WSCC’s Evergreen series to kick off season on Saturday

Photo contributed by Washington State Community College/Cashore Marionettes A marionette plays violin during a performance of the Cashore Marionettes. A performance is scheduled for Saturday night at the Graham Auditorium on the Washington State Community College campus.

From staff reports

A series of four events has been lined up for the annual Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series at Washington State Community College, starting Saturday and ending in April.

The first will be a marionette performance that is more than your ordinary puppet show.

The Cashore Marionettes perform vignettes set to music by composers including Vivaldi, Beethoven, Strauss and Copland.

“I’ve watched video clips of this performance, and this gentleman is amazing,” said Melissa Richman, the college communication support specialist. “He uses these marionettes in a very expressive way, it’s not puppets the way you normally think of them. His ability to convey emotion is extraordinary.”

The show addresses deep topics, she said, and probably won’t be appreciated by very young children.

“It’s not anything inappropriate, but it’s probably suitable for people 11 or 12 and up,” she said.

The show is scheduled to last from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with a 15-minute intermission, she said. It is being held in the Graham Auditorium, and admission is free – no tickets or reservations are required, just show up and enjoy the show.

The Cashore Marionettes are a creation of Joseph Cashore, who has won numerous international theater awards over the past l30 years.

Richman said the auditorium holds about 250 people. To get a sense of the Cashore Marionettes performance, a short video clip is available for viewing on the college Facebook page.

Other performances scheduled in the series include a space scientist talking about her life, a guitarist from West Virginia who has performed around the world and a bluegrass quartet from Ohio made up of award-winning musicians.

Sarah Wyatt will offer a presentation Nov. 7 about her journey from childhood in rural western Kentucky to her current professional work with NASA on the effects of low gravity on plants.

Wyatt, who along with her sisters was the first in her family to attend college, became intrigued with space exploration during the “race to the moon” era. After attending the University of Kentucky and achieving a doctorate in plant physiology and molecular biology from Purdue University, she landed an internship with NASA and went on to a career with the space agenda. Her projects have included research involving plants launched to the International Space Station and grown in space for three years, then returned to Earth to determine the effects.

Her talk will describe her work and her career as a small-town student who achieved her career ambitions through the space program.

On Nov. 14, Julio Ribeira Alves, a professor of guitar at Marshall University and international performer on the instrument, will present an evening of music in the Graham Auditorium. Alves has performed in Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Spain, as well as many locations in the U.S. His music includes a variety of ethnicities and historical periods.

An evening of bluegrass will be offered April 6 with Almost Famous, an acoustic quarter of mandolin, guitar, bass and banjo. The group, which also plays gospel and swing, consists of mandolin player and vocalist Micah Fuchs, a high school principal and minister from Belmont; Josh Hetrick, guitarist and vocalist, a minister in Freeport; Harold Daily on bass and vocals, of Fairview; and Steven Moore, banjo, vocals and guitar, of St. Clairsville.

The Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series is sponsored by the WSCC foundation, Schwendeman Agencies and the Marietta Community Foundation.

Washington State Community College Evergreen Art and Humanities Series

•Saturday: The Cashore Marionettes, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

•Nov. 7: Dr. Sarah Wyatt, space scientist, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

•Nov. 10: Dr. Julio Ribeiro Alves, guitarist, 9 p.m.

•April 6: Almost Famous, bluegrass quartet, 7:30 to 9 p.m.