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Final Notice-2020 Auditons at The Zack Theater 3226 Locust St. Louis

Saturday, January 18th 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bluff City Theater will be holding open auditions for 3 of 4 plays in the 2020 Season this January.  Equity and non-equity actors are welcome to audition. Following are the roles we are seeking to fill: Trying by Joanna McLelland Glass  June 1-27 Judge Francis Biddle  Male, 80’s Sarah Schorr Female. 20’s Long Days Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neil June 29-July 25 JAMES TYRONE – 65, actor MARY CAVAN TYRONE, 56, his wife JAMES TYRONE, Jr. – 33, their elder son EDMUND TYRONE – 23, their young son CATHLEEN – early 20s, their maid Forgottonia…

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Spring Academy Classes are Enrolling Now!

Bluff City Theater Academy is a fun and educational way for children and teens interested in theater to gain experience and skills on stage.  For younger children, our Introduction to Theater programs help your son or daughter (ages 7-11) gain confidence through using their imagination to play out themes and ideas.  We offer classes in both acting and musical theater. For more experienced youth, our spring classes include Advanced Scene Study, where students break down individual scenes to explore characters, emotional expression and hidden meanings through behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.  A And, brand new this season is our Intro…

Long Day’s Journey into Night

The 2020 Season is On Sale Now!

Whatever you do for yourself dies with you but what you do for others will be remembered even after you are long gone... Our 2020 Season Theme is "Legacies", four plays about ordinary people  who created remarkable legacies that withstood time.  Whether we're talking about Vincent Van Gogh, Justice Francis Biddle, Eugene O'Neill or university student Neill Gamm, each of our subjects explores the people and events that have shaped history. Subscriptions are on sale now.  Click here to order yours or keep reading to find out more about our exciting 2020 theater season. Both Vincent Van Gogh and Leonard…

Audition Notice-2020 Season

Bluff City Theater today announced that the 2020 Auditions Will be Held at The Zack Theater 3224 Locust, St. Louis. Saturday, January 18th 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bluff City Theater will be holding open auditions for 3 of 4 plays in the 2020 Season this January.  Equity and non-equity actors are welcome to audition. Following are the roles we are seeking to fill: Trying by Joanna McLelland Glass  June 1-27 Judge Francis Biddle  Male, 80’s Sarah Schorr Female. 20’s Long Days Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neil June 29-July 25 JAMES TYRONE – 65, actor MARY CAVAN TYRONE, 56, his wife JAMES…

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…

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…

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…

The Greatest Lesson in History Retold

A wise man once said that he who fails to remember history is deemed to repeat it… And that’s the core message in Bluff City Theater’s final play in a 2018 Season dedicated to the theme of Faith.  The Cotton Patch Gospel by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, with music by Harry Chapin, is based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan.  A modern-day retelling of the life of Jesus, the story set in rural Georgia portrays the governor of the state as Herod.  To understand why Jordan felt he needed to update…

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