LightBox presents the world premiere of “The Super Cilantro Girl”

TURLOCK — LightBox Theatre Company is starting its second season with “The Super Cilantro Girl,” a world premiere production based on the works of U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

“The Super Cilantro Girl” is an original script written by Dr. Arnold Anthony Schmidt, a professor of English at Stanislaus State. The play will follow Herrera’s visit to the Carnegie Arts Center on Sept. 18 as a keynote speaker as part of the Center’s centennial celebration.

The play, targeted for young audiences, will take the stage Oct. 14-23 at the Loft Theatre at the Carnegie Arts Center in Downtown Turlock.

“The Super Cilantro Girl” revolves around the lives of a family of migrant workers: 12-year-old Esmeralda, her younger brother Juanito, Papi, and Mamá. After years on the road, full of hard work and adventures, the family can finally settle down.  Now the children must attend new schools, learn a new language, and find their places in the world.  Along the way, they discover the power of words and the imagination, as well as the importance of their Mexican-American heritage and its place in California’s Central Valley.

LightBox Theatre Company co-founders Stefani Tsai and Eric Broadwater are directing and designing the production, respectively. The play features local actors from the community and Stanislaus State.

“We are fortunate to be able to work with Dr. Schmidt and Mr. Herrera in presenting this original production to our young audiences,” Tsai said. “One of our missions is to produced adaptations of children’s literature and to develop new works that reflect the history, stories, and culture of our diverse community. ‘The Super Cilantro Girl’ definitely does all of that.”

Last October, LightBox Theatre Company made its debut on the local theatre scene with its presentation of “Bunnicula” before a follow-up this past April with “The

Reluctant Dragon.” Each production attracted more than 700 people attending public or school performances.


Audition information for The Super Cilantro Girl

Dates for Auditions for our 2016 Fall show, The Super Cilantro Girl, are Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 for callbacks. Please see below for more information, including roles available and cast requirements.

If you are interested in auditioning for this production, please contact Stefani Overman-Tsai at stefani@lightboxforyouth.org or call (209) 417-6643.

Production: The Super Cilantro Girl

Audition Dates & Times: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 6-9 p.m.; Callbacks: Thursday, Aug. 18, 6-9 p.m.

Audition Location: Main Stage Theatre, Stanislaus State, Turlock

Audition Requirements
Actors auditioning should be versatile in comedic and dramatic technique. Actors should prepare a 1-2 minute comedic monologue and will be expected to cold read from the script.

Cast Requirements

  • All actors must be available to perform during the week on Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19 for school performances (see schedule above).
  • Actors should be at least 16 years of age.
  • Small stipends will be offered for the run of the show: $150 non-principle role, $200 principle role
  • Non-principle roles will need to be available to rehearse 2-3 hours, 3-4 times/week, and the full week of tech rehearsal
  • Principle roles will need to be available to rehearse 3-4 hours, 4-5 times/week, and the full week of tech rehearsal
  • Please fill out the Audition Form (download fill-and-print PDF file) and bring it with you during day one of auditions

Roles

2 male, 2 female, 1 male or female

  • Actor 1: Plays a bilingual Latino father to two children aged 10 and 12, also plays caricatures in dream sequences

  • Actor 2: Plays a bilingual Latina mother to two children aged 10 and 12, also plays caricatures in dream sequences

  • Actor 3: Plays a bilingual Latina girl aged 12

  • Actor 4: Plays a bilingual Latino boy aged 10

  • Actor 5: Plays multiple male and female roles of various ethnicity, also plays a caricature in dream sequences, may also serve as puppeteer

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, October 14 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday,October 15 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday,October 16@ 2 p.m.
Tuesday,October 18 @ 9:15 a.m.* and 11:45 a.m.*
Wednesday,October 19 @ 11 a.m.* and 2 p.m.
Friday,October 21 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday,October 22 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday,October 23 @ 2 p.m.
(*-school performances)

Performance Location: Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock


“The Reluctant Dragon” opens at Carnegie Arts Center

TURLOCK — The Loft Theatre at the Carnegie Arts Center has been transformed into a dragon’s lair — full of books.

