Yes, we did it!
We made a DVD of the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue!
Recorded by Caitlin Davis!
And you can get a copy!
For only $20!
(All exclamation points free!)
Such a deal!
Send a check or money order to SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore PA 18614!
Simply multiple the number of copies you want by $20 to arrive at the correct figure if you plan to pick up your copies!
Or toss in an extra $2 per copy for shipping and fondling!
Lucky, lucky you!
- A Side-Splitting Vaudeville Preview
The Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and
Old-Time Nonsense Revue - the comedic theatrical arm (and leg) of
the Sullivan County Council on the Arts - will make its second
(possibly annual) appearance August 27-28 in St. Basil's Hall,
Dushore, and also September 1 in the Forksville Fairgrounds
grandstand during the Sullivan County Fair.
- The question that has filled the air of late: What
exactly will this band of raving goofs be performing? Glad you
asked. The RHTVRAOTNR, as it is known to its friends, will be
reeling off a continuous buffoonacious mix of comic routines and
off-key musical numbers. We thought you might like a quick preview
of this work-ever-in-progress, so here it is. We call this skit "The
Watch Children." You may call it whatever you like. And if your
sides are not split after reading this, that's probably all to the
"The Watch Children": A one-act salute to
signs and sign language.
EMCEE: On my way in today, I decided to stop by to
visit my old friend, Methuselah. Just before I reached his house I
passed one of those "Watch Children" signs. You see them
all the time, so I paid it no particular mind, which was my undoing.
For as I turned the corner, there they were: the Watch Children,
straining at their leashes, gnashing their fangs and making
threatening lunges. Naturally, I backed off, but I was trapped. They
broke free, ripped my pants, lacerated my ankles and pummeled my
hands with sticky lollipops. I still have the scars. Let me tell you
a rattle of chains, high-pitched yet guttural shouts
and general childish hullaballoo
EMCEE: Good lord, they've found me! Guards! Security! I
have to escape! [dashes around madly
LEAD WATCH CHILD: [peering out
from backstage] There is no escaping the
Emcee leaps off stage and into the audience. The
Watch Children, collars and chains hanging from their necks, boil
out from backstage, chasing him as he ducks in and out of the rows,
pawing and harassing the audience in passing. Miss Marginella runs
back and forth in front of the stage, whimpering, then suddenly gets
an idea. She reaches into a pot set on the right corner of the stage
and fills her pockets, then dashes into the aisle.
MARGINELLA: Treat! Treat! Here, children, treat!
She holds out several fortune cookies. The Watch
Children move toward her leerily. She raises her hand above each
Child's head in an affectionate half-tease, making them jump to get
their snack. She pats them on the head and scritches their ears.
They chew the cookies rapidly, scratching themselves and snapping at
MARGINELLA: Good child, good!
Emcee half sneaks around the far side aisle and back
to the stage.
EMCEE: Whew, that was close. [calls
out] Good thinking, Miss Marginella. But ...
how can we get them out of here?
MARGINELLA: [thinking for a
moment] I know. Children! I heard an ice
cream truck, a BIG one. Go get it!
bell clangs, the Watch Children jump with excitement
and lope out the door at a dog-like run
MARGINELLA: They just love to chase cars.
EMCEE: It's a shame when they bite the tires.
- MARGINELLA: But they're so cute when they've
finished eating their Child Chow and curl up at your feet.
Looking Forward to
Local Arts in 2016
Sullivan County Council on the Arts (SCCA) is an umbrella organization
working to foster and preserve the artistic and cultural lives of the
residents of Sullivan County, a rural community of small towns, hemlock
forests and serenity in the heart of the Endless Mountains.
For a pdf copy of our 2016 brochure, click here
For an SCCA membership form, click here.
For an Art Expo application, click here.
Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.
Look for the the Sullivan County Council on the Arts on Facebook!
Geoff Muldaur Joins the Ultimate Weekend
Blues and folk legend Geoff Muldaur will be joining the Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend, August 26-28 at St. Basil's Hall in Dushore.
