Joplin Arts News (Oct. 19–25)

Shivering With Antici…pation! Third Annual FUN-Raiser for Joplin Little Theatre

12138372_10153655873953582_4356899828151532364_oThe Rocky Horror Show is gearing up for its third year at Joplin Little Theatre! This “FUN-raiser” is a production by Whitewood Theatrics, with all proceeds benefiting Joplin Little Theatre. The show is re-cast each year, guaranteeing a fresh take on this cult classic. Audience members are encouraged to dress up and join in the antics throughout the performance! Tickets are $10 (general admission) and can be purchased online.

The Cast:
Frank N Furter – Barry Arwood
Rocky – Triston Shepherd
Eddie – Kevin Loar
Riff Raff – Seth Killion
Narrator/Dr. Scott – Jeff Wilkins
Janet – Sara “Abby” Vickers
Usherette – Zoe Musick
Columbia – Flannery Provins
Brad – Brayden Provins
Magenta – Kaye Lewis

Phantom Chorus: Jason Leggett, Ethan Settle, Tyeshaun Massey, Aaron Lawson, Maria Howe, Veronica Wynhausen, and Hannah McNutt. Transylvanians: Sarah Bryant, Jacy Beeler, Kendric Carlock, and Chrisitne Kessler.

About the Show: In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

*Disclaimer: This show contains a lot of material that’s inappropriate for children or those with delicate sensibilities. 


Joplin Regional Artists Coalition to Show in Kansas City, MO

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The Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) is hosting a special membership exhibition, Spectrum to be displayed at the Buttonwood Art Space in Kansas City, MO during December 2015 and January 2016. This is an opportunity for JRAC members to show in a larger market with no entry fee. This show will be accepting as many JRAC entries as possible but Buttonwood Art Space has the final say on works accepted. Entry does not guarantee that a work will be accepted into the show. JRAC will be showing alongside the Mid America Pastel Society. Prizes will be awarded to First Place $300, Second Place $200, and Third Place $100. A drop-off of accepted works will be held in Joplin in mid-November. For full details entry instructions click here. If you have any questions about the show or how to enter please email JRAC President Sarah Serio at joplinrac@gmail.com. Deadline for entry is midnight November 5, 2015JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of it’s member’s artwork. 


Multi-Sensory Art Experience at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

Great things are happening at Missouri Southern State University’s Spiva Art Gallery! Stop in soon to view their new exhibit featuring artwork by Alexis Serio. Better yet, attend the performance by Metropolis this Saturday, October 24 at 7pm while taking in the new exhibit. Talk about a multi-sensory art experience! Metropolis will be performing an original live soundtrack to Robert Wiene’s 1920’s classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

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Alexis Serio’s Artist Statement: “Air is heavy, enduring and permanent. Mass is fleeting. Solitude is vibrant, vital, and optimistic. Logic may be altered but we regain our place in the world through memory. Memory is equilibrium. My paintings are selective and ideals of the truth. They are reflections of my past, the days that I have drawn out in my mind as precious time. The landscape provides stillness and solitude, a moment to reconnect to a personal history within the world.”  


Coming In November: La Música Española

Spain Robert GrucaThe Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Macomber and featuring classical guitarist Robert Gruca, dedicates its November concert to the music of Spain. The concert will be held Friday, November 6, 7:30pm at MSSU’s Taylor Performing Arts Center. The program features Manuel de Falla’s Concert Suite from El Amor Brujo (“Love, the Magician”), Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, and the Carmen Symphony, music by Georges Bizet arranged by José Serébrier.

Robert Gruca has toured the eastern United States and Europe with the Cleveland Orchestra. Possessing powerful musical interpretation and complete technical command over his instrument, he has earned several prizes in national guitar competitions. He regularly performs with flutist Linda White at the Cleveland Music School Settlement; their approach combines classical, Latin, popular, and improvised music. Gruca teaches at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and started the first Suzuki guitar program in northeast Ohio in 2013.