FTC Proudly Presents the Cast of All My Sons!

We are proud to announce the cast of our Spring 2015 show, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons!

Kate Keller: Meg MacInnes
Joe Keller: Brandon Fleischer
Chris Keller: Nate Stauffer
Ann Deever: Claris Park
Jim Bayliss: Isaac Garcia
Sue Bayliss: Samantha Wapner
George Deever: Calvin Jennings
Lydia Lubey: Carissa Redfield
Frank Lubey: Blake London

Want to be involved in this great show? Come to tech interviews this Saturday, January 31st from 12–4 pm or Sunday, February 1st from 7–11 pm in the Harrison Mezzanine! No experience necessary—we’d love to work with you!

TAC-e AUDITIONS CANCELLED TONIGHT (1/26)

Due to the impending storm, TAC-e operation will be suspended for this evening (regardless of Penn’s schedule) and possibly into tomorrow. Below is information provided by TAC-e Chair Meg MacInnes, who will be contacting the general TAC-e listserv later.

If school is NOT cancelled tomorrow:
We will have open auditions tomorrow night. All One Acts will be bumped from their rehearsal spaces, and all TAC-e groups will be in the same audition spaces as they were yesterday.

If school IS cancelled tomorrow:
Again, One Acts will be bumped from rehearsal spaces on Wednesday and Thursday. We will have open auditions on Wednesday. Everyone would be in the same space they were yesterday. We will have callbacks on Thursday and Friday. Thursday will be Naatak in 179, Players in 180, and FTC in Harrison. Friday will be Q in Platt 179, 4A in Platt 180, and Stimtuitons in a space to be determined. Platt is extending hours for us.

In that situation, the casting meeting will be held on Friday night.

Feel free to contact Meg with any further questions at tace.chair@gmail.com.

Stay warm and we hope to see you in the next few days for auditions!

Auditions and Tech Interviews for All My Sons!

This spring, FTC is excited to produce All My Sons!

We need talented actors and committed techies! Auditions will be January 25th and 26th in the Harrison Basement from 7 pm to 11 pm each night. Tech interviews will be January 31st from 12 to 4 pm and February 1st from 7 to 11 pm in the Harrison Mezzanine. You don’t need to bring or prepare anything for either auditions or interviews – just stop by at some point on either of the scheduled days!

RSVP for auditions and tech interviews here!

All My Sons
Play by Arthur Miller
Directed by Alex Polyak
Produced by Carson House

Auditions:
January 25 and 26
7 to 11pm
Harrison Basement

Tech Interviews:
January 31 from 12 to 4 pm
February 1 from 7 to 11 pm
Harrison Mezzanine

No experience needed!

2014: Year in Review

2014 was an amazing year for FTC! Check out this awesome video of some of our best moments from the year.

Other 2014 highlights include:

  • Our fantastic community service project at Ronald McDonald House! We had so much fun cleaning and cooking for the families there.
  • Reaching 400 likes on Facebook on November 2nd—and having 460 as of today, December 31st!
  • Our website was viewed about 7,900 times this year. WordPress tells us that if our blog were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.
  • A record-breaking turnout for auditions and tech interviews!
  • A sold out Friday night performance of our fall show, The Shadow Box AND selling out all three nights of Cabaret!!
  • Some of our wonderful alumni came back and visited us for our alumni brunch during Homecoming.
  • We put on four great shows, and loved interacting with every production staff and audience member we met along the way.

We had such a fabulous 2014 and we are so happy that you all could be a part of it. We can’t wait for what 2015 will bring!

Auditions and Tech Interviews for Venus in Fur!

This winter, FTC is excited to present Venus in Fur!

We need talented actors and committed techies! Auditions will be December 1st and 2nd in the Harrison Basement from 7 pm to 11 pm each night. Tech interviews will be December 8th and 9th, also from 7 pm to 11 pm in the Harrison Mezzanine. You don’t need to bring or prepare anything for either auditions or interviews – just stop by at some point on either of the scheduled days!

RSVP for auditions and tech interviews here!

Venus in Fur
Play by David Ives
Directed by Zach Baldwin
Produced by Brandon Fleischer

Auditions:
December 1 and 2
7 pm to 11 pm
Harrison Basement

Tech Interviews:
December 7 and 8
7 pm to 11 pm
Harrison Upper Lobby

No experience needed!

FTC Presents… THE SHADOW BOX

Play by MICHAEL CRISTOFER
Directed by MIRA TAICHMAN
Produced by JESSICA SCHWARZ

The Shadow Box follows three terminal cancer patients who dwell in separate cottages on a hospital’s grounds, attended by family and close friends as they await the end. In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning work dealing with the challenges of impending fate, we not only discover the circumstances of the patients’ last moments, but of their entire lives as well.

RSVP on Facebook!

Thursday, November 6 @ 7 pm
Friday, November 7 @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, November 8 @ 2 pm

Houston Hall, Class of ’49

$8 on Locust Walk, $10 at the door

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Letters from Backstage: Jessica Schwarz

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Stage manager, producer and director bonding time!

Hello from Load-In!!!

I’m Jessica, the proud producer of FTC’s The Shadow Box!

Our day started bright and early (but we did get a bonus hour of sleep!). We headed to the PAC shop to eat our quick breakfast of bagels, coffee, and orange juice (and a few cupcakes too…). Our first task was to load the set pieces into the U-Haul truck. While this sounds like a semi-simple task with our 35 person production staff, we faced two challenges: 1. The literal TON of wood we had to carry and 2. The 25 mph winds with gusts up to 44 mph. Who knew flats behaved like kites in the wind?

