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…

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale Leads Off a Stellar New Season in Hannibal!

Reprinted from Hannibal Magazine-March 2019 “I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged that my only regret is that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service.” It is reportedly with these words that 21-year-old Nathan Hale went to the gallows as the first American spy to die in the service of this new country. A Captain in the Connecticut militia, Hale responded to a call from General Washington for someone to go behind enemy lines on Long Island and report on enemy plans. He was the only volunteer. Within days, he…

“The music we play on long car rides…”

  With over 27 albums and 3 Grammys, no one knows how to communicate with kids better than Tom Chapin. Tom’s music is targeted to kids from 3-13 and delivers a combination of catchy tunes, clever lyrics and lots of action.  The kids in your life are going to have an experience they will never forget! Tom Chapin’s Family Concert is this Saturday February 9th at 1 p.m. at HLG University (2700 Palmyra Road in Hannibal).  Doors open at 12:30 and tickets are still available. General admission is $25 for adults and $12 for kids.  Buy online at www.eventshannibal.com or…

Listen to Mary Griffith’s Interview with Tom Chapin

  Tom Chapin was interviewed live on Tuesday by Quincy’s own Mary Griffith on WTAD 930 AM.  Listen now to find out more about Tom, his storied history and his upcoming concerts this Saturday, February 9th at HLG University in Hannibal. Tickets are still available for both the Family Concert at 1 p.m. and An Evening with Tom Chapin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.eventshannibal.com or call 573-719-3226.

  With 27 albums and 3 Grammys in a career that spans five decades, Tom Chapin may be the most successful children’s entertainer in America today! Families love his brand of smart, catchy and relevant songs about things that matter to kids. His music is described as “kid-friendly and adult safe” so everyone, no matter the age will enjoy the show. Check out this recording of Tom’s hit This Pretty Planet (featuring Judy Collins).  The Tom Chapin Family Concert takes place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roland Performing Arts Center at HLG University. Tickets are still available online at…

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Read the Quincy Herald Whig Interview With Tom Chapin Here…

By Edward Husar Herald-Whig Posted: Jan. 26, 2019 9:55 pm HANNIBAL, Mo. — Tom Chapin, a contemporary folk musician and children’s entertainer with a widely recognized family name, will bring his musical talents to Hannibal for two concerts on Feb. 9. Chapin, 73, is a younger brother of the late Harry Chapin, the internationally known singer/songwriter/musician who rocketed to stardom in the 1970s with a series of smash hits, including “Taxi” and “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Tom Chapin is a lifelong musician and performer in his own right. He not only has produced 27 albums of music but also has…

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