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Franklin Park Offers Two Ways To Celebrate Chinese New Year

February 15, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Offers Two Ways To Celebrate Chinese New Year
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The Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville will offer programs to celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 17 and February 20.

The Mad Cap Puppets will perform Under the Bonsai Tree on Wednesday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. When it’s time for Ko, a little beetle, to say goodbye to the safety and comfort under the bonsai, he must confront his fears of leaving the only home he has ever known. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. … Continue Reading

The Lion King Comes to Loudoun

February 3, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Lion King Comes to Loudoun
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The Lion King roars into Purcellville on February 26. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Simba become king of the jungle on the stage at Blue Ridge Middle School. The Blue Ridge drama department, under the direction of Dolly Stevens, has once again created an incredible, fantasy-filled production full of characters, songs and all of the Disney magic that accompanies this timeless tale.

Blue Ridge is the first middle school in Loudoun County to perform The Lion King, Jr. Dolly Stevens, professional actor/director, has run the after-school drama program at BRMS for the past eight years. She teaches acting and musical theatre classes and directs the annual school musical. Stevens also maintains an active performing life as well as a private instruction studio in voice and acting – The Spotlight Studio for Musical Theatre. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Centre Theatre Brings Hairspray to Franklin Park Arts Center

February 3, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Uncategorized Comments Off on Loudoun Centre Theatre Brings Hairspray to Franklin Park Arts Center
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Join Tracy Turnblad as she turns her passion for dancing into a spot on the local TV dance program. Transformed into an overnight teen celebrity, Tracy teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration and fair play. Watch as a larger-than-life adolescent sings and dances her way to her true love – all without denting her do.

Actors from throughout Northern Virginia will perform this eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Weekend matinees and evening performances will be February 5 – 13 at Franklin Park Arts Center (36441 Blueridge View Ln. Purcellville, VA 20132). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelct.org.

For more information, visit www.thelct.org or e-mail info@thelct.org.

Lucketts Concert Series Plays On

December 7, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lucketts Concert Series Plays On
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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. featuring Wendy Miller and Country Grass. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Christmas and New Year’s Eve Events

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Christmas and New Year’s Eve Events
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Holiday-related events dominate the December schedule at Franklin Part in Purcellville. A one-man performance of A Christmas Carol will be offered on Friday, December 18, a holiday sing-along is scheduled on the following day and a New Year’s Eve celebration is planned for Thursday, December 31. On Sunday, December 6, the park will be offering music from the Civil War, and a ?comedy improvisation event is slated for Saturday, December 26.

The Albuquer que Journal writes: “John Hardy’s one-man version of A Christmas Carol… a stunning work of theatrical virtuosity. Run to see this; take the whole family. You will be transfixed from the first moment…. This play brings the story to life…. I’ve seen this story many times but never like this… it will be as if you are seeing it for the first time.” The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.
The Loudoun and Fairfax Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society, along with the Chorus of the Old Dominion, the Fairfax Jubilaires and chapter quartets will perform classic holiday favorites at the holiday sing-along on Saturday, December 19. Hot chocolate and Apple cider will be served at intermission. There are shows at 2:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; the cost for seniors, students and those in the military is $12; kids of age 10 and under are free. Please call 540-338-7973 to reserve tickets. … Continue Reading

Award-Winning Valley Players Bring “A Christmas Carol” To Purcellville

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Award-Winning Valley Players Bring “A Christmas Carol” To Purcellville
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Nothing quite makes the Christmas season feel complete more than watching “A Christmas Carol.” And this year, the award-winning Loudon Valley High School Players will be performing this timeless holiday classic on December 4, 5 and 6.

“A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories,” said Valley’s drama director, Russ Staggs. “Its message is universal, its characters relatable, and it is relevant even today.”

Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” as a novella in 1843, and since then it’s been made into numerous movies, performed on countless stages, and has created iconic characters like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, as well as memorable lines like, “God bless us, every one!”

