Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Moonlight and Magnolias is a comedy and "what if" about the writing of Gone With the Wind. The show is about the movie script being so awful they have to stop production on it bring in another writer to help the script. Three men are locked in an office until they are finished rewriting the script and the only thing they can eat are bananas and peanuts--brainfood.
Here is the process our props department used to make a bunch of banana peels for the show. This was a learning process for Shanley Aumiller as she has never had the need to create banana peels for a show.
Step 1: Bought four bananas, ate them and laid out the peels as patterns.
Friday, February 25, 2011
An Audio Walking Tour to accompany the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s World Premieres of The Flag Maker of Market Street by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder And Blood Divided by Geoffrey Chastang
Thank you for taking advantage of this audio walking tour. This tour is designed to guide you through some of the sites relevant to the action of the two Civil War plays at ASF, using your smart-phone device. Ten audio tracks are available below that coordinate with locations in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. You may walk or drive this tour.
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Track 1: Introduction
We recommend listening to this track before departing for the tour OR immediately after arriving and parking at Court Square.
Track 01 by Alabama Shakes
Track 2: Court Square
Track 02 by Alabama Shakes
Track 3: Exchange Hotel
Track 03 by Alabama Shakes
Track 4: George Cowles Store Site
Walk or drive HERE
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Track 04 by Alabama Shakes
Track 5: Dr. Baldwin’s Office
Track 05 by Alabama Shakes
Track 6: The Montgomery Theatre
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Track 06 by Alabama Shakes
Track 7: The State Capitol
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Track 07 by Alabama Shakes
Track 8: The Confederate Memorial
Track 08 by Alabama Shakes
Track 9: The Baldwin Sister Houses
We recommend driving HERE
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Track 09 by Alabama Shakes
Track 10: Closing
Track 10 by Alabama Shakes
A number of other sites in the downtown area relate to the Civil War plays and Montgomery’s important role in the history of the Civil War and Civil Rights They are labeled on the map as a. – r. and a brief description of each is offered below.
a. Rosa Parks Historic Site Marker at Court Square – this marks the site where Rosa Parks stepped onto the Montgomery bus and made history.
b. Winter Building (Telegraph office) – the second floor of this building housed the telegraph office that send the message to fire on Fort Sumter.
c. Central Bank – The bank housed in this building financed the Confederate government and was subsequently bankrupt at the end of the war.
d. Estelle and Concert Halls – Event halls where Jefferson Davis’ inaugural ball was held. These eventually became confederate hospitals
e. Confederate Hospitals
f. Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church –In this National Historic Landmark see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. This church was also a center point of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A large mural in the church depicts King's Civil Rights crusade from Montgomery to Memphis.
g. Yancey’s House Site – the site where William Lowndes Yancey’s townhouse
h. Yancey’s office site – the site of Yancey’s Law Office
i. Baldwin’s House Site – The location of Dr. Baldwin’s Home
j. Old Alabama Town – This 19th Century Alabama Village features several examples of homes and buildings from around Alabama, including the dog trot where William Lowndes Yancey died.
k. Cowles House Site – the site of George Cowles Home
l. Oakwood Cemetery (Baldwin and Hale graves) – Visit Dr. Baldwin, Buddie Willie and Jim Hale, among others in this beautiful cemetery for all people.
m. Riverfront – The Alabama River made Montgomery the king of cotton trade. Get a glimpse of the majestic river and consider a river boat ride on the Harriott II.
n. Union Prison (Biscuit Stadium) – the home of the AA baseball team the Montgomery Biscuits is also the site where union troops captured at Shiloh were imprisoned in Montgomery. Buddie Willie alludes to this in Blood Divided.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
|Market and Court Square to the Capitol|
|Ad for Cowles' Store|
|William Lowndes Yancy|
|Dr. Baldwin's Office Corner|
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
"Bringing the Bard to Life" is an outreach educational opportunity for our interns to go into schools and perform a 1-hour "Macbeth" and lead a workshop. The performance of "Macbeth" uses all 8 interns and each of them play several characters. The script has been altered to hit the high points and has all the famous lines from this well-known Shakespeare play. From a theatrical standpoint the performance offers monologues, fight scenes, romance, and costume changes off to the side. Then during the workshop the interns lead the students to the use of poetry in language and discovery of the themes represented.
|Erik and Caitlin before the show during fight call.|
|Erik and Seth for fight call.|
|The cast enters hooded as the witches.|
|The stools are where they wait and grab props for their next scene.|
|Macbeth (Erik) as the new king.|
|Cheers to Macbeth.|
|Macbeth visits the witches again.|
|Macbeth's power and guilt gets the best of him.|
|Interns and cast of Macbeth.|
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday night ASF kicked off the limited run of Bear Country with an indoor tailgate party with special guests Ken Stabler and Bob Baumhower. Members and press gathered to taste Ken Stabler's wine from the Champion Collection by Legend Cellars. And Mr. Baumhower and Mr. Stabler shared football stories from when they played at Alabama under Coach Bryant with the guests. After the tailgate, everyone moved into the festival for the main event, the performance of Bear Country.
