By Alex Simmons
There are many great things coming to the Springville Center of the Arts this year. There’s so much for everyone to do, the experiences are endless.
You can visit the Art Center during their open hours, to look at their open gallery. At the moment the gallery is featuring paintings by Bruce Morrell. His paintings feature different types of birds and fish. Morrell expresses his love for nature with just a stroke of a paintbrush.
The Arts Center will also be featuring works by Bruce Blair and many others from April 17 through June 1.
The Arts Center is currently looking for interns to help with summer programs. They are accepting applications now, so if this interests you, you can find more information on SpringvilleArts.org. Summer workshops to be announced.
Got a knack for directing? You can direct a short 10-minute play for this year’s Stage Shorts.
“Directing a short play is ideal for new directors or seasoned directors who are unable to commit
the personal time needed to direct a full show.”
If you are interested, contact Tracy Maybray at email@example.com. If you have your own play you want to submit, you can submit up to three of your own approximately 10-minute plays. Not interested in directing?
Try acting! The Actor’s Workshop is “designed to develop basic acting skills through a variety of creative activities.”
The workshop is led by Susan Sorenson and will cost $30. It runs Feb. 2 and 16 and March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Use your acting skills and try a Play Study of “Death of a Salesman” with Edwin Heary. This program is completely free and helps to test your acting ability and maybe hit the main
stage in the future, March 6 through April 24 on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Feeling crafty? There are several art classes you can take this year.
Explore (Perspective) Drawing “explores how to create the illusion of three dimensions and depth.” You must bring your own supplies including a 2B pencil, eraser, drawing pen, a ruler and a sketchbook. For ages 16 and up with Mary Anderson. $60 cost or $52 for members.
Other art classes include Basket Making, Improving your Watercolor Paintings, Printmaking and Spark, which is for ages 2 to 5.
You can also see many concerts happening this year, including Andrew Collins Trio on Feb. 8, Richie & Rosie on Feb. 22, Songwriters Showcase on April 13 and The Wiyos on April 18.
Interested in seeing some of the amazing shows coming to the SCA this year? Come see “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.”
“‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ follows the star and writers of a TV comedy-variety show in the 1950s, inspired by Neil Simon’s own early career experience as a junior writer for Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour.”
Directed by Matt Boyle, this is the second Neil Simon show he has done following “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”
“This show is all Ensemble, which means no part overpowers another,” he said. “It really brings a certain glow to this show.”
Boyle also noted that this year is the 50th anniversary of the show. The cast includes Rick Manzone as Max Prince, Aaron Fisher, Matt Walter, Brian Kujawa, Charles Weber, Cory Golabek, Erin Bellavia, Mark Mendola and Ally Catalano.
The crew includes assistant directors Claire Boyle and Maggie Boyle and is produced by Jennifer L.S. Weber and Heather Svalina.
Performances are Feb. 28 and March 1, 2, 3, 15, 16 and 17, all at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students or seniors.
You can also audition for “The Music Man” on March 4 and 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. There are roles for all ages!
Directed by Don Wesley with Doris Jones as music director, performances are May 16 through 19 and May 24 through 26. $15 for adults and $12 seniors and students.
You can also see many other performances, to be announced.
There will be a Kids Rave Dance Party on Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Arts Underground. Mark your calendar for the annual Gala on June 15 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, but early bird price ends March 17.
For more information on all events visit SpringvilleArts.org or call the Springville Center for the Arts at 592-9038. There’s plenty to see and do for all those interested in the arts!