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RENT OPENS FRIDAY, JULY 15!

Tickets are on sale now for the Lincoln Community Playhouse production of RENT. Performances are July 15-17 and 21-24 at the Playhouse. Curtain is at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:00 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students (due to subject matter and language, RENT is best enjoyed by adults). Tickets may be purchased 24/7 at www.lincolnplayhouse.com or by calling 402-489-7529 between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT is also the ninth longest-running show in Broadway history.

Based loosely on Puccini's LA BOHEME, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city. They include Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his former girlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen's lover, Joanne, a public interest lawyer; Mark's roommate Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer, with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius; Collins' lover, Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of the group who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

The RENT cast includes Stuart Richey, Sam Hartley, Adam Flores, Tyler Hale, Kate Moore, Gregory Ward, Rachel Washington, Cherie Ronhovde, Dani Bruns, Shona Johnson, Jake Royal, Jared Dailey, Hayley Morinelli, Katie Porter, Jenny Smith, Andrew Smith and Viktor Khanzhyn. Twelve of the cast are making their Playhouse debut with RENT.

Patrick Lambrecht directs with Rachel Kornfeld-Lambrecht as Music Director, Erica Bohac as Choreographer, Chuck Danskin as Scenic Designer, Tom Curtwright as Lighting Designer, Alyssa Fiala as Costume Designer, Nick Turner as Tech Director, Barb Armstead as Stage Manager and Craig Yeager as Sound Designer.

RENT is sponsored by Lincoln Benefit Life and Local Hero.

PLAYHOUSE CLEAN UP DAY – SATURDAY, JULY 16TH

You’re invited to help spruce up our building and grounds on Saturday, July 16th from 7:30 am to noon. We need your help to do some weeding, clean up the stuff on the south side of the building, paint exterior doors and remove the old sign.

Please come and help!

WEST SIDE STORY AUDITIONS JULY 25 & 26

Auditions for WEST SIDE STORY will be held July 25 and 26 beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Interested people should reserve a one-hour time slot by emailing bwjohnson22@yahoo.com or by calling the Playhouse at 402-489-7529.

At auditions, you will be asked to sing 16 bars of a prepared Broadway song (not from WEST SIDE STORY) that showcases your vocal range. Bring your music and we’ll have an accompanist available. You should be dressed to dance. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, July 28.

Over 20 roles, available for actors age 16 and up, include leading roles for 4 men and 2 women and an ethnically diverse ensemble. The show is known for its emphasis on storytelling through dance.

WEST SIDE STORY is a musical retelling of ROMEO AND JULIET using an urban background and gang rivalry. The immortal score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim includes “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “America” and “Somewhere.”

WEST SIDE STORY rehearsals will begin August 2 with performances September 9-11, 15-18 with possible holdover weekend, September 23-25.

Courtney Piccoli is Director/Choreographer with Jan Malone as Music Director and Dustin Hayes as Stage Manager.

WEST SIDE STORY is sponsored by Lincoln Playhouse Guild, Local Hero and Lincoln Community Foundation.

PLAYHOUSE VAN DESTROYED BY ARSON

On the evening of July 4th, someone decided to celebrate the holiday by destroying our Playhouse van. They broke open a window and lit fireworks inside the vehicle. One of our trees was also damaged in the fire.

Thank you to the several good citizens who phoned in the fire and to our great Lincoln fire and police departments for containing the damage.

If you know of any information that could help bring the guilty to justice, please contact the police at 402-475-3600 or lincolncrimestoppers.com.

PLAYHOUSE RECEIVES GRANTS

Lincoln Community Playhouse has recently been awarded grants from the following Foundations:

Nebraska Arts Council ~ Basic Support Grant in the amount of $22,307. The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported the Playhouse through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Woods Charitable Fund ~ Second year funding of $25,000 (3 year transition grant totaling $75,000) for expenses associated with the Executive Director position.

Cooper Foundation ~ $20,000 for general operating support.

Lincoln Community Foundation ~ $20,000 for program costs for our Season 66 opening production of WEST SIDE STORY. Support for this program was made possible through a grant from the Lincoln Community Foundation on behalf of the Duncan E. McGregor & Lillian M. McGregor Discretionary Fund.

THANK YOU to our friends from these foundations! We simply could not continue to provide quality productions and life changing education and outreach programs to our community without their support.

WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

Joining our Board of Directors are Pat Raybould, Andy Wilcox and Geoff Rownd. Joining the Board of Governors are Kyle Cech, Troy Gagner, Jim DeCamp and Tom Stine.

