AIA’s very own “Seussical Jr.” was a hit! Thank you AIA members and families and participants of the American Theater Group, (ATG) for your effort and support!
“Seussical Jr.” played to nearly 700 spectators over two weekends and included actors from an impressive variety of schools and nationalities. The cast of 34 brought to life the story of, “Horton Hears a Who”, the “Cat in the Hat” and animated some of our favorite Seussian characters in this wonderful piece of musical theater.
Strasbourg got a taste of one of the things we love most in North America …. a good old high school musical! And we pulled it off with fun and flare, not to mention some really great hot dogs after the shows. It’s hard to imagine a better way to share a piece of Americana here in Alsace and at the same time provide an amazing opportunity to a group wonderful students. A round of applause to the artistic team, the support team, our producer and to our actors, parents and volunteers who all made “Seussical Jr.” a great success!
On Friday October 10th, Vivianne Beller and Olivier Seguin were invited on Radio RBS to speak about Americans In Alsace.
You can listen to the podcast https://soundcloud.com/citecultures/cit-cultures-09-10-2014.
Thank you Vivianne and Olivier!!!
“If you can’t find it, create it”. This is how the The American Theater Group (ATG) came to be. Out of a desire to provide greater Anglophone theater opportunities in Strasbourg and, for students, to recreate the classic American highschool play experience, the Association of Americans in Alsace (AIA), launched the ATG in 2012. The first show, “Annie Jr.” was a great success. This year, an even more ambitious project is underway, “Seussical Jr.” which opens October 11th at Fossé des Treize. “Seussical Jr.” is sponsored by the Consul General of the United States and the Association of Americans in Alsace.
ATG’s mission is to share American culture through theater performed by adult and youth actors living in the Strasbourg area. ATG is made up of Anglophone students and adults representing diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds but who all share a passion for theater and the performing arts.
“Seussical Jr.”, is based on stories by the famous children’s author, Dr. Seuss and in particular the story, “Horton Hears a Who”. The play is a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty which brings to life the power of friendship, loyalty and community.
All performances will take place at the Centre Culturel du Fosse des Treize (6 Rue Finkmatt, Strasbourg, France). Tickets are available online at, http://www.americansinalsace.com/seussical or at the door the night of the performance.
Ticket prices are 10 Euros for adults (18 years and over), 5 Euros for students (under 18 years) and children under 5 years old are free of charge.
Saturday October 11th, 8:00pm
Sunday October 12th, 5:00pm
Friday October 17th, 8:00pm
Saturday October 18th, 8:00pm
Sunday October 19th, 5:00pm
The tour held on April 10 included observing the PACE Assembly’s reconsideration of the credentials of the Russian delegation due to their annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
Russia lost their voting rights, lost their rights to be represented and lost their rights to participate until the end of the session 2014. The final vote count: 146 votes YES, 21 votes NO and 22 abstentions.
On April 13th the AIA Teen Activity Group, more commonly know as TAG, reunited for their second activity together. This time TAG decided to go paintballing in Brumath. Once transported to the meeting point, we picnicked in a field and then suited up for the games! Our reservation was at 2:00 pm and as it turned out there was also a group of German men whose reservation was at the same time. Hmmm…. So for the next two hours we played with and against this friendly group of Germans. After several games, 100s of paint balls and about an hour and a half, we came together to discuss our next TAG adventure.
The decision was made that our next activity would be more educational and so it was decided that would visit Struthof on Saturday May 17th. This is a tentative date and we are looking at a 1pm tour time…. we will also be looking for drivers who would also like to participate in a tour facilitated by the actual Director of the Struthof site, Mme Neau-Dufour!!!! So if there are any teens out there who are interested in TAG-ing along for this or other events please contact either Samuel Seguin of Henri Seguin via Facebook and we will gladly add you to the group.
Martin Lee, Actinvision Sales Executive.
After months of planning and hundreds of hours of rehearsals and preparations AIA and the American Theater Group presented their first Musical: Annie Jr.
Amongst the cast and crew were twenty seven students (ages 11-17) from seven different schools. The goal of the American Theater Group is to promote American playwrights, composers and American themed plays and musicals. The musical was featured twice in the Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace newspaper.