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Vaudeville DVD!

Yes, we did it!

We made a DVD of the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue!

Recorded by Caitlin Davis!

And you can get a copy!

For only $20!

(All exclamation points free!)

Such a deal!

Send a check or money order to SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore PA 18614!

Simply multiple the number of copies you want by $20 to arrive at the correct figure if you plan to pick up your copies!

Or toss in an extra $2 per copy for shipping and fondling!

Lucky, lucky you!

A Side-Splitting Vaudeville Preview
The Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue - the comedic theatrical arm (and leg) of the Sullivan County Council on the Arts - will make its second (possibly annual) appearance August 27-28 in St. Basil's Hall, Dushore, and also September 1 in the Forksville Fairgrounds grandstand during the Sullivan County Fair.
The question that has filled the air of late: What exactly will this band of raving goofs be performing? Glad you asked. The RHTVRAOTNR, as it is known to its friends, will be reeling off a continuous buffoonacious mix of comic routines and off-key musical numbers. We thought you might like a quick preview of this work-ever-in-progress, so here it is. We call this skit "The Watch Children." You may call it whatever you like. And if your sides are not split after reading this, that's probably all to the good.
"The Watch Children": A one-act salute to signs and sign language.
EMCEE: On my way in today, I decided to stop by to visit my old friend, Methuselah. Just before I reached his house I passed one of those "Watch Children" signs. You see them all the time, so I paid it no particular mind, which was my undoing. For as I turned the corner, there they were: the Watch Children, straining at their leashes, gnashing their fangs and making threatening lunges. Naturally, I backed off, but I was trapped. They broke free, ripped my pants, lacerated my ankles and pummeled my hands with sticky lollipops. I still have the scars. Let me tell you -
a rattle of chains, high-pitched yet guttural shouts and general childish hullaballoo
EMCEE: Good lord, they've found me! Guards! Security! I have to escape! [dashes around madly disoriented]
LEAD WATCH CHILD: [peering out from backstage] There is no escaping the Watch Children.
Emcee leaps off stage and into the audience. The Watch Children, collars and chains hanging from their necks, boil out from backstage, chasing him as he ducks in and out of the rows, pawing and harassing the audience in passing. Miss Marginella runs back and forth in front of the stage, whimpering, then suddenly gets an idea. She reaches into a pot set on the right corner of the stage and fills her pockets, then dashes into the aisle.
MARGINELLA: Treat! Treat! Here, children, treat!
She holds out several fortune cookies. The Watch Children move toward her leerily. She raises her hand above each Child's head in an affectionate half-tease, making them jump to get their snack. She pats them on the head and scritches their ears. They chew the cookies rapidly, scratching themselves and snapping at each other.
MARGINELLA: Good child, good!
Emcee half sneaks around the far side aisle and back to the stage.
EMCEE: Whew, that was close. [calls out] Good thinking, Miss Marginella. But ... how can we get them out of here?
MARGINELLA: [thinking for a moment] I know. Children! I heard an ice cream truck, a BIG one. Go get it!
bell clangs, the Watch Children jump with excitement and lope out the door at a dog-like run
MARGINELLA: They just love to chase cars.
EMCEE: It's a shame when they bite the tires.
MARGINELLA: But they're so cute when they've finished eating their Child Chow and curl up at your feet.

Welcome to the Sullivan County Council on the Arts

Looking Forward to
Local Arts in 2016

The Sullivan County Council on the Arts (SCCA) is an umbrella organization working to foster and preserve the artistic and cultural lives of the residents of Sullivan County, a rural community of small towns, hemlock forests and serenity in the heart of the Endless Mountains.

For a pdf copy of our 2016 brochure, click here.

For an SCCA membership form, click here.

For an Art Expo application, click here.

