Workshop: Upcycling Gift Bags and Boxes

The Carrollton Center for the Arts’ Gallery Play workshop, Upcycled Gift Bags & Boxes, on November 23, will show participants how to make and decorate colorful gift containers using an assortment of art materials, recyclables and their own creativity.

“It is amazing to me what you can do with bits of paper, scraps from craft projects and other leftover items,” said the center’s visual arts coordinator, Marcella Kuykendall. “This workshop will be a creative exploration of upcycling craftiness, with Alan Kuykendall participating as one of the instructors. If you have a particular small present in mind or want to purchase a piece from our Small Packages exhibit, we can help come up with ideas to beautifully conceal that special gift.”

The workshop runs from 6 – 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome, but young children will need assistance from their parents. Those wanting an evening of the arts can stick around for the Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, which starts at 7:30 p.m. The registration fee for the workshop is $10. Amahl tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for youth. Call 770-838-1083 or visit https://carrolltonarts.com/ to register, buy tickets or for more information.

Christmas in Carrollton

Whether it’s an altogether magical performance of a classic ballet, parading through downtown with Santa, finding a unique gift or just sharing a cup of good cheer, ’tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Carrollton!

Small Packages
Through December 14
Carrollton Center for the Arts

Great things come in small packages. These small-but-mighty works, created by members of the Carrollton Artist Guild, fit within a 12 x 12 x 12-inch space, come in a variety of media and styles and make great gifts for friends, family — or yourself. The Carrollton Writer’s Guild will present a selection of their members’ books, poems and other writings, which will also be available for purchase.

Holiday Wishes Christmas Parade
December 5, 2019, 5:30 pm
Adamson Square/Downtown

One of the largest parades in Carrollton, our annual Holiday Wishes Christmas Parade starts at 5:30 pm and makes its way across Adamson Square and through the heart of downtown Carrollton. Come early to do some Christmas shopping!
No parking along Bradley after 2pm on Thursday, Dec. 5. Adamson Square, Bradley Street and Rome Street to the library will be closed to through traffic beginning around 5pm until after the parade.



The Lion in Winter
December 6 – 7, 7:30pm
December 8, 2:00pm
Carrollton Center for the Arts

This Carroll County Community Theatre performance of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter is a fictional account of Christmas, 1183, in Henry II’s castle in France, where the Plantagenet family is locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit the kingdom. The Lion in Winter is a tense holiday drama filled with betrayal, love, jealousy and the witty bickering of Henry and his Queen Eleanor. Directed by Dana Rampy. Tickets: $10.

Christmas in Carrollton Choral Concert
December 13, 7:30pm
December 14, 4:00pm & 7:30pm
Carrollton Center for the Arts

Since the Carroll County Community Chorus was founded in 1979, it has become a Carrollton tradition to celebrate the holidays with the group’s Christmas concert. This year, the chorus will present both traditional Christmas music and some new holiday choral arrangements. Directed by Jack Gantt. Tickets: $10.

Carroll Community Wind Ensemble Winter Concert
December 16, 7:30pm
Carrollton Center for the Arts

The Carroll Community Wind Ensemble was founded in 2011 and is open to anyone living in West Georgia/East Alabama who played a symphonic band instrument in high school or college. The group has become a vital part of the musical life of Carroll County, Don’t miss their popular winter show at the Center for the Arts. Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Youth

Christmas with the CSO
December 19 – 20, 7:30pm
Carrollton Center for the Arts

The Carroll Symphony Orchestra is a West Georgia treasure. Christmas with the CSO is a Carrollton tradition. This year, the orchestra will perform the soundtrack of Polar Express and feature a local community choir. Patrons will again have the opportunity to submit musical requests for CSO Conductor Terry Lowry to perform on the piano. Tickets: $18 Adults / $10 Youth.

Holiday Table Design Workshop

Set your table in style this holiday season!

Mountain Oak Florist and Design’s Greg Hendrix will share new trends in holiday table design in a workshop at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, October 20, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

“The holidays are a special time and a beautiful table setting is a work of art,” said Carrollton Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman. “That is why we are giving our community the opportunity to learn from one of our best local designers, Greg Hendrix, owner of Mountain Oak Florist. He will teach you how to stimulate your visitor’s eyes before they dive in for the feast.”

The workshop is for those 18 and older. The registration fee for the Center for the Arts members is $15 and $20 for non-members. Participants will receive a discount from Mountain Oak Florist.

