Theatrikos has offered quality community theatre in Flagstaff since 1972. This weekend is your chance to be part of it!
Have you ever thought about unleashing your secret passion for acting on a live audience? Flagstaff’s Theatrikos Theatre Company will hold auditions on Sunday and Monday for its December stage production of It’s a Wonderful Life, adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers from Frank Capra’s holiday classic film. Auditions are being held on two nights for 26 roles for men, women and children, on Sunday and Monday evenings (October 6th and 7th), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Auditions for youth will be held on Sunday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Callbacks will be on Thursday, October 10th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
It’s a Wonderful Life will be staged on three consecutive weekends in December, opening on Friday, December 6th.
If being in the actual limelight isn’t your interest, there are various ways to be involved with and support Theatrikos – by working on other aspects of a production, by serving on one of the organization’s committees, or by becoming a faithful theatre-goer for any of their fine downtown Flagstaff productions.
Theatrikos has a history in Flagstaff dating back to 1972 when a group of interested residents met to form a non-profit community theatre with the mission of offering high-quality live theatrical productions and educational opportunities in the community. All these years later, Theatrikos presents main stage productions to thousands of patrons each year, along with workshops and youth programs.
The Doris Harper-White Playhouse at 11 W. Cherry Street in downtown Flagstaff, re-named in 2002 for one of Theatrikos’ founding members, was previously called The Flagstaff Playhouse which took up residence in what was first the Elk’s Lodge then the Flagstaff Public Library. The seating arrangement within creates an intimate setting for both the audience and performers.
In recent years, Theatrikos has staged exciting and ambitious productions, including: (2010) The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; (2011) You Can’t Take It With You, Steel Magnolias, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; (2012)Cabaret, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and A Christmas Carol. Theatrikos also presents various one-man shows by regional and national performers on tour with stops in Flagstaff.
Educational outreach is one of the core missions of Theatrikos Theatre Company, and TheatriKIDS is the primary youth education component serving this objective. The program, founded in the summer of 2003, invites children and teens, ages 7-17, to experience and explore the magic of live theatre. Through this comprehensive program, children are instructed in basic acting technique, voice work, dialects, character development, and basic stagecraft.
The organization also provides year-round theatre education and performance opportunities for students of Flagstaff’s traditional public institutions, charter schools and the home-schooled population, for whom these opportunities are not readily available.
In addition, the Theatrikos staff and board of directors decided to expand youth programming by adding the Mainstage Jr. Series to give youth a living laboratory in which they can take their talents and put them into practice both onstage and off. Productions are staffed from top to bottom with students, not just acting, but running lights, moving sets, ushering, acting, and doing make-up and hair—all supervised by adults but run by youth, open to ages 7-18 years.
The productions chosen for the Mainstage Jr. Series are family-friendly and accessible to the general public. The shows are staffed by adults many of whom are theatre students or students with an interest in the theatre from Flagstaff-based Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University.
Sixty percent of the theatre’s budget is generated from grants and the support of donors and underwriters. So, patrons, in effect, receive twice the value in entertainment for every dollar spent to attend a performance at Theatrikos.