Some of my first and greatest memories of Shakespeare were of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. I was a youthful theatergoer — maybe 11 or 12 — and too young to be intimidated by the alleged inaccessibility of Shakespeare’s works.
A wise man once said, “A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops.” In the case of Ann Simpson, beloved art teacher at Evergreen Middle School, this is definitely true. Simpson has guided her students through the creation of award-winning pieces of art and taught them a deeper appreciation for other cultures, quirky objects or the human figure — all the while maintaining a professional art career of her own in her free time.
The Center for the Arts Evergreen has hired Jonathan Nicklow as its coordinator of education and community outreach.
Nicklow is a recent master of fine arts graduate from the University of Colorado in printmaking; he received his bachelor of fine arts in painting from the Savannah College of Art. He is an exhibiting artist both in printmaking and mixed-media arts with an extensive exhibition record. Nicklow is also a teacher.
The Evergreen Chorale has taken part in many collaborations over the years — each one bringing a new twist to musical performance. Whether it is an Irish celebration with Colcannon or a Dixieland extravaganza with the Queen City Jazz Band, these partnerships make the musical experience of a Chorale performance even stronger. On May 7 and 8, the Chorale takes the concept of collaboration to a new level, taking on one of the top five choral masterpieces in the world, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Visual images are powerful for many reasons, but perhaps most important is their ability to construct a particular version of reality for the viewer. In his artwork, U.K.-born artist Christian Dore creates a lush reality that allows the viewer to not only look at the world around her, but to truly see and experience the sensations of the natural world. Dore’s artwork will be on display in a solo exhibition at Mirada Fine Art Gallery from May 7-29.
Trickster lawyers, flashbulbs snapping at the well-publicized trial, and instant celebrity. This could be the latest Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton escapade. But add a little of the glitz of the Prohibition-era underworld and a touch of jazz, and you have StageDoor Theatre’s latest production of the award-winning musical “Chicago.”
If it weren’t for the White Rabbit, Alice would simply have enjoyed a lazy, albeit slightly boring, day by the river. Instead, Alice follows the talking, clothed Rabbit down the rabbit hole and into a Wonderland filled with nonsense and whimsy. The Evergreen Children’s Chorale is set to take its audiences into Lewis Carroll’s world of talking cards and grinning cats with its upcoming production of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”
Ever wonder how much stuff you can pack into a 10-foot-by-10-foot space? If you live in Evergreen, the answer is two cast members, one director, five crew members, a full-size set, props, costumes, and … an award-winning theater production.
Over the years, many Evergreen artists have said they would like to make our foothills enclave a “Paris in the mountains,” with artists lining the streets painting en plein air and visitors flocking to a place where they can view and purchase quality art. Rather than turning Evergreen into France, a group of newly formed artists is going one step further — bringing France to Evergreen, in their upcoming show “La Belle France” at the Center for the Arts Evergreen Rotary Gallery at Center/Stage.
“Seussical Jr.” is a celebration of all things whimsical, wonderful, mythical and musical. The show is based on the beloved works of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2, the cast at StageDoor Theatre will offer up a fantastical production of singing, dancing and merriment.