Join Us For: “A Christmas Carol” December 7-16, 2012

It’s Christmas time, and the Prague Playhouse is once again bringing you Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. In what is fast becoming an annual family tradition, director Michael Pitthan offers a fresh retelling of this tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who starts the play in greed and selfishness to find his humanity in the end. Pitthan explores the Scrooge in all of us: if Scrooge, the worst of us, can come out of the darkness to find redemption, can we not too come into the light?

Pitthan, a long-time member of the Prague Playhouse, has a background of work in the U.K. which was orientated towards a strong ensemble approach involving performers playing multiple characters. He brings music, dance and song together and invites the audience to actively participate.
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1 comment November 18th, 2012 at 11:12pmbrian

Auditions for A Christmas Carol: Saturday October 6!

The Prague Playhouse is looking for performers of all ages who can act, sing, or play music for its upcoming production of ‘A Christmas Carol‘ by Charles Dickens’. We would like to invite actors who can play music or musicians who would like to act to come and audition. The show will have strong elements of movement involved, but this does not mean that we are looking strictly for dancers.

The performances will run from December 5 – December 15.

The audition will be at the Prague Playhouse Acting Studio (Frantiska Krizka 1, 3rd floor, near Strossmyerovo Namesti) from 2-5pm.

Please come with a short monologue prepared of around 1-2 minutes but be ready to take direction and have it changed in various ways. We will want to hear you sing, so come with a short tune prepared. We would like to know if you can play an instrument too, from a basic level to virtuoso, we will not necessarily ask you to play, but if you like you can perform your song accompanying yourself.

We may also ask you to stick around for call backs the same day for some group work, but we will also have call backs over the next two days depending on demand. So don’t worry, we know it’s short notice and we will try to be accommodating and see everyone who is interested if possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Questions? Email abby.kraemer@gmail.com or phone 774 803 081.

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October 3rd, 2012 at 04:30pmbrian

2012 Director Search!

We at the Prague Playhouse are always looking for new people to work with. And now we are looking for directors for our upcoming season of shows. If you are interested in being considered for a director position, please send your resume to brian@pragueplayhouse.com. If you are interested in helping out with the shows in other ways, we also welcome your email!

Our 2012-2013 season:
A Christmas Carol (adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel, auditions mid October, Performances Dec 5 – 20)
* TBD Comedy (Auditions mid-January, performances mid Martch)
* The Glass Menagerie (by Tennessee Williams, performances mid May)

* subject to change.

Thanks,

The Prague Playhouse

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August 30th, 2012 at 11:37ambrian

New Acting Classes: More on Offer! From September 10, 2012

The Prague Playhouse Acting Studio is offering new classes starting September 10, 2012. In addition to the foundational work on the Meisner Technique, the classes will also focus on 6 modules to help actors with the practical work. The modules are based on vocal/physical, auditions, text, marketing, writing and producing. The full course including the modules is 6.500 Kc. For other prices, please see the payment policy. Classes are limited to 12 students, so sign up soon to book your spot!

We are very excited about the new modules and hope that you are too!

You can sign up for the class by sending an email to info@acting.cz.

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August 17th, 2012 at 10:19ambrian

Musical.cz Article on Sweeney Todd!

This is a translation of the article from Musical.cz:

Sweeney Todd Production still

Photo by Gunther D. | (c) 2012

In the intimate yet cosy space of Prague’s Divadlo Na Pradle, on Thursday, July 28, 2012 took place an event of great importance. The Czech premier of the classic American musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. It is quite simply the most important event of the summer, which would stand out even in the regular season, and it is our pleasure to report that this opportunity is not to be missed.

