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November 4, 2010
The Herald-Star

Barbershop singing revue


WINTERSVILLE - The 19th-annual Fall Dinner Show - formerly called the Cabaret - will be presented by the the Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at St. Florian Hall.

This evening of barbershop harmony will include a full-course dinner from Piergallini's Catering. Barbershop harmony begins with the Tri-State Harmonizers who will be followed by local quartets, On A High Note and Salt and Pepper. The headliner quartet for the show will be Sidekicks, a Sweet Adeline quartet consisting of four ladies from the Greater Harmony Chorus - Jennifer Fogle and Donna Knapp from Pittsburgh and Laura Covell and Marda Sopko from Poland, Ohio. Back by popular demand with their well-tuned musical arrangements and clever wit, the Sidekicks are sure to provide an unforgettable evening of entertainment.

The Tri-State Harmonizers are a group of local men who share a common interest in singing songs in the four part a cappella style known as barbershop harmony. The local chapter was chartered in 1947 and shares this American style of music by offering two shows per year and other special events throughout the area with the goal of keeping the whole world singing. The group invites all men who like to sing to join them at their weekly Monday evening meetings at 7:30 p.m. at the LaBelle View Church of Christ. Those interested may visit the Barbershop Harmony Society website at

Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. Tickets for the show are $30 up to the reservation deadline of Nov. 10. For tickets, call Mark Cashioli at (740) 317-4369.

'The Bourgeois Gentleman' at


STEUBENVILLE - Franciscan University of Steubenville's troupe of actors and performers will bring "The Bourgeois Gentleman" to life as Anathan Theatre's fall production.

The "Bourgeois Gentleman" is a play intermingled with music, dance and singing by the Moliere, the French master of comedy. It was first presented in 1670 before the court of Louis XIV at the Chateau of Chambord by Moliere's troupe of actors. It satirizes attempts at social climbing and the bourgeois personality, poking fun both at the vulgar, pretentious middle-class and the vain, snobbish aristocracy. The title is meant as an oxymoron - in Moliere's France, a "gentleman" was by definition nobly born, and thus there could be no such thing as a bourgeois gentleman.

Directed by fine arts department drama professor Monica Fay Anderson, "The Bourgeois Gentleman" features a musical score composed by siblings Peter Lee, a senior English literature major, and alumna Mary-Kate Lee, Class of 2009. The music will be performed live by Peter and his other sister, Mary-Teresa Lee, a freshman English major. The trio have been featured on EWTN and performed together as Seasons and released multiple CDs.

The play opens at 7 p.m. Friday and continues at 7 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 12-13. Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 14. All performances will be in the Anathan Theatre, ground level of Egan Hall, on the university campus. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Tickets for children age 12 and younger, clergy and religious are free.

For tickets, call Toni Aeschliman, university faculty secretary, at (740) 283-6245. Tickets also will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open microphone at Vineyard Cafe, Wheeling

WHEELING - On Tuesday the Vineyard Cafe will devote the entire evening to open microphone.

The first performer takes the stage at 7 p.m., and the evening wraps up by 9:30 p.m. Aspiring musicians are welcome, and the cafe provides a low pressure family atmosphere for musicians to come and share their musical talents. Videos of the performances are made and posted on YouTube if the musician permits.

The cafe features secular and Christian music of all styles and is in the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Road. For information, go to or call (304) 224-1782.

Hope Players stage 'Annie'

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players cast for their upcoming production of the classic Charles Strouse-Martin Charnin-Thomas Meehan family musical, "Annie," features a cast consisting of both young and veteran actors in major roles.

The musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Harrison East Elementary School.

Director Andrew Pelegreen III of Hopedale, who also serves as the Hope Players' executive director, said "Both young people and adults in major roles have impressive resumes."

Pelegreen noted Moira Hernon of Steubenville and Sara Moro of Hopedale, who will share the role of Annie, are veterans of past Hope Players productions.

