Wednesday, June 22, 2011

OVST Presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Ohio Valley Summer Theater presents To Kill a Mocking Bird 6/23-7/2 at 8:00 pm

Buy Tickets HERE

Rex McGraw, retired professor, experienced actor and director, will return to the OVST stage to direct To Kill a Mockingbird. McGraw has directed eleven productions for OVST. After years of teaching, McGraw moved to Athens in 1969 where he taught acting and directing and eventually became head of the Professional Graduate Directing Program.

Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, TKAM follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he didn't commit.
Jean Louise Finch- Harolyn Brient
Scout – Rachel Weekley
Jem – Ike Riesbeck
Atticus – Aaron Deuschle
Calpurnia – Patricia Thomas
Maudie Atkinson – Ginny Puhl
Stephanie Crawford – Karen Chan
Mrs. Dubose – Ruth Borovicka
Nathan Radley/Arthur "Boo" Radley – Sam Crowl, Jr.
Dill – Aidan Crowl
Heck Tate – Matthew Van Slyke
Judge Taylor – Norm Cohn
Reverend Sykes – Sheldon Andrus
Mayella Ewell – Marlo Marie Tinkham
Bob Ewell – James Euto
Walter Cunningham – Andy Haftkowycz
Mr. Gilmer – Joe Balding
Tom Robinson – Phillip Johnson
Helen Robinson – Kristy Evans

Monday, June 20, 2011

Calling Athens Area Performing Artists to participate in Boogie on the Bricks July 16, 2011

Athens is a town where people always feel free to express themselves, and the 2011 Boogie on the Bricks will be celebrating that creative spirit! We are seeking artists to participate in the following new events: Hey Look, It's a Piano! Street Performers, Paint a Giant Quilt Square

Feeling like sharing a little of your creative spirit with everyone during Boogie on the Bricks? In 2011, we're adding several new ways in which festival-goers can express themselves and share their talents with the crowd.

Hey Look, It's a Piano!
People are naturally drawn to a piano, especially when someone is playing! This year we're pitching a 10×10 piano tent right on Court Street and asking local players to join in the acoustic fun by sharing 15 minutes of their time playing. Individuals or small groups may perform, and limited seating will be provided under the tent. You may bring any other acoustic instrument you like, including harmonicas, guitars, violins, bongos, spoons, washboard, dulcimer, trumpet, saxophone......well, you get the picture. All ages are encouraged to participate in their 15 minutes of fame!
CLICK HERE to sign up to play

Street Performers - The Boogie Buskers
Boogie on the Bricks is looking for our first-ever cadre' of buskers! Magicians, jugglers, mimes, clowns, stilt-walkers, balloon artists, living statues, impersonators, and other fun characters who love to entertain the crowd! No fire, please.....

For more information on joining the inaugural class of the Boogie Buskers, please email us at boogieonthebricks at gmail dot com.

Paint A Giant Quilt Square
During Boogie on the Bricks, festival-goers will have a chance to paint part of a giant quilt square that will become part of the Athens County Quilt Barn Trail. The Dairy Barn Arts Center, in celebration of their biennial Quilt National Exhibition, will provide the wooden square as a blank slate, along with lots of paint. During the festival, you can paint anything you like on the square! After the festival, the outline of a traditional quilt pattern will be painted over the top of the public artwork, and and the square will be mounted in a prominent location to be announced soon!

For more information and to sign up please go to the Boogie on the Bricks website:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Athens Rock Camp for Girls

Athens Rock camp for Girls and ARTS/West invites you to attend a public concert on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5 and donations will be accepted.

30 girls ages 11-18 and their instructors have been meeting at ARTS/West for a week to learn to rock, form a band, and put together a show! You are invited to join them in their first ever rock show!

Please welcome to the world for their debut

Instructors: CINDY CRABB | Singer + guitarist in local punk band Snarlas. Author of zine, Doris; CATY CRABB | Singer for local band Snarlas. Local Herbalist; SUSAN MUSSER | Organist, guitarist, singer + drummer for local bands Wheels on Fire, The B-Side. Freelance editor and writing tutor; TESSA EVANOSKY | Guitarist + drummer in local bands Snarlas, B-Side; MAURE
EN NEER | Guitarist + singer for local band Octopus and Owl; CAIT NOLAN | Has a BFA in Printmaking and a BS in Art Education and is the drummer for The Bummers; DANDELION DUFF | Guitarist + singer for The Bummers and Style Star. Studying Psychology of Poverty and Documentary Film at OU; MADELINE FFITCH | Member if the experimental theater company, The Missoula Oblongata; DIEDRA BARLOW | from NY Band JUST and has taught at Columbus Girls Women Rock Camp.

