Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fayette Coweta Family Theater Announces Summer Events

Art of Musical Theatre Auditioning ~High School Musical
April 15 or 17 or April 18Fee: $55 5-8pm
FCFT offers their most popular workshop that deals with all the areas of presenting a proper audition for ages 10 years to 15 years. Singing, dancing, cold reading, creating a character and presenting yourself in the best possible light will all be covered. Class will conclude with a mock audition using all the audition materials from Disney's High School Musical. A great way to prepare for any upcoming audition. Preregistration is required by calling 770-599-0051 or visiting www.fcft.net/Shops.

Auditions for Disney's High School Musical
April 1910:30am (Ages 10-12),
2pm (Ages 13-Adult)
Fayette Coweta Family Theatre, Inc. will hold open auditions for their summer musical "Disney's High School Musical." Auditions will consist of a taught song and dance combination and cold readings from the script. Show will perform~ June 18-22 at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. For more information go to www.fcft.net/aud or call 770-599-0051.

Little Red Riding Hood~ Production Shop~ April 28, 29 and 30 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Fayette Coweta Family Theatre, Inc. offers this shop to the youngest of performers (Ages 5-8). During classes participants will experience a simple audition, create simple costumes and sets, apply stage makeup and take part in fun theatre games all in preparation for the presentation of the 20-minute show "Little Red Riding Hood" that will be done for family and friends on Wed., April 30th. The fee for this three day shop is $90.00. Shop requires no memorization and is GREAT for beginners! Preregistration is required at 770-599-0051 or www.fcft.net/Shops.

FCFT's Summer Production Camp 2008 June 20-28Ages: 8-15 Fee: $250 10:30am-2:30pm Daily
The Adventures of Hansel and Gretel: Campers will attend a week long camp and be immersed in all things theatrical. Campers will create costumes, sets and stage makeup as they take part in fun and creative games and exercises. Camp will conclude with 2 presentations of the 1-act musical "The Adventures of Hansel and Gretel". Limited to 26 participants. Preregistration is required. To register call 770-599-0051 or email fcftdirector1@aol.com www.fcft.net/Shops

ALL FCFT EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FCFT WAREHOUSE AT 177 FULTON COURT IN PEACHTREE CITY. www.fcft.net/Directions.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Improv Troupe’s Success at Art Center Leads to Return Engagement

Offshoot Productions’ Gallery Players, an improvisation troupe which wowed February and March audiences at the Fayette Art Center and Gallery, returns to the intimate venue on Friday, April 4, with a whole new show.

“Each performance is a partnership with the audience,” explained Offshoot artistic director Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D, who helms the group. “The content of the scenes is always different, depending on the audience input. We even give a few brave folks in the audience a chance to interact on stage with the actors.”

The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and the proceeds benefit both nonprofit companies, the Fayette Art Center and Gallery and Offshoot Productions. Reservations may be made in person at the Fayette Art Center, 2011 West Highway 54, Fayetteville (across from Ace Hardware), by phone at (770) 631-2780, and online at fayetteartcenter@bellsouth.net.

For information on Offshoot Productions, the Southside’s longest-running professional theatre, contact the company at offshootpr@aol.com or (770) 631-2362 or visit www.offshoot.org.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

THE SPITFIRE GRILL - Regional Premier

A feisty parolee follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. “An abundance of warmth, spirit and goodwill!…Some of the most engaging and instantly infections melodies heard in an original musical in some time.” USA Today
Rated PG
April 18th- May 11th
Friday-Saturday 8pm/ Saturday- Sunday 3pm matinee
The Legacy Theatre directed by Mark Smith
$25 for Adults
$22 Seniors 60+ and Students 13+
Group rates available
The Legacy Theatre is located at 1175 Senoia Road Suite C Tyrone, GA 30290
404-895-1473
www.thelegacytheatre.org

Thursday, March 13, 2008

ONLY 3 SPACES REMAIN IN FCFT'S SIX SESSION ACTING CLASSES

The Theatre Machine~Acting Classes
Join FCFT's Artistic director for a series of in-depth acting classes that cover ALL the basics of stage acting. Each of the six sessions will deal with a specific theatre skill.
1. Theatre Movement and Staging~ 3/17/08
2. The Actor's Speaking Voice~ 3/19/08
3. Creating a Believable Character~ 3/21/08
4. The Art of Auditioning~ 3/24/08
5. Meeting the Monologue~ 3/26/08
6. Partner Scene Study~ 3/28/08

