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Threatre Bristol announces fall schedule!


EARL NEIKIRK/BRISTOL HERALD COURIER — Theater Bristol Board of Directors President Spence Flagg juggles as cast characters from Charlie Brown, Nuncrackers, Nightmare on State Street, and Singing Telegram gorilla, look on during a press conference.
July 28, 2011
Check out this article By: Roger Brown — Published: July 28, 2011 — Bristol Herald Courier

With juggling displays, costumed characters and twangy, live bluegrass music Wednesday, Theatre Bristol officials announced their fall schedule and a plan to remain a major presence in downtown Bristol for years to come.

“We’ve set some pretty high goals for the future, but they’re fun goals,” Spence Flagg, president of Theatre Bristol’s board of directors, said during a morning news conference in the ARTspace performing hall of Theatre Bristol on State Street.

“We’re committed to staying a strong part of Bristol,” Flagg said. “And we’re here to stay.”

Founded as an all-ages community theater more than 40 years ago, Theatre Bristol features numerous youth-oriented productions and performers each year. It was briefly in danger of closing in 2010 because of an estimated $30,000 deficit – largely caused by a decrease in private and public funding and sponsors during the tough economic times of recent years.

But Flagg said Wednesday that the organization has now completely erased the debt by landing private grants, holding successful fundraisers, cutting its traditional $200,000 annual budget, finding more uses for its facility and successfully adding “for-fee” services like singing telegrams.

In fact, Flagg said, Theatre Bristol now has “money in the bank and bills that are current,” though it will keep finding creative ways to raise funds, keep expenses down and constantly be open and busy.

“We’ve learned that just doing plays alone isn’t enough, and we’re going to be keeping the doors open in between them,” Flagg said, noting that in coming months, plans are to “squeeze in” numerous concerts – as yet unscheduled — amid its planned live performances and fundraisers.

“It’s going to allow even more people to perform, and even more of the community to enjoy those performances,” Flagg said.

Emily Anne Thompson, Theatre Bristol’s executive director, noted that over that past 10 years, an estimated 164,000 people have seen the theater’s performances of shows like “Oklahoma,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Rent,” “Annie,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Godspell,” “Chicago,” “Grease,” and “The Princess and the Pea.”

“We’d like to double that number over the next 10 years, and we think we can,” Thompson said. “Basically, we’re going to be staying really busy.”

Most events will be in the space downtown. While more events may be added later, Theatre Bristol’s fall schedule of events is:

Aug. 5-21 — “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.”
Sept. 8-24 -“Rumpelstiltskin.”
Sept. 16-18 – Rhythm & Roots Reunion performances.
Oct. 7, 8 — Twin City Radio Theatre: “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Terror.”
Oct. 15, 16 — “Domestic Violence Showcase,” in conjunction with the Bristol Crisis Center.
Oct. 20-29 – “Nightmare on State Street Haunted House.” The location will be announced later.
Oct. 29 – “Masquerade Massacre Costume Ball” at the Bristol Train Station.
Dec. 9-18 — “Nuncrackers.”
Dec. 19-21 — “Christmas Crunch Camp” at Theatre Arts Camp.


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Dr. Z.L. Feng, Mei Shu and numerous Radford University Art Students will exhibit on display at the Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery during the month of August!


Autumn Time by Mei Shu
August 01, 2011
Dr. Z.L. Feng and his wife, Mei Shu, are internationally known watercolorists and they will be exhibiting their artwork in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery the month of August. Dr. Feng grew up in Shanghai, China and since the age of seven, he has never stopped experimenting with different art mediums. “With watercolor you cannot cover your mistakes, so you must know what you are doing,” he says. Dr. Feng has earned over 300 regional, state, national and international awards. He a member of many national art and watercolor societies and has been featured in numerous art magazines. He is now a Professor of Art at Radford University in Radford, VA and uses the beautiful landscapes of the New River Valley as inspiration for his paintings.
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Annual Bristol Poker Ride

July 30, 2011
For 23 Years, this event was successfully organized by Hal Boyd (Boyd’s Bicycle Shop), we are pleased to announce that Girls Incorporated of Bristol will continue Hal’s Legacy. The race will begin and end at the parking lot of WCYB. The short ride is 11 miles and the long ride is 32 miles. Tickets are $20 in advance. ($25 after July 23) For more information call Kelly Robbinson @ 423.534.2044 or EMAIL Kelly.robinson@bvunet.net Girl's Incoporated will be hosting their annual Bristol Poker Ride from 9am to 12 pm.

