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    Newsletter of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Foundation

    Fall 2010

    A Message from the President

    Adventures in Learning Through the Arts

    Hooray for Merchants of Bollywood

    The Aluminum Show is Metallic Magic

    Why Not Wednesdays? Were the Place to Be

    Subscriber Spotlight

    a season to savor







    The weather is cooling down, but a veritable feast of a season is heating up at the Sandler Center. The 2010-2011 lineup promises flavors to suit every taste, from iconic singer-songwriters to truly spectacular stage shows fit for the whole family.

    First, its all about the music makers. Neil Sedaka, the man behind a string of classics like Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, brings the hits, Sept. 30. Al Jarreau

    does a little pop, a little jazz and a little R&B, Oct. 1. Folk-country hero John Prine strums four decades of favorites, Oct. 15.

    Prepare to be blown away by blues-rock phenomenon Joe Bonamassa, channeling the guitar gods, Nov. 19.

    Show your love for Americathe band, that is, April 1.Do the Lido Shuffle with silky-voiced guitarist Boz Scaggs, April 6. Cant get enoughclassic rock?

    Get in the holiday spirit with Empire Brass featuring Elisabeth von Trapp in The Sound of Christmas, Dec. 17, or deck the halls with Kenny Rogers Holiday Show, Dec. 21.

    In the mood for love? Give your baby the gift of Motown with The Temptations & The Four Tops on Valentines Day. Indulge in an Evening of Romance with Jim Brickman, Feb. 19, or enjoy an audience with the King of Romance himself, Engelbert Humperdinck, March 18.

    If comedys your thing, funnyman Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond fame brings his stand-up style, Nov. 12.

    Two larger-than-life dance productions, Merchants of Bollywood on Nov. 16 and The Aluminum Show on Jan. 18, are guaranteed to stir imaginations and dazzle audiences of all ages. Tap dance sensation Savion Glovers latest rhythm-packed ride, SoLo iN TiMe, rolls in Feb. 17. Keep things in motion with Parsons Dance Company in Remember Me, a high-energy show incorporating dance, opera, rock music, and effects, Jan. 11.

    If Broadways your bag, youll be on your feet for Neil Bergs 101 Years of Broadway, the all-new revue, March 10. Also from Broadway comes The Color Purple, the theatrical phenomenon based on the epic novel and stirring film, April 2.

    Find a complete calendar of events at Sandlercenter.org. For tickets, call 757-385-ARTS, go to CoxTix.com or visit the Sandler Center Box Office.

  • adventures in learning through the artsWhat do a pioneering girl on the American frontier, a feline with a fondness for cupcakes, and crew members of the Starship Enterprise have in common? They are all fantastic ways to get young people engaged in the arts. As part of our continuing mission to reach students in Hampton Roads through the performing arts, we are proud to present the Sandler Center 2010-2011 Education Series, which includes student matinees, specialized master classes and workshops.

    The first student matinee is PatchworkThe Little House Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Theatre IV, based on the real-life adventures

    of Laura Ingalls, who traveled the country with her family in a covered wagon through often perilous terrain in the early 19th century, Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Next up is Omaha Theater Companys interpretation of If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, based on the popular books series by Laura Numeroff, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. and noon. Finally, on Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m., students are invited to warp intothe world Star Trek Live performed by Mad Science and featuring interactive fun and learning.

    Outreach opportunities for students offer unique hands-on experiences with some of the worlds most celebrated performers. This season

    at the Sandler Center, students can participate in the following workshops:

    Blues workshop withJoe Bonamassa

    Brass workshop with EmpireBrass

    Movement workshop with TheAluminum Show

    Modern dance master class withParsons Dance Company

    Vocal master class with 101 Yearsof Broadway

    If you are interested in supporting the Sandler Centers education programs, please contact Michele Catalano at (757) 385-0227 or mcatalan@vbgov.com.

    As one season comes to a close and another begins, it is natural to reflect on our

    accomplishments while looking forward to new opportunities.

    We have so much to celebrate and even more to anticipate as we kick off our fourth

    spectacular season here at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.

