The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s summer reading program, “Libraries Rock!,” got underway on June 4. The program, which runs through July 27 at all TPL locations, includes a variety of activities to keep area kids entertained for hours each week.
As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative, the state of Alabama is participating in Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, which allows Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers, serving infants and toddlers from low-income families.
The Alabama Veteran’s Reunion will take place on Aug. 26. This is the fourth year for the event, which honors all of Alabama’s veteran service members – and their families – with a day dedicated to them.
According to Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports’ Director of Tourism Development Bill Buchanan, the Veterans Reunion honors every hero in the state of Alabama – and more.
A strong partnership between parents and teachers make for a winning team! Parents and teachers working together equal a child’s success in school.
As a parent you can strengthen the team by:
Land of Oz: Solving first-world problems, one monthly 500-word op-ed at a time.
First of all, where in the heck did summer go? Never mind… we discussed it last year.
If you’ve got kids in local schools, then most likely, your most recent store list size has increased exponentially. And it probably includes a lot of odd items such as, but not limited to:
Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.
Happy Father’s Day week, everyone! (Don’t forget to spoil dad this weekend). This week’s calendar is once again packed with great events for everyone in the family. From the Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni’s annual wine tasting event to the United Way’s Day of Action to all of the great live musical acts set to perform in and around the city, be sure to get out and enjoy yourself.
By Nicole Hall
When you think about tobacco marketing, I am sure you might think about the handsome cowboy, Camel Joe, or maybe even the Flintstones, who were once hired in the old days to promote a certain brand of cigarettes. The youth of today are not faced with television ads, billboards, or commercials, but rather a new marketing tactic called “point of sale.” Point of sale marketing takes place where the items are sold. Think about the last convenience store you went into. What did you see? If you take a moment to look at your surroundings, it’s hard to miss. I assure you, young, intrigued eyes take notice, as they are quite observant. The bright packaging. The discounts. The fruity flavors. They take it all in, just like the tobacco companies want them to.
By Annie Ellis
Everyone’s favorite little red-haired orphan and her adorable dog, Sandy, are heading to the Bama Theatre stage June 2-4, when The Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT) presents the musical “Annie.”
“Annie” is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” which premiered in the 1920s in the New York Daily News, becoming one of the most widely-read strips in the ‘30s and ‘40s. The original 1977 Broadway production of “Annie” ran at the Alvin Theatre (now renamed the Neil Simon Theatre) for 2,377 performances for nearly six years and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Choreography.
Although it’s set in 1933 New York City during the Great Depression, “Annie” is full of joy and laughter. Ever-optimistic Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. When Annie’s luck turns around with an invitation to spend the holidays with cranky billionaire Oliver Warbucks, she warms his heart. Warbucks offers a reward to anyone who can prove they are Annie’s parents, and Miss Hannigan, partnering with her con artist brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, attempt to strike it rich with this unique situation. But in the end, Annie finds the family she always dreamed of with Daddy Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell, and her lovable pooch, Sandy.
The rags-to riches story of “Annie” is well-known – it has been translated into 28 languages, played in 34 different countries, and has been made into three movies (in 1982, 1999, and 2014). At least a dozen members of The ACT’s “Annie” cast and crew have been involved with past shows of “Annie.”
So, how does The ACT plan to make this “Annie” fresh and new?
“Although cheesy at times, it is a beautiful story,” said Joey Lay, The ACT’s artistic director, who has already been a part of four versions of “Annie” in his theater career. “I am going simplistic with the set to allow the beauty of the story to come through. And our show will feature innovative, new choreography that is unique to this production.”
According to choreographer Benji Stockton, who spent ten years performing in Atlanta with The Aurora Theatre and with Six Flags Over Georgia, it’s important to make things updated and tell the same story but in a fresh, new way.
“People either know the 1982 movie version, one of the many Broadway revivals (each a bit different in their own unique, creative way), the 1999 movie, or the 2014 movie (again, each one different),” Stockton said. “I wanted to give people something that they have not seen before, as far as choreography is concerned. I do give respectable nods to the original 1977 Broadway show, 1982 movie, 2012 revival, and even the 2014 movie version.”
Playing the title role of Annie is Caroline Gibson, a sixth grader at Echols Middle School, who has appeared in 12 other local theater productions since the age of eight. In addition to acting on stage, Caroline plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele, and is an accomplished vocalist who has competed in singing competitions across the Southeast.
Sandy, the stray mutt who becomes Annie’s faithful friend, will be played by Pharaoh, a four-year-old terrier mix, who, like Sandy, has her own successful adoption story: two years ago, she was adopted from the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.
If You Go:
Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 3, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 2:00 p.m.
Ticket prices: Adult $20, Senior $18, Student $16, Kids $12
To order tickets: TheACT.info or (205)393-2800; Enter this special discount code when you order online to receive $2 off each ticket: Dcity
Every house has a story. Every home, a voice. Every day, I am in contact with families with the urge to move – sometimes up in size, sometimes to something cozier, less time consuming.
Some people are drawn to the history of a place. Others are in search of something brand new. But over time, even those new homes become worn and weathered by voices and footsteps carved by those who inhabited them.