The multi-dimensional set also morphs into a number of other scenes with the use of visual media affects as LightBox Theatre Company presents its latest production, “The Reluctant Dragon.”

The show opens Friday at 7 p.m. and runs through Sunday, May 1. In all, a total of nine public performances and three school field trip shows are scheduled. Local schools are bringing students to the school performances and each student will receive a copy of “The Reluctant Dragon,” by Kenneth Grahame.

“The Reluctant Dragon” is a charming story about a boy who meets a dragon living in the hills just outside his village. The boy and dragon find that they share a love of reading and poetry and become friends. When the villagers find out about the dragon, however, they quickly call St. George the Dragon Slayer to kill the dragon. The boy convinces St. George that the dragon is not a threat, and they work together to protect the dragon from the villagers.

LightBox Theatre Company presents “The Reluctant Dragon",  at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, CA. LightBox Theatre Company co-founders Stefani Tsai and Eric Broadwater are directing and designing the production, respectively. The play features local actors from the community and Stanislaus State. The charming story is about a boy who meets a dragon living in the hills just outside his village. The boy and dragon find that they share a love of reading and poetry and become friends. When the villagers find out about the dragon, however, they quickly call St. George the Dragon Slayer to kill the dragon. The boy convinces St. George that the dragon is not a threat, and they work together to protect the dragon from the villagers.

With the use of projection effects, co-founder Eric Broadwater and his design team brought the play to life and created a beautiful set for the production. For example, Broadwater was able to depict the Dragon’s home library of thousands of books without actually staging thousands of books.

Co-founder Stefani Tsai and her team has assembled another talented cast, including Yaya Muñoz (Boy), Ron Daily (Dragon), Jonathan Howard (Father), Kristina Overman (Mother), and villagers played by Mark Hamilton and Angeleigha Arnold. Hamilton is also St. George, the dragon slayer.

Muñoz recently appeared in Sierra Repetory’s “The Music Man,” Daily was the lead in “The Fantasticks” this spring at Stanislaus State, and Hamilton was Winnie the Pooh in Stanislaus State’s “House at Pooh Corner.” LightBox fans who saw “Bunnicula” this past fall will recognize Arnold, who played Chester the Cat.

“The Reluctant Dragon” followed LightBox Theatre Company’s successful debut last October with its presentation of “Bunnicula,” at which more than 700 people attended the public and school performances.


LightBox Presents The Reluctant Dragon

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Promotional Art by Margaret Lunt and Eric Broadwater

LightBox Theatre Company has announced the dates of its spring production, “The Reluctant Dragon,” which will take place at the Carnegie Arts Center in Downtown Turlock.

Based on an 1898 children’s story by Kenneth Grahame, “The Reluctant Dragon” will run from April 22 to May 1 to include nine public performances, as well as three school performances.

The charming story is about a boy who meets a dragon living in the hills just outside his village. The boy and dragon find that they share a love of reading and poetry and become friends. When the villagers find out about the dragon, however, they quickly call St. George the Dragon Slayer to kill the dragon. The boy convinces St. George that the dragon is not a threat, and they work together to protect the dragon from the villagers.

LightBox Theatre Company co-founders Stefani Tsai and Eric Broadwater are directing and designing the production, respectively. The play features local actors from the community and Stanislaus State.

“We are extremely excited to bring another fun show to our community’s young audiences this spring,” Tsai said. “This production will feature some awesome audio/visual media designed by my partner Eric that I think people of all ages will really enjoy them.”

“The Reluctant Dragon” follows LightBox Theatre Company’s successful debut last October with its presentation of “Bunnicula.” More than 700 people attended the public and school performances.

