Valdosta Daily Times

April 21, 2013

The farewell shows of the 2012-2013 arts season

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — This weekend, the 2012-2013 arts season begins to close shop in earnest.

The last performance of the season’s last Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance production is today.

The last Valdosta Symphony Orchestra performance of the 2012-2013 season is next weekend.

Spring Into Art continues full bloom through May in the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts (see more images from this show inside this section).

The fifth Bel Canto concert is scheduled for this afternoon.

Valdosta State University Art has its final exhibit on display.

Valdosta Choral Guild presents its annual spring concert next weekend.

Lowndes High School Off-Broadway presents its last show this week.

Theatre Guild Valdosta presents its season closer the first week of May.

What follows is a run down of the shows that are left and a sneak peek at Peach State Summer Theatre’s 2013 season coming in June.

Bel Canto, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Ave. For the fifth year, this concert of “beautiful singing” brings nationally and internationally known opera singers to Valdosta for a magnificent concert that raises money for area groups. This year’s beneficiary is the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. Run date: 4 p.m. today, April 21.

Spring Into Art, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St. Approximately 500 works, the largest Spring Into Art in the show’s 26-year history, fill all of the arts center galleries. Show continues through June 5. 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

“The Poisoned Apple,” Lowndes High School Off Broadway, LHS, off Norman Drive. The high school drama group’s show for children is described as a refreshing take on the Snow White storyline. Show runs 7 p.m., April 26; 3 p.m., April 28. Ticket; $6. More information: Call (229) 245-2260.

“Cliffhanger,” The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St. Theatre Guild Valdosta presents this show. A college department head wants to force a philosophy professor into retirement, pushing the mild-mannered professor to the point of violence. Variety described the show’s mix of comedy and mystery as combining “the warmth and humor of ‘On Golden Pond’ with almost as many plot twists as ‘Deathtrap.’” Run dates: 7:30 p.m., May 9, 10, 11; 3 p.m., May 12; 7:30 p.m., May 16, 17, 18. More information: Call (229) 24-STAGE; or visit The cast: Patti Cook, Quentin McKennon, Mary Helen Taylor, Andrew Thomas, Sommers Coleman.

Spring Senior Exhibition, Valdosta State University Fine Art Gallery, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Graduating seniors showcase their artworks in this exhibit that opened last weekend. The show continues through April 29. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. More information: 333-5835;

Valdosta State University Music presents its final series of concerts, recitals and more in the coming days. These music events are free and open to the public. They will be held in Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood; except where noted. More information: Visit

— 7:30 p.m. April 21: Pan Am Ensemble pays tribute to “Brazilian singer-songwriter and representative of the Tropicália movement, Caetano Veloso; our first-ever set of music from a group north of the border, the Canadian trio, the Wailin’ Jennys; a couple of tunes from the repertoire of the Fleet Foxes, an ever-popular band from the Northwestern United States; three ‘new’ arrangements of mine representing ‘old guard’ Argentine tango; and we’re rounding it out with three pieces that attempt to capture what happens when mariachi groups are given on-the-spot requests that fall out of their usual sphere,” said Dr. M. Brent Williams who directs this concert.

— 7:30 p.m., April 22, VSU Choirs Concert, Concert Choir Spotlighters & Chamber Singers, Park Avenue United Methodist Church.

— 7:30 p.m. April 23, Concert Band. Featuring 63 members, this band plays two concerts every spring semester, said Eric E. Bradshaw, conductor and director. “The program includes a wide variety of band music and several short solos from students in the ensemble.”

— 7:30 p.m., April 24, Student Chamber Showcase. This concert features VSU vocalists, string, woodwind and brass instrumentalists. “Some of our very best students are performing on this concert, and there will be a ton of variety,” said Dr. Elizabeth Goode. The performance is scheduled to include “everything from a trombone ensemble to a string quartet to a soprano duo to a single tenor with guitar accompaniment,” according to VSU.

— 7:30 p.m., April 26, The Spotlighters. This jazz ensemble has spent the semester specializing in “collegiate a cappella arrangements of popular hits,” said director Paul Neal. “They have a ‘beat-boxer’ who literally serves as the rhythm section while the rest sing. It is done completely with their voices. They have arranged many of them by themselves. They have done extremely well.”

— 3 p.m., April 28, Saxophone Studio Recital.

— 6 p.m., April 29, South Georgia String Project.

— 3 p.m., May 5, Student Recital, Claudia Encinas.

Emerging Artists Showcase, Sawyer Theatre, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Run date: This VSU Theatre & Dance show plays its final date, 3 p.m. today, April 21, featuring several dance students presenting performances of their original choreography. More information: Call (229) 333-5973; or visit

“Virtuosity,” Whitehead Auditorium, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Run date: 8 p.m., April 27. Valdosta Symphony Orchestra season-ending concert features Bates’ “White Lies for Lomax”; Strauss’ “Don Juan”; Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, featuring Alexander Schimpf, piano, first-prize winner of the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition. More information: Call VSU College of the Arts Outreach, (229) 333-2150; or visit

“Sing Into Spring,” Valdosta Performing Arts Center 3101 N. Forrest St. Run dates: 2:30 p.m. April 27, 28. Valdosta Choral Guild presents its annual spring concert. Daniel Folsom, a Guild representative, says the community chorus will perform “a range of contemporary songs from show tunes to spirituals. So come and hear selections from ‘Les Miserables’ to the ‘Sound of music’ as well as ‘Every Time I Feel the Spirit,’ ‘Elijah Rock,’ and many more. George Mason directs. Ticket: $5.


In the past, once the regular arts season ended, there were almost no performing arts shows. Wild Adventures changed that with concerts. Peach State Summer Theatre changed that about nine years ago with summer musicals. Here’s a quick look at a few things planned for this summer.

Peach State Summer Theatre presents three musicals in repertory theatre, from June 1 through July 14, Sawyer Theatre, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. More information: Visit These shows are:

— “The Sound of Music”: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s last musical together. Based on the von Trapp family, this musical premiered on Broadway in 1959 then became the classic film starring Julie Andrews in 1965. The musical includes beloved songs such as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the title song. Opens June 1.

— “The Marvelous Wonderettes”: This off-Broadway hit takes audiences to the Springfield High School prom in the late 1950s. As the girls share their stories and prepare for the prom, they also sing ’50s and ’60s hits such as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” and 20 more classics. Opens June 15.

— “A Little Night Music”: Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s “Smiles of a Summer Night,” Stephen Sondheim developed this musical which takes its English name from the German of Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major. The musical revolves around the relationships of several couples. It’s best known song is “Send in the Clowns.” “A Little Night Music” premiered on Broadway in 1973. Opens June 22.

Wild Adventures has several more concerts scheduled for the coming weeks and through summer. More information: Visit

— Christian Music Day, May 4. Concert featuring Christian music artists Building 429, Tenth Avenue North, and Big Daddy Weave.

— Country music star Alan Jackson in concert, May 18

— Scotty McCreery in concert, May 25.

— Charlie Daniels in concert, June 1. Music legend returns to South Georgia.

— Creedence Clearwater Revisited in concert, June 8. Rockers return with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s biggest hits.

— Third Day, June 15. Christian rockers return.

— Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, June 22. Rocker plays her ’80s hits.

— The Pointer Sisters, June 29. Pop stars present their hits.

— Sawyer Brown, July 6. Country band performs.

— Skillet with We As Human, Aug. 10. Rockers perform.

— Bobby Hendrick’s Drifters & Larry Marshak’s Tribute to the Coasters and Platters, Aug. 17.