The Redroom–What is it? (audience version)

Posted in The Redroom on April 26th, 2009 by kellinewby

Model

The Main Street Stage lobby has fairly close quarters and there are already ten people milling around when you come in around 8:20.  There’s an old fashioned radio playing music, a girl lying on the sofa in the window, and people with sketch pads drawing her.  You pay your $10.00 to a woman in a boa and make your way to the counter for a glass of wine, some bread and brie, a piece of cake and some grapes.  The woman pouring the wine asks how you found out about the Redroom and invites you to draw–why not?

Over the next forty minutes more people filter in.  Some are talking, some are drawing.  It seems like the kind of place where you could talk to a stranger.  There is a constant scurrying in and out of the theatre (which is still blocked off by a black curtain) and sometimes you hear a sound check or a song over top of the conversations and lobby music.  Then, the people you’ve picked out as performers all exit the lobby.  The model gets up off the couch and invites everyone into the theatre.

The show begins.  It is fast paced–there’s a little skit at the beginning, then a musician, then someone reads a poem, then another skit, then the musician again, a free style rapper who makes up raps based on topics given to him by the audience, an accordion player, a dance, another reading, a man telling a dream, and back to the musician.

Some things work.  Some things don’t, but it moves fast.  You can hear the scurrying around backstage of the performers.  There is occasionally a pause, a lot of scurrying and someone appearing on stage, a little flustered and the show barrels forward.   Finally, all the performers walk on stage and invite you, the audience, to sing a long with them.

sing-a-long

They take a bow and run into the lobby, where people mingle and chat as they had before the show.

As you leave the cast tells you to come back again.  Next time, they tell you, it will be a completely different show…

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Looking ahead to Summer 2009

Posted in Summer 2009 on April 26th, 2009 by kellinewby

The summer begins in about a week.

May 8th and 9th we hold auditions for Twelfth Night (set in 1969).

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will run:

  • July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30.
  • Pay-what-you-can community nights on July 30th and August 13.
  • 2:00 Matinees on August 9 and 16.

Tickets are $20.00 ($15.00 for seniors and $10.00 for students).  Reservations strongly encouraged.

The Redroom season began last weekend.  We’ll be running once a month in conjunction with Downstreet Art openings (with the exception of July when the Downstreet opening corresponds with tech week for 12th Night).

Current Dates:

  • May 16th–Most Offensive Redroom
  • June 25th–Featuring Cafe Trio Budapest
  • July 11th–Featuring stand-up comedian Rick Conety
  • August 27th–tentatively a musical review that will run three nights.
  • September 24th
  • October 15th

Incidentally, we are booking acts for the Redroom.  If you know anyone who is interested in being a featured performer (musician, comedian, magician, acrobat, sword swallower, whatever) , drop a line to redroom@mainstreetstage.org.

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