The Perfect Wedding, except for “One Slight Hitch”
The Racine Theatre Guild starts the new year with a modern wedding-day farce, “One Slight Hitch,” by comedian Lewis Black, known for his stand-up act and appearances on “The Daily Show.” The play is being staged from January 16 to February 1 at the Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
The setting is the upper-middle-class home of Doc and Delia Coleman (Jerry Rannow and Shawn Britten) in suburban Cincinnati in 1981 on the wedding day of their daughter Courtney (Shannon McGuire). She is marrying wealthy, logical, well-groomed Harper (Mike DeGuire). It is to be the lavish wedding Dr. and Mrs. Coleman never had, until the doorbell rings and one slight hitch wreaks havoc on all of their plans. Arriving unannounced on their doorstep is Ryan (Len Maki), Courtney’s vagabond ex-boyfriend, who is unaware of her engagement and simply stopped to visit, as he happened to be in town. Also along for the ride through the deconstruction of the perfect wedding are two other Coleman daughters: 16-year-old P.B. (Isabella Smetana) and 20-something Melanie (Rebecca Kishline), an attractive and psychotic nurse.
Lewis Black was originally a playwright and at the age of 40 made a transition to stand-up comedy. Since 1996, he’s been doing a segment on “The Daily Show” called “Back in Black.” He was named Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001. He’s won two Grammy Awards for his comedy recordings. He’s taped four specials for Comedy Central and two for HBO. He is frequently seen on late-night TV, has a rigorous touring schedule, appears in films, and has written three best-selling books and more than 40 plays. “One Slight Hitch” was written in 2011.
Nathan Stamper is directing the Racine Theatre Guild’s production. Linda Freund designed and painted the set. Kelli Kauzlarich heads the volunteer crew as production stage manager, with Stefanie Stamper calling the show as stage manager.
Performances take place over three weekends, from January 16 through February 1. Every ticket holder for a performance of "One Slight Hitch" will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate from Art Metals Studio. 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 January 24 and at 4 p.m. on January 31. There are 7 p.m. shows on Sunday, January 25, and Thursday, January 29. Tickets are bargain-priced at the 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.
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.
Auditions Feb. 2 & 3 for “The Giver” at Racine Theatre Guild
The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue in Racine, announces open auditions on February 2 and 3 for “The Giver,” a play based on the book by Lois Lowry that became a major motion picture in 2014. “The Giver” has performances at RTG from April 10-20, on two weekends for the general public and four weekdays for school groups.
In this play set in the future, 12-year-old Jonas is living in a safe and controlled world, where there is no war or fear or pain—or free will. Every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas has been chosen to succeed The Giver, the person who retains memories of life before “Sameness.” As Jonas receives the memories, he experiences emotions and colors for the first time. He also realizes the hypocrisy of his utopian world: can he live with it?
To audition, come to the Racine Theatre Guild at 7 p.m. on either Monday, February 2, or Tuesday, February 3. Appointments are not being taken. There are roles for two boys and a girl who appear to be age 12. A younger girl (minimum age 10) is needed to play Jonas’s sister. The adult roles are Jonas’ father and mother, The Chief Elder (man or woman, middle-aged or older) and The Giver (an older man). 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
LONDON TOUR October 1-11, 2015
Our February 2015 trip sold out quickly, so we decided to offer a second opportunity to visit London!
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.