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“THE FANTASTICKS”

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Recording for Saipan Radio Theater 

Recording has resumed Sundays from 3-5 p.m.

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“The Fantasticks” came to Saipan

 

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The longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason, “The Fantasticks” came to the stage at Charley’s Cabaret, Pacific Islands Club, on February 14, 15 and 17, 2008.  Friends of the Arts (FOA) is producing this moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love.  This classic story is punctuated by a wealth of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become standards.   “The Fantasticks” is an intimate musical show, which engaged Saipan audiences’ imaginations while it showcases its strong ensemble cast.  Leo Goode, Jr. was cast in the lead role of “El Gallo”, on the heels of his world class performance as “Scrooge” in the December 2007 Friends of the Arts production.  Samuel Conner, who also played a key role in Scrooge, took on the part of “the boy,” and Joan Liwanag, a member of Marianas High School’s Thespian Society, played “the girl.”   Harold Easton, Paul Dujua, Chuck Sayon, all veteran players, producers and directors of past FOA performances, along with energetic young talents, Tommy Baik, also a successful MHS Thespian actor, and Joseph Lloyd, both of whom played supporting roles in Scrooge, rounded out the cast, for a show that is sure to be a winner.  The Fantasticks was directed by Dr. Susan Fishman-Tudor and produced by Friends of the Arts.

 

“The Fantasticks” was staged as dinner theater performances at Charlie’s Cabaret. 

The first performance on February 14, and along with this fantastic play, served intimate and superb champagne and fine-cuisine Valentine’s Day menu and door prizes, incliding a one-night stay at the PIC. 

 

Then again on February 15 and February 17, audiences enjoyed stellar performances of “The Fantasticks” along with the equally fantastic PIC’s Magellan dinner buffet.  

 

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“Scrooge”

 

The curtain went up once again in December as Friends of the Arts presented "Scrooge!” .

"Scrooge", written by James Leisy, is based on the popular Charles Dickens' novel, "A Christmas Carol."  The bitter and miserly Scrooge keeps his employees' busy in search of profits, rejecting the good will and spirit of Christmas that are extended to him.  The reason for his distemper is revealed through the visits of four ghostly spirits, who help him to see life as it was, is, and should be.  The patience and good cheer of his long-suffering head accountant Cratchit and his family, Scrooge's nephew Fred and his fiancée, and assorted neighbors eventually are rewarded when Scrooge has a change of heart.

This show featured an outstanding cast and chorus. Leo Goode brought Scrooge to life; Dave Bucher was ghastly as Marley's Ghost.  The comic relief in that zany trio of Scrooge's "stooges" was top rate.  Beautiful, at times hilarious, music filled the air from the chorus of carolers.

Many thanks to the Pacific Islands Club and the Governor's Office of the Special Assistant for Administration for their support.

To join FOA now, to order your tickets for future productions, or for more information, please call Mr. Frank Gibson @ 256-3204 (flgibson@yahoo.com).

 

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“SISTERS ROSENSWEIG”, a Wendy Wasserstein comedy about contemporary family issues was performed at the Pacific Island Club on October 19, 20 and 21.  We hope you enjoyed this fine production.

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“MUSIC OF THE NIGHT”

 

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FRIENDS OF THE ARTS
melodya@nmcnet.edu
 
"Music of the Night" Kicked Off Friends of the Arts New Season
 
Music, music, music! Comedy and drama! Here's what's in store for you in
"Music of the Night," Friends of the Arts' new season opener. This
outstanding evening program offered a rare musical treat, a taste of operatic
arias, Broadway musical theatre, and contemporary classics. Headlining this
show were four exceptional vocalists from our community - Paul Dujua, Kerry
Uhl, Allen Mijares, and Ingrid Sanchez. They were supported by two of Saipan's
outstanding piano accompanists, Will DeWitt and Ruthi Fruit.
 
"Music of the Night" was be held at Charley's at the Pacific Island Club on
Saturday, September 1, 2007.
 
Not a Friends of the Arts member? For more savings, become a member now and
take advantage of discounts on all our great shows! An individual membership
is just $20.00 per year and a family membership (family of four) is just
$25.00.

