Destinations & Diversions: On stage, in the show ring, on the river

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The play's the thing, according to good ol' Bill Shakespeare, and you have several opportunities to see thespians, young and old, on stage over the next week:

• Shelbyville Woman's Club will give the final presentation of the play "Good Help Is So Hard To Murder," by Pat Cook, Friday at the Fly Arts Center. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the center section, $8 for the side section. To reserve seats, call 931-684-8359.

The play tells the story of four eccentric Southern belles. The cast includes Charlene Judd, Kay Rose, Connie Crafton, Jan Young, Beverly Speirs, Sara Wood, Ardis Caffey and Nancy Crowell. Nancy Crowell and Billie Crowell are the directors.

• Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions will present "The Third Wave," a play by Joseph Robinette and Ron Jones, on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium. Admission is $3 at the door.

The play is based on co-writer Ron Jones' experience as a first-year history teacher at a Palo Alto, California high school in 1967. He conducted a unique behavioral experiment which taught his students how easily authoritarianism can take root.

• "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be presented by The Webb Company Players on April 27, 28 and 29 on The Webb School chapel stage. The production at 7 each night will feature Middle School and High School students. The play is open to the public. The admission is $10, with tickets sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 931-389-5703. Faculty, staff and students will be admitted at no charge.

All the world's a stage, and here are some other productions you might want to check out:

Walking For Cancer

The Bedford Cancer Foundation will host The Walking For Cancer Horse Show Saturday at Champions Arena on the Celebration grounds. There will be 30 classes. Admission is $5; children under 6 are free. Box seats of six are available for $50. There will be homemade desserts, a silent auction and music. For more information, call Iris Schumann at 931-703-7257 or Pam Ingraham at 615-504-9580.Call Karen Inman at 205-238-1126 to reserve box seats.

Professional Woman's Luncheon

WKRN (Channel 2) Chief Metorologist Danielle Breezy will be the keynote speaker for the 24th annual Professional Woman's Luncheon, presented by WLIJ-AM and WZNG-AM. The event will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26 at the Blue Ribbon Circle.

As usual, four local women will be honored at the event: Professional Woman of the Year, Secretary Of The Year, Volunteer of the Year and Faithful Service Award.

Tickets for the luncheon are $17 each or a reserved table for 8 is $140. Call 684-1514 for tickets.

Music and floating

The Duck River Pawker Float, to benefit the C.G. Freck Foundation, an animal rescue group, will be held Saturday at Float-A-Boat in Wartrace. Kayakers are seen here from a previous year’s Duck River Cleanup.
T-G File Photo by Derrick Hill

An event with live music, barbecue, an auction, and the Duck River Pawker Float will be held Saturday at Float-A-Boat, 205 Blackman Boulevard in Wartrace, to benefit the C.G. Freck Foundation, an animal rescue group. Check in for the river float starts at 9 a.m., with boats in the water by 11 a.m. and out by 2 p.m. A price of $30 includes use of a kayak, lunch and the concert. For the concert alone, there's a $5 cover charge. The concert will include Charles "Rabbit" Lewis from noon until 3 p.m., and the band Buck Wild from 4-7 p.m. An auction will be held at 3 p.m. For more information, call 931-619-6959.

Truck and tractor pull

Bedford County FFA Alumni Association will host its second annual Truck & Tractor Pull 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. Gates open at 5 p.m. The event will have a limited-edition T-shirt, concessions, and more. There will be classes for smoker tractors, diesel and gas trucks, and big rigs. No alcohol is allowed.

Admission is $10, with children under 8 admitted free of charge.

Movies at the library

• Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library will screen "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" at 6 p.m. today. Admission is free. Popcorn and lemonade will be served.

• Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library will screen "Hang 'Em High" Wednesday at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Popcorn and lemonade will be served.

Book signing

Dr. Brenda Rambo will sign copies of her book "Whispers Of The Spirit" from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at New Covenant Christian Bookstore on North Main Street.