*Class will conclude with a presentation of Monologues and Scenes performed by the students
for an invited audience on March 29 at 6:00 p.m.
*Ages: 8 to 15 years from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (New Time)
*Fee: $240.00 for all six sessions
*Class is limited to 12 participants
Register Early~ 770-599-0051 or fcftdirector1@aol.com
www.fcft.net/Shops
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

ONE. midtown kitchen to Host Wine Dinner to Benefit Georgia Shakespeare

ONE. midtown kitchen will host a Wine Dinner, Monday, March 17 at 7:00 PM with proceeds benefiting Georgia Shakespeare. Producing Artistic Director, Richard Garner, along with cast members from Eurydice (Georgia Shakespeare’s co-production with the Alliance Theatre), will be on hand to mingle with patrons.

Diners will partake of an exclusive menu prepared especially for the event by Chef Tom Harvey. The multi-course meal will be coupled with wine pairings, hand picked by Tom Murphy of Murphy’s Restaurant.

Located in Morningside, ONE. midtown kitchen is known for its urban atmosphere and innovative approach to food with Chef Tom Harvey recently featured on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. While Murphy’s trendy Virginia Highland’s location has made it a long-time favorite of the neighborhood. These two restaurants, both managed by Concentrics Restaurants, have teamed up to provide a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Tickets are $100, of which $50 is tax-deductible. The event will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17 at 7:00 PM at ONE. midtown kitchen located at 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta, GA 30324. The event is being co-chaired by Georgia Shakespeare’s Board of Trustees members Debby Kelly (who is also the Board’s president) and Leanne Shaw.

To purchase tickets, contact Georgia Shakespeare’s Development Manager, Sarah Robinson at 404.504.3404 or visit www.gashakespeare.org.
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"Wizard of Oz" Youth company auditions by The Legacy Theatre

The Legacy Theatre, South Metro Atlanta's only full-time professional theatre, is excited to announce youth company auditions for "The Wizard of OZ"!

Auditions will be held Saturday, March 15th from 9am-12pm at The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Tyrone, GA.

This audition is for ages 5-17 only and will be for the youth company of our professional production and summer camps! All those auditioning will be asked to sing either 1 Chorus or 16 Bars from a song of their choice a cappella (without music) and learn choreography. There will be a sign up sheet the day of the event. Everyone will audition on first come first serve basis. Those auditioning may be cast as part of the pre-show, as Munchkins, as ensemble members or in minor roles.

Please be aware that all youth company members will be required to participate in our "Wizard of Oz Summer Camp" for which there is a fee. For more information please call 404-895-1473 or go to our website www.thelegacytheatre.org
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Monday, March 10, 2008

THE LION KING HOLDS OPEN CASTING CALLS FOR SINGERS, DANCERS & CHILDREN IN ATLANTA

Updated information:

The highly successful and award-winning Broadway and touring productions of THE LION KING will be holding open casting calls for singers and dancers in Atlanta in mid-April. There will also be auditions for children who can sing, dance, and act.

These open calls are for anyone, regardless of experience, who would like the opportunity to audition and be part of this long-running stage musical.

We encourage performers of all cultural backgrounds to attend.

Celise Hicks, Resident Dance Supervisor for The Lion King is a native of Atlanta and will be conducting the dance auditions. Celise began dance training at Carol Walker’s Southern Dance Academy and then attended Dekalb Center of the Performing Arts High School. She also danced with the Gary Harrison Dance Company in Atlanta.

Jennifer Rudin Pearson, Director of Casting and Talent Development for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York City. Jennifer spent five years as head of casting for Walt Disney Animation Studios in Los Angeles and cast the following animated movies to name a few: Chicken Little, The Incredibles, Meet the Robinsons, The Wild and Brother Bear. Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America.

