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Day of Absence is a 1965 play that explores race and community when a town wakes up to find that all of its Black residents have disappeared.  Director John Fleming and members of the student cast joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota on Excursions to talk about the production and share some previews of the performance.

Felicia Chappelle believes that if you can be a single mother, you can be just about anything. She recently sat down with WYSO’s Niki Dakota to discuss her first solo work in which she will take on the role of a single mother and divorcée named Vanessa in the upcoming autobiographical one woman, one act play, ‘Interrupted Motherhood’.

Exploring Fashion, Costuming Through Men's Hats

Jul 9, 2018
Wittenberg University as Costume Shop Manager and Designer Debbie Henderson studies and collects men's hats.
Lauren Shows / WYSO

Debbie Henderson’s work space is a shrine to men’s headwear. Hats of every conceivable style and color are hung on coatracks and stacked half-a-dozen high on tables — they’re even tucked away on bookshelves. Colorful vintage hat boxes are displayed on high shelves that run the length of the room.

Taking A Look At The Set Behind The Curtain

Jun 15, 2018
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

During his life, William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays. And as the final production of their 2018 season, The Human Race Theatre in Dayton is tackling all of them in just over an hour and a half. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a comedy that’s part improv and part audience participation. Community Voices Producer George Drake, Jr. took a look behind the curtain to see how the set for the show came to life.

If you know anything about theatre, you know that a lot of the magic happens backstage.

When Heart Beats is a new original production from the Yellow Springs Theatre Company, written and directed by Colton Pitstick that features original music, performed live onstage by Jam Salad.  Pitstick, the band, and choreographers Ali Thomas and Victoria Walters visited the WYSO studios for a preview in song and conversation live on Kaleidoscope.

When Heart Beats is onstage May 9 - 12 at First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs.  More details below.

Sponsored by Ohio Humanities, the annual summer event known as Ohio Chautauqua brings history to life for audiences in various communities around the state. The Village of Clifton will host the event from June 13 - 17, 2017.

To hear details on the event listen to the WYSO Weekend interview below with Clifton Village Mayor, Alex Bieri, and check out the history of Ohio Chautauqua.

From Ohio Humanities:

Students and faculty members involved in Yellow Springs High School Drama Club's production of Pirates of Penzance visited the WYSO studios the morning of opening night to perform some of the show's songs live on Excursions. 

Yellow Springs High School Drama Club's production of Pirates of Penzance is March 14th - 23rd at the Mills Lawn Auditorium in Yellow Springs.

Photos by Andrew Grigiss

This week marks the inaugural performance of YSKP's original musical parody, Godzilla!  Writer and director Corrie Van Ausdal visited the WYSO studios along with Blaze Wright, one of the performers and songwriters.  Van Ausdal and Wright talked about the development of the production, and Wright shared one of the show's songs.

YSKP's production of Gozilla! is February 8-15th at the Glen Building in Yellow Springs.  More details are available at yskp.org.

Nativity The Pop Opera returns to the Miami Valley this holiday season.  This year's production features new choreography and will star legendary gospel singer Sherman Andrus.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Andrus about his musical legacy and with Nativity's co-creator J. Todd Anderson about this year's production.

Nativity the Pop Opera will be performed December 12-14 at the Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene and on December 15 at The Gathering in Centerville.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 9, 2012 including the following episodes:

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Murray Horwitz about his role in Hanukkah Lights, a special program airing on Sunday, December 9th at 6 and 11pm.

- An excerpt of Juliet Fromholt's interview with members of the production of Nativity the Pop Opera.

- Poor Will's Almanack: December 4 - 10, 2012

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