When President Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, he was attending a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre. His death the next morning at 7:22:10 AM, ended Lincoln’s dream of a reconstructed South where slavery was eradicated and replaced with racial equality. Had Lincoln lived to oversee his vision of Reconstruction, the tumultuous decades of racial inequality and violence that followed might have been avoided.
To mark the 150th anniversary of that fateful night in Ford’s theatre, Reading Community Players will present a reimagined production of Our American Cousin by Lowell Swortzell…..and much more. The director of the show, Pat Perfect, is also the creative force behind the three day event. Opening day will be Thursday, April 16, with the performance at 7 PM. Other performances will follow on Friday the 17 at 7 PM, Saturday the 18 at 3 PM and 7 PM, and a final performance on Sunday the 19 at 3 PM.
Pat has arranged for a large tent to be erected at the Daniel Boone Homestead for the performances. The tent will accommodate 250 guests; there is secure lighted parking for 250 cars on site. She has invited several groups of reenactors to attend the event and has secured the appeareance of the Confederation of Union Generals on the Saturday. We hope to have period music performances throughout the event. Perhaps box lunches will be available as well.
Producing an event of this scale is formidable. We invite those with an interest in American history to become a part of this “living history” event in a number of ways. We’ll need stage hands, ushers, ticket takers, back stage assisstance and a myriad of other helpers.
Of course, we will need lots of actors to fill the roles in Our American Cousin. We are looking for 12-15 men and 6 women of various ages. Auditions are scheduled for January 19 and 20 from 7 to 9 PM in the South Lounge of the Student Center on the campus of Albright College.
For additional Audition details along with description of characters, please visit our Auditions page.
Reading Community Players is pleased to announce auditions for the first show of the 2015 season: Intimate Apparel, written by Lynn Nottage. Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Intimate Apparel is set in New York City in 1905.
The play centers on Esther, very talented black seamstress who specializes in custom made lingerie for socialites and ladies of the night as well.
Please see the Auditions page for details.
Celebrate the joy of the holidays with music!
Reading Community Players, The Greater Reading Alliance of Community Theatres
and The Reading School District present…
A Kid’s Holiday Cabaret
Friday, December 19 at 7:30 and Saturday, December 20 at 3:00 and 7:30
1700 City Line Avenue, Reading, PA (The former JCC Building)
All tickets $10.00!
610-375-9106 or www.readingcommunityplayers.com
Featuring Darian Bornman, Riley Dauber, Marie DeBooth, Maddie Hoffman, Betsy Lucas, Emma Lutz, Michael Marte,
Chris Montalvo, Julian Morales, Emmerson Placine, Bridget Scott, Calvin Scott, Jr., Calvinae Scott,
Debi Scott, Brynn Underwood, Reagan Underwood and Bence Veres.
Directed by Debbi Silas
Assisted by Ann Stromgren
Choreographed by Alex Goshert
OPEN AUDITIONS for singers, musicians and actors ages 8-18!
Reading Community Players announces open auditions at our theatre for our Kid’s Holiday Cabaret! Auditions will be held on October 18 at 10AM.
Please see our Auditions page for more info!
The Greater Reading Alliance of Community Theatres (GRACT) is holding an open meeting for all members of our local community theatres on October 11, 2014 at 10am. The meeting will be held at the Albright South Lounge, located inside the Albrigh College Campus Center just off of N. 13th and Bern Streets in Reading, PA.
Click the flier image or click here to purchase tickets for the upcoming production of Santo D. Marabella’s Getting COMPLETE!, at Kutztown University October 2-5, 2014!
Double your comedy with a two show combo! $35 gets you a double ticket for The 39 Steps at Genesius from August 29-September 7 and Three Viewings presented by Reading Community Players at Feeney Funeral Home in Centre Park from September 18-21. Both will feature hysterical comedy, as well as available concessions, wine and cheese! Click the image above for more details and to purchase your ticket combo!
Reading Community Players is pleased to announce the cast of Three Viewing:
Emil – Steve Reazor
Mac – Julia Hager
Virginia – Ruth Martelli
Thank you to everyone who auditioned!
Show dates are Thursday thru Sunday, September 18-21, 2014.
Auditions for a production of Three Viewings, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, will be held on August 3rd and 4th at Reading Community Players. Please visit our Auditions page for more information.
Getting COMPLETE! is the story of what happens when the bully grows up.
AUDITIONS will be held Sunday 7/27 and Tuesday 7/29 at 7PM. Come to the Maidencreek Twp Municipal Building, 1 Quarry Road, Blandon, PA 19510.
Call is for 6 females, ages 14-70 and 12 males, ages 14-50. Cold readings of the script will be performed. Questions can be sent to email@example.com
Character summaries can be found here.