The casting calls coincide with the much-anticipated return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING in Atlanta April 3 – May 4 at the Atlanta Civic Center, presented by Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta. Ticket prices range from $21.00 to $63.00. VIP Ticket Packages are also available for $132.50, which include premium seating, a complimentary souvenir program and the commemorative VIP show merchandise item. Tickets are available through authorized ticket sellers at the Atlanta Civic Center Box Office and through Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 404-817-8700. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

Now in its second sold-out decade in New York, THE LION KING is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, eight Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, the New York Drama Critics award for Best Musical, the Evening Standard Award for the Theatrical Event of the Year, two Olivier Awards, a Theatre World Award, the Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography, two Drama League Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Singers
Seeking strong, dynamic singers for all roles including the African lions Simba and Nala.

WHEN: PREPARE: Please bring sheet music of a song that
Friday, April 11 shows off your voice and range in 16 bars that you
Sign in 9:30 am will sing with piano accompaniment (eg. R&B,
Sign in no later than 11:00 am gospel).

Children
We are seeking children ages 8-12, with a maximum height of 58”, who can sing, dance and act to play the African lion cubs Simba and Nala. No performance experience necessary

WHEN: PREPARE: Be prepared to be taught the last
Saturday, April 12 verse of Just Can’t Wait to Be King. All children
Sign in 9:30 Am must be accompanied by parent/guardian, who must
Sign in no later than 11:00 am remain at audition site at all times.

Dancers
Seeking strong male and female dancers with a classical and modern dance background. Some male dancers require strong acro skills. You must be warmed up and ready to dance in flat jazz shoes or bare feet.

WHEN: PREPARE: You may be asked to sing. Please
Monday, April 14 prepare a song that shows off your voice and range
Female Dancers: Sign in 9.30am (eg. R&B, gospel). Bring the sheet music. A pianist
Male Dancers: Sign in 1.30pm will be provided.

WHERE:
Studio Dionne, School of Dance and Music
524 Plasters Avenue (near Monroe/Armour Dr. at I-85)
Map and directions visit www.studiodionne.com

If you are unable to attend these auditions, send a headshot and a resume ASAP to:

Binder Casting, att. The Lion King
321 W 44th Street, Suite 606, New York, NY 10036
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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Two Free Public Screenings of Documentary Film, “Libby, Montana,” at the Fayette County Public Library on March 25 and 27

The Fayette County Public Library announces two free public screenings of the documentary “Libby, Montana,” directed by Drury Gunn Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis. The dual screenings continue the library’s 2008 Spring Film Festival, a collaboration with P.O.V., PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. “Libby, Montana” will be shown at the library on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m., and on Thursday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m., with support provided by the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library.

For the citizens of the town of Libby, mining vermiculite provided decades of good jobs. The mineral was first extracted and developed into the multi-use material, Zonolite, by a local mining engineer in 1919. In 1963, industrial giant W.R. Grace acquired the Zonolite Company, and the mining went into high gear, as did the marketing of Zonolite as a wonder material, especially for insulation. Yet within two years of acquiring the mine, Grace’s internal memos show the company discussing the mine dust’s extreme toxicity — information never given to employees.

In Libby, the mining jobs brought an inescapable dust that choked the men at work and, proving impossible to wash off, was tracked into every home in town. The citizens of Libby not only mined the material but also showcased its use, insulating their homes with it and laying down sports fields, ice rinks and other community surfaces with the mine’s materials. Mineworkers say they were told the dust was no more dangerous than field dust, and felt relieved they weren’t mining notoriously toxic asbestos. Even as respiratory problems in the town mounted, often misdiagnosed as heart or other unrelated ailments, the true scale of the health crisis, especially the degree to which it had crept into the lungs even of Libby’s children, remained hidden just below the surface.

State and federal inspections repeatedly cited the mine in the 1960s and 1970s for its toxic dust cloud and the inadequacy of the company’s response. The company produced an internal study in 1969 demonstrating how deaths from unspecified “lung disease” rose steadily with years of employment, topping out at an astounding 92 percent for 20-year employees. Still the company said nothing publicly. By the time the EPA began screening Libby residents in 2001, over 1,200 of those tested, or roughly one-quarter of the town’s population, were found to have lung abnormalities associated with asbestos exposure: 10 times the national average. Mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos, was at least 100 times the national average.

