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Announcing Auditions for a Special Small-Cast Edition of Liken’s “The First Christmas”

This Christmas season, The Hive Collaborative will present a family show, Liken’s “The First Christmas,” like it’s never been seen before. The Christmas movie from the Liken series has long been a favorite of families everywhere, and the 50+ person stage version has been presented by community and church groups all over the world for the past decade. In this new, small-cast version of the show, members of an extended family play nearly all the roles in a special Christmas Eve musical retelling of the first Christmas. When it comes time for the heavenly host choir to join in, that’s when the fun happens as we enlist the aid of our audience, who will be taught their part of the songs under the merry tutelage of the angel Gabriel.

This will be the world premiere of this special small-cast, Heavenly Host Choir sing-along edition of Liken’s “The First Christmas.”

Audition Options

We offer various options for auditioning at The Hive.

  • Audition by Appointment: Friday, Sept. 14, 6-10 pm. Email us at brothers@hivetix.com to request an appointment and your availability within that time slot or during the open-call audition on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 am to 1 pm. We will work to assign you a time within your stated availability. Auditions will be held at The Hive in Provo.
  • Open-Call Audition: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 am to 1 pm at The Hive in Provo.
  • Audition by Video: Upload a video of your audition (see audition prep below) to YouTube or similar service as an unlisted video and send a link to brothers@hivetix.com. Please submit video auditions by noon Saturday, Sept. 15.

What to Prepare

Please be prepared to sing 16 bars from two contrasting pieces. We will not have an accompanist, so please bring a phone/device with the music on it ready to go (we will have a standard adapter to connect from your phone/device’s earphone jack to our sound system) or sing them a cappella. Please also prepare a monologue of up to one-minute. If you prefer, we can provide you sides.

Call Backs

Date: TBA

Roles

All roles are singing parts and are compensated.

  • Gabriel, the angel
  • Frank Baylor, grandfather
  • Elsie Baylor, grandmother
  • Jeanette Baylor, the mom
  • Rob Baylor, the dad
  • Merilee Winston, college-age daughter
  • Devin Winston, college-age son-in-law
  • Abbie Baylor, teenage daughter
  • Max Baylor, teenage son

Performance Schedule

The tentative schedule:

  • Preview: 11/29
  • Opening Night: 11/30
  • Then Th, Fr, Sa, Mo nights at 7 pm
  • Closing night: Saturday, 12/22
  • 14 performances

Rehearsal Schedule

5-week rehearsal schedule starting 10/29 and running most weeknight evenings (not Halloween) from 7-9 pm and Saturday mornings 10-12 (subject to negotiation, as some directors/casts may elect to make certain rehearsals longer to free up one or more evenings/Saturdays).

Questions?

Please post any questions below or email us at brothers@hivetix.com.

Closing Week for “The Actors”

It has been a wonderful experience to have as the inaugural production at The Hive the world premiere of “The Actors” by Ronnie Larsen. Sadly, all good things must come to an end (for now), and Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 is our closing night.

Closing week will include performances on 9/5, 9/6, 9/7, and 9/8, with all performances beginning at 7:30 pm.

Live Music

Of special note, the 9/5 performance will feature live music during scene changes. Our artist will be Robert Ikey Starks. Robert has been singing since he was a young boy and playing guitar since he was a teenager. He goes by the moniker Apple Bear on youtube where he brings you lovely songs in very homemade fashion via an old Iphone 5s. He is in the band Dinosaur Kisses and is the Musical Director for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. Some favorite plays he’s been involved with are Chris Clark’s adaptation of The Little Mermaid, and Titus Andronicus put on by The Grassroots Shakespeare Company, and Morag Shepherd’s original play Poppy’s In The Sand put on by Sackerson in SLC.

Live Auction

Of special note #2, the 9/8 performance will feature a live auction of some of the fun, unique props featured in the play, including vinyl albums from the ’70s and a working “Rock-‘Em, Sock-‘Em Robot” set. 100% of the proceeds of the auction will go to benefit Foyer Coin des Cieux, an orphanage/school in Haiti the Agles have been working with over the years. The funds will go toward increasing the school’s solar energy capacity (“the grid” in Haiti is notoriously unreliable). All attendees from any night during the run are invited to participate. If you aren’t planning on attending the 9/8 performance, but would like to participate in the auction regardless, you are welcome to come to the theater shortly after 9:30 at no charge.

