The Silver Stage Players, launched its 71st season during 2006-07; The Silver Stage Players ... Season 2006-07, "Got Theater?" It has been an exciting 12 months featuring everything from hit musicals to Pulitzer Prize winning drama. Four shows were produced during the season; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jean Hart- Artwork from My Heart, Greater Tuna, and Glengarry Glen Ross. The company also reached out to the community in a number of projects including; Elko Relay for Life, Thomas Scott Memorial Golf Tournament among others.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by: Hugh Rossolo
It all starts with a dream!
Join the Silver Stage Players in celebrating its 2006-2007 Season: “Got Theater?” with our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. This Broadway triumph will be the musical hit of the season! Show dates are February 22nd, 23rd, 24th and March 1st, 2nd, at 7 PM and March 3rd at 2 PM and 7 PM. All shows will be held in the Great Basin College Theater. General admission is $10 for all evening performances and just $5 for the special Saturday matinee!
Thursday February 22nd’s performance is sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation. As an SSP gift to the area’s students, all students presenting a valid student id and accompanied by an adult can see the show’s opening for free. March 1st’s performance is sponsored by Great Basin Bank of Nevada, Coldwell Banker/Q-Team Realty, and the Holder Hospitality Group (Commercial, Stockmen’s, Scoreboard Casinos). The company’s final performance March 3rd is sponsored by Barrick Gold of North America.
The cast features Amy Nisbet as the Narrator and Courtney Welch as Joseph. Also starring are: David Jamiel, Steve Volkert, Michael Pedersen, Russ Smith, Phil Jones, Ron Skidmore, Bill Wolford, Jim Nisbet, Don Jones, Tony Piper, Josh Stepanek, Heath Orr, Josh Brown, Jenny Back, Larry Lloyd, Derek Alger, Ryan Mueller, Toni Mendive, Verdene Alcorn, Robin Eardley, Carrie Smith, Denise Tanner, Sabrina Taylor, Stephanie Taylor, Heidi DuSoleil, Bailey Billington, Nicole Gneiting, Scott Nisbet, Ian Nisbet, Justin Bates, Kimberly Bates, Sabrina Welch, Hannah Jamiel, Breanna Wolford, Nicholas Taylor, Nathan Taylor, Elisa DeForrest, Lachlan McQueary, Stephanie Henry, Erin Mecham, Stephen Lloyd, Zachary Taylor, Nathan Taylor, Corey Stradling, Ruth Anne Eardley, Rosalynn Eardley, Kiley Piper, Whitney Welch, Gage Smith, Christopher Taylor, Jorden Smith, Amanda Lloyd and Shanelle Millage.
The story is based on the Biblical story of Joseph, found in the book of Genesis. A narrator is telling a story to children, encouraging them to dream. She then tells the story of Joseph, another dreamer. The main story centers around Jacob and his 12 sons. The brothers are jealous of Joseph for his beautiful coat, which is a symbol of their father's preference of him. To get rid of him, they sell him as a slave and Joseph is in turn taken to Egypt. The story moves back to the Narrator who speaks about the impending change in Joseph's fortunes because the Pharaoh is having dreams that no one can interpret. The Butler tells Pharaoh of Joseph and his ability to interpret dreams. Joseph is brought to Pharaoh and interprets the dream as seven plentiful years followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh, astonished by the interpretation, puts Joseph in charge of carrying out the preparations needed to endure the impending famine, and Joseph becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt.
Notable in the composition of the music is the variety of styles used by Webber, including parodies of French ballads, 50’s inspired rock and roll, country, 1920's ragtime, Calypso style, and even disco.
The show is directed by SSP veteran Hugh Rossolo. A long-time member of the local theater and academic community, Mr. Rossolo last directed Silver Stage’s production of Godspell. Local teacher and musician Ann Louise Alger serves as the Musical Director.
Jean Hart- Artwork from My Heart
Poetry and Paintings by Jean Hart
Directed by: Amy Nisbet
Jean Hart turns her heart to poetry!
Adding “poet” to her list of credentials is something local artist Jean Hart hadn’t planned on, but is something she’s readily embracing — along with a series of other projects that push the local art envelope.
Her most ambitious project in the visual arts is a series based on different stages in her life, and major events she’s had to overcome. The series is on display along with many of her other new works at Picture This!, located at 418 Commercial St. One piece in particular, “Welcome Back,” addresses her ongoing issue with a back injury.
Another recent project was making monoprints. Monoprinting is the process of thickly painting an image on a piece of glass, and pressing the paper or canvas to the image. The reverse image on the paper has a look similar to frosted stained glass. The original image is there, but there’s still plenty of interpretation added with extra ripples and layered effects to provide new possibilities.
