BODYTRAFFIC, Photo by Lee Gumbs
ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET, Photo by Sharon Bradford
Cultural Calendar Spotlights T
he season announcement in our last issue highlighted several events during An Appalachian Summer Festival that have yet to take place, including the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet on Wednesday, July 11, the Eastern Festival Orchestra with guest pianist Misha Dichter on Sunday, July 15, and the North Carolina Black Repertory Company and their production of The Legend of Buster Neal with two performances on Friday, July 20. Recent additions to the impressive line-up are Shaken & Stirred: Michael Feinstein and special guest Storm Large on Saturday, July 14, accompanied by a five-piece band with performances ranging from the Great American Songbook to the music of the James Bond and Mad Men era, combined with Feinstein’s amusing anecdotes. On Saturday, July 28, the dance “company of the future,” BODYTRAFFIC, whose all-caps name perfectly matches the boldness of their repertory, was selected for Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” list as they have surged to the forefront of the concert dance world. The Festival saves the best for last when An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth closes the 2018 season on Saturday, August 4. See the accompanying article for more info, then look for me in the front row shamelessly cheering her on! For a complete list of events, many – many just announced – visit www.appsummer.org or call (800) 841-ARTS (2787). Beyond those highlights, there are literally dozens of other productions from which to choose. To help you plan your theatre going experience, here are the most interesting summer shows on the horizon from now through early September, listed below by producing company. PLEASE NOTE that all of the performances, dates and times are subject to change; readers are strongly encouraged to contact the box office for the most current information.
By Keith Martin
From August 23 – 26 at the Ashe Civic Center, the Ashe County Little Theatre is producing The Savannah Sipping Society by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. It is a laugh-a-minute comedy about four Southern women, all needing to escape their day-to-day routines, drawn together by fate… and an impromptu happy hour. Seating is reserved and tickets are available by calling the Ashe County Arts Council at 336.846-2787. At the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, performances of Sister Act: The Divine Musical Comedy continue through August 11. Written by Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, and Douglas Carter Beane, the show is based on the Whoopi Goldberg film about a woman hiding in a convent helping her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Also playing through mid-August is Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, a heart-warming portrait of friendship and love between Southern women who bond together in a beauty shop. From August 17 through September 8 is Ain’t Misbehavin’ conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz about the inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller, who rose to international fame during the golden age of the Cotton Club in Harlem with his delightful humor and infectious energy with songs made famous in a career that ranged from Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood. Barter Stage II is home to The Lemonade Stand (now through August 11), a comedy by Matthew Fowler about a man having a midlife crisis after getting fired from the only job he’s ever had. He decides to set up a lemonade stand on the street in front of his upscale suburban house and sets out to prove that his “American Dream” still exists. Madame Buttermilk (running through midAugust) as “a hysterical new musical by West Virginia author Ross Carter, which combines opera and country music in ways that one would never think possible.” Info at www.BarterTheatre.com or (276) 628-3991.
30 — Summer 2018 CAROLINA MOUNTAIN LIFE
Regional magazine featuring the summer delights of North Carolina's High Country and surrounding neighbors.