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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Upcoming Shows and Auditions

   Here’s the show lineup for the week:
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ONSTAGE THIS WEEK:

“Peter Pan, Jr.” - Jenny Wiley Theatre will present the Junior version of the show based on the beloved book on July 19, 20 and 21 at 6 p.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, Ky. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and senior citizens.

"The Addams Family" - Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre Senior Co. and Alumni will present the musical based on the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky TV show on July 20 at 7 p.m., July 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and July 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Verne Riffe Center for the Arts at 940 2nd Street in Portsmouth, Ohio.

“Hairspray” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the beloved musical about Tracy Turnblad’s dreams of fame, and how she uses her newfound star power to promote equal rights. The show will be presented at the Amphitheatre in Prestonsburg, Ky., on July 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 8:15 p.m.

Murder and Merriment (Interactive Murder Dinner Parties)
For a complete list of upcoming murder parties, visit www.murderandmerriment.com.

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UPCOMING AUDITIONS:

AUDITIONS FOR: “Of Devils and Men” is a live stage play written and directed by Lawrence Burgess. The auditions will be held at South Charleston City Hall on Saturday, July 21 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. There are 8 total slots available. The setting: 2021, West Virginia. The death penalty has just been passed into law. Twelve jurors, one is the devil. The end has come. Performances will be at the Capitol Theatre in Charleston on Oct. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and 31.

AUDITIONS FOR: “Wait Until Dark” presented by Kanawha Players. Auditions will be held Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Kanawha Players Theatre at 115 Spring Street in Charleston. They will be casting parts for six males, one female and one girl.

AUDITIONS FOR: “Dracula” presented by The Aracoma Story. Auditions will be held Friday, August 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Logan High School’s Little Theater. Prepare a one minute monologue. “Dracula closely follows the source material of the novel. Bram Stoker's suspenseful story is based on the classic legend of the Transylvanian vampire. The lead characters in the play work to piece together Dracula’s identity. They make a valiant attempt to stop him from taking new victims. Dracula is suspenseful, creepy and perfect for the Halloween season. The show will be held in the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park.

AUDITIONS FOR: “Ragtime the Musical” presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild. Auditions are open to ages 15 to adult (The Little Boy and The Little Girl are short, ages 9 – 11). SINGING auditions are Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. No a capella, please! Prepare a classic Broadway song (bring sheet music for Guild accompanist if not singing from score). READING Auditions are Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. Scripts are provided. DANCE Auditions are Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Prompt! Dress to dance; combinations are taught. All auditions are held at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre at the corner of Tennessee Avenue and Roane Street. 


AUDITIONS FOR: “Love, Loss and What I Wore” presented by Alchemy Theatre Troupe. Directed by Amy Carlson, the cast includes five roles available for women, 18 years of age and older. Auditions will be held on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Huntington at 732 14th Street West. The show will be presented Oct. 19 and 20 at 8 p.m.  Scenes and monologues from the play will be provided at auditions for readings. Actresses will read from scenes and cuts selected by the director. Director and other actresses will be present during auditions for possible readings together. Bring ALL conflicts between Aug. 25 and Oct. 18. Conflicts will be considered and taken into account for casting. If you are interested in auditioning and you cannot make that date, please message the director at amy.carlson@marshall.edu .

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Upcoming Shows, Auditions and Summer Camps!


   Here’s the show lineup for the week, beginning Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Upcoming shows and summer camps are also listed. If I've missed anything, please let me know. 
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ONSTAGE THIS WEEK:

No shows this week!

- Murder and Merriment (Interactive Murder Dinner Parties)
For a complete list of upcoming murder parties, visit www.murderandmerriment.com.

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UPCOMING LIVE THEATRE

- “Peter Pan, Jr.” - Jenny Wiley Theatre will present the Junior version of the show based on the beloved book on July 19, 20 and 21 at 6 p.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, Ky. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and senior citizens.