Hart recently did some three-dimensional work using sculp/ on canvas. Because of the intense concentration and manipulation required to work with the medium, Hart said she has an even greater appreciation for sculptors.
Hart is working with actors from the Silver Stage Players to produce a recital show titled Artwork from My Heart. Hart recently produced a book of poems based upon some of her paintings, and the show is built from the book. Shows are at 7 p.m. May 18 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 19.
Featured in the poetry performance are Silver Stage Players' Board of Directors members Russ Smith, Tony Piper, Scott Roberts, Amy Nisbet, Frank L. Sawyer, and members Sharron Hughes and Caroline Bruno.
The recitals are on all three stages in the Northeastern Nevada Museum’s theater. Admission is free, and there will be a raffle with the proceeds going to the Silver Stage Players.
Written by: Joe Sears, Jaston Wiliams and Ed Howard
Directed by: Scott Roberts
Welcome to Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state!
Join the Silver Stage Players in celebrating its 2006-2007 Season: “Got Theater?” with our production of the small-town comedy, Greater Tuna. This off-Broadway favorite will be a sure rib-tickler! Show dates are July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7 PM. All shows will be held in the Great Basin College Theater. General admission is just $5 for all performances. Tickets go on sale July 13 while the box office will open at 6 PM each performance night. As a special community service, a portion of the July 13 and 14 box office receipts will go to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Elko Relay for Life. We encourage everyone to come out, see a show, and help a wonderful cause!
Written by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams, and Ed Howard, Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by a small ensemble of actors. The play is at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of the same.
Starring in this comedy laugh-fest are SSP members Shanelle Millage, Tony Piper, Scott Roberts, and Stacey Yurmanovic. Making his directorial debut with the local theater group is Scott Roberts. Mr. Roberts last appeared on stage in 1998 in the Southwest’s premier of It’s a Wonderful Life, with FCT in Dallas, Texas. Recently elected to the SSP Board of Directors, Scott’s directing credits include Agatha Christie’s award-winning Unexpected Guest, and Tennessee William’s Glass Menagerie among many others.
Glengarry Glen Ross
Written by: David Mamet
Directed by: Frank L. Sawyer
Players to Stage David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize Winning Glengarry Glen Ross!
Lie. Cheat. Steal. Con. Sell. All in a day's work.
The Silver Stage Players conclude their 2006-07 season, Got Theater?, with the launch of the theater group’s new performance brand Blue Yeti Productions and the staging of David Mamet's 1984 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. Performances will be held in the Great Basin College Theatre December 11-14 beginning at 7 PM and December 15 at 2 pm and 7 pm. Limited seating will be available in the intimate theater setting and general admission tickets are just $5. Glengarry Glen Ross contains strong language and may not be suitable for all audiences. Listen to the public service announcements, PSA #1 and PSA #2.
The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical and illegal acts in order to sell undesirable real estate to unsuspecting buyers. Glengarry Glen Ross is a scathing attack on American business practices made even more poignant by scandals such as Enron and World Com. In this representation of capitalistic culture, the salesman on top gets a Lexus and the bottom men get fired. It’s a dog-eat-dog world where every man must work for his own success and plan everyone else's failure.
David Mamet is the award-winning author of numerous novels, plays, and screenplays including; American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow, Wag the Dog, The Untouchables and The Village. His film adaptation of Glengarry in 1992 featured among others; Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemon, Alan Arkin and Ed Harris. Mamet's works have received some of the industry’s highest awards including the Pulitzer Prize, New York Drama Critics Circle Award and Tony Award. His writing is known for its clever and terse dialogue and is often referred to as a poetic impression of streetwise jargon. Mamet's writings for both stage and screen have arguably resonated more deeply with audiences than any other American playwright of the late 20th or early 21st centuries.
Glengarry Glen Ross is directed by SSP director and actor Frank L. Sawyer. Frank last appeared on stage in Great Basin College Theater's 2005 production of The Reluctant Doctor. The current SSP Chairman, Mr. Sawyer's directing credits include: Much Ado About Nothing; Love, Sex and the I.R.S.; I Do! I Do!; The Zoo Story; Talk Radio and Bringing it All Back Home among others. Starring in this high-intensity drama are SSP members; Sam Brown, Mel Flores, Scott Roberts, Derek Burwell, Anthony Piper, Karen Albrethsen, Frank L. Sawyer and Kenny Rose.
Blue Yeti Productions is the company’s new performance brand. The division will focus its efforts on artistic risk bringing edgy, engaging, innovative and avant-garde stagings to the area with a passion for both classic and contemporary plays. It’s classic theatre with a contemporary edge and contemporary theatre with a fresh perspective. Blue Yeti is committed to ensemble collaboration and seeks to redefine the landscape of acting and performance by challenging both artist and audience.