TAP’s Spring Show Announced!
TAP to Stage A Little Night Music in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
At the Mead Center for American Theater in June 2012
Auditions to be held in March
The Arlington Players (TAP) is excited to announce its Spring 2012 production will be Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music to be presented in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center for American Theater. The change in musical and venue is due to the temporary closing of the Thomas Jefferson Theater in Arlington, which sustained damage from the earthquake that shook the Washington DC area in August 2011. A Little Night Music replaces the planned production of Cats, which is now postponed to next season, when the Thomas Jefferson Theater is expected to be once again available for such a large dance musical.
Additionally, the dates of the Spring production have changed from their originally planned April 13-28, 2012 to June 1-17, 2012. Three additional performances have been added for theater goers to compensate for the fact that the Kogod Cradle seats 200, compared to the 355 seat house at Thomas Jefferson Theater.
TAP president Nikki Hoffpauir says, “We are so excited to revisit Stephen Sondheim with A Little Night Music. TAP has a long history of interpreting Mr. Sondheim’s work, and we are delighted that Christopher Dykton and his team will be able to present this piece. The change in venue and looking for a good artistic choice for a different space has proved to be a challenge this year. We are grateful for all the support we have received from Arlington County, Arena Stage’s staff at the Mead Center, and our artistic team as we try to face what nature has given us. We value both our old and new partnerships and friends as we try to stage our spring musical.”
“I’m very excited,” says Dykton, who will both direct and choreograph A Little Night Music. “After having staged Follies in 2009, getting a chance to do Sondheim again with Night Music is a gift. It’s been on my short list of shows to present for many years – I love the score and it’s such a strong book. Life is change and this is very unexpected. I look forward to getting going on this.” Mr. Dykton has previously staged Sondheim for TAP with his productions of Saturday Night and Follies.
Based on an Ingmar Bergman film, A Little Night Music has a book by Hugh Wheeler and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim. This romantic farce centers on three mismatched couples in Sweden. Desiree Armfeldt, an actress, is having an affair with Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm who is married to Countess Charlotte Malcolm. Frederik Egerman, a lover from Desiree's past, is married to the young and virginal Anne. Henrik Egerman, Frederik's son and a divinity student, is in loved with his stepmother Anne. The romantic comedy of errors and intrigue features such characters as Anne’s saucy maid Petra, Desiree's worldly wise mother Madame Armfeldt, and Desiree's daughter, Frederika. It is a story of love, humor, self-discovery, and timing amidst gossip and intrigue in the land of the midnight sun. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1973 and received five Tony awards including best book, best music and lyrics, and best musical. (Description is taken in part from Sondheim.com)
Auditions will take place in March 2012. The director will cast 14 singing actors (five male, nine female), age ranging 14-70. Singing actors of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to audition. In addition, four to six non-singing/non-speaking actors will be part of the production. A Little Night Music will be produced by John K. Monnett, with direction and choreography by Christopher Dykton and music direction by John-Michael d’Haviland. Stay tuned for more updates.
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The Mead Center for American Theater is a state-of-the-art three-theater venue that is home to Arena Stage, a not-for-profit professional theater company that serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000 and is a national center dedicated to the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. With the opening of its expanded facility in 2010, the Mead Center became the second largest performing arts complex in Washington, DC. www.arenastage.org.
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For information on TAP and A Little Night Music, go to The Arlington Players Web site, www.thearlingtonplayers.org
For information on A Little Night Music, go to http://sondheim.com/works/a_little_night_music/
For information on the director’s approach to this piece, go to the director’s blog at Directorctd.wordpress.com
If you have production or audition questions or would like to get involved with the production in another way, email NightMusic@thearlingtonplayers.org