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Tri-State Theater

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

On Stage This Weekend

   On stage this weekend, there are lots of terrific shows to see!

   Here's the rundown:

- Disney's Beauty and the Beast - HART presents the musical on June 23, 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2 at 8:30 p.m. Gates open for picnicking at 7p.m. Children's Preshow at 7:30 p.m. Beauty and the Beast begins at 8:30 p.m. There will also be a special performance of Beauty and the Beast only on June 29 at 7 p.m. It will be presented at the Ritter Park Amphitheater at 1310 8th Avenue in Huntington. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens. Group rates are available.

- American Nero - CYAC presents the original rock opera by Mark Scarpelli, Christopher Vincent and Dan Kehde on June 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

- The Bridges of Madison County - The Charleston Light Opera Guild present the musical on June 23 at 8 p.m., June 24 at 5 p.m., and June 25 at 3 p.m. at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre on Tennessee Avenue in Charleston. All tickets $20. 

- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - The Alban Arts and Conference Center presents the play by Tennessee Williams on  June 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. at Tamarack in Beckley, W.Va. Tickets are $48 each (which includes dinner).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
- Cabaret - Hipp Stage Productions presents the musical on June 24 and 30 at 8 p.m. and June 25 and July 1 and 2 at 2 p.m. at the Peoples Bank Theatre at 222 Putnam Street in Marietta, Ohio. All tickets are $20.

- Madagascar - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical June 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Ampitheatre in Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for youth.

   So go see a show!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Auditions for "Elf, Jr: - and Junior Theatre Festival


   First Stage Theatre Company in Huntington will hold auditions on Saturday, June 24 for the musical Elf, Jr and for those young actors who plan to travel to the Junior Theatre Festival in 2018.
   The auditions will be held 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 
   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. 
   To audition for Elf, JR. ONLY - actors must be at least in the FIRST grade in the fall of 2018.
   To audition for Elf, JR AND to attend the Junior Theatre Festival - actors must be 10 years old by January 1, 2018, and have performed or worked tech for at least one First Stage production previously. 
   Rehearsals will begin in September. The Junior Theatre Festival will be one long weekend in January in Atlanta.
   Festival Dates: January 12 to 14, 2018
   Elf JR. will be staged November 30 to December 3, 2017.
   First Stage Theatre Company has been accepted to the Junior Theatre Festival (JTF) again this coming winter to perform and learn from professionals in the field of musical theatre. The full cast and those attending JTF 2018 will perform the full-length play in December 2017. 
   JTF 2018 is an awesome weekend-long experience for kids to learn and perform with over 4,500 peers from across the country. Sponsored by iTheatrics, MTI, Disney, and Playbill. The event allows for showcasing a 15 minute show selection, workshop classes, guest speakers and performances. More information will be available at the audition.

Friday, June 16, 2017

On Stage This Weekend

   Summer theatre kicks into high gear this weekend, with four great shows taking local stages. 

   Here's the rundown:

- Disney's Beauty and the Beast - HART presents the musical on June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2 at 8:30 p.m. Gates open for picnicking at 7p.m. Children's Preshow at 7:30 p.m. Beauty and the Beast begins at 8:30 p.m. It will be presented at the Ritter Park Amphitheater at 1310 8th Avenue in Huntington. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens. Group rates are available.

- American Nero - CYAC presents the original rock opera by Mark Scarpelli, Christopher Vincent and Dan Kehde on June 16, 22, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and June 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

- The Bridges of Madison County - The Charleston Light Opera Guild present the musical on June 16 and 23 at 8 p.m., June 17 and 24 at 5 p.m., and June 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre on Tennessee Avenue in Charleston. All tickets $20.

Hairspray - The Aracoma Story presents the musical comedy on June 16, 17 and 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park in Logan, W.Va. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and $6 for children under 10.

   It's a great lineup! Go see a show!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This Weekend: "Beauty and the Beast"


   This weekend kicks off the summer run for HART's Beauty and the Beast, based on the classic Disney animated film.
   You can see some photos of the production by the Herald-Dispatch's Toril Lavender in this photo gallery, and you can get a preview in this story in the Herald-Dispatch.
   Here's an excerpt: 
The cast was picked in January, they've been rehearsing since February, and now the actors and actresses of Beauty and the Beast are ready to start the outdoor theater party right here in the hills of Huntington.
Cue the lightning bugs and the orchestra because HART (Huntington Area Regional Theatre) in the Park and The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District are kicking off the third season together of live, summer theater with a three-weekend run of the Disney favorite Beauty and the Beast, set for Friday through Sunday, June 16-18, June 23-25 and June 30-July 2 at the Ritter Park Amphitheater.
Gates open at 7 p.m. for picnics with the children's pre-show at 7:30 p.m., the community pre-show entertainment at 8 p.m., and the main show at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15, and $12 for seniors and children, with group rates available. Tickets can be purchased now at www.GHPRD.org or by calling 304-696-5954 or at the gate the night of the show.
Based on the classic 1991 Disney film, Beauty and the Beast tells the enchanting tale as old as time full of adventure, magic and timeless romance featuring songs such as "Be Our Guest," "Belle," "Beauty and the Beast" and more.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

First Stage Offers Two Scholarships

   As the school year ends, it's time for First Stage Theatre to roll out its annual scholarships!

   The organization offers two $1000 to former First Stage actors and tech crew who are planning to study (or are presently studying) performing arts! Here's the info:

   The First Stage Theatre Company is now accepting applications for two $1000 scholarships: the Jim Stone Memorial Scholarship and the Leslie McElroy Memorial Scholarship. 

