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Puppets to appear at Performing Arts Center

By Xiomara Levsen | Feb 24, 2017
These are the puppeteers and puppets from the Freedom Star: Gertie’s Journey on the Underground Railroad

A puppet show about the Underground Railroad in northern Missouri and southeastern Iowa will be performed in Washington next week.

The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater will perform Freedom Star: Gertie’s Journey on the Underground Railroad at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Washington Performing Arts and Events Center.

“We thought this would be a perfect tie-in since February is Black History Month and it’s the fictional story of a young slave girl who escapes from a farm in Missouri and comes into Iowa looking for freedom,” said Washington Performing Arts and Events Center committee member Gary McCurdy. “

Puppeteer Monica Leo will perform the play with input from Iowa poet laureate Mary Swander and historian Floyd Pearce.

“Even though it’s a fictionalized story it’s very factual and I’m sure could have happened or did happen many times that the Underground Railroad was in operation,” McCurdy said. “Actually there are many local ties because Washington County was a key part of the Underground Railroad. There was a house in the south part of town that was a part of the Underground Railroad.”

This show is part of the six professional show presentations the committee needed to have at the Washington Performing Arts and Events Center to satisfy one of the grant requirements from Vision Iowa, he added. McCurdy also saw another performance by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater and thought it would be something good to bring to Washington.

“I personally feel it will have appeal for just every age group,” McCurdy said. “I think the younger folks will be fascinated with the puppets and will learn a lot from the storyline. I think the adults as well will be fascinated with the puppets and I’m sure we’ll all learn a lot about regional history and a part it played in so many lives during that period in the 1800s.”

Tickets may be purchased online on the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center website or purchased at the door the evening of the performance.


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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Feb 28, 2017 15:54

Collin Raye - If You Get There Before I Do - YouTube

Raye, a hitmaker from the 1990s and a 10-time Male Vocalist of the Year nominee, continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals. He is nothing if not passionate. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I were you.” Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”

“If you’re an old school country music fan, the Sondheim Artist Series has been your hangout for the last seven years,” said Rustin Lippincott, director of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. “The line of country music icons continues with Collin Raye. If you have a soft spot in your heart for a good country music ballad, chances are pretty good you’ll know every word of Collin Raye’s 16 No. 1 hits and 24 top 10 singles.”

Raye shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so moved by his golden and pure voice that this song set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful and emotional songs that have often been used for weddings, anniversaries, memorial services and funerals.

When “Little Rock,” an anthem for those struggling with addiction recovery, hit the chart in 1994, its video led to over 100,000 phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from folks seeking help in their addictions. “Not That Different” was a song that pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite, and “I Think About You” won awards for its song and video which exposed the exploitation of women and children.

Colortura is a newly formed vocal group: a trio composed of three budding talented singers. Maya Gottshall, Megan Higgins, and Devika Pharasi, first came together in seventh grade for Fairfield Middle School’s annual winter talent show where they left the audience stunned with their performance of Demi Lovato’s “Neon Lights.”

The girls have had a rich history of experience with the performing arts, both together and as individuals. They participated together in the theater productions of “Aladdin Jr.,” “Shrek,” and “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” The trio’s singing debut in the Sondheim was during the 2016 Coming Home, Coming Together Show.

“An Evening with Collin Raye” tickets are $39 for Zone 1, $33 for Zone 2, and $22 for Zone 3 and $15 for Zone 4 and $15 for youth tickets.

For tickets and information, contact the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, 472-2787 or www.FairfieldACC.com.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Feb 28, 2017 15:37

Country music performer Collin Raye brings his 16 No. 1 hits for “An Evening with Collin Raye” at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

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