Published: Monday, 19 June 2017 21:12
MOUNT VERNON -- MTVarts, local nonprofit theatre organization, is bringing history to Knox County's Memorial Building Theater by reviving Paul Lynde’s role of Harry MacAfee in "Bye Bye Birdie," portrayed by actor Ian Fraser Ernsberger this July.
Lynde, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, was cast as MacAfee in the Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1960, and then again in the film adaptation released in 1963. This role was arguably the most notable of his career.
“It’s an honor to be playing such an iconic character originally played by the larger-than-life Paul Lynde,” Ernsberger said.
He said he will do his best to channel Lynde’s vibrant stage presence through his own performance. “No one can be Paul Lynde,” Ernsberger said. “There was only one Paul Lynde, but to be able to put my own spin on [the character] he created, while still paying homage to him, is what’s so much fun for me. I hope I do the role the justice it deserves.”
Actress Annika Wolfe, who is playing the role of Kim MacAfee, Ernsberger’s onstage daughter, said she is also excited to be cast in "Bye Bye Birdie."
“I was excited to find out that MTVarts would be putting on 'Bye Bye Birdie' this year because I’ve been a fan of Paul Lynde since I was three years old,” Wolfe said. “I would walk around the house quoting Templeton from 'Charlotte's Web'!”
Conrad Birdie (Mark Fongheiser) feels the love from the teenage girls in Bye Bye Birdie - photo submitted Westie Productions
Wolfe said she hopes to do her role justice, as a tribute to the original Broadway cast as well.
“I’m very grateful I’m getting the chance this summer to play a role as fun as Kim,” Wolfe said. “I’m hoping to make Kim’s onscreen dad proud!”
Rounding out the cast are: Aaron Moreland (Albert Perterson), Amanda Mayville (Rosie Alvarez), Mark Fongheiser (Conrad Birdie), Megan Evans (Mrs. Doris MacAfee), Bastian Stoneburner (Randolph MacAfee), Susan Moreland (Mae Peterson), Andrew Ruckman (Hugo Peabody), Alex Diehl (Harvey Johnson), Fredi Bockover (Ursala Merkle), Mary Harris (Alice), Megan Bell (Deborah Sue), Leslie Bell (Helen), Emily Waters (Nancy), Maya McDonald (Margie), Lacey Blubaugh (Suzie), Rachel Rinehart (Penelope), Joe Bell (Mayor), Caroline Pletcher (Mayor's Wife), Kerri Mahan (Mrs. Merkle), Kate Ernsberger (Gloria Rasputin), and Rodney Cheek (Maude).
Chorus members include: Kennedy Aikey, Megan Campbell, Isabella Fontaine, Joselyn Bates, Madison Pisano, Elizabeth Day, Elle Pavao, Lacey Blubaugh, Luna Moreland, Lily Mayville, Caleb McNamara, Chelsea Olms, Leann Berg, Joshua Callahan-Foley, Mark Mahan, Nick Wheeler, Wayne Ellison, Daniel Barich, Deanna Hasty, Kyle Boucher, Abigail Miller, and Ben Moore.
Supporting the cast is Director Bruce Jacklin, Music Director Diane Dingler, Choreographers Katie Delozier and Ashleigh Zarley, Conductor Dane Heuchemer, Accompanist Corey Strinka, Costumer Debbie Hamrick, Wig Mistress Ruth Frady, Master Carpenter Joe Bell, and an extensive production/technical team including , Nick Wheeler, Ryan Severance, Bonnie Pickett, Rodney Cheek, Leah Miller, Megan Evans, Ian Ernsberger, Carrie Hyman, Janis Stone, Scott Swingle, and Carrie Haver.
Show dates for "Bye Bye Birdie" are July 7-16 and tickets may be purchased online at www.MTVarts.com or at First-Knox National Bank.
Published: Thursday, 01 June 2017 09:16
MOUNT VERNON – Foundation Park Conservancy is offering a variety of free physical fitness activities at the park this summer, including tai chi, yoga, and Zumba®. All will be held in the Schnormeier Event Center and are sponsored by the Knox County Health Department, Ohio Eastern Star Home and the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County.
“We’re so excited to offer these great activities, free at the park this summer, thanks to our marvelous sponsors,” said park executive director Carrie A. Haver. “For anyone who has wanted to be more active, wanted to try one of these classes, now is the perfect time. What better place than the serene setting of the park while being in the shade offered by Schnormeier Event Center? Get involved in these wonderful physical activities that have a variety of mental and spiritual health benefits as well. And bring a friend!”
Tai chi will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and led by Marshall Winkle, starting June 19. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.
Yoga will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., starting June 20 and going through August 30. Participants will need to bring a mat. Tuesday’s sessions will be led by Hot Yoga Escape and Wednesday’s sessions will be led by Shakti Fit. Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Yoga is said to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. Yoga can do a lot for the human body and has been proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.
Zumba® is offered on Thursdays from 2-3 p.m., starting on June 1, led by Amber Hawkins. Perfect for everybody and every body, each Zumba® takes the “work” out of workout, mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, participants will see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Effective and fun, it’s a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility and boosted energy.
Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.