Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
Roanoke Children’s Theatre’s production of “A Little House Christmas” may be the perfect antidote to the stress of modern consumer-based holidays. Adapted by James DeVita from two of the novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the hour-long play is set in the 1800s in the newly finished home of the Ingalls family. Eight days before Christmas, Charles (Pa), Caroline (Ma), Mary and Laura are preparing a celebratory dinner for family and
Lou Ann and Dwayne Hightower are not-quite-but-almost trailer trash. There’s no rusty car on cinderblocks in their yard. Their deck furniture didn’t used to be the back seat of someone’s Chevy. However, there is a refrigerator on the porch of their doublewide , and it’s at the center of “Messiah on the Frigidaire,” the John Culbertson comedy that pokes gentle fun at Southern redneck stereotypes. It’s currently playing on the
With Christmas more than two weeks away, sugar plums might not yet be dancing in your head, but the Sugar Plum Fairy is about to take the stage again at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two Sugar Plum Fairies, in fact. Salem company Southwest Virginia Ballet has kept the traditional holiday ballet "The Nutcracker" full of tiny mice and en pointe sweets for 17 years at the civic center, but this
Mill Mountain Theatre is back with an exceptional production of the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “The Sound of Music.” Perhaps the most popular American musical in the world, “The Sound of Music” as interpreted by Mill Mountain is one of the best I’ve seen. It is a simple rendering that allows the story and the music to shine forth unencumbered. The set by Jimmy Ray Ward, MMT’s resident scenic
The story may be familiar, but the message of reflection, redemption and renewal are timeless. Attic Productions in Fincastle takes on the ambitious holiday play “It’s a Wonderful Life” and rings in a wing-earning message for theatergoers. The two-hour play opens on Christmas Eve with George Bailey, the self-sacrificing proprietor of a building-and-loan company in Bedford Falls, N.Y, in desperate straits. Prepared to toss himself off a bridge to save
Alysia Abbott grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s and '80s, the daughter of a single gay parent long before the national discourse on same-sex marriage and parenting went mainstream. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., now living in Cambridge, Mass., Abbott has garnered critical acclaim with her first book, "Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father." Her father, the poet and cartoonist Steve Abbott, died of AIDS in 1992. After his
Once upon a time, a group of artists and writers published a journal in Roanoke called Artemis. Magazine co-founder Jeri Rogers calls it "the only publication that chronicles the art and writing of the Blue Ridge Mountains." The annual Artemis Journal ceased publication in 1995 after an 18-year run. A new issue appeared in 2000, part of a purported revival that didn't take flight. Yet the artistic community that surrounded
Roanoke historian Scott Crawford likes to find the hidden messages in old paintings. That doesn’t mean he’s searching for secret codes. Rather, he studies images and ferrets out the meaning behind them that would have been apparent to viewers at the time they were painted, but might be lost on a viewer today. His research recently prompted the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to change the name of
Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley. Be sure to check out the Calendar in Inside Out every Thursday for the most current information. If you’ve got a play to list in January, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. — Mike Allen Mill Mountain Theatre Event: “The Sound of Music,” by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Venue: Trinkle Main Stage, Center in the Square, Roanoke
Mill Mountain Theatre hasn’t put on a big scale musical in four years. If ticket sales for “The Sound of Music” are any indication, theatergoers are eager to see the professional theater’s return to the form after a string of small casts and children’s shows. MMT board President Jack Avis said the theater had sold 45 percent of the available tickets for the show’s entire run as of Nov. 20,
The Taubman Museum of Art’s longest running exhibition has a new look — appropriate for a collection of fashion accessories. The museum has revamped the Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman Gallery that permanently displays its collection of Judith Leiber designer handbags. The original custom-designed stand in the gallery, which resembled an abstracted tree, has been replaced with more traditional stands that allow the Taubman to showcase the handbags to better
Greeting cards are a traditional way to connect with loved ones near and far during the holiday season. This year, consider purchasing cards that will give back to our community from one of these nonprofits. Here is our annual guide to some of those cards. Ronald McDonald House The 2013 card was designed by local artist Marie Campbell . The inside message reads: “Warmest wishes for peace and joy during
Roanoke’s Star City Playhouse goes out on a limb with its holiday offering, daring to reshape a Charles Dickens Christmas story for the stage. Unfortunately, the limb snaps under the combined weight of an uninspired script and poor casting of the central role. The play in question is “The Bargain,” Karon Sue Semones’ adaptation of a long Dickens story titled “The Haunted Man.” Her version captures the spirit of the
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra executive director Beth Pline will step down after her contract ends in June, after seven years at the helm of the 60-year-old symphony. "She's made a big difference," said RSO board President Joseph Ferguson. Pline oversaw budget cuts that allowed the symphony to weather the recession that began in 2008 without reducing its programming. She also supervised a cost-saving office move from RSO's longtime home at Jefferson
RIOT Rooster , the yearly independent and alternative crafts bazaar, has gotten too big for its former home at The H2O Heater in Roanoke, according to event organizer Beth Deel. This year, the fair takes place at 16 West Marketplace in Roanoke. The vendors sell handmade jewelry, hand-knitted clothing, silk screened T-shirts and accessories made from items that have been “upcycled.” For example, FolkThreads will offer hats and frocks made
*** UPDATE Nov. 17: Dish Network, Media General agreement restores WSLS *** Today, Channel 10 has been off the air for Dish Network customers for 47 days. The blackout has been terrible for viewers who have been unable to watch WSLS-TV’s newscasts, their favorite NBC programs and NFL games. Being off the air has been more than just an inconvenience for Channel 10, however. It could have a tremendous financial
The Virginia Film Festival set another all-time record high at the box office, with $120,156 in sales this year, an 11 percent increase from last year, the event’s organizers said Tuesday. More than 27,000 tickets were issued and 35 screenings were sold out during the festival’s 26th annual run, which ended Sunday. In 2012, the festival tallied $108,043 at the box office, about 27,000 visits to events and 42 sellouts.
A Southwest Virginia doctor will have a starring role on television Friday and Saturday, re-enacting a dramatic incident from his days working in the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital emergency room. Carilion Clinic emergency physician John Lucas of Vinton will play himself in this week’s episode of “Untold Stories of the ER ” in a segment titled “Rattled!” about a woman bitten by a venomous snake. The show airs tonight at
It’s not easy to make a movie. Once you’ve made one, it can be even harder to get it out into the world where it can be seen. Roanoke Valley natives Billy and Thomas Sample have experienced that challenge with their flick, “Reunion 108.” You may have heard of Billy Sample — a star athlete for Andrew Lewis High School, he played major league baseball from 1978 to 1986, mostly
Sally Struthers says that touring with a travelling show is a great way to see the country. The 66-year-old actress stars as busybody matchmaker Dolly Levi in the 50th anniversary revival tour of “Hello, Dolly!” At the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre tonight, she’ll belt out standards like “Just Leave Everything to Me,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and the famous title song. Struthers remains best known for her portrayal of
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