Kalamazoo, Mich. – All Ears Theatre provides performances of comedies and dramas in front of a live audience for later radio broadcast.
The free performances are held at First Baptist Church in downtown Kalamazoo and later aired on 102.1 WMUK-FM. Each performance provides theatre-lovers a unique opportunity to see a behind-the-scenes view of the recording of a radio theatre performance. In its 12th season, 2013 is the year of the classics featuring two “Sherlock Holmes” productions, “The Bickerson’s” and the “Green Hornet.” All Ears Theatre is a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo with support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation.
All Ears Theatre will hold four sets of auditions for the 2013 season. These are open auditions. No previous theater experience is required and all ages are welcome. Those auditioning should come prepared to read from the script.
Auditions for the following shows are 7 to 9 p.m. at the Epic Center, second floor, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall:
• Dec. 17 & 18, 2012:
“The Green Hornet,” “Sherlock Holmes” “Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” and “Sleeping Beauty”
• Jan. 28 & 29, 2013:
“Pirigi’s Wonderful Dolls,” “Johnny Forrest” and “His Gal Pal Sue in the Dragonfly”
• Feb. 25 & 26, 2013:
“The Canterville Ghost,” “The Five Heads,” and “I Love Adventure”
• March 25 & 26, 2013:
“Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band,” “The Parade,” and “The Bickersons”
The 2013 All Ears Season
• “The Green Hornet” — Jan. 12, 2013:
Thrill to the exciting adventures of Britt Reid and his many friends as they fight to maintain law and order throughout their community. Permission to perform the program arranged through the courtesy of Terry Salomonson. Copyrighted by Green Hornet, Inc. Directed by Jeff Mais and produced by Donald Ramlow
• “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” — Jan. 26, 2013
Sherlock Holmes and Watson are asked to investigate the discovery of a Blue Carbuncle found in the throat of a Christmas goose. However, when they arrive to investigate the mysterious gem, it is missing. Where has it gone and what was it doing in the throat of the goose in the first place? This presentation of The Blue Carbuncle was dramatized by Craig Wichman from the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as originally produced by Quicksilver Radio Theater. The Sherlock Holmes characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle appear in this and other of his stories and novels. Use of the characters in this production is by arrangement with the Doyle estate. Directed and produced by Donald Ramlow
• “Sleeping Beauty” — Feb. 9, 2013
The beautiful Princess Aurora falls victim to the curse of an evil fairy and descends into a deep sleep for a hundred years. Awakened by a handsome prince, Aurora may believe her troubles are over, but before true love can prevail it must survive more evil in the form of the prince’s mother—who is part ogre! Adapted by Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy from various tales, including the Grimms’ “Briar Rose.” Directed by Von Washington and produced by Jeff Mais
• “Pirigi’s Wonderful Dolls” — Feb. 23, 2013
Talking dolls are nothing new, but what about dolls that can talk — walk — and think? What do dolls like this have in mind and what are they planning to do. Written by and performed with the permission of the author George Lefferts. Directed by Justine McKenna and produced by Jeff Mais.
• “Johnny Forrest and His Gal Pal Sue in the Dragonfly” — March 9, 2013
Johnny and Sue are now teenage adventureres and they’ve uncovered a plan to steal a World War I bi-plane. Return with us to 1950’s small town America and laugh at the antics of Johnny, Sue and Edward in this original story. An original play written and directed by Deborah Hanley. Produced by Jeff Mais.
• “The Canterville Ghost” (two-part presentation) March 23, 2013
The American family, the Otis’ have moved to England taking up residence in an old country house called Canterville Chase. Lord Canterville has warned the family that the house is haunted, but the Otis’ have no need for need for ghosts. After all, there is no such thing. Sir Simon, the ghost at Canterville Chase decides to prove them wrong, but no matter what he does, they just laugh or ignore him. What is the poor ghost to do? Produced and adapted by Donald Ramlow from the story by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Ronald Centers.
• “The Five Heads” — April 6, 2013 and April 7, 2013 (Christian Life Center, 1225 Paterson St.)
A man named Myenye attempts to marry one of his two daughters—the selfish and headstrong Mpunzikazi and the kind, brave, and cheerful Mpunzanyana—to Makanda Mahlanu, a great chieftain. Little do the daughters know that Makanda Mahlanu is also a powerful sorcerer, and that their ultimate success depends on their treatment of the many creatures they meet on their separate journeys to the chieftain’s distant village. Adapted by Deborah Ann Percy and Arnold Johnston from an African folk-tale. Directed by Sid Ellis and produced by Donald Ramlow.
• I Love Adventure — April 20, 2013
Jack and Doc and Reggie have run a detective agency for many years, which takes them on adventures around the world. However, after World War II ends they find themselves working for a mysterious government organization based out of London, England. Written by Carlton E. Morse and performed with the permission of Millie Morse. Directed by Larry Long and produced by Jeff Mais.
• Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band — May 4, 2013
This presentation of the Adventure of the Speckled Band was dramatized by Craig Wichman from the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as originally produced by Quicksilver Radio Theater. The Sherlock Holmes characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle appear in this and other of his stories and novels. Use of the characters in this production is by arrangement with the Doyle estate. Directed and produced by Donald Ramlow
• “The Parade” — May 18, 2013
Advertising is an intense highly completive business, and when an agency is contacted to promote that “The Martians Are Coming” everyone was excited, especially when the climax of the advertising campaign is a parade down the main street of the city. Just think of the possibilities. Written by and performed with the permission of the author George Lefferts. Directed by Michael Ray Helms and produced by Donald Ramlow.
• “The Bickersons” — June 1, 2013
The Bickerson’s return in another classic comedy from the golden age of radio. John continues to keep Blanche awake with his snoring, while Blanche continues find new ways to frustrate John with her many unusual ways and habits. Written by Philip Rapp and performed with the permission of Paul Rapp. Directed and Produced by Jeff Mais. Information concerning the Bickerson’s may be found at bickersons.com
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