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Sunday, March 01, 2015

On Stage in March

   March brings with it lots of terrific community theatre shows - here’s the list:

- Once On This Island, Jr. - First Stage Theatre Company presents the musical loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Shows will be presented March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Ballroom at 900 8th Street in Huntington. Tickets are$12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 304-416-5437.

- Magic Makers Reunion - A concert will be presented by 5th Avenue Theatre Company to raise money for the City of Huntington Foundation. It will be presented March 7. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., the show at 8 p.m. at the JCS Auditorium in Huntington’s City Hall at 800 5th Avenue in Huntington. Tickets for the wine and cheese reception and show: $30, show-only tickets are $25. To reserve tickets call 304-696-5522.

- Company - Arts Resources for the Tri-State presents the hit musical by Stephen Sondheim on March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m. at the ARTS Ballroom at 900 8th Street in Huntington. Tickets are$15 for the show only, $30 for dinner and show. Call for reservations at  304-733-2787.

- Stuart Little - Paramount Players present the play based on the book by E.B. White on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center at 1300 Winchester Avenue in Ashland. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (Advance sales) or $12 for adults and $10 for students (Day of the show). 

- Cinderella - The Paramount Players present the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein on March 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 21 at 3 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center at 1300 Winchester Avenue in Ashland. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students (Advance sales), or $16 for adults and $12 for students (Day of show).

- The Rockin' Tale of Snow White - The Children's Theatre of Charleston presents the musical March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and March 7 and 8 at 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Little Theatre at 200 Civic Center Drive in Charleston. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students (ages 4 to 18). 

- The Lion in Winter - The Limelight Theatre Company presents the play March 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. and March 7 at 2 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. All seats are $16.

- Hamlet - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the play through March 3.

- Steel Magnolias - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the play at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage March 26 through April 14.


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

Friday, February 27, 2015

On Stage This Weekend

    Lots of great shows on stage this weekend, from a Calypso version of a classic tale to a cutting-edge take on a Broadway smash - and much more!

   Here's the rundown:

Once On This Island, Jr. - First Stage presents the musical based on the story of "The Litttle Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen at the Renaissance Ballroom at 900 8th Street in Huntington. The show runs Feb. 27 and 28 and Mar 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., and March 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved by calling 304-416-5437.

Cabaret - Marshall Theatre Alliance will present the Broadway musical Feb. 27 - 28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty and seniors, and is free to full-time MU students with valid ID.

The Lion in Winter - Limelight Theatre Company presents the play on Feb. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. All tickets are  $16.

Hamlet - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the Shakespeare play Feb. 19 through March 1.

- Bat Boy the Musical Shawnee State University Department of Theatre and Dance present the musical Feb. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Vern Riffe Center For The Arts at 940 Second Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. Tickets are $15.75 for adults and $13.75 for seniors and University Staff.

    So get out there and support your local theatre!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On Stage This Weekend: "Once on This Island, Jr."


    Taking the stage this weekend is Once on This Island, Jr. - it's a terrific musical based on the original story of "The Little Mermaid."

   It's a rousing Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice.

   With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, this is an original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. 

   From the TONY Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, this magical tale of love garnered eight TONY nominations, including nods for Best Musical, Book and Score!

   Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. 


   When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and even death. 

   The show is being staged at the Renaissance Theatre Ballroom at 900 8th Street in Huntington. It
 runs Feb. 27 and 28 and Mar 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., and March 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. 

   Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved by calling 304-416-5437.

   Don't miss it!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ACT in Competition!


 
    Actors for Children Theatre of Flatwoods is 
representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky 
for the second year in a row at the Southeastern 
Theatre Conference.  ACT's cast and crew will 
travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee March 4-8 
to perform Monsters Under the Bed written 
by Gay H. Hammond and directed by Sarah 
Diamond Burroway.
  ACT exists to share live theatre with arts-
underserved children in our community.  
The troupe won "Outstanding Production" 
last fall at the Community Theatre Festival 
of the Kentucky Theatre Association in 
Richmond, KY.  ACT also won "Best 
Ensemble" and "Outstanding Costume 
/ Make-Up Design."  
   "ACT is really excited to perform for youth 
audiences in the Tri-state area," said Sarah 
Diamond Burroway, Director.  "To be named 
tops in the state by your peers is a tremendous 
honor. The ACT'ors are excited to perform and 
compete with the best theatre companies in 
the southeast at SETC."
   The six member cast includes:  Bill Burroway, 
Miranda Hutchinson and Emma Imes all of 
Flatwoods; Ethan Darby and Kristina Richins, 
both of Ashland; and Matthew Johnson of 
Wheelersburg, OH. 
   SETC is comprised of theatre companies 
from ten southeastern states. In 2014, ACT 
represented Kentucky at SETC with its 
award-winning production of "A Thousand 
Cranes" by Kathryn Schultz Miller. 
   ACT is also preparing to begin its spring 
touring production of "Shiver Me Timbers: 
A Pirate Play" by Gay H. Hammond.  A limited 
number of show dates are available for booking.  
For more information, contact ACT 
at 606-922-2903 or visit online at 
actorsforchildrentheatre.weebly.com or on 
Facebook.
   (Photo by Brad Bear)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Upcoming Auditions

   Several auditions are coming up soon - here's the list compiled by my pal Ryan Hardiman:

   Barnum - 5th Avenue Theatre Company in Huntington was planning to hold auditions this weekend, but the auditions have been postponed and will be rescheduled.

