Festival of New Plays
The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in a Short Play Festival, February 24, 2019. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute and 10-Minute plays. The theme for this year’s festival is "Coming Together: Healing Our Divisions.” Topics may include such issues as racial, cultural, and economic divisions. The goal of the festival is to provide positive and encouraging ways to bridge our differences and bring us together. Plays selected to be a part of the 2019 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience.
Email all submissions by December 15, 2018
The St. Paul’s Chancel Choir draws on a rich tradition of sacred music, from familiar church standards, to classics of the European choral repertoire to contemporary American anthems. The St. Paul’s Chancel Choir comprises 17-20 volunteers and sings for the regular 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service as well as special services throughout the Liturgical year. In addition to the primary duty of leading congregational hymnody and service music, the St. Paul’s Choir enriches worship by offering anthems, hymn descants, varied Psalm settings from Anglican Chant to Plainsong. The St. Paul’s Chancel Choir season runs from the Sunday after Labor Day through Pentecost Sunday. During the choral season, rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 9:15a.m.
The St. Paul’s handbell choir consists of 2-3 octaves of bells played by volunteers with various musical backgrounds and experiences. The handbell choir enhances our worship music by providing occasional bell descants to congregational hymns or choir anthems, in addition to playing solo handbell pieces of varied levels. The handbell choir rehearses from September through May on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30p.m. We invite and welcome new participation to our handbell choir, regardless of your musical background.
Art on the Parish Green
We want to give artists a chance to expand their following and give the community a chance to expand their appreciation of the arts! We are a downtown church, and New Albany’s downtown is a great place to be. We want to give folks an excuse to come visit downtown and see what New Albany has to offer. We are raising money for Shepherd’s Kitchen, a feeding ministry that provides free meals to 60 to 80 needy folks from our community every single Friday night of the year.
Art in the Parlor
Art in the Parlor is part of Arts Council of St. Paul's. Our mission: "To engage the church, the community, writers, actors, and other artists in conversations that will open people's eyes to the richness of art, music, and poetic words in order to bring about positive and productive creative action from truth and godly motives." Art in the Parlor hosts local artists for a month-long gallery show. During the gallery opening, each artist presents an interactive gallery talk about his/her work.
A New Show by Penny Sisto - “Love Who You Love”
A new art show by renowned local artist, Penny Sisto, opens Sunday, September 16 with a special reception at 2:30 pm. The theme for Penny’s show is Love Who You Love. This theme coincides with the staging of the musical A Man of No Importance by TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana.
In her work, Penny shares the many ways love can manifest itself. The play is about Alfie Byrne, a bus driver in 1964 Dublin whose amateur production of Oscar Wilde's Salome in the local church hall is shut down due to bigotry and shame. This tender and beautiful musical explores love, friendship and coming to terms with who we are. The book is by Terrence McNally and the score is by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. This show is rated PG-13 for minor language and content.
The opening reception includes a gallery talk by Penny as well as a special appearance by the cast of A Man of No Importance singing several songs from the show. The gallery show, Love Who You Love, runs September 16 through October 19. The musical, A Man of No Importance, runs September 26 through October 7.
Gallery hours at St. Paul's are Tuesday-Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm.
You can get tickets to the musical by going to www.theatreworksofsoin.com or by calling 812-725-7601.
Parlor Stories is a literary and performing arts series bringing together local actors, story-tellers, and authors reading great literature. The series is inspired by Stories on Stage in Denver, Arts & Letters Live in Dallas, and Selected Shorts in New York City. Each performance of Parlor Stories has a unifying theme presented through several stories. The stories are sometimes classic, sometimes new; performed by great actors or story-tellers from Kentuckiana who bring these short stories to life.