Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Some Good News

Curtain to rise on festival

        The stage is set for the free performances of Shakespeare in Sharonville, Friday-Sunday and Aug. 8-11 at 8 p.m., in an outdoor venue called The Upper Grove, between the Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornville Dr., and the library.

        Actors and actresses from around Greater Cincinnati will perform Julius Caesar, the first drama in the Shakespearean summer production.

        Why switch from comedy to drama? Margaret Kinnett, community theatre director, has the answer.

        She starts with a quote from Julius Caesar: “Men, wives, and children stare, cry out and run, as it were doomsday.”

        The quote was from Trebonius, a conspirator against Julius Caesar. She said this quote could be taken directly from headlines after the

        terrorist attack of the World Trade Center.

        “The play is very timely,” Ms Kinnett said. “Huge crises and tragedies happen throughout history. Shakespeare tunes into that and this is why Shakespeare is so timeless. It can be performed in any era.

        “Julius Caesar is one of the great tragedies that people around the world can understand.”

        Kimberlee Flamm, publicity coordinator for the Sharonville Recreation Department, said this is the sixth year of the Shakespearean summer production.

        She said there will be a mini-Renaissance Festival before each show, beginning at 6 p.m.

        “Each night features live entertainment and festival booths with floral head wreaths, arts and crafts,” Ms Flamm said. “There will be food, such as turkey legs, scones, muffins, popcorn, snacks and refreshments. Also, there will be a silent auction tent.”

        She said other attractions at the Renaissance Festival include palm reading, sword fights, bagpipers and magic shows.

        For more information, call 563-2895.


        Employees of General Assembly Inc. at the Beckman Adult Center in New Burlington made a large contribution of soft-drink can tabs to the Ronald MacDonald House, which can be used to make money to help pay for families who live at the house while their children are receiving medical treatment.

        General Assembly Inc., with 240 employees, is affiliated with the Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities .


        The kindergarten class at Pennyroyal Elementary School in Franklin is among 27 classrooms across the country that will be painted as part of the “Colorful Classrooms Campaign,” sponsored by Glidden of Cleveland, a leading manufacturer of architectural paints.

        Colorful Classrooms Campaign was started two years ago as a way for Glidden to incorporate its knowledge about color into community service. It has painted more than 50 in-need kindergarten classrooms since the program was launched.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements or people, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.



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