Atlanta Showguide Summer 2013

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<ul><li><p>Summer 2013</p><p>Artistry of Master Photographer Jeff Roffman </p><p>Creative Process: Meisner 101 By Grant McGowen</p><p>Time Travel to the Smith Family Farm At Atlanta History Center</p><p>SHE: Seek, Hope, Evolve</p><p>Atlantas Choir Wins Prestigious National Award Sets Sights Even Higher with Name Change </p><p>Serenbe Playhouse Season of Change Comes Alive By Robyn Rebecca Young</p><p>Showguide Profile: NBAF Celebrates 25 Years of Art and Culture</p><p>Center for Puppetry Arts: Bringing the Magic of Dr. Seuss to Life</p><p>LIFT Men. Dance. Life. </p><p>ShowGuide Spotlights</p><p>Performance Guide July August 2013</p><p>ShowGuide Venues</p><p>Greater Atlantas Performing Arts Magazine</p><p>On the Cover: Atlanta Opera La Traviata by Jeff Roffman</p></li><li><p>ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER ATLANTA</p><p>DONT MISS THIS INTERNATIONAL SENSATION BOOK TODAY!</p><p>Ticketmaster 1.800.745.3000 | umojausatour.com</p><p>INTERNATIONAL ARTS FOUNDATION </p><p>- presents a - South African Investment Group Production</p><p>THIS IS REAL AFRICA</p><p>- Miami Herald, USA - Now, CANADA - Sowetan, S. AFRICA</p><p>PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS AT TICKETMASTER.COM</p></li><li><p>contents Artistry of Master Photographer Jeff Roffman </p><p>Creative Process: Meisner 101 By Grant McGowen</p><p>Time Travel to the Smith Family Farm At Atlanta History Center</p><p>SHE: Seek, Hope, Evolve</p><p>Atlantas Choir Wins Prestigious National Award Sets Sights Even Higher with Name Change </p><p>Serenbe Playhouse Season of Change Comes Alive By Robyn Rebecca Young</p><p>Showguide Profile: NBAF Celebrates 25 Years of Art and Culture</p><p>Center for Puppetry Arts: Bringing the Magic of Dr. Seuss to Life</p><p>LIFT Men. Dance. Life.</p><p>ShowGuide Spotlights</p><p>Performance Guide July August 2013</p><p>ShowGuide Venues</p><p>4</p><p>6</p><p>8</p><p>1012</p><p>14</p><p>16</p><p>18</p><p>202225</p><p>31</p><p>Performance guide courtesy of atlantaplanit.com</p><p>ASO World Premiere by Jeff Roffman</p></li><li><p>Jeff never quite knew what he wanted from life until he knew what he didnt. After graduating college in upstate New York, he planned on attending law school. A year behind a desk was just the medicine he needed. It wasnt long after he traded in his suit for something a bit more comfortable. </p><p>Jeff was accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design where he received his Masters in Commercial Photography. He now runs a successful photography studio with his wife, Becky, in a beautiful 1920s industrial loft.</p><p>To Jeff, photography has always been about light its direction, intensity, and character. While his shooting style caters to his subject, its always light first. Composition, drama, and aesthetics just fall into place.</p><p>Jeff has never considered himself one type of photographer. While he primarily shoots weddings, babies, and families, he also enjoys editorial portraiture, architecture, and event-documentary work. Every time he shoots is a unique learning experience not only about visual </p><p>aesthetics but also about the world, people, and environment.</p><p>Jeff has been the head photographer for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and is going into his second year with the Atlanta Opera. </p><p>Working with some of the nations top musical talent has been a tremendous opportunity. Jeff has also had the pleasure meeting and photographing special guests Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams, Steven Spielberg, and Steve Martin. Capturing each performance in a new perspective makes each season really quite special. </p><p> For more info visit us at www.JeffRoffman.com facebook.com/jeffroffmanphotography</p><p>4</p><p>ARTISTRY OF MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF ROFFMAN</p><p>Robert Spano and ASO Opening night</p><p>Steven Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers</p></li><li><p>SEASON OF CHANGE</p><p>THE VELVETEEN RABBIT June 7 July 27</p><p>A WALK IN THE WOODS June 27 July 14</p><p>HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL July 25 August 11</p><p>For Tickets </p><p>SERENBEPLAYHOUSE.COM 770.463.1110</p></li><li><p>By Grant McGowen</p><p>Accomplished actor, director, playwright and Pinch n Ouch Theatres Producing Artistic Director Grant McGowen says perhaps his biggest passion is teaching. He teaches the Meisner Technique at Pinch n Ouch, and says its where he finds much of his inspiration.</p><p>Sanford Meisner was a legendary acting teacher who taught a long-list of famous actors. What else do we need to know?</p><p>In the 1930s, Meisner was a member of the Group Theatre, which founded method acting in America. Among the group were Konstantin Stanislavski and young Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, who also later became renowned acting teachers. Meisner was a passionate actor and appeared in many productions.</p><p>How is he different from Adler, Strasberg, and other teachers?</p><p>His approach is about eliminating all the headwork and bringing the actor back to his own emotional instincts and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. Its based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart, and there is no mentality.