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General Audition Announced!!!

Thursday July 28th 7:00 PM & Saturday 30th 11:00 AM.

This week at the Applegate Regional Theatre
87230 Central Road (Corner of Central & Fleck)
Ph. 541-935-3636
https://www.facebook.com/Theaterisfun/

Looking for actors, front house help, backstage help, all help is needed.

Some simple tips for auditioning...
1. Act. Don’t just read.
2. Take the time you need to prepare.
3. Slow down and enunciate every word.
4. If you make a mistake, battle though it.
5. Don’t be too cockey.
6. Audition often.

Make them laugh, make them cry, make them feel...what do people go to the theatre for? An emotional experience... we are servants of the audience, never forgotten that.

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Applegate Regional Theatre (ART) Center in Veneta, Oregon.

The grand spirits of the theatre gods are working their magic here in Veneta at the Applegate Regional Theatre, Inc. (ART, Inc.) site. Soon there will be auditions, shows, Holiday Fairs, classes and fun… lots of fun. Which means lots of “work” for and needed from lovely theatre folk. The energy here is alive with wonder and love of creativity… come join the quest.

THEIR VISION
To create a performing arts and community center in downtown Veneta. A place to enjoy plays, art shows, dances, concerts, classes, workshops, movies, meetings and celebrations – all without leaving the West Lane area.

THEIR MISSION
To provide opportunities for the citizens of west Lane County to participate in the creation and presentation of performing and fine arts in a venue where enriching entertainment and educational programs are available and accessible to all.


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Applegate Regional Theatre | Audition | Work Parties | Shows | Fun Stuff Applegate Regional Theatre (ART) Center in Veneta, Oregon The grand spirits of the theatre gods are working their magic here in Veneta at the Applegate Regional Theatre, Inc. (ART, Inc.) site. Soon there will be auditions, shows, Holiday Fairs, classes and fun… …
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For the love of a jolly old Elf...

Santa Claus, that brilliant mythical figure, with historical origins who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of well-behaved, “nice” children on Christmas Eve (24 December) and the early morning hours of Christmas Day (25 December). A modern icon of great commercial worth. He brings the Christmas Holiday to all… no matter what your belief may be or if you have none at all. Santa Claus will bring you a gift. That jolly old Elf is a great symbol for kindness, love, all that make us human and better human beings.

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Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Father Yule, Kris Kringle, Santy, or simply Santa… Santa Claus, that brilliant mythical figure, with historical origins who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of well-behaved, “nice” children on Christmas Eve (24 December) and the early morning hours of Christmas Day (25 December). A …
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Christmas in July is just starting...

Book you Santa Claus events now and you don't have to worry about the Black Friday crowds...

Father Yule John still has a few days open and you can still get an

Ultimate Santa Claus Visit (VERY, VERY limited availability on Christmas Eve and Christmas, it is one that can be done with any visit, the fee is the same which ever days you pick.)

If you want a truly one of a kind Santa Claus visit, then this package is for you. Santa John will consult with you about your children’s names, what they are currently interested in, and about Christmas gifts from the past. We bring our own on staff photographer to your home and set up. Then Santa John will make a big entrance and greet your children by name. They will be mesmerized by his authenticity and personality as he tells stories about life at the North Pole. Santa Claus will perform his unique first person version of “The Elf and Children Who Saved Christmas” (Those children in the story will be the your children) and He’ll have everyone singing Christmas songs while he plays the Kazobo (a huge Kazoo.) While all of this is going on, our professional photographer will be capturing photos. Santa Claus will then listen to the hopes and dreams of each child and hand out gifts that you have provided to each child. Santa will also give to each child a wire wrapped ring or necklace and tell a story about it and sing “Merry Christmas to you,” with the whole group. Fun photographs of your children with Santa John will be taken, including several specific poses guaranteed to be treasured by you for years to come. Family pictures are also included. These pictures will be edited and delivered to you electronically. But if you would like we can also, print them in any way you wish (for an extra fee.)

We are only able to offer a select number of “Ultimate Santa Claus visits” each year and scheduling is limited. They generally last about an hour, depending on the number and age of children. This is the best Santa Claus experience available for the true believers out there.

Christmas Day (You must live in the Portland to Eugene/Springfield, Oregon greater area for in person visits. I will happily go anywhere, but the price will have to include airfare, lodging, food and transportation. Not included in the fee below.)

$250 – $290 for the first hou (depending on location, date, time & day of week. Call or complete the form on Contact Santa for availability and exact fee) $200.00 for each additional half-hour

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The Mad Rants of an Actor Barking at the Moon...

The Bard on the Butte!

Wednesday night I got to meet our lovely Helena, Juliet (no I'm not mixing up shows... that's her name.) It's perfect that we have a Juliet playing one of the Lovers. This time, our Juliet makes it to the end WITHOUT dying... we ARE doing one of the comedies. She and the talented Kristen Mcloud got her all caught up with the blocking that the Lovers had lived through.