- “Hairspray” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the beloved musical about Tracy Turnblad’s dreams of fame, and how she uses her newfound star power to promote equal rights. The show will be presented at the Amphitheatre in Prestonsburg, Ky., on July 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 109 and 11 at 8:15 p.m.

- “Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.” - The Aracoma Story presents the Junior version of the musical on July 26 at 8:30 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park in Logan, WV.

- “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” - The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center present Disney's The Little Mermaid in the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences on August 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM with matinees on August 5 and 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

- “Legally Blonde the Musical” - Paramount Players present the show at the Paramount Theatre in Ashland, Ky., on Aug. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for students, $25 for adults.

- “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.” - The Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg presents the Junior version of the Disney musical at 724 Market Street in Parkersburg, WV, on Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00 p.m. and Aug. 5 and 11 at 2:30 p.m.

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UPCOMING AUDITIONS:

AUDITIONS FOR: “The Beverly Hillbillies” presented by The Aracoma Story Inc.  Auditions will be held on Friday, July 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 14 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Aracoma Story Office on Main Street in Logan. Be prepared to perform about a one minute monologue and read from the script (which will be provided). The show will run Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, Sept. 7 to 9, and Sept. 14 to 16.

AUDITIONS FOR: “Wait Until Dark” presented by Kanawha Players. Auditions will be held Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Kanawha Players Theatre at 115 Spring Street in Charleston. They will be casting parts for six males, one female and one girl.

AUDITIONS FOR: “Dracula” presented by The Aracoma Story. Auditions will be held Friday, August 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Logan High School’s Little Theater. Prepare a one minute monologue. “Dracula
closely follows the source material of the novel. Bram Stoker's suspenseful story is based on the classic legend of the Transylvanian vampire. The lead characters in the play work to piece together Dracula’s identity. They make a valiant attempt to stop him from taking new victims. Dracula is suspenseful, creepy and perfect for the Halloween season. The show will be held in the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park.

AUDITIONS FOR: “Love, Loss and What I Wore” presented by Alchemy Theatre Troupe. Directed by Amy Carlson, the cast includes five roles available for women, 18 years of age and older. Auditions will be held on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Huntington at 732 14th Street West. The show will be presented Oct. 19 and 20 at 8 p.m.  Scenes and monologues from the play will be provided at auditions for readings. Actresses will read from scenes and cuts selected by the director. Director and other actresses will be present during auditions for possible readings together. Bring ALL conflicts between Aug. 25 and Oct. 18. Conflicts will be considered and taken into account for casting. If you are interested in auditioning and you cannot make that date, please message the director at amy.carlson@marshall.edu .

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UPCOMING SUMMER CAMPS:

Paramount Players - “Living Truthfully, the Practice Behind the Art.” Art takes practice, and this class is designed to help students of all levels fine tune the art of acting. The class will have a heavy focus on acting schools of thought, various principles, character development, and exercises to hone acting to a sharper edge. Over the 8 week course students will learn how to connect with other actors on stage for a deeper and truer since of the character and story, as well as how to develop a sense for organic and natural acting. Being neither a beginner or advanced class, the goal will be to provide a safe environment to reach out and grasp new levels for all students. Come. Be relaxed. Learn along the way. Fridays - July 13, 27, August 10, 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. This class is offered free of charge.

Theater Camp, for ages 5-11, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday, July 11-20, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 2248 Adams Ave., Huntington, with veteran director Eddie Harbert. Participants will perform the musical, "Magic Treehouse: Pirates at Half-Past Noon." Cost, $300, which includes scripts, crafts, T-shirts, cast pictures, individual pictures and certificates. Space is limited to 25 campers. To register, contact Harbert at 304-360-2749. There is a nonrefundable $25 registration fee due with each application. All camp fees must be paid by the first day of camp. Some scholarships are available.  

