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    #jclt #takemetotheoh #jcoperahouse #junctioncityks #musicaltheater #communitytheater Who doesn't love a musical? Or at least who doesn't have an appreciation for the art of musicals? You get to leave your worries at the door and be immersed in a world where people sing and dance their hearts out about anything. I don't know about you, but that sounds awesome. But I don't think many people know what happens behind the scenes of a production unless they have been a part of it. There is a lot of planning, re-planning, building, pulling, creative thinking, and then re-planning again. It's not easy, especially when performing in community theater. For Equity (professional) Actors, directors, stage managers, etc., putting on shows is their job. They get paid to do it. Community theater members don't. They do it because they love theater. They all have real jobs, go to school, stay at home with their kids, and then do shows on top of that. However, the work is the same. It may not be as intense, but the responsibilities boil down t the same. Community theater members essentially take on a second job when they are in a show, depending on the role they have agreed to; it could be for two weeks or even 18 months! All for the love of theater. Let's take a look at some of the responsibilities and jobs that happen before the show even holds auditions, during the show, and who is doing these jobs for Junction City Little Theater's production of Guys and Dolls: Director- The Director has chosen the show. They have figured out how much royalties are (musicals can range from $1,200 and up, depending on the popularity of the show, how many performances, how much you sell tickets for, and how big the venue is), created a production team that will assist in making the show, and have a vision they want to share with the community. They are in charge of bringing the show to life. They will direct the action in the scenes during rehearsal and make adjustments as needed. (Quincy McKinney) Music Director/Orchestra Director- The music director is in charge of all things musical. They find the orchestra members and meet with the director and orchestra for cuts or changes in the music. They are responsible for teaching the actors their singing parts, and they conduct the orchestra during the shows. (Diana June and Ron Atkinson) Choreographer- The Choreographer is responsible for the dancing, organized chaos, and anything else that needs to be 'choreographed.' They need to be flexible with the cast and the musicians because depending on the actors' skill level or the music's tempo, moves could need to change at the drop of a hat. (Patti Norgia) Production Stage Manager- The Stage Manager keeps everyone in check and on schedule. They create the rehearsal schedule and adjust when needed because there can be 10-45 schedules to work around! They are in charge of the show starting tech week. They call sound cues, light cues, call actors to places...anything and everything. They are the grand central station of the show. (Brittany Childs-Lamb) Assistant Stage Manager- This assistant is the SM's, right-hand man. They do everything the stage manager does but during the show run; they are in charge of all things backstage. While the stage manager is calling the show, the assistant is moving out scene pieces, helping with quick costume changes, flying scene pieces in or out, and putting out any fires that happen backstage. (Scarlett Reinecker-Bollig with Rebecca Crossman as Stage Left manager) Stage Crew- This can be from 2-10 people depending on the set. They are responsible for quickly taking scene pieces in and off the stage so the show can continue. Scene changes can be compared to a dance. Everything has a way to go and a path to follow. Set Design- The set designer sits down with the director to sketch how the director wants the set to look for each scene. Then it's up to them to figure out how to make it happen most cost-effectively. (Quincy McKinney) Lighting Design- The lighting designer goes through the script to see what lights will be needed. They then sit with the stage manager and director and set the lighting cues for the production. The lighting designer will also run the light board in community theaters during the shows. (Kaye Fisher) Costume Design- Costume design is precisely what you think; it's all about clothes! They are in charge of making the director's vision shine through the clothes. They need to get measurements for each cast member and then find or make costume pieces for all the characters. They help with quick changes, wash the costumes, and if there is a problem with a costume, they fix it before the next show. (Ellen Westerhaus) Sound Design- Whether the show uses a live orchestra or pre-recorded music will determine how much the sound designer does. If there is a live orchestra, they are in charge of any extra sound cues and the microphones for the actors. If the show uses pre-recorded music, they will have sound cues for each song, and the scene will change the music and the actors' microphones. (McKenna Reinecker-Bollig) Prop Design- Or the Prop Master is responsible for finding and gathering props for the show. Some shows have particular props, and you have to rent them or create them, and there is a very strict rule regarding props..."If it's not your prop, DO NO TOUCH IT!" (Ellen Westerhaus, Cast and the JCLT TATA Ladies) Technical Director- As the name suggests, the technical director makes sure all the lights and sound equipment are working, and if any problem occurs, they are the ones to fix them. This can be an easy or a tough job. (Steve Seitz and Tim Avery with the Opera House) Carpenters/Builders- Builders do precisely that. They are in charge of building the set, ensuring the measurements are correct and everything is in working order. (Quincy McKinney and Cast) Painters- Painters paint the set. They make sure the color is what the director wants, and then they make sure everything is painted and ready by the time it's needed on the stage. (Quincy McKinney and cast) That's a lot of jobs! One would even argue that they work harder than the actors on stage. We, as the audience, never see these people, but we do see their finished product. So during the Curtain call, when the actor's gesture to the sound/lights and backstage area, give them an extra loud applause for the unsung theater heroes!

