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"1B - Mountain Messenger - October 8, 201.1 - The Weekend Paper For The Greenbrier Valley www.mountainmessenger, com GVT presents 'Feet First In The Water With A Baby In My Teeth' Throughout the early stages of life, we each establish our identities. Who are we? What do we want? Who do we want to be? Many times, women have just established their own identities when. Baml They become mothers. What happens then? How do you meld the two identities into one? That is the question faced by playwright and actress Megan Gogerty, who will take the Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) stage on Oct. 16 to share her hilarious journey into motherhood through her one- woman show. Feet First In The Water With A Baby In My Teeth. Gogerty drew inspiration for the bizarre title of her show from an experience shared by her great- grandmother. As Gogerty tells it, her then-16-year-old great- grandmother, and new mom, was working in the kitchen on a steamboat on the Mississippi River. When a fire broke out on the boat. she had to rush to save herself as well as her baby. "She jumped in the water, feet first, and doggie paddled half a tulle across the river with the baby in her arms and the baby's diaper in her teeth," she said. Gogerty explains that her great- grandmother had no training to know how to handle such a situation, just as a first-tlme mother has no training in how to adapt to motherhood. "How does anybody do anything?." Gogerty asked. "How do you get the yogurt out of the carpet and make it to a meeting when it's your day to carpool? "You just figure it out." Feet First In The Water With A Baby In My Teeth is, Gogerty says, "About the series of humiliations and revelations that transform a person from a person to a mother." The show goes from just before the birth of her son through the "rocky first three years as you take on this new identity." "It's a mostly true story," she said. "I llke to say everything in the play is true and some of it actually happened." Gogerty said the show is for even those who have not yet experienced parenthood. "Even people who aren't parents are howling because, at the end of the day, it's a fish out of water story," she said. "It's just about a person who is in over their head and is trying to just make it through." Gogerty wlll perform Feet First In The Water With A Baby In My Teeth at GVT on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and childcare is available for an additional $5. Contact GVT at 304-645-3838 or visit www, for tickets. This program Is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with the approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The State Professional Theatre of" West Virginia, is located at 113 E. Washington Street in Lewisburg. with begins this week LEWIS THEATRE The piano sonatas of Mozart at Carnegie Hall's Tuesdays with Fran Pianist Fran Belin continues her fall series of concert/ lectures on Tuesday, Oct. 11. As always, the performance is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy a half hour of music and insights in the Hamilton Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Tuesday, Fran will continue her exploration of the golden age of the piano sonata with Mozart. In November, Fran will play works from Beethoven, and in December, the fall series closes with the works of Schubert. The Tuesdays with Fran Series is held the second Tuesday of the months September, October, November and December. For more information on the series, please visit www. or 'call 304- 645-7917. Tuesdays with Fran is presented with I'mancial assistance from the West Virginia Divisionof Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Carnegie Hall celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month Carnegie Hall celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month Carnegie Hall celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month, the nation's largest collective annual celebration of the arts. A list of Carnegie Hall's events taking place throughout the month--and all year round---can be found at www.carnegiehallwv, org. Mark Payne, Program Officer for the WV Humanities Council said, "October is the busiest month for the Humanities Council which makes it the perfect time to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month. Right now we have a Smithsonian exhibit, The Way We Worked, traveling throughout the state. The West Virginia Book Festival is happening in Charleston this month, and we also have a Pulitzer Prize- winning historian speaking in Charleston soon." Events happening at Carnegie Hall in the month of October include a live performance by Texas swing band Asleep At The Wheel, professional development classes for music teachers, two films, free lectures and lunchtime Concerts, an encore showing of the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra's "Starry Night of Romeo and Juliet," theatre performances for school age children and free art exhibits. More information about the events can be found at or by calling 304-645-7917. "National Arts and Humanities Month showcases the fundamental role the arts play in creating productive citizens and vibrant communities and fostering the independent expression vital to a free society," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities month. "And part of the importance of emphasizing the arts in the month of October is to encourage our citizens to establish, deepen and expand their relationships with the arts and humanities." NationalArts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. NAHM is designed to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities. This month- long celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which Americans for the Arts, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, began in 1985. More information about National Arts and Humanities Month is available online at www.AmericansForTheAr ts. org/nahm. View events across the nation and add yours to the celebration at www. map. Americans. for the Arts has a record of more than 50 years of service, and is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts. org. !R..Z._GJJALRO Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson star in "The Guard" playing Monday, Oct. 10 at the Lewis Theatre. The Carnegie Hall Film Series returns to the Lewis Theatre on Monday, Oct. I0 at 7 p.m. with "The Guard." written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. This 2011 Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival is a "raucous comedy," according to Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly. "The Guard" is a comedic fish- out-of-water tale of murder. blackmail, drug trafficking, and rural police corruption. Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman, Brendan Gleeson, and the other, Don Cheadle. a straitlaced FBI agent. Admission to the film is $7 and payable at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information about this ~m or others included in Carnegie Hall's Film Series. a partnership program with The Lewis Theatre. please call 304-645-7917 or visit www. The Carnegie Hall Film Series is presented with financial assistanc6 from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts. with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Tickets on sale for GVT's The Met: Live In HD 'Anna B01ena' The story of ill-fated Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII's, six wives, will come to life in downtown Lewisburg on Oct. 15 as Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) shows the Metropolitan Opera's production of Anna Bolencu The performance is part of the award-winningThe Met: Live In HD series, which affords audiences the opportunity to experience 11 GREENBRIER VALLEY FITNESS is now taldng registrationa for a program that offers a unique & stimulating atmosphere to help children become physically active. Boot Kamp is open to children ages 6-11 and cost $100 per child with discounts for multi-child families. Utilizing actual military physical training drills and muscle recognition, class participants not only learn how to exercise but also learn proper form and the muscles used for these exercises. Participants learn about nutntion as well as the proper way to read a nutrition label. Parental support for this program has been positive. The following are some parent testimonials about Boot Kamp: =Boot Kamp is a great program for our son; he's always excited about what they've done and what they'll do next time." "Boot Kamp is great. Finally my boys' are learning discipline, and the amazing thing is, they love it" "1 would like to thank Jason for taking time with my son. His attiiude and outlook on exercise has changed. He even enjoys going on walks with his morn now!" With questions regarding Boot Kamp or interest in becoming a member of Greenbrier Valley Fitness, please call (304) 647-3982. GREENBRIER VALLEY P SICAL THERAPY & FITNESS 111 DAVIS STUART RD RONCEvERTE, VVV 304-647-3982 different productions, live from the famed Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Anna Netrebko stars as the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king in this Met premiere production by David McVicar. The production tells the story of Henry VIII's affair with Queen Anne's lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymore. and how that affair ultimately led to Anne's demise. "The lynchpin of the story, is by Monday, Oct. I0. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased in person, by phone, at 304-645-3838, or online at www. GVT 2011 Annual Sponsors include: Ralph and Debbie Ballard, the Ballard Family Foundation, Pat C. Fragile, Allen and Paula Carson, Roger and LewAnne Cerasoli. Mary Laub Cowan, Paul and Ann Moran and ~:~ck and Jeanne Whiting. Anne's inability to provide Henry ~-~ "~reenbrier with the male heir that he craves." McVicar says. "And of course, to be a wife of Henry VIII, is to risk as much as you gain." The performance will begin at 12:55 p.m., and audience members are invited to a noon presentation by guest speaker Amanda Devlin Knowlton, who will speak about Anna Bolena and will field audience questions. Lunch, catered by Stella's Tea HoUse in Lewisburg, will also be available for an additional charge during the guest speaker presentation. Those interested in lunch, are asked to contact GVT, Valley Theatre, The State Professional Theatre of West Virginia. is located at 113 E. Washington Street in Lewisburg. 1 13 N. Court St., LewisburQ MONEYBALL Rated PG-13 Sat. & Sun. 7 pm; Wed. & Thurs. 7 pm Monday - Carnegie Film 7 pm Closed Tuesdays Featuring Stadium Seating/ Call 304-645-6038 Find us on Facebook and Myspace! ENE-Ww Communft:y an(' Tec. n'c [ Co[[eoXe GREENBRIER VALLEY CAMPUS TGGVCF Honors Those Who Enrich Our Community G fted p an=st Lori Evans is always willing to volunteer her enthusiasm and talent to help the community. Over the past fifteen years, she has been involved with many of the local arts and educational groups including Carnegie Hall, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the Greenbrier County- Library, the Child and Youth Advocacy Center, Trillium Performing Arts Collective, Oakhurst Out- reach, and the First Day Festival, assisting with both programming and fundraising. In 1996, Lori and her husband Andy left the "rat-race" of Washington DC to settle first in White Sulphur Springs and then in Alderson. There, she started teaching piano and soon began playing for services at several local churches as well as for musical pro- ductions at GVT. With the addition of 2 children to her family, Lori began homeschooling. She became .involved with the Homeschool Cooperative and in creating exciting, alternative, educational opportunities for these children. For many years, Lori produced plays with the homeschoolers and organized children's activities with cultural themes. As time passed, Lori and Andy decided to move their family to Lewisburg. They now live near Carnegie Hall where Lori has taught Kinderart at Kids College and played thepiano for The Incident at Carnegie Hall, a 2003 fundraiser. From 2005 tO 2008, Lori served as musical director for "Bridget's Clubhouse," a series of plays for children sponsored by Honnahlee toy store. In 2006, she collaborated with Trillium to create Bridget's Wild and Wonderful Adventure, a dance production for children where each character was rep- resented by a different instrument. Lori composed all the music for the show. In addition, since 2007, she has organized annual Music Honors Recitals to recognize the skills of all students taking music lessons. TGGVCF administers many funds that make distributions to support the various community arts organizations that Lori Evans has assisted. The Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foun- dation was created to help the region remain an ~~~ ..... ~ enriching community where individuals like Lori .~ ~ Evans will always have the resources needed to ,;~~ continue their vital work. It creates and adminis- ters funds that distribute money to the community. T~.~ (;~.~ For more information call 304-645-5620 or visit cot,~Nm, Fo~o~rio~