Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO) and Lower Shore Performing Arts Company (LSPAC) have partnered over the past few years in delivering quality live performances on the stage at the Chincoteague Island Theater for the Eastern Shore Community.
Previous productions are Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”; “Pippin” a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson; Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and “A Christmas Pudding”.
Summer 2019 we held a theater academy entitled “Broadway at the Beach” which we plan to make an annual event. Attracting young local actors and summer visitors!
This year, as with all arts organizations, we had to pivot to maintain providing arts to the community.
LSPAC provided on line classes in public speaking (in partnership with Debedeavon Toastmasters Club in Wallops Island VA) and theatrical dance. CIAO continued with streaming performances each month such as Hearts and Hands 19th Century Women and their Quilts.
This Christmas, our partnership has created a “Seaside Christmas”. A gathering of local talent with classic and original stories and music! It will stream on CIAO TV. This event will air Dec 21 and run for a week.
It is filled with local talent from the Eastern Shore:
Dr. Daniel Cochran reading the 1897 classic letter to the New York Sun, “Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause “
The Cockey Family - Robin, Elijah, Isabelle and Guinevere known as “The Folk Villains” providing seasonal music
Alana Troxell, local actress and student at the Marymount Manhattan School of Drama as “Mary”
Captain Barry Island storyteller with one of his famous tales.
Kisha Jackson, local playwright and director, with a selected reading from Maya Angelou’s “Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem”
Christopher Jestin, local actor, reading as Clement Moore “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
With glorious background vocals from The Arlington Children’s Chorus
The production team of William Borges, Kevin Carr, Doug Mills, Rhonda Dausman, and Kathryn Redden hope you enjoy the show and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!