  • The Perfect Musical Comedy

    #Junctioncitylittletheater #takemetotheoh #junctioncityks #jcoperahouse When you think of the perfect musical comedy, what do you think of? Avenue Q? Spamalot? Or maybe something like The Producers? You would be wrong; according to Musical Theatre International, the perfect musical comedy is the 1950s musical Guys and Dolls. Guys and Dolls is based on Damon Runyon's short stories about characters in the New York underworld in the 1920s and 30s. The main stories are The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown and Blood Pressure. Runyon was known for his unique dialect in his stories, mixing highly formal language and slang. In the late 1940s, Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin hired Frank Loesser as the composer and lyricist for Guys and Dolls. Loesser was known for his work on other movie musicals such as Charley's Aunt and Neptune's Daughter, which featured the Christmas hit "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Abe Burrows wrote the show's book/dialogue after the original script by Jo Swerling was deemed unusable. Guys and Dolls revolves around gambler Nathan Detroit, who tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway on October 14, 1950, starring Robert Alda, Isabel Bigley, Sam Levene, and Vivian Blaine; and ran for 1,200 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Guys and Dolls opened to unanimously positive reviews. Many critics asserted that Guys and Dolls was of great significance to musical theatre. John Chapman, then Chief Theatre Critic of the New York Daily News, stated "Frank Loesser has written a score that will get a big play on the jukeboxes, over the radio, and in restaurants throughout the land. His lyrics are especially notable in that they help Burrows's topical gags to further the plot"... In all departments, Guys and Dolls is a perfect musical comedy. Five years later, a film version of Guys and Dolls was released starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, and Vivian Blaine, reprising her role as Adelaide. There was a lot of drama in the casting of Marlon Brando, mainly by Sinatra. Sinatra felt snubbed because Brando got the role of Sky Masterson, which Sinatra thought he deserved. Soon the cast and crew were divided between "Team Brando" and "Team Sinatra," and eventually, Brando and Sinatra spoke to each other only through intermediaries. Loesser stated that he hated how Sinatra played Nathan Detroit, but he did write a song just for Sinatra in the film version. However, Loesser would die still refusing to see the film adaptation. Loesser wasn't the only one who disliked Sinatra as Detroit. Stephen Sondheim, who wrote film reviews at that time, wrote this about Sinatra's performance: "Sinatra ambles through his role as Nathan Detroit as though he were about to laugh at the jokes in the script. He has none of the sob in the voice, and the incipient ulcer in the stomach, that the part requires and Sam Levene supplied so hilariously on the stage. Sinatra sings on pitch, but colorlessly; Levene sang off pitch but acted while he sang. Sinatra's lackadaisical performance, his careless and left-handed attempt at characterization not only harm the picture immeasurably but indicate an alarming lack of professionality." Despite the issues with the film, it was nominated for four Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and the winner of two Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture for a Comedy or Musical. Since then, Guys and Dolls has been revived several times on Broadway since the original run and is still getting nominated for awards. The most well-known is the 1992 revival that starred Nathan Lane and Nathan Detroit. A London revival is set for February 2023. Our very own Junction City Little Theater will be performing this 'perfect' musical on our stage at the beginning of September. It hasn't had the film's drama, but many would argue that James Casey, who plays Sky Masterson, is a better singer than Brando and that his chemistry with Ashley Casey, who plays Sarah Brown, is palpable. Steve Milton as Nathan Detroit has the perfect swagger to be a real-life gangster, and Abbey Linton as Miss Adelaide shows everyone why she is the star of the Hot Box with her powerful voice. STARRING: James Casey (Sky Masterson) Ashley Casey (Miss Sarah Brown) Steve Milton (Nathan Detroit) Abbey Linton (Miss Adelaide) Tickets are available now at or call 785-238-3906


