Monday, October 18, 2010

Get Your Tickets for Charley's Aunt!




We are into our second season at The Cannon Theatre and there is a lot of exciting events happening! We are getting closer to our goal of being non-profit, and have a huge thanks to Andrew Lapin, who is on the board at The Cannon Theatre for getting the paperwork done. Shawn has a lot of talents, but filling out government paperwork is NOT one of them!

We are excited about Charleys Aunt, opening on Thurs. night, Nov. 4 and running three weekends until Sat. Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee on Sat. Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m. Don't forget to get your tickets now for this hilarious slap-stick comedy about two young men who need a chaperone and have to coerce their friend into dressing up and pretending that he is a woman! Such a fun comedy of errors and mistaken identity, directed by Ed Knights and produced by Shawn Cannon, with Turtle Taber as stage manager.

Get those tickets now, by visiting the website!



We are also starting rehearsals on Alice In Wonderland, our childrens musical theater production. We had about 35 kids audition for this show and have our largest cast ever with 29 kids! Some amazing talent out there, to be sure! Be sure and mark your calendars if you want to come see this fun Disney classic, on Feb. 3---two weekends until Feb. 12----at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale on the website at the beginning of January 2011.

And exciting season for The Cannon Theatre!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tickets For The Importance Of Being Earnest Are On Sale!

I haven't been very good about keeping up with the blog, and since this used to be my website, it has been frustrating for some people to not find any information here. I apologize and will make amends RIGHT NOW!

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The Importance Of Being Earnest

We are so excited to bring this great classic to the stage!
Whenever Jack Worthing slips away to London from his Hertfordshire estate he says he is going to see his (fictitious) wayward brother Earnest. Once there he keeps his privacy by calling himself Earnest - luckily so as his beloved Gwendolen declares she could only love an Earnest. Her cousin Algy is the one person who knows Jack's secret and one day he travels down to the estate, announcing himself to Jack's attractive ward Cecily as bad brother Earnest. Cecily is much taken with him and with his name, so on Jack's return home and Gwendolen's unexpected arrival it becomes clear there are both too many and too few Earnests earnestly courting.

This play will open on June 3 and continue three weekends----June 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sat., June 12 at 1:00 p.m.


GET YOUR TICKETS NOW-----AS THEY ARE GOING FAST! DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST WEEKEND, AS WE USUALLY SELL OUT.....

For ticket information, go
HERE!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TICKETS YET?

Don't forget to get your tickets to "Lucky Stiff"----that funny, hysterical musical comedy! The musical is about Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming English shoe salesman, that lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been killed. Harry learns that he stands to inherit $6,000,000 from his uncle – but only if he agrees to take his Uncle’s corpse on a trip to Monte Carlo. Otherwise, the money will all go to his uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. In a quest to gain his uncle’s inheritance, Harry sets out to fulfill Anthony’s dying wish. However, in Monte Carlo, he meets a host of quirky characters who are also in hot pursuit of his uncle’s money.

The show will open on Thurs., April 1, and continue for nine more shows, on April 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on April 10, at 1:00. Tickets will be $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and students, and $8.00 for children 12 and under.

Go to the website for more ticket information, www.thecannontheatre.com!

We hope to see you there!


Jon Forsyth as Harry, and Margaret Busse as Annabel.

Jon Forsyth, Lori Forsyth as a Spinster, and
Mary Beth Fletcher as Rita.

Mary Helan Turner as the Solicitor, and Jon Valentine
as the Dead Body.

Margaret Bridges as the Bellhop, Ben Satterfield as the Biker Punk,
Erin Stevens as Dominique, and Josh Lapin as Vinnie.

Harry, and Annabel put into a tough situation by Rita.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Second Chance Review, Lucky Stiff, And The Spring Classic!

We are super excited for our first cabaret style night at The Cannon Theatre. It is an evening of favorite songs from your favorite musicals----ones that you would love a "second chance" at hearing again! We have asked actors/actresses from all over the Boston area to come and perform their favorites, taking songs from such musicals as "Crazy For You", "Phantom of the Opera", "Wicked", "Funny Girl", "Jekyl and Hyde", "Les Miserables", and "Spamalot" to name a few. The tickets are already on sale, at $10.00 per person, general admission----to get info.----visit the website at www.thecannontheatre.com. There are only two shows, on Friday, Feb. 26 and Sat., Feb. 27, so get your tickets soon!



We have also been in rehearsals for our first adult/teen musical comedy, "Lucky Stiff".
The musical is about Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming English shoe salesman, that lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been killed. Harry learns that he stands to inherit $6,000,000 from his uncle – but only if he agrees to take his Uncle’s corpse on a trip to Monte Carlo. Otherwise, the money will all go to his uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. In a quest to gain his uncle’s inheritance, Harry sets out to fulfill Anthony’s dying wish. However, in Monte Carlo, he meets a host of quirky characters who are also in hot pursuit of his uncle’s money.