Like any classic, it’s always a joy to see it performed again, and actors continue to find new ways to portray the story’s memorable characters. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players
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Come join the Loudoun Valley High School Theatre for the time-honored classic “A Christmas Carol.” Journey with Ebeneezer Scrooge as he rediscovers the true spirit of Christmas. Come ready to laugh, cry, and join in the fun on December 3, 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m., and December 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and will be sold at the door. Don’t be a hum-bug – come out to Valley Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol!”

Piano 2 Go: Lessons and Entertainment To Go

September 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Piano 2 Go: Lessons and Entertainment To Go
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Sometimes, experimentation is necessary to refine one’s business vision. Exploring new avenues brings clarity to one’s purpose. That is exactly what Purcellville piano-teacher and composer Jennifer Warren-Baker did in 2014. She had been selected as the resident pianist for Salamander Resort & Spa’s opening year, and her wedding and party piano business seemed to be booming. She was playing three to four nights per week at venues such as Salamander, The Masonic Temple in Alexandria, The Organization of American States, and The National Press Club. She also played in private homes for parties. Weekend gigs offered her the opportunity to be home with her children on weekdays. Jennifer took her gigging success as a cue to take a break from teaching, but as time went on, there was a void. She didn’t want to admit that she missed teaching, but she did. … Continue Reading

Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, and Liberalism

August 7, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, and Liberalism

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If there was anything that you might have thought was immune from the ever-increasing aggressiveness of the American left, you might think of the dinosaurs. Unfortunately this is not the case. Liberalism has stained dinosaurs just as it has stained so many other aspects of American life.

One recent example of this was the attacks on the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum for accepting money from David H. Koch in order to fund a much needed renovation of the Smithsonian’s dinosaur hall in turn for the new hall being named after him. Koch’s money (about $35 million) will transform the fossil wing of the museum from a poorly lighted space with mopey-looking dinosaurs dragging their tails around the floor to a much more vibrant, well-lit space. Despite this, a group of scientists developed a petition to the museum, urging them to retract their support from Koch, describing him and his brother as “those who profit from fossil fuels or fund lobby groups that misrepresent climate science.” … Continue Reading

Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

June 18, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
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Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to audition for the show,” explains Jeffrey Taylor, Loudoun Centre Theatre’s executive director. “We couldn’t be happier with the degree of talent that has come together. It is turning out to be quite an amazing experience.”

The kids will sing and dance as Ariel, Flounder, and other characters in this abbreviated version of the classic movie-turned-stage production. Matinees and evening performances will be on July 24 and 25 at Franklin Park Arts Center (36441 Blueridge View Ln. Purcellville). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelct.org.

About Loudoun Centre Theatre
Loudoun Centre Theatre is a 501c3 Non-profit Loudoun County-based theatre organization dedicated to delivering excellent live theatre and providing arts education through its Academy for the Arts.

For more information, visit www.thelct.org, email info@thelct.org, or contact the theatre at 540-514-3332.

June Middleburg Concert Highlights Nationally Renowned Tenor

May 25, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on June Middleburg Concert Highlights Nationally Renowned Tenor
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During the very successful inaugural concert of the Middleburg Concert Series in March the audience rose twice during the performance for standing ovations. One audience member remarked that it was thrilling to enjoy Kennedy Center level talent without fighting traffic on I66 or purchasing expensive tickets.

On Sunday, June 14, at 4:00 p.m., the Concert Series again returns to the sanctuary of the Middleburg United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Washington and Pendleton Streets, to present a journey through vocal chamber music. The goal of the Middleburg Concert Series is to provide an opportunity for area residents and visitors to enjoy virtuoso performances and to foster a love for the arts in historic Middleburg. … Continue Reading

Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park

April 10, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park
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Spring arrives to Franklin Park Arts Center with Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy for all ages. By staging this retelling of The Princess and the Pea, Main Street Theater contrasts its fall production of Oliver! With its colorful set, funny plot twists, quirky characters and fantastic costuming, this production is the perfect exclamation point to end the season.

