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Monday, July 28, 2014

One More Chance to Audition for "Once on This Island, Jr."

   For those kids interested in auditioning for Once on This Island, Jr., you have one more chance - here's a note from director Amy Browning:

   We know many of you have been vacationing or at camp and may have missed auditions last weekend for Once on This Island, Jr. 

   If you would still like to audition, you can come Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m to Pea Ridge United Methodist Church.  

   You can get the audition form ahead of time so you can fill it out before you come to audition - just request one by emailing  onceonthisisland2015@gmail.com.


Friday, July 25, 2014

On Stage This Weekend

   Lots of great shows on stage this weekend - here's the list, courtesy of my pal Ryan Hardiman:

- Willy Wonka: The Musical (Musical - Outdoor)
by Timothy A. McDonald / Leslie Bricusse / Anthony Newley
Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl
Huntington Area Regional Theatre (HART)
Fri. - Sun., July 25-27 at 8:30 p.m.
Gates open for picnicking at 6:30 p.m.  - Bring lawn chairs or blanket
Children's Preshow "Adventures in Storyland" at 7 p.m.
"HART's Superstar Preshow" at 7:30 p.m.
"Willy Wonka: The Musical" at 8:30 p.m.
Ritter Park Amphitheater
1310 8th Ave, Huntington, WV
$15 Adults / $10 Children / $20 reserved Seats / Group Rates Available
Purchase tickets at gate, or in advance at Greater Huntington Park and Recreation Board office, or Ritter Park Tennis Center.

 - Pirates of the Caribbean: A Twist in Time- A Parody (Theatre Camp for Kids)
Camp Curtain Call and Strom Studios
Fri-Sat, July 25-26 at 7 p.m.
Matinee Sat., July 26 at 2 p.m.
WVSC Capitol Center Theatre
123 Summers St. Charleston, WV
$8 All tickets
304-342-6522

 - Comedians of the Galaxy (Improv Comedy)
No Pants Players
Sat., July 26 at 7 p.m.
Alban Arts and Conference Center
65 Olde Main St, Saint Albans, WV
Tickets $12 at the door, $10 in advance online at www.nopantsplayers.com

- The Aracoma Story (Play - Outdoor)
The Aracoma Story, Inc.
July 15- 26 at 8:30 p.m. (Actual show dates not listed on website)
Chief Logan State Park, Little Buffalo Creek Road, Logan, WV
Adults $12 Gate, $11 Advance
Seniors $10 Gate, $9 Advance
Children (3 - 12 yrs) $8 Gate, $7 Advance
304-752-0253

 - Labels: A Series of One Acts (Play)
by Keith Foster
The Basement Playhouse
Fri. - Sat., July 18-19 and Fri., July 25 at 8 p.m.
Matinees Sun., July 20 and July 27 at 2 p.m.
Pendleton Arts Center
1537 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY
$10 for adults, $8 for kids (12 and Under) Veterans, Active Military and Public Servants get in free (with ID) General Admission

- Children of Eden (Musical - Outdoor)
Music/lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by John Caird
The Aracoma Story, Inc.
June 20 - July 26 at 8:30 p.m. (Actual show dates not listed on website)
Chief Logan State Park, Little Buffalo Creek Road, Logan, WV
Adults $12 Gate, $11 Advance
Seniors $10 Gate, $9 Advance
Children (3 - 12 yrs) $8 Gate, $7 Advance
304-752-0253

 - Peter Pan (Musical - Outdoor)
by Charlap / Styne / Leigh / Comden / Green
Jenny Wiley Theatre
June 12 - Aug 2 at 8:15 p.m. (Alternates sporadically with other shows- see website for actual show dates)
Jenny Wiley Theatre Ampitheatre
121 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, KY
Tickets $12.50 - $22
1-877-CALL JWT

 - South Pacific (Musical - Outdoor)
by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Jenny Wiley Theatre
June 26 - Aug 1 at 8:15 p.m. (Alternates sporadically with other shows- see website for actual show dates)
Jenny Wiley Theatre Ampitheatre
121 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, KY
Tickets $12.50 - $22
(50th Celebration on Sat, July 19 are $75)
1-877-CALL JWT

    Whew! So get out there and support your local theatre!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The 2015 Season for ARTS


   Huntington's theatre company known as ARTS (Arts Resources for the Tri-State) is slowly rolling out the announcement for its upcoming season.

   It's shaping up to be an outstanding season already, as they have two great shows - one a true classic, and the other a modern musical classic.

   The first show announced yesterday will also feature the group's first guest director, as Leah Turley tackles Medea by Euripides. The show will run August 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. 