    #theatereducation #takemetotheOH #junctioncityks #jcoperahouse #OHfineartsacademy We have heard your suggestions and are excited to announce some new and improved changes to our Theater Programs! Take a look... A.I.M. will now include KINDERGARTEN! A.I.M. started in the Fall of 2021 and was a massive success with our pre-k friends. We changed the meeting time so we could include our Kindergarten aged friends. This 12-week program will be held Monday afternoons from 3:45 pm-4:45 pm. Classes are a fun and safe space for young children to learn performance skills (singing, acting, and dancing). For more information and the enrollment form, please CLICK HERE. ACT ONE will now include 3rd grade! This program debuted last semester, and we are excited to grow it more this year. This year ACT ONE will be performing a 60-minute musical in the fall and will have the opportunity to audition for minor roles in ASTRA's Shrek Jr., which performs in the Spring! This program will meet Wednesdays from 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm and is for 3rd-5th graders. For more information about ACT ONE, the enrollment form, AND what musical has been selected this year, CLICK HERE. Workshop days are back at ASTRA! ASTRA has revamped its calendar, and we are beyond excited to see how our students grow and how much bigger and better our show can be! In the Spring ASTRA will be performing SHREK JR. Workshop Days are back this year! One day a week, we will focus on other elements of theater to help our performers grow! ASTRA meets Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays and is for 6th-8th graders 3:15 pm-5:30 pm, and students are bussed from JCMS to the Opera House. For more information on ASTRA and the Enrollment form, CLICK HERE. A BRAND NEW PROGRAM FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH! You have asked...and we heard you! Beginning this Spring, we will offer a very fast and intense program for our High School Youth to put on a full-length musical! Auditions will be in late January or Early February, and we will have roughly 8-10 rehearsals throughout February and March to learn all the blocking, choreography, and music for the show. Then in April, it will be a short and fast two weeks to put the show together with the set, props, lights, mics, costumes, etc. For more information and the Enrollment form, CLICK HERE. A BRAND NEW EDUCATION OUTREACH FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS! We are proud to offer this brand-new FREE opportunity to the Elementary Schools in the community! A Team of two Theatre Instructors will go into the schools and lead fun and informative workshops! These 60-minute workshops will focus on exercises to help your student learn about theatre while they grow and use their creative minds. For more information, CLICK HERE. Take some private lessons! We currently offer Private Vocal, Acting, Dance, and Guitar Lessons at the Opera House through our Academy! Private lessons are 30 minutes, and we have incredible instructors ready to work one-on-one with your child to help them grow to their fullest potential! For more information and the Enrollment Form, CLICK HERE. We are so excited to expand our education program. With the new education building being renovated this winter, we know this is just the beginning! Our community has such talent we are honored to grow and nurture the arts here in Junction City. If you have any questions, please email

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  • WHAT'S NEXT? | operahouse

    Our Link to the Past, Our Path to the Future What's next for the Opera House? The Historic C. L. Hoover Opera House is running out of room! ​ The amazing growth of our Fine Arts Academy now includes ASTRA (our after-school, middle school theater program), Act One (our grades 3-4 theater program), AIM (our preschool program), Act Two (our after-school high School theater program) and the Fine Arts Academy private lessons (for all ages including adults). ​ This success has left us scrambling for space. The solution to this problem is to annex the building to the east of the Opera House (131 West 7th) and incorporate it into the Opera House Complex. We have purchased the building and own it free and clear. Architectural Drawings and specifications by Bruce McMillan Architects are complete. Icon Structures, Inc. has been hired as our general contractor. With the unanimous approval of the Opera House Board, the contract has been approved for 2.4 million dollars. We expect work to begin this November (2022), with job completion in about ten months. That means we should be in and using the new facility by the end of next summer (2023). ​ We are so excited to share this information with you! Take a look at this brochure and consider how you might wish to be a part of bringing this dream to life. ​ ​ Plans for Growth and Renovation The addition and renovation of the property at 131 West 7th Street (directly adjacent to the present Opera House Complex) is the next step in the growth of our Opera House programs. Though our feasibility study is far more detailed, the bullet points below outline a few of the benefits this project would bring us. • Two more rehearsal/meeting/event areas would be added to serve our growing education programs of our youth, the Junction City Little Theater and all our patrons. • The Junction City Little Theater and Junction City Arts Council will have a first floor, store-front office easily accessible to everyone. • A dedicated Art Studio space will be created to serve graphic art needs of our youth and adults. • A Mini–Art Gallery will be created on 7th street. • The additional room allows us to move our dressing rooms closer to the stage • The relocation of our dressing rooms creates a larger, central space for our catering kitchen. • Moving the present kitchen space would allow us to have a “green room” located close to the stage for our performers and dignitaries. Building Donors as of 9/28/2022 $500,000+ Michelle Munson, Serban Simu $200,000-$499,999 Weary Foundation Sunderland Foundation Nellie and Robert Smith Trust $50,000-$199,999 Bramlage Foundation Hoover-Koken Foundation $10,000 - $49,999 Central Charities Suzie and Dave Lauseng Josephine and Ruth Rago Exchange Bank John Rucker Eunice Rolfs $5,000 - $9,999 Lewis Foundation Sheila Burdett Crosby Foundation Jellison Benevolent Society Brad Johnson $1,000 - $4,999 Betty Waters John York Sally Jardine Mary Devin Sheila and Joe Markley $100- $999 Sue and Eldon Steinfort Mary Kay Munson Becky Sanders Diana Dowling Be a part of our bright future! Naming rights are also available for: -Junction City Little Theater Office - $15,000 -Junction City Arts Council Office - $15,000 -Catering Kitchen - $25,000 -2nd floor Atrium - $20,000 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sheila or Joe Markley at the Opera House.

