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August 2, 2012
The Herald-Star

Playhouse to present murder mystery

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Playhouse will present Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery, "The Mousetrap," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Aug. 10-11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 12.

"The Mousetrap," this weekend, will see the playhouse debut of several cast members, according to director Diana Mendel of Wellsburg.

"Getting new actors involved is good for the playhouse, and I hope it's a good experience for them," Mendel said.

"The Mousetrap" tells the story of a group of strangers stranded at a boarding house known as Monkwell Manor during a snow storm, and one of them is a murderer. Some of the actors may be new to the playhouse, but they bring a lot of experience with them, many through the theater programs at Wheeling Park High School and West Virginia University.

Sarah Reddy and Matt Ceo, both of Wheeling, will portray Mollie and Giles Ralston, proprietors of Monkwell Manor.

Doug Gouldsberry of Moundsville is cast as Christopher Wren, the first guest to seek shelter from the storm. Anita Santilli of Wheeling will play Miss Casewell, a young woman living with terrible childhood memories.

Brendan Sheehan of Wheeling completes the list of playhouse newcomers in the role of Detective Sergeant Trotter, who tells the other guests that he has come there to protect them from a murderer

The cast also includes a number of playhouse and area community and academic theater veterans. Susan L. Stepputtis of St. Clairsville is cast as Mrs. Boyle, a woman who is critical of everything and everyone she observes. Roger Van Horn of Weirton will portray Mr. Paravicini, who comes to the Monkwell Manor after his car is overturned in the snowstorm.

Walt Warren of Wheeling, who made his playhouse debut earlier this season in "The Ugly Duckling," completes the cast as Major Metcalf, a retired career military officer. Mendel praised the cast members for their willingness to help one another.

"Sarah (Reddy) has done research on the period in fashion and furniture and shared it with us, and Doug Gouldsberry's character sings nursery rhymes," she said. "Walt (Warren) recorded the songs so Doug could learn the music to go with the rhymes. The whole cast has been like this."

The next event of the 2012 summer season will be a Spotlight production of a readers' theater presentation of James Montgomery's comedy, "Nothing but the Truth," adapted and directed by Charles Calabrese of Wintersville. It will be presented 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19.

The last show of the Main Stage season will be Ken Ludwig's comic farce, "Leading Ladies," directed by Russ Welch of Wellsburg. It will be performed 8 p.m. Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.

Tickets for Brooke Hills Playhouse non-musical plays are $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and groups, and $6 for children younger than 12. Musicals are $12 for adults, $10 for students, senior citizens and groups, and $8 for children younger than 12. For reservations and information, call (304) 737-3344.

Farm to Table culinary event upcoming at Oglebay

WHEELING - Enjoy one of the hottest dining trends in the food world today as Oglebay Institute teams up with local farmers and chefs to present the Farm to Table Culinary Tasting Event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 on the lawn of the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

Farm to Table features some of the area's top chefs as they use the region's freshest ingredients to whip-up delicious menu items for the public. Those attending can enjoy tent-hopping from chef to chef tasting sweet and savory dishes - all of which are prepared onsite from locally grown food. Visitors can learn about the advantages of buying locally, supporting local agriculture and healthy eating all while enjoying fresh, delicious food. Registration is now open. The cost for the event is $15 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and younger.

Farm to Table is limited to the first 350 people. To register, call (304) 242-6855.

NASA exhibit at

Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH - In the days leading up to Curiosity's landing on the Red Planet, Carnegie Science Center's Buhl Planetarium staff is offering programming about NASA's Mars rover that features NASA news briefings, animated videos of the landing and a question-and-answer session about the mission.

Before the landing, hour-long programs at the Science Center are slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Mars rover is expected to land on Monday at approximately 1:36 a.m., when the Science Center is closed. The event will be broadcast via NASA's live web feed for people to view at home. Buhl Planetarium staff will hold an hour-long post-landing program later that day, at noon.

Launched on Nov. 26, 2011, Curiosity is the newest rover in NASA's Mars Exploration Program. Its two-year mission - to search for past and present life, to study the climate and geology and to collect data for a future manned mission to Mars. This massive rover, comparable in size to a Mini Cooper, will have traveled 352 million miles by the time it reaches its destination.