Three adults in the cast bring decades of combined experience to the production - Rich Ivaun of Weirton as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks; Susan L. Stepputtis of St. Clairsville as the comic villain, Miss Hannigan; and Charles Calabrese of Wintersville as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Ivaun brings with him a long list of acting credits in college and community theatres throughout the Ohio Valley and Western Pennsylvania. This is his first role with the Hope Players.

Stepputtis won an Ohio Community Theatre Association award for acting excellence for her role in the Hope Players' production of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers." Her extensive resume includes performances in college and community theaters throughout the Ohio Valley as well as church productions.

Calabrese, a veteran actor, director and writer for both the Hope Players and the Brooke Hills Playhouse, is revisiting the role of President Roosevelt, a part he last took on some two decades ago at Brooke Hills.

Advance tickets for "Annie" may be purchased from any cast member or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Hopedale Municipal Building; or by calling (740) 937-2208 or (740) 937-2629.

Patrons who purchase advance tickets for "Annie" will save $2 on every adult and student admission. Advance tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Tickets sold at the door will cost $5 for students and $7 for adults.

For information, call Hope Players' president Donna Runt at (740) 937-2208 or Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629.

The Hope Players is a nonprofit, family-friendly community theater organization that is open to all area residents of all ages. Information about the group is available at

Alumni Show at art gallery

PITTSBURGH - The Art Institute of Pittsburgh will host its annual Alumni Show at the Art Institute's Gallery, located at 420 Boulevard of the Allies, through Nov. 26.

A homecoming reception will be held Nov. 19.

The collection of personal and professional works by Art Institute alumni features Frank Capezutto's work for Bungie games on the recent release of Halo: Reach; Jake Thomas's illustrations for Newsweek and Harvard Business Review, a collaborative movie project created for the 48-hour Film Project; Jean Frye designs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Ron Fontana's photography coverage of Haitian orphans; and Mark Bolsters photography for UPMC.

Oglebay Institute School of Dance offers workshop

Oglebay Institute's School of Dance will offer a Thanksgiving dance workshop for ages 11 and older from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26-27.

The workshop will feature concentrated study with instructors from the professional world of dance, including Broadway dancer and TV actor Michael McClure.

McClure has had a career that expands from the Broadway musical stage to working in front and behind the camera on major television shows, commercials and feature films.

He has taught dance and acting for 19 years, and his passion and professional experience in the arts is well reflected by his students.

The workshop will focus on Broadway dance and will incorporate a variety of dance styles such as jazz, ballet and modern dance. Other dance professionals will join McClure for the workshop including his wife and professional dancer Susanne Tranni McClure; Christopher Bandy, formerly of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dance Alloy Theatre in Pittsburgh; and vocal instructor William Stephens.

The fee is $100 per student, and enrollment is open to dancers from schools throughout the Ohio Valley.

Those interested can register by Nov. 10 by calling (304) 242-7700

'Snow Leopards' at Ohio University Eastern Campus

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - "Snow Leopards," now in the final stages of rehearsal by the theater department of Ohio University Eastern Campus, will be staged today through Saturday and Nov. 11-13.

Thursday evening performances begin at 7 p.m., and all tickets are $4. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets are $6, and student and senior discount tickets are $4.

First performed in 1984, "Snow Leopards" is the story of sisters Claire June and Sally, two runaways from Ironwood, W.Va.

Sally has followed her older sister to Chicago to try to make a new life for herself away from the hardships of the small coal mining town where she grew up. Claire June, who has been in Chicago for more than a year, reluctantly agrees to meet Sally at the snow leopard cage at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

She is not happy to see Sally and she tries to convince her to go back to West Virginia.

The funny, tragic struggle that ensues creates a vividly moving portrait of these two women and the culture that has defined them.

Ohio University Eastern Campus students Nuraniyeh Krasko and Michelle Taylor play Sally and Claire June, respectively.

Krasko, a junior from St. Clairsville, is majoring in English, and Taylor, a senior from Cadiz, is majoring in criminal justice.

Nov. 11 is Talk-Back Night, when audiences are invited to take part in a discussion with the director, cast and crew immediately following the performance.

For information and reservations, call (740) 699-2340 or e-mail

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