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Theater review: ‘Failure, A Love Story’ by Asheville Creative Arts

LIFE LESSONS: Daniele Martin, Julia Cunnigham and Kelsey Sewell take audiences on a journey of love, loss and time in Failure: A Love Story, the latest production by Asheville Creative Arts.
LIFE LESSONS: Daniele Martin, Julia Cunnigham and Kelsey Sewell take audiences on a journey of love, loss and time in Failure: A Love Story, the latest production by Asheville Creative Arts. Photo by Sarah Elizabeth Malinak

Asheville Creative Arts has accomplished something haunting, romantic, nostalgic and innovative in Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins. Ostensibly, ACA produces children’s theater, but the company’s ambitious works appeal to both youths and adults. This most recent show is onstage at The Magnetic Theatre through Sunday, April 15.

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A Response to Loss: How Do We Lead the Conversation for our Young People?

When we founded ACA it was with the belief that our young audiences are intelligent, sensitive, and capable of creative thinking. Our work never takes them for granted, and strives to challenge their imaginations and acknowledge the complexity of their emotions.

 

Our current production, FAILURE: A LOVE STORY, addresses themes of love, as well as, and perhaps more importantly, loss. It illustrates loss of animals, loss of attention and affection, loss of people, all real things our young people must navigate regularly, but are seldom given the opportunity to discuss or name. It poses the question, how do you move on in the wake of loss, and also the answer that just because something ends, does not mean it wasn’t important or successful.

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offering acting, puppetry, movement and more summer 2018

Asheville Creative Arts Announces the Launch of Summer Theatre Camp 2018

Asheville, NC- Asheville Creative Arts (ACA), Asheville’s professional children’s theatre, announces expanded educational opportunities in its 6th milestone season with an inaugural session of Summer Theatre Camp for ages 8-11, to be held at Hanger Hall (64 W. T. Weaver Blvd). This week-long camp will run from 9am-5pm with early drop-off and late pick-up available for additional fees. Registration is $275 with scholarship info upon request, registration information can be downloaded from www.ashevillecreativearts.org, and for more information contact 914/830-3000 or abby@ashevillecreativearts.org.

Led by instructors Scott Fisher and Katie Jones, ACA’s theatre camp will offer instruction in acting, creative drama, writing and puppetry, with local artists joining to teach master classes in music, improvisation or movement. Campers will have an opportunity to use each of these techniques across the week when they collaboratively adapt, enact and modernize a folktale to be presented on the final day of this unique camp.

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FAILURE: A LOVE STORY Announced as ACA’s Spring Show April 2018

Failure: A Love Story a whimsical modern fairy taleAsheville, NC- Asheville Creative Arts (ACA), Asheville’s professional children’s theatre announces the first production of its 6th Season, FAILURE: A LOVE STORY, a whimsical modern fairytale with direction by Abby Felder and Eva von Schweinitz,  and musical direction and arranging by Gina Stewart and Brenda Gambill of Jonesalee.  

 

The show, which will be held at the company’s new theatre home, Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street), will run from April 5-15, Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 1pm and 4pm, and Sundays at 1pm with added performance Sunday April 8 at 4pm and Thursday April 12 at 7pm. Tickets are $12 for students and $23 for adults and are available at the company website, http://ashevillecreativearts.org/purchase-tickets.

 

FAILURE: A LOVE STORY has a whimsical chorus that relates the story of 3 sisters Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River. This magical, modern fairy tale follows the journey of 3 girls growing to adulthood and shows that in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual’s successes or failures.  

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ACA Announces 6th Milestone Season 2017-18

Asheville, NC- Asheville Creative Arts (ACA), Asheville’s professional children’s theatre continues to build on new initiatives unveiled in its 5th Milestone Season, growing into its 6th year with innovative MainStage productions, including BUGS!, plus the launch of its mobile unit with the touring puppet musical, SLUG & SNAIL, the continuation of its Incubator Series with PETE & PICKLES, and expanded educational outreach with after-school classes in acting and summer camp.  Details will be unveiled at ACA’s annual Fall Fete held Oct 11, which will also feature food, drink and live entertainment.  Tickets and registration information will be available on ACA’s website www.ashevillecreativearts.org, to book mobile unit, matinee tickets, or for more information contact Abby Felder at 914/830-3000 or abby@ashevillecreativearts.org.  

“It’s amazing and very exciting to have reached our 5th Year Milestone” says ACA co-Founder Abby Felder, “and we are continuing our growth as we look to our next 5 years with a renewed commitment to using sophisticated aesthetics and creative storytelling, and embracing diversity, equity and inclusion.  The arts are a powerful tool for social change and each of our shows and educational programs aims to provide a creative and profound space for our young people and their families to practice abstract thinking and empathy necessary for creating a more just and peaceful future world.”

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Radio Interview: Daniele Martin and DeWayne Barton Discuss The Ghostlight Project

Listen now as Daniele and DeWayne discuss recent history of Arts and Activism and the growing partnership between Hood Huggers International and Asheville Creative Arts.

