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Magical Mitch Albom Comedy at Racine Theatre Guild
“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,” a comedy by Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” is full of humor, humanity and magical surprises. The play is being staged from September 12-28 at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
As one might suspect from the title, “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” has to do with tabloid journalism—that and a whole lot more. Duane (Len Maki) and Duwell (Scott Cannady), two bumbling Alabama brothers who have never even managed to shoot a duck, fear they’ve taken down a celestial being. When the editor of a sleazy tabloid (Gary Stamm) hears of it, he sends a cynical reporter, Sandy (Matt Specht), and a reluctant photographer, Lenny (Norgie Metzinger), to cover the story. They find the two backwoods brothers with the help of a wise-cracking teenage girl (Elle Cooper) who works at the local Gasmart. The four men search the swamp for the wounded angel and come up with white feathers, a large wing and a tiara. Could the angel be for real? The cast of colorful and diverse characters also includes a half-man/half-alligator (Ryan Simonsen), a mysterious voice (Laura-Nicole Musolf), and a woman from Sandy’s past (Stefanie Stamper). Multiple themes--race relations, cultural stereotypes, redemption, exploitative media--and a love story are all hysterically interwoven to make this a rare comedy with a surprise ending and heartfelt message.
“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” was Mitch Albom’s first play not based on a book. Collectively, his books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, have been published in 44 languages, and have been made into Emmy-Award-winning and critically-acclaimed TV movies. This play debuted in 2004 at the Purple Rose Theatre, which was founded by actor Jeff Daniels in Chelsea, Michigan. It went on to become that theatre’s highest-grossing play before moving to downtown Detroit and other productions around the country.
RTG Managing and Artistic Director Doug Instenes is directing the RTG production. Lizz-Otto Cramer designed and painted the set. Mike Kishline heads the volunteer crew as production stage manager, with Rebecca Kishline calling the show as stage manager.
Performances take place over three weekends, from September 12th through the 28th. 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 September 20 and at 4 p.m. on September 27. There are 7 p.m. shows on Sunday, September 21, and Thursday, September 25. Tickets are bargain-priced at 7 p.m. shows: $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (62 and older), and $8 for students (21 and younger). At all other times, tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. Discounts are available to groups of 12 or more and subscribers. Subscriptions are currently being sold for as little as $50 for five shows.
The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (volunteer-based) theatre now beginning 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 and subscriptions cannot be purchased online.
Auditions Sept. 8 & 9 for Campy Horror Spoof at RTG
The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue in Racine, announces open auditions on September 8 and 9 for a hilarious spoof of 1930s horror movies. “The Werewolf’s Curse or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” opens on Halloween night and runs two weekends, through November 9.
Written by Billy St. John, the play follows Harry Pate, an American student at the University of Lipsync in Rumania, as he and his vegetarian fiancée seek a cure for his wolfman tendencies, which include craving rare roast beef and sprouting hair whenever there’s a full moon. At Dr. Frank Einstein’s castle, Harry consults with Madam Clara Voyant, a gypsy fortune teller who’s one of the attractions of Professor Wonder’s two-bit carnival troupe. The other characters are a bearded lady; a tattooed lady with one tattoo; a puny muscleman; a sword swallower with a chronic sore throat; Siamese twins joined at the fingertip; a 4000-year-old mummy; a 200-year-old, juice-drinking vampire; and seven villagers, all played by one quick-changing actor.
To audition, come to the Racine Theatre Guild at 7 p.m. on either Monday, September 8, or Tuesday, September 9. (Please note: the dates were pushed back from late August.) Appointments are not being taken. The many fun roles can be played by adults from age 18 to 70s, with or without experience. 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
Auditions at Racine Theatre Guild for Musical Favorite “The Sound of Music”
The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. (Highway 38), is taking appointments for auditions on September 13 and 14 for one of the most popular musicals of all time, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” The show has a large cast, with singing roles for women, men and children (minimum age 10). Performances run December 3-21, over three weekends and six weekdays (for school groups).
“The Sound of Music” tells the familiar story of a high-spirited postulant, Maria, who is sent to fill in as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. She first wins over the children and then their father. After Maria and Captain Von Trapp are wed, on the eve of World War II, the family flees Austria to escape the Nazis. This final Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration is loaded with unforgettable songs: “Maria,” “My Favorite Things, “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” Edelweiss,” and the title song, “The Sound of Music.”
To audition, come prepared with a song to sing, sheet music in hand. An accompanist will be provided. Tape recordings and unaccompanied singing are not permitted. In addition to singing, auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and dancing in a group. Scripts may be checked out in advance from the Guild’s box office. All roles are open.
Auditions take place at the Racine Theatre Guild and are being booked into specific time slots. On Saturday, September 13, appointments are available hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, September 14, audition times are 6, 7 and 8 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call 262-633-4218.
Now in its 77th season, the Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (amateur) theatre. The box office, located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, is normally open from 12 to 6 p.m.