The Board of Ozark Actors Theatre is thrilled to introduce the theatre’s new Artistic Director, A. S. Freeman. Alex took the artistic helm in January 2017 and has begun work with OAT’s Managing Director, Stephenie Moser, and the directors for the summer to ensure OAT’s 30th Anniversary Season is a smashing success worthy of OAT’s long history. He is thrilled his career has allowed him to stay in the Midwest to continue making the art he loves. He is excited to work with OAT patrons, sponsors, and the community at large to plan theatrical programming and guide the long term artistic vision for OAT. Exciting things are in store!
Alex is currently completing his MFA in Directing at Western Illinois University, where he will be directing Peter and the Starcatcher this spring. He served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Theatre Ensemble of Nashville, where he directed critically acclaimed productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest. For the past eight summers, he has called Chillicothe, OH, home, where he has worked on the epic outdoor drama Tecumseh!, a destination production for generations of Ohio families. He first began at Tecumseh! as a performer and technician, and most recently as the Assistant Director and Production Stage Manager. He has also directed The Tempest and As You Like It for the Scioto Society, Inc. As a playwright and director, his work has been seen on stages across the country, including productions in Chicago, and off-off-Broadway in New York City. Check out Alex’s website to learn more at asfreeman.squarespace.com. Reach out to welcome Alex at Artistic@OzarkActorsTheatre.org or drop a message on OAT’s Facebook page.
The casting process for this summer’s season begins with local auditions in Rolla on February 4th and 5th. Those interested in auditioning in person or via video for the summer season can find instructions and information on OAT’s website at www.OzarkActorsTheatre.org/about-us/auditions/. We are also looking for backstage and technical crew for the summer, please contact Stephenie@OzarkActorsTheatre.org for additional information. In addition to local auditions, OAT staff will be in attendance at MidWest Theatre Auditions in St. Louis in mid-February. This season’s productions require actors of all ages: young adults and also adult roles- as parents of high school teens, and all are highly encouraged to audition for the season.
The summer season’s first show, Footloose, runs from June 22 – July 2. OAT is pleased to announce that Erik Bloomquist will direct. OAT’s new Artistic Director will take on directing responsibility for On Golden Pond which runs from July 13 – 23. The final show of the season will see John Contini return to OAT to direct I Do! I Do!, running from August 3 – 13.
Erik Bloomquist is a two-time Emmy nominated writer/director/producer and former Top 200 Director on HBO’s Project Greenlight. Recent directing credits include The 39 Steps at The Ivoryton Playhouse, Heathers: The Musical at Trinity College (where Erik is on faculty), and the television series,The Cobblestone Corridor (for which he serves as creator, writer, director, executive producer and actor).
John Contini recently won the St. Louis Theatre Circle Award as Best Director for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for St. Louis Actors’ Studio, was the Artistic Associate Director for Avalon Theatre Company for 5 years, and has directed for Bluff City Theatre (Hannibal, MO), Insight Theatre (St. Louis), and Dramatic License (Chesterfield, MO). As an actor, John has appeared in more than 200 productions throughout the Midwest and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for 40 years.
Season Subscriptions are on sale now! For less than what you pay for one show in larger cities, you can see all three professional shows that also include local talent at OAT this summer. Looking for that perfect gift for someone who has everything? How about the gift of theatre? Check out the secure online Box Office at OzarkActorsTheatre.org.
OAT is also currently accepting registration for auditions for So You Think You Can Dance: Rolla. Dancers of all styles, ages, and levels are welcome for this mock up of the tv show. Audition registrations are accepted through February 24th at http://www.ozarkactorstheatre.org/about-us/auditions/. Make plans to attend the March 11th performance at 7:30pm to see the area’s talented dancers and vote for your favorites.
Don’t miss out on family friendly improvised comedy at Stop Making Sense Improv’s “Let’s Get It Started Show” on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm at OAT’s Cedar Street Playhouse. Stop Making Sense Improv is on the hunt for new team members. Check out their Facebook page for information on February 13th auditions.
OAT’s Summer Theatre Academy will be returning this June to provide training in theatre skills for actors ages 6-16. The focus will be on acting, including some singing and choreography, plus the rehearsal and performance of both plays and musicals, and how to audition. Each weeklong session will be led by professional actors and teaching artists and culminate in a Saturday performance on the Cedar Street Playhouse stage.
There’s always something happening at Cedar Street Playhouse! Keep track of what Alex and Stephenie have planned on Ozark Actors Theatre’s Facebook page and website.