“The Addams Family” members Chip Bryant and Brad Douglas engaging in set-work last Saturday morning
Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. – Vince Lombardi
The Alamogordo Music Theatre has been gearing up for it’s fall production of “The Addams Family”, a musical version of the beloved classic characters that Charles Addams gave life to decades ago. There are several things that go into a making an extraordinary production; such as singing, blocking and rehearsing. However, set design and the set work that follows is key to a successful production.
Since the set is generally the first element of a production that the audience sees, its job is to convey the information needed to launch the story. An effective scenic design (partnered with a great lighting design) helps the audience see and hear the play better by telling them where to look and whom to listen to. The means to a great set design should allow the audience’s focus to be the actor in space.
Being a non profit community theater, AMT relies mostly on its actors, crew and community members to assemble its sets. Every Saturday morning members of the show go out and build platforms, flats, windows and doorways to create the desired illusion for AMT’s performances. It’s a wonderful way to socialize and get to know your fellow cast and crew. The tremendous benefit comes from the brilliant people from Alamogordo, Holloman AFB, Tularosa and Cloudcroft coming together and sharing knowledge and experiences. It is what has made Alamogordo Music Theatre a truly wonderful organization over the last 61 years.
If you would like to get involved in set or stage work with AMT, drop us a line here on our website!
“The Addams Family” will open on November 2nd at the Flickinger Center.
The cast and crew of AMT’s spring production of Damn Yankees has geared up for another amazing weekend of productions at the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts! The cast of the show has channeled the energy from opening weekend for two more nights of singing, dancing and all sorts of shenanigans. Production nights are Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th at 7PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Flickinger Center.
Based on the novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees the Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, hits it out of the park! The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot have made this sporty musical comedy a true American classic.
Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd (Loren Jackson), trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate (Randall Cutts), for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As transformed young phenom Joe Hardy (Zack Miller), he wows the world transforming the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, Joe begins to realize the real worth of the life he’s left behind. Colorful characters, smashing dance numbers and songs, including “Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets),” “You Gotta Have Heart” and “Those Were the Good Old Days,” are show highlights. Boasting more than 1,000 performances on Broadway, a successful film version and a popular Broadway revival, Damn Yankees has won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, Damn Yankees promises to please!
Come this weekend to see some amazing local talent perform this fantastic show! Remember, every ticket sold helps fund scholarships for area students to pursue the fine arts! What a great reason to take in a night of musical entertainment!
AMT is excited about the upcoming auditions for its Summer 2015 Musical: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF!
To get everyone prepped for the MAY auditions, we have posted the complete character information for each role and the ranges respectively. CLICK HERE for all the details!
Set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, “Fiddler on the Roof” is based on the story of Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales) by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of her faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. The show features popular theater classics like “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, “If I were a Rich Man” & “Sunrise, Sunset”.
Auditions will May 4th and 7th for adults aged 15 and older. Children age 8-14 years can audition May 6th. All auditions begin at 6:30 at the Flickinger Center. If you are an actor or musician (orchestra) please come down and fill out an audition sheet. If you want to assist with crew, set work, costumes or lighting please join us as well! Don’t miss out, join in on the fun of an AMT show!
Even though the pit has been the pits these last several days (flooded twice) the Annie 2014 Orchestra plays on. Led by Musical Director Lynette Wedig and Orchestra Director Josh Bryant, the pit is filled to the brim with 15 members. Plenty of AMT veterans will grace your ears, like trumpet players Ken Gardner and Chris Berst; trombonist Ron Keller; flutist Tracy Brown, and Nanette Gardner on her clarinet. Michelle Price is a newcomer to the pit and she’s keeping things shaken up with percussion and xylophone. AMT is most excited about the newcomers from Alamogordo High School Tiger pride band. Grace Hendricks and Garret Anderson fill out the trombone section, Abrianna Garcia plays double duty with the baritone sax, and clarinet, and Shelley Inge plays the alto sax. Robert Anderson and his bass guitar keep the pace, and Connor Draney keeps everyone on the beat with his drums. Shannon Nelson rounds out the whole thing with her tuba. “This is the biggest orchestra we’ve ever had to my knowledge” says Lynette Wedig, “And I don’t think we’ve ever had a Tuba!” Director Pary Bennett says “I know when Lynette is involved the music is going to be done right. She was my first and only choice when I decided I wanted to direct this show. What she and Josh [Bryant] have done with this thing has exceeded any expectation I could have ever had.”
Come enjoy Annie this Friday and Saturday night, August 8th and 9th, 7:00 PM at the Flickinger Center for Performing arts.
Rehearsals are in full swing for the AMT summer production of “Annie”! All the cast and crew have been working feverishly to learn the challenging music of the show. From Orphans, Household Servants and Hooverville residents, the cast has a wide range of parts to fill!
Keep following the exploits our cast! If you have a desire to help out with the show, drop us a line below! We will get back with you as soon as we can. There are always sets to build, signs to paint and costumes to sew!
Production dates for “Annie” are August 1, 2, 3, 8 & 9 at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts.
The countdown continues to the “Godspell” premiere on April 11th! In the meantime, the cast and crew have been feverishly rehearsing music and staging. If that was not enough, they have been painting billboard signs and building set pieces for the production! What a dedicated crew! If you have an interest in helping out, drop us a note! It takes a community of people to put on an AMT production!