Tri-State Theater

Let's discuss upcoming shows, secrets behind the scenes, things you never knew about the theater and why live theater is so darn entertaining.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Photo Gallery of "Steel Magnolias"

    The Herald-Dispatch has a great photo gallery by Sholten Singer of scenes from Steel Magnolias, which you can see right here: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/_recent_news/photos-arts-production-of-steel-magnolias/collection_60273e80-0fd0-11e7-b94e-3ffbdc30ae90.html#7

On Stage This Weekend

   There are three great shows taking the stage this weekend - but you can only see two of them, because Steel Magnolias is already sold out!

   Here's the lineup:

- Steel Magnolias -  Arts Resources for the Tri State (ARTS) presents the play by Robert Harling at the Renaissance Theatre Ballroom at 900 8th Street in Huntington on March 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and March 30, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m. General Admission tickets are $15 for the show only, and $30 for dinner and show - reservations are required for dinner. Call 304-733-2787.

- Hedda Gabler - Alban Arts and Conference Center present the play by Henrik Ibsen. The show will be presented at the Alban Arts and Conference Center at 65 Olde Main Street in St. Albans on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m., and March 26 and April 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.

- Cinderella’s Glass Slipper - Children’s Theatre of Charleston presents the musical based on the classic fairy tale. The show will be presented at the Civic Center Little Theater on March 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. and March 25 and 26 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students $10.

   So get out there and enjoy some theatre (except for Steel Magnolias - unless you already have a ticket, you'll have to wait until next weekend)!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Everyone Loves "Steel Magnolias!"

 How popular is the play Steel Magnolias?

   A lot, apparently - because the first weekend of performances (March 24 and 25) has already sold out!

   That means you only have three more chances to see it - there's a special "Girls Night Out 2 for $20" performance on Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. The final shows are Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m.

   Tickets are $15 for show only, except for the "Girls Night Out" performance on Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. when tickets are two for $20.  

   The show stars Mary Williams as M'Lynn, Mary Elizabeth Olson as Clairee, Jinnie Knight as Truvy, Linda Reynolds as Ouiser, Nora Ankrom as Shelby, and Joanna Murdock as Annelle.

   The play premiered on Broadway in 1987 and inspired the hit 1989 movie of the same name. Steel Magnolias celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. 

   Congrats to the cast and crew for a terrific start to their run!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Theatre Camp

   My pal Eddie Harbert announced this week that it's time for Theatre Camp! 

   Younger camp for ages 5-11 runs June 12 to July 1- students will be performing the musical Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark, Jr. 

   Older camp is for ages 11-18 and runs July 17 to Aug. 4. Students in older camp will be performing the musical Xanadu, Jr. 

   Camp runs five days per week for three weeks from 9 a.m. to noon for both camps. Students will learn beginning aspects of theatre and will assist in building costumes and props, auditioning, learning lines and choreography, and building sets. 

   Cost for the camp is $300 and includes all materials including script, T-shirt, and cast photo. Camp will be directed by Eddie Harbert with Coni Anthony serving as choreographer and Carol Scarberry as Craft Coordinator. 

   Camp will be held and performances given at the Barboursville Amphitheater in Barboursville Park. Each camp is limited to 30 participants and spots are already beginning to fill up. There is a nonrefundable $25 registration fee. There may be some very limited scholarships available. 

   You can contact Harbert by private Facebook message, by phone at 304-360-2749, or by email at harberteddie@gmail.com. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

On Stage Next Week: "Steel Magnolias"

    The play Steel Magnolias is just around the corner, and our pals at ARTS in Huntington sent out this release about the show:

   The ARTS 2017 Season is in full swing and it is almost time for our second production of the season, Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. We've got a LOT happening, and we can't wait to share everything with you!

   What: Steel Magnolias  - directed by Dr. Amy Carlson - and starring Mary Williams as M'Lynn, Mary Elizabeth Olson as Clairee, Jinnie Knight as Truvy, Linda Reynolds as Ouiser, Nora Ankrom as Shelby, and in her last turn on our stage, for the foreseeable future, Joanna Murdock as Annelle.

   The play premiered on Broadway in 1987 and inspired the hit 1989 movie of the same name. Steel Magnolias celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year and we are so excited to share it with you. 

