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Time is now for summer theater camps and group activities in area

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The summer theater and camp season is upon us.

Here's a peek at what many of the area's theater groups are up to this week and beyond.

Camp Fifth Avenue

The city of Huntington Foundation, Inc. and Camp Fifth Avenue, a summer camp at Huntington City Hall led by theater veterans Eddie Harbert and Coni Anthony, and the 14 camp participants ages 6 to 11 will be performing the musical "Captain Louie Jr." at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium at Huntington City Hall.

Tickets to see the show are $5. For more info, call Eddie Harbert at 304-544-2831.

Harbert also had two other bits of exciting news.

Auditions for "Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical" will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28 with performances on Sept. 20-22 and 27-29 at City Hall Auditorium.

Harbert said they also just secured the rights to the musical, "Pippin," that Fifth Avenue will put up May 9-11 and May 16-18 2014. Auditions will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

Harbert will also be extending his kids musical theatre class into the fall for children ages 6-11 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoons from Sept. 3 and running til Nov. 12 with a performance of scenes from "Godspell, Jr." on Nov. 12. Cost for the class is $200 for the 10-week course.

For more info, contact Harbert or go online at www.cityofhuntingtonfoundation.com or email loudermilkm@cityofhuntington.com.

The Wizard opens at Chief Logan

Last Tuesday, The Aracoma Story, Inc. opened the family classic, "The Wizard of Oz," at Chief Logan State Park's Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre.

The musical will run through July 7 and The Aracoma Story, Inc. plans to make attendance affordable to all families with each Wednesday night designated as Kids Nights with a $4 admission to all children ages 12 and under for their ticket purchased at the box office on the night of the performance.

The show will run Tuesday through Saturday of each week with a special Sunday performance on July 7. All performances start at 8:30 p.m. nightly. Advance ticket discounts are available at The UPS Store in Logan, Pic-Pac in Man and Aracoma Drug in Chapmanville.

You can also purchase tickets by phone including discounted group tickets using Visa or MasterCard by calling The Aracoma Story, Inc. office at 304-752-0253. For more information, visit www.loganshows.com.

A mining musical at FestivALL

The Charleston team of Scarpelli and Kehde have teamed up again to write a new musical, "Holly Grove," that is being put up by the Contemporary Youth Arts Company during FestivAll 2013.

The cast includes Liz McCormick, Nik Tidquist, Michael Tighe, Matt Connelly, Jim Balow, Mariah Plante, Maddy Gourevitch and Heather Newhouse in leading roles, with a supporting cast that includes Lee Armstead, Beth Chambers, Sara Shaver, Rick Shaver, Shelbi Clark, Caitlin Moore, Kalie Knecht, Lauren Mallory, Amanda Mandirola, Devin Elliot, Riley Elliot, Dawson Eagle, Rowan Maher, Nicci Matheny and Eleanor Paybins.

Remaining showdates are Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St.

The story of a young school teacher, trapped by the violence of the mine war on Paint Creek, W.Va., and forced to choose between the miners and her own safety, "Holly Grove" brings to the stage a large cast and a new score to highlight this moment of courage and perserverence in West Virginia's history.

Go online at www.festivallcharleston.com for more info.

H.O.T.'s last show

Huntington Outdoor Theater will complete its 20th and final season this July with a production of the Broadway hit "Hairspray." Shows will be presented July 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 at Huntington's Ritter Park Amphitheater. The Children's Preshow will begin at 7 p.m. with a community preshow at 7:30 p.m. "Hairspray" will begin at 8:30 p.m. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. for picnicking.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors ages 65 and older and children ages 5-12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Group rates are available. Tickets are available at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office or at the gate on show nights.

For more information, call 304-412-3393 or visit the website at www.hotwv.org.

Back to the '80s

The Paramount Players are hitting the way back button this summer with the musical, "Back to the '80s," that runs Aug. 1-3, at the historic Paramount Arts Center in Ashland.

Tickets are on sale now for performances at 7 p.m. August 1-3 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

The musical tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980s, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something. Featuring the great hits of the '80s including "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Material Girl," "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Hey Mickey," "I've Had the Time of My Life" and more.

Tickets are $14 and $10 students and on sale by calling the box office at 606-324-3175.