We finished our fall play and we are already working behind the scenes for our spring show, "Driving Miss Daisy." I am so excited to be directing this phenomenal production and I can't wait for auditions and rehearsals. Unfortunately, this does not happen until February -- and the show opens in April. More details later. Suffice it to say, we will be doing a huge promotion for this warm and fuzzy -- yet powerful -- production. This Pulitzer prize-winning play has not been done in the Milwaukee area for a while and this year is the 20th anniversary of its theatrical release.
In the meantime, a number of us are working on other shows. I have been approached about recreating my very first role -- that of Janet McKenzie in Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution" (West Allis Players 1993). A friend of mine -- also in the original show -- is doing the show in Indiana at the end of January and as this role is part of the courtroom scene, I will be able to do it with minimal rehearsal. Let's hope the winter weather cooperates on that commute!
The West Allis Players are starting to fashion our 2010-2011 season and so far we have come up with a number of interesting suggestions for the plays and musicals. Anyone out there have any ideas to contribute?
We generally do two straight (non-musical) shows and then our summer musical. The Children's Show series (we open with a non-musical "Beauty and the Beast" December 20) are not shows we pick out. These are shows other groups do and we simply provide a venue.
Anyway, if you happen to have a show you would like to see us do, drop us a line at our website and we will add it to our discussion list. Hopefully, our season will be set in time to be included in our spring show program. Our spring show, by the way, is "Driving Miss Daisy" so be sure to spread the word on that. We are very excited to be bringing this fantastic story to the stage and know it will be a real crowd pleaser.