     First Stage sponsors the scholarships to honor the memory of two dear friends: Jim Stone, a longtime supporter of the arts and mentor to local children in the performing arts; and Leslie McElroy, who was a great supporter of community theatre as a producer, actor and board member of First Stage.    

     Each scholarship awards $1000 to a new or current full-time student who is studying dramatic or performing arts at a college, university or certified school of the performing arts. 

     The deadline for entries is Friday, July 7, 2017. The Stone Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, the McElroy Scholarship on the basis of financial need. Applicants may apply for both scholarships (and are urged to do so).

     Applicants must have been involved with at least one First Stage Theatre Company show, either on-stage (as a performer) or off-stage (as a member of the tech crew). 

     Applicants must send: a list of the shows they’ve been in; a list of school-related extra-curricular activities; a list of civic or public service activities; a copy of an official school document showing the individual's most recent grade-point average; identification of the college the individual is attending or will attend; and a brief statement (250 words or less) on why the applicant is interested in studying dramatic or performing arts.

    Applications should be sent to First Stage Scholarships, P.O. Box 4, Huntington, WV 25706-0004. 


   Complete application information and forms are available at the First Stage Theatre website at www.firststagetheatre.org.

Friday, June 09, 2017

On Stage This Weekend

   On stage this weekend are three classic shows - two musicals and a drama! Here's the rundown:

- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - The Alban Arts and Conference Center presents the play by Tennessee Williams on  June 10 at 8 p.m., and June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Alban Arts and Conference Center at 65 Olde Main Street in Saint Albans, W.Va. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

- Hairspray - The Aracoma Story presents the musical comedy on June 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park in Logan, W.Va. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and $6 for children under 10.

Oliver - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the beloved musical June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, Ky. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for youth.

   So go see a show!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

"Beauty and the Beast" Photo Gallery


   We're just over a week away from the premiere of HART's Beauty and the Beast at Huntington's Ritter Park, but while you're waiting you can see some great photos by Toril Lavender (like the one above) from rehearsals at this Photo Gallery from the Herald-Dispatch.



Wednesday, June 07, 2017

On Stage This Fall: "Elf Jr."


   First Stage is slowly rolling out the shows they're going to present in their next season, and the first show they've announced is Elf, Jr! 

   They're combining auditions for Elf, Jr! and the 2018 Junior Theatre Festival - they'll be held Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church at 5747 E. Pea Ridge Road in Huntington, W.Va.

   That musical comedy is based on the holiday film starring Will Ferrell. It tells the story of Buddy, a boy who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

   The musical will be directed by Amy Browning and produced by Jeanette Bailey. The show will be presented at Huntington High School's auditorium on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2 and 3, 2017.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Auditions for "The Odd Couple"


   My pal Gene Anthony is going to direct The Odd Couple this fall for ARTS, and sends out this notice:

   "Greetings everyone! I will be directing The Odd Couple as the last offering in ARTS 2017 season. Admittedly, it is an "oldie" but undisputedly a "goodie." I played it as a pro in Chicago for three months but I have never had the pleasure of directing it. 

   I am truly looking forward to working with a cast and crew on this project. There are parts for six men and two women. All of the roles are WIDE OPEN to anyone interested in auditioning.  

   Auditions will be held at ARTS in the Ballroom (at 900 8th Street in Huntington) on Wednesday, June 14 from 7 to 9 a.m. (or until everyone is seen) and on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. If you would like to audition but you are unable to attend on those dates, send an e-mail to actorpop@frontier.com and we will arrange another time. 


   We will be reading scenes from the script. Sides will be provided at the audition. I hope to see you there!"

   It's a great show, and Gene is one of the area's finest directors - go have fun!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

On Stage in June

   Summer's here, and there are some terrific shows being presented in the month ahead!

   Here's the rundown:

Disney's Beauty and the Beast - HART presents the musical on June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2 at 8:30 p.m. Gates open for picnicking at 7p.m. Children's Preshow at 7:30 p.m. Beauty and the Beast begins at 8:30 p.m. It will be presented at the Ritter Park Amphitheater at 1310 8th Avenue in Huntington. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens. Group rates are available.

American Nero - CYAC presents the original rock opera by Mark Scarpelli, Christopher Vincent and Dan Kehde on June 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and June 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

The Bridges of Madison County - The Charleston Light Opera Guild present the musical on June 16 and 23 at 8 p.m., June 17 and 24 at 5 p.m., and June 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre on Tennessee Avenue in Charleston. All tickets $20. 

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - The Alban Arts and Conference Center presents the play by Tennessee Williams on  June 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and June 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. at the Alban Arts and Conference Center at 65 Olde Main Street in Saint Albans, W.Va. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Hairspray - The Aracoma Story presents the musical comedy on June 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park in Logan, W.Va. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and $6 for children under 10.

Cabaret - Hipp Stage Productions presents the musical on June 24 and 30 at 8 p.m. and June 25 and July 1 and 2 at 2 p.m. at the Peoples Bank Theatre at 222 Putnam Street in Marietta, Ohio. All tickets are $20.

Oliver - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the beloved musical June 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, at 7:30 p.m. and June 4 at 3 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Mainstage in Pikeville, Ky. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for youth.

Madagascar - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the musical June 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Ampitheatre in Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for youth.

   It's a great lineup! Go see a show!