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Tri-State Theater

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Local Stars Shine!


   It's been a weekend for local talent to shine in the spotlight. First, Broadway star Michael Cerveris - a Huntington native - came to town to sing with the Huntington Symphony!

   Then, on the TV show America's Got Talent, the acrobatic performers known as Duo Transcend took the stage and stunned the audience.

   The duo is Mary Ellen Wolfe, who practically grew up on stage in Huntington (and is a former Miss West Virginia), and her husband Tyce. They've performed all over the world!

    You can catch their amazing performance in this clip:


   

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Summer of Shrek Continues



  There's a lot of Shrek to go around this year, and writer Dave Lavender previews Huntington's addition to the lineup in this story for the Herald-Dispatch

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

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   The Huntington Area Regional Theatre (HART in the Park) and the Choose Joy Players are diving into the joke- and music-filled swamp-set adventure of "Shrek the Musical."

   Presented in conjunction with the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, "Shrek the Musical" will begin its four-weekend run this weekend with shows Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, June 22-24, June 29-30 and July 1, and July 6-8, at the Ritter Park Amphitheater. HART in the Park will also be presenting a children's pre-show, "Disney's The Lion King Kids." Gates will open at 7 p.m. The pre-show starts at 7:30 p.m., and "Shrek the Musical" starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for children/seniors and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the GHPRD Office in Heritage Station, online at ghprd.ticketspice.com/harts-shrek-the-musical or at the gate the night of the show.

   Based on the 2001 Dreamworks animated film, "Shrek the Musical," which had a 2008-10 run on Broadway, tells the story of everyone's favorite green ogre, Shrek (Michael Bare), whose home in the swamp has been overrun with every fairytale character you can name after the tiny but evil Lord Farquaad (played by Owen Reynolds) has banished "freaks" from his kingdom. As they travel to the kingdom to protest, they rescue the lovable, persistent and hilarious Donkey (Ean Bills), and their misfit band of fairytale creatures all go on an adventure that has them rescuing the mysterious Princess Fiona (Rebecca Robinson) and by the end taking Shrek on an inner journey in which he discovers no man is an island, even an ogre.

   Levi Kelley, the assistant director to Tommy and Mary Smirl, said theater-goers better come ready to laugh at both the dialogue and the fresh batch of two dozen modern songs that help propel the well-known story.

   "It is very different from what we are used to doing, 'Shrek' itself is sort of a parody of Disney and of musical theater, there is certain nods to classic musicals in here like 'A Chorus Line' and 'Gypsy,'" Kelley said. "It's a lot of fun. Tommy (Smirl) and I have said this. We think it is the perfect show to follow up 'Beauty and The Beast' because the humor in it is so, so funny. It is a real good feel-good time."

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Upcoming Shows, Auditions and Summer Camps


Show lineup for the week, beginning Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Upcoming shows, auditions and summer camps are also listed. If I've missed anything, please let me know.
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ONSTAGE THIS WEEK:

- “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, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and June 17, 18, 23 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the CYAC Theatre at the Charleston Town Center (next to Buckles). Tickets are $15 for adults and $* for children and senior citizens.

- “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 Full Monty” - The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents the musical comedy during FestivALL at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on June 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m. with matinees on June 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 each.

- “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.

- “Marriage is Murder” - Portsmouth Little Theatre presents the comedy about two murder mystery writers who get carried away with their work on June 15, 16 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. at 1117 Lawrence Street in Portsmouth. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and senior citizens. 

- “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.

- 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

- “Twelfth Night” - The Marietta College Theatre Department present the Shakespeare comedy on June 21, 22 and 23 at 8:30 p.m. at Muskingum Park on Front Street in Marietta, Ohio. A pair of shipwrecked twins set into motion a tale of mistaken identity and unlikely love. Separated from her brother Sebastian and fearing him lost at sea, the quick-thinking Viola adopts a male disguise and enters the service of the handsome Duke Orsino—only to find herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Admission is free!

