Friday, December 21, 2007

Factory Street Dance Studio

December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Factory Street Studio will present their Winter Dance Concert
This concert features original student choreography by the Creative Kids Company, Intermediate and Advanced Composition classes. A dessert reception will follow the performance.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and children;
proceeds benefit Factory Street Studio's "Come Build With Us!" campaign.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Winter Classes


Teen Theater Workshop: acting class
When: Saturdays, January 5-March 15
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $60 Email Sarah Guthrie at with your interest, the class needs 8 students to go, it will close at 15 students. Tuition is due at the first class, payable to Sarah Guthrie.
What: This class is open to teens and will be taught by a student from the Ohio University School of
Instructor: Kate Mussey: Currently a junior in the BFA Performance Theatre program at Ohio University. She has been apart of numerous plays and musicals including: The Adding Machine, Seussical, Godspell and also several grad student films seen around the Athens campus. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is the third child of six and has been a part of the theatre community since she was thirteen years old - starting out at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre in the downtown area. Kate hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Education after finishing her undergraduate studies in June 2009. Kate looks forward to working with everyone and hopes to bring performance techniques (voice and movement) along with script work and improv to the upcoming class.

Story of their Life 10-week class for Middle School aged students.
When: Thursdays, January 10-March 13
Time: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Fee: $45.00- call or email ARTS/West office to register,, (740) 592-4315.
What: Story of their Life 10-week class for Middle School aged students.
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 is an MFA graduate from the Ohio University Professional Actor Training
Program. She has worked professional as an actor in New York and California. She is also certified by the State of Ohio Department of Education to teach drama/theater for grades P-12.

Music Together in Athens ® contact Laura Nadeau (740) 818-5357 for further information. You can also check her website: Classes Wednesdays and Saturdays for 10 weeks starting January 5, 2008.
Chrysalis at Village Productions will also be presenting a variety of classes and workshops in dance, arts and crafts, and music this winter. Contact Village Production at (740) 448-7480. Jennifer Rusynyk’s Adult Modern Dance Class. Designed for ages 18+ (If there is interest in the 15-18 age range, please call to discuss the class in further detail Jen: 740.504.2686). Geared toward adults with little or no formal dance training, but a desire or curiosity for movement. Jennifer hopes to use her skills as a dancer, instructor and choreographer to find and teach movement that is enriching for movers with mixed abilities and/or a variety of physical limitations. She believes movement can be healing and empowering on many levels and hopes to share this experience with those who may feel that more traditional dance classes are inaccessible to them. This class meets Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 at Arts/WEST beginning January 7, 2008.


December 17-19
At 7:00 p.m.
The Studio for Young Actors presents A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one evening. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/money-changer who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season.

December 21
At 7:30 p.m.:
Factory Street Studio will present their Winter Dance Concert December 21st at 7:30pm. This concert features original student choreography by the Creative Kids Company, Intermediate and Advanced Composition classes. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and children; proceeds benefit Factory Street Studio's "Come Build with Us!" campaign.


The Appalachian Progressive Education (APE) Center at ARTS/West
The Appalachian Progressive Education (APE) Center's mission is to provide high-quality progressive educational programs to school students and homeschoolers in Southeast Ohio. The APE Center brings the Arts and classroom together by merging multiple core curriculum subjects with theater, visual art, music, and dance to fulfill academic standards from pre-K to grade 6. These programs are offered during-school hours as well as after-school. CONTACT THE APE CENTER AT ARTS/West or VISIT THEIR WEB SITE:

The Aquabear Legion at ARTS/West
The Aquabear Legion is an Athens, Ohio based collaborative of musicians and artists from the state of Ohio. The Legion is committed to enhancing, promoting, supporting, and cultivating local music in the area and existing as a resource for creative people... Aquabear Legion provides resources to area musicians and artists in an effort to enhance the local music scene. The Legion does this in a variety of ways: including our website (, an upcoming ‘zine used to support and promote local music, our free compilations of music, and countless events and shows every year. We hope to continue to expand our operations in the future, offering recording services, workshops, live programming, and much more. We hope to continue to make Athens and Ohio great communities for music and art. Support local art and music in your community by supporting your local Aquabear!

Want to support Ohio Artists? Check out the Art of Ohio website:

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

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Studio For Young Actors presents "A Christmas Carol" this week at ARTS/West
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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.