Well, you could bust a gut laughing as the actors take you on a journey of mishaps.
The Cornley University Drama Society tries to put on a play titled "The Murder at Haversham Manor" but through countless miscues, props no cooperating and lines forgotten, the production becomes a hilarious disaster.
Set in the 1920s, this whodunit has everything you would never imagine in a production – an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines.) The accident – prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences.
Chris Bullard as Trevor, Nicholas Hess as Max, Joshua Devlin as Robert, Hannah Faranoe as Sanda, Ryan Carter as Dennis, Jim Nash as Chris, Aaron Ritsig as Jonathan, Tracy Brown as Annie, and Elizabeth Williams and Joslyn Dechant as Stage Crew members.
Dates & Times:
Feb. 23 and 24, March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 25 and March 3 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $22 with discounts for students, seniors and large groups. Order tickets online at barrowtheatre.org/events or by calling the box office at 814-437-3440.
What could possibly go awry if you visit the Barrow-Civic Theatre this week for the opening of The Play that Goes Wrong, a spoof on a acting troupe that just can't seem to get it right?
If ABBA music takes you back to you wilder days, or if you want to support young people in the arts in a beautiful historic theater, then Titusville High School is the place to this Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday.
The cast of Mama Mia is ready to light up the Colestock Auditorium stage starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 15 and running Friday and Saturday nights at the same time. Tickets for the event are $7.
Below are photos from Wednesday night's dress rehearsal.
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And Saturday also at 7:30 p.m.
There are over 25 artists participating and they are expected to be available to answer questions.
Visitors can also watch special effects makeup artist Kaleb Lewis, who appeared on the reality show Face Off, and his students put the finishing touches on the characters they have been creating during his recent classes. A red carpet style presentation of the work will be done at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the National Transit building.
Artists Sunday will kick off with Oil City’s mayor Bill Moon reading a proclamation at 11 a.m., also at the National Transit building.
Maps and directories will be available on the Arts Oil City Facebook page and at different participating locations that day. Pierce said there is still room if additional artists are interested in participating.
Visitors should enjoy the range of items from note cards to large-scale original art, according to Pierce. “Everything from stocking stuffers to (high quality) original paintings,” she said, emphasizing the event promotes hand-made original works while providing a truly unique shopping experience.
Artist Sunday runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 26 in locations throughout Oil City’s north and south side business districts. There is no fee to attend.
A group of performing art lovers in northwest Pennsylvania is hoping to raise the curtain once again on an old Vaudevillian theater and usher in new prosperity for a once booming downtown.
Oil City was once the place to take in a show. In the downtown alone, there were at least a half dozen possibilities. For those who didn’t like one venue’s vibe, it was just a short walk next door or down the block to another.
Among those options was the Lyric Theater on Seneca Street.
In 2001, Community Playhouse, Inc. purchased the building. The little theater troupe had been adrift. Over the years they used spaces at the high school, the local college, and the Moose Lodge. The group has a dream of creating a permanent home for itself by salvaging a piece of history.
To make it a reality, they partnered with the Colonel Drake Cultural Alliance, Inc. in 2006, which assumed management and development of the theater. Since then the project has made some progress in getting ready for the final renovations.
And they are close.
“This one is doable,” Dittman said of the now gutted theater that is basically ready for renovation. He remains hopeful that the final bit of money can be found. He says, this is not just a restoration of the past, but a plan for the future.
“There is such a group of young people who are so talented and I’m afraid of them moving away because they can’t make a living here performing,” Dittman said. “There (are) musicians, actors, tech people that are great at it but they can only fit it in, in their spare time and they have to sling hash or something else. It takes away from their real passion.”
Dittman said that another theater in the region can only increase the potential for the area’s performing artists, and hopefully open the door to more possible stage incomes. “My hope is the theaters can work together, share resources and people.”
The goal of a revamped Lyric Theater is to be more than just a home for the Community Playhouse, Inc. They want to show movies, host parties, concerts and event weekends. All of which, they hope adds to the revitalization of downtown Oil City and other nearby communities.
“It will help all of our downtowns as people come in for a show, maybe shop, maybe eat,” Dittman said. “I think it opens the door for a lot of progress and to bring life back downtown. People on the street at other times than when they are just driving through.”