Theater Camp, for ages 11-18, from 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 16-Aug. 3, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 2248 Adams Ave., Huntington, with veteran director Eddie Harbert. Participants will perform "Once on This Island, Jr." Cost, $300, which includes scripts, crafts, T-shirts, cast pictures, individual pictures and certificates. Space is limited to 25 campers. To register, contact Harbert at 304-360-2749. There is a nonrefundable $25 registration fee due with each application. All camp fees must be paid by the first day of camp. Some scholarships are available. 

Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences - Performing Arts Camp: July 16 – July 20 (ages 10 – 18), Jr. Camp (ages 10 – 12), Sr. Camp (ages 13 – 18). Each of these Summer Camps is led by local, industry professionals. Students will develop, rehearse and perform Broadway style musical numbers, monologues and scenes as well as create prop and set pieces for a fun performance for family and friends in the Clay Center’s famous Maier Foundation Performance Hall! To reserve a spot call: 304-561-3570.

Alban Arts and Conference Center - Introduction to Playwriting with John Barton. This course will focus on teaching skills necessary to write a play: crafting a character, writing believable dialogue, creating conflict, and building a scene. There will be weekly assignments, in-class exercises, and some online discussion and support. Students will do script study, complete several writing exercises, and critique dialogue and scenes before writing their own original 10-minute play. Select plays will be read or performed at the end of the course. No experience necessary. Recommended ages 12 and up (Middle School / High School). Mondays 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alban through August 13. Class costs $200 if preregistered and $225 if you sign up the day of class. Register for class at ticketpeak.com/albanarts.


Sunday, July 08, 2018

A Meeting of (Historical) Minds


  Fans of theatre - and especially fans of theatre history - will enjoy this article from Playbill, as it brings together two theatre giants - Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, and William Daniels, who starred in the hit Broadway musical and film 1776, which focused on the creation of the Declaration of Independence - and the United States.

   Two great shows, and two great stars - and you can read their encounter at this link: http://www.playbill.com/article/lin-manuel-miranda-and-william-daniels-talk-hamilton-1776-mr-feeny-and-more .

Thursday, July 05, 2018

On Stage This Weekend

    
   There are four shows taking local stages this weekend - here's the rundown:

Shrek the Musical” - HART in the Park presents the musical based on the animated film at the Ritter Park Amphitheatre on July 5, 6, 7 and 8. Gates open at 7 p.m., “Disney’s Lion King Kids” begins at 7:30 p.m., “Shrek” beings at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens, groups of 10 or more are $10 each.

- “Footloose the Musical” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the show based on the film on July 5, 6 and 7 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky. 

- “Jungle Book KIDS” - Southern Coalition for the Arts presents the musical at the Logan High School Little Theater on July 5 at 5 p.m., July 6 at 2, 4 and 6 p.m., and on July 7 at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. KIDS GET IN FREE! Adult tickets are $5! After the show, kids will be able to have a meet and greet with their favorite Jungle Book characters.

- “Signing Off” - a live stage play by Lawrence Burgess, is set in a dystopian 2020 West Virginia. Combining thriller, dark comedy, and political satire, “Signing Off” was recognized by West Virginia Writers, Inc. (“Twelve,” Screenplay Category, 2011). Mature discretion advised. It will be presented at The Capitol Theater at Resurrection Church at 123 Summers Street in Charleston on Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All tickets: $10. Tickets available at www.ticketstripe.com/signingoff01.


- Murder and Merriment (Interactive Murder Dinner Parties)
For a complete list of upcoming murder parties, visit www.murderandmerriment.com.

