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Tri-State Theater

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Shows on Stage / Upcoming Shows / Auditions / Summer Camps

   Here's the show lineup for the week, beginning Wednesday, May 17, 2018. Upcoming shows, auditions and summer camps and classes are also listed. If I've missed anything, please let me know. 
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ONSTAGE THIS WEEK:

- “Opening Night” -  Alchemy Theatre Troupe's very first performances is a cabaret to introduce their troupe to the community. Enjoy an evening of American songbook and musical theatre standards. This kick-off event has limited seating - only 75 per night! It'll be presented May 18 and 19 at 8 p.,m. at Huntington’s Union Pub and Grill! Tickets are $25 each. There will be a cash bar.

- “The Dixie Swim Club” - Portsmouth Little Theatre presents the play on May 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. at 1117 Lawson Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens. This play is rated ”R.”

- 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

- “Norman Rockwell’s An American Love Story” - The Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents the original Scarpelli-Kehde musical about the fictional account of two of the Rockwell’s favorite models as they find each other, fall in love and survive the trials of wartime separation. It will be presented on June 14 - 23 at the theatre at the Charleston Town Center.

- “Shrek the Musical” - HART in the Park presents the musical based on the animated film at the Ritter Park Amphitheatre on June 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 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 June 14,15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and July 1 at 8:30 p.m. The show will be presented in the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater. Advance tickets are now available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3373012.

- “Footloose the Musical” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the show based on the film on June 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, July 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky. 

 - “Little Shop of Horrors” - Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg presents the musical at 724 Market Street in Parkersburg on June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8 p.m., June 30 at 11:30 p.m., and June 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.

- “Southern Fried Funeral” - Appalachian Community Theatre (ACT) presents the the big-hearted comedy about families and funerals. Written by Osborne and Eppler, the play will be presented at the Running Right Leadership Academy at 431 Running Right Way in Julian, W.Va. It will be staged June 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., and June 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, which includes a meal and the show. Dinner will be served one hour prior to each show. Purchase tickets using the event link or at Big Eagle Gun & Pawn in Danville, WV.

- “The Accidental Death of an Anarchist” - Kanawha Players presents the play by Dario Fo on June 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Historic Labelle Theatre at 311 D Street in South Charleston. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and senior citizens, and group rates of four tickets for $40. Call 304-343-PLAY.

- “Disney’s High School Musical” - Children’s Theatre of Charleston present the musical on June 28, 29, 30 and 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.

- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” - Alchemy Theatre will present the play by William Shakespeare as part of the WV SHAKES festival on June 30 at 3 p.m. at the Barboursville Park Amphitheatre.

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UPCOMING AUDITIONS:
AUDITIONS FOR “Guys and Dolls JR.” - Alban Arts and Conference Center will hold auditions on May 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and May 20 from 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The musical will be directed by Adam Bryan. This a Junior production so they will only be casting actors ages 8 - 18. There are 13 main roles with a large ensemble. Those auditioning will be required to sing a short song selection of no more than 60 seconds. Also a short monologue is encouraged but if one is not prepared audition sides will be provided. There will also be a short choreography audition where a short dance number will be taught and performed. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1865625336789340/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1523763268294129

AUDITIONS FOR: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.” - Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg will hold Audition Workshops on Saturdays, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Workshop Attendees will participate in a variety of educational sessions designed to help teach those interested in trying out for “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Participation in these workshops is NOT required to audition for and be cast in The Little Mermaid Jr. Auditions will be held Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m., and Monday, May 21 at 5 p.m. Auditions are open for those in 4th through 9th grades. All Workshops and Auditions will take place in the Actors Guild Rehearsal Hall located at 724 Market Street, downtown Parkersburg. Please enter from the Market Street door. Performance Dates: August 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. and August 5 and 11 at 2:30 p.m.

