The Artside: Storyland, Fort Gordon theater groups celebrate achievements

Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to take the stage with an incredible group of people. I was one of three fairies in Storyland Theatre’s Beware What You Ask of A Fairy. Nancy Cisick and Margaret Meyers were my other two fairy sisters, Barbara Feldman, Storyland Theatre’s founder, was the evil stepmother, and talk radio host, Austin Rhodes, was the villain, Mr. Moroso.

 

Now, I’m sure it’s not hard for some people to imagine Austin playing a villain. He steps into that role in Storyland well, but he also plays kings and jesters. He was even Prince Charming in Cinderella. One thing about Austin. He loves Storyland and the kids who come to see the shows, and he’s been in Storyland productions for many years.

This week, Storyland Theatre is once again bringing that magical show to life at Augusta University’s Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, where it was first performed in 1988. The late Matt Stovall was the first Mr. Moroso, and Feldman was the ingenue whose stepmother was meddling in her life.

Beware What You Ask of A Fairy was Storyland’s debut performance, and I want to say “break a leg” to all my friends, including Barbara and Austin, who will be reprising his performance as Mr. Moroso, as they kick off Storyland’s 30th anniversary season.

Since it began in October 1988, Storyland has been bringing theater to thousands of children; some of whom have been inspired to follow careers in theater or film.

For others, Storyland has been an experience they enjoyed growing up, and now they are taking their children to see the performances they came to know and love.

Congratulations to Barbara, and thank you for your tireless work. I know this show is near and dear to your heart.

Beware What You Ask of A Fairy school shows continue this week at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 with a family matinee at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Reservations are required for the weekday school shows.

The season continues with The Frog Prince performances Jan. 23-27 and Sleeping Beauty the week of March 20-24. Call (706) 736-3455 for ticket information for all three productions.

WHILE I’M SENDING out kudos to theater groups, I have to mention Roy Lewis and his cast from Don’t Dress for Dinner, which was presented at Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre last month. On Oct. 14, the cast presented snippets of the play at Georgia Theatre Conference in Carrollton, Ga.

The show took several awards in the community division. Ostella Adams won best actress; Justin Molde won best actor; Lewis took best director, and the show won first place.

Also at the conference, John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School won for its production of Ernest and the Pale Moon. That show also took first place, and Jack Chavous won as best actor.

Both groups will head to Southeastern Theatre Conference in March in Moblie, Ala., to represent Georgia.

One more mention of Roy Lewis. He’s also the director of the Augusta Junior Players, and they will be presenting Once On This Island at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Evans High School.

“This musical, with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, is based on the novel My Love, My Love: or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy. The show also includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story; as well as the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid,” according to Lewis.

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A former Augustan is making waves in Hollywood.

Carl Rogers is the co-producer for the recently released film Blade Runner 2049.

His brother, Corey, works at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and dropped me a short note about his brother.

Carl’s also the co-producer on Father Figures, which will be released in December. It stars Christopher Walken and Owen Wilson, according to his profile at the IMDb website.

This is the fourth film he’s worked on as a producer. In 2011, he was the associate producer of Dolphin Tale, and co-producer of the Lottery Ticket in 2010.

He also worked as an assistant on the films Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, One Missed Call and P.S. I Love You.

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IF YOU HAVEN’T made it to 4P Studios in a while, there’s an exhibit by Syd Padgett going on. It’s called Dirty Windows. Across the parking lot from 4P is That Place Coffee, which has an exhibition of works of selected artists. Also at That Place Coffee on Oct. 26 will be the weekly open mic night. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m.

Also on Oct. 29, the sidewalk in and around both 4P Studios and That Place Coffee will be the site of the monthly artisans market from noon to 3 p.m. Each month, there are different artists and artisans who bring their items for the sale. Often, there are oils, jewelry, soaps, dog treats and a variety of other handmade or crafted items. Vendors vary each month.

COMING UP, the Savannah River Winds will play its annual Veterans Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Grace United Methodist Church.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations for the music therapy program at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center will be taken.

This is the 14th year the ensemble has played a Veterans Day concert.

 

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