Arts council begins a new season at Carysbrook

Opening for Davis is local talent and one of the winners of the Fluvanna’s Got Talent are Gary Osteen and Beth Brookman, performing their brand of country music.
Following the opener in November, is the Persimmon Tree Players, back at Carysbrook and performing Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Harvey. Some will recall the classic film version with a stellar performance by Jimmy Stewart. In PTP’s version, Bob Strohmayer reprises his role as Elwood P. Dowd, a role he played many years ago while living on Long Island. He is supported by many familiar PTP performers and some newcomers, including Steven Krauss, who is leaving the light board to play Dr. Chumley.

For their spring show, they will be performing To Kill A Mockingbird, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee about a child’s recollections of growing up in the south in the 1930s, amidst racial tension.

The Fluvanna Community Singers will return for their holiday concert in December and in the spring for their annual spring concert, both led by Director Horace Scruggs. These concerts are all free.

Theater is strong at Carysbrook this season and for children, the Barter Theater Players return for more musical fun in Miss Nelson is Missing. This is a musical based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall and adapted by Joan Cushing. The story revolves around a class of fifth graders famous for being bad and after one very bad day, Miss Nelson does not return.

This is classic children’s theater for all ages to enjoy. It would not be the Barter Theater Players without the acting workshop that precedes the performance. This promises to be fun for the whole family.

What would a season at Carysbrook be without Big Ray and his Kool Cats? Those who are familiar with this groups’ swinging cool and smooth style are never disappointed and those who have not had the experience need to come. It is guaranteed to keep the feet tapping.

Also, new to the lineup this year is the Celtibillies, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Their performances center on the Celtic music of the Scotch-Irish, who settled the Appalachian Mountains. Four members of the group play a variety of instruments including hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, keyboard and bass. Their concerts include a blend of traditional and original songs and music interspersed with humor.

Fluvanna’s Got Talent, back by popular demand, will have everyone rooting for their favorite and sitting on the edge of their seats until the winner is announced. Last year 29 contestants entered and participated in the first annual event and everyone is welcome to try out and compete for a slot in the top ten.

This season, the arts council has lowered their ticket prices to encourage more people to come out and enjoy theater and music. For more information about these performances or to order tickets, visit or call 434-842-1333.

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