September 15, 2008

More Fall 2008 Arts Schedules

Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance

Since 1981, FOOTMAD has brought folk, blues, ethnic and alternative music to the Kanawha Valley.

October 18

Gandydancer is made up of West Virginia's own old-time string band.

November 15

Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys perform high-energy music from the bayou.

December 13

Sones de Mexico Ensemble was nominated this year for a Grammy for Best Mexican/Mexican-American album.

January 31

Tannahill Weavers, Scotland's finest traditional band, will make a fifth appearance in the FOOTMAD series.

March 14

Sweetback Sisters play honky-tonk country, reminiscent of the 1940s and 1950s.

INFO: All concerts are at 8 p.m. in the West Virginia Cultural Center Theater in the Capitol Complex. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 senior, $10 student. For more information, visit or call (304) 415-3668.

Children's Theater of Charleston

Local productions geared toward children and families, with some performances available to schools.

October 2-5

"Robin Hood." Recounts the adventures of the bandit-hero and his gang.

December 3-6

"Babes in Toyland." Classic musical about Jane and Alan's adventures in Toyland.

March 4-7

"The Secret Garden." Orphan Mary Lennox discovers a hidden garden that changes the lives of all who enter it.

INFO: Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with 2 p.m. weekend matinees at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets (may be purchased at the door): $10 for adults, $8 seniors and students. More information at www.ctoc .org or by calling 346- 0164.


Under the direction of Emily Capece, the female vocalists and instrumentalists of womanSong present three concerts this season.

September 19 and 20

At the Clay Center, womanSong joins the women of the West Virginia Symphony Chorus to sing "The Planets" by Gustav Holst as performed by the West Virginia Symphony. 8 p.m.

December 6

The women perform a Christmas concert featuring Vivaldi's "Gloria" at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier Street. 7:30 p.m.

April 25

Spring concert. Location and time to be announced.

INFO: Both womanSong concerts are free, but a nonperishable food donation is requested. Tickets for the concert with the symphony are available by calling (304) 561-3570.

Charleston Stage Company

October 16-18, 23-25

"Measure for Measure." Shakespeare's story of a society's desperate need to find a balance between inhumane repression and rampant licentiousness.

December 11-13

"The Santaland Diaries." Scott Eubank's one-man performance of humorist David Sedaris' experiences as a department-store elf during Christmas holidays.

February 19-21, 26-28

"Doubt." John Patrick Shanley's story of a young priest and a school principal caught in a game of cat and mouse.

May 21-23

"West Virginia: Words and Music." Monologues by West Virginia writers on the variety of experience of living in the mountains, with music ranging from standards to new compositions.

INFO: Performances at 8 p.m. All performances, except "West Virginia: Words and Music" are at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Tickets, $15 for adults, seniors and students, $10, and free to WVSU Students with ID. Tickets for "WV: Words and Music" at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Call 766-5721 for information or visit

Appalachian Children's Chorus

Director Selina Midkiff expanded the opportunities for young choristers who live south of Charleston to join ACC this season by adding a Southern West Virginia chorus. The chorus has grown to 150 from the original 12 when Midkiff started the group in 1990.

December 5

The six choirs of the Appalachian Children's Chorus present "ACC Holiday with Friends" at the Clay Center.

May 1

The choirs present "Spring Concert" at Baptist Temple.

May 24

"Appalachian Festival Concert" at the Clay Center.

INFO: All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. For more detailed information, call (304) 343-1111.

Montclaire String Quartet

The string ensemble plays a four-concert season.

October 11

"The Fifth Element": The quartet adds a guest artist.

January 31

A sampling of American composers will be performed in "American Graffiti."

March 21

"From Here to Eternity": Works by Beethoven and Olivier Messiaen.

May 9

"It's A Wonderful Life" includes works by Bartok and Smetana.

INFO: Performers are Amelia Chan, violin; Luigi Peracchia, violin; Sandra Armstrong Groce; viola; Andrea DiGregorio, cello. All performances begin at 8 p.m. at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. Season tickets: $40 for adults, $20 for children and seniors.

The Charleston Ballet

For more than 50 years, The Charleston Ballet has presented challenging works using local and guest performers. This season features opening, holiday and spring presentations, all under the direction of principal dancer Kim Pauley.

October 24 and 25

"Ballroom, Barres and Ballet Blues." A sample of dance including a new creation by Ronnie De Marco, a ballet based on the progression of a ballet class, and a showcase of the entire company.

December 19 and 20

For the sixth annual holiday season, the ballet will collaborate with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to present Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker."

March 27 and 28

"Spring Mixed Bill: Flavors of Spain." The company will dance a collection of gypsy dances, a jazz piece with contemporary Latin music, and a full-length Spanish fold dancing work.

INFO: All performances, except "The Nutcracker," are at 8 p.m. in the Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for adults, seniors and students. "The Nutcracker" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. both days and at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Clay Center. Tickets range from $9 to $46 for adults, $5 to $25 for children under 12, and are available only through the Clay Center box office. For information, call 342-6541 or visit www.the

River City Youth Ballet Ensemble

The dancers of the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Michelle Raider, prepare for a busy December, with three separate programs to be presented.

December 5 and 6

The ensemble presents "The Snow Queen" at the Cultural Center. 7 p.m. Dec. 5; 2 p.m. Dec. 6.

December 13

The ensemble dances "The Snow Queen" at West Virginia University Tech. 7 p.m.

December 11

The ballet performs the classic Russian holiday ballet, "The Nutcracker" at the Municipal Auditorium. Time to be announced.

December 31

As part of the city's Good Night Festivities, the dancers will perform at the Civic Center Little Theater.

April 7

The dancers combine their talents with the music of the West Virginia Youth Symphony to present "Peter and the Wolf" at the Clay Center. 7 p.m.

INFO: For ticket information, call (304) 925-3262 or visit

Kanawha Players

The community theater group will present three plays and a musical for its 89th season.

October 10, 11, 17, 18

"Bright Ideas" is a black comedy by Eric Coble about parents who will stop at nothing to give their children an advantage.

December 12, 13, 19, 20

Charles Dickens' famous tale "A Christmas Carol" is given back its magic and mystique in a script by John Jakes.

February 6, 7, 13, 14

The play by Lynn Nottage about a middle-aged black woman, "Intimate Apparel," won the 2004 New York Drama Circle and Outer Critics Circle awards.

April 3, 4, 11, 12

Mark Twain's American classic "Tom Sawyer" is put to music in a book by Ken Ludwig and music and lyrics by Don Schlitz.

INFO: Tickets: adults, $16; children 18 and younger, $10. Season tickets $52. To order, call (304) 343-7529. Shows start at 8 p.m. in the Little Theater, Charleston Civic Center, except for "Bright Ideas," which will play at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St.

Charleston Community Music Association

The organization brings five performances to the Charleston Municipal Auditorium in celebration of its 75th anniversary season.

October 26

Composer, performer, conductor and arranger Marvin Hamlisch entertains the crowds with his musical talents. 3 p.m.

December 6

Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz present their holiday show, "Zat You, Santa Claus?" Gibson won an Emmy for her PBS jazz special. 8 p.m.

January 10

Five By Design presents "Stay Tuned," a show about the early days of television. 8 p.m.

February 8

The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra presents "An Irish Pops Concert," enhanced by vocal and instrumental solo performances. 3 p.m.

March 22

River City Brass Band returns to perform light classics, pops, jazz and rousing marches. 3 p.m.

INFO: Season tickets are $92.50, $30 for college students, $10 for youths under 18. Individual show tickets are $35. To order, call (304) 744-1400. All shows at the Municipal Auditorium.

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