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 http://www.myspace.com/humbleplay

MARCH

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 www.ovst.org

APRIL

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; berryfraze@columbus.rr.com

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

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

NEW CLASSES AND EVENTS

ALWAYS BEING ADDED!

CLASSES

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 www.musictogetherinathens.com

Ongoing:

Last Sunday of the month 6:00 PM-9:00 PM- Experimental-improv music and pot luck dinner. www.myspace.com/artwestnoiseshow

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.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Volunteer Call

ARTS/West needs volunteers for the following events:

OVST's production of "Glass Menagerie" March 27-29 and 30. We need ushers who can arrive at 7:25 for the 27-29 and 1:25 for the 30th. Duties include: handing out programs, tearing tickets and enjoying the performance.

Passion Works CD release party on April 5, 2008. We need volunteers to help set-up the space during the day on April 5 and ushers during the performance which begins at 6.

Ushers also needed for Actors Moveable Theater's production of the play "Proof" April 18-19, 25-26. Ushers need to arrive at 7:25 PM.Duties include: handing out programs, tearing tickets and enjoying the performance.

Please contact Emily in the ARTS/West office (740) 592-4315 or via email at
eprince@ci.athens.oh.us if you are available. I only need 2 per night and it is first come first serve.

Friday, March 21, 2008

OVST presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE

OVST presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams

In this classic of the American Theater, Tennessee Williams' employs characters drawn from his own family. The mother, Amanda Wingfield (Connie Winters) is a faded southern belle, tenaciously holding on to the ideals of her gentile upbringing. Her terribly shy and crippled daughter, Laura (Kate Enger) lives in a world of her own imagination. The responsibilities of the father are grudgingly shouldered by Amanda’s only son, Tom (Gary Molina). When a nice, normal gentleman caller (Bob Rymer) comes to dinner, he is pounced on by Amanda as a possible husband for her daughter. Laura glows in the attention of the gentleman caller and for a moment the future appears brightly colored.


Bob Winters designed projections for the production. Nellie Werger designed the Depression-era costumes. Dan Prince combines sound elements from the 1945 Broadway production with his own interpretations as sound designer. The scenic concept is by Gary Molina who also directs first offering of the 2008 OVST season.

The Glass Menagerie will run at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street in Athens,
March 20-22 & 27-29 at 8 p.m., and March 30 at 2 p.m.
General admission is $10. The March 30th matinee is a family performance—one child (under 18) is admitted FREE with each paid adult. Tickets are available at www.ovst.org or by calling 740-593-9696. Tickets available 24/7 on-line.

ORDER TICKETS FROM THE OVST WEBSITE

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

This weekend and a message from some friends

March 15, 2008 (now, I know it's the ides but...)
'Front and Center'
free music event for school age kids at
ARTS/West 132 West State St. Athens
Every third Saturday of each month (Sept.-May)
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
March 15th guest: the history of Bluegrass music
with Curt Cable
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 to just listen and enjoy!
Teen Theater Workshop
Spring Production
Murder Mystery Spoof
Looking for a Director
And Teen (up to 19) Actors
Staging at ARTS/West- May 19-25, 2008
Rehearsals flexible
Preliminary Auditions/planning meeting
Saturday, March 15 3-4pm
Basement ARTS/West 132 W. State St
bring short monologue and ideas
contact Sarah Guthrie
damfarmgirl@gmail.com with questions

MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE

"On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE is a one-woman play composed from Rachel's own journals, letters and emails—creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali–loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates." – Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Corrie's death, Stuart's Opera
House
will host Up in Arm's* production of MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE. Please join us on March 16th for an evening of performance and a post-show talkback.

March 14 & 15 performances will be held at the Hahne Theater, Kantner Hall,
College Street, Athens. All performances are at 7pm.


Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., with the generous support from the Provosts Undergraduate Research Fund and Ohio University School of Theater
*Up in Arms is an Ohio University-based student production company working to promote dialogue, education, and change through art and media. For more information, contact UpinArmsGroup@hotmail.com

Monday, March 10, 2008

Humble Play Applications 2008

ARTS/West announces applications for HUMBLE PLAY: Appalachian new play festival
ARTS/West, Athens community gateway to the arts, 132 W. State St., is partnering with the Athens Community to present the 3rd Annual HUMBLE PLAY: APPALACHIAN NEW PLAY FESTIVAL this coming September 29-October 4, 2008 and they are pleased to invite submissions from adventurous playwrights, directors, and theater companies.

Acknowledging gifted writers and directors with new plays that speak to a regional audience, ARTS/West will open its doors for these new works September 29-October 4, 2008.

Past participants of the Humble Play include: W. R. Smiddie, That Sheep May Safely Graze 2006 and Frog Hollar, USA 2007; Sarah Guthrie, Liberation 2007, Kathleen Kramer from Ithica, NY, Hearts of Clover 2007 and “Pick of the festival” 2007 Spoiling Prayers by David Muschell from Georgia; just to name a few.

PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work and the playwrights, actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically. There are three categories this year including: “Playwright”, “Company”, and “Youth Division.” Each division has a separate application and application fee.

A script committee will review each play submitted. Be concise and clear in your application; the committee is interested in your evaluation of the play you’ve submitted, which is where you will impress.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted from March 11 to July 1, 2008

All applications must be postmarked on or before July 1, 2008
THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS
Groups and indiviuals may not submit more than two projects and each project must be submitted as a separate application.

Download and application below or, applications will be available at the ARTS/West office,
www.myspace.com/humbleplay, and by requesting one via email at artswest@ci.athens.oh.us.

Many thanks to The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Athens Foundation, O’Bleness Foundation, The Hocking Valley Bank, 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.


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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Project ReUse

Snow, schmo!
Project ReUse is on
March 8 (happy birthday Heather) at 6:00 pm!
This just in, Mayor Paul Wiehl
will be making an apperance as "Guest Celebrity" judge!
It's gonna be sweet. So, we'll see you at 6 tonight!