How to help
One of the group’s most regular fundraising activities has been the Karma concert series which has raised over $30,000 for the project. The series features bands playing at Billy’s in Oil City with a $5 cover that benefits the Lyric Theater restoration project.
The next show is November 16 and will feature the Brandon Rae Band. Jesse James Weston will perform on November 30.
Donations can also be made online at https://bbcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create/fund?funit_id=2255.
This story, by Richard Sayer and Eight & 322, was made possible through a grant from Arts Oil City and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
He purchased a wide brimmed hat, a portable easel and cartable boxes of paint. He ventured out into the fields like Cezanne and Pissarro with some small blank canvases only to come back later with a document of his experience.
He would then work in the studio on larger canvases and his work became multi-faceted explanations of the witnessed connections to place and, in a sense, time.
“My studio work feels different to me…(the pieces) extend beyond the studies, expanding my sense of time into a visually active, yet meditative presence. My thought process has a stronger influence on these outcomes, fostering a collaboration of sorts between the painting and me.”
Old school art.
The Plein Air painter movement seeks to hold the traditions of witnessing and connecting with the world visibly seen and the act of making a picture through the old form of art using paints on a surface.
There does still exist those who quietly craft from blank canvases to finished pictures (art products) based on the observation of the world in front of them. Warner is frequenter of many Plein Air gatherings along the eastern seaboard. At the Hoyt, there are 42 of Warner’s pieces on display.
The show also features works of Pittsburgh ceramic artist Nancy McNary Smith. She uses ceramics to document the implosion of American political discourse, the threats of the plague and the attack of old age over the last few years in two recent series, Punctured Pots and Osteoporosis, on display in the Hoyt’s Sculpture Walkway.
The show runs through December 21. The Hoyt is located at 124 E. Leasure Ave, New Castle. Admission is free.
The next exhibit at Graffiti Gallery Oil City will feature local plain air painters Rachel Wheeler, Doug Elder, Lane a'Day, Heidi Winter, Carol McDonald, Judy Slater, Julia McCray and Stacey Sophia with a short show opening Friday October 20.
This will be the second show in the new Graffiti Gallery located just down the street from the old space at 228 Seneca Street.
There will be a chance to look at the work of this group and meet the artist fro 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
"This group spends their summer painting outdoors and then they showcase our beautiful surroundings with their completed paintings in their annual fall show, a social media post from Arts Oil City read.
Then a'Day's work will be featured in a month long show with fellow artist Mike Hoover at the gallery.
“When you hear opera this close it is breathtaking,” Bastello said, holding her hand at arms length. “It's shocking. Digital music is not the same as hearing live music. It makes people feel good and that is really because of the resonance of the sound and the electromagnetic analog waves from the vocals. It’s good for us."
Bastello, after losing her mom and dad in a short amount of time looked for a place she could pursue her art and afford to live without a mortgage hanging over her head. She found Oil City and learned of the artist community created through the city’s artist relocation program. She’s been here about a year.
Lopuh, who is originally from Mercer, studied music at Clarion University.
Lopuh said her life as a teacher, which she loves, has made it difficult for her to pursue more singing. “You teach all day and you’re just exhausted at the end of the day. You really have nothing artistically left to give,” she said.
Lopuh recently decided to try out for “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin. Performing on stage again reignited her passion for singing and performing.
She met Bastello while singing with the Venango Chorus. “To be honest, I kind of ran away from her,” Lopuh said with a laugh admitting she was bit nervous about the possibility of performing with Bastello. But after her experience performing in "Joseph" she was all in. “I love Jamie’s vision of bringing this kind of music to the area.”
With that common goal in mind, the pair picked out a collection of solos and duets, including some from the “Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart, to perform.
The concert will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at a private stage inside 228 Seneca St., Oil City.
Tickets can be ordered online at https://Jamie_Bastello_Graffiti_Concert.eventbrite.com
NOTE: This story was written thanks to a grant from Arts Oil City and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The gallery is located in the Liberty Vault building at 1243 Liberty Street, in Franklin, Suite 103.
This relatively new gallery also accepts new artists. Information on applying to be an artist represented can be found at
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Find them on Facebook.
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