Since 1987, The Stage Company has been committed to bringing excellent live theater to the citizens of Southeast Missouri. Once formed, the Company mounted its first production, Love, Sex, and the IRS in May 1988. The Stage Company has continued to vary its performance material from kid friendly The Wizard of Oz in 2009 to the more risque Chicago in 2006. We continue to grow as a Company and as actors through our diverse subject matter.
Before we had a permanent home, the Company performed in church fellowship halls, gyms, ball fields, outdoors in Bacon Park, and in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center at Three Rivers Community College. We now call the historic Rodgers Theater home. Through the opportunities the Rodgers offers us we are able to offer expanded performance schedules and more elaborate productions.
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Board of Directors
David Carroll, President
J.D. Dunn, Vice President
Vanessa Todd, Recording Secretary
The Stage Company Constitution can be found here in the PDF format.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it take to become a member of The Stage Company?
Taking part in a production, signing a release form, and having a desire to help.
What kind of jobs need doing?
We are always looking for actors, but it takes more than actors to mount a production. There are people working backstage on lighting, sound, handling props, costumes, building/painting the set, etc. In addition, we need people who can sell ads, people to man the ticket counter, and people to help promote the show. All kinds of stuff. If you're not sure if your particular expertise could help, just ask!
Can I attend board meetings?
Sure. Except for very rare special closed sessions, board meetings are open. They take place the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM, at the Fellowship Baptist Church.
I don't know anything about stage makeup or anything like that. Does that disqualify me from acting?
Not at all. Many of us had never done these things before we joined The Stage Company. Don't worry, if you want to learn, we can teach you what you need to know.
How are plays selected for production?
Our plays are selected by the Board of Directors in early spring for the following season. Prospective directors bring proposals for plays they want to direct to the board, and the board selects a slate of productions and sets a schedule.
How do you select actors?
Generally, the director will hold auditions several weeks before rehearsals are to begin. Those auditioning will usually be asked to "cold readings" from the script, which means you will be given a scene and asked to perform a particular character's lines while reading them off the page...no memorization needed. If the production is a musical, you will be asked to sing and possibly dance depending on the director's needs. Often, the director will mix and match different candidates in reading scenes to see which combination works best for the play. Auditons are usually held more than one night to allow more people to participate. It is not required for you to attend all audition nights, but you are encouraged to do so if you are able.
I didn't get the part. Does that mean I'm no good?
Not at all! It just means the director decided that someone else fit this production better. There are a lot of reasons for not getting the part. Perhaps the director had a different physical type in mind. Or maybe two other people had a particular "chemistry" they want to use in the production. Never take it personally, and don't let it keep you from auditioning again! If you are not cast in a particular show, chances are you can still help out behind the scenes.
How long does it take to rehearse a play?
Most directors will have anywhere from six to eight weeks of rehearsals, three or four nights a week, before opening night. This schedule will vary depending on the complexity of the production, the preferences of the director, and the mix of actors.
Planning Your Visit
The Rodgers Theater is located at 204 N Broadway St. in Poplar Bluff, MO. Parking is available on the street surrounding the theater and in the lots of the nearby Public Library and First Presbyterian Church (both located behind the theater one block east on Main St.). Seating for all performances begins 30 minutes before the advertised start time. Enter the theater through the front doors, where you can either present your pre-bought ticket or purchase them. Once in the lobby, the Rodgers Theater offers concessions of popcorn, candy, soft drinks, water, and the like.
You'll make your way into the theater and find a seat. All Stage Company shows are general admission, which means you choose where you sit. Please be aware that patrons are not allowed to sit in the balcony area, nor in any rows that may be blocked off for a particular production. Most productions will have an intermission between acts, during which you can use the restroom, re-visit the concession counter, stretch, etc. Just be sure not to leave and miss the second part of the show! If a show has an intermission it will be noted in the program.
Through the performance, be sure to turn off or silence all electronic devices. There's nothing more annoying than being fully involved in the action on stage, only to have the illusion broken by a ringing cell phone. Also, all productions performed by The Stage Company are copyrighted by their respective authors, and our contracts to perform the show do not allow for video/audio recordings or photographs to be taken. Those found to be violating this rule will be removed from the theater. We appreciate your cooperation in making the theater-going experience enjoyable for all.
After the show, please help us out by taking all of your trash and putting it in the receptacles on your way out. Once back in the lobby, cast members will usually be around to greet the audience, talk about the show, sign autographs, and take pictures. Don't be afraid to let us know how much you enjoyed the show!