Performing Arts Section :: Page 8

  • YSHS to host several last nights of ‘Ballyhoo’

    The principals of Ballyhoo are counterclockwise from bottom left, Lela Dewey, Liana Rothman, Zyna Bakari, Ben Green, Colton Pitstick, Lydia Jewett and Rory Papania.

    This weekend Yellow Springs High School opens its fall play, ‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo.’

  • Community music steps up

    At a recent rehearsal, James Johnston led the Yellow Springs Community Chorus in “It Is An Illusion You Were Ever Free,” a piece that the chorus will premier with professional piano trio Triple Helix from Wellesley, Mass. on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Yellow Springs Chamber Orchestra will perform two Beethoven pieces with Triple Helix that evening. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    Three is the magic number for an upcoming collaborative concert of three ensembles. The local Chamber Orchestra and Community Chorus and a visiting piano trio, appropriately named Triple Helix, will perform three works over an evening.

  • Doing theater for the love of it

    Miriam Eckenrode, Marcia Nowik and Howard Shook were three of the local actors who performed in The Cherry Orchard last spring at the Presbyterian Church. An enthusiastic reception for the play is one reason that theater-lovers in town, led by Kay Reimers, are gathering this Saturday, Aug. 13, to discuss re-activating Center Stage theater. The event takes place at 7 p.m. in the garden behind the Arts Council space at Oten Gallery. (Submitted photo by Virgil Hervey)

    When Center Stage closed its doors in 2003 after nearly 30 years of community theater performances, founder and director Jean Hooper predicted “someone else will step up…the theater will continue.

  • Sights and Sounds collide at Arts Council

    Matt Housh (drums) and Ryan Henry (guitar) rock and roll at the Art Council's Synesthesia event last Saturday night (photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

    The Yellow Springs Arts Council hosted an audio/visual extravaganza last Saturday night called Synesthesia.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    A mischievous Puck (Kes-lina Luomo) crouches over a sleeping Lysander (Travis Cook) in FreeShakespeare!'s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

    FreeShakespeare! performed their rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Antioch amphitheater last Saturday evening.

  • Jazz, entertainment and a little rabble rousing at the ‘Cotton Club’

    Rich man Rockefeller (Taylor Tocci) and Anita Loos (Sage Hale Wolf)

    Guests are welcome to kick back and loosen their ties and their pocketbooks as YS Kids Playhouse takes them into the New York jazz scene of the 1920s Cotton Club.

  • Musical event lifts a town and college

    Demons (from left, Amelia Tarpey, Ali Thomas and Jill Becker danced in Hades during Sunday’s performance of Orfeo ed Euridice, which was organized by conductor James Johnston in honor of the rebirth of Antioch College. (Photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

    To have loved and lost is better than the usual alternative, but not quite as good as to have loved, lost and then regained love again — at least according to both 18th century composer Willibald Gluck and the leaders of Antioch College.

  • A magical ‘Aladdin’ at the Antioch School

    Playing the lead actors in Aladdin, the Antioch School musical next weekend will be, from left, Sophie Schellhammer, Jorie Sieck, Saskia Brogan, Jesse Beard, Landon Rhoads (in back), Ella Comerford, Olivia Brintlinger-Conn and Samantha Bold. In front is Eli Jones. The play will be presented Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Clifton Opera House. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    At the Antioch School, things get done a bit differently, and that includes the school musical. As befits a school that advocates a holistic approach to learning, the children are involved in all phases of the production, from choosing the play to picking their character, from designing their costume to decorating the set.

  • YSHS kids ready to rock ‘Chicago’

    The Yellow Springs High School drama club will open its spring musical, Chicago, this weekend at the Mills Lawn Auditorium, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Senior cast members are, in the back row, from left to right, Liana Rothman, Elliot Cromer, Anne Weigand, Malaika Halley, Lauren Westendorf, Lydia Jewett and Emma Holman-Smith; middle row, Julia Tucheslau, Miranda Russell, Adam Zaremsky and Bella Hernandez; front row, Natasha Perry, Zyna Bakari and Stephanie Scott. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    If any high school could perform the edgy, somewhat risqué musical Chicago, it’s Yellow Springs. The show’s vaudevillian song and dance numbers are difficult, its despicable characters challenging — but for the talented group of young actors, it’s simply fun.

  • YSKP summer season on

    The April 16 YS Kids Playhouse gala fundraiser ensured this year’s summer season for the venerable institution. Above, YSHS students, many of whom are playhouse alumns, perform excerpts from Chicago, the upcoming high school spring musical. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

    At the YS Kids Playhouse gala on Saturday night at its new home on the Antioch College campus, the playhouse announced that it would indeed have a summer season this year.

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