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Vol. 2, Issue 45

Experience the magic of American Fairy Tales on Wednesday & Thursday at the Orange Beach Event Center

Fairytales give children some of their earliest opportunities to expand their imagination. Even adults, caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle, can use an occasional break from reality by being immersed in the magical world of fairytales.

As a way to help kids and parents, alike, escape into the world of fairytales, the City of Orange Beach Performing Arts will present American Fairy Tales on November 13-14 at the Orange Beach Event Center.

The program will include a stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s American Fairy Tales by Jessica Langston, the city’s creative director. The play is an action-packed version of four stories found in L. Frank Baum’s American Fairy Tales.

These stories include: “The Box of Robbers,” “The Glass Dog,” “The Girl Who Owned a Bear” and “The Magic Bon Bons”.

“These vignettes explore the lives of a crazy cast of characters,” according to Langston.

In this incarnation of Baum’s work, you will encounter: three Italian bandits; magic bon bons; a glass dog brought to life and a little bit of everything in between.

“While the stories retain Baum’s original plot points, the stage adaptations are filled with extra action and a fun-filled journey from point A to point B,” Langston said.

 She also indicated that people who are unfamiliar with the books will have no trouble following this production.

“The vignettes explain each character and plot twist in detail, so familiarity with the story is optional, but not necessary,” she said.

The stage adaptation took some three weeks to complete and there were many creative hills and valleys to navigate.

“Sometimes I laughed out loud, and other days I wracked my brain. Sometimes the play seemed to spring off the page on its own, while other times, I had to force every word into submission,” Langston said, smiling.

American Fairy Tales is being presented through the City of Orange Beach Expect Excellence After-School program. The actors encompass a wide age range from third graders to adults. The theater classes are offered four times a week with additional time spent for rehearsals and shows. This wide ranging play will have 28 actors and a seven-member production crew.

Orange Beach resident Jennifer McBrayer, who will be playing the narrator throughout American Fairy Tales, said she is “thrilled beyond belief to be given a role.” 

This is McBrayer’s first chance to act since her last couple of years of high school, but, this time is special because “I am an adult and I get to play pretend. And, although it is a lot of work, it is also an unmatched thrill and pure magic when the audience has been transformed into the world you are portraying,” she said. “Hope to see you all on November 13 and 14, because you will not regret being a part of this exciting time in our awesome city.”

If you are interested in being part of the magical evenings of Nov. 13 and 14 for the production of American Fairy Tales at the Orange Beach Event Center, you can visit the city’s website at orangebeachal.gov and look under events. Each show starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6. Tickets are $15. All names go directly on the admittance list. Just print out your receipt or show it on your cell phone for proof of purchase.  

A production of the City of Orange Beach Performing Arts ~ Join us for the stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum's American Fairy Tales, where characters spring from books, servants join a Conga line, and a glass dog comes to life.
Latest News

Veterans Day 2019

In observance of Veterans Day, non-essential city offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th. Trash and recycling will not be affected. All routes will run as normal. City offices will open for normal hours on Tuesday, November 12th. The city's sincere appreciation is extended to all veterans. 

PLANNING COMMISSION TO MEET WEDNESDAY

The Orange Beach Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 13th for a work session followed by 4 p.m. regular meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting was rescheduled from Monday, November 11th due to Veterans Day. See the Planning Commission agenda for November 13th on the City Website. 

Congratulations to the 2019 City of Orange Beach Fire Department Firefighter of the Year Tyler Newkirk, the 2019 Orange Beach Police Department Officer of the Year Michael McBrayer and the 2019 OBPD Employee of the Year Karen Keith. The awards were presented on Monday, November 4th by Fire Chief Mike Kimmerling and Police Chief Joe Fierro at the Orange Beach Community Association’s Monthly Potluck at the Community Center. The annual night of recognition is held each November. New Baldwin County 911 Director Joby Smith was the guest speaker. See more photos on the City of Orange Beach Facebook page.
 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - FREE COMMUNITY COOKOUT ON NOVEMBER 16TH:  The community is invited to come out and spend some time with the Orange Beach Fire and Police Departments at a free cookout at Waterfront Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 16th. It’s a time for police and fire personnel to say thank you to the community they love to serve. Join them and enjoy a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs. 

SEC WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL IS SUNDAY! 

The 2019 Southeastern Conference Women’s Soccer Championship finals will see Arkansas and South Carolina clash at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 10th at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The match will be televised live on the SEC Network. 

In Thursday’s semifinal action, No. 1 seed Arkansas beat No. 5-seeded Florida, 3-1, and 3rd-seeded South Carolina beat No. 2 seed Vanderbilt, 2-0

For recaps of each game, visit www.secsports.com/championship/soccer. For the official bracket, go to www.secsports.com/bracket/soccer.

Tickets to watch the games will be available at the gate. Adult tickets are $5 per game and children (K-12) are $2 per day. Also, any youth soccer player that comes in uniform gets in free.

SCHOOL NEWS 

Congratulations to the Orange Beach High School Theatre students for winning Superior and Excellent individual ratings, Best Tech, Best Set, and Best One Act for THE LAST MILE at District No. 5 Trumbauer Theatre Festival in Mobile on Saturday, November 2nd. THE LAST MILE, written by Director of Orange Beach Conservatory of Fine Arts and OBHS Theatre Teacher Darren Butler, now advances to the State Competition at Troy University. Find more information on the OB Conservatory of Fine Arts Facebook page.



Inaugural Veterans Day Assembly
One of greatest privileges as American citizens is to honor those who preserve and protect our nation. On Thursday, November 7th, OBMHS students were blessed to host some incredible veterans for the schools' first Veterans Day Assembly. Thank you to all who have given of themselves to serve in our armed forces. 


 


Soccer tryouts are scheduled for November 18th to November 21st at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. 




Baseball evaluations will be held this Saturday, November 9th. Students must have a physical and proof of insurance before trying out. 

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Orange Beach Wildlife 2020 Calendar Pre-sale

Orange Beach Wildlife Center 2020 Calendar Pre-sale is underway. Get your order in by November 18th to get your calendar before Christmas. They make great gifts! Pictures are all of native wildlife, taken by local amateur photographers. Cost is $20 per calendar with proceeds benefiting the Orange Beach Wildlife Center and the animals in its care. Order the Orange Beach 2020 Wildlife Calendar on the City Website.

Prescribed burn planned

A prescribed burn is planned at Gulf State Park as part of a forest management plan associated with longleaf pine restoration, fuel reduction and invasive species control. The planned burn will take place in the Eagle Loop section of the park near Lake Shelby sometime between November 11-30, 2019, weather permitting.

The annual Orange Beach Youth Dove Hunt was held Saturday, November 2nd at Alligator Alley in Summerdale. About 20 kids ranging in age from 8 to 15 participated in the event. Each child was accompanied by an adult. Click here or on the image above to see a video recap. 

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Chalk Art Festival coming to the Wharf this weekend
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WKRG: Boat launch on Intracoastal closer to being built
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