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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Unanimous AFTRA Board Says Yes to Joint Bargaining on TV-Theatrical/Exhibit A

Press Release from AFTRA below. Also see Variety, Hollywood Reporter and SAGWATCH for additional information on the AFTRA National Board Meeting. As expected nofficial SAG response has been positive.


LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (Feb. 27, 2010) — The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), a national union of more than more 70,000 performers, journalists, broadcasters, recording artists and other talent working in the entertainment and news media, met today by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York.

The AFTRA National Board unanimously voted to approve a recommendation by a subcommittee of the AFTRA Strategy Cabinet to formally engage in joint bargaining under Phase One terms with Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for the AFTRA Primetime Television Contract (Exhibit A of the Network Television Code) and the SAG Television and Theatrical Agreement and under the existing AFL-CIO-facilitated No Raiding/Non-Disparagement Agreement between the two unions. No wages and working conditions meetings or negotiations are scheduled at this time.

The approved motion reads:
“The AFTRA National Board approves conducting the preparation for, negotiation and administration of the 2011 AFTRA Exhibit A Agreement and SAG TV/Theatrical Agreement jointly with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) under the terms of the Phase One Agreement, as Phase One has been applied in the past, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the AFL-CIO-facilitated Agreement for Negotiation of Commercials Contracts Under the Phase One Agreement (“The Commercials Agreement”). Staff is directed to prepare and execute an agreement that is identical to the Commercials Agreement to cover negotiations of the Exhibit A Agreement and SAG TV/Theatrical Agreement and forward same to SAG for its signature as soon as practicable (with the understanding that the escrow currently held by Amalgamated Bank will be utilized in connection with the EXHIBIT A/TV Theatrical Negotiations Agreement).”


After the vote, AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon said, “I applaud the National Board for taking this important step forward today following our productive discussions with our counterparts at Screen Actors Guild earlier this week, specifically with respect to AFTRA’s heavy negotiating schedule for 2010. I look forward to continuing our work with SAG President Ken Howard and the leadership and members of our sister union as we move forward to bargain the strongest possible contracts for professional talent.”

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mandy Patinkin at UNLV


MANDY PATINKIN
DRESS CASUAL

with Paul Ford at the piano

a benefit performance for the Nevada Conservatory Theatre & THE TEAM

Saturday, March 27 - 8 PM
Judy Bayley Theatre - UNLV CAMPUS

Tickets $125
VIP: $200 includes preferred seating and reception with Mr. Patinkin

Tickets Now On Sale!

RESERVATIONS: 702 895-2787

Comic Con could move to Las Vegas

Variety reports that Las Vegas could steal ComicCon from San Diego, bringing the world's largest comic book, Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention to Nevada. If we get the event it will be because Las Vegas has the convention space to handle a convention that has outgrown San Diego. Anaheim and Los Angeles are also bidding to gain the convention after its contract with San Diego expires in 2012, but neither has the required space in a single geographic area. Bus shuttles and other methods are being pitched to sew together venues in those two cities. Because of recent acquisitions, Disney may put its full weight behind Anaheim, while other Hollywood interests are split between LA and Las Vegas as a preferred location, if San Diego cannot meet the space requirements prior to contract renewal.

Actor Walter Koenig found dead in Vancouver park

Andrew Koenig played Richard "Boner" Stabone, at left, on the 1980s TV sitcom "Growing Pains."
Actor Andrew Koenig, missing since February 14, was found dead in Vancouver, British Colombia, Thursday, a source close to the family told CNN. The son of Star Trek Star Walter Koenig has appeared in numerous television, film and stage roles. He was also a frequent improvisational actor in comedy clubs.

Nevada Branch Council Member John Powers to lead Cold Reading and Method Workshop


Nevada SAG Conservatory
Presents
Cold Reading using the Method with John Powers

Originating with the renowned Konstantin Stanislavski and refined by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, the Method is an acting technique wherein the performer uses their own experiences and emotions immersing themselves into their roles to such an extent that many who use this form of acting continue to do so off-camera for the duration of the film. Illustrious talent such as Robert DeNiro, Paul Newman, Al Pacino and recent Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Alec Baldwin were trained using this technique by Strasberg and the Method has continued to be taught by greats like Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner. This class will introduce participants to the tools and techniques of the Method when doing cold readings.

When: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2010 (check-in begins at 12:30 p.m.)

Where: Mirabelli Community Center
6200 Hargrove Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Map (95 to south Jones, right on Elton (1st turn) and right on Hargrove)

Cost for Workshop: Free for Nevada Conservatory Members or $20 per workshop.

Nevada Conservatory Cost: $40 a year for union members / $80 a year for non-union members.

You will need your SAG ID card to join as a member and please remember to bring your headshots and resumes.

Check the Nevada Branch Hotline for updates or SAG members should contact Branch Executive Director Steve Clinton by email steven.clinton@sag.org if you have any questions.

Hotline: (702) 737-8818

No RSVP necessary but please check the Branch Hotline at (702) 737-8818 or (800) 724-0767, option 7 for any last minute changes to the Conservatory program.

About John Powers:

A Los Angeles native and child actor, John Powers graduated from UCLA with a degree in Film & Performing Arts in 1971.  He was introduced to the Method in 1979 when he was fortunate enough to attend one of the last classes taught by Lee Strasberg at Actors Studio West before enrolling and eventually teaching at the Van Mar Academy for Motion Picture and Television Acting (VMA). It was at the VMA where Mr. Powers began his extensive training in Cold Reading, Character Structuring, Improv, Shakespeare, and Scene Study.

With forty-years in the industry and a member of SAG and Equity, Mr. Powers has acted in film, television and on the stage in roles too numerous to list here.  Mr. Powers’ teaching style is hands-on and Socratic as he teaches students how to keep their head “out of the page” while speaking and listening. In his classes, Mr. Powers begins working with the actors on their character development, peeling back layers of unconstructive, unconscious defensiveness or “indication” and any other human habits which get in the way of artistic creation.  Like peeling an onion, this process eventually arrives at the character, a brand new human being with real human emotions, feelings, and revelations.  You will often hear him say “Make the most dramatic choice possible…” and that acting is a spiritual experience which requires “transubstantiation”, creation of a new human life.  Mr. Powers believes that taking chances is the only way to learn.

