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News, articles, and ideas for people who love theater, from Tryon Little Theater and other sources
From https://andrewjfletcher.bandcamp.com: "Andrew J. Fletcher is a stride piano player based out of Asheville, N.C. With a passion for the jazz piano styles of the 1920s and 1930s, he is blazing a trail of hot music across the country. Freely introducing both classical and rock and roll sensibilities into the 20s jazz idiom, his style is exciting, raucous and recognizable."
Back in the 2003-2004 season, TLT staged "Gypsy" and one of the teenage actors was Andrew Fletcher. Monica Jones remembers teaching him and his partner in the show to tapdance for a number: "He'd never danced before, and worked so hard to get it right and overcome his two left feet, and he succeeded! His forte was piano playing, however, and you ought to have heard him banging away on the ivories back then! Among his teachers was our own Pam McNeil, who was in awe of his natural talents at such a young age."
Well, all grown up and as handsome and suave as ever, Andrew is now living in Asheville. He has been a vocal advocate for the street musicians and buskers of Asheville, playing on the street himself, pushing his piano up the road and sitting down to wow the public on fine afternoons. He recently ran for town council (lost, sadly), but continues to work for all of the musicians and artists in the area. He's played jazz piano with various bands (including the Firecracker Jazz Band), and has even been the pianist for silent movies shown in the local theater. He has recorded albums, plays in area venues, and if you visit his website http://www.andrewjfletcher.com, you can follow his progress, and maybe go see him perform.
Andrew, we are proud of you!
TLT's Susie Kocher recently had a fun interview with actor Allen Nabors about improv, show biz, and life lessons. Enjoy!
A June 28, 2020, segment on "CBS Sunday Morning." For regional theaters, returning from a pandemic shutdown is requiring some big changes – for actors, crew, and audiences. Correspondent Rita Braver talks with the artistic directors of the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael R. Jackson, about how they are adjusting to conditions created by COVID-19.
McSweeney's Internet Tendency offers a hilarious look from at the challenges of directing musical theater during a pandemic.
In June 2018, "Bold Life" published this article about "James and the Giant Peach," Tryon Little Theater's Summer Youth Theater production in 2018. The show was directed by Chris Tinkler.