</p><p>How did he define acting?Acting is the ability to live truthfully under </p><p>imaginary circumstances.He seemed to simplify a complex art form. </p><p>How did he do that?He used acting exercises to habitually </p><p>develop an actors natural ability to be a good actor, without over thinking, or manipulating and second-guessing themselves.</p><p>What sort of exercises?An exercise called the Repetition is used </p><p>to help actors listen and develop behavior that </p><p>is organic, not contrived and performed. It also teaches actors how to lose consciousness in themselves, which in acting, is a big battle won.</p><p>Meisner seemed to also teach a number of playwrights and directors, including David Mamet and Sydney Pollack? Why is this?</p><p>His teachings can be applied to all art forms. Its about bringing the artist closer to the source where all organic creativity comes from, your impulses. The great playwright Arthur Miller once said of Meisner, He has been the most principled teacher of acting in this country for decades now, and every time I am reading actors I can pretty well tell which ones have studied with Meisner. It is because they are honest and simple and dont lay on complications that arent necessary.</p><p>What does a typical Meisner class look like?I usually take a group of actors through </p><p>a quick warm up, then we get down to work. There is not a lot of talking, because actors learn better by doing. Its a real workout for the actor that, over time, can really improve their natural ability to work on stage and screen. We eventually work on characterization, emotional preparation, working with a director, and now I offer an on-camera class.</p><p>For more info on Pinch n Ouch Theatre and Meisner actors visit: www.pnotheatre.org</p><p>CREATIVE PROCESS: </p><p>MEISNER 101</p><p>6</p></li><li><p>July 11August 4</p><p>The Music of Johnny Cash, Country Music Superstar </p><p>From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love, faith, struggle, success, rowdiness, redemption and home. More than two dozen classic hitsincluding I Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, and, of course, Ring of Firepaint a portrait of The Man in Black that is a foot-stompin, </p><p>crowd-pleasin salute to a uniquely American legend!</p><p>By Richard Maltby, Jr.</p><p>1-800-841-4273 www.ASF.net/alabamashakes/alabamashakes</p><p>AlABAMA ShAkeSpeARe FeStivAl</p><p>AtlShowGuide-Cash.indd 1 5/15/13 10:39 PM</p></li><li><p>TIME TRAVEL TO THE SMITH FAMILY FARM AT ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER</p><p>T he Atlanta History Center presents a new daily visitor experience at their 1860s Smith Family Farm. Through the introduction of first-person interpreters, demonstrations, hands-on activities, a new open house tour, and a farmer working with the Smith Family Farm animals, this beloved History Center attraction becomes an authentic 1860s Working Farm designed to allow visitors to become time travelers to Meet the Past, seven days a week. </p><p>At the farm, guests interact with historic characters, including members of the Smith family; enslaved men and women who lived on the farm; farm neighbors; and other people during the Civil War. Presented in an authentic setting and based on historical documents and records from the Atlanta History Centers Kenan Research Center, the living history characters share personal stories, perspectives, and highlights of what life was like 150 years ago in 1863. </p><p>As you get to know the residents of Smith Family Farm, you will truly experience everyday life as they demonstrate and you take part in seasonal activities and chores at the farm. This includes work by each of the men, women, children, and enslaved on the Working Farm, such as weaving, open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, basket weaving, sewing, washing clothes, natural dyeing, candle making, crop and garden planting, weeding, harvesting, or food preservation, including canning, pickling, and salting. </p><p>The animals at Smith Family Farm are the same breeds that were raised on farms in the Georgia Piedmont in the 1860s. Meet the newest additions two adult Gulf Coast sheep and their two lambs, as well as the farms brood of chickens and a rooster. </p><p>New open-house tours encourage a leisurely exploration of the Tullie Smith farmhouse as living history characters talk about daily life on the farm. Daily tours operate from 11:00 AM 4:00 PM on an open-house format, meaning that visitors can enjoy the house and entire farm at their own pace and interest. Guided tours for groups of ten or more are available through the admissions desk. </p><p>Please visit the Atlanta History Center soon for time travel to experience Civil War on the home front at Smith Family Farm. For more information, please visit online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.