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Spring Meeting at the home of Rosalyn and David Preston

on Sun, 04/10/2016 - 19:36

The Spring Meeting was held at the lovely home of Rosalyn and David Preston. We were entertained first by Arianna Rodriguez, an aspiring opera singer from GMU.

Then our three career competition winners performed (all from UNCSA): From left to right Margaret Gayford (third), Chessa Metz (second) and Mary Mattison Vallery (first prize). Mary will be representing us at the finals in Pheonix.

President Corky Sablinsky then thanked retiring Board members along with their replacements: Janice Chevalier (Winston Art Scholarship Chair), whose job will be taken over by Tara Little; Bob Burns

UNCSA Sweeps Prizes in Our Musical Theatre Competition

on Sat, 03/26/2016 - 13:08

The NSAL VA/NC Chapter recently held its annual Career Awards Competition.  This year's chosen discipline is Musical Theatre, which always makes for an exciting competition.  The nine contestants first participated in a mandatory dance call led by choreographer and judge Russell Jay in which, after a warm-up, they learned a dance routine and performed it.  In the afternoon they presented their six-minute auditions consisting of two songs and a monologue.

Bob Chapel Looks Back over 29 Years of Directing Plays and Musical Theatre

on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 06:02

President Corky and Suzanne Guy

Chapter members gathered at the home of Judy Campell and Michael Henke for the NSAL Virginia/North Carolina Chapter's second meeting of the year on February 21, 2016, where they were treated to a splendid presentation by Robert Chapel, Professor of Drama and former chair of the University of Virginia's Drama Department. Bob will retire in May from UVA and, last summer, retired as the Producing Artistic Director of the renowned Heritage Summer Theatre Festival, hosted by the University of Virginia.

Visit to Charlottesville Ballet Company Studio

on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 19:03

On October 25, 2015 our Chapter Meeting was held at the Charlottesville Ballet Company Studio. Charlottesville Ballet is actually two entities: a professional ballet company and an Academy serving over 400 students. The meeting was organized to strengthen links with the organizations and create awareness with our members that although musical theatre is the theme for the 2016 National Career Competition, in 2017 it will be the turn of ballet.

Corky Sablinsky getting to know Caitlin Lennon, the Company Manager

We met with Emily Mott Hartka and Sara Clayborne, the co-directors of the

Chapter Drama Competition Winner Stars in Summer Theatre Musical

on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:43

Carolyn Demanelis and Perry Medlin

Our 2015 Drama Competition winner, Carolyn Demanelis, (pictured here with co-star Perry Medlin), had a starring role in a delightful production of "I Love a Piano" at the Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville this summer. Featuring songs by beloved American composer, Irving Berlin, the musical took the audience on a sentimental tour of US history from 1910 to 1959. We learned that Caolyn cannot only act, but SING beautifully!



Letter from Carolyn Demanelis

on Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:34

Dear Diana. I wanted to thank you and the other members of NSAL Virginia/N.Carolina chapter for their generosity and support. I had such an amazing time in St. Louis , and I created memories and friends I will never forget. Although I did not place, I have been in contact with several of the judges, and have potential auditions in the future at their respective companies. I will be spreading the word about this wonderful organization and how generous and kind you all are. Also, the show I am currently rehearsing for opens July 21st at the Helms Theatre UVA ("I love a piano" - a celebration of

Rising Stars Recital

on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:29

On Saturday, August 15th, at 7 pm Hannah Hammel (our woodwinds competition winner for 2014) will be performing on the flute. This will be a joint recital with her sister, Hollie Hammel, a mezzo-soprano. Bob Gallagher will play the organ and piano.

All NSAL members and friends are invited to attend. The venue is the sanctuary of River Road Baptist Church, 8000 River Road, Richmond. There is no admission charge, but you can make a freewill offering. Works include Copland, Hahn, Hue, Schubert, Rorem, Faure, Paganini, Rachmaninoff, Grieg and Bernstein.


NSAL President, Dorothy Lincoln-Smith visits our chapter

on Sat, 05/30/2015 - 14:21

What a weekend we had when our gracious NSAL President, Dorothy Lincoln-Smith, visited our chapter! Dorothy is a very special person and even includes scuba diving amongst her many accomplishments. Nancy Brockman hosted Dorothy and arranged a delightful informal evening with a delicious meal so that Dorothy could meet the chapter board members. Nancy entertained us by playing her harp, while Dorothy sang for us. The following day Pat and Ed Davis held a fund-raising event for all chapter members.

UVA Drama Student Wins Chapter Competition

on Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:37

Five talented students from drama schools across Virginia and North Carolina performed for a distinguished panel of judges on March 21, 2015 to determine who will represent the chapter at the Career Awards Competition to be held in May at the National NSAL Convention.

The five contestants with competition co-chairs Diana Freeman and
Nancy Brockman (left) and chapter president Corky Sablinsky (right).

Each presented short extracts from plays both comedic and serious, after which competition co-chair Nancy Brockman announced the first place winner as Carolyn Demanelis from the University of

Drama Focus at Chapter Gathering

on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:10

Chapter members who attended the winter gathering on January 25, 2015 at the home of Derwood and Johanna Chase were treated to a fascinating insight into the world of the playwright and director. Deirdre O’Connor explained how she approaches the task of writing a new play, and her impressive resumé reflects her successes in this area, writing for television and film as well as stage. Her husband David Dalton, who recently joined the faculty of the Drama Department at UVA to teach acting and directing, can claim his own achievements in New York.