Our officers for Season 66 are Bruce Hahn, President, Katie Taddeucci, Secretary, Dawn Peekenschneider, Treasurer, Kyle Cech, Treasurer-Elect, Anthony Messineo, Past-President and Bob Everitt, President-Elect.

Thank you to our volunteers who help govern and guide LCP!

LINCOLN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENT

MONDAY AUGUST 1

7:00 P.M. at the Playhouse

DESSERT BAR - ENTERTAINMENT - GREAT AWARDS - NEW FEATURES

Shawn Carlson will be our Emcee, with Jan Malone at the piano! Musicals guests from the season!

Come celebrate Season 65!

Season 66 - Classic Past...Bold Future

West Side Story

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a Conception by Jerome Robbins
Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

September 9-11 & 15-18

From the first finger snap to the final breath, this thrilling musical will have your spirit soaring and your heart breaking. Young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Experience the heat, violence and passion in the musical that changed theatre forever.

The immortal score includes “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “America” and “Somewhere.”

Sponsored by Local Hero Design, Lincoln Playhouse Guild and Lincoln Community Foundation.

Lend Me a Tenor

By Ken Ludwig

October 28-30 & November 3-6

When the Cleveland Opera Company staff thinks their guest tenor is dead, they devise a backup plan that sends a hilarious series of mishaps spinning out of control. Mistaken identity, farcical plot twists and lots of door slamming create an entertainment juggernaut that will leave you teary eyed with laughter.

Howlingly funny!

Sponsored by Farmers Mutual of Nebraska

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Barbara Robinson

December 9-11 & 15-18

The Herdmans, “the worst kids in the history of the world,” tackle the Nativity Story head on in this holiday comedy classic for the all ages. Everyone thinks it will be the worst Christmas pageant ever --- but they weren’t counting on a miracle!

Hey! It’s a Christmas hit!

Sponsored by Sandhills Publishing and Firespring.

Twelve Angry Men

Drama. Adapted by Sherman Sergel

Based on the teleplay by Reginald Rose

January 20-22 & 26-29

Twelve men must decide the fate of a young man on trial for murder. It looks like an open-and-shut case --- until the deliberation becomes personal, testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat appears. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated and the jurors become twelve angry men in a series of electrifying clashes that create edge-of-your seat suspense in the crucible of justice known as the jury room.

One of America’s greatest dramas!

Sponsored by Nebraska Lottery.

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood

By Mary Lynn Dobson

February 17-19 & 25-26

Join the archery-challenged, Robin Hood, and his band of spoon-wielding Merry Men for this Monty Pythonesque retelling of the classic legend. It’s an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest with frantically funny fractured characters like a comic bad guy wannabe, a Maid Marian more concerned with skin care than love, and a “Town’s Guy” who keeps popping up in every scene whether he belongs or not!

Swashbuckling has never been funnier!

Dearly Beloved

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten

March 16-18 & 22-25

The authors of THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB put a comic spin on a crazy Texas wedding. The funny (and sometimes feuding) Futrelle sisters have their hands full with a wedding dinner catered by Clovis Sanford’s House of Meat, a minister who moonlights as a UPS driver and a missing bride and groom! How will they keep the guests in church until the state police can track down the wedding couple?

You’ll be laughing all the way down the aisle!

Charlotte’s Web

Adapted by Joseph Robinette

Based on the book by E.B. White

April 13-15 & 20-22

Based on the book chosen by The Children’s Literature Association as “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” this play features all the comic and poignant moments as Charlotte, a spider (“a true friend and good writer”), comes to the aid of Wilbur, a pig. From barnyard to state fair, these enchanting characters will warm your heart.

Some play!

Sponsored by Valentino's.

Anything Goes

Book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

May 11-13 & 17-20

Madcap antics abound on an ocean liner when nightclub singer turned evangelist, Reno Sweeny and Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, try to help Billy, a love-stricken stowaway, woo the heiress Hope Harcourt away from her snooty fiancé, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

The effervescent Cole Porter score features “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”

All aboard for love and laughs!

Sponsored by Lincoln Benefit Life

Season 66 is sponsored by Russ's Market.

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LCP Open Call For Guest Artists

LCP is currently taking applications for Season 66 directors, music directors, choreographers, designers and stage managers. Please apply with an email indicating the shows/positions you are interested in being considered for and your resume. Send to Morrie Enders at morrieenders@gmail.com or Morrie Enders, Executive Director, Lincoln Community Playhouse, PO Box 6426, Lincoln, NE 68506-6426