ARTS COUNCIL 2020-2021 THEATRE SEASON

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2020 – 2021 Theatre Productions  & Auditions

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

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” adapted by Markland Taylor 2020

July 10 & 11 at 7pm & Sunday, July 12 at 2pm

This high-energy, fast-paced adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story is Wandflower Theatre’s third production! This classic fantasy yarn tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a young and extremely reluctant Hobbit who leaves home and sets off with a band of adventurers to slay a dragon and recover an enormous treasure. Admission is by Donation at the event. At the outdoor venue (located behind the Galax Public Library), all audiences members are asked to wear a mask and to bring their own seating. Socially Distanced seating will be required. Please call 276-238-1217 for more information.

Please contact Wesley Harmon at wesleypharmon@gmail.com to learn how to get involved with The Wandflower Theatre.

 

“RED” – a play by John Logan

August 28, 29 & 30 at 7pm

The Cherry Orchard Theatre, 163 Levering Lane in Ararat, VA

A tour-de-force play based on the life and art of Mark Rothko, “RED” features the power-house team of Patrick Butler and Mason Blevins as Mark Rothko and his (fictional) assistant Ken. Directed by Radford University professor, David Beach, “RED” begins when master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. All audience members will be required to wear a mask and bring their own lawn chairs. For directions to The Cherry Orchard Theatre, please visit https://www.leveringorchard.com/virginia-outdoor-theatre/ (163 Levering Lane in Ararat, VA), or call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217.

 

Spring 2021 – MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS by Ron Hutchinson

Directed by Karen Stevens

Audition and Performance Dates to be determined

Hollywood, 1939: semi-independent mogul David O. Selznick has just shut down production on the most eagerly anticipated movie in history – his megabudget version of Margaret Mitchell’s bestselling novel Gone With The Wind – scrapping the original script and sacking the director in the progress. Determined to produce a rewrite in five days, he engages the reluctant services of ace script doctor Ben Hecht – possibly the only person in America who has not read the novel – and the movie’s new director Victor Fleming, poached straight from the set of The Wizard of Oz, where he had been squabbling with the Munchkins and coming to blows with Judy Garland. His reputation on the line, and with nothing but a stockpile of peanuts and bananas to sustain them, Selznick locks himself in his office with his two collaborators, and a marathon creative session begins.  Roles for 3 men & 1 woman.

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY

This production has been postponed until Spring or Fall 2021 due to the current health crisis. 

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooton

Directed by Stephannie Dees

 

QUILTERS – A Musical by Molly Newman & Barbara Damashek

Postponed until Fall 2021- Audition and Performance dates to be determined!

Directed by David Beach

QUILTERS is the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, blending a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical—and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed.

 

 

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