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Harold the Stagehand

Harold the Stagehand is a collaboration between Berkeley Square and Topeka Civic Theatre, creating a unique and fun video promotional tool for upcoming shows.

The Stagehand - Les Misérables

A nation is in the grip of revolution, and Harold has a grip on TCT's latest production, Les Misérables. Convict Jean Valjean is hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole. He must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette, but with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.

The Stagehand - Red, White and Tuna

Harold turns and faces the changes going on backstage at TCT's production of Red White and Tuna, the much anticipated third installment in the Tuna trilogy. This show takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas’ third smallest town. Along with Tuna’s perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. This sets the stage for a show full of fireworks and fun from the land where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. It’s been several years since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of A Tuna Christmas...Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any “cosmic” communications from R.R.’s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Albuquerque taxidermy business? These and other burning questions will be asked and answered in the side-splitting spoof of life in rural America.

The Stagehand - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Harold gives us two fingers of TCT's latest production - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddy’s daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that she’s finally become pregnant by Big Daddy’s favorite son, Brick, but Brick won’t cooperate in Maggie’s plans and prefers to stay in a mild alcoholic haze the entire length of his visit. Maggie has her own interests at heart in wanting to become pregnant, of course, but she also wants to make amends to Brick for an error in judgment that nearly cost her her marriage. Swarming around Maggie and Brick are their intrusive, conniving relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumbled from his position of most-beloved son. By evening’s end, Maggie’s ingenuity, fortitude and passion will set things right, and Brick’s love for his father, never before expressed, will retrieve him from his path of destruction and return him, helplessly, to Maggie’s loving arms.

The Stagehand - Love, Sex & the IRS

Harold hands us the scoop on TCT's latest production… Love, Sex and the IRS. Here is a wild farce with twists of fate, sight gags, mistaken identities and hilarious comic lines. Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as a married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the “couple” they’re going to be investigated by a Mr. Spinner. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon’s fiancée, Kate. Complicating matters further Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon’s back, Jon’s mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son’s fiancée, and Leslie’s ex-girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won’t see her anymore.

The Stagehand - A Christmas Story

Harold gets a little tongue tied when he tells us about TCT's latest production: A Christmas Story. Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the mid-west in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

The Stagehand - And Then There Were None

Harold brings us another video! This time for Topeka Civic Theater's production of "And Then There Were None" - In this superlative mystery statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess is lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead–poisoned. One down and nine to go!

The Stagehand - Legally Blonde

Harold brings us the scoop on the latest production at TCT.

The Stagehand - The Sound of Music

Harold gives us his spin on TCT's latest production... Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

The Stagehand - Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps

We've got Hitchcock firmly in hand as Harold tells us about The 39 Steps - Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

The Stagehand - William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Hamlet has been called the greatest play ever written, so it will be hard for Harold to mess this one up. A story of passion, revenge, and intrigue. When Prince Hamlet learns that his father, the King of Denmark, has been murdered and that his mother, the Queen, has married his father’s brother, he is driven to near madness. Or is he? Called the closest thing to a perfect play, Hamlet is the quintessential Shakespearean drama.

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