Dubai Drama Group presents ‘Steel Magnolias’ at The Courtyard Playhouse from 13 – 15 November

Dubai Drama Group is proud to present ‘Steel Magnolias’ by Robert Harling. The quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a southern slice of life that’s as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie! In the world of Truvy’s local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair. When tragedy strikes, it is in the familiar comfort of Truvy’s salon where they seek the solace and support that carries them through.

“Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving.” —NY Daily News.

“…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one.” —Drama-Logue.

“…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy.” —NY Post.

Thursday 13th November – 7pm

Friday 14th November  - 4pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 15th November – 4pm & 7.30pm

Venue: The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz. (Next to the Al Quoz Lime Tree Cafe and across the street from ‘Bounce’ – MAP)

RSVP online at http://courtyardplayhouse.com/whats-on/


Auditions – Steel Magnolias

Dubai Drama Group is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for its second show of the 2014/2015 season, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias.

Auditions are being held on August 21st and 23rd August from 6.30 PM in the ENOC Studio at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates. All parts are available. Be prepared to do cold readings from the script. If you prefer to do a monologue audition piece please feel free to prepare one, but you will still be asked to do the cold reading.

If necessary, call back auditions will be held on August the 25th or 26th.

Rehearsals will begin the first week of September allowing time for a bit of flexibility around the holidays with the show on running between 13th and 15th November over three evenings with 2 matinee performances. The Show is being directed by Bryan and Penny Mackenzie.

Due to the expected response from ladies planning on auditioning it is asked that (if possible) you email your headshot (passport type photo is fine) and filled in audition sheet to ddg.s.magnolias@gmail.com. If you don’t have professional headshots, a recent close-up photo of yourself will do. If you are not able to send in the audition sheet or headshot there will be audition forms at the audition.

We hope to see you at auditions.

AUDITION SIDES and CHARACTERS

Ouiser Boudreaux. To play 55 to late 60’s – Wealthy curmudgeon. Tough, ecdentric, accerbic but loveable.

OUISER: It’s not your fault, M’Lynn. I used to think that you were crazy for marrying that man. Then I thought you were a glutton for punishment. Now I realize that you must be on some mission from God. I have not slept in days. I look like a dog’s dinner. However, when I got up this morning, I decided I would try to rise above it. I would start anew. Whatever that man has done, I would overlook it in honor of your wedding day, Shelby. I thought I would make myself a little presentable and floss up the house in case somebody wanted to drop in… it bring a big day in the neighborhood and all. So I go out to my magnolia tree and there is not a bloom on it!

OUSIER: Shelby. I managed in just a few decades to marry the two most worthless men in the universe and proceed to have the three most ungrateful children ever conceived. The only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God. I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for forty years.

Clairee Belcher to play 55 to late 60’s – Widow of former mayor. Grande dame, elegant and sophisticated.

CLAIREE: Lloyd and I missed it to fifty years by three months. That stinker. Bless his heart. He tried. He just couldn’t make it. Shelby, I hope you and Jackson will be as happy as Lloyd and I were. We had such a good time. Until last November… at least he hung on through the state playoffs. I don’t miss the whirlwind of being the Mayor’s wife. It’s not easy being just one. I don’t like going to things by myself. It I go with another couple, I’m a third wheel. If I go with a friend, we’re just a couple of old biddies.

CLAIREE: Oh, child. Nobody won that year. There wasn’t even a Christmas festival when I was in high school. Why Jesus wasn’t even born until I was a junior in college. I remember it distinctly. My friends and I were all out watching our flocks by night….

Truvy Jones: to play 35 to 45 – Owner of the beauty shop. Vivacious, dispenses advice and hairspray!

TRUVY: Annelle? This is the most successful shop in town. Wanna know why? Because I have a strict philosophy that I have stuck to for fifteen years… “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” That’s why I’ve never lost a client to the Kut and Kurl or the Beauty Box. And remember! My ladies get only the best. Do not scrimp on anything. Feel free to use as much hair spray as you want.

