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.