First posted 2-12-10


PS:
John is starting his next class March 8th, Monday, at Mr. D. Wayne's Studio on Raymert off Sandhill by Desert Inn and lamb -- near the 95 Boulder Hwy offramp. Inquiries: 702-642-5222


No Shame Theater tonight at Insurgo

NO SHAME RULES:

1) All pieces must be under five minutes

2) All pieces must be ORIGINAL
3) You can not break the law, the theatre, the audience or yourself!
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**Artist check-in is at 9:30. First fifteen acts get in.
If you are a writer, bring enough scripts for the cast and the tech booth.
If you're interested in acting, show up.

GENERAL AUDIENCE, house opens at 10:15,
SHOW STARTS AT 10:30!
Tickets for all are $5.

TICKETS at www.insurgotheater.org/tickets.html

NO SHAME TICKETS not available online

NO SHAME at THE WEEKLY:
http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2010/feb/17/no-shame-theatre/
SEX COMEDIES REVIEW:
http://www.lvrj.com/taste/insurgo_s-_sex-comedies_-fun--silly-85183817.html
RAMBIS and CITY LIFE Pick of the Week  at
 http://www.lasvegascitylife.com/articles/2010/02/19/ae/picks/doc4b75e8cb35261683133013.txt
DONATE to Insurgo at www.insurgotheater.org/donate.html

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beauty and the Beast at Faith Luthern HS


Faith Lutheran High School is gearing up to present "Disney's Beauty & the Beast" in their new 792-seat Performing Arts Center in Summerlin.

April 30, May 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER. The Asst to the Director will be updating it everyday with rehearsal news, pics, etc.

www.twitter.com/faithmusical

Get your tickets ONLINE now: www.faithlutheranlv.org

Adults $10
Students $8
Children under 10 years $5

Group Rates, Email: widesmilemystyle@gmail.com
URL: GET TICKETS TO "BEAUTY & THE BEAST" NOW!






Specialty Talent Sought

Press release for talent search. No sure of the pay or potential.

AERIAL / FIRE / BELLY DANCERS / ACRO / SPECIALTY ACTS / DANCERS / STILTS / UNUSAL PERFORMERS!

Looking for all types of performers and specialty acts. Come and show us your act / skills!! Must have experience  and  be sassy - sensual
we are forming a troop for national / international events including:

·  touring
·  corporate
·  special events
·  night clubs

We are currently auditioning by appointment only, Thursday and Fridays.
Must send Head and Body shots / Resumes / Demos to :


eventsgroupauditions@gmail.com

Open Registry for live and film casting and booking company

Bookitinvegas.com is holding open registration for the following:

ACTORS
MODELS
EXTRAS
All ethnicities, all ages.

Date: March 1, 2010
Place: Casting Call Entertainment
2790 E Flamingo Rd. Suite F
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Please bring Headshot, Resume (if applicable)
Copy of Driver's license

www.booktinvegas.com

Las Vegas Professional Theater

"Marriage Can Be Murder"
"Tony & Tina's Wedding"
"Sin City Confidential"
"The Soprano's Last Supper"
"Feed the Monkey"
"Shear Madness" (temporarily closed)
"Defending the Caveman"



Equity contract or guest artist productions.
"Phantom"
"Jersey Boys"
Nevada Conservatory Theater at UNLV (guest artists)

Equity productions are primarily cast in New York or Los Angeles, but do hold local auditions per contract. Non-equity paying theaters hold auditions in Las Vegas, but may also audition in LA, New York, Chicago or other venues. Both list are partial, as there may be other paying roles in productions, both union and non-union, opening or running in town.

Please keep this blog in mind if you hear of auditions, new productions or other theater or film news.

Thank you.

Background Casting Notice for SPEED Reality Show

We are currently looking for talent, Ages 21 to 65, for the following project. 

You must be registered with Goldman and Associates to submit for work.

PROJECT
“Fast Track to Fame” Reality Show
Cable Network SPEED

Open to SAG Members
(before accepting work contact SAG Nevada Executive Steve Clinton to confirm)

ROLES
Audience Members at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
 
RATE
$64.00 flat for 8 Hours.  Overtime paid after 8 hours at time & a half.

SHOOT DATES (You can work one or possibly both days)
Friday February 26, 2010
AND
Saturday February 27, 2010

SHOOT HOURS
Tentative calltime for Friday 7:30 P.M.
Tentaive calltime for Saturday 4:30 P.M.

LOCATION
Las Vegas, NV - TBA

If you do not already have a photo or snapshot on file with us, please email me one.

Thanks a Bunch!!
Julie Goldman
Goldman & Associates

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mike Plaisted's Empress Theater Classes

New Session for Empress Theatre is starting
Weds.  at 7:00 pm to 9:45 pm and every Wednesday!
$60 per month regardless of whether 4 or 5 Wednesdays.
Weds.

Enrollment period ends April 7.

2900 So. Valley View at the Meadows Senior Homes.

Call Michael Plaisted at 871-9750 (H) or 218-1759 (C) for info.

Monday, February 22, 2010

'Avatar' sets Imax record

With worldwide totals for 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" north of $2.4 billion, Imax reported that its portion of the pic's earnings passed $200 million on Sunday, a new record for any IMAX film screenng.

FREE VOICE COACH SEMINAR WEDNESDAY ON-LINE


Special SAG Foundation Event Streamed Online

Must be a dues current member of SAG to participate
or gather around a computer with your friend who are SAG!

Master Class with Vocal Coach Roger Love
No other vocal coach in history has been more commercially successful in both the speaking and singing fields.


When: 7 p.m. (PT), Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The SAG Foundation’s Master Class with renowned vocal coach Roger Love is an opportunity for actors to learn how to maximize effectiveness in both their speaking and singing voice for professional career advancement as well as personal confidence.  Roger will present his material and demonstrate with willing in-audience participants.

No other vocal coach in history has been more commercially successful in both the speaking and singing fields than Roger Love. He has vocally produced more than 100 million CD sales worldwide, written three top selling books, “Set Your Voice Free,” “Sing Like the Stars” and “Love Your Voice,” created the bestselling audio program “Vocal Power...Speaking with Authority, Clarity & Conviction,” produced and starred in the television advertised DVD, “Love to Sing,” and appeared as a regular in three major network TV shows, ”Popstars” for The WB, “Rockstar/INXS” for CBS and “The One: Making a Music Star” for ABC.

Recently, Jeff Bridges thanked Roger in his SAG Award acceptance speech, giving credit to the sought-after professional’s work in increasing Bridges’ strength and range for his winning turn in “Crazy Heart.” Bridges joins the ranks of countless actors, singers and speakers who thank Roger Love, whose work on the film “Walk the Line” resulted in three Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, one Platinum Selling CD Award, a Grammy Award, and an Academy Award. His singing students range from The Beach Boys to John Mayer. His acting clients are celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix.

