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Anderson plans Chadwick Boseman tributes

[caption id="attachment_45348" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Actor and South Carolina native Chadwick Boseman. Getty Images.[/caption]

From Entertainment Tonight:

Chadwick Boseman's hometown of Anderson is paying tribute to the late star on Thursday, after the actor died following a private battle with colon cancer. Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, before leaving to attend college at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

A representative from Mayor Terence Roberts' office tells ET that the city will be hosting a community event to honor the life of Boseman on Thursday, Sept. 3, at an outdoor amphitheater.

Click here to read the full story from ET.

Tools for a successful career as an artist

Artists U to present free workshop in Anderson

The S.C. Arts Commission is dedicated to helping #SCartists thrive economically using their talents to build a sustainable career. Our partnership with Artists U helps provide tools to make that happen. This spring, the team from Artists U/South Carolina is heading to Anderson to present a free workshop.

Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist

Friday, April 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anderson Arts Center Warehouse 110 Federal Street Anderson, SC 29625
  • How much does it cost? It’s free (but the class size is limited).
  • Who is it for? Practicing South Carolina artists.
  • Do you have to attend both sessions? Yes.
  • Will there be beverages? Of course. And lunch on Saturday.
  • How do I register? Sign up here
The S.C. Arts Commission and Artists U/South Carolina work as partners to offer these programs to South Carolina artists.

What Artists Say About the Workshop

“Our local art sphere is changing with these workshops. People are talking about things differently and feeling more empowered. The impact is deep.” Visual artist "I have been working full-time as a self-supporting artist for ten years, yet there was not a single idea or observation that arose today that did not make an impact on me. I have also sat through many, many strategic planning meetings, charrettes, and professional development seminars in different fields, and this by far was the most fruitful, efficient, and enjoyable. This weekend will not only make a difference in my artistic and professional life, but also in the creative life of my beloved city." Dance artist "This intensive was exactly what I needed - concrete reminders that I use both sides of my brain; the guided direction to jump start my career goals that lay dormant; and defining motivation to move forward to accomplish those goals." Visual artist

Unified auditions coming for Upstate actors

Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Be seen by casting directors for Upstate theatres

Brought to you by the South Carolina Theatre Association
  • Actors should prepare a 60 second monologue
    • Must be from a published play
    • Must be memorized
    • No costumes, please
  • Musical theatre actors should prepare 90 seconds of monologue and song
    • Must be from a published play or musical
    • Must be memorized
    • Must provide your own sheet music (we will provide the accompanist)
    • You can use the 90 seconds however you wish (all song, or song and monologue)
  • Technicians should prepare a presentation of their work.
    • Must bring your portfolio
    • May bring any examples.
    • You and your portfolio will be posted in a room for the casting directors to come visit and chat with you during their lunch break.
  • All auditionees including technicians will be included in the e-book that will be provided to participating theatres.  Upon registration you will receive and email requesting you to submit your resume and headshot.  If technicians have an on-line portfolio they can submit that link as well.  No paper copies will be accepted.
  • Please note: the Upstate Unified Auditions are opens to theatre artists age 8 and up. (18 and older on 2/16; ages 8-17 on 2/17)
  • If you have questions or issues registering, please contact Anita Sleeman: asleeman@southcarolinatheatre.org.
Go here to register now!

Submitted material

Electric City Playhouse announces playwriting contest

Submission deadline: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

Electric City Playhouse in Anderson is holding a One-Act Script Writing Contest. The winning one-act will be produced and featured in the theatre's ECP Plus production of "Life Stages,"running April 26-28, 2019. The production will be cast and directed by Mary Nickles. "Life Stages" will also include the one-acts "Forgetting to Remember" and "Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn." Required subject matter is a "Stage of Life." This could include situations applicable to, but not limited to, young adults. Subjects can be everything from the trials and tribulations of growing up to the experiences associated with middle age. Comedic and dramatic scripts are welcome. More information and full submission rules are available at ECPlayhouse.com. Electric City Playhouse's 2019 season will also include Tuck Everlasting: The Musical, 1959 Pink Thunderbird, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, Moon Over Buffalo, Messiah on the Frigidaire, and Santaland Diaries. Tickets at ECPlayhouse.com or call 864.224.4248.

Tuning Up: Black History event in Anderson, call for short films, etc.

