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Cast of Sweeney Todd Announced!

We are very excited to publish the cast of Sweeney Todd! The group is made up of fantastic singers and actors. There are some folks returning to the Playhouse: Jay DeYonker, Caryn Stringer and Jamie King appeared in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Michael Pitthan, Monika Ziskova, Emmanuel Placier and Laura Strugar worked on A Christmas Carol.

And we can’t wait to share the talents of all of the new faces we’re bringing to the stage. Many of the Czech performers work professionally in musical theater, at Hudebni Divadlo Karlin, for instance. And they will blow you out of the water!

We’ll post more from rehearsals. In the meantime, feel free to browse the performers bios (we’ll be adding more soon!).

March 6th, 2012

Great Night of Auditions for Sweeney!

We had a great night at the auditions for our Summer production of Sweeney Todd. About 50 people came out to audition, both people that we’d seen and worked with before in projects such as Charlie Brown and Christmas Carol as well as a lot of new faces. About half of the folks that turned up were singers from local Conservatories and from the Czech musical theater scene. We’re going to have follow up auditions on Sunday, February 19.

If you didn’t get a chance to come out to the audition and would like to, you can come at 13:00 on the 19th. Please email brian@pragueplayhouse.com for more details.

February 16th, 2012

PFTC: Smoking Apples Workshop and Show, Feb. 3rd

Prague Film and Theater Center is hosting the UK physical and puppet theater company, Smoking Apples, in a combined workshop and performance on Friday, February 3rd at Divadlo Kampa. The evening starts at 18:00 with a workshop “Puppets as Performers”, then has a performance at 19:20 of “The Wordcatcher”. This is followed by a Q&A with the company. Tickets are 350 Kc for the evening.

During the 1 hour “Puppets as Performers” workshop, the members of this highly acclaimed British theatre company will share their approach to working with puppets with the participants who will then have the opportunity to try it for themselves.

‘The Wordcatcher’ is a bizarre tale of something and nothing, of sound and of silence both in the heart and in the mind. The Wordcatcher sees its characters try to fix things in place that don’t fit together and through the expert use of miscommunication, the audience will witness how the holes and gaps in this story fill a void rather than leave one.

More information about timing and tickets is here or you can email PFTC for tickets.

February 2nd, 2012

Auditions for Sweeney Todd, Feb 15-20

We’re pleased to announce the upcoming auditions for SWEENEY TODD, a dark American musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim. We are looking for talented singer-actors who want to challenge themselves with this amazing (and amazingly difficult) music. We are also looking for instrumentalists to perform in the orchestra. Please see Emmanuel’s post on expats.cz for more details.

The production will be IN ENGLISH, but all nationalities are welcome to audition. It is a great chance to work on a musical with experienced director, vocal coach and choreographer Steve Josephson, who will be coming to Prague to direct. Rehearsals should start March/April and the performances will be June/July 2012. At this point, all roles are open for audition. A list of roles and their vocal ranges (along with other information about the show) is here: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000075 (select “casting” for the roles). The Beggar Woman, Beadle, Pirelli will also be included in the ensemble. We are especially looking for trained ensemble singers who can handle singing in harmony to sing in the chorus.

Auditions will be the week of February 15.
Callbacks will likely be the 18.2 or 19.2.

Please prepare: 2 songs: 1 ballad (slow), 1 uptempo (fast) for the audition. The songs should NOT be from SWEENEY TODD (but other Sondheim shows are welcome) and should show off your vocal range and interpretation. If you have any questions or to schedule an audition, please either email brian@pragueplayhouse.com or SMS/call 608 577 012.

Please pass this on to others who may be interested!

January 24th, 2012

Christmas Carol Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are now on sale for our upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. You can get tickets at the theater Literarni Kavarna, Retezova 10, Prague 1 or at the Globe Bookstore, Pstrossova 6, Prague 1 or by going to the online reservation system.

Full details about the production are available at http://christmascarol.pragueplayhouse.com!

October 28th, 2011

Auditions for the new Prague-Playhouse-Production “A Christmas Carol” on the 18th of September

If you are interested in the combination of singing and acting, please come to the auditions for the Prague Playhouse’s upcoming production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. The show will go up mid-November and play until the end of that month. Rehearsals will start at the beginning of October.

Auditions will be on Sunday 18.9. between 14:00 and 16:30 hrs. (2 to 4:30 pm) at the Prague Playhouse Acting Studio, Frantiska Krizka 1, 3rd floor in Prague 7. Please prepare a one-minute-monologue and a christmas carol to show your ability to tell a story through the song! To schedule an audition, please text/call Laura on 776 605 227!

We are doing something a little different with this one: We are going to have a small cast of players which will function as something like a Greek chorus: They will sing 19th century christmas carols as mood/commentary on what is going on in the play. When the scenes require it, they will step out of the chorus and act all of the characters in the play (besides Scrooge). It should be fun and challenging ensemble work for actor/singers.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the auditions!

September 12th, 2011

Prague Fringe Festival 2011

Hi everybody!

At long last a word from me, Boris Wilke, alumni of Brian Caspe’s Prague Playhouse Acting Studio.

I’d like to invite you all to go see plays at the Prague Fringe this year, which will start this coming Friday, May 27th. For nine days more than 40 plays will be performed in nine venues. The style will vary wildly. But all will be a fresh alternative to traditional theater. The price of 150 Crowns for each play should also be enticing.

I will be in a play, too. It’s called “Hotel Red Cello“. It’s a collage of monologues full of desire, clashes between these soliloquizing loners that really long to be with someone and video-projections that combine all the elements into a juicy whole.

If you want to know a little more, read on!