LightBox Theatre Company

In association with Carnegie Arts Center
Presents

THE RELUCTANT DRAGON

Directed by: Stefani Tsai
Story by: Kenneth Grahame
Adapted for the Stage by: Ed Monk

The Loft Theater at Carnegie Arts Center
250 N. Broadway, Turlock

Public Performances:
Friday, April 22 & 29 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 & 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 & May 1 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

School Performances:
Tuesday, April 26 at 9:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, April 27 at 11 a.m.

Ticket Prices:
$12   General Admission
$10   C.A.C. Members
$8     Youth/Students with valid ID


Auditions set for The Reluctant Dragon

Auditions for our 2016 Spring show, The Reluctant Dragon, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22. Please see below for more information, including roles available and cast requirements.

If you are interested in auditioning for this production, please contact Stefani Overman-Tsai at stefani@lightboxforyouth.org or call (209) 417-6643.

Production: The Reluctant Dragon

Audition Dates & Times: Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Callbacks on Wednesday, March 2, TBD.

Audition Location: Main Stage Theatre, Stanislaus State, Turlock

Audition Requirements
Actors should prepare a 1-2 minute comedic monologue and will be expected to cold read from the script.
Actors must be at least 17-years old

Cast Requirements

  • All actors must be available to perform during the week on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27 for school performances (see schedule above).
  • Small stipends will be offered for the run of the show: $150 non-principle role, $200 principle role
  • Non-principle roles will need to be available to rehearse 2-3 hours, 3-4 times/week, and the full week of tech rehearsal
  • Principle roles will need to be available to rehearse 3-4 hours, 4-5 times/week, and the full week of tech rehearsal
  • Please fill out the Audition Form (download fill-and-print PDF file) and bring it with you on Feb. 22

Roles

  • 2 women – Mother, Ensemble
  • 2 men – Father, St. George
  • 2 male or female – Dragon, Boy

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, April 22 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 @ 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 @ 9:15 a.m.* and 11:45 a.m.*
Wednesday, April 27 @ 11 a.m.* and 2 p.m.
Friday, April 29 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 @ 2 p.m.
(*-school performances)

Performance Location: Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock


In the News

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! LightBox Theatre Company was recently featured in the Modesto Bee and the Turlock Journal prior to its premiere of “Bunnicula.” Read what Deke Farrow of the Bee and Sabra Stafford of the Journal wrote and get the inside scoop about the production!

 

 

 

 

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New theater company leaps into life with ‘Bunnicula’ – The Modesto Bee

 

Journal

Carnegie welcomes ‘Bunnicula’ to the stage


Bunnicula fills house at the Loft Theater

The opening weekend of Bunnicula was a huge success thanks to all of the supporters and attendees! The cast and crew were pleased to present the first production by LightBox Theatre Company. Children and the young-at-heart adults enjoyed the 75-minute show with singing, dancing and laughter.

Youngsters were able to sit on the floor and be up close and personal with the actors and Bunnicula. Everyone were also able to meet, greet and pose for photos with the cast! There was a full house audience to enjoy the Sunday matinee performance.

‘Bunnicula’ continues this weekend, Oct. 9-11, with four more shows at the Carnegie Arts Center. Tickets are selling quickly, so stop by the Carnegie to pick up your tickets or order online now!


Bunnicula set to open on Friday

TURLOCK — LightBox Theatre Company moved into the Carnegie Arts Center this week for its final preparations to make its debut of “Bunnicula” on Friday.

Based on the classic series written by James and Debroah Howe, “Bunnicula,” is a thrilling tale in which the Monroe family rescues a bunny from a movie theater. Chester (the family cat) and Harold (the family dog) agree that this new pet named Bunnicula is not an average animal, but disagree on how to accept him as one of their own. The cat and dog antics bring hilarity to a spooky situation that will keep young audiences entertained.

