Please be aware that due to water main replacements, Northwestern Ave. (Hwy. 38) has had lane closures from RTG to Memorial Dr. and is temporarily a one-way street heading east.
Zany horror film spoof opens Halloween night at
Racine Theatre Guild
A hilarious spoof of 1930’s horror movies arrives just in time for Halloween, opening on October 31 with a costume contest at intermission of “The Werewolf’s Curse or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.” The comedy continues for two weekends, through November 9, at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
At the opening performance on October 31 at 7:30 p.m., patrons are encouraged to wear costumes and come on stage at intermission for a Halloween costume contest. Judges will determine winners in various divisions and categories. Prizes to be awarded include a $100 gift card from Yardarm Bar & Grill, $50 gift cards from Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly, $50 gift certificate from Signature Flowers by Randy, tickets and more.
Written by pun-loving Billy St. John, the play follows Harry Pate (John Christensen), an American student at the University of Lipsync in Rumania, as he and his vegetarian fiancée (Laura Chartrand) seek a cure for his wolfman tendencies, like craving rare roast beef and sprouting hair whenever there’s a full moon. At the castle of Dr. Frank Einstein (Ron Halvorsen), Harry consults with Madam Clara Voyant (Wanda Brink-Faris), a gypsy fortune teller who travels with a two-bit carnival troupe owned by the unscrupulous Professor Wonder (Jay Rattle). The carnival also has a bearded lady (Sandy Pontillo); a tattooed lady with one tattoo (Lori Russ); a puny muscleman (Trevor R. Lewis); a sword swallower with a chronic sore throat (Brandon LaFrance); Siamese twins joined at the fingertip (Kristin Althoff, Eva Elam); a 4000-year-old mummy (Laura Powell); a 200-year-old, juice-drinking vampire (James Lee Christensen); and a belly dancer from Brooklyn (Melissa Zeien). Rounding out the cast of characters are seven villagers named Doppelganger (all played by Davidson Kane) and The Monster (Mike De Guire).
Jack Phillips is directing the production for the Racine Theatre Guild. Kara Ernst heads the volunteer crew as production stage manager and also serves as stage manager.
Performances take place over two weekends, from October 31 through November 9. On each weekend there are shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, there are Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on November 1 and at 4 p.m. on November 8. Tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (62 and older), and $12 for students (anyone 21 and under). Reduced rates are available to groups of 12 or more and subscribers. Flex pass packages of discounted admissions can be purchased, as well.
The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (volunteer-based) theatre now in its 77th season. The box office is open from 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 90 minutes prior to each curtain time through intermission. For reservations or further information, call 262-633-4218.
Tickets may be ordered online at www.racinetheatre.org; however, discounts and coupons cannot be applied to online orders and subscriptions cannot be purchased online.
Pictured left to right: Davidson Kane, John Christensen, Laura Chartrand
Pictured are: Jay Rattle, Trevor Lewis, Brandon LaFrance, Laura Powell, Laura Chartrand and James Lee Christensen
Comedy Juggling Show for Families at Racine Children’s Theatre
Fun for all ages is what “Jason, the Juggling Jester” brings to the Racine Children’s Theatre November 14, 15 and 16. Jason Huneke gives eight performances of his captivating comedy juggling show at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38).
Jason’s live show rocks: it’s fast-paced and clean enough for kids, smart enough for adults, and thrilling enough to keep teens on the edge of their seats. Jason has taken his G-rated act to a variety of venues in every major city of the country—1,000 and counting. He’s entertained kids in schools and summer programs. He’s shared stages with Jars of Clay, LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna Judd, The Newsboys, Switchfoot, Kat DeLuna, Joe Nichols and many others. He’s been a headliner on Carnival Cruise Lines and even appeared on “America’s Got Talent.”
The second “Packy Play” in the 2014-15 (82nd) season of Racine Children’s Theatre is being presented by series sponsor SC Johnson on one weekend only, November 14-16. Show times are Friday at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Seating is by general admission (no reserved seats). The elephant mascot of the Racine Children’s Theatre, Packy, introduces each performance. Jason will meet and greet audience members in the lobby immediately following the shows.
