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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

Check Out Our New Academy Commercial!

Check out our Academy Acting Conservatory commercial on Youtube!

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

The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret

n124620974600_3703This fall, the Community Theatre at Asheville Arts Center is creating something just a little different.  The Songs is a collaboration of musical numbers spanning many decades of musical theatre, with a stellar cast of performers from all over Asheville and WNC.

This show is exceptional because it’s purpose is to create a show from scratch.  The production team, prior to auditions, began brainstorming a hugely diverse list of musical numbers to choose from.  The next step is auditions, in which we cast 30 people who could each play a major role in any other musical.  From here, the production team will begin the process of selecting roughly 24 songs for 3 acts of entertainment and plugging the ensemble into those songs.  By the beginning of rehearsals on September 22, we will have the show pretty well mapped out and begin blocking and choreographing the show.

This show is a fundraiser for Asheville Arts Center, to help us grow our community theatre program – which is vital to the performing arts community in Asheville.  We will be seeking support from businesses, organizations and individuals who support the performing arts in Asheville, in the support of advertising/support in our program.  We are also brainstorming ideas for doing “performed commercials” for higher level advertisers & supporters.  Stay tuned!

The Songs will run November 5-15, 2009 at Asheville Arts Center, with our PG-13 Third Act being performed on Friday & Saturday nights.   Thursday evening performances are “Donation Nights” with a minimum ticket price of $5, but our patrons are welcome to pay as much as they’d like to support us.

Come to the show!

Click here to become a fan of The Songs on Facebook.

Ensemble Cast list for The Songs:

Lisa Abeling
Andrea Bailey
Monica Baumberger
Annie Benson-Greer
Calinthia Briggs
Kelli Brown Mullinix
John Coggin
Tim Geib
Mark Jones
Wolfe Lanier
Taylor Loven
James Meador
Daniel Moore
Summer Nordmeyer
Mary Katherine O’Donnell
Kristen Palotta
Trevor Perry
Mandy Phillips
Jennie Ramsey
Christina Redd
Rachelle Roberts
Jennifer Russ
Mary Katherine Smith
Emma Stoneberg
Heather Taft
Chuck Taft
Katie Trani
Jacob Walas
Michael Wilson

September 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

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