For more details on the option and to see some of the fun items that will be auctioned, please go here. 

If you do want to buy tickets to any of our remaining performances, please go here.

 

 

Casting Call for “The Bookbinder’s Tale”

Casting Call for the Second Show in The Hive Collaborative’s Inaugural Season

This will be the world premiere of “The Bookbinder’s Tale,” written by Bo Wilson. Directed by Diedra Celeste Miranda. Produced by Ken Agle & Dennis Agle.

Once upon a time, at a Prominent University, a young woman wanted to help people see their lives as stories they tell themselves and each other. Once upon a time, at the same Prominent University, the chair of its English department, who was also the young woman’s fiancé, wanted to indulge her. Once upon a time, at (yes), a cheerful and charming Italian bookbinder thought the young woman’s story and his own might become a single saga. “The Bookbinder’s Tale” is a love triangle that travels in and out of its three characters’ fables, seen through one another’s eyes. Circumstances that seemed set become fluid, and futures shift with startling speed. By turns funny, breathtaking, and touching, it invites us to return to Story–our oldest and best home.

As this is the world premiere of this play, you will have the opportunity to originate these characters in this funny, moving new play suitable for all audiences.

Roles:

  • Mina, 27 years old. Holder of a fairly worthless Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature. She is about to conduct her first night course at a Prominent University. She’s not quite sure whether her current life is the dead end it has suddenly begun to feel like.
  • Rupert, 40 years old. Professor of Literary Criticism at a Prominent University. He is an authoritative academic.
  • Paolo. 44 years old. He is an Italian craftsman and artisan-in-residence at the same Prominent University. He is grounded, soulful.

Prepare: Please bring a one-minute monologue. We may also ask you to do a cold read of a selection from the script. If you are auditioning for the Paolo role, please be prepared to deliver your monologue in a slight Italian accent.

Compensated. All actors will share in gross ticket sales, with a “not less than” amount guaranteed.

Open Call Audition Date: Saturday, July 21, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Callbacks by appointment early the following week.

Video Audition Option: If you are unable to attend our July 21 open call audition, but would still like to be considered, you may submit a video audition. Please do not send us the video, but upload the video (as an unlisted video to YouTube, for example), then send us a link (using the form below). Please submit your video audition no later than Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 pm MDT. Callbacks by appointment early the following week (in person).

Performance Dates: Currently scheduled to open Sept. 21 and run Wednesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 13, although that may be pushed back 1 week.

Rehearsal Dates: Rehearsals scheduled to start mid-to-late August and run Mon-Thursday evenings, Saturdays 10 am to noon.

Where: The Hive Collaborative, a new 86-seat theater focusing on new plays located at 591 S. 300 West, Provo, UT 84601 (one block from the Frontrunner station). Depending on the geographic location of our cast, some of the early rehearsal times may be adjusted as well as held in Salt Lake County for convenience.

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Casting Call for “The Actors”

Casting call for “The Actors,” a new play written by Ronnie Larsen. Directed by Patrick Newman. Produced by Ken Agle & Dennis Agle, The Hive Collaborative, Provo, Utah.

As this is the world premiere of this play, you will have the opportunity to originate these characters in this funny, moving new play suitable for all audiences.

Logline: A man is so grief-stricken by the death of his parents that he hires two actors to come in a few hours a week and pretend to be his parents so he can have a famiy again, but things don’t go as planned.

Roles:

  • Ronnie, 30s-40s. The grief-stricken man.
  • Jean, 30s-50s. The actress Ronnie hires to play his mom.
  • Clarence: 30s-50s. The actor Ronnie hires to play his dad.
  • Actor Jay, late teens to mid 20s. Jean’s actor son.
  • Real Jay, 30s-40s. The grief-stricken man’s brother.

