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Actor Jernard Burks to bring B.B. King show to Salina
Listen to a clip here.
Professional actor Jernard Burks will bring his new one-man play on the life and times of blues guitar legend B.B. King for two performances at Salina Community Theatre.
"King of the Blues" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 10-11 in the Sunflower Financial Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for SCT subscribers, seniors and military and $10 for students.
Burks is a Kansas Wesleyan University graduate who starred in last year's SCT production of the drama "Fences." He has been featured in movies such as "The Hangover," "Four Brothers" and "Devil in a Blue Dress" and on television in "CSI," "Glee," "ER" and "Law & Order."
In the production, Burks will explore the people and events that shaped the life of King and what inspired some of Kings's classic songs, which include "The Thrill is Gone," "Rock Me Baby" and "When Love Comes to Town."
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University Dance Company of the University of Kansas residency and performance
The Salina Community Theatre will present the University Dance Company of the University of Kansas in residency and performance, Saturday, April 27, 2013. Tickets to the 7:30 pm performance can be purchased at the theater box office between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 303 E. Iron, by calling 827-3033 or clicking here. Single tickets cost $15 public, $8 students. Members of the University Dance Company will teach two master classes for the public on Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 am: Hip hop for 4th-7th graders, Modern for 8th grade-adult. Master classes are $10 public, free to SCT students. To pre-register for master classes, please call 837-3033.
This University Dance Company concert is a celebration of women! A rich tapestry of highly diverse works, this program will feature the choreography of the Dance Department's new faculty member, James Moreno. As a company member with Repertory Dance Theatre, Moreno performed the choreography of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, José Limón, Lucinda Childs, and Zvi Gotheiner, among many others. Moreno has choreographed for Repertory Dance Theatre as well as many independent groups and projects. Moreno holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and was a Fulbright Fellow (2011-12) at the University of Panamá in Panamá City, and a Visiting Guest Artist at the National School of Dance of Panama.
Moreno's Fives presents a powerful community of women who push, acquiesce and ride the intense music of contemporary Romanian composer, Alexander Balanescu.
Another offering to modern concert music is Jerel Hilding's Tír na nÓg for 15 women and one man. Maurice Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for Harp, String Quartet, Flute and Clarinet provides the mystical setting in which ethereal creatures dance and make merry.
In contrast, Patrick Suzeau has created a suite of solos to French songs sung by the unique Barbara. Her soulful songs, along with those of George Brassens and Jaques Brel provide the landscape for a series of poetic kinetic images woven through the text.
Muriel Cohan's Womansong for six dancers portrays the raw power and earthiness of women. The accompanying forces of Hedningarna, a Swedish vocal group, underscore the work.
Quirky "jazz" movements choreographed for six women infuse Willie Lenoir's high-energy choreography in Movement Centric, set to a score by Austrian composer Parov Stelor.
Further enriching the varied fabric of this program is a large group work by Michelle Heffner Hayes. Anthem sets athletic partnering and silhouettes of teen ennui against the backdrop of the Who's Baba O'Riley. In the second section, power chords yield to the symphonic strains of Love Reign O'er Me, from the Who's opera Quadrophenia. Women support each other as they roll, launch and attempt to fly.
KU dance alumna Meggi Sweeney Smith, a professional dancer and choreographer in New York set a new work, Éclaircie, on members of the University Dance Company in an intensive-two week residency in January. She also taught master classes and advised students on how forge the path following graduation. Smith performs with the New York-based CorbinDances and the internationally recognized New York Baroque Dance Ensemble, among others.
Performances added for SCT drama 'Doubt'
Because of high ticket demand and to accommodate patrons affected by the week's winter storm, Salina Community Theatre is adding two performances of their current production of the drama Doubt. The added performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and March 2 in the Sunset Financial Theatre, 303 E. Iron.
Salina Community Theatre Announces New Education Director
Salina Community Theatre announces the hiring of Shannon Ramos as its Education Director beginning March 1, 2013. She will replace Jordan Martens who left to attend graduate school at Kansas University in January.
Ms. Ramos has her Master of Arts in theatre from Kansas State University and is a registered drama therapist. She is also a cum laude Bachelor of Arts 2003 graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University. She has extensive experience in working with both children's theatre and drama therapy throughout eastern and central Kansas.
She is currently teaching creative dramatics with SCT, and with her husband Keenan Ramos, is the production director for SCT's upcoming production of "Anne of Green Gables" that opens for school performances February 27th.
After an extensive search and interview process, we are extremely pleased to have Shannon joining our theatre. We look forward to exploring her talents as the Center for Theatre Arts continues to grow.
