Festival of the Arts August 1

The Warren Festival of the Arts will present its 34th year at the Struthers Library Theatre in a show entitled “You’ve Been Framed” on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. David Blank portrays the harried art curator with Belinda Brohn as his assistant. You will see famous artworks coming to life. In the meantime, some gangsters infiltrate the art gallery to “case the joint,” planning to steal one of the paintings, perhaps the “Mona Lisa”? Music, dancing, singing, instrumentalists, dialogue and just plain fun ensue as the audience follows the gangsters throughout the evening. You will be enthralled with Studio K’s version of “George Washington Crossing the Delaware”; Logan Johnson as “Little Boy Blue” singing “Where is Love” from Oliver; the 15-year-old pianist, Thomas Gaskin, with his version of Rachmaninoff”s “the Bells of Moscow”; Sarah Roney as “Christina’s World” singing “Trees on the Mountain” from Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah”; l3-year-old Sadie Anderson, violinist, performing the first movement from Concerto #1 in G#m by Max Bruch, accompanied by Jack Hemink; “Statues” performed by Studio K; “The Prayer” sung by Carla Kayes and Brett Heintzman, and a monologue by Belinda Brohn. And, that’s just the first half!

The second act will begin with a portrayal of Georges Seurat’s famous “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” – of course several gangsters are having a conversation within the painting! Next you will hear violinist Cody Hiller and cellist Will Hayes performing “Passacaglia” by Handel-Halvorsen; next Sarah Marino as “Anna” sings “For the First Time in Forever”, with Sarah Roney as “Elsa”; Dance Express Co.’s version of an Edward Degas painting called “the Dance Class”; then come the gangsters singing “Luck Be A Lady” from Guys and Dolls; followed by Lil Hunkele’s version of “Adelaide’s Lament” from the same show; Angela Renninger, saxophone, playing Handel’s 6 Sonate, accompanied by Amber Shay Nicholson; the American Gothic painting by Grant Wood is portrayed by Carolyn Worley and John Beard, singing “Oh, Happy We!” from Bernstein’s “Candide”; Dance Express Co.’s “Music Box Dancers”, and everyone joining in the big surprise finale!

Again we have experienced backstage help with Jan Petersen as stage manager, aided by Carol Guadagnino as her assistant; Barb Crowley, lighting; and Elise Brown, sound. The multi-talented Gary Brumagin has made frames for the portraits. Paula and Mike Roney, crew, Susan Wolfe and Judy Albaugh, box office; Georgi Rice, head usher; Charmaine Check and Debbie Murphy, costumes and props, and many others who have helped along the way.

Also featured will be the Warren Art League with their show on the Library Theatre mezzanine.

“I have known ever since moving from New York City to Warren almost 40 years ago that this town has talent and have continually proved that with 34 Warren Festival of the Arts,” said director Rosalind Hupp. “And we’re not finished yet. So come to the Library Theatre on Friday, Aug. 1, for the best show in town!”

Performers will include:

Angela Renninger was asked to play a solo during intermission of the New Century Saxophone Quartet concert this past April, quite an honor for this talented Youngsville High graduate. Angela was part of the Youngsville Marching Eagles for six years and became drum major. She has played in two all-county musicals, participated in the senior high PMEA festivals, advanced to regional band festival three times, seating first chair twice. She also qualified for all states concert band twice. In addition, Angela attended three PMEA jazz festivals and will be attending Westminster College for music education in the fall. She will play 6 Sonate by Mozart.

Lil Hunkele has been singing ever since she can remember, acting more than 20 years, and was recently in her 30th show, “Jesus Christ, Superstar” with the Warren Players. She will sing “Adelaide’s Lament” from Guys and Dolls. When not on stage, you can find Lil riding her Tennessee Walker, Bandero.

Studio K, a dance studio in Kane that is entering its 10th season, is under the ownership and direction of Kate Undercoffer. Founded in 2005, Studio K has won countless awards at regional and national dance competitions. Most recently, Studio K dancers had the opportunity to perform at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. They will dance “George Washington Crossing the Delaware” and “Statues.”

Belinda Brohn has loved acting, singing, dancing, painting sets for community plays, dance recitals, previous WFA shows, and even a performance in an off-Broadway interactive dinner theater. Belinda is the “assistant curator” for the art museum in the show, is performing a monologue, and is also busy with her paintings.

David Blank was a disc jockey before he decided to become a pastor. He is currently the pastor of First Lutheran Church in Warren, enjoys making wine, and has participated in several Warren Festival of the Arts. David is our “art curator” for this zany art gallery where gangsters run amuk.

Cody Hiller will be a senior at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory this fall, majoring in violin performance. He twice received the Chautauqua County Music Teacher’s Association scholarship, and in 2011 was the recipient of the Mozart Club’s Josephine Fenton Gifford Scholarship. In Cody’s spare time he enjoys composing music, recording with various artists, and competitive mountain biking. He will join Will Hayes, cellist, in playing the Handel-Halvorsen “Passacaglia” duet. Cody has just finished performing in a four-week program at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. He will also join Hayes in several duet recitals in Warren and Bradford.

