WCC Presents: The Nutcracker!

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WCC Presents: The Nutcracker!

The beautiful classic The Nutcracker will be performed December 2nd and 3rd at 7pm in Deland at the Stetson Theatre.  Wilde Coward Company is excited to produce this wonderful piece from our collective artistic tapestry.

Everyone knows the Nutcracker: the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker toy as they travel one Christmas night to the mythical Candyland.  They find the home of the splendiferous Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and all the delightful sweets.

Join us, won't you?  This lovely ballet will be performed for two nights only so get your tickets today!  

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Nutcracker Casting!

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Nutcracker Casting!

Congratulations to all our amazing dancers and performers!  Your auditions were incredible and we're excited to have you part of our cast!!

ACT ONE

Christmas Eve

Clara - Kaiya Morgan

Clara Under Study - Mollie Lemelin

The Matron - Rachel Terhune

The Orphans - Sarah Belden, Caera Englehart, Alysia Gwynn, Elayna Harvey, Mischa Henderson, Mollie Lemelin, Payton Morgan, Kalie Pichelman, Genya Redondo, Giselle Redondo, Sarah Remache, Jamie Shelmire, Courtney Taylor, Kiana Tiscareno

Mrs. Drosselmeyer- Kendell Tramont

Harlequinn Dolls - Rachel Brown, Zoey Mansour, Alyssa Myers, Ana Myers

Jacks in the box - Jalexys Ayala, Nialynn Felix, Gabriella Gallentine

The Nutcracker - Kevin Ruehlen

Mice - Sarah Belden, Caera Englehart, Elayna Harvey, Payton Morgan, Giselle Redondo, Sarah Remache

Rats - Alysia Gwynn, Zoey Mansour, Alyssa Myers, Ana Myers, Kiana Tiscareno

Soldiers - Mischa Henderson, Kalie Pichelman, Genya Redondo, Jamie Shelmire, Mollie Lemelin

Rat King - Jalexys Ayala

Snow Queen - Courtney Taylor

Snow Queen Under Study - Rachel Brown

Snowflake Soloists (pointe) - Nialynn Felix, Gabriella Gallentina

Snowflake corps (Flat) - Jalexys Ayala, Rachel Brown, Alysia Gwynn, Mischa Henderson, Zoey Mansour, Alyssa Myers, Ana Myers, Jamie Shelmire

ACT TWO

The Land of the Sweets

Angels - Sarah Belden, Payton Morgan, Caera Englehart, Giselle Redondo, Sarah Remache

Seraphim - Elayna Harvey

Sugar Plum Fairy - Kendell Tramont

Spanish Soloist - Gabriella Gallentine

Spanish Corps - Mischa Henderson, Alyssa Myers

Arabian Peacock - Caera Englehart

Arabian Corps - Rachel Brown, Alysia Gwynn

Chinese - Zoey Mansour, Jamie Shelmire

Russian - Jalexys Ayala, Nialynn Felix, Sarah Remache

Marzipan Soloists - Ana Myers, Courtney Taylor

Marzipan Corps - Mollie Lemelin, Kalie Pichelman, Genya Redondo, Kiana Tiscareno

Mother Ginger - Rachel Terhune

Bon Bons - Sarah Belden, Elayna Harvey, Payton Morgan, Giselle Redondo

Dew Drop Fairy - Rachel Brown

Dew Drop Fairy Under Study - Courtney Taylor

Flower Soloists (Pointe) - Nialynn Felix, Gabriella Gallentine

Flower Corps - Jalexys Ayala, Alysia Gwynn, Mischa Henderson, Zoey Mansour, Alyssa Myers, Ana Myers, Jamie Shelmire, Courtney Taylor

 

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WCC Presents: God of Carnage!

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WCC Presents: God of Carnage!

Two children engage in an “altercation.” Someone gets hit with a stick. It’s time for the parents to discuss, and how do they handle it? This is the premise for the Wilde Coward Company’s latest theatrical production, Yasmina Reza’s vicious comedy, God of Carnage. A Broadway darling, God of Carnage skewers the polite society we’ve all bought into and boils four people down to their basest forms. The image of the perfect PTA meeting and well-mannered play dates becomes a broiling onslaught of marriage issues and childish shenanigans.

“We’re supposed to be the adults in this situation,” says Sara Humbert, one of the actresses who portray a parent in question. “We’re supposed to be civil, and we just become a mess.” The two sets of parents soon devolve into squabbling children themselves.

“Loyalties become mixed,” adds director Dr. Julie Schmitt, “the couples break away from each other and it becomes women versus men, three against one, and so forth.”

And at the root of it is the question of how far does politeness go? How long can our characters keep up the façade of prim and proper members of society as they decide how to handle their rambunctious children? The answer is: not long.

