Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock, formerly the Towne Lake Arts Center, was founded in 2002 by Executive and Artistic Director G.Lora Grooms. Since its inception, it has grown to be a vibrant outlet for theater and arts education for residents of Cherokee County and surrounding communities.
Elm Street is starting off the 2014 season of productions with a full schedule of performances and events. All events will take place at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street in Woodstock.
The first production of the year will be “Tom Sawyer” beginning on January 18. Featuring renowned actor and historian Kurt Sutton as Mark Twain, this nationally acclaimed adaption of the classic story follows Tom, Becky, and Huck as they get lost in the cave, thwart Injun Joe and have all the other adventures that have made this story a timeless classic.
A portion of the proceeds from this production of Tom Sawyer goes to benefit teen programs at Families of Cherokee United in Service (FOCUS).
iThink Improv Troupe is back and will kick off the season with “IT’s ALIVE! The iThink Experiments” which is returning by popular demand on January 18 at 7:30 p.m. Brand new improv, never before seen games, and your favorite iThink members highlight this special edition of these popular comedy performances.
In February, iThink returns to its regular schedule of providing Friday night fun of taking audience suggestions and turning them into wacky comedy at 9:00 p.m. on the first friday of each month which provide the perfect after party for the monthly Friday Night Live events in Downtown Woodstock.
Teen Arts Night is also returning, sponsored by Elm Street’s Teen Arts Guild (TAG). Bring your guitar, your karaoke cd, your poetry, your artwork, your short stories to share with other creative, arts minded teens. For youth in grades 7 through 12. Friday, February 7 and March 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On February 14, the Stephen Sondheim fairytale “Into The Woods” will be presented. This production looks at what happens after happily ever after? This is done through a clever convolution of characters from Brothers Grimm folklore, including Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk. With a little wizardry of their own, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village will transform the Theater into an enchanted forest — a prime storybook setting, supremely conducive to magic and mayhem. Destined to charm audiences of all ages, Into The Woods is deeply touching one moment and laugh-out-loud funny the next. Expertly crafted songs by the most celebrated musical theatre composer of our time makes this hodgepodge of hocus pocus irresistibly spellbinding.
In March the schedule includes “Treasure Island or Who’s Got the Map?” A comic re-telling of the Robert Louis Stevenson adventure pitting young Jim Hawkins and his friends against Long John Silver and some wacky pirates. Great fun for the entire family, beginning March 14.
For more information on these and other upcoming events visit www.elmstreetarts.org