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Tri-State to get new theater troupe

Nov. 26, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Arts Resources for the Tri-State has announced that it will have a new Resident Acting Company.

The troupe will feature 19 local actors who were selected through an audition process and will work with ARTS' resident directors and other members of the theater community to present the 2013 season.

The company will present six shows in 2013.

"The directors are elated at the caliber of talent presented during auditions," said Bil Neal, ARTS president and resident director, in a news release.

The actors were chosen based on the shows for the upcoming season. Each member accepted a role in at least three of the six season shows and one technical role such as stage crew or costuming. Company members will also be able to study theatre and other arts-related classes offered by ARTS at no cost.

"The ARTS resident directors couldn't be happier with this solid and diverse base on which to build our upcoming season," said Neal.

Open auditions for the six shows will take place prior to each production for all remaining roles.

The members of the 2013 Resident Acting Company are Joanna Berner, Jonathan Maynard, Clay McKnight, Sheila Meade, Len Trent and Tiffany Trent all of Ashland; Sarah Diamond Burroway and Emma Imes of Flatwoods, Ky.; Gregory Picklesimer of Greenup, Ky.; Marnie Riddell of Charleston; Stevie Brigode, Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Jenn Naglee, Michael Naglee, Karen Pruitt, Tristan Reynolds, Linda Reynolds, Eric Wilson and Simon Woods all of Huntington; and Amy Knell Carlson of Milton.

The directors for the 2013 season are Neal, Gene Anthony, Stephen Vance and Mike Murdock. Coni Anthony will serve as resident choreographer.

"Now, in ARTS' 11th year, we are forming a community of talented, dedicated, hard-working artisans, string for the best possible theatre we can create together," Neal said.

The schedule for 2013 includes "Cabaret" on Feb. 1,2, 8 and 9; "Julius Caesar" on March 15, 16, 22 and 23; "How to Succeed in Business," May 24-26, 31 and June 1,2; "The Man Who Came to Dinner," on Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24; "Shenandoah," on Oct. 11-13, 18-20; and "Laughter on the 23th Floor," on Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7.