Rehearsals have been a challenging experiment as the four leads try to find the humor and darkness of their comedy. One of the actors, David Lowe, has children very similar in age to the kids talked about in the show and he can commiserate with our beleaguered parents.

“I’ve met plenty of people like these characters,” says Lowe. “They all put on a good face, but deep down they’re furious or flippant or just a ball of raw emotions.”

Do we ever rise above our rudimentary nature? Can we get past being the spoiled princess, the bully, the know-it- all, or any other of those first personalities children give a try? Wilde Coward Company’s God of Carnage is going to take a shot at answering those questions in the most ridiculous way possible.

WCC’s production of God of Carnage goes up July 15 th and runs for two weekends. Fridays and Saturdays (July 15, 16, 22, 23) at 7PM, and Sundays (July 17 & 24) at 2PM. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and can be purchased at wildecoward.com/tickets. Some language may not be suitable for younger audiences. They are located in beautiful Venetian Bay off of SR 44 (424 Luna Bella Ln, Suite 120, New Smyrna). Please contact WCC at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227- 7444 for questions.

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WCC: Nutcracker 2016 AUDITIONS!

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WCC: Nutcracker 2016 AUDITIONS!

We're excited to be producing our very own Nutcracker this holiday season.  This beautiful, classic ballet is the foundation of any dancer's education and it is a beautiful spectacle to behold.  We're holding auditions for all ages and skill levels.  Auditions are being held July 30th!  More information on when your age group auditions is in the document below.

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Summer Camp 2016!

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Summer Camp 2016!

We're ready to enroll for our summer day camps beginning June 2016!  These are for kids ages 5-13 and are being held from 9am-4pm.  We do have early arrival options available as well as sibling discounts.  

June 6th-10th - Around the World!
June 13th-17th - At the Movies!
June 20th-24th - A Trip to the Zoo!
June 27th-July 1st - Fun in the Sun!

And in July we're doing focused in intensives for ages 9-16 in Art, Dance & Theatre.  

July 11th-15th - Dance Intensive
July 18th-22nd - Art Intensive
July 25th-29th - Theatre Intensive

Each week can be registered for $150, or you can do the whole month of June for $500 or July for $350.  

Contact us today for questions and registration!  wildecoward@gmail.com and 386-227-7444

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WCC Presents: Steel Magnolias!

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WCC Presents: Steel Magnolias!

Steel Magnolias may be one of the most honest portrayals of female friendships brought to stage,” voices Jo Yadanza, co-director of the Wilde Coward Company’s latest production.  WCC, based out of New Smyrna Beach, is staging an intimate portrayal of Robert Harling’s perennial classic April 8-10, and 15-17 at their studio in Venetian Bay.

Set in Chinquapin, Louisiana in Truvy Jones’ beauty salon, the audience gets to enjoy the highs and lows of six phenomenal women.  Steel Magnolias has been performed thousands of times across the country, as well as in Ireland, Sweden, and Japan.  It has been made into an award-winning motion picture, two television productions, and multiple runs on Broadway.  “This story is enduring,” says Yadanza.  “Anyone can relate to friendship, family, comedy, tragedy.  It’s got it all.”

Steel Magnolias does have it all, including six fiery personalities that stand out in an ensemble cast.  “Each role is a bucket-list role,” says Rosemary Shaw, Daytona, “I’ve personally wanted to play Ouiser Boudreaux forever.”  The cast is made up talented ladies across Central Florida, all fans of the well-known play.  They’re also a wide range of actors, from newcomer Hannah Hendrickson to veteran Rockie Kobrin.  A few are WCC alumni, such as Suzanne Pieri, with a couple of new faces like Missy Barnes.

And while they’re all fans of the film, they’re definitely bringing their own spin to the play.  “For those who have only seen the movie,” another cast member Larissa Roberts, Deland says, “The stage play has a little more insight.  Some more tidbits into these women’s lives.”  It’s deeply moving and funny, and perfect for the intimate setting WCC has chosen for it.  They’re transforming one of their studio rooms into Truvy’s beauty shop, bringing the audience in close for all the gossip and fun.  It will be held blackbox style with limited seating for the six performances.  Staff members of the Wilde Coward Company are recommending tickets be purchased ASAP so as not to miss its short run. 

This warm and touching production of Steel Magnolias will be staged at the Wilde Coward Company in Venetian Bay, NSB from April 8-10 and 15-17.  Fridays and Saturday performances are at 7PM, Sunday matiness at 2PM.  Tickets are only $15 adults, $12 students, and can be purchased online at www.wildecoward.com/tickets, or by contacting their box office at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444.

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MATER CLASS: Improv with Kevin Kearney!

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MATER CLASS: Improv with Kevin Kearney!

