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Arts Calendar [Charleston Gazette, The (WV)]

September 15, 2013


Charleston Ballet

Except for "The Nutcracker," performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Little Theater, and tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors in advance, $5 more at the door. Call 304-342- 6541 or visit www

"Behind Barres: Reality Ballet": Oct. 18 and 19. This mixed-bill program will be an interactive and participatory performance as the audience sees how the training of ballet dancers evolves from the classroom to the stage. Performances will feature music composed by West Virginia Symphony Maestro Grant Cooper, choreography by Christopher Fleming and guest dancers from Ballet Fleming in Philadelphia.

"The Nutcracker": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tchaikovsky's holiday classic is co-presented with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and features more than 150 performers. Tickets are $24 to $54 for adults, $12 to $34 for children. Call 304- 561-3570 or visit

"La Bayadere (The Temple Dancer)": March 7 and 8. Set in exotic India, this full-length ballet features a love triangle between Nikiya, a bayadere (temple dancer); Solar, a noble warrior; and Gamzatti, the beautiful daughter of the wealthy raja. Performed with guest dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet of South Carolina.

The Charleston Ballet season features an interactive Behind Barres: Reality Ballet and the story of a love triangle set in exotic India.

River City Youth Ballet

Call 304-925-3262 or visit

"Art in Motion": 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Culture Center. An original concept production in collaboration with West Virginia artists and choreographers, including Jeff Pierson, Newman Jackson, Harold Edwards and students from West Virginia State University. Tickets $12 adults, $8 children.

"Nutcracker in Review": 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Old Clendenin Middle School. A shortened rendition of the holiday favorite, designed for all ages. Tickets $3.

Moscow Ballet "Great Russian Nutcracker": 5 p.m. Dec. 15, Municipal Auditorium. Sixty dancers from all over the state will dance with 50 Russian dancers for this special annual production. Tickets $28 and up.

"Cinderella": 7 p.m. March 7 (date tentative), Civic Center Little Theater. The classic tale of Cinderella as told through dance. Tentatively scheduled to be performed with the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $12 for adults, $8 for children.

The River City Youth Ballet season begins Nov. 22 at the West Virginia Culture Center.

JADCO Contemporary Dance Company

Tickets $24 for adults, $18 for children through 304-561-3570 or Call 304-345-5141 with questions.

"Finding Boots": 7:30 p.m. March 21, Clay Center. Original children's ballet written by January Wolfe and orchestrated by Mark Scarpelli takes place in an art museum where the main character, Boots, uses the paintings as her hiding places. Features more than 80 dancers, a full orchestra and a host of vocalists.

Charleston Light Opera Guild

Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $25 unless otherwise noted. Call 304-342-9312 or visit www.charlestonlight

"Les Miserables": Nov. 1-3 and 8-10. Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Maier Performance Hall, Clay Center. Co-presented with the Clay Center. Musical of epic tale set in 19th-century France focusing on the struggles and redemption of an ex-convict. Call 304-561-3570 or visit for tickets.

"Godspell": Late January-early February. Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre, 411 Tennessee Ave. A series of parables on the Gospel of Matthew and set to a score by Stephen Schwartz. Presented in celebration of the guild's 65th anniversary and to honor 40 years of youth theater. Tickets $20.

"9 to 5: The Musical": May 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17. Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Tony- and Grammy-nominated musical based on the hit Dolly Parton movie about three female co-workers who conspire against their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss.

Kanawha Players

All shows take place at the Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St. Performances are at 8 p.m. with one 2 p.m. Sunday matinee per production.

Season packages are $96 for 10 tickets or $51 for five, available until Oct. 25. Family savings plans per show (advance purchase only) are $34 for two adults and two children and $22 for one adult and two children; additional children $10 each on both plans. Individual tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students (with ID), seniors and children 18 and under. Call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawha

"Night of the Living Dead": Oct. 18-20, 25 and 26. Stage adaptation of the classic zombie film. Presented in black and white - except for the blood.

"Extremities": March 7-9, 14 and 15. Suspenseful drama about an attempted rape and its aftermath, as the victim turns the table on her attacker and her roommates arrive home to discover the situation.