Singing stars and groups Roger has coached include:  Maroon 5, John Mayer, Tool, The Killers, Taking Back Sunday, Rob Thomas/Matchbox 20, Eminem, Natasha Bedingfield, The Beach Boys, the Jacksons, Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crue, Toto, Chicago, Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, Papa Roach, Mandy Moore, Wilson Phillips, Hanson, En Vogue, Robbie Robertson, Billy Idol, and Phish.  More information can be found on his website www.rogerlove.com.

This event will be live streamed here from the SAG Foundation Actors Center.  The event will utilize the Foundation’s newest technological advance to share knowledge with participants far and wide through real-time Internet connection, allowing participants to ask questions during the event through email and twitter.  It will also be archived on Screen Actors Guild Foundation website for viewing. 

Click here to register for an in-house seat at the event.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Learn how to employ professional talent, and your rights as talent

February 23
"Indie SeriesSAG Contracts Corner: Low Budget and Theatrical 101"
Explorethe basic provisions and signatory requirements in the SAG Theatrical and Low Budget Contracts. Please  note that this presentation by the Screen Actors Guild Theatrical and Low Budget Departments is pre-recorded and will follow with a live Q and A with presenters online.

For additional information on the SAG Foundation and on SAG LifeRaft:
http://www.sagfoundation.org/programs/liferaft

You’ll be able to submit your questions to panelists and moderators during the events by e-mail or you may tweet your questions at #LRLS. Guild members are encouraged to register with the SAG Foundation in order to receive e-mail updates.

Little House!

 
Melissa Gilbert and the cast of "Little House on the Prairie, the Musical." Michael Landon's Laura, Melissa now plays 'ma'. The musical, which began at the Guthree, is getting rave reviews on a national tour, including a positive write up as a must see for young people from Scholastic. I know Melissa from her time on the SAG Board and as SAG's National President.
Hurt Locker Took the British "Oscars" Top Prize, six statues in all in one night.

According to "The Wrap" an American Film taking the BAFTA award is uncommon, and for Hurt Locker to accomplish what amounts to a hat trick of unrelated awards from Guilds and Academy almost ensures it will take best picture, and a quite possibly best director at the Academy Awards in Hollywood.

The following is form entertainment news blog "The Wrap":

"The Hurt Locker" continued its remarkable run of awards on Sunday in London, where the Orange British Academy Film Awards named Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq-themed drama Best Film.

Bigelow herself was named Best Director for her taut low-budget film, which has become an Oscar favorite with a string of wins from the critics and the Hollywood guilds.

Although BAFTA generally spreads the wealth and often salutes British films over American ones, "The Hurt Locker" showed surprising across-the-board strength. In addition to its awards for film and director, it picked up honors for Mark Boal's screenplay and for cinematography, film editing and sound.


In the past 10 years, the BAFTA winner has been named Best Picture at the Oscars five times. With a BAFTA win on top of honors from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Writers Guild, American Cinema Editors and Art Directors Guild, plus numerous critics groups, "The Hurt Locker" has far outpaced any other film this awards season."

The story goes on...but cut to the list of winners:

And the winners are:
BEST FILM
"The Hurt Locker" - Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
"Fish Tank" - Kees Kasander, Nick Laws, Andrea Arnold

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Duncan Jones Director - "Moon"

DIRECTOR
"The Hurt Locker" - Kathryn Bigelow

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"The Hurt Locker" - Mark Boal

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Up In The Air" - Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
"A Prophet" - Pascal Caucheteux, Marco Cherqui, Alix Raynaud, Jacques Audiard

ANIMATED FILM
Up" - Pete Docter

LEADING ACTOR
Colin Firth - "A Single Man"

LEADING ACTRESS
Carey Mulligan - "An Education"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz - "Inglourious Basterds"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mo'Nique - "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"

MUSIC
"Up" - Michael Giacchino

CINEMATOGRAPHY
"The Hurt Locker" - Barry Ackroyd

EDITING
"The Hurt Locker" - Bob Murawski, Chris Innis

PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Avatar" - Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair

COSTUME DESIGN
"The Young Victoria" - Sandy Powell

SOUND
"The Hurt Locker" - Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
"Avatar" - Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones

MAKE UP & HAIR
"The Young Victoria" - Jenny Shircore

SHORT ANIMATION
"Mother Of Many" - Sally Arthur, Emma Lazenby

SHORT FILM
"I Do Air" - James Bolton, Martina Amati

THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
Kristen Stewart

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
Vanessa Redgrave

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Joe Dunton

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Joe Dunton

Why should I do theater, I am ready for my close-up

Why should I do theater?
I am going to be a star!

One of my well meaning students disagreed with my solid advice that they do theater. They honestly felt that since they were interested only in film or television work, there was no value in doing theater. Of course they were in for an ear full.

Theater is where you learn and practice the craft.

True actors seek to return to theater, or do theater between films or television contracts. Martin Sheen returns this week to the Broadway stage to play the father in the play that helped launch is career (on Broadway) when he was a much younger man.

But there is no theater here, a transplant from New York insisted.

There are many opportunities to do theater here in the Las Vegas Valley, regardless of your experience level. For one there are three Equity or Equity Guest Artists theaters or productions in greater Las Vegas. In addition the semi-pro, educational and community opportunities continue to grow. The following is a partial list of theaters (see the sidebar at the right to contact links and numbers).

Las Vegas Academy:

Insurgo:

LVLT (mainstage)
.

LVLT (blackbox)


UNLV (mainstage)

UNLV (blackbox)


Rainbow Company

Atlas

Stagedoor

31ers Living Theater

CSN (Horn)

CSN (blackbox)

CSN (Henderson)

Most High Schools,

some middle schools

and select elementary schools

Theater in the Valley

Signature

PS Productions

Super Summer Theater

Saturday, February 20, 2010

When You Comin' Back Red Ryder? CSN Cheyenne Campus

My friend John Wennstrom plays a tough talking WWII vet who has nothing to back up puffing up his feathers in the well reviewed CSN production that opened this weekend and continues next weekend.

It's not your average Sunday at Foster's Diner.

Ever since a new freeway bypass opened up nearly 3 months ago, business has slowed to a near halt.

This Sunday is different. The dust blows in a mysterious guest. Everyone in the the diner is suddenly caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

CSN Department of Fine Arts Presents:
When You Comin Back Red Ryder? By Mark Medoff
Directed by Ernest Hemmings

Performances (all in February)
Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th

Doors Open @ 7:00 PM Play Starts @ 7:30 PM
Matinees on Sundays @2pm

First posted 1-14-2009, updated several times.