Join us for Steel Magnolias:

OPENING NIGHT - Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

Girls Night Out 2 for $20 NIGHT - Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m.

Closing Weekend - Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for show only, except for the GIRLS NIGHT OUT performance on Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. when tickets are 2 for $20.  Bring a friend!

Dinner is also available for the Friday and Saturday night shows at 6:30 p.m. for an additional $15 (Dinner + Show Tickets are $30) - and reservations must be made for dinner by Calling us at our new number 304-634-5015 to get your tables!

PLEASE NOTE: Several dinners are already sold out - so don't wait, call us at 
304-634-5015 now!

Ham glazed with Coca-Cola
Green beans
Sweet Potato Casserole
Bleedin' Armadillo Grooms Cake (red velvet cake)

   Seating is EXTREMELY limited for this show - Only 62 seats are available.  Please reserve your tickets as soon as you can, in order to guarantee you get to see this production!

   Please visit www.artstristate.org for online tickets. Dinner tickets must be reserved over the phone.  Show only tickets may be purchased online.


Also coming in May, we'll have our third production of the 2017 season, AN EVENING WITH GILBERT & SULLIVAN - a musical review directed by Dr. John Campbell. We're very excited to bring Dr. Campbell on board and to present this fun and exciting show for the whole family to enjoy!  Mark you calendars now!  May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 8:00 PM.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! We hope to see you at Steel Magnolias!

ARTS Resources for the Tri-State
900 8th Street
Huntington, WV 25701

Thursday, March 16, 2017

On Stage This Weekend

   There are two shows on local stages this weekend:

- The Lion King, Jr. - the Portsmouth Area Children's Theatre presents the musical based on the classic Disney animated film on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. It will be presented at the Eloise Covert Smith Theater at Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University at 940 Second Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children.

- Peter and the Starcatcher - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the story of a young orphan and his mates who are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. When the ship is taken over by pirates led by the fearsome Black Stache, the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. The show will be presented at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 218 Second Street in Pikeville, KY on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m.

    So go see a show!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"Honk, Jr!" Photo Gallery

   You can see a great selection of photos from last weekend's performance of Honk Jr. by First Stage Theatre Company at this link.

   The photos (like the one of the cast above) are by Anthony Davis for the Herald-Dispatch.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Marshall Theatre Grads Working in Theatre Jobs

   My pal Dave Lavender wrote a terrific story in this week Herald-Dispatch about graduates of Marshall University's Theatre program who are out working in their chosen field.

   You can read it at this link - here's an excerpt:

   Last summer, Mike Murdock starred in "On Golden Pond" at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.
   With the GVT crew, he weathered the historic floods that racked Greenbrier County in a summer he will never forget.
   Just a month ago, Murdock kind of made history again with GVT, as he snagged one of only a handful of professional theater jobs in West Virginia, getting hired to be props master for the Lewisburg, West Virginia-based GVT, the only year-round professional theater in the state.
   Murdock's gig with the 50-year-old GVT may be rare — for an actor to actually find professional work in the state; however, the fact that a Marshall University theater grad is working in the ultra-competitive theater and entertainment industry is becoming more commonplace.
   The Marshall School of Theatre has graduates who are working in every aspect of the theatrical business, from educators and actors to tech, playwriting and design, all over the country and in every major theater stronghold, from L.A. and New York to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas.
As the Herd scatters
   Thanks in part to the fingertip interaction of social media, Marshall theater professors like Jack Cirillo, a professor in performance studies who first came to Marshall in 1998, can instantly reel off pages of recent graduates who are working in every aspect of the business across the country.
   "Every single person on this list is using their degree from theater from Marshall University to make a living as either an educator in the arts or as an artist themselves, and that is a hard thing to do," Cirillo said, holding up a couple of pages of recent grads he typed from memory. "It is much easier to parlay your business degree to an administrative position with Wal-Mart. There is just more opportunity ... but we have students in L.A., New York and Chicago, all the main hubs of theater performance and production, and in the case of Erika Piotrowski, she is out in Vegas and has been a part of some big spectacle shows, so our students, I think, have a pretty good balance of performance and production during their time with us so they are capable of going off and doing a lot of diverse kinds of things in theater."