Support NTA’s 2018 Season with a Playbill Ad

NTA is still beaming about having sold-out audiences for “Steel Magnolias.” And, we’re headed again in that direction because “A Tuna Christmas” tickets just hit 85% sold. We are filling the seats and patrons are keeping our playbills, hundreds of books, which are filled with advertising messages from local businesses. Statistically, arts patrons have more discretionary income and are more likely to support a local businesses. Now is the time to get your message to a receptive audience.

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We are now taking reservations for our 2018 season. But hurry! All reservations and ad plans must be in by January 5, 2018 to be included in the first play of our season “Too Soon for Daisies” which opens February 9.  If you’d like a list of plays for 2018, please see our article under the “News” heading on our navigation bar.

If you have questions or would like to reserve an ad you may contact us by phone at 936-825-3195 for by email at navasotatheatrealliance@gmail.com.

NTA Reveals 2018 Season Plays

Navasota Theatre Alliance’s board president Sheryl Brown announces the non-profit live community theatre’s 2018 season which opens February 9.

Featuring four Main Stage productions and two summer theatre camps for youth in NTA’s intimate 87-seat traverse stage, the new season features the regional premiere of Too Soon for Daisies directed by Chaz Pitman; the regional premiere of a murder mystery of sorts The Psychic directed by Jane Brewer; a Southern Fried Murder a story filled with southern charm and directed by Chaz Pitman; and the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol directed by Earlene Rainey, who will also direct NTA’s youth camps.

The Theatre Board took a new approach in selecting plays for the upcoming season. Traditionally, the Board creates an annual list that includes unselected titles approved from previous years and screens new offerings to add to the list. This year they also invited proven directors to submit titles to bring to NTA’s stage. “Bringing these processes together has resulted in a promising season of NTA regional premieres and continues our tradition of offering comedies, mysteries, and classics that our patrons love,” explains Brown.

Opening Feb. 9, 2018 for 11 performances, Too Soon for Daisies was written by William Dinner and William Morum and follows the antics of three retired English ladies who’ve escaped from their retirement home and go to great lengths so they don’t have to go back because it is truly too soon for daisies. This play is sponsored by a leadership gift from Jo Ann Smith & Harold Urbanosky and made possible through the Hotel Tax Revenue funded by the City of Navasota through The Arts Council.

Opening April 13, 2018 for 11 performances, The Psychic was written by Sam Bobrick and is a murder mystery of sorts. The storyline follows the chaotic life of Adam Webster, a down-on-his-luck writer who in desperation to make his rent, puts a sign in his apartment window that reads “Psychic Readings $25.” Made possible through the Hotel Tax Revenue funded by the City of Navasota through The Arts Council.

Opening Sept. 28, 2018 for 11 performances, Southern Fried Murder was written by Billy St. John is a murder-mystery-comedy where the wealthy family matriarch Magnolia Capote summons her kith and kin to discuss her will. But before she could reveal her plans, she’s murdered.

Over the holiday season, NTA will present A Christmas Carol directed by Earlene Rainey, it’s the perfect treat for the whole family. Opening Dec. 6, 2018, this festive ghost story remains in the ethereal planes of the afterlife as Marley scrambles to redeem himself by reforming cold-hearted, selfish-miser Ebenezer Scrooge in just 24 hours.

Chaz Pitman Returns to NTA

Chaz Pitman is delighted to return to the Navasota Theatre Alliance after an eight-year absence, having left in 2010 to continue his ‘day-job’ employment in the Seattle area. He retired in December 2016 and has come back home. Prior to his departure he was active in several Brazos Valley theatres and he’s gotten back into the local scene since his return.  While he did a few acting projects in Washington, lately he’s been seen as Mark Twain (et alia) in Theatre Company’s production of “Big River” and as (the butler called) Dawson in Stagecenter’s summer melodrama “For Her Che-ild’s Sake.”  He is currently directing Theatre Company’s musical for the Christmas season, “She Loves Me,” and will direct NTA’s season opener “Too Soon for Daisies.”  He’s also on board to direct next fall’s production of “Southern Fried Murder” for NTA.

Chaz and NTA have a long and successful history.  He proudly recalls working the sound for “Night of the Iguana” in the Sunny Furman Theatre long before there was an office or tech booth.  He and the lighting operator and director, the late Randy Wilson, were wedged into a tiny elevated platform like Apollo astronauts and orchestrated a number of special effects, including a full gale force storm complete with wind and thunder and lightning.  Since then he’s been in, worked on or directed a number of shows, usually comedies, all to great popularity and success.  Additionally he served on the board, two years of which he was president.

While he likes to reflect on his past accomplishments, he looks forward to the coming season and hopes to bring the comedy thriller “Too Soon for Daisies” to life on NTA’s unique and intimate stage.  The show centers around three senior English ladies, out for a rowboat ride, who lose their oars and end up down the coast outside a small village.  They discover an abandoned but very usable cottage and when the owner shows up, then passes away suddenly, they decide to hide his body and make it their home, instead of returning to their assisted living ‘prison.’  Tension and comedy builds when villagers, and the owner’s niece, appear and begin suspecting something’s not quite right.

