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Acting Workshop at The Prizery - Oct. 31

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Cameron Ayers CA 102online 133x200will facilitate an acting workshop in the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery on Saturday, October 31, 2015. The six-hour workshop will run from 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Cost is $25.00. This workshop is designed for participants high school aged and above. Registration is required. Additional information available here: Acting Workshop or by calling (434) 572-8339.

Cameron is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on contemporary forms of live performance, especially original devised work and physical theatre. He likes to work between the black box, the white cube and the street and has presented original performances in Performing Arts Chicago’s PAC/edge Festival, in the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival, in Baltimore’s TransModern Festival, and elsewhere.

He has performed with Chicago’s The Neo-Futurists, with Retina Dance Company, and for dance theatre choreographer Mark Dendy’s opening of the 2009 American Dance Festival. From 2008 until 2013, Cameron was a founding member of North Carolina Research Triangle award winning ensemble, the performance collective. He has trained extensively with such theatre companies as SITI Company, Goat Island Performance Group and Split Britches.

This workshop will be a cross-training in Viewpoints and Suzuki Method. Viewpoints is an improvisational approach to actor training focusing on the actors’ bodies in time and space. Student actors will develop a high level of perception of what’s happening all around them in the moment. With such an expanded awareness of the principles of movement through time and space, students achieve dynamic qualities of presence and presentness.

In contrast to Viewpoints, the Suzuki Method is physically intense and structured. Beginning in the late 1960s, international theatre director Tadashi Suzuki created this series of exercises to develop focus, discipline and epic presence in the actor. Responding to the martial arts-like instruction of the teacher, students will find and develop their centers, enrich their stage presence and, as the training progresses, gain greater control of vocal power.

The freedom of Viewpoints combined with the physically intense structure of Suzuki Method will help students to achieve and maintain a performative frame of mind, a high physical and vocal condition, and a strong focus all of which leads to a dynamic stage presence, clarity and precision of action, and heightened responsiveness to all stimuli that occur onstage.

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Sandi Patty's Final Prizery Performance - Oct. 18

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As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy® awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and eleven million units sold, Sandi Patty is simply known as The Voice.

Sandi is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, with 40 Dove Awards. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and as an Indiana Living Legend in 2007. She has released over 30 albums.

Sandi was introduced to the world with her rendition of The Star Spangled Banner during the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. Virtually overnight she became one of the country’s best-loved performers. Her version of the national anthem has become synonymous with patriotic celebration, including performances at “A Capitol Fourth” with the National Symphony, the Indianapolis 500, the Dedication of Camp David Chapel, and ABC’s Fourth of July Special.

While her thirty-year career is heavily rooted in the gospel music industry, Sandi has had the opportunity in more recent years to extend her career outside the genre. Sandi has performed with symphonies across the country, including the New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She also headlined the title role in sold out performances of the musical “Hello, Dolly!” with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, co-starring Tony Award winner Gary Beach in January 2012.

In addition to her prolific musical career, Sandi is also an accomplished author. For the bestseller Broken on the Back Row, Sandi received the 2006 Silver Angel Award. As an author of seven books, her other titles include Life in the Blender, Falling Forward, Layers, and her forthcoming book, The Edge of the Divine. Her down-to-earth style and sturdy common sense have endeared her to Women of Faith® audiences, with whom she has traveled with since 2005. She’s an example to all of us of the freedom that comes from learning how to move on, learning from her mistakes and letting God use her in any circumstance.

“I am grateful for the many opportunities for God has given in my life and for how He has allowed me to spread my wings,” says Sandi. “Singing is my way to tell my story of hope, life, and love.”

Sandi and her husband, Don, have eight children. They currently reside in Oklahoma City, OK.

Sandi will perform at The Prizery on Sunday October 18, 2:30 p.m.  Sandi will have a back up choir made up of local singers for 6 songs.  Tickets for this concert are still available from The Prizery box-office 434-572-8339 or online at www.prizery.com. She is retiring at the end of 2016, so this will be her final performance at The Prizery.

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New Photography Club to Meet at The Prizery

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Chris Le Sesne will be starting a photography club on Monday, October 12th at The Prizery. The club is open to any who are interested in participating and will initially be free. Meetings will occur in the Art Gallery Lobby on the second Monday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. The topic for the first meeting: composition.