|Tailgate Goodies provided by Baumhower's|
|Ken Stabler wine collection|
|Enjoying the party|
|Entertainment by Layne Weldon|
|Bob Baumhower and Ken Stabler sharing football stories|
|Michael Vigilant, Young Boozer and Ken Stabler|
|Cast members, director and playwright of Bear Country with Mr. Baumhower and Mr. Stabler|
ASF has other member events planned throughout the season so make sure you don't miss the next one scheduled for February 5th and is a Playwright's Dinner with Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, the playwright for "Flag Maker of Market Street." "
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The Annual ASF Armchair Auction always has great items up for bid and raises a significant amount of money for the theatre. Here are a few of the weekend getaway packages in this year's auction. The Armchair Auction is January 29th, 2011. For more information visit http://www.asfarmchairauction.com/
NC Mountain Magic Chalet (3 nights)Do you need the perfect getaway? Bid on "Mountain Magic," a lovely North Carolina chalet near Franklin, 30 minutes from Highlands and Cherokee and 75 minutes to Asheville. Enjoy this treasure for a three-night stay with plenty to do during the day!
The chalet has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, with a queen sleeper in the great room. It can accommodate up to six guests.
Live auction item. Valued at $450.00
French Quarter Trip (3 nights)Soak in the flavor of New Orleans, LA, in a charming Creole townhouse located on St. Peter Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Includes a parking space in front of the building and is central to all the great restaurants and sights! Apartment sleeps two people maximum.
Live auction item. Valued at $600.00
The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa (2 nights)Enjoy a two-night stay for two at the Battle House in Mobile, AL. Includes $100 credit for dinner.
Live auction item. Valued at $438.00
Two Nights at WaterColor Inn & ResortEnjoy a two night stay at WaterColor Inn & Resort, located along Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast on Scenic Highway 30A, including dinner for two at their highly acclaimed restaurant Fish Out of Water. This Four Star premiere luxury destination is nestled along the emerald green waters and sugar white sand of Northwest Florida, and is an enchanting getaway with luxurious guest rooms overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Perfect for a romantic getaway for two or a complete family vacation, there’s everything from water activities to golf to incredible shopping and a rejuvenating spa to keep both your days and your evenings occupied.
Live auction item. Valued at $1,000.00
Two Nights at Henderson Park Inn, Destin, FLEnjoy a three night stay in the Presidential Suite at Henderson Park Inn, a premiere beachside bed and breakfast overlooking a mile of undeveloped beaches in Destin. This luxurious New England-style bed and breakfast is a retreat for adults only, with balconies offering miles of panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. A chefs breakfast is offered daily, and once the day is underway, complimentary bicycles are available for touring the area. The chef prepares boxed lunches perfect for a picnic on the beach, and the inn keeps refrigerators stocked with soft drinks, water and candy bars for guests. To celebrate the end of the day, enjoy the beautiful sunset overlooking the gulf on the back deck with a complimentary Happy Hour.
Live auction item. Valued at $1,500.00
Friday, December 31, 2010
ASF has had a great 2010 year and we give all the credit to our wonderful patrons, talented actors and dedicated employees.
2010 in Review:
|"Harriet's Return" The amazing one woman show about Harriet Tubman.|
|"Nobody" World Premiere musical about Bert Williams.|
|"Fall of the House" World Premiere which played with time and elements of Edgar Allan Poe.|
|"Hamlet" Nathan Hosner gave audiences chills in his role as the Prince of Denmark.|
|"All's Well That Ends Well" Made audiences laugh and sigh at relief that everything worked out in the end.|
|"Lettice and Lovage" Kept us on our toes and provided a funny twist among friends.|
|"Cowgirls" These ladies WOWed audiences with the amount of talent on stage at one time.|
|"Scot Bruce" Provided another wonderful evening of entertainment from the King of Rock and Roll.|
|"The Nacirema Society" A great kick off to the 25th Season in Montgomery and a pleasure to have Jasmine Guy.|
|"The House at Pooh Corner" A childhood favorite with a modern edge presented by our great group of interns.|
|"Peter Pan" Sarah Litzsinger took every audience to Never Land night after night.|
And those are just the shows. We have entertained tens of thousands of school children through our AlfaSchoolFest program. Our Southern Writer's Project weekend took place in May and we had people from all over attend and experience a variety of new plays. And we have spent a majority of the year celebrating our 25th Season in Montgomery. A party in the garden was thrown for William Shakespeare on his birthday in April and kids filled the theatre all summer for acting camps.
Our members have enjoyed events like Playwrights Dinners for Nobody and Fall of the House. We also had a Mother's Day Brunch, Thankful for You dinner and May Day wine tasting.
On October 30th the building was transformed into something out of the New York City scene as we celebrated the 25th Anniversary with a gala. Long time supporters of ASF attended the evening and were swept away by the food, entertainment and decor. Dionne Warwick sang on the festival stage and the event raised a significant amount of money for ASF.
We close the curtain on 2010 but look forward to 2011 and all it has to bring. Rehearsals have already started for our next few shows opening.
We invite you to join us for the thrill of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where great stories come to play, in 2011!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
There are still a few days left in 2010 to make an end of the year contribution. If you are interested in making a donation to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival please contact the Development Office by calling Denise Greene at 334-271-5380, or by emailing her at email@example.com. You can also make a donation on our web site by clicking here.