Forever Plaid Auditions Announced!

forever plaid fb event bannerThe Findlay Light Opera Company will be holding open auditions for their 2015 season opening production of Forever Plaid, directed by Harry Stockton.

When four young singers are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in this goofy 1950′s nostalgia trip.   Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!

Auditions for Forever Plaid will be held on Friday, December 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and on Saturday, December 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Both dates will be held at the St. Andrew’s Annex, 214 W. Sandusky Street, Findlay, Ohio. You may audition at either date, but the director may ask you to stay or come back on Saturday to sing in a group.

Each performer is asked to prepare a 2 selections: one up-tempo number and one ballad which showcase their range and characterization. An accompanist will be provided. Performers should also be prepared to sing in a group from music provided at the audition. Finally performers should be dressed for a simple movement exercise.

Forever Plaid performances will be held on February 27th, 28th and March 1st, 2015. Detailed information on roles in the production, as well as a rehearsal schedule are available here!

FLOC receives Community Arts Awareness Award

IMG_0787Yesterday evening The Arts Partnership of Findlay, Ohio held their Annual Meeting at the Hancock Historical Society and handed out a number of awards recognizing members of the Findlay arts community.

The Findlay Light Opera Company is extremely honored to be the 2013-2014 recipient of the Community Arts Awareness Award, recognizing FLOC’s efforts to increase an awareness of the arts throughout Findlay and Hancock County over the last few years and, in particularly, for FLOC’s efforts to expand educational outreach.

In November of 2013 FLOC took an excerpt of our re-imagined version of H.M.S. Pinafore to The Arts Partnership’s School Day Performance program.  This show, entitled The Lass Who Loved a Redshirt: U.S.S. Pinafore, combined the Gilbert & Sullivan masterpiece with the cult-classic Star Trek.  In addition to thoroughly enjoying the performance, the students in the audience were both shocked and encouraged to discover that the performers were from Hancock County and that some of them had even attended the same School Day Performances they were currently attending!

On hand to accept the award were FLOC Trustees Matt Croy, Zach Thomas, W. Jean Daniel and Sandra Krueger

On hand to accept the award were FLOC Trustees Matt Croy, Zach Thomas, W. Jean Daniel and Sandra Krueger

In April of 2014 FLOC transformed their traditional vocal music scholarship into the Eleanor S. Michell Performing Arts Scholarship.  This $1,000 scholarship was awarded at a juried recital which featured 8 Hancock County High School Seniors planning to continue their studies in dance, vocal or instrumental performance at the collegiate level.  The first recipient of the updated scholarship was violinist Joshua Orr, from Findlay High School.

The Findlay Light Opera Company is extremely proud to have been recognized by our friends at The Arts Partnership for our efforts to increase awareness of the Arts in Hancock County!

Patience Photos

This past weekend we were lucky enough to have the very talented Kasey Samuel Adams in the audience.  He took many photos during Patience, and has been kind enough to allow us to link to them.  Please check them out!

Our thanks for a wonderful show!

_MG_7888I hope you were one of the many that joined us this past weekend – we had a very appreciative audience.  Thanks to those of you that joined us for a few hours to listen and laugh – we were glad to see you smiling back at us!

We’ve often said that it takes a village to raise a light opera and our production of Patience was no exception!  Producing any show is no small feat – we truly couldn’t have done it without a lot of assistance.  Many thanks to those of you who pitched in and helped make Patience a reality:

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church
Fort Findlay Playhouse
University of Findlay
Brim’s Imports
The Bike Shop
Celia Stockton
Tom Shindledecker
Brit Rutledge
Croys: T.C. & Son
Tom & Linda Croy

Of course, we’d be remiss without giving a huge thanks to the cast, crew, orchestra and other behind the scenes folks – our most profound thanks to Esther, Deb, Tina, Maggie, Sheryl, Alicia, Tammy, Casey, Megan, Eric, James, Jason, George, Talyn, Bob, Joseph, m. James, Adam, Dimitri, Jeff, Jonathan, Sharon, Desra, Golda, Regina, Anna & Matt.

Finally, our most sincere gratitude goes to Sandra Krueger who handled pretty much everything for the show, including making most of it up!  She wore the hat of re-imaginer, director, music director, tech director, choreographer and all around superwoman.  Without Sandra the show would not have happened – thank you so much for your hard work!

Patience opens TONIGHT!!!

PrintNo need to be “patient” anymore! The Findlay Light Opera Company production of Patience opens tonight!

This isn’t your great-great-grandmother’s version of the Gilbert & Sullivan classic operetta (though the costumes may be vintage). Come join us for a modern retelling filled with epic poetry battles, hipsters riding bicycles, football players singing about jock itch and humor for all!

Tickets are available at the door at St. Andrew’s church in downtown Findlay. You get all this for only $10 a ticket, open seating. You do not want to miss this once in a lifetime rendition of Patience!

Patience is at 8:00 PM tonight and tomorrow night (Oct 24-25) with a 2:00 PM performance on Sunday (October 26).

St Andrews is located at 120 W. Sandusky Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840.  Please enter at the Crawford St entrance on the North side of the building, across from the Municipal Building.

Parking is available on the street, in the St. Andrews parking lot (West of the church) and in the Municipal Building parking lot

Less than 32 Hours till Patience!!!

_MG_7879Its almost here, gang!  Patience will open in less than 32 hours!  We’re looking forward to putting on an excellent, hilarious show.  We’ve got a set.  We’ve got an orchestra.  We’ve got a dedicated and talented cast. We’ve got cookies for intermission.  We’ve got an epic poetry slam – face to face and selfie to selfie.  Heck, there’s even an underwear stealing mascot!  All we need now is your smiling face in the audience!

Tickets are available for pre-sale through tomorrow afternoon via the Arts Partnership Box Office (419-422-4624) and online. I’ve also heard that Sandra even has some tickets that’s she’s carrying around, and, of course, we’ll be offering them at the door.  Come join us for an evening of laughs!