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“The Basket of Flowers” shares a story of faith, love, and forgiveness

Grace Community Bible Church presented performances of “The Basket of Flowers” at the Liz Polley Center for the Performing Arts in Burney on February 9 and 10.

The play is a Lamplighter Theatre adaptation of a children’s story written by the 19th Century Bavarian cleric, teacher, and author,  Christoph Von Schmid. The Burney production was performed by a full cast of sixteen actors under the direction of Deborah Hathaway.

Director Deborah Hathaway presented with a bouquet of flowers

The tale tells the story of a fifteen year old girl named Mary, the daughter of the castle gardener. Her father is a humble pious man who uses the flowers to teach lessons of faith to his daughter. She is befriended by the daughter of the countess. After a visit to the castle, a diamond ring disappears and Mary is accused of stealing it and thrown into prison awaiting trial.

Mary learns she has been accused of stealing the queens ring

When Mary refuses to confess, her father is also arrested. A jealous maid testifies that she saw Mary leaving the castle with the ring and the judge finds her guilty. The penalty for stealing from royalty is death.

Mary’s trial

Thanks to the intercession of the Countess and her daughter, the lives of Mary and her father are spared. However, they are banished for life from the land. For over two years they wander homeless through the woods. When her father takes ill during a storm and lies unconscious under a bridge during a torrential storm, Mary finds a kind couple who takes them in and nurses her father to recovery.

Mary and her father taken in by a kind couple

Eventually, Mary’s aging father dies as Mary reads him verses from the Bible. The couple with whom they stay are no longer able to maintain their farm and turn it over to their son and his wife. The daughter-in-law is a selfish domineering woman who puts Mary out on a cold dark night.

Pastor Winkelman give a short invitation to recevie God’s grace and forgiveness

In the meantime, however, the countess and her daughter have discovered the true cause of the disappearance of the ring. They set off to find Mary and in the end justice and mercy prevail. The faith of Mary’s father is vindicated.

Before the final scene, Pastor Henry Winkelman, who played the judge, gave a short talk about forgiveness with an invitation to receive God’s love and mercy through faith in Jesus.

The tale is told in beautiful language. Through the subplots, human nature, both good and bad is explored. The character development portrayed by the actors was marvelous causing the audience to break into applause after numerous scenes.

The lead character Mary was played by two actors. Young Mary was played by Savannah Niemeir. Older Mary was played by Trisha Niemeir. Her father James was played by Seth Landers. Other cast member were Brian Winkelman, Arden Hathaway, Millie Hathaway, Cierra Niemeir, Breanna Landers, Timothy Landers, Henry Winkelman, Stephen McDermeit, Kendra Hathaway, Zachary Paramo, Luke Niemeir, Brenda Hathaway, and Lydia Winkelman.

The cast

The entire drama was accompanied by a lovely musical score.  Hillary Fahey provided free access to the wardrobe closet at Shasta Community College to provide the actors with their marvelous costumes. More than three dozen people contributed their time and talent working in various production teams to make the performance possible.



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“100 Years of Broadway” at the Mt Burney Theatre

The Fall River Valley Community Choir performed “One Hundred Years of Broadway” at the Mt Burney Theatre on Saturday May 6. Eighteen choir members performed a medley of 50 Broadway hits ranging from the early days of Tin Pan Alley to state-of-the-art contemporary Broadway.

Rev. Bill Myers soloing “If Ever I Would Leave You”

Don Smith directed the choir for the 45 minute review arranged by Mac Huff.

Don Smith directing the choir

Narrator Michael Kerns guided the audience through the history as he introduced each of the six sections of the review.

The performance began with an Opening featuring songs such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Beautiful voices

The Early Years featured music from Tin Pan Alley greats such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

Setting the Standards included some of the all time great hits by Rogers and Hammerstein. The Golden Years featured classics such as “Hello Dolly,” Try to Remember,” and “Seventy Six Trombones.”

