The first thing people always ask me is, ‘You’re an opera company, why are you doing a musical?’” said Michelle Krisel, General Director of Ash Lawn Opera, and the behind-the-scenes creative force in charge of casting, performance selections, fundraising, and community outreach for the company. We spoke with Krisel at Ash Lawn’s Downtown office during […]
The 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal goes deep. Deeper, in fact, than many social constructs deem comfortable. The production’s dialogue allows the audience to reflect upon the turmoil of a family whose members are struggling to come to terms with the worsening bipolar disorder of their mother. Addressing issues associated with severe mental […]
See the Gospels as you’ve never seen or heard them before in Four County Player’s revival of the hit musical Godspell, which tells Jesus’ life story with a dash of rock’n’roll. Based on the Gospel According to Matthew, the energetic and heartfelt retelling centers on a series of parables from the Bible interspersed with some […]
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Some people claim that Disney World is the only place where dreams come true. I beg to differ, Cinderella’s castle notwithstanding. My case in point: a broke intern, far from her hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, forced to babysit on the side to finance her fanatical addiction to Nike running [...]
If you prefer passionate narratives to summer blockbusters, then the annual Ash Lawn Opera Festival is probably already on your radar. The arts community stronghold is kicking off another season with Giacomo Puccini’s beloved masterpiece La Bohème. Set in 19th-century Paris, the foundation for [...]
The year is 1958, and abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko sits in a chair in his New York studio, smoking a cigarette and considering the audience. Or rather an invisible canvas that hangs between us. Aside from a coffee pot, a phonograph, and scotch, every surface is dedicated to [...]
The construction is complete, and Robert Chapel is ready to dig in. As Heritage Theatre Festival’s Producing Artistic Director, Chapel is eager to launch the company’s first full season in two years following the opening of UVA Drama’s new Ruth Caplin Theatre. “I’ll be doing five shows: two in [...]
While the summer sun beats down outside this weekend, the Paramount stage will be replete with winter wind workers, blizzard bringers, icicle sharpeners, and snow smoothers – all local children cast in the Missoula Children Theatre’s modern adaptation of The Princess and the Pea. From kings, [...]
Beverly Weston, aging poet and professor, sits among overstuffed bookshelves and reflects on the sum of his life: a marriage bound by whiskey and pills, a career lost in the shadows of tortured art. He quotes T.S. Eliot—“life is very long”—to his newly hired, live-in housekeeper, a young [...]
The streets will sound with tapping and twirling, leaping and jigging this Saturday, May 25, as the first annual Charlottesville Day of Dance takes over the Downtown Mall. This family-friendly event features an international array of dance forms and fitness practices, from Ireland to India, [...]
Human creatures large and small will enjoy Dr. Dolittle’s singing search for the Great Pink Sea Snail in Play On! Theatre’s final production at the IX building. This musical, based on the 1967 film starring Rex Harrison, is directed by Shelley Cole and features community youth and adult actors [...]
You don’t have to book an international flight or travel back in time to connect with cultural relevance—just buy a ticket to the ninth annual spring dance gala at PVCC.
A mass of jittery young actors crowded the stage on Thursday night, peppering drama teacher and theater director Madeline Michel with last minute concerns before rehearsing Monticello High School’s spring musical, In the Heights. Then the lights dimmed, the students found their stage marks, and [...]
Live Arts takes an ambitious foray into the comically dysfunctional dark side of a pill-popping, secret-keeping Midwestern family in its spring production of August: Osage County, under the direction of Fran Smith. This Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Tracy Letts gives an all-access [...]
After nine years and an estimated $9 million renovation and expansion, the historic State Theatre of Culpeper has reopened its doors for a week-long 75th Anniversary Celebration and a future filled with renowned musicians, film, dance, and live theater.
Enjoy the verbal sparring and spirited courtship of Katharina and Petruchio as Four County Players closes its 40th anniversary season with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Comedy ensues when a determined suitor (Martyn Kyle) pursues a strong-willed and resistant maiden (a fiery Mendy St. [...]
“‘Leapin’ lizards!’ You do not want to miss this show,” said MaryAnne Thorton, the director of The Black Box Players’ production of Annie, which will open tomorrow evening. Thorton has directed all of The Black Box Players’ shows since she founded the theater in 1986, and has [...]
It’s two days before opening night, and the Albemarle High School Players are taking a rare breather. Larry Johnson, a retired math teacher who’s been building sets at AHS since the current cast of Hello, Dolly! was in elementary school, is seated in a chair near the edge of the stage. Clad in [...]
The Albemarle Players, C-VILLE’s Best Musical winners for two years running, are going for a trifecta this weekend when Hello, Dolly!, the Tony Award-winning musical based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, hits the stage. Originally called Dolly, A Damned Exasperating Woman, the show’s title [...]
In addition to flowering trees and early morning bird songs, spring is the time for a bounty of annual student concerts, exhibitions, and performances for the lucky public. PVCC’s spring dance concert, “Simplicity,” features original jazz, salsa, contemporary, and hip-hop choreography by [...]
The UVA drama department closes its 2012-13 season and busts open the doors of the much anticipated, state-of-the-art Ruth Caplin Theatre with the 1936 classic screwball comedy, You Can’t Take It With You.
Spring is here and it’s time to put a little art into it.