Good morning! "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

  • Tonight at 6 p.m., the Anderson County Library begins the county's Black History Month celebration with an event highlighting our state's role in the civil rights movement. To wit: did you know Rosa Parks received training in Columbia? More information here. (The event is sponsored by the Arts Commission.)
  • Are you more Halloween than Valentine's Day? An Arts Commission AVI grantee has a "ghoul" project in the works that you'll be "goblin" up. (Okay, we'll stop.) Filmmakers and screenplay writers are invited to help Deathcat Entertainment with "Grave Intentions" – their pun, not ours. Go here for more information.
  • More on films: Indie Grits Festival Director Seth Gadsden chatted Indie Grits Labs on the National Endowment for the Arts' "Art Works" podcast!
  • Call for art! Visual Arts Exchange in Raleigh is calling for art from installation artists. Check out The Cube and The Lab for more. Deadline for both spaces appears to be Feb. 15.
  • And finally... why we advocate: because through public support of the arts, the S.C. Arts Commission was able to award 342 grants totaling $3.3 million in 42 counties in FY 2017. That's 73% of our state funding – more than the legislative mandate of 70%.

Palmetto High School in Williamston to offer its first theater program

From the Anderson Independent Mail

Article by Francis Parrish; photos by Ken Ruinard [caption id="attachment_22276" align="alignright" width="250"]Palmetto High School Palmetto High School’s Gracie Poore (left), Kaden Browning, and Jayce Childs take part in drama class activity near teacher William Ragland.[/caption]
William Ragland, Palmetto High School’s full-time certified theater teacher, told students in his class Thursday not to “let your fears hold you back.” “Improv is so much fun and terrifying at the same time,” Ragland told the group. Ragland stood on the auditorium stage surrounded by his class and spoke in an animated voice as he explained the rules of a theatrical warm-up game that included improvisation and movement. The Powdersville native was hired to start the first theater program in decades at the Williamston school. Ragland is no novice when it comes to the stage. He has been in 55 productions in Greenville community theaters, and last year, he started the Mill Town Players, a theater troupe in Pelzer. Ragland said it was a tough decision for him to leave Woodmont High School in Greenville County, where he built an award-winning theater program from nothing. But he felt it was the right choice to change schools. “I have developed an affinity for the underdog,” he said. “I don’t want to be at a school with all the resources. ... I want to be at a school where I’m needed.” The Palmetto High auditorium does not have a proper lighting system and will need to be updated for the new program. Ragland plans to convert his cream-colored classroom, which used to be the chorus room, into a multi-use, black box theater with a lighting grid in place of the ceiling and a sound board for class space, rehearsals and performances. “I am literally starting out with nothing, and that is exactly where we need to start,” Ragland said. “I’m excited about making something out of nothing. That’s what you do in theater. You imagine, you create, you engage, and inspire different people to work together toward a common goal bigger than themselves, and to lift up the community to bring pride, energy and culture to a place that may have been devoid of it before.” For the first few weeks of school, Ragland has been trying to connect with the school culture and with the students, he said. “This year is all about engagement and putting down the foundation blocks of the new program that hopefully will grow and be successful and endure from this point forward,” he said. The new Mustang Stage Company will participate in a state competition. The school has about two months to get ready for the South Carolina Theater Association High School Festival in early November. This year, Ragland teaches six Theater I classes. He hopes to offer Theater II classes starting next year. “I predict every year we will add a new course of some kind until we have Theater I-IV and a technical theater class," he said. “It’s not just about training good actors and putting on great high school shows, it’s about giving these kids skills to make them stronger and better versions of themselves, so they’ll be ready for whatever life throws them,” he said. After a show at the South Carolina Children’s Theater in Greenville, the superintendent of Greenville County Schools asked Ragland if he thought about being a teacher because he worked well with the children. “I said ‘No, thank you,' ” Ragland said. “I had witnessed the stress level of what it took to be a teacher. But he would not give up.” Ragland attended classes to earn a teaching certification and began teaching kindergarten and first grade art at Bryson Elementary School in a portable that had been vandalized. “I started with nothing,” he said. “I had a great mentor. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a perfect fit.” He then taught art at Sue Cleveland Elementary School, also in Greenville County, in for four years. “During this whole time, I was in plays in Greenville,” Ragland said. “I would do these shows at the children’s theater which would have been wonderful for my students to see, but they couldn’t because of the price and the distance.” That’s when he decided to begin directing plays that were more affordable at Greenville schools, to give students a different opportunity. He was recruited to start a theater program at Woodmont High. The program grew, and in 2012, the school won the state theater competition. Ragland and the administration hopes to build a similar program at Palmetto High. “That’s the fun part,” said Assistant Principal Jason McCauley. “We get to see the program grow from a seed.” McCauley has known Ragland since high school, and also worked with him at Woodmont for several years as well, witnessing the growth of the drama program. “He is very passionate about his craft,” McCauley said. “His passion is contagious, and he is able to share that passion with the students.”  

