The festival masterminds of Across-The-Way Productions are experts in the art of fun. By pairing meticulous planning with celebrated vendors, delicious food, and lots and lots of music, the production company makes every one of their outdoor festivals an unforgettable event. For the past three decades, The Vintage Virginia Wine Festival has highlighted vintages from the state’s most acclaimed winemakers amid cooking demonstrations and other entertainment. The company also hosts the three-day FloydFest, a family-friendly music festival in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains that features folk musicians, bluegrass bands, DJs, performance art, and food.
Using its largest cast to date, Gamut Theatre performs an adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, a satirical tragicomedy that has profoundly impacted playwrights such as Samuel Beckett and Jean-Paul Sartre. During the performance, six family members who wish their life story to be reenacted interrupt an acting company's rehearsal. Like seeing a homeless magician perform on the street corner, the play blends reality and illusion in unpredictable ways, creating an instant classic.
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When professional triple-threat Erinn Dearth Diaz was only 3 years old, she saw a production of The 12 Dancing Princesses, and at the end of the show, an actress blew her a kiss from the stage. Since that airborne kiss landed on her cheek, Erinn has always been enamored of the theatrical arts, a passion that eventually lead her to found Spring Theatre. Her team of instructors and choreographers helps build a positive environment where aspiring dancers and actors can hone their skills and give each other support. In the acting studio, students practice various acting disciplines including Broadway, improv, and faking a neck injury in court. The dance studio, meanwhile, teaches feet a wide array of styles such as ballet, jazz, Afro Cuban, and tap. Classes are available for children, teens, and adults.
The Piedmont Chamber Singers' volunteer vocalists enrapture audiences with melodious performances of timeless choral melodies. Concertgoers revel in the beguiling acoustics of the Ardmore Baptist Church as the ensemble opens with a sample of musical appetizers by French composers Saint-Saëns and Ravel. Singers fill the air with the ethereal, contemplative Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, which signals the conclusion to the current choral season and the return of bike cops' seersucker uniforms. As part of their encouragement of choral-music education in public schools, PCS will share the spotlight with Bella Voce, Reagan High School’s premiere choral ensemble.