Local youths will display their talents next week in Augusta-area choral and theater productions.
On Nov. 10, the Augusta Children’s Chorale will present its annual Just Desserts Concert at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.
“Both of our choirs will sing, and our parent organization prepares fancy desserts. Then, we have a dessert party afterward,” said executive director Gayle Crawford.
The Augusta Children’s Chorale has 69 members, with 20 children in the Dacapo choir and 49 children in the Chorale, the advanced, traveling choir. During the concert, the children will perform a variety of musical selections.
The Chorale is going to Spain next summer, and ticket sales for the event will supplement the tour accounts for choir members, Crawford said.
Founded 20 years ago, the Augusta Children’s Chorale represents multiple counties. Children can begin singing with the Augusta Children’s Chorale in the third grade, and some remain in the choir through high school.
“I think that we’re probably one of Augusta’s best-kept secrets, and we don’t want it to be that way anymore. We want everybody to know who Augusta Children’s Chorale is,” Crawford said.
THE YOUNG ARTISTS Repertory Theatre Co. will present The Children’s Hour on Nov. 11 and 12 at Augusta State University’s Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.
The play will include youth performers from The Young Artists Repertory Theatre, an acting school for youths founded by John Greene, as well as students from Augusta State University.
Greene, who has returned to ASU to earn his degree, said the play will also satisfy the requirements for his senior project.
The Children’s Hour, written in 1934 by playwright Lillian Hellman, is known for its elements of controversy, said Greene, who serves as artistic director. In the play, a child lies about two women at her boarding school being lesbian lovers, thus ruining both of their lives. The Children’s Hour focuses on the consequences of telling a lie, he said.
In 1961, the play was made into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, Greene said.
“It’s a well-written show. (Hellman is) one of the most masterful writers of the 20th century,” he said.