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Friday, September 24, 2010

On Stage This Weekend - Four Shows!

That's right, there are four shows on stage this weekend - three in Huntington and one in Charleston! (And September is usually a slow month for community theatre!)

Here are your choices:

- James and the Giant Peach - The play based on the classic children's book will be presented by First Stage Theatre Company at the Renaissance Center (the former Huntington High School) at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Directed by Jon Joy, the show includes a cast of 30 young actors from around the Tri-State. Tickets are $10 and $8 for children 12 and under. Call 304-416-KIDS (304-416-5437) or visit www.FirstStageTheatre.org.

- Steel Magnolias - It's the final weekend for this drama from Fifth Avenue Theatre Company and the City of Huntington Foundation, Inc. Shows will be presented tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. as well as 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in City Hall, located at 800 5th Ave. in Huntington. Tickets are $10 and $8 for children 12 and under. Call 304-696-5522 for more info or go online at www.cityofhuntingtonfoundation.com/pages/theater.htm.

- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - The inaugural show for the new Pullman Plaza Playhouse at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, as well as 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Tickets are $33 for dinner and the show or $18 for show only. Go online at www.pullmanplayhouse.webs.com.

- Hoods - A new production from Charleston Youth Arts Company, this original drama by Dan Kehde takes the stage at the Historic WVSU Capitol Center at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $5.50 for students. For reservations, call 304-342-6522. For more information, visit http://web.me.com/cyac2001/CONTEMPORARY_YOUTH_ARTS_COMPANY/Welcome.html.

So get out there and support your local theatre!


Stephen Vance said...

i know you've been busy with peach so i wanted to take a second and whoot you a note about spelling bee and pullman playhouse.i was able to see the sunday matinee and i had a great time and so did everyone in the audience. the venue is set up for dinner but not required. i really like the show anyways and thought it was a great choice for this size venue and environment. its a very fun show with some very sweet moments. this cast is superbly talented and i liked the work i saw. from the very over the top moments to the very real moments there was a great finesse by this ensemble.i love when a cast knows how to connect with an audience. congratulations to the pullman crew for a job well done.

Chuck Minsker said...

Thanks for the review, Stephen! You're right, I've been swamped helping with "James and the Giant Peach," which just wrapped up its opening weekend - which went very well, with the cast doing a fantastic job!

I also missed "Steel Magnolias," unfortunately - but my lovely wife and her sisters saw it and enjoyed it tremendously!

So many shows, so little time!

zach davis said...

Well chuck I am glad your wife saw it. I would love a review from her. The cast was amazing and I along with allison are blessed to have them in our lives. We had to transfer our son Aiden to the Childrens hospital in cincinnati where he went into surgery today which went great and he on road to recovery. I missed the whole closing weekend but My pal Eddie took over in my absence. Thank you for all the publicity. we had a successfull show and I am so proud of it. I have been asked to direct another!!! so be on the lookout! I have ideas for childrens theatre to hehehe!

Stephen Vance said...

i'm planning on seeing you guys next weekend some place between rehearsing and rehearsing. :)

Chuck Minsker said...

Zach, best wishes to your family - hope all is well with Aiden!

Stephen, I'll see you at "Peach" - assuming I don't run into you in the hall practicing your rope tricks for "Will Rogers Follies!"

Mel Larch said...

Sounds like there's a lot of good stuff going on in Huntington. Wish I could come down & see some of these performances, but it's tough just getting to anything in Charleston while dealing with my mother's health issues.

I did get to see CYAC's HOODS last Saturday. It's a very powerful & ultimately moving story about race relations in late '50's rural Appalachia. Dan's assembled an amazing cast of young actors.

The sad thing is that the first weekend's audiences averaged about 20 people a night. Even though you won't leave it humming a happy tune, it's a great show that deserves bigger crowds than that. I hope you and your readers can come out for one of the last three performances this week (8:00 PM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Capitol Center Theatre in Charleston).