Major shows for Centre anniversary
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts continues its 10th anniversary season with several community performances this weekend and in coming months.
The Centre is the Coweta County School System’s premier arts facility, and was constructed by the Coweta County Board of Education in 2004 through the community-supported Education Special Purpose Local Sales Tax.
In addition to serving Coweta students, the Centre’s core mission is be “an extension of the classroom no matter the age of the student,” and the Centre’s staff and patrons are presenting a full slate of performances for the Coweta community throughout their winter season.
After opening the 2014 season with a return of the “Masters of Soul” earlier this January, the Centre continues with several school-based community performances, including this Friday’s “Pinkalicious,” as well as a one-man-show featuring coaching great Vince Lombardi and Shakespeare’s “MacBeth,” and more.
Major performances include:
• Northgate High School’s “Pinkalicious” – Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. ($5)
Brought to the Centre stage by Northgate High School’s Backstage Players, this winter musical features the titular Pinkalicious, who loves pink and wants everything in her life to be that color. After eating too many pink cupcakes, she wakes up pink and her family doctor diagnoses her with pinkititis. Things get worse from there, until Pinkalicious learns a lesson about self-control.
This musical tale about the importance of moderation and being careful what you wish for — based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann — will also feature coloring and crafts for audience members.
• “Vince: the Life and Times of Vince Lombardi” - Jan. 28, 7 p.m. ($10)
The one man play, “Vince: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi” premiered in 1996 in Studio City, California, and has since been performed at theaters across the nation. John Pinero — an actor, director, producer and motivational speaker — is Vince Lombardi in this motivational presentation. A member of SAG and AFTRA, John Pinero has worked on stage, screen and television for over 20 years.
People often told John Pinero that he looked like the late Vince Lombardi, a Fordham football player who planned to enter the priesthood but instead won six state championships as a high school coach, then became assistant to the famed Red Blaik at West Point, and finally took the cellar-dwelling Green Bay Packers to the first two Super Bowl championships.
After the debut of this “Vince,” John Pinero began motivational speaking as Vince Lombardi. John’s intense, contagious and inspiring portrayal of Vince Lombardi has earned him keynote speaking engagements at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, The Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame, and he was featured in the 2006 Super Bowl promos. As you listen to him perform as Vince Lombardi, maybe you will not only get an idea of how Lombardi inspired his players, but you will catch a spark of zeal yourself.
• “Macbeth” - Feb. 6, 7 p.m. ($10)
Brought to the Centre stage by the National Players, Shakespeare's classic tragedy “MacBeth” is a twisted tale which examines the brutal consequences of unchecked ambition. For an ambitious couple gripped with murderous thoughts, reality proves to be elastic. Witches, floating daggers, moving forests, and blood that refuses to wash away — who can tell what is real and what is imagined?
Now touring for its 65th consecutive year, National Players is a unique theatre ensemble that brings innovative productions to communities across the United States. Its productions engage audiences and examine the intersection between great works of literature and contemporary life.
• “The Glass Castle” - Feb. 27, 7 p.m. ($10)
The Centre in conjunction with the Centre Patrons present American Place Theatre in a performance of The Glass Castle, a one-person theatrical adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ New York Times bestselling memoir of survival and resiliency told through the eyes of a young girl. It is the saga of the restless Walls family, led by a crusty eccentric and his volatile artist wife. The author and her siblings are often left to fend for themselves as the family’s precarious lifestyle necessitates frequently doing “the skedaddle.” Meanwhile, they cherish the vision of Dad’s creation of a fabulous home, a glass castle.
“Driving Miss Daisy” - Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. ($12)
Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre will perform Alfred Uhry's classic play “Driving Miss Daisy” — a funny, timeless, searing, and ultimately hopeful meditation on growing old, relationships, and loyalty. This iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions. Driving Miss Daisy won the Pulitzer Prize and the film version of this beautiful story, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, won multiple Academy Awards including the Oscar for Best Picture. The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. For directions, or to get more information about these or other upcoming Centre events, call 770-254-2787, or visit thecentreonline.net. For a full list of performances — by students or for students — visit thecentreonline.net and see the Coweta Schools Event List and the Children's Educational Performances calendars.