Sunday, June 29, 2003

Hall named 'Superior Volunteer'

Theater notes


Longtime local community theater volunteer Charlotte Hall didn't make it to this weekend's annual ACT-Greater Cincinnati awards banquet and OCTA (Ohio Community Theatre Association) showcase of excerpts.

Hall was in Torrington, Conn., at the national conference of the American Association of Community Theatre receiving the Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award.

"It's for people over 65," Hall confided. "I'm way over - 84!"

Hall was bitten by the community theater bug in 1967 when her daughter Michelle auditioned for a show.

Her home base is Village Players of Fort Thomas, where she's appeared in shows including Octette Bridge Club.

Peggy Kenney, who accompanied her to Connecticut, says Hall has an inventory of costumes and props "which she graciously lends to theaters all over town. Her clothes have probably appeared on more stages than she has!"

Hall wastes nothing - when a lightning struck a tree in her yard, she offered it up for the rough-hewn cabin set of On Golden Pond.

In 1990, her tireless backstage efforts - she's been a producer, prompter, publicity chairman, even housekeeper - won her a local Art Rouse Award, for exceptional commitment and dedication to community theater.

"It's been a wonderful life," says Hall. "If I had to pick the one thing that means the most, it would be the friendships."

Arrasmith did Playhouse photo

The contribution of photographer Tony Arrasmith to the Playhouse in the Park brochure image of Metamorphoses was inadvertently left out of last week's column item that gave the back story of how the "photo" of a winged man rising out of the water came to be.

Arrasmith was the man who spent eight hours behind the camera lens masterminding the difficult shoot. Arrasmith & Associates were also responsible for another day's worth of computer work that completed the image (as well as the other eye-catching shots in the 2003-04 brochure.)

For a copy of the artful brochure, call the Playhouse box office at 421-3888.

Sneak peek at 'popera'

Get a sneak peek at Over-the-Rhine "popera" blueS alleY caT from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday on Fountain Square. Local theaters also will be handing out material on summer shows and the 2003-04 season.

CaT (with music by Joe Gorman and book by Lee Horvitz and director Lyle Benjamin) opens at School for Creative and Performing Arts on July 10. Featured performers include Kamau Means, Taylore Mahogany Scott and Ken Early.

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