2012 Santa Express Sells Out!

2012 Santa Express Sells Out!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Annual Events, News | 0 comments

As printed in the North Vernon Plain Dealer on November 14, 2012Article by Bryce Mayer The bad news for youngsters and adults who want to ride the Santa Express passenger train in North Vernon on Saturday is that tickets for all seven rides are sold out. The good news is that standby seating may be available. “All (850) tickets have been gone for nearly a week,” said Bill Reichen­bach of the Park Theatre Civic Centre, which cosponsors the event with the Madison Railroad. “But there always are some people who don’t show up and the railroad will do what it can to find room for people who show up. People can still come to see the movie (‘The Polar Express’) and enjoy the day.” The seventh annual event involves short train trips, each about 30 minutes, from in front of the Park Theatre to Vernon and back. Tickets are $2 apiece. “This is our Christmas gift to the community,” said Cathy Hale, Madison Rail­road CEO. “All the ticket money goes to charity, too. It’s a good time for all.” The Santa Express train will include the Madison Railroad’s 50-passenger coach car and 30-passenger caboose along with a 40-passenger car provided by Roger Fueh­ring of F&M Car and Locomotive in Atlanta, Ind. The Madison Railroad crew volunteers its time to man the train for the special rides. “It’s amazing,” Reich­enbach said. “People love riding the train and many of them come a long distance to do so. It’s the start of the Christmas season, too, which also gets them fired up.” Santa Claus will accompany the passengers on each ride as will conductor Tom Taylor, who will punch tickets and lead the singing of Christmas carols. In conjunction with the Santa Express train rides, the Park Theatre will be showing the classic holiday movie “The Polar Express” this weekend: 7 p.m. Fri­day, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Chil­dren wearing pajamas will be admitted to the movie free. Adult tickets for the movie are $2 apiece. For more information, contact the Park Theatre, 25 N. Madison Ave., telephone 346-0330 or 346-4329, website...

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JC Players Announce 2012-13 Season

JC Players Announce 2012-13 Season

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Jennings County Players, News | 0 comments

As printed in the North Vernon Plain Dealer on June 26, 2012 The Jennings County Players have announced details of the 2012-13 theater season that will start soon. The first production of the season will be Sept. 21, 22 and 23 as the Players romp into the farcical production “Playing Doctor” directed by newcomer Mich Callahan. “We are excited to welcome Mich into our family and do look forward to working with him this season,” said Judy Worrell, the Players’ executive director. Auditions for “Playing Doctor” are set for July 16 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. both days at the Park Theatre. The Christmas season will be brightened by a visit to “Santa’s Christmas Tree” on Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Park Theatre. The season will end with a much anticipated reprise of “Always Patsy Cline” on March 1, 2 and 3 with special commemorative performance on Tuesday, March 5, the actual anniversary of her death. Proceeds from the March 5 special performance will be donated to a local charity to be announced. Meanwhile, the 2012 annual Jenny Awards Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Jennings County Public Library. The meal will be catered by Brenda Hughes. Awards will be presented to those who were involved in the 2011-12 season’s performances. Tickets are $10 for non-members. To reserve tickets contact Worrell at 812-346-7803, 812-592-3641 or judyworrell@harmonconstruction.com. New membership outreach and renewals are now underway. Players membership forms are available at the Park Theatre Civic Centre box office. Memberships make great gifts also, Worrell noted. “Again we can’t thank people enough for their support of local theater and we hope this season will leave them wanting more and more to come,” Worrell said. “Be sure and get your tickets for our upcoming productions early. If you find you cannot use your tickets, make them a gift to someone else so we can share our talents.” Park Theatre box office hours are Tuesday and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Telephone the Park Theatre box office at 346-0330 or 346-4329 or go to park-theatre.com. Watch for reminders and the Plain Dealer and Sun for dates of ticket availability. “We are looking forward to another great season of entertainment in Jennings County and we are pleased to share it with you,” Worrell...

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‘Tom Sawyer’ takes audiences on wonderful trip down Ole Man River

‘Tom Sawyer’ takes audiences on wonderful trip down Ole Man River

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Jennings County Players, News | 0 comments

