Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Huck Finn and Thank you!

Yes, yes, I know, I know. Come January this will be Jenn's job! So, once again I apologize for the outdated blog...

I know you really what to know what's going on but I first want to give a shout out to everyone who has responded to our end of year funding plea and for all of the gifts we have received on our wish list! Thank you to Cecilia for the 2 printers. Thank you to Bill for the promise of a computer. Thank you to Linda for the stools and clothes horse. Thank you to Ron, Dru, Lonny and Pat, George, John and Joan, Rodney, Miriam, Judith! Thank you to Andrew for the monitor, reel to reel player and books. Thank you to Charlie and Celia for the player piano and thank you to Bruce for brining it over. Thank you to Chris and the OU school of music for the piano dolly and if you didn't know Gene Jennings gave us a grand piano on permanent loan, thank him, too.

Here is what we still have on our wish list:

Wish List for ARTS/West

The following is an alphabetical list of supplies/equipment that would be put to great use by ARTS/West. And, remember, just like with a monetary donation, the value of an in-kind gift of any of these items is tax-deductible!
Items of greatest need are starred like this: **

Art pedestals
Art Supplies
Book shelves
Bunn Coffee Maker, high-volume**
Chairs - office and meeting
Changing Table

Printer, high-volume**
Copier or Copier/printer combo
Mouse (s), with scroller-wheel
Conference table
Hanging supplies for artworks
HVAC system**
Kitchen Cabinets/Metal kitchen racks
Lightweight tables
New Floors *
Piano cover and lock
Play scripts
Round table
Storage shelves
Utility sink for art supplies/classes**
*We'd love to explore cost-efficient "green" flooring options like cork or bamboo

If you can help by providing any of these items, or if you know of a good source, please call us at 740-592-4315 or drop by our office at 132 W. State St. between the hours of 11-4, Tues.-Fri.

The staff and patrons of ARTS/West Thank You!


Huckleberry Finn “sivilizes” ARTS/West
OVST planning shows for 4,000 area school children
FREE Kids Tickets*

OVST presents HUCK FINN'S STORY, Aurand Harris's dramatic adaptation of Mark Twain's classic American novel, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. It's the tale of an outcast boy, Huck, and his adult friend, Jim, a runaway slave, who flee together on a raft down the Mississippi River in the 1840s.

Beginning December 3rd, Ohio Valley Summer Theater has scheduled two per day, daytime performances for school children at ARTS/West in Athens. OVST has received a grant from the Ohio Arts Council to serve up to 4,000 area school children with this high quality arts experience. Schools will be busing students to ARTS/West starting this Monday, and continuing daily for two weeks. This is OVST’s second year providing a holiday show for school-aged children. The program has been expanded to include more students from more schools from both Athens and Meigs County. The show is sure to be a hit with the school kids, as being “sivilized” and going to school is a major theme of the script.

Bob Winters directs, Charlie Lewis compiles musical underscoring, and Nellie Werger designs costumes for this holiday offering. Dedrick Bonner (Jim) sings a powerful version of GO DOWN MOSES with a voice as big as the story itself. Neil Dingow portrays a light-footed Huck, torn between his friendship for Jim and doing what’s “right.” Dixie Sayer, Tammy Young-Winters, Ryan Wannacott, and Gary Molina are versatile players, all bringing life and humor to multiple characters. Sketches commissioned by Mark Twain for an early volume of his novel are used as projected scenery to bring the audience into an authentic recreation of Huck’s world.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

In addition to the daytime shows, there will be 7 public performances: December 7, 8 & 14, 15 at 8 p.m. December 8, 9 & 15 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10.00.* FREE Children's Tickets - With each paid adult, two children (under 18) are admitted FREE. Simply request your free children's tickets at the door before your chosen performance. General admission tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 740-593-9696. This show is for adults, too. All ages will enjoy HUCK FINN’S STORY. It’s wonderfully suited for family audiences. Running time is approximately one hour.