Asheville Creative Arts stages ‘Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type’

MANY SKILLS: Actors and musicians, from left, Jason Stanley, Jonathan Santos and Anthony Napoletano perform in Asheville Creative Arts' season-ending show. Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type teaches young people to use their voices to protest injustice.
MANY SKILLS: Actors and musicians, from left, Jason Stanley, Jonathan Santos and Anthony Napoletano perform in Asheville Creative Arts’ season-ending show. Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type teaches young people to use their voices to protest injustice.  Photo by Nehprii Amenii

A group of barnyard bovines finds a typewriter and uses it to demand better treatment from their owner: This is the storyline of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, a children’s book by author Doreen Cronin and the season-closing production of Asheville Creative Arts. The show, which includes acting, live music, dance and puppetry, will open at The Magnetic Theatre on Friday, July 21.

“I think now is an important time to teach kids about activism because from early on, many young people are made to feel their lives and voices aren’t significant, and it’s important we counter that and acknowledge their ability to make change,” says Abby Felder, production director of the show. “The story told in Click, Clack, Moo is about precisely that,” she says. “And since we are illustrating this behavior in an abstracted way, we also want to highlight the many people and organizations in Asheville who are doing this in a concrete way, to show that change can take many forms.”

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Peace Garden partners with local theater for a community rejuvenation project

GROWING THE ARTS: "If the kids want to play basketball, they can go to that court over there, but what if they want to be a theater major or artist or performer?” asks Hood Huggers International co-founder DeWayne Barton, center in green shirt. “We want to create that structure in the neighborhood.” The collaborative Ancestors in the Garden event looks to provide such a solution.
GROWING THE ARTS: “If the kids want to play basketball, they can go to that court over there, but what if they want to be a theater major or artist or performer?” asks Hood Huggers International co-founder DeWayne Barton, center in green shirt. “We want to create that structure in the neighborhood.” The collaborative Ancestors in the Garden event looks to provide such a solution.  Photo courtesy of Carnival de Resistance

The idea for Ancestors in the Garden was conceived by DeWayne Barton, co-founder of Hood Huggers International — an organization that raises awareness about the needs of Asheville’s black residents — and the Burton Street Peace Garden. Barton grew up in the historically African-American Burton Street neighborhood of West Asheville. In 2003, to combat the drugs, violence and social apathy he encountered in his neighborhood, he created the Peace Garden as a gathering place for the community and, with time and effort, was able to turn an overgrown lot into a thriving recycled-art sculpture garden and food-growing space.

On Saturday, June 3, Hood Huggers will celebrate a new partnership with Voices United (a youth theater program that teaches young people to write, produce and perform in their own musicals) and Asheville Creative Arts (a local children’s theater company) by producing Ancestors in the Garden, a music and art event at the Peace Garden. Barton says that the focus on ancestry is about “looking to the past to help inspire and guide our direction in the future.” There will be theater workshops throughout the day, and local musical acts Spaceman Jones, Natural Born Leaders, Monk and Jonathan Santos will perform.

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Theater review: ‘The Little Red Riding Hood Show’ by Asheville Creative Arts

Julia Cunningham, Daniele Martin and Tippin star in THE LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD SHOW by Asheville's professional theater for families

Posted on April 6, 2017 by Jeff Messer

Julia Cunnigham, Tippin and Daniele Martin star in a trippy take on Red Riding Hood

Asheville Creative Arts’ newest production, The Little Red Riding Hood Show by Russell Davis, is a trippy take on a timeless tale that is known the world over. It runs through Sunday, April 9, at The Magnetic Theatre. This fact is pointed out early on by the ultraself-aware Red, who is a modern teenager trapped in an old-world story. Meanwhile, her smart phone is a permanent extension of her hand, it would seem. The need to capture and share her life on Facebook live is as much her central preoccupation as is preparing for her trip through the woods to Grandma’s house with a basket of goodies.

The stage is an inventive tapestry of realism-meets-abstraction, thanks to the clever direction by Abby Felder and Katie Jones. Red’s mother’s kitchen is vertical, arranged on an upstage wall. The sink, the cabinets and utensils are all realistic, but the arrangement is far from it.

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Theater brings lessons to life for local kids By Hayley Benton Jan. 27, 2017

If you’re a kid (or a parent) in Asheville and the surrounding area, you’ve pretty much got it made as far as age-targeted arts programs are concerned.

For young visual artists, inspiration can take hold at the Asheville Art Museum — under renovation for a bigger and brighter future — or in the River Arts District, where certain studios offer demonstrations or classes for adults and kids alike.

Over on the performing arts side of the spectrum, though, the kids’ programming is especially rich, and local theater troupes like Asheville Creative Arts and Bright Star Touring Theatre offer fun, inspiring and often educational work that younger (and older) audiences have enjoyed for more than a decade.

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