DIVERSIONS & DELIGHTS at the REX
Wesley Young as Oscar Wilde in “Diversions and Delights”
Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th
He was known as the “Master of Conversation” and the “first media star.” He lived a topsy-turvy life, creating some of the most beloved works of dramatic literature only to sink into scandal, ruin and an early death. Without a doubt, he is one of history’s most fascinating figures. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Oscar Wilde. Performing a final, fictional 1899 Paris lecture, Wesley Young of Virginia’s Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema brings Wilde to life at the Rex Theatre in DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS.
DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS, by John Gay, is a one-man show that celebrates Wilde’s delicious wit and cutting intellect. Originally performed on Broadway and toured extensively by Vincent Price, Gay’s intelligent script features some of Wilde’s most quotable quotes, yet ultimately unmasks Wilde’s humanity, with all its triumphs and its heartbreaks. About Wilde, Young muses, “Even though he says that there is no such thing for him as a new emotion it seems that in the course of this evening in front of a final audience he wrestles with some old ones and maybe hits on a new one or two. At least, I think he discover he feels more deeply than his glib talk lets on he does.”
Taking on this magnificent role is Wesley Young, a full Professor in Radford University’s Department of Theatre and Cinema. Young holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Alabama and is an active professional actor, director, and teacher. A native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, he has acted and directed in theatres across the country. In fact, one of his favorite roles was Algernon Moncrief in Wilde’s own THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.
Performances of DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS are Saturday, June 4th at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 5th at 2:30pm at the Rex Theatre in Galax, Virginia. Adult tickets are $10 and Senior (65+) and Student tickets are $8. Tickets are available at the Galax Visitor’s Center on East Grayson Street, at the Arts Council offices located at 608 West Stuart Drive in Galax, on-line at www.artsculturalcouncil.org/the-arts-shop, or at the box office, which will open one hour before each performance. Purchases can be made with cash or checks only, with the exception of on-line ticket purchases via PayPal.
The Arts Council is proud to announce the 2016 Empty Bowls recipients: (l to r) Buck Coe with the Carroll County Ministerial Association Food Pantry, Susi Davis Tornow with P.U.S.H Ministries Food Bank, Stephannie Dees with Galax Backpack Buddies, Inc. and Larissa Venzie, Arts Council Vice President. Not pictured are Judy Bolt with Lambs’ Table & Jacky Arnold with Grayson County Backpack Ministries. In total. $4,205 was distributed to these very deserving organizations who care for the most vulnerable of our Twin Counties citizens.
Compass Creative Dramatics is a week-long residency open to all children in the Twin Counties and is FREE for all participating children. Beginning on Monday, July 18th, Actors from the CCD will audition & cast up to 70 children (ages 5-18 only) for roles in THE WIZARD OF OZ. During the week, the children rehearse the play, learning their lines, music and choreography. On Saturday, July 23rd, they perform play for their family and friends!
The audition for THE WIZARD OF OZ will be held on Monday, July 18th at 10:00am at the Rex Theatre in Galax. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition. This is a group audition – no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile never hurts. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time!
With the recent passing of this beloved American author, and the upcoming National Library Week, it is only fitting to take a moment and celebrate the life and work of Harper Lee. Published this past Summer, GO SET A WATCHMAN, debuted to mixed reviews. WATCHMAN is Harper Lee’s original draft of what ultimately became her Pulitzer Prize Winning novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. To honor the legacy of Harper Lee and the amazing characters she brought to life, the Arts Council of the Twin Counties & the Friends of the Grayson County Library are hosting a Book Chat to discuss TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and GO SET A WATCHMAN along with a showing of “HEY, BOO: Harper Lee & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” on Tuesday, April 12th at 5pm. The Book Chat and Documentary showing will be at the Grayson County Public Library located at 147 S. Independence Avenue in Independence. The event is free and open to the public.
Join us on Wednesday, March 16th at the Galax Presbyterian Church (in Warrick Hall – 200 West Center Street) from 11am to 1:30m for a great meal of Shoney’s “made from scratch” soup, bread and dessert.
This year’s EMPTY BOWLS will feature Potato Soup and Cabbage & Beef soup with hot rolls and delectable desserts! Entertainment by the Kilby Cousins will keep the joint jumpin’ and souvenir pottery bowls by volunteers at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts Pottery Studio will be available that afternoon.
Suggested donation is $10/person (cash or checks only). All proceeds will benefit Galax Backpack Buddies and the PUSH Ministries Food Pantry. Take-out meals are available. Treat your co-workers to a great meal for two very deserving causes!
The Arts Council of the Twin Counties is thrilled to announce the 2016 Winter Concert Series dates. Featuring musicians from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Winter Concert Series is a series of FREE Sunday afternoon concerts at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. The 2016 Concerts will begin on Sunday, February 7th at 3pm; donations are gratefully accepted at the door and the audience is welcome to stay after the performance for a reception with the artists. The Sunday, February 7th concert will feature The Doppler Effect: Flute Tour Goes Digital. This is a unique concert experience that blends elements of classic and modern. By uniting traditional classical music with the latest technology, Flute Tour seeks to increase the cultural relevance and applicability of music as a medium of communication, self-expression, and beauty.
SEEKING HANDBELL RINGERS – SPRING REHEARSALS TO BEGIN
The New River Bell Ensemble, a community non-profit handbell group, begins its spring season on January 25. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact the Arts Council for information and an application to join by January 15. Previous handbell experience is not necessary; ability to read music is essential. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Historic 1908 Courthouse Auditorium in Independence. For more information, call 276-238-1217 or email email@example.com.