Call 770-838-1083 or visit https://carrolltonarts.com/ to register or for more information.

Halloween Happenings Downtown

Halloween is approaching at a full gallop! As the temperature and leaves begin to drop, head downtown to enjoy these frightfully fun fall festivities.

Amp Movie Night: Hocus Pocus
Friday, October 25, 8:30pm, The Amp on Bradley
Grab the kiddos and enjoy dinner at one of our many downtown eateries. Then, head to the Amp for movie night featuring the funny Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus.
Free

Youth Theatre: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
October 25 – 26, 7:00 p.m., Carrollton Center for the Arts
The Carrollton Youth Theatre brings Washington Irving’s gothic story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to the Danny Mabry Theatre stage, just in time for Halloween. In the play, a late-1700s school teacher named Ichabod Crane comes to Sleepy Hollow, New York, and finds himself at odds with a local named Brom Bones over a woman named Katrina. Meanwhile, the ghost of a soldier who lost his head to a cannonball during the American Revolution haunts the area every night in search of his missing head. Carrollton Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman said, “Our production this fall is full of special effects that will put you in the mood for Halloween.”
Tickets: $10 Adult $5 Youth

Carrollton Parks and Recreation Dept.: Downtown Fall Festival
October 26, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Adamson Square
Parks and Rec’s annual Downtown Fall Festival will bring candy, costumes and a carnival atmosphere to Adamson Square. The popular yearly festival features trick-or-treating around the square, free games and inflatables for jumping and sliding. Snacks will be available for one dollar, cash only. Children through the age of 12 are encouraged to come dressed in their best costume and participate in the costume contest, held at 11:00 a.m. at the Amp. PS: Don’t forget to bring a basket for trick-or-treating with the downtown businesses. Sponsored by Scott Evans Nissan & Scott Evans Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep.
Free

Wondering & Wandering is Genre-Blending Exhibit

Renowned surrealist painter, Carrie Ann Baade’s show, Wondering and Wandering, will open doors and windows of imagination at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, October 24 – December 7.

“Baade’s work is a beautiful blend of imagery inspired by paintings of the past and surreal figures that elicit both a sense of mystery and elegance,” said Marcella Kuykendall, Carrollton’s visual arts coordinator. “The artist reflects upon issues such as morality, politics and the individual quest for self-expression. Visitors will enjoy investigating the rich details and symbols in each work for the stories they hold and the fantastical worlds and characters they create.”

Baade uses remnants of Renaissance and Baroque paintings to create surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic figures. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and solo exhibitions at the Delaware Contemporary, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, the Ningbo Art Museum in China and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida. Raised in Colorado, Baade now lives and works in Tallahassee as associate professor of painting and drawing at Florida State University.

The exhibit is sponsored by Walt D’Ambrosio and Susan Thomas. There will be a Halloween-themed opening reception featuring live musicians on October 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Sylvia

Who is really a man’s best friend, his wife or a dog? Carroll County Community Theatre’s presentation of Sylvia, September 20-22, at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, might have the answer.

“If you have ever owned a dog, maybe one from the pound or a stray from your neighborhood, you will relate to this play,” said Tim Chapman, Carrollton arts superintendent. “Also, we are thrilled to have Shelly Elman, University of West Georgia theatre chair, as our director for this production.”

A.R. Gurney’s Broadway hit comedy tells the story of Greg and Kate, who move to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career as a public school teacher offers more opportunities. Their marriage is put in serious jeopardy by a dog named Sylvia Greg found in a park. For Greg, the dog is an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. For Kate, the dog becomes a rival for her husband’s affection. Mary Dixon heads up the cast in the play’s title role. This show contains adult language, viewer discretion is advised.

Tickets for Sylvia are $10. Season ticket holders should attend on opening night.

The show is sponsored by Lakeview Animal Hospital.

For questions concerning this event or the Carrollton Center for the Arts, please contact Tim Chapman at tchapman@carrollton-ga,gov or (770) 838-1083.       

Center for the Arts Welcomes New Staff Members

The Carrollton Center for the Arts invites the community to welcome their two newest employees, Lauren Kuykendall and Rebecca Weger, at a meet and greet event, September 7. The event at the center will start at 6:30 p.m. and finish at 7:30 p.m., just in time for the start of the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre performance.

