Valdosta Daily Times

August 11, 2013

Back to The Arts!

Much to do in 2013-14

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Addams Family and The Messiah. Harper Lee and Neil Simon. Willie Nelson and Mozart.

The region’s 2013-14 arts season has something for every audience. From exhibits to plays to musicals to concerts, audiences should find something that will take them from the auditorium stages to the great outdoors in the coming weeks and months.

Though The Times provides an extensive look today at coming attractions, this list does not include regional school systems’ plays and concerts, or VSU Music’s 2014 concerts, or Wild Adventures concerts, or Peach State Summer Theatre’s 2014 season, all of which will be announced at later dates.

But this list should give you a few ideas of shows to plan for and shows to see.



Where: 527 N. Patterson St.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Most opening receptions, however, are 5-7 p.m. Mondays on designated dates.

Admission: Free.

More information: Call (229) 247-2787; or visit


Aug. 5-Sept 18: Artists Beck, Hartwell, Burggraf, Price Campbell Gallery; Withlacoochee Quilters Guild, Sallie and Harmon Boyette Gallery; Richard Peterman, Josette’s Gallery; VSU student work, Roberta George Children’s Gallery.  

Sept 23-Oct. 30: Artists on Ashley, Price Campbell Gallery; Steven Tette, Sallie and Harmon Boyette Gallery; Blanton, Rothfuss, Schaper, Josette’s Gallery; South Georgia Regional Library art, Roberta George Children’s Gallery.  

Nov. 4-Jan. 8, 2014: Kalina Winska, Price Campbell Gallery; Lilian Garcia-Roig, Sallie and Harmon Boyette Gallery; Julie Hilard, Josette’s Gallery; St. John’s School works, Roberta George Children’s Gallery.  

Jan. 13-Feb. 19, 2014: TBD, Price Campbell Gallery; DrawProject 2014, Sallie and Harmon Boyette Gallery; Irene Dodd, Josette’s Gallery; Fall term AE work, Roberta George Children’s Gallery.  

Feb. 23-March 22: High School Art Competition, Price Campbell Gallery; Youth Art Month, Sallie and Harmon Boyette and Josette’s galleries; Art contest display, Roberta George Children’s Gallery.  

April 7-June 4: Spring Into Art, all galleries.  



“A Genuine American Hootenanny”: Folk music and dance by Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly. Run date: Sept. 26.

Gogh Green Recycled Art Sale: Art donations are still be accepted for this fundraiser. Run dates: Oct. 3-5.



Where: Shows play at Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St.

Reservations, more information: Visit; call (229) 247-2787; or visit the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St.

NOTE: These shows are professional, touring productions.


The Broadway Boys: A collection of singers representing Broadway hits such as “Wicked,” “Mary Poppins,” “Spiderman,” “Jersey Boys,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Hair,” “In the Heights,” “Memphis,” “Motown,” etc. “Imagine watching a show with unparalleled vocals and explosive energy,” the Presenter Series’ brochure proposes. “Imagine classic songs being completely reinvented. Imagine an evening full of show tunes presented with a contemporary flare.” Run date: Oct. 7.

“The Addams Family”: This musical  is a big production, a relatively new show from Broadway on national tour. In 2010, “The Addams Family” musical opened on Broadway with Nathan Lane playing Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. The musical features all of the Addams regulars, such as Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, etc. The Addams Family has been popular since cartoonist Charles Addams’ series of macabre cartoons from the mid-20th century to the 1960s TV show to 1970s animated appearances to features film in the 1990s and continued interest in all of these Addams formats in the years since. Run date: Nov. 14.

The New Shanghai Circus: The circus performers are from China. Each year, young acrobats travel from China to the U.S. to perform with the Shanghai Circus. In China, they have attended acrobatics school for years. They travel to the U.S., perform then return to China. A new group of acrobats arrive the next year. “Fearless performers with boundless energy bring you more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions,” according to the Presenter Series. “If it’s humanly possible and even if it’s not — Shanghai acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists do it with spectacular flair.” Run date: Feb. 14, 2014.


Where: The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St.

More information: Call (229) 24-STAGE; or visit

Note: Gingerbread Players is the children’s organization of Theatre Guild Valdosta.


“The Fabulous Fable Factory”: By playwright Joseph Robinette, based on the musical by Robinette and Thomas Tierney. Synopsis: “An inquisitive young boy finds an old factory operated by a Mr. Aesop and his seven fable-makers.” Auditions scheduled for Aug. 5, 6. Performance dates: Oct. 3-6.  

