by Carol Foldvary-Anderson
"All the worlds a stage and one man (woman) in his time plays many parts" the famous quote from the poem of William Shakespeare.
In this edition of Generation Boomer I will highlight the Brüka Theatre and the great programs and opportunities for involvement they offer in our community. (www.Bruka.org ) Box Office Number: 775-323-3221.
The mission statement of the Brüka Theatre is: "To create and share the experience of innovative theatre."
Brüka Theatre is a nonprofit organization and applies for and receives grant funding on several levels, from the state of Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and monies from individuals and businesses within the community. The local theatre company, located in downtown Reno, also provides outreach, educational opportunities for our youth by touring adult actors into the schools and communities around the area and state.
Many tasks go into creating a production and touring group. Now might be a great opportunity to become involved. Volunteer opportunities exist to all age groups of the community on a variety of levels from fundraising, working the bar during performances, handing out program sheets and other tasks for volunteers to feel part of the show. Maybe it is the backstage, behind the scenes aspect of involvement you are interested in. Skills are learned and shared in the aspect of technical production: lighting, sound and perproduction in costuming and also set creation. Calling the Brüka Theatre Box office is where to start and set up an appointment to discuss your interests. Brüka does have an inhouse Set Designer and Technical Director but volunteer help is always appreciated.
In September (date to be announced) the Brüka holds an "OPEN CALL" an Open Audition for Actors/Actresses to present 1 minute monologs. You are able to sign up through the Casting, an Opportunities section of their website and by calling the Box Office. This may be something exciting to attend and feel out, to see if on stage and acting is the direction you wish to take.
The theatre's performance venues include classic, contemporary, musical, original and theatre for children.
Attending a relaxed local theatre production is an exciting event for everyone. The theatre is designed as a small intimate environment. Every seat has the perfect view. Brüka is located in downtown Reno, on the main strip of the city, at the corner of First and Virginia Street across from the CalNeva Casino. The physical address is: 99 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501.
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