Auditions, The Charlie Awards, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile coming up at Gaslight Theatre!
Auditions: The Crucible

Auditions for Arthur Miller's classic The Crucible will be held August 21 and 22, 7 pm each night, at Gaslight Theatre. Newcomers and actors of all experience levels are always welcome at Gaslight auditions! Directed by Catina Sundvall Cast...

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2017 Charlie Awards
Join us August 26 at the CNB Center!
 Introducing the Masters of Ceremonies at the upcoming Charlie Awards: Catherine Johnston and Darrell Todd. These will be familiar names to many of you, but not to everyone! Thinking about this being the end of our 50th Anniversary year, the Charlie Committee wanted to choose emcees with a lot of history with our theatre. While they may not go back 50 years, there were not many seasons when you couldn’t see Catherine and Darrell on stage in one or more plays. 
 
A cast photograph from the 1990 production of You Can’t Take it with You shows both Darrell and Catherine, along with other names frequently heard at the Charlies - Gene Nash, Jerry Turpin, and Todd Smith. 
 
We hope you will join us at Gaslight’s Charlie Awards, Saturday August 26 in the Grand Ballroom at the CNB Event Center. Socializing will begin at 7:30pm, and Catherine & Darrell will kick off the awards ceremony at 8:00pm. There will be entertainment from three musicals, [Title of Show] which was performed in the Turpin Little Theatre, Always, Patsy Cline, this year’s Dinner Theatre, and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the summer musical on the main stage. A cash bar will be provided, as well as hors d’oeuvres. 
 
Tickets may be purchased on line at gaslighttheatre.org for a discounted price of $20.00 until August 25th. They will be available at the door for $25.00.

Catherine Johnston
Catherine moved to Enid in 1982 to teach speech at Emerson Junior High. At the time, she knew very little about the town other than the fact that it was home to an outstanding community theatre. She immediately became involved with the Gaslight by playing Kathy in  Vanities, which is one of her favorite roles. That same season, she directed her first Gaslight play,  Blithe Spirit. In 1987 she moved to Enid High, where she taught speech, drama, and debate until 2000 when she moved to Edmond to teach at Santa Fe High School. For the past nine years, she has been an assistant principal at Santa Fe where, as she says, she traded one type of drama for another. Though she has been away from Enid for 17 years, she still considers it home, and, like Darrell, thinks of her Gaslight friends as family. It is good to be home!
Catherine holds a BFA in drama-speech education, an MA in theatre, and an MEd. in educational administration and leadership. She and her husband, Corey Niebank, are parents to a 50 pound shelter dog named Sam.
 
While in Enid, Catherine acted in and directed numerous Gaslight productions. Among her favorite roles are Lenny* in  Crimes of the Heart, Hermia in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Maria in  Lend Me a Tenor, Kate* in  Taming of the Shrew, Belinda/Flavia in the first Gaslight production of  Noises Off, Beatrice in  Much Ado About Nothing, the very first Gaslight Shakespeare in the Park, and Lady MacBeth in “the Scottish Play.” Her favorite shows to direct include  The  Miracle Worker*The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, and  Death of a Salesman*.
 
Through the years she felt honored and blessed to have worked with outstanding cast and crew members. In addition, she worked with a fair number of animals: a cat ( Meet Me in St. Louis), dog ( Miracle Worker), chickens ( My Three Angels), and two - yes, TWO, rather large bull snakes for a production of  Holy  Ghosts. It was during a performance of this show at the old Gaslight that one snake disappeared from the wooden crate in which the two were kept and though the cast searched high and low, the snake was never found. It probably lived to a happy old age feasting on mice under the old theatre.
 
Catherine is excited, honored, and humbled to be asked to emcee the Charlie Awards and can’t think of a better partner than Darrell Todd! 
 
(*Charlie Award recipient)
Darrell Todd
Darrell Todd is honored to be asked to co-host this year's Charlie Awards. "The Gaslight Theater is family, having kept lifelong friends even after moving away over 20 years ago. Looking back, my fondest memories of Enid involve the Gaslight." 
 