The show will open on Thurs., April 1, and continue for nine more shows, on April 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on April 10, at 1:00. Tickets will be $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and students, and $8.00 for children 12 and under.
Tickets are also on sale now on the website, so be sure to go there for the latest information.
Trust me, YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS MUSICAL!!


At the theatre, we have been going back and forth about how we are going to do our seasons. A lot of doing a new theatre has to do with trial and error, and we have learned a few things in this first year and a half of the theatre being open. That said, we have decided to have a new play every spring, a Spring Classic. This play will be an adult/teen play that will be a classic play----one that has been done for many ages---tried and true. The play that we have chosen for this spring is "The Importance Of Being Earnest"----a great play by Oscar Wilde. The auditions are already on the website and if you are interested, check it out there and then e-mail me at thecannontheatre@gmail.com for an audition time.


Things are really looking up for the theatre! Look for new programs in our education and performing area, as we are launching two show choirs starting up in March----this will give more kids the opportunity to have a weekly class where they can learn and perform!


We will also be doing a play this summer over a two week period, for kids 4th grade to 9th grade. There will only be one week of musical theatre class, but it will be re-structured for younger kids---1st grade thru 3rd grade. Check back for more information soon-----as well as our new season for the coming year, 2010-2011.

Monday, January 25, 2010

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH!


Rehearsals for "James and the Giant Peach" have been going well, and we are excited for opening night. Everyone has been working hard----memorizing lines and working with the extensive tech that is in the show, and I think that it is going to be fantastic!

It is the story of an orphan, James, that is sent to live with his aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after his parents are tragically killed in an unfortunate incident involving a Rhinoceros. A chance meeting with two old women, and their gift of the strongest magic, marks the beginning of an amazing adventure involving seven fantastic insect friends, scary sharks, squawking seagulls and one very large peach.


The opening night is going to be on Thurs., Feb. 4 and then on Fri., Feb. 5, and the closing night is Sat., Feb. 6.----all at 7:00 p.m. The tickets for this Childrens Theater Production is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under.

Tickets are now on sale at MKTIX or you can send a check to the theatre at 410 Great Rd., Littleton, MA 01460----just write the date you want, the amount of tickets, whether they are for adult or children-----and they will be at Will Call. You can also stop by the theatre and fill out a ticket form, include your check with it, in the envelope, and drop it in the slot in the door. We will then let you know that we have recieved it by e-mail, and your tickets can be picked up at Will Call.

Get your tickets now, as they are selling fast! Don't miss out on this great show for the whole family!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

AUDITIONS FOR "LUCKY STIFF", A MUSICAL

Picture The Cannon Theatre is excited to announce its auditions for the musical "Lucky Stiff", a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Steve Flaherty-----Directed by Shawn Cannon.

The musical is about Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming English shoe salesman, that lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been killed by his blind lover. Harry learns that he stands to inherit $6,000,000 from his uncle – but only if he agrees to take his Uncle’s corpse on a trip to Monte Carlo. Otherwise, the money will all go to his uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. In a quest to gain his uncle’s inheritance, Harry sets out to fulfill Anthony’s dying wish. However, in Monte Carlo, he meets a host of quirky characters who are also in hot pursuit of his uncle’s money.

The auditions are on Thurs., January 7, and Fri., January 8, at 6:30-9:30, with callbacks on Sat., January 9th starting at noon. Each applicant needs to prepare at least 16 bars of a song from a musical----accompaniment will be provided.
There will then be a cold reading from the script.

The shows will be on April, 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, with an matinee on the 10 also.
Rehearsals will be on either Monday or Tues. nights, and Saturdays during the day.


Please e-mail Shawn Cannon at thecannontheatre@gmail.com for an audition time, or call 978-760-3397.

Character descriptions:

Harry Witherspoon male tenor 28 – 36 lead (British accent)
Annabel Glick female alto 26 – 36 lead
Rita La Porta female alto 30 – 50 supporting (New Jersey accent)
Dr. Vincent (Vinnie) DeRuzio male baritone 38 – 50 supporting (Jersey/Italian accent)
Luigi Gaudi male tenor 46 – 54 supporting (Italian accent)
Dominique Di Monaco female alto 23 – 33 supporting (French accent)
Body of Anthony Hendon male mute 45 – 60 supporting
Ensemble
3 parts----playing various roles 20 – 65 chorus

HARRY WITHERSPOON A shy sweet-natured and insecure young Englishman, working as an underpaid shoe salesman in a dreary London suburb. Lonely, and beset by dogs and prying neighbors in his boardinghouse, Harry knows that life is passing him by, but feels incapable of making any changes or taking chances.


ANNABEL GLICK A representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Annabel is a young woman with a natural bent for causes. She takes life very seriously, and denies herself any small pleasures, for fear that if she waits for happiness to knock, it won't. Instead, she dedicates herself to good works. Annabel is the type who wears protests buttons and carries a bag full of useful things like tire guages and granola bars.


LUIGI GAUDI A boisterous and gregarious Italian. Luigi is a pivotal character, although his part is relatively small. He wears a beard, and perhaps an eye patch. As Tony Hendon, all disguises come off to reveal he is Rita's love interest.


