Tri-state theaters are taking the stage

August 3, 2018

Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch Eddie Harbert directs a scene from the musical "Captain Louie Jr." on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, as part of Camp Fifth Avenue, a summer camp at Huntington City Hall.

All The Tri-State’s a stage this weekend as theater companies light up the nights with performances indoors and out.

Here’s a look at some of this weekend’s performances.

‘Once Upon An Island’

The tweens and teens (ages 11 to 18) in Eddie Harbert’s Camp Hope theater camp are putting up the show, “Once Upon This Island” at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of West 22nd St., and Adams Avenue (near the Dairy Queen). Admission is $5.

Herbert said the show is the results of three weeks worth of work at camp where the students learned their lines, helped make costumes and help build the sets for the show. Camp staff includes Harbert, Coni Anthony, Carol and Ryan Scarberry, Tristan Reynolds, and Maggie Moore.

“I am very proud of the show and hope that people come out it is very much worth seeing,” Herbert said.

Concessions will include kettle corn and water. Harbert said the last time they put on this show it was the first year he held theater camp back in 2011. He said back then he thought (wrongly) they could put the show together in two weeks, and only had one week for all ages.

One cast member from their first show seven years ago has returned- Lillian Ramsier.

“She was in that original cast but hasn’t been back with me since that summer,” Harbert said. “This is probably the best talent we have ever had so we have a really good show ready for this weekend.”

Harbert said he is now taking signups for a fall theater class that starts Aug. 27. Called “Campfire Tales of Terror,” the class will have students writing original ghost stories that will be put into production. The cost is $200 for the 10-week class that is set for Mondays. The young class (ages 5-11) starts at 4 p.m., while the older class (ages 11 to 18) starts at 5:15 p.m. The show date will be 7 p.m. Oct. 29.

Call Harbert at 304-360-2749 to sign up for the class.

Shootout at Heritage Farm

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual original production of “The Great Huntington Raid,” a George Snider-written interactive play that centers on the Jesse James Gang infamous robbery of Huntington Bank in 1875.

Hosted by Heritage Farm Museum and Village (at multiple settings in the village) in conjunction with the Murder and Merriment acting troupe, this dinner theater event is presented in the form of an historical drama and a murder mystery.

The murder party set for 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4. Proceeds will help fund future educational events at Heritage Farm.

Tickets are $40 for the dinner and show by reservation only. Call 304-522-1244. The menu will be: Meatloaf, pinto beans and cornbread, fried potatoes, green beans, fried cabbage, rolls, and peach cobbler for dessert.

Visit www.murderandmerriment.com or their FB page to learn more about Murder and Merriment, which is opening up its third branch in Cincinnati.

Players put up ‘Legally Blonde’

Ashland’s award-winning Paramount Players present, “Legally Blonde the Musical” at the Paramount Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4 as well as 3 p.m. Aug. 4. A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the movie, “Legally Blonde The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods (Audrey Fosson) as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Tickets to the PG-13-rated musical are $25 and $18 for students.

All tickets will have a $1 historic restoration fee added to the final price of each ticket. The price of tickets increases $2 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online at www.paramountartscenter.com , calling 606-324-0007, or at the box office at 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland.

A couple of kids shows

The Alban Arts Center in St. Albans presents “Guys and Dolls, Jr.,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4 as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.Tickets are $15, $10 Children/Seniors. Group rates are available. Visit www.albanartscenter.com to purchase tickets. For more information call 304-721-8896

Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center will present a collaborative production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Aug. 3-4, and 10-11 as well as 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 5 and Aug. 12.

Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, and the wildly popular Disney film, this musical staging of The Little Mermaid features a funny and fanciful book by Doug Wright, with the beloved scored by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater in an expanded but completely faithful form, featuring the rambunctious and persuasive “Under the Sea,” the romantic expectation of “Kiss the Girl” and that anthem to longing and belonging, “Part of Your World.”

Tickets are on sale now at the Clay Center. Visit the Clay Center Box Office, phone 304-561-3570 or order tickets online at www.theclaycenter.org.

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