For information, visit

Scio Historical Museum to feature rare set of Scio Pottery displayed during Scio Fall Festival

SCIO -A rare set of recently acquired Scio Pottery dishes will be displayed at the Scio Historical Museum during Scio's annual Fall Festival set Aug. 15-18.

A set of meadow blue is displayed in the museum's dish room. The set of dishes were produced in a limited quantity and are scarce, even though they were produced in the latter years of pottery production.

The museum is open all evenings of the festival. For information, call (740) 945-2172

Grand Funk coming to Wheeling Island

WHEELING - Grand Funk Railroad will perform at the Wheeling Island Hotel and Casino, 1 S. Stone St., at 9 p.m. Aug. 17.

Admission is $22 and $27, plus service fees for the 21-and-older show. Formed in 1969, Grand Funk was born out of the ashes of Terry Knight and the Pack, another band from Flint, Mich. Currently the group includes original founding members Don Brewer - vocals and drums, writer and singer of the hit "We're An American Band" - and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining the duo are Max Carl from .38 Special, lead guitarist Bruce Kulick - 12 years with KISS and credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier - and keyboardist Tim Cashion, who has toured with Bob Seger and Robert Palmer.

Together, Brewer and Schacher have created a dynamic and multi-talented five-piece band that will not only carry on the tradition of Grand Funk hits, but also has the potential to create a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. For tickets, call (877) WIN.HERE; or (877) WHEELING; or go online to

New exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939, a co-production of the Carnegie Museums of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will open Oct. 13 in Pittsburgh.

Co-curated by Jason T. Busch, chief curator, and Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman, curator of decorative arts and design at Carnegie Museum of Art, and Catherine L. Futter, the Helen Jane and R. Hugh "Pat" Uhlmann Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Inventing the Modern World showcases more than 200 art objects assembled from European and American collections.

Carnegie Museum of Art will supplement the traveling portion of this exhibition with its own objects from fairs, making it the largest venue of the four-city tour, which also includes the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.

Pittsburgh is represented in the exhibition, notably by the Westinghouse "Radio Broadcasting Panel" shown at the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago. Featuring a world map with expanding circles, it illustrates the central importance of the United States, and especially KDKA Pittsburgh, the world's first commercial radio station. It reads "Radio Broadcasting As Initiated By KDKA Has Made The Whole World A Neighborhood 1920." Westinghouse used innovative materials to promote the company's products of mass communication, in this instance, Micarta - a new laminate composed of canvas, paper and fiberglass - with accompanying designs in aluminum and steel.

A full-color catalogue, written by international scholars of 19th and 20th century decorative arts and co-published by Skira Rizzoli, accompanies the exhibition.

Rick Witkowski, Brian Price

onstage at Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH - Brian Price of WDVE-FM and Rick Witkowski of the B.E. Taylor Band are slated to take the stage Saturday as part of Carnegie Science Center's acoustic performance series.

Free with general admission to the Science Center, Saturday acoustic performances are held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sonic Sound Stage, presented by Dollar Bank in cooperation with WDVE, throughout the run of the traveling exhibit: GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World.

Until a few years ago, Price had never written a song or performed on stage in a band. That changed after he created a CD, inspired by "snapshots from his life," for close family and friends. This unique collection of songs "pleasantly shocked and surprised everyone," most notably musician friends like Witkowski, who helped bring it to life.

Price's only vocal training consisted of "belting it out" during his daily work commute, which inspired the title of his album, "Tired Of Singing In My Car."

Witkowski is a guitarist, song-writer, producer and recording engineer. He is the co-founder of Crack the Sky, the critically acclaimed band that earned rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine and The New York Times.

Witkowski joined Pittsburgh rock band B.E. Taylor Group in the 1980s. B.E. Taylor Group topped Billboard's music charts with "Vitamin L," among other songs. In 1996, the band gave a one-time live performance of its album, "A B.E. Taylor Christmas," which received an overwhelming response by concert-goers. This set in motion the "B.E. Taylor Christmas Tour," which now plays annually to nearly 40,000 fans in Pittsburgh and Chicago, as well as Wheeling and Winston-Salem, N.C.