 

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THE 2006 – 2007 SEASON

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THE FRIENDS OF THE ARTS

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THE THESPIANS OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC ISLANDS

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

FOR PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS,

IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE

THIS YEARS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT:

 

Ms. Tikla Brown – Home School –

Attending Brigham Young University

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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“AND THEN THERE WERE NONE”

SPRING 2007

PHOTOS FROM “SAIPAN WRITER”

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“Scrooge”


The Fabulous Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” in a Choral Setting

 

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The curtain goes up once again December 8, 9, and 10 as Friends of the Arts presents "Scrooge!"  This heartwarming musical comedy will be performed at two sites: at the Pacific Islands Club/Charley's on December 8 at 7:30 p.m. and again on December 10 for a 3:00 p.m. matinee, and at the Kagman Community Center on December 9.

"Scrooge", written by James Leisy, is based on the popular Charles Dickens' novel, "A Christmas Carol."  The bitter and miserly Scrooge keeps his employees' busy in search of profits, rejecting the good will and spirit of Christmas that are extended to him.  The reason for his distemper is revealed through the visits of four ghostly spirits, who help him to see life as it was, is, and should be.  The patience and good cheer of his long-suffering head accountant Cratchit and his family, Scrooge's nephew Fred and his fiancée, and assorted neighbors eventually are rewarded when Scrooge has a change of heart.

This show features an outstanding cast and chorus. Bob Schwalbach brings Scrooge to life, Dave Bucher is ghastly as Marley's Ghost, Paul Dujua shines as Fred, and Kerry Uhl and Tikla Brown bring the Spirits of Christmas Present and Past bring an other-worldly presence to the stage.  Look for comic relief in that zany trio of Scrooge's "stooges," Barry Wicksman, Chuck Sayon, and Randy Lonsdale.  Beautiful, at times hilarious, music fills the air from the chorus of carolers.

Tickets to the PIC performances, December 8 and 10 are just $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students ages 11 and older.  Youth ages 10 and under are free. GROUPS OF FIVE (5) OR MORE NEED TO RESERVE OR PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE SINCE SEATING IS LIMITED.

A Christmas dessert/tea/coffee buffet will be available for purchase for $5.00.  A cash bar also will be available.

The Kagman Community Center performance, December 9, is by donation of non-perishable (canned or dry goods) food items or cashes in any amount, with all proceeds to be given to Guma Esperanza, the shelter for victims of domestic violence.  No tickets are needed - just come prepared to give a little and receive a heartwarming entertainment experience!

Many thanks to the Pacific Islands Club and the Governor's Office of the Special Assistant for Administration for their support.

As with all Friends of the Arts show, member discounts apply.  To join now, to order your tickets, or for more information, please call Melody Actouka at 234-5498 x 2005 or 235-1320 or send an e-mail to melodya@nmcnet.edu.

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LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
OPENED FRIDAY OCTOBER 13, 2006
 
 
For those who got on their glitz, glitter, and boas and came on 
down to "La Cage Aux Folles", a great show was there!
  
 
Charley's Cabaret at PIC was transformed into the gay little
nightclub on the Riviera that is the setting for this marvelous
Broadway musical comedy.  Tickets included an h'ors d'oevres
(appetizers) buffet at intermission. 
 
 
The talented cast included folks who may be familiar to you as
your neighbor, your classmate, your student, your doctor, your
fellow choir member, your favorite park ranger...but wow! Were
they transformed in this show!  
 
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THE FRIENDS OF THE ARTS

AND

THE THESPIANS OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC ISLANDS

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

FOR PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS,

IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE

THIS YEARS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT:

 

Mr. Dong Hui (Tommy) Shim – Saipan Southern High School –

Attending Alfred University School of Design

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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THE 2005 – 2006 SEASON

 

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“YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU”
 MARCH 31, APRIL 1 AND APRIL 2

AT THE MULTI-PURPOSE CENTER

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THE FRIENDS OF THE ARTS IS INVOLVED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S PRESSURE POINT PROJECT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE BELOW.

 

 

ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT THE CNMI-DPH PRESSURE POINT PROJECT??

ARE YOU IN GRADES 7 THROUGH 12 AND RESIDE IN THE CNMI??

