Adelind Horan brings Cry of the Mountain to Charlottesville

Adelind Horan grew up in Charlottesville to parents with a long history in area theater. Her mother Lydia and her father Michael have appeared in various Live Arts productions for many years. Now she’s returned home after graduating from Hampshire College.

The issue of mountaintop removal of coal prompted her to work on a series of oral history interviews with people in West Virginia and Kentucky, and this summer she’s debuting a one-woman show called Cry of the Mountain that tells the stories of the people affected by the practice. Leslie Channel of the group Secretly Ya’ll sat down with Horan earlier this month to find out more about the show.

Horan will give five performances of Cry of the Mountain at four theatres in the area every Thursday in July at 8:00.

  • July 1 @ Live Arts
  • July 8 @ Four County Players
  • July 15 @ The Hamner Theatre
  • July 22 @ Live Arts
  • July 29 @ Play On!

Live Arts presents The Matchmaker

Live ArtsLive Arts is bringing a Thornton Wilder classic to their Downstage. I had the oppurtunity this past weekend to talk with the director, Mendy St. Ours; the acting couch/assistant director, Carol Pederson; the set designer, Mary Butcher; and 5 of the actors (of a cast of 18), Chris Patrick, Casey Wagner, Ronda Hewitt, Denise Stewart and Chris Baumer.

Will Slusher, the assistant set designer, who Mary Butcher says was “an incredible asset to the show – indispensable to the design and construction of the set,” was busy with the table saw during this interview.

This Thornton Wilder farce opens at Live Arts Friday March 6, 2009.

March 6 to March 28

Wake-Up Call: Young Local Talent

On the November 9th edition of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call, Rick Moore chats with local young talents Pilar Marshall and Will Denton. Pilar sings, acts, and dances in productions at Live Arts and other area venues. “Willie DE” is the lead singer for The Wave, a trio that plays regularly at local venues such as Gravity Lounge. Rick plays some music, and talks to the youths about balancing school work, social life, and the drive to perform.

Live Arts Presents Flyin West

Live Arts opens its Upstage with Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West.
The Sisters of Flyin West

I had a chance to talk with Ray Smith, the director of the show, and most of the cast which includes, Carrie Stuart, David Straughn, Jared Ivory, Sharon Millner, Stori Ayers and Ty Daniels.

Flyin’ West tells the story 4 African American Women Pioneers just after slavery was abolished and they flew west for a live and home of their own.

Opens Friday, October 24 – runs to November 22, 2008

For more information or tickets:
Live Arts Box Office: 434-977-4177 x 108

Live Arts presents Doubt

Live ArtsLive Arts opens its 2008/09 season with John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play DOUBT: A Parable.

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I had a chance to talk with Fran Smith, the director of the show, and all the cast members, Doris Safie, Amada Lacy Pierson Finger, Tim Reid and Simona Holloway-Warren. I also talked with Grady Smith and Cheryl Haley who were there painting the set. It was just 2 days before opening night. We talked in the lobby of Live Arts.

For more information or tickets:
Live Arts Box Office: 434-977-4177 x 108

Live Arts presents Disney’s High School Musical

Live Arts is on the cutting edge again… just ask any ‘tween. HSM at Live Arts

In the great tradition of American Musical Comedy Love Stories, Live Arts is presenting Disney’s High School Musical this summer from July 11 to August 2, on the main stage, with all local talent.

As the actors warmed up for their final rehearsal, I had a chance to sit in the back of the theatre and talk to the director, designer and then briefly meet the cast.

Disney’s High School Musical
Live Arts
Box Office:
434-977-4177 x 108

Live Arts Season Announcement 2008-2009

I had a conversation with John Gibson, Artistic Director for Live Arts, the day after he announced Live Arts’ next season’s schedule to a packed house.

The full interview is well worth listening to; you’ll hear the season in the first six minutes.

Stop reading now if you want to be surprised, because below is the list of Live Arts next season:

  • Disney’s High School Musical
  • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
  • Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage
  • Sweeny Todd by (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, based on Christopher Bond’s stage version of the story.)
  • 2 Weeks of New Modern Dance
  • Visit to a Small Planet by Gore Vidal
  • The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
  • Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo
  • Tartuffe by Moliere
  • Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

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