Sara Davis reviews a wonderful term of Center Street Dance Academy this spring.
As I reflect on Mental, Gregg Garner’s most recent original production, it feels more appropriate to be writing a self-reflective journal entry than a review. The two-act play performed at the Arts at Center Street Theater propels the audience into a whirlwind of thought regarding the pervasive, yet hard to handle realities of mental illness and its effects on all of us.
The Arts at Center Street strives to offer a neutral venue for people to share thought-provoking art that produces beneficial conversation. Whether first-time or seasoned performers, Open Mic Nights provide the opportunity for a diverse group of people to speak out of the convictions of their soul. Kelly Jobe reviews the 2nd annual Open Mic Night, offered in May 2015.
The players in “ALIEN: The Musical” added their own conviction and heart to an already beautifully written script by the Director, Gregg Garner. In the playbill, Garner notes “This isn’t a political piece. This is a human piece.” The statement stayed with me throughout the production through songs and a storyline that highlight the one thing all human beings have in common: being human. Deb Nava writes a review.
Benjamin Reese teaches drama in our summer program (Camp Skillz), at our new after-school program (CASE), and at G.O.D. Elementary. He offers a list of the different aspects that drama develops in children--from expressiveness to values to memory--things not developed in standard paper-and-desk education, and outright ignored in our culture today. This article explains the value of such development in a reflection on the power of drama, particular to our present technological age.
On April 18th, 2014, The Arts at Center Street hosted a night of poetry called “Odes & Odysseys.” Fifty people were in attendance, and almost a dozen people shared poems and spoken word, the majority of which were original works. It was an impactful evening as people disclosed their thoughts through the powerful medium of poetry.