‘Curtains Up’ Announces Upcoming Season For Little Theatre

Arnold Duke, left, shares the groove with Rudi Andalora, local choreographer, pictured at right.

The crowd for the 2019 Curtains Up Season Reveal Party grooved into the steps of choreographer Rudi Andalora’s “Dance to the Music.” This was the first attempt for a street party for Lucille Ball Little Theatre to announce its upcoming season.

Arnold Duke, one of the event sponsors, enjoyed the fun on the street. Todd Pullan, artistic director and DJ for the event, welcomed Jamestown to the street and announced that he will be directing “No Sex Please We’re British,” which runs January 2019.

The comedy takes the audience on a hilarious ride as newlyweds who live above a bank receive adult-themed material instead of the Scandinavian glassware that was ordered to start a small business.

Auditions are Dec. 10-11 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Lucille Ball Little Theater.

“To the right, take it back and stomp,” danced the crowd along the closed portion of Second Street in front of the theatre July 27. Jason Dorman spun the tunes as the crowd Cuban shuffled to the refreshment table.

Pullan announced that his colleague Richard Olson-Walter will be the artistic director for the drama “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which opens March 2019. The theater hopes to partner with various schools for a matinee performance. “I’m looking for a diverse population to cast the show,” Walters said. “I hope people will come out for the January auditions dated Monday, Jan. 7, Tuesday, Jan, 8, and Saturday, Jan. 12.”

Pullan said he will direct the musical “Curtains,” in May 2019. The writers of “Cabaret and Chicago,” which opened on Broadway 2006, created this murder mystery.

The director advised the crowd that there are numerous lead, supporting and vocal roles in “Curtains,” including company roles for chorus and dance. Auditions are March 4 and 5.

The artistic director Helen Merrill will be directing the new musical comedy “Disenchanted,” July 2019. Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Auditions will be summer 2019. The newly air conditioned theatre auditorium will be enjoyed during this production.

Anne Eklund will direct the musical, “The Producers.” The book is by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and lyrics and music also by Brooks. This show will run October 2019 with Summer auditions 2019.

Richard Olson-Walter returns to the director chair for the comedy Harvey to round of the season. Harvey is about a 10-foot and one-inch imaginary rabbit that leads some of the characters to a mental health defense attempting to explain their behavior.

Audition dates for this hilarious comedy that opens in April are as follows: Saturday Sept. 21, Monday, Sept. 23, and Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Street guests were invited into the theater proper where the Junior Guilders sang “Best Little Theatre in Town.” Cast members from the upcoming musical “Mamma Mia,” highlighted a few preview songs.

The theater has gone under some structural reinforcement, and it is well-equipped with a brand new 15 pipe fly gallery dressed with new stage curtains and cyclorama.

The sound is updated with a new digital soundboard and state-of-the-art speakers. The air-conditioning will be completed by the opening of this season for Lucyfest. The theater will have many technological improvements with a new digital copier and smart TV lobby-enhancement for show photographs, nostalgia, media and sponsorship.

The theatre board looks forward to the purchase of a new digital light system with universal and moving light instruments for improved staged artistry.

The Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown, Inc. is located at 18 E. Second Street Jamestown, New York. You can follow them on social media including Facebook. You can email the theater at boxoffice@lucilleballlittletheatre.org.