April 30, 2009...
Some actors wait tables. Some work temp jobs. Los Angeles actor Kris Andersson supplemented his stage work by selling Tupperware, until he had a brainstorm. Why not combine the two in a one-man...um, one-woman, show called Dixie's Tupperware Party. After a run off-Broadway, Dixie brings her show to Birmingham's Virginia Samford Theatre. She sat down with WBHM's Tanya Ott to talk about her meteoric rise.
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream takes place in an enchanted forest. A production opening in Birmingham this weekend trades lush vegetation for the smokestacks and machinery of Sloss Furnaces. The production is presented by Muse of Fire: Shakespeare at Sloss. In addition to the industrial backdrop, there's an Indian influence in everything from costumes to dance. WBHM's Bradley George recently spoke with director Elizabeth Hunter.
A Midsummer Night's Dream for Muse of Fire: Shakespeare at Sloss runs this weekend at Sloss Furnaces. Saturday night there's a Basement Bhangra party with DJ Rekha at Matthew's Bar and Grill.
Keep your kids away from Fleet Street. Adults, find another place to get a haircut. Sweeney Todd is back in town at the Red Mountain Theatre Company. He's come to leave his mark on the Magic City, a mark that goes straight across the throat and spills a lot of blood. Reporter Nat Bonner has more...
Sweeney Todd opens this weekend at Red Mountain Theatre Company's downtown cabaret.
The play Bang, Bang You're Dead was written in the wake of school shootings in the mid 90s. But its stage debut, in April of 1999, was just 13 days before the event that would come to define school violence: Columbine. A Birmingham theatre company tackles the tough material this weekend at Pepper Place. Kendra Peine is the producer and Jessica Holdnack plays one of the students. It's a role that hits home. The 16 year old actress attends ASFA.
Bang, Bang You're Dead runs through Saturday night in downtown Birmingham.
Take a 100 voice gospel choir. Add a 60 piece orchestra. And you've got Gospel Goes Classical, an inventive collaboration from UAB music professor Henry Panion. In 2006, Panion's first Gospel Goes Classical concert made CD history by topping both the gospel and classical charts at the same time. He's at it again, with Gospel Goes Classical 2, this weekend at the Alys Stephens Center. Panion talked with WBHM's Tanya Ott.
Tapestry is produced by Bradley George, Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help this week from Nat Bonner. Next week on the program - motherhood. If you've got a story idea for Tapestry, drop us an e-mail. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.