Attic Productions, the community theatre in Botetourt County, has a Kickstarter campaign underway with a goal of raising $1,500 to build the set for its upcoming show, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
As of Friday afternoon, $310 has been pledged. Under the Kickstarter rules: “This project will only be funded if at least $1,500 is pledged by Monday Nov 25, 10:15am EST.”
To make a Kickstarter pledge, or see a video about the project, click here.
Here’s what set designer J.W. Rhoades (who appears in the video) has to say about the project:
“The directors and set designer have undertaken an ambitious plan to recreate Bedford Falls in grand scale on Attic’s theater stage. We all know ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is not your typical play and our goal is to amaze our audience and have them feel as though they are walking the streets of the town with us. We have taken ‘the bridge’ to new heights; so high, in fact, that we must raise the border curtain by 16 inches just to see George step over the stone retaining wall to jump to his death. Clarence will materialize before the eyes of the audience to rescue him. Pivoting flats that reveal homes and businesses, a ramp to the bridge and even street lamps throughout the town are a part of what you will help us to create. Ma Bailey will chase George’s younger brother into their house which has slid into position; George will woo Mary on her front porch that rotates into view; the Building and Loan will bustle as patrons rush to retrieve their funds during the Great Depression; George will face down his nemesis Mr. Potter in his posh office; and friends galore will celebrate in George and Mary’s front parlor around the Christmas tree.”
The show opens Dec. 5; we have a cast list and info on dates and times and ticket prices here.
The Buchanan, Blue Ridge and Fincastle libraries will offer a holiday craft class in December. Crafters will paint a sparkling winter scene using tempera paint, Q-tips and glitter.
Class times are: Buchanan –Tuesday, December 3, Blue Ridge –Monday, December 9 and Fincastle–Wednesday, December 11. All classes will begin at 3:30 PM and last about 30 minutes.
The class is for all ages but very young children will need a parent or caregiver to help them with the craft. Registration is required for the free class and all materials will be provided. Space is limited so please register early.
You may register at the library or by calling 254.2538 (Buchanan), 977.3433 (Blue Ridge) or 473.8339 (Fincastle).
Directed by James Honaker and Rae West
Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company
Campbell & Lineberry, Certified Public Accountants and Oakey’s
Partial funding provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
Attic Productions, 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle, VA
December 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 pm, December 7 & 14, 2:30 and 7:30 pm
Reservations suggested — Box Office — 540-473-1001, volunteer hours Mon. & Wed. 3-7,
Sat. 10-2, please leave a message at other times
Adults $12, 18 & under and groups of 10 or more, $10
CAST LIST (in order of appearance):
GEORGE BAILEY – Jason Palmer
CLARENCE ODBODY – Michael Ridenhour
MR. GOWER – Bill Joppich
YOUNG GEORGE – Josie Weigandt
HARRY BAILEY – Josh DiPalma
MOTHER BAILEY – Joann Hoyt
AUNT TILLY – Trina Yancey
VIOLET PETERSON – Elizabeth Kelley
BERT – Al Nierwinski
ERNIE – JW Rhoades
UNCLE BILLY – Carl Bridgman
MARY HATCH (later MARY BAILEY) – Heather Sexton
HENRY F. POTTER – Linnie Gregory
MR. POTTERS GOON – Steven Aaron
MR. POTTERS SECRETARY – Georgia Weiman
SAM WAINWRIGHT – Chandler Nichols
MRS. ANDREWS – Emily Swanson
MRS. HATCH – Vinnie Bridgman
MRS. MARTINI – Brigid DiPalma
MISS CARTER – Emily Ann Leweke
NEWSPAPER GIRL – Miranda Osorio
PATRICE BAILEY – Purity Thomas
TAMMY BAILEY – Charlotte Pearl
ZUZU BAILEY – Brooke Kelly
MR. WELCH – Chandler Nichols
JANIE BAILEY – Skylar Gay
TOWNSPEOPLE – Grace Thomas, Kailee Weiman
Submitted by Marsha Campbell, Attic Productions
The Chorus of the Blue Ridge is proud to present our Christmas concert “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” this Dec. 3 and 5. One performance will be in Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Our second performance will be in Virginia Heights Baptist Church, 2014 Memorial Avenue S.W., Roanoke, on Thursday, Dec. 5at 7:30 p.m.
