NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | January news from the Lex-Ham Community Arts

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Greetings and Happy New Year! Here is some news from the Lex-Ham Community Arts we hope will be of interest to you.

  1. Auditions for Days to Come: Jan 7 and 10
  2. Shakespeare Reading Series: Othello, Friday, January 13
  3. Acting classes

As always, for the latest information about the Lex-Ham Community Theater or Lex-Ham Community Band, check out www.LexHamArts.org.

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Auditions for the Lex-Ham Community Theater’s production of Lillian Hellman’s tale of internal strife within the family members of the owners of a business during a workers’ strike, Days to Come, will be held on:

  • 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012
  • 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The auditions will be in the Music/Fine Arts Building at Concordia University-St. Paul, 310 N Hamline Avenue, Saint Paul.

As one would expect from a play written by Lillian Hellman, the play has many well-developed characters for men and women.  The play was written at the start of her relationship with Dashiell Hammett (author of The Thin Man, The Maltese Falcon, and more), so his love of a good mystery spills over in this rarely-performed work by Hellman.

The roles in the play include:
Andrew Rodman: Co-owner of the Rodman brush factory near Cleveland
Julie Rodman: Andrew’s wife
Cora Rodman: Andrew’s sister and co-owner of the factory
Henry Ellicott: Lawyer for the Rodman family
Leo Whalen: Labor organizer
Thomas Firth: A worker at the Rodman factory who’s on strike
Sam Wilkie: Organizer for strike breakers at the Rodman factory
Mossie Dowel: Strike breaker brought in to protect the Rodmans
Joe Easter: Strike breaker brought in to protect the Rodmans
Hannah: Cook for the Rodmans
Lucy: Servant for the Rodmans
A prepared monologue is welcome, but not required. No reservations are required. First come, first seen.

The performance dates are March 23-31, 2012.
See www.lexhamarts.org/theater/201203/Show1203.htm for more information.

With all the attention given to the Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements in the recent months, this play concerning how management treats the workers is extremely timely.

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The next event in the Lex-Ham Theater’s Shakespeare play reading series will be Othello on Friday, January 13 at 1184 Portland Avenue, Saint Paul.

The play, Othello, tells the tragic tale of how Iago plants the seed of suspicion and jealousy into the mind of Othello against Othello’s unjustly accused wife, Desdemona.  Never has a missing handkerchief caused so much grief as in this powerful play.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck supper with the reading starting at approximately 7:00.  Newcomers are always welcome.  No reservations are required.  The only things that are required is bringing something delicious to share, a copy of the script, and a love of Shakespeare.

See www.lexhamarts.org/theater/Shakespeare/SRS.htm for all the details.

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Lex-Ham Community Theater will once again partner with St. Paul Community Education for acting classes this fall.  The classes will be:

  • Acting for Absolute Beginners with Adam Arnold, on Tues. 7-9pm for 5 weeks starting Tues. January 31.
  • Comedy for Absolute Beginners with John Townsend on, Wed. 7-9 pm for 5 weeks starting January 25

(Playwrights include Moliere, Shaw, Wilde, Lessing, Wasserstein, Reza, and Simon)

You can register on-line at: http://commed.spps.org/

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