What was Old is News Again!
The Charlotte Observer has a new critic. I mean an old critic at the Observer has returned. No, I mean... Well you'll just have to come to the May meeting and find out for yourself. See side box for meeting details. JoAnn Grose wrote for the Charlotte Observer from 1978-89 as JoAnn Rhetts. In 1988 she married Billy Grose and moved to his dairy farm in the wilds of northern Iredell County (ask about the coyotes). Between then and now, she has raised a third daughter and bushels of organic vegetables, learned to lay out pages and write headlines, covered education and agriculture at the Statesville Record & Landmark. Back in the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder, theater got JoAnn through high school in the wilds of Turbotville, PA, after which she had a momentary lapse and went off to Boston University to be a pre-med major, tossing aside a music theater scholarship in the process. Sense and some other things prevailed, and after one semester at Bucknell (Lewisburg, PA) as a biology major, she majored in English and theater and, finally, was a Dean's List student. Along the way to a master's in theater, she discovered that the queasy feeling in her stomach was caused, not by taking the Grad Records, but by the impending arrival of daughter, Joanna, now 31, married and the mommy of the world's most perfect baby, Adam, age 19 months. Back in those not-so-good old days mommies were just mommies so she stayed home and made herself and Joanna miserable. Theater crept back onstage in May 1971 when a friend was looking for someone to review "Tartuffe" at Baltimore's Center Stage in exchange for tickets. One thing led to another, as they always do, and by academic year 1977-78 she was at Stanford on an NEH Fellowship, listening to Martin Esslin drop Pinteresque pearls of wisdom. From there, the long and winding road led to The Charlotte Observer newsroom where the movie-theater critic had recently decamped. In April she and the Observer team worked out a flexible arrangement for her to return to the theater beat. She's thrilled to see how the Charlotte theater scene is growing and changing.
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You can now purchase tickets online for Charlotte Rep @ www.charlotterep.org, for NC Dance Theatre @ www.ncdance.org and for the PAC Broadway Lights Series @ www.performingartsctr.org. Contact a representative from the different groups to find out how it's working. Your theatre might want to try it next.
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Husband/best friend: Billy Grose. Daughters: Joanna Metzbower, 31; Alexandra Rhetts, 26; Hannah Grose, 9. Reading, writing, flowers, horses, dogs, cooking, movies, photography, music. Saw the Beatles in Shea Stadium, Artur Rubinstein at the piano, and Bruce last month.
MTA's website has now moved to www.main.nc.us/openstudio/mta/index.htm. With the demise of Charlotte's Web, MTA has had to move to a server at Mountain Area Information Network in Asheville. The location of the server means no change in service to you. Just type in the new URL and continue to enjoy the MTA website.
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