Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: What’s your favorite costume that you’ve worn in a show?

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, several Strauss veteran actors share their memories of their favorite costumes that they’ve worn on stage.

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Watch ‘Hamilton’ From the Comfort of Your Living Room Starting July 3

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed Broadway musicals of the last decade will be available for home streaming this Friday, just in time for the holiday weekend! We’re talking of course about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award winning show Hamilton. The film version of the musical featuring the original Broadway cast will be available to stream on Disney Plus on July 3rd.

The movie was originally scheduled to hit movie theaters in October 2021. But with Broadway being shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney decided to make it available on its subscription streaming service a lot sooner.

The only catch, of course, is that you will need to have a Disney Plus subscription to watch. Unfortunately there is no longer a free trial offer available, but with a monthly cost of $6.99, you can always cancel after one month and it will still cost a lot less than flying out to New York and buying a ticket to the live show. Since we won’t be able to see a live show on Broadway for a while now, hopefully this will help all you Hamilton fans get your fix.

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Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Who is your favorite character that you have played?

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, Strauss veteran actors share their memories of their favorite character they’ve played on stage.

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

5 Questions with Terri Cunningham

In this week’s 5 questions, we spoke with Strauss veteran actor and director Terri Cunningham.

1.  What first drew you to the theatre?

I was on the junior high forensics team and got to watch play reading and play acting categories and was fascinated.  From that moment on, I knew what I wanted to do.

2. What type of theatre are you drawn to?

I wanted to do serious drama, but my professor kept nudging me towards comedies and musicals, and I found that I really loved that genre.  

3. What is your favorite show?

Favorite show I’ve been in: Company. Love the show and Stephen Sondheim. Favorite show I’ve seen: Well, the one I will always remember is Strauss’ version of GodspellHamilton and Something Rotten are close.

4.  Why Strauss?

I met Chris Ringham shortly after moving the Monroe and he reeled me in and gave me a purpose. I’ll always be grateful to him.  

5.  What’s the most absurd thing you’ve seen on stage?

Well, me. During a college production of A Little Night Music, I was accidentally left on stage (but behind a small partition) naked. No nightgown, just a robe sitting on the bed and open to the waist. So my stage hubby handed the robe to me and I sang an entire song while holding my robe closed at the chest. Always check your props, people!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: What was your favorite show to be in?

In this week’s TBT, several of our Strauss veteran actors share their memories of their favorite shows they were in.

https://youtu.be/6ZNuFnswiEk

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The Rest of the Broadway Story: Episode 4

Eli and Clark are back with another episode of TROTBS. See if you can figure out which Broadway musical they are talking about this week!

https://youtu.be/d83n9i4eF9U

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: What was the first show that you were in?

Several Strauss veterans share their memories of the very first show they ever performed in.

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

The Rest of the Broadway Story: Episode 3

Elijah and Clark are back with another episode of The Rest of the Broadway Story. See if you can guess what show they are talking about this week!

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Strauss Survey

Take the Strauss Survey

Strauss Theatre Center is planning its reopening, and we need your help! Please take a few minutes to take our survey. We face many challenges in reopening the theatre in the post-COVID-19 world, and your input will help us tremendously in figuring out how to move forward. Click here to take the survey!

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Five Questions with Glenn Williams

On today’s 5 questions, we interviewed Strauss actor and volunteer Glenn Williams, who will be playing Bert Bratt in our upcoming production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

1.  What first drew you to live theatre?

I remember going to see plays when I was a college student at Nicholls State and at ULM and thinking how much fun it would be to be up on that stage, but I never had the time or the confidence to try out for anything back then. Fast forward a few years, my wife Courtney started performing in ensembles for different shows at ULM, and in 2014 she was in her first Strauss show, Music Man. I enjoyed that show so much that I decided to audition for the very next play, which was a comedy called Southern Hospitality. Courtney and I both tried out and we both got parts. That ended up being a really fun, life-changing experience. From that point on, I was hooked.

2.  What type of theatre are you drawn to?

I love comedies. It doesn’t matter if it’s a musical or a straight play; if it’s done well and gives me a good laugh, I’ll enjoy it.

3.  What is your all-time favorite show?

That’s a tough one. I’ve seen so many great shows and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. So I’m just gonna go with the one that we’ve been working hard on for the last several months before the coronavirus came and messed everything up: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Seriously folks, this is a fantastic show. We can’t wait to bring it to you once we are able to. Come see it; it’ll be worth the wait!

4.  Why Strauss Theatre?

Strauss has some of the most talented folks in the Twin Cities all in one place. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent we have right here in Monroe. Over the last few years I’ve had an opportunity to work with so many great people from all walks of life who share a passion for theatre. We are truly blessed to have such a thriving arts community here.

5.  What is the most absurd thing you’ve seen on stage?

It’s not uncommon to see people play pranks during performances, especially during the last performance of each show. But when I was in The Producers a few years ago, we had several pranksters in our cast during that last show; it almost seemed like everyone was trying to one-up each other! That was a really fun cast.