Living Theater Company to launch in 2010


THEATER COMPANY FORMING
Specialized classes are 
forming to develop a
living theater 
of the history of Boulder City &  the
Hoover Dam. 

For more information, 
contact Patty Sullivanat 702-400-3254,
psullivan@bcnv.org

or call
702-454-1067

email createcom@mac.com


Actor sought

African-American male needed for "The America Play"




African-American male needed for Butcher Block's production of "The America Play" by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Character: The Foundling Father, an Abe Lincoln impersonator.

If interested, please email me at shawn@butcherblocklv.com to setup an audition.








Nevada Film Alliance Meeting this week

Sergio Garcia's VIP is referral member only.  Feel free to contact him at the e-mail below for additional information on his networking group.  What he writes about below is another member only group, The Nevada Filmmakers Alliance. Feel free to use the links to find out additional information.

Your an actor and you want to be in movies?

Want to find out what it takes to  make one?

Want to help make a movie?

Then you need to attend this meet up on Tuesday 2/23/10. It's open to all and who knows ... maybe you will become a member of the NFA.

Click here for all the details:  http://www.meetup.com/nevadafilm/calendar/12494146/

--
Sergio Garcia

Editor/Publisher vipslv@gmail.com

Ghost Writer earns Roman Polanski best director at Berlin Film Festival

Ghost Writer could be next year's Oscar contender

 

Roman Polanski Named Best Director at Berlin Film Festival


Roman Polanski, in the news since his arrest in Switzerland last September and currently fighting extradition to the United States, received the Silver Bear for Best Director for the political thriller The Ghost Writer.

In The Ghost Writer, Ewan McGregor has the title role, becoming involved with a former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan, above, based on Tony Blair), who has more than a few skeletons in his past, and is accused of war crimes for his devoted support of U.S. military policies in Iraq.

Polanski finished The Ghost Writer while under house arrest at his home in Gstaad. The 76-year-old filmmaker, who won a Best Director Oscar in early 2003 for the Holocaust drama The Pianist, fled the US the day before he was going to be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Ghost Writer producers Alain Sarde and Robert Benmussa accepted the award for Polanski. Sarde told the festival audience that the Polish filmmaker wouldn’t have come regardless of his current circumstances “because the last time I traveled to accept an award I landed in jail.” (Polanski was arrested upon arriving in Switzerland to accept a lifetime achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival.)

This is Polanski’s second major Berlin Festival win. In 1966, his psychological drama Cul-de-sac was given the Golden Bear.

Photo: Courtesy of the Berlin Film Festival

Hurt Locker stacking up awards. Next BAFTA and then Oscar?

Hurt Locker and Up In The Air take WGA Awards

"The Hurt Locker" is almost a shoe in for best picture, given its now clear sweep of top awards from the entertainment guilds and the press.  With producers, directors, editors, writers and critics acclaim, the film which had a hard time finding a distributor and lost money in its initial release in 2008, is bound to be a winner even if it does not place top among the the ten nominated films. Tomorrow (Sunday) night "The Hurt Locker" takes on much the same competition as it will face on the Academy Awards in the US, as BAFTA considers "Hurt Locker," "Avatar," "An Education," "Up in the Air" and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." for the British Academy  of Film and Television Arts prestigious awards.

Variety reports that "Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air" took the Writers Guild Awards this evening. 



The following is their report:

'Air,' 'Locker' top WGA Awards
Scripts nab feature film prizes at guild ceremony

 

"The Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air" have won the top feature screenplay awards from the Writers Guild of America.

Mark Boal took the original screenplay trophy for Summit's "Hurt Locker," topping "500 Days of Summer," "Avatar," "The Hangover" and "A Serious Man."

"I'm honored and stunned," Boal told the audience at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. And he singled out director Kathryn Bigelow for backing "an unpopular story about an unpopuilar war" in his thank-yous.

Boal also thanked the U.S. soldiers in Iraq with whom he was embeddded in 2004 to learn about bomb-defusing squads.

The adapted trophy went to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for "Up in the Air" for their adaptation of Walter Kirn's novel. "Up in the Air," rleleased by Paramount, topped "Crazy Heart," "Julie and Julia," "Precious" and "Star Trek."

Turner gave thanks to his fellow members, adding, "We don't write because we want to -- we write because we have to."

Reitman singled out his father Ivan Reitman, a producer on the film, for his encouragement. "He told me, 'You got the goods,' " Reitman added.

Mark Monroe won the documentary award for dolphin slaughter docu "The Cove," which continued its awards season momentum.

ABC's "Modern Family" won the new series award. Nick's "Welcome to the Jungle" took the children's episodic and specials kudo.

The longform original award went to Lifetime's "Georgia O'Keefe and the longform adapted kudo was awarded to HBO's "Taking Chance."

"Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" tied in the comed-variety category.

"Family Guy" showrunner Seth MacFarlane emceed and opened with a parody on "Ya Got Trouble" from "The Music Man," featuring such lines as "without a script, this town would fall off the fucking map."

Acting Classes from Remington affiliated Yellow Rose



Yellow Rose Academy of Acting

March Acting Classes!
Call today to reserve your spot!!

Adult Acting Improv Classes, taught by actor Paul Campanella will begin on Tuesday Mornings (beginning March 9th), at 9:45 a.m. or Tuesday evenings at 7:15 p.m., Beginning March 9th

Adult “Acting for the Camera” Classes, taught by UNLV Professor Michael Tylo (Guiding Light, The Young & the Restless, Lonesome Dove) will be held, beginning March 9th, on
Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
or Tuesday afternoons (beginning March 9th), from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Children’s Classes, taught by actress Corinna Jones will be held on Saturdays, Beginning March 6th,
10:00 - Noon (ages 4-9)
1:00-4:00 p.m. (ages 10-16)

Doug Pritchard will teach a Basic Audition Techniques and Beginning Acting class for adults, on
Wednesday Mornings and Saturday Evenings
Saturday Evenings (beginning March 6th) at 5 p.m.
Wednesday Mornings (beginning March 10th) at 10 a.m.

So, just pick a day, time and instructor!

TUESDAY Morning at 9:45 a.m. with Paul Campanella
TUESDAY Afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with Michael Tylo
TUESDAY Afternoon at 4:00 p.m. with Michael Tylo
TUESDAY Evening at 7:15 p.m. with Paul Campanella

WEDNESDAY Mornings at 10:00 a.m. with Doug Pritchard

SATURDAY Kid’s Class at 10:00 a.m. with Corinna Jones (ages 4-9)
SATURDAY Kid’s Class at 1:00 p.m. with Corinna Jones (ages 10-16)
SATURDAY Adult Class at 5:00 p.m. with Doug Pritchard

Call Yellow Rose Academy at (702) 547-3668 or
Email rodeoman57@embarqmail.com
and indicate the day and time you would like to attend!

