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We Happy Few

by Imogen Stubbs

“A comedy drama about an all-female theatre company touring Britain during the darkest days of World War Two.
While the men are fighting Hitler and the bombs are falling on London, a 'girls only' theatre company sets out in a battered 1920s Rolls-Royce to bring Shakespeare to a culture-starved Britain.
Inspired by the real-life Osiris Players, whose travelling productions during the War inspired many to take up the profession - Judi Dench to name but one.” – From Nick Hern Publishing.

Roles for seven women and two men.
Characters are:
Hettie Oaks, leader of the troupe
Flora Pelmet, co-founder of the troupe
Helen, alcoholic children's radio presenter and frustrated actress
Charlotte, Cockney tomboy, latterly Rosalind's girlfriend
Jocelyn, stage manager
Reggie Pelmet, Flora's cousin (male)
Gertrude, German Jewish refugee
Joseph Rosenbaum, Gertrude's son
Ivy, a working class girl, soon to be Joseph's girlfriend
Rosalind, new RADA graduate, Helen's daughter

There is great flexibility in the age range of each character with some limitations based on relationships.

Auditions are open to the public and will be held October 14 at 6:30 in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Auditorium.
Rehearsals will be Sunday – Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30. (Sundays are optional but encouraged).
Performances are Dec. 4-7 and 11- 14.
The Playhouse is also seeking a Stage Manager, Light Board Operator, Sound Board Operator and backstage crew.
Volunteers are needed to assist with video production and sound editing. Seeking a saxophone player and a pianist for either live or recorded participation in the production. Set construction will begin November 8.
Scripts are not available in advance but the play is available for immediate purchase as an ebook or through your regular book sources.


Play reading/ watch/ listen: Sundays Beginning November 2, 6:30 -8:30 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Come join us and take a role as we read through the plays in which scenes are played in “We Happy Few.”  Nov. 2.

Special Event!!


The Grand Marais Playhouse is pleased to present



LIMITED SEATING!!! 20 seats per performance!!!

Recommended for ages 6 and older


Minneapolis-based performance company Emily Johnson / Catalyst bring their award-winning performance installation THE THANK-YOU BAR to Grand Marais’ ACA Oct 24-25, 2014 with four limited-capacity shows, plus a free concert by experimental music duo BLACKFISH:



at Grand Marais Playhouse, Arrowhead Ctr for the Arts:

Friday Oct 24 7pm

Friday Oct 24 9:30pm

Saturday Oct 25 2pm (matinee)

Saturday Oct 25 7pm

**BLACKFISH Concert Sat Oct 25 9pm (45 mins) Free w/ TYB ticket




Sept 5, 2014 – Emily Johnson/Catalyst bring their Bessie Award – winning performance installation, The Thank-you Bar to Grand Marais’ Arrowhead Center For The Arts Oct 24-25, 2014 as part of the fall season for the Grand Marais Playhouse. The Thank-you Bar first premiered in 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska, and has toured across the USA to wide acclaim, propelling choreographer Emily Johnson into the national and international spotlight as a visionary contemporary dance maker.  In 2014, Emily Johnson / Catalyst received a MN State Arts Board “Arts Touring” Grant to bring a series of performances and workshops to Grand Marais in 2014 -15.


THE THANK-YOU BAR is a performance/installation of dance, live music, storytelling and visual image, connecting ideas of displacement, longing, and language to history, pre-conceived notions, architecture, and igloo-myth.  Created and performed by choreographer Emily Johnson with composers/musicians James Everest and Joel Pickard. Featuring beadwork by celebrated artist Karen Beaver, costumes by Angie Vo and Kari Multz , lighting design by Heidi Eckwall and paper sculptures by Krista Kelley Walsh.  TYB touring performances include a companion concert by experimental music duo BLACKFISH (James Everest + Joel Pickard).


THE THANK-YOU BAR is an intimate performance experience intended to engage many levels of perception and expression. Through a sophisticated concept of theatrical space, unique and powerfully minimalist dancing, and a mulit-layered original soundscore, Johnson’s illusory – yet partly true – stories ride the confluence of truth and myth. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.  Seating limited to 20 per performance.


" delightfully fresh and invigorating, so new, that you want to shout about it from the rooftop and out windows so everyone can know about it...dazzlingly original..."                                                                                                                                                                       - This Week in New York (


 "a stunning example of an emerging contemporary American aesthetic"
                                                                                    - Houston Chronicle



Come experience a theatrical weekend in Grand Marais

Enjoy accommodations at our 2012 season sponsor



Grand Marais Playhouse office

P.O.Box 996

Grand Marais, MN 55604

(218)387-1284 ext.2


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