Valdosta Daily Times

July 7, 2013

A sneak peek at some area arts organizations' 2013-14 seasons

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Shakespeare and Mozart, Neil Simon and an iPad concerto, all of this and more will be arriving within the coming months to Valdosta in the 2013-15 arts seasons.

The Times recently polled and trolled a few area arts organizations for a peek into their coming seasons. This list is impressive but is by no means the full spectrum of shows, plays, exhibits and concerts opening in the coming months and into next year. In addition to these shows, there will be more children’s productions and high school musicals. The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is expected to announce its Presenter Series of visiting professional shows later this month — though we do have the Presenter Series dates. Peach State Summer Theatre is wrapping its 2013 season this week, but is already looking toward the 2014 shows — what these shows will be will likely be announced in the coming weeks and months.

So, consider this a cool taste of the arts to come, something to fill your calendars for the rest of this year and even into next year.




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

EXHIBITS: New exhibits open at the arts center approximately every six weeks to two months.



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. They are scheduled to be announced later this month. There will be three shows instead of four Presenter Series productions this season.

SHOW DATES: Oct. 7, Nov. 14, Feb. 14.


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: 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: Aug. 1-3, 8-11, 15-17.

“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: 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.


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.