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NON-PROFIT HAPPENINGS - March 2010

Moab Community Theatre

Moab Community Theatre is pleased to announce its latest production, “Fictional Animals”. The play will be performed on March 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th at 7:00 pm, and on Sunday, March 21st at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available for advance purchase at Arches Book Company for $8; tickets are $10 at the door. All performances are at Moab’s historic Star Hall.

Moab Community Theatre (MCT) was founded in 1973 by Jean Roberts and her late husband Conrad. The first production was Bus Stop. Since then, MCT has produced dozens of plays representing the full spectrum of American theatre, including A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, George Axelrod’s The Seven Year Itch, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers, Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King, and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

MCT has premiered three plays by local writers: OK Gas and Groceries by Craig Rail, The History of Escargot by Rick Fullam, and The Letters Project by Chad and Emily Niehaus. Fictional Animals will be the fourth play in this special category. It is written by Moab resident Chaz Howard, a longtime member of MCT. Fictional Animals is a collage of theatrical shorts exploring the pleasures and perils of intimate human relationships. The play illustrates various points along the relationship continuum and doesn’t shy away from the violent, the embarassing, and the heartbreaking. The good times are represented as well.

MCT is a very accessible organization. People feel comfortable opening themselves up. Veteran actors love working with new actors. Everyone chips in and accomplishes amazing things together. And in case the feeling of creating meaningful art wasn’t enough, the cast parties are unrivaled. These attributes are all alive and well with the production of Fictional Animals.

“Moab Community Theatre makes it possible for me to imbibe on the spirit of community to do what I must do for a good life: create and express myself,” says writer and director Chaz Howard. Producer Chad Niehaus is excited to be surrounded by the creative energy everyone brings to Moab Community Theatre. He loves watching an idea unfold into a full stage production, and is particularly thrilled to be working on another locally written play.

Visitors to Moab are invited to discover the gem of Moab Community Theatre while they are here. Catching a play like Fictional Animals is a great way to see the amazing talent and creativity that reside in Moab. Locals are encouraged to come enjoy another home-spun delight.

Fictional Animals will be performed Friday, March 19th; Saturday, March 20th; Sunday, March 21st; Friday, March 26th; and Saturday, March 27th at Star Hall, which is located at 159 E. Center Street. Tickets will go on sale at Arches Book Company on March 10th. Please call (435) 259-9314 if you have any questions.

 

Spring at Your Local Community Center

The Moab Arts and Recreation Center strives to offer community arts and events to enrich the lives of local residents. This spring the MARC will be hosting a “Jewelers Show” on April 3rd from 10:00am-6:00pm. Local and regional artists will be selling their wearable pieces of art. On April 24th from 10:00am – 6:00pm the 2nd Annual Local Arts & Crafts Fair will highlight local Moab artisans with the finest handmade goods.

Mid April, date TBA, the MARC and local Improv group will be coming together for a special performance all proceeds from the event will go to the purchase of new curtains for the MARC stage.

During the district spring break, the MARC in conjunction with the Youth Garden Project will be hosting a mini art camp for children. This week long art camp will lead by community art teachers and will encompass a variety of projects. Sign up early as space limited.

The annual MARC membership drive will be kicking off this spring. By becoming a MARC member you will receive 10% off MARC sponsored classes, discounts at local shops and, as always, be showing your support for your community art center!

In June watch for your invitation to the MARC Black Tie Gala. This event indulges the senses with elegant decorations, fanciful libations, and live performances. Entertainment includes fabulous big band dance music, a piano bar, jazz musicians and a number of surprises throughout the evening. Taking advantage of every square inch of the MARC building, gala volunteers transform the MARC into a spectacle of sheer delight.

 
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