RITA LA PORTA A woman with an extremely volatile nature and a severe case of nearsightedness. Rita is passionate, impulsive, jealous, manipulative and very insecure about her looks, which is why she rarely wears her glasses. She is also putty in the hands of the man she adores. Things often get out of control when Rita is present. She is a chain smoker.


THE DEAD BODY OF ANTHONY HENDON


VINCENT (VINNIE) DI RUZZIO Rita La Porta's brother. An optometrist. A nervous and conservative man, a pillar of the community and a person who would never do anything out of the ordinary, risky or controversial. Vinnie is allergic to smoke.


ENSEMBLE PLAYERS (2 Men, 2 Women) These performers double a variety of parts, including an English landlady; boarders; an English solicitor; travelers on a train; a French waiter; a bellhop; tourists; gamblers; an emcee; a French nightclub entertainer--(Dominique DiMonaco) ; a nun, a Texan, etc

Monday, November 9, 2009

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH IS CAST!


Thanks for everyone that tried out! So much talent out there!

I must admit that I didn't get the turn-out this time for auditions that I had hoped for, so I am giving some actors dual parts, etc. This is making me pause and wonder if I should do a musical for children/teens in the spring or whether I will just do an adult one.... I have been having a hard time finding a good musical for kids----they tend to be so cheesy----so I have a lot of decisions to make!

If any of you have an opinion about this---I'd love to hear about it----either in comment form or e-mail me....at thecannontheatre@gmail.com!

Now, for James and the Giant Peach!

Cast List:

Mother: Lisa Forsyth
Father: Tommy Nanto
Narrator 1: Emily Hardy
Narrator 2: Helen Orton
Auntie Sponge: Kerry Fenton
Auntie Spiker: Devon Christensen
Little Old Women: Abby Collins, Jordan LeBlanc
Crowd Members: Lisa Forsyth, Tommy Nanto, Brooke Peterson, Jordan LeBlanc, Abby Picciano
James: Ben Whatcott
Grasshopper: Elise Wankel
Glow-worm: Megan Peterson
Earthworm: Maren Vail
Centipede: Aydan Bahe
Ladybird: Courtney Adema
Spider: Emma Manning
Captain Jane: Lisa Forsyth
1st Officer: Tommy Nanto
2nd Officer: Brooke Peterson
3rd Officer: Jordan LeBlanc
4th Officer: Abby Picciano

Congratulations to all the great actors! I am really excited to get started!! Our first rehearsal will be this Thurs.----starting at 3:30 until 5:30. We will be having a read-thru, then blocking the first scene. I will hand out the calendar at that time, as well as the scripts. Please remember to bring a snack and bottled water or you can buy water for a dollar at the theatre.

Looking forward to it!

Also---if any of you were planning on attending "Rookery Nook"-----make sure and get your tickets now for next week, as this weekend is already sold out----and next week will go quickly!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

AUDITIONS FOR "JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH"


The Cannon Theatre is super excited to announce auditions for the Winter play, "James and the Giant Peach"!! This much loved book by Roald Dahl has been adapted into a superb play by Richard George.

It is the story of an orphan, James, that is sent to live with his aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after his parents are tragically killed in an unfortunate incident involving a Rhinoceros. A chance meeting with an old man, and his gift of the strongest magic, marks the beginning of an amazing adventure involving seven fantastic insect friends, scary sharks, squawking seagulls and one very large peach.


The auditions are open for ages 8-18, and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 3:30 to 5:30, Friday, Nov. 6 at 3:30 to 5:30, and Sat., Nov. 7 at 11:00-2:00, at The Cannon Theatre, 410 Great Rd., Littleton, MA. No need to prepare anything, as each person trying out will be asked to read from part of the script when they get there. Be sure to contact Shawn at thecannontheatre@gmail.com for an audition time!

As for the cast of characters:

Mother
Father
Narrator #1
Narrator #2
Narrator #3
Auntie Sponge
Auntie Spiker
James Trotter
Little Old Person
Crowd Member
Old-Green-Grasshopper
Silkworm
Centipede
Spider
Ladybird
Earthworm
Glow-worm
Captain
First Officer
Second Officer
Onlookers
Passengers

The play will be rehearsed every Thurs. starting on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 3:30 until 5:30, except during Thanksgiving week, Christmas and New Years break. There will also be tech rehearsals on Mon., Feb. 8, and Tues., Feb. 9.
There will be a total of 11 weeks counting the production which will be on Thurs., Feb. 11, Friday, Feb. 12 and Sat., Feb. 13, 2010!


There will be a fee associated with this production. The fee will be $225.00 per student/cast member-----these fees are used towards the costuming, scripts, theatre usage, makeup, and for the sets, etc. used for this production. We have been able to put all monies that have come in----back into the theatre, and for this, we appreciate your support!! There will also be acting techniques taught, costuming, hair and makeup tips covered, as this production will be a learning process as well!


See you at the auditions! Call Shawn at 978-760-3397, if you have further questions.