Friday, June 22, 2007

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. ."a suspense thriller, something unlikely to be found anywhere else on stage in Athens this summer."

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"All the actors turn in . . . tasteful performances" . . .

The Athens Messenger

OVST Brings Together Athens Theater Talent For Thriller

Wait Until Dark playing now through Saturday, June 30



(Athens-OH) –Ohio Valley Summer Theater brings together theater talent from across the area in their first offering of the summer, Frederick Knott’s psychological thriller Wait Until Dark. Emily Prince, events coordinator at ARTS/West, returns to the OVST director’s chair to steer an experienced cast from one tense moment of excitement to another.

Christina “Chica” Salerno, director of the Studio for Young Actors, takes a turn on stage in the lead role of Suzy Hendrix, a blind Greenwich Village housewife who matches wits and a few punches with a sinister con-man and two ex-cons. Conspiring against her are Ohio University School of Theater graduates, Hayley Van Meter and Thomas O’Donnell. They are joined in treachery by Andrew Crabtree as they search for a mysterious doll whose value is worth killing for.

Award winning designer and School of Theater faculty member, Dan Denhart, designed the Wait Until Dark set. Fellow faculty member Lowell Jacobs designed sound. Hocking College instructor and theater director, Kate Enger serves as props master, and Nellie Werger contributes another spot-on costume design.

Assistant director Timothy Aranyos and several members of the student theater group, The Lost Flamingos, contribute with energy and excitement to this first installment of a three show OVST summer season. Opening June 29 at ARTS/West and playing through July 7 is the second highly anticipated revival of The Appalachian Green Parks Project & Friends. Following an amazingly successful Spring run, this expanded AGPP & Friends will include even more of the group’s original members, including: Bruce and Gay Dalzell, Charlie and Celia Lewis, Connie Winters, Jim McGaw, David Toney and Bill Mullins. The OVST summer season concludes with an all-time favorite, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, directed by Bob Winters.


Wait Until Dark runs in the Ohio University Elizabeth Baker Theater June 15–30. Show times are Wednesday through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. June 16 and 23 are Sunday, family matinees at 2:00 p.m. when one child (17 and younger) is admitted free with each paid adult. Wait Until Dark is not appropriate for very young children. For tickets call 740-593-9696 or buy your reserved seat tickets online at www.ovst.org.


The Ohio Valley Summer Theatre has been bringing quality theatre to Southeast Ohio since 1951. For more information on OVST and its upcoming performances of Wait Until Dark, The Music Man and Huck Finn’s Story visit www.ovst.org.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Humble Play Youth Division

Humble Play
2nd Annual Appalachian New Play Festival

HEY YOU 11 – 17 YEAR OLDS!

ARTS/West is partnering once again with the Dairy Barn in Athens, OH to offer a one day youth playwright’s workshop (age 11-17) at the Dairy Barn: July 25, 2007, 9 AM-4 PM
Taught by Mary Tensing: Actor, playwright, director, and teacher. A number of theatres have commissioned her to write new works and she has directed for The Women's Theater Initiative, The Know Theatre Tribe, and The Children's Theatre, as well as a number of touring productions for Cincinnati Opera's Education Ensemble and Theatre IV. Mary is a graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts and Northwestern University. Due to a grant from the Athens Foundation this workshop is FREE. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. Please contact ARTS/West: (740) 592-4315 or artswest@ci.athens.oh.us to register or for more information. The youth division of the Humble Play is supported by a grant from The Athens Foundation.

HAVE YOU WRITTEN A PLAY YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS?

During the 2nd annual Humble Play Festival, October 1 – 7, 2007 there will be opportunities for children ages 11 – 17 to have their own short play (10 minutes in length) or long play (one act) performed for an audience at ARTS/West. There will also be workshops available for young participants that are to be announced as we get closer to the festival.

So, put on your creative cap and sit down with your note book and write a play. Send an email to ARTS/West at
artswest@ci.athens.oh.us or download applications from the links below. Make sure you have had your parent/legal guardian’s permission to apply and they must sign the forms – no submissions will be accepted without these signatures. We’ll let you know all about what to expect at the festival after we receive your work.

If you have any questions you can email us at
artswest@ci.athens.oh.us or call 740/592-4315 and ask for Kelly or Emily.

The Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival is presented by: ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts and the Athens Municipal Arts Commission

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Friday, June 01, 2007

June is bustin’ out all over!

June 18, 19 7-9 PM: Appalachian Regional Theater Company (ARTCO) will be holding auditions for their production of J.M.Synge's Two One Acts; "Riders To The Sea" and "In The Shadows Of The Glen" to be performed ARTS/West Sept. 21-23. Rehearsals start Aug. 26th at ARTS/West. Stipend for leading roles. Some leading, minor or non -speaking roles available. Contact Karen Chan kmchan@intelliwave.com for more information.

June 24: 6 -9 PM Dinner of Swords presents Noise Show Workshop and pot luck dinner. $2. Check out
www.myspace.com/artwestnoiseshow

June 29-July 7: The Ohio Valley Summer Theater presents the return of the Appalachian Green Parks
Project encore. If you missed it in March DO NOT miss your chance to see this historic reunion, shows are filling-up! For tickets and more information go to
www.ovst.org


Don't forget our NEW semi-regular office hours Tue.-Fri. 11-4

****Important Dates****

July 24: 8-10 PM The Humble Play committee will be hosting a benefit fundraiser at the City Pool! SAVE THE DATE!

July 25: 9AM-4 PM ARTS/West is partnering once again with the Dairy Barn in Athens, OH to offer a one
day youth playwright’s workshop (age 11-17) at the Dairy Barn taught by Mary Tensing: Actor, playwright, director, and teacher. A number of theatres have commissioned her to write new works and she has directed for The Women's Theater Initiative, The Know Theatre Tribe, and The Children's Theatre, as well as a number of touring productions for Cincinnati Opera's Education Ensemble and Theatre IV. Mary is a graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts and Northwestern University.
The fee is $35 and covers all supplies except lunch. Please contact ARTS/West: (740) 592-4315 or artswest@ci.athens.oh.us to register or for more information.

Don’t forget the deadline for Humble Play: Appalachian new play festival submissions is fast approaching (July 2nd)! You can download an application from
www.myspace.com/humbleplay *SPECIAL OFFER* If you submit 7 blind copies of your script and we will waive the submission fee!