Million Dollar Movies (TKATS)
Million Dollar Movies
an original musical revue by Jay Nagle and Dwayne Parks
presented by Talented Kids, Adults& TeenS (TKATS)
Revue is Indy premiere TKATS (Talented Kids, Adults& Teens) will present Million Dollar Movies, an original musical revue by Jay Nagle and Dwayne Parks, April 13, 14 and 15, in the auditorium of Manual High School, 2405 Madison Ave. This will be the Indianapolis premiere of the musical, described as "a zany singing spoof of some of Hollywood's biggest movie makers, cult favorites and well-known classics." Nagle and Parks, transplants from New York City via Evansville, have presented the show in other cities. The production features parodies of Cleopatra, Psycho, King Kong, Jaws, Forrest Gump and Jurassic Park, among others. Walt Disney, Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas and other famous Hollywood names also are parodied. "Come and get a different look at the movies," says Nagle, who directs the show. Nagle and Parks wrote the book, music and lyrics, with Parks as official composer. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 8 p.m. April 14 and , 15. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Million Dollar Movies is part of the TKATS collaboration with Indy Parks for entertainment at Garfield Park and other Southside locations.
Briefly Auditions Talented Kids, Adults& TeenS (TKATS) will hold auditions for Million Dollar Movies, an original musical revue by Jay Nagle and Dwayne Parks, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 in the Burrello Center at Garfield ParK 2345 Pagoda Drive. Roles are available for singers, actors and dancers, ages 12 and older. Auditioners should prepare a monologue, song or dance routine; vocalists should bring piano accompaniment The revue will be April 6-9 at Garfield Park. For more information, call (317) 955-0949.
t t I , 1 I I I I , I t.pi)BMi i , THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2000 fci Am; troupe revives theater at Garfield Park They were in tlie right place at the right time," said Chris Smock, a senior program coordinator for Indy Parks who coordinates the arts programs at Garfield Park on the Near Southsidc. Garfield is a re- Marion Garmel at festive Traditions 0 Valentine Gifts 0 Mexican Pottery Leather Jackets Folk Art Corn Husk Flowers Mexican Tin Chimineas 913-9197 Second Novel Book Signing by Esperanza Zendejas Festive 3736 pid. The orchestra is made up of Parks, who plays all the instruments and lays down all the tracks for the recorded soundtrack. He plays all the string instruments, a little flute, keyboard and percussion, he said, and was classically trained from the age of 4. The two met in New York, where both were performing cabaret shows, and settled in Evansville when Parks' father became ill and, on a family visit, they were offered a theater building of their own. "We always wanted to have our own theater," Nagle said. They later decided they needed a larger venue for their work, and moved to Indianapolis. Their musicals are designed to involve all ages of performers and audience members, but especially are aimed at teens. "We found, all of a sudden, there was a need for original material for kids," Nagle said. "Kids either love what we do or hate it, they are very honest. It has a poppish feel to it." Smock, who sees opportunities for extensive arts programming at the park, says the duo has a natural ability for working with young people, which is one of the reasons the parks department has formed a partnership with them. "They offer a varied program for kids and teens and adults as well," he said, "and they work in a very professional manner. They are absolutely professional in the way they present themselves, what they do, and the way they work with kids." "And we needed a place where we can develop new work." said Nagle. "This can be our launch pad. With original material we always look on it as a work in progress." The rest of the 2000 schedule includes a TKATS-ACT-A-THON March 25-26, Million Dollar Movies April 13-16, and a revival Eco-logic, an educational musical about the environment, April 19 and 20, in recognition of Earth Day. Eco-logic will be performed in the park's Sunken Garden. Nagle and Parks will be conducting a youth arts camp July 5-28, with a final production July 28-29. They also plan a new revue, The Magic Circus oJFu Chan. Aug. 17-19, with a repeat of Dracula-la-la next October and Sticks in December. Theater critic Marion Garmel can be reached by calling (317) 633-9078. 'Traditions E. 82nd gional park, one of the larger in the Indy Parks syslem, and it hasn't had a resident theater company since the Indianapolis Shakespeare Festival went bankrupt in 1991. Now it has one. Jay Nagle and Dwayne Parks, the Evansville transplants who have re-established their theater company, Talented Kids, Adults& Teens (TKATS), in the Hoosier capital, have signed a partnership agreement with the parks department whereby they provide the theatrical component for the revitalized Garfield Park Arts Center. They will be producing their original musicals at various locations throughout the park as well as running a summer youth arts camp and using the arts center as head-. quarters for their activities. They have been rehearsing their musicals at Garfield Park since September, including their Halloween show, Dracula-la-la (A Musical With Bite), and their Christmas show, Slicks (The Story ojthe 'Snow Day' has something for everyone. , Great music, great kids, great fun!" 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Nagle, who comes up with the ideas, writes the script and some of the lyrics, and Parks, who writes and arranges the music and collaborates on the lyrics, have cast eight performers in the revue, including some who have performed with them before. T. W. Payne was in Sticks and Missi Canada was in Dracula-la la. Rich Baker, also in the cast, was in She Loves Me at Footlite Musicals. Others, cast at open auditions, include Gary and Veronica Clevenger. Savannah Smith and April Armstrong with Barry McFarlane as