27th Annual SCT Guild Flower Sale
Friday, April 19 | 2:00-10:00pm
Before and after Follies
Saturday, April 20 | 8:00am-2:00pm
Sunday, April 21 | 1:00-4:00pm
The 2013 Salina Community Theatre Flower Guild sale will take place in the lobby of the Theatre. Along with our special geraniums, the emphasis will be on pre-planted pots for sun and shade. The selection includes herb gardens, French gardens and lettuce bowls, plus a small number of bedding plants. You can order the geraniums from any guild member until April 16, and can pick them up at the sale on April 20 or April 21. New this year! Don't forget to enter the raffle-give-away!
SCT receives national award
Salina Community Theatre has been honored with the Twink Lynch Award by the American Association of Community Theatres. This award recognizes AACT member theatres for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their community, or moving to the next level of organizational development. SCT will receive this award at the AACTFest Conference in June in Carmel, IN.
Theatre Executive Director Michael Spicer received the award letter today. "We are incredibly proud to represent Salina with this award, especially since it was named for a great lady of Kansas theatre, Twink Lynch." Twink Lynch has been a moving force in theatre nationally, and is one the first members of the American Theatre Association and a founding member of the American Association of Community Theatres. She served with Topeka Civic Theatre in many capacities.
"This award recognizes not one individual, but all of the volunteers, donors, board members, and staff that have worked so hard since 1960 with great belief in the importance of live theatre in changing lives." Spicer said.
Mr. Spicer will travel to the national AACTFest to accept the award on behalf of SCT. The theatre was the National Winner of AACTFest in 2001, the same year it also won the Governor's Arts Award for excellence.
Shakespeare company to stage play in Salina
Eleven actors from the American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Va., will stage William Shakespeare’s comedy "Twelfth Night" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. The company conducted a communitywide residency in November through Salina Arts and Humanities. They will present the play and conduct two workshops as part of their "Tempt Me Further" February tour.
Tickets for "Twelfth Night" are $10 for adults and $7 for students and can be purchased in advance or the night of the show at the Salina Community Theatre box office. For more information, call 309-5770.
Single tickets now on sale for SCT season
Single tickets now are on sale for Salina Community Theatre’s 2012-13 subscription season. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 303 E. Iron, by calling 827-3033 or on SCT’s website at salinatheatre.com. Single tickets cost $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $15 for students. The 2012-13 season includes seven productions, including the acclaimed dra- matic musical “Les Miserables,” which runs Sept. 7-23. Other productions include the comedy-farce “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps”; a Christmas production, “Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical”; “Dearly Beloved,” a new comedy by the same team that wrote “The Dixie Swim Club”; the Pulitzer Prize- winning drama “Doubt”; Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning musical classic “Follies”; and the musical-com- edy “Legally Blonde,” based on the hit movie. For more information, call 827-6126.
SCT to present G2K Cinderella
SCT to present G2K Cinderella Salina Community Theatre’s education program, The Center for Theatre Arts, will perform G2K Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella today through Sunday. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. today, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for students, plus tax.
The timeless magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers and Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. In this specially created G2K version, all the beloved songs and familiar characters are present and accounted for. However, the entire script has been condensed to better suit young attention spans, and the plot has been slightly altered so as to highlight some important lessons that exist in this timeless tale. The Salina Community Theatre is located at 303 E. Iron. Stop by to purchase tickets, call the box office at 827-3033, or visit www. salinatheatre.com.
Les Miserables auditions to continue
Salina Community Theatre will hold one more audition date for its upcoming production of Les Miserables at 7 p.m. Monday. Those who were not able to make the first two audition dates may sing prepared songs at the beginning of the evening. This will be followed by callbacks for those individuals that musical director Ken Hakoda and director Michael Spicer would like to hear sing something from the show. More than 60 individuals auditioned last Monday and Tuesday. Spicer and Hakoda said they hope to have all casting decisions made by the end of the week. The production will run from Sept. 7-23. Tickets go on sale at 11:30 p.m. July 9. For more information, call the theater at 785.827.6126.
Auditions for ‘Les Miserables’ are set
Salina Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical “Les Miserables” Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 303 E. Iron Ave. Young people auditioning for the roles of young Cosette, young Eponine and Gavroche should come at 6:30 p.m. Everyone else should come at 7 p.m. All those auditioning should prepare a song to sing for Musical Director Ken Hakoda and Director Michael Spicer. All roles in this show require singing.
“Les Miserables” is the story of Jean Valjean who struggles to overcome his past as a prisoner to become a more righteous man. Through his struggles, he is pursued by Javert, the magistrate of police who is determined to return Valjean to prison, despite all the good that Valjean has done. This production has more than 35 singing roles. Rehearsals will begin in mid-July, and the production runs Sept. 7-23. For more information, call the theatre at 827-6126.