Newnan Theatre Company presents one day only intensive Master Class with Broadway Master Class with Broadway Professional Noah Himmelstein.
When: August 25, 2012 Session 1: 14 – 18 years old, 10 am – 12 pm Session 2: 18 – 22 years old, 1 pm – 3 pm Session 3: 23+ years old, 5 pm – 7 pm
Where: Newnan Theatre Company 24 1st Avenue Newnan, GA 30263
What: An intimate Master Class taught by Broadway Assistant Director and Regional Director, Noah Himmelstein. Students will be asked to prepare two contrasting theatrical songs, and to bring sheet music in their key. Becky Clark, resident music director at NTC, will accompany on piano.
Students will get to perform their songs and have them analyzed and critiqued. Additionally they will be given invaluable audition and career advice and techniques. Sessions limited to 12 students each, and preregistration is required.
Cost is $75.00 per student.
Register at http://www.newnantheatre.org.
About the instructor: Noah Himmelstein is a theatre/opera director and teacher based in Manhattan. His work has been seen in New York, Boston and Washington DC and has been critically acclaimed by the New York Times and Washington Post among other outlets.
As assistant director to Bartlett Sher, he is currently in pre-production for the fall Lincoln Center/Broadway revival of Golden Boy.
During the 2007-2008 Broadway season, Noah was a member of the producing team of Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, November and the revival of The Homecoming, working with Harold Pinter just prior to his death. He has worked closely as an associate to Victoria Clark, Bernadette Peters, Joan Rivers, Frank Langella and Adam Guettel. Furthermore,
Noah is the recipient of grant from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation to study under director Doug Hughes. In the spring of 2012, he enjoyed a guest artist teaching position at NYU’s Steinhardt School. http://www.noahhimmelstein.com
Newnan Theatre Company is located at 24 1st Avenue Newnan, GA 30263.
We are proud to announce our PVIFF 2012 Ambassador Mr. Omari Hardwick. Omari is a rising star in Hollywood who have starred in hit films “Miracle at St. Ana,” “For Colored Girls,” the highly anticipated 2012 release “Sparkle” and the hit TV show “Dark Blue” and many more. Omari will represent PVIFF via a media tour and attend PVIFF 2012 as a special guest. Purchase tickets to PVIFF 2012 today: http://www.pviff.com
BOOK YOUR ROOM TODAY FOR PVIFF 2012!! DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE…BOOK FOR TWO NIGHTS FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ALL ACCESS TICKETS TO PVIFF. (CLICK IMAGE FOR DETAILS)
Check out Houghton’s own Craig Meyer starring in Almost Elton John!
Essential Theatre Festival 2012
Opening This Friday!
“For 25 years now, under the leadership of producing artistic director Peter Hardy, Essential Theatre has specialized in giving Atlanta audiences an opportunity to experience offbeat”, freshly-minted or obscure plays by Georgia playwrights that they might otherwise never see.
Topher Payne’s EVELYN IN PURGATORY depicts five public school teachers who are caught in the limbo of the disciplinary “Rubber Room”, waiting for their cases to be heard and their fates decided. Poignant and funny drama, it’s like The Breakfast Club for teachers, as they share secrets with each other and begin to look into their own hearts. Winner of the 2012 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit EVELYN ONLINE.
“EVELYN is a World Premiere work by Atlanta-based playwright Topher Payne, and it’s a smartly-crafted work … a remarkably well-constructed and very funny dramatic comedy in the vein of STEEL MAGNOLIAS or SORDID LIVES.” Andrew Alexander, ArtsATL
“EVELYN IN PURGATORY is his strongest work to date … an uncommonly smart and restrained commentary on the public education system. Better yet is the ambiguity Payne gives his characters, none of whom is quite what they seem.” Bert Osborne, AJC
“Topher has a knack for weaving incredible humor into utter confusion and/or pathos, and he does so quite brilliantly in this opus … one may even miss a few lines because you will be laughing your head off so much.”
Bob Heller, Publishers Feature Service
“The winner of the 2012 Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition, the comedy evokes much laughter, but is primarily a character study on the traits that define us all. Witty, engaging and thought-provoking … Payne’s greatest feat is creating a group of characters with such depth. Each character is so distinct and at the same time universal that each will stay with you upon leaving the theater. With an engrossing and tightly-woven play by Payne and remarkable talent on stage, Essential Theatre’s production of EVELYN IN PURGATORY can’t be missed.” Wesley, Atlanta Theater Fans
Topher Nixon Payne wrote a brilliantly funny and poignant script with such great characters. Perfect casting…Just a wonderful night at the theater. Thank you! Stacey Melich, actor
THE LOCAL, a collaborative theatre project directed by Ellen McQueen, premiers July 12th. This ambitious production premiers with “a collection of some two dozen variations on a theme — including traditional scenes and monologues, but also incorporating poetry, music and dance to tell a myriad of stories by and about people who call Atlanta home.” For more information, visit THE LOCAL ONLINE. Listen to an Interview with Ellen McQueen on WABE.
“This was a way of doing something special in honor of the company’s 25th anniversary,” explains McQueen. “The central themes are about belonging and renewal, about finding or remaking oneself in a city whose symbol is a phoenix reborn from its own ashes, and we’ve tried to represent voices from all sorts of different communities and walks of life.”
Even native Atlantans may learn something new about their hometown. “The show gives audiences a chance to hear from the inside about things that might be outside their own experiences, from life in the projects to stories about undocumented workers who seem to be invisible to a lot of people,” she says.
Our third play, BAT HAMLET opens July 19, a smart and imaginative parody byplaywright Jordan Pulliam. Pulliam takes the famous Shakespearean plot and gives it a campy twist by way of the old TV/comic book series.
“Believe it or not, it isn’t quite as far-fetched as it might sound,” notes artistic direct, Peter Hardy, who is staging the show. “Whether you’re a fan of ‘Hamlet’ or a fan of ‘Batman,’ there are plenty of in-jokes running throughout the play on both sides.” Visit BAT-HAMLET ONLINE
Check the website for details on how you can earn a walk-on role in BAT-HAMLET.
ESSENTIAL IN THE PRESS
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ArtsATL: The ArtsATL Q&A: Atlanta playwright Topher Payne and his career year
AJC: Evelyn in Purgatory
From equal rights to jobless America, “THE ISSUES PLAYS” is comprised of a handful of one-act plays that represent many of the social issues resonating in our society today. The audience has a unique opportunity to interact and make tangible changes in our community by opening their hearts, sharing their voices, and driving change.
Featuring works from Academy Award Winner Ethan Coen (“No Country For Old Man”, “Fargo”), Academy Award nominated Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me”), Pulitzer Prize Winner Donald Margulies (“Dinner With Friends”, “Time Stands Still”), Tony Award Winner Geoffrey Nauffts (“Next Fall”), and Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck (“Seminar”, “Mauritius”). Directed by Grant McGowen (“Speed-the-Plow”, “Bachelorette”) and Bob Putnam.
Starring Stephen Banks, Jackie Costello, Barrett Doyle, Thomas Elliott Bowen, Michael Henry Harris, Jennifer Lee, Stacy Melich, Chip Powell, Bob Putnam, Doyle Reynolds, and Heather Rule.
“THE ISSUES PLAYS” performs July 26-29, 2012 / Thursday-Saturday at 8:00pm; on the Hertz Stage, 1280 Peachtree Street NE.