"Forever Plaid": May 9, 10 and 16-18. Comedic 1950s musical revue about a deceased guy group revived to perform the big gig it missed out on in life.

Alban Arts Center

All shows are at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Evening performances start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and younger; discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 304-721-8896 or visit

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown": Oct. 18-20 and 25-27. Musical comedy based on and featuring the "Peanuts" gang.

"The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus": Dec. 13-15 and 20-22. Based on the book by L. Frank Baum detailing Santa's magical origins.

"Dracula": Feb. 14-16 and 21-23. Adapted from Bram Stoker's classic horror story about the Transylvanian vampire.

"Antigone": April 25-27 and May 2-4. The classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles.

"Lost in Yonkers": June 20-22 and 27-29. Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning coming-of-age tale.

No Pants Players

Call 877-467-7689 or visit for more information on these improv comedy shows.

Sept. 19: Adults-only show. 9:30 p.m. (following an 8 p.m. open mic). Timothy's Bar, 1022 Quarrier St. (below Quarrier Diner). $10.

Oct. 24: HallowEast murder mystery dinner theater (somewhat adult- oriented). 6 p.m. Charleston Woman's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E. Ticket prices to be announced.

Oct. 25: HallowEast/FestivFALL adults-only show. 9 p.m. Clay Center art gallery. Alcohol will be served. $15.

Oct. 27: All-ages show. 2 p.m. Tamarack, Beckley. Free.

Dec. 7: "Joytacular" all-ages show (benefit for the American Heart Association). 7 p.m. Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. $12 adults, $10 children 12 and younger.

The No Pants Players improv comedy troupe has five shows scheduled through December.

Children's Theatre of Charleston

All performances are in the Civic Center Little Theater. Public performances are 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger. Call 304-741-9099 or visit

"Seussical Jr.": Oct. 11-13. A shorter, children's version of the musical that brings Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat, Horton and more to life.

"Christmas in the Land of Oz": Dec. 13-15. Dorothy, her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry and all her friends in Oz celebrate the holidays.

"The Little Mermaid Jr.": March 14-16. Musical adapted for children from the Broadway hit based on the Disney film.

Contemporary Youth Arts Company

All performances are at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Evening shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., when offered. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Call 304-342-6522 for reservations and group rates.

"Our Town": Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 4-6. No matinees. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about life in quintessential small-town America in the early 20th century.

"Mary": Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-7. Annual performance of the Kehde/Scarpelli holiday rock opera about the months leading up to Jesus' birth through his mother's eyes.

"Lincoln": Jan. 30-Feb. 2 and Feb. 6-8. Kehde/Scarpelli musical about the president's final day.

"The Rack": April 3-5 and 10-12. No matinees. A new Dan Kehde drama about life, pressure and the need for perfection in a family where two siblings vie for the honor of being named the best child of the month by their parents.

"The Blob: The Musical": June 19-22 and 26-28. A tribute to the 1957 classic sci-fi thriller.

"The Best of Boxes": July 31-Aug. 2. No matinees. A collection of some of the most memorable monologues by Dan Kehde from 15 years of "Boxes" shows.

"Joseph, Mother of God, Pt. 1": Aug. 7-9 and 14-16. No matinees. A new dark comedy by Dan Kehde about mankind's second chance for salvation.

Contemporary Youth Arts Company present a musical version of The Blob in June.

West Virginia State University Theater

Shows are at the Skeen Theatre in the Cole Complex at WVSU unless noted. For more information, call Susan Marrash-Minnerly at 304-766- 5110.

"Maul of the Dead": 7:30 and 11 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25. A darkly comedic zombie tale set in 1978 in a shopping mall. Tickets $3.

"Clybourne Park": 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-23. Pulitzer- and Tony- winning drama written in response to "A Raisin in the Sun" that explores race relations and gentrification in a changing Chicago neighborhood. Adults $5, all students free.

"Little Shop of Horrors": 7:30 p.m. April 16-19. WVSU Davis Fine Arts Theater. Comedic musical about a nerdy florist who raises a man- eating plant. Adults $10, all students free.

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