Lauren Kuykendall is the center’s new theatre coordinator. Kuykendall directed the Teen Theatre for the past two seasons and was a Teen Theatre alum herself. She holds degrees in theatre and music theatre from Brenau University and the University of North Georgia, where she trained with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. She is currently pursuing a Master of Theatre Administration degree from the University of Kentucky. When she isn’t working administratively, Lauren enjoys performing and directing. Lauren most recently was theatre director at Villa Rica High School. Before that, she taught voice and theatre at the North Georgia School of Music and Dance, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Passion Music Institute and her own private voice studio. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, Dakota, and their two fur-babies, Belle and Ingrid.

Rebecca Weger is the center’s new ballet coordinator. She began dancing at a very young age and trained all over North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a B.A. in Dance.  During her career, Rebecca has studied many dance styles and techniques and worked with esteemed teachers and choreographers such as Mary Marshall, Robert Cook, Alan Hineline, Mark Diamond, Gabriel Otevril and Elie Lazar.  Rebecca has taught at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and for Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion program in Virginia. She was the ballet mistress for the Southwest Virginia Ballet and has taught for Appomattox Regional’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology. For six years, she was manager of the School of Richmond Ballet. She has taught pilates for many years in private dance studios and for Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Rebecca holds her Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Meet and Greet for Lauren Kuykendall and Rebecca Weger:
Sept. 7, 2019, 6:30pm – 7:30pm (before the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre performance)
Carrollton Center for the Arts

For more information, call the Center for the Arts at 770-838-1083 or visit carrolltonarts.com.

Terminus Modern Ballet

Atlanta’s new contemporary ballet company, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, will open its first touring season at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, September 7.

“It’s time for Terminus to bring its programs to areas outside of Atlanta to highlight the fact that world-class programming is both being performed and created here in Georgia,” said John Welker, TMBT director and co-founder.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre was founded in 2017 by five principal dance artists, formerly tenured at Atlanta Ballet, who struck out on their own. The dancers have a collective 85 years of experience in classical and modern dance.

“The caliber of these dancers is among the best in the United States,” said Tim Chapman, arts superintendent.

Terminus’ resident choreographer and co-founder, Tara Lee’s show, Everything is Waiting, premiered in February, 2019, for the international contemporary dance festival “Off the Edge.”

“We are often waiting… waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for a better future situation,” said Lee. “A more fulfilling life can always seem to be over there or coming soon. In this work, I questioned how we might find the profound joy of what’s waiting for us here and now and bring it into the commotion of our world.”

Lee is a dancer with more than 20 years experience and a choreographer who has created for Atlanta Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Emory Dance Company and Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami. Performing Lee’s new work are fellow Terminus members Heath Gill, Christian Clark, Rachel Van Buskirk, Alexandre Gonzaga and Laura Morton. The Carrollton performance will also feature local dancers who participated in a workshop with members of the Terminus team.

Terminus is supported by the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment, a non-profit that supports the artistic, cultural and environmental well-being of the area.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre presents Everything is Waiting
September 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Carrollton Center for the Arts
Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Youth, carrolltonarts.com, (770) 838-1083
Sponsored by Vision Realty    

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Auditions

Play your part in making this Halloween altogether spooktactular… but first you have to audition! The Carrollton Center for the Arts’ Teen Theatre will hold auditions, August 26 and 27, for its October production of Washington Irving’s gothic story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The show will be directed by Cindi Winstead.

The Details
Audition Dates: Aug. 26-27, 2019, at the center from 5:30pm–7:30pm. Callbacks will be August 27.
Age: Must be in grades 6 – 9
Roles available: Eight males, 10 females and several ensemble roles
Show dates: October 25 – 26, 2019 
Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8pm (other dates as needed)
Performance Fee: $50 (fee is waived if signed up for Junior Company classes)

The Story
A late-1700s school teacher named Ichabod Crane comes to Sleepy Hollow, New York, and finds himself at odds with a local named Brom Bones over a woman named Katrina. Meanwhile, the ghost of a soldier who lost his head to a cannonball during the American Revolution haunts the area every night in search of his missing head.

Fall Sports and Classes

Fall is fast approaching and we’re just weeks away from the kiddos heading back to school. Carrollton’s got all your after school activities covered!

Love sports? Register now for recreation football, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, track and soccer. Join our award-winning gymnastics and cheer program. Did we mention our array of aquatics and fitness programs? Find out more about the altogether active options for you and your family this fall.

Get creative. The Center for the Arts offers a broad range of classes in ballet, dance, theatre, visual arts, baking, jewelry making and more. Learn to play a new instrument with lessons from one of our experienced instructors. No matter what your passion, we have fun options that will make this an altogether artistic autumn.