“Charlotte’s Web”: Adapted by playwright Joseph Robinette from E.B. White’s novel. Synopsis: “Charlotte, a kind barn spider, saves the life of her friend, Wilbur, a young pig.” Audition scheduled for Feb. 3, 4. Performance dates: March 21-23, 28-30.


Where: Shows play at Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center, 3101 N. Forrest St.

More information: Visit

Director: Diane Tovar.

NOTE: These shows are by kids for kids.

“The Aliens Are Coming. The Aliens Are Coming”: Playwright Tim Kelly’s spoof of alien invasions. Run dates: Oct. 5, 6.

“Honk! The Musical”: A musical by Anthony Drewe, book and lyrics, and George Stiles, music, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of “The Ugly Duckling.” Run dates: March 8, 9, 2014.


Where: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Fla.

More information: Visit

Run Dates: Oct. 17-20.

THE LINE-UP: Willie Nelson & Family, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Marley, Drive-By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Mavis Staples, Donna the Buffalo, Dawes, Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys, The Duhks, Jim Lauderdale, Col. Bruce Hampton, Rev. Peyton’s Old Time Gospel Hour with Jimbo Mathus & Alvin Youngblood Hart, Grayson Capps, Tornado Rider, Seth Walker, The Heavy Pets, Nikki Talley, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Stacks, Beebs & Her Money Makers, John Stickley Trio, Billy Iuso & Restless Natives, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Sloppy Joe, Quartermoon, Big Cosmo, Habanero Honeys, Steve Pruett’s Back from the Brink, Klob, Corbitt Brothers, Stephen Kellogg, Flagship Romance, Canary in the Coalmine, Tropic of Cancer, Jacksonvegas, Sentropolis, Jason Lamar, Alien Carnival.


Where: The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St.

More information: Call (229) 24-STAGE; or visit


“9 to 5: The Musical”: Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton, with book by Patricia Resnick, based on the 1980 movie. Synopsis: “Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” Performance dates: Already playing. Next performances: Aug. 15-17.

“Driving Miss Daisy”: Theatre Guild revives this show with the return of Joanne Griner, Dr. John Gaston and Robert Hatton reprising their roles. It is the well-known story adapted for stage. Though TGV has presented this show previously, this is the first time it has been performed on The Dosta Playhouse stage. Run dates: Aug. 23, 24, 25.

“To Kill a Mockingbird”: Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee. Synopsis: “Harper Lee’s riveting tale of Southern prejudice and hope is brought to life in this sensational stage adaptation.” Auditions scheduled for Oct. 7, 8. Performance dates: Dec. 5-8, 12-14.  

“Dixie Swim Club”: A comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Synopsis: “Five women, whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside one weekend every year to recharge those relationships.” Auditions scheduled for Dec. 9, 10. Performance dates: Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, Feb. 6-8.

“California Suite”: A comedy by Neil Simon. Synopsis: “This is Neil Simon at his best — a humorous confection that will definitely make you laugh and warm your heart.” Auditions scheduled for March 24, 25. Performance dates: May 8-11, 15-17.



Where: VSU Art Gallery, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood.

Gallery hours: The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays.

More information: Call (229) 333-5835; or visit


VSU Art Faculty Exhibition: Annual show featuring works by the university’s art faculty. Reception: 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 19. Run dates: Aug. 19-Sept. 6.

“Emerge”: Sculptures and drawings by Erin Curry, Nicole Gugliotti, and Evie Woltil Richner. Reception: 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Run dates: Sept. 16-Oct. 4.

“We Two Founts”: Sculptural video by Derek Larson; paintings by Marc Mitchell. Reception: 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 14. Run dates: Oct. 14-Nov. 2.

Fall Senior Exhibition: Graduating art students present their works. Reception: 1-3 p.m., Nov. 10. Run dates: Nov. 10-Dec. 2.

Valdosta National 2014: Annual, nationwide, all-juried competition. Reception: 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 21. Run dates: Jan. 21-Feb. 8.

“Rituals”: Color photography by Mark Alan Francis. Reception: 7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 17. Run dates: Feb. 17-March 8.

Student Competition: Annual all-media, juried art competition of works by VSU students. Reception: 7-8:30 p.m., March 24. Run dates: March 24-April 11.

Spring Senior Exhibition: Graduating art students present their works. Reception: 1-3 p.m., April 20. Run dates: April 20-May 5.


Where: Most concerts are held in Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood.

Admission: Most recitals, etc., are free and open to the public.

