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September 17, 2014

Artists in Action: Spring events highlight music, history of the South

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Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:25 am

It’s the songs that are remembered after the production or event is over, it’s been said. Voices of the South, the chorus that won first prize in Anniston’s Got Talent last July, will get a chance to prove this true again with a program of timeless favorites March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Pell City Center.

Meanwhile, more contemporary songs are being rehearsed for CAST’s next musical, “9 to 5,” opening April 24 at McClellan Theatre.

Shifting gears to regional history, Tuesday at 5 p.m. visit the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County to hear a talk on regional Native American archeological sites at the Calhoun County Historical Society meeting. Monty Clendenin, former pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, will give a presentation titled “The Pilgrims Did Not Discover America.”

Barbershop chorus enjoys singing and brotherhood

How does a new man in town instantly make friends? By joining a barbershop chorus, according to Ken Hatton, director of the 25-member Voices of the South. Since moving to Vestavia a little more than a year ago, Hatton has found kindred spirits in the men of Voices.

“We are from all walks in life but we agree on a lot of things, especially our mission,” Hatton said. “We work for vocal excellence and growth. But our main goal is to make people happy with song.”

The group should do just that with a line-up of “Tennessee Waltz” by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, “That’s How the Yodel Was Born” by Riders in the Sky lead singer Doug Green, a medley from the musical comedy “Paint Your Wagon,” and more.

The concert is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. at the Pell City Center with an ice cream social preceding the program at 1:30 p.m.

Voices member Tony Ivey from Anniston is minister of music at a local church and has been seen in CAST’s “Guys and Dolls” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Ivey was an original member of the Jacksonville Show Choir and an alumni of the Marching Southerners.

Tickets to the concert are $15 per person. For more information call 205-338-1974, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Or visit online at pellcitycenter.com.

Singers interested in joining the group can call 205-252-7464.

Pastor discusses local Native American sites

Just as Voices of the South preserves the barbershop style, the Rev. Clendenin is preserving Alabama Native American history by sharing his knowledge on the first Americans’ culture. His interest in Indian artifacts began at age 16 when he discovered an arrowhead in a canyon that was once an Apache camp near his home in west Texas.

“I thought, ‘A kid my age could have made this tool for his survival 500 years ago,’” Clendenin recalled. That sense of connection has led him through an active study of archeology along with his theological studies and pastorates. As designated supply pastor, he continues to preach at Leyden Hill Presbyterian Chapel and First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville.

Clendenin will focus on the Native American archaeological areas in our region, including the Snake Effigy site on Skeleton Mountain. The Snake Effigy is a 165-foot, Pre-Columbian rock formation south of McClellan. He has been active in preservation efforts for the Oxford Exchange mound site, Davis Farm Village and Temple Mount in the center of the proposed Oxford softball complex. Since 1999 he has worked with Harry Holstein of Jacksonville State University’s archeology department on several digs.

The fields of archeology and biblical history intertwine, he said. “Often, the discoveries validate the biblical account.”

‘9 to 5’ needs more dancers, singers

The cast of “9 to 5” is rehearsing in the theater’s new space, the former Water Works building in Anniston, where all set construction materials, costumes and props have been relocated. In a cast of 21, the principal roles will be played by Cindy Cater as Violet, Tonya Yarborough as Doralee, Lisa Wade as Judy, Mike Tyson as Franklin Hart, Debby Mathews as Roz and Phillip Krosner as Joe. Dancers and singers interested in auditioning should call 256-820-2278.

Needed for loan for the show are wig holders, a lava lamp and a bean bag chair. And for their new space, CAST workers need a stove, microwave oven, refrigerator and clothes hangers with wooden handles.

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