    We want to recognize the tremendous generosity of our donors, the support of our

    patrons and all of the hard work of our staff and volunteers, without whom none of

    the magic that oddslot regularly happens on the Sandler Center stage and beyond would be possible.

    For the second season in a row, we were thrilled to present our free concert series, Why

    Not Wednesdays?, from May to September on our beautiful outdoor plaza. Thousands of patrons came out to

    enjoy the best in local entertainment, food, drinks and even goodies on sale from the Virginia Beach Farmers

    Market, creating a vibrant atmosphere and furthering our mission of establishing a cultural focal point for the

    performing arts in Virginia Beach.

    Now that summer is over, we are so excited to dive into what promises to be another amazing year of incredibly

    diverse performances and sensational educational programs from musical icons, stage legends, electrifying

    dance groups, noted comedians and so much more.

    We hope youll join us in making this our most memorable season yet.

    Annie Sandler, President

    message from the president


  • Merchants of Bollywood, coming to the Sandler Center November 16 at 7:30 p.m., is spectacular pageantry as itsglittery, glamorous best. Billed as the first authentic Bollywood musical, the shows boasts a 40-member cast decked out in more than 1,000 gorgeous costumes and 2,000 pieces of sparkling jewelry, extravagant dance numbers, original music, sets and lights that would be right at home on any Las Vegas stage.

    But, as director Toby Gough notes, its also the story of families, dynasties and dreams. Gough found inspiration for the show when he met top Bollywood choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant and learned of her familys deep roots in the Bollywood tradition. Vaibhavis ancestors were the custodians of classical Kathak dance in India, and her grandfather, Shri Hiralal was a legendary choreographer

    of some of the most beloved Bollywood films of the mid-20th century.

    The Merchants of Bollywood story, told through the lens of Bollywood films past and present, is based on Vaibhavi Merchants real-life struggle to find her own creative voice. It is a classic tale of the clash between tradition and modernization, between East and West, between one generation and the next.

    A worldwide fascination with the vibrancy and richness of Indian culture inspired by films like Slumdog Millionaire helped draw audiences to Merchants of Bollywoods premiere in 2006, and its dazzling production values kept them coming back for hugely successful tours of Australia, Europe and Asia.

    You too will be hungry for more when you feast your eyes on this kaleidoscope of color, rooted in the soul of India.

    Its a worm! Its a snake! Its a dancer inside a giant metal tube! We promise you have never experienced anything quite like The Aluminum Show, though this ingeniously inventive original production from the imagination of Israeli-born choreographer Ilan Azriel has drawn comparisons to other unique stage experiences like Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil.

    Azriels concept began with a simple observation. He noticed aluminum pipesthe kind used in industrial heating and cooling systemsand wondered how their shape and material properties might translate into organic, mobile props for the stage. He began experimenting with the versatile reflective metal, enlisting the help of special effects master Yuval Kedem. Add dancers, some beautiful lighting and music and eventually The Aluminum Show was born.

    In the choreographers capable hands, however, the humble element

    known by the atomic symbol Al transforms into something far beyond a simple prop. The cast of The Aluminum Show is made up of acrobatic dancers and prop operators who will the aluminum in its many incarnationsfrom tubes to flying pillowsto wriggle and bounce and sway like futuristic organisms on some far away planet. Yet Azriels penchant for simplicity of stagecraft and respect for aesthetics makes the show as much an artistic triumph as it is an enthralling spectacle.

    Audiences around the world have reacted with amazement to this singular event, which includes interactive elements in which the observers become part of the show.

    Dont miss your chance to experience the magic in the metal, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.

    hooray for merchants of bollywood

    the aluminum show is metallic magic

  • Neither heat, nor rain, not even threat of a hurricane could stop the party on the plaza during the 2nd Annual Why Not Wednesdays? Free Summer Concert Series & Farmers Market, which came to a rocking close with Jimmy Buffett tribute band the Party Fins on September 8.

    More than 12,000 patrons came by car, by bike and by foot to be a part of the action in Town Center this year. Virginia Beach residents and even visitors have put Why Not Wednesdays? on their warm weather to-do lists. And why not? Its fun, its free and its the place to be.

    This seasons festivities got a tasty boost from the addition of some of your favorite local stands from the V