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2015 PIEDMONT TRIAD THEATRE GUIDE COMMENDATIONS
Studio 1 receives several commendations including:
Best Set Design (Community) : Randy Phillips and Dale Johnson (The Diary of Anne Frank at Studio 1)
Best Sound Design (Community) : Urinetown at Studio 1
Best Ensemble Cast : The DIary of Anne Frank at Studio 1
Notable Musical Production (Community or Professional) : Urinetown (Studio 1)
Studio 1 serves up girl power in 'Decision Height'
By Charity Apple / Times-News
Posted Sep. 10, 2015
“Why do you fly?”
It’s a recurring question in Meredith Dayne Levy’s 2013 award-winning play “Decision Height” which follows Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II.
For the characters, who are based on real-life Air Force pilots, there are various reasons. Edith “Eddie” Harknell (Ashley Phipps) is following in her mother’s and brother’s footsteps; Norma Jean Harris (Katie Muhlenkamp) is a rule follower who believes it’s the right thing to do; and Virginia Hascall (S. Elizabeth Carroll) wants to prove both to her fiancé and father that she can serve this country even though she’s a woman.
In Studio 1’s first show of the 2015-16 season, these spirited, lovable characters captivate the stage and tell the story of a time in which women took to the battlefield in hopes of defeating the Nazi regime.
“We all want this wretched war to end,” S. Elizabeth Carroll said in one scene.
Their desire to rid the world of tyranny is fueled not only by their dream of returning to a “normal” life, but at the WASP base in Sweetwater, Texas, these “Fifinellas” form a sisterhood that gets them through the good and bad times.
“We push each other to live bigger lives than we have back home,” Carroll said. “The women who we were before aren’t who we are now.”
From the eloquent lines to the dramatic scenes filled with tragedy, “Decision Height” tells a story that needs to be heard. There were women in World War II who left their farms, homes and families to serve during a time when they weren’t treated equally and many lost their lives for a cause they believed in.
These WASPs, played by Carroll, Phipps, Muhlenkamp, Heather Leonard, Katie Zimmerman, Faith Howell, Linnea Bethany, Mandy Cardwell, Kate Dahlquist, Beth Matthews, Tyler Lee and Laura Jones, will make you laugh and move you to tears — sometimes at the same time.
“All of it is based on real people and places,” director John Collier said.
Scenic designer Ross Emery has transformed the intimate Studio 1 stage into Avenger airfield, complete with a hangar, barracks and “The Well” where the women would meet before and after training exercises.
The amazing 1940s-style Air Force “zoot suits” and flying caps were designed by Nancy James. Music, including military marches, plays a prominent part in the show as well.
A beautifully written and expertly executed show, “Decision Height” gives new meaning to the words “girl power.”
Good humor, good magic create a fun family show
By Charity Apple / Times-News
Posted Jul. 9, 2015 at 5:00 AM
It’s fortuitous that mentalist Erik Dobell and magician Chris Collins are returning to Studio 1 for two shows next weekend.
The performers debuted their act there in November 2013 and it has evolved into what the two friends and fellow performers call “Impossibilities: Magic, Mindreading & Mayhem.” They performed 16 dates last year throughout the Piedmont-Triad.
The two met through a magic club in Greensboro and figured it would be a good pairing since mentalists’ shows are similar to magic shows — both involve the element of illusion.
“By the end of my act, you’ll think I’m psychic, but I’m not,” Dobell said.
Dobell grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., and saw his first magic show at a kiosk in a mall. His fascination with mentalism began with superheroes such as Batman and Superman, who could “do things with their minds.”
He’s been reading minds and a mentalist for 13 years now.
“I love it. It’s the only thing I want to do,” he said.
The one-hour, 45-minute show is at 7:30 p.m. July 17-18 in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre at Studio 1, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington. It’s an interactive show in that the audience will be involved.
But don’t expect to see the stereotypical hypnotism act in which audience members act in unusual ways.
“You don’t embarrass anybody, ever,” Dobell said. “There’s a trust issue going on when you bring someone on stage.”
There are, however, some “tricks” he mentioned he uses to persuade folks to come on stage. The power of persuasion, he said, is great when on stage.
“I’m one of those people that when I’m off stage, I’m completely clueless. But on stage, I blink, and I notice you in the audience,” he said with a laugh.
Collins grew up in Rochester, Minn., and the first time he encountered magic was in the third grade. A magician performed for the school and “I was a part of the newspaper/newsletter and got to interview him. He pointed me in the right direction where magic was concerned.”
Norm Barnhart, Collins said, not only mentored him but remains a full-time performer.
Collins has performed his magic act on Carnival Cruise lines and a revue show in Las Vegas. At one time, he was performing 300 shows a year, but after getting married and starting a family, he took a hiatus from magic for a while. He has a daughter, 20, and a son, 14. His daughter was part of the tour last year, serving as an on-stage assistant.
This year, Collins said, “the tour will be completely different. If audiences have seen us before, this isn’t the same show.”
Collins described “Impossibilities” as a “comedy/magic/mentalist show with uplifting situational humor.”
What’s exciting to him about magic as a career is “this may be the only magic show someone sees live, so I feel a responsibility to make it enjoyable for all ages and leave a lasting impression.”
Tickets are $15 for general admission or $55 for VIP, which include a meet-and-greet before the show, preferred seating, an autographed picture and a VIP magic kit. Order tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Get information at (336) 534-0321. To see snippets of the show, visit Impossibilities Magic Show on You Tube.
Mental the Musical
By Charity Apple / Times-News
Studio 1 plans fashion show Saturday
Posted May. 14, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Studio 1 will hold “In Living Color,” a fashion show, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington.
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