An active member of the Gaslight for nearly a decade before relocating to Oklahoma City, Darrell appeared in many productions beginning with My Three Angels directed by Catherine Johnston. To name a few of his favorite roles: Thisby in Midsummer Night's Dream; Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace; Leslie in Love, Sex and the I.R.S.; Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing; multiple characters in Greater Tuna (first play for Theater in the Park), Larry in OCTA contest entry Stops Along The Way and the villain roles in a couple of melodramas. He won Charlie awards for Best Supporting Actor as Ellard Sims in The Foreigner and Best Actor as Max in Lend Me a Tenor. 
 
"I'm blessed to have worked, played and partied with some of the wonderful people that are remembered with special awards at Gaslight. Gene Nash was a dignified father figure, Todd Smith always had a smile and a joke, Gene Riggs unfailingly ready to lend a hand, Ron O'Neil's efforts to bring theater back to the park. The theater was left with a great void with the loss of my friend and Gaslight mentor, Dave Abbott.
 
"But most importantly, the Gaslight is credited with introducing me to my wife of almost 25 years, Lou Anne. Meeting at the cast party for Lily, The Felon's Daughter after I had just performed as villain, Craven Sinclair."
 
Darrell is Art Director for an OKC marketing and PR firm. He and Lou Anne are proud parents of two college-aged sons, Tristan and Trinity. They have two granddaughters from Darrell's oldest son, Travis. An avid OKC Thunder fan and a life-long Green Bay Packer fan and shareholder, Darrell and family love to travel where they have just returned from a two week vacation to the United Kingdom.
“PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE” opens September 8

Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar...thus begins Gaslight’s 2017-18 season opener, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, written by Steve Martin and directed by Christianne Chase.  Witty, absurd, and delightful, this brilliant comedy asks the question, does inspiration come to both the scientist and the artist equally and in the same way?  The play’s premise of an accidental meeting between a young Albert Einstein (played by Matt Palmer) and Pablo Picasso (Jason Maly) is entirely fictional, and yet it springs from Martin’s fascination with the real-life ties between science and art, and how, as he puts it, “the process of great leaps is ultimately the same in both disciplines.” And although the premise is fictional, the location and many of the characters are not. S et in 1904, it is the period known as  La Belle Époque , when Paris was the world stage for innovation, science, technology, and the arts—a city which only 15 years earlier hosted the 1889 World’s Fair; the Eiffel Tower was built to serve as the grand entrance.

The Montemarte establishment Lapin Agile (the name means “nimble rabbit”) was a real bohemian watering hole frequented by writers and artists, including Picasso. The owner/bartender Freddy and his mistress Germaine are played by Brett Wilenzick and Angela Lyon. Mike Weatherford appears as Gaston, an elderly patron, and Leslie Newell plays Suzanne, a young woman who comes looking for Picasso. In the course of the evening, we encounter lots of interesting, quirky characters; an art dealer (Lewis Eggleston); an idiot inventor (Alex Ewald); and one more individual whose work will leave an indelible imprint on the 20 th century…a hip-swiveling, time-traveling young singer who just happens to be wearing blue suede shoes (Evan Chermack). Rounding out the cast are Donna Patocka and Gaslight newcomers Dimpel Sandhu and Michelle Harrison. Mitch Walters serves as Assistant Director, and the set is another brilliant creation by Mitch and Ken Kelsey. Whitney Hall handles the tech.

Because the play is performed without intermission in under 90 minutes, audience members are invited to join the cast in the lobby at the conclusion for live music—a sort of 1904 karaoke cabaret—and refreshments. Tickets are currently available online at www.gaslighttheatre.org. Performances are Sept. 8-9 and 15-16 at 8pm; Sunday Sept. 10 at 2pm and Thursday Sept. 14 at 7pm.
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