Arts notes: Girl Project seeks new class of high schoolers for 2014

Herald-Leader staff and wire reportJanuary 12, 2014 

The Girl Project, a series of creativity workshops for high school girls culminating in a final performance, is recruiting a new class for 2014. Auditions will be 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Woodford Theatre in Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center, 275 Beasley Drive, Versailles, and 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill Street, Lexington.

The original Girl Project was presented in 2012 and last year by Kentucky Conservatory Theatre, which has since chosen to stop presenting productions outside of the annual SummerFest outdoor theater festival, which is moving from The Arboretum on Alumni Drive to MoonDance at Midnight Pass amphitheater this year.

Unlike the original Girl Project, which was yearlong, the 2014 installment will meet twice a month for six months. Eight guest artists will lead the girls in writing, movement, performance and dance, helping them to craft a final performance.

Project dates are 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7, March 7, April 11 and May 9; 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22, March 22, April 26 and May 24; and 1 to 3 p.m. June 7 and 21. Participants are required to attend all dates. Writing, rehearsals and performances are July 14 to Aug. 24. The cost is $50 per workshop for 11 workshops, and scholarships are available.

For more information, visit Thegirlprojectusa.org   or contact Ellie Clark, ellieclark@woodfordtheatre.com   or (859) 873-0648.

6 young playwrights advance in competition

Lexington Children’s Theatre has announced the finalists for its first Young Playwrights for Change competition, for youths in grades 6 to 8. They are Shelby Amato of Winburn Middle School, Lucy Bacon of King Middle School in Mercer County, Joshua Curry of Sayre School in Lexington, Caroline Parker of Providence Montessori, and home-school students Paige Hensley and Carson Robinson.

There will be staged readings of the finalists at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the theater, 418 West Short Street. The winning play will be announced at the end of the performance.

The Kentucky winner will advance to compete with 20 other plays in the national Young Playwrights for Change competition, sponsored by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. The winner of the national competition will visit Washington, D.C., in May, where his or her play will have a staged reading with a professional director and actors at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Screenwriting workshop planned in Ashland

Ashland-born Hollywood screenwriter Allison Anders, left, has agreed to teach a screenwriting class at Grayson Gallery and Art Center in her hometown, according to The Independent newspaper in Ashland. Anders, perhaps best known for writing and directing Gas Food Lodging (1992), worked on the Emmy-nominated Ring of Fire: The June Carter Cash Story and is developing a TV series for AMC called Ashland. The series depicts a family fleeing Hollywood during the “red scare” and seeking refuge in Ashland, which is depicted as a tiny mining town.

Anders’ weekend-long workshop will take place in the spring. The goal of the class is to promote feminist art in Carter County.

The class is made possible through a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which hopes to use the workshop as a way to transform the Grayson gallery into a regional hub for feminist artwork.

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