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"The Innocents" brings classic haunted tale to life on Alcove stage

 MOUNT VERNON - The Alcove Restaurant Dinner Theater announces its 2017-18 season with a Halloween season offering, "The Innocents" by William Archibald, based on Henry James' iconic novella, "The Turn Of The Screw."

The1898 Gothic horror story begins when a young governess(Courtney DeCosky) arrives at an English estate to oversee two precocious, orphaned youngsters (Eli Wilson and Lily Mayville). There's also a motherly cook (Cate Blair Wilhelm), but these four aren't alone--they're haunted by fears, phantoms and ghastly shadows.

The governess and cook are terrified, but the children are possessed by the spirits and welcome their visitations. The governess learns the spirits are those of the former caretaker and governess who corrupted the souls of the innocents. In a final scene, full of fear and terror, she learns that the two are now inseparable: the evil and the innocents. Are the spirits real or is the governess spiraling into madness?

MTVarts the innocents

Scene from "The Innocents" - photo submitted

Other cast members are Nick Wheeler and Jennifer Walters. Behind the scenes are Director Bruce Jacklin and producer/stage manager Megan Evans, Abigail Miller as assistant stage manager, Joe Bell as set construction, Ian Frasier Ernsberger as lighting and sound designer, Scott Swingle and Bonnie Pickett as tech operators, and Black Cat Creative as graphic and program design.

The Alcove Restaurant is located at 116 South Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon. "The Innocents" opens Oct. 27 and runs every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 18. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4. Tickets are available online at MTVarts .com or Alcoverestaurant.com. Please visit either website for menu selections and prices. Seating is limited and group requests may be offered within the comment box on the order form.


Mount Vernon Players present The Gin Game

MOUNT VERNON - The Mount Vernon Players, Knox County’s oldest continuous running theater organization is presenting the well-known play by D.L. Coburn, “The Gin Game”.  It won several Tony awards its original run, and its revivals featuring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson.

It will be presented as a dinner theater production at The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel, downtown Mount Vernon on the Square on October 20, 21 at 7:30, with dinner at 6:30, with two Matinee performances on Saturday the 21st at 2:30 and Sunday October 22. 

The storyline features two older Americans who meet at a retirement home. The man and woman strike up a friendship, and explore the trials they have each faced, and how each one is impacted by this lost stop on Life’s Journey.  It is a drama with its fair share of “lighter” comedic moments as they each explain their life’s travails to one another. 

It stars local actor Robert Ernest Bennett, and relative newcomer Mansfield’s Lillie Shelby, and is Directed by Jim Stoner, who is past President of the Mount Vernon Players, and is best known for having written “The Black Cyclone," the story of Charles Follis, the first black professional football player in America.

Tickets for “The Gin Game” can be purchased at Crickets, Pak Mail, and Paragraphs Bookstore.

This show  is rated PG-13 for language.

If you’d like to be entered in a drawing for two tickets to the matinee performance on October 21st send an email to [email protected] with Gin tickets in the subject line.  A winner will be selected in a random drawing October 18, 2017.  The winner will be notified by email.


Local people: MVHS musicians selected for regional orchestra


MOUNT VERNON - Four MVHS students were selected to be in the East-Central Region Orchestra of the Ohio Music Education Association. They will join orchestra students from across 21 counties from Greater Columbus all the way over to the Pennsylvanian border.

The students are:
Singkai Baker - Violin I
Ellie Broeren - Violin II
Elizabeth Gifford - Viola
Sarah Lord - Viola

The concert will be held at 3pm on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Granville High School.
Two MVHS students, Elizabeth Gifford and Sarah Lord, are also alternates for the All-State Orchestra.

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. To learn more about the organization visit www.omea-ohio.org.
The Mount Vernon High School Orchestra is directed by Anthony Springer and Amy Miller.


Local musician records CD for children of all ages

MOUNT VERNON - Sarah Goslee Reed’s new CD, Sleep Like Fish, is ready for all ears and eyes!

