Hearing music has more advantages than people realize. It can motivate exercise, decrease anxiety, aid sleeping patterns and generate creative solutions. As members of the Bienville Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution learned recently, music is also useful in bringing history to life.
Hearing is one thing; really listening is another. Listen closely to the music at next week’s Foothills Piano Festival recital to imagine the images the composers created with their style, and pay close attention to the plot of “Matilda” when the CAST community theater production opens Oct. …
Music has always had the power to deepen and enrich the act of worship. This fall brings two performances of sacred and gospel songs designed to move listeners into a more personal praise experience.
As August turns into September, the entertainment offerings increase as new music and theater seasons get a fresh start. As the days grow shorter, the event list grows longer, taking us into fall.
There’s a voice to be heard in quality art exhibits, ballet performances and concerts. In art shows, each work speaks through expression. In ballet, there’s a story to be told. In concerts, the composer’s voice has a definite effect on mind and mood. I’m told that some people do their best t…
It’s Monday afternoon, a little more than a week before the show opens. On a rehearsal stage at Jacksonville State University, two actors are moving slowly and methodically through a fight scene.
Foothills Stage Company at the Oxford Performing Arts Center is postponing its production of “Hairspray” due to scheduling conflicts among some of the cast, according to artistic director Molly Page. The show was originally scheduled for Aug. 1-4.
The harvest in the arts is large this summer. Thankfully, the number of laborers is also large. Due to spring planning and planting of new ideas, there’s a lot happening in entertainment, especially in theater — and soon to come in church music outreach. The events are plentiful. Enjoy the feast!
It may be time to head to the beach or the mountains, but if you stay in town there’s plenty to do. The arts never take a vacation! A painting collection in a log cabin in Saks is one attraction this month, as well as a book signing at Oxford Performing Arts Center on Saturday and a musical …
June is bustin’ out all over — with the arts, to borrow a phrase from the Rodgers and Hammerstein song. For our art scene, it is a month for new beginnings and renewal.
June is National Smile Month, according to an events calendar I’ve seen. In our area, maybe all of the upbeat music on offer has something to do with that. Events on tap here feature Broadway, classical and sacred melodies. It is that music that will likely bring on the smiles and good will.
Alabama’s story of rising to a territory and then statehood is well worth studying. Many inhabitants achieved and struggled on its land to shape it as we know it today. There were victories, hardships, conflicts and — most important — perseverance before Alabama achieved its identity.
Back in November, while working on a production of “Annie” for CAST community theater, Jacksonville State University drama professor Carrie Colton noticed something odd about the stage at the Anniston Performing Arts Center. It really wasn’t suitable for a musical theater show.
Two new openings on the art scene provide pathways to American history. One is in the form of entertainment, and the other showcases facts about our local World War II heroes.
For years, my brother Jack insisted that I give the “Harry Potter” novels a read. But I held my ground since, after leafing through it in an Australian bookstore, I had already rejected a book at that time called “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” “I’ll wait for the movies,” was my …
Next to the Bible, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is considered one of the most popular books ever written. Published by author Harper Lee in 1960, it remains, to this day, a classic in American literature.
This fall, CAST season subscribers are in for a season of comedy, drama, music, romance and imagination. Viewers will witness a wide range of moments in theater. Directors, choreographers and music directors from recent productions decided on plays and musicals, most of them classics, that c…
When the CAST board of directors decided to put on “The Wiz” this season, it was a deliberate attempt to attract more local African-American actors to participate in the community theater.
Just as spring signals revival, two artforms that originated in the early 1900s are brought into full, colorful life next weekend.
The written word has many purposes. This month, it chronicles a person’s life, and in another venue it serves to entertain with comedy and drama.
A venture back into history takes two entirely different turns this month. The Calhoun County Historical Society offers a program on the current projects of the Piedmont Historical Society, while the Knox Concert Series is bringing Dublin Irish Dance to the Anniston Performing Arts Center on…