In examining the politics behind the cleanup, as well as behind Grace’s historic ability to disregard worker health, “Libby, Montana” raises its most troubling questions. How could Grace go on operating the mine for another 20 years after the environmental toxicity became public knowledge? How could state officials continue to cover for a company that declared bankruptcy to avoid liability claims as it allegedly spirited away billions of dollars? By what final cruel twist does the National Priorities Superfund designation that provides the only means to fund the cleanup become the very means by which Grace finally abandons the town to taxpayers?

The directors of “Libby, Montana” tell the story using archival footage, news reports and the words of a range of participants in Libby’s tragedy — from ex-miners and mine managers and their families to EPA field workers to the state’s governor, Judy Martz, and then-EPA chief Christie Todd Whitman.

The free local screenings of “Libby, Montana,” and the rest of the library’s Spring Film Festival, are made possible through a partnership with P.O.V. Now in its 21st season on PBS, P.O.V. is the first and longest-running series on television to feature the work of America’s most innovative documentary storytellers. For more information about P.O.V., visit the website at http://www.pbs.org/pov/.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administration complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information about “Libby, Montana,” and the 2008 Spring Film Festival, please contact the library at 770-461-8841 or visit online at http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/public_library.

Jesus Christ Superstar

My husband and I went to see Jesus Christ Superstar the other night at the new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. First, we were extremely impressed with the Centre! The people were outstanding and very helpful. They were all so nice, and were obviously very proud of the Center.

They had good reason to be proud of the Centre! It is gorgeous. Very modern, well designed and certainly a wonderful place to see a play. The seats weren't the most comfortable but not so uncomfortable that it detracted from the play or the experience.

The play was... well, it was... hmmm. It's hard to describe. I had a bit of a hard time with it partially because I saw it when Ted Neely, who plays Jesus, did it in the early 70's. He's a bit older now, but I'd say his voice was just as powerful. I actually came home and pulled up the old songs to compare. It was hard to see the older Neely without realizing how much we'd both aged!

Part of the experience of seeing JC back in the 70's was the times. The play was controversial. It "fit" with all the questioning and the self-discovery that the generation was muddling through. There was a slight (or major) aura of rebellion involved with going to see JC Superstar way back when. I saw it in a mainstream church once, which in itself was rather a shocker way back when.

In today's world, there's nothing the least bit shocking about JC Superstar. The play stood on its own merits. Compared to Les Miserable, Phantom of the Opera and other outstanding theatre, JC doesn't stack up. But that doesn't make it bad.
There are powerful singers, the acting is good and the songs are still catchy. It's very thought provoking, also.

I'd go see it again. In fact, I'd like to go see it again. I walked in to the theater holding onto yesterday's glowing memories that were intertwined with my younger dreams and rebellion. Now that I'm through comparing it to the quasi-reality my memory created over the years, I'd like to see it through today's eyes.

A few more brief thoughts... Loved Herod! Didn't particularly care for Judas (Corey Glover), his songs were a bit too brash and loud.
However, I will say that I spent a lot of time comparing today's version with yesterday. I'm not so sure I am able to give it a fair critique. When I went to the ladies room during intermission I polled all the women in line. Every single one said they really liked it. Not one negative, although when I said something about comparing it to days of old (the 70's ;-) a few seemed to be having the same time warp problem as I.

I made the mistake of carrying binoculars. Don't. It's better not to be able to see the flaws of the actors up close --- it takes away from the mystique. After all, a play is more about invoking your imagination that it is about painting an exact picture.

Unfortunately, today was your last chance to see JC at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Keep an eye out for it again, though. My husband, who saw it for the first time, rather liked it. He didn't rave about it, but he did enjoy the play and I think I'd be able to drag him to see it again.

Thinking about it a bit, this might be a great play to see with some of your old 70's friends! Get a group together, pull out some old bell-bottoms or whatever we were wearing back then, and have some fun!
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Monday, March 3, 2008

Casting Announced for Disney’s THE LION KING

Casting has been announced for Atlanta’s return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING. The eagerly awaited stage production will leap onto the Atlanta Civic Center stage from April 3 through May 4, as part of the Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta 2008 season. The press opening night is Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. This Atlanta engagement is currently one of eight productions running worldwide along with New York, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Johannesburg, South Africa and a French-language production in Paris.

