By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
December 2, 2013
Creative Cauldron will present its holiday classic: The Christmas Cabin of Carnaween weekends from December 6 through 22 at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue.
“We are presenting our finest production ever in this final year,” offered Director Laura Connors Hull. “Audiences that have been making it part of their holiday tradition will find some fresh new scenes added and new cast members joining the ensemble. And for those that are making their first visit, we are sure that this beautiful story will tug at your heart strings and work its fairy magic once again.”
Since it first premiered in 2009, this original adaptation of an Irish folktale has played annually to critical acclaim and full houses. “Poignant and bracing…. a reminder of the season’s rich ideals,” Washington Post 2009. “This uplifting, engaging and poetic tale celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and reminds of the ‘Christmas within,” Maryland Theatre Guide 2011. “The spirit of selflessness and giving is at the heart of this production, and is shown in a loving way that enchants the entire family!” DC Metro Theater Arts 2012. The 2013 production will be the final year for the production that was first conceived and adapted by Hull.
Christmas Cabin of Carnaween is set in the time of the great potato famine in Ireland and follows the journey of Oona Hegarty, the abandoned daughter of a family of tinkers. Oona is taken in by the Donegal village folk who inhabit Carnaween. She makes her way caring for the young and the sick and the elderly, but as a tinker’s child she is never quite fully accepted. The years pass and her yearning to have a cabin of her own would go unfulfilled were in not for the intervention of some wee folk on a snowy Christmas eve.
Katie Culligan will play the role of Oona for the fourth time. Culligan has been seen in Creative Cauldron’s 2010 Helen Hayes Awards Recommended® production of Nevermore and this past summer’s sold out cabaret performances “Voices of Vantage.” Katie will be joined by an ensemble of storytellers and village folk that includes Judy Butler, E. Augustus Knapp, James Lynch, and Laura Quackenbush Steele. The ensemble also includes members of Creative Cauldron’s young Learning Theater program: Anna Brotman-Krass, Libby Brooke, Olivia Laurine, Grace Rollins, Sarah Tarpgaard, and Alex Weinstein. The production is underscored by the live Irish music trio Magh Meall featuring Rosemary Gano on flute and whistle, Mary Wilkerson on fiddle and Katie Boyle on Guitar.
Performances are Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 2 pm and 7 pm. The closing performance will be on Sunday, December 22 at 2 pm. Tickets for Christmas Cabin of Carnaween are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at www.creativecauldron.org or by calling 703-436-9948.
Creative Cauldron is a non-profit arts organization whose innovative programs in the performing and visual arts embody collaboration, experimentation and community engagement. Creative Cauldron was founded by Producing Director Laura Connors Hull in 2002. In June of 2009, Creative Cauldron acquired a permanent home in ArtSpace Falls Church, a 3,000 square foot flexible arts space that provides a venue for year-round classes, live performances of theater, music and dance and visual art exhibits. Programs are presented in part through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the City of Falls Church and the Little City CATCH Foundation.
October 28, 2013
FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
On Friday, November 1, Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater will premiere Tales from the Brothers Grimm an original adaptation of both classic and lesser-known Grimm folktales. Conceived and developed by Laura Connors Hull and Matt Conner, the production features professional actors Dani Stoller and Helen Hayes Award winning actor Stephen Gregory Smith along with student performers enrolled in the Learning Theater Program. The production runs from November 1 through 24 at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets for Tales from the Brothers Grimm can be purchased on-line at www.creativecauldron.org or by calling 703-436-9948.
Tales from the Brothers Grimm focuses on seven Brothers Grimm tales: “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Wolf and the Seven Kids,” “The Fisherman and His Wife,” “Snowdrop,” “Brementown Musicians,” “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” and “Dummling and the Golden Goose.” In Creative Cauldron’s production, the audience will find itself in a forest dreamscape where a multitude of characters dwell, just waiting for their chance to find their stories. The tales are threaded together with an original musical score written by Matt Conner. Conner is an accomplished musical composer whose works have been regularly featured at Signature Theater including the critically acclaimed Nevermore, The Hollow and Crossing, which opens this week. He has been a Creative Cauldron teaching artist for twelve years, and has created four original musicals for the organization including last season’s Oliver Twist and Peter Pan and Wendy which he co-directed with Hull. Scenic Designer Margie Jervis has created a stylized forest and emblematic costumes and John Sami enhances the storybook world through imaginative lighting and sound design elements.
Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater program provides a unique opportunity for young performers who participate in a 7-week workshop process in which an original production is shaped around their talents and abilities. The production is then anchored by professional actors who serve as their mentors throughout the 16 performances in the run.
Tales from the Brothers Grimm features Dani Stoller who has appeared in past Creative Cauldron performances including the Helen Hayes Awards Recommended© Marry Me a Little and Nevermore, Peter Pan and Wendy, Unforgettable: a Cabaret, Voices of Vantage and her one-woman show That Girl.
Helen Hayes Award winning actor Stephen Gregory Smith has been a Washington, DC area theater artist and performer for the past 14 years, and a teaching artist with Creative Cauldron for the past six years. His directing credits include last season’s Helen Hayes Awards Recommended© productions of Cole Porter: You’re the Top! and Thunder Knocking on the Door. His recent acting credits include: Miss Saigon, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Brother Russia, Hairspray, The Boy Detective Fails, Sunset Boulevard (Signature Theatre), First You Dream (Kennedy Center), and Adding Machine: a Musical (Studio Theatre).
The Victorian Society at Falls Church is accepting registrations for its 2013 Promenade class, offering contemporary ballroom dancing and etiquette lessons for 7th and 8th grade students from the Falls Church area.
