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Topeka Civic Theatre

Berkeley Square and Topeka Civic Theatre work together to create many fun and entertaining video clips for the web, TV and live performance.

The Stagehand - Avenue Q

Harold tells us about AVENUE Q... Winner of the Tony Awards equivalent to the “Triple Crown” this musical took home the awards for for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in 2003. AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy the Slut (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life!

The Stagehand - The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Harold gives us the scoop on The Last Night of Ballyhoo, TCT's latest production. It takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

The Stagehand - A Christmas Carol - The Musical

Harold bends over forwards to bring us the scoop on TCT's latest production. Welcome to the world of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a story we all know and love, now set to music overflowing with Christmas feelings to carry in our hearts all year long. Charles Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment by the team of Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Okrent. Called by The New York Times “a tonic for adults, and for children a transfixing journey,” this spectacular musical extravaganza ran for ten years at Madison Square Garden.

The Stagehand: Prescription Murder

Harold stumbles upon the biggest unsolvable mystery of his life while telling us about TCT's latest production, Prescription: Murder. A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant named Colombo.

Harold the Stagehand - Crimes of the Heart

Harold tells us about TCT's seventy-sixth season opener, Crimes of the Heart. The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. The play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future–but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.

Harold the Stagehand - Peter Pan

Harold gets Peter in the palm of his hand as he tells us about TCT's upcoming musical. JULY 15-AUGUST 13

Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tiger Lily, Captain Hook, and of course, Tinkerbell take flight once again as TCT audiences share in the thrilling exploits of the boy who won’t grow up! Families will love the fun-filled songs including “I Gotta Crow,” “I’m Flying,” and of course, “I Won’t Grow Up.”

Harold the Stagehand - The Boys Next Door

Watch Harold as he puts his foot in his hand while telling us about TCT&A's latest production, The Boys Next Door. The show is about four mentally handicapped men who live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out,” young social worker. Mingled with scenes from their daily lives, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy which reminds us the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love, laugh, and find some meaning in the brief time that they are allotted on this earth.

The Stagehand - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

This might well be the last episode of Harold the Stagehand. His last task is to promote the upcoming musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. After meeting on a train, suave Lawrence and small-time Freddy unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues, that will keep audiences laughing, humming, and guessing to the end!

Harold the Stagehand - Funny Valentine

Harold is in for quite a surprise when he tells us about TCT's latest production, Funny Valentine.

Harold the Stagehand - White Christmas

Hark! The Harold's saying something. Hurry to the movie with Bing... reloaded as a stage musical called "White Christmas" - Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont Lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean,” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”

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