You can audit a class for $20, and this will be deducted from your monthly fee, should you sign up for classes later.


Reserve your spot today! Class size will be limited to 15 students (8 students for Mr. Tylo’s Classes), to ensure that each student has plenty of individual instruction and camera-time!

Class Breakdown!

Tuesday Adult Classes with Michael Tylo (Beginning March 9th) at 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. will be a 4-week curriculum, covering Advanced Audition Techniques & Scene Study, designed for those currently completing the Intermediate Audition Techniques course held in Feb., or more advanced actors who just need a refresher!  Class fees are $50 per lesson, or save 25%  by paying for all four February classes, in advance, for $150.

Tuesday (mornings at 9:45 a.m. or evenings at 7:15 p.m.) Adult Classes with Paul Campanella (Beginning March 9th) will be a 4-week curriculum, covering Acting Improv Techniques.  Class fees are $50 per lesson, or save 25%  by paying for all three January classes, in advance, for $150. There will be no audits of this class, and no new students added after March 9th.

Wednesday Adult Classes with Doug Pritchard (Beginning March 10th) at 10:00 a.m., will be a 4-week curriculum, covering Basic & Intermediate Audition Techniques & Beginning Acting. Designed for those who have no acting training, or those who just want a refresher on the basics. Class fees are $30 per lesson, or save money by paying the full course fee in advance for $100.

Saturday Children’s Classes with Corinna Jones (Beginning March 6th) In March, we will be offering two different classes for two different age groups. The younger children, ages 4-9, will begin at 10:00 a.m., and for children 10-16, class will start at 1:00 p.m. All classes are offered at $30 per class, or you can save $20 by paying for the month of March (4 Classes)  in advance, for $100.

Saturday Adult Classes with Doug Pritchard (Beginning March 6th) at 5:00 p.m., will be a 4-week curriculum, covering Basic & Intermediate Audition Techniques & Beginning Acting. Designed for those who have no acting training, or those who just want a refresher on the basics. Class fees are $30 per lesson, or save money by paying the full course fee in advance for $100.

TUESDAY ADULT CLASSES

About Michael Tylo
After appearing on Another World for a few weeks, Michael landed a role on Guiding Light in 1981. He played Quinton McCord Chamberlain, also known as Sean Ryan. His character was paired with Nola, and they created one of the most beloved soap couples ever. Michael left Guiding Light in 1985, but returned for some time in the mid 90s.

Soon after leaving Guiding Light, Michael joined the cast of All My Children where he played Matt Connolly. Not only did he get to act with some very beautiful women, he later married one of them. Michael met his now-former-wife Hunter on the set of AMC.

Michael appeared in General Hospital and the highly acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove. 1990 marked the landing of the role of Luis Ramon in New World Zorro, which was shot in Spain and aired on Family Channel. After some guest appearances in various series, the doors to The Young And The Restless were opened and Michael was cast as Blade, the mysterious photographer who first appeared to have no last name. The storyline was later stirred up by Rick, Blade's evil twin.

More recently, Michael has been cast in a couple of movies and he also made a guest appearance on The Bold and the Beautiful as Amber's lawyer Sherman Gale. Currently Michael is residing in Nevada and working as a full time professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching classes in the film and theatre departments. He has also been regularly appearing on stage at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, and most recently in The Cradle Will Rock (Mar/2009), Come Back, Little Sheba (Jan/2008), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Oct/2007) and Twelfth Night (Dec/2006). In addition to acting, Michael has also been directing productions.

Michael is currently represented by the Remington Agency.
                                                                                                                    
About Paul Campanella

Paul Campanella is a working professional actor, appearing regularly in Tony and Tina’s Wedding, as well as a variety of film and television shows. This past April, he directed Remington’s first talent showcase in Los Angeles, at the Hudson Theatre in West Hollywood. And in November, he was showcase director for the first-ever video showcase sponsored by Now Casting in LA. He is not only a superb actor, but a patient and understanding instructor.

Paul’s teaching comes with a personal endorsement from Shari Rhodes, CSA casting director. Shari’s Casting Company is currently casting three major television shows, Breaking Bad, Crash and In Plain Sight, as well as a variety of movies. He is also endorsed by Adrianna Porcaro of Sony Pictures Television who said, “Anyone who spends (even) three weeks with Paul, will  be ready” to compete in LA.”

Paul is currently represented by the Remington Agency.                                 

WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY ADULT CLASSES

About Doug Pritchard
Douglas J. Pritchard, a veteran of 30 years as an actor, and 25 years as a director will teach a course specifically designed to take beginning level actors and actresses and quickly give them a solid foundation to work from.

The course will cover audition techniques, character development, script interpretation, memorization, on camera vs. stage acting, professional attitude and demeanor, etc.

In short, this course is to get you the actor ready for the day the camera is pointed at YOU.

Pritchard has performed in, and directed, in hundreds of stage productions, various independent films, was the Artistic Director for 6 years of a theater in Maine; and had his own stage production company.  He was also a member of a Shakespearean company, a stand up comic, a gunfighter and stuntman in an old west town, and has directed and performed in dozens of murder mysteries.  He has just completed his own independent feature film which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in.  He is currently writing the script for his next film project.

Doug is currently represented by the Remington Agency.         

SATURDAY CHILDREN’S CLASSES

About Corinna Jones

Corinna Jones is an incredibly versatile and talented actor, and member of the Screen Actors Guild. She was the star of movies such as Just Coffee, Affinity, Separation and Pitcher and the Pin-Up, and she has also appeared in such movies as Vegas Vacation and Rat Race..

Corinna’s television credits include CSI, Nash Bridges, and High Tide, as well as a number of commercials and industrial films. She is currently appearing in the film Red Herring which is currently in post production with a release date later this year.

After achieving success, and an international level of celebrity, Corinna decided to share her knowledge and passion for acting with other actors. She loves children, and noticed that often, these younger actors were thrown in with adults in classes, which tended to be too fast-paced and complex for children to comprehend. So she dedicated her training techniques for the children she loves, teaching exactly the same adult curriculum that is working in Hollywood today, but slowing it down to a pace children can understand, and adding games and fun activities to keep children interested and excited about acting!

Corinna is currently represented by the Remington Agency.

