Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ostrander Nominees

Posted on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM

1a39/1248968453-candida1973.jpgOn Sunday, August 30 the Memphis Theater Community will celebrate the best of the 2008-'09 season and raise a toast to actor/director, and recently retired University of Memphis theater professor Joanna "Josie" Helming when she receives the Eugart Yerian Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 26th annual Ostrander Awards. Helming was recruited to do her graduate studies in Memphis by Keith Kennedy, who founded the U of M's Department of Theatre & Dance. She finished her MA in 1967 and became cornerstone of the U of M's performance faculty.

Now, without much ado, here are the nominees for this year's Ostrander awards...

Pictured: Josie Helming in Candida
Arrow Rock Lyceum, 1973

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Merce Cunningham's Last Dance

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Merce Cunningham, among the most influential dancers and choreographers in the American avant-garde, died on Sunday, July 26, 2009. He was 90.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Shakespeare Rock: Barbaras singer interprets a sonnet

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 2:29 PM

17a7/1248120330-shake.jpgThe production of Much Ado About Nothing opening at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center this weekend features original music by 60's inspired art rocker Bennett Foster of The Barbaras. Director Irene Crist, who set Shakespeare's classic battle of the sexes in the 1960's, is Foster's Mom.

Here's Foster performing a sweet, lo-fi Barbaras-style take on "Sigh No More Ladies." The song will be performed live by actor/musician Michael Towle.

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The Dead Live on WKNO: 3 Questions with Chatterbox Bob Arnold

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 1:48 PM

bad0/1248117179-jamesjoyce.jpgDead and Gone, a Chatterbox audio theater adaptation James Joyce's The Dead airs on WKNO FM 91.1, Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Robert Arnold, Chatterbox's Executive Director has moved Joyce's novella-length epiphany from 1904 Dublin, Ireland to post-reconstruction Memphis. Now he has some explaining to do.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Truth or Consequences: 3 Questions with Sojourner Truth playwright/performer Jazmin Miller

Posted By on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 2:08 PM

de70/1247945532-truth_pic.gifMemphis writer and actor Jazmin "Jazzy" Miller has developed a new script based on the life of Sojourner Truth a slave who renounced her bondage claiming God and spoken to her. Miller, a towering presence in her own right says she was intrigued by Truth's faith and sold on the idea of developing a script after discovering she was also "six feet of woman." Here's what else she had to say about her play The Journey of Truth.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Opera Memphis announces new season, tries new venues

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM

4bc7/1246987224-clark_bldg.jpgOpera Memphis may not be breaking up with the Orpheum, but the Germantown-headquartered organization has definitely decided to date other venues. O.M.'s 2009-2010 finds the opera docking at Germantown Performing Arts Center in October for a roaring 20's take on Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, then transforming the Clark Opera Memphis Center into a performance space to house Christoph Willibald Gluck’s ORPHEUS in January, 2010. Poetically enough, the company returns to the Orpheum to end its season with Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in April 2010.

Opera Memphis's 2009-10 season
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE at Germantown Performing Arts Center

Saturday October 31 & Tuesday November 3, 2009

Christoph Willibald Gluck’s ORPHEUS at the Clark Opera Memphis Center

Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, January 22-24, 29-31, 2010

Giacomo Puccini’s MADAME BUTTERFLY at the Orpheum Theatre

Saturday April 17 & Tuesday April 20, 2010

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Theatre Memphis Wins National Design Awards

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 10:17 AM

fdb9/ fives and champagne all around! André Bruce Ward, Theatre Memphis' resident costume designer for 33 years and Christopher McCullom, the theater's relatively new scenic designer, have received the highest honor that can be bestowed upon community theater designers. Both were honored with certificates for outstanding achievement issued by the American Association of Community Theatre at the AACT convention on Saturday, June 27 in Tacoma, Washington. Ward, who is 71 and whose designs were collected in the 2008 book André: 30 Years of Costume Design at Theatre Memphis, also received the organization's lifetime achievement award.

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