Giving Tree Announces Directors for Upcoming Shows

*Press release from Giving Tree Theater*givingtree

Marion – The Corridor’s newest performing arts venue and production company announces the exciting lineup of Directors for all remaining 2015 productions, including an open audition call for the upcoming production of The Boys Next Door.


Mary Sullivan: Babe, The Sheep-Pig (June 26 – July 5, 2015)
David Schneider: The Boys Next Door (July 24-August 9, 2015)
Joe Link: The 39 Steps (September 11-27, 2015)
David Morton: Dial M for Murder (Oct 16-Nov 1, 2015)
Emma Drtina: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Nov 27-Dec 13, 2015)

Babe, The Sheep-Pig will be directed by Mary Sullivan. Mary has been a key part of Giving Tree since the first day she visited us during our original open house before anything was built. With Mary’s help, the lighting for our shows have been dreamlike and beautiful, and the sound has been spot-on. Mary’s experience on stage, directing, and educating kids in theatre arts will be the foundation of Giving Tree’s Summer Camp experience. She currently can be seen as a member of the SPT group and is a fixture at Franklin Middle School’s drama club.

The Boys Next Door will be directed by David Schneider. For those who saw Giving Tree’s inaugural production of The Glass Menagerie, you’ll immediately recognize David as the poetic Tom Wingfield. What you may not know: David holds an MFA in Directing and is one of the biggest (we mean this in a good way) “theater geeks” we know. He is also sweet, organized, and smart… That happens to be a major prerequisite for directing at Giving Tree, and we could not be more excited for David to command this equally sweet show.

The 39 Steps will be directed by Joe Link. If you have been around Jefferson High School’s theatre department during the past several years, OR attended one of the fantastic Brucemore children’s shows, you will know Joe’s work as a director and technical genius. Joe crafts excellent scripts, smart shows, and incomparable props. This hilarious fast-paced show requires a smart director with a keen eye, and “Mr. Link” is the person who is going to bring the funny to Giving Tree.

Dial M for Murder will be directed by David Morton. David has been a kind and stoic member of the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City theatrical scene for years. His work on stage in some of the most commanding (and dialogue-heavy) roles, his wealth of experience Stage Managing and Assistant Directing in the community, and his overwhelmingly calm and gentle spirit will surely open new doors to this Hitchcock-infused production. If anyone can unearth the heart in a show about murder and deception, it is David Morton.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be directed by Emma Drtina. Emma is the oldest young person we’ve ever known. Her comic timing as an actor, her abundant experience teaching kids the art of theatre and acting, and her immeasurable heart for honesty on and off the stage will take this sweet story to a level you never knew possible. Look out and have your tissue handy, because this adorable holiday show is going to be a lovely treat with Emma at the helm.

The heartwarming summer production of The Boys Next Door will hold open auditions on June 7 and 8, 2015 at 7 P.M.
Auditions will take place at Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th Street Marion, IA. Callbacks will occur on June 9, 2015 if necessary. Those planning to audition should come prepared to read directly from the script. Designated scenes will be announced the evening of auditions.

The Boys Next Door, on stage July 24-August 9, is a touching comedy-drama offering a glimpse into the lives of four adult men with special needs, living together, and their caregiver Jack, who is run absolutely ragged and is considering quitting. This is an incredible acting opportunity for several men ages late-twenties to sixties. More information about roles can be found here.


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