November arts

November arts

Photo/Special to The Source Newspaper

Rich McCoy, left, and Darin Harms, right, pictured as one the 22 characters they play in Playhouse’s production of “Greater Tuna”

November is a time to find the things we are thankful for. Why not go to a concert or catch a live performance and show your thanks for all the amazing talent the beautiful city of Jacksonville offers?  Here are just a few of the great possibilities that shouldn’t be missed:

On November 22  at 10 a.m., Jacksonville Theatre Guild and director Kim Shafer will be looking for a cast for “Ruthless: The Musical“, a parody that combines the plots of “The Bad Seed”, “Gypsy” and “All About Eve”. Actors should prepare songs from either “Ruthless” or from shows like “Gypsy”, “Mame” or “Hello Dolly”. An accompanist will be provided and cold readings from the script will also occur. For information, contact Kim Shafer or go to the Theatre Guild website. On November 29th JTG will pull out all the stops with their Annual Gala providing entertainment, hors d’ourves, wine tasting and a silent auction. To get your $25 ticket for the event, call the Theatre Guild office at 217-245-1402.

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale continues their Fifty-Second Season with “Air Of Collaboration”.  Nothing is grander than the sound of French Horns performing Michael Haydn’s “Concerto for Two French Horns“. Guest artists, Thomas and Tricia Jostlein, Associate Professor of Horn of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Horn at Webster University will perform in concert on November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Rammelcamp Chapel.

Playhouse On The Square has quite a lot to be thankful for this year! They were just selected to represent IL at the AACT Regional Theatre Festival in Michigan with their upcoming production of Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson, after competing with several other Community Theatres in the state! Talley’s is the moving story about a late-in-life couple who find love, when they least expect to, in Missouri during WWII. Mary Young and Johnny Molson inhabit their roles for one weekend only on November 7-9. Next up at the Playhouse, November 14-16 and 21-23, is the American classic “Trip To Bountiful”, by Horton Foote, about one woman’s determination to go home one last time restoring hope and faith within her family. Cindy Fawkes directs this moving story which stars Linda Schneider, Mary Myers and Dulcie Harms. Closing out the month is the hysterical homespun comedy, “Greater Tuna”, that showcases the talents of Rich McCoy and Darin Harms who both play 11 different characters each: men and women. After a successful run in Springfield, Playhouse thinks that Thanksgiving weekend won’t be complete without it, playing November 28-30. All evening performance are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Our Town Books or by calling 217-491-3977.

Frank A. Clark says, “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” Well, I am truly thankful for the abundance of arts our community offers and can’t wait to see what’s yet to come!

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