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Volume 15, Number 12
July 14, 2009

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Auditions July 18 & 19, 3-6 p.m. at the Ancon Theater
New foundation and new performance genre in Panama

Amidst the recent continuing success of concerts, theater, and art exhibits here in Panama a new type of production plans to unite different art forms this October at the Anita Villalaz Theater in Casco Viejo. Written by music composer Krista Quinn and theater director Kimberly Hall the production entitled "Strangely Familiar" is holding auditions Saturday and Sunday the 18th and 19th of July from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Theater Guild of Ancon. The production staff is looking for Spanish or English speaking actors and actresses ages 16 - 70, musicians both classically trained and self-taught, dancers and anyone with a special talent. Artists are also asked to sign up for an audition time as the production will be choosing five artists to create original works influenced by the original music of the show for an exhibit that will be held in the bottom floor of the INAC building the nights of the show, Friday Oct. 23 and Saturday Oct. 24th. All disciplines: Please email the director at kimberlyhall4@gmail.com or Maria at 6-579-1097 to RSVP for auditions for either day.

"We are looking for the hidden talent here in Panama. I am constantly amazed by the people I met everyday. We wanted to create a show that would give opportunity to the artists here in Panama to work outside their normal realm and collaborate with artists of different mediums." Quinn and Hall are calling their new genre of performance "concert theater" (similar to a rock opera), which is characterized by original music (down to the ring tone on a cell phone), music expressed the same as in real life (a band plays...), and by the notion that no live performance is static (all will evolve over time). The writers have put together an incredibly experienced production staff including Producer Gale Cellucci, Choreographer Milvia Martinez, Design Director Maria Theoktisto, Stage Manager Brenda Scott, Tech Manager Nick Miles, and Director Danielle Scott - a group that has been behind some of the best performances in Panama in recent years.

The production will be the first event sponsored by a new arts foundation that will launch in 2010 called "Collectivo de Artistas Panameño" (Panama Artists Collective) with the mission to directly support independent artists here in Panama. "If you are talented and you want to put on a show, an exhibit, a concert, etc., we will find a way to get you the sponsorship and the management to make it happen. The artists in Panama need to know that there is a community of colleagues ready to support them in their endeavors. Artists should not have to compromise their vision because of lack of funds" says Foundation Director Kimberly Hall.


Set in present-day Panama, “Strangely Familiar” tells the story of young Panamanian composer, Marie, who is building an amazing invention called an optophonic piano for her upcoming production. The piano does more than play light when it starts to channel unseen musicians and sends Marie on a quest to find out the cause of all the strange visits. Full of tall-tales, ghost stories, and wacky characters, “Strangely Familiar” is a story that appeals to anyone and everyone who knows and loves Panama.


Also in this section:
Six sold out nights of improv at the Ancon Theater
José Ponce's Panama scenes
Auditions for new theater project
Comics Page
Iñaki Urlezaga and the Ballet Concerto
Cool Internet sites
Jazz for the Finca La Maya scholarships
Sparky the Wonder Dog
George Scribner's new paintings
Drum Festival
The Panama News Quote Acrostic

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