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Friday, November 21, 2014

On Stage This Weekend

    On stage this weekend - several terrific shows:

- Little Women: the Musical - First Stage Theatre Company presents the classic story Nov. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Huntington City Hall JCS Auditorium at 800 5th Avenue.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. It’s based on the novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, which follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. 

- The Three Sisters - Marshall’s Theatre Alliance presents the classic play by Anton Chekhov on Nov. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. In Chekhov’s wistful tale of love and war, Olga, Masha and Irina, army daughters, posted in a backwater, long to get to Moscow where, they imagine, their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. They fall in love, try to engage with the local people, and remember happier times. “The Three Sisters” is truly one of the great treasures of 19th century theatre.

- Cinderella - Huntington High School presents the classic fairy tale about the girl who falls in love with a Prince - thanks to some help from her fairy Godmother. The show will be staged Nov. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.

- A Doll's House - This is the inaugural performance of the St. Joseph Catholic High School Drama Society, presenting Henrik Ibsen’s immortal drama, Admission is free (donations are accepted), but seating is limited. Performances are Nov. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m, at St. Joseph Catholic High School at 600 13th Street in Huntington. The production is entirely conceived, directed, acted, and crewed by students of St. Joseph.

- KTA 2014 Community Theatre Festival - the Play Festival features these contributors:
Fri., Nov. 21 from 1 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Middlesboro Little Theatre - "The Miracle Worker"
The Village Players of Ft. Thomas - "On Weapons and Wounds"
Rose Barn Theatre - "One Day in Cleveland
Sat., Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Bardstown Community Theatre - "She's Gone"
Actors for Children Theatre - "Monsters Under The Bed"
Playhouse in the Park - "Hard Candy"
Brock Auditorium
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Ky
Day Pass Admission: $5 at the door

- The Children's Hour - Morehead State University Theatre present the play Nov. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the LCL Theatre in Brekinridge Hall in Morehead, Ky. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and non-MSU students, Free with ID to MSU students.

- An Enemy of the PeopleWest Virginia State University Dept. of Theatre present the play on Nov. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. at the Skeen Theatre, Cole Complex at WV State University in  Institute. Admission by donation.

    So get out there and support your community theatre!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On Stage This Weekend: "Cinderella"

   The timeless classic Cinderella tells the story of a neglected young girl, Cinderella, who is trying to find love.
   Cinderella will be produced by Huntington High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.
   Cinderella is portrayed by senior, Leslie Collins. She is a captain of the Speech and Debate team and is a Thespian Officer. Her theatre resume is filled with many Huntington High shows as well as multiple community shows. The prince is played by Franklin Norton, HHS's student body president and member of the Morning Show team. The show also features veteran senior actresses Cassi Hall and Lilly Dyer as the infamous stepsisters and Emily Underwood as the magical Fairy Godmother.
   According to Collins, "This is a family-friendly show that is entertaining for all ages. It has been a while since a theatre in the Huntington area has done a show like it. After all, everyone loves a good happily ever after."
   General admission is $5.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Local Stars Flying High

    We love to brag on our local stars - and here's the latest on a daredevil duo!

    Mary Ellen Wolfe, who grew up on local stages playing everything from Annie to Dorothy, now stars with her husband Tyce Nielsen as Duo Transcend.

   They're now appearing as part of CabaRAE in Hawaii, where they perform acrobatics with "nerves of steel" - it's a swift, award-winning trapeze act. Together, they bring strength, grace, sensuality and passion to the CabaRAE stage. 

   You can learn more about the show at this website

   Congratulations, Mary Ellen and Tyce!

Friday, November 14, 2014

On Stage This Weekend

   Lots of great shows to choose from, including a musical and a non-musical about sisters, and two productions of A Doll's House (one in Huntington, one in Charleston). 

   Here's the rundown, courtesy of my pal Ryan Hardiman:

- Little Women the Musical
First Stage Theatre Company
Fri. - Sat., Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees Sunday, Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
JCS Auditorium
Huntington City Hall
800 5th Avenue, Huntington
Adults $12 / $10 Students & Seniors

- The Three Sisters (Play)
By Anton Chekov
Marshall Theatre Alliance
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.
and Thurs. - Sat., Nov. 20 - 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Joan C. Edwards Playhouse
One John Marshall Drive
Marshall University
Tickets $20 at the door, $15 for Marshall faculty and senior citizens, and free for Marshall students with valid MU student ID

- A Doll's House (Play)
by Henrik Ibsen
St. Joseph Catholic High School Drama Society
Fri. - Sat., Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m.
St. Joseph Catholic High School
600 13th Street, Huntington
FREE - Limited seating
Donations accepted

- A Doll's House (Play)
by Henrik Ibsen
George Washington High School's Theatre of the Nevertheless
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.
Matinee Sun., Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.
George Washington High School
1522 Tennis Club Rd, Charleston
$12 Adults / $10 Students

- This Was Your Life! (Interactive Murder Dinner Party)
Murder and Merriment
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.
The Greenhouse of Teays Valley, Hurricane, W.Va.
Tickets $45
Reservations Required: 304-397-6316

    So get out there and support your local theatre!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On Stage This Weekend - "Little Women: the Musical"

   On stage this weekend, First Stage Theatre Company (Huntington's long-running children's theatre) presents Little Women: the Musical. 

   It’s based on the beloved novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, which follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March - and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. It's a great story and loaded with terrific songs (and be sure to bring a hanky - there are some tear-jerking moments, too). 

    It takes the stage Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. at the Huntington City Hall JCS Auditorium at 800 5th Avenue.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For more info, call 304-416-KIDS.

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Into the Woods" - the Movie

   Theatre fans are keeping an eye on the upcoming movie based on the musical Into the Woods.

   Some fear the film will take too many liberties with the original version - but certainly the talent involved, including Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, is very encouraging.

   The first full trailer was released this week, and so far, I think it looks very good. So far.

   Judge for yourself:

Friday, November 07, 2014

On Stage This Weekend

   Just three shows to choose from this weekend - but they're good ones! Here's the list:

- Fiddler on the Roof The Charleston Light Opera Guild and The Clay Center present the beloved musical Nov. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences at One Clay Square in Charleston. Tickets are $25, all seats reserved. Call the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences threaten their lives and traditions. 

- Spring Awakening - The Shepherd University Scene Stealers present the hit Broadway production on Nov 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Nov 8 and 9 at 3 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Train Station at 100 Audrey Egle Drive in  Shepherdstown. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for student and $7 for Shepherd students. The show is a rock musical that is based on the German play “Spring Awakening” (1891). Set in late 19th century Germany, it tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. 

- Murder Mysteries - Murder and Merriment present Interactive Murder Dinner Parties: "The Murdered Mistress" on Nov. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at the South Charleston Holiday Inn at 400 Second Avenue. Tickets are $40, and reservations are required - call 304-744-5301.

   So get out there ands support your comity theatre!