Ever since her granddaughter was born three years ago, Sarah has been wanting to record some of the songs she sang to her children when they were little. As she planned and thought about it, the project changed, new songs were written, old songs were considered, and it began to gel. The songs are for young and old, awake or asleep, although the songs won't put anyone to sleep.

Most exciting is the artwork done by Vicki Herrick Coleman, depicting the Sleepy Song, written for her grandchildren to encourage them to sleep. The idea for this song came from The Sleepy Book, a Little Golden Book by Margaret Wise Brown. In the story, all the animals go to sleep - such an elegantly simple idea, but often so hard to accomplish with little ones! “As I was reading it one night, I thought it would make a nice song. I worked for over a year to get it just right, and played it for Vicki so she could hear all the creatures I mention. The cover shows a fish all dressed up to go out on the town, complete with dress, high heels and purse. As it says in the story, fish sleep with their eyes open, so I thought it would be fun to have a not so sleepy looking fish on the cover. Many of us have trouble sleeping in the middle of the night, so this collection of songs is for adults as well as little ones,” said Sarah.

The CD was recorded locally at Ray's Place, a studio owned and operated by Skip Trask and highlights our talented local musicians. The lyrics for To-Bed Song came from Phil Ruopp, a poet Sarah met in Yellow Springs, Ohio. They corresponded for years sharing each other’s poetry and songs. This song features Jeff Putnam on banjo and Bill Carpenter on mandolin. Gordon Lightfoot’s The Ponyman soothed her young son during a visit to the dentist, and he now sings the song to his son at bedtime. Chris and Catherine Hillman wrote Lullaby Time in the Desert. This song gave Sarah an opportunity to add a dobro part, and Mike Petee’s harmonica gives it a cowboy around the campfire feel. The Donovan song, Epistle to Derroll has been in her repertoire since college. Although Derroll is only mentioned in the title, he is Derroll Adams, a friend of Donovan’s, a spectacular banjo player who had tatoos on his fingers. Jeff Putnam adds banjo to this song, and Megan Campbell sings a perfect “Starfish Chorus."

Yellowbud and Now We Are Family were written for her grandchildren, and an old favorite, The Timeless Rocker, was given a new verse for them. Yellowbud, Ohio is a small town south of Columbus, but has become a nickname for Sarah’s granddaughter. Kerry Kean, Sarah’s partner from her duo Goslee Reed and Kean, plays guitar on the song, and Mike Petee adds harmonica, giving the song an old-time dancing feel. Both Now We Are Family and The Timeless Rocker have mandolin added by Bill Carpenter. Malvina Reynolds has written many memorable songs, one of which is Morningtown Ride, and Baby Beluga gave Ted Buehrer a chance to make his trumpet sound like a beluga whale! The Marrow of Our Bones is the result of a songwriting camp Sarah attended last year in Nederland, Colorado, and came from the prompt: “using a photograph, write about something not in the picture”. The song is about motherhood, and it reflects upon the mothers missing from our lives. Bill Carpenter heard the song once and played the Spanish sounding guitar that gives the song a mysterious feel. Throughout the recording, Sarah’s guitar and vocals are joined by Andrew Clarkson on upright bass and Skip Trask on percussion.

The CD is available at the Coleman Gallerie, the Harvest Shoppe, and Paragraphs bookstore. In addition, it is available online at www.cdbaby.com as a physical CD or download, as well as through iTunes.

To hear a sample from the CD click here.

MVNU Faculty Exhibit coming to Schnormeier Gallery

MOUNT VERNON - The Art and Design faculty at Mount Vernon Nazarene University will exhibit various artwork at MVNU’s Schnormeier Gallery Aug. 28 through Sept. 28, 2017.

In this exhibition, faculty members will exhibit recent works including ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, and graphic design. Each of the faculty participating is a working artist, educator, and has exhibited locally, regionally and nationally. Their studio practices are diverse and rigorous, and Schnormeier Gallery is pleased to present this array of creative expression.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, from 6-9 p.m., in conjunction with Main Street Mount Vernon’s September First Friday in downtown Mount Vernon. This event and exhibition are open to the public. The show will be on display at Schnormeier Gallery weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on Schnormeier Gallery visit mvnu.edu/artgallery.

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