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Roundup of stage productions coming soon to area theaters

Sep. 30, 2012 @ 11:20 PM

On the heels of a two-week run of "Sweeney Todd," in Huntington, it's just a little ironic that the meaty musical theme will continue.

"That Was Bob," a new musical theatre production about the life of the late sausage farmer and restaurant founder Bob Evans, will be performed at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College on Friday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 7, and then at Bob Evans Farm on Friday, Oct. 12.

Tickets for the shows at the Berry Center cost $5. Admission to the performance at the Farm Festival is free, but audience members should bring their own folding chairs.

"That was Bob," is a theatre project that began in the fall of 2011 with a request from Ray McKinniss to develop a performance for the Bob Evans Farm in July 2012.

For additional information on other upcoming theatrical productions at Rio Grande, as well as information on the Madog Center for Welsh Studies, log onto www.rio.edu.

Here she is -- Titanic

Two-time West Virginia University grad and former field commander of the WVU marching band, Todd Tucker is one of the 26 young stars who will bring to life the incredible drama and tragedy that is "Titanic: The Musical," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

This Marshall Artists Series show features the national tour of the Broadway musical that won Five Tony Awards when it debuted in 1997 (including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score).

Get there early as there's an exhibit of Titanic artifacts on display in the theatre lobby. The public can see the exhibit starting at 6:30 p.m. as well as at intermission.

Tickets are $58, $50 or $45. Call 304-696-6656, online at ticketmaster.com or visit Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at Marshall University. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Macbeth revisited

Longtime Shakespeare fan, actor Mike Murdock is in the director's chair and taking a stab at updating, "Macbeth," one of Shakespeare's bloodiest, most popular, and most quotable plays.

The cast is set for the play will feature: Macbeth, Greg Morris; Lady Macbeth, Kate Morris; Macduff, Len Trent; Lady Macduff and Nurse, Tish Maynard; Child Macduff, Rileigh Smirl; Banquo, Herschel Jeffrey; Fleance, Damon Noel; King Duncan, Paul Neace; Malcolm, Eric Wilson and Donalbain, Gregory Picklesimer.

There are another 14 folks in the play whose fights will be directed by Michael Naglee.

The production is set to run Oct. 12-14, as well as Oct. 19-20, with 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees at the Renaissance Theater, 900 8th St., Huntington. Tickets are $10 and dinner and a show reservations (Friday and Saturday only) are $25. There will also be a school show that is almost sold out set for Thursday, Oct. 18.

Call 304-733-ARTS for dinner reservations.

Alice in high school land

Huntington High School's Theatre Department just announced its fall show, "Alice in Wonderland" as adapted from Anne Coulter Martins, based on the book by Lewis Caroll.

The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13 as well as 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the school.

Admission is $5, children under 2 get in free.

Helen Freeman, the award-winning speech and drama teacher at the school as well as the founder of Huntington Outdoor Theatre, said they've got three students (Sarena Johnson, Luke Hagely and Chloe Donahoe) who are not only starring in "Alice in Wonderland" as leads, but also in First Stage Theatre Company's October production of "The Little Mermaid" as well. Johnson, is a senior playing as both Alice and Ariel. Hagley, a senior is playing the Cheshire Cat and Prince Eric, and Donahoe plays two supporting roles as the Caterpillar and Ursula.

West Side coming to Ashland

The Paramount Arts Center is in the midst of its 2012-13 season and has a mix of theater from the local productions of the Paramount Players to hosting national tours.

The next national tour incoming is "West Side Story," the classic, dance-filled love story that is set to run 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26, at the theater.

The show really marks Broadway history as Stephen Sondheim (in his Broadway debut) wrote the lyrics with Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents writing the book and the Tony and Grammy Award winner Leonard Bernstein writing the music.

The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."

Tickets are $40, $45, $50 and $60 and can be purchased online at Paramountartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 606-324-3175.

ACTC announces upcoming theater season

Ashland Community and Technical College will celebrate the Halloween season with a little music of the night as it opens the 2012-2013 season with "The Phantom of the Opera," at Oct. 1-21 and Oct. 25-28.

Other performances this season will be a holiday production of "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley," Dec. 6-9 and the Children's Theatre production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Feb. 22-24.

Another production will be presented in April.

All performances are in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus. Tickets are $8 and $5 for students, seniors and groups of ten or more. Season tickets are $20 and $10 for students and seniors. Several patron options are also available. For season or patron ticket information, contact the Theatre office at 606-326-2073.