Valdosta Daily Times

January 2, 2013

Back to the Arts 2013

Plenty of shows, concerts, exhibits left this season

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — In less than two weeks, the 2012-13 arts season returns in full swing.

Valdosta State University Art opens Valdosta National 2013, its annual nationwide competition, with a free, public reception, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. From there, more art exhibits, plays, concerts and programs roll in.



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


— Hispanic-American Visual Artists Project, Drawproject 2013. Shows run Jan. 15-Feb. 20, with a free, public reception, scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

— High School Competition, Youth Art Exhibit, Art Contest Display. Shows run Feb. 24-March 25, 2013.

— Spring Into Art 2013. Show runs April 8-June 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.


HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14. This musical extravaganza celebrates the expected movie musicals, such as a full-costume splashfest with “Singin’ in the Rain,” but it does something different. It doesn’t just take selections from movie “musicals,” it includes songs from other movies: Jake and Elwood shaking their tail feathers from “The Blues Brothers,” for example.

A CHORUS LINE: 7:30 p.m., March 11. “A Chorus Line” opened in 1975 on Broadway with a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and music by Marvin Hamlisch. Nominated for a dozen Tony Awards, the show won nine, including best musical, and it also scored a Pulitzer Prize for drama.


Where: Carolyn Harris Performing Arts Center, Cook High School, Adel.

Director: Jeremy Williams.


WINTER SHOWCASE. Show plays Feb. 5.

SPRING SHOW: To be announced. Show plays April 4, 5.


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.


JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: After “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” this is probably the most famous children’s book by British author Roald Dahl. In this outing, a young orphan boy named James has strange adventures after entering a giant, magical peach. Mostly with talking insects. Show plays March 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24.


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.


GUYS AND DOLLS JR.: A kid-friendly adaptation of the “Luck Be a Lady” high-rolling musical. Show plays March 9-10.

MISSOULA DRAMA CAMP: Professional theatre camp for children and youths, runs July 8-13, and ends with performances of a show.


Where: Auditorium, Lowndes High School, off Norman Drive.

Director: Phyllis Childree.


“DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A live stage production based on the beloved Disney animated movie/musical. This is LHS’ spring musical. Show plays March 14-17.

SENIOR SHOWCASE: Graduating seniors show their talents and skills. Show plays May 10.

CHILDREN’S PRODUCTION: Show, times and dates to be announced.


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

When: Shows play in repertory theatre, starting June 1 and running through July 14.

More information: Visit

Note: Early-bird season memberships now available through Feb. 15.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Arguably Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s most loved musical. It was also their last pairing as Hammerstein died less than a year after its Broadway debut. 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: Created by Roger Bean, 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.


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

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


THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL: Set in the 1940s, this is the story of an older woman who wants to leave Houston for her old hometown of Bountiful, Texas. Her family tries stopping her, but she persists and finds her way to a place near her old hometown ... The show plays Jan. 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26.

CLIFFHANGER: 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.’” The show plays May 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18.


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

Director: Toni Jarvis.


As it has for the past several years, VMS hosts the regional middle school film competition at VHS. Plays Jan. 22.

FAME: The spring musical features the 1980s phenom. Show plays March 20 for elementary schools, for the public March 21-22.


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 2013: Annual, nationwide all-media juried competition, Jan. 14-Feb. 3, with a free, public reception, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14.

EVERYDAY SOMETHING NEW: Recent Works by Mathew McConnell, Feb. 11-March 1, with a free, opening reception, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

STUDENT COMPETITION: All-media juried competition for VSU students, March 11-April 5, with a free, public reception, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 11.

SPRING SENIOR EXHIBITION: Graduating seniors showcase their works, April 14-29, with a free, public reception, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 14.


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



12, Faculty/Guest Recital: enhake, 7:30 p.m.

13, Guest Artist Recital: Stardust Duo: Amanda Smith Roberts, violin; Jonathan Roberts, piano, 3 p.m.

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

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

19, Tunes for Tots, 10 a.m.


3, Student Recital: Daniel Raybon, euphonium; Jerome Horne, euphonium, 3 p.m.

4, Guest Artist Recital: Andrea Houde, viola, 7:30 p.m.

5, Student Recital: Garry Morales, oboe, 7:30 p.m.

7, TitleTown Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m.

9, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra Honors Recital, 7:30 p.m.

10, Faculty Recital: Elizabeth Goode, flute, 3 p.m.

11, Guest Artist Recital: Duo Guitiano/Carlos Castilla, guitar; Amanda Virelles, piano, 7:30 p.m.

12, Student Recital: Eduardo Farias, trumpet, 7:30 p.m.