Motlow concert

The Motlow State Community College vocal ensemble and community jazz ensemble will perform their annual Spring Concert April 25 and 27 on the Moore County campus in Powers Auditorium located in Eoff Hall.

The Tuesday concert will begin at 12:15 p.m., with the auditorium doors opening at 11:45 a.m. and refreshments begin served at 11:30 a.m. The April 27 concert will begin at 7 p.m., with the auditorium doors opening at 6:15 p.m. and refreshments begin served at 6 p.m. Both concerts are free, but donations are welcome and will go to support the Motlow State music department.

Dr. David Bethea, assistant professor of music at Motlow and music director of the concerts, is proud of his students' hard work and appreciates the support of the Motlow family. "We're hoping, as usual, for a big turnout from the community, faculty, staff, and students," said Bethea. "The spring concert is a great way to end the semester."

The vocal ensemble includes Motlow State students Aaron Gaines, Renaecker Alexander, Kimberly Berry, Jachlynne Dobbs, Alyssa Domina, Morgan Drake, Ethan Duke, Beth Dye, Mary Edwards, Christina Fulkerson, Marry Gibbons, Thomas Heath, Michael Higdon, Trevor Ivey-Bodman, Carah Rigsby, Elizabeth Stambaugh, Grabrielle Vazquez, Joshlynne Williams, Emily Yardumian, and Jacqueline Zebick.

The community jazz ensemble includes Motlow State students Laura Barnes, Ethan Drake, Michael Higdon, Patrick Phongsa, Brady Solis and Emily Yardumian. Local musicians include Vickie Collingsworth, John Cook, Kyle Copeland, Jason Gospodarek, Jon Hand, Amelia Honea, and Charlie Vining.

The auditorium has limited seating and fills quickly, so reservations are highly recommended. Those with a reservation will have their name checked at the door, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Those without a reservation will have to wait until all those with a reservation have been seated or until the concert begins.

To make a reservation, please contact Bobby Spratlin, secretary for the Moore County Dean, at bspratlin@mscc.edu or 931-393-1700, or stop by her office in Room 215 inside Simon Hall.

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham Camp 72 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet Tuesday at the Oak Restaurant in Manchester. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with the meeting at 7. The speaker will be Richard Dix, discussing the first battle of Chattanooga.

Meetings are open to the public. For more information, go to http://www.tennessee-scv.org/camp72/.

MTSU dance performance

Middle Tennessee State University's dance students, faculty and guest artists are celebrating a fresh new season at the annual Spring Dance Concert, which is set tonight through Saturday in the university's Tucker Theatre.

Performances begin at 7 each evening. General-admission tickets for the Spring Dance Concert are $10 for adults and $5 for K-12 students and MTSU staff. MTSU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID.

This year's Spring Dance Concert will once again highlight original choreographic works from MTSU dance faculty and selected students and from guest artist Banning Bouldin, an internationally recognized choreographer and artistic director of the Nashville-based New Dialect company, who visited the MTSU Dance Program in March.

The event also will feature pieces that display the scope of MTSU's dance training and the talents of the university's dance faculty in contemporary ballet, jazz and modern dance.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.mtsuarts.com or at the door. The Tucker Theatre Box Office will open one hour before each performance for ticket purchases.

A searchable campus map with parking details is available at http:/tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

For more information about the 2017 Spring Dance Concert, go to the MTSU Dance Theatre website at http://mtsu.edu/dance or call 615-494-8810.

Homelessness documentary

Chakri Deverapalli, director of information systems for the University of Alabama at Huntsville, was a class member for Leadership Huntsville Madison County. In December, class members did a project to bring awareness to homelessness in Madison County. Deverapalli and a friend lived on the streets for four days and four nights, documenting the experience. The documentary, "Homeless In Huntsville," will be shown 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Redstone Federal Credit Union atrium on Wynn Drive in Huntsville. The screening is free and open to the public.