Tuesday, April 17, 2012

press release: The Iowa Goatsinger's Vernal Weekend Celebration

April 27 through April 29

MOUNT VERNON – Goatsinger Productions is announcing its weekend celebration of Spring with The Iowa Goatsinger's Vernal Weekend to take place beginning Friday evening April 27 and ending Sunday morning April 29.  It features a variety of area performers, musicians, and the work of a handful of local writers.

The weekend will begin Friday evening at 7:30 pm with a staged reading of a new play, Song for Orpheus, a modern re-telling of the ancient Greek myth, as well as a showcase of songs written by Corridor songwriters Sam Knutson, Milk & Eggs, and Josh Woosley.

The Goatsinger Show, Mount Vernon's own monthly modern vaudeville show, taking place on Saturday night at 7:30 pm, is subtitled, "Gethsemane."  It features music performances by Daniel Kelchen of Lisbon, Marty Christensen of Mount Vernon, and guest-artist Bryan Carmody from Chicago, with sketches and monologues written by Amy White of Mount Vernon and other members of the Black Doggers Playwright Group. 

Sunday morning at 11 am is The Iowa Goatsinger Gospel Hour.  Sunday will be a lecture on stories of legendary or mythic characters whose stories end in a brave death, a resurrection, and a possible ascension.  In addition, Carmody, along with Cedar Rapids vocalist Kimberli Maloy, will be singing and leading  singalongs to American spirituals and gospel songs.

"Spring is important," says Moran.  " I think it should be celebrated with a bit of pomp and circumstance."

All events for the weekend will take place, with much thanks to Rick and Trude Elliott, at the Uptown Theatre in Mount Vernon's First Street Community Center, 221 1st Street East, Mount Vernon.

Weekend Schedule:
Song for Orpheus - Staged Reading - Friday (7:30 pm)
The Goatsinger Show: Gethsemane – Variety Show – Saturday (7:30 pm)

The Iowa Goatsinger's Gospel Hour
 – Music and Readings – Sunday (11:00 am)