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  • Play to be staged on bus

  • Hannibal’s newest theater, Bluff City Theater, is now doing children’s day camps and later will be performing a play while the audience is riding a bus.
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  • Hannibal’s newest theater, Bluff City Theater, is now doing children’s day camps and later will be performing a play while the audience is riding a bus.
    The theater, which is operated by Joe Anderson, is located at 212 Broadway. This historic building is known as the former F&M Bank.
    Anderson explained the day camp, “will explore native American culture to coincide with the main stage presentation of ‘Tales of an Urban Indian.’” This is the play to be staged on a moving bus.
    The theater day camp for children is concluding today for ages 7 to 10.
    Children ages 11 to 13 will be attending the day camp on June 16 to 20.
    Cochise Anderson is leading the day camp. During the first week, children came from the Hannibal area as well as Winchester, Ill., and Rolla, Mo. They learned to be bow hunters as they rehearsed a play called “The Rabbit Dance.”
    The summer camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. More details are available by calling the theater at (573) 719-3226 or on the website www.bluffcitytheater.com.
    The Ides of March was the first play presented by the new theater. This was on March 15 at The Great Room, 1100 Broadway.
    The first play after moving to the new location will be done on a bus because the building is not ready for a performance, Joe Anderson said.
    “It needs renovation,” he explained. “We are making it available to other groups, and the Hannibal Community Theater will be using it this fall.”
     
    One-man play
    rewritten for bus
     
    Anderson reported Darrell Dennis rewrote the play, “Tales of an Urban Indian,” to be performed on a moving bus, after first writing it as a standard stage play.
     
    “The audience arrives at the theater and boards the bus,” Anderson said. “The bus pulls away and stops at the bus stop in Hannibal, the actor boards the bus, and the play starts.
    “He is telling his story to his fellow passengers, and they become part of the play.
    “We did it in Canada when we did not have a theater at the time. … We had to come up with ways to perform.”
    The play will open Wednesday, July 9, and continue July 11 and 12. It was originally scheduled from July 9 to 27, Anderson said, “but ticket sales are going so well I'm announcing an extension. It will extend two more weeks to Aug. 10.”
    Page 2 of 4 - Performances will be from Wednesday through Sunday each week, with some matinees, for a total of eight performances a week.
    Tickets are available on the website or at the theater’s box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
    “The idea is (for the theater) to become a special place for local performers,” Anderson said. “We are here all year.” He plans to manage a summer theater festival each year.
    Future plans include cabaret performances, Anderson said, which will be “a combination of local and professional performers, doing music from Broadway.
    “We will be experimenting with different types of cabarets.
    “The important thing is, this is a 100-seat space,” so it will be used by people making their theater debut. “When you are a new performer, you can’t fill (a large theater). It is an incubator theater. It is a right size to develop local talent,” Anderson said.
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    Play to be staged on bus
     
    BEV DARR
    bev.darr@courierpost.com
     
    Hannibal’s newest theater, Bluff City Theater, is now doing children’s day camps and later will be performing a play while the audience is riding a bus.
    The theater, which is operated by Joe Anderson, is located at 212 Broadway. This historic building is known as the former F&M Bank.
    Anderson explained the day camp, “will explore native American culture to coincide with the main stage presentation of ‘Tales of an Urban Indian.’” This is the play to be staged on a moving bus.
    The theater day camp for children is concluding today for ages 7 to 10.
    Children ages 11 to 13 will be attending the day camp on June 16 to 20.
    Cochise Anderson is leading the day camp. During the first week, children came from the Hannibal area as well as Winchester, Ill., and Rolla, Mo. They learned to be bow hunters as they rehearsed a play called “The Rabbit Dance.”
    The summer camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. More details are available by calling the theater at (573) 719-3226 or on the website www.bluffcitytheater.com.
    Page 3 of 4 - The Ides of March was the first play presented by the new theater. This was on March 15 at The Great Room, 1100 Broadway.
    The first play after moving to the new location will be done on a bus because the building is not ready for a performance, Joe Anderson said.
    “It needs renovation,” he explained. “We are making it available to other groups, and the Hannibal Community Theater will be using it this fall.”
     
    One-man play
    rewritten for bus
     
    Anderson reported Darrell Dennis rewrote the play, “Tales of an Urban Indian,” to be performed on a moving bus, after first writing it as a standard stage play.
     
    “The audience arrives at the theater and boards the bus,” Anderson said. “The bus pulls away and stops at the bus stop in Hannibal, the actor boards the bus, and the play starts.
    “He is telling his story to his fellow passengers, and they become part of the play.
    “We did it in Canada when we did not have a theater at the time. … We had to come up with ways to perform.”
    The play will open Wednesday, July 9, and continue July 11 and 12. It was originally scheduled from July 9 to 27, Anderson said, “but ticket sales are going so well I'm announcing an extension. It will extend two more weeks to Aug. 10.”
    Performances will be from Wednesday through Sunday each week, with some matinees, for a total of eight performances a week.
    Tickets are available on the website or at the theater’s box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
    “The idea is (for the theater) to become a special place for local performers,” Anderson said. “We are here all year.” He plans to manage a summer theater festival each year.
    Future plans include cabaret performances, Anderson said, which will be “a combination of local and professional performers, doing music from Broadway.
    “We will be experimenting with different types of cabarets.
    “The important thing is, this is a 100-seat space,” so it will be used by people making their theater debut. “When you are a new performer, you can’t fill (a large theater). It is an incubator theater. It is a right size to develop local talent,” Anderson said.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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