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Vaudeville DVD!

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!

Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend
The SCCA filled St. Basil's Hall in Dushore with music and nonsense almost nonstop from Friday evening, August 26, through Sunday night.
First came the annual explosion of Irish music and dance by the Celtic Martins on Friday, followed on Saturday by the Martin Sisters Band doing swing and Western swing, the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue and, last but far from least, folk and blues singer Geoff Muldaur, who drew fans from as far as Virginia.
The Sunday wrapup featured a fiddle workshop for kids and adults and a second appearance by the Vaudeville Revue.
The new, bigger, higher stage brought the Martins' spectacular step dancing up to eye level and gave the Vaudeville Revue a two-level performance space for its multiple restaurant scenes and the engaging presence of Oatley the Mathematical Horse. Repeat appearances by Sir Geoffrey Svelte and Ayhaitcha Gutz smeared insult and arrogance across the audience, and the fearsome Watch Children threatened to dissect beleaguered emcee Tom Jones.
Muldaur found an appreciative audience here, his voice stunningly alive and undiminished by the years.
As for the Martins ensemble, its nine members both entice and enliven, bringing out the kind of immediate enthusiasm that other groups can only envy.

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Local Arts in 2016

The 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.

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Looking Ahead

Arts Council Releases 2016 Vaudeville DVD

The official video of this year's Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue is ready for delivery.

Recorded by Brooklyn NY videographer, visual artist and stop-motion animator Caitlin Davis, it includes every minute (except intermission) of last August's production at St. Basil's Hall, performed on the new two-level stage provided by the SCCA.

You can relive the antics of Oatley the Mathematical Horse and Equinic translator Miss Houyhnhnm Palomino; the dimwittedness and exasperation of "A Hole in the Bucket," sung antiphonally by Sir Geoffrey Svelte and Miss Marginella; and the spirited singing and showmanship of emcee Tom Jones, aided and definitely abetted by Steve Tomlinson.

There's plenty more: a sad medley of love lost and possibly regained crooned by international longue lizard Miss I. Aint Iguana, and three (count 'em, three!) over-the-top restaurant scenes - Chinese (where misfortune cookies top the menu), Italian (home to "One Meat Ball") and we-hate-to-admit-it American (order the hippo-choking house special at your peril).

And don't forget the bench fight between a cookie baker and her rival in search of the  secret ingredient. Or the curtain-lowering (all right, there wasn't a curtain) visit by the National Orchestra of Outer Atlantis. Or the multi-part disharmony of the OK Chorale. Pay special attention once again to the vituperative misery of Ayhaitcha Gutz; the too-human vocalization of Alphonse, the organ-grinder's sarcastic  monkey; and the depredations of the fearsome Watch Children.

The all-local ensemble performing these wonders contributed to every aspect of the writing and staging. Six cast members wrote individual scenes, under the overall direction of Derek Davis and Linda White, long-time movers and shakers of the Roving Historical/Hysterical Theater.

How can you get a copy? Beg, simper and whine until the Arts Council throws one at you to keep you quiet. Or (quicker), send a check or money order for $20 to SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore PA 18614. If you would like a copy rushed to you by the U.S Postal Service, add $2 for shipping (and please note your address). Copies that can be easily given out locally will be hand-delivered at no charge. Call 570-928-8927 if you're still confused.

 

Art Council Celebrates Founders at Potluck

At its annual member potluck, held this year at Cherry Mills Lodge, the Sullivan County Council on the Arts paid tribute to three of its members who have done the most to establish and maintain the Council during its formative years: founders Ferdie Marek and Vivian McCarty, who served as its first president for two decades, and Florence Suarez, the council's long-time executive director.

In addition, Vivian and Ferdie became the Arts Council's first Honorary Lifetime Board Members. Florence remains on the active board.

The potluck was a particularly fun evening this year, with a charming performance by local singer Tom Jones, who made a lasting impression as this year's emcee at the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue last August. Tom did numbers by James Taylor and others, as well as a touching lyrical reminiscence on his own lost first love.

The dessert-heavy cornucopia, which also included a main-dish salad, Indian curry and hummus dip, kept everyone going back for seconds (and thirds). And the Kiner family, who run the Lodge and served as hosts, actually joined in the celebration and put up with the influx of art-lovers taking over their entire first floor.

Thanks too to Connie Hatch, who bustled around the kitchen and oversaw the laying out and dispensing of vittles.

The kind of enthusiasm and camaraderie shown at the potluck reflects how smoothly the Arts Council works as an organization and how well the board members mesh as individuals and as a group. So stay tuned for announcements of new (and old) endeavors for the coming year: The brochure for 2017 will be issued some time in December.

Arts Council Literary Contest to Run Through March

As the SCCA Literary Awards slip into their seventh year, the Arts Council, heeding the advice of our high school English teachers, has turned the contest into an almost year-long program.

In former years, it ran only during the spring months of the school year, which on occasion brought it into conflict with the school's testing schedule.

For 2016-17, by contrast, the program is starting in October and will continue through mid-March. The English teachers have been provided with humorous posters to catch student attention (and from word received so far, it's working) plus guideline sheets that provide the contest's rather minimal rules - basically, no profanity or obscenity.

The contest is open not only to students in the Sullivan County High School, but also to home schoolers and private schoolers who reside in the county: Indeed, several past winners have come from these areas. The four top winners will receive cash prizes.

Fiction, non-fiction and poetry are eligible for entry (with the Nobel Prize in Literature being awarded to Bob Dylan, song lyrics are also fair game). Writing done for the high school student newspaper is eligible as well. All students will be judged on the total body of work submitted, be it a single story or a collection of poetry, stories or articles.

The Arts Council asks that the number of entries per student be limited to four, but in the past this limitation has been waved when contest moderator Linda White was flooded with top-draw material.

Linda emphasizes, as always, that the judges will be looking for highly creative work - what's vital to the author and interesting to the reader, not just "what's expected." With more time to develop their ideas, and with more time for the teachers to promote the contest, she feels that the Arts Council should end up with especially resplendent material.

Work may be entered at any time, starting immediately, but will not be judged until the close of the contest, March 15. Students in the district, home schoolers and private schoolers may email material to llwhite@epix.net. Though print or hand-written material will also be accepted, it's easier on the eyes and typing fingers of the contest administrators to receive digital files.

Entries will be judged anonymously, but authors, please, include your name and contact information on your material.

Winners and runners-up will be published in the Arts Council's Hills and Valleys magazine, which will also highlight the winners of the Youth Art Award for visual art.

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