Acoustic performances are among a variety of special events presented in conjunction with GUITAR, which traces the instrument's vast history during the past 400 years and showcases more than 60 models, ranging from the early sitars of the Middle Ages to modern-day electric guitars.

Next in the Science Center's acoustic line-up is Scott Blasey of the Clarks Aug. 11.

GUITAR, running through Sept. 30, is free with general admission.

Carnegie Science Center is at 1 Allegheny Ave. For information, go to

Night golf scramble set

WELLSBURG - A night golf scramble also will be held Aug. 18 at Brooke Hills Park.

Two-player teams who register before Aug. 15 will pay $10 less than the $60 fee collected on that night. The cost includes dinner, and winners will receive cash and prizes donated by various businesses.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 6:30 p.m. that night.

For information, call (304) 737-1236.

Music festival at Fort Steuben Hotel

STEUBENVILLE - A free music festival featuring classical, jazz and bluegrass music will held from noon to 5 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Fort Steuben Hotel.

The festival will feature student performances as well as performances from professional musicians. Free lessons also will be offered. Those scheduled to appear include student recitals from noon to 1:30 p.m.; free lesson demonstrations from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Ron and Ali Ammon bluegrass duo from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; the Swinging Jazzbos from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and the Howard Report from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call Jeremy Howard at (740) 424-7185.

Playhouse schedules auditions

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse has scheduled auditions for Richard O'Brien's hit musical comedy, "The Rocky Horror Show," according to Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the Brooke County Arts Council, the playhouse's parent organization.

"Auditions will be held at the playhouse from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20-21, and callbacks are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 22," Barnhart said.

Director Pete Fernbaugh emphasized that, because of the show's language and subject matter, all those auditioning must be 18 years of age and older.

Fernbaugh explained that auditions will be in two parts.

"In the first part, each actor will be asked to perform a two-minute monologue and sing 32 bars of a song from a Broadway rock musical," Fernbaugh said, adding appropriate musicals from which to choose a song would include, but not be limited to, "Bat Boy," "Rent," "Hairspray," "Spring Awakening," "Jesus Christ, Superstar," "American Idiot" and "Evita."

"The second part of the audition will involve cold readings from the script," Fernbaugh said. "We also will teach each group a portion of 'Time Warp' and a dance to go along with it.

The tentative rehearsal schedule calls for actors to be available from 6:30 p.m to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Mondays and Wednesdays will be music and choreography rehearsals with Tuesdays and Thursdays devoted to scene work. Actors will be scheduled as needed on weekdays, with the whole cast rehearsing on Saturdays.

Actors should bring their personal calendars to auditions so they can list any scheduling conflicts on the audition form.

Fernbaugh also is looking for crew members and musicians for the show. He also is looking to assemble a rock band of sorts.

For information, call (304) 737-3344.

Shaker Woods Festival upcoming

COLUMBIANA - The Shaker Woods Festival is celebrating its 30th year with three weekends - Aug. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26.

Shopping, food and entertainment are featured during this six-day event. The Shaker Woods Festival, founded to honor the 18th Century Shaker community, offers more than 200 craftspeople, representing artists and crafts from all across the country.

The Shaker community was a group of industrious and devout people whose inventions include the washing machine, spinning wheel and flat broom, as well as clothespins and packaged seeds. Shaker furniture is known for its simple, beautiful lines and fine workmanship.

Each juried craftsperson, dressed in Shaker period clothing, offers his/her wares in a cool, manicured, wooded area. The level grounds feature crushed gravel footpaths for easy walking and access from acres of free parking.

Crafters demonstrate their unique skills without the use of modern conveniences - not even electricity. The diverse crafts include basket weaving, blacksmithing, broommaking, leather work, paintings, pottery, quilts, custom garden stones, plants, toys, jewelry and woodwork. The items for sale range from small miniatures to rooms of custom-made furniture and hand-carved masterpieces. Some of the crafters exhibit only at the Shaker Woods Festival.

An extensive selection of food also is available, from soups and sandwiches to complete meals - some cooked over an open fire. Snack foods and desserts also are available.

Entertainment, from bluegrass to cloggers, is featured on all two stages throughout the festival.

