Friday, August 17, 2018

The Muni Incredibles Take the Muni Stage



The Muni Incredibles Take the Muni Stage

There is still more fun to come at the Muni before summer ends. The Muni Incredibles! will feature children who have taken part in the Muni’s Children’s Audition Program. Children have spent the summer learning what it takes to be a part of the  magic of a Muni production. They will show what they have learned in two performances on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m. The program will be a revue-style performance featuring song and dance numbers from Muni shows past and future. 
Here more about the program here


Tickets for these special performances are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-18. Kids two and under are free. All tickets will be available on show night at the Muni box office, and all seats are general admission; audience members may sit in the reserved seating section or may bring lawn chairs. The box office and concession stand open at 7 p.m. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

THE SUN’LL COME OUT TOMORROW – BUT THE STARS COME OUT AT NIGHT AS ANNIE CLOSES OUT THE SPRINGFIELD MUNI SEASON




The Springfield Muni Opera’s season of leading ladies comes to a close starting Friday, August 3, with the youngest of the group – the beloved orphan Annie.

Based on the adventures of the plucky comic strip heroine Little Orphan Annie, this timeless favorite tells the story of little Annie (Caroline Dahlquist), who toils away in the orphanage run by mean Miss Hannigan (Tiffany Williams), but who never loses sight of her dream to find her real parents. Annie’s plans take an unexpected twist when billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks (Gus Gordon) decides to spend the Christmas holiday with an orphan. His assistant Grace (Kristen Wolfe) thinks Annie would be the ideal choice, and her arrival in Warbucks’ life will change them both forever.

This Tony Award-winning musical first appeared on the Broadway stage in 1977, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan. It features some of the most popular songs ever to emerge from a stage production, including “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life.” Director Carly Shank says her goal with this production is to emphasize that families come in many different forms.

Annie is sponsored by RSM. The show runs August 3-5 and 8-12. Please note the early start time for this production with curtain time is 8:00 p.m. each night. Reserved seats are available in advance by calling (217) 793-MUNI or visiting the Sangamon Auditorium box office. Tickets (both reserved and general admission) are also available on show nights at the box office at the Muni site.

Even after the regular season is done, there is still more fun to come at the Muni before summer ends. The Muni Incredibles! will feature children who have taken part in the Muni’s Children’s Audition Program. Children have spent the summer learning what it takes to be a part of the magic of a Muni production. They will show what they have learned in two performances on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for these special performances are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-18. Kids two and under are free. All tickets will be available on show night at the Muni box office, and all seats are general admission; audience members may sit in the reserved seating section or may bring lawn chairs.
Get more details at themuni.org.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

MUNI’S 2018 SEASON GOES PINK FOR LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL



OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS! MUNI’S 2018 SEASON GOES PINK
FOR LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
                       
            The Springfield Muni Opera will be in the pink for the third show of the 2018 season – the Muni premiere of Legally Blonde: the Musical.
            This adaptation of the hit 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon still tells the story of everyone’s favorite law student, Elle Woods (played here by Zoey Zara). But now the story of Elle’s journey from sorority girl to courtroom force comes with peppy and memorable songs from husband-and-wife team Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, with book by Heather Hach (Freaky Friday).
            Elle thinks she’s about to be engaged to perfect boyfriend Warner (Dalton McGhiey), only to find instead that she’s getting dumped because Warner doesn’t think she’s serious enough. So Elle sets out to prove him wrong by applying to join him at Harvard Law School. But Elle soon finds that law school is a long way from the Delta Nus, and she has to use all of her unique skills and talents to balance the scales of justice for a famous client, and for herself.
            Just as pink is Elle’s favorite color, audience members are also encouraged to “Paint the Muni Pink” on the second Saturday of the show, July 21. Everyone attending the show that night is invited to wear pink, and there will be several opportunities to donate to the American Cancer Society. More details are available at the Springfield Muni Opera Facebook page.
            Legally Blonde: The Musical is directed by Anna Bussing Maisenbacher, and is sponsored by UCB. The show runs July 13-15 and 18-22. Showtime is 8:30 each night. Reserved seats are available in advance by calling (217) 793-MUNI or visiting the Sangamon Auditorium box office. Tickets (both reserved and general admission) are also available on show nights at the box office at the Muni site on Lake Springfield. The 2018 season of memorable leading ladies will close with the final production of the summer, Annie, opening August 3. Get more details at themuni.org.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Springfield Muni Opera’s 2018 season of great leading ladies continues Friday night (June 22nd) with the opening of the summer’s second show, Sister Act.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 20, 2018) The Springfield Muni Opera’s 2018 season of great leading ladies continues Friday night (June 22nd) with the opening of the summer’s second show, Sister Act.