TRUVY: Got me. Maybe she was praying for Marshall and Drew and Belle. Maybe she was praying for us because we were gossiping. Maybe she was praying because the elastic is shot in her pantyhose. Who knows? She prays at the drop of a hat these days. At Mardi Gras, she had her choice of going to a Bible weekend with her Sunday School class or to New Orleans with me and two other sinner. She left that Friday a pleasant, well-adjusted young lady and she returned on Tuesday a Christian.

M’Lynn Eatenton. To play 40 to 50’s – Shelby’s mother. Socially prominent career woman. Always knows what is best strong stubborn and heart of the play.

M’LYNN: He doesn’t have any idea what Valium is. The man prides himself on never having any tension. Which is amazing considering the amount he has created over the years… hm… listen to me. I’ve got to stop taking potshots at Drum all the time. He’s a good man, he’s crazy, but he’s a good man. Drum and I seem to be rediscovering those things that brought us together in the first place. I don’t know if we buried them or became blind to them. I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m lucky to have what I have… or luck to know what I have.

M’LYNN: No. I couldn’t leave my Shelby. I stayed there. I kept on pushing… just like I always have where Shelby was concerned… hoping she’d sit up and argue with me. But finally we all realized there was no hope. At that point I panicked. I was very afraid that I would not survive the next few minutes while they turned off the machines. Drum couldn’t take it. He left. Jackson couldn’t take it. He left. It struck me as amusing. Men are supposed to made of steel or something. But I could not leave. I just sat there… holding Shelby’s hand while the sounds got softer and the beeps got further apart until all was quiet. There was no noise, no tremble… just peace.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie. To play 20 to 25 – Prettiest girl in town. Loves pink strong willed and passionate.

SHELBY: We are awful. We are all hateful, awful people. Here all we’ve been talking about is weddings and psychotic animals. We’re been tearing you up inside, haven’t we? I can’t tell you how sorry I am. And you’ve had such a terrible time. Sometimes we don’t know how lucky we are. I know one thing I can do. Tonight, you are going to drop by my house and have some bleeding armadillo groom’s cake. It’s going to be a great party. I can’t stand the thought of someone being unhappy or alone tonight. And if you feel yourself start getting sad, just watch my husband dance. It’s very funny.

SHELBY: Mama. I don’t know why you have to make everything so difficult. I look at having this baby as the opportunity of a lifetime. Sure, there may be some risk involved. That’s true for anybody. But you get through it and life goes on. And when it’s all said and done there’ll be a little piece of immortality with Jackson’s good looks and my sense of style… I hope. Mama, please. I need your support. I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a life-time of nothing special.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto: to play 18 to 24 – Newly hired Beauty shop assistant. Moves from unsure to wild to religious.

ANNELLE: Everything is horrible. Bunkie… that’s my husband. He left. We only moved here a month ago. He just vanished last week. He took all the money, my jewelry, the car. Most of my clothes were in the trunk. He never paid the rent so I got thrown out of our house and had to move in at crazy old Mrs. Robeline’s. The police keep questioning me, but I don’t know anything. I need a job in the worst way and I didn’t know if you’d hire someone who may or may not be married to someone who might be a dangerous criminal. But I swear to you that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.

ANNELLE: Miss M’Lynn. I don’t mean to upset you by saying that. You see. When something like this happens, I pray very hard to make heads or tails of it. I think in Shelby’s case, she wanted to take care of that baby, of you, of everybody she knew… and her poor body was just worn out. It wouldn’t let her do everything she wanted to do. So she went on to a place where she could be a guardian angel. She will always be young. She will always be beautiful. And I personally feel much safer knowing she’s up there on my side. I know some people might think that sounds real simple and stupid… and maybe I am. But that’s how I get through things like this.


Relatively Speaking / Auditions / Farewell Party

This week, Dubai Drama Group presents its last show of the 2013/14 season; holds auditions for its October 2014 show; and takes part in an end-of-season social and farewell event organised for the performing arts community of Dubai.

‘Relatively Speaking’ opens this week! Don’t miss this classic comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. Tickets are on sale now at Time Out Tickets and the DUCTAC Box Office.

