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The Holidays with the Chalks on the Hertz Stage

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I attended a little school in L.A.–no, not Los Angeles but Lower Alabama, Auburn University. I not only received a fine education but got schooled in Joys, the local dive bar.  Auburn had the Supper Club. Atlanta has many more.

In The Holidays with the Chalks at the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff, you get to know the Chalk Sisters: Juldeen Chalk (Mary Brienza), Judelle Chalk (Kathryn Markey), and Belva Chalk (Leenya Rideout).

These three sisters got in a bit of trouble with the law so part of their sentence community service was to perform at Tubby’s, an Atlanta honky-tonk bar.

This is bit more eclectic than your typical holiday show, but you soon discover that there is love and celebration between them sisters that lights up the room.

The one liners come fast and furious, but the bar stays open during this one act show. No worry, there is plenty of PBR and spirits to quench any thirst during this celebratory night.

Musicians Bill Hatcher and Rick Hinkle play back up as the sisters compete to shine on stage.  One warning though: you might be pulled on stage to compete in one of their contest to showcase your hidden talents and a chance to spin the big prize wheel.

Don’t miss out on a chance to simply chill out during this hurried holiday season.  This is a fun show and has something for everybody.  Chalks is a sure winner.

Be sure to pick up a CD of these gals music and afterwards they will be glad to sign it and pose for a picture.

Directed by Susan Booth, The Holidays with the Chalks on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff runs through December 23, 2012.

Mary Brienza (Judeen Chalk/Book, Music, & Lyrics)

Many wonderful and varied credits with The Chalks as co-creator, song writer, and alter ego Judeen Chalk including: “Premium Blend” (Comedy Central), sitcom pilot (Viacom & Lifetime Television), The Chalks: An American Family In 3 Chords (Bay Street Theatre), Toyota Comedy Festival, Marshall’s Women In Comedy Festival, 54 Below, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Catch a Rising Star, Westbeth Theatre Center, commercial CD release 3 Girls 3 Guitars 3 Chords (U.S. & international radio markets). Other NY theatre credits include: Leave It To Me, A Woman Possessed, Dance Dialogue Reflections, Girl Talk, Wall-To-Wall Broadway, performer and contributing writer with the long running political satire show, The Thalia Follies. Regional: 42nd Street, My One and Only, Mame. Film: Diary of a Mad Computer. Radio: Selected Shorts (NPR)

 

Kathryn Markey (Judelle Chalk/Book, Music, & Lyrics)

Besides crisscrossing the country and the airwaves as co-creator of the Chalks, Kathryn appeared on Broadway in 3 From Brooklyn and is a fixture at both The Thalia Follies at Symphony Space and the Broadway Playhouse series at Merkin Concert Hall. New York and regional credits include Bay Street Theater (American Family in 3 Chords,) Pennsylvania Stage (Beau Jest), Gayfest NYC (Jumping Blind,) Northern Stage (Dancing at Lughnasa, Parallel Lives), The Emelin (Dreamers & Demons,) Penguin Rep (Over The Tavern,) St. Michael’s Playhouse (Brighton Beach, Broadway Bound, Drowsy Chaperone) and Separation at the English Theatre of Stockholm. On-screen: “Law and Order,” “SVU,” “Premium Blend,” “All My Children,” “Filmic Achievement,” “DutchWestTV,” “CollegeHumor” & “Amateur Hour.” Radio/audio: “Rain” and Selected Shorts on NPR, Getting Lucky for audible books. Directing credits: Mason Street Warehouse, Saint Michael’s Playhouse, New London Barn, Merkin Hall and White Plains Performing Arts Center.

 

Leenya Rideout (Belva Chalk/Book, Music, & Lyrics)

Broadway: War Horse; Cyrano de Bergerac (w/ Kevin Kline); Company (Jenny); Cabaret (1998 revival, original cast). Off-Broadway: The Eternal Anniversary, 59 E. 59th St.-Summer Shorts Festival; Yiddle with a Fiddle, American Jewish Theatre; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Melting Pot Theatre Company; and Cowgirls, Minetta Lane Theatre. Regional: Merrily We Roll Along (Gussie), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Cardenio, ART; Summer of 42, Mill Mountain Theater; The Canterbury Tales, Guthrie Theater; Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), North Carolina Theatre; Avenue X, Cincinnati Playhouse & Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Honky Tonk Highway, Florida Studio Theatre; Carousel (Julie), Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. International Tour: My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle). Film: Mona Lisa Smile; Loser; Bittersweet; The Singing Biologist. Television: Company (PBS); Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS); My Favorite Broadway (PBS); Nashville Star (USA Network); Jerry Lewis Telethon with The Chalks. Original songs available at iTunes and www.leenya.com. Love to Ted.

 

For show times and tickets visit: alliancetheatre.org

 

 

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“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!

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Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.”  We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!

The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.

From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.

The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland  as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!

After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”

This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!

 

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The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!

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Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.

Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.

We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.

Raul Thomas – Owner of Theatre on the Square

TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?

Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker  and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.

   Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.

   The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.  
   Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.

   After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.

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Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!

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Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy.  She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.

As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.

Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!

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