(Posted March 31, 2012)
Summer stock shows include ‘Hillbillies & Hipsters
Rehearsing a scene fromSure Is Hot are: (from left) Larry Gochen-houer, who plays a big city resident who is never without coffee; Kelly Hale, a coffee cart owner; Ruth Johnson, a slam poet; and Kaitlyn Segrest, an artist newly relocated to the city.
South Charleston Opera House Players will present the original works,Sure Is Hot andHillbillies & Hipsters: A Love Story on June 22-23 at the Opera House.
The performances represent the third annual installment of the Opera House Players Summer Stock Series, which focuses on younger actors and original plays. This years plays were written by South Charleston resident and Opera House Players veteran, David Edwards.
Kim Breeze is directingHillbillies & Hipsters, a one-act comedy that reveals that beliefs once considered to be old are sometimes new again.
Edwards is directing the two-act main show,Sure is Hot, set in a funky, big city neighborhood suffering the hottest August on record, and the power is out. Against this backdrop, a young painter relocates to the city to further her artistic and personal journey. There, she meets a diverse and often comical group of residents on her block.
The South Opera House Players are celebrating their 25th season of entertaining area audiences. The troupe produces shows each spring and recently added the Summer Stock Series to offer more opportunities for local performers.
Tickets are $6 and will be available at the door the evening of each performance. Light refreshments will be available. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the curtain goes up at 8. Proceeds benefit the South Charleston Heritage Commission and their work to preserve historic sites and archives of the village.
The Opera House is located on the upper level of South Charlestons town hall, 35 S. Chillicothe St. For details, go to www.heritagecommission.com.
Opera House will host Midsummers Eve Ball June 16
The 7th annual Midsummers Eve Grand Ball is slated for June 16 at the South Charleston Opera House, 35 S. Chillicothe St. The grand march starts at 8 p.m.
The ball is a chance to dance to live music from the Civil War era and consume an array of desserts. Victorian clothing is encouraged, but not required. Modern formalwear is welcome.
Reservations are $25 per person or $45 per couple and are due by June 15. Well-behaved children younger than 10 years old are admitted at no charge. Proceeds benefit the South Charleston Heritage Commission.
Reservations can be secured with a credit card by calling Charleston Phar-macy at (937) 462-8331. Checks can be made out toThe Heritage Commission and mailed to P.O. Box 457, South Charleston, OH 45368. Be sure to include your name, address and number of reservations.
An optional free dance practice is slated for 7 to 9 p.m. May 15 at the opera house, located on top floor of South Charlestons town hall. Participants should enter the by the north side door at the top of the accessibility ramp. Casual dress is appropriate; dance shoes are a must.
For more information, call Julia Sutherly, dance manager, at (937) 332-0094 or visit heritagecommission.com.
South Charleston/Southeastern alumni banquet
The annual South Charleston/Southeastern alumni banquet is set for June 16 in the high school gym. The cost is $15 per person. A tour of the building will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. A short business meeting will follow the banquet.
To make reservations, call Elizabeth Mercer-Wise at (937) 462-8670 or Jo Ann Wright at 462-8773.
Summer reading program at the library
Houston Librarys 2012 summer reading theme isDream Big: Read! Upcoming activities are listed below. For details, go to www.ccpl.lib.oh.us/houston, stop by the library at 5 W Jamestown St., South Charleston, or call (937) 462-8047.
• Bow Wow Book Brigade. From 1 to 2 p.m. June 6, June 20, July 5 and July 19, readers ages 5 and up can practice reading aloud to therapy dogs from Best Friends Pet Assisted Therapy.
• Crafty Kids Club. Stop by between 1 and 3 p.m. June 11 to make crafts.
• Only Owls. All ages are invited to see and learn about three live owls from the Glen Helen Raptor Center at 11 a.m. June 19.
• Animal Skins & Skulls. Set for 1 p.m. July 9, this hands-on program for all ages will be presented by Tom Wiegel from West Central District Parks.
• PT Reptiles. This all-ages, hands-on program featuring live reptiles, amphibians and arachnids is set for 11 a.m. Aug. 8.
• Telethon. Members of Southeastern High Schools FFA chapter will participate in the annual Dayton Childrens Hospital telethon on June 3. The segment featuring the FFA will air between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Channel 7. Telethon organizers will recognize the FFA for its efforts in February in raising nearly $600 through a Penny Wars event during National FFA Week.
• Wrestling Camp. Southeastern High School will host its first wrestling camp June 18-20 at Miami View Elementary. The camp is open to student who will be in the first through 12th grade for the 2012-13 school year. For registration information, contact Jay Mitchell at (937) 603-0471. All proceeds will benefit the Southeastern wrestling program.