Friday, May 25, 2007

Memorial Day, you say

May 25-26, 2007: The Lost Flamingo Company will present the final two performances of "URINETOWN THE MUSICAL". The show will run May 25 & 26 at ARTS/West for only $5. House opens at 7:30 PM and the show will start at 8:00 PM. There will be a shuttle that runs from 7:00p - 7:45p at Baker Center, which will transport people to ARTS/West. "Urinetown": Music Mark Hollmann, Lyrics Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis, Book Greg Kotis. Directed by Chris Bauman; Music Dir: Mike Evans; Choreographer: Chelsea Goettge.

May 27, 2007: 6-9pm. Dinner of Swords presents NOISE SHOW WORKSHOP and pot luck dinner. $2. Check out www.myspace,com/artwestnoiseshow

and our new office hours are Tue.-Fri. 11-4.
Rental activities will continue beyond office hours pretty much whenever you want.

Don’t forget the deadline for submissions for the Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival is fast approaching (July 2nd)! You can download an application from
SPECIAL OFFER *If you submit 7 blind copies of your script and we will waive the submission fee*
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 on July 25th from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM taught by Mary Tensing: Actor, playwright, director, and teacher. She has performed in numerous productions including: The Christmas Carol (Playhouse in the Park), Durang Durang (The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati), and Ironmistress (The Women's Theatre Initiative). A number of theatres have commissioned her to write new works: Rapunzel, Thanksgiving Eve, The Rockin' Adventures of Peter Rabbit, Hansel and Gretel (The Children's Theatre), Tales of the Baba Yaga, Placing Out (The School for the Creative and Performing Arts). And she has directed One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace for The Women's Theater Initiative, Neat by Charlayne Woodard for The Know Theatre Tribe, and her own version of Androcles and the Lion for 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 to register or for more information.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

Wasn't Urinetown a hoot! Oh, you missed it? Don't fret you have one more weekend to see it, May 25-26 at 8pm.

Also this week: ARTS/WEST will present a semi-staged reading of a new play by MATT HUGHES,

May 24 at 7:30 pm.

WQED is a radio station in turmoil, causing considerable stress in the staff, and lots of laughing in the audience.

Carol Ault, Dean Barker, Cecilia Rinaldi, Karen Chan and Norm Cohn, who has attempted to direct it.
Jack Matthews will read an introduction in an effort to explain the mess.
This reading is free but donations are always appreciated.
P.S. That is the press release they sent to me so I am not being offensive. I am looking forward to this reading, myself.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Urinetown: The musical

This weekend and next The Lost Flamingo Company
directed by Chris Bauman

May 18, 19, 25 & 26, 8:00 PM
at ARTS/West
for only $5. (tickets available at the door)
House opens at 7:30 PM and the show will start at 8:00 PM.
There will be a shuttle that runs from 7:00p - 7:45 PM at Baker Center, which will transport people to ARTS/West.
Urinetown the Musical is an award-winning satirical comedy musical, poking fun at local government, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and petty-minded, small town politics.

May 18, 19 & 25, 26 @ 8:00 pm"Urinetown: The Musical"
Music: Mark Hollmann
Lyrics: Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis
Book :Greg Kotis
Directed by Chris Bauman; Music Dir: Mike Evans; Choreographer: Chelsea Goettge
Cast List Bobby Strong -Bobby Withers
Caldwell B. Cladwell -Dedrick Bonner
Hope Cladwell -Kristin Shirilla
Pennywise- Michelle Crow
Officer Lockstock-Drew Crabtree
Officer Barrell -Jordan Young
Little Sally -Sarah Stevens
Little Becky Two Shoes -Celeste Sexton
Hot Blades Harry -Neil Dingo
Josephine -Kate Krushinski
Tiny Tom -Kevin Peebles
Soupy Sue -Carolyn Toth
Senator Fipp -Geoff Smith
McQueen -Ryan Wonnacott
Robby the Stock Fish -Charlie Petrey
The Poor -Katie Gucik, Katie McGonagale
Cladwells' Gange -Drew O'Brien, Chelsea Goettge, Casey Feran, Lauren Salandra

Friday, May 11, 2007

So sorry...

Several unexpected circumstances have unfortunately led to the decision to cancel An Appalachian Spring Evening at ARTS/West on Saturday, May 12th in the evening. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Athens Music Club's presentation of This Merry, Merry Month of May is still on for TONIGHT, Friday, May 11th at 8:00pm. This performance is free but donations are always appreciated.
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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Full time

Guess what? Give up? ARTS/West now has a full-time employee!
Common questions:
Who is it?
So, you'll be open more now, right?
Do you have health insurance?
Well, it's me. We may expand our official "semi-regular" office hours but I don't know that I can be here more without moving a bed in. Ha ha ha hyperbole! Yes, I will have health insurance. So, yay to the community for supporting ARTS/West and facilitating our growth. Please, when you call, leave a message becuase I may be full-time but I still have meetings and go to the bathroom.
ARTS/West May Events

It’s the lusty month of May! Come and check out some of the terrific events happening at ARTS/West this month. Special Note: The film screening for the collaborative film class between the Dairy Barn and ARTS/West will be held on FRIDAY evening MAY 4th @ 5:00 PM AT THE DAIRY BARN. Come out to the Dairy Barn and see what the kids have been working on since March!

May 3-5, 7:30 PM &
May 5-6 2 PM
The Studio for Young Actors presents Annie Jr. Studio for Young Actors is proud to present the Broadway Junior version of the hit musical Annie, May 3- 6 at ARTS/West. This production features over 30 young people ages seven through fifteen from throughout Athens County. Tickets are $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for teens and $4.00 for ages 12 and under. It is not recommended that people bring children under four to Studio shows. Advanced tickets are highly recommended and are available at: O'Betty's Red Hot on West State St. in Athens, Mountain Laurel Gifts on Court St. in Athens, and The Hyacinth Bean Specialty Florist at 94 Columbus Rd. in Athens.

May 4, 5 PM Film Class Screening at the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center. Come out and see the work of our youngest film makers at the Dairy Barn! This class is a collaboration between the Dairy Barn and ARTS/West.

May 11, 7 PM Spring Medieval masques! More info coming soon!

May 12, 7 PM An Appalachian Spring Evening. The evening will feature the music of Charlie and Celia Lewis, The Boys O’ The Hock. It will also feature Living History Characters: Maria Ewing Martin & Bertha Levion and the documentary: A Forest Returns: The History of the Wayne National Forest. Tickets for the evening’s event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Haffa’s Records, O’Betty’s Red Hot, from Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council 1-866 394-3011 or, the ARTS/West office.

May 18-19 &
May 25-26 at 8 PM
The Lost Flamingo Theater Company presents Urintown. Check out for more information.

May 24, 7:30 PM A reading of a new play by Jack Matthews, WQED.

May 27: 6-9 PM Dinner of Swords presents NOISE SHOW WORKSHOP and pot luck dinner. $2. Check out

For a complete listing of classes, workshops, and meetings please call our office during semi-regular office hours of 1-4 at (740) 592-4315 or go to .

HUMBLE PLAY: Appalachian new play festival applications are available in the office or by emailing APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted until July 2, 2007. 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. All applications must be postmarked on or before July 2, 2007 Check out the Humble Play my space at