The Exponent
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Drama of a cutthroat power struggle
Fairmont State University to present ‘Farmers Market the Musical’ June 28-30, July 4-6
by Jim Davis
FAIRMONT — Behind-the-farmstand power
struggles take center stage when Fairmont State University’s Town
and Gown Summer Theatre
presents the world premiere of “Farmers Market
the Musical.”
The troupe of Fairmont
State theater faculty and
students and amateur actors
from the community
will perform the
musical June
28-30 and July
4-6 at the
Prickett’s Fort
State Park
star t at 8
“This has
gold all over it,” Director Jeffrey
Ingman said of the play. “It has a
ton of potential.”
The musical is about a young vendor’s
attempts to sell her baked goods and homemade marshmallows at a farmers market.
The vendor, Marsha, finds herself in a power
struggle with Mr. Buffalo and his cronies,
who rule the market with an iron fist.
The vendors join forces to form a new
market and bring produce to the people.
“Farmers Market” is loosely based on
scriptwriter Katie Kring’s experiences tr ying
to sell goods at a farmers market in Missouri, Ingman said.
“I never thought there could be so much
drama in a farmers market, but apparently
there is,” Ingman said.
Kring and Rob Har tmann, who composed
the score, adapted the musical to take
place in West Virginia, he said.
Har tmann’s score includes bluegrass,
countr y, folk and contemporar y gospel numbers, Ingman said.
“The music is stunning,” Ingman said.
The 37-member cast includes Fairmont
State theater graduate Sarah Rowan as
Marsha, and Bridgepor t High School theater
teacher Jason Young as Mr. Buf falo.
Peter Lach, dean of Fairmont State’s
School of Fine Ar ts, said he and Ingman
have known Har tmann for several years.
This was the first production of his that
was a good fit for Town and Gown Summer
Theatre because of the various ages of the
characters, Lach said.
Per forming the musical outdoors at
Prickett’s For t gives it a more realistic
touch, Lach added.
“It’s a nice environment,” he said. “It’s a
good experience for our students, because
an outdoor amphitheater of fers its own set
of challenges such as weather and lighting.”
Ingman said the theater company is willing to per form the musical at area farmers
Area market vendors also are welcome to
set up booths and raf fle their goods during
the Prickett’s For t per formances, Ingman
To schedule a showing or set up a booth,
call (304) 282-0109.
Tickets for “Farmers Market the Musical”
are $13. Reser ve seats are available online
at www.fairmontstate.edu/tickets or by calling (304) 367-4240.
Staf f writer Jim Davis can be reached at
(304) 626-1446 or by email at [email protected]
Gary Allan is as ‘good as new’
Country musician to headline WCOL’s Country Jam June 16
by Erin Beck
THORNVILLE, Ohio — Over the
course of his 17-year recording
career, countr y music fans have
explored some dark places with Gar y
Always a little rough around the
edges, the Southern California-born
singer/songwriter frequently would
tip back a bottle of whiskey during
his per formances, in between songs
about love gone wrong, his penchant
for smoking and other vices and life
after the suicide of his wife.
From “Songs about Rain” to “Best
I Ever Had,” Allan has never shied
away from singing about hear tache.
But his ninth studio album, “Set
You Free,” marks a turning point in
the platinum-selling ar tist’s career.
In “Set You Free,” Allan is still
singing about rain, but the first single “Ever y Storm (Runs Out of Rain)”
describes hope and renewal.
The album is sequenced as a stor y
line, beginning with the emotion of a
failed relationship in “Tough Goodbye,” transitioning to painful memories in “It Ain’t the Whiskey” and ending with the renewal and optimism of
“Good as New.”
“It’s all about healing,” Allan says
of the album in press materials. “It’s
all about the evolution of getting better.”
Allan will make a stop this summer as the headliner at WCOL’s
Countr y Jam, presented by the Bluestone.
The show will be held at the Legend Valley Concer t Venue in
Thornville, Ohio, on June 16.
Randy Houser, known for “Boots
On” and “How Countr y Feels,” will
also per form at the day-long festival.
Maggie Rose, Parmalee, Matt
Mason and Clif f Cody will round out
the countr y music event.
Gates open at 2 p.m., according
to Abbey Scherer, an employee of the Bluestone.
General admission tickets
are $15, while pit passes are
“A pit pass gets you into
the pit area that’s closest
to the stage,” Scherer said.
Camping is also available.
More information is available at www.wcol.com/pages
/countr yjam2013.html.
Staf f writer Erin Beck can
be reached at (304) 6261439 or by email at
[email protected]
Staying shackled to their W.Va. history
Taylor Made to headline Badlands Bluegrass Festival in Greenbrier County June 14-15
by Darlene Taylor-Morgan
WILLIAMSBURG — Grafton-based
band Taylor Made will headline the Badlands Bluegrass Festival on June 14 and 15
at the Poor Farm Festival Grounds in
Williamsburg, Greenbrier County.