WCC is proud to host the amazing Kevin Kearney and his master class of Improv skills.  This is an incredible useful tool for anyone wanting to get into theatre, comedy, or just hone public speaking skills.  Any time you're able to think quickly on your feet is going to giving you an advantage in a situation, and that's what Mr. Kearney is going to assist with.  This class is for beginners and intermediates, although we'd very much like to host an advanced class in the future.

Kevin Kearney has been performing and directing Long Form Improv for 14 years.  He performed improv with the Titanic Players at Northwestern University where he studied theatre and improvisation.  While at Northwestern, Kevin performed in over 100 improvised shows, including 3 national tours.  As Senior Director for Titanic Northwestern 2005-2006, Kevin coached the team that went on to win the national championship at the College Improv Tournament.  At Stetson University, Kevin founded a new chapter of the Titanic Players (the country's largest and most successful collegiate long form improv organization), where he currently oversees the coaching and casting of all the university's improv teams.  

This master class is being held March 26th at 6PM in the Noel.  Tickets purchased in advance are only $25, at the door $30.  Visit our tickets page for purchase: www.wildecoward.com/tickets

 

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AUDITIONS: Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

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AUDITIONS: Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

Our long awaited production Steel Magnolias is commencing this spring with auditions on Feb 15th & 16th at 7PM at the WCC Studio.  This magnificent classic is the story of sisterhood and heart as six incredible women in Chinquapin, LA gather to gossip, grieve, and gush at their local salon.  Lifelong friends, the characters are unforgettable and dynamic women.  As Robert Harling once described them: "female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel."  This is a show that will resound with all audiences.

6F - Ages 20-70
Monologues are not necessary for auditions, but if you have something prepared, we're more than willing to take a look.  Cold readings will take place. 

For more information about auditions, please contact us at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444

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AUDITIONS: X

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AUDITIONS: X

We're heading into our next show, a dance production called X.  This commemorates our 10th season and will feature fan favorites from our previous shows, plus new pieces.  We're very excited about this anniversary show!  How many dance troupes make it to 10 years in operation?  We're extremely lucky and want to celebrate all the artists that have participated in our continuing success through the seasons.

Auditions will be held on January 9th from 1pm-3pm (may run late based on turnout).  Ages begin at 10-years and go to adult.  For more details, click on the image of our audition flier or contact us at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444.

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WCC Presents: The Picture of Dorian Gray!

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WCC Presents: The Picture of Dorian Gray!

The Wilde Coward Company of New Smyrna Beach is in full swing for their next production, The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde and adapted by John Osborne.  This classic story by Wilde is the tale of an enchanted painting belonging to the young Dorian Gray.  It grants him immortality but with a steep cost.  Typically seen as a thriller, especially in its 1945 film version, the implications of Dorian’s dark deeds go even further than mere thrills and chills.

                “It’s a morality tale,” says director, Rachel Yadanza, “It shows the downfall of an obsession with youth and beauty.”  For this universal theme, WCC has chosen to pull the play out of its standard 19th century time period and play it more modern day.

                For the upgrade, a little of the language has been changed and some roles have been gender-swapped.  Rockie Kobrin, local community theatre veteran, has taken the role of “Aunt Georgina Fermor,” head of the family rather than the original “Lord Fermor.”  And she’s just as formidable.

                Many of the parts are the same as an audience would expect, with the show being carried by Clinton McChesney, Deland, as Lordy Henry; Adam Robert, Deland, as Basil Hallward; and of course Javad Osivand, Daytona Beach, as the titular Dorian Gray.  This is the first show for Osivand in several years.

                “It’s been quite an undertaking,” says Osivand, “Dorian is complex and twisted and weird.  I like the challenge.”  The melodrama of the show is not lost either, especially personified in Dorian’s tragic love, Sybil Vane, played by Nicole Mericle, Deltona.

                “She’s young and impressionable,” says Mericle, “Very sweet, but kind of not aware what she’s gotten herself into.”

                WCC is excited to present the incredible story of The Picture of Dorian Gray.  To find out if love conquers all or if Dorian succumbs to his flawed sense of self, see it at the Shoestring Theatre in Lake Helen, FL on December 11, 12, and 13.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm, and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30pm.  Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and can be purchased at the door or online at www.wildecoward.com/tickets.  For more information, please feel free to contact the WCC at wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444

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Winter Day Camp!

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Winter Day Camp!

We're excited to announce our next set of day camps at the Wilde Coward Company Studio.  Much like our summer camps, these will have an emphasis on art, theatre, and film with a few surprises thrown in as well.  We'll be holding the camps Mon-Wed on the two weeks most county schools are closed, from 9am-4pm with early arrival available.  Children must bring their own lunches but all other supplies will be provided for by WCC.  Each week is $150 per student, or $250 for both weeks (sibling discounts available as well).  Geared toward children ages 5-13, we're ready to host some brilliant activities and have a terrific time!

Space is limited, sign up today!  wildecoward@gmail.com or 386-227-7444

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