Dahl musical on Fairhope bluff
Five-year-old Matilda Wormwood is tired of the neglectful, mean and dishonest adults who fill her life. The precocious girl not only repays them with hilarious mischief, but stokes a plan for wider rebellion that becomes permanent justice.
The 1988 Roald Dahl book became a Tony Award-winning musical, and after playing venues across the globe “Matilda” will now come to the Mobile Bay area. Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre will stage the extravaganza as its sixth annual Theatre on the Bluff production in Henry George Park in Fairhope.
The play runs May 2–4 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The general admission gate opens at 6:30 p.m. Patrons should bring their own blanket or lawn chair. Concessions will be available.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children and are non-refundable. Tickets are available online or at the gate, space provided. Should a performance be cancelled for inclement weather, the rain date is May 5.
For more information, visit easternshorerep.org.
Theatre Guild hosts fundraiser
It’s little secret Mobile Theatre Guild (MTG) is in a budget crunch just shy of its 70th season. The building at 14 N. Lafayette St. needs repair. The guild started a crowd-funding effort, which shows $3,050 of the $5,000 goal met.
Now, MTG will stage a gala fundraiser at the theatre on May 11, 4–8 p.m. Scheduled musical entertainment include Melissa Summersell, The String Slingers, Larry Andrews, LeRoy Clarke, Jerry Powell and Carnival and “The Ghost of Cockroach Hall.”
Heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available between sets. There will also be raffles and a silent auction.
Tickets are $20 and available at the door.
For more information, go to mobiletheatreguild.org or check its Facebook page.
Jazzy and Jewish? Who knew?!
A pair of German Jews, Francis Wolff and Alfred Lion, built a lifelong love for jazz despite its ban by the Nazi Party. After their arrival in New York City in the late 1930s, their artistic devotion led to the founding of the Blue Note record label.
Their egalitarian treatment of artists was notable in an era rife with racial strife. Their guidance included landmark graphic design featuring Wolff’s in-studio photography. Blue Note launched the careers of giants such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.
The film “It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story” details the rise of this 20th century American artistic institution and will be screened at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.) on May 29 at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) and the Mobile Jewish Film Festival.
Entrance is $10, $5 for students.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
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