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The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 4

Jadon Gibson

Jezebel Goad, daughter of the Carroll County Clerk, ran to the courtroom when she heard gunfire soon after 8 a.m. on March 14, 1912. The courthouse is in Hillsville, Virginia. She saw her father and recognized immediately that he was in extreme danger. She grabbed his arm and attempted to pull him from the room but he pushed her away and continued shooting.

Jezebel noticed someone was holding the door and preventing members of the jury and others from getting away. She grabbed the individual by the arm and pulled him from the door. Several jurymen quickly scampered through the doorway and escaped. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 4

“The Sword & The Spectre” Murder Mystery Weekend

If you enjoy a good mystery, then check out “The Sword & the Spectre” weekend Aug. 11-13 at General Butler State Resort Park.

This interactive live game of Clue will feature a story about a group of ghost hunters who are actually looking for a valuable sword that once belonged to the park’s namesake, General William Orlando Butler. There’s a murder and a ghost is blamed – or could it be one of the ghost hunters? Continue reading “The Sword & The Spectre” Murder Mystery Weekend

Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society, Quilt Registry

The Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society and the Fayette County Extension Service are sponsoring a Quilt Registry on August 11 & 12, 2017. Local quilts made during the period from 1800 to 1960 will be registered from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on both days at the Extension Office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington, KY 40504.

If you have quilts made within this time frame we encourage you to bring them to this event. The quilts registered will be documented as Fayette County quilts. However, residents of neighboring counties may also bring quilts made during this time period to be registered Continue reading Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society, Quilt Registry

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout Part 3

Jadon Gibson

Floyd Allen went on trial March 13, 1912, for interfering with Carroll County deputies Pinky Samuels and Peter Easter in the performance of their duties.

 Floyd hired David W. Bolen and Walt Tipton to defend him in court. Bolen was a former judge. The two men who he considered his greatest enemies, Commonwealth Attorney William M. Foster and Court Clerk Dexter Goad, were involved in his prosecution. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout Part 3

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 2

Jadon Gibson

Sid and Wesley Edwards were indicted by the Carroll County Virginia Grand Jury for disturbing public worship, a misdemeanor, outside Rev. Garland Allen’s church in May of 1911.They were both in their early twenties. Rev. Allen was their uncle.

The two young men went to the home of their uncle Floyd Allen who had been like a father to them after the death of their own father. Mr. Allen could readily and easily pay the moderate fine but he wanted to look into the matter because the other youths who participated in the ruckus were not charged. He advised Sid and Wesley to cross over into North Carolina.  Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 2

Join Spotlight Acting School Today – Ages 4-11 – Disney’s Cinderella Kids

NO AUDITION required for guaranteed participation.
July 8th, 2:00pm


Cinderella Kids Registration
Child’s Age
Child’s Name



Campus: Berea

Ages: 4 – 11

Performances: Sept. 28 – Oct 1 (Blue Group)
Oct. 5-8 (Purple Group)

Rehearsals: Saturday Mornings from 8:30am – 9:45am (Blue Group)
9:45am – 11:00am (Purple Group)
beginning August 5 (See exact calendar here)

Tuition may be paid weekly, monthly or in full.  Cast shirt is included.  Financial aid and discounts are available. Call 859-986-0423 for assistance.  No child will be turned away, regardless of ability to pay.

– Registration fee $25.00 (not eligible for financial aid)
– Costume rental $30.00 (financial aid may be applied)
– Tuition $195.00 ($12 per session. Financial aid may be applied)

Auditions for leading roles also July 8th 2:00pm

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, sing a solo and learn a dance routine.

Come Celebrate today!

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The end of another season is here, but instead of being sad it is gone, we are happy for having the experience.  Join us as we celebrate our many successes and gather with our friends to look forward to the next exciting season.

Location:  Berea Campus (The Spotlight Playhouse, Churchill’s)

Date: July 8th

Time: 11am-2pm

We will have grills rolling with lots of food, so plan on lunch with us.

Activities for all ages.

Newcomers and guests are welcome.  Shorts tours and informational sessions will be held on a rotating basis for all three hours.

Carol Burnett Show Auditions Tomorrow!

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Listed as the 16th best TV Show of all time, The Carol Burnett Show thrilled audiences for 279 episodes. Carol  Burnett has recently released many of her original skits for licensing and performing.  The Bluegrass Players are excited to perform a collection of these skits in August as the Playhouse’s opening show for the 2017/18 season.