Over more than half a century, Geoff has developed a singing and guitar-playing style that's not just unique but almost indescribable. It's quiet but not crooning, often gentle but occasionally laced with raucous humor, based on the blues one minute but traveling off into a personal exploration of alternate reality the next.
He started out with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the 1960s, his voice floating up on its own warm draft - high, spiraling, dreamy much of the time, though given to quick, aggressive runs up the stairs on songs like "France Blues." In the 1970s, he and his then wife, Maria, hit their stride on two superb albums, Pottery Pie and Sweet Potatoes. (That's Geoff singing "Brazil," from Pottery Pie, in the dream-sequence intro to Terry Gilliam's movie of the same name.)
On his 1990s albums, Password and The Secret Handshake, Geoff effortlessly mixes reimaginings of folk and blues standards with his own compositions that you would swear have always existed. Password's Geoff is an old Joe sitting on his porch, picking and strumming and letting that ruminative voice roll right over you, while adding a serene, ethereal sense of beauty ("Wait 'til I put on My Robe," "Some of These Days").
Few singer-songwriters of Geoff's all-encompassing caliber are still around, and fewer still have retained their signature voice and quality of presentation the way he has. He's a one-and-only, the prize bowl on the shelf that can never be replaced.
Geoff Muldaurwill appear Saturday, August 27, 7 pm, at St. Basil's Hall.
2016 Fall Art Expo
- Ultimate Weekend Specials: Martin Sisters Band and a
- This year's Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend will feature special treats for
the younger set.
- On Saturday, August 27 at noon, the Martin Sisters Band will
make their first showing in Sullivan County. The three Martin
daughters from the Celtic Martins - Emily, Melissa,
and Christy - will bring a mix of Western swing, 40's swing and
jazz to St. Basil's Hall in Dushore, with three-part fiddle and
vocal harmonies, backed by acoustic bass (Eric Fisher) and guitar
Will they include their classic Celtic step dancing?
They aren't saying, but we doubt that the audience will allow them
to leave the hall without a few high-kicking turns on the new,
bigger, higher St.Basil's stage.
The next day, Sunday, August 28 at 2 pm, the full
contingent of Martins will present a children's workshop. Like last
year, this free event will include setting the kids up with fully
functional mini violins - a rare hands-on introduction to
instrument-playing that emphasizes the fact we all are musicians at
heart and that it's possible to pick up the basics at any age.
The workshop will include chances to win items like a
Celtic Martins CD and other prizes. And there will be refreshments!
And it's all free!
But don't forget the other highlights of the Ultimate
Weekend: The Celtic Martins, Friday at 7 pm; blues and old timey
singer/songwriter Geoff Muldaur, Saturday at 7 pm; and the Roving
Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue,
Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 7 pm.
- Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend: August 26-28 in St.
Basil's Hall, Dushore. Tickets to all major concerts are $10 for
adults, $1 for students through high school, pre-school free; a
weekend pass to all events is $25. email info at sullivanarts.org or phone 570-245-5694 to
reserve tickets. And look for the SCCA on Facebook.
The SCCA is accepting entries through September 23 for jurying in its annual Fall Art Expo. To simplify the jurying, artists can send photos of their work, either by email or standard mail. There is no fee for jurying, but if the artwork is accepted there will be a $20 entry fee for up to three pieces.
One of the longest-running programs the SCCA has undertaken in its 26-year history, the Art Expo is open to our widest audience of working artists. This notice is being sent to artists throughout the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York, and to galleries in several counties.
At least $1,200 in cash prizes will be awarded, along with the usual People's Choice Award. Categories include painting, drawing, photography and three-dimensional art - basically, anything an artist of quality can produce.
Art Expo at the Forksville Fairgrounds, Rt. 154, Forksville, PA, during the Sullivan County Fall Festival, October 8-9, 10 am-5 pm.
for a PDF application. Questions concerning the Expo should be directed to Helen Day, helenday139 at gmail.com or 570-245-5694.
PS: If this notice has reached a gallery or arts association, please distribute to your membership.
email: info at sullivanarts.org