ARTS COUNCIL 2017 – 2018 THEATRE SEASON

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2017-18 Theatre Productions 

 

TALES OF TERROR – An Evening of Spooky Stories 

  • Thursday, October 12th at The Rex Theatre in Galax
  • Friday, October 13th at the Presbyterian Church of Hillsville 
  • Saturday, October 14th at the Fries Theatre 
  • Performances are at 7:30pm and all tickets are $5 and will be available at the door before each performance. 

Fall is here, the nights are getting chilly and Halloween is just around the corner!  It’s the time of year to gather with friends and family and tell spooky stories around the campfire.  While we won’t have the fire, the Arts Council’s newest production is chock full of classic stories told by some of your favorite actors – just in time to get you ready to “Trick or Treat.”  “Tales of Terror” will feature Patrick Butler reading “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, Martha Magroski reading “The Witch of Coos” by Robert Frost, Danita Moore reading “Little Orphant Annie” by James Whitcomb Riley and “The Headless Horseman” by Washington Irving, Sue Revels reading “The Cats of Ulthar” by H.P. Lovecraft and David Roberson reading “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe.  Ginger Correll, Stephannie Dees and Valerie Gardener Rives have served as coaches for the performers.

BLYTHE SPIRIT by Noel Coward  Directed by Valerie Gardener Rives

Performances:  May 5, 6, 10, 12 & 13 at The Rex Theatre in Galax

Auditions:  January 28 (6pm – 9:30pm) & January 30 (7pm – 9pm) at the Rex Theatre 

Roles Available:  5 Women & 2 Men   Perusal Scripts are available at the Arts Council

The Story:  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.   During a dinner party, the (worldly and un-) personalities clash and Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, “passes over,” joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

 

THE WANDFLOWER THEATRE –  A New Theatre Project for Youth (ages 15 – 30)

Early July 2018 – Titles currently under consideration are:  

1. The complete works of William Shakespeare (abridged)- three actors do all all 37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes

 

2. Completely Hollywood (abridged)- 186 movies in 100 minutes
3. The complete history of America (abridged)- 600 years of American history in 6000 seconds
Please contact Wesley Harmon at wesleypharmon@gmail.com to learn how to get involved with The Wandflower Theatre.

COMPASS CREATIVE DRAMATICS

A week long theatre experience for students ages 5 -18

Late July 2018 – This years musical will be either Beauty and the Beast or Peter Pan

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring   Directed by Ginger Correll

Performances:  October/November 2018

Auditions:  August 2018

Roles Available:  3 Women & up to 11 Men (some roles may be doubled)  Perusal Scripts will be available in July 2018 at the Arts Council

The Story:  Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

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