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A Ghastly Gothic Thriller?

Fort Dodge, IA - March / April 2012

(Nah...more of an insane farce) ―The Bride of Brackenloch‖ by Rick Abbot is heading your way this March on Thursday the 8th , Friday the 9th and Satrurday the 10th, then again on Thursday the 15th. Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th. Dinner seating is at 6:30 and the show will follow around 8:00 each night. Reservations are required for the dinner can be made on-line at the official HCT website – www.hawkeyetheatre.com – you simply select your options from the menu of choices and pay with a card

or PayPal; an e-mail back to you will confirm your reservation. Reservations can also be made by calling 515.576.6061 and leaving your name, number, food choice and night of attendance on the automated service; a callback will confirm your reservation. The entrée options this year are: Thu 8th – Melt Away Roast Beef & Pork Combo OR Chicken Marcel Fri 9th – Melt Away Roast Beef &

In This Issue... A Ghastly Gothic Thriller?

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The Tale Must Be Told

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June Show Auditions Released

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Membership Form

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Contacting HCT

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Six Counts Looking Fresh

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Calendar of Events

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A Ghastly Gothic Thriller? (cont from cover) Marcel

Pork Combo OR Seafood Lasagna Sat 10th – Melt Away Roast Beef & Pork Combo OR Chicken Marcel Thu 15th – Melt Away Roast Beef & Pork Combo OR Chicken Marcel Fri 16th – Melt Away Roast Beef & Pork Combo OR Seafood Lasagna Sat 17th (St Patrick’s Day) – Corned Beef and Cabbage OR Chicken

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All entrées are served with mashed potatoes, gravy, candied carrots, dinner roll, dessert and drink. In this cheerily goofy spoof of all those gothic novels where the heroine is brought to the ancient manor by her handsome, brooding groom, new br ide Daphne is brought to Brackenloch the day after her husband Jabez Thorngall lost his first bride to the family curse: any bride at Brackenloch Manor is doomed to die on her wedding day. At the bottom of the bracken fringed Scottish loch which gives the manor its name lurks "Bracky" who is not a monster to take lightly. The murder of Jabez's father six years earlier remains unsolved and family disappearances cr eate further mysteries. Also missing is the Strong Wong, a Hong Kong tong gong thong which used to hang above the crossed claymores above the fireplace. Potential suspects include t h e hous ek eep er , the maid, the sister, the cook, the handyman, the aunt, the sexy female neighbor, the cast off sweetheart of Ja b ez wh o thought she would be the

new bride. Suspicion and danger are omnipresent and audiences will love every minute of this…um…thriller. The cast for this farce: Jabez Thorngall - Jim Von Dolteren, Daphne Dixon - Kiana Vrchoticky, Comfort Grody - Mari Newman, Glynis Prescott - Katelyn Helgevold, Lady Alicia Goddard - Sarah Lvingston Smith, Mavis Beaufort Martha McColley, Janet Magleesh Brandy Vrchoticky, Fenella Amanda Von Dolteren, Mrs. Mousely - Phyllis Ann Frohlich, Wilbur Yardley - Nicholas Dosland, Andrew MacHanford - Jeff Bluml The production is directed by Michael Shoopman under authority of Samuel French Inc, NYC, NY, USA. Dylan Drummond is the assistant director. 

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The Tale Must Be Told The Annual Dinner Theatre rolls around this time of year each season at Hawkeye Community Theatre, and it always brings a hint of spring with it. For the cast and crew that put this production together it is a bona fide method of bridging the gap between the dead of winter and the first teases of warmer weather. The auditions for the show start just after the New Year’s holiday and blocking begins immediately after the cast posting just a few short days later. Rehearsals continue on an exponential basis until things are complete pandemonium during dress week. Opening night is upon us before we realize it, and suddenly the lights are up and the audiences are ready for the story to be told. For those involved in the process it is an amazing transformation. Not only does the weather go from post winter holidays to almost spring, but the production goes from a simple script – the skeleton – to the final polished event with actors and motion and lights and sound. All this for the express purpose of entertaining the

