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Brooksville, Florida – The Live Oak Theatre Company announces that tickets are now on sale for its musical adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, The Secret Garden.
The musical, written by Marsha Norman, is an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel. It tells the moving story of young Mary Lennox, who, after her parents die from cholera, is sent back to England to live with her uncle in his secluded manor in the English countryside. There she meets her sickly, bedridden cousin and finds a forgotten and neglected garden that she is determined to fix up and bring back to life.

Weekend Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 29-May 7, 2016. All performances will be held at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville, FL 34601.

Each show will be a dessert theater experience with seating available one half hour before each performance.

Single admission tickets are $18 for adults. Tickets for students 13 and younger are $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee, tea and dessert. All seats are reserved and available on a first come, first serve basis.

To purchase tickets or for further information, visit the website at www.LiveOakTheatre.org or call the box office at 352-593-0027. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre.

About the Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT)

The Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT), a non-profit organization, is a division of YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Tampa, a not-for-profit 501c3 company. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive, artistic experiences in the performing arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying FAMILY-FRIENDLY entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for theater patrons and participants of all ages.

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027 or email liveoakboxoffice@gmail.com, or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org.

Live Oak Theatre announces the cast of its upcoming production of the musical adaptation of The Secret Garden:

· Lily Craven: Shared by Stephanie Barnett Sager and Randi Hoidalen Olsen.

· Archibald Craven: Terry Edwards.

· Mary Lennox: Shared by Elizabeth Kessel and Emma Day.

· Colin Craven: Shared by Elijah Torres and Christopher Alexander.

· Dicken: Benjamin Staley.

· Martha Sowerby: Shared by Holly Frendberg and Caitlin Frostman.

· Dr. Craven: To be determined.

· Mrs. Medlock: Julie Hofstede.

· Mrs. Winthrop: Jenna Eyers.

· Rose: Mahle Truit.

· Ben Weatherstaff: Ron Dykes.

The Secret Garden is a Broadway musical written by Marsha Norman, and is an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel of the same name. It tells the moving story of young Mary Lennox, who, after her parents die from cholera, is sent to live with her uncle in his secluded manor in the English countryside. There she meets her sickly, bedridden cousin and finds a forgotten and neglected garden that she is determined to fix up and bring back to life.

Weekend Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 29-May 7, 2016. All performances will be held at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville, FL 34601.

Each show will be a dessert theater experience with seating available one half hour before each performance.

Single admission tickets are $18 for adults. Tickets for students 13 and younger are $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee, tea and dessert. All seats are reserved and available on a first come, first serve basis.

To purchase tickets or for further information, visit the website at www.LiveOakTheatre.org or call the box office at 352-593-0027. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre.

About the Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT)

The Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT), a non-profit organization, is a division of YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Tampa, a not-for-profit 501c3 company. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive, artistic experiences in the performing arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying FAMILY-FRIENDLY entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for theater patrons and participants of all ages.

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027 or email liveoakboxoffice@gmail.com, or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org.

Live Oak Theatre to Hold Auditions for the Musical, The Secret Garden

Brooksville, Florida (January, 2016) – The Live Oak Theatre Company announces that auditions for its April production of The Secret Garden will be held on January 30 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601. All auditions are by appointment only. Email liveoaktheatre@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

Those who attended the season auditions in August need not audition again. Call backs and casting will be based on both season audition and the upcoming audition. The roles of “Lily” and “Archibald” have been cast from the season audition. We are particularly looking for a male, age 35-55, baritone vocal range, for the role of Dr. Neville Craven.

Those who audition should prepare 16 bars from a song that shows their strengths and vocal range. A less than two minute monologue will be welcome, but is not required. Cold readings will only be used for adults who audition and for children’s call backs.

Children who audition and have no prior experience with Live Oak Theatre, should have completed Live Oak Theatre’s Basic Acting and Introduction to Live Oak Theatre program or Live Oak Theatre’s performing arts summer camp.

For more information go to Live Oak Theatre’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre or email LiveOakTheatre@GMail.com.

The Secret Garden will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays April 29, 30, May 6 and 7.

About The Secret Garden

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is re-imagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

About the Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT)

The Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT), a non-profit organization, is a division of YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Tampa, a not-for-profit 501c3 company. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive, artistic experiences in the performing arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying FAMILY-FRIENDLY entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for theater patrons and participants of all ages.

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027 or email LiveOakTheatre@GMail.com, or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org.

Brooksville, Florida (December 30, 2015) – The Live Oak Theatre Company announces that it will offer a program in Basic Acting and an Introduction to Live Oak Theatre. The program will consist of four one-hour classes, held from 6:30 – 7:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 12, 14, 19, and 21. The program will be held at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601.

