Katrina-inspired “After the Storm” Documentary to Premiere at Asheville Arts Center

October 22, 2009 at 7:24 pm 5 comments

Only ever seen in NYC – a documentary of a post-Hurricane Katrina production of “Once on this Island”:

After The Storm

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“After the Storm,” a documentary about a post-Katrina production of “Once on this Island,” will be shown on November 14th at 12:30pm and 4:00pm at the Asheville Arts Center thanks to a generous grant from Volvo Construction Equipment.

A group of NYC filmmakers joined forces to head down to New Orleans after Katrina to produce a timely production of the musical “Once on this Island.” They auditioned all local kids, who were also all Katrina survivors.  Broadway actor Gerry McIntyre, a member of the original Broadway cast of “Once on this Island,” acted as director.

“We can’t be more pleased that the folks involved in the documentary are letting us share this story with the community,” said Chuck Taft, Asheville Arts Center Owner.  “It is an amazing story of hope and courage.  And a wonderful testament showing that art actually can help heal.”

The Asheville Arts Center’s Acting Academy is doing a production of “Once on this Island” in Asheville in December and taking it to the Jr. Theatre Festival in Atlanta in January.  The documentary will give them a first-hand look at kids, their own age, who have actually experienced what the characters in “Island” express.

Ann Mahoney, the Director of the Asheville Arts Center’s production of “Island” and a Hurricane Katrina survivor herself says, ‘“Once on this Island” centers around a group of Haitian peasants, who are eternally at the mercy of the wind and sea. In the course of the show they see several storms and floods, in which many huts are washed away. Needless to say, the Katrina survivors featured in “After the Storm” truly understood what being at the mercy of the wind and sea meant, as well as being too familiar with many huts washing away.”

“After the Storm,” which until now has only been shown in NY, will also include a live Q&A session after the first screening with Gerry McIntyre, who will also be working with the Asheville Arts Center’s Academy kids on Friday, during their “Island” rehearsal.

”After the Storm” is Directed by Hilla Medalia, Produced by Hilla Medalia, John and Ed Priddy, with Executive Producers: John and Ed Priddy, James Lecesne  and the Director of the show Once On This Island- Gerry McIntyre.

When: Saturday, November 14th at 12:30-2:30pm – with a Q&A afterwards with Gerry McIntyre.
Another screening will immediately follow from 4:00pm-6pm, though there will be no “Q&A”.

Where: Asheville Arts Center at 308 Merrimon, Ave.  828.253.4000

How Much: $10/ $7 students /Academy students FREE.

Reservations recommended – call 828.253.4000. Visa, MC & Discover accepted.

More about Gerry McIntyre

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Entry filed under: Adult Drama Classes, Asheville Local Interest, Asheville Performing Arts Academy, The Academy Drama Conservatory.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chuck  |  October 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    WOW! This is going to be great! Thank you to all who helped make this event possible for our community and for our students. You guys (and Gals) rock!!!!

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  • […] More information on the screenings is available on our blog, here. […]

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  • 3. The Songs opens Thursday! «  |  November 3, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    […] ALSO – don’t miss our November 14 screening of “After the Storm” – a documentary about a group of kids in New Orleans, post-Katrina, who put together an emotion-laden production of “Once on this Island.”   We will have original Broadway cast member, Gerry McIntyre, who also directed the New Orleans production. Click here for more information. […]

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  • 4. ashevilleartscenter » Come see The Songs, November 5-15!  |  August 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    […] ALSO – don’t miss our November 14 screening of “After the Storm” – a documentary about a group of kids in New Orleans, post-Katrina, who put together an emotion-laden production of “Once on this Island.”   We will have original Broadway cast member, Gerry McIntyre, who also directed the New Orleans production. Click here for more information. […]

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  • […] More information on the screenings is available on our blog, here. […]

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