Ragged Edge celebrates 20 years

October 05, 2003|JENNIFER BRUMMETT

HARRODSBURG - Ragged Edge Community Theater will present pianist Kevin Cole and a variety of vocalists as part of its 20th anniversary celebration Saturday.

"Kevin Cole started coming here about 23 years ago with Mary (Chelf) Jones," says Terry F. White, board of directors president. "He would literally play for his supper. He would play at Beaumont, go to the parlor and play for the house guests. He was musical director for 'Annie Get Your Gun' and 'South Pacific.'

"The last time he was here was for a memorial service for Mary Jones. We've been looking for an excuse to get him back ever since. We originally planned the anniversary celebration for Oct. 18, but that weekend he was playing at a Gershwin festival in California. So, we rearranged our plans to suit his."

Cole performs works from American composers Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Hugh Martin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and Arthur Schwartz. He is considered an authority on Gershwin compositions and performs primarily in the Chicago area.


Cole debuted in July as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony and has performed sold-out engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony.

"Kevin Cole is known nationally as the premier Gershwin interpreter," says Carolyn Mawby, conductor of the University of Michigan-Flint Alumni Choir.

The anniversary celebration is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Anderson, John and Vivian Landrum, Trim Masters Inc., Jean McLean Davis and Carolyn Cole.

The evening will showcase "stars" from musicals presented by the theater in the past 20 years, including Kate Brown, Mark and Frieda Gebert, Kevin Lanham, Martha Robertson, Susan Schricker, Kathy Shewmaker and Kelly Wasson. Musicals highlighted will be "Annie Get Your Gun," "South Pacific," "Oklahoma," "The Fantasticks," "Mame," "The Sound of Music," "The King and I," "Camelot," "The Music Man" and "Kiss Me, Kate."

"Susan Schricker of South Bend was Annie in 'Annie Get Your Gun' and also was in 'South Pacific,'" says White. "It'll be a treat to have her back. She was one of Mary's vocal students. It'll be real nice to have her back."

Over the past 20 years, RECT has moved from a high school gymnasium to its current facility on Main Street.

"I had the pleasure of doing the first play in the theater with Larry Durrell," says White. "The theater wasn't finished. There were folding chairs and the furnace didn't always work just right, but we did 'Greater Tuna.'"

Now, Ragged Edge is looking at an addition to the existing facility. Plans are not finalized, but the augmentation ideally would include dressing rooms, a green room, two bathrooms, storage space, a lift and a loading dock.

The 20th anniversary celebration at Ragged Edge Community Theater will include hors d'oeuvres and beverages, which will be served at 7 p.m. at Anderson Circle Show Barn, 2565 Louisville Road, Harrodsburg. Entertainment will begin at 7:45 p.m.

The cost is $25. Seating is limited. Tickets are available by calling the theater at (859) 734-2389 or e-mailing VISA and MasterCard are accepted.

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