Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OVST Summer Theater Camp is on the way!

Ohio Valley Summer Theater is offering a youth camp designed to aid students in the development of age-appropriate theatrical knowledge and skills. The workshop can include: puppet work, audition skills, playwriting, movement, improvisation, technical theater, musical theater, and stage combat. Campers will gain knowledge and experience in theatrical and technical production in a fun and supportive atmosphere, led by experienced teachers and mentors. 
Monday-Friday, June 9th-27th, Entering 2nd Grade through Entering 6th Grade-9:00am to 11:30am Entering 7th Grade through Entering 12th Grade-12:00pm to 3:00pm.

Win a Jack Casady's Signed Bass Guitar!

Win a Jack Casady's signature bass guitar, signed by the man himself. 

The official drawing and announcement of the winner will be held Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m. at Fur Peace Ranch, 39495 St. Clair Road, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. 

Purchase your $20 ticket today for a chance to win here: http://furpeaceranch.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=1173

Also available at:
Blue Eagle Music - 40 N. Court St., Athens;
ARTS/West - 132 W. State St., Athens;
Athens Community Center - 701 E. State St.;
or through AACA board members or Athens Municipal Arts Commission

Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Citizens for the Arts, a regional partner of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts.

Monday, May 19, 2014

FREE Play Reading TUESDAY May 20th at 8pm - "Tammy Faye's Final Audition" ~ by Merri Biechler

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble – Free Play Reading Series
In her professional acting career, Shelley Delaney has portrayed Joan of Arc and Lady Macbeth. But there was always one person she wanted to tackle: Tammy Faye Bakker. Most people know Tammy Faye as the wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker and for her extravagant makeup. But Tammy Faye had a way of staying in front of the camera throughout her life; her final appearance on Larry King Live in 2007 took place hours before her death from colon cancer.

“I had always been fascinated by Tammy Faye Bakker, even in graduate school when I stumbled onto the PTL club quite by accident,” Ms. Delaney explained. “The theatricality, seeming innocence, and lack of irony riveted me. But it wasn’t until her final interview with Larry King that I got the notion I wanted to explore (as an actor) what made her tick as a human being.”

Ms. Delaney had worked with playwright Merri Biechler in the past, directing her play “An Appalachian Christmas Carol” and acting in her play “Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver.” But Ms. Biechler had never written a role specifically for Ms. Delaney. “We’re good friends, and I trust her theatrical instincts completely. When she said she wanted to play Tammy Faye, I said okay! Then the real work began of digging through documents and hours of video research to find the story beneath the fa├žade.”

Ms. Delaney agrees. “I’m struck with Tammy Faye’s apparent authenticity, her unflappable nature, and of course the mask of makeup. What's behind it all? I’m only beginning to have a hint, which is what makes it so appealing and challenging.”

A first draft of the play entitled “Tammy Faye’s Final Audition” will be presented as part of Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble’s Free Play Reading Series at 8pm on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH. Admission is free. The reading is directed by Dennis Lee Delaney and features Shelley Delaney in the title role and David Haugen as multiple roles including Jim Bakker. The play is supported by an Ohio University College of Fine Arts Creative Research Award. 

“Brick Monkey audiences are very supportive of new play development,” Ms. Biechler explained.  “Our audience gets the chance to see this very early draft and have the opportunity to watch two talented actors craft their roles. It’s an exciting process!”

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is generously supported by the Ohio Arts Council, the Kleinpenny Educational Fund, the Athens Foundation, the O’Bleness Foundation, and the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

COMING SOON: Calliope 2014 Spring Concert!

Featuring special guests: The Local Girls and Dave Borowski
Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m
Sunday, May 18th at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets (sliding scale) on sale now at Athens Book Center, Hyacinth Bean and from Calliope members!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Take the Arts & Autism Phase 2: Ohio Constituent Survey

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC), in partnership with VSA Ohio, is conducting a statewide Arts & Autism: Ohio Constituent Survey. The goal of this research is to better understand how the Ohio Arts Council can better support children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Recognizing societal trends, and in response to a growing numbers of inquiries, the Ohio Arts Council and VSA Ohio are continuing to explore the intersection of Arts and Autism in Ohio. 

In order to reach as many Ohioans as possible through this second online survey, the OAC needs your help! Your experience matters and we want to hear from you!


The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete and is available online through July 9th!

If you have any issues completing the survey, please contact VSA Ohio at

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

A.P.E. Center's Art After School Final Performance & Open House - NEW DATE!

The children of the A.P.E. Center's Arts After School Program are putting on two unique plays and holding their open house and art exhibit on Wednesday, May 21st (changed from the original May 14th date). The first play was created by the younger group, ages 5-7 and the second play by kids ages 8-12. It starts at 5:30pm, doors open by 5:15pm. Tickets are free, just show up and enjoy free pizza, snacks, and kids art and imagination galore.