Remember in Shakespeare... the Comedies end with marriages and marriage beds and the Tragedies & Histories end with mass deaths & graves for beds. That's Shakespeare for you.

I enjoyed a wonderful evening on top of the Butte and kept an eye on all the stuff we carry to our rehearsal.

I also got a picture of our stage area on top of the Butte.

Rob Newcomer our director, and plays Nick Bottom, has some fun and magical ideas for the staging on top of Skinner's Butte. You are in for a mystical time under the late evening skies in late August and early September.

"Pray, Gentles, when you set out on wild
And windy hill tops that you find your journey
Rich, full of life, fill with great adventure,
And you drink heartily from the cup of knowledge."

Forgive my poor words to talk of our sweet time on top of yonder hill.

Here are a few more pics of this odyssey...

#‎TheBardontheButte

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Two very important dates are happening for my beautiful, brilliant, girlfriend and wife +Toni Rakestraw and I... on the 27th of June is 36 years since we went on our first date and started this crazy relationship thingy. Then to top that on the 29th will be 31 years of being married. Yes, we are still together after all these year and we even still like each other... dare I say we even are still madly in love with each other. I wake every morning and fall in love at first sight again and again. She has been the greatest gift and has given me 8 more brilliant gifts that any man could hope or wish for. I'm one lucky dude!

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What a great way to celebrate Christmas in July...

With Christmas Movies!

Happy Holidays from Father Yule John Rakestraw.

After the movies jump on over to my website and order your visit with the Jolly Old Elf. ===> http://johnlrakestraw.com/

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Audition July 28th and 30th...

Applegate Regional Theatre (ART) Center in Veneta, Oregon
https://www.facebook.com/Theaterisfun/?rc=p

Calling all theatre folk in the Willamette Valley. Come do a play with us!

Those interested in working on stage and backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser, running crew) are asked to attend these fun auditions. Our production team will love to take a few moments to meet with you to discuss your area of interest.

Applegate Regional Theatre is located at Central and Fleck in Eugene, Oregon.

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Even Father Yule John loves fireworks and the 4th of July...

Happy 240th Birthday USA!

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Where does your lap go when you stand up?

Interesting enough this question was actually the motivation for The Transformers. Not the movies, but the toys and anime TV shows. I read that somewhere years ago... most likely in a movie fan mag or the back of a cereal box.

Now back to our laps... Our laps don't go anywhere really... we just stand up, they just turn into thighs.

Interesting too... that chickens have thighs, but don't have laps. Though Transformers might have thighs.

So, ;-}])> ... when we sit once again magically the lap is there for us. We human are very magical, we come with a built in table when we sit. Just think what chicken could have done with laps... ?!

Here's a picture of my lap with a paper cutter on it... I couldn't find a chicken near my desk or I would have gotten a picture of its thighs with my thighs and no lap.

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Chicken thighs... not Transformers thighs, though they probably taste like chicken, plastic chicken thighs, or more like rubber chicken thighs... now, I'm not so hungry for thighs anymore.
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Being quiet is for the dead... and even then I'll make a huge racket!

Shakespeare is not high brow stuff... I always thought that Mel Brooks would have made a brilliant "A Midsummer Night's Dream" movie. He still could do Shakespeare. Happy Birthday Mel!!!

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Playing HearthStone (VastMcLarge#1666) is my life...


In this wonderful world there are those who can make you think, those that make you wonder and those that take you beyond their imagination into yours... 

RAKESTRAW BOOK DESIGN - Editing is the heart of our business. It’s hard to hand over your baby to someone who is supposed to be critical. Toni Rakestraw, the editor, strives to do her very best for you and create a wonderful experience as you go through editing.

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TITANIC DECEPTION by John and Toni Rakestraw [eBook | Print]

"Historical thriller, Romantic suspense. This tale grabs the reader from the get-go and holds on until the very end. Told in the past and present, we are treated to an interesting possibility. Conspiracy theorists, this is your cup of tea! It was a darned good read, and it really piqued my interest to learn more about the Titanic and those who built her."
Review by Barbara Simonds 

Story - With stars in her eyes, Alice Clarke boards the Titanic, heading to a new life. On board, she falls in love, only to lose him in the disaster. He leaves her with a pocketwatch, which holds more secrets than she realizes. Her great-grandson, Michael Kearney, inherits her diary. When he overhears an unusual story about why the ship was wrecked, he finally reads it and finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that stretches across a century involving some very powerful people.  With the help of Soft Kitty, an irascible conspiracy theorist, and his girlfriend, Sylvia, he must bring the truth to light and bring down the men behind it, no matter what the cost. Maybe some secrets are better left at the bottom of the sea.

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"This is a short read...it took me perhaps twenty minutes to get through and if I have any complaint at all about this short book, it's that it's too short. It's non-fiction and all about inspiration. It does a great job. I loved the little gems of wisdom and enjoyed the light-hearted way they were delivered.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Mr. John Rakestraw.

I highly (very highly) recommend this book to all writers. Invest twenty minutes - it's well worth your effort."

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