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Studio 1 presents ‘Broadway Bound’

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent



Hailey Korzekwinski as Maggie, Abby Chester as Sheila, and Eliana Tate as Bebe perform "At the Ballet" from the play "Chorus Line" in the Studio 1 production of Broadway Bound directed by Brandon Standford. [Robert Thomason / Times-News

Studio 1′s “Broadway Bound” is for those who enjoy Broadway musicals.
It is a sampling of some of the most beloved shows that have hit the stage, including “West Side Story,” “Les Miserables,” “Matilda,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and many more. Audience members will enjoy both thrilling group numbers and breathtaking solos, one right after another. In addition, performers share information about each show in between numbers, so theatergoers will be entertained and educated as well.
All singers and dancers are school-aged, and will impress you with talent that is beyond their years. Highlights of the show include a genderbent version of “On My Own” from “Les Miserables” beautifully performed by Aidan Tysinger; a stunning performance of “At the Ballet” from “A Chorus Line” by trio Hailey Korzekwinski, Abby Chester and Eliana Tate; and a rousing rendition of “Too Darn Hot” from “Kiss Me Kate” presented by the entire cast and fabulously led by Sydney Pereira. Other featured soloists include Caroline Segars, Camden Wilder, Veronica read more…

‘Charlotte’s Web’ is old-fashioned family fun

By Lydia Pankratz
Times-News correspondent


Courtney Cox stars as Charlotte in the Alamance Fine Arts Academy's production of "Charlotte's Web." [Kari Fox / Special to the Times-News

Alamance Fine Arts Academy has captured the essence of “Charlotte’s Web” in its stage production of the classic story.
The actors and actresses, ranging in age from 7 to 18, are engaging and well-chosen for their specific roles. The themes of friendship and selflessness are clearly portrayed throughout, and some hilarious scenes lighten up the show. The music definitely helps you “feel” the emotions in the story.
Logan Hodges stars as a dramatically funny and engaging Wilbur. His confidence is evident as he gives his character a humorous twist.
Courtney Cox stars as a graceful and calm “Charlotte” — just what you would imagine if you read the book by E.B. White.
Samuel Porter gives a well-executed portrayal of Templeton the rat. Rounding out the cast is several barnyard “animals” — a goose (Ellie Clark) and gander (Noah Troxler), and a sheep (Elisabeth Barr) and lamb (Gabby Denton). Noah Troxler (John Arable); Elisabeth Barr (Martha Arable): Shiloh Jones (Homer Zuckerman) and Katherine Holmes (Edith Zuckerman) make the Arables and Zuckermans hilariously believable. Elijah Troxler is on point as “Lurvy”, the Zuckerman’s hired hand.
Director Matthew Davidson realized that it would be impossible to capture each scene in the book, on stage, so some gaps are filled in by narrators. Simeon Hahn, Alexa Stubblefield and Katherine Holmes do a terrific job of keeping theatergoers up to speed on what is going on. Katherine Holmes has the ability to make you feel the joy, excitement, pain or sadness in the show.
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60th annual youth arts competition: Artwork on display through May 4



The 60th annual Visual Arts Competition for Young People is on display now through May 4 at Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham. [Pam Bonney / Bonney Girl Photography

   GRAHAM — The 60th annual Visual Arts Competition for Young People is on   display now through May 4 at Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St.
The competition was open to all public, charter, church-sponsored, private and     home-schooled students from grades 7 through 12. Teachers submitted entries.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

For more details, contact 336-226-4495.



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