   So go out and see a show!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

WV Shakespeare Festival

   Saturday evening's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream - the first production from the new Alchemy Theatre Troupe - wrapped up the first-ever West Virginia Shakespeare Festival (WV Shakes), and it was a resounding success!
   The comedy was presented at Barboursville Park and it was a tremendous production, with an incredibly talented cast presenting the story of two couples in love (often with the wrong person), some conniving fairies who use magic spells to prank their loved ones, and a group of rough-hewn workers who manage to stage the most inept stage-show-within-a-show ever - but that production is also incredibly funny.
   Presented in the lovely (and vastly under-used) Barboursville Park Amphitheater, the show was perfectly timed to wrap up just as the sun was setting, giving the proceedings a magical feel - and the mountains evoked the "woods outside of Athens" setting.
   Hopefully this is just the first of many future productions! 
   You can see a gallery of photos from the performance by Sholten Singer (like the pic above) at this page on the Herald-Dispatch's website, and you can read also read this story by Megan Osborne about the production and the other events that made up the festival. 
    And today, festival organizer Mike Murdock sent out this "Thank You" note:
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THANK YOU SO MUCH for making the inaugural West Virginia Shakespeare Festival such a SUCCESS! We couldn't have asked for better audiences, shows or feedback! We can't wait to improve and make things bigger and better for 2019!
SPECIAL THANKS to Alchemy Theatre Troupe for doing all of the leg work and making something out of nothing, Appalachian Arts Collective & Alban Arts Center for joining us and creating and sharing their art with us, the city of Barboursville, WV, and the city of St. Albans, WV, for hosting us this first year and to Grindstone Coffeeology for being amazing in the clutch.
SUPER SPECIAL THANKS to all of the countless supporters, volunteers and everyone that worked on this project, from the performers and entertainers to speakers to artisans and more, as well as everyone that participated or attended any of the events. We could not have done it without you!
WE LOVE YOU ALL, and we CAN'T WAIT to show you what next year has in store! Be sure to "like" our Facebook page to be the first to know what's going on for 2019 and beyond!
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

On Stage in July


   Here are the shows taking the stage in the month ahead (but you'd better hurry - tonight is the final performance for four of them)!

   Here's the rundown:


- “Shrek the Musical” - HART in the Park presents the musical based on the animated film at the Ritter Park Amphitheatre on July 1, 6, 7 and 8. Gates open at 7 p.m., “Disney’s Lion King Kids” begins at 7:30 p.m., “Shrek” beings at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens, groups of 10 or more are $10 each.

- “Shrek the Musical” - The Aracoma Story Inc. will present the musical on July 1 at 8:30 p.m. The show will be presented in the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater. 

- “Disney’s High School Musical” - Children’s Theatre of Charleston present the musical on July 1 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. To purchase tickets, call the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570 or visit online at tickets.theclaycenter.org.

- “Guys and Dolls” - The Marietta College Theatre Department present the musical comedy on July 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the People’s Bank Theatre at 222 Putnam Street in Marietta, Ohio. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20.

- “Footloose the Musical” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the show based on the film on July 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky. 

- “Oedipus: An Appalachian Tragedy” - The Alban Arts Center presents the world premiere of the play by A.E. Gill. It adapts the Greek tragedy and examines our responsibilities as citizens, the responsibility of ur elected officials and how our ethics can effect the prosperity of a community. The play will be presented July 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults.

“Jungle Book KIDS” - Southern Coalition for the Arts presents the musical at the Logan High School Little Theater on July 5 at 5 p.m., July 6 at 2, 4 and 6 p.m., and on July 7 at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. KIDS GET IN FREE! Adult tickets are $5! After the show, kids will be able to have a meet and greet with their favorite Jungle Book characters.

- “Signing Off” - a live stage play by Lawrence Burgess, is set in a dystopian 2020 West Virginia. Combining thriller, dark comedy, and political satire, “Signing Off” was recognized by West Virginia Writers, Inc. (“Twelve,” Screenplay Category, 2011). Mature discretion advised. It will be presented at The Capitol Theater at Resurrection Church at 123 Summers Street in Charleston on Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All tickets: $10. Tickets available at www.ticketstripe.com/signingoff01.

- “Peter Pan, Jr.” - Jenny Wiley Theatre will present the Junior version of the show based on the beloved book on July 19, 20 and 21 at 6 p.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, Ky. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and senior citizens.