“Bunnicula,” will run during the first two weekends of October at the Carnegie Art’s Center’s Loft Theater in Downtown Turlock. Carnegie Art’s Center and LightBox will also bring students from Wakefield Elementary School to the Carnegie for three free performances, Oct. 6 and Oct. 8.

Stefani Tsai, who has a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in Theatre Studies, is directing the play. Eric Broadwater, a veteran theater artist with a M.F.A., designed the production. The play features local actors from the community, Stanislaus State and Pitman High School.

For the past two months, the cast and crew of LightBox Theatre Company built the sets and rehearsed on the campus of Stanislaus State in a partnership with the CSU Stanislaus Theatre Department.

Tsai and Broadwater founded the company to produce adaptations of American literature for children and to develop new works that reflect the history, stories, and culture of the diverse Central Valley community. Additionally, the company will partner with school districts to provide opportunities for educators to introduce to their young students literature through live performances.


Bunnicula Cast and Crew

The LightBox Theatre Company is excited to announce the cast and crew of the upcoming production of Bunnicula! Thank you all for auditioning and congratulations to the following actors in the cast. We are looking forward to working with this group of talent in the upcoming weeks. The Company will see you at the Carnegie Arts Center in October.

Cast
Chester – Angeleigha Arnold
Harold – Walter Astorga
Mr. Monroe – Ramon Vargas
Mrs. Monroe – Carleigh Arnold
Pete – Alex Alansalon
Toby – Maria Alvarez
Bunnicula (puppeteer) – Ariel Hicks

Read more about the cast

Crew
Director – Stefani Overman-Tsai
Production Manager, Scene Designer – Eric Broadwater
Assistant Director – Kimi Helm
Rehearsal Stage Manager – Kenny Roderick
Performance Stage Manager – Rossanna Estrada
Property Design – Carol Howard
Costume & Make-Up Design – Walter Astorga
Sound Design – Kenny Roderick
Light Design – Larry Zabel
Music Director – Walter Astorga
Assistant Music Director – Kimi Helm, Muggs Zabel
Costume Assistants – Angeleigha Arnold, Jordyn McMurry-Owns, Ariel Hicks
Sound Operator – Bronwyn Arnold
Front of House – Jessica Geiss


Auditions Scheduled for August 12 & 19

Come and be in our inaugural production of Bunnicula! Auditions for Bunnicula is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12 and Wednesday, Aug. 19. Please see below for more information, including roles available and cast requirements.

If you are interested in auditioning for this production, please contact Stefani Overman-Tsai at stefani@lightboxforyouth.org or call (209) 417-6643.

Production: Bunnicula

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, Oct. 2 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4 @ 2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 11 @ 2 p.m.

Performance Location: Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock

Audition Dates & Times: Wednesday, Aug. 12 and Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.

Audition Location: Main Stage Theatre, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock

Audition Requirements
Actors should prepare 32 bars of a song of their choice A Capella or with a track and a 1-2 minute comical monologue.  Actors will be given sides on site to perform as well.

Cast Requirements

  • All roles have minor singing requirements.
  • All actors must be available to perform during the week on October 6, 8, 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for school performances.
  • Small stipends will be offered for the run of the show: $150 non-principle role, $200 principle role
  • Non-principle roles will need to be available to rehearse 2-3 hours, 3-4 times/week, and the full week of tech rehearsal
  • Principle roles will need to be available to rehearse 3-4 hours, 4-5 times/week, and the full week of tech rehearsal

Roles

  • Mr. Monroe (male actor) – father, professor, non-principle role
  • Mrs. Monroe (female actor) – mother, lawyer, non-principle role
  • Toby and Keith (male actors) – their sons, younger looking actors, non-principle roles
  • Chester (female actor) – their cat, principle role
  • Harold (male actor) – their dog, principle role
  • Bunnicula (non-descript) – their bunny – need 2 puppet masters to control the puppet (willingness to get trained in Sacramento), principle role