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Positions Available at RTG

The Racine Theatre Guild (www.racinetheatre.org), one of the largest community theatres in the Midwest, is seeking a full-time Director of Marketing and Development to join its professional staff.  Located in Racine, WI, on Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Chicago, the Guild owns and operates a fully equipped 390-seat theatre.   Duties include all aspects of publicity, volunteer management and fundraising for the Guild’s many productions, events and programs.  Applicant must have strong written communication and organizational skills.  Appropriate degree (Bachelor of Arts or beyond) and/or comparable work experience related to marketing, business, communications or theatre required.  Salary commensurate with experience, starting in the $35,000 range.  Benefits include health insurance and IRA contributions. 

Send resume and references to Personnel Committee, Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Racine, WI 53404.  Email us at doug@racinetheatre.org.

Marketing Job description
Marketing Job description

 

 

Racine Theatre Guild seeks customer-oriented person to attend box office during weekend performances. Number of hours varies with performance schedule (known months in advance). Applicants must have communication, clerical, organizational and math skills. Main duties involve selling/processing tickets and handling patron concerns. If interested, complete an application at the box office or send resume with references to doug@racinetheatre.org.

 


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Laugh a lot at RTG’s “Spamalot”

 

“Monty Python’s Spamalot,” an outlandish musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the 1975 cult classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” brings another Racine Theatre Guild season to a fun close. Winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Spamalot” plays May 15-31 at the Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.

Possibly one of the silliest musicals ever written (by Eric Idle with John DuPrez), though always entertaining, this highly irreverent parody follows King Arthur and his tap-dancing Knights of the Round Table as they embark on a madcap quest. Along the way they’re sidetracked by comedic bits involving chanting monks, flying cows, killer rabbits, accused witches and taunting Frenchmen. There are hilariously absurd, show-stopping musical numbers, including “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “The Song That Goes Like This,” and “He is Not Dead Yet.”

Monty Python is a well-known British surreal comedy group that created the sketch comedy TV show "Monty Python's Flying Circus." Broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974, "Flying Circus" was conceived, written and performed by Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The Python phenomenon spawned touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books, and this stage musical.

The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, was a big, boisterous hit. It received 14 Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards. During its initial run of over 1,500 performances, it was seen by more than 2 million people and grossed over $175 million.

With most playing multiple quirky roles, RTG has 22 in its cast: Jason Aaron, Olivia Burns, Noah Chartrand, Lauren Haumersen, Matt Hoye, Davidson Kane, Zach Kirchenwitz, Mike Kishline, Rebecca Kishline, Michael P. Kroes, Rob Kroes, Mary Kveton, Dan Martino, Ashley Mulder, Elissa Richardson, Frank Russ, Brian J. Schalk, Patrick Schneider, Isabella Smetana, Rebecca Weaver, Paul Weir and Eric Welch.

Directing the production is the Racine Theatre Guild’s Managing and Artistic Director Doug Instenes. Gregory Berg is music director and Kara Ernst-Schalk is choreographer. Sarah Hunt-Frank designed the set. Mona Lewis heads the volunteer crew as production stage manager, with Eric Guttenberg serving as stage manager.

Sponsored by Rasmussen Diamonds, performances of “Spamalot” run from May 15-31. There are shows on each of the three weekends at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons. There are Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on May 23 and 4 p.m. on May 30, as well as 7 p.m. shows on Sunday, May 24, and Thursday, May 28.

“Spamalot” ticket prices for 7 p.m. performances are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (62 and older), and $10 for students (21 and younger); at all other times tickets cost $19/$17/$14. Discounts are available to subscribers and groups of 12 or more. The show is not recommended for children

The RTG box office at 2519 Northwestern Ave. is open 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 90 minutes prior to curtain through intermission at performances. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or order online at "Calendar" tab (note: discounts cannot be applied to online orders).

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RTG Holding Auditions May 9 & 10 for

Summer Musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes”

 

The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue in Racine, announces open auditions on May 9 and 10 for “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a jukebox musical by Roger Bean featuring hits of the 1950s and ’60s. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is the first production of RTG’s 78th season, having performances from July 17 to 26.

With a story told mostly through song, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” opens in 1958, when four girls are recruited at the last minute to fill in as prom entertainment. As they sing hits of the 1950s, rivalries develop, and the evening ends with the prom queen’s coronation. Ten years later at their class reunion, the gals are back to sing hits of the 1960s. The different paths they’ve followed since graduation lead to an on-stage marriage proposal, a marriage on the rocks, a pregnancy involving raging hormones and a wayward husband, and reconciliation among the women. The show’s 30 musical numbers include “Mr. Sandman,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Secret Love,” “It’s In His Kiss,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “It’s My Party,” “Leader of the Pack” and “Respect.”

There are singing roles for four women, ages 18 to 40. Kara Ernst-Schalk is the director. Scripts are available at RTG’s box office, to view in the lobby or check out of the building by paying a $10 refundable deposit.

To audition, come to the Racine Theatre Guild at either 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, or 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Appointments are not being taken. Please prepare a song and bring the sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Recordings and unaccompanied singing are not permitted.

The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (amateur) theatre that produces eight main-stage plays annually and offers a wide range of entertainment and enrichment opportunities. For more information, call the box office at 262-633-4218 between noon and 6 p.m. on weekdays.