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Signature's Target Open House

Saturday, July 17 from noon – 10 p.m.

Tickets: Free!

Signature Theatre is located at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, off I-395 at the Shirlington exit. For directions, visit http://signature-theatre.org/map.htm.

<bt>Signature celebrates the best in musical theater and drama at its Target Open House on Saturday, July 17 from noon – 10 p.m. Free and open to the public, this fun-filled special event sponsored by Target is 10 hours of exciting performances, master classes, demonstrations, exhibits, and kids’ activities offered in locations all over the Signature Theatre complex and on the Plaza. Events begin every 15 minutes.

As part of the Target Open House celebration, Signature will be offering special one-day only ticket discounts for select 2010-11 season performances.

<ro>Schedule

<lst>11:45 a.m. – On the Plaza Stage

DIZZY MISS LIZZY

The famous garage band that took the DC Fringe Festival by storm is back in concert with a preview of their new show The Saints.

12 p.m. – In the MAX

SIGNATURE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS CONCERT

Highlights from the new season featuring songs from "Chess," "Sunset Boulevard," "Wheatley’s Folly," and "Side by Side by Sondheim." Featuring Jeremy Kushnier, Euan Morton, Jill Paice, Eleasha Gamble, Florence Lacey, Tracy Lynn Olivera, and Will Gartshore.

12:15 p.m. – In the ARK

FAMILY CABARET

The perfect cabaret for everyone in the family! From Disney show tunes to Annie to Miley Cyrus, this cabaret is guaranteed to get your young ones hooked on show business!

12:30 p.m. – In the Lobby

MY AUDITION BOOK I

Listen to a cabaret performance by DC actors singing from their audition books — from the hit musicals "Wicked" to Rodgers & Hammerstein — get a snapshot of the great American musical!

12:45 p.m. – In the Shen, 4th Floor

PERFORMANCE MASTER CLASS: ERIC SCHAEFFER

Signature’s Artistic Director leads a master class for pre-selected students on acting a song for auditions. Watch and learn! A question and answer period follows.

1 p.m. – In the Library

SIGNATURE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

This film offers an inside look at the development of Signature from the Garage to its current location in the Village of Shirlington. The Signature Documentary is directed and produced by Ben Crutchfield and Alexis Van Dyke, edited by Alexis Van Dyke.

1 p.m. – On the Plaza Stage

DIZZY MISS LIZZY

The famous garage band that took the DC Fringe Festival by storm is back in concert with a preview of their new show The Saints.

1:15 p.m. – In the MAX

SIGNATURE DIVAS

Three of Signature’s favorite ladies — Eleasha Gamble, Flo Lacey and Tracy Lynn Olivera — take to the stage in this concert of Broadway melodies and other favorites. No one can sing them like these divas!

1:30 p.m. — In the ARK

OVERTURES ONSTAGE

Students from Signature’s summer musical theatre institute perform their favorite songs. Be the first to see the stars of tomorrow!

1:45 p.m. – In the Lobby

MY AUDITION BOOK II

Listen to a cabaret performance by DC actors singing from their audition books — from the hit musicals "Wicked" to Rodgers & Hammerstein — get a snapshot of the great American musical!

2 p.m. - In the Shen, 4th Floor

MASTER CLASS: COMPOSER MATT CONNER

Composer Matt Conner talks about composing – what it takes, where his ideas come from and how he writes a score to a musical along with a preview of new works he has in development at Signature Theatre.

2:15 p.m. - On the Plaza Stage

FLOATING OPERA

Glenn Pearson on piano with his Floating Opera band play hits from Broadway as well as the Jazz Age.

2:30 p.m. – In the MAX

SIGNATURE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS CONCERT

Highlights from the new season featuring songs from "Chess," "Sunset Boulevard," "Wheatley’s Folly" and "Side by Side by Sondheim." Featuring Jeremy Kushnier, Euan Morton, Jill Paice, Eleasha Gamble, Florence Lacey, Tracy Lynn Olivera and Will Gartshore.

2:45pm – In the ARK

FAMILY CABARET

The perfect cabaret for everyone in the family! From Disney show tunes to "Annie" to Miley Cyrus, this cabaret is guaranteed to get your young ones hooked on show business!

3 p.m. – In the Lobby

MY AUDITION BOOK III

Listen to a cabaret performance by DC actors singing from their audition books — from the hit musicals "Wicked" to Rodgers & Hammerstein – get a snapshot of the great American musical!

3 p.m. – In the Library

SIGNATURE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

This film offers an inside look at the development of Signature from the Garage to its current location in the Village of Shirlington. The Signature Documentary is directed and produced by Ben Crutchfield and Alexis Van Dyke, edited by Alexis Van Dyke.

3:15 p.m. - In the Shen, 4th Floor

PERFORMANCE MASTER CLASS: TRACY LYNN OLIVERA

Signature favorite Tracy Lynn Olivera leads a master class for pre-selected students on acting a song for auditions. Watch and learn! A question and answer period follows.

