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“After the Storm” Documentary at Asheville Arts Center

AfterTheStormAACPoster“After the Storm,” a documentary about a post-Katrina production of “Once on this Island,” was shown on November 14th at 12:30pm and 4:00pm at the Asheville Arts Center thanks to a generous contribution 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 gives 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.

Check out the trailer!

November 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm 3 comments

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THE ACADEMY AT THE ASHEVILLE ARTS CENTER is a year-round, progressive conservatory for students with the commitment and desire to deepen their performing arts education in acting, singing and dance.  August 2009 marks the beginning of the Academy’s fourth year.  Current Academy students have earned lead roles in many community and school productions, paid voice-overs, and film projects.  Two concentrations of study are offered: the Musical Theatre Concentration and the Drama/ Acting Concentration.

Students in grades 4 – 12 (ages 10-18) are eligible and may be admitted by audition after submitting an application.  Younger students may qualify for our Junior Acting Company, a pre-Academy program for those 10 years old and younger.

The Academy’s “acting company” conservatory approach allows students and instructors to build a supportive, exciting, boundless learning group.  Together they’ll explore the tools and styles of performing on stage, film and TV.  Academy students are the core of our Children’s Theatre Workshop and annual Academy productions.

November 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm 1 comment

AAC Drama Teacher, Ann Mahoney, Talks About November 14th “After the Storm” Documentary

once-on-this-island-junior-colorAAC Academy Acting Conservatory teacher, Ann Mahoney, discusses the November 14 screening of “After the Storm,” a documentary about a post-Katrina production of “Once on this Island,” directed by Gerry McIntyre.  Mr. McIntyre is an original cast member of the Broadway production of “Once on this Island.”

“”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 many storms and floods, in which many huts are washed away. ” says Ann Mahoney. “Needless to say, these Katrina survivors truly understood what being at the mercy of the wind and sea meant, as well as being too familiar with many huts washing away.”

More information on the screenings is available on our blog, here.

More information on the documentary is available, here.

Reservations for the November 14th event can be made by calling 828.253.4000.  Reservations are highly recommended.

October 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm 1 comment


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