viewer through one of the oldest and most pure forms of passing time for enjoyment: a tale to be told. That tale may be deep and thought provoking or light and easy to swallow. It might be dark, or romantic or even silly, but will always be interesting. Once the viewer is drawn into the story they will need to hear the outcome; how it ends… the denouement. It is the theatre’s job – its duty – to make the journey enjoyable for the patron. From opening music to curtain call the prerogative of the art is to entertain all along the path. This season’s opener is a funny one. Actually it’s a ridiculous romp into madness as defined by 18th century Scotland and the curse of the House of Brackenloch. Is this a ghastly gothic thriller? Nah…it’s more of an insane

farce. Bringing this story to life was an adventure in and by itself. Hammering 11 actors into speaking with a Scottish (and one British) accent, locating period pieces to furnish the set, and finding enough plaid cloth to dress them all was no small feat. You will want to catch ―The Bride of Brackenloch‖ by Rick Abbot. This show is so stupid that it is hilarious. What better fare to end the long winter than a spin around a Scottish loch; complete with its own monster! The cast and crew always have fun putting a show together. Even though it is a lot of hard work, it is a fun ride. Why else would anyone give up weeks of their life, memorize dozens of pages of lines and blocking, for the sole purpose of getting up on stage under the bright lights in front of hundreds of people? It must be love. Or maybe ego. Or insanity. Maybe it’s all three. Most likely it is simply because the tale must be told. 

Auditions for June Show Released The June Show will hold auditions on March 26th and 27th at 6:00 PM at Hawkeye Theatre, 521 North 12th St, in Ft Dodge.

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The June Show for 2012 will be ―The Big Five-Oh‖ a comedy by Brian Mitchell. The play will be cast and directed by Jeff Bluml. The Characters to be cast are: Mrs. George Thomas – 50, Loving wife of George Thomas. George Thomas – 50, A Professor of sociology Julie Thomas – 25, Daughter of Marie and George Eric Thomas – 22, Son of Marie and George Douglas – 44, Julie’s fiancé Kathy Walters– 65, Widowed neighbor; sweet, grandmotherly type Sara Donavan– 19, Student of

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What an entertainment bargain!

Hawkeye Community Theatre Memberships Listed below are the six levels of memberships. Hawkeye Community Theatre (HCT) is a non-profit organization, so your contribution is IRS tax deductible. Not only do you make a contribution, but you get a bargain in entertainment. Please fill out the form below and mail it to us. If you have friends or family who would like to join HCT also, send their name(s) address and type(s) of membership(s) and their donation(s) to the same address. REMEMBER: HCT memberships make great gifts! Hawkeye is made of people in your community — volunteers giving of their time and talent with one purpose — to keep the art alive in our community. Please join and help this art form live on. Someday a child yet to be born will breathlessly await their cue to walk out on to the stage for the first time, and experience a feeling like no other — all because of you and people like you, who made it possible. Hawkeye Community Theatre...the legacy lives on...

NOTE: Single ticket prices: Summer Shows & Dessert Theatre $15; Students and Seniors $10. Dinner Theatre is extra for meal.

Please mail to: Hawkeye Community Theatre, Box 32, Fort Dodge, IA 50501-0032 Extra

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Hawkeye Community Theatre Box 32 521 North 12th Street Fort Dodge, IA 50501 Phone: 1.515.576.6061 E-mail: info@hawkeyetheatre.com Website: www.hawkeyetheatre.com 2012 Board of Directors Jeff Bluml Kim Dosland Dylan Drummond Dawn Farr Ashley Garst Katie Hazel Colleen Kaiser Randy Kaiser John Metier Steve Schwendemann Karla Skaggs Thomas Wilson =======

2012 Board of Trustees Michael Shoopman Sarah Smith Brandy Vrchoticky 2012 Offices / Committees Jeff Bluml—Building, Set Design Kim Dosland—Membership, Front of House Dylan Drummond—Play Reading Dawn Farr—Secretary, Business Manager Dr. Steve Schwendemann—Treasurer Colleen Kaiser—Historian Randy Kaiser—President, Building John Metier—Publicity Karla Skaggs—Community Service MA R CH / A PR I L 2012

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Six Counts Looking Fresh

WHO is looking fresh six times a year?

WHAT is like Broadway without the travel expense?

WHEN can you

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work with directors like Shoopman, Bluml, Garst, Hazel and Stokesbary?

WHERE can you go

and really stretch your wings in a semiprofessional format?

WHY miss the experience of tacking this on your resume?

as an actor to audition

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Backstage MAR/APR 2012  

The official publication of Hawkeye Theatre

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