The concert features well-known secular and sacred music of the Christmas season. Included are such favorites as “Away in a Manger,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Brazilian Christmas Carol” and a very fun arrangement of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by John Rutter. The talents of our accompanist, Melia Garber, will be displayed with her selection of piano renditions of Christmas music. Aaron Garber, the conductor and music director, will delight us with his variety of songs on piano and organ. And what would Christmas be without a rousing audience singalong?
“Run Devil Run” premiere’s at Buchanan Theatre this Sat. Nov. 16, 2013.
Run Devil Run filmed locally in Roanoke will premiere on Sat, night Nov. 16 at the Buchanan Theatre prior to the showing of ” Captain Phillips”
The short movie was written produced by local people!
Ian Kyle and Cameron Dalton are twenty something film makers from Botetourt County. Kyle grew up in Fincastle and resides in the Cloverdale area and Dalton also grew up in Fincastle and is from Troutville. Dalton wrote and directed, “Run Devil, Run.” Kyle produced and acted in the film. Botetourt’s Cameron Dalton and Ian Kyle, Alan Dalton, Robert Pannell and Ashley Pannell all took part in the movie as writer, director, producers, cinematographers and actors.They began film making together when they worked on three Bible school type of films previously for their church several years ago. They duo also had a short film called “Pragul Martii” about Dracula that was filmed in Fincastle.
Kyle said, “The movie is about how bad choices carry over from one person’s life into other lives,” said Kyle. It was filmed in Roanoke City. Be there by 7:15 to meet some of the participants. the movie premieres at 7:25.
Movies at the Buchanan Theatre are $6 and popcorn 2 dollars per box.
Fincastle Vineyard & Winery presents NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE BALL
Murder Mystery Dinner
Help us find which one of you is the guilty party; while enjoying a gourmet five course dinner accompanied by two glasses of your choice of our fine Fincastle wines. In addition, everyone will receive a glass of bubbly at the stroke of midnight. You have two dates to choose from.
9 PM Saturday, December 28
9 PM Tuesday, December 31
Advance reservations are required, and seating is limited, so reserve your character early. Call 540-591-9000 to reserve.
The Buchanan library will offer a new children’s program beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. The program is being developed to offer home-school families an opportunity to get together for activities, demonstrations, games, etc.
Fun-tastic Friday programs will be held on the fourth Friday of each month. The first program will be a science demonstration presented by Kathy Atkins.
Band is a lifestyle at Lord Botetourt High School. Said under classman Clark Moeller, “Band has given me a better variety of people to interact with on a daily basis.” People who interact to form a marching band with all of the complex parts. 86 Students who participate view the world in terms of marching band from August through November. Not only that, so do many of their parents. Each band freshman is assigned a mentor heading into high school and because of the hard work and bonds formed, the friendships are having a tendency to pass beyond into post graduation. For example, seven members of the Marching Cavaliers are now Marching Dukes at James Madison University.
A trip to band practice is eye opening. Gone are the days of march and play. “Band camp is hours of practice and not at all like the movies portray the fun,” said senior Dylan Hayth. “I have been to football camp and band camp. Hours of a drum strapped on in the hot summer are very difficult. I have enjoyed my six years of LBHS marching band.” (Two as a middle school member playing in the Marching Cavs.)
Today’s Marching Cavs are high tech with big screen’s that teach drum line and the drill of the march spectators witness on Friday night at halftime. It plays out like a varsity offense though with many more players. Drum majors junior Lauren Parshall and senior Olivia Karkenny study drill movements prior to going out to practice. Practice on the student parking lot lasts for almost two full hours. The actions are repetitive to achieve perfect timing, theatrical interpretation and music.