Breaking New Ground rocked the hall with Stu Stoore’s soulful interpretation of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Melanie Kerns moved the audience to tears as she sang Memory written for the 1981 musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn.

Stu Stoore doing a solo

The historical journey concluded with State of the Art leading us into the new millennium with rousing songs such as “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” and “Broadway Baby.”

Then the choir concluded with a finale of more classic show tunes.

The Finale

Under the direction of Director Smith, the choir did a masterful mix of choral blending and individual performance. Laura Beyer, Melanie Kerns, Alison Maki, Candee Parker, Michael Martin, Penny Rogers, Lynn Stoore, Maggie Torres, Bill Myers, Stu Stoore, Brian Baddeley, Jean Rogers, and Tom Jones all sang solos.

What a treat! The spirit of Broadway definitely descended. Special thanks to Donna Sylvester, owner of Mt Burney Theatre, for hosting the event.

The Spirit of Broadway descends

The Fall River Valley Community Choir will give another performance of the review on May 7 at Ingram Hall in McArthur at 4 p.m. and a shortened version at the Fall River Library on May 20.

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Open mic at Pit River Casino 6-9 p.m. Thursday Feb 23

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The Pit River Casino will be holding an open mic in the River Rock Grill located inside the casino on Thursday February 23 from 6-9 p.m.

Musicians, singers, drummers and other performers are welcome. Come share your talent.

The casino will continue to hold an open mic on the last Thursday of every month.

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Fall River Valley Community Choir beginning rehearsals for “100 Years of Broadway”

Fall River Valley Community Choir will begin rehearsals for “100 Years of Broadway” on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Rehearsals will be every Thursday evening, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, at the Methodist church in Fall River Mills. Voices in all ranges are welcome and needed.

“100 Years of Broadway” includes tunes from the era of Tin Pan Alley to today’s musicals like Phantom, Cats, Oklahoma, Superstar and others.

Performances are scheduled for the first weekend in May. For more information call Don Smith at 336-6559.

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Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza: A selection of videos

More than eighty people filled Old Merc Pizza in McArthur Friday evening to enjoy three hours of performance and sharing by more that a dozen artists. The evening’s offerings included poetry, song, dance, drumming, Broadway musical, as well as inspirational messages from participants in Stand Against Stigma and Brave Faces.

So much talent! Such diversity! Linda and I were unable to capture all of the dozens of acts, but this playlist has videos will give you a taste of some of the performances.

I hope you enjoy.

Thanks to Marc Dadigan from Stand Against Stigma for organizing the event, Old Merc for hosting, Stu Stoore for and excellent job with the sound, and all those who came to make this a wonderful evening.

Hope is Alive!

PS. There are 12 videos in the playlist. Click on the triple bar in the upper left-hand corner to see a menu listing all of the individual titles.

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Giant Killaz Tour coming to Burney Saturday Jan 14

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Saturday evening January 14 at 7 p.m., the Giant Killaz Tour, will be coming to the Word of Life gym. The event is being cosponsored by WOLA and Four Square Solid Rock churches. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family.

The concert will feature Christian rap music and testimony. The featured artists will be Tony Tubera and Danny Trejo.

The Giant Killaz tour is organized by Kingdom Muzic. There should be a good turnout for the event because people are planning to come from locations in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

For more information call (775) 455-5064

Here is one the promos for the Giant Killaz Tour from last year.


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Hope is Alive 9 Coming to Old Merc Pizza Feb 3

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Another Hope is Alive open mic featuring local musicians, singers, dancers and poets is coming to the Intermountain area. It will be held at the Old Merc Pizza in McArthur starting at 6 p.m. on February 3.

To read more about Hope is Alive see:

Hope is Alive! 6 showcases incredible talent

Open mic brings hope alive in Burney!

Hope is Alive 4 Open Mic to be held at Rex Club Nov. 19

See you there!


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