Showing posts from 2019

Zanesville, Ohio - War Bonds Still Matter

Meet 103 Year-Old World War II veteran, Dale Jones!

Dale gave us permission to read one of his letters to his sister in EbzB's performance of War Bonds on October 27, 2019 for the Zanesville Concert Association in Zanesville, Ohio.  Dale was a riot–– laughing, joking, even dancing a little!  The show stopped when his letter was read from the stage, as the audience of 800 patrons gave him a well-deserved standing ovation.  After the performance, a USO canteen gala allowed performers, musicians and audience members to break bread, dance and reminisce about their own stories from the time.

The following morning, a student matinee of War Bonds was performed for over 600 elementary students .  Their tickets were paid for by the previous day's audience.  The greatest generation literally paid it forward so that these students might have a better experience in life.  A five-piece band, led by Music Director Julie Florin brought the music to l…

Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center announces 2019-20 season


GU’s Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center announces 2019-20 seasonPublished: Aug. 8, 2019, 12:20 p.m. UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 12:48 p.m. The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center was made possible by Myrtle Woldson’s $55 million gift to Gonzaga University, the largest in Gonzaga’s history and second-largest gift from an individual to a college or university in Washington state history. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review) The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center at Gonzaga University, which opened in April, has announced its 2019-20 season of performances.  Tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 21 through the box office, 211 E. Desmet Ave. and (509) 313-2787.

Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till – Oct. 17. Actor and playwright Mike Wiley performs a one-actor, multiple-character drama telling of the murder and trial in the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till.
The Night Before Christmas Carol…

Back To School with EbzB Productions and United Arts Council

Back To School with EbzB Productions and United Arts Council

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In One Era And Out The Other

EbzB Productions' Residencies & Workshops  EbzB Productions EbzB Productions' Arts in Education offerings include workshops and residency programs for middle school and high school levels, as well as for after-school programs, libraries & museums with a focus on collecting oral history and adapting it for the stage. Programs available meet Common Core and Essential Standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Healthful Living, and Arts Education (Theatre Arts). In addition to EbzB's signature 5-day residency for students, Get Connected: Stage Your History, professional development workshops integrating theatre and history into the classroom are al…

War Bonds show Seeks to Connect with Local Families

War Bonds show Seeks to Connect with Local Families

Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen are performers for the War Bonds – The Songs and Letters of World War II show coming to Zanesville on Oct. 27, as part of the Zanesville Concert Association’s 81st season. For ticket information, visit (Photo: Submitted) ZANESVILLE - The 81st season of the Zanesville Concert Association begins with War Bonds – The Songs & Letters of World War II featuring a five-piece band along with performers David zum Brunnen & Serena Ebhardt, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Secret Auditorium.
“With the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy just last month, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to World War II veterans as part of our season,” said Jim McLaughlin, booking agent for the Zanesville Concert Association. 
War Bonds explores the dark si…

Curriculum Come To Life in Two Chatham County Elementary Schools


Artists-in-Schools: Curriculum Come to Life in Two Chatham County Elementary Schools
History, math, science – sometimes everyday curriculum can be difficult to grasp for elementary school students. The concept seems unfamiliar or too far removed from everyday life to grasp. But when a student becomes an integral part of dissecting and reconstructing it in a different way, the ability to connect with curriculum concepts is more within reach. This is the idea behind two recent Chatham Arts Council Artists-in-Schools theater residencies with EbzB Productions, founded by Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen. The residencies took place at Pittsboro Elementary School and Bonlee School, and proved to be successful tools in bringing history, math, science, language, and dramatic arts curriculum to life. “This program provides a great way to reach kids who need other ways to learn – they need movement,” said Serena Ebhardt,…

War Bonds. Why We Do It.

June 17, 2019
Thank You Very Much

Dear EBZB Productions:
It is Monday morning, and I'm still thinking about the “War Bonds” play we saw Saturday night at the Pal Theater. It was great, and I have a number of areas of thanks I want to cover with you.
First, thank you for the entertainment you provided. Cheryl and I have become set in a routine that usually involves a TV screen and some sort of snack on Saturday nights. You provided us with an opportunity to get out of the house and do something productive with our minds and bodies. It was refreshing.
Second, thank you for the content of the play. Those who fought in WWII are often referred to as “the greatest generation", and it is a title that they rightly earned. To think that millions of men and women put down their plows and picked up their arms to defend this country after not one, but three nations declared war with us is amazing. I do not feel we can muster that kind of patriotism among our draftable youth today. The sa…

World War II Veterans Honored at The Pal Theatre in Vidalia, GA

War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II

Congratulation to Concentrix Music and Fred Story

So delighted to keep company with Fred and Becky Story of Concentrix Music.  Fred composed the original music used in the public broadcast production of EbzB's War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II.  See what they are up to now...