   The other show announced today will be directed by resident director Bil Neal. The classic musical Into the Woods will runs June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28.

   The shows will be presented at the Renaissance Theatre (the old Huntington High School) at 900 8th Street in Huntington. 

   Tomorrow: another show!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tickets on Sale for "The Wedding Singer!"


   This press release arrived today from the Charleston Light Opera Guild:

   The box office opens Monday, July 28 at 10 a.m. for the Charleston Light Opera Guild production of The Wedding Singer slated for August 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 3 and 10 at 3:00 p.m. 
at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre.  

   Box office hours at the Little Theatre are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and one hour prior to show times or by calling 304-343-2287 or buy tickets online at www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org.  All seats are reserved at $20.

   Based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler film, we return to 1985 when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

   The Wedding Singer has a book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The Broadway production received five Tony Awards nominations.

   Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favortie wedding singer.  He's the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar.  Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. 
Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

   The Director/Choreographer is Nina Denton Pasinetti, Musical Director is Bobby Hodges, Jr. and orchestra and rehearsal pianist is Leah Lewis.  The cast is led by Scott Jarrell as Robbie Hart and Lauren Meyer as Julia.

   The production is sponsored by Mrs. Alex Schoenbaum.

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Once on This Island, Jr." Parents Meeting

   First Stage has auditions coming up this weekend for a unique show.

   It's called Once on This Island, Jr., and even though the show won't be presented until Spring 2015, the auditions are being held early because the cast will be traveling to Altlanta in January to take part in the annual Junior Theatre Festival.

   That means lots of preparation and fundraisers, so they have to get an early start! 

   Here's the information about a special informational meeting that's being offered for interested parents on Tuesday night:

Once On This Island informational Parents’ Meeting: 
Tuesday, July 22 – 6:30 p.m.
at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church. 

   This meeting is a time for parents and kids to learn more about the Junior Theatre Festival and the commitment required to participate in Once on This Island, Jr. 


   Members of the production team will be available to answer your questions. The goal of this meeting is to give you and your family the information that you need to help you make a decision before auditions on Saturday.

   This meeting will be helpful to families that did not participate in JTF last year, but it is not required in order to audition.

   There will be a another parent meeting for all cast members after auditions and at the start of the rehearsal process.

   If you have any questions email: onceonthisisland@gmail.com


Friday, July 18, 2014

On Stage This Weekend

    Several great shows on stage this weekend - here's the rundown:

Willy Wonka: The Musical - HART presents the classic musical based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl on July 18-20 and 25-27 at 8:30 p.m. Gates open for picnicking at 6:30 p.m. Children's Preshow "Adventures in Storyland" at 7 p.m., "HART's Superstar Preshow" at 7:30 p.m. It will be presented at the Ritter Park Amphitheater at 1310 8th Ave. in Huntington. Tickets are $15 Adults, $10 Children, $20 reserved Seats, Group Rates Available. 

- Labels: A Series of One ActsThe Basement Playhouse presents the plays on July 18 - 19 at 8 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Pendleton Arts Center at 1537 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, Ky. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids (12 and Under) Veterans, Active Military and Public Servants get in free (with ID).

- Peter Pan -  Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical  July 18, 23, 26, 30 and 31 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre Ampitheatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets $12.50 - $22

- Children of Eden - The Aracoma Story presents the musical loosely based on stories from The Bible.  Shows run through July 26 at 8:30 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park, Little Buffalo Creek Road in Logan, W.Va.  Tickets are: adults $12, seniors $10, children (3 - 12) $8. 

- The Aracoma Story - Will be presented July 18- 26 at 8:30 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park on Little Buffalo Creek Road in Logan, W.Va. Tickets are adults $12, Seniors $10, Children (3 - 12) $8.

    So get out there and support your community theatre!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Needed: a Male Actor in Huntington

   My pal Mike Murdock sends out this call for a male actor to fill a spot in the show they're working on now. He writes:

   MALE ACTOR NEEDED
 
   Ever wanted to try your hand at Shakespeare or be in Much Ado About Nothing or be in an ARTS show?
    Are you a male actor between the ages of 20 and 35 (negotiable)?
   Do you live in or have reliable transportation to the Huntington area?
 
   Are you available to begin rehearsing right away and are you free every weekend in August for performances, as well as for a school show on a weekday morning?
   If so, send me a message / friend request on Facebook / etc. 
I've got a good role for you. It's
 Borachio - you got to have some really great scenes, work with other great people and be a part of one of my wildest choices for Shakespeare yet? 

   Be a bad guy! Break up a Vegas wedding! Do some real acting! Seize the day! Message me!