Virginia Rep and the Weinstein JCC will bring the real Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Richmond

Sunday, September 21  at 2:00 p.m.

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“Always smile and be cheerful, you are loved”
— Mark St. Germain, Becoming Dr. Ruth

Erin Mahone

Erin Mahone, Director of Cultural Arts and Jewish Education at the Weinstein JCC

The Weinstein JCC had the honor of being a Community Partner for last year’s smash hit – Fiddler on the Roof at Virginia Rep. So when they approached me several months about the Weinstein JCC partnering on Becoming Dr. Ruth of course I said yes – even though I wasn’t really familiar with the show itself. I thought it might be a fun, nostalgic romp down memory lane. I remembered watching Dr. Ruth with my Bubbe (grandmother) as a child on daytime talk shows in the 80’s. She always struck me as a funny, joyful woman who made people smile with her small stature, her strong accent, and her BIG personality! At that age I didn’t really know what she was actually talking about – but I remembered her fondly and I knew our community did as well. So we happily embarked upon this partnership as Virginia Rep. has been a great partner in the past.

However, through this process the more I have learned about the dear doctor the more admiration I have developed for her. Seeing the show on opening night was a deeply moving and inspiring experience. Eileen DeSandre skillfully embodied, Dr. Ruth who the audience discovers is a brave, strong and loving person. What I initially thought would be a gentle trip down memory lane was in fact a timely, inspiring story of perseverance against enormous odds, finding humor in pain, the deep human need for love, and a fearless pursuit of self discovery. Through her journey this amazing woman has experienced enormous loss, disappointment, redirection, love and success. Hers is a story for us all to hear and remember in our most frightening moments of self-doubt, self-pity, and loss. I am grateful to have been able to hear that message and even more so to Bruce Miller, Phil Whiteway – and everyone at Va. Rep for bringing this story to our Richmond audience.

The Weinstein JCC Patrons of the Arts regularly tells Jewish stories and highlights Jewish artists – but we hope that these stories are universal in their appeal and touch the lives of people from all backgrounds. We are proud to partner with Va. Rep. on Becoming Dr. Ruth for this very reason and we look forward to future opportunities to share in great theatre!

By Erin Mahone

RTCC Awards 2014

logo_rtccThe Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) has announced nominations for the Seventh Annual RTCC “Artsies” awards for the 2013-14 season, recognizing achievement in the local professional theater community and raising money for a local charitable fund.

The Circle will hold a black-tie awards gala at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre. The event, which raises money for the Richmond Theater Artists Fund, will feature musical performances from productions nominated for Best Musical as well as an original song penned by the masters of ceremonies, local actors Debra Clinton and Jason Marks.

Formal attire is encouraged for the awards ceremony, which is open to the public.
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A new category is most promising newcomer, says David Timberline, event chairman and a theater critic for Style Weekly.

Also the RTCC has chosen the Acts of Faith festival, the largest faith-based theater festival in the United States, as the recipient of the annual Liz Marks Memorial Award for its ongoing contributions to Richmond-area theater.

Voters for the awards include Timberline, Rich Griset (Style Weekly), Julinda Lewis (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Bruce Levy (Show Biz Radio), and a recent addition to the Circle, Jerry Williams (TVJerry.com/WRIR). Non-voting members of the organization of local theater critics include Tony Farrell (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Liz Jewett (Richmond.com), Jen Maciulewicz (GayRVA.com), Matt Miller (GayRVA.com), John Porter (WCVE-FM) and Joan Tupponce (One Woman’s View). Circle members must have seen at least two-thirds of the locally-produced shows during the last season in order to vote.

Auditions for They’re Playing Our Song

August 24 and 25, 2014

Directed and Choreographed by Jan Guarino

Rehearsals will begin on or around: October 6, 2014

Performance Dates: November 7, 2014 – January 4 , 2015 at Hanover Tavern

Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 24 and Monday, August 25 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm and will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220. 

Auditions are by appointment only*.  Please email casting@va-rep.org to sign up for an appointment unless you already have an appointment for Mame auditions.

*Auditions are being combined with auditions for Virginia Rep’s MAME, and you DO NOT need to sign up for two slots.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Also be prepared to dance.

 

Please direct questions to casting@va-rep.org

 

All performers will be paid. Union and Non-union.

Casting the following roles:

VERNON GERSCH  Baritenor; Composer, loosely based on Marvin Hamlisch; charming

MALE CHORUS   Three male singer/ dancers with various ranges

FEMALE CHORUS   Three female singer/ dancers with various ranges

*The role of Sonia Walsk is CAST

 

Auditions for Mame

Mame

Starring Emily Skinner

Directed and Choreographed by Patti D’Beck
Music Direction by John Winn

Rehearsals will begin on or around: October 13, 2014
Performance Dates: November 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 24 and Monday, August 25 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm nd will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please e-mail casting@va-rep.org to sign up for an appointment.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Also be prepared to dance.

Please direct questions to casting@va-rep.org

 

All performers will be paid. Union and Non-union.

Casting the following roles:

YOUNG PATRICK        male;8-12, Mame’s nephew; boy belt               

MR. BABCOCK            male;45-65

ITO                              male;20-35; Mame’s butler; Baritone

BEAU                           male;35-55; Wealthy Southern Gentleman; Baritone

LINDSAY                      male; 35-55

PATRICK                     male; 19-29; Mame’s nephew grown up; Baritone          

ENSEMBLE                  male and female singer/ dancers of all ages

*The roles of MAME, AGNES GOOCH, and VERA CHARLES are CAST.

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