24 Hour Musical partners with Cancer Association of Anderson for Broadway-style benefit

[caption id="attachment_21462" align="alignright" width="325"]Show and cast reveal for "Spelling Bee" Show and cast reveal for "Spelling Bee"[/caption] Anderson, South Carolina’s 24 Hour Musical took the stage July 11 with a production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” to benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson. Featuring a 12-person cast and an extensive crew of Upstate theatre artists and volunteers,  the show held two sold-out performances at Anderson University's Belk Theatre. The full-scale, Broadway-style musical was put together in only 24 hours. Actors submitted audition videos throughout May and June. The creative team notified those who were cast, but the title of the 2015 show remained a secret until just 24 hours before the event. After a Kick Off Party and the show reveal, the team of nearly 50 volunteers immediately began an all-night work session, memorizing lines, staging, building sets, making costumes, and locating props for the show. Exactly 24 hours later, the show opened to a packed house. Admission was free, with donations accepted. In total, the production raised $2,346.65 for the Cancer Association of Anderson. Why take on the challenge of producing an entire Broadway-style musical in only 24 hours? “We believe everyone should have the opportunity to use their skills and talents to make a difference”, says Noah Taylor, co-founder and artistic director of 24 Hour Musical. "The unique event offers a challenge for local artists and an opportunity to use their passion to positively impact the community." The Cancer Association of Anderson is funded entirely by donations from the public, grants, and funds raised by events. The CAA is the only local cancer charity in Anderson County. Its mission is to help reduce the burden of cancer on Anderson County residents by providing treatment-related financial assistance, information and referral and emotional support. In 2014, the Cancer Association opened new case files for 323 new patients and an additional 12 who had been in remission were moved back to active status. The staff served an average of 152 different patients per month. CAA provided free wigs and hats to women losing their hair during treatment, hosted two free support groups and operated two sessions of a six-week Survivor School attended by approximately 15 female patients who had completed treatment. CAA also sent 24 patients through AnMed Health’s Oncology Rehabilitation program of exercise and education for survivors. "Spelling Bee" marks 24 Hour Musical's second annual production. In 2014, the inaugural production, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," raised more than $1,500 for the Anderson Free Clinic. Taylor and team plan to continue the annual event, benefiting a different charity partner each year. The organization also offered other arts events in the past year, including a workshop with Broadway actress Bailey Hanks and Anderson's recent Shakespeare in the Park production. Via: 24 Hour Musical; photos by Casey Bates  

24 Hour Musical uses theatre arts to benefit the Anderson Free Clinic

Anderson, South Carolina's 24 Hour Musical took the stage August 9, with a production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Anderson University’s Belk Theatre. The inaugural event was put together by theatre artists from around the Upstate to raise funds for the Anderson Free Clinic. 24 Hour MusicalThroughout July, local actors submitted audition videos, and the creative team notified those who were cast in the show. The title of the show remained a secret until just 24 hours before showtime. The cast, creative team, and sponsors came together for a kick-off party on August 8 where the show was revealed, and the actors’ roles were announced. Rehearsals began immediately and ran through the night, while teams of volunteers simultaneously located props, made costumes, and built sets. (Editor's note: Anderson joins communities around the country in producing a 24-hour theatre event to benefit a local charity. According to the New York Times, the first 24-Hour Musicals event was staged in New York in 2008; its drama-based cousin, the 24-Hour Plays, has been around since 1995.) Anderson's 24 Hour Musical was founded earlier this year by Noah and Carlie Taylor. The nonprofit organization seeks to better the local and global communities through theatre arts, while creating unifying, uplifting community experiences and introducing new challenges for theatre artists. "The 24 Hour Musical came about because we believe that each individual’s specific talents can be used to better our community,” said Noah Taylor, who is also the artistic director of the new organization. “As theatre artists in the Upstate, we felt that there were very few opportunities for us to do that, and that was something we wanted to change! We also felt that there simply were not enough opportunities for people like us to make theatre. We can only grow as artists when we have opportunities to work and explore our craft. We wanted to kick off something new and exciting that young theatre artists, like ourselves, could embrace." “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” was a success, with the theatre filled to capacity just 10 minutes after the doors opened. Admission was free, but donations were accepted. In all, the organization raised $1,530.50, enough to meet the Free Clinic’s one-day operating expenses of $1,451. According to Karen Mauch, the Clinic’s funds development coordinator, in one day at the Anderson Free Clinic: • 35-40 patients will be seen by one of the Clinic’s medical providers • 8-10 patients will be seen by a volunteer dentists • approximately 200 prescriptions will be dispensed • 2-4 other health care professionals (RNs and medical assistants) will triage patients • 3-5 students preparing for careers in healthcare professions will gain clinical experience • 10-15 community volunteers will assist staff with clerical duties and in the pharmacy • Staff will schedule patient appointments and maintain patient records "This donation means that for one more day, Free Clinic staff and volunteers will come together to provide care, medications and education to patients that will help them stabilize conditions that have often been ignored," said Mauch. "The Clinic is also excited to show the community that one does not need to have a healthcare background to help the Free Clinic in their mission to bring healthcare to Anderson’s underserved!" As for the 24 Hour Musical, the board of directors is already planning for next year’s event. They hope to partner with a different charity every year and continue to impact the Upstate community with the arts. They also look forward to bringing more exciting, unique events to the area, as early as next spring. To learn more about the 24 Hour Musical, visit www.24hourmusicalsc.org. Via: 24 Hour Musicals

