STORIES WORTH TELLING

Dick Whittington and His Cat
by Julia C. Thorne

What
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A poor orphan boy sets out to make his fortune in London. He soon make friends with a clever little girl called Alice and a talented, though greedy, cat named Jess. But he also has an enemy, the crafty King Rat, who is constantly plotting against Dick and his friends... Dick sets out on an adventure that takes him all the way to the Sultan of Marrakesh and back to London, where a great future awaits him - if he can stay ahead of King Rat…

A lively adaptation of the classic English folk tale with plenty of audience participation, comedy, music and even a bit of puppetry!

Performances

Curtain 2:30pm

Ticket Sale starts March 02, 2017

Theater Spielraum

Kaiserstraße 44-46
1070 Wien

Public Transport

U6 Burggasse-Stadthalle
Trams 5 & 49

Cast

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Dick Whittington
Christine Thorne

Christine trained as an actress at La Compagnie Maritime in Montpellier. She holds a BA in English and French and a French Master's Degree in Theatre Studies. Christine was a member of the Youth Ensemble at Theater im e.novum, Lüneburg, for 8 years. Some of her favourite productions were: “Peer Gynt”, “Yvonne die Burgunderprinzessin”, and “Baal”.

Since moving to Vienna in 2013 and joining Open House Theatre, Christine's credits include: Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Margaret in Much Ado about Nothing, as well as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk, Lily in Lily in Fairytale Land, and Dick in Dick Whittington and his Cat. She also worked behind the scenes as an assistant director for A Christmas Carol, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and An Evening Of(f), and is Open House Theatre's Social Media Assistant.

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King Rat
Tom Middler

Tom's training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro finished in 2010, and he graduated from the University of Wales in 2011, before having a successful run in "A Rotten Little Story" at the Edinburgh Festival. His next role was Jeremy, in the BBC2 film Little Man, before heading to Austria to play Jason in "Disconnected", and later Hyde in "Jekyll's Potion" (Vienna's English Theatre).

Back in the UK Tom's credits include Christopher Morcom in the premiere of "To Kill A Machine", Ensemble in a Welsh language production of "Miss Julie" and Prince Charming in "Cinderella". Tom's has also played several Shakespearian roles, including Cassio in Othello (Swansea Grand Theatre), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Tour) and Duke of Clarence/Lord Rivers/Lady Anne/Catesby in an all male Richard III (UK Tour). He has previously appeared in Open House Theatre's production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Tom is Open House's Social Media Representative, as well as a company's ensemble member.

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Jess the Cat
Dana Prötsch

Dana is an actress, puppeteer and playwright, living in Vienna. She got her acting diploma in May 2000 and her favourite parts include Iokaste in "King Oedipus", Dr. Irene Wagner in "Fear", and Kreon in "Medea etc".

As a puppeteer she's been a member of the "Original Wiener Prater Kasperl" since 1997 and also works for Austrian television, playing several characters in the ABC Bear show as a puppeteer and doing the animatronics for ABC Bear in its 3rd season. For "Kasperl & Leopold" she brought the fairy Lila and Trixi the Animaltrainer to life with hand and voice.

She has her own children's theatre "Die SandMädchen" for which she writes, directs and acts, touring kindergartens in and around Vienna.



Creative Team

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Director
Julia C. Thorne

Julia is a bilingual actress. Since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010, she has worked both in English and in German theatre. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg, a year on tour with White Horse Theatre (parts included Nancy in “Oliver Twist”) and Sheila Birling in the International Theatre's production of J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls”.

Julia is one of the founding members of Open House Theatre. She has appeared in “A Christmas Carol” (2012 and 2013), “The Collector”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, "An Evening Of(f)... and "Romeo & Juliet". She also works as the company's Educational Manager, in which capacity she is responsible for writing the annual children's show (“Dick Whittington and his Cat”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and organising workshops and performances in schools.

Julia is Open House Theatre's Educational Manager, as well as one of the founding members of the company.

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Choreography
Robert G. Neumayr

Robert studied musical theatre at 'Performing Arts Studios Vienna'. He's been working in the performing arts for more than ten years now. After graduating engagements have taken him to the Raimund Theater, Theater der Jugend, Opera Graz, Volkstheater and the off-theatre scene in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano and Ljubljana.

Favourite parts have included Charlie Brown in “Charlie Brown”, The Eldest Magician in “Just So”, The Bullfrog in “Honk!”, The Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland”, Oliver Hardy in “Laurel & Hardy”, Clown in “A Winter's Tale” and Nick Bottom in “A Midsummer Night's Dream”. He's been working as an author and director for the past few years, and credits include "A Christmas Carol", "The Timekeepers", "The Turn of the Screw" and "Hypnosis".

Robert is Open House Theatre's Artistic Director and to keep the balance he's also a freelance programmer under the label „icatcher.at“

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Costume Design
Maria Krebs

Maria has been working as a costume designer and maker for over 12 years. She first started her collaboration with Eric Lomas on a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol", where she costumed a cast of 35. Since then, all of Lomas' productions were overseen by her.

Credits elsewhere include "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Twelfth Night", "The Taming of the Shrew", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" , "The Tempest" and "Romeo and Juliet" for Shakespeare in Styria, "Nur Ruhe", "Die Papiere des Teufels" (Nestroy) and "Hayfever" (Coward) in Vienna; since its inception, Maria has been Open House Theatre’s resident costume designer and has overseen every production ("A Christmas Carol", Laurel & Hardy", "Dick Whittington", "The Collector", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", " The Picture of Dorian Gray", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Timekeepers", "An Evening Of(f)", "Romeo + Juliet", "The Turn of the Screw", Izzy the Witch", "The Glass Menagerie" and "Hypnosis").