Hotel Red Cello

We will perform in the Trick-Bar on the second floor of the Malostranské beseda (Malostranské náměstí 21 
Malá Strana, Praha 1; Nearest Metro – Malostranská and Anděl; Trams – 12,20,22 to Malostranská naměstí).

Our days will be the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June from 17.30 to 18.30 hours (, i.e. the last three days of the Fringe from Thursday onwards).

This is a link to “Hotel Red Cello” on the official website. Click here! And click here for our presence on facebook!

Genre: Music, comedy, video/Text based but visual/adult material

Welcome to “Hotel Red Cello” with its unique panache of eccentric hotel residents; their confessions, accompanied by some delicious live music. The hotel with the sonorous name conceals a collection of ‘PLEASE DON’T DISTURB!’-rooms overridden with self-spreading rumors and weird story-yarn spun by even more peculiar hotel-employees… Let yourselves be led into a cesspool of desire!

If you think that this might something for you, feel free to reserve tickets through the Fringe-website!

For more information, also on how to reserve tickets directly via “Ticket Stream” or through Markus Nieden, the play’s director, please study the poster further up in this blog-entry!

PS: Last, but not least, here you can go to a website that features Nicola Pavone’s video-art on “Hotel Red Cello”.

May 25th, 2011

Prague Shakespeare Festival: King Lear & As You Like It

Prague Shakespeare Festival returns to Vysehrad Castle’s Summer Stage for 10 days and 2 new shows. After a 3 week run in Houston, Texas that received rave reviews, the company is back in Prague to share this year’s work: As You Like It and King Lear. The outdoor setting, complete with beer, sausages, and a wonderful atmosphere, is the perfect backdrop for experiencing the Bard’s work. The shows run May 19 – May 29.

This year is a particularly exciting project as it brings top Houston talent together with Czech artists, including Czech superstar Pavel Kříž.

Guy Roberts, Artistic Director of the Prague Shakespeare Festival says, “I am delighted to be working with such tremendously talented artists on this inspiring project. United by the universality of Shakespeare’s plays our company of European and American theatre artists, led by Czech favorite Pavel Kříž, will be giving audiences in Prague something very special indeed-two of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays performed in English by an outstanding collection of professional theatre artists in the beautiful setting of the Vyšehrad summer stage.”

AS YOU LIKE IT and KING LEAR by William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: Guy Roberts, Artistic Director Prague Shakespeare Festival

DATES:
Thursday, May 19 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – As You Like It
Friday, May 20 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – As You Like It
Saturday, May 21 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear (with Pavel Kriz)
Sunday, May 22 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear (with Pavel Kriz)
Tuesday, May 24 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear (with Pavel Kriz)
Wednesday, May 25 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – As You Like It (with Pavel Kriz)
Thursday, May 26 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear (with Pavel Kriz)
Friday, May 27 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – As You Like It
Saturday, May 28 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear
Sunday, May 29 @ 14:00 (2:00pm) – As You Like It

TICKETS:
200kc General Admission, 150kc Student/Senior
Available online: pokladna@praha-vysehrad.cz or by phone: 222.513.842
Available also at the Vyšehrad box office in person

LOCATION:
Letní Scéna – Summer Stage, Open-Air Theatre Vyšehrad Prague, Czech Republic

MORE INFO:
Guy Roberts, Artistic Director Prague Shakespeare Festival
www.pragueshakespeare.cz guy@pragueshakespeare.cz

1 comment May 11th, 2011

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Opens Next Week!!

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown plays May 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 19:00 and there are matinees (perfect for kids) on the 14th and 21st at 14:00.

If you haven’t already booked your tickets to “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”, you shouldn’t wait! Tickets are 250 Kc for general admission, 200 Kc for students and seniors and 150 Kc for children 10 and under.

We are so excited to bring this production to Prague for the first time! The musical is full of fun and energy and more fun! It is sure to sell out, so please don’t wait to book your tickets!

Visit the Charlie Brown website for full information!

May 4th, 2011

Divadlo Archa: CAMPO: An Anthology of Optimism

by Pieter de Buysser & Jacob Wren

May 10 & 11, 20:00 / Archa Theatre

Czech premiere (in English)

Fans of contemporary world drama have a reason for optimism. In May the Archa Theatre will present An Anthology of Optimism by Belgium’s CAMPO Theatre, a celebration of critical optimism directed by Jacob Wren and Pieter de Buysser that explores the dream of a better tomorrow.

Pieter De Buysser and Jacob Wren wrote a letter that began, “An Anthology of Optimism is a pre-emptive celebration of a critical optimism we tentatively hope will increase in the twenty-first century.” They sent the letter to writers, artists, thinkers, scientists, politicians and businesspeople all over the world, asking for a response, a contribution. This could be anything: a photograph, a piece of music, an object, a short text, a drawing or painting, a film or video, or something else entirely.

The setting for the lecture-performance is simple: Jacob and Pieter alone on stage, using the contributions they received as a framework for their own realizations and reflections, delightfully enacting a process of research into how critical optimism might function in our world. They take the spectator on a journey through the fragments of today’s dreams for tomorrow, gathered from different corners of the world.

Jacob Wren is a writer and maker of eccentric performances. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families are Formed through Copulation and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created: En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize, Unrehearsed Beauty / Le génie des autres, La famille se crée en copulant and the ongoing HOSPITALITÉ / HOSPITALITY series. He frequently writes about contemporary art. He first met Belgian writer, philosopher and theatre-maker Pieter De Buysser in 2000 in CAMPO nieuwpoort, Ghent (B). They felt a great affinity with each other and started an intensive correspondence resulting in An Anthology of Optimism.

The performance is in English with Czech subtitles.

Tickets CZK 290 (students CZK 190) on sale at the Archa Theatre box office and Ticketpro outlets.

May 4th, 2011

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