Monday, September 08, 2014
Hello and welcome to the 2014 – 2015 season at the Fox Theatre in McCook. I would highly recommend a McCook Concert Association Membership for this season. It is one of the best bargains around. Not only do you get 4 great concerts right here in McCook, you get many more concerts by taking advantage of the reciprocity with nearby associations in North Platte, Cozad, and Holyoke, Colorado. To get your membership you can contact the association at 308-340-2592 or me at 308-340-3298. Season memberships will be available now through the first concert on September 27th.
You will also want to see the show “The Guys” coming Thursday September 11th. This show is a tribute to Firemen and Fire Departments everywhere but it is a special tribute to our McCook Department this Thursday at 7 PM. Admission is by free will donation with the donations going to the fire and rescue department.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Wow, it is September and we are off to another exciting season at the Fox. We have a great free event coming on Tuesday September 17th at 1:00 and 7:00 PM. The Lied Center of Lincoln has a cultural outreach program called Arts Across Nebraska. Some of the past offerings have been Susan Werner and Jazz Singer Jackie Allen and her band. This year we are presenting an original play called What The Wind Taught Me by Becky Key Boesen. It is about Ten year old Evan Davis a boy who enjoys looking at the sky through his beloved telescope. A family loss, a fear of storms, and a bully are making life difficult. A tornado and the arrival of a time-traveling teacher help Evan confront his storms and help him to realize that anything is possible with the help of family, love of learning, and a helpful wise teacher. Many area students are attending the 1:00 matinee. The show is offered to the public at no cost to you thanks to the generosity of the Kimmel Foundation. Please put this show on your calendar and plan to attend.
The Fox Theatre Operations and Events Committee announce the cast and crew of its first summer melodrama which will be presented in five performances during the month of June. The first performance is scheduled for Sunday June 9, 2013 at 3:00PM in the Fox Theatre. “The Pony Expresso or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt” is set in a coffee shop in the thriving community of Waterpit, where many people are coming to settle. The community is on edge since many community members have become sick from a mysterious illness that strikes them as they are enjoying the last drop of their favorite coffee.
Cast members for the one hour show are:
Star Bright- Jessica Gonzales, Dee Caff- Kathy Latta, Barb Dwyer- JeriLynn Karr, Buck Brawn- David Sandman, Mayor Rich Coffey- Bryce Osterman, Sugar- Lindi Johnson, Spice- Joseph McCarty, Mo Cabana- Jeremy Blomstedt, Fifi Latte- Elise Kerchal or Chris Messinger, Doc Cappuccino- Logan Hoyt, and Palomino Polly- Emily Karr. We also have some technical support in Sound Effects- Dylan Power and Lighting-Darin Karr. There may also be some surprise guest appearances.
Show director Charles Coleman says, “This is a very talented cast and they have been working very hard to perfect their melodramatic roles for Sunday’s opening performance.” Other performances are scheduled for June 12, 22, 26, and 30, 2013. The $5.00 tickets are only available at the Fox ticket booth one hour before each performance. All proceeds go to the continuing Fox improvement project. The show delivers jokes and puns that will have the audience laughing along with the traditional “Boo’s” for the villain and cheers for the hero. This is a fun-filled show that the whole family can enjoy. The show is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. of Englewood, Colorado.
An exciting thing is going to happen at the Fox Theatre this June. We are going to try offering a melodrama for the summer time enjoyment of the community. The name of the show is “The Pony Expresso…….Or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt.” We will be holding tryouts on Monday May 6 and Wednesday May 8 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM each day in the Fox Theatre. I hope that you might consider auditioning for this show. If not we certainly would appreciate your support by spreading the word and attending the performances. It would be great if we had big enough audiences to keep us going into July. The profits from the show, after the expenses are paid, will go to the continuing renovation project.
Wow, what an exciting pair of April weekends we have just had at the Fox. “Two on Tap” the final concert for McCook Concert Association was a lively evening with Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. Pairing great singing voices with fast moving rhythms in their feet, this couple and their accompanist gave us a great evening of entertainment. The audience was all smiles as they left the show. Then on Sunday, the Oberlin Area Concert Band gave us a very nice afternoon of great music. What a talented group of musicians. Director Neal Russell is a very talented conductor and the combination proved to be a wonderful afternoon of musical enjoyment. Donations from generous concert attendees are going to help finance the remaining renovation projects that still need to be completed at the Fox.
This past Sunday, April 14th we were entertained by the Nebraska Pride Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. Their “fractured fairy tale” show was complete with fairy godmother, a corn wagon in place of a carriage, and a cow to pull it. It was great fun and I hope that you were with us to enjoy it.
I'm Charles Coleman and I currently serve as manager of the Fox Theatre on a volunteer basis. In fact everyone working for the Fox at this time is a volunteer. I am very excited about the launching of our new website created by McBeezWeb of McCook. It is nice to have this updated, interactive site online to go along with all of our other updating and renovation projects at the Fox Theatre. While we are nearing the completion of this phase of the renovation project, there are still more projects that need to be completed to make the facility an entirely updated facility. All of these improvements have been made possible because we have had great support from many people and organizations. It is truly a community based project that garners support from a wide area.
I hope that you will continue your support by attending Fox events, making cash donations, and even volunteering some time for the Fox effort. In the future we hope to publish a wish list of needs to make it possible for you to consider a specific donation if you choose to do so. It is our hope that you will find this site a useful resource for learning how you can make the Fox Theatre work for you, for organizations that you may belong, or as an educational, business, or entertainment resource.