Performing Arts Section :: Page 12

  • Expression through dance

    Jill Becker leads Ali Thomas and Anisa Kline in a dance routine (photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

    Jill Becker led a class on dance improvisation this Monday evening.

  • All You Need is Love

    Tom Malcolm and Denise Runyoe lead participants in a Sufi dance. (photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

    Yellow Springers participated in Sufi dancing before the YSKP show this Saturday.

  • Puppets, Persian poetry, and change

    The cast of YSKP’s latest production, The Conference of the Birds, jumped for joy at dress rehearsal in anticipation of the show’s opening on Thursday, July 8. Pictured are, from left, Lilli Rudolf, Talia Boutis, Jaylen Mitchell, Lenaya Leeds, Lindsey Leist, Greta Kremer, Anna Knippling and Lela Dewey. Obscured are Romy Farrar, Naomi Guth, Benjamin Green, Zeb Reichert and Alex Thorp.

    In its 16th year, YS Kids Playhouse continues to produce innovative youth theater for adults and children alike. Its latest musical, The Conference of Birds, explores themes of transformation and self-realization through a 12th-century desert fable.

  • Musicians band together for Skate Music Fest

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    Skate Music Fest, an annual event that features live music and benefits the skate park, will be held Sunday, July 11, 3–8 p.m.

  • Liar’s contest winners serve up a bunch of ‘bull’

    Emcee Jonatha Wright presents the Golden Shovel to Liar's Contest winner Stephen Hollen of Beavercreek. (Submitted photo)

    At the second annual Big Bull Shake Liar’s Contest on July 4, contestants competed to see who could spin the biggest yarn.

  • YSKP show a dazzling desert display

    Cast members of the latest YSKP musical, "Conference of the Birds," practice with their puppet props during rehearsal last Thursday. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    While the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse summer musical, “Conference of the Birds” doesn’t open until Thursday, July 8, the News got a sneak peak during rehearsal last Thursday. Watch an audio slideshow, featuring the sounds and stagings of cast members, below, and see next week’s print edition of the Yellow Springs News for a full article on the latest production in YSKP’s 16th season of youth theater.

  • Summer Strings to host concert and musical bake sale

    Christina Brewer, age 14, and Shirely Mullins play the violin part of a Russian folk song during rehearsal on Tuesday.

    Shirley Mullins’ Summer Strings youth orchestra will play its 47th grand finale this Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Kings Yard. The young musicians, who are concluding a two-week camp, can also be heard playing all over the village on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. as part of a musical bake sale.

  • Mayer and friends play for Presbyterian Church

    Brian Mayer and his musical friends performed at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday night. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Musicians shared their talents at “A Summer Spectacular,” concert held at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday. A variety of instruments were showcased, including natural horn, trombone, piano, English horn and euphonium, in addition to the vocal skills of a soprano. Listen below for concert excerpts.

  • New Yellow Springs Theatre Project seeks to tap local talent

    Sandra Crews, a Wright State professor of theater arts, is launching a new local theater program, the Yellow Springs Theatre Project, that seeks to produce original and nontraditional theater in the village. The first production, 20%, will be performed at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, in the Antioch College South Gym. Crews is pictured with her husband, Byron, who will provide music for the show.

    Village children have many opportunities to take part in live theater through YS Kids Playhouse and school productions, and older youth benefit from a vital theater program at YSHS/McKinney. But local adult actors and playwrights have lacked consistent opportunities to perform since the closing of Center Stage theater several years ago.

  • Antioch School enlivens a classic

    The cast from the Antioch School’s musical production of The Wizard of Oz tried on their costumes for a rehearsal last week. From left, Weymar Osborne as the Lion, Danny Grote as the Tin man, Henry Potts-Rubin as the Scarecrow, Cecila Comerford as Dorothy, Anna Williamson as the Wizard, Landon Rhoads as Toto, Olivia Brintlinger-Conn as Auntie Em and Jorie Seick as Mrs. Gulch. The show opens at the Clifton Opera House on Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m., and shows again on Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Anyone who has been alive for longer than five years has likely seen the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. But far fewer have read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the novel published by Frank Baum in 1900, which the Antioch School students say is more complicated and slightly more vicious.