Performing Arts Section :: Page 12

  • ‘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.

  • Dancing near the streets

    Many villagers celebrated dance last weekend, with two special Summer in the Springs events. Former Nonstop Institute dance teacher Jill Becker and friends entertained an appreciative audience Saturday afternoon with whimsical and dramatic improvisations on the Train Station lawn. Shown at top are, from left, Ali Thomas, Jamie Wilke, Dimi Reber, Tricia Gelmini, Melissa Heston, Sandy Mathern, Becker and Marybeth Francesca Wolf. Villagers also enjoyed dancing to the tunes spun by DJ Juju at the dance piazza on Saturday night at the 100 Corry Street plaza. Shown above left, Manzara Reed tried out swing moves with Jade Turner; center, Heston and Mathern improvised on Saturday afternoon; at right, Becker in a humorous piece.

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  • YS Kids Playhouse spotlights Bond, parkour movement

    YS Kids Playhouse kicks off its summer programming beginning Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the opening show of A Price to Pay: Before Bond Became 007. Running for two consecutive weeks, Thursday through Sunday, the production, written by YSKP alum Daniel Malarkey, tells the story of the teenage James Bond and how he earned his lucky 007.

  • The ‘News’ off the page, on the stage

    Mad River Theater will present Off the Press, an original play about the role of the Yellow Springs News in the village, from June 5–7 at the First Presbyterian Church. Featured are, clockwise from left, Rick Walkey, Doug Hinkley, Flo Lorenz, Howard Shook, Ali Thomas and Charlotte Walkey. At the table is Lucas Hudson-Groves.

    In the text of the classified ad about a lost puppy, there is a bigger story. In the letter to the editor about a neighbor’s farm that should or shouldn’t be developed, there is a bigger story. In the sports section about a ragamuffin team that clawed its way to state, there is still a bigger story.

  • YSKP, the whole year ’round

    YSKP Education Coordinator Mary Kay Clark recently oversaw New Actors Club participants (left to right) Evelyn Greene, Ursula Kremer, Ana Smith, and Shekinah Williams as they brainstormed possible endings for their collaborative adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

    Even with the loss of its Antioch Theater space last year, YS Kids Playhouse continues to build community through contemporary theater. Displaying its characteristic “the show must go on!” spirit and resourcefulness, the local arts organization has every intention to fulfill its mission of not only providing theater arts and arts education opportunities for Yellow Springs and surrounding communities, but to expand its programming year-round.

  • Entirely ‘Too Much Fun’

    Dancers recently rehearsed “Too Much Fun,” a piece that was choreographed by Yellow Springs residents Ali Thomas and Lara Bauer, for the Valerie Blackwell-Truitt Community Dance Concert. According to Thomas, the piece is about, “a bench, teens, townies and peace officers.” The dance concert, which will showcase eleven original works, will be held on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, at 8 p.m. at the Mills Lawn Elementary School auditorium. Clockwise from bottom left are Crystal Reedy, Amelia Tarpey, Dylan Sage, Rick Walkey, Charlotte Walkey, Lara Bauer, Jade Turner, Jason Sine, Andrea Hutson, Keri Speck, Valerie Blackwell-Truitt, Jennifer Johnson and Ali Thomas.

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  • Hey! Let’s put on a show!

    In its biennial all-school musical extravaganza this weekend, Mills Lawn School will present ‘MLS on Broadway’ at the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Central State University on Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, at 1 p.m. The production includes, front row, left to right, Chelsea Horton, Cait Lloyd, Alice Miller, Molly Hendrickson and Abby Dawson; middle row, Kaila Russell, Keith Briggs, Modjeska Chavez, Kara Edwards, and Zane Pergram; back row, Molly Brown, Madison Robinson, Ahmad Wagner, Maddie Robinson, Ashley Longshaw, Isaiah Taylor and Jaylen Roe.

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