The Arts Council is looking for the SASSIEST, FUNNIEST WOMEN in the Twin Counties! Directed by Stephannie Dees, “The Savannah Sipping Society” features a cast of four women (age range 30s – 60s). Auditions will be held at the Rex Theatre, Sunday, February 23rd from 7pm to 9pm and Tuesday, February 25th from 7pm to 9pm. If needed, we’ll have a third night of auditions on Thursday, February 27th from 7pm to 9pm. Perusal copies of the script are available at the Arts Council, please call 276-238-1217 to arrange to get a copy. Performances of “The Savannah Sipping Society” will be May 7, 9 & 10 at the Rex Theatre in Galax.
In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate – and an impromptu happy hour – and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment – and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.
4 women (ages are approximate & flexible)
(plus 1 non-speaking cameo role in Act I)
- Randa Covington: (49) a perfectionist, and workaholic
- Dot Haigler: (69) still reeling from her husband’s demise and loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement.
- Marlafaye Mosley: (57) earthy and boisterous, a good ol’ Texas Gal
- Jinx Jenkins: (53) a spunky ball of fire, new to town life coach
If you are more comfortable behind the curtain than on-stage, please consider signing up to build sets, run lights and sound. We are also looking for a stage manager/assistant to the director and ushers for the performances. There’s room for everyone in “The Savannah Sipping Society”!
Join us on Saturday, November 9th at the Galax Golf Course Clubhouse for a fabulous evening of Food, Fun, Jazz and the BEST Silent Auction in the Twin Counties! Denim & Diamonds is the Arts Council’s annual Gala, raising funds for our Arts in the Schools and the Marietta Carmichael Scholarship programs. Tickets are $30/person and can be purchased through our website at http://artsculturalcouncil.org/the-arts-shop/ or by credit card, cash or check. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7pm at the Clubhouse. Admission includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a spectacular coffee bar and the Crooked Road Jazz Trio! A Wine & Beer cash bar is also available. Denim & Diamonds – Wear ’em if you got ’em!
Please join us for beverages, appetizers and other delicacies at the stunning Dream Rock Silo & Suites in the heart of Grayson County. Enjoy a tour of the grounds, listen to some cool jazz, take a chance on a raffle or two! Tickets are $20/person or $35/couple.
Hosted by Sharon Reasoner Burns, Donis Jacobson, Sharon Lewis, Brenda Lindsey, and Karen & Bill Simpson
Please RSVP to The Arts Council at 276-238-1217. Cash & Checks will be accepted at the door.
Auditions for DEATH & TAXES will be Sunday, March 3rd from 7pm – 9pm and Wednesday, March 6th from 7pm – 9pm upstairs at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. Perusal scripts are available at the Arts Council offices in Galax. Rehearsals will begin the week of March 13th.
Ever wonder what goes on at a small-town city council meeting? In Hendricks, they’re looking for a murderer. Mayor Kathleen Lyles boldly announces that the meeting will be more like a coroner’s jury than the usual round of arguments. Not only was a man murdered, but he was an employee of the IRS. “Somehow I don’t feel that bad!” Carl Johansen says, as the sheriff clamps the cuffs on him, making him the prime suspect. Slowly it becomes apparent the entire city council had seen the man, and each of them seems to be hiding something. Who murdered the stranger? Was it Cora Sedgewick, who was still dizzy at the time from stepping on a rake and being thumped in the face with its handle? Or newspaper editor King, who’s right on the spot to report the facts, if he could only find a pencil? Or maybe the mayor herself, who was doing her laundry in the back of city hall? This easy-to-stage intrigue is chock-full of small-town characters and hilarious dialogue. And, as an added bonus, it can be produced as an audience participation mystery where the audience can not only see the scene of the crime but also question the suspects. Directed by Stephannie Dees, the play calls for 4-5 women and 5 men. The roles are:
Kathleen Lyles – the mayor of Hendricks, stylish
Eddie King – editor of the Hendricks Herald, pushy & brash
Lydia Kleft – secretary at City Hall, mousey
Wesley Thorne – the sheriff, a former football player
Carl Johansen – citizen of Hendricks, sarcastic
Mattie Johansen – Carl’s wife, no-nonsense
Cora Sedgewick – the epitome of the nosy neighbor
Dr. Efrem Bishop – standard country doctor, a quarrelsome man
Evelyn Martindale – drama teacher with an eye for detail
Performances of DEATH & TAXES will be May 9-12 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence with a special benefit performance on May 18th at the Fries Theatre. For more information, please call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopefully by now, you’re all dug-out from this past weekend’s snowpocalypse and you’re ready to get out and about and re-charge your holiday batteries! The New River Bell Ensemble invites you to celebrate the season with them as they present their RESCHEDULED 2018 Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 20th at 7:00pm at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. As always, admission to the concerts is FREE of CHARGE, with donations gratefully accepted at the door.
The New River Bell Ensemble is a community Hand Bell group featuring Carrie Buffkin, Tina Cunningham, Matthew Greene, Nancy Jones, Susan Kandies, Scott McClean, Becky Millar, Mary Thomas, Carol Wenberg and Kathy Whalen musical direction by Larissa Venzie and Carol Wenburg. This year’s program will feature selections such as: An American Christmas, I Wonder as I Wander, O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells, Toyland, Huron Carol, Believe, Joy to the World, and a very special reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by the marvelous Joyce Rouse and accompanied by the New River Bell Ensemble. The NRBE is also pleased to have David Boisvert joining them on several numbers as a percussionist.
Despite the rain, ARSENIC & OLD LACE will be Opening at the Rex, tonight, October 11th! Tickets will be on-sale at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts at the 6pm Reception and then the performance will begin at 7:30pm at the Rex Theater. Tickets are also available through this website at “The Arts Shop” page (payment accepted via PayPal). If you are purchasing your tickets at the reception or at the Rex Theater box office, please remember we can only accept cash or checks. Seating for tonight’s performance begins at 7pm and all seating is General Admission. Thank you, drive safely and stay dry! We’ll see you at the Rex!
ARSENIC & OLD LACE will run October 11, 13 & 14 at The Rex Theatre in Galax. This murderously funny comedy follows the distinctly odd Brewster Family and their wildly hilarious high-jinks! A comedy for the whole family! ***Please note – ALL OPENING NIGHT TICKETS for Thursday, October 11th are $15.00 and include a pre-show reception starting at 6pm at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts and the performance at 7:30pm that evening. For all other performances, tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for Seniors (65 & older) and Students (16 & younger). Tickets go on sale at the Arts Council and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts starting Monday, September 17th and may also be purchased on-line through The Art Shop page on this website. For more information, please call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217.
The rain will fall but NOT UNTIL after 1:30pm tomorrow, so we are proceeding – FULL STEAM AHEAD – with Stories of the Stitch at Matthews Living History Farm Museum, located at 476 White Pine Road (off Meadow Creek) in Galax! The quilts will start going up on the line at 10am and we hope to see you there! The will be vendors of all sorts, yummy baked goods, a bbq lunch, apple cider & apple butter, live music, heritage activities and of course – GORGEOUS QUILTS! We’ll see you at the Farm!!!!!
PETER PAN – 2018 Theatre Camp for Students, Ages 6 —18 (1st – 12th grade)
WHEN: Auditions – Monday, July 23rd at 10am (please arrive by 9:45am)
Rehearsals – July 23 – 28, 10am – 1:15pm
Performance – Saturday, July 28 at 3pm
WHERE: The Rex Theatre in Galax
Please call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217 for more information or visit our website at www.artsculturalcouncil.org.