14, Faculty Recital: Kristen Johns, horn, 7:30 p.m.

16, Guest Artist Recital: Chris Cline, saxophone, 3 p.m.

16, Student Recital: Alex Paul, cello, 7:30 p.m.

17, Student Recital: Esther Maloof, voice, 3 p.m.

18, Student Recital: Trent Harper, contrabass, 7:30 p.m.

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

21, 22, VSU Opera, “The World on the Moon,” Haydn, 7:30 p.m., VSU Planetarium

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


1, Faculty Recital: Karl Paoletti, voice, 7:30 p.m.

2, Faculty Recital: Lauren Burns, viola; Azalea String Quartet, 7:30 p.m.

3, Student Recital: Chelsea Slagor, oboe, 3 p.m.

3, Guest Artist Recital: Scott Pool, bassoon, 7:30 p.m.

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

5, Student Recital: Brittany Loftin, trumpet, 7:30 p.m.

6, Student Recital: Rebekah Strickland, piano, 7:30 p.m.

10, Trombone & Percussion Ensembles, 3 p.m.

11, Faculty Jazz Combo, 7:30 p.m.

13, Faculty Recital: Jeff Olson, clarinet, 7:30 p.m.

14, Student Recital: Hilary Lee, voice, 7:30 p.m.

15, Student Recital: Tiarra Willis, cello, 7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church

16, Graduate Recital: Desmond Tarplin, percussion, 3 p.m.


3, Double Reed Recital, 7:30 p.m., Choir Room

5, Student Recital: Tyler Walker, piano, 7:30 p.m.

6, Student Recital: John Neely, guitar; Fernando Chavez, saxophone, 3 p.m.

6, Guest Artist Recital: Sima Trio: Sami Merdinian, violin; Ani Kalayjian, cello; Sofya Melikyan, piano, 7:30 p.m.

7, Graduate Recital: Nancy Davis, percussion, 3 p.m.

7, Graduate Recital: Nicole Kessler, flute, 7:30 p.m.

9, New Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

10, Student Recital: Eric Bentley, percussion, 7:30 p.m.

12, Student Recital: Raquel Cox, cello, 7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church

13, Region Honors Band Concert, 1 p.m.

13, MSA Fundraiser: “Dancing with the Stars,” 6:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom

14, Faculty Recital: Shannon Lowe, bassoon, 3 p.m.

14, Student Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m.

15, Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

16, Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

17, Flute Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m.

21, Pan Am Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

22, VSU Choirs Concert, Concert Choir Spotlighters & Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m., Park Ave Methodist

23, Concert Band, 7:30 p.m.

24, Student Chamber Showcase, 7:30 p.m.

28, Saxophone Studio Recital, 3 p.m.

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


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


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

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


FREE TO BE ... YOU & ME: The annual touring children’s show. “Instead of telling children who they should be, ‘Free to Be ... You and Me’ opens them up to the possibilities of who they could be.” For tour information or to book a tour date for February or March, contact show director Jacque Wheeler, (229) 333-5820. This show presents public performances, Feb. 1, 2, Sawyer Theatre.

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH: This 1943 Thornton Wilder play “broke from established theatrical conventions and walked off with the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Meet George and Maggie Antrobus (married only 5,000 years), their two children (though it hasn’t always been the same two) Gladys and Henry, and their eternal Sabina, the maid ...” The show plays Feb. 21-27.

PIPPIN: VSU’s annual musical. “Once upon a time, a young prince longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, he found it in the simple pleasures of home and family.” The show plays March 28-April 3. Sawyer Theatre.

EMERGING ARTISTS SHOWCASE: Musical theatre performances and student dance choreography on alternating days. Musical Theatre Showcase runs April 18, 20, 2013. Student Choreography Showcase runs April 19, 21. Sawyer Theatre.


CINDERELLA BALLET: Valdosta School of Ballet and VSU Theatre & Dance partner to raise money for VSU Theatre & Dance student scholarships. This show plays Jan. 19, 20, Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center, 3101 N. Forrest 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 13, 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.


FRENCH FESTIVAL: The orchestra presents Berlioz’s “March troyenne from Les Troyens’; Debussy’s “Preludes” (orchestra by Colin Matthews): “La fille aux cheveux de lin,” “La cathédral engloutie,” “Minstrels”; Decruck’s Sonata in C# for Saxophone (Georgia Premiere), with Joren Cain, saxophone; Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso”; Debussy’s “La Mer,” Jan. 26.

THE CREATION: The orchestra presents Hayden’s “Die Schöpfung — The Creation,” with Paul Neal, conductor. March 9.

VIRTUOSITY: The orchestra presents 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. April 27.