Tri-State Theater

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Friday, January 20, 2017

On Stage This Week

   There's only one community theatre performance this weekend, and it's in Parkersburg -  but it's a very funny show, one of Neil Simon's best:

   Barefoot in the Park - The Actors Guild of Parkersburg present the comedy by Neil Simon on Jan. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. at 724 Market Street.  Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and senior citizens. (On opening night, when you buy one ticket you get another one free.)

   Closer to home, the Marshall Artists Series presents a touring production based on a beloved fairy tale.

   Cinderella Ballet - The Marshall Artists Series hosts the State Ballet Theatre of Russia on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, as they present the full-length ballet, which tells the enchanting story of wishes and dreams that really do come true. The beloved ballet is set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, with choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev.

   Check 'em out!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CLOG Announces its 2017 Season

   Charleston Light Opera Guild  has announced its shows for 2017 - and it’s a great lineup!

   They start with Sister Act (auditions are in two weeks) - it’ll be presented at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on May 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20.

   Next is The Bridges of Madison County, which will be presented at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre on June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25.

   Then the musical Anything Goes will be presented at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre on July 28, 29, 30 and Aug. 4, 5, and 6.

   Just in time for Halloween, welcome to The Addams Family, which will be presented at the Clay Center on Oct. 27, 28, 29 and Nov. 3, 4 and 5.

   Mark your calendars now!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Auditions This Weekend for "Beauty and the Beast" and "Nunsense 2"

   Auditions for Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Nunsense 2: The Second Coming and Children's Pre-shows will be held in St. Cloud Commons Lodge at 1701 Jackson Avenue in West Huntington, on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

   Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be presented June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and July 1 and 2 at the Ritter Park Amphitheater.

   Nunsense 2: The Second Coming will be presented July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.

   Auditioners need to prepare is up to one minute of an age appropriate song. There will be excerpts from the scripts available to read.

Friday, January 13, 2017

"The Music of Les Miserables"

  The Academy Ensemble, under the musical direction of Dr. Mark Hornbaker will perform a selection of classic songs from the Broadway hit, Les Miserables on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center in St. Albans

   The Broadway show Les Miserables is one of the most popular musicals since its premiere in 1985. The musical is based on the best-selling novel by Victor Hugo and is set in 19th century France. 

   This dramatic story of love, heartbreak, justice and redemption has become an indelible component of the world’s theatre community and its songs are now entrenched in popular culture. 

   The show will include such favorite songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Stars,” “Master of the House,” “At the End of the Day,” “In My Life” and more.

    The group will be accompanied by Dr. Mark Hornbaker and will be under the general direction of Joe Wallace. The concert is being held as a benefit for the Alban Arts Center located at 65 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans, West Virginia. 

   Tickets are available via the Alban Arts Center website, albanartscenter.comhttps://www.ticketpeak.com/res/albanarts and at the door, $10 (adult) and $5 (students and seniors). 

   Give to the Alban Arts Center and enjoy a wonderful evening filled with beautiful music!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First Stage Goes to National Theatre Festival

   This evening a group of parents and members of the First Stage family got a preview of the performance a group of First Stage actors have prepared for this weekend's Junior Theatre Festival. 
   They performed selections from the delightful musical Honk, ,Jr! - and they were terrific! 
   Here's more about the event they're taking part in:
   Students from Huntington's First Stage Theatre Company will be spending the weekend honing their craft at the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival, happening Jan. 13-15 in Atlanta.
   Created by New York's iTheatrics and produced by the Junior Theater group, the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival is the world's largest festival for student-driven musical theater programs. Musical theater professionals from Broadway and beyond connect directly with one of the largest live audiences of artists and arts' supporters of tomorrow.
   The iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta will unite more than 6,000 students and educators from 115 educational musical theater groups representing 28 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New Zealand, South Korea and Australia.
   Each group attending the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival, which has been conducted since 2003, performs a 15-minute selection of a musical for a panel of theater professionals. The students representing First Stage Theatre Company will present Honk! JR. for adjudication.
   First Stage Theatre Company has enjoyed past success at the Junior Theater Festival. At the 2016 Junior Theater Festival, Students from First Stage Theatre Company won a Freddie G Excellence in Dance award, student Olivia Fosson received a Freddie G Outstanding Student Director and Choreographer award, and First Stage Theatre Company educator Ashleigh Bailey received a Freddie G Broadway Junior Slam Award. The Broadway Junior Slam is a theatrical challenge in which students and teachers who don't know each other must stage and perform a song from a musical in one hour. Additionally, Katie Fulks made it to the call-back for future Broadway Junior shoots for "how-to" choreography videos for soon-to-be-released Broadway Junior musicals.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Auditions for "Where the Sidewalk Ends"