The production of “Sweeney Todd”, as with any production of the work of the “solo” artist Stephen Sondheim is a very big deal for the local Czech audiences. Everyone who reads these pages will know that he wrote the lyrics for “West Side Story”. You could also see his lyric in the recent production of “Gypsy” in Plzen. But the musicals where he wrote both the music and lyrics, as opposed to the rest of the world theater scene, are practically unknown to Czech audiences, even though in America he is considered the founder of the modern musical and there is a theater named after him on Broadway. The last production in Czech was the production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” in 1968 at Divadlo ABC, which was translated by Jana Kvapilova and Jan Werich and which we unfortunately must consider almost an archaeological excursion to uncover details about (at the Theater Institute there are a few reviews, some materials and photographs as well as the Czech translation for those who want to take a closer look). But apart from that, until this July, there hasn’t been one production of Sondheim’s solo work in a long 44 years!
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July 15th, 2012 at 05:09pmbrian

Great review from Musical.cz!

Musical.cz just published a really wonderful review of Sweeney Todd. The review is in Czech (we’re working on getting a translation of it) but some highlights:

  • This is the first time Sondheim has been performed in the Czech Republic since Jan Werich produced “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” 44 years ago!
  • This is the best show on this summer and would be among the best even if it was during the regular season
  • What the Playhouse did with a small budget and a lot of hope is something that larger companies haven’t even attempted and you would never know how little was spent on the production
  • Caryn Stringer is excellent as Mrs. Lovett and the entire company is very well cast and capable.
  • The movement of the set and choreography are simple, tasteful and add to the production and the understanding of such as a whole
  • The Czech subtitles make it so that the experience is worthwhile even for Czech speakers.

Tickets are still on sale for the remaining 7 shows: book now at our online portal

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July 11th, 2012 at 03:59pmbrian

Off and Running – Sweeney Todd’s First 3 Shows!

Well, we opened Sweeney Todd on Thursday to a packed house and a standing ovation! There will be more photos from the performance later (there are some photos from the dress rehearsal — we did not have all the makeup and hair — here).

We now have a break in our performance schedule until July 13 and are feverishly selling tickets!

Here are some audience comments from the first three shows:

“It was absolutely brilliant – the singing, acting, directing, scenery. Congratulations.” – Valerie Levy

“I organised a party of 5 to attend last night’s performance and we all agree that the presentation was fantastic! You must be thrilled with it.” – Sean O’Sullivan

“Congratulations to you and especially Caryn Stringer who I, having seen 8 different Lovetts in ten different productions over the years, will rank her up in the top 3. Why she’s not in the West End somewhere is a mystery.” – Paul Margulies

“Recently, we saw 3 different shows in New York. Your collective performance and musical ability equalled anything we saw there. The individual performances by the leads was admirable but we also were especially impressed by the ensemble cast.” Cheryl Caspe

“na Vašem představení jsem byl se svojí matkou, která moc anglicky neumí a přesto bylo Vaše představení tak skvěle hrané a připravené do detailů, že si odnášela nezapomenutelný zážitek. Naše poděkování Vám patří i za starost o námi objednané lístky. Do divadel chodíme často, ale ještě se nám nic podobného nestalo, aby přišla zpráva o uložení lístků na pokladně. Díky za starostlivost i za silný umělecký zážitek. Vaše představení doporučíme všem svým známým, protože by byla škoda nevidět hrát herce s takovým nasazením a nadšením. O velice příjemné atmosféře nemluvě. Ještě jednou veliké, upřímné díky a mnoho dalších hereckých i životních úspěchů.” – Jakub Cadil

(translation: I went to your show with my mother, who doesn’t really speak English and despite that, the performance was so wonderfully played and prepared in detail that she had an unforgettable experience. We want to thank you as well for taking care of us even during the ticket ordering process. We go to a lot of theater and I’ve never had it happen that I get an email confirming that I have tickets waiting for me at the theater. Thank you for the devotion and the strong artistic experience. We are recommending your show to our friends because it would be a shame not to see actors play with such a setting and passion, to say nothing of the pleasant atmosphere in the theater. A big and heart felt thank you and we wish you much success in art and life.)

