Guild adds additional ‘White Christmas’ show

Sold out before the first show on Friday night. All eight performances of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg are sold out, prompting theater officials to add a ninth show at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Guild President Gary McIntyre told me Thursday night. McIntyre said Guild officials cannot remember another instance when all 250 seats for every Guild show in a three-weekend run had been sold before opening night. The Guild is telling people to call one hour before each show at 304-485-1300 to check on any ticket cancellations. The holiday musical is being presented Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30 and Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and 8 at 2:30 p.m., along with Dec. 7.

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The theme of this year’s Camden Clark Foundation Charity Gala is “An Italian Christmas,” with proceeds going to Camden Clark Medical Center’s diabetes and endocrine center. The black tie optional benefit will be 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Parkersburg Country Club. The band Amici from Clarksburg will play dance music, there will be strolling violinists, celebrity chef Mike Audia from Clarksburg will prepare Italian dishes, Carmine DeFeo will present a wine tasting with wines from his Wirt County winery, Toscano in Appalachia, and a silent auction will feature Italian food gift baskets. The foundation hopes to sell 240 tickets at $75 a person and raise $20,000 for the center. Call Kim Couch at 304-424-2200 or email kcouch@ccmh.org to reserve tickets or be a sponsor.

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Steve Meanor hopes to fill his St. Marys property with cars today, so he can raise more money for the Harvest Time Church of God’s homeless shelter in Charleston. Meanor and his fiancee Michele Sigler have been sending money to the church on Charleston’s west side after learning on Facebook from its pastor, Jess Inclenrock, the shelter was in danger of closing because of rising costs and dwindling income. During last Friday night’s football playoff game at St. Marys High School, Meanor and Sigler charged $10 a car to park on the property on Fairview Drive across from the stadium. Meanor posted a sign at his house saying parking proceeds were going to the church’s homeless shelter and nine people accepted his offer. Meanor, a teacher’s aide at Pleasants County Middle School, said his property can accommodate 15-16 cars. The two lots will be open for today’s second-round game between the undefeated St. Marys Blue Devils and Greenbrier West at 1:30 p.m.

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It really is a small world. Stephanie Morris of Parkersburg was on lunch break from her job at Sears Optical in Grand Central Mall Nov. 14 when she saw signs saying Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. was signing books and CDs at Adams Hallmark in the mall. Morris got in line to meet Murphy, “America’s Got Talent” winner, and have him sign a CD. On her cell phone, Morris showed Murphy a poster of his upcoming concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. Murphy seemed surprised and asked Morris how she got a photograph of the Dec. 7 concert in China, she said. Morris informed Murphy her father, Parkersburg native Michael Enoch, is general manager of the Shanghai arena and placed the picture on his Facebook page. Morris said she likes Murphy’s music and noted how friendly he is. Murphy and Michael Grimm, another “America’s Got Talent” winner, will mentor young Chinese musicians and serve as judges in Shanghai’s third Battle of the Bands, which raises money for heart surgery for children. The band that raises the most money will open for the concert next month featuring Murphy and Grimm.

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Do you like Elvis Presley Christmas songs? If so, Elvis tribute artist Jim Forshey of Parkersburg will be providing his Elvis Christmas Show at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the City Park Pavilion. Elvis Christmas songs will comprise 40 percent of the show with the rest of the songs being regular Elvis tunes, he said. Forshey has been performing Elvis style since 2004. Children, 10 and under, are admitted free and there is a charge for adults – to