January 29, 2013
From staff reports
The Georgia Southern University Communication Arts Department will host the Patti Pace Performance Festival, Feb. 1–2, 2013. This is the second time the university will host the festival honoring the late Patricia Pace, who was a professor and theater director in the department from 1985 until her untimely death in 2000.
Rebecca Kennerly, assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department and director of Performance Works at GSU, along with Melanie Kitchens, GSU alumna and instructor at Augusta State University, will coordinate the festival this year. Pace was Kitchens’ mentor at GSU.
“As conceived by Patti and several others, the Patti Pace Performance Festival was to be a spring retreat that brought ‘together teachers, students, scholars, and artists in a community of discovery,’” said Kitchens.
The 2013 festival theme is “Performing Fairytales.” Tracy Stephenson Shaffer, associate professor at Louisiana State University, will guide festival participants in a workshop that will result in the making and remaking of fairytales, both new and familiar. The festival will convene in the Black Box Theatre in GSU’s Center for Art and Theatre on Friday morning, Feb.1, and conclude Saturday afternoon with festival participants’ performances of fairytales.
Special guest artists Christopher Krejci and Derek Mudd of the Reilly Theater in Baton Rouge, La., will present “The Tragical, Comical, Ahistorical Adventures of Pinocchio” on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre. The Saturday evening performance is free and open to the public.
Busy weekend ahead for the Averitt Center
Friday, Feb. 1
• F1rst Friday — "Fashion for Compassion," 5:30–8 p.m. Madame Couture's Consignment and Fashion Exchange is hosting this month's F1rst Friday celebration with a fashion show to benefit Safe Haven of Statesboro, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence and their children throughout Bulloch and surrounding counties. Although the show is free, attendees are asked to bring along paper goods such as toilet paper and paper towels to be donated to Safe Haven.
• Sip 'N Dip, 7–9 p.m. Bring your favorite “sip” and come “dip” your brush to create your very own masterpiece! Sip ‘N Dip classes are a fun way to express (or find) your creativity in a casual and exciting environment. Regardless of whether you have ever picked up a paint brush, you will leave with a beautiful painting created by you. Registration is $44/person, but bring a friend and you both save $5. All supplies and light refreshments are provided. Contact Tony Phillips at 912.212.2787 to enroll.
Saturday, Feb. 2
• Glory Crampton in concert, "Out of My Dreams, Broadway and More," 7:30 p.m. Broadway leading lady and musical theater veteran Glory Crampton is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in productions of “The Fantasticks,” “Camelot,” “My Fair Lady,” “Carousel,” “Jane Eyre,” “Nine” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Born and raised on Long Island, Crampton has starred in many roles on television and performed private concerts all over the nation. Tickets are $22/adult and $10/youth.