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Tri-State Theater

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

On Stage This Week / Upcoming Shows / Upcoming Auditions

ONSTAGE THIS WEEK

- As You Like It - Marshall University presents the play by William Shakespeare on April 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Uncertain of their standing in court and fearing for their lives, Rosalind and Orlando are forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, only to become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust, and mistaken identity. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty and senior citizens, and $7 for children ages 5 to 12.

- Hairspray - Huntington High School Theatre presents the hit musical on April 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. at the school auditorium at 1 Highlander Way. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

- 5th Annual New Play Festival & Student Art Showcase - ACTC presents the annual festival on April 20 and 21 at 7p.m. at 1400 College Drive in Ashland, Ky. Tickets are $5.

- HOODS - The Contemporary Youth Arts Company (CYAC) presents the original drama by Dan Kehde about love, hope and racism in the hills of West Virginia in 1957. It’ll be presented April 19 - 28 at 7 p.m. at the Charleston Town Center on the second floor of the mall, next to Buckle and across from Aeropostale. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Strong and intense language makes this show inappropriate for children under 12. 

- To Kill a Mockingbird - Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg presents the play based on the novel by Harper Lee on April 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. at 724 Market Street.

- Laughter is the Best Medicine - MOST (Mostly Over Sixty Theatre) present the comedy at the Alban Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.

- Beyond the Stage - The Children’s Tgheatre of Charleston will present a fundraiser variety show on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Belle Theatre at 311 D Street in South Charleston, It will feature Improv Comedy, musical performances and award-winning storytelling from Bil Lepp! Tickets are $11 each if purchased online or $10 at the door. Go to https://squareup.com/market/childrens-theatre-of-charleston for more info.

- Disney’s Camp Rock the Musical - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical on April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, Ky. Tickets are $9 to $14.
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UPCOMING LIVE THEATRE

- My Fair Lady - Charleston Light Opera Guild presents this beloved musical at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on April 28, May 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. All tickets $25 available now at charlestonlightoperaguild.org or at Civic Center Little Theatre Box Office starting April 25 open Wed-Sat 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 hour before performances. Call 304-343-2287 for more information.

- Shrek the Musical, Jr. - The Paramount Players present a one-hour version of the musical based on the animated film on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Ky. Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 at the door.

- Shrek the Musical - First Stage Theatre presents the musical based on the animated film on May 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., 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. 

- 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.
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AUDITIONS FOR: Disney’s High School Musical - Children’s Theatre of Charleston has extended auditions for male roles. They’ll be held on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the the Children's Theatre Rehearsal space at 1120 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston. Performances: June 28-July 1, 2018. All performances at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. Please prepare a musical selection for your audition. Auditions are open to those freshman in High School - adult. Please see ctoc.org for all the information on our audition process.

AUDITIONS FOR: Accidental Death of an Anarchist - Kanawha Players Theatre will hold auditions on Monday and Tuesday, April 23 and 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kanawha Players Theatre at 115 Spring Street in Charleston. SHOW DATES: June 22 - 30 at the Labelle Theatre in South Charleston.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/128288444679248/

Friday, April 13, 2018

Local Teen Lands Role in Disney's "Frozen" on Broadway

   Friday's Herald-Dispatch featured a great article by Bishop Nash about Brooklyn Nelson, a girl from Barboursville who plays the part of Young Elsa in Broadway's hit show, Frozen the Musical!

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

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Brooklyn Nelson is living a 13-year-old girl's dream.
Not only has the Barboursville Middle School eighth-grader landed a leading role in a Broadway production, but she's also played a part in successfully launching Disney's "Frozen: The Broadway Musical," the stage adaptation of the wildly popular 2013 animated film.
Nelson is originating the role of Young Elsa in the production, which opened March 22 at the legendary St. James Theatre in New York City.
"It is such an honor to originate and play this role," Nelson wrote in an email from New York City.
"I love being able to show all of the emotions Young Elsa feels during her part of the story - the happiness and joy and love she feels with her sister, and then the sorrow and pain that comes when she accidentally hurts Anna, as well as trying to conceal who she is.
"I feel a lot of people relate to Elsa."

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

On Stage This Week / Previews / Auditions

   Here's the rundown for shows being presented this weekend, along with shows coming up in the near future - and a list of upcoming auditions. 

    (If you have any information to add to this list, feel free to comment at the link below.)

ONSTAGE THIS WEEK

- DRUNK Oedipus Rex - Kanawha Players presents Sophocles' Famous Work, but there is a catch. The audience will choose one of the actors to be the evening's  "sacrifice"  for the God of Wine and Joy, Dionysus. The poor actor will have several drinks before the show and during the performance. A hilarious drinking game for all. Must be 21 and over to participate. Togas are optional. The play will be presented April 13 at the Empty Glass at 410 Elizabeth Street in Charleston.

- Laughter is the Best Medicine -  MOST (Mostly Over Sixty Theatre) present the comedy at the Alban Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and matinees Sunday, April 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

- Disney’s Camp Rock the Musical - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical on April 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, Ky. Tickets are $9 to $14.

- 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

- As You Like It - Marshall University presents the play by William Shakespeare on April 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Uncertain of their standing in court and fearing for their lives, Rosalind and Orlando are forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, only to become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust, and mistaken identity. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty and senior citizens, and $7 for children ages 5 to 12.

- BOOTS - The Contemporary Youth Arts Company (CYAC) presents the original drama by Dan Kehde about love, hope and racism in the hills of West Virginia in 1957. It’ll be presented April 19 - 28 at the Charleston Town Center.