The malevolent and evil “Scar” will be played by Timothy Carter, who is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Carter’s credits include The Three Musketeers and Macbeth with The Acting Company; King Lear, As You Like It, and Julius Caesar at Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Richard III and Merry Wives of Windsor at Nebraska Shakespeare Festival; and Hay Fever at Westport County Playhouse. Dionne Randolph will play the lion king “Mufasa.” Mr. Randolph’s credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, Little Shop of Horrors and Once on this Island. Phindile Mkhize, a native of South Africa, is the wise “Rafiki.” Ms. Mkhize has traveled to Germany, Australia, Holland and Amsterdam performing and sharing her talents, and her credits include The Lion King Soundtrack ‘94, Sarafina 2; Mama, Maria, Maria, and WozaMyFohloza.

The meerkat “Timon” will be played by Mark Shunock, who has appeared in productions of Romance, Beauty and the Beast, Princess Turandot, The Skin Of Our Teeth, Howie The Rookie and Lovelace: The Musical. Tony Freeman, who will portray “Zazu”, has previously played the role on Broadway for over 1,300 performances. Mr. Freeman recently performed in Kander and Ebb’s new musical All About Us and in Caroline, or Change in Los Angeles and San Francisco. And Ben Lipitz, is “Pumbaa,” the warthog; Mr. Lipitz’ stage credits include Red, Hot and Blue, Just So, ART, Dirty Blonde, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Ta’Rea Campbell, a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, is the lioness “Nala.” Ms. Campbell’s Broadway credits include Aida (Aida), Little Shop of Horrors, Aida National Tour (Nehebkah), and Gospel According to Fishman (Jolene); television credits include Law & Order, Whoopie, and Primetime Live. Mufasa’s son, “Simba,” will be played by Dashaun Young, who also appeared in the 1st National Tour of Hairspray and regional productions of Hairspray, Hello Dolly, Aida and Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

The three hyenas will be played by: Randy Donaldson (“Banzai”), whose past credits include “Five Guys Named Moe” and Broadway’s “Wonderful Town” and “Annie Get You Gun;” Jayne Trinette (“Shenzi”), whose credits include Caroline or Change, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Nuncrackers; and Michael Nathanson (“Ed”), whose credits include Romeo & Juliet, God of Desire, Don’t Hug Me and TempOdyssey.

Performances in the role of “Young Simba” will be alternated between Christopher Borger and Jeremy Gumbs. Mr. Borger has been in numerous commercials and print ads. Mr. Gumbs, from Long Island, NY, and has appeared in productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Margaret Garner and the film Mind the Gap. Performances in the role of “Young Nala” will be alternated between Georgette Francois and Chantylla Johnson. Ms. Francois is an 11 year-old from Brooklyn, NY and is making her professional debut in The Lion King. Ms. Johnson’s credits include Young Nettie in the Broadway production of The Color Purple and regional theatre productions of Annie and Cinderella.

Now in its second sold-out decade in New York, THE LION KING is the winner of six Tonyâ Awards including Best Musical, eight Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, the New York Drama Critics award for Best Musical, the Evening Standard Award for the Theatrical Event of the Year, two Olivier Awards, a Theatre World Award, the Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography, two Drama League Awards and a Grammyâ Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Director Julie Taymor became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony® Award for Best Director of a Musical. Taymor, along with Michael Curry, created hundreds of masks and puppets for THE LION KING. Choreography is by Garth Fagan, scenic design is by Richard Hudson, costume design is by Julie Taymor and lighting design is by Donald Holder. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated film and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay for THE LION KING. The score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from the animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice, additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer.

In Atlanta, THE LION KING will play Thursday, April 3 through Sunday, May 4; Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $21.00 to $63.00. VIP Ticket Packages are also available for $132.50, which include premium seating, a complimentary souvenir program and the commemorative VIP show merchandise item. Tickets are available through authorized ticket sellers at the Atlanta Civic Center Box Office and through Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 404-817-8700. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

The Atlanta engagement of THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with Broadway Across America-Atlanta. Broadway Across America-Atlanta proudly presents Broadway productions in Atlanta as a member of Broadway Across America. Broadway Across America-Atlanta thanks its sponsors for their continued support of the Series: The Georgian Terrace, as the Official Hotel, Sprint PCS as the Official Wireless Provider, Fidelity Investments and Publix.
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