today’s news … Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today… “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” – John Adams

  • Beginning on Saturday, this week, the Historic Columbia Market House will be open Saturdays, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Ryan M. Moore graduated summa cum laude in May from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law. He also received the David Adamany Award for excellence in the study of constitutional law and the Jerry Zaslow Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement and overall contribution to the law school community. A 2004 graduate of Columbia High School, he is the son of Martin and Jane Moore of Columbia.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era

REVIEW: It’s the very rare theatre experience that fully can bring the audience into the production. At the Susquehanna Stage Company‘s production of “1776” last night, the company of performers, orchestra members and production support staff did exactly that. The audience experienced the sweltering temperature that the delegation to the second Continental Congress endured in those days in June of 1776.

“It had been a hot spell in Philadelphia.  Jefferson records that on his way to what is now known as Independence Hall, he stopped to look at a thermometer.  Even in the early morning, it was already 80 degrees and rising.  Inside the hall, which was all closed up to avoid the heated debate being heard in the streets outside, some have estimated the temperatures at 100 degrees.  In the humid, bug infested convention, (there was a livery stable next door), the temperature was not the only thing rising.” (SOURCE: Whiskeyandgunpowder.com)

Though on that historic day of endorsement of the Declaration of Independence, the temperatures moderated – “Compared to modern temperature records, the 1776 high temperature of about 76 degrees is nine degrees cooler than the 85 degree normal the city of Brotherly Love experiences.” (SOURCE: Weather Bug)

Yet last night in Marietta, this remarkable crew managed to produce an outstanding theatre experience that was shared by a full-house of theatre-goers fluttering their hand fans throughout the evening. It created a masterful “you are there” sharing of the conditions and environment the founding fathers of this great nation did.

The fan-fluttering was also practiced by many of the actors recreating the roles of the Continental Congress; the accomplished orchestra assembled in the “orchestra balcony” could, though, get little respite from the heat with hand fans as their talents generated an evening of musical accompaniment.

Go see this show! This is an excellent theatre production with strong performances by a superb cast assembled. The costumes and stage settings were quite impressive. The box office staff, ushers and other volunteers added genuine glee to this theatre event. Kudos to everyone involved in this small-town magical event. “1776” plays through Sunday with this slate of performances:

Thursday, July 5   8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 6   8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 7   2:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 7   8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 8   2:00 p.m.

Marietta, is in the planning and execution of Celebration of the Bicentennial of Historic Marietta, and this production was a wonderful addition to the calendar of events the folks there are working on.

“1776” continues through Sunday at Susquehanna Stage Co., 264 West Market Street, Marietta, $15, 426-1277.

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