Fifteen bluegrass and country music
bands will perform to help restore Fort
McCoy, built around
The Badlands
Bluegrass Festival
is dedicated to raising the money
necessar y
for these
efforts to
save the
and to make it a destination for tourists and
local schools to study the heritage of the
Wendy Williams of Taylor Made said the
band will perform both nights.
“Anytime we can perform in West Virginia, we try to. It’s for a good cause,”
Williams said. “We encourage everyone to
come out to support Fort McCoy. We’re
proud of this state and where we come
The band has just finished its current album,
“Taylor County Line.”
Williams and brothers
Greg and Brian Duckworth
very proud
of this
7 p.m. Dec. 7
Tickets: (304) 293-SHOW,
or (800) 745-3000
Don McLean
7:30 p.m. June 8
Tickets: (800) 745-3000,
Keith Urban — Light the
Fuse Tour 2013
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Ron White,
A Little Unprofessional
7:30 p.m. June 14
Tickets: (888) 546-8561
One Direction
7:30 p.m. July 8
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Kenny Chesney:
No Shoes Nation Tour
5 p.m. June 22
Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran
6:30 p.m. July 6
because they penned several of the songs.
“It includes the title track about when
you’re a kid and shackled to your history,
you can’t wait to get out of your town. It
turns out life’s too big. It’s not what you
stand to gain — it’s what you leave behind,”
Williams said. “Everybody has a county line.
You live your young life wanting to get across
there and realize what you left there.”
The lineup also includes Johnson’s
Crossroad, The Wild Rumpus, Richard Hefner and The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys,
The Lilly Mountaineers/The Lilly Boys, Fox N
Hounds, Jonathan Buckner and Chosen
Road, The Weedrags, Matt Brewster, The
Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Dean Cook, Ridin
Hard Bluegrass Band, Sky Smeed, The Half
Bad Bluegrass Band and Cody Wickline.
The festival will feature fire pits on sleds
and firewood and a huge main bonfire. Vendors from around the area are bringing their
creations of food and art. Crafters, artists
and off-stage performers will spread entertainment throughout the festival grounds.
For those not familiar with the history of
Fort McCoy, the Indians in the area
attacked Fort Donnally. After that, they
broke up into smaller forces, and one group
attacked McCoy’s home and failed to overcome the settlers hidden inside. The walls
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Toby Keith with Kip Moore
7 p.m. June 15
Jason Aldean with Jake Owen,
Thomas Rhett, Dee Jay Silver
7 p.m. Aug. 16
Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch
7 p.m. Sept. 13
Tickets: (888) 456-8499
One Direction
7:30 p.m. June 25
Justin Bieber
7 p.m. July 17
Friday: Country Caravan Music
Show, 6-9:30 p.m., Winfield Commu-
of the log structure still stand, hidden and
protected from the weather inside a
farmer’s barn, according to the festival
It is located in Greenbrier County, where
the poor were housed at the County Infirmary, the Poor Farm, one mile from
Williamsburg on the road to Frankford.
There is a cemetery containing
unmarked graves, two of the “row houses”
are still standing and the property has
remained fully intact through private ownership since the 1940s, the website states.
The owners of the property have decided to start having family-oriented concerts
and events on the property with the intent
of restoring the property to its original
shape. The Poor Farm is one of the most
unique properties in Greenbrier County
because it has three natural caves and a
natural stream with native trout.
Weekend and single day festival passes
badlandsbluegrass.com and at the gate.
Staff writer Darlene J. Taylor-Morgan can be
reached at (304) 626-1403 or by email at
[email protected]
nity Building. Warm-up, open mic.
Performers: Granny Blosser and
Brandon and the Boys. $5. Food
available. (304) 366-4736, (304)
Friday: Valley Memories Music
Show, 7 p.m., T&L Hot Dog in
Grafton. Performers: Ron Hunt, Paul
Robinson, Boogie Strut Band with
Russ Buchanan and Pete Snider.
$6. Door prizes, 50/50, raffles.
Friday: Wheels of Country Music
Show, 6-10 p.m., Middletown Community Center. Performers: Ray
Hileman and the Wheels of Countr y with special guests, John
Daugherty, Leo McMillon, Jerry
Hileman and Jim King. Food, drink,
open mic; $6, children 12 and
under free. Cake walk, door prize,
50/50 drawing. (304) 534-4662.
Saturday: Sagebrush Round-Up,
Bunner Ridge near Fairmont.
Open stage 6-6:30 p.m. Performers: Carl Jenkins, Tane’
Lynne and the Total Package,
John Terr y and The Round-Up
Band. $6; age 12 and under
free. Home-cooked meals available. Open stage. Bill, (301) 3348629,
Saturday: Anna Jarvis Music in
the Park, 6-9 p.m. Performers: New
Nashville North Band and Common
Traditions. Open mic. Food available. Bring lawn chair. $5. (304)
265-5549, (304) 265-5510.
Sunday: Centur y Jamboree, 2-5
p.m., Centur y Community Center. Per formers: The Centur y
House Band featuring Chad,
Chuck, Stix, Jim, Brooks and
Traci; special guest, Leo McMillan. Nancy, (304) 457-1796.