Riot Act, Inc. will present The Threepenny Opera by Brecht and Weill Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2013.This musical was chosen for its theatrical and social history, as well as inspiring and entertaining music. This 1930s musical was revolutionary for its time and remains a wonderful example of Epic theatre.
Funds raised through this campaign will help us to bring this great musical to life. This money will help pay for set, props, costumes, and other expenses associated with the show. Please help us bring you a wonderful unforgettable performance.
Since it was announced in February of 2012 that The Threepenny Opera would be part of our 10th Anniversary Season, excitement for the project has been growing. Most of our crew including directors, choreographers, musicians, and designers signed on for the project almost a year ago. Over 25 local actors will bring this epic show to life. Regular theatre goers regularly ask when and where the production will be and are getting excited to see it. The show is abuzz.
Riot Act fills a niche in our community bringing not only quality, entertaining productions to the stage, but also productions that fill an intellectual void. The company also strives to provide affordable ticket prices, making theatre accessible to all.The company focuses on projects that challenge both the artists involved and the audience intellectually, emotionally, and physically.We hope that people walk away thinking and talking about what they have seen.
Threepenny meets these ideals.The show not only provides a famous example of Epic Theatre, it is also the show that has inspired so many other musicals such as Chicago and Cabaret. As in most Brechtian pieces, the play vaguely veils Brecht’s comment on political happenings of the time, during the Weimar Republic. He points out the excess and corruption of the day.While historical, the themes of this play match our current political landscape today. From watching or reading about current events in the news, our audience will relate to the characters from Tiger Brown the slightly corrupt police chief to Mac the Knife the savvy slippery criminal to Mr. Peachum taking advantage of the less fortunate.
Riot Act Inc, will transform Walk Festival Hall into a giant celebration of energy and color. Audiences can sing along to favorite jazz standards while supporting local Jackson Hole talent in the process.Threepenny will push the bounds of creativity and be a thought-provoking, fun, smart evening of music and theater.
Risks and challenges
Risk is part of our motto: "take a risk, start a riot". Riot Act, Inc. faces challenges head on. However, there are always challenges. That's where the saying "the show must go on" comes from.
Our biggest consistent challenges seem to always be the same. We always struggle to find affordable performance space. Wrangling all the people is hard. Finding the funding, while keeping tickets affordable, to bring Jackson productions that not only use our super talented local community, but push people artistically, intellectually, physically, and emotionally is always a challenge.
Space. This issue plagues us. Riot Act, Inc. is a nomad, with no permanent space. We find space as we need it. We are lucky to have a wonderful relationship with Dancers' Workshop which allows us to rent dance studios for rehearsal and small productions. The challenge in using their space: we must work around the dance schedules and if performing in their space, we must break-down the show every night. When working on larger productions, finding affordable space is like pulling teeth. Many spaces that were available in the past are no longer available due to new ownership or they've just been demolished. The Center for the Arts main stage remains too costly for us to use. The Pink Garter focuses on music acts and prefers not to rent to theatre groups any longer. The High School stage has their own shows going on all the time and would like to see student friendly material on their stage.
People. They make the world of theatre go-round. However, people cause some of our challenges. For this production the biggest people challenge has been illness. The flu has plagued our cast. Most of the cast has missed several rehearsals due to illness. We hope the worst is over now. Scheduling is always an issue. Most of our actors and crew members work full time jobs outside of theatre. Of course everyone’s schedules are different. So we must try our best to work around them. The more people, the bigger the challenge.
Funding. I think most non-profits would agree, finding funding is always at the top of the to-do list. We gather donations through individuals and Old Bill’s Fun Run. We apply for grants and normally receive less than asked for. And we use profits from the previous show to help fund the next show. Musicals like The Threepenny Opera are especially expensive adding music and choreography plus higher royalty rates over a straight play.
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