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Looking Ahead

Return of the Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend
The SCCA is bringing back - and expanding - its major success of last year: the Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend. They've also moved the extravaganza to warmer times, before the chilly winds do blow. Performances will take place at St. Basil's Hall in Dushore.
Nestled into the last weekend of August, the Ultimate Weekend will bring back the Celtic Martins as lead act, and add both unique singer-songwriter Geoff Muldaur and the Martin Sisters swing band. Best of all, it will double the appearances of the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue.
The performance space has been significantly upgraded as well. New stage platforms, twice the height of the old, will bring all the acts (especially the step-dancing of the Martin sisters) up to easy eye level.
Here's the rundown.
August 26, 7 pm: The Celtic Martins will return for their fifth appearance with the Arts Council. Along with father Nelson on guitar and mother Elaine on bass, the Martins include the three fiddling daughters Emily, Melissa, and Christy, brothers Brian, Zach and Alex and inspired drummer Elijah Roeder (Emily's husband). They play traditional tunes, yes, but they range beyond the traditional to make music that's truly their own: The family is the music; the music is the family.
August 27, noon: The Martin Sisters Band will feature the three Martin daughters, backed by bass and guitar, with a repertoire of swing and Western swing, including three-part fiddle and vocal harmonies.
August 27, 7 pm: Geoff Muldaur is unique, which makes him hard to describe, but fellow singer Tom Rush may have said it best: "When he sings you just have to listen. He has a way with a song that makes you wish it would never end. The combination of Geoff's amazing voice and the way he wraps it around a song makes his music irresistible." That voice is quiet but not crooning, often gentle but occasionally laced with raucous humor, based on the blues one minute but traveling off into a personal exploration of alternate reality the next.
In the early '60s, Geoff became a major force with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. During the 1970s, Geoff and wife Maria put out two marvelous albums (Pottery Pie and Sweet Potatoes) of songs sacred and secular, blues and old-timey, new and old. In recent years, Geoff has turned his hand as much to songwriting as to reinterpreting. The most enticing side of his music is that you can't hear the line between the old and the new; they fit together seamlessly.
August 27, 2 pm, and August 28, 7 pm: The Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue will be back with more off-key singing, more incompetent dancing and more jokes that will curdle your sense of humor. It's like Geoff Muldaur in being unlike anything else, taking the old and making it new again, taking the new and dragging it around the stage until it hollers.
Oatley the Mathematical Horse will return, this time to answer audience questions (in translation, with the aid of Miss Houyhnhnm Palomino, Certified Equine Linguisticator); the OK Chorale will perform their latest Fairly Acceptable Ditty; the National Orchestra of Outer Atlantis will ... sorry, we can't reveal that; the Misohungry Chinese Restaurant will dole out misfortune cookies; and no one can possibly predict what vituperation misery-loving Ayhaitcha Gutz will spray across the auditorium.
There will be plenty of heartfelt music as well, headlined by the New Found Sound Barbershop Quartet, who have been performing across the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania for the past forty years. And Mme. I. Ain't Iguana, celebrated lounge lizard, will perform a touching medley accompanied by time-tested patter.
Most of the material will be all new yet staying within the longstanding tradition of a live variety show. As was the case with the predecessor Roving Historical Theater, hard work, honed writing and dedicated direction ensure quality, while the "tweak the devil's toes" humor remains intact.
August 28. 2 pm: The Celtic Martins will hold a free children's workshop that places diminutive fiddles into the youngest hands to teach kids the basics of learning an instrument. Musical experience in no way required - it's for all children of all ages.
Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend: August 26-28 in St. Basil's Hall, Dushore.
Tickets to all major concerts are $10 for adults, $1 for students through high school, pre-school free; a weekend pass to all events is $25. Eemail info at or phone 570-245-5694 to reserve tickets. And look for the SCCA on Facebook.
2016 Fall Art Expo
The SCCA is accepting entries through September 23 for jurying in its annual Fall Art Expo. To simplify the jurying, artists can send photos of their work, either by email or standard mail. There is no fee for jurying, but if the artwork is accepted there will be a $20 entry fee for up to three pieces.
One of the longest-running programs the SCCA has undertaken in its 26-year history, the Art Expo is open to our widest audience of working artists. This notice is being sent to artists throughout the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York, and to galleries in several counties.
At least $1,200 in cash prizes will be awarded, along with the usual People's Choice Award. Categories include painting, drawing, photography and three-dimensional art - basically, anything an artist of quality can produce.
Art Expo at the Forksville Fairgrounds, Rt. 154, Forksville, PA, during the Sullivan County Fall Festival, October 8-9, 10 am-5 pm. Click here for a PDF application. Questions concerning the Expo should be directed to Helen Day, helenday139 at or 570-245-5694.
PS: If this notice has reached a gallery or arts association, please distribute to your membership. 

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