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Painting Stories for 35 Years
March, 2013
In This Issue
Opening Weekend
Music on the Water
Youth Events
College Scholarships
Get Ready to Laugh
with FCT's "Comedy of Errors"


By Dixie Walters  

Fauquier Community Theatre has the perfect antidote for the winter doldrums with the upcoming "Comedy of Errors," based on one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays. The farcical comedy opens March 8 and has weekend performances through March 24.


"Comedy of Errors" tells the story of two sets of identical twins, born on the same day, who were accidentally separated at birth. One set of twins is born to an upper class couple, while the other is born to a poor woman. The well-to-do father purchases the less privileged twins at birth with the intention of making them servants to his sons. An unexpected event soon occurs, causing family members, including both sets of infant twins, to be separated from one another.


The plot takes hold once the four grown-up twins, finding themselves in the same town, set off a series of misunderstandings, mistaken identities, a near seduction, an arrest and various false accusations. 


Sponsored by GRC Direct, performances of "Comedy of Errors" are scheduled for March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Curtain time on Friday and Saturday nights is 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $13 (students and senior citizens) and can be purchased and printed online at fctstage.org or by calling 540-349-8760.


Prepare to 'Be Amazed' by Noted Glass Harpist



"Music on the Water - From Mozart to Star Wars"  

By Dixie Walters


Fauquier Community Theatre is bringing area residents an opportunity to marvel at the unique musical talents of Jamey Turner, an internationally renowned "glass harpist." Turner will take the stage for two performances on April 6. His show, "Music on the Water - From Mozart to Star Wars" will introduce local audiences to his unusual method of performing music.  


Using water-filled glasses, Turner relies on the principles of sound to play a range of selections from Mozart to the theme from "Star Wars."Although he uses an unconventional instrument, there's no mistaking the melodies produced. Turner's rendition of "Ode to Joy" is as sharp and distinct as one played on a traditional instrument.


"This will be the first time most people have heard these pieces played in this way," says Debra Smyers, the founder and principal of Arts Consulting International and an agent for Turner. "When people watch him play, their jaws literally drop. They're just amazed that this beautiful music can be coming from glasses of water."


Turner's renditions sound like a mini orchestra, Smyers adds. Each glass represents a note, and Turner's energetic style of "playing" the glasses evokes a multi-instrument experience.


High-Profile Performances

Turner, an Alexandria resident, has been wowing audiences all over the country and even the world for some 30 years. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Disney World, the White House Easter Egg Roll and the National Cathedral, among other venues. He has also appeared on television programs such as "The Today Show," "Good Morning America" and "The Tonight Show," when the late Johnny Carson hosted. In addition, he has performed with various orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. Turner also traveled to Japan last fall for a TV special.


Turner's love of music goes back to his childhood. As a boy, he learned to play the clarinet, piano and other instruments. As he got older, he began to apply the principles of sound to create his own musical instruments. In addition to the glass harp, Turner is known to play a "wrench harp," a series of wrenches of various sizes that hang on a frame. He has also been known to turn implements such as saws into musical instruments.


Turner's imaginative performances involve audience interaction and education about his unique form of art. He often invites spectators to come onstage and join his one-man orchestra.


"This is a real family event that is enjoyable for all ages. There is something for everyone in the repertoire," says Smyers, who was also responsible for bringing Elisabeth von Trapp to FCT for a sold-out performance last year.


Come be amazed at "Music on the Water - From Mozart to Star Wars," a show by international glass harpist Jamey Turner performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Tickets are $12 (adults and seniors) and $10 (students). Purchase tickets with the option of printing at www.fctstage.org or call 540-349-8760. Fauquier Community Theatre is located at 4225 Aiken Drive,  Warrenton, VA 20187.




More detailed information is available on the website under the tab "auditions".
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
For Ages 5-18
Directed by Christie Clark
Music Directed by Hilary Pierce



Friday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm 

Saturday, April 13 from 1:00-3:00 pm 

Callbacks (by invitation only) Monday, April 15


Be Prepared
Choose to come either Friday or Saturday, but be prepared to stay for the full audition time. Please print this Charlie Brown Audition sheet and bring it completed to the audition with you. Memorize and be prepared to sing 16 bars of upbeat music (your choice) that shows character, please bring a cd, iPod or sheet music to be played during your performance. Be prepared to dance as a group after being instructed and taught a few dance steps. If you are auditioning for a lead role, be prepared to do a cold reading from a script for the character you are auditioning for.


Location of Audition  

Hope Christian Fellowship 4173 Bludau Dr., Warrenton (located in Vint Hill) unless otherwise notified



Christie Clark at christie@FCTstage.org  

College Scholarships

FCT coordinates financial scholarships for local high school seniors who desire to study theater in college. Due to patron's raffle donations at our shows, young aspiring actors and actresses are aided toward the cost of higher education as they seek to acquire further training in the arts.

If you are a senior in high school and would like to apply for an FCT college scholarship, please fill out and send in this application.

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