AUDITIONS FOR: “Legally Blonde” at the Paramount Arts Center on May 29 and 30. Vocal auditions will be Tuesday (music cuts and times of audition available at the box office 1300 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, Ky.), Wednesday at 6 p.m. will be dance and reading auditions. The production will be staged on August 3 and 4. Auditions are open to ages 14 to adult. A large ensemble cast is needed.

AUDITIONS FOR: "Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields & the McCoys” - Open Call Auditions are being held for the 2018 season! No prior acting experience required so come on out and take part in Kentucky's OFFICIAL state play for The Feud! Parts for ALL ages available! Auditions will be held on THREE days and take place in TWO locations: June 1 and 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hatfield & McCoy Outdoor Theatre in McCarr, Ky., and June 15 ALL DAY at the Hatfield/McCoy Reunion Festival in downtown Matewan, W.Va.

AUDITIONS FOR: Junior Theater Festival (JTF19) - First Stage Theatre Company will hold auditions for a cast to attend the Junior Theatre Festival in January 2019 in Atlanta.  Rehearsals will begin in the late summer.
Festival Dates: January 18-21, 2019
Audition Date: Saturday, June 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location for the Meeting and Auditions: 
Pea Ridge United Methodist Church
5747 East Pea Ridge Road
Huntington, WV 25705
If you are will be out of town on June 9, there will be an early audition on Tuesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church. Enter the church thru the side door by going up the ramp. Please let us know in advance if your plan to come to the early auditions.
To audition actors must be 10 years old by January 18, 2019, and have performed or worked tech for at least one First Stage production previously.
Please prepare 32-64 bars or 1-2 minutes of a musical theater song (NOT a pop song). An accompanist and CD player will be available. You may bring sheet music or a karaoke track….please no a cappella auditions. Actors should be prepared to learn a short dance.

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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 - June 8, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 27, August 10, 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This class is offered free of charge.

- 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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Spring Concert on Thursday

   The Tri-State Youth Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m. in the Hallway on the first floor of ART Renaissance Center on 8th Street in Huntington.  

   Tickets to the concert are $5, children under 12 free.  

   The orchestra members are from the tri-state area and rehearse Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. weekly to prepare for this concert.  

   This year the orchestra will be playing orchestral music  from Glinka and Haydn.  

   For more information contact Ron Caviani at tsyo@aol.com or 304-972-7501.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Announcing Future Seasons

   This is the time of year when community theatre groups announce their upcoming shows for the next season.

   Earlier this week HART in the Park announced it would tackle two shows in the summer of 2019: Mamma Mia and Disney's The Little Mermaid.

   Last night the Paramount Players in Ashland announced its upcoming season (covering the fall of 2018 to spring 2019). It'll feature a mix of classic and modern shows, including: Legally Blonde, Madagascar Jr.,  Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Honk Jr., Mary Poppins and The Music Man.

   Watch for more announcements from other groups in the days and weeks ahead!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Onstage This Week / Coming Attractions / Upcoming Auditions

Show lineup for the week, beginning Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Upcoming shows and auditions are also listed. If I've missed anything, please let me know. Break legs, everyone! 

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ONSTAGE THIS WEEK

- “My Fair Lady” - Charleston Light Opera Guild presents this beloved musical at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on May 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. All tickets $25 available now at charlestonlightoperaguild.org or at Civic Center Little Theatre Box Office, which is open Wed - Sat. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 hour before performances. Call 304-343-2287 for more information.

- “Next to Normal” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical about a not-so-typical American family on May 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at 218 Second Street in Pikeville, Ky.

- 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

- “Alchemy Cabaret” - Alchemy Theatre Troupe's very first performances is a cabaret to introduce their troupe to the community. Enjoy an evening of American songbook and musical theatre standards. This kick-off event has limited seating - only 75 per night! It'll be presented May 18 and 19 at 8 p.,m. at Huntington’s Union Pub and Grill! Tickets are $25 each. There will be a cash bar.

- “The Dixie Swim Club” - Portsmouth Little Theatre presents the play on May 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. at 1117 Lawson Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens. This play is rated ”R.”