Bring your family to see “Jason, the Jesting Juggler” for just $6 per ticket, or save $1 on each admission with flex passes (sold in packs of four, not available online). Packy Plays are designed for families with children ages 4 and older. The box office of the Racine Theatre Guild is open from 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 90 minutes prior to each scheduled performance. Call 262-633-4218
Seinfeld” Writer Pat Hazell Returns to RTG’s Comedy Tonight
The Racine Theatre Guild’s Comedy Tonight series welcomes back a popular comedian, Pat Hazell, who first gained national attention for his work as a writer on the “Seinfeld” series. On November 15 at 8 p.m., Hazell brings his genuinely funny Americana humor to the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. As a writer, performer and producer, Pat Hazell is known for his knowledge and appreciation of pop culture. PBS called him “America’s foremost pop culture anthropologist.” He’s a veteran of the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and his commentary is heard on NPR.
People in this area know him as a playwright linked with John McGivern, as Hazell wrote “The Wonder Bread Years” and “Bunk Bed Brothers.” He co-wrote a screenplay of “Bunk Bed Brothers” for Columbia Pictures and it was also filmed as the sit-com “American Pie” for NBC.
In addition to “Seinfeld,” Hazell’s TV writing credits include “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “My Life in 3D,” Showtime’s “Aspen Comedy Special” and “Grounded for Life.”
Tickets are priced at $17 each for adults, $15 for seniors (62+), and $12 for students (21 andyounger). Two more nights of comedy are yet to come in the Comedy Tonight series, sponsored by Tri City National Bank: “The He and She Show” on February 9 and “All Night with John McGivern . . . or at least till 9:30” on March 21. Tickets to McGivern’s performance are priced slightly higher: $23/$21/$18.
The RTG box office at 2519 Northwestern Avenue (phone 262-633-4218) is open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 90 minutes prior to a performance through intermission.
Auditions Nov. 17 & 18 for Smart Farce “One Slight Hitch”
The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue in Racine, announces open auditions on November 17 and 18 for a smart farce from Lewis Black, a comedian known for his appearances on “The Daily Show.” “One Slight Hitch,” a hilarious modern spin on the “Father of the Bride” story, opens January 16 and runs for three weekends, through February 1.
It’s 1981, and life in suburban Cincinnati is good for Doc and Delia Coleman on the morning of their eldest daughter Courtney’s wedding day. She’s marrying a handsome and wealthy man, Harper, and the Colemans are pulling out all the stops to throw the perfect wedding they themselves never had. Then the doorbell rings and one slight hitch wreaks havoc on all of their plans. Courtney’s former live-in boyfriend, Ryan, who’s been traveling, stops to say hello, totally unaware that it is Courtney’s wedding day. One hitch after another prevents Ryan’s departure, but Doc is determined to keep him hidden from Delia. Soon everything starts to unravel and hysteria takes over. So much for perfect.
To audition, come to the Racine Theatre Guild at 7 p.m. on either Monday, November 17, or Tuesday, November 18. Appointments are not being taken. There are roles for an older man, Doc, in his 50s or 60s and two younger men, Ryan and Harper, who can be in their mid-20s to late 30s. Besides the role of Delia (50s-60s), there are three Coleman daughters, whose ages can range from 16 to mid-30s. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Scripts are available to check out in advance from the box office.
The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (amateur) theatre offering a wide range of entertainment and enrichment opportunities year-round. For more information, call the box office at 262-633-4218 between noon and 6 p.m. on weekdays
Volunteering at RTG – Help make the magic happen!
Through the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers led by a small professional staff, the Racine Theatre Guild, a community theatre, provides a variety of live entertainment and educational offerings for all ages, including:
- Main-stage plays and musicals
- Racine Children’s Theatre
- Jean’s Jazz Series
- Comedy Tonight
- Theatre trips
- Classes and workshops
RTG volunteers have diverse backgrounds—some arrive without experience, while others come with theatre degrees. All you need is desire! Do you want to meet people and have fun? Be part of a team? Learn new things? Indulge your creative side? See amazing results from your efforts?
Information is available at
2519 Northwestern Ave., www.racinetheatre.org, 262-633-4218.