2020 Missoula Children’s Theatre – CANCELLED

It is with great sadness, that we must announce the cancellation of the 2020 Missoula Children’s Theatre Summer Camp.  The Arts Council Board of Directors gave considered thought to the health and safety concerns inherent in such an activity, and the Board feels that the only responsible decision is to wait until Summer 2021 to welcome Missoula Children’s Theatre back to the Twin Counties.  We know you understand this decision and we hope to see you and your young actors next year.

NEW Arts Council Event Updates as of April 24th

Dear Friends of The Arts Council,

The Arts Council will update you on our schedule whenever an event is postponed or cancelled due to the current COVID-19 health concerns facing our community.

Here is an updated listing of our May, June & July events:

3rd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament
Skyland Lakes Golf Resort
Saturday, May 16th
STATUS – Postponed until September 2020

Vocal Concert with Alan Dunbar & Garret Ross
Historic 1908 Courthouse
Sunday, May 17th, 3pm
STATUS – Postponed until  Fall or Winter 2020

“The Savannah Sipping Society” (Spring Play)
The Rex Theatre in Galax
June 11 – 14
STATUS – Postponed until  Spring or Fall 2021

“The Hobbit” – A Wandflower Theatre Production
Carol Waddell/Galax Theatre Guild Stage (outdoors)
July 10, 11, & 12
STATUS – Proceeding as planned

“Rumpelstiltskin” – The Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp
Carroll County High School Auditorium
July 13 – 18
STATUS – Currently proceeding pending confirmation from Missoula Children’s Theatre

Please check our website (www.artsculturalcouncil.org) and Facebook page  (https://www.facebook.com/artsculturalcouncil/)  for updates on upcoming events.  Should we need to cancel or postpone an event, we will post it there and send out an email.  If you have any questions, please contact the Arts Council at 276-238-1217 or info@artsculturalcouncil.org

Your Health & Safety is Our Top Priority

Dear Friends of The Arts Council,

The health and safety of our patrons, staff, artists, and community is our top priority.  Although the threat of contracting the COVID-19 virus is currently low in the Twin Counties, we have instituted the following policies to ensure the health of our patrons:  we will be disinfecting all high touch areas in our performance venues; all handrails and ‘touch areas’ will be disinfected prior to any event, soap & paper towels will be available in all bathrooms, and we will have disinfecting wipes and Kleenex available at all events.  We encourage our audience, artists, and employees to follow the CDC hygiene practices regarding hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, and other common sense precautions.

If you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to stay home for your safety and the safety of our community.  If you are at an Arts Council event, please wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, avoid touching your face, and where possible, practice social distancing and avoid handshakes – smiles and applause are great ways to express your appreciation and are just as warm as a hug or handshake.

At this time, the Arts Council has no immediate plans to cancel our March and April events.  However, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts has asked to indefinitely postpone the March 22nd Piano Concert at the Historic 1908 Courthouse.  Our current schedule events is as follows:

Empty Bowls – Hillsville at FUMC-Hillsville on Fulcher St. 
Thursday, March 19th, 11am – 1:30pm
STATUS – Proceeding as planned

Arts Alive 2020 at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts
Saturday, March 21st, 11am – 3pm
STATUS – Proceeding as planned

UNCSA Piano Concert at Historic 1908 Courthouse
Sunday, March 22nd, 3pm
STATUS – Indefinitely Postponed

THE HOBBIT – Wandflower Theatre Auditions
Sunday, March 22nd, 3pm – 5pm
Monday, March 23rd, 6pm – 8pm
at the Arts Council Offices, 608 W. Stuart Drive, Galax
STATUS – Proceeding as planned

Empty Bowls – Independence, VFW at 115 Klondike Road
Saturday, March 28th, 4pm – 6:30pm
STATUS – Proceeding as planned

ARTS ALIVE – Hillsville at Carroll County Middle School
Tuesday, April 7th, 11am – 2pm
STATUS – Proceeding as planned

UNCSA Piano Concert with Dmitri Shteinberg
Historic 1908 Courthouse
Sunday, April 19th, 3pm
STATUS – Proceeding as planned 

Please check our website (www.artsculturalcouncil.org) and Facebook page  (https://www.facebook.com/artsculturalcouncil/)  for updates on upcoming events.  Should we need to cancel or postpone an event, we will post it there and send out an email.  If you have any questions, please contact the Arts Council at 276-238-1217 or info@artsculturalcouncil.org

Be Safe & Well,

Laura Romanowski
Executive Director
The Arts Council of the Twin Counties

Looking for Sassy, Funny Women! “The Savannah Sipping Society” Auditions

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”!


DENIM & DIAMONDS – An Evening of Food, Fun, Jazz & A Silent Auction

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!

A Garden Party with a Twist! Saturday, August 3rd 2pm – 4pm

You are Cordially Invited to A Garden Party – With A Twist,  A benefit for The Arts Council of the Twin Counties

 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.



ANDREW McKNIGHT in Concert! Friday, April 12th

Join us at the Fries Theatre on Friday, April 12th at 7pm for an amazing evening of Story & Song with the AMAZING Andrew McKnight!  Admission is by Donation


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 info@artsculturalcouncil.org.




New River Bell Ensemble Holiday Concert – RESCHEDULED

A  New Date for the New River Bell Ensemble’s Holiday Concert

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.


ARSENIC & OLD LACE – The show must go on, despite the rain!

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!

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