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.
Bring your lawn chairs or a picnic blanket & basket for this WILDLY FUNNY Comedy starring Wesley Harmon, Molly Sullivan & Daphne Utt on the Carol Waddell/Galax Theatre Guild Outdoor Stage located behind the Galax Public Library. Parking is available at the Library and admission to the play is free. We will of course accept your generous donations at the show!
In case of rain, the performance will move to inside the Galax Public Library.
If ghostly visitations, wacky mediums and matrimonial hijinks are your cup of tea, then Noel Coward’s high-spirited comedy, “Blithe Spirit” is the play you need to see! Running May 5, 6, 10, 12, & 13 at the Rex Theatre in Galax, “Blithe Spirit” is full of humor, witty repartee and special effects. “Blithe Spirit” is a classic comedy offering up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati along with a host of other marvelous character.
Performance Dates for “Blithe Spirit” are May 5, 6, 10, 12 & 13 with Thursday & Saturday shows at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors and Students. Advance tickets are available on-line at www.artsculturalcouncil.org/the-arts-shop/ and at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.
The Arts Council is thrilled and honored to present a very special concert with celebrated folk musician, Andrew McKnight at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence on Friday, March 9th at 7pm. Andrew is an award-winning folk/Americana musician whose musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew’s powerful and entertaining show is like one-man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his skillful guitar work provides a tasteful foundation, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show. Admission to the Concert is FREE OF CHARGE – with donations gratefully accepted at the door.
The Arts Council is thrilled to welcome Radford University’s Professor of Music/Guitar & Renaissance Lute Studies, for the next Winter Concert on February 11th at 3pm at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. As always, there will be a small coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians after the performance. Admission to the Concert is FREE OF CHARGE – with donations gratefully accepted at the door.
Dr. Trent has spent over two decades as a Full Professor of Music (Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies) at Radford University where he is in his 17th year as director of Radford University’s Annual International Guitar Festival. Many of his students are Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, and historic instruments of the nineteenth-century in particular the 10-string Scherzer and authentic 19thc. guitar. A first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition (all instruments) and the chamber music prize at the International Competition “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy in Period Instrumental performance.
Future concerts in the series include:
- UNCSA VIOLIN & CELLO Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3pm
- UNCSA DVORAK VIOLA QUINTET Sunday, April 29 at 3pm