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…
Concerts, with rousing and soothing music, can work magic on an evening’s mood. Theater productions too, can lift our spirits or change our frame of mind. Visual art, as well, brings us new thoughts. Three such events — a concert by the Jacksonville State University/Community Orchestra, a mu…
Sometimes, the arts are called upon to achieve a mission. “Arsenic and Old Lace,” first presented in 1941 in New York, helped lift the spirits of Americans during World War II with a fun night of entertainment. The classic play, presented decades later by CAST community theater March 8-11 a…
It may be the dead of winter, but music and theater are at their liveliest. The Foothills Piano Festival and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival offer events to brighten your days this month, while rehearsals are underway for CAST’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” March 8-11.
Madness, gladness, sentiment and surprise. The audience becomes a part of it all in area theater this month, with shows in every stage of production.
As well as gathering around the dinner table Thanksgiving Day, family and friends of Maggie Wakefield will gather around the television.
Eve Plumb, who played Jan Brady on “The Brady Bunch” (say it with us: “Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!”) will join with other Broadway stars and dozens of local actors for a concert Thursday night at the Anniston Performing Arts Center.
Songwriting has been a constant in Kenny Loggins’ life. Perhaps no one knows this better than Gail Wilson of Wellborn, who is eagerly awaiting the Loggins’ concert Thursday evening at the Anniston Performing Arts Center as part of the Knox Concert Series.
With the unsettling situations going on in the world today, creating positive content for theater audiences might help morale. The positive permeates a new show, “Tara Tremendous,” being developed for Broadway.
The participants in an upcoming Jacksonville event are really getting into the spirit of it, according to Barbara Rowell, librarian at the Jacksonville Public Library.