As printed in the North Vernon Plain Dealer on May 23, 2012 Article by Bryce Mayer With a cast of 32 and scenes totaling 22, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was one of the most ambitious productions in years for the Jennings County Players. The talented cast and crew pulled it all off beautifully last weekend with a thoroughly entertaining play that left big smiles on audience’s faces. So captivating was the performance and story that being in the Park Theatre felt like being on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Craig Walls brought a full range of emotions in his portrayal as Tom Sawyer. He was funny, sad, scared, happy-go-lucky, forlorn and deadly serious, all in the span of two hours. Rambunctious, scruffy and yet endearing, Matt Frick was perfectly cast as Huckleberry Finn, Tom’s partner in crime. Frick played his role to the hilt, making the audience members want to kick off their shoes and go barefoot, too. No one on the stage was more convincing than Joe Ammerman as Mark Twain, the famous riverboat captain turned author, who also served as the play’s narrator. In addition to Ammerman’s impressive showing, his hair, a wig, was impressive, but not nearly as much as his moustache, which was all natural. Jennifer Morris brought the sometimes overbearing Aunt Polly to life in uproarious fashion. Her real-life daughter, Rachel Morris, wonderfully portrayed Aunt Polly’s daughter Sidney, Tom’s bratty nemesis. As Tom’s girlfriend Becky Thatcher, Katie White brought considerable to the part with charm, grace, humor and fear, which aren’t easy to convey on stage. No bad guy has been better presented than Injun Joe as brought to full frightening proportions by Matt Staples. Staples keeps getting better and better in each successive role and is a great “find” for the community theater group. Another Players veteran, Paul Fox, brought comic relief and pathos in his role as Muff Potter. Also a seasoned performer, Bethany Mahl, was hilariously delightful as teacher Miss Dobbins. Wanda Wright, Tom Tay­lor and Stan Cool brought their acting experience to their adult parts in high style as well. So did Erin Moore and Mandy Cunningham. And newcomers Charlie Foga and Mark Sorrels were outstanding in their dual roles. It was the kids, though, who stole the show. John Williams, CJ Taylor, Brian Knighton, Daphne Ammer­man, Luke Cofer, Daniel Ford, Felicia Knighton, Morgan Lane, William Stark, Joe Kelley, Stepha­nie Lewis, Emily Walls, Kathryn Tuttle, Morgan Jackson and Aby Tuttle were all outstanding. The JCHS Fiddlers of musicians Caleb Smith, Harrison Randall, Jacob Doty, Shania Simpson and Garrett Smith added substantially to the flavor. The special effects were noteworthy, too, with several dream sequences and cave scenes that were extremely well executed. Kudos to the stage design and lighting as well. This was a high quality production. Director Erin Moore and producer...

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Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn to arrive in NV for show at Park Theatre

Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn to arrive in NV for show at Park Theatre

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Jennings County Players, News | 0 comments

As printed in the North Vernon Plain Dealer on May 2, 2012 Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are coming to North Vernon later this month, bringing a touch of the mighty Mississippi River to the Park Theatre Civic Centre. The Jennings County Players will present “The Adventures of Tom Saw­yer” on May 18, 19 and 20 at the downtown landmark. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. for the first two presentations with a 3 p.m. matinee for the final show. Tom Sawyer will be played by Craig Walls, Huck Finn by Matt Frick, Mark Twain by Joe Ammerman, Aunt Polly by Jennifer Morris, Injun Joe by Matt Staples and Becky Thatcher by Katie White. The play is being directed by Erin Moore and assisted by Diana Earl. Audiences will be carried back to the late 800s and into the town of St. Petersburg, Mo., on the Mississippi. There is trouble coming for Tom, Huck and their friends, though, in this stage adaption of Twain’s widely acclaimed literary masterpiece. To find out what happens, come see the play. Tickets are now on sale in advance at $6 for adults and $3 for students at the Park Theatre box office. At the door, tickets will be $8. Contact the Park Theatre: 25 N. Madison Ave. 346-0330...

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Park Theatre “Star” Sam Bush Returns for Concert November 10

Park Theatre “Star” Sam Bush Returns for Concert November 10

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in News | 0 comments

As printed in the North Vernon Plain Dealer on October 31, 2012 A few tickets remain for the Sam Bush and Band concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Park Theater Civic Centre. Tickets are $30 apiece and on sale at the Park Theatre box office, telephone 346-0330 or 346-4329. More information is also on the website park-theatre.com. Bush, an acclaimed mandolin player, guitarist, fiddle player and vocalist formerly with New Grass Revival, has been in concert four times before at the Park Theatre, filling the music hall with fans of his eclectic style on each occasion. He is a bluegrass musician influenced by the likes of Bill Monroe and Jethro Burns, but he transcends that genre by including elements of rock, jazz and blues in his music. When Bush last played at the Park Theatre, in 2010, he was honored with the unveiling of a star in the cement in front of the downtown landmark that reads: “Sam Bush: The Father of Newgrass Music.” Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Associa­tion and the International Bluegrass Music Associa­tion. Contact the Park Theatre: 25 N. Madison Ave. 346-0330...

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2012 Free Family Film Festival Movies Announced

2012 Free Family Film Festival Movies Announced

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Annual Events, Family Film Festival, Featured Event, News | 0 comments

This Summer, the always popular Annual Free Family Film Festival returns to the Park Theatre in North Vernon. The movies play every Wednesday from June 6 – August 1 at 10:00am and 2:00pm.The movies are completely free, thanks to the generous sponsors in and around the North Vernon area. June 6 – Hop June 13 – Kung Fu Panda 2 June 20 – Zookeeper June 27 – The Smurfs July 4 – Happy Feet Two July 11 – Puss In Boots July 18 – Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked July 25 – Arthur Christmas August 1 – SURPRISE MOVIE (Stay tuned to our website and Facebook for the announcement)...

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