Have you fed your resume lately?

Have you fed your resume lately?  Are your head-shots current? Do you have or are working toward a current reel? Are you studying your craft? Are you marketing yourself on-line? Are you sending out post cards or other notices? Are you keeping a calendar and financial records by audition, by project, by specialty within your craft?

Take the time to keep your marketing tools up to date.

Take the time to study, teach, mentor, practice and work the craft.

Please share with SAGActor what you are doing  and if it works.

Information on workshops, auditions, teachers, coaches, photographers, web masters and others who may help you and could help others will be shared, without endorsement from this web site.

We need to network and share and build each others craft, marketing and success.

Art Lynch
http://artlynch.org

Are we seeing a return to television advertising.

SAGWATCH reports some "good news", that television revenue is returning. What they may not see is the bump that occurs at the start of every ratings period, the Superbowl impact, the Olympic effect and an early start of extensive political base special interests group advertising. A slow return may be possible, but many advertisers either have slashed their marketing budgets or are trying to us new media as a rifle instead of the shotgun that is television advertising.

Why put this in an actors blog? Because the primary income for SAG and AFTRA actors lies in television commercials. The place many pre-union, or non-union depending on your view, gain their first on-camera experience is in local commercials and both SAG and AFTRA are very dependent on income from commercial production to fund their union services through initiations of new members and dues tied to annual income for existing members. If actors find work, the unions can do their jobs for actors.

Auditions for Carzy Girls

Crazy Girls - Dancers

Las Vegas’ #1 Topless Review

Seeking Dancers for Crazy Girls to start immediately

2.5 hrs/night - 6 nights/wk

Show Salary $750/wk and up

Where: Riviera Hotel (Crazy Girls Showroom)

When: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time: 1pm or 6pm (only need to attend one)

Sexy hair & make-up done

No fishnets please

5’5” minimum height

If unable to make audition email resume, headshot, and full body shot to crazygirlslasvegas@yahoo.com
Crazy Girls - Dancers
DATE:  02 / 25 / 2010   

Riviera Casino
Crazy Girls Showroom
Las Vegas , NV 89109

Save Higher Education in Nevada, raise heck now!

URGENT: FIGHT FOR CSN NOW

CSN faces major cuts, possibly as soon as the Governor's special session on Tuesday.

Monday the finance committee meets to discuss how to balance the state budget (as mandated by taxpayer initiatives).



Send your petition to keep tutition affordable and CSN fully financed! Write a note and fire it off to the following four addresses.


Senate List

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/26th2010Special/Legislators/Senators/slist.cfm

Majority Leader and Co-Chair of Finance Committee

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/26th2010Special/Legislators/Senators/Horsford.pdf



House List

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/26th2010Special/Legislators/Assembly/alist.cfm

Speaker of The House
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/26th2010Special/Legislators/Assembly/Buckley.pdf

Pilot Audition: (not union)


Dark Water Productions is casting for an upcoming Television show pilot that could possibly also become a web series. The project is a comedy sitcom with shooting commencing during the Spring-time.  

The production is not union.  

Sides for this production, for those auditioning for simply for actors who wish to practice cold reading skills, are available at this link.

SAG members cannot be prohibited from auditioning, but may not work unless a union contract is offered and the project signatory to SAG or AFTRA- Only through auditioning will the Guild be able to encourage union signatory status and thus organize productions. See detailed message at the end of this posting.  That said, be polite and respect the producers wishes by being open about union status and thanking them prior to leaving if they do not allow you to audition. Then contact your union.


Sides for the characters are provided below next to their name and will also be available the day of auditions.

CASTING NOTICE!

Wednesday Feb 24th
2:00PM - 10:00PM

Thursday Feb 25th
6:00PM - 10:00PM

Sunday Feb 28th
1:00PM - 6:00PM


Location:
Casting Call Entertainment
2790 E Flamingo Rd. Suite F
Las Vegas, NV 89121


Character Breakdowns

Bobby (Male) Early to Mid 20's
Down to earth, clean cut, "average joe." Is often lazy and unmotivated, but still an outgoing and friendly person.


Natalie (Female) Early to Mid 20's
An attractive and friendly girl. She is a receptionist and an aspiring actress who is green, but has potential.


Charlotte (Female) - Early 30's - Early 40's
Wife to Karl, an entrepreneur and mother to a 15 year old boy. She is stern when it comes to business but is very caring of the people around her.



Karl (Male) - Early 30's - Early 40's
Husband to Charlotte, Karl is also an entrepreneur and is a very hard worker. He has a beard (or goatee) and usually sports a baseball cap and blue jeans. He is a well reserved and quiet person that gets things done.



Spencer (Male) - Early 20's - Mid 30's
Spencer is a cross-dressing hairdresser. He likes to act like and dress like a woman, yet he still dates women. He is somewhat down to earth with the exception of the fact of his garment choices and occasionally female themed attitude. - Recommended that guys who audition come dressed as a woman.



Lenora (Female) - 12 - Mid-20's
Her friends call her Lenny! She is a very geeky, nerdy aspiring young actress. Any and every cliché that could be thought of when it comes to a nerd can be seen in her. Glasses, no fashion sense, and she is a fan of fantasy and science fiction.



Ryan (Male) - Mid 20's - Mid 30's
Ryan is a computer whiz and a little bit of a womanizer. He is of average build and talks smooth. Brother of Charlotte.




Featured Extras:

Beauty Salon Client (Female) - Mid 30's - Early 50's
A chatty beauty salon client that hardly takes a breath between sentences.


Attractive Young Woman (Female) - 18 - Late 20's
She shares a quick bedroom sequence with the character of Ryan. Must be comfortable being filmed in lingerie.


Horrified Beauty Salon Customer (Female or Male) - Mid 20's - Mid 40's
A beauty salon client that is interacting with Spencer. This character just stares at him with an awe struck look as he rambles on about himself.




We also will require a handful of people for background work in majority of the scenes



-Bring Headshot
-Resume is Optional
-Pay is copy, meals, and credit

**********************************


Encourage all non-union producers to go union. 


There are advantages for the producers as well as the talent they showcase.

SAG and AFTRA both have very affordable web and pilot contracts that protect your image, talents and  working conditions, so do not believe what alleged producers tell you as their reason not to use union talent. 

They can and should use union.  

Keep in mind that it is for your union rep to assist in organizing a production, not your job, so simply audition openly as SAG and do not accept a part without a union contract...contact your union if offered a role. 