Audition Info:
Who:  Anyone, Age 18+
Where: The Spotlight Playhouse, Churchill’s
When: July 1st, 1:00 pm & July 8th, 10:30 am
Performances: August 25-27 and September 1-2
(Other audition appointments may be arranged.  859-661-0600)

Participants will read from a script and be given an improvisational situation to act out.

 

Berea’s Carillon Concert Series Begins

Berea College’s Summer Series of Carillon Concerts opens with a performance by guest artist Roy Kroesen, carillonneur of the Centralia Carillon (Illinois). The free concert will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm (EST) from the John Courter Carillon at Berea College. Guests unable to attend the concert can watch it live via the livestream link at:

https://livestream.com/accounts/5135608/events/7555784

(Note – if asked for an account, simply create a guest account. There is no fee to watch this event.)

Continue reading Berea’s Carillon Concert Series Begins

Auditions Tomorrow – Kids Say the Darndest Things (Ages 4-6)

Kids Say the Darndest Things
We are looking for some very talkative and imaginative children ages 4-6 for our upcoming production of Kids Say the Darndest Things.  Come out and have fun with us July 8th from 11am-2pm.  Lunch is provided.

The Bluegrass Players

Performances will be Aug 25-27 and Sept 1-2.  Only two rehearsals are required.

Ghost Hunt – American Horror Stories Auditions – Ages 11-18

GhostAuditions July 8th, 3:30pm


American Horror Registration
Oldest Students Age
Students Name(s)



Campus: Berea

Ages: 11-18

Performances: Nov 9-12

Rehearsals: Saturday Afternoons from 1:00pm – 3:00pm beginning August 5 (See exact calendar here)

Tuition may be paid weekly, monthly or in full.  Cast shirt is included.  Financial aid and discounts are available. Call 859-986-0423 for assistance.  No child will be turned away, regardless of ability to pay.

– Registration fee $25.00 (not eligible for financial aid)
– Costume rental $30.00 (financial aid may be applied)
– Tuition $195.00 ($10 per session. Financial aid may be applied)

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, (optional) sing a solo.  This show is not a full musical, but there are some songs.

Charlotte’s Web (Spotlight Players Audition – Ages 18+)

Join the Spotlight Players – Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Troupe for the Fall.  Our first show will be the timeless story, Charlotte’s Web.  Charlotte’s Web in on the required reading list for Kentucky school grades 2 & 3. This delightful musical will perform at the Playhouse on Sept 8-10 then will be available for travel to local elementary schools for daytime performances the following two weeks.  Actors auditioning must have some daytime flexibility.

Audition Info:
Who: Anyone Age 18+
Where: The Spotlight Playhouse
When: Saturday, July 8, 10:00am
(Early auditions can be arranged by appointment 859-661-0600)
Participants will be expected to read and sing a song (if auditioning for a featured singing role).

Charlotte’s Web the Musical was composed by Charles Strouse, whose other works include Annie and Bye Bye Birdie.

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Disney’s Cinderella Kids Registration (Spotlight Acting School – Ages 4-11)

CinderellaNO AUDITION required for guaranteed participation.
July 8th, 2:00pm


Cinderella Kids Registration
Child’s Age
Child’s Name



Campus: Berea

Ages: 4 – 11

Performances: Sept. 28 – Oct 1 (Blue Group)
Oct. 5-8 (Purple Group)

Rehearsals: Saturday Mornings from 8:30am – 9:45am (Blue Group)
9:45am – 11:00am (Purple Group)
beginning August 5 (See exact calendar here)

Tuition may be paid weekly, monthly or in full.  Cast shirt is included.  Financial aid and discounts are available. Call 859-986-0423 for assistance.  No child will be turned away, regardless of ability to pay.

– Registration fee $25.00 (not eligible for financial aid)
– Costume rental $30.00 (financial aid may be applied)
– Tuition $195.00 ($12 per session. Financial aid may be applied)

Auditions for leading roles also July 8th 2:00pm

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, sing a solo and learn a dance routine.

The Bluegrass Players – Carol Burnett Show Auditions

The Bluegrass Players

Listed as the 16th best TV Show of all time, The Carol Burnett Show thrilled audiences for 279 episodes. Carol  Burnett has recently released many of her original skits for licensing and performing.  The Bluegrass Players are excited to perform a collection of these skits in August as the Playhouse’s opening show for the 2017/18 season.

Audition Info:
Who:  Anyone, Age 18+
Where: The Spotlight Playhouse, Churchill’s
When: July 1st, 1:00 pm & July 8th, 10:30 am
Performances: August 25-27 and September 1-2
(Other audition appointments may be arranged.  859-661-0600)

Participants will read from a script and be given an improvisational situation to act out.

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