Auditions Announced for Indian Valley Theatre’s “Murder on the Rerun”

Auditions have recently been announced for Indian Valley Theatre’s production of Murder on the Rerunby Fred Carmichael, on Sunday, July 14th from 1-4pm and Monday, July 15th from 7 to 9pm. They will be held in the Community Room at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich and are open to the public. Auditions will be a cold reading from the script and no appointment is necessary. IVT membership is not required to audition, although it is required if you are cast. Audition forms may be downloaded prior to auditioning on IVT’s website.

 “Murder on the Rerun, will be directed by Linda Whaley. Casting will consist of 2 males and 5 females of various ages. Performances will be October 18, 19 and 20 @ the Historic Sandwich Opera House.

“Murder on the Rerun” takes a different approach to mystery as a ghost tries to find out who murdered her in a witty, sophisticated, yet suspenseful look at the upper crust of Hollywood. The curtain rises to find Jane, Oscar winning screen writer, dead at the bottom of the stairs in a Vermont ski lodge. Her four friends and husband are saying she fell. “I was pushed!” she says as her ghost rises. Aided by Kitty, a rather wanton adviser from “up there,” Jane is brought ahead to the present, three years after the murder, where the same group is gathered. They are all famous with film makers and have an intense hate love relationship; Jane’s husband who has married an ambitious ingénue, a heading for middle age leading lady, an arrogant director, and Hollywood’s reigning gossip columnist. The five suspects join together to keep the possible murder quiet for reasons of their own but their relationship busts apart with their mutual distrust. Woven through the suspense in humorous, acidic, and revealing comedy is an extraordinary whodunit with a surprise denouement when the murderer is revealed. All the roles are lengthy with well defined characters

For more specific information or questions about Murder on the Rerun auditions or upcoming performances or Indian Valley Theatre in general, please e-mail info@indianvalleytheatre.com or contact IVT at 888-365-8889. Check us out online @ www.indianvalleytheatre.com. Indian Valley Theatre is an Illinois Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area.

Mimi Bryan Scholarship Winners

Indian Valley Theatre is proud to announce the names of the recipients for this year’s “Mimi Bryan Memorial IVT Scholarship.” Because of generous donations from the community, IVT was able to award 3 scholarships this year. Congratulations to Sydney Chmielewski, Jaden Frantzen and Caroline Welte.

From Indian Valley Theatre’s very first days, Mimi Bryan was there.  She was one member of the passionate founding families dreaming big about live community theatre.  As a long time educator, Mimi was active on stage as well as behind the scenes.  Most importantly, she was instrumental in giving many budding actors a shot on stage and bringing Community Theater to life for hundreds of members of the Fox Valley community to enjoy. In the wonderful spirit of her significant contributions to the Fox Valley theatre world, IVT is very pleased to offer this year’s “Mimi Bryan Memorial IVT Scholarship” to these three students, all from Sandwich High School. They were presented with their awards at a recent Sandwich High School Awards Night by IVT President, Kathie Hart. All 3 students have been involved with IVT throughout the years.

Sydney will be attending North Central College in the Fall, where she hopes to pursue a Major in Musical Theatre and/or Psychology. She has been an active volunteer in the community, is an Illinois State Scholar, a National Honor Society Member and has participated in Choirs, Speech Team, Theatre and various clubs throughout High School. She was in the IMEC Honors All-State Choir for 2 years. She was a participant in IVT’s Summer Children’s Theatre Workshop for many years and has been a Teacher’s Aide in the program as well.

Jaden has been involved with IVT from a very young age, participating as a cast or crew member in many productions and has been a participant in IVT’s Summer Children’s Theatre Workshops as a student and now as a High School Aide. She has participated in numerous plays throughout H.S. as well as Choirs, Bands, Speech Team, Drama Club and also sang in the All-State Choir. She is a National Honor Society Member. She has a passion for working with children and will be majoring in Elementary Education at Elmhurst College. She has a determination “to follow in Mimi Bryan’s footsteps.”

Caroline will be attending Millikin University where she will be studying for a degree in Vocal Music Education. Caroline is also a National Honor Society member and an IL State Scholar. She has participated in many different Choirs, Speech Team, Theatre, Band, and many various clubs. She was in the ILMEA District Choir and the ILMEA All-State Choir for 2 years. She also was involved with IVT’s Summer Children’s Theatre Workshop for many years. She hopes to continue working with Community Theatre Groups in the future.  

Congratulations! Everyone at IVT wishes the best for these three young ladies as they begin their college education. For questions, tickets or more information about Indian Valley Theatre, please e-mail info@indianvalleytheatre.com  or contact IVT at 888-365-8889. Check us out online @ www.indianvalleytheatre.com. Indian Valley Theatre is an Illinois Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area.

Pictured left to right are: Cheryl Welte, Jaden Frantzen, Kathie Hart and Sydney Chmielewski.

IVT ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE SANDWICH FAIR MELODRAMAS


Auditions for Indian Valley Theatre’s Annual and Traditional Melodrama Productions at the Sandwich Fair will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 1-3pm and Sunday, June 30th from 1-3pm in the community room of the Sandwich Opera House, 140 East Railroad in Sandwich. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts and are open to the public, ages 16 and above, no experience is necessary and OVERACTING is definitely preferred! IVT membership is not required to audition. Performances will be held during the 2019 Sandwich Fair, September 4th through 8th.   

This year, audiences will be treated to TWO classic melodramas chocked full of puns and jokes galore. “The Perils of Priscilla or…The Schoolmarm’s Dilemma” will be directed by Michele Wade and “Never Fear Strongheart’s Here” will be directed by Connie Cline. If you are cast, you will be expected to attend rehearsals, as well as, help with set build the weekend before the Fair and tear down on Sunday.  Men and women of all age groups are needed to play Villains, Heroes, Madams, and many other fun characters!

For questions or more information about the IVT Sandwich Fair Melodrama Auditions or Indian Valley Theatre, please e-mail info@indianvalleytheatre.com or contact IVT at 888-365-8889. Check us out on Facebook or online @ www.indianvalleytheatre.com! Indian Valley Theatre is an Illinois Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area.

Children’s Workshop Shows Announced

The Children’s workshop will perform after 2 weeks of preparation “The Sasparilla Kid and the Bally Hoo Belle Gang!” written by Alethia Hummel. Tickets will be sold at the door for CASH ONLY $5 per person. Performances will be Friday June 21st at 6:30pm and Saturday June 22nd at 2pm. We invite everyone to come check out what our workshops are all about and to support our kids and staff! We hope to see you there!

Melodrama Auditions Announced

Auditions for Melodramas will be held June 29th 1-3pm and June 30th 1-3pm in the Community Room at the Sandwich Opera House. 2 different shows directed by Michelle Wade and Connie Cline will be cast! Melodramas are performed during the Sandwich Fair and you will be expected to attend rehearsals as well as help with set build the weekend before the fair. Men and women all age groups are needed to play Villains, Heroes, Madams, and many other fun characters! Prepare for cold readings from the script and OVER acting is preferred! Please contact with any questions and feel free to share! We hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at 1PM – 3PM

Sandwich Opera House Community Room

144 E Railroad St, Sandwich, Illinois 60548

Mimi Bryan Scholarships Awarded

In the month of May we awarded the Mimi Bryan Scholarships to three amazing Seniors who have not only been involved and supported IVT but also who have also made Theatre part of their lives while in High School and plan to in their future endeavors. Congratulations to Caroline Welte, Jaden Frantzen and Sydney Chimielewski!