- “Shrek the Musical” - HART in the Park presents the musical based on the animated film at the Ritter Park Amphitheatre on June 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 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 June 14,15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and July 1 at 8:30 p.m. The show will be presented in the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater. Advance tickets are now available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3373012.

- “The Accidental Death of an Anarchist” - Kanawha Players presents the play by Dario Fo on June 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Historic Labelle Theatre at 311 D Street in South Charleston. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and senior citizens, and group rates of four tickets for $40. Call 304-343-PLAY.

- “Disney’s High School Musical” - Children’s Theatre of Charleston present the musical on June 28, 29, 30 and 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.

- “Norman Rockwell’s An American Love Story” - The Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents the original Scarpelli-Kehde musical about the fictional account of two of the Rockwell’s favorite models as they find each other, fall in love and survive the trials of wartime separation. It will be presented on June 14-23 at the theatre at the Charleston Town Center.

- “Footloose the Musical” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the show based on the film on June 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, July 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky. 

- “Little Shop of Horrors” - Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg presents the musical at 724 Market Street in Parkersburg on June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8 p.m., June 30 at 11:30 p.m., and June 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. 

- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” - Alchemy Theatre will present the play by William Shakespeare as part of the WV SHAKES festival on June 30 at 3 p.m. at the Barboursville Park Amphitheatre.
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UPCOMING AUDITIONS:

AUDITIONS FOR “Guys and Dolls JR.” - Alban Arts and Conference Center will hold auditions on May 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and May 20 from 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The musical will be directed by Adam Bryan. This a Junior production so they will only be casting actors ages 8 - 18. There are 13 main roles with a large ensemble. Those auditioning will be required to sing a short song selection of no more than 60 seconds. Also a short monologue is encouraged but if one is not prepared audition sides will be provided. There will also be a short choreography audition where a short dance number will be taught and performed. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1865625336789340/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1523763268294129

AUDITIONS FOR: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.” - Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg will hold Audition Workshops on Saturdays, May 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Workshop Attendees will participate in a variety of educational sessions designed to help teach those interested in trying out for “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Participation in these workshops is NOT required to audition for and be cast in The Little Mermaid Jr. Auditions will be held Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m., and Monday, May 21 at 5 p.m. Auditions are open for those in 4th through 9th grades. All Workshops and Auditions will take place in the Actors Guild Rehearsal Hall located at 724 Market Street, downtown Parkersburg. Please enter from the Market Street door. Performance Dates: August 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. and August 5 and 11 at 2:30 p.m.

AUDITIONS FOR: Junior Theater Festival (JTF19) - First Stage Theatre Company will hold auditions for a cast to attend the Junior Theatre Festival in January 2019. The Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (If you are out of town for auditions and need to make other arrangements, please let us know before auditions)
Location for the Meeting and Auditions:
Pea Ridge United Methodist Church
5747 East Pea Ridge Road
Huntington, WV 25705
For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1729946390420890&id=151408134941398&notif_id=1524624797475204&notif_t=page_post_reaction&ref=notif

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

"Shrek the Musical" a Positive Experience for New Performers


   The Herald-Dispatch posted a great story by Bishop Nash about the just-wrapped production of Shrek the Musical - you can see a photo gallery of shots by Larry Butcher right here - and you can read the full story at this link.
   Here's an excerpt::
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The First Stage Theatre Company closed out its run of "Shrek: The Musical" on Sunday afternoon, capping off a new experience for many of the children taking the stage at Huntington High School, as well for director Zach Davis.
The musical was a co-production between the longtime Huntington-based community troupe and the Developmental Therapy Center in Huntington. Of the 65 cast members, 15 were children between 6 to 19 years old with developmental disabilities. Most were in their first show ever, but played their parts solidly alongside seasoned First Stage performers.
It was an added twist to the existing pressures of orchestrating a show, Davis said of discovering and scouting the ability of these newcomers.
"Directing a show is stressful enough, and this added a whole new layer you're not used to," Davis said. "It's been a great experience, but it's really got my thinker going."
Based on the Broadway musical production of the wildly popular 2001 animated film, "Shrek: The Musical" follows the storyline of the original Shrek film, but with additional backstory regarding how the titular ogre came to live in his beloved swamp.

