Friday, March 28, 2008

A lot of theater

Hurray for spring! We hope you are having a relaxing time as we ease into the warmer weather. All is not closed this weekend in Athens, come on out to see what your neighbors are doing in a healthy and appropriate way- by checking out some music and community theater offerings- of course!

We have some very compelling and exciting events these coming months. Also, we will begin work on a wheel chair ramp into the basement in mid-April thanks to a generous grant from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission. I have been positively assured that this will have a minimal effect on our activities but a huge impact on our ADA compliance! The ramp will also include construction of a handsome out-door patio and I know I am looking forward to that.

Please note we have some class offerings this spring. If you are interested you must register in advance (!!!). If we do not have enough interest classes will be cancelled 48 hours prior to the first meeting.

Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival applications for Adult, Youth and Company are now available in the ARTS/West office or can be downloaded from


March 27-29 at 8 PM. March 30 at 2 PM.OVST presents “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. For tickets and more information please visit


April 5, 6:00-8:30 PM- “My Little Pancake Button” Passion Works Studio Artists and Hocking College students have been writing poetry together since 2000. Local musicians have transformed these writings into song and will perform the pieces at the CD Release Party. The Factory Street Dancers & Moving Parts will also be performing and new works of art from the studio will be on display. Admission is free. CD’s will be available for purchase at the event.

April 18-19, & 25-26at 8 PM The Actors’ Moveable Theater presents “Proof” by David Auburn. For tickets and information call 740-592-3823;

April 19, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM- Front 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM- Front and Center a free music event for school age kids every third Saturday of each month (Sept.-May). Second half of event is always an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose. Or just listen and enjoy! April: Becca Rossiter, a singer songwriter


May 2-3, “Warehouse 39”- the world premiere of a new musical written and performed by students from Athens High School

May 10- Join the Athens Music Club for a concert and presentation of the letters and music of 1789, as told through the writings of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Abigail Adams.

May 17, 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM- Front and Center a free music event for school age kids every third Saturday of each month (Sept.-May). Second half of event is always an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose. Or just listen and enjoy! May: Paul Richard on classical guitar

May 19-25, The Teen Theater Workshop’s spring production of “Good Help is So Hard To Murder.”

May 29-30, June 6-9, The Lost Flamingo Company presents “Bat Boy- The Musical




Story of their Life 10-week class

Synopsis: Students go through their life and identify six meaningful/important moments to them. Students will write a play and perform the play based on one moment of their choosing.

Objective: Students will learn how to work together, basic crafting in acting and how to write with specificity. Each student will have authored his or her own five to ten minute play, directed and performed by the students.

Instructor: Kate Scholl Dates: April 5-June 7

Day: Saturday Time: 2:00-3:30 pm

Age: 12-14 Fee: $45.00

CALL ARTS/West to register (740) 592-4315

Creative Writing Workshop

led by Ohio Arts Council Artist in Residence Wendy McVicker

Dates: April 7-25, 2008

Time: 10am -12pm or 2pm - 4pm

This is a free workshop

CALL ARTS/West to register (740) 592-4315

Oil Painting Classes

Beginner Classes: Sat. 10:00am -12.:00pm, $50 for 5 weeks

Advances Classes: Sat. 1:00pm-3:00pm, $10 per class

Call Ron for more information and to register (740) 594-2442

Laura Nadeau presents Music Together® in Athens

Contact Laura Nadeau for dates, times, more information and to register


Last Sunday of the month 6:00 PM-9:00 PM- Experimental-improv music and pot luck dinner.

Third Saturday Jan.-May 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Front and Center- Music program and open stage for kids

For a complete listing of classes, workshops, and meetings please call during our semi-regular office hours Tue.-Fri. 11-4 at (740) 592-4315.

Many thanks to The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Athens Foundation, Ohio University Credit Union, The Guthrie Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council, The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, The Ohio University School of Music, Magic Video, our Olympian Founders, individual donors and the time donated by our army of volunteers, for making this possible.

The mission of ARTS/West is to make facilities, resources, and opportunities available to arts organizations, individual artists, and community residents. ARTS/West harnesses community focus for all individuals engaged in the creation, performance and exhibition of the arts and promotes activities preserving the beauty, heritage and culture of our town

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