Short Subjects

Posted May 17, 2007

Maria Muldaur
Courtesy of Outerland

Maria sings the blues

Maria Muldaur is back on the Island and singing the blues at Outerland. "Naughty, Bawdy, and Blue," Ms. Muldaur's tribute to women blues singers, is on tap for this Saturday, May 18.

Maria Muldaur, Saturday, May 18, 9 pm, at Outerland, Airport Road, Edgartown. Tickets: $25, a dinner package is available. For more information, call 508-693-1137.

Short and sweet

She-figured Dance company and the students of Jil Matrisciano will present "Shorts and Suites" at the Yard in Chilmark this weekend. According to Ms. Matrisciano, the performance is a diverse program that showcases the talents of the company members and a group of students who have, for the past eight weeks, been working on short works of choreography.

Students were selected to participate in the choreography workshop from MV Dance Theatre, where Ms. Matrisciano was a guest artist this last year.

"Short and Suites," Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 8 pm, the Yard, Middle Road, Chilmark. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $25 to $50 for a scholarship ticket. Reservations: 508-560-8306.

And happily ever after

Island Theatre Workshop (ITW) takes the audience on a sometimes frightful, sometimes funny journey "Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical, opening next Thursday, May 24 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

The show takes the audience on a philosophical pilgrimage via intertwined fairy tales. The moral of the story: watch what you wish for.

Fairy Tale characters from Cinderella (the original story, not the Disney version), Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, along with two charming princes and a wicked witch all try to find their way through the woods. A narrator leads the audience through the story and also plays the part of the mysterious man. All good fairy tales end happily, and so does this story.

The show is directed by Lee Fierro and the musical direction is by Linda Berg.

"Into the Woods," May 24-27, 31, June 1-2, 4, 7-8, and 10 at 7:30 pm; June 3 at 2 pm, at Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets: $20 for adults; $15 for students.

Reservations: 508-627-3116.

Art for food

An art show to benefit the Island Food Pantry will be held the second weekend in June. A call for art is going out. If your piece sells, organizers are asking for a 10 percent donation to the food pantry. Stop by any of the senior centers, Featherstone, or local churches to sign up for the show, which will be held at the Assembly of God Church in Vineyard Haven.

Tuning in

The piano at Woodside Village II needs to be tuned twice a year. The donated piano is in the recreation room and it was tuned a few years ago.

Lynn Thorp is looking for someone to help her get the piano tuned and ready to play again. She has found $110 to match a donation of the same amount and she has also contacted some Island organizations for a possible donation. So far, Ms. Thorp has not heard back from anyone. The proposed cost for two piano tunings is $450.

If you can help, call Ms. Thorp at 508-693-3423.

Encore, again

Drama students from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School will be performing at Lola's tonight to raise money for the theatre program. "Boxes," the original, award-winning show, will enjoy an encore performance. Also included in the evening is a silent auction and raffle. The event is sponsored by BravEncore, the drama department's new fundraising organization.

Theatre Night, Saturday, May 19, 6:30 pm, Lola's, Beach Road, Oak Bluffs. Tickets: $30 for adults, $15 for students, or $50 per couple, cash or checks only, available at the door.

Open call, "The Tempest"

Brush up your two-minute monologue, Shakespeare please, and head to the open auditions on Saturday, May 19, from 10 am to 1 pm, at the Vineyard Playhouse. Director MJ Bruder Munafo has put out the call for non-equity actors of all ethnic backgrounds. All the roles are open.

The playhouse is located on Church Street in Vineyard Haven. For more information, call the playhouse at 508-693-6450 ext. 13.

Story time

Children's author Nick Bruel made an appearance at the Oak Bluffs school on May 4 to read his stories aloud. It was a close-knit gathering in the library's round reading room as he read from books such as "Bad Kitty," which teaches children the alphabet in an entertaining way.

Nick Bruel
Nick Bruel, who visited the Oak Bluffs School, is the author of children's books such as "Bad Kitty" and "Who is Melvin Bubble."
Young students
Young students at the school really enjoyed Mr. Bruel's story time. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Olivia Vanderlaske, Denise Sanfilippo, and Caroline Hermann
(From left) Olivia Vanderlaske, Denise Sanfilippo, and Caroline Hermann enjoy the visit by author Nick Bruel.

Beautiful music

Over 100 members of the Martha's Vineyard All-Island band made music at the Performing Arts Center on May 9. From traditional marches, to American folk songs, to Latin songs such as "Night in Tunisia," the students played their flutes, clarinets, trombones, and trumpets to the delight of families and friends.

Cassie Mello
Cassie Mello of Tisbury plays clarinet in the B Band.
All-Island beginners band
The All-Island beginners band takes a break from performing at last week's concert. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Sarah Shaw Dawson
Sarah Shaw Dawson is a flutist for the All-Island fifth and sixth grade B Band.