- Hairspray - Huntington High School presents the musical on April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at the school auditorium at 1 Highlander Way.

- To Kill a Mockingbird  - Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg presents the play based on the novel by Harper Lee on April 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and 
April 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. at 724 Market Street.

- My Fair Lady - Charleston Light Opera Guild presents this beloved musical at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on April 28, May 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. All tickets $25 available now at charlestonlightoperaguild.org or at Civic Center Little Theatre Box Office starting April 25 open Wed-Sat 11 a.m.  to 1 p.m. and 1 hour before performances. Call 304-343-2287 for more information.

- Shrek the Musical, Jr. - The Paramount Players present a one-hour version of the musical based on the animated film on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Ky. Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 at the door.

- Shrek the Musical - First Stage Theatre presents the musical based on the animated film on May 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., 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. 

- 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.

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AUDITIONS FOR: 

"The Full Monty" (Musical)
The Charleston Light Opera Guild 
Additional auditions will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Guild Theatre. Special needs are singing actresses to portray roles from ages 30-55 and an actor singer to play Noah "Horse" Simmons (a retired African-American mill worker age 50- 70 with a baritone voice range and some social dance moves.)
All roles are still open and auditions for such will be honored. These include 11 men, 8 women and one boy to play age 12. Check the Guild's web site charlestonlightoperaguild.org or phone (304) 545-6945 for additional information.
Dance (Males only): Sun April 8 at 6pm
Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre
411 Tennessee Ave, Charleston
SHOW DATES: June 15 - 24 at Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre

AUDITIONS FOR: "Disney's High School Musical" (Musical)
Children's Theatre of Charleston
9th grade through adult
Sat., April 14 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at The Children's Theatre of Charleston, 1120 Kanawha Blvd East 
Sun., April 15 from 1-5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Activities Building at the corner of Leon Sullivan & Kanawha Blvd. E in Charleston.
SHOW DATES: June 28 - July 1 at the Clay Center, Charleston

AUDITIONS FOR: "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" (Play)
Kanawha Players Theatre
Mon. - Tue., April 23 - 24 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sun., April 8 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Kanawha Players Theatre
115 Spring Street, Charleston
SHOW DATES: June 22 - 30 at the Labelle Theatre in South Charleston
Details:

Monday, April 09, 2018

First Stage to Present “Shrek the Musical” in May


   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 Laura Campbell, Choreographers 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.

Friday, April 06, 2018

On Stage This Weekend

   There are only two shows on stage this weekend - two classic musical!

   Here's the rundown:

- Little Women the Musical - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical on April 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, KY. Tickets are $10.

- Annie - Marietta College Theatre Department present the classic musical on April 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and April 7 at 1 p.m. at 215 5th Street in Marietta, Ohio. 

   So get out there and see a show!

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Welcome to Alchemy Theatre Troupe!


    I'm happy to announce that there's a new Theatre Company in Huntington!

   It's the Alchemy Theatre Troupe, and they announced their mission today on Facebook. Here's their statement: 
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   Presenting Alchemy Theatre Troupe. A new non-profit performing arts group, based in Huntington, WV, dedicated to forging powerful connections between artists and audiences through theater enriching our communities. 

   In addition to this, our intention is to provide educational outreach as well as collaborative opportunities between artists of different genres and the theater. Essentially, we just aspire to produce quality theater to delight and transform our audiences. 

   Please like and share our (Facebook) page! We are currently working on our website. But, in the meantime, stay tuned here for upcoming announcements about auditions and performances! We have a few big announcements coming in the next two days.  

   Up first for Alchemy is a cabaret to introduce ourselves and our troupe to the community. Join us for Opening Night, the best night in theatre! Enjoy an evening of American songbook and musical theatre standards, be on the scene of Alchemy Theatre Troupe's very first performances, and learn how you can take part in future projects. 

   This exclusive kick-off event has limited seating - only 75 per night - so watch for ticket sales and reserve yours soon! It'll be May 18 and 19 at Huntington's Union Pub and Grill!
$25/ticket
Cash bar
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Show is at 8:00 p.m.
Directed by Bruce Rous

   Thank you for your interest and support!

   “The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.” - Oscar Wilde

 Find them on Facebook at:  https://m.facebook.com/alchemytheatretroupe/

Sunday, April 01, 2018

On Stage in April 2018

   This month is all about the classics - from some of the oldest shows around (with a new twist) the kid classics!

   Here’s what you’ll find on stage in April:

- As You Like It - Marshall University presents the play by William Shakespeare on April 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Uncertain of their standing in court and fearing for their lives, Rosalind and Orlando are forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, only to become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust, and mistaken identity. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty and senior citizens, and $7 for children ages 5 to 12.

- My Fair Lady - Charleston Light Opera Guild presents this beloved musical at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on April 28, May 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 each.

- DRUNK Oedipus Rex - Kanawha Players presents Sophocles' Famous Work, but there is a catch. The audience will choose one of the actors to be the evening's  "sacrifice"  for the God of Wine and Joy, Dionysus. The poor actor will have several drinks before the show and during the performance. A hilarious drinking game for all. Must be 21 and over to participate. Togas are optional. The play will be presented April 13 at the Empty Glass at 410 Elizabeth Street in Charleston.

- Little Women the Musical - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical on April 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, KY. Tickets are $10.

- Disney’s Camp Rock the Musical - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical on April 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, Ky. Tickets are $9 to $14.

- Annie - Marietta College Theatre Department present the classic musical on April 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and April 7 at 1 p.m. at 215 5th Street in Marietta, Ohio. 

   So get out there and see a show!