GIAHA's Annual Performing Arts Series at the Historic Ritz Theatre Season
North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble
Company members range in age from 8 to 18, with as much as 10 years dance experience each. The Ensemble has performed and collaborated with a number of orchestras and jazz bands and toured nationally and internationally. These remarkable young dancers regularly appear at the two largest tap festivals in the U.S., and you’ll be thrilled to see them right here in the Golden Isles.
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Tlen-Huicani: The Singers of Vera Cruz
Recognized as the leading folk group in Mexico, Tlen-Huicani takes the beautiful harpa jarocha or folk harp as the centerpiece of its music. Describing their performance, the Chicago Reader said, “Rich-throated vocalists harmonize on lushly melodic motifs, and it's enough to make you want to just float off into the almond-scented ether.”
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A Christmas Carol
More about Charles Dickens' classic story
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Aquila Theatre presents
Shakespeare’s unmatchable vision of uncompromising true love has stood the test of time as one of the greatest stories ever told. The Aquila Theatre Company’s new production of Romeo and Juliet utilizes a highly talented British and American ensemble to create an adaptation that brings the play’s compelling themes and exquisite poetry to vivid life. Aquila has won international acclaim for bold, intelligent and stylish productions of Shakespeare. The New Yorker calls them “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.” Join us for an evening of sparkling drama that will open your eyes and ears anew to this classic love story.
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"The Sounds of Silents"
Chaplin…Keaton…Laurel & Hardy… They’ve kept us laughing through the years, and now GIAHA is excited to present a unique weekend of events that bring the great cinema clowns into the 21st century with the style and celebration they deserve. Reinterpreting the work of these immortal comics, “The Sounds of Silents” combines film, music and physical comedy in unexpected ways for a thoroughly captivating weekend at the Ritz.
On Friday evening, the acclaimed New York-based physical comedy troupe Parallel Exit performs its silent live-action “road movie” This Way That Way, inspired by the films of Keaton, Chaplin, and Laurel & Hardy, with an echo of the classic Hope and Crosby teamings. The hilarious piece uses music, movement, and magic (but no spoken words) to tell the story of two con men on a cross-country adventure filled with colorful characters and narrow escapes. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind show that Backstage called an “unparalleled achievement” and Time Out New York praised for its “manic, pulsing energy.”
Then on Saturday, movies come back to the Ritz with a screening of the great Buster Keaton comedy Steamboat Bill Jr. This is the film in which Buster introduced his immortal “hat trick” and braved a killer storm with side-splitting results. That alone would be worth the price of admission, but we have a special treat in store for all you silent movie fans. The film will be accompanied by live music from the international music collective Kenosha Kid, an original score composed just for the screening here in Brunswick.
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A Tribute to Benny Goodman
Come here this young musical phenomenon pay glowing tribute to a fully American sound that appeals equally to today’s generation and the Greatest Generation.
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The Hot Club of San Francisco
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The Little Foxes
Heading a cast of local and out-of-town actors, in a role made famous on stage by Tallulah Bankhead and on film by Bette Davis, is GIAHA’s Heather Heath as the complex, fascinating and potentially deadly Regina Giddens—lying, scheming, struggling to secure a rightful place for herself and her daughter in a world ruled by men. This is live theater the way you love it—sharply written, wonderfully acted, highly entertaining and bracingly relevant to our contemporary world.
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