Do you shop at Ralphs?

Do you shop at Ralphs?

Do you or someone you know shop at Ralphs (or another Kroger-brand grocery chain)?

You do? Awesome! We’d like to share with you you to an absolutely zero-effort way you and your friends and family can support Theatre Unleashed by doing something you already do regularly: shopping for groceries.

So, if you’re a regular at Ralphs, you probably have a rewards card. If you don’t have a Rewards Card, you want to get one. When you shop at Ralphs and use your rewards card, you can now designate Theatre Unleashed as a charitable beneficiary, and Ralphs will donate 0.5% of what you spend to the company through the Ralphs Community Contribution Program.

Now, we know half a percent doesn’t sound like a lot. It’s not. We literally get a nickel for every $10 you spend. That’s nothing.

But some of our members shop at Ralphs three or four times per week and the average bill can be anywhere from $20 to $100 per trip. That’s maybe fifty cents a week? Again, that doesn’t sound like much, but that adds up to $25 per year. Just from one person, and all at no additional cost to them.

Now multiply that $25 per year by just 50 people, and you have $1,250, or enough to cover our average marketing budget on a main stage show.

If you multiply that by the thousands of Ralphs shoppers that are on our Facebook, Twitter, and mailing list… suddenly we’re talking about being able to possibly cover an entire production with a year’s worth of contributions.

So, now that you see the benefit here, what do you do?

This literally takes 2 minutes. We know, because we’ve done it ourselves:

1) Go to http://www.Ralphs.com
2) If you don’t already have an account, create one.
3) Log in to your account on their site.
4) Register your Ralphs Rewards Card on your profile (you’ll need the number off the back of the card, or you may be able to look it up with your phone number).
4) Click “Community Rewards” on the left-hand menu
5) In the search field, enter “Theatre Unleashed”
6) We’re the first result. Click “Enroll” under our name.
7) Go shopping!

And that’s it! It really is that simple, and it works with other Kroger-family stores with Rewards Programs, so that means your family and friends that live in other regions can contribute, too! That includes:

  • Baker’s
  • City Market
  • Dillons
  • Food 4 Less
  • Foods Co
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fry’s
  • Gerbes
  • Harris Teeter
  • King Soopers
  • Jay C Food Store
  • Kroger
  • Owens Market
  • Pay-Less Super Markets
  • QFC
  • Ralphs
  • Smith’s Food and Drug

We’re here to put up the best theatre in Los Angeles. In order to do so, we need your help.

This is a really, really easy way to help.

Thank you.

Support Theatre Unleashed when you shop on Amazon!

Support Theatre Unleashed when you shop on Amazon!

We all order things from Amazon, right? Well, what if you could support one of your favorite 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre companies with every purchase? Turns out, you can! You just go through Amazon Smile.

Intrigued? Good! Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com.
  2. Search for Theatre Unleashed in their charity database
  3. Select Theatre Unleashed as your charity.
  4. Whenever you shop on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com to do your shopping and we’ll get 0.5% of what you spend.

It’s at no additional cost to you, and it’s all the same stuff as plain ol’ Amazon.com.

Now, we know half a percent doesn’t sound like a lot. It’s not. Theatre Unleashed literally get a nickel for every $10 you spend. That’s nothing. But some of us shop on Amazon at least two to three times per month and that average bill is anywhere from $10 to $100 every order. That average jumps up even more when you get to the holidays.

So those nickel orders can add up pretty quickly to… what, maybe five or ten dollars a year in contributions? that’s not too bad, when you consider it’s from just from one person, and at no additional cost to the donor.

Again, that doesn’t sound like much. But when you get ten people doing this, $5 becomes $50. A hundred people and $5 becomes $500. A thousand people and $5 a year becomes $5,000.

You know what an additional $5,000 per year can do for us? That’s enough to cover all of our annual administrative overhead, AND gives us enough money to offer stipends for box office managers and stage managers for our entire main stage season.

That’s pretty good. Even the smallest contributions can make the biggest difference.

So please, when you shop on Amazon, remember to Smile for Theatre Unleashed! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Check out this new hotness.

Check out this new hotness.

Hey there! Welcome to the new TheatreUnleashed.org! Nice to see you. It’s been a while. You look great. Have you lost weight?

So yeah! Check out the new digs. A whole brand-new website, and it’s all ours.

Greg‘s been working on this thing for a few months and now that it’s live, maybe he can finally get some slee- DON’T TOUCH THAT.

Ahem. Sorry. It’s just that, well, the “paint’s still wet” in a few places. Know what I mean? We still have a few things that are under construction.

As time goes on, you’ll see a few changes. Like we’re still finishing styling the site for tablets and mobile devices. That’s a top priority and will be the first major roll-out now that we’re up and running. We’ve also already found a couple bugs we’re working on fixing (yes, we know that when you look at acting and production credits on member profiles, they’re showing up out-of-order). And we’re going to roll out push notifications soon, so you never miss an update!

