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Fall BCT Academy Sessions Begin Soon!

Register Now! One of the most important things we do here at Bluff City Theater is incubate local talent with the aim of creating a lasting theater culture in the Greater Hannibal Region.  Theater arts enriche the quality of life for our residents young and old and BCT Academy is one way that youth gain first-hand experience and performance skills.   Theater arts build confidence in young people and helps them find a creative outlet whether it’s acting or singing, as soloists or part of the chorus.  Theater arts help create bonds of friendship among like-minded young people. If you…

Madam-The Musical Features an Array of Historical Female Characters

While researching the background for his new musical Madam, based loosely on Eliza Haycraft, the infamous St. Louis Madam who died in 1871 as the richest woman in Missouri, playwright Colin Haycraft came across remarkable stories of women who bucked the hierarchy of male dominance that held women down and blocked them from fulfilling their dreams. So while the play is set in a St. Louis brothel, Healy imbued each of his “ladies” with characteristics borrowed from these brave female champions, starting with the title character.  Eliza Haycraft was born in Callaway County Missouri, where she married and likely bore…

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Why We Chose to Program a Play About Eliza Haycraft…

Madam-The Musical is a totally new play we commissioned to end our 2019 season dedicated to the theme of The American Experience.  Back in March, we performed David Stanley Ford’s intense work The Interrogation of Nathan Hale as a way of exploring the idealistic aspirations of those who founded America- a nation that would treat all equally, be free from religious oppression and give every man a say in how the country would be run.  In subsequent productions, we revisited these aspirations through the eyes of some of those Americans- Fanny Kemble and the slaves she sought to free, Molly…

Reputation! Reputation! Reputation!

                                                                                                  I have lost my reputation! Good name in woman, dear my lords and ladies, Is the immediate jewel of our souls; Who steals my purse steals trash –  In 1850, Fanny Kemble bursts into her home spouting these lines from Othello. Her former husband has launched a scurrilous public attack on…

FREE  ADULT IMPROV ACTING CLASS Thursday, May 2nd, 7:00-8:00 pm Ready to experiment with your creative expression, spontaneity, and have fun while stepping out of your comfort zone? This FREE introductory acting class is designed to give participants a sample of what theater improvisation is all about. Theater improv exercises and techniques have been used by businesses and individuals who want to improve communication skills, practice active listening, being in the moment. Or,  just PLAY in a supportive atmosphere! Taught by Gale Rublee, BCT Academy Acting Teacher,  the class will be held at the Bluff City Theater Annex 403 Broadway,…

Performances resume tomorrow-you still have time to lock in savings.

OK, you’ve been putting it off…but we are pleased to tell you that it’s not too late to buy your 2019 Season Subscription to enjoy all five remarkable plays this season for the low, low price of just $105.  That’s like getting one production for free!  But after this weekend, it’s over. Audiences have been giving Alan Knoll and Spencer Sickmann rave reviews for their portrayal of two men on opposing sides of the conflict who struggle with conscience as they debate the meaning of freedom or whether true freedom can ever even exist.  This is one of the deepest…

Today is Monday March 25th…You Have Four Chances Left!

  Last week, the curtain rose on another season at Bluff City Theater with our debut of A. S. Freeman’s powerful production of David Stanley Ford’s The Interrogation of Nathan Hale. History has a way of over-simplifying events and presenting complicated and messy affairs as summary headlines (#Nathanhalehero).  But history is never simple and the conflicting perspectives, motivations and emotions that lead up to momentous events all contribute to a messy and convoluted route to resolution.  It is that messy route that the playwright explores in his story of the final hours of 21-year-old Nathan Hale as he awaits execution…

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Are You A Fan of American History?

History buffs are going to love The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor.  Based on real-life events, David Stanley Ford’s thoughtful and intense script captures the final hours of Nathan Hale before he is executed as the first spy in the service of America.  Through the eyes of young Hale and Montresor, a career soldier in the service of King George, we explore the naive optimism of those who sought independence from what was then the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. For this performance, out theater is transformed into Montresor’s campaign tent on Manhattan Island as…

NATHAN HALE-OUR FIRST REHEARSAL!

Rehearsals started on a brand new Bluff City Theater season this past Tuesday in St. Louis.  Director A.S. (Alex) Freeman brought the creative team together for some “table work” on The Interrogation of Nathan Hale.  This is a first read-through of the script and discussion about the characters, themes and ideas the actors will be working with. Bringing a new production to the stage in just two-and-a-half weeks is an enormous challenge, but one that professional actors and directors manage to pull off for every show.  It starts with getting everyone used to the material and their co-stars, then proceeds…

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