Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre

by Brigitta Burks

For many people, the holiday season means catching a performance of “The Nutcracker” or “The Christmas Carol.” However, The beautiful, lush Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre, 428 Second Ave., in Gallipolis provides locals with some alternatives to the old Christmas standbys. The 100-year plus historic gem, a Victorian opera-house, is one of many pieces of history in Gallipolis. The Centre also boasts the only Southeastern Ohio professional orchestra—The Ohio Valley Symphony.

Several Christmas performances will be offered including a holiday show by the Symphony, a sing-along with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a musical Nativity performance. Fans on Blue Collar Comedy, should check out “The Rednecks Un-Do Christmas", December 19 at 3 PM and 8 PM, and December 20 at 3 PM. Executive Director Joseph Wright called the show funny and full of spirit.

Life after the holidays also exists for the Centre. The Odd Couple, performed with women instead of men, will show Feb. 5 to 7. This show is for anyone who ever had a roommate—however, this version offers a twist as classic characters are played by women instead of men. Another prominent show, the zany Seussical, will premiere March 5. You can expect intricate costumes, rhyming and for your favorite characters to come to life at this Seuss-themed extravaganza.

The theatre also offers community involvement for everyone. Acting classes are offered and the Athens Junior Theatre offers children an outlet to express themselves. Classes like yoga and ballroom dancing is also offered at the Centre.

The Centre also has a “fashionista side.” It hosts events like The Bridal Expo on Jan. 30. and Brittany’s Prom and Formal Fashion Review on Jan. 24. With so much variety and beauty, stopping by the theatre for a show or just a look is highly recommended.

To learn more, visit http://www.arieltheatre.org/ or call (740) .446.2787.

1 comment:

Trayne1837 said...

Sorry to disappoint anyone, but the Ariel Theatre group has been suspended. The new season will not be performed.. Odd Couple, and Suesical and all the other performances have been canned.
The theatre family group will be forming a new community theatre organization.. Please keep us in your thoughts... We will be back with a new name, and new lust for performing.. and hopefully a new venue...