All 7th and 8th grade students are cordially invited to register though class space is limited. Students should plan to attend the entire session which will take place at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School on November 8, 15, and 22, as well as December 6 and 13, from 7:00-8:20pm for 7th graders and 8:30-9:50pm for 8th graders. Promenade tuition costs $100 and a few scholarships are available. Parents of Promenade participants will be asked to volunteer as chaperones.
A separate session for 6th graders set for Friday evenings in January-February will be announced at a later date.
Registration deadline for 7th and 8th graders is October 30th. For more information, or to obtain registration materials please contact Becki Creed at email@example.com or at 703 538-1080.
From Saturday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 27, Mary Riley Styles Public Library will be offering its annual Food for Fines program. This initiative provides patrons the opportunity to help those in need by donating non-perishable groceries as payment for fines on overdue items.
Food for Fines operates as a one-for-one exchange: a single grocery item (can of fruit, cake mix, etc.) will cover the fine for a single overdue item, including books, videos, DVDs, audio cassettes, or CDs. There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that can be cleared or the quantity of overdue materials that can be returned. Bills for lost or damaged library materials cannot be paid by this program.
Glass jars, opened containers, bulging or damaged cans, items past their expiration date, sample or trial sized-items, or any items needing refrigeration or freezing cannot be accepted for donation due to safety reasons. All donations go to aid local community organizations that work with the City’s Housing and Human Services Division to provide assistance to area families.
By Falls Church Times Staff
September 29, 2013
Fresh off a sold out cabaret, Voices of Vantage last month, Dani Stoller returns to Creative Cauldron in Marry Me a Little when it begins its run on October 4 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Performances are weekends through October 27: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm and 7 pm.
Dani Stoller has charmed audiences in the past with her performances at Creative Cauldron in Helen Hayes Recommended Nevermore, Peter Pan and Wendy, and her one-woman show That Girl. She has also captivated audiences at 1st Stage, Wooly Mammoth, and the Kennedy Center.
In Creative Cauldron’s season opening production, Dani is joined by Washington, DC newcomer Lou Steele. Lou Steele, an accomplished actor, was seen most recently in the Capitol Fringe Festival playing Daniel in Love, NY. He’s also starred in regional productions of Legally Blonde, Sweeny Todd, and Hairspray and is the co-founder of the QuackenSteele Theatre Company in Alexandria and a member of Actors Equity.
Matt Conner directs Marry Me a Little, a charming and bittersweet revue of Stephen Sondheim trunk songs culled from some his most famous Broadway musicals. With musical accompaniment by Amy Conley, the talented cast will bring this unique collection of Stephen Sondheim’s songs to life in Creative Cauldron’s intimate, 90-seat black box theater.
Creative Cauldron is located at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue. Tickets are $25 Adult and $22 Seniors/Students and can be purchased online at www.creativecauldron.org
On Sunday, September 15, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, the City’s Environmental Services department will host a compost workshop. Learn to make rich organic compost from yard trimmings and leaves. Topics include a composting demonstration, making compost tea, proper food waste composting, and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Participants will take home a free portable yard waste compost bin. Cherry Hill Park Picnic Shelter, 312 Park Ave. (Event will take place rain or shine.) To reserve your spot, contact Master Gardener Sandy Tarpinian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-536-7186.
Hand-eye coordination with good technique is what you’ll need to be the winner at the American Legion’s Third Annual Lizzie Borden Axe-Throwing contest. The event will be hosted by Legion Post 130 at 400 N. Oak Street in Falls Church from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Whether you fancy yourself a frontier explorer or you like a little competition, this event is your chance to hone your hatchet-throwing skills. “Last year it was about 90 degrees but a lot of people came out and had a good time,” said Mike Strickler, the Second Vice-Commander.
Veterans understand the importance of safety and Legion organizers will provide instruction and practice on proper throwing technique and, of course, safety, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 1 p.m. the competition starts whereby participants compete for points. The participant with the most points will be awarded the coveted Silver Hatchet, recognizing his or her skill in axe-throwing.
The Legion wants to take this opportunity to show its support for America’s veterans. Post 130 will sell official Post 130 Lizzie Borden Axe-Throwing Contest T-shirts, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Veterans will also be able to sign up on the spot for membership to the American Legion with a discounted price of $20 for a one-year membership, discounted from the regular fee of $30 when the veteran presents a copy of his or her DD-214 or current military identification.
The cost of competition is $10 and free for spectators. The Legion will offer food and beverage for sale at the event. Rules and other information are posted on the Legion’s website, http://post130.org. The competition is open to individuals 16 years of age and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Bob Simpson, Post Commander
American Legion Virginia Post 130
400 N. Oak Street, Falls Church, VA 22046
Telephone: (703) 533-1945
Winning art from Plein Air Festival – “Park Avenue”, “Spring on Cherry St”, “W&OD Trail”, and “West End”
By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
June 30, 2013
Plein Air painting is considered one of the most difficult painting challenges. The elements, changing light, and expansive views are challenging and the rainy weather limited many to fewer paintings.
Please note that the photos cannot due justice to the works as the vibrancy and true colors, size, and energy of brushwork in the paintings are not accurately reflected in the photos below, but are instead presented to give an idea of the variety of media, styles and subjects that were part of this this year’s Festival, which has filled the Falls Church Arts permanent Gallery at ArtSpace Falls Church.
See the five winners below, then come to the Gallery today located at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue (look for the purple awning and FCA Sandwich Sign) from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Sunday Hours.