More information: Visit

Student Recital, Claudia Encinas, viola, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Nephina, Nina Lutz, violin, and Nephtali Santiago, guitar, Aug. 18, 3 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Steve Taylor, cello, and Lyle Indergaard, piano, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Tod Leavitt, contrabass, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Maila Springfield, piano, and David Springfield, trombone/piano, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Joren Cain, saxophone, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Maria Santacruz, viola, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Curtis Thornton, tuba, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.

VSU Opera, “Opera After Dark,” Dinner-Theater, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Bas Bleu Restaurant.

Graduate Recital, Natalie Chang, violin, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Guest Artist Recital, Eric Mintel Quartet, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Asayla Everett, flute, and Stephanie Hunt, clarinet, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Wind Ensemble, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Pops in the Park, Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Fine Arts Amphitheater.

Viola Day/Guest Artist Recital, Rebecca Albers, viola, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Guest Recital, Frank Proto, contrabass, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Brian McMillan, guitar, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Guest Artist Recital, Tesla Quartet, Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violins; Megan Mason, viola, and Kimberly Patterson, cello, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Azalea String Quartet Recital, Oct. 20, 3 p.m.

Brass Ensemble, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Pan Am Ensemble Concert, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Student Chamber Showcase Recital, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Larry Scully, piano, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Lacie Hall, voice, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Zach Jones, trombone, and Landan Frazier, saxophone, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.

Student Recital, Billy Robinson, tuba, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Student Piano Recital, Sarah Seligosky, Vicorie Brown and Jody Morris, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Brian Summerlin, trumpet, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Student Jazz Combos, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.

New Jazz Ensemble, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.

High School Choir Festival Performance, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.

Student Recital, Elma Sanabria, violin, and Sara Seligosky, piano, Nov. 9, 3 p.m.

Graduate Recital, Eduardo Farias, trumpet, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Courtney Wingfield, piano, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Saxophone Studio Recital, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

VSU Choirs, Holiday Candlelight Concert, Nov. 16, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., West Hall Rotunda.

Student Recital, Dylan Sloan, percussion, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Joshua Weathers, contrabass, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Wind Ensemble, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Graduate Recital, Daniela Cruz, viola, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Chamber Recital, Lyle Indergaard, piano, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Messiah Performance, Dec. 1, 4 p.m., St. John Catholic Church.

South Georgia String Project, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.

Spotlighters, “Cool Yule,” Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. TBA



Where: Theatres in the VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood.

More information: Call (229) 333-5973; or visit


“Lonely, I’m Not”: By Paul Weitz. Synopsis: “At an age when most people are discovering what they want to do with their lives, Porter has been married and divorced, earned seven figures as a corporate ‘ninja,’ and had a nervous breakdown. It’s been four years since he’s had a job or a date, and he’s decided to give life another shot. ‘Lonely, I’m Not’ is a comic journey that follows Porter as he meets Heather, an ambitious, sightless young businesswoman who is overcoming her own obstacles to emotional success.” Lab Theatre. Run dates: Sept. 5-11.

“On the Edge”: Performed by VSU Repertory Dancers. Synopsis: “This year’s annual dance concert will present original choreography as well as restagings from our extensive repertoire by Sarah Wildes Arnett, Eric Nielsen and Catherine Schaeffer. One of the highlights in this year’s concert will reveal spectacular technical advancements as they relate to the choreographic process. Don’t miss what has become a seasonal favorite for students and patrons alike.” Sawyer Theatre. Run dates: Oct. 3-6.

“As You Like It”: By William Shakespeare. Synopsis: “A rollicking romantic comedy set in the Forest of Arden, ‘As You Like It’ explores the true nature of love and the rocky road to romance with a witty and mischievous heroine seeking to capture the heart of her beloved. With its pastoral setting and humorous devices of mistaken identity and missed opportunities, ‘As You Like It’ promises to be delightful entertainment for all. Sawyer Theatre. Run dates: Nov. 7-13.

“Eventually Ever After”: Annual Children’s Show, written, directed and choreographed by VSU Theatre & Dance’s Sarah Wildes Arnett. Synopsis: “Did you ever wonder what would happen if Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother showed up too late or if Little Red Riding Hood did not follow the directions to her Grandmother’s house? Join us in this dance production of twisted tales, created specifically for young audiences, in ‘Eventually Ever After.’ Well-known fictional characters are brought to life through movement and audience participation in order to share the importance of timeliness and commitment.” Sawyer Theatre. Run dates: Jan. 31-Feb. 1; show will tour schools through February and March.     

