No Comments 10 January 2015


A Film Production:
Create Your Own Webisode

Learn the art of visual storytelling and create an original Webisode!

From pre-production planning and script writing to acting for the camera, shooting, editing and output, this camp is perfect for today’s media savvy teen. Professionals will lead students through all aspects of film making, including the use of Visual Arts’ digital labs, culminating in a final screening of the work. This ArtVenture class is a partnership with The Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Ages 13-18

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri  9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00July 20 – July 31, code: arv097 / $550.00
10 Session(s)
Location: Visual Arts Center of Richmond 

*This course is a full day course running 9:00AM – 4:00PM with a 1 hour lunch.

To enroll, click on this link: http://www.ssreg.com/visualarts/classes/results.asp?string=Film+Production%3A+Create+Your+Own+Webisode


An August Adventure

Annie-KIDS-4CAn August Adventure, Jr

Annie Kids

SPARC and Cadence Theatre Company bring their popular, sell-out August Adventure camp back to present the kids version of Annie, a musical filled with NYC adventures and show-stopping fun. Adapted from the Broadway play, this musical contains your favorite tunes such as, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” and “Tomorrow.”  This two-week summer performance camp is for Pre-k through rising 4th grade students. Campers will enjoy rotations of singing, dancing, acting, and arts and crafts as they collaborate to bring this beloved show to life. The final performance will be on August 14. Sign up today and end your summer on a high note!

The camp meets MondayFriday for two weeks: August 3-14

Pre-K (age 4) through Rising 1st Grade              9 am- 1pm, $345

Rising 2nd Grade-4th Grade                                 9am-3pm, $465

Extended day care available for ages 4-7 from 1-3pm for a one time additional cost of $120



Disney’s High School Musical 2 JR.

SPARC and Cadence Theatre Company are back to bring you a fabulous follow up to last year’s High School Musical JR production by presenting Disney Channel’s smash hit High School Musical 2 JR! Students will have a chance to play their favorite characters at East High as they enter into a new season and a new year! This two-week summer performance camp is for students entering grades 5-8. Youth will work on all aspects of performance including acting, singing, and dancing as they work together to stage the popular show. The final performance will be on August 14th. This is the perfect way to have some fun before heading back to school!

Rising 5th-8th Grade

August 3-14


Cost: $465

Register online beginning February 2 at www.sparconline.org.


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Photos by Jason Collins Photography, Anna Johnson, and Chandler JJ Photography.


1/2 Season Subscriptions

No Comments 16 December 2014

Cadence Theatre Company Announces Season of Contemporary Award-Winning Theatre
Offerings include Sight Unseen, Caroline, or Change and A Lie of the Mind

Richmond, VA—Cadence Theatre Company is pleased to announce the 1/2 Season Subscription program for the 2014-2015 Mainstage Season at Theatre Gym. The upcoming season of contemporary works will be produced in partnership with Virginia Rep. The shows include the Tony Award-nominated Caroline, or Change, book and lyrics by Tony Kushner and score by Jeanine Tesori. Caroline, or Change will star Desiree Roots in the title role, and the musical will be included in the 11th Annual Acts of Faith Festival. The final production will be Sam Shepard’s critically acclaimed A Lie of the Mind, which won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.

Anna Johnson, Cadence Theatre Company’s Artistic and Managing Director, shares, “These plays have been chosen for their artistic merit, their accessibility through humor, and their candid exploration of the human condition. We are excited beyond belief to bring these important stories to Richmond audiences and to celebrate three decades stories written by some of the world’s greatest leaders of contemporary theatre.”

Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori

February 19-March 14, 2015 (opening February 21)
Direction by Chase Kniffen

Choreography by Leslie Owens-Harrington

Musical Direction by Anthony Smith
It’s 1963. Caroline is an African American laundress, a single mother serving a family in the Deep South. As the socio-political world violently spins into a new order, Caroline’s faith and relationships are tested, but through her sacrifices, the depth of human bonds endures. Kushner and Tesori’s Tony Award-nominated musical is an inspired amalgam of blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies.

A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard

April 30-May 23, 2015 (opening May 2)
Direction by Anna Johnson
Musical Direction and Original Score by Drew Perkins
This Winner of the 1986 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play weaves reality and myth into a tragicomedy told in Shepard’s affectionate style. Set in the American West, two families are united by violence, and as further harm and disorder ensues, love seeps up through the cracks, leaving each character to seek their own path to forgiveness and redemption.

1/2 season subscriptions and packages are currently available for an affordable price of $42. Click on this link to download your form and mail to:
Cadence Theatre Company
PO Box 7119
Richmond, VA 23221.

For single ticket information, contact www.va-rep.org or call 282-2620.

About Cadence Theatre Company
The mission of Cadence Theatre Company (CTC) is to inspire and transform our community by presenting contemporary, award-winning plays and musicals that uplift the spirit, challenge the mind, and honor both our individuality and our shared humanity. Through a commitment to artistic excellence, Cadence fearlessly tells the stories of our lives as we live them now.

In pursuing our mission, CTC, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, presents a multi-show season that celebrates the work of the world’s most renowned playwrights and composers. CTC is dedicated to engaging ever-widening audiences and building community participation by sharing important, diverse themes and stories, and by presenting a variety of original educational programs that foster inclusion, empathy, and critical dialog across age, gender, and cultural ancestry.


