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Summer Drama….and my office is Awesome!

It’s Summer time and the stage is hopping here at the DAC.  Some days I feel like my office is a windowless cave that keeps me hidden from the world, but other days….. well, who else can say they have live theatrical productions unfolding in their office?

Circus has come and gone, but we have lots drama underway that we hope to entertain you with throughout the summer.  First up is the Complete History of America, Abridged ….. just in time for the 4th of July!

Some of you may remember the Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged, which Denali Drama performed in 2012…… well hang on to your socks cause they are at it again!  Only this time they will teach you as much of America’s history as they can in 6000 seconds.  Get ready to laugh and learn a few things you thought you know (but didn’t).  This show is PG-13, so use your best judgment when deciding which kids to bring…..  Open minds and good senses of humor encouraged!  2 weekends.

Next up is our Summer Stock – aka Talkeetna Youth Musical Theater – production of Seussical the Musical.  The talented youth of Talkeetna are working hard to bring you this fabulous show, which showcases a montage of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and Mayzie La Bird.  During this production you will be transported from the Jungle of Nool, to the tiny world of the Who’s, then off across the sea to Circus McGurkus.  3 nights only….. this is one to plan your vacation around.

September’s show is still a bit of a mystery, even to me.  Iditaprov will be back on our stage, but in what format, I do not know.  Stay tuned to learn more….. In the mean time, Iditaprov is performing competitive Improv 2 nights a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge.  Tickets can be bought at the front desk, shows start at 7:30.

Alright, I’ll get back to work and keep on keeping the drama on the stage.  Til next time, Holli @ the Hangar

The Complete History of America….Abridged

CHAposterJuly 3rd, 4th, &5th, and 10th, 11th, & 12th
Fri/Sat 7:30 show time, Sun 5pm matinee
600 Years of History in 6000 Seconds….
Article contributed by Justin Searls

“It is said that history is written by the the winners, well tonight it’s our turn!” Thus begins the ninety minute roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire of American History called The Complete History of America (Abridged). Produced by Denali Drama in Talkeetna, “Complete History” presents a satirical reenactment of America’s most significant historical events as well as comically exaggerated impersonations of many renowned historical figures.
This is the second in a series of “abridged” shows originally produced by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. In fall of 2012 the players of Denali Drama presented The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). “Audiences loved the last abridged show we did and we’ve been wanting to do another show like this for a long time”, said director Nick Condon. “This show seemed perfect, especially considering we’re opening the show on July 4th weekend”.
In a style called New Vaudeville, think classic slapstick meets irreverent political satire, this show manages to be thought provoking, corny, and clever at the same time. From Washington to Watergate, from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from the New World to the New World Order, just about everything since our nation’s founding comes under fire in this fast-paced, brutal take on American history. 600 years of history in 6,000 seconds! The Complete History of America (Abridged) is an irreverent look at our past through new eyes, at a high rate of speed, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters…it’s what you’ve done with it!
The Denali Arts Council presents this show at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in beautiful downtown Talkeetna, July 3, 4, 5 & 10, 11, 12. Fridays & Saturday at 7:30pm – Sunday Matinees at 5:00pm. Tickets $17 (or $15 for DAC Members.)

13 Weeks of Summer Community Photo Challenge

Weekly from June through August

13 weeks of summer

Join the Denali Arts Council for weekly photo challenges throughout the 2015 summer. This is a drop-in challenge, so if you miss a week, (or choose to only participate in challenge or two) that’s a-okay. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera (or phone!) you use, or how much experience you have with photography; everyone is welcome to join in the fun.  Find more information here….


Making the most of YOUR Arts Council

Have you ever wondered how events come to be at the Denali Arts Council?  Do you ever find yourself thinking, “You know, it would be really cool to see ________________ happening here in Talkeetna.” or “I wish they would do more of  _________________ at the hangar.”  Well, the truth of the matter is that YOU, as a creative member of the community, have the power to help make those decisions.


You could set the stage!

A community Arts council sets a stage, but is only a reflection of creativity and imagination.   In order for the DAC to express the artistic sentiment of Talkeetna, locals must be willing to share their talents and ideas. What gets showcased is what people like you choose to put into it through artistic partnerships and volunteering.

The Denali Arts Council is an umbrella organization with with a variety of artistic programs under its rim.  While most of our programs have ongoing activities, several have become stagnate due to lack of involvement or leadership.  Here is where YOU come in!

your art could be hereCurrently there are openings for Directors in three of our programs: Talkeetna Artists Guild (fine arts), Susitna Muse (writers group), and Local Motion…for the Love of Dance. As the director of a program, you have a lot of freedom to design events, workshops, and shows.  You can express yourself creativity and set the vision of the program. You can be the director or you could get involved to just produce one show or workshop.

So if you find yourself thinking “Man, I really wish they would show more ____________________”, consider putting your artistic passion to the test and get involved today!