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Driving that U-Haul…

The next task set out for our mobile army of production staff members was to carry the wood, props, and costumes out of the truck and up the winding staircase to our beloved home in Houston Hall Class of ’49. After two hours and several sore muscles later, the set crew started to construct the massive set. Over a short 11-hour time span I watched a house spring to life complete with a porch, kitchen, and living room. However, during this time the other members of the production team were completing a myriad of other tasks. From painting a banner, to postering, to essential CVS runs, the mobilized forces divided and conquered. From time to time I gazed in awe at the incredible group of people with whom I spend so much time. I admire them all for their varied and unique talents.

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Building a house one platform at a time.

Day one of tech week was an incredible success. We left tired and fatigued, but with pride in our work, love for each other, and excitement for the rest of the week ahead.

I am so grateful to the FTC board for the opportunity to produce this show. I can not wait to share this production with our friends, family, and the rest of the Penn community. I hope to see you all at the shows this weekend!

FTC Love,

Jess

 

Letters from Backstage: Mira Taichman

We are so excited to be working on our fall show, The Shadow Box! To celebrate, we’re kicking off a new series of posts to give you a sneak peek into our weird and wonderful world of theatre. Today we hear from Mira Taichman, our illustrious director!

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Mira in Quadramics’ 2014 production of HAIR.

Hi!

My name is Mira Taichman, and I’m the lucky kid with the incredible opportunity to direct Front Row Theatre Company’s fall production of The Shadow Box. This show follows three families as they deal with diagnoses of terminal cancer. But this is not a play about dying. The way I see it, this is a play about learning to take care of ourselves and the people we love. How do you show love and support for someone in a crisis? How do you forgive yourself for not knowing how? The Shadow Box exposes that nobody knows what to do in the face of adversity, and it is okay to mess up along the way. At a high-pressure school like Penn, where everyone needs to look like they’ve got everything all figured out, this play is a comforting reminder that sometimes we blunder through life— we destroy relationships we care about, we miss out on opportunities, we have regrets, we make mistakes—and that is okay. The Shadow Box helps us accept ourselves, flaws and all, and to realize that every life—no matter how imperfect it may be—is worth the struggle.

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Stage Manager Julianna (left) and Assistant Stage Manager Shailly (right).

Needless to say, I fell in love with this play the first time I read it last spring, and I am more and more excited by it with every rehearsal. As director, I get to pull together all the pieces of the play—the acting, the lights, the set, the music, the costumes—under one creative vision. The best part about this job is that I get to work with each actor, designer, and board member and watch all of their creative processes. We have such a talented team of people working on this production, and I get to be there for every step of the way. One of my favorite parts of directing is learning how each individual actor works—for instance, an exercise that helps one actor connect with his or her character might not work at all for somebody else, so I need to come up with different ways of helping each performer do his or her best. This means that I get to know each actor on a very personal level, and I am so lucky to have that opportunity. The actors are crazy talented and hardworking, and they make thisdesignersrun process so rewarding for me. Also, huge shout out to the goddess who sits next to me in every rehearsal, our lovely stage manager Julianna. That girl saves my life on a daily basis and I don’t know what I’d do without her.

I am so excited to watch the production continue coming together as we approach tech week! Can’t wait to see you all on opening night!

Much love,
Mira

Come see The Shadow Box on November 6-8! 
Stay tuned for more updates as we get this show on the road!

Letters from Backstage: Adrienne Bell-Koch

We are so excited to be working on our fall show, The Shadow Box! To celebrate, we’re kicking off a new series of posts to give you a sneak peek into our weird and wonderful world of theatre. Today we hear from Adrienne Bell-Koch, our set designer and Front Row’s technical director!

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I’m the set designer, and tech director, for FTC. I want to tell you about a day in the life of a set designer, and, by extension, a day in the life of my master carpenter, Carson, because I couldn’t get through it without him.

At 5:15 pm last Wednesday we arrived at Monarch Hardware, the local family owned hardware store. We poured over paint chips and colors. We had talked about the color scheme before coming but handling and seeing all the colors side-by-side always changes your original ideas a little! We ended up b.s.-ing with one of the owners while he mixed the paint colors. We came out under budget even after buying additional supplies such as brushes and rollers!

At the PAC shop, we opened up the colors and tested them out. Unfortunately, they always look a little different than you think they will at first. But overall we were really happy with them.

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At 7, our crew of four came (right on time!) and we explained the plan for the day. I showed them the final set design and explained the colors. Together, Carson and I taught them the basics of painting and they quickly and enthusiastically got to work! They also learned how to work efficiently as a team. We had fun, but we were also so efficient that we finished in half the time we had planned. Carson and I decided the best course of action was to let the crew have a break while we mixed a new color for the kitchen walls. When they returned, their energy was restored, and they got the walls painted in 30 minutes!
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The best part of the day was remembering why I love working in the shop. The community that is created when you are all working together towards a common goal is a unique and invigorating experience. I have held roles at all levels of the set “hierarchy” (MC, set crew, and now designer) but I have honestly enjoyed every experience, and the challenges inherent in them, wholeheartedly. There is a reason I basically live in the shop.

FTC Love,

Adrienne

Come see The Shadow Box on November 6-8! 
Stay tuned for more updates as we get this show on the road!