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Annie---Auditions-Dec. 7-9, 1998, A well known musical needing many young girls and a dozen adults. It is the story out of the comic strips of a little girl removed from a orphanage by a nice rich man. A real crowd pleasing and entertaining show with familiar songs. Performance-Feb. 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, March 5 & 6

Caine Mutiny Court Martial---Auditions- March 8 & 9 A court room drama made famous by Bogart in the movies . The trial is that of a young Navy officer who felt the Captain was out of control and not competent to lead the crew in combat. A large cast of men is needed and a couple of women if alternative casting is needed. Performance- April 23, 24, 25, 30 May 1

Youth Production---Auditions- May 3 & 5, The subject and show will be developed when the director is selected. This program is geared towards High School through college students. It may include music, dance and acting. Performances- June 11 & 12

The King & I----Auditions- June 14-16 A musical theatre classic requiring a large cast of adults and children. It was scheduled for the 1998 season but New York launched a nation wide tour restricting the show in this area. It is a large scale show many reconizable songs. Performances- August 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28

Performing Arts Festival---Submissions NLT 15 Aug The Performing Arts Festival is designed as an educational program for new directors and directors new to the area. Also in the past few years the festival has been used as a lunching ground for aspring playwrites producing original scripts. Performances- Sept 10 & 11

Blithe Spirit---Auditions- Sept. 20 & 21 A supernatural comedy that pits a husband and his wife against his ex-wife who returns from the dead as a ghost. Throw in a doctor and physcic and the stage will fills with farce and comedy. Performances- Nov. 5,6,7,12 & 13

Spirt of Christmas---Sign Up - Nov. 20 The RCCP traditional seasonal show written by Verniel Searls over 20 years ago which in the past two decades has seen thousands of children perform on the stage. Every child in the correct age groups are cast in the on sign up day. It is a wonderful introduction to theatre for very young children Performances- Dec. 3,4 & 5

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Applications for directors in the 1999 season are now being sought. Resumes must be post marked or delivered by 19 August 98. If mailing please send to Linda Finch, 1424 South 16th St. Leavenworth, Ks. 66048, or they can be delivered to Custom Casuals at 428 Delaware St. Leavenworth. For more information call (913) 651-3566 speak with Eric or Margo.

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     The River City Community Players (RCCP) operate under the auspices of the Parks and Community Activities Division of the City of Leavenworth. All of their funding comes from city coffers. Therefore all of the monies made by the RCCP in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) is returned to the city. The RCCP normally cover all show expenses as well as make some extra to help off set operating expenses for the building. The PAC has a seating capacity of approximately 300, and is completely handicap accessible

     Ticket prices are very affordable. Single tickets are $6.00 per adult and $3.50 for children under 12. The best deal is the patron ticket. For $60.00 for the year you receive 4 seats for the 4 patron productions. By becoming a patron you receive $96.00 worth of tickets for only $60.00. Individual season tickets are also for $15.00, a $9.00 savings.

     The RCCP board has appointed a reading committee to read and recommend shows to be considered for each season. This committee takes suggestions from the community and other interested persons. The plays and musicals are read and evaluated as to their suitability for the actor base and the audience. A slate of recommended shows are them given to the Board and final the season is set. The RCCP season consists of 2 plays and 2 musicals. The RCCP also sponsors a Performing Arts Festival each year. The purpose of this festival is to provide a forum for novice directors, actors and playwrights to direct, perform and produce their talents. Though designed for the beginning artist, the festival does attract veteran talent, to perhaps try something a little different. For the past 2 years the RCCP has produced Youth Theatre Productions to encourage the budding young talent in the community. These productions are designed ages 16 through 20. Shakespeare has been their favorite thus far. Beginning this year the RCCP will be offering theatrical experiences for the very young. This program will be during the after school hours and will teach children about the many aspects of acting, being part of a production as well as being a good audience member.

     Once the RCCP season is decided the task of choosing directors begins. Potential directors are asked to submit their resume to the board president. Each resume is carefully evaluated by the entire board and then voted upon. This process spans 2 monthly meetings. It is the goal of the board to have shows decided upon by July and directors decided upon by September for the season which begins in January.

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