Performing Arts Section :: Page 12

  • 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.

  • YSHS opens ‘Urinetown: The Musical’ this weekend

    Central cast figures rehearsed last week, including Anne Weigand and Adam Zaremsky, front, as Hope Cladwell and Bobby Strong, and from left, Jacob Kintner as Caldwell Cladwell, Rory Papania Officer Barrel, Elliot Cromer as Officer Lockstock, and Lauren Westendorf as Little Sally.  (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    The Yellow Springs High School/McKinney School present Urinetown: The Musical. Click on the title for showtimes and a link to an audio slideshow with stills from rehearsals and interviews with the actors.

  • ‘Urinetown’ bursts with surprises

    If viewers who haven’t heard of Urinetown: The Musical think they know what the Broadway hit is about, they don’t. If those who have heard about the show but haven’t seen it think they know how it ends, they don’t.

  • YSHS opens ‘Urinetown: The Musical’ this weekend

    Central cast figures rehearsed last week, including Anne Weigand and Adam Zaremsky, front, as Hope Cladwell and Bobby Strong, and from left, Jacob Kintner as Caldwell Cladwell, Rory Papania Officer Barrel, Elliot Cromer as Officer Lockstock, and Lauren Westendorf as Little Sally.  (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    The Yellow Springs High School/McKinney School present Urinetown: The Musical. Click on the title for showtimes and a link to an audio slideshow with stills from rehearsals and interviews with the actors.

  • College welcomes dancers back

    This weekend’s Community Dance Concert, to take place at the Antioch College south gym, will feature a wide array of villagers, including those in the photo. In the back row, from left, are Curtis Bliss, holding his son, Braiden, Stefan Turner, Amanda Hamisch and Brendan Sheehan. In the second row, from left, are Kristen Foster and Elizabeth Lutz (seated on suitcases), Amelia Tarpey (behind suitcase), Helen Reed, Jade Turner, Lucas Mulhall, Savana Amos and Charlotte Walkey. In the front row are Arielle Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Liam Lutz, Marta Mari-Crocker and Aidan Lutz. (photo by Diane Chiddister)

    After nearly a decade of success under the guidance of Valerie Blackwell-Truitt, the Yellow Springs Community Dance Concert has a new face — three new faces, to be exact.

  • Telling stories to save the land

    Eric Wolf remembers the moment he made an emotional commitment to supporting farmland preservation. He had returned to Shelter Island outside New York City, the place where as a child he went to hunt scallops and wonder at the expanse of cornfields.

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