Godzilla, samurai and anime at Belton’s Japanese Film Festival

In conjunction with the Anderson International Festival 2014: Youkoso, A Celebration of Japanese Culture, the Belton Area Museum Association will host a Japanese Film Festival beginning Feb. 13. BAMA will introduce four famous Japanese movies to the public over the next two months. The movies will be shown in the center section performance hall at the historic Belton Train Depot, 100 N. Main Street, Belton, and will begin at 6 p.m. each night. Scholars Dr. David Larson and Dr. Wayne Cox will introduce each film by discussing an important theme, topic, or content relevant to the individual films that will improve the community’s understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture and history. “Prior to each film, Dr. Larson or Dr. Cox will offer brief discussions on topics including traditional and modern Japanese culture, Japanese filmmaking techniques, and Japanese heritage,” stated Alison Darby, BAMA volunteer. The first film to be shown is Seven Samurai on Thursday, Feb. 13. Rooted deep in the Japanese culture is the power of the anomalous character of the samurai -- dangerous, yet honor-bound. In this film from 1954, a poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help defend the village. Before the movie, Larson will offer a brief presentation sharing the reasons for the pervasiveness of the samurai mythology and its importance in postwar Japan. “The strength of an anomalous hero is that he just might be on your side. This is the case for the medieval Japanese peasants in Seven Samurai, and accounts for much of the film’s epic stature, both in Japan and around the world,” commented Larson. Other films in the series: Thursday, Feb. 27: Godzilla: Imperialism, Body Snatchers and the Post-Nuclear World in Japan From the only nation in the world to have experienced first-hand the devastation of an atomic bomb, Godzilla is the embodiment of the post-nuclear Japanese experience. This discussion will explore one of the most expensive, popular movies made at the time (one that spawned no fewer than 28 sequels), covering what it means, why it’s still relevant, whom it influenced, and how it embodies Japanese attitudes about war, monsters and imperialism. Thursday, March 13: The Tokyo Story and the Japanese Aesthetic of Simplicity Hailed as one of the great films of Japan, the simplicity of The Tokyo Story is a powerful dramatization of the Japanese aesthetic qualities of shabui and wabi sabi: simplicity and imperfection. Yasujiro Ozu’s masterful film captures the joy and inevitable pain of generational struggle -- but always “less is more.” Thursday, March 27: Spirited Away: Alice in the Spiritual Wonderland of Japanese Anime Winner of the Academy Award in 2003 for Best Animated Feature and the largest grossing film in Japanese history (surpassing even Titanic), Spirited Away is one of the most successful and fitting examples of Japanese anime. This discussion will include the features of Japanese animation, why it’s different from American animation, and how it reflects the shifting morals of modern Japanese society. Sponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, the films are appropriate for all ages and are free for the public to attend. Popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be sold for a nominal fee as a fundraiser for the museum. For more information, contact Shirah Smith, (864) 338-7400 or beltonmuseum@bellsouth.net. Via: Belton Area Museum Association

Furman University seeks local artists for permanent collection

Deadline is Sept. 18. Furman University in Greenville is seeking local artists to be part of a permanent collection that will be housed in the school’s Herring Center for Continuing Education. Artists are invited to submit work for a juried exhibition that will be displayed in the Herring Center’s Baiden Gallery Nov. 4 – Dec. 16. Selected works will be purchased and form the core of the Herring Center Permanent Collection. The deadline for electronic submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 18 by 5 p.m. Artists will be notified of acceptance on Oct. 2. For The Herring Center Juried Exhibition: Transformation, Community and Self, up to 12 accepted works will be considered for purchase awards. The call is open to artists age 18 or older working in any two-dimensional media and who reside in the following North and South Carolina counties: Anderson, Laurens, Greenville, Henderson, Oconee, Pickens, Polk, Spartanburg and Transylvania. Each entry is $10 with a cap of three entries per artist. Jurors for the exhibition include longtime Furman art professor Bob Chance; studio ceramics artist Diana Farfan Valente; and Joe Thompson, chair of the visual arts department at The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. The Call to Artists document is available online here. For more entry requirements, specifications and forms, contact Michael Brodeur in Furman’s Department of Art, michael.brodeur@furman.edu, or Alison Search in Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development, alison.search@furman.edu, 864-294-2154. Via: Furman University