“Arcadia”: By Tom Stoppard. Synopsis: “‘Arcadia’ transports us delightfully between 1809 and the present, puzzling over the nature of truth and time, the amusing differences between the Romantic and Modern, and the disruptive influence of ‘carnal embrace’ on our orbits in life.” Lab Theatre. Run dates: Feb. 20-26.

“Evita”: Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice. Synopsis: “‘Evita’ tells the story of Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Peron. The Tony Award-winning musical was revived on Broadway in 2012 and was also a feature film. Rising from the slums of Argentina, Eva Peron became one of the most powerful women in the world. Some of the beautiful songs include ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ and ‘High Flying Adored.’” Sawyer Theatre. Run dates: March 27-April 2.

Emerging Artists Showcase: Synopsis: “VSU Theatre and Dance audiences have long enjoyed watching our students as they progress through their programs of study. Begun a short time ago, with the Emerging Artists Showcase, audiences can enjoy a performance or two of contrasting programs. One program features our students graduating from the musical theatre program, the other performance includes students in other programs of study in our degree programs. Each performance of the showcase will spotlight our outstanding students.” Sawyer Theatre. Run dates: April 17-20.


15th Annual Cabaret Fundraiser: VSU Theatre & Dance scholarship recipients perform a variety of songs and dances in a dinner-theatre setting. This year, these students will perform the songs from 25 years of VSU’s summer musical theatre programs, which includes the former Jekyll summer musicals and Peach State Summer Theatre. This event raises scholarship funds. Run date: Nov. 17, St. John’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Cinderella Ballet: Valdosta School of Ballet and VSU Theatre & Dance partner to raise money for VSU Theatre & Dance student scholarships. This show plays Jan. 25, 26, 2014, Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St.

Dancing with the Valdosta Stars: VSU Theatre & Dance partner with VSU Music to raise funds for both departments’ student scholarships, by featuring well-known Valdosta residents dancing with area dance professionals and students. This event occurs April 12, 2014, VSU Student Union Grand Ballroom.


Where: Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Exceptions noted.

More information: Call VSU College of the Arts Outreach, (229) 333-2150; or visit

Conductor: Howard Hsu.


“APPlause”: Features Beethoven’s “The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: Turkish March,” McGowan’s “iPad Concerto,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64. Synopsis: “The VSO will give the U.S. premiere of Ned McGowan’s inspired ‘Concerto for iPad,’ with the brilliant Keiko Shichijo masterfully employing various musical iPad apps to interact with the VSO. Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Fifth Symphony brings the VSO’s season-opening concert to a thunderous conclusion.” Run date: Sept. 14.

“An Evening with Amadeus”: Features all Mozart, “Overture to Lucio Silla, K. 135”; Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191; Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K 504 (“Prague”). Synopsis: “Spend an evening experiencing some of the master’s most beloved works, including the jovial bassoon concerto performed by VSO principal bassoonist Shannon Lowe, and his radiant ‘Prague’ Symphony, a piece as glorious as the city after which it was named.” Run date: Nov. 2.

“The Nutcracker”: VSO again joins Dance Arts’ long-running tradition of presenting holiday performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved dance show. Run dates: Dec. 6-8. Location: Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St.

“Voyage of the Imagination”: Features Liadov’s “The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62,” Oliverio Dynasty’s Double Tympani Concerto, Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome,” Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier Concert Suite, Op. 59” (arr. Mandell). Synopsis: “Take your mind on an adventure as Respighi’s vivid masterpiece evokes Rome’s famous fountains and Strauss’ suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ transports you to the pageantry of old Vienna. Noted Atlanta Symphony Principal Tympani Mark Yancich joins VSO Principal Tympani David Morris in James Oliverio’s expressive Dynasty Double Tympani Concerto.” Run date: Feb. 8 .

“Human Inspiration”: Features Stravinsky’s “Scherzo à la russe,” Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy,” Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100. Synopsis: “Acclaimed Maestro Alasdair Neale, music director of the Marin Symphony and former resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, leads the VSO in Prokofiev’s glorious Fifth Symphony, which was composed as a testament to the spirit of humanity.” Run date: March 8.

“The Free Will”: Features Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5” (arr. Parlow), Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90. Synopsis: “The VSO’s 24th season will end with a flourish, as dazzling world-renowned pianist Katia Skanavi performs Chopin’s sparkling second piano concerto. Brahms’ soaring Third Symphony musically captures his declaration, ‘Free but happy.’” Run date: April 26.