Local broadway lovers don’t necessarily enjoy the drive to NYC. Nor do aspiring actors appreciate the eye-popping class prices. Fortunately, the Courthouse Center for the Arts has been rechristened as a cultural center and now hosts a wide variety of concerts, visual art exhibits, fundraisers for local businesses and yearround art classes, in addition to its classic theater performances. Come and celebrate the Courthouse Center for the Arts’ upcoming classes and feature performances.
Mike Messier’s C.O.R.E acting class tailors to the experienced comedian and theater-loving novice alike. His “unique hybrid of scene study,” C.O.R.E, – Character, Origin, Response, Environment – embodies the fresh acting philosophy he gleaned from multiple years of experience in the performing arts. Now he’s teaching a class that’s offered in four-week installments – though walk-ins for individual sessions are also welcome. Tuesdays. Ages 15+. Sept 3-Oct 22. 6:30- 9pm. $100 for four weeks.
Any humor-hungry audience member who decides to attend the Jim Mac-Donald experience in Light and Sound will not be disappointed. A native Rhode Islander, this regular performer in the Late Late Shows (both Letterman and Ferguson) and acclaimed Comedy & Magic Club of Hermosa Beach will leave Los Angeles and head back to his beloved hometown this Septem- ber. This stand-up comedian’s down- to-earth and family-oriented show is a “must-see for any light-hearted Rhode Islander.” Sept 6. 7pm. $20.
For something both salacious and comedic, head over to the Courthouse on September 14 to see the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. This intensely “interactive show” is for green-horns and devil-horns alike. Sept 14. 9pm. $10.
If you’re feeling nostalgic for “Walk the Line” or “Going to Jackson,” Johnny Cash’s distinct baritone voice and his delightful duets with June Carter will now live a second life through Jimmy and Joyce love Johnny and June. This multi-layered tribute to the “lives, love and music” of these archetypal American artists will bring a tangy taste of Tennessee to the Courthouse. Sept 21. 8pm. $20.
Pamper your pooch – and potentially all South County Dogs – at the Benefit Concert for the Richmond Dog Park. Listen to the upbeat band Johnny and the East Coast Rockers, indulge in some unique (human and doggy) gifts from the street vendors and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages from the bar. All funds benefit the park. Sept 22. 11- 4pm. Band plays 1-3pm. $15. Dogs are free!
Lovebirds looking for a romantic getaway can stroll hand-in-hand to the Courthouse to see Love Letters. This “ageless comedy/drama” focuses on a decade-long courtship in which sweethearts ironically express their mutual love through piles of unrequited love letters. Sept 27-29. 8pm, Friday-Saturday; 3pm, Sunday. $20. Tickets may be purchased through the Courthouse or online.