Sundays beginning September 24th from 6:30 – 8:00 via Zoom.

Starting November 16th, we probably will rehearse every night prior to the show’s opening.

This production will be directed by Janice Vertucci Schreiber and Taylor Evans.