  • Theater | C.L. Hoover Opera House | Junction City

    Mark as Starred What's next for the Opera House? ​ At the C.L. Hoover Opera House, we present top-class performances across various artistic genres. Our schedule is jam-packed with exciting shows sure to entertain all ages.

  • EVENTS | operahouse

    UPCOMING EVENTS Movie Screening: Louis Armstrong's Secret Daughter Little Satchmo Saturday, October 8 7:00 pm Buy Tickets! Jeff Leeson For over 22 years Jeff Leeson has been astonishing crowds across North America (and once in Cuba) with his off the cuff, improvisational style that leaves crowds not only wanting more, but amazed at what they just witnessed. Being described as a human fireworks display, Jeff uses his surroundings and people in front of him to create one of the most unique and personal shows you will ever see, it’s more than a performance, it’s an experience!! ​ In addition to headlining top comedy venues throughout North America, Jeff’s comedy has been featured on Sirius/XM radio, Spotify, 2 hour long comedy specials on Amazon Prime and a Dry Bar Comedy Special. ​ ​ Saturday, October 15 7:00pm Buy Tickets! ACT ONE presents: All Shook Up It’s 1955, and into a square little town rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Teddy Bear,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and “Jailhouse Rock.” ​ Performers are 3rd-5th graders ​ *Pre Show by AIM and ASTRA Friday, November 18 7:00 PM Tickets are on sale soon! Junction City Little Theater's Christmas Show A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary "take" on Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor but radio novice William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claire's escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the performance to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax: St. Claire has an on-air breakdown and begins to connect his own life with that of the classic Dickens tale. To "save the show," the company improvises an ending to Charles Dickens' classic as a film noir mystery, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale, and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf! Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 pm Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm Buy Tickets! Kansas Ballet presents: An Abridged Nutcracker This version of the famous Tchaikovsky Ballet is condensed so that this production is perfect for a person's first ballet experience. It contains all the 'best bits' from The Nutcracker Suite. Make this a family outing and get into the hoilday spirit! Sunday, December 11 2:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! First Infantry Division Band Holiday Concert This free event is a delight to all ages and is the perfect concert to become a part of your holiday tradition. Friday, December 16 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18 2:00 pm Free! Reza Edge of Illusion Nonstop thrills and unparalleled excitement await at Reza Edge of Illusion . Renowned illusionist Reza has performed for more than 30 million people worldwide. He's known for the large scale of his stunning magic illusions and for his dynamic stage presence. He's been invited on dozens of TV shows and called "the world's top tour illusionist." Reza is a true stage veteran who has been performing since the age of 7. You'll be treated to a performance packed with comedy, magic moments, and stunning mega illusions. Reza takes magic to a new level with both up-close and large-scale illusions that are truly unique. After all, this is a family-friendly show designed to let visitors experience the magic for themselves. Reza takes the action into the audience, so there are plenty of opportunities to be wowed by magic up close and personal. The interactive elements of the show make the experience all the more lively and memorable. Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! Junction City Little Theater presents Tom Stoppard's Arcadia Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits- the attraction Newton left out. Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm Friday, February 24 at 7:30 pm Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 pm Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! Kansas Ballet presents: The Adventures of Cipollino Join us as we explore the fairy-tale story of ‘The Adventures of Cipollino’ through the medium of dance! Little Onion (in Italian, Cipollino) bravely fights against the unjust treatment of his fellow Vegetable folk by the snobby Fruit ‘aristocracy’ led by Princess Lemon. Tuesday, March 7 7:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! Joseph Hall as Elvis Joseph Hall, born in 1984 has been paying tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley since 2006. He starred on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2008, making 6 TV appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people and placing as one of the top 10 finalists! Sharon Osbourne was impressed enough to tell him, ” I’ve got shoes older than you, but I’d like to try you on!” Joseph Hall has performed all over the world, from Las Vegas, Nevada to Porthcawl, Wales. Joseph Hall has won many awards throughout his young career including the “Spirit of Elvis ” award. Joseph has worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has officially been recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world today. Hall completed 6 smashed seasons in Branson, Missouri. Saturday, March 11 7:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! ASTRA presents: Shrek Jr. Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. ​ Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Friday, March 31 7:00 PM Saturday, April 1 7:00 PM Tickets are on sale soon! Junction City Little Theater presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family. ​ The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Friday, April 28 at 7:30 pm Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 pm Sunday, May 1 at 2:00 pm Friday, May 7 at 7:30 pm Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 pm Sunday, May 9 at 2:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon!

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