On Sunday, September 14th, the performance arts companies of Richmond CenterStage will present a season preview. They’re calling the show Curtains Up! Ryan Ripperton, Executive Director of SPARC chairs the CenterStage Resident Company Association. Tickets, he said, are available now, and they are not expensive.
Good weather brought thousands of football fanatics to Richmond over the weekend. A lot of fans were up before dawn and traveled a lot of miles to be there when the gates opened at the Washington Redskins' training camp.
The new head coach, Jay Gruden, says the focus is forward. The team is on the field twice a day and there’s no charge. Saturday is Fan Appreciation and fans had to register to get a ticket for that and for the arrival of the New England Patriots next Monday.
Thousands of football fans are descending on Richmond. This morning just after 8:30 a.m., the fans will be ready for the Redskins and their new head coach to take the field for the team’s first practice session. Coach Jay Gruden is well known for his offenses.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be in town for three days of scrimmage starting August 5th.
Coach Gruden was asked about his own quarterback, Robert Griffin III, and what he needs between now and the first game of the season. The Skins will be in Richmond through the 12th of next month.
King Richard III of England ruled for only two years. After deposing 12-year-old Edward V, he fought two rebellions and was killed at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. The recent discovery of Richard’s remains inspired Jan Powell, Artistic Director of Henley Street Theatre-Richmond Shakespeare, to stage the tragedy of Richard III at Agecroft Hall.
The Broadway musical HAIR comes to Richmond, opening tonight at the Firehouse Theatre on West Broad. The production wants to take you on a trip back to 1967. The cast, actors in their 20s, are playing characters that today would be pushing 70. Jace Smith is the Artistic Director of Firehouse Theatre. Once embarrassed by his own hippie parents, Smith says doing the show has helped him understand who they were and what they went through.
Vincent opens a four performance run tomorrow night (June 5) at the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage. Nearly everyone has seen at least one Van Gogh painting; he’s among the best known people in the world.
James Briggs is the only actor in the show. Briggs plays both Van Gogh brothers, basing his performance on hundreds of letters they wrote to each other. Theo gathered his friends together about a week after Vincent’s suicide to say what was on his heart about the way his brother was treated.
April 23 is World Book Night, an annual event committed to encouraging reading, particularly among light and non-readers. Each April 23--the UNESCO International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday--thousands of volunteers give away 500,000 new paperback books to people in their communities. The idea started in the United Kingdom in 2011 and the first U. S. World Book Night was celebrated in 2012.
The Run for the Fallen usually happens in the fall, but last year’s partial government shutdown moved it to Saturday the third of May at Williams Stadium on Fort Lee.
"Wicked" opened ten years ago and is still going strong on Broadway. In Richmond, "Wicked" enjoys the same kind of popularity, and returns April 23 to the Altria Theatre for 16 performances.
SHREK: The Musical comes to town, Correspondent John Ogle talked to the green monster.