Thursday, March 30, 2006

An Alley Cat Defying Gravity and Dead Elvis

Art and Music for everyone

1. Please join the Alley Cat Players for our next library performance--Defying Gravity

What do the following have in common: a Christa McAuliffe-like teacher waiting to board the shuttle, a retired couple RV-ing south to watch a doomed launch, a six-year-old girl, and the ghost of Impressionist painter Claude Monet?

In playwright Jane Anderson's Defying Gravity, these characters share the story as they share a wish, a dream, a reach for the heavens. Through humor, magic, and touching allegory, Defying Gravity transforms the shuttle Challenger disaster of 20 years ago into a poetic, uplifting _expression -- or impression? -- of the need to touch the stars. [An] almost mystical celebration of devoted aspiration," said AISLE SAY Boston.

Monday, April 10, 7pm, St. Pete Main Library, 3745 9th Ave North, St. Petersburg
Tuesday, April 11, 7pm, Seminole Heights Library, 4711 Central Ave, Tampa

See for more information and directions or call (813) 231-8478. 'Art for Everyone' -- All our library shows are free!
Jo Averill-Snell

2. This Tuesday the Reflections Chamber Ensemble will be presenting Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat and Michael Daugherty's Dead Elvis at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg. Both of these pieces are very theatrical in nature. I think Palladium tickets are $15.00.

The ensemble is in it's 5th year, and is made up of members of performing groups from around the state, including the Florida Orchestra. This is the first year that we have performed in the Palladium.

We also present a "lite" version of Tuesday's Concert at the Independent Day School campus in Carrollwood on Sunday April 1 at 4:00 P.M. that is just the Stravinsky, with a catered picnic served afterward. These (the picnics) must be ordered in advance. These are more family oriented, and is how the ensemble started, as an educational series. These concerts (without picnic) are $10.00.

Tom and I started this group as a way to present music that we love to a younger audience in an effort to help audiences for classical music continue with the next ticket buying generation. It has proven to be pretty successful, and has grown into a full fledged concert series at the Palladium. I hope some of you can make it.

Stacey McColley- Seminole Heights resident

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