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Review: ‘Night Witches’ at Ground Rush Productions

“We all had things we had to let go of,” says the woman flanked by her six sisters-in-arms in Night Witches, directed by Kathleen Anne Hefferon, and created by the seven women who comprise the ensemble: Madeline Barr, Elizabeth Chahin, Josephine Cooper, Alida Rose Delaney, Alexis Ingram, Elena Kritter, and Maggie Ronck. Night Witches tells […]

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In the Moment: An Interview With Rick Davis on ‘Arts By George!’ on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at George Mason University’s Center for The Arts

These are times of increasing emphasis on STEM as the seemingly set future direction for American students; when there is serious discussion that college bound students and their parents be presented with a ROI (Return on Investment) given the major student debt many incur. With that perspective in mind, I enjoy my regular conversations with […]

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In the Moment: Hylton Performance Center Presents Rosanne Cash on 6/26 and The Castleton Festival on 6/28

It’s never too early to begin thinking about summer entertainment plans, both venues and entertainment. Early this summer, the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts, entering its sixth season on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus, is presenting a late June weekend with a special, wide-range of musical entertainment by outstanding world class performers. How […]

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Hylton Performing Arts Center Announces 2015-2016 Performance Season by Jill Graziano

The Hylton Performing Arts Center announces a superb collection of performances coming to Northern Virginia in 2015-2016. Now entering its sixth season, this outstanding community arts center on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus provides a permanent residence for local and regional ensembles and a world-class performance space where people from around the region gather to […]

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‘West Side Story + Roméo et Juliette’ at Young Artists of America and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras at Strathmore

What makes a standout performance that leaves the audience gushing long after leaving the theater? The Young Artists of America at Strathmore seems to have hit upon the perfect recipe – combine a sumptuous setting in The Music Center at the Strathmore, invite a myriad of local groups for creative collaboration, assemble nearly 200 talented […]

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‘Menopause The Musical’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center

Menopause The Musical is still hysterical and fresh after 15 years and multiple thousands of performances. I use the word ‘hysterical’ on purpose: for many women who have gone through the mood swings accompanying ‘the change,’ every melody, mixed up lyric and repartee speak to a shared experience. Those shared experiences have, for many, lead […]

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‘The 39 Steps’ at Prince William Little Theatre

Love, laughs, and suspense: you’ll get the full package at Prince William Little Theatre’s production of The 39 Steps. Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the early Alfred Hitchcock film, and directed by PWLT veteran Don Petersen, The 39 Steps farcically follows Richard Hannay as he is wrongfully accused of murder and tries to clear his […]

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In the Moment: A Chat with the Director and Cast Members of George Mason University’s ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ Which Opens This Friday Night

Ah, theatrical heaven! Being in the midst of the usually unseen controlled chaos of a rehearsal, especially with a large cast. Such a delight, so much infectious, intense energy pervading a large, brightly lit rehearsal room. Your columnist was at a recent rehearsal for the upcoming George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts […]

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Aquila Theatre Brings ‘Wuthering Heights’ to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on October 5th and ‘The Tempest’ to Hylton Performing Arts Center on October 11th

Enduring works of live theater continue to be performed; even in this fast-changing digital age, with disruption to so much long-held, accepted wisdom. Classic works of literature and theater keep on sparking audience’s interests and hearts. Bringing “the greatest works to the greatest number,” the nationally recognized Aquila Theatre, a touring stage troupe based in […]

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‘Broadway’s Next Hit Musical’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center

Cue the bright lights. Quick witted, theatrically smart, and skillful  improv artistry took to the stage of the gleaming Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas bringing good cheer to the full-house audience in the 1100 seat Merchant Hall. It was opening night for the Hylton Center’s 5th season with the on-the-spot invented songs and theatrics […]

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Pied Piper Theatre at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Audrey Thornton

Veteran director Vincent Worthington, who also serves as Set Designer and Lighing Designer of Pied Piper Theatre, masterfully lead Piped Piper Theatre’s first musical production at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014. A sure crowd-pleaser, the musical opened to an enthusiastic sold-out audience of families and patron arts supporters. Author L. Frank […]

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Aquila Theatre’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Keith Tittermary

“It was a pleasure to burn.” The opening line of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 magnum opus, Fahrenheit 451 sets the mood for a dystopian society where firemen set fires and critical thinking is non-existent, and all “facts” are delivered to you through picture walls. The great Science fiction writer Bradbury, who passed away in 2012, never liked […]

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‘Dancing in the Wings’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Audrey Thornton

Dancing in the Wings, a musical by Debbie Allen, returns again to the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University’s Manassas Campus. Adapted from the 2000 book by Debbie Allen and Kadir Nelson, this crowd-pleasing, Grammy Award-winning family friendly musical has something for everyone with fast-paced dialogue, exceptional singing, and a cast of young […]

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Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Francine Schwartz

On Saturday, May 4, 2013 the Hylton Performing Arts Center of Manassas 3rd Anniversary Gala once again welcomed one of American music’s greatest Bluegrass legends, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, which he formed with his brother Carter in 1946. Dr. Ralph Stanley, born in 1927 in Big Spraddle, Virginia, boasts of a career […]

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The Russian National Ballet’s ‘Chopiniana & Romeo & Juliet’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Mike Spain

The Russian National Ballet Theatre dropped by the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday to perform a ballet double-header of classics. First they performed Chopiniana  (also known as Les Sylphides) set to the music of Frederic Chopin, using the original orchestrations by Alexander Glazunov and remaining true to Mikhail Folkine’s choreography. After a brief intermission they […]

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: ‘The Gospel Truth’ Review by Audrey Thornton

In keeping with its blues-drenched hand-clapping theme, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra (MJO), delivered another festive evening of big band tunes at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. Under the accomplished direction of George Mason University’s Director, Jim Carroll, seventeen first-rate musicians entertained with a compilation of […]

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‘Danú’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Mike Spain

Watching Danú perform was a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Danú is a highly acclaimed, award-winning Celtic band that plays traditional music with a few originals sprinkled in. They also perform the music on traditional instruments. It was a great cultural exchange of enjoyable Irish music. They played the same music that Irish settlers brought […]

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‘Birdland Big Band’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Audrey Thornton

A dynamic, new ensemble directed by Tommy Igoe (Drums); Nick Marchione, August Haas, Mat Jodrell, and Brandon Lee (Trumpets); Dave Bargeron, Mark Miller and James Borowski (Trombones); Nathan Childers, Alejandro Aviles, Rob Middleton, and Tony Lustig (Saxes); Whitney Ashe (Piano); and Phil Palombi (Bass) started off its month-long U.S. tour in an intimate luxurious setting […]

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