Valdosta Daily Times

December 29, 2013

Plenty of shows, concerts, exhibits left this season

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — With the holidays, the 2013-14 arts season is in a bit of a hiatus for a couple more weeks, but events return soon enough starting with the new exhibits scheduled to open Jan. 13 at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.




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


Jan. 13-Feb. 19, 2014: DrawProject 2014, Irene Dodd, John Spohrer, Ruth Kahler, Fall term AE work.  

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.  



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 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.


“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.

“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: Sawyer Theatre, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood.

When: Shows play in repertory theatre, starting June 6 and running through July 27.

More information: Visit

Note: Early-bird season memberships now available.


“Mary Poppins.” The live stage version of Disney’s “Mary Poppins” will kick off the 25th anniversary season. This musical is based on the 1964 Disney movie and the stories of P.L. Travers. Audiences should expect the familiar songs “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” etc., and, of course, a nanny who can fly with the help of an umbrella. The year 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of the “Mary Poppins” movie.

“Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” The second PSST! show. Featuring the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this revue show centers completely on the music of Leiber and Stoller. While some may be asking who are they, the playlist quickly answers the question. They are the songwriting team that composed, either as a pair or with others, early rock classics like “Poison Ivy,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Hound Dog,” “Yakkety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Stand By Me,” and many more.

“42nd Street.” This PSST!’s third show of the 2014 season. A big 1930s Hollywood musical about an effort to produce a Broadway spectacle at the height of the Great Depression, “42nd Street” became a big Tony award-winning Broadway musical — a real-life production-number of a show. The show is filled with well-known and recognizable songs: “Lullaby of Broadway,” “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” etc.


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

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


“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


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. Except where noted.

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

More information: Visit


Faculty Recital, Lauren Burnes Hodges, viola, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Tunes for Tots, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.

Guest Artist Recital, Elias Goldstein, viola, and Espen Lilleslatten, violin, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty/Guest Recital, Brent Williams, violin, and Douglas Jurs, piano, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Title Town Jazz Concert, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Guest Artist Recital, Jorge Pena, viola, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Mario Rivera, viola, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Joren Cain, saxophone, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Fernando Chavez, saxophone, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Danielle McNeal, violin, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.

Student Recital, Rakeeta Laird, voice, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Alex Paul, cello, Feb. 16, 3 p.m.

Student Recital, Tiffany Ryce, violin, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Graduate Recital, Mariana Krewer, violin, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Wind Ensemble & Concert Band, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Valdosta Symphony Honors Recital, Feb. 22, 3 p.m.

Guest Artist Recital, Michael Harley, bassoon, Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

Graduate Recital, Caroline Hatchett, voice, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Chelsea Slagor, oboe, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Azalea String Quartet Recital, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Issa Young, voice, March 1, 3 p.m.

Student Recital, John Tyler, contra/electric bass, and Jessica Holmes, piano,     March 1, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Jean-Marcel Scutt, tuba, and Justin Long, trombone, March 2, 3 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Elizabeth Goode, flute, March 2, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Johnathan Thomas, percussion, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Karl Paoletti, voice, Lyle Indergaard, piano, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Student Chamber Showcase, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Josh Duncan, saxophone, March 9, 3 p.m., Choir Room.

Faculty Jazz Combo, March 10, 7:30 p.m.

Guest Artist Facility Recital, Kristen Wonderlich, soprano, March 11, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Andrew Sutton, trumpet, March 12, 7:30 p.m.

Winter Choir Concert, March 13, 7:30 p.m., First Christian Church.

Middle School Choir Day, March 28, 3 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Shannon Lowe, bassoon, March 29, 3 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Sarah Cain, clarinet, March 30, 7:30 p.m.

Double Reed Studio Recital, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Band Room.

Flute Studio Recital, April 2, 7:30 p.m., Choir Room.

Student Recital, Chandler Hill, trombone, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Stephanie Hunt, clarinet, April 4, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Theresa Griffith, flute, April 5, 3 p.m., TBC

Student Recital, Alex Lipsky, violin, April 5, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Deborahlea Smith, piano, and Terri Parker, voice, April 6, 3 p.m.

Faculty Recital, Daniel Rowland, tuba, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Graduate Recital, Curtis Nichols, saxophone, April 7, 7:30 p.m.

New Jazz Ensemble, April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Sage Khan, trumpet, and Analine Acosta, piano, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

Region Honors Band Concert, April 12, 1 p.m.

Indergaard Piano Studio Recital, April 13, 3 p.m.

Student Recital, Garry Morales, oboe, and Karlee Norton, flute, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Pan-American Ensemble Recital, April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

Wind Ensemble, April 21,     7:30 p.m.

Concert Band, April 22, 7:30 p.m.

Percussion/Trombone Ensemble Recital, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

VSU Spotlighters, April 24, 7:30 p.m. TBA

Student Jazz Combos, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Saxophone Studio Recital, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Tuba/Euphonium Studio Recital, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Student Recital, Leah Powers, voice, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

South Georgia String Project Concert, 6 p.m., May 5.


VSU Opera has expanded this season offering three performances for 2013-14, with two more upcoming productions.

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


“Opera Then & Now.” “Main stage opera with orchestra in VSU’s Whitehead Auditorium featuring a double-bill of comic operas: Mozart’s ‘The Impresario’ and leading American composer Thomas Pasatieri’s ‘Signor Deluso.’ This event will reveal new technological scenic wizardry — a first in Valdosta and in the state of Georgia.” Kenneth Kirk, conductor. 10 a.m., Jan. 24, youth performance; 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25; 3 p.m., Jan. 26.

“Opera Baroque.” “A collaborative performance presented by VSU Opera and VSU Chamber Singers Historic English choral opera performed in the historic West Hall Rotunda featuring Henry Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas.’” Paul Neal, conductor. 7:30 p.m., April 19; 3 p.m., April 20.


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

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


“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.


“Cinderella,” Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St. Valdosta School of Ballet and VSU Theatre & Dance partner to raise money for VSU Theatre & Dance student scholarships in this annual fairy tale dance production. Performance dates: Jan. 25, 26.

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.


“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.