   The Great Gatsby - The Paramount Players in Ashland will hold auditions for the play based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted by Simon Levy. Auditions will be Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center at 1300 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, Ky. Show Dates: (April 9 school show) April 10-11. For more info: 606-324-3175 ext. 310/311

   Vintage Hitchcock - Kanawha Players will hold auditions for the Live Radio Play by Joe Landry on Feb. 28 - March 1 and March 7 and 8 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (on all days) at Charleston Newspapers at 1001 Virginia St. East in Charleston, W.Va. The show dates are May 1, 3, 8 and 9. For more info: email kanawhaplayers@yahoo.com.

   So get out and be part of a show!

Friday, February 20, 2015

On Stage This Weekend

   The weather is always the Sword of Damocles hanging over every production - and this week, the Tri-state was hit hard by heavy snowfall. Hopefully the streets will be clear enough by the weekend to allow productions to go on as planned!

   Here's the rundown of terrific shows on tap this weekend:

Cabaret - Marshall Theatre Alliance will present the Broadway musical Feb. 18 - 21 and 26 - 28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty and seniors, and is free to full-time MU students with valid ID.

Anything Goes! - Marshall Artists Series presents the touring Broadway musical Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.

The Marvelous Wonderettes - Portsmouth Little Theatre presents the musical on Feb. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. The show will be presented at the theatre at 1117 Lawson Street in  Portsmouth. Tickets are $15 each, $12 for seniors and students.

Brilliant Traces - Alban Arts Center presents the play on Feb. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center at 65 Olde Main Street in Saint Albans. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. 

The Lion in Winter - Limelight Theatre Company presents the play on Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. All tickets are  $16. (NOTE: Due to the weather, this show has been postponed to next weekend.)

Hamlet - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the Shakespeare play Feb. 19 through March 1.

Pontypool - M.T. Pockets Theatre Company presents the performance on Feb. 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. at 1390 1/2 University Avenue in Morgantown. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students. For Mature Audiences.

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Into the Woods" Auditions Delayed

   This weather (we're up to almost 10 inches of snow at this writing) can force a change of plans on anyone - including the Charleston Light Opera Guild (CLOG), who cancelled auditions tonight for the musical Into the Woods.

   But they've rescheduled - here's the full audition info:
INTO THE WOODS Auditions scheduled for Monday, Feb 16 are CANCELLED.
WE WILL HOLD AUDITIONS Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Singing & Reading
Bring sheet music for accompanist; No a cappella, please! Scripts will be provided.
All auditions held at:
Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre
411 Tennessee Avenue at Roane Street
Charleston
Production dates:
May 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16, 2015
Civic Center Little Theatre
For additional information call 304-545-6945
19 MEMBER CAST (7 MEN, 12 WOMEN) AGES 15 - 60s
The Baker: insecure man who desperately wants a child; age 28-40ish; baritone
The Baker’s Wife: a confident and intelligent woman who wants a child; age 26-40; mezzo
Cinderella: a young and kind girl who wants to go to the king’s festival; age 17-26; soprano
The Witch: an evil and ugly old woman who is under a spell; during the production she loses her power and is restored to a beauty; age 25 – 60ish; mezzo
Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf: handsome man obsessed with Cinderella who doubles as the Wolf in the Little Red Riding tale; age 23-30s; baritone
Jack: a simple milk boy who loses his cow; ages 15-24; tenor
Little Red Riding Hood: a spoiled little girl on her way to grandma’s, age 16-20s, mezzo
Narrator/Mysterious Man: actor who tells the story and doubles as the baker’s father whom has been assumed dead; age 30-60ish; baritone
Rapunzel: lovely young girl and sister to the baker who is held captive by her mother, the witch; age 18-30; soprano
Jack’s mother: a mother who wants gold; age 40-60ish; mezzo
Rapunzel’s Prince: handsome man & brother to Cinderella’s prince; age 23-30s; tenor 
Cinderella’s stepmother/Grandmother: an evil yet beautiful woman double cast as Riding Hood’s grandmother; age 40-55; mezzo
Florinda and Lucinda: lovely but evil stepsisters to Cinderella; ages 16-30s; mezzo, soprano
Other cameo roles include Cinderella’s father, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Steward
Into the Woods blends the well-known fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood with an original story of the Baker and his Wife who catalyze the action by attempting to reverse a witch’s curse on their family in order to have a child. In the first act all the fairytale characters set out to achieve their goal of living “Happily Ever After.” Act Two deals with the consequences that traditional fairy tales conveniently ignore. Composer Stephen Sondheim and author James Lapine spin a tale of new and old storybook characters on a journey of growth and self-discovery. The tales intertwine in the woods where all inner darkness is confronted.
Into the Woods opened on Broadway in 1987 with Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien and Tom Aldredge. It won three Tony awards including best score and best book, five Drama Desk Awards and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical. It was revived in 2002 with Vanessa Williams, Laura Benanti, John McMartin and Gregg Edelman and won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. The film version starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and others was released in December 2014. The Guild presented Into the Woods in 1992 and 2006.