Norton Center for the Arts brings spring debut show to the campus and Danville communities
Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts is gearing up for an exciting and busy week in preparation for its first show of the spring season, Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth, a live-action performance of a science-fiction graphic novel.
The Friday performance of Intergalactic Nemesis will fall at the end of a week full of outreach and engagement activities, including Thursday morning’s sneak peek for residents of McDowell Place, a senior citizen home, at the Boyle County Public Library. From 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 6, cast members and their accompanying foley (sound effect) artist will give a demonstration of some of the effects and experiences the full performance holds. Thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, senior citizens who attend will receive a voucher to see the full performance free of charge.
Later that morning, the Norton Center will host a workshop with the Intergalactic Nemesis foley artist in Weisiger Theatre. The event is open to all Centre students, particularly those interested in sound connected with visual media, and begins at 11:30 a.m.
“This workshop will be a hands-on exploration for students to learn more about the use of sound (or intentional absence of sound) and how to create sound effects to complement visual media,” explains Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman. “Hosting the event during campus’ common hour will make it accessible to many students.”
Beginning on Thursday evening, the Danville Community Arts Center will be drawing inspiration—quite literally—from the show by offering comic book art classes every Thursday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., through March 13.
“Local professional artist Paul Sirimongkhon will walk students through the process step by step,” says Community Arts Center Marketing Director Chelsea Compton. “Students can learn drawing technique, story and character development, and comic layout and design, resulting in a finished comic book by the end of the class.”
Giving participants a boost of live-action inspiration, the Norton Center has offered each student in the Arts Center’s class one free ticket to the Intergalactic Nemesis performance. Centre students are eligible for a 20% discount on the class as well.
“These extensions of our performances into the community are an important part of what we do at the Norton Center,” Hoffman explains. “We want these shows to go beyond the audience who attends for a few hours one evening, to encompass the many different people and places in our community that could be inspired or educated by them.”
The full production of the live-action graphic novel, Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth, will be performed on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Norton Center’s Newlin Hall. For more information on these events and purchasing tickets, visit www.nortoncenter.com.
By Mariel Smith