Based on the hit 1992 film comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act was adapted for the musical stage in 2006, with music by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock), book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner (Cheers) and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu).
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier (Jasmine French) is in danger after discovering the criminal activity of her boyfriend, Curtis (Roger Finnell). Deloris runs to the police and reconnects with her old friend Eddie (Lex Glover), who decides she needs to be hidden away in the last place Curtis would look – a convent. From there it’s a culture clash as Deloris (now undercover as Sister Mary Clarence) tries to adapt her Vegas dreams to the cloistered life of a nun – or perhaps to get the nuns to loosen up and put a little “Wow!” in their worship.

In keeping with the show’s theme of sacrifice for a greater good, the Springfield Muni Opera will conduct a food drive on the second weekend of the show, June 29-July 1. Anyone bringing non-perishable food items to benefit Kumler Outreach Ministries will be entered into a drawing (one entry per donated item) for four tickets to our third show of the season, Legally Blonde the Musical. Thanks also to Landmark Automotive Group for assisting with storage of the donated items.

Sister Act is co-directed and choreographed by Morgan Kaplan and Andrew Maynerich, and is sponsored by Edward Jones. The show runs June 22-24 and June 27-July 1. Showtime is 8:30 each night. Reserved seats are available in advance by calling (217) 793-MUNI or visiting the Sangamon Auditorium box office. Tickets (both reserved and general admission) are also available on show nights at the box office at the Muni site on Lake Springfield. And don’t forget the rest of Muni’s 2018 season, Legally Blonde the Musical, and Annie. Get more details at themuni.org.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors Cast

Little Shop of Horrors Cast


The staff of Little Shop of Horrors would like to thank everyone who auditioned for the 2018 season. Casting decisions were difficult due to the many wonderful auditions that took place this year. The cast for Little Shop of Horrors is listed below.  All cast members should watch emails closely for communications about cast pictures, workdays, and rehearsal schedules. Thanks again to everyone who auditioned


  •         Seymour - Kevin Hart
  •         Audrey - Courtney Wick
  •         Audrey II - Kevin Ford
  •         Mr. Mushnik - Jim Leach
  •         Orin Scrivello - Matt Ratz
  •         Crystal (Trio) - Calia Cole
  •         Chiffon (Trio) - Lindsey Rudd
  •         Ronnette (Trio) - Brianna Gude-Price
  •         P. Martin 
  •         Wino    
  •         Mr. Bernstein - Chuck McCue
  •         Mrs. Luce - Katina Price
  •         Skip Snip - James Weitzel
  •         WSKID Radio Announcer             
  •         Customer           
  •         Ensemble - Logan Baskett, Angela Covert, Rachel Douglas, Ava Giacomini, Gabrielle Gray, Regina Ivy, Alexsis Page, Ben Selsor, Leanne Telger, Bradyn Wambach, Samantha White, Hunter Woods, Natalie Young

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Legally Blonde Cast

Legally Blonde Cast


The staff of Legally Blonde would like to thank everyone who auditioned for the 2018 season. Casting decisions were difficult due to the many wonderful auditions that took place this year. The cast for Legally Blonde is listed below.  All cast members should watch emails closely for communications about cast pictures, workdays, and rehearsal schedules. Thanks again to everyone who auditioned