   Auditions will be held Thursday night for an original theatre adaptation of Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends, produced in conjunction with the Shel Silverstein foundation and Fair Use Act. 

   Auditions will run in a class setting and will include improvisation work, group writing, and creative movement. No prepared materials necessary. 

   The production is being presented by 4th Avenue Arts at 1030 4th Avenue in Huntington on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

   For more information, email maggie.4thavenuearts@gmail.com or call 304-697-0602.

Monday, January 09, 2017

LimeLight Theatre Closes (For Now)

      It's always sad when a community theatre company shuts down, and last week The LimeLight Theatre Company announced it was suspending operations for now. 

   Dennis Strom posted this on Facebook on January 5: 
   Although we're not technically closing our doors, LimeLight is suspending all main-stage productions for the foreseeable future. The reasons are many, and varied, but one of the main difficulties is trying to maintain quality productions in the worsening economy. Our summer theatre camp is suffering the same fate. I've pasted the text of a letter we sent to all our Camp Curtain Call supporters below to help explain:
   "Hi campers, parents, and supporters,
   We’ve waited until now to announce this, in the hopes that we might be able to figure out an alternative, but it looks very much like we won’t be having camp this summer.
   In a nutshell, it’s not so much a financial problem. We’ve always managed to pay all the bills associated with running the camp. It’s more a staffing challenge, in tandem with the enormous amount of time we’re compelled to invest in order to make camp a great experience for everyone.
   Another factor is the economy. We’ve been offering camp at, what we’ve been told, are day-care prices, not daring to charge what similar camps are charging in other more affluent areas. While this helps in garnering a higher number of students, it doesn’t help us pay our staff as much as we’d like, making it tougher every year to get qualified instructors. In this, we’ve been very lucky. To date, we couldn’t have asked for better instructors, but a large number of our ‘regulars’ have already let us know they can’t do camp this year.
   We’ve approached other companies and individuals about the possibility of having them run it, but the main response we’ve gotten is that they’re also over-extended, and it being a difficult time of year to try and staff it, as well.
   We wanted to make this announcement as soon as we could in order to allow you time to make alternative arrangements for your summer. It’s also early enough to entertain any ideas you may have about keeping camp going.
   It breaks our heart to think that we won’t be able to continue. We’re having to make the same suspension decisions about our theatre company, LimeLight. Although we take great pride in the quality and value of our stage productions, we’re barely able to break even on these shows. At this point we are still continuing with the Actors Workshop classes and hopefully keeping the workshop space open.
   We feel like we’ve had great success in our theatre / camp productions, but we may have miscalculated the difficulty of being a Mom and Pop business as opposed to being a non-profit organization. Certainly, there was the liberating feeling of not having to run every decision past a board, but there’s also the reality that there’s no financial support except through the graciousness of many of you. In fact, I’m not sure how we managed these past 6 years except through the volunteerism and the support of many of you.
   Another thing we didn’t count on was how long it would take to bring you the best quality video packages for the shows. Once they started backing up in the queue, we realized we might have a problem. It’s not our ‘style’ to deliver low quality videos, but that’s what would have been the next step if we were to continue. So, rest assured, the video packages for your merchandise orders are our first priority.
   We apologize for any inconveniences and really hope you understand. We think it’s better this way, rather than have camp slowly devolve into something other than the company with the high standards we envisioned it to be."
   And again, THANK YOU to everyone for their generous support of our efforts over the years, We can't even begin to express how grateful we are.
Kelly and Dennis