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August 19, 2010
The Herald-Star

Park to host

free concert

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park will present a free concert featuring local country band Cross Creek at 5 p.m. Aug. 29.

Visitors should bring chairs or blankets. Food will be sold.

The park is off state Route 27, about 5 miles east of Wellsburg.

Museum features religious artifacts

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center is hosting an upcoming Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art exhibition, which will include a collection of local artifacts called "Pittsburgh Splendors" and an advance ticket and discount purchase program for Parish Advantage participants and history center members.

History center curators have identified a special collection of nearly 50 local religious artifacts that will be featured in conjunction with the Vatican Splendors exhibit, which opens at the history center on Oct. 2 as the largest Vatican exhibition ever to visit North America. Pittsburgh is one of only three cities in North America to host this world-class exhibition, which includes nearly 200 unique items from the Vatican, including original works by Michelangelo, Bernini, Giotto and others.

The special collection of local artifacts includes seldom seen artifacts such as vestments, crosiers, chalices, monstrances, statues and paintings. The collection is on loan from churches and archives throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the region, the history center's archives and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Members of local parishes and religious congregations currently are eligible to obtain a $2 discount for each admission ticket purchased.

History center members also can purchase tickets at an even greater discount. Ticket prices for history center members are $15 for adults and seniors; and $11 for children ages 6-13. Children younger than 5 are admitted free.

Visitors interested in becoming a new history center member will receive at least one free ticket to the exhibit, depending on membership level. To become a history center member, contact Megan Kuniansky at (412) 454-6436 or send an e-mail to

Ticket prices without the discounts are $20 for adults; $17 for seniors and students with college ID; and $13 for children ages 6-13. Children younger than 5 are admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased online at;; by calling (888) 5VATICAN; or at the Heinz History Center box office at 1212 Smallman St. in the Strip District from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Players to hold 'Annie' auditions

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players will hold auditions for the classic Charles Strouse-Martin Charnin-Thomas Meehan family musical "Annie" at Harrison-Hopedale Elementary school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Anyone cast in "Annie" will have to make a commitment to attend rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the school.

Anyone interested in a major singing role in "Annie" should bring a prepared song and sheet music to auditions. A pianist will be available to play the music. Those unable to prepare a song in advance will be taught a song from the show. All those auditioning will be asked to read from the script with other auditioning actors.

Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III of Hopedale, who will direct the show, noted that "It is not necessary to attend both auditions - but if you are available you are welcome to attend both."

Christopher Gray of Hopedale will make his debut as musical director for the production.

Pelegreen said that "everyone who auditions will get a part in the show, because there are plenty of non-singing parts to be filled as well as singing parts."

"We're really excited to be able to bring 'Annie' to area audiences after struggling for several years to secure the production rights," he continued. "In the past, we weren't able to get those rights because another professional or community theater group always seemed to have a prior claim on them."

To volunteer or for information, call President Donna Runt at (740) 937-2208; Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629; or musical director Christopher Gray at (740) 937-2795.

Information also is available

'Anne of Green Gables' ends soon

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse is closing out its 39th season with the second weekend of Joseph Robinette's adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's classic children's novel "Anne of Greene Gables."

The play runs at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

This weekend's "Anne" might as well be billed as an altogether different show than last weekend's production of the same play, according to Director Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg.

"Anne of Greene Gables" follows the adventures of Canadian orphan Anne Shirley from her first encounter with her elderly guardians to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Barnhart said she decided to assemble two casts for the two weekends of the show after an impressive turnout for auditions.

"When I saw how many talented young people were interested in performing in this play, I felt I had no choice but to give all of them an opportunity to shine on stage," Barnhart said. "And while all the young actors are equally accomplished, each weekend's cast adds its own unique touch to their respective roles."

There also is continuity between the two weekends, provided by the adult and teen actors who are performing the same roles both weekends, according to Barnhart.

"The audition turnout was not as large for the adult and older teen roles and, fortunately, the actors I cast in those parts were able to do the show both weekends," she said.

Once the last curtain call is given for "Anne of Green Gables" this Sunday afternoon, the set will be torn down, and preparations will be made to close the barn theater until the playhouse's celebration of its 40th season in 2011, according to Rhonda Brannon, playhouse producer and Brooke County Arts Council president. The Arts Council is the parent, non-profit organization for the playhouse.

"We're already looking at plays and musicals for a season that celebrates our 40-year history as one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in West Virginia and the Tri-State Area," Brannon said.

In addition to planning for the next season, many playhouse regulars volunteer their time in the off-season with the Cloak and Dagger Mystery Company, which raises money for the playhouse by performing original, interactive murder mysteries for various businesses and organizations.

The program is under the direction of Kevin Dennis of Steubenville, who can be contacted at (740) 266-2749 or (740) 317-3986 about booking.

Tickets for "Anne of Green Gables" are $9 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for children age 12 and younger. Reservations can be made by calling the playhouse box office at (304) 737-3344. Groups of 20 or more can obtain a $1 discount off admission to any performance. Call the box office for details.

The playhouse is in Brooke Hills Park, east of Wellsburg, off state Route 27. For information, go to

Center to host first bocce event

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will host its first-ever Bocce Tournament and Festival on Saturday.

From 1 p.m. until dusk, 24 four-person teams will showcase their bocce skills for a day of fun. Spectators also are encouraged to try their hand playing bocce on two specially made public courts in the Smallman and 12th streets parking lot, directly across the street from the history center. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a variety of Italian-related fun, including Italian food and beverages provided by John Barsotti and Common Plea Catering; and Italian music throughout the day.

Guided tours of the History Center's Italian American collection also will be provided for visitors interested in learning more about local history. All events are free for visitors. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

For information, call (412) 454-6000 or visit

Oglebay Institute plans open house

WHEELING - Visitors can learn about Oglebay Institute's dance and visual arts classes by attending the free open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Stifel Center.

Attendees will meet instructors, tour the art and dance studios, talk with current students and learn about the variety of classes offered for all ages and skill levels. Everyone who attends receives a free gift, and those who enroll during the event will be registered to win a free class.

For information, call (304) 242-7700. The Stifel Center and Oglebay Institute's School of Dance are at 1330 National Road in Wheeling.

Series focuses

on local theater

WHEELING - The next program in Oglebay Institute's 2010 Sunday Lecture Series explores the history, importance and uniqueness of community theater.

It will detail the irreplaceable bond theater creates in the community as well as the obstacles it has had to overcome.

"3D With No Funny Glasses: Community Theatre in America" takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mansion Museum in Oglebay and is presented by Rod McCullough, president of the American Association of Community Theatre, a national community theater organization with the goal of enabling community theaters across the country to become the cornerstones of the creative life of their communities.

The admission fee is $10 per person, which includes admission to the Mansion and Glass museums. A meet and greet with light refreshments follows the program. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount. Anyone who has participated in Towngate Theatre productions or Oglebay Institute theater classes are invited to attend the lecture free of charge.

For information and to register, call the Mansion Museum at (304) 242-7272.

Twisted Pair at Warhol Museum

PITTSBURGH - Twisted Pair: Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, is currently running at the Andy Warhol Warhol Museum through Sept. 12.

This exhibition presents the groundbreaking work of two masters of 20th century art. Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987) are among the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, and they continue to inspire and influence contemporary artists today.

Notorious early in their careers and iconoclastic in their eras, both artists are now important touchstones of modern art history. While many have written about their artistic kinship, this exhibition - which pairs dozens of their works and takes advantage of Warhol's personal papers - is the first to thoroughly explore Warhol's great interest in and indebtedness to Duchamp.

For information, call (412) 237-8300 or go to

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