Topics covered will be:

· Basic acting skills and principles of acting
· Theatre terminology
· Theatre etiquette and most important,
· Audition techniques and tips for kids AND parents.

Children eight years through high school are eligible. Those who successfully complete the program will be able to audition for Live Oak Theatre’s musical productions of The Secret Garden, which will be held at the end of January.

The instructor for the basic acting class is Vince Vanni with a special presentation for parents by Eric Kessel. Mr. Vanni’s students currently appear throughout the area in both amateur and professional venues.

There is no tuition; however, a $10 registration donation is requested. To register, call 352-797-9199 or email VinceVanni@GMail.com. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre.

About the Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT)

The Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT), a non-profit organization, is a division of YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Tampa, a not-for-profit 501c3 company. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive, artistic experiences in the performing arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying FAMILY-FRIENDLY entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for theater patrons and participants of all ages.

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027 or email LiveOakTheatre@GMail.com, or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org.

Both performances of A Merry Medieval Madrigal Feast are now SOLD OUT!

Friday December 11th is officially SOLD OUT! Get your tickets soon for the December 12th performance, you won’t want to miss this one!

Tickets on Sale for A Merry Medieval Madrigal Feast

Purchase Tickets Here!

Brooksville, Florida – Live Oak Theatre Company announces that tickets are now on sale for A Merry Medieval Madrigal Feast dinner show, featuring the Faith EPC Choir, the Justify Drama Team and Live Oak Theatre Company.

The dinner show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville, FL 34601.

The Madrigal Feast will feature traditional Christmas music by the Faith EPC Choir and Live Oak Theatre. The Justify Drama Team will present comedic and dramatic presentations featuring the King and Queen, the town crier, the court jester, knights and other members of the Royal Court.

The royal dinner, sponsored by Dickey’s Bar-B-Que and Thrivent Financial, will feature wassail punch, fruit and cheese hors d’oeuvres, a real boar’s head, dinner by Dickey’s Bar-B-Que and figgy pudding for dessert. Coffee and tea will also be served.

Guests will be announced as Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court and are invited (but not required) to dress accordingly.

Tickets are $18 for adults and teens, and $5 for ages 13 and younger. All seats are reserved and available on a first come, first serve basis.

To purchase tickets or for further information, visit the Box Office tab on our website at www.LiveOakTheatre.org or call the box office at 352-593-0027. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre.

About the Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT)

The Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT), a non-profit organization, is a division of YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Tampa, a not-for-profit 501c3 company. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive, artistic experiences in the performing arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying FAMILY-FRIENDLY entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for theater patrons and participants of all ages.

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027 or email liveoakboxoffice@gmail.com, or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org.

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Tickets on Sale for Live Oak Theatre’s Performances of Around the World in 80 Days

Brooksville, Florida – Live Oak Theatre Company announces that tickets are now on sale for its original musical adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel, Around the World in 80 Days, about Phileas Fogg’s infamous race against time as he sets out to journey the globe.

Weekend Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 9-17, 2015. All performances will be held at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 200 Mt. Fair Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601.

Each performance will be a dessert theater experience with seating available one half hour before each performance.

Single admission tickets are $18 for adults. Tickets for students 13 and younger are $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee, tea and dessert. All seats are reserved and available on a first come, first serve basis.

A limited number of season tickets for 2015-16 are also available.
Adult season tickets are $30, which include the season’s two shows. Season tickets for children 13 and younger are $10, when purchased with an adult season ticket.
To order season tickets, call the box office at 352-593-0027.

About Around the World in 80 Days
The show has been written and co-directed by Live Oak Artistic Director Randi Olsen, and features an incredible cast of 55 actors to tell the story of Jules Verne’s classic story of Phileas Fogg, who takes on a challenge by the other men at the Reform Club to travel the world in 80 days. Ron Dykes, who plays the role of Verne, is also co-director and co-writer.

The audience will join Phileas (Kyle Marra) and his faithful servant, Passepartout (Terry Edwards), on their global adventure against time, traveling by train, boat, balloon – and even by elephant – to destinations such as London, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the American West. They meet many unforgettable characters along the way, including an enchanting Princess from India (Esprit Tafelski), the unscrupulous Detective Fix from Scotland Yard (Matthew Veasey), a British general (Eric Kessel), a surly boat captain (Sean Sanborn), a conniving politician (Sam McCall), a gaggle of Geishas and Bombay dancers.

Will Phileas Fogg make it back by his 80-day deadline? Be sure to buy tickets to the show and find out!

To purchase tickets or for further information, visit the website at www.LiveOakTheatre.org or call the box office at 352-593-0027. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre .

About the Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT)

The Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT), a non-profit organization, is a division of YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Tampa, a not-for-profit 501c3 company. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive, artistic experiences in the performing arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying FAMILY-FRIENDLY entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for theater patrons and participants of all ages.