The 13-year old Sadie Anderson began studying violin with Nina Karbacka at age 5. A seventh-grade homeschool student, Saide has played with the Washington Middle School Orchestra, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, the Jamestown Area Community Orchestra, and the String Ensemble at Mercyhurst University. In May 2011, she was asked to perform the first and second movements of Vivaldi’s “Spring” with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Sadie currently studies with Dr. Joseph Kneer of Mercyhurst University. She also has been taking piano lessons with Ruth Huff since age 6. Sadie will play Vorspiel First Movement from Concerto #1 in GM by Mas Bruch.

John Beard and Carolyn Worley will sing “Oh, Happy We!” from Candide by Bernstein. John Beard, sometimes called a “utility player,” the guy not good enough to be the expert in any position but versatile enough to be asked to fill in anywhere, a frequent visitor to the stage in musicals and drama, an outdoor cook with Women in the Outdoors, a fill-in swimmer, biker, runner for the Tango event, and a fixture at the burger and ribfest, and, on “You’ve Been Framed,” a gangster trying to steal a painting at the local art gallery!

Carolyn Worley is a former member of the Chautauqua Chamber Singers and a performing member of Philomel. Her day job is administrative assistant at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She has appeared on previous festivals, and is lending her amazing voice to a duet with John Beard.

Sarah Marino will be a junior at Youngsville High School this fall. She participated in one year of songfest and four years of Junior District Chorus. Sarah is a singer and guitarist in the band Pat Hackett and his Allegheny River Monsters, who played concerts at the Holiday Inn and the American Legion in July. Her other activities include church choir, Madrigals and Youth Connection. She has participated in former festivals, and this year will be singing the role of Anna in “For the First Time in Forever,” with Sarah Roney assisting her as Elsa.

Sarah Roney has also appeared in previous festivals, as well as A.R.T.E. where she played Mushu in “Mulan.” She was in several Jack-in-the-Box productions, occasionally sings the National Anthem at local sporting events, performed in “A Christmas Carol,” and is currently Witch #2 and Murderer #2 in MacBeth at the Library Theatre. Sarah will sing “Trees on the Mountain” from Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah.”

Ron Keeney (Diamond Jim) has had a busy year on the stage. Ron most recently played Simon in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Prior to that, Ron was Victor Velasco in “Barefoot in the Park,” five very different characters in “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” was Wilson in “Harvey,” and he starred as Trotter in “The Mousetrap” where he had fun misleading the audience. A Warren Players veteran, Ron began his theater “career” in “Mame” and then starred as Charlie in “The Foreigner.” Ron plays a gangster at Warren Festival of the Arts.

Gary Brumagin has been active onstage and off for a while and has had roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, Titanic, Tragedy and Trial, the Radio Play, A Christmas Carol and Chemical Imbalance. Other past roles include It’s A Wonderful Life, The King and I, The Fantastiks, Footloose, Equality of Rights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sound of Music and others.

Gary has worked backstage as a member of the stage crew, done set construction, designed and built specialty props, and has done assistant directing. He built the frames for the Warren Festival of the Arts production of “You’ve Been Framed!” and will portray the mob boss “Big Blackie” who, with his buddies, intends to rob one of the famous paintings in the art gallery. However, some of the paintings come “alive” and the rest you will have to come and see for yourself.

The Dance Express Company, under the direction of Molly Dies, is the home of 18 competitive dancers ranging in age from 11 to 18 from all over Warren County. Most recently 23 members of the 2013-2014 season competed at “World Finals” StarQuest Dance competition in Toledo, Ohio, where the group placed many high honors as well as multiple special judges awards, and were acknowledged for their sportsmanship, commitment, and passion of dance. They will be performing “Here Comes the Sun” and “The Music Box Dancers.”

Julie Baughman has been playing piano for more than four decades. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in music marketing from from Clarion University. She was accompanist for Clarion University Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Milutin Lazich. She studied piano with Dr. Paula Amrod. She has been the accompanist for the Knox Community Choir and Theatre, the Lamartine Players, Clarion Community Players, Cook Forest Summer Players and Warren Players. Julie accompanied the Grace United Methodist Church choir for l5 years and is the current accompanist for the First Lutheran Church choir. She is currently a faculty member of the Warren County Summer Music School. She teaches preschool at First United Methodist Church. Julie has accompanied many artists for the Warren Festival of the Arts and continues to do so.

Jeffrey Ewing, associate pastor at First Lutheran Church, Warren, has performed in many shows with Warren Players. This year he will portray a gangster who, with his pals, is trying to steal a painting from an art gallery. Together with John Beard, Gary Brumagin, Ron Keeney and Kevin Hunt, he will sing “Luck be a Lady” from Guys and Dolls.

Karin Davidson is a veteran of more than 20 years with Warren Players, doing murder mysteries, storytelling for the historical society and performing “Equality of Rights” in Seneca Falls, N.Y. She has appeared in numerous Warren Festival of the Arts, and will be an irate customer in the art gallery, as well as playing a “gun moll” in “You’ve Been Framed!”

Carla Kayes is a veteran of Little Theatre in Jamestown, and has performed on many previous Warren Festival of the Arts. She will sing “The Prayer” with Brett Heintzman.

Lyndsey Dippold has appeared in the all-county musical “Little Mermaid” as “Water.” She was also in A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland. This will be her first appearance with the Warren Festival of the Arts in “You’ve Been Framed!”