- “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.

- “Oedipus: An Appalachian Tragedy” - The Alban Arts Center presents the world premiere of the play by A.E. Gill. It adapts the Greek tragedy and examines our responsibilities as citizens, the responsibility of ur elected officials and how our ethics can effect the prosperity of a community. The play will be presented June 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and June 24 and July 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults. 

- “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.

- “Guys and Dolls” - The Marietta College Theatre Department present the musical comedy on June 29 at 8 p.m., and June 30 and July 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the People’s Bank Theatre at 222 Putnam Street in Marietta, Ohio. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20.

- “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 7 p.m. at the Barboursville Park Amphitheatre.

- “Signing Off” - a live stage play by Lawrence Burgess, is set in a dystopian 2020 West Virginia. Combining thriller, dark comedy, and political satire, “Signing Off” was recognized by West Virginia Writers, Inc. (“Twelve,” Screenplay Category, 2011). Mature discretion advised. It will be presented at The Capitol Theater at Resurrection Church at 123 Summers Street in Charleston on Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All tickets: $10. Tickets available at www.ticketstripe.com/signingoff01. 

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UPCOMING AUDITIONS:

- 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 June 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.

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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 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.

- Alban Arts and Conference Center - Introduction to Playwriting with John Barton. This course will focus on teaching skills necessary to write a play: crafting a character, writing believable dialogue, creating conflict, and building a scene. There will be weekly assignments, in-class exercises, and some online discussion and support. Students will do script study, complete several writing exercises, and critique dialogue and scenes before writing their own original 10-minute play. Select plays will be read or performed at the end of the course. No experience necessary. Recommended ages 12 and up (Middle School / High School). Mondays 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alban. June 25 -August 13. Class costs $200 if preregistered and $225 if you sign up the day of class. Register for class at ticketpeak.com/albanarts.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Tony Award Goes to...


    Sunday night the Tony Awards were given out to honor Broadway’s best. Here’s the rundown of the winners:

The 2018 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards

Best Play - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Musical - The Band's Visit
Best Revival of a Play - Angels in America
Best Revival of a Musical - Once On This Island Best Book of a Musical - The Band's Visit, Itamar Moses
Best Original Score Written for the Theatre - The Band's Visit, Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Nathan Lane, Angels in America
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Ari’el Stachel, The Band's Visit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Best Scenic Design of a Play - Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play - Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Tyler Micoleau, The Band's Visit
Best Sound Design of a Play - Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Kai Harada, The Band's Visit
Best Direction of a Play - John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Direction of a Musical - David Cromer, The Band's Visit
Best Choreography - Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Best Orchestrations - Jamshied Sharifi, The Band's Visit
Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre - Chita Rivera, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards - John Leguizamo, Bruce Springsteen

Monday, June 11, 2018

Production of "Joseph" Postponed


   The upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church in Huntington has - sadly - been postponed.

   Here's the release from the church:

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    Thanks to everyone who came out to audition for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

   But I’m afraid we have bad news – not enough people came out to audition, so we’re going to have to postpone our production until next Spring.

   That’s no reflection on the amazing talent of those who auditioned – you would all be in the cast if we were able to stage the show (and you’re automatically invited to be in the Spring production if you’re available).

   Thanks again for your time! Bear with us – the Pea Ridge Players will return!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Upcoming Shows, Auditions and Summer Camps!

