Monday, May 24, 2010

LaNita is Diva!

Congratulations to ACT Diva - 2010, LaNita Cloninger. LaNita was crowned Diva Saturday night after raising the most money for Asheville Community Theatre in its annual fundraiser, Diva*licious.

(Watch LaNita discuss her Diva experience.)

A huge "THANK YOU!" to all the Diva contestants who raised money this year. Along with LaNita, the divas included:

Scott Thompson
Waylon Wood
Honor Moor
Jerry Crouch
Delina Hensley
Ruth Planey
Frank Salvo

Bravo to all!

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Noises Off" on the Mainstage

ACT is preparing for its final Mainstage production of the season. It's Noises Off, a show that has been called "The funniest farce ever written."

Noises Off depicts the onstage and backstage antics of a fifth-rate acting troupe touring in an awful sex farce called Nothing On. The curtain opens on the dress rehearsal of the first act of Nothing On the night before it's set to open and things not going well. The second act shows us what's happening backstage during the first act of Nothing On after the show has been running for a month. The third act takes us back to the first act of Nothing On yet again, after two months of touring. It is, deliciously so, a disaster!

What: Noises Off
Where: ACT Mainstage
When: July 2-18; Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2:30pm
(no show July 4)

Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Josh Batenhorst

Special Opening Weekend Promotion!

Buy 2 tickets, get 2 tickets FREE for either the Friday, July 2 or the Saturday, July 3 performance. Minimum of two tickets purchased. Call in only, and please use the following Promo Code: "Farce." Season subscribers are eligible for the free tickets with use of vouchers.

Tickets: 828-254-1320

Thursday, May 13, 2010

ACT's Plant Sale

It's the final weekend of Little Shop of Horrors. Yes, man-eating plant Audrey II is the star, but she will have a supporting cast Saturday as the "annuals" take over the ACT lobby. Marigolds, impatiens, petunias, salvia, and more.

What: ACT's Plant Sale
When: Saturday, May 15, noon-9pm
Cost: $2.00 - $30.00
How: ACT volunteer extraordinaire Jeff Neese, head grower at Costa Farms, organized the sale. Thanks Jeff!

Tickets to the final weekend of Little Shop of Horrors are on sale now at the box office: 828-254-1320.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Ruth for Diva" @ Fiore's

Just nine days until Diva*licious 2010, and all the Divas are busy raising money and preparing for the big event.

Ruth Planey, who passed up a 60th birthday celebration (in Europe!) to compete this year, will be hosting a wine and food pairing at Fiore's Ristorante Toscana. Spend this Sunday afternoon sampling five different wines chosen to complement the gourmet fare prepared by one of Asheville's finest chefs, Anthony Cerrato.

Space is limited for this event so call early to make your reservation. 828-281-0710.

$35 all inclusive.

Featured items: Antipasta and Bella Costa Presecco, Portobello Crap Napoleon with Will Hill Chardonnay, Gnocchi della Cassa, Chicken Saltimboca, and signature Tiramisu.

Sunday, May 16, 4pm, Fiore's.

(Watch Ruth's Diva promo video.)

Diva*licious 2010, the annual musical theatre gala and fundraiser of ACT, will be held on May 21 - 22.

Diva concert on May 21, 8:00pm

Diva concert + catered reception on May 22, 6:45pm

Monday, May 3, 2010

Diva fundraising in full swing

Gift baskets, raffles, and wine tastings .... oh my.

ACT's 2010 Diva*licious is just around the corner, and the fundraising efforts of our eight Diva contestants are in full swing. Never have there been so many ways to have fun, win prizes, and support ACT and the theatre we produce.

This week we highlight an event by Diva contestant LaNita Cloninger.

What: Wine tasting
Where: The Wine Studio of Asheville
When: Thursday, May 6, 5-8pm

$20 - includes 5 wines

Benefiting ACT and LaNita's bid for ACT Diva 2010.

See you there!

Diva*licious, the annual musical theatre gala and fundraiser of Asheville Community Theatre, takes place Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22.

Friday: Concert at 8:00pm
Saturday: Concert + Gala starting at 6:45pm