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Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Presents The Meisner Acting Class

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In the midst of a rainy Monday night I had an epiphany of sorts.  I am a “spoiled brat” when it comes to the theatre world.  Last year I attended over 350 theatre productions and never have to witness the hard work that the actors, directors, set designers, and others put into making a production come to light.  I sit back in a darken theatre and watch.

I also don’t get to witness the journey of these hard-working actors who aspire to act and are ‘’living the dream”.

I show up, check out a show and poke holes and criticize the flaws in my reviews.  Mind you I do celebrate the obvious successes but most reviewers to add a little spice to their work, criticize.

For one night I was transformed to the infant stage of an actor’s life, where he or she shares a stage before a live studio audience for the first time.

Teaching artist Grant McGowen and the hardest working man in the theatre business conducts courses into the finer points of acting, in this class he centered on the Meisner method.

In a series of snippets, the audience experienced a show case of the graduates of the program. Not only the actors are green but so are the directors.  I sat next to the talented Jackie Costello whom I have seen not only on stage but the big screen (she currently is in the movie No Soliciting) but got to witness her directorial debut in two sketches Women in Motion by Donald Margulies staring Laura Meyers and Kim Budges.  That tale was about two co-workers and BFFs as they were off to the Caribbean for an exotic vacation. They were believable and did a good job of being vulnerable and gossipy about office romance as they were off to an adventure, then things kind of went into an unexpected direction.

Costello did share with me she “was a bit nervous” and that being a director was “harder” than she expected, but kudos that she is expanding her creative wings.

It was like watching little birds taking a first flight as some of the actors nailed the performance and others were a bit shaky, but overall they must all be given props because they are doing it.

Some honorable mentions that I would like to see in other productions is Chirstie Vozniak who really portrayed the intensity of a crazy jealous hot heat in Reasons To be Pretty and Patrick Morgan who was a cool cat as the security guard in Lobby Hero and weird science fiction enthusiastic friend in Superior Donuts.

It was nice to see Morgan Eckart on the stage after seeing her around other productions doing the grunt work that makes Pinch ‘N’ Ouch theatre runs smoothly.

So for those of you that have a bucket list or are seeking a shift in careers, join in the fun and take a course from Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theater Company.

Don’t miss out to help support one of Atlanta’s fastest rising stars and premiere local theatres in checking out the world premiere of Let’s Make It that opens on February 15 and runs through March 2 at the Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre, for tickets or more info and show times visit: www.PNOTheatre.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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