3:30 p.m. - On the Plaza Stage

THE PHILADELPHIA COLONELS

Enjoy the sounds of this bluegrass band as they give traditional bluegrass tunes their own special twist!

3:45 p.m. – In the MAX

SIGNATURE IDOL

The tension builds as eight finalists get narrowed down to THE one winner who will perform in the Broadway on the Plaza Concert. Judges include Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks; Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer; and special celebrity guest judge, Clinton Kelly, from TLC’s "What Not To Wear." Who will be the first Signature Idol?

4 p.m. – In the ARK

MUSICAL MAYHEM

Ever wonder what happens when actors go wild!? Check out the madness that is Musical Mayhem in the intimacy of the ARK and witness some of your favorite Signature performers as they cut loose in celebration of Signature's 21st season.

4:15 p.m. – In the Lobby

MY AUDITION BOOK IV

Listen to a cabaret performance by DC actors singing from their audition books – from the hit musicals Wicked to Rodgers & Hammerstein – get a snapshot of the great American musical!

4:30 p.m. - In the Shen, 4th Floor

PERFORMANCE MASTER CLASS: KARMA CAMP

Signature’s Artistic Associate Karma Camp leads a master class on tap dancing. Bring your taps or dance in your sneakers. Watch and learn! A question and answer period follows.

4:45 p.m. - On the Plaza Stage

THE BRAD LINDE ENSEMBLE

Enjoy this swing band as it plays the hits and swings with all that jazz!

5 p.m. – In the MAX

SIGNATURE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS CONCERT

Highlights from the new season featuring songs from Chess, Sunset Boulevard, Wheatley’s Folly and Side by Side by Sondheim. Featuring Jeremy Kushnier, Euan Morton, Jill Paice, Eleasha Gamble, Florence Lacey, Tracy Lynn Olivera and Will Gartshore.

5:15 p.m. – In the ARK

AMERICAN MUSICAL VOICES PROJECT

Signature sings songs from the composers that have been commissioned for the American Musical Voices Project – the largest commissioning program in the United States. A look at the future of musicals at Signature.

5:30 p.m. – In the Lobby

MY AUDITION BOOK V

Listen to a cabaret performance by DC actors singing from their audition books — from the hit musicals "Wicked" to Rodgers & Hammerstein — get a snapshot of the great American musical!

5:45 p.m. - In the Shen, 4th Floor

MASTER CLASS: KATHLEEN GELDARD AND DAN CONWAY

Learn about the behind-the-scene planning that goes into putting together a show when "Chess" costume designer Kathleen Geldard and scenic designer Dan Conway lead a discussion on design. A question and answer period follows.

6 p.m. - On the Plaza Stage

THE BRAD LINDE ENSEMBLE

Enjoy this swing band as it plays the hits and swings with all that jazz!

6:15 p.m. – In the MAX

MUSICAL MAYHEM

Ever wonder what happens when actors go wild!? Check out the madness that is "Musical Mayhem" in the MAX and witness some of your favorite Signature performers as they cut loose in celebration of Signature's 21st season.

6:30 p.m. – In the ARK

SIGNATURE DIVAS

Three of Signature’s favorite ladies — Eleasha Gamble, Flo Lacey and Tracy Lynn Olivera — take to the stage in this concert of Broadway melodies and other favorites. No one can sing them like these divas!

6:45 p.m. – In the Lobby

MY AUDITION BOOK VI

Listen to a cabaret performance by DC actors singing from their audition books — from the hit musicals "Wicked" to Rodgers & Hammerstein — get a snapshot of the great American musical!

7:15 p.m. – On the Plaza Stage

OVERTURES ONSTAGE

A special concert featuring the stars of tomorrow from Signature’s Overture Musical Theatre Institute singing the best of Broadway!

7:30 p.m. – In the MAX

TEAR ME DOWN

Helen Hayes Award winner Rick Hammerly is back to sing his favorite songs from the hit musical "Hedwig & the Angry Inch." A reunion concert like none other!

7:45 p.m. – In the ARK

AMERICAN MUSICAL VOICES PROJECT

Signature sings songs from the composers that have been commissioned for the American Musical Voices Project – the largest commissioning program in the United States. A look at the future of musicals at Signature.

8 p.m. – In the Lobby

MY AUDITION BOOK VII

Listen to a cabaret performance by DC actors singing from their audition books – from the hit musicals "Wicked" to Rodgers & Hammerstein – get a snapshot of the great American musical!

8:30 p.m. - On the Plaza Stage

BROADWAY ON THE PLAZA – Grand Finale

Clinton Kelly, host of TLC’s "What Not To Wear," is the master of ceremonies for this special concert that features Broadway and DC actors celebrating the music of Broadway and Signature Theatre!