Artists in Action: Area artists usher in fall with new creative expressions
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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Anniston’s got talent — just ask the audience at the Anniston Performing Arts Center for the July 19 talent competition.

Now another crop of artists plan to prove it again as the spotlight shifts this fall to the CAST stage and the Berman Museum.

CAST season opens with ‘Guys and Dolls’


CAST artistic director Kim Dobbs has a challenge to meet in presenting “Guys and Dolls,” the opener this theater season. The classic turned out to be one of the most hilarious musical comedies produced during Broadway’s Golden Age, according to “Broadway Musicals” by Stanley Greene. It featured Miss Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide — shining female characters of opposite temperament and musical style — brassy jazz tunes, dancing and locals from New York City to Havana, Cuba.

“Consider this show one of the most entertaining and perfect ever,” one critic wrote, according to “Changed For Good” by Stacy Wolf. Every song, said the critics, defined a character and every element captured the world of its short story writer, Damon Runyon, who, in the beginning, wrote “Guys and Dolls” as a serious romantic story. It was later decided that the story should be played as a comedy and new scripts were written. The score is by Frank Loesser.

In order to handle such a multifaceted production, Dobbs promises a strong cast and an experienced crew. The two newto-

CAST actors are Rae Honey from Jacksonville as legendary Hotbox Club entertainer Adelaide, and JSU student Wesley

Franks as Sky Masterson, a betting man in money and romance. Maggie Beam plays Sarah, a true reformer from the Save-A-Soul Mission and Maurice Winsell captured the role of Nathan Detroit, the harried organizer of a perpetual craps game in New York. One of the most memorable scenes occurs in Act 2, Scene 5 when Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Scott Whitney) confesses his sins in song with “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

“With all of this talent on one stage,” said Dobbs, “McClellan Theatre is the place to be.” The script has withstood the test of time, Dobbs added, and continues to make audiences laugh. For adults, tickets are $15 and season tickets are $50. The student price is $10 a show or $25 for season tickets. Tickets can be purchased at castalabama.com or by calling 256-820-CAST.

CAST is looking to borrow props including 1930s-1940s men’s wear (hats, suspenders, ties, pants and coats), Salvation Army-style uniforms and a Salvation Army-style bass drum and trombone.

Suds Fest tabletop décor

Planners of the annual bash at the Berman on Sept. 21 are again asking creative people to help enhance the party spirit for Suds Fest by putting their design skills to work making 50 beer bottle centerpieces. According to Margie Conner, marketing manager of the museum, participation in the exhibition has more than doubled since the first Suds Fest.

Artists age 21 and up who wish to participate will decorate a blank, flat silhouette in the shape of a beer bottle. Artists will pay a $15 non-refundable “entry fee” which will be applied to the cost of a half-price admission ticket when the completed centerpiece is turned in by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. This cost is half-off the $30 members rate for an all-access ticket.

Artists will receive publicity through the museum website and social media. The artwork will be for sale during the event with

proceeds to benefit the Berman Museum. Contact Carol McGinnis at 256-237-6766, ext. 104, or at cmcginnis@annistonmuseum.org.
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