The Athens Rock Camp for Girls builds self esteem through music creation and performance. By providing workshops and technical training, we create leadership opportunities, cultivate a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourage social change and the development of life skills.
Through community support and monetary donations, we are
committed to keeping Athens, Ohio Rock Camp for Girls as low cost as possible to enable participation for individuals from all economic backgrounds.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Saying Goodbye

Today we say goodbye to the Ohio University and Athens area high school graduates.

We are especially proud of ARTS/West team members Drew O'Bryan and Jess Craine! Drew has been a work study student here for over two years. A lot has changed but not our appreciation for all of your hard work and the gift you've given us, Judy the ARTS/West cat! Break a leg in NYC, kid. Jess has been with us a year and has grown into quite the producer and arts advocate. She had the opportunity to try a little of everything here from Creative Endeavors Workshop, Americans for the Arts Coordination, and the never ending filing. You will both be missed.

The OU School of Theater students have been so good to us here at ARTS/West we are sorry to see a lot of you go but, we expect great things! Thank you for your hard work, volunteer days, getting us out of jams, fixing our equipment and building our sets.
Please say you've given a good report to the incoming students!

Judy Smugly says, "I'd wish you luck but I know you don't need it."

Monday, June 06, 2011

SATB Choir Concert- 6.7.11

SATB Choir in association with ARTS/West presents:

"If music be the food of Love...", A concert of personal favorites. Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 7:30pm

The mission of SATB is to create powerful and inspiring music in partner with social justice organizations to bring support and awareness to their cause. We sing dynamic choral music from around the world that celebrates diversity and humanity.

Our concert will also feature the Sisters of Salaam.

Tickets: $10.00 individual, $15.00 family. (Proceeds from the concert will benefit ARTS/West.)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Humble Play- Final days for Applications

Applications for the Humble Play festival must be emailed or postmarked by June 3, 2011 for consideration. There will be no exceptions.

Please note: due to an overwhelming amount of spam and viruses we have changed the Humble Play email account to humbleplay at gmail dot com

Updated applications are available HERE

The Corporation for the Performing Arts and ARTS/West announce applications for HUMBLE PLAY: new play festival of Appalachian Ohio

ARTS/West, Athens community gateway to the arts, 132 W. State St., is partnering with the Corporation for the Performing Arts and the Athens Community to present the 6th Annual HUMBLE PLAY: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL OF APPALACHIAN OHIO, this coming October 6-8, 2011, and they are pleased to invite submissions from playwrights.

Acknowledging gifted writers with new plays that speak to a regional audience, ARTS/West will open its doors for these new works October 6-8, 2011.

The 2010 Festival featured: The Dying Words of Edison Strange by Nicholas Gray (Wilmington, NC); Fuel House by Linda Felton Steinbaum (Encino CA); Born Lucky by Chris Pomeroy (Chicago, IL); Her Summer Fling by Merri Biechler, (Guysville, OH); Quit the Road Jack by Jerry Polner, (Brooklyn, NY); Last Call and Squirrelly by James McLindon, (Northampton, MA)

PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work of playwrights from across the nation and will, in turn, highlight the actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically through play development/production in our area, at the ARTS/West facility during the festival.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted from March 4 to June 3, 2011.


We encourage PDF submission via email and there is NO APPLICATION FEE.

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

Many thanks to the The Ohio Arts Council and the Humble Play Committee for making this festival possible.

Humble Play Mission Statement

It is the mission of Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachia Ohio to promote the art of playwrighting while introducing the process of play development to an audience. This is achieved by inviting playwrights to submit their new plays to a committee of judges. These judges chose plays to be produced as staged readings by theater companies for the general public as a once a year, week long festival.

RENT this weekend

The Lost Flamingo Company presents RENT June 3 & 4 at 8pm at ARTS/West

Tickets $5 and available at the door

**Free shuttle to ARTS/West at 7:15 on each show night! Catch it outside the 4th floor of Baker University Center!

LFC's performance of Jonathan Larson's breathtaking rock opera will take you to Bohemian Alphabet City and allow you to witness 20 somethings struggle with love, artistic expression, drugs, the Man, and figuring out how to live with AIDS. Come laugh, cry, and celebrate the death of Bohemia with this incredible cast.