Gallery Players, the longest running community theatre in the Midwest, presents a season lineup highlighting the Jewish experience and work by Jewish playwrights. Gallery Players does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or gender when casting, and aims to present productions that are of interest to the Jewish and general communities.
“Coney Island Christmas” by Donald Margulies
Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents’ exasperation) is cast in the school’s Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of the Jewish immigrant experience during the holidays.
- December 12th @ 8 pm
- December 13th @ 2:30 pm
- December 17th @7:30pm
- December 19th @ 8 pm
- December 20th @ 2:30 pm
“Guys & Dolls”
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Guys And Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Frank Loesser’s brassy, immortal score makes Guys And Dolls a crowd pleaser. The large cast features both a variety of ensemble and star roles.
AUDITIONS: Auditions for Guys & Dolls will take place at the JCC on December 14th and 15th starting at 7:00pm. You must sign up for a time-slot to audition. To sign up, please contact Jared Saltman at 614-559-6248 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are seeking a multicultural cast of all ages for this show. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday December 16th. Please prepare a 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show, bring your own sheet music, as well as bring a headshot (any recent picture of yourself will do) and a theatrical resume. An accompanist will be provided.
- February 27th @ 8 pm
- February 28th @ 2:30 pm
- March 3rd @ 7:30 pm
- March 5th @ 8 pm
- March 6th @2:30 pm
- March 10th @ 7:30 pm
- March 12th @ 8 pm
- March 13th @ 2:30 pm
“A View From the Bridge” by Arthur Miller
As told by the New York News. “… is a tragedy in the classic form and I think it is a modern classic…the central character is a long-shoreman who, though his mind is limited and he cannot find words for his thoughts, is an admirable man…When two of his wife’s Italian cousins—submarines they are, in the waterfront argot—are smuggled into this country, he makes room for them in his home. Gratefully they move in among his wife, his children and the teen-age niece whom he has brought up and whom he has come to love, he thinks, as a daughter. And now the stage is set for tragedy. One of the illegal immigrants has a family in Italy for whom he is working; the other young, extraordinarily handsome, and exceedingly blonde, is single. He wants to become an American, and he falls in love with his benefactor’s niece. If he marries the girl he will no longer have to hide from immigration officials. A monstrous change creeps up on the kind and loving uncle. He is violently opposed to this romance and is not intelligent enough to realize that this opposition is not motivated, as he thinks, by a dislike of the boy and a suspicion that he is too pretty to be a man, but by his own too intense love for his niece. Not even the wise and kindly neighborhood lawyer can persuade him to let the girl go. This is an intensely absorbing drama, sure of itself every step of the way. It makes no false moves, wastes no time and has the beauty that comes from directness and simplicity.”
AUDITIONS: March 14th and 15th at the JCC
- May 7th @ 8 pm
- May 8th @ 2:30 pm
- May 14th @ 8 pm
- May 15th @ 2:30 pm
- May 19th @ 7:30 pm
- May 21st @ 8 pm
- May 22nd @ 8 pm