Prepare: Please bring a one-minute monologue. We may also ask you to do a cold read of a selection from the script.

Compensated. All actors will share in gross ticket sales, with a “not less than” amount guaranteed.

Open Call Audition Dates: June 19 & 20, 7 pm to 9 pm. Callbacks: June 22, 7 pm to 9 pm and June 23, 10 am to noon.

Performance Dates: July 31 & Aug. 1, dress rehearsals; Aug. 2, preview; Aug. 3, opening night. Then Wed-Sat evenings from Aug. 3 to Aug. 25. Possibly adding matinees on Saturdays if there is sufficient demand.

Rehearsal Dates: Rehearsals start July 2 and run Mon-Fridays, 7 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays 10 am to noon. No rehearsals July 4, July 7, or July 24.

Reading/workshop with Author: Two evenings tbd week of June 25.

Where: The Hive Collaborative, a new 82-seat theater focusing on new plays located at 591 S. 300 West, Provo, UT 84601 (one block from the Frontrunner station).

Other Positions? Yes, we need to fill other positions, if not for this production, for future productions. Please see here.

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Announcing Our Inaugural Play

We are delighted to announce that the inaugural play for the inaugural season at The Hive will be the world premiere of “The Actors,” written by Ronnie Larsen. The play will be directed by Patrick Newman and produced by Ken Agle & Dennis Agle of The Hive Collaborative.

“The Actors” is about a man is so grief-stricken by the death of his parents that he hires two actors to come in a few hours a week and pretend to be his parents so he can have a famiy again, but things don’t go as planned. This fun and moving new play is suitable for all audiences.

Opening night is scheduled for Aug. 17, 2018, at The Hive’s new theater in Provo, Utah.

We are grateful to all the playwrights who submitted their work for consideration. Many of these works are being considered for subsequent slots during The Hive’s inaugural season. In addition, submissions are still open here.

Semifinalists for Inaugural Production

We are delighted to announce the semifinalist for the inaugural production at The Hive. Of the 284 30-page excerpts submitted, we requested full-play submissions from 24 playwrights. (Note that there were other plays submitted that we intend to consider for later or seasonal productions, but these 24 plays were identified as potentially good fits for our first play out of the gate.) Of those 24, we identified the following six plays as semi-finalists.

  1. ANOTHER AMERICA, Bill Rosenfield
  2. HEARTS OF STONE, Donna Hoke
  3. MOSES, THE AUTHOR, Andrew R. Heinze
  4. THE ACTORS, Ronnie Larsen
  5. THE BOOKBINDER’S TALE, Bo Wilson
  6. THE DOG IN THE DRESSING ROOM, Deborah Savadge

We will announce the inaugural production soon. Thanks to all who have submitted thus far. If you haven’t yet submitted a play, and you think you have one that would be a good fit for The Hive, please send it our way.

Collaborateur?

The Hive Collaborative, a new 80-seat theater located in Provo, Utah, is seeking to grow its network of collaborators to help bring to life its slate of new theatrical works beginning in the summer of 2018. See this page for details.

Quarterfinalists for Inaugural Production

We are delighted to announce the quarterfinalists for the inaugural production at The Hive. Of the 284 30-page excerpts submitted, we requested full-play submissions from 24 playwrights. (Note that there were other plays submitted that we intend to consider for later or seasonal productions, but these 24 plays were identified as potentially good fits for our first play out of the gate.)

The 24 quarterfinalist plays and playwrights are:

