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2016-2017 Season

Stage One Theatre Company announces 2016/2017 season!

Stage One, Inc. will produce four shows during the 2016/2017 season at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S Main St • Janesville, WI • 608-758-0297 •

Glengarry Glen Ross
October 14, 15, 21, & 22 at 7:30 PM • 23 at 2 PM
Adults: $16 • Students: $10
Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet is the 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning play about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Revived on Broadway in 2005 and 2012, this masterpiece of American drama also became a celebrated film, which starred Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin. *This play contains strong language.

The SantaLand Diaries
December 2 & 3 at 8 PM • 4 at 2 PM
Tickets: $16
The SantaLand Diaries is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill, just before his employment runs out.

Miracle on 34th Street
December 8, 9, 10, 16, & 17 at 7:30 PM • 11 & 18 at 2 PM
Adults: $16 • Students: $10
By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris sent to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.

Never Too Old
March 18 & 25 at 7:30 PM • 19 & 26 at 2 PM
Adults: $16 • Students: $10
Never Too Old, how Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Turned Into Vitamins, Viagra, and the Church Choir, an original play by Janesville’s Dan Fredricks will premiere on the main stage at the Janesville Performing Arts Center in March of 2017! This is an uplifting new play featuring original rock music performed by the cast! A popular ’60s garage band on the verge of success, recording a studio single and fielding record contracts breaks up and falls into obscurity. What happened to the hottest party band of the ’60s, and where are they now? Kim Hess, a young news reporter aims to find out as she learns about the lives of 5 guys who rediscover their love of music, each other, and the realization that you’re never too old to rock ‘n’ roll!

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Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike Auditions

Open auditions for Stage One Inc.’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Jim Stewart.

January 11 & 12 at 6 PM

*If you can’t attend either night and still wish to audition please email producer Mike Stalsberg at to schedule an alternate time

At the Janesville Performing Arts Center • 408 S Main St, Janesville, WI. •

The Story: Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home in Bucks County, PA, while their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape. Some of the show’s elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play’s setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home.

All 6 roles are available:
Vanya – 40s-50s, living is Bucks County. Resigned to his life, more or less, at least compared to Sonia.
Sonia – (Vanya’s) adopted sister, 40s-50s, living with him in Bucks County. Discontent, upset, regretful.
Masha – Vanya’s sister, 40s-50s, glamorous and successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world.
Spike – An aspiring actor, 20s-30s, sexy, self-absorbed, Masha’s new companion.
Nina – Lovely, sincere would be actress, 20s-30s, visiting her aunt and uncle next door. Star struck energy.
Cassandra – Cleaning lady and soothsayer, any age.

All audition materials will be provided. The rehearsal schedule will be generated following the casting of the show (Usually 24 rehearsals). Actors auditioning must be available on March 7, 8, & 9 (Tech week) for tech & dress rehearsals (6 PM – 10 PM)

Show Dates:
March 10, 11, 12, 18, & 19 at 7:30 PM • 13 & 120 at 2 PM (Presented in JPAC’s Gallery)

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Stage One Welcomes Theatre Unlimited to Production Team

Janesville’s Stage One, Inc. is excited to welcome Theatre Unlimited, Inc. to their production team for two large scale shows at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, this fall and winter.

Stage One Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 season includes The Rocky Horror Show (October), A Christmas Carol (December), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (March, 2016). The limited collaboration between Stage One and Theatre Unlimited begins with The Rocky Horror Show, and will conclude with A Christmas Carol. Stage One will maintain the role of producer; Theatre Unlimited will provide production support, and rehearsal space.

This marks the first time Stage One and Theatre Unlimited have worked together on a project. Both companies look forward to this mutually beneficial venture, which not only brings companies together, it strengthens the Rock County theatre community.

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