Says Pitman “I love directing comedies.  The timing has to be just right, the technical aspects have to be tighter and there are always opportunities for more creativity.  Besides, I just love to laugh.  I think that that love is reflected in the shows I’ve done.”

If you’re interested, please peruse the “Too Soon for Daisies” by [CLICKING HERE],  for more information, or come to auditions on December 18 and 19 at 6:45pm at the Theatre.

 

A Tuna Christmas Auditions Announced

By Sheryl Brown
NTA President

We are excited to announce that we’ll be holding open auditions for the hilarious holiday production, “A Tuna Christmas,” written by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams. The award-winning show features just three male actors playing over twenty eccentric characters of all ages (and sexes). Auditions will be held at the Sunny Furman Theatre at 104 W. Washington Ave. in Navasota, TX on Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6:45pm. We are auditioning for three male actors. Actors do not to bring auditions pieces, but should familiarize themselves with the show’s characters and be able to read in a variety of male and female voices at various pitches. Actors may prepare by pre-purchasing the scripts and/or DVD of the play from Amazon or Samuel French. (Note: audition excerpts will be made available at auditions).

“A Tuna Christmas” is, in my opinion, the most delightful of all the Tuna shows,” says Director, Mark Taylor. “Anyone familiar with life in a small, southern town will laugh out loud because the characters are simultaneously comic and realistic. For many people, they’ll remind you of some of your own relatives or neighbors.”

In addition to the actors, Taylor is recruiting skilled costumers and seamstresses/seamsters, set designers, wardrobe/makeup/wig assistants (several will be needed for this fast-paced show), stage manager and stagehands.

This live community theatre production is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. There will be 10 shows that run Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm from December 7 through 17, 2017.

“A Tuna Christmas” is both an homage to, and a satire of, small town southern living during the holidays. Local radio station personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on the town’s Yuletide activities. The Tuna, Texas annual Christmas Yard Display Contest has been thrown a curve by a mysterious vandal who sabotages the displays. Meanwhile, the townsfolk try to manage their own crazy holiday turmoil, including family woes, probation problems, and an ill-fated production of “A Christmas Carol.” This is wildly funny holiday entertainment for grown ups.

The director’s bio along with an audition form and character descriptions are posted under the Plays tab, and then by selecting Tuna Christmas. Tickets are now available under our Buy Tickets Tab.

See you at auditions!

Rainey Returns to Direct Mousetrap

By Sheryl Brown
NTA President

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we welcome back NTA’s former artistic director Earlene Rainey as the director for “The Mousetrap” and as part of the theatre’s director pool.

“What a wonderful cast and crew, full of familiar faces and also some amazing new talent for NTA,” says Rainey. “Each and every one has solid theatre experience and brings such professionalism to this production. It is an honor to get to work with each of them. This play offers great fun, filled with laughs, intrigue, and one exciting ending,” she adds.

Set for the season, a group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of which is a murderer. The suspects include a newly married couple who run the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, then the killer strikes. Filled with rich dialogue and intriguing characters, “The Mousetrap” is a wonderful holiday gift for the whole family.

The play will be 11 performances opening Friday, December 2  to 18: Fridays through Saturdays and final Thursday at 7pm, with matinees on Sunday  and the final Saturday at 2pm.  A dinner theatre, catered by D’Vine Cuisine of Bryan, will be held Saturday, December 10 at 5:45pm and is $30pp (includes performance).

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie,” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and  made possible in part through the Hotel Tax Revenue through the City of Navasota through The Arts Council.

Grants Help Make NTA Beautiful Again

By Sheryl Brown
NTA President

Some of you may recall my announcement earlier this year that the Theatre had received a $10,000 grant from Union Pacific Foundation to repair the front awning, which was extremely deteriorated. That was great news. But with all the additional repairs needed to the facade, I knew securing another grant was necessary.

I’m pleased to report we recently received word that our grant application to the City of Navasota’s Economic Development Corporation was approved at nearly $20,000. This grant is a percentage matching grant and we couldn’t have done it without Union Pacific Foundation’s initial award.

The total project includes power washing, fresh paint with updated colors, upper canopy cleaning, rebuilding the lower awning roof with materials appropriate for the pitch, replacing mortar as necessary, replacing the failing heat and air unit and relocating it to the roof, a lot of other little details, and a new high resolution LED sign with changeable graphics capability. With the new sign, we can regularly change the message so our patrons and the public will be more aware of performance dates and other events and happenings at the Theatre. Plus, and very important, we will no longer have to climb on an awning to hang vinyl banners onto a rusting sign board.

We are very proud to help facilitate the City’s goal to beautify our downtown area. I hope it will encourage other businesses to beautify their buildings so we can all work together to attract more visitors to discover the charm of Navasota.

The beautification work will be complete before Thanksgiving with sign installation expected early January 2017. When you join us at the Theatre to enjoy The Mousetrap, you can see the changes first-hand.