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Tri-State Theater

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

On Stage This Weekend

   The holiday rush to the stage hits its peak this weekend, with five great shows to choose from! 

   Here's the rundown:

- A Christmas Carol - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the classic play by Charles Dickens on Dec. 14, 15, 16 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 218 Second Street in Pikeville, Ky. 

- Annie - The Alban Arts Center presents the beloved musical on Dec. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center at 65 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans, W.Va. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and children.

- Madeline's Christmas - The Paramount Players present the musical on Dec. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec 16 at 3 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center at 1300 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, Ky. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.

- The Phantom of the Opera: A Live Radio Play - Lawrence Burgess presents the reading on Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center Theatre at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. Tickets are $15 each. A portion of all proceeds benefits animal adoption and cruelty prevention.

- The State 35 Joytacular! - The No Pants Players presents the holiday, all-ages improv comedy show on Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences at 1 Clay Square in Charleston. Tickets are $10 each or $5 with a new unopened toy donatio. The performance will help the Ghostbusters - WV Division's annual toy drive for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

   So get out there and see a show!

Monday, December 11, 2017

"It's a Wonderful Life" - Live on Stage


    What could be better than dinner and a live stage performance for Christmas?

    You can enjoy It's A Wonderful Life by Joe Landry. This version is set on a radio station sound stage in the 1940s, and you are transported back in time as audience members of a live broadcast of the Christmas classic. 

   Starring Bil Neal, Amy Carlson, Michael Naglee, John W. Campbell, Linda Reynolds and Maggie Saunders playing all the residents of Bedford Falls, New York. The classic holiday film is brought to life before your eyes (or ears - it is a radio play, after all).

   Shows are Friday and Saturday evenings, December 15 and 16, and December 29 and 30, at 6 p.m.

   Dinner and the show are included! Tickets are $20 per person, and reservations are required by calling (304) 525-8116.


   Don't miss it!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Concert on Tuesday

   The Cabell Midland High School Orchestra will be presenting their annual Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. in that school's auditorium.  

   This year violinist Matthew Luck will be guest soloist.  

   The concert is free and open to the public. 

   For more information contact Ron Caviani at rcaviani@k12.wv.us or 304-743-7425.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

On Stage This Weekend

   You have lots of holiday shows to choose from this weekend! Here’s the rundown: 

- The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of A Christmas Carol - The Portsmouth Little Theatre presents the play on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Little Theatre at 1117 Lawson Street.

- A Christmas Story - The Aracoma Story presents the play on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree at 308 Main Street in Logan, W.Va. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students, and $6 for kids under 10 years old.

- A Christmas Carol - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the classic play by Charles Dickens on Dec. 8, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 and 17 at 3 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 218 Second Street in Pikeville, Ky. 

- Annie - The Alban Arts Center presents the beloved musical on Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center at 65 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans, W.Va. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and children.

- The Snow Queen - The Children's Theatre of Charleston presents the play on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children.

   So go see a show!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

On Stage Tonight: "A Charlie Brown Christmas"


   Tonight the Marshall Artists Series presents a holiday special on stage at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center!

   The cherished animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life onstage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. The faithful stage adaptation features favorite characters including Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang. 

   The Emmy- and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schultz has warmed the hearts of millions since it first aired on television more than 50 years ago. 

   Tickets are $68.40, $54.21 and $43.30.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Interview with Emma from "Elf the Musical, Jr."

   Tonight Elf the Musical, Jr. takes the stage at Huntington High School - and we have another interview with the cast to share!

   Let’s hear from the lovely and talented Emma Maynard:

Q: What is Elf the Musical, Jr. about?

Emma: Elf the Musical, Jr. tells the story about what happens when Buddy leaves the North Pole to try to find his real dad in New York City, and ends up saving Christmas for everybody.

Q: What parts do you play?

Emma: I play the role of the Macy's Saleswoman who greets Buddy with a perfume sample, but he sprays it in his mouth because he thinks it's fruit juice. It's really funny! I'm also a North Pole elf, and New Yorker in the show.

Q: Why did you want to be part of this show?

Emma: The main reason I wanted to be in this show was because I love doing Theatre with my friends at First Stage, but also because I've just always loved the movie Elf!

Q: Does the show put you in the holiday spirit?

Emma: I've been singing Christmas songs since August… this show will put everyone in the holiday spirit!

Q: What’s your favorite scene or song?

Emma: My favorite song is the “Sparklejollytwinklejingley Reprise!” I get to put so much emotion into my character at that moment and I get to have lots of fun with my close friends.

Q: Why would you recommend this show to our readers?

Emma: You don't want to miss this show! I mean, who doesn't love Buddy the Elf & Santa?

Q: Thanks, Emma!

Elf the Musical, Jr., based on the film starring Will Ferrell, will be presented at Huntington High School at 1 Highlander Way on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door and are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and senior citizens. 

Friday, December 01, 2017

On Stage in December

    After a quiet November, community theatres are cooking on all burners for the last month of 2017.

   Here’s the rundown: 

- Elf the Musical, Jr., based on the film starring Will Ferrell, will be presented at Huntington High School at 1 Highlander Way on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door and are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and senior citizens. 

- The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of A Christmas Carol - The Portsmouth Little Theatre presents the play on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Little Theatre at 1117 Lawson Street.

- A Christmas Story - The Aracoma Story presents the play on Dec. 1, 2, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree at 308 Main Street in Logan, W.Va. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students, and $6 for kids under 10 years old.

- Mary: A Rock Opera is an original musical about the mother of Jesus, created by Mark Scarpelli and Dan Kehde, and it's being presented by the Contemporary Youth Arts Company (CYAC) on Dec. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. It's being presented at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.

- A Christmas Carol - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the classic play by Charles Dickens on Dec. 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 3 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 218 Second Street in Pikeville, Ky. 

- A Charlie Brown Christmas - The Marshall Artists Series brings the beloved TV animated special to life onstage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. The faithful stage adaptation features favorite characters including Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang. Tickets are $68.40, $54.21 and $43.30.

- Annie - The Alban Arts Center presents the beloved musical on Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center at 65 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans, W.Va. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and children.

- The Snow Queen - The Children's Theatre of Charleston presents the play on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children.

- Madeline's Christmas - The Paramount Players present the musical on Dec. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec 16 at 3 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center at 1300 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, Ky. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.

- The Phantom of the Opera: A Live Radio Play - Lawrence Burgess presents the reading on Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center Theatre at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. Tickets are $15 each. A portion of all proceeds benefits animal adoption and cruelty prevention.

- 1st Annual Toytacular! - The Fearless Fools and Tony Slack present this all-ages improv comedy performance as a benefit for Toys for Tots. It’ll be staged on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center at 65 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans. Tickets are $10 each or $5 with a new unopened toy donation.

- The State 35 Joytacular! - The No Pants Players presents the holiday, all-ages improv comedy show on Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences at 1 Clay Square in Charleston. Tickets are $10 each or $5 with a new unopened toy donatio. The performance will help the Ghostbusters - WV Division's annual toy drive for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

   So get out there and see a show!