- “Hairspray” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the beloved musical about Tracy Turnblad’s dreams of fame, and how she uses her newfound star power to promote equal rights. The show will be presented at the Amphitheatre in Prestonsburg, Ky., on July 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 109 and 11 at 8:15 p.m.

- “Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.” - The Aracoma Story presents the Junior version of the musical on July 26, 27, 28, 29, Aug. 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 8:30 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park in Logan, WV.

Friday, June 29, 2018

On Stage Saturday: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"


     This weekend the first-ever West Virginia Shakes Festival hits the stage with the Alchemy Theatre Troupe's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream! Here's a preview: (Photo by Sholten Singer for the Herald-Dispatch.)

    For a guy who’s been gone for over 400 years, Shakespeare knows how to have fun!
    Fans of his legacy are celebrating his amazing body of work by starting a new event to put the spotlight on the Bard’s work - the West Virginia Shakespeare Festival (also known as “WV Shakes”). 
   For the first of what is planned as an annual event, organizers are presenting two Shakespeare shows, workshops, speakers, food and magic! 
   The festival is the brainchild of Mike Murdock, who said they tried a variety of offering for the first year to see what festival-goers might enjoy most. 
   “Our hope is to expand every year,” Murdock said. “We want WV Shakes to just keep getting bigger and bigger. West Virginia was one of the only states that didn't have a yearly Shakespeare festival, and so it was a no-brainer to get that going with my friends at Alchemy Theatre Troupe.”
    The main event is a one-night-only presentation of Shakespeare’s comedy about magic, love and mistaken identities - “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
    The show will be staged Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at the Barboursville Park Amphitheatre (with a make-up date of July 1 in case of inclement weather). The play is directed by Dr. John Campbell, who has given the show a Steampunk edge. He said, “I have had the privilege of directing a very talented cast in a timelessly relevant work. I try to point them in a direction, then stay out of their way, and good things happen!”
   Campbell is quick to praise the cast, made up of some of Huntington’s top stage performers. He said, “The talent of this cast - every night at rehearsal they find new depths, new laughs, new hijinks within their characters and Shakespeare’s text.”
   But the show isn’t the only attraction on Saturday. At 4 p.m. at the Amphitheater the festival will have a workshop by Appalachian Artists Collective founder Leah Turley. At 5 p.m. there will be a stage combat demonstration by William Rouse. At 5:15 p.m. there will be staged readings, monologues and scenes by local performers, and then at 5:45 p.m., retired Marshall University professor and professional actor Gene Anthony will give a keynote speech about Shakespeare and how to listen to the language and poetry as an audience member. At 6 p.m. Norman Clerc will perform a magic show, and at 6:30 p.m. the house will open for seating for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 
   Tickets to both the show and the workshops are $30 per person or $70 per family. Show-only tickets for “Midsummer” are $20 per person or $50 per family.
   And Barboursville isn’t the only location for the festival. The town of St. Albans is hosting a new version of a Greek tragedy, as the Appalachian Artists Collective presents the world premiere of A.E. Gill's adaptation of “Oedipus” for WV Shakes at The Alban Arts Center. “Oedipus: An Appalachian Tragedy” will be performed June 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and July 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $15 for adults.
   Murdock said, “We couldn't be happier with everyone who has come together to make this festival possible. It's certainly been a labor of love, but Alchemy has really picked up the ball with this and run with it, and having my friends at The Alban join us for this first year is another great feather in the cap of WV Shakes. We hope that festival-goers will have as much fun as we had putting this together, and we can't wait to see what bigger and better things next year brings!” 
   The West Virginia Shakespeare Festival is always looking for sponsors for the festival, as well as acts, artisans, theatre groups, speakers, musicians and vendors who might be interested in participating in future festivals. For more information, contact the festival at WVSHAKES@GMAIL.COM or visit this website: www.wvshakes.com.