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Seussical the Musical!!!

SeussicalPoster2Talkeetna Youth Theater bring Seuss to the Stage!
August 6,7 & 8  (Thur, Fri, Sat) at 7:30pm, doors open at 7

What do you get when you cross beloved storybook characters such as The Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant, with the Tony award winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty? Why, you get “Seussical the Musical”, a fantastical theatrical extravaganza where all of your favorite Seuss characters spring to life onstage. This summer the talented youth of Talkeetna’s Musical Youth Theater Co. (Summer Stock) have been working hard to bring you this Seussically- magical theater experience.

Talkeetna Summer Stock is an annual 8 week musical theater camp for students ages 10 to 18, which cumulates in a 3 night performance. The camp focuses on acting, improvisation, and vocal training as well as set design, tech and stage management. This year high school aged students have been given the opportunity to earn school credit through a cooperative effort between Denali Arts Council and Northern Susitna Institute.

In this year’s show, Talkeetna’s young actors will portray your favorite Seuss characters in a vibrant display of color and lyrical fun, to the accompaniment of a live band. The Cat in the Hat, your narrator, will guide you through the moving tell of Horton the elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people known as Whos. Horton undertakes the challenge of protecting the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. While Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Prepare to be thrilled as you are transported from the Jungle of Nool, to Whoville, and finally across the sea to Circus McGurkus in a show that audiences of all ages will love. “Seussical the Musical” plays at The Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna on August 6,7 & 8 (Thur, Fri, Sat) at 7:30pm.

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

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….


Talkeetna Brewfest 2015

Brewfest photoWhen: Saturday, September 19th from 2pm-6pm
Where: Sheldon Community Arts Hangar
Cost: $50 for up to fifteen 4 oz. samples
Age: Must be 21 or older with proof of I.D.

Limited tickets are available, so early purchase is encouraged.

Calling all beer lovers! Come sample a wide variety of craft beers provided by more than a dozen different Alaska breweries and help raise funds for Northern Susitna Institute in the process.  Northern Susitna Institute is a collaborative non-profit educational organization that runs a variety of programs. Northern Susitna Institute provides students of all ages the opportunity to learn, share ideas and develop real life skills through creating, supporting, facilitating and implementing a variety of experience-based academic programs, workshops, conferences, and community partnerships.  To learn more about NSI, go to


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!