Dance, visual arts and theater are all in full bloom in April at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
The month kicks off with the third annual An Evening of Modern Dance on April 2nd and 3rd in the Emma Kelly Theater. Averitt Ballet Director Taylor Ellen has choreographed dances which are filled with a wide variety of music and dance styles. This annual performance, sponsored by Jim and Betsy Nichols, shows off the diversity that is found in the art of dance, from the abstract to traditional techniques and everything in between. Dancing will be Madelyn Wolfe, Laural Boyles, Annie O’Neill, Caroline Spivey, Emma Vickers, Ana Grace Evans, Annie Coghill, Ella Warren, Jillian Ley, Janelle Spivey and Ellen.
Local theater legend and former Georgia Southern University professor Mical Whitaker isn’t caught off guard much. But Sunday, following a performance as Al Lewis in “The Sunshine Boys” alongside Eddie Frazier’s Willie Clark, Whitaker was completely taken by surprise.
Whitaker, who also turned 80 on Sunday, was presented the distinction of 2021 Averitt Center Legend of the Arts by Ressie Fuller, who co-directed “The Sunshine Boys” with Carol Thompson. The Legends are local artists who have made a substantial contribution to the arts in the area. Past legends include Emma Kelly, Michael Braz, Roxie Remley, Blind Willie McTell, Delma Presley and Betty Foy Sanders.
Old-school comedy from Averitt favorites Whitaker, Frazier
Legendary local actors Mical Whitaker and Eddie Frazier head a hilarious cast in the Averitt STARS production of The Sunshine Boys on February 11-14.
Co-directed by Ressie Fuller and Carol Thompson, the Neil Simon comedy will be performed on the Jan Brown Anderson stage of the Emma Kelly Theater on February 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in a 3 p.m. matinee performance on the 14th. The Sunday performance is particularly special because the day is Whitaker’s 80th birthday.
Local dancers display the art of movement in Modern Dance performance
Ten local and area dancers will display their athletic abilities and artistic talents during “An Evening of Modern Dance” on April 2-3 at the Emma Kelly Theater.
Statesboro Youth Ballet members Ana Grace Evans, Annie O’Neill, Caroline Spivey and Janelle Spivey, SYB alum Laural Boyles and Madelyn Wolfe, and guest dancers Emma Vickers, Anna Coghill, Ella Warren and Jillian Ley as well as Averitt Center Director of Dance Taylor Ellen will perform in the 45-minute program which focuses on artistic expression through full-body movement. Evans, O’Neill, Boyles, Vickers and Ellen choreographed the pieces.
March is full of various Downtown sights and sounds
Whether it’s a Disney favorite, gospel, rhythm and blues, or something that is visually stunning, a variety of sights and musical sounds will emanate from the Averitt Center’s downtown campuses in March.
Performances on the Jan Brown Anderson stage of the Emma Kelly Theater will be the One: Robin Holmes-Lanier (March 5) and Disney’s Newsies (March 25-28). A new Main Gallery exhibition, Beneath The Surface by Cyndy Epps, will premiere March 11, the monthly Paint-n-Party is March 12 at the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts and auditions for Dearly Beloved will be held March 13 at the Whitaker Black Box Theater. The fourth session of art education classes begins on March 22.
The New Year begins with some down-home country music as talented local singers Brandi Harvey, Christie McLendon and Rachel Elkins, a five-piece band and a few special guests will help you stroll down memory lane in the Emma Kelly Theater on January 7-10.
The talented trio and band will cover popular tunes from some of the most influential female artists of 1930s to the 1990s in the Lady Legends and Guests concert. The 30-song set includes music from The Carter Family, June Carter, Kitty Wells, The Davis Sisters, Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, Jeannie C. Riley, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Gentry, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell and Reba McEntire.
Extra, Extra, Read All About It….Newsies at the Emma Kelly Theater
It’s a tale as old as time; the rich, strong and powerful exploiting the poor, weak and downtrodden…until they’ve had enough of it.
A singing-and-dancing version of this age-old struggle hits the stage of the Emma Kelly Theater on March 25-28 as over 30 local and area children, teenagers and adults tell the tale of Jack Kelly vs. Joseph Pulitzer in Disney’s Newsies The Musical.
Harvey, McLendon reprise roles for Always Patsy Cline
Local favorites Brandi Harvey and Christie McLendon bring the laughter, the music and the tears of Always Patsy Cline back to the Emma Kelly Theater on February 25-28.
The duo first performed the hilarious and heart-warming musical play, which was created and originally directed by Ted Swindley and is based on a true story, to a nearly packed house on March 24, 2018.
Celebrate some of the legendary ladies of country music with talented local singers Brandi Harvey, Christie McLendon and Rachel Elkins and a five-piece band January 7-10 on the Jan Brown Anderson stage of the Emma Kelly Theater.
This talented trio covers some of the most popular tunes from the 1930s to the 1990s. The 30-song set includes music from The Carter Family, June Carter, Kitty Wells, The Davis Sisters, Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, Jeannie C. Riley, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Gentry, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell and Reba McEntire.