Friday, May 04, 2018

On Stage This Weekend: "Shrek the Musical"

   It's been a lot of fun to watch the show Shrek the Musical come together.

   Leslie Comer-Porter, who volunteers for both the Developmental Therapy Center and First Stage Theatre, suggested the two groups join forces and produce a show that could include children with special needs, in addition to the usual cast of young actors.

   (I'm also on the board of First Stage, I should mention.)

   We all knew Shrek would be a fun show, with lots of parts for kids of all ages, so we held auditions months ago, and the cast and directors have been working hard since then to bring the show to life.

   There were challenges along the way - it's not always easy to find a giant dragon on short notice, for instance, but they found an awesome pink dragon for Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona to encounter!

    Now, all that work pays off as the show takes the stage this weekend (and only this weekend) for four great shows at Huntington High School. 

   We're all proud of what this talented group of young actors has accomplished, and we hope you'll get a chance to see the show and cheer these kids on!

    Here's the official press release:

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The live stage show, Shrek the Musical, which is based on the beloved Dreamworks animated film, will be presented on May 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and May 5 and 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Huntington High School Auditorium at 1 Highlander Way. 

   The hit musical based on Shrek ran on Broadway and has toured the world. It follows the story of an Ogre who finds himself, against his will and with the help of a talking donkey, getting involved in saving Princess Fiona (who’s hiding a secret), facing a dragon and trying to save his storybook friends from an ambitious king.   
  
   The show is a co-production with First Stage Theatre Company and the Developmental Therapy Center in Huntington, and the cast includes children with special needs as performers. The Center is dedicated to providing quality occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy and special instruction services to those with special needs in the Tri-State area, regardless of the patient’s disability or ability to pay for the services.

     Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under and senior citizens. They can be ordered at http://developmentaltherapycenter.com/events/shrek-the-musical/ or purchased at the door.

   The show’s directing team includes Director Zach Davis, Music Director Mark Smith, Choreographer Melissa Marcum, Costume Designer Tish Maynard and producers Debbie Jackson and Leslie Comer-Porter. 

   Shrek the Musical is the third and final show in the 28th season for Huntington’s children’s theatre.  

   The mission of First Stage Theatre Company is to provide opportunities for children to develop social and communication skills by participating in the performing arts and to promote fine arts education through the presentation of theatrical productions to children and families in our community.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Interview with Marin from "Shrek the Musical"

   Friday is the first public performance for Shrek the Musical, and we’ve been running interviews with members of the cast!

   Today let’s hear from Marin Brown, who plays the part of a fairy tale creature who’s known for running fast! 

Q: Tell us about the cast of “Shrek.” 

Marin: Honestly this has been one of the best casts I’ve ever worked with. It’s full of people who have done 10 million shows and for some this is their first. So, there’s someone with the same experience as everyone and it’s been amazing working with all of these awesome and talented individuals. 

Q: What part do you play?

Marin: I play Gingy. I have loved playing this character because of how weird and funny he actually is. It’s definitely a change from watching Gingy in the movie and actually acting and portraying the character on a stage. It’s been such a great experience! 

Q: If a kid is thinking about audition for a show, what advice would you give? 

Marin: I would tell them to go for it! It’s so much fun and you get to meet so many wonderful people! The energy in the reversal space and especially in the actual theatre is something beyond words and I can’t imagine if I had never auditioned for my first show. 

   Thanks, Marin!

   Shrek the Musical” - First Stage Theatre and Developmental Therapy Center present the musical based on the animated film on May 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and May 5 and 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Huntington High School’s auditorium at 1 Highlander Way. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and kids under 12.