Relatively Speaking is a classic comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identity, with a very well-constructed plot and a slightly dark streak. A hit show, with reviews describing it as “deliciously heady,” “a near miracle,” and provoking “the proverbial gales of laughter.”

 

 

Auditions for ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

13th June – 12:00 pm to 2 pm
14th June – 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon
ENOC Studio, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates

(For information on how to get to DUCTAC, please visit http://www.ductac.org/contact.php)

Further details available on the Facebook event page.

Farewell Party / End-of-Season Social

Do come and join Dubai Drama Group and the rest of the Dubai Performing Arts Community as we celebrate the 2013/14 community arts season and bid farewell to our dear friends and colleagues, Aimée Hedley,Brook Butterworth, Gordon Torbet and Russell Bell.

When: 13th June 2014
Time: 9.00 PM to 12:00 (ish)
Where: Library Lounge, Radison Blu, Media City
Facebook Event Page


Tickets for ‘Relatively Speaking’ now on sale!

Don’t miss this production of Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy. Tickets are on sale now at Time Out Tickets and at the DUCTAC Box Office!

Relatively Speaking runs at the Kilachand Theatre in DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates from 11th to 14th June with a total of 6 performances. There will be four evening performances starting at 7.30 PM; doors open at 7 PM. The matinee shows on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June start at 4.30 PM; doors open at 4 PM. Tickets are priced at AED 90.

Dubai Drama Group’s production of ‘Relatively Speaking’ is made possible by the generous support of 7DAYS. The show is also supported by our official partners: Radio 2; Explorer Publishing; The Lime Tree Cafe; and Dubai London Clinic.

Relatively Speaking is a classic comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identity, with a very well-constructed plot and a slightly dark streak. A hit show, with reviews describing it as “deliciously heady,” “a near miracle,” and provoking “the proverbial gales of laughter.”


Call for Directors – 2014/2015 Season

Looking ahead to the 2014/15 season, Dubai Drama Group is looking for potential Directors for short plays and/or full length productions.

If you’re interested, please email info@dubaidramagroup.com with the following information.

  • What experience do you have of theatre/directing?
  • Are you interested in directing a full-length production? A one-act play? A short play? A DDG entry for Short+Sweet?
  • Do you have anything in mind? A particular play? Playwright? Genre?
  • When in the season would you be interested in directing? DDG’s first show would likely be in September/October; the last in early June.
  • If you have a particular project in mind, are there any challenges in terms of set/costume/props etc. to consider?

All proposals will be assessed by the DDG Committee and final decisions on the season made by the end of June.


Chekhov’s Cigarette – An Evening of Short Plays

 

Dubai Drama Group’s latest production is an evening of four short plays by Anton Chekhov, Ferenc Molnar and Alex Broun. The four plays range from serious drama to dark comedy and will have a total of five evening performances at thejamjar in Al Quoz from Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th April; doors open at 7 PM and the show commences at 7.30 PM. Entry to the show is by donation at the door.

This production is presented in association with thejamjar. Founded in 2005, thejamjar is a creative space that works to promote artists and support the development of Dubai’s arts scene through its extensive arts programme, educational initiatives, and community projects. The 4000 sq. ft. studio and gallery offers the region’s first Public DIY Painting Studio alongside a year round exhibition and events calendar presenting a diverse range of art forms, including visual art, film, music, theatre and more. For more information about the jamjar, including a location map, please visit http://www.thejamjardubai.com/

The Google Maps link to the venue can be found here.


Auditions

Open Auditions – Saturday 15th / Sunday 16th

This coming Saturday and Sunday, Dubai Drama Group is holding open auditions for two productions: an evening of short plays in early April and a production of ‘Relatively Speaking’ in June.

Both sets of auditions are being held at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates.

Saturday 15th Feb – Welcome/Briefing at 3.15 pm – top floor of DUCTAC main building

Sunday 16th Feb – Welcome/Briefing at 6.45 pm – top floor of DUCTAC main building

Further details for all the auditions can be found on our Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/DubaiDramaGroup/events


Auditions – Relatively Speaking – 15th/16th February

Auditions

‘Relatively Speaking’ by Alan Ayckbourn

Saturday 15th Feb from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Sunday 16th Feb – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

ENOC Studio, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates

Performances in June 2014

A classic comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identity, with a very well-constructed plot and a slightly dark streak. A hit show, with reviews describing it as “deliciously heady,” “a near miracle,” and provoking “the proverbial gales of laughter.”