THEN CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

 

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“A BIT OF BROADWAY”

 


In this the 25th year of Community Theater on Saipan, we were so happy and proud of all that came before that as a tribute we brought back, by popular demand, ”A BIT OF BROADWAY” which was performed at the Multipurpose Center February 2, 3, and 4.  This was a review of Broadway shows that were previously performed on Saipan and some yet to be seen.  Many came to see the return of some of your favorite characters performed by the Originals.

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FRIENDS OF THE ARTS/PACIFIC WINDS CHRISTMAS SHOW

On Wednesday, December 7, 2005, the Christmas gala was brought to you by the Friends of the Arts and Saipan Pacific Winds Concert Band.  We rang in the holiday season with a lively evening of entertainment to the delight of our very large and enthusiastic audience. Those who came early were treated to lovely instrumentals performed by the Saipan Southern High School Advanced Band and the Pacific Winds Brass Ensemble.

The main event, began at 7:00 p.m. with a concert by Pacific Winds that featured joyous music of the season.  A tribute to our veterans in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day was also featured.  Special arrangements performed by the Brass Ensemble allowed all to enjoy a final performance by long-time dentist-in-residence Dr. Richard Ludders, who bid farewell to Saipan the next day.

The program continued with a caroling sing-along with the audience, followed by those wacky Friends of the Arts Players, who split your sides with their antics.  And no Christmas program was complete without a visit from Santa!

The Pacific Islands Club once again co-sponsored this event and offered several specials for the evening. 


This year's show was a particularly special event as 2005 marks the 25th Anniversary of Community Theatre in the CNMI.

 

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SAIPAN RADIO THEATRE AND THE FRIENDS OF THE ARTS JOIN TOGETHER TO PRODUCE LOCAL RADIO DRAMA –

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FOR INFORMATION ON OUR “RESTART” OF THIS PROGRAM

 

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THE FRIENDS OF THE ARTS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ITS INCLUSION IN THE

THESPIANS OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC ISLANDS

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

FOR PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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OR ON THE THESPIANS’ ICON BELOW

 

THIS YEARS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE:

 

Ms. Jennifer Jang – Marianas High School – attending the University of Wyoming

Ms. Rose Marie Wakit – Saipan Southern High School – attending St. Louis University

 

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The Friends of the Arts 2004 – 2005 SEASON


On November 11, 12, at 7:00pm, with Matinees on the 13, and 14 at 2:00pm at the Supreme Court Room in Susupe, FOA presented two stirring productions - TWELVE ANGRY JURORS, (adapted from “Twelve Angry Men”) and TRIFLES. These classic productions theatrically spotlighted issues such as domestic violence, bigotry, racism and most important, Truth and Justice.  Both productions can be used as educational tools, and access to study materials has been provided to teachers to encourage student discussions and participation on this Web Site.  We encourage teachers and members of the community to take advantage of these materials. IF YOU WANT TAPES OF THE RADIO PRODUCTION OF TWELVE ANGRY JURORS TO USE WITH THE CURRICULUM GUIDE, IT IS AVAILABLE – SIMPLY SEND AN E-MAIL TO foacnmi@msn.com.

TONY AND TINA’S WEDDING the hilarious, audience interactive comedy, was staged at PIC. It began March 10, with ceremonies continuing through March 12 and played to packed houses. Photos can be found on through the ALBUM COVER Page!!
 

The season continued with our island-wide, youth theater production, “Once Upon A Mattress”, on May 19, 20, 21.at the Hafa Dai Beach Hotel

 

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Our summer was also a busy one, with FOA’s participation in THE ECOARTS FESTIVAL. The FOA with assistance from the International Thespian Society Chapter, the National Forensic League and Marianas High School presented a Poetry Slam, & Drama Presentation.

 

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INFORMATION ON HOW TO HELP OBTAIN ADVERTISING FOR THE “PROGRAM” IS POSTED IN THE MEMBER MAIL  SECTION!!!

 

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“INTO THE WOODS RADIO” CD IS HERE-click MEMBER MAIL!!!

 

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NEW CAST PHOTOS OF “INTO THE WOODS” ARE “ON LINE”

 

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INFORMATION ON PAST PRODUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE  “PRODUCTIONS” ICON BELOW AND THEN THE APPROPRIATE ICON FOR EACH SHOW !!!

 

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