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027 or email liveoakboxoffice@gmail.com, or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org.

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Announcing the CAST of “Around the World in 80 Days”

Kyle Marra – Phileas Fogg
Terry Edwards – Passpartout
Ron Dykes – Jules Verne, Lord Albermarle
Esprit Tafelski – Princess Aouda
Matthew Veasey – Detective Fix
Anthony Cromartie – Foster, Consul, Brahmin Priest, Commisioner, Union Rep, Engineer (Henrietta)
Noel Coutu – Agent, Guide
Sean Sanborn – Batulcar, Speedy
Sam McCall – Col. Proctor
Eric Kessel – General
Mahle Truitt – Marguerite
John Masterson  – Andrew Stuart (Reform Club)
David Steadman – Gauthier Ralph (Reform Club)
Bill Webb – John Sullivan (Reform Club)
Elijah Torres – Boys Chorus, Delivery Boy
Christopher Alexander – Boys Chorus, Frederick
Erik Leithe –  Boys Chorus, Jonathan
Ryan Thrasher – Boys Chorus, Newsboy 1
Peder Olsen – Boys Chorus, Newsboy 2
Donald Rozelle – Boys Chorus, Newsboy 3
Evan Williams – Boys Chorus, Newsboy 4
Jaycee Johnson – Boys Chorus, William
Emma Chenaweth – Dancer, Geisha
Paris Gottsman – Dancer, Geisha
Kelsey Kidd – Dancer, Geisha
Emma Rodriguez-Pajerski – Dancer, Geisha
Savannah Smith – Women’s Chorus, Meg, Geisha
Alexandra Allocco – Dancer, Handmaiden
Danielle Clark – Dancer, Handmaiden
Rachel Gray – Dancer, Handmaiden
Emily Kale – Dancer, Handmaiden
Gwyneth Mitten – Dancer, Handmaiden
Victoria Rooney – Dancer, Handmaiden
Cherilyn Staley – Dancer, Handmaiden
Stephania Torres – Dancer, Handmaiden
Amanda Waters – Dancer, Handmaiden
Trinity Walz – Girls Chorus, Bombay
Chloe Williams – Girls Chorus, Bombay
Alannah Allocco – Girls Chorus, Flower Girl
Mary Babione – Girls Chorus, Flower Girl
Emma Day – Girls Chorus, Flower Girl
Mia Hofstede – Girls Chorus, Flower Girl
Caitlynn Holmlund – Girls Chorus, Flower Girl
Christina Holmlund – Girls Chorus, Flower Girl
Elizabeth Kessel – Girls Chorus, Flower Girl
Isabella Walz – Girls Chorus, Flower Girl
Chris Rocanelli – Men’s Chorus, Concierge, Conductor
Eric Kessel – Men’s Chorus, General
Alex Nelson – Men’s Chorus, Gentleman 1, Indian Police
Benjamin Staley – Men’s Chorus. Porter, Union Rep 2, Sailor (NY)
Patty Villegas – Women’s Chorus, Beggar Woman
Caitlin Frostman – Women’s Chorus, Chantel
Jennifer Vilardi – Women’s Chorus, Lady 1
Julie Hofstede – Women’s Chorus, Lady 2
Jenna Eyers – Women’s Chorus, Lady Albermarle
Diane Waters – Women’s Chorus, Lady Songbird
Holly Frendberg – Women’s Chorus, Monique
Pat Ferguson – Women’s Chorus

 

Live Oak Theatre has certainly grown over the last six years! With each production, we develop more and more leadership. Below is the production team for our current production.

Directors: Randi Olsen, Ron Dykes
Asst. Director: Mahle Truitt
Stage Manager: Amy Patterson
Asst. Stage Managers: Jennifer Vilardi, Caitlin Frostman
Choreographer: Miranda Griffin
Producer/ Front of House Manager: Marie Trombley

Auditions for our 2015-2016 season will be held on Thursday evening, August 6th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday afternoon, August 8th at 1:00 pm at the Fellowship Hall of
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601.

Auditions for both the musical adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days and the musical classic, The Secret Garden, will be held at that time. Those who audition should prepare 16 bars from a song that shows their strengths and vocal range. A less than two minute monologue will be welcome, but is not required. Cold readings will only be used for adults who audition and for children’s call backs only.

Those who attend the season auditions in August need not audition again for The Secret Garden. All roles for both adults and children are available. We are especially seeking adult and young adult singers.

Children who audition and have no prior experience with Live Oak Theatre, should have completed Live Oak Theatre’s Basic Acting and Introduction to Live Oak Theatre program.

For more information email LiveOakTheatre@gmail.com.

The musical adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days will be performed on October 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th. There will be two performances on the 10th and 17th.

The Secret Garden will be performed on April 29th and 30th and May 6th and 7th. There will be two performances on the 30th and the 7th.

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