But that’s all coming soon. Let’s talk real fast about what this new site already can do, and what it’s supposed to be. Greg’s always wanted the company website to be a digital scrapbook, giving us a digital repository for all of our memories of productions and members past, present and future. With that in mind, as of right now we have most of the 2018 season imported, and we’re working on assembling and uploading profiles for all 100+ of our previous productions from our illustrious 11-year history. We also have more than half of the current ensemble set up with artist profiles, and we’re working with the rest of the members to get them online.

More than that, though, we’ve created a platform where members can share their major career news on our company blog, where patrons can leave reviews of our shows directly on the production pages, and where you can buy tickets and make donations through Artful.ly, our Patron Management System, directly on our site without ever having to leave!

We’re really excited about this new setup, and we hope you will be, too. So click around and enjoy! And if you find a bug or have any questions, leave a comment on this post or drop us an e-mail.

Onward and upward.

Auditions for Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson!

Auditions for Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson!

Theatre Unleashed is proud to announce auditions for our 2019 spring production, Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Heidi Powers!

DID YOU KNOW…

…that the concept of computer programming was first conceived by a woman, Ada Lovelace?

…that Ada was the abandoned daughter of the poet, Lord Byron?

…that, while driven by her mother to pursue mathematics, Ada secretly wrote poetry?

…that Ada and her scientific partner, Charles Babbage, had a complex relationship?

…that Ada dreamed of a world where computers would create music?

Help the Theatre Unleashed team make Ada’s dream a reality with the Los Angeles premiere of acclaimed playwright Lauren Gunderson’s exquisite Ada and the Engine. Directed by Heidi Powers (Bronies! The Musical) and choreographed by Roger Fojas (Lucent Dossier), this not-exactly-a-musical play will include dance representations of the Babbage Engine, as well as other movement pieces that visualize the technology and dance of the era. We aim to bring life to these complex characters by telling their deeply moving true story in surprising ways.

Seeking actors comfortable with movement; also casting three singing roles. All ethnicities/types welcome for all roles.

Auditions will be at studio/stage on Saturday, Jan 19th from 11 AM-4:30 PM and Sunday, January 20, 5 PM-10 PM with callbacks on Thursday, January 24th, 7 PM-11 PM.

Actors interested in auditioning should submit a headshot, resume in PDF format, and links to any relevant reel material via e-mail to Company Manager Erin Moore. Auditions are by invitation only. If you are invited to audition, please bring a headshot/resume to the audition and come dressed to move. The audition will consist of a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue and a 16-bar vocal/general dance call.

Actors are strongly encouraged to read the play beforehand and be familiar enough to discuss the text with the production team in the audition.

Callbacks shall consist of cold reading sides and a second dance call.

Performances will be at studio/stage Thursday-Sunday nights March 21st-31st, 2019 with a Saturday matinee each weekend.

 

About Ada and the Engine

As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge – a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

 

Character Breakdown

ADA BYRON LOVELACE. Character age during the play ranges 18-36. A mathematician; a poet at heart. Curious, wry, self-aware. Above all, bright, in every sense. Singing role, any range welcome. Must move well.

CHARLES BABBAGE. Character age during the play ranges 40-60. Ada’s scientific partner and closest friend. A quietly burning furnace of ideas and ideals. More capable of dreaming than doing. Singing role, any range welcome. Also in movement ensemble.

LADY ANABELLA BYRON. Character age during the play ranges 35-55. Ada’s fierce tiger of a mother. Handles her out-of-control life by exerting control on her daughter. Hates poets; once loved a poet. Also in movement ensemble.

LORD LOVELACE. Character age in the play ranges 25-45. Ada’s proud and proper husband. A literal man, if not a particularly literate one. Content with a monochromatic life, he cannot even begin to perceive all the colors that Ada can see. Also in movement ensemble.

BYRON. Character age during the play is 36. The spirit of Ada’s late father, the famous (and infamous) poet. Charming and passionate; quick-witted and brash… and regretful. Singing role, any range welcome. Also in movement ensemble.

MARY SOMMERVILLE. Character age in the play ranges 40-60. Ada’s mentor and Charles’ colleague. Equal parts warm and sharp, supportive and practical. Also in movement ensemble.

About Theatre Unleashed

Theatre Unleashed is an itinerant 501(c)(3) Non-Profit membership-driven ensemble theatre company, currently producing at studio/stage in Hollywood, CA. The company’s mission is to embody original stories, shed light upon lesser-known works by known playwrights, and put new twists on old favorites; all for discerning Los Angeles audiences. Theatre Unleashed is an Actors Equity Approved Membership Company and produces under the Los Angeles Membership Company Rule.

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