The David Caldwell Tunes at Noon 2011 continues!

July 29, 2011
The Appalachian Express Chorus spreads the sweet sound of four-part a cappella harmony on the Paramount Stage on Friday, July 29th! This group has been together since 1968. The men who comprise the AEC come from all areas the Tri-Cities and their talents have allowed the Chorus to become one of respected singing organizations of the region. Members of the International Barbershop Harmony Society, an international organization of nearly 30,000 members.

Friday, July 29 Joyful Noise with special guest Takeheart at Theatre Bristol!

July 29, 2011
This free concert features Christian artists sharing a wonderful message of joy and hope and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Featuring powerful vocals and an even more powerful message.
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Don't miss Music & Movies in the Park TONIGHT!

July 28, 2011
"Every thursday in July, local bands play at 6:30PM in Cumberland Square Park (Downtown Bristol, VA). Following the bands, we enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars,” says Gail Childress, Director of Community Outreach for BVU. “These events are just one way that BVU is giving back to this great community.” Movies have been filtered for all ages and will be projected on a large-scale inflatable screen at dusk. All movies are new family favorites that are sure to be a hit. A full lineup of the movies is available on the “News & Events” page of www.bvu-optinet.com.
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Bristol Public Library's Discovery Series Presents Liquid Assets Thursday, July 28th, at 6:30 p.m.

July 28, 2011
Keep Bristol Beautiful and the American Society of Civil Engineers will be co-sponsoring Liquid Assets on Thursday, July 28th at 6:30pm as a part of the Bristol Public Library’s 2011 Discovery Series. This is the rescheduled event due to the postponement because of a tornado warning on May 26, 2011. Liquid Assets explores the history, engineering, political and economic challenges of our water infrastructure, and engages communities in local discussion about public water and wastewater issues.
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Upcoming Events

"Journey of Images" exhibit on display at the Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery during the month of June & July

June 01 - July 31, 2011

Advanced Summer Intensive Dance Camp at Bristol Ballet

July 11 - 29, 2011

Who Art You? Find Yourself at Art Camp

July 25 - 29, 2011

Kim Lyons to perform at Machiavelli's

July 28, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

July 28, 2011

Last Call Unplugged to perform at O'Mainnin's

July 28, 2011

Bristol Public Library's Discovery Series Presents Liquid Assets

July 28, 2011

Art Camp Afternoons at Kil'n Time

July 28, 2011

Music and Movies in the Park

July 28, 2011

Roxie Randall to perform at Machiavelli's

July 29, 2011

Joyful Noise with special guest Takeheart to perform at Theatre Bristol

July 29, 2011

Peace Jones to perform at O"Mainnin's

July 29, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Toon at The Paramount

July 29, 2011

Cutthroat Shamrocks to perform at O'Mainnin's

July 30, 2011

Annual Bristol Poker Ride

July 30, 2011

Pierce Edens and the Dity Works to perform at Machiavelli's

July 30, 2011

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's

August 01, 2011

2011 Rockin' Stroll

August 01, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 02, 2011

Acoustic OPen Mic at O'Mainnin's

August 02, 2011

Anna Bella's Curse

August 03, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 04, 2011

Storytelling in Bristol

August 04, 2011

Last Call to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 05, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount Center

August 05, 2011

Border Bash...Because It's Great on State

August 05, 2011

Strikezone to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 06, 2011

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's

August 08, 2011

Open Jam at O'Mainnins

August 08, 2011

Chef Richard Erskine to Present First Cookbook

August 09, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 09, 2011

Acoustic Open Mic at O'Mainnin's

August 09, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 09, 2011

Warner on Your Corner

August 10, 2011

AACA National Fall Meet at Bristol International Raceway Bristol, Tennessee.

August 11 - 13, 2011

Annie Robinette to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 11, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 11, 2011

Bristol Ballet Offers Ballroom Lessons

August 12, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount Center

August 12, 2011

Art D'Vine — A Gallery Hop on State Street

August 12, 2011

Shake Rag to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 12, 2011

Wolfcreek to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 13, 2011

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