Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today's Guest Bloggers

Last night was the first read-through for our production of Sordid Lives. Tonight, Guest Bloggers Tracy Hawkins (Noleta), Kathy Garofano (Sissy) and Nicole Patrick (Bitsy Mae) give us their brief thoughts on the experience:

This play is going to be HILARIOUS -- it was funny when I first read it, but to hear it come to life with the actors' interpretations at the read-through (without anyone's best effort, I'm sure) I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard, and my face hurt from smiling so much. The only thing that will surpass the fun we're going to have doing this show will be the audience's enjoyment of the finished product! I'm not in "Chapter Three" but I may have to come to some of those rehearsals just to enjoy the interactions between "Dr Eve" and "Brother Boy." Bless their hearts!
Tracy Hawkins

I got there late, after a crappy day at work, a fight with my sister and having to park out in Gods country, so I wasn't in a really good mood to got significantly better by the end of the evening.... a funny show, loads of good actors, and a support team to die for, who could ask for anything more?

Kathy Garofano

What a ridiculously hilarious show this is going to be. We were all in side-splitting laughter at times and I couldn't help but think during one section of the show, while I was munching on Kathy's homemade chocolate chip cookies, how very special this organization is. They raise awareness, raise funds and lift spirits; all in the name of a loved one who was taken all too soon. And although I never had the pleasure or privilege of knowing James, I am so honored to be a part of this for a 3rd time and to remember James in one of the best ways possible: with laughter.

Nicole Patrick

We really couldn't ask for better testimonials than that, now could we? Watch for more Guest Blogger posts from other cast members, JTMF staff and a few surprise guests. You know where to find us!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

First Read-Thru - This Tuesday

Now it's starting to get exciting. The first read-through for this year's JTMF show, Sordid Lives will be held this coming Tuesday, the 27th. First read-thru is one of the most exciting things about a show. It's often the only time the entire cast is together at once until production week (and with this show, that very well may be the case).

We'll keep you updated with rehearsal stories and photos, as well all teh fabulous Silent Auction items as they come in.

See you soon!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

JTMF Casting News

The JTMF is currently seeking an actor in his mid-40's to mid-50's to play the role of G.W. in our upcoming production of Sordid Lives. The actor previously announced has been forced to drop out due to personal commitments.

Candidates for the role must be available between April 27th and June 27th, for three nights a week until Hell Week. Experience is a plus, though all interested parties will be interviewed and auditioned.

If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please email us at or leave a comment with your name, email address and phone number, below.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Meet the Cast of "Sordid Lives"

Auditions were held yesterday, and the JTMF is pleased to announce the cast for the Eighth Annual JTMF AIDS Benefit featuring Del Shores' Sordid Lives.

In this photo (L to R), Kathy Garofano, Alice Weber, Damian Gaeta, Glen Calhoun and Nicole Patrick. And yes, they're partying around a casket. You see, poor Peggy Ingram has died, and the whole dysfunctional clan is gathering for her big send off. Be sure to join us this June 25, 26 & 27 at the Kelsey Theatre, 'cause ya'll gotta see this one, to believe it!

The full cast is as follows:

Bitsy Mae Harling -- Nicole Patrick
Ty Williamson -- Damian Gaeta
Sissy Hickey -- Kathy Garofano
Noletta Nethercott -- Tracy Hawkins
Latrelle Williamson -- Heather McHenry
LaVonda Dupree -- Alice Weber
G.W. Nethercott -- John Devienne
Wardell "Bubba" Owens -- Rob Sampson
Odell Owens/Rev. Barnes -- Glen Calhoun
Dr. Eve Bolinger -- Jennifer Barron
Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram -- Doug Edelson
The Guitarist -- Ernie Albanisius

Friday and Saturday performance include a Texas Barbecue themed reception and our famous Silent Auction. Tickets are $25.00 for the Friday and Saturday Performances, $12.00 to $16.00 for the Sunday Matinee. Visit our page (linked to your right) for more details.

And keep watching this space for rehearsal photos and updates. We can't wait to get started!

See you soon!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cast Announcement Coming Soon!

Sordid Lives has been fully cast!

Watch this space for the full cast list, tomorrow.

Friday, April 2, 2010

We're Back!

While there are still several roles to be cast in the 2010 JTMF production of Del Shores' Sordid Lives, here is a sneak-peak at some of the folks you'll be seeing onstage at the Kelsey Theatre this June.

"A Black Comedy About White Trash," Sordid Lives tells the story of a South Texas family gathering for the funeral of their beloved matriarch, Peggy, who has died under rather circumspect circumstances.

Directed by Yours Truly, Sordid Lives promises to be a hilarious look at family, weight, sexual orientation and shame, all set to the tune of Tammy Wynette's Greatest Hits. Cigarettes, Valium, ladies' underwear and wooden legs all play a part in this story that proves that nothing is stronger (or more important) than the bonds which tie a family together.

Please join us for a terrific show, a Texas BBQ reception and a good cause. More details to come.

Hope to see you there!