Full disclosure: this blog is for students and professionals. Students do need experience and film on themselves, but the author is very much pro-union and active in the union, so the reality of union Rule One and the professional results union talent provides are advocated by this author. The best solution for all parties is for producers to be shown and encouraged to use the quality of union talent, and in doing so protect all of their talent both on the set and from abuses by others once the production is completed. SAG signatory status does help protect the producer in many ways. Contact Nevada Executive director Steve Clinton for additional help and resources. I have no afilliation with Dark Water Productions but do teach at the facility being utilized for the auditions. -Art Lynch

First posted 2-12-2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Feed The Monkey February 27

"FEED THE MONKEY!" Atlas' Comedy Extravaganza is going Prime-Time this Month!

After providing laughter and merriment to hundreds of late-night denizens, the Monkeys are now swinging into the Stage Door Theatre, at Town Center, and Bringing the Funny This Saturday, February 27th, starting at 8pm Sharp!

Tickets are still $10, and are available by calling (702) 949-6123, or by reserving them directly at www.stagedoorlv.com!

Come early, grab a bite to eat at one of the many fine dining establishments located in Town Center, get your Laugh On, and then join the Monkeys afterward for a drink or three!

Or, if you are really crazy, stick around after the Monkeys and check out our friends performing in "FREE BEER!", Stage Door's Late-Night Improv Show! And then, you can come and drink with all of us!

So, tell your friends, tell your Mom, TELL THE WORLD!

THE MONKEYS ARE BACK, AND PLAYING FOR KEEPS!!

To learn more about the Monkeys, Atlas, and our upcoming West-Coast premiere of "TWO GENTLEMENT OF LEBOWSKI", go to www.atlastheatreensemble.com!

See YOU at the Theatre!!!

URL: atlastheatreensemble.com

Las Vegas Talent Agencies


Nevada Frachised Talent Agencies

See also other postings concerning agents, agencies, agent relations and the business.


In Nevada please us only the five Las Vegas SAG franchised agencies:


Baskow, J & Associates
Full Service (All Ages)

2948 E. Russell Rd.
Las Vegas, NV  89120
(702) 733-7818


Lenz Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

1591 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 733-6888


Remington Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

1000 Stephanie Place, Ste 4
Henderson, NV  89014
(702) 547-3620


eNVy Model & Talent Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

101 Convention Center Dr.
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 878-7368


Best Agency
Full Service (All Ages)
5565 South Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 889-2900

Kathryn Grayson

MGM Star leaves us at 88


Best known for MGM Movie Musicals, including "Kiss Me, Kate", singer and movie star Kathryn Grayson of the 1940s and 1950s has passed away at her home in Los Angeles in her sleep. 

Reuters, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, Kansas City Star and Los Angeles Times report that one of the first lady's of film muscials has passed away...Kathryn Grayson.

Born in North Carolina on February 9, 1922, Grayson was raised in Missouri in a family that loved music. She began singing when she was 8 years old, training to be a soprano in the opera. But as a 15-year-old, the diminutive brunette signed a contract with MGM after studio executives heard her sing. NPR reported that in her later years she returned to singing and performing Opera.

Sherman said Louis B. Mayer, the legendary studio boss at MGM, once told Grayson that if she went into the opera no one would know her, but if she stayed with movies, she would never be forgotten. "That certainly was true," Sherman said.

Grayson's first film role was in 1941's "Andy Hardy's Private Secretary" and other movies included "It Happened in Brooklyn" (1947) again opposite Sinatra, and "That Midnight Kiss" (1949) with Mario Lanza. She costarred with Howard Keel in "Showboat" and wowed Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in "Anchors Away."



When the musical era began to fade in Hollywood, Grayson switched from films to stage and resumed her opera singing, where her career thrived.

She sang in Carnegie Hall and in 1962, replaced Julie Andrews in the Broadway version of "Camelot." Grayson toured with the stage show, breaking box office records and winning strong reviews for well over a year.

Grayson was married and divorced twice, the first time to actor John Shelton and second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston, with whom she had a daughter.

Grayson is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

RIP Mike Corda


The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that composer, lyricist, writer and actor Mike Corda has passed away. Known to many long time Las Vegans for his contributions here, in Hollywood and on Broadway, his career and legacy speak or itself. He worked for, with and was an unofficial member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack during their 'Vegas heyday. The former US Marine called Las Vegas home for over 45 years. 


Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 
at the Stirling Club, 2827 Paradise Road. 
Nikki Corda must be contacted for guard clearance, 
(702) 270-7719.


From Talkinginbroadway.com's 
Las Vegas discusison site:

Mike Corda - R.I.P.

Posted by: V.J. 11:00 am EST 02/18/10

Mike Corda died on Sat. He was 88 years old and a longtime Las Vegas musician and writer.
Mike began his career as a musician on Broadway;
he was in the original orchestra for Kiss Me, Kate back in 1948-49.
He wrote music for Sammy Davis, Robert Goulet, Nancy Wilson and many others.
10 years ago he gave me the rights to "We Are The Dreamers"
which he co-wrote with Academy Award winner Paul Francis Webster.
"Dreamers" was used as the 11 O'Clock number in "Showtune",
a musical revue I scribed back then. RIP Mike!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Tournament of Kings Dancers Needed

AUDITIONS for FEMALE DANCERS. The TOURNAMENT OF KINGS at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino  Las Vegas. March 5th  10:00 pm. Full-time positions.

Royal Productions is looking for FEMALE DANCERS to perform in the medieval-themed jousting show, the TOURNAMENT OF KINGS, residing in the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. We are looking for FUN, ENTHUSIASTIC and OUTGOING personalities. Job requirements include, minimum height requirement 5’6”, close interaction with audience members and dancing upon a sand-covered surface.

The Auditions will be conducted on March 5th, beginning at 10:00 pm in the Excalibur Arena. Applicants should submit a headshot, resume or related media in advance of attending the audition. Please be dressed for movement in the sand and possible improvisation.

Materials can be submitted via USPS, email, or in-person delivery to: Director -Royal Productions Inc., 4210 Fidus Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89103, or submissions@royalpro.com .

"Loves Labours Lost" Auditions at Insurgo

From a press release:


INSURGO THEATER MOVEMENT ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR LOVES LABOURS LOST

A NEW ADAPTATION OF THE PLAY BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE DIRECTED BY JOHN BEANE

“With the big gig approaching, and the shadow of rock god Don Armado threatening to put them out of business, a debauched Euro-Rock band swears off excess as their club is invaded by an all-girl punk group.”

General Notes:

The staging of the play is eurorock meets Shakespeare. Roles are available that focus more heavily on the performance of rock or punk and are available that focus more heavily on the spoken word. The songs include rock, euro rap, opera and punk and will be tailored to the cast.

