The History and Future of the AMERICAN THEATER GROUP


The beginnings of the American Theater Group (ATG) grew out of the desire to promote American culture through theater.  In 2013, as current President of the Association Americans In Alsace (AIA),  a call was put out to like minded individuals interested in theater.   It was from this group of volunteers that the  ATG created its first show Annie Jr.

Annie Jr  was a great success and today holds the number one position when searched on Google.  It has over one hundred thousand hits on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOBy_uQifoE ).

In 2014 the ATG produced its second show Seussical Jr  with five performances to over seven hundred spectators ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkHc497PszU ) .

The ATG will be forever grateful to the association Americans In Alsace for its support and financial backing for the first two shows.

This year (2015) the Board of Americans In Alsace including myself as current President voted to  financially back one more ATG show.  The upcoming show is The Baker’s Daughter and is an original commissioned work by Christopher Bradley.   The Baker’s Daughter presented by the American Theater Group and will not only be sponsored by the AIA but will be produced by the newly created PEACE Productions Agency.  PEACE is an acronym for Promoting Education, Arts, Culture & Entertainment.  It is the objective of PEACE Productions to support future theater works by the ATG and to work with all people interested in promoting peace through education, arts, culture and entertainment.

 

Meet the Cast & Crew of THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER (World Premiere Cast)

 Meet the Cast & Crew

Matthew_Joseph Moran (Matthew)  Joseph MoranTimothee_Martin Lee(Timothy)  Martin LeeArthur_Serge Chevalier(Arthur) Serge ChevalierSophie_Lily Lorenzi(Sophie) Leslie-Anne LorenziIrene_Alison Shipps(Irene) Alison Shipps BayardAshley_Aline Ederlé Bradley(Ashley) Aline Ederlé BradleyPostwoman_Ella Poirot(Postwoman) Ella PoirotMadame Laurent_Claire Schneider(Madame Laurent) Claire SchneiderMonsieur Demeure_Grégoire Durand(Mr. Demeure) Grégoire Durand Alicia_Liana Gaudreault(Alicia) Liana Gaudreault

Meet the Crew Author_Cristofer Edward(Play Wright) Christopher Bradley
Director_Matt Beymer(Director) Matt BeymerPlanning manager_Jane Moran(Planning Manager) Jane MoranKathleen_Key manager(Key Manager) Kathleen MessnerSounds and lights manager_Rob Simmons(Sound & Lights) Rob Simmons

Not pictured yet!

(Sound, Lights & Video) Bill Stern

(Stage Manage) Mike Mecek

Producer_Luther Weathers(Producer) Luther L. Weathers III

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR DIRECTORS ( Adult Cast and Youth Cast)

CALL FOR TWO DIRECTORS

theater stage

Adult Cast and Youth Cast

Proposed Performance date June 2015

 The name of this project is THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER and is written by AIA member Chris Bradley.

The Baker’s Daughter, is a comedy with elements of romance and drama. It takes place in the present day in Wissenheim, a fictional Alsatian town. The setting (in terms of the set) is a first-floor apartment, with some action going on at street level, including a small bakery just below the apartment.

In its advanced-draft form, the play is composed of five acts, and has a cast of roughly ten characters (five main roles, and five supporting roles). At least two are American, one is Canadian, one is from Ireland, and five to six are French. The play is written in English, with occasional French; no understanding of French is necessary.

This project will actuallly be cast with an adult cast and a seperate youth cast but will be using the same stage and set.  The adult cast will be perfomed in the evenings with paid entry by the spectators and the youth cast will be perfomed during the school day and entry is free to students.  The production date of mid June 2015 is scheduled to be perfomed at the College International of Esplande.

Contact Luther at llw3@orange.fr to learn more about this project.

My cell phone number is 06 45 94 34 46.

Thank you!

Luther

Play Readings for University Students (Tuesdays at 7 p.m.)

Calling all english speaking university students interested in acting, directing, and all aspects of the theater.

 The Play Readings will be held every Tuesday (except during school Holidays) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 The goal is to bring like minded people interested in promoting American  and Canadian Culture through Theater.

 Each participants will need to secure their own scripts.

The Play Reading Group will be loosely organized encouraging all to present their theater projects.

Location is the College of Esplanade in the salle polyvalente.

No reservations needed.  Just show up with your copy of the script.

 Please contact  President@americansinalsace.com for more information

or

Call Luther at 06 45 94 34 46

Adult PLAY READINGS will recommence after the production of THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER

Please note the adult Play Readings will not be meeting until after the production of THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling all adults interested in acting, directing, and all aspects of the theater.
 The Play Readings will be held every Tuesday (except during school Holidays) from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
 The goal is to bring like minded people interested in promoting American  and Canadian Culture through Theater.
 Each participants will need to secure their own scripts.
The Play Reading Group will be loosely organized encouraging all to present their theater projects.
Location is the College of Esplanade in the salle polyvalente.
No reservations needed.  Just show up with your copy of the script.
 Please contact  Luther at:
llw3@orange.fr
or
 06 45 94 34 46

Strasbourg hears a Who with Seussical Jr.

AIA’s very own “Seussical Jr.” was a hit! Thank you AIA members and families and participants of the American Theater Group, (ATG) for your effort and support!
“Seussical Jr.” played to nearly 700 spectators over two weekends and included actors from an impressive variety of schools and nationalities. The cast of 34 brought to life the story of, “Horton Hears a Who”, the “Cat in the Hat” and animated some of our favorite Seussian characters in this wonderful piece of musical theater.
Strasbourg got a taste of one of the things we love most in North America …. a good old high school musical! And we pulled it off with fun and flare, not to mention some really great hot dogs after the shows. It’s hard to imagine a better way to share a piece of Americana here in Alsace and at the same time provide an amazing opportunity to a group wonderful students. A round of applause to the artistic team, the support team, our producer and to our actors, parents and volunteers who all made “Seussical Jr.” a great success!