Show lineup for the week, beginning Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Upcoming shows, auditions and summer camps are also listed. If I've missed anything, please let me know.
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ONSTAGE THIS WEEK:
- No stage shows this week!
- 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
- “The Full Monty” - The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents the musical comedy during FestivALL at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on June 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m. with matinees on June 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 each.
- “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, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and June 17, 18, 23 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the CYAC Theatre at the Charleston Town Center (next to Buckles). Tickets are $15 for adults and $* for children and senior citizens.
- “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.
- “Marriage is Murder” - Portsmouth Little Theatre presents the comedy about two murder mystery writers who get carried away with their work on June 15, 16 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. at 1117 Lawrence Street in Portsmouth. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and senior citizens. 
- “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.
- “Oedipus: An Appalachian Tragedy” - The Alban Arts Center presents the world premiere of the play by A.E. Gill. It adapts the Greek tragedy and examines our responsibilities as citizens, the responsibility of ur elected officials and how our ethics can effect the prosperity of a community. The play will be presented June 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and June 24 and July 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults. 
- “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.
- “Signing Off” - a live stage play by Lawrence Burgess, is set in a dystopian 2020 West Virginia. Combining thriller, dark comedy, and political satire, “Signing Off” was recognized by West Virginia Writers, Inc. (“Twelve,” Screenplay Category, 2011). Mature discretion advised. It will be presented at The Capitol Theater at Resurrection Church at 123 Summers Street in Charleston on Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All tickets: $10. Tickets available at www.ticketstripe.com/signingoff01
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UPCOMING AUDITIONS:
AUDITIONS FOR: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be held Friday, June 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church at 5747 East Pea Ridge Road in Huntington, W.Va. The show is being produced by the Pea Ridge Players and it’s an “all-ages” production. Auditions are open to everyone in the community, from children starting in the 1st Grade next fall though Senior Citizens (there is no upper age limit). We encourage families to try out for the show and be on stage together – we have lots of roles to fill! The musical was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and is based on the classic story from the Bible. The show will be staged August 24, 25 and 26 at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church.
Those auditioning may arrive anytime between 5 and 9 p.m. Be prepared to sing a 30-second selection from a song. An accompanist will be provided.
The musical will be directed by Chuck Minsker with music director Mark Smith and choreographer Denise Juan. For more information, send a message or email cminsker@gmail.com.
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
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.
AUDITIONS FOR: “Romeo and Juliet” - The Alban Arts and Conference Center will hold auditions for “St. Albans Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo & Juliet” on June 9 at 1p.m. and June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center at 65 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans. Parts are available for seven women and nine men, ages 15 to 60+. Auditioners will do cold readings from the script, scripts provided. They may also choose to present a one minute monologue from any Shakespeare play. Directed by Marlette Carter. Performance dates are September 13 - 22 at St. Albans City Park. 
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.
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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.
- Alban Arts and Conference Center - Introduction to Playwriting with John Barton. This course will focus on teaching skills necessary to write a play: crafting a character, writing believable dialogue, creating conflict, and building a scene. There will be weekly assignments, in-class exercises, and some online discussion and support. Students will do script study, complete several writing exercises, and critique dialogue and scenes before writing their own original 10-minute play. Select plays will be read or performed at the end of the course. No experience necessary. Recommended ages 12 and up (Middle School / High School). Mondays 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alban. June 25 -August 13. Class costs $200 if preregistered and $225 if you sign up the day of class. Register for class at ticketpeak.com/albanarts.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Auditions for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"


   (Full disclosure time: this is about a show I'm directing.)
   Auditions are being held this Friday for the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
   It's a show I directed about 15 years ago - it was so much fun that I've been itching to tackle it again!
   So we'll hold auditions on Friday, June 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church at 5747 East Pea Ridge Road in Huntington, W.Va.
   The show is being produced by the Pea Ridge Players and it’s an “all-ages” production. Auditions are open to everyone in the community, from children starting in the 1st Grade next fall though Senior Citizens (there is no upper age limit). We encourage families to try out for the show and be on stage together – we have lots of roles to fill!
   The musical was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and is based on the classic story from the Bible. The show will be staged August 24, 25 and 26 at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church.
   Those auditioning may arrive anytime between 5 and 9 p.m. Be prepared to sing a 30-second selection from a song. An accompanist will be provided.
   The musical will be directed by Chuck Minsker with music director Mark Smith and choreographer Denise Juan.
   For more information, send a message or email cminsker@gmail.com.