  1. ALWAYS PLENTY OF LIGHT AT THE STARLIGHT ALL NIGHT DINER, Darcy Parker Bruce
  2. ANOTHER AMERICA, Bill Rosenfield
  3. BOUND BY STARDUST, Claudia I. Haas
  4. DISTANT NEIGHBORS, Patrick Gabridge
  5. DIZGRUNTLED, Daniel Rover Singer
  6. HEARTS OF STONE, Donna Hoke
  7. HEROES MUST DIE, Rick Stemm
  8. LIFE EXPECTANCY, Catherine Butterfield
  9. LIKENESS, David Caudle
  10. LOVE AND COMMUNICATION, James Christy
  11. MARGARITA AND MAX, Manuel Igrejas
  12. MOSES, THE AUTHOR, Andrew R. Heinze
  13. OK, SIERRA, Adam Nathaniel Davis
  14. ONE COW STAMPEDE, Virginia Reynolds
  15. OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, Jeanne Beckwith
  16. SINGLE WIDE, George Nelson
  17. SUPERHERO BLUES, Judd Lear Silverman
  18. THE ACTORS, Ronnie Larsen
  19. THE BOOKBINDER’S TALE, Bo Wilson
  20. THE DOG IN THE DRESSING ROOM, Deborah Savadge
  21. THE ENDURANCE OF LIGHT, Amanda Petefish-Schrag
  22. THE WEDDING DRESS, Nancy Gall-Clayton
  23. UNEMPLOYED ELEPHANTS – A LOVE STORY, Wendy Graf
  24. VAUTHOR, Richard Curtis

We hope to announce our semi-finalists within the next few days. Thanks to all who have submitted thus far. If you haven’t yet submitted a play, and you think you have one that would be a good fit for The Hive, please send it our way.

284.

Came across this picture of our building two years ago today. It’s come a long way since.

That’s how many scripts we received through April 21, 2018, our cut-off date for submissions for our inaugural production, which we’re working toward getting into production this summer. (Note: We’re still accepting scripts for the rest of our inaugural season. So if you missed the April 21 cut-off, but still have a script you think would be a good fit for the Hive, please submit it here.)

For now, we are curling up with these first 284 scripts trying to whittle it down to our quarterfinalists, from whom we will request full scripts (our original call for submissions requested only the first 30 pages).

Some of the submissions seem like a better fit for an October or a December play. Others feel like they would be a better fit for a kid-friendly show, which we want to include into our mix, but probably not for our opening play. These plays we are setting aside for now to focus on that first one.

We’re working to identify our quarterfinalists for our inaugural production and will be sending out notifications to them by May 4, 2018. If you submitted a play and haven’t heard from us by then, it means that while your play isn’t being considered for our inaugural production, it still may be considered for future productions.

But if you do receive an email from us letting you know that you are a quarterfinalist, we’re asking you to please submit the full script to us as soon as possible, because we: a) are loving what you’ve done so far and can’t wait to find out what happens; and b) have got to get going on making our final selection.

Thanks to all who have submitted. There’s a lot of heart and soul and brainpower and hours that go into that leap from an idea to completing an actual script. Our hats are off to each of you. We look forward to the possibility of working with many of you over the coming seasons.

 

 

So Many Good Scripts…

We did not what to expect when we put out our call for submissions into the great, wide open on April 1. But our hope was that not all the excellent plays had already been written – that there were new works out just about ready for an audience to fall in love with.

Now, two and a half weeks and 262 scripts into this process, we are feeling like our hope was well-founded. Granted, we’re basing this assessment on only the first 30 pages of any given script, since that is what we requested our playwrights submit at this stage.

Still waiting to hear back from the city on some plans, but assuming things go forward as intended, and hoping to open our first show before the end of July 2018, we’re planning on cutting off the submission window for plays to be considered for our inaugural production at midnight on April 21, 2018. That doesn’t mean we won’t accept submissions after that date, as we’re hoping to fill out the rest of our 2018-2019 season. So you clever playwrights out there, please do submit that lovely thing you’ve been working on.

Before the end of the month, we plan to request the rest of the script from the top contenders. (Note: We’ve received some submissions for excellent plays that would work better during another part of the year. We plan to revisit those after we’ve selected our first show. So if you’ve written an excellent spooky script, or something perfect for the holidays, we hope you’ll understand if we want to hold off for now.) Then we’re hoping to make our final determination by mid-May. Eventually, we hope to give ourselves a little more breathing room for these kinds of things, but for now, we’re wanting to hit the ground running and we’re wanting to make a great impression with that first play.

And here’s the bottom-line good news. It’s starting to feel like the hard thing won’t be coming up with a play that makes a great first impression; the hard thing will be narrowing it down to a single one.