Richmond Loved Sight Unseen

No Comments 04 September 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release
Date: October 16, 2014
Contact: Anna Johnson
Artistic and Managing Director
Cadence Theatre Company

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep Presents Richmond Premiere of Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen

Richmond, VA–Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre proudly presents the Richmond premiere of Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Obie Award-winning play, Sight Unseen. Sight Unseen runs October 16-November 8, 2014 (opens October 18) with a Talk Back Sunday post-show discussion on Sunday, October 26th. Nationally known sculptor Paul DiPasquale will facilitate.

This humorous and insightful work tells the tale of a wildly successful American Jewish artist whose British retrospective show leaves him pierced by racism and false memory. His journey causes him to question his purpose and reinvent the basis of his self worth. “…you can tell when a play has gripped its audience, for no one seems to breathe, let alone shift in his seat. This phenomenon can be observed…at Sight Unseen…”—The New York Times

Sight Unseen is directed by Rusty Wilson, and features Neil Brookshire, Heather Falks, Andrew Firda and Laine Satterfield. Scenic Design is by Benjamin Burke, Lighting Design is by Andrew Bonniwell, Costume Design is by Lynn West, Sound Design is by Andrew J. Hamm and Rusty Wilson, Properties Design and Set Dressing are by McLean Jesse, Scenic Painting is by Lara Koplin, Dialect Coaching is by Janet Rodgers, Set Construction is by Joel Ernst, Stage Management is by Sharon Gregory, and Production Management is by McLean Jesse.

Sight Unseen will be presented at Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center; 114 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220. Shows are: TH at 7 pm; FR and SAT at 8 pm; SUN at 4 pm (SUN October 19th will be at 2 p.m.); 7pm performance on TUES November 4th. Special discount nights: Thursday, October 16th —1st Preview–$15 tickets—Code: SIGHTPRICE; Thursday, October 23rd —Girls’ Night Out–$25 event tickets—Code: GIRLSSIGHT; Friday, October 24th —Date Night–$25 event tickets—Code: DATESIGHT; Tuesday, November 4th —Industry Night–$15 event tickets—Code: INDSIGHT.

Tickets may be purchased at www.VA-Rep.org | 804.282.2620.
Photos by Jason Collins Photography and Cover Design by Noel Ritter.

Meet the Cast
AndrewAndrew Firda (Nick) is delighted to return to Cadence Theatre Company after making his Richmond debut last season in Clybourne Park. He has played Off Broadway with The Pearl Theatre Company, and Off-Off-Broadway with: Metropolitan Playhouse, The Gallery Players, NYC Fringe, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and NYC Shakespeare. His regional work includes projects with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Northern Stage, Smoky Mountain Shakespeare Festival, and The Monomoy Theatre. Andrew has also appeared on television in: Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and on truTV, The History Channel, and online on The Onion News Network. He holds an MFA from Ohio University.

LaineLaine Satterfield (Patricia) has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed, and devised theatre both nationally and internationally. She has worked at the Public Theatre and Lincoln Center in NYC, and toured commedia dell’arte and in solo shows throughout Europe. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and has taught at the University of Eurasian Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, Aquila University, Virginia Governor’s School, Center for the Arts, Artspower, the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts, Centerstage, Company of Fools, and given private instruction and workshops in the states and abroad. In addition to teaching theatre to all ages in the Richmond area, she serves as Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater, a statewide high school playwriting program, and Director of Education for Cadence. Her recent plays with Cadence Theatre Company are: Detroit, and In the Next Room, (or the vibrator play). Her work with Virginia Repertory Theatre includes To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Little Dog Laughed (2008 RTCC Best Supporting Actress nomination). Laine has also performed under producer Carol Piersol in Boston Marriage (Stella di Domani Festival at Spoleto, Charleston), Gidion’s Knot (2013 RTCC Best Ensemble Acting Award), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2012 RTCC Best Actress nomination), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2011 RTCC Best Actress Award), and Eurydice (2009 RTCC Best Actress nomination). A few of Laine’s other favorite roles are: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Elena in Uncle Vanya, Paulina in Death and the Maiden, and Ariel in The Tempest. Laine is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Neil NewNeil Brookshire (Jonathan) is originally from Wyoming, grew up in New Mexico, and attended college in Indiana and Idaho. He has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boise State and an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. This summer he was in The Enchanted April with Company of Fools, directed by Steve Perigard. His work with other regional theater companies includes: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Dance Theatre, Opera Idaho, Seattle Novyi Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Peninsula Players Theatre. His recent films are The Pact and the short, Stygian. Neil also paints and writes.


Heather NewHeather Falks (Grete) is thrilled to make her debut on the Cadence stage and to work with this talented cast, director, and production team. Heather’s contributions to the Richmond theatre community include her work as a teaching artist with CTC, Associate Artist for TheatreLAB, and Production Director for The Shop. She is also a faculty member with SPARC and an adjunct professor at VCU. Next May, Heather is scheduled to graduate with her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She would like to thank her family, both near and far, for their continuous support of her work. Heather would also like to dedicate her performance to her loving husband and son, who give her strength and the will to make the most of this beautiful life.

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