WANT TO GO?
Charleston Stage Company presents 'Animal Farm'
WHERE: Capitol Theater, 123 Summers St.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27
TICKETS: Adults $15, Students and Seniors $10.
INFO: 304-343-5272 or www.charlestonstagecompany.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Veteran singer/songwriter Jeff Ellis has been sort of M.I.A. lately. Best known for several very well received indie records, including his second album "Front Seat at the End of the World," Ellis has almost dropped out of sight.
Now, he's back, working as a composer with Charleston Stage Company's production of George Orwell's "Animal Farm," which opens Thursday at the Capitol Theater on Summers Street.
The Gazz spoke to Ellis about his first foray into theater as well as his absence from the West Virginia music scene.
Q:How did you get involved with this?
A:"The skinny of it is Rebecca Kimmons and I were at that "Words and Music" show back in 2009. That's the only interaction with any kind of theater I've ever had. Then I guess Frieda [director Frieda Forsely] was looking for someone to do some music, and Rebecca threw my name in the hat.
"Frieda gave me a call. I'm a fan of 'Animal Farm' so I was interested immediately. We met, and she told me she wanted me to come up with a couple of tunes and some music for 15-20 second segments."
Q:What did you write?