Darryl Gatlin, a native of Beaver County, returns to Shaker Woods on Aug. 11, 12, 25 and 26 performing on the Meeting House Stage. Returning Aug. 11-12 is David Young. Performing Aug. 25-26 is Blue Shades, a south-central Pennsylvania bluegrass music band. The Free Spirit Cloggers from northeast Ohio perform Aug. 19 and clog to a variety of music including traditional clogging music, country and pop. Additional performers and events include Vanessa Campagna, Hot Pursuit, Herb Classes by Jeanette Thompson and caricature artists.

Now in its 20th year, the Children's Order offers one-hour classes for youth. Classes include Working with Gourds, Duct Tape Art and Folk Art Painting.

To commemorate Shaker Woods' 30th anniversary, attendees can register to win a hand-crafted water fountain Aug. 26. Winner need not be present.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Daily general admission tickets are $7 for adults and will be sold at the gate. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted on the grounds. Children's strollers are not recommended.

Shaker Woods grounds are at 44337 County Line Road in Columbiana.

Elvis tribute show at

Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse

BURGETTSTOWN - Pittsburgh's Don Obusek and his wife, Hilda, will host a special dinner/show honoring the music of Elvis Presley Friday at the Pepsi Roadhouse.

Tickets are $39, $44 and $49 per person and include dinner, parking and the show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served until 8 p.m. Special guest star is Chris Denem performing his Tribute to Neil Diamond. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Denem followed by Obusek's Tribute to the Magic of Elvis. For information, call (412) 331-5897 or visit For tickets, call (724) 947-1900 or go to or A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pittsburgh's Little Sisters of the Poor.

Orrville Railroad Heritage Society Railroad Days set

ORVILLE - The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society is holding is 32nd-annual Railroad Days Aug. 10-11.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 11.

The railroad society has made special arrangements with the Norfolk Southern Railroad to bring an exhibit car and a traveling museum inside a railroad car. The depot museum and exhibit car tours are free.

There will be train and track car rides from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11. The cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The rides are about 15 minutes long. and track cars will run between the train rides.

The Orrville Railroad Day celebration is set for Aug. 11 and is to be held in conjunction with the Orrville Music and Rib Festival, sponsored by Main Street Orrville.

Visitors can tour the Orrville Union Depot Museum, 145 Depot St., off West Market Street, and visit the many railroad displays and the gift shop. Norfolk Southern Corp. will have an Operation Lifesaver booth at trackside. Refreshments such as hot dogs, soft drinks and water will be available trackside.

For information, call the Orrville Union Depot Museum at (330) 683-2426.

Summer of Wonder at Schrader Center, Wheeling

WHEELING - Experience a Summer of Wonder at the Schrader Center with a variety of family-oriented and interactive nature programs designed to promote outdoor discovery.

Summer of Wonder nature programs are offered through Aug. 17 and include guided nature walks with an experienced naturalist, fossil hunts and family nature exploration for younger children, evening campfires with storytelling and marshmallow roasting, astronomy at the Speidel Observatory and Snake Tales. Programs are only $3 or free for OI members or those with wristbands.

Other activities available daily include painting pottery, nature exploration backpacks and geocahing GPS rentals. For information, go to or call (304) 242-6855.

Summer give-aways

at Fort Steuben Mall

STEUBENVILLE - This summer the Fort Steuben Mall is giving away fun to 13 lucky shoppers.

Mall-goers can stop by customer service through Aug. 31 to enter to win one of 13 prizes, with drawings to be held at noon each Friday. Prizes include Kennywood, Idlewild, Sandcastle and Pittsburgh Pirates tickets, as well as Carmike Cinemas movie passes and Fort Steuben Mall gift cards. Customer service is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Contest rules are at the customer service center. For information, call Stephanie McVicker, mall marketing director, at (740) 264-7781.

Carmike Cinemas to feature Summer Kids' Series

STEUBENVILLE - The Carmike Cinemas in the Fort Steuben Mall will be presenting 2012 Summer Kids Series every Thursday.

The screenings will begin at 10 a.m. and feature a family friendly film on the big screen. Admission is $2 per person and includes a beverage and popcorn. The schedule includes "Madagascar 2," today; "Bee Movie," Aug. 9; "Monsters vs. Aliens," Aug. 16; and "Megamind," Aug. 23.

For information, call (740) 264-1680 after noon daily or go to

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