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Character Matters II – Presented by the Students of Hanover Academy

Join the Students of Hanover Academy for their presentation of “Character Matters” on June 2, 2016 at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available by calling the school at 798-8413!c4945d8d-66da-4729-98fb-f85489a29f8c

Randy Wright – I’m Running For President, Too: Better answers to the tough questions Americans are asking.

6944288Join us on Friday, June 3rd, at 7 pm! Beloved teacher at Liberty Middle school, Randy Wright examines his new book “I’m Running For President, Too” and why he is running as a write-in candidate for president, offering real reforms to the election process, unravelling the Second Amendment conundrum, offering overdue Constitutional amendments, and opening a dialogue about diversity in this evening full of  humor, insight, and fun.

Randy Wright, M.Ed., has been a civics teacher at Liberty Middle School in Hanover County, Virginia for 25 years.  He has been selected by the students as an “Honored Educator” eleven different years.  He received an R.E.B. Award for teaching excellence, was selected by Richmond Magazine as one of Richmond’s top teachers and was commended by the Virginia House of Delegates for “creativity, vision and leadership.”

In in 1997, he originated the Liberty Bill which would require an outline of the U.S. Constitution, including the Preamble, the seven Articles, and the 27 Amendments to be superimposed on the back of one-dollar bills.  The Liberty Bill, has been introduced in a number of Congresses and his students testified before the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on its behalf.

In 2014, he founded Teaching Tours, a nonprofit which provided kids in need with free, educational, small group, teacher-led field trips to the D.C. monuments and a college campus.  Teaching Tours has become part of a larger nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia. (www.teachingtours.org)

Randy lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, and together they raised three children.

You will laugh, cry, and ultimately ponder!

I’m Running for President Too is now available on Kindle and Amazon Books!
Click here to buy the book!

Alan Rickman/David Bowie Tribute Weekend at The Ashland Theater!

dieOn the heels of the successful Prince tribute, the Ashland Theater will once again honor respected stars gone too soon, Alan Rickman and David Bowie. Located at 205 England Street, Ashland, the theater will host a movie tribute weekend on June 10th and 11th, 2016 at 7 pm. All proceeds will go towards the fundraising efforts currently underway to restore the Ashland Theater.

Highlighting one of Alan Rickman’s iconic “evil villain” roles, a screening of the film Die Hard will be shown on Friday evening at 7 pm.

Originally trained and successfully working as a graphic artist, Rickman entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 1972, became a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company and was acclaimed for bringing a great variety of roles to the stage and screen from romantic leads (including Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility) to comedic roles (Sir Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus in the science fiction parody Galaxy Quest). In Die Hard, Rickman portrays German terrorist Hans Gruber, a role that earned him a spot on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains list as the 46th best villain in film history. His dark portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series garnered widespread critical acclaim and a new group of fans, both young and old.bowie

Dancing, singing, and laughing with moviegoers at the Ashland Theater has become part and parcel of the tradition at this art-deco gem in the heart of Ashland. We will again encourage audience participation on Saturday night as we present the beloved family film Labyrinth (directed by Jim Henson) as our tribute film to David Bowie. Known principally as an acclaimed musician, songwriter, and performer, Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He was a master of re-invention – changing personas and styles to maintain a fresh performance over 5+ decades. The estimated figure of over 140 million in record sales proves his musical success. Bowie also excelled as an actor – He stared in stage and in screen productions ranging from his portrayal of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man to an alien in The Man Who Fell to Earth to physicist Nikola Tesla in The Prestige.

We hope that you will come out and celebrate these beloved stars on June 10th and June 11th at 7 pm each night. We’ll be playing Bowie music before the show and encourage you to sing along! Doors open at 6:00 pm.

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Concert for The Ashland Theater with Susan Greenbaum & Chris Parker

482188_10200181937089374_833554344_nJoin us on Friday, June 17th at 7 pm for a night of original and originally covered music with Susan Greenbaum & Chris Parker!

After working as a corporate executive in Fortune 500 companies, Susan traded her power suits for performing. She has been singing as long as she’s been speaking, growing up in Kansas City, in college at Harvard, and in Boston and Richmond, VA. And now her tax return, under “Occupation,” reads, “Singer-songwriter.”

In December, 2012, Susan performed two record-breaking concerts as the featured soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra; of her five songs with the Symphony, two were her own compositions, orchestrated for the concerts. She also performed in a sold-out show with multiple Grammy winner Jason Mraz, other Virginia songwriters, and 150 talented kids of all abilities, in support of SPARC—School for the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community.

Susan has won several national songwriting awards, most recently the Smithsonian Songwriters Award and the Philadelphia Songwriters Project songwriting contest. She was also the Grand Prize overall winner of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and also the second-place overall winner in the same contest—the only time in the contest’s three-decade history that the same artist had won multiple overall prizes. Several songs from Susan’s “Wake Up!” CD were finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the U.S.A. Songwriting Contest. Susan was voted “Best Singer and Songwriter” in Richmond, VA’s 2011 and 2012 Style Weekly “Best Of” issues and was identified as one of 50 major players on the area’s music scene by Richmond Magazine.

Susan won a national competition to be the opening act for recording star Jewel, chosen by industry professionals and over 100,000 online voters. Susan enjoyed overwhelming success on the tour across the Northeast, welcoming thousands of new fans. She and her band were also among select acts picked to perform at a recent Virginia Governor’s Inaugural Concert.