Don’t miss this show!

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July 3rd, 2012 at 12:04ambrian

Kickstarted!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting the Prague Playhouse and Sweeney Todd. Our fundraising campaign on Kickstarter was an overwhelming success and the money raised will go a long way towards helping put on Sweeney Todd.

If you would still like to contribute to the company or the show, please visit our membership page and click on one of the membership levels to make your pledge.

For a complete list of sponsors, please visit http://pragueplayhouse.com/season/sweeneytodd/sponsors/.

Thanks again to all that sponsored the show! We couldn’t do it without you!

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June 22nd, 2012 at 10:15ambrian

Attend The Tale Of SWEENEY TODD: Starts June 28!

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens on June 28 (less than 2 weeks away)! The show features a live orchestra, a large ensemble and amazing performances from professionals from all over the world. This is truly not to be missed! There is more information on the show as well as links to order tickets at the Sweeney Todd Website. You can also join us on Facebook!

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this musical is one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. This is the first time it will be shown in Prague and there will only be 10 performances! Don’t wait to get tickets.

Steve Josephson, our director who has come from California to stage the show, has created a magical atmosphere on stage. It is sure to give you chills. Set in a graveyard, the story is told by the ghosts of Sweeney’s victims, all fighting to impart the message: To seek revenge may lead to Hell, but everyone does it…

Brian Caspe and Caryn Stringer head up the cast as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett. Jan Tenkrat and Veronika Bellova play the young enginues Anthony and Johanna. Karel Korsa plays Tobias, Milan Malinovsky plays Judge Turpin and Jamie King plays the Beadle. Lucie and Petr Novotny round out the cast as the Beggar Woman and Pirelli. Ensemble members David Bousa, Hana Kadlecova, Jana Machova, Viktoria Matusovova, Michael Pitthan, Eric Sammons, Tereza Trnkova, Boris Wilke and Monika Ziskova provide amazing support to the show with outstanding musicality and presence. For full biographies, please visit http://pragueplayhouse.com/season/sweeneytodd/whos-who/.

Emmanuel Placier, who provided the music for last year’s A Christmas Carol, is conducting and doing the musical direction. Ruth Siller and Abby Kraemer head up our technical side with Stage Management and Technical Direction respectively.

SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

June 28 – 30, July 13 – 14, 18 – 20, 28 – 29 all at 19:30

Venue: DIVADLO NA PRADLE, Besedni 3, Mala Strana, Prague 1 (near Ujezd tram)
Tickets are available at the theater, or you can order them at http://contacts.pragueplayhouse.com/boxoffice/new-order/128
Tickets are also on sale at Bohemia Ticket (Na Prikope 16)

For more information visit http://pragueplayhouse.com

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2 comments June 18th, 2012 at 10:57ambrian

Sweeney Todd! Sneak Preview May 30!

The entire Prague Playhouse team is ecstatic to announce our upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The production, which opens June 28, 2012 and runs until July 29, 2012, is our most ambitions project yet. It will feature a live 10 piece orchestra and 20 actor/singers performing one of the most challenging and beautiful musicals ever written.

Over half the cast are Czechs from the professional musical theater. Steve Josephson, a veteran musical theater director, choreographer and performer has come from California to stage the show. This is a multi-cultural production in the true sense of the word.

And we want you to join us for a SNEAK PREVIEW at Belushi’s Bar (Odboru 4, Prague 1) on May 30th from 18:00-21:00. For just 100 Kc we will buy you a drink while you can listen to songs from the show performed by our company (including the orchestra). We will also have some wonderful prizes for you to bid on in a silent auction (see our list of sponsors below!).

If you’re excited to hear the music performed by our outstanding company, if you might be out of Prague during the summer and miss the performances, if you want to be among the first to experience a part of this show, then come out to see us! This Sneak Peak is one night only!

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2 comments May 16th, 2012 at 01:57pmbrian

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