From the moment the show opens, theater goers find themselves in the middle of a fairy tale they won’t want to leave. Winifred’s ironically hilarious song “Shy” as sung by Abby McDonough will bring the house down in the first few minutes of the show. But not to be outdone is Prince Dauntless (Matt Curtis) spelling out his love for Winnifred, better known as F-R-E-D in the robust and hilarious drinking song. Perhaps what is most amusing is that Matt Curtis, who has just become a daddy in real life, plays a prince who has never really grown up. Dressed in a bib, footie pajamas and reigning in a regal high chair, what a difference from Fagin, the wily thief, in Oliver!

The second romance is between Lancelot-like Knight Harry (Justin Mohay) who has more than wooed Larkin. As Harry, Mohay is hilarious especially since this knight’s armor is anything but shining. As Lady Larkin, Alie Campbell displays her versatility in the female ingénue role. Mohay and Campbell’s duet of “In a Little While” and “Yesterday I Loved You” are beautifully melodic and show off their vocal skills.

The Jester (Zoe Lucas) brings a quirkly intelligence to the role as she interprets for the muted and spell-bound King (Will Stewart). Queen Aggravain (Beth Jacobsohn) as the overbearing mother mows down Dauntless as well as the entire audience, until Winnifred arrives. Jacobsohn shows anything but “Sensitivity” as she belts all the way to the ball fields of Franklin Park.

With a kingdom cast in Crayola colors, songs equally as bright and cheerful, fifteen princesses from all over the world accompanied by knights in shining armor, Director Karlah Louis offers up a family-friendly feast fit for a king. And if (borrowing the title of Fred’s song), you don’t find yourself “Happily Ever After,” it’s your own fault!

Show Dates: April 24-26 and May 1-3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2pm.
Ticket Prices: Student/Senior 65 and older $20. Adults: $23.
Website: mainstreettheaterproductions.org with direct online ticket link at ShowTix4U.com (Search Main Street Theater – Mattress)

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Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School

April 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School
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– By Kimberly Rinehart

The award-winning Loudoun Valley Viking Players will perform the hugely popular Shrek: The Musical at Loudoun Valley High School over two weekends in April.

The family-friendly musical tells the hilarious story of the lovable ogre, Shrek, and his quest to rescue Princess Fiona and bring her to Duloc to be married to the pint-sized Lord Farquaad.

“Shrek has a great message,” said Christian Jost, who plays Shrek. “The show teaches kids to be comfortable in their own skin. Self-esteem is a big struggle for kids and I think that few other productions deal with this subject in a positive way. Rather than having the beautiful princess marry the handsome prince, this story shows that no matter what you look like or how you act, there can be a happy ending for everyone.”

“It’s a fairy tale with a twist,” added Lauren Harris, who plays the Dragon. “The music is great and the show is incredibly well cast.”

The production is the collaboration of more than 100 students, teachers, parents and volunteers throughout the community.

“This is by far the most elaborate show I have ever been part of in terms of sets and costumes,” said Matt Merline, who plays Lord Farquaad. “The cast is so funny and positive, and I think this really enhances the performances.”

Theater Director William “Russ” Staggs, who directed the musical, said that, “this experience has been truly inspiring.”

“The hard work everyone has brought to the process makes this one of the strongest musical theatre pieces I’ve had the honor to be part of. From top to bottom, this is a must-see show,” he said.

Shrek: The Musical will be performed in the Loudoun Valley High School auditorium. Showtimes are:

Friday April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m.;
Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door or online at ?www.lvhsvikingplayers.ticketleap.com/shrek/.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Last Ham Comedy Improv: April FOOLS SHOW

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West Loudoun County Methodist Stop Hunger Now

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Praise Concert

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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