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
"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
LEAD WATCH CHILD: [peering out
from backstage] There is no escaping the
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
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.
Looking Forward to
Local Arts in 2016
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.
Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.
Look for the the Sullivan County Council on the Arts on Facebook!
2016 Fall Art Expo
- 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
- 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
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 sullivanarts.org or phone 570-245-5694 to
reserve tickets. And look for the SCCA on Facebook.
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.
for a PDF application. Questions concerning the Expo should be directed to Helen Day, helenday139 at gmail.com or 570-245-5694.
PS: If this notice has reached a gallery or arts association, please distribute to your membership.
email: info at sullivanarts.org