Said Parshall of her band experience, “Starting in about 5th grade I always looked up to the Marching Cavaliers. Throughout middle school, my friends were band members. When I began high school, my everyday life has revolved around marching band. I would not be the same person I am today without the Lord Botetourt Band.”
A number of band members were on the homecoming court including a brother and sister, Marina Wray a freshman and her senior brother Noah Wray, Piper Gaul, Olivia Karkenny and Nico Belinfontie all seniors. As has been the case for the past number of years, at least one band member has been elected King or Queen. This year Noah Wray was King and marched in the half time show wearing his crown while he played! Said, Gaul of being in the Marching Cavs, “Once you have gone through everything imaginable with a group of people, the bond carries on even after being called to attention for the last time.”
As for the mechanics of coordinating a top of the line band, Chris Caldwell the band director said, “I have band practice Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have a game performance on Fridays and a competition every Saturday through the end of October.” Caldwell, who is the full time band instructor and band’s leader, works often from early morning to late evening on band and band related events. “I don’t see much of my family until after the first of November, usually.”
Competitions are day long into the night events that included the Marching Cavs hosting the Cavalier Classic on Oct. 19, with 17 bands in attendance and LBHS performing the finale. “RED” is this year’s band competition routine based on the Fairy Tale “Little Red Riding Howho od.” Caldwell is assisted by teacher Jamie Lawson. Lawson is the band director at RMMS. The band boosters, who also help are John Wright comes on Tuesdays, Colin Koch helps with the Color Guard and Heather Loudermilk assists on Thursdays with practice. The LBHS band boosters fill in gaps as much as possible. As parents on the high school level, they likely have no peer group as the busiest parents and interested parties in the school division.
Said Stephanie Copes, Band Booster president, “Since our children decided to be a part of the band, we decided to be involved and are devoted to the band program. As band boosters, we fill many rolls. We serve as chaperones for football games and Saturday competitions. We also help raise money so the students can attend band camp and various competitions. We serve as seamstresses for uniform hemming and emergency repairs and we build props to help convey the theme of the band’s show. We basically help do anything that the band director needs us to do in order to help make the program a success.
Outside of the season and during it, “We also help with many fundraising efforts that help with competition fees, drill writing, music composition, new instruments and new uniforms.”
Indeed, drill writing and choreography are done by video on a frequent basis as the routine is perfected throughout the season. LBHS did very well this year with two grand champions wins, several top finishes in category and many kudos on weekend trips to competitions. Andy Hudson of Greensboro, NC writes the drill and David Dickerson of Bassett, VA does the Color Guard routine. All come in on the big screen for students to review during the season.
Color Guard captain and senior Brooke Imperial filled in her thoughts on the band lifestyle she has experienced, ” Being in the marching band at LBHS has made an immense impact on the relationships I have with peers and how I deal with everyday situations. With the Leadership skills I’ve obtained with the fantastic help of the Marching Cavalier leadership camps, my fellow leaders of the band, my color guard instructors, and my band director, I feel perfectly comfortable dealing with everyday situations which require a leader to step up. The LBHS marching band has shown me how much I can love an entire group of eighty-six, great young adults. No matter where my path takes me in the future, I will always remember how the Marching Cavaliers have made these past four years the best days of my life.”
Senior Karkenny who has spent the beginning of her final year of high school as drum major, was reflective on her years in band.
“After being in the LBHS marching band for five years, it’s hard to grasp that I won’t be back the next year. You realize you’re in it for so long and see that everyone around you is family; they can get on your nerves, but you can’t help but love them. This band has meant so much to me and everyone in it. It has grown me into a more out-going person, and has taught everyone so much on leadership and music. So thank you to our band director Chris Caldwell for making all of us be, not only a great band, but a family. I know I, as well as the other seniors, will miss it.”