“The sturdily-constructed work is a comedy of misunderstanding, embarrassment and human fraility.” – Daily Telegraph

“Its superb construction and its ingenious plotting have a timeless indestructibility.” – Daily Mail

Alan Ayckbourn is one of the most prolific and widely performed of living English language playwrights and a highly regarded theatre director. He has written 74 full length plays and has won Olivier, Tony and Molière Awards for his work.

Characters:
Greg and Ginny – the young lovers (20s)
Philip – Ginny’s former employer and ex-lover (40/50s)
Sheila – Philip’s wife (40/50s)

Further Information:

What time should I be there?

Please try to arrive fifteen minutes before the start of the audition slot i.e. at 3.15 PM on the 15th and at 6.45 PM on the 16th. This is so we can give a quick briefing to everyone before the auditions start.

Where should I go?

The audition welcome and briefing will be held on the top floor of DUCTAC near the stairs, fifteen minutes before the auditions commence.

If you arrive after the welcome/briefing, the auditions themselves will be held in the ENOC Studio at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates. Please visit ductac.org for directions to DUCTAC. If you have any problems finding the room simply ask at the DUCTAC reception counter in the main foyer.

How long will it take?

Due to the format of the auditions, you may be asked to read more than once with different people. Therefore please allow time for this.

What should I bring?

Please bring along a passport photo. When you arrive, there is a simple audition form that will need to be filled in.

What will the format be?

As this is an ensemble piece, it is important to see how you interact with other actors. We will therefore have people read sections of the play with other actors. You may be asked to read different sections of the play with different actors.

What should I prepare?

Audition pieces are can be downloaded from http://www.dubaidramagroup.com/faq/audition-information-relatively-speaking/

You do not need to learn these beforehand; however, we do suggest becoming familiar with them.

As this play has a very clear English setting, you need to be able to do an English accent or at least be willing on working on one over the rehearsal process.

(Please note that these sections of the script are shared only for the purpose of audition preparation. Please do not share them or distribute them further.)

If I get the part, when do I need to be available?

Rehearsals normally take place on evenings and weekends. In March, April and early May this would likely only consist of one or two rehearsals per week.

The performances will be on June 12th – 14th. It is therefore essential that you are available for regular rehearsals in late May and the first two weeks of June.

I’ve got a holiday booked during the rehearsal period. Can I still audition?

Yes – provided you are available for the majority of the rehearsal period and for the final few weeks before the performances.

If I don’t get a part, is there any other way I can get involved?

Absolutely. We are always looking for assistance with lighting; sound; marketing; sponsorship; costumes; set; front-of-house; backstage and other aspects of productions.

What if I have other questions?

Please email info@dubaidramagroup.com


Call for Directors – April 2014

Interested in Directing?

Call for Directors – April 2014

Dubai Drama Group is looking for potential Directors for a performance of one act / short plays in early April.

If you are interested, please email info@dubaidramagroup.com with some brief information about your directing or theatrical experience.

You do not need to have a specific play in mind, as we can suggest some potential scripts.

If you have a specific play in mind, please provide some information about this as follows:

Short Plays or One Act Plays that you would be interested in directing/producing
Cast Size of your proposed project(s)
Any specific Tech Requirements for the project(s)
Any specific, challenging or unusual Set/Costume/Prop/Staging Requirements for the project(s).


Thank You

Well done to the cast & crew of ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’ for a wonderful production.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to:

Our Title Sponsor: 7DAYS

Our Event Partners: Radio 2; Explorer Publishing; Dubai London Clinic; The Lime Tree Cafe; and DUCTAC.

Dubai International Academy

Creative Force

Jon Poole

Kapythel LLC

Cityland Tailors

Guillaume Nallet

Mike Green

Lara Matossian-Roberts

American School of Dubai

Thank you all for your support for community theatre in Dubai.