The flying feet, equally nimble tongue and down-to-Earth humor of Alex Ellis may not have found their fullest outlet on Broadway yet. But she has become a bit of an Internet celebrity with "Diary of a Chorus Girl," an episodic look at the former Charlottean's contribution to "Catch Me If You Can."
Ellis is in the chorus of that new musical, based on the movie and memoir about con man Frank Abagnale Jr. She's also understudying Kerry Butler in the leading female role, as a woman who falls for the antihero's romantic pitch. But the North Mecklenburg High School and Elon University grad is the undisputed star of "Diary," which goes live every Wednesday through May 18.
The first two episodes have been an overview of the Broadway show, which stars Aaron Tveit as Abagnale and Norbert Leo Butz as the FBI agent on his trail, and a segment in which Ellis discusses what it's like to choose between two jobs. The series is being produced by DanceOn, a dance video entertainment network that features news, entertainment and community programming in the dance field.
"Diary of a Chorus Girl" is directed by Sara Wolkowitz and has music by The KickDrums. To learn more, go to www.danceon.com or follow "Diary" episodes on YouTube.
By the way, the costumes for "Catch Me" are by Rock Hill native William Ivey Long, a five-time Tony winner.
Light Factory seeks films
The 11th Light Factory Filmmakers' Showcase seeks submissions from around the world, while keeping an emphasis on regional filmmakers. There's no fee to enter and no limit on the number of entries, which are due April 15.
The annual showcase features shorts by emerging, established and student filmmakers. It will run May 13 and 14 at Butter, 950 Seaboard St. Visit www.lightfactory.org/film or email Linnea Beyer at lbeyer @lightfactory.org for more information or to enter.
Children's Theatre award
Children's Theatre of Charlotte has won the 2011 Thomas DeGaetani Award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). The award honors an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performing arts or entertainment industry by an individual or a performing arts/entertainment-focused organization.
It's generally presented to an organization that serves the region where that year's annual Conference & Stage Expo is located. Sure enough, the USITT met in Charlotte in March.
Rock Hill rom-com premiere
"Somebody Broke My Heart," a romantic comedy written and directed by Greg Paxton, gets its premiere Friday at 7 p.m. at the Arts Council of York County's Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill.
The film is about two eccentrics who wander about helping couples who have romantic problems. The two are either crazy or were once Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and are now atoning for their sins.
Tickets are $10. The premiere will be followed by a talk-back with cast and crew, a performance of original music from the film and dessert. For details, call 803-328-2787.
A 'Troll' in Oklahoma
Writer-director Jet Eller is proud to be an Okie in Muskogee, if only for a weekend. Bare Bones Film Festival selected his "Never Feed the Troll" for a showing in Oklahoma April 29.
The thriller is about a minister's wife with a 20-year-old secret uncovered by an Internet intruder, who proceeds to turn her life upside down.