  •          Elle Woods - Zoey Zara
  •          Emmett Forrest                - Ryan Fisher
  •          Warner Huntington III - Dalton McGhiey
  •          Professor Callahan - Eric Huber
  •          Paulette - Courtney Wick
  •          Vivienne Kensington - Lindsey Rudd
  •          Brooke Wyndam - Hope Cherry
  •          Kyle B. O'Boyle - Jacob Deters
  •          Enid Hoopes - Meredith Vogel-Thomas
  •          Nikos Argitakos/Padamadan - Matthew Woodson
  •          Aaron Schultz - Luke Petersen
  •          Carlos - Bradyn Wambach
  •          Whitney - Malone Moretti
  •          Judge/Store Manager - Katina Price
  •          Mrs. Woods - Julie Staley
  •          Mr. Woods - Chuck McCue
  •          Chutney - Hannah Levin

                               
Delta Nu                             
  •          Margot - Hannah Siehr
  •          Serena - Sophie Lanser
  •          Pilar - Olivia Huber
  •          Leilani - Brianna Gude-Price
  •          Kate - Hannah Levin
  •          Shandi - Hope Cherry
  •          Gaelen - Malone Moretti
  •          Gabby - Ashley Miller
  •          Veronica - Jocelyn Holmes

                               

  • Ensemble - Emily Bland, Justin Brandon, Carson Cole, Sydney Compton, Cece Donathan, Alec Glisson, Daniel Guttas, Michael Lanham, Jocelyn Holmes, Amanda Little, Dale Mason, Autumn Meyer, Elizabeth Moose, Linda Rainford, Carly Stroud, Drew Stroud, Emily Smith, Grace Tolley, Lisa Tossi

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Annie Cast

Annie Cast

The staff of Annie would like to thank everyone who auditioned for the 2018 season. Casting decisions were difficult due to the many wonderful auditions that took place this year. The cast for Annie is listed below.  All cast members should watch emails closely for communications about cast pictures, workdays, and rehearsal schedules. Thanks again to everyone who auditioned


    • Annie - Caroline Dahlquist
    • Oliver Warbucks - Gus Gordon
    • Miss Hannigan - Tiffany Williams
    • Grace Farrell - Kristen Wolfe
    • Molly - Carmen Lecocq
    • Kate - Grace Klenke
    • Pepper - Claire Sagins
    • Tessie - Anna Headman
    • Duffy - Madigan Sweeney
    • July- Nadia Mitchell
    • Rooster Hannigan - Craig Williams
    • Lily St. Regis - Maddie Booth
    • Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Rich Beans
    • Bert Healy - Kevin Hart
    • Drake - Gil Opferman
    • Harold Ickes - Greg Runyard
    • Judge Brandeis - Anthony Rimkus
    • Cordell Hull/Ensemble - Mark Zink
    • Lt. Ward/Ensemble - Patrick Lyons
    • Henry Morganthau/Ensemble - Jeff Guy
    • Star-to-Be/Ronnie Boylan/Ensemble - Lizzie Wakelin
    • Connie Boylan/Ensemble - Jazmine Patton
    • Bonnie Boylan/Ensemble - Megan Costic
    • Frances Perkins/Ensemble - Sydney Weber
    • Sophie/Ensemble - Andrea Stonecipher
    • Mr. Bundles/Ensemble - James Weitzel
    • Orphan - Sydney Williams, Annelyse Warren, Rylin Killen, Mary Donathan, Rylee Kate Brinkman, Rachel Wakelin, Lydia Ressler, Reese Wolfe, Nevaeh Woods
    • Ensemble - Jack McLaughlin, Austin Crawford, Cody Newcomb, Jacob Pahde, Ben Selsor, Alicia Huntley, Claire Huntley, Paula Zink, Kate VonDeBur, Annie Fulgenzi, Ann Opferman, Fiona Reed, Chloe Franks
    • Louis Howe        TBD