Fayette County Culture

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This past weekend was the State Theatre’s presentation of Mary Poppins in Uniontown, the main city here in Fayette County.  I was in attendance for the Saturday night show, a possible surprise as I had been working backstage during the last week of rehearsals.  Without getting into the details, I ended up supporting the cast – and the Theatre – by sitting in the audience with a purchased ticket.  But I’m okay with that.

Sure, it was Fayette County and there were issues in the audience (I had a bottle of water dropped on my foot and a purse strike me in the back of the head without acknowledgement or apology).  And I was struck in the funny bone by a French Horn during intermission – a sentence I’m certain I’ve never used in my life – but those are just the hazards of being out in public.  I guess…  I also saw more pairs of denim shorts, flip flops and barefooted children running around in the aisles, but that’s just life in Fayette County.

So I’ll focus on the performance itself, because that’s what really matters…

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Kayla Grimm played the role of Mary Poppins and did an excellent job.  You’ll have to settle for the picture above since I was going to get my picture taken with her for the purposes of this blog, but chose not to deal with the line.  Ahh, the sacrifices that I don’t make for you, my wonderful readers…

Kayla is from the area, recently graduating from High School here in Fayette county and has been involved in a number of other productions in the area.  She has a beautiful voice, excellent stage presence, and seemed to really enjoy and take on the role.  And you could tell that she had faith in the people and equipment responsible for ‘flying’ her across the stage.  That in itself is impressive…

The role of Bert was played by Jonathan Furedy, a non-local who was brought in from out of state to play the role.  Having performed the role previously elsewhere, and being a very experienced stage actor, he was as professional and polished as you would expect.  And, he brought the equipment with him to walk up the wall and upside down during “Step in Time” with the other chimney sweeps.  Even singing well while hanging upside down.

I’m not going to go into the performances of the other main characters.  You don’t know them and don’t care (understandably so) and one I consider a friend so my opinions might seem biased to you.  What I’m trying to make clear is that there is more to Fayette County and there are some interesting things that go on.

It’s not all mullets and McDonalds.  It’s not all camouflage, bars and yard sales.  Sometimes there’s more…

So congratulations to the cast and crew.  It was a lot of hard work and it all paid off…

 

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