Spring At the Playhouse

By on 27 April, 2013 in Art, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments

“If you take a child to the theater, not only will they practice empathy, they might also laugh uproariously, or come home singing about science, or want to know more about history, or tell you what happened at school today, or spend all dinner discussing music, or learn how to handle conflict, or start becoming future patrons of the arts.” -Lauren Gunderson

April and May at the Playhouse has been and will be a busy time. When younger actors are around taking classes and working on audition pieces and in rehearsal, there is a buzz in the place unlike anything else. Our school spring session is heading into its final weeks and the students ready their work they have done in classes for final performances to be seen and heard by parents, families, and friends. The younger actors hone their scenes and monologues for some upcoming competitions. Who knows what doors may be open to them once they have shared their hard work with the folks sitting across the tables from them.


May 3 at 6 p.m., May 4 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m.

This play by Aurand Harris will be presented by our Children’s Theatre Troupe. The cast of six actors have been at it now since early April and are doing wonderful work for director Sam Wootten. This is the second production by this fine troupe, some of whom were seen in last season’s Fables: Here and Then which was directed by the wonderfully talented John McWilliams. The Androcles cast is made up of middle school and high school students from around the River Region. Sydney Burdett, Matthew Klinger, Hannah McDowell, Curtis Oliver-Lane, Mason Shell, and Matthew E. Watkins make up this wonderfully creative troupe of actors performing this classic fable.


Sunday May 5 — 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

We are thrilled that Beth Nielsen Chapman can be with us for this Master Class for Songwriters. She appears at The Capri in concert on Saturday May 4. After coming down with an illness, Beth had to cancel her original dates for the concert and class, but was able to re-schedule. A renowned singer/songwriter, who spent a lot of time in Montgomery, Beth’s classes have received great acclaim. Given that the Playhouse holds original singer/songwriter nights once a month with the Joe Thomas Jr. 3rd Tuesday Guitar Pull; this master class will be a perfect compliment. Beth has asked that songwriters who want their song critiqued should bring a guitar and a lyric sheet. If a songwriter prefers to play a CD of the song, the lyric sheet is still necessary.

The fee is $20.


Tuesday May 7 — 7:30 p.m.

We continue our Special Performances throughout the season with an evening of readings and music from the great treasure of southern literature and song. From Conroy to Faulkner to Gaines to O’Connor to Walker to Welty to Williams, the South’s great tradition of exceptional writers will be celebrated in word and song. I am truly pleased that IRISH VOICES received such a fine reception and am very excited to work on this with a wonderful group of actors who will be joining me onstage: Katie Chamblee, Eleanor Davis, Desiré Gaston, Michael Howley, Cushing Phillips, Yvette Jones-Smedley, Anthony Stockard, Emily Lowder Wootten, along with Kim Wolfe on the fiddle.

For further information regarding these and all upcoming events at the Playhouse:

Call 334-262-1530

Online: www.cloverdaleplayhouse.org

Greg Thornton is the Artistic Director of the Cloverdale Playhouse.

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