Checking on the Arts

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Voices of the South hosts the 8th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival at the McCoy theatre on the Rhodes College campus this Memorial Day weekend. The pay-what-you-can festival features over a dozen different performances, workshops, street performances, and many arts activities.

Voices of the South members Alice Berry, Miranda Fisher, and Corwyn Cullum spoke with Kacky Walton about the event.

For more information, you can visit the Voices of the South website.

Brent Davis / Germantown Community Theatre

Ruthless: the Musical, by Joal Paley and Marvin Laird, opens May 17 and runs until June 2, 2013. Director Michael Duggan, along with cast members Sally Stover and Kim Justis-Eikner, spoke with Kacky Walton about the production.

Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical.

"Anything" includes murdering the teenage girl who got the part instead of Tina. 

Ruthless: the Musical

Musical/Comedy Book and Lyrics by Joal Paley, Music by Marvin Laird 

Theatre Memphis

Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs opens at Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage April 26, 2013. Director Irene Crist and actor Sam Shankman spoke with Kacky Walton about this coming-of-age production.

The plot focuses on a semi-autobiographical story featuring Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager, who experiences the turmoil of his family dynamics, his sexual awakening and his search for his identity. Having to deal with his older brother and female cousins who move into his home, the family situations prove to be material that is tender and funny.

New Moon Theatre Company

The Rainmaker

By N. Richard Nash

Directed by Amy Hanford

April 5 - 21, 2013

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm Sundays at 2:00 pm

Tickets at 901-484-3467 or online at http://www.newmoontheatre.org/tickets.html

$15 Adults, $12 Seniors, Students & Military

At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West a family is worried about their dying cattle. Added on top of this worry is the daughter, Lizzie.

Alexis Grace / facebook.com/AlexisGraceMusic/

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for its second POPS show of the season: Home for the Holidays, a cheerful celebration of all the favorite holiday carols and sing-a-longs.  

Onur Tukel is the writer, director, editor and star of Richard's Wedding, which premiers Saturday, November 3 at The Indie Memphis Film Festival. 

The ensemble piece follows Tuna (Tukel) and longtime friend Alex as they make their way to a wedding in Central Park.  The duo meet up with a motley assortment of old friends only to revive old jealousies and debates on politics, religion, and the meaning of success, as the whole party runs the risk of going off the rails in a downpour of rain and emotions.

New Moon Theatre Company strives to produce challenging and provocative works that are rarely performed on the main stages of Memphis.  Bug by Tracy Letts (August:  Osage County) is right up their alley.

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma unites with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Monday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Mr. Ma about the Dvorak Cello Concerto and the importance of music education.

For tickets or more information, 537-2525 or www.memphissymphony.org.

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church presents season two of  'Salt:  Increasing the Richness of Faith,' a series of music, conversation and community each Thursday evening at 7 through Thanksgiving.

True Story Pictures is scheduled to release the DVD of its documentary The Art Academy on November 16.  To celebrate the occasion, a DVD Preview Party will be held Thursday, October 18 at Marshall Arts.

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