#concentrixmusic #ebzb #warbonds
Renowned Composer Fred Story & Concentrix Music Compose and Produce Original Score for Multi-Award Winning Documentary "Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices"JUN 6, 2019 Powerful Documentary to Air June 21st on PBS' "American Masters" Series Charlotte, NC, June 6, 2019 – The music of renowned composer Fred Story, founder of Concentrix Music and Sound Design, Inc. - who composed and produced the original score featured within the multi-award winning documentary film "Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices" – will be heard nationally when that special film airs on the PBS “American Masters” series June 21st. Story’s original score, written for a chamber string ens…

Technology For The Greater Good - Bonlee Elementary Residency

"Technology is the pursuit of life by means other than life."   -Bernard Stiegler

We are having fun at Bonlee Elementary School in Chatham County, North Carolina this week!  

Over the past few months, the fifth grade students have interviewed Mayor John Grimes of Siler City and Mayor Cindy Perry of Pittsboro for their thoughts on how technology has changed the county.  

The students transcribed those interviews to create a script over the past week. We also incorporated technology into the artistic process, using it to record interviews, type the script, create projections, amplify the actors, and coordinate the choreography. We discovered that technology is everywhere. We discovered that not all technology is digital.  We discovered that sometimes it is difficult to know whether technology rules over us or we rule over technology.

Throughout this process, students have learned that working on assembly lines, typing letters, processing water from a chicken plant and launching a r…

Angels Among Us

EbzB Productions would like to Thank Nina Lloyd of Opus Financial Advisors for a lovely evening of meeting new friends and fund-raising for Chatham Arts Council's Artists-In-Schools Initiative. There are angels among us.

Just Another Day At The Office...


Using Actors' Tools To Prepare for People Make The World Go Round

Using Actors' Tools To Prepare for People Make The World Go Round!

A presentation on Economics in Chatham County, NC  Created and performed by the Third Grade Class of Pittsboro Elementary School
Sponsored by Chatham County Arts Council

Exploring the Economy through Arts Integration at Pittsboro Elementary School

The third grade classes at Pittsboro Elementary School have been working with teaching artists from EbzB Productions to research, write, and perform their own presentation about Economics in their own community.  Chatham Arts Council is the generous sponsor of this Arts Integration experience for the Chatham County Public Schools.  Thank you for supporting our teachers and our schools!

Compliment - Wrights of Passage

"Please give my best to the entire group... The performance [Wrights of Passage] was great and we will certainly have you back."

-Ray Jordan,  Executive Director,  Sampson County Exposition Center

From the Sampson County Independent... Wrights of Passage

Wrights of Passage Entertains and Enlightens Sampson County Students

One by one, a group of students from Butler Avenue School walked up to a microphone sitting just below the stage at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center. The students were all part of one of eight performances of the Class Acts-Sampson CenterStage Performing Arts Series. Thursday’s performance, “Wrights of Passage,” was presented to third- and fourth-grade students from across Sampson County. It was the story of the passion and focus of the Wright Brothers, who wanted to prove man could fly. During their portrayal of the brothers, an abstract replica of the famous flyer came to life on the stage. The students were all part of the cast, reading segments of the script and helping tell the story. “I really liked the way the actors involved the students in the play,” Butler Avenue School’s AIG teacher Christie Tyndall said. “They had cards for them to read and the actor met with the students prior to the play starti…

2019 –– HAPPY NEW YEAR! 📅

EbzB is genuinely excited about 2019.

We hope you will celebrate in the new year with us!

We are working on two different arts-integration residencies in the Chatham County schools of North Carolina. We will be creating plays with themes of economics and technology. Over one-hundred elementary school students will take part in this process. Thank you, Chatham County Arts Council!

The Wrights of Passage is scheduled for a spring tour across North Carolina.  We are so delighted to continue bringing this show to audiences for the sixteenth season. Thank you Sampson CenterStage Class Acts Youth Theatre Series.

In One Era and Out The Other will have students at Heritage Middle School in Wake Forest, North Carolina singing and dancing in the aisles as they learn AP History.

War Bonds will be honoring veterans in Vidalia, Georgia.

––And our newest production Nativeby Ian Finley is headed for the Valerie Theatre in Inverness, Florida.

2019 begins EbzB Productions's twenty-first season. We w…