Annual "Britt's Picks" Best-of List - Facebook Live - December 17 at 8:00 PM

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Genuine Southern Perspective

Chatham Life & Style

Genuine Southern Perspective

NEW! Review of LADY MISRULE at Tiny Engine Theatre

Presented LIVE via Facebook!

Monday, December 17 at 8:00 PM

PWith an exciting new format and some new categories, managing performing arts editor Dustin K. Britt will announce his picks for the Best of Local Theatre for 2018. 

100+ professional, community and student plays, musicals, operas, ballets, and concerts in the Chatham County surrounding area are up for consideration.

Awards will be given for the year's most outstanding:


Ensemble Performances

Leading Performances

Featured Performances

Instrumental Performances

Breakout Performances

Stage Direction

Musical Direction

Dance Choreography

Fight Choreography

Stage Management

Live Sound Mixing

Scenic Designs

Costume Designs

Lighting Designs

Sound Designs

Props Designs

Hair, Makeup, and Mask Designs

Projection Designs


Contribution to Social Justice

Contribution to Accessibility

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Review of THE WEIR at Burning Coal Theatre Company

Mom & Son review CINDERELLA at Raleigh Little Theatre

Review of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER at Duke Energy Center

Meet the "Mom & Son" Review Team

Rachel Kasten & Emory Kasten

Rachel and Emory will be sharing a very unique perspective on the performing arts: that of a mother and son! Team Kasten will be providing critiques and feature articles on family-friendly and youth-related arts in Chatham County and beyond!

A little bit about the dynamic duo:

Rachel Kasten believes that access to live theatre strengthens communities. She is happy to be back home in Raleigh after a whirlwind decade of living and performing in Ohio, Florida, and British Columbia. She was a professional background actor for 7 months in Vancouver and thinks it’s an experience everyone should have, but only once, and not in the snow. Although she has been frequently typecast as a witch or wicked stepmother (Cinderella, Macbeth, Into the Woods, Shrek...seriously, a lot of witches), she actually thinks she’s an okay mom.

Most recently, Rachel discovered that she enjoys producing even more than being on stage, when she produced These Shining Lives for the Women’s Theatre Festival. Outside of theatre, she serves as a Graduate Program Coordinator at N.C. State and is an active participant in dismantling white supremacy. Rachel is looking forward to sharing something she loves with the person she loves the most.

Emory Kasten is 6 years old and in 1st grade. Emory loves musicals because they have singing and dancing, which are two of his favorite things. He takes jazz and tumbling at Triangle Academy of Dance so that he can perform in Newsies someday. Emory is also a proud Cub Scout. His favorite show is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat because it’s weird, colorful, and silly, like him. Emory wants to see more plays because sometimes they’re really funny. P.S. He wants everyone to know that his favorite animal is the red fox.

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  • Performing Arts
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We welcome materials from all locals, but we are very interested in hearing from women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks in our community. Make your voices heard!

If you would like to join the team on a regular basis, or just throw some fun content our way,  please email us at chathamlifeandstyle@gmail.com or use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.

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