Like most photographers from in his generation, Chris started with a Kodak Brownie. It’s almost a cliché but, the Brownie camera revolutionized photography. Professional photographers everywhere maligned the new technology. It seemed to threaten their very existence. In fact, it was just another revolution in technology. There were many more to come.

Christian Le Sesne has been an avid photographer since that first Brownie and has embraced all those technological changes since. He has worked with 35mm film, infrared, ultrasound, electronic imaging and now digital imaging. His work has involved a variety of subjects including glamour, fashion, nature, technical and surveillance imaging. His first foray into digital imaging was during the early 90’s while working in the consumer electronics industry. Those images were very technical and primarily dealt with microscopic defects in electronic assemblies and components.

By the late 90’s he trained his first digital camera on panoramas, family and friends. His digital work has appeared in art competitions throughout Indiana, awarded prizes at the state level and several local publications in central Indiana. He is the owner/operator of http://www.MorseLakePhoto.com and was actively involved in several other photography businesses, clubs and organizations including The Riviera Camera Club, Indiana Professional Photographers Guild, Photo Venture Camera Club and founder of the Hamilton County Photographers’ Group. He has been a photography instructor at Focus On Studios in Carmel, IN where he also did portrait, fashion and glamour photography. He assisted with several outreach programs in the Hamilton County public library system by teaching, organizing exhibits and judging photography competitions.

Christian still uses his photography extensively for technical applications and wants to continue expanding his work in teaching photography, nature and astrophotography, portrait photography and glamour photography. Most recently, he looks forward to applying these skills in his new work in South Boston, VA.

For questions or additional information, Chris can be reached at apodomio@gmail.com.

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AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY in William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

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Aquila Theatre Company, one of the foremost producers of touring classical theater in the United States, is bringing its production of Romeo & Juliet to the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery.

The company will present a sold-out performance for students attending HCHS, GW, and Carlbrook on Thursday morning, October 8th. At 7:30pm that evening, they will present a public performance. Tickets are $25 adult, $23 Senior, $10 student.

Sponsors for this event are Gravitt & Gravitt, John & Linda Martin, Martin Beekman & Dorothy Tarleton, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corporation, Powell Funeral Home, and Tri-County Gastroenterology-Dr. Richard Allen.

10th Anniversary Season Sponsors include: Town of South Boston, Town of Halifax, County of Halifax, Comfort Systems USA-Midatlantic, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Ryan & Jill Garrett, Ann Chesley Edmunds, Thomas & Jayne Elliott, Paul & Debbie Edmunds, The Chastain Home Foundation, Virginia Tourism Corporation, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts.

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American Idol Star in Concert - Melinda Doolittle - Sunday, September 27th at 2:30pm

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Melinda Doolittle and her trio will take the stage at the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery on Sunday, September 27th at 2:30pm.

She was told as a child that she was tone deaf, but her love of music and her grit and determination would not let Melinda Doolittle give up on her dream of being a singer. After lots of work, she entered and won a singing competition as a teen, and she never looked back. Doolittle received a degree in music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she honed her musical skills and developed a love of singing back-up. Singing back-up comes naturally to Doolittle, and she has done it with some of the best, including Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans and Aaron Neville.

But, what really set Doolittle on the road to a successful singing career was her appearance on American Idol in 2007 where she came in third place in the voting. One of her best memories of that experience was Simon Cowell who called her his “personal favorite.” Simon did not understand why the voting public did not name her the winner, because she was the winner in his eyes.

Since then, Melinda has played the White House, Carnegie Hall and appeared with the Air Force Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra for their most recent 4th of July Celebration. Doolittle is currently touring throughout the country and will make a stop at The Prizery on Sunday at 2:30. She will be joined by her trio, piano, bass and drums.

Melinda Doolittle is sponsored in part by H and M Logging, Inc. Additional support for The Prizery’s 10th Anniversary Season comes from Comfort Systems USA, Fairfield Inns and Suites by Marriott, the Town of South Boston, the Town of Halifax, the County of Halifax, Ryan and Jill Garrett, Ann Chesley Edmunds, Thomas and Jayne Elliott, Paul and Debbie Edmunds, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and The Chastain Home Foundation.

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