Rehearsals are generally evenings mon-thur 6-10 with some weekends.

The run is Mar 26th – April 17th, Friday and Saturday nights minimum.

A small stipend is paid to actors and crew.

Audition Info:

Please prepare either a portion of a song acapella or bring in a sampling of your musical ability.

We will read from the script. Sides are available online at insurgotheater.org

Auditions are at the Insurgo Theater 900 E. Karen Ave # D114 in Commercial Center.

Auditions are Monday, February 22 at 6:30 PM and Tuesday, Feb 23 at 6:30 PM

Rehearsals begin immediately following.

For more information please contact the director at johnbeane@gmail.com or 702.369.3692

Character Breakdown:

*the roles of Berowne and Costard have been cast

NAVARRE – king, late 20’s-40’s – needs some musical skill, either singing or an instrument

DUMAINE – band member 20’s/30’s - needs some musical skill, either singing or an instrument

LONGAVILLE– band member 20’s/30’s - needs some musical skill, either singing or instrument

DON ARMADO – Iggy Pop meets Don Quixote, bizarro rock phenomenon. Some rock singing.

MOTH – Armado’s servant, female, honest, overlooked, sings

THE PRINCESS of FRANCE – princess –late 20’s-30’s – needs some musical skill, either singing or an instrument, majesty

ROSALINE – band member 20’s/30’s - needs some musical skill, either singing or an instrument, spirited

MARIA– band member 20’s/30’s - needs some musical skill, either singing or instrument

KATHERINE– band member 20’s/30’s - needs some musical skill, either singing or instrument

JACQUENETTA – a wench – make that the wench

BOYET – the ladies band manager, gravity, style, twinkle in the eye, etc

MERCADE – attendant to the princess, from a different world

DULL – the cop – bigger than hell. Or smaller than hell.

NATHANIEL and HOLOFERNES – critics, comic
URL: http://www.insurgotheater.org

Auditions for "Heavier Than" at Insurgo

Press release from Insurgo:

INSURGO THEATER MOVEMENT ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR "HEAVIER THAN" THE WORLD PREMIERE OF STEVEN YOCKEY’S NEW PLAY ABOUT THE MINOTAUR
DIRECTED BY JOHN BEANE

“A Mythological Mash-Note.”

General Notes:

The play is set in the labyrinth and concerns the Minotaur before he meets Theseus.

Rehearsals are generally daytime Mon-Thur with some weekends. Performances are at night on the weekends.

The run is Mar 26th – April 17th.

A small stipend is paid to actors and crew.


Audition Info:

We will read from the script. For a copy please email a resume and your interest to johnbeane@gmail.com

Auditions are at the Insurgo Theater 900 E. Karen Ave # D114 in Commercial Center.

Auditions are Tuesday, Feb 23 at 1 PM and Wednesday, Feb 24 at 11 AM

Rehearsals begin immediately following.

For more information please contact the director at johnbeane@gmail.com or 702.369.3692

Character Breakdown:

Asterius … The Minotaur, late 20s, square-jawed and masculine, sullen, lonely, but too innocent for a monster, strong, gigantic, pale horns emerging from his forehead, almost surreal

Icarus … A man, but more of a boy, 20s, blithe, fickle, pretty and craving attention

Ariadne … A woman, Asterius’ sister, 20s, selfish, passionate, literally unraveling for love

Pasiphae … A woman, Asterius’ mother, the Queen of Crete, far away from the things that move around her, haunted by the past

Chorus … 3 women, blindfolded, oracular & sexualized, an ephemeral idea of one “woman” with the confidence of fate.

Web Promotion for Las Vegas Production


A creative web site for "Two Gentlemen of Labowski", shows promise on the details to expect from the production at the Stage Door.

Improv with Fliker Theater

Warning. SAG members be aware that this event is taped, and while not set for any form of braodcast, there remains that potential. Keep Rule One in mind.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Auditions: Tony and Tina's Wedding TOMORROW (Wednesday)


"Tony n ‘ Tina’s Wedding",  Las Vegas


Auditions:  February 17, 2010 @ 1:30pm

Where:  Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Showroom @ V Theater (Planet Hollywood
Resort & Casino)

"Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding" Las Vegas is seeking experienced actors and
actresses.   "Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding" is an interactive Off-Broadway show that spoofs an Italian-American wedding, complete with a pre-show cash bar, a ceremony and reception full of
mishaps and mad-cap comedy, plus a buffet dinner with wedding cake, music and dancing.

Looking for all roles listed below for future and immediate replacements.

Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 1:30pm.

The production is seeking men and women ages 19-60. Only people with
outgoing personalities need apply. 

Please prepare a one-minute monologue and if you sing please be
prepared to sing a Capella as no accompanist will be provided.  Also
be prepared for cold reading and improv sessions.

This is a paid acting opportunity.

No phone calls, please. Those interested are asked to bring a headshot
or recent photo, and resume.

Cast of Characters:

Tony – groom, mid 20’s, handsome, rowdy and charming

Tina – bride, mid 20’s, pretty, party girl, headstrong and tough

Barry – best man, late 20’s, everyone’s friend, drug dealer

Connie – maid of honor, late 20’s, pregnant, jaded

Dominic – groomsman, mid 20’s – early 30’s, party animal with a heart of gold

Donna – bridesmaid, mid 20’s – early 30’s, cute white trash, good singer

Mrs. Vitale – Tina’s mother, late 40’s – early 50’s, strong willed, a martyr

Joey – Tina’s brother, mid 20’s, gay, loves “show biz”, not flamboyant

Sister Albert Maria – Tina’s cousin, a nun in training, mid 20’s, family oddball

Tony Nunzio Sr. – Tony’s dad, 50’s, charismatic in a sleazy likeable
way, sees himself as king

Madeline Monroe – Tony Sr.’s girlfriend, early 30’s, stripper, good
looking and hard living

Father Mark – priest, 30’s, thinks he’s hip and one of the gang

Michael Just– late 20’s, Tina’s ex-boyfriend, just got out of rehab, a burnout

Sal Antonucci – photographer, 30 – 40, pushy, eccentric, bored with his job

Donny Dulce – late 20’s – early 30’s, sexy and outgoing, excellent pop singer

Vinnie Black – caterer, 30 – 40, amateur comedian, used car salesman type

Loretta Black – Vinnie’s wife, 30 – 40, brow beaten by Vinnie,
outgoing, a little warn


For more information about Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding please go to
www.tonyandtinavegas.com


First posted February 7, 2010