Susan draws big, enthusiastic audiences who delight in her lively, diverse and powerful performances. Thanks to the internet, she has fans on every continent and has appeared at such venues as The Bottom Line in NYC, The Birchmere, Bethlehem Musikfest, Floyd Fest, and Rams Head Tavern. In addition to touring with Jewel, Susan’s credits include performing an acoustic set with Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley; sharing bills with Jill Sobule; and opening for Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, Janis Ian, Todd Snider, Jim Messina, Tuck and Patti, Iris DeMent, Lucy Kaplansky, Lloyd Cole and Catie Curtis. Susan also endorses W.L Gore’s Elixir Strings. The most frequently heard comment at her gigs is, “Great songs–and how does all that big, beautiful sound come out of someone under five feet tall?”

Tickets are $10

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Music & a Movie: The Rock and Roll Jubilee and “Teenagers from Outer Space”

On July 30 at 7 pm, dig out those poodle skirts and step back in time – It’s The Rock and Roll Jubilee in concert
and a showing of the film, Teenagers from Outer Space!!
12654331_1114134241931241_8803139950094096362_nJourney back to 1959 to be a part of the studio audience for a live broadcast on WJKS radio… This best selling theatrical production has been selling out shows in theaters around Virginia and stars Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, George Garrett, Brian Sulser, Jim Wark and BJ Kocen. Featuring vintage equipment and period-style clothing, they play the music of the “Titans of Teen Town” — Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers.
We are pleased to present a portion of their best selling show inteenagers-from-outer-space conjunction with the 50’s science fiction classic, Teenagers from Outer Space.  
Released in 1959, the film tells the story of a young alien (David Love) who falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson). They then team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet. The invaders, who arrive in a flying saucer, carry deadly ray guns that turn Earth-people into skeletons. Oh no!!

We invite you to come in costume – appropriate dress for a 50’s sock hop or as the scariest alien invaders from 1959- win a pair of movie tickets for the best costume!!

Tickets for this special fundraiser are $15

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Classic Cartoon Night – September 10!

cartoonCartoons have been entertaining us for over a century. Come enjoy an evening of cartoons ranging from the silent antics of Felix the Cat to the heroics of Superman. Todd Munson and Jim Doering of Randolph-Macon College will provide commentary and live music.

Adults – $5

Children 12 and under – free!

Posters to benefit the Ashland Theater

12919926_1155288681156981_6660352584731759548_nMany thanks to Duane Berger for allowing us to use his photograph to benefit the Ashland Theater!    By purchasing this poster you are giving a gift to the historic Ashland Theater.   Posters are available for purchase in the lobby at all of our events – Cost: $15.  You can order a poster – simply email cotutheater@gmail.com.

Donations Appreciated for the Ashland Theater!

The photo in this poster was created by professional photographer Duane Berger.  He has graciously allowed the Ashland Theater committee to use it for fundraising.   The poster is available for a donation of $15 or more!  Click HERE to make a donation on-line and email cotutheater@gmail.com to arrange for pickup.  Posters are also available for purchase in the lobby during our events. Check our schedule often – we have performances until September 2016.  Thank you for supporting the historic Ashland Theater!
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Art Deco Society of Virginia Donates over $6K to the Ashland Theater

PRESS RELEASE April 4, 2016

Ashland, VA— As this year’s benefactor of the annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball, the Ashland Theater Foundation is proud to announce the donation of $6,270 from the Art Deco Society of Virginia.  In the photo below, Olivia Lloyd , president of the Art Deco Society of Richmond received an Ashland Theatre poster as a thank you for this generous donation.

Art Deco Society President Olivia Lloyd donates over $6K to the Ashland Theater

Ashland Theater Foundation Board Member Jen Chambers released this statement on behalf of the Foundation:  “This is a tremendous gift and we are so grateful to the Art Deco Society of Virginia for its support. Members of the Art Deco Society play a tremendous role throughout the Commonwealth in supporting preservation projects, and being their beneficiary this year just reinforces how important the Ashland Theater is to the region and the Art Deco movement. These funds will go directly to help with our restoration efforts.”

Each January, the Art Deco Society of Virginia hosts its annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball. This Roaring ’20s gala is designed to raise awareness and funds for Art Deco preservation projects in the Commonwealth. This year, the Ashland Theater, one of the most iconic structures in the Richmond metropolitan area, was named the Ball’s benefactor.

The Ball featured live music by Halley’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet, Charleston dance lessons, 50/50 raffle, a silent and live auction, and dancing. All proceeds from the Ball were donated to the Theater, including those from a replica Christmas ornament of the Theater which was raffled off as part of the live auction. Crafted by local Ashland artists Alvaro and Caroline Coronado, the original ornament hung on the Governor’s Christmas tree for the holiday season at the Executive Mansion.

 

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Photo Above:  Ashland turnout at the Jazz Preservation Ball held on January 30, 2016.  Photo provided by Lynn Redmile www.LynnRedmile.com

Donated to the Town of Ashland by A.D. and Jean Whittaker in 2013, the Ashland Theater largely sat vacant for the past couple of decades, and in 2012, Preservation Virginia named the Ashland Theater one of the most endangered historic sites in the state.  Since being donated to the Town of Ashland, a group of local residents have formed a community foundation in support of the Theater, and have held over 100 events with over 17,000 attendees. To find out more about the Theater, and to donate to the Foundation and see the upcoming Theater schedule, please visit http://ashlandtheatreva.org.

 

Gift the Gift of Movies!

 

Give the Gift of Movies! Purchase a Town Gift Certificate.

Give the Gift of Movies! Purchase a Town Gift Certificate.

Ashland Town Gift Certificates can now be used at the Ashland Theater!   They work just like cash.   Simply present the town certificate at the Movie Box Office window.   Tickets for movies are $5.00 each.   Purchase any amount and this can be used at other local businesses as well.   The town does a wonderful job in printing your certificate on a card that makes a perfect present!  Town Hall is open from 8:30 am – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.  Click HERE for more details.

For any questions, please call 804-798-1073.