</p><p>8</p></li><li><p>1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 303091404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309Limited FREE Parking MARTA Accessible</p><p>NOW PLAYING:</p><p>Supported inpart by:</p><p>404.873.3391 www.puppet.org www.puppet.org</p><p>Season supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council, City of Atlanta Oce of Cultural Aairs, Georgia Council for the Arts. Dr. Seusss The Cat in the Hat is presented through special arrangement with </p><p>Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684; Fax: 212-397-4684; www.MTIShows.com </p></li><li><p>10</p><p>SHE: SEEK, HOPE, EVOLVE</p><p>I f youve ever wondered what it looks like behind the scenes of contemporary dance shows like Foxs hit show So You Think You Can Dance, you might find something very much like Project 7, with dancers rehearsing strenuously towards live, energized performances that take audience members on an entertaining, evening-length trip. Each piece of choreography is met with the dancers full commitment to the overall vision as they pour themselves into the style, passion and creative tone that define Project 7.</p><p>Currently in their sixth season, Project 7 is a one-of-a-kind professional contemporary dance company that continues to bring a heightened sense of movement with a commercial feel to Atlanta stages. Constantly pushing physical limits traveling, reaching, turning, breathing these dancers are athletes in every sense of the word. They are performers, leaders and educators in all disciplines of dance who give fully of themselves to achieve excellence in their craft. </p><p>Their newest upcoming show, SHE, choreographed and produced by director, Cherrise Wakeham, includes the full 11-member company and 1 guest performer to create a powerful all-female cast. The show will include ballet, contemporary and jazz disciplines, and will consist of five separate choreographic works, each reflecting various images of women in different contexts and relationships. </p><p>Pieces are specifically choreographed to play on the dynamics of the music selected and provoke the utmost sense of connection between dancer, audience and the surrounding space.</p><p>SHE is an acronym for Seek, Hope, Evolve. By seeking, we are always a student of life. By hoping, we remain open to possibilities. By evolving, we continue to challenge our perspectives. Inspiration for SHE comes from these three ideas as a means to empower the entrepreneurial potential for women in artistic endeavors such as dance. Capitalizing on womens progress within various fields of dance as well as the broader scope of society, SHE highlights this growth with athleticism and strength in female form including lifts, partnering, weight sharing, and physically demanding solo and group work.</p><p>Shows will take place at the Balzer Theater at Herrens in Atlanta, July 19th &amp; 20th at 8:00PM.</p><p>Photos by KnucklePrints</p></li><li><p> 25th ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN!</p><p>JULY 6 THRU SEPT. 14, 2013 NBAF.ORG</p><p>presents</p><p>NBAF13_Showguide_Title.indd 1 6/7/13 4:34 PM</p></li><li><p>By Jamie Clements and Jeffrey Clanton </p><p>Since its inception in the spring of 1985, Atlanta Sacred Chorale has grown from an enthusiastic volunteer choir to a nationally-recognized ensemble of auditioned singers that is known equally for its technical excellence and its unparalleled choral artistry.</p><p>Throughout its development, Atlanta Sacred Chorale has maintained a consistent focus on celebrating and performing music drawn from the entire spectrum of sacred choral music. In addition to four benchmark concerts, the Chorale also hosts the Emory Community Choral Festival each year, joining hundreds of Atlantas most dedicated artists together on one stage to celebrate the art of choral music across generations. To date, the Emory Community Choral Festival has hosted thousands of choristers from elementary aged to well-seasoned singers from all across the metro region.</p><p>Under the capable direction of artistic director Eric Nelson, the Atlanta Sacred </p><p>Chorale has not only risen through the ranks to become one of Atlantas premiere vocal ensembles, but has now garnered the spotlight of the national stage. Already having been invited to perform at both regional and national choral conferences that showcase achievement in the choral arts, Atlanta Sacred Chorale now holds the prestigious distinction of being awarded the 2013 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence by Chorus America.</p><p>The Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence honors the memory of Margaret Hillis, founder of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, for her more than 40 years of professional achievement and outstanding contributions to the choral arts. The $5,000 award is presented annually to only one American chorus that distinctly demonstrates artistic excellence, a strong organizational structure, and a commitment to outreach, education, and/or culturally diverse activities. Prior recipients include Dale Warland Singers, Chanticleer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Los Angeles Master Chorale.</p><p>With the momentum building from a record-breaking season and this magnificint honor from Chorus America, Atlanta Sacred Chorale has resolved to broaden its scope with a grand new name: Atlanta Master Chorale. As of June 1, 2013, this exceptional chorus will continue to strive toward the highest forms of choral artistry while remaining true to the goal of transporting audiences to where music touches spirit.</p><p>12</p><p>ATLANTAS CHOIR WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD;SETS SIGHTS EVEN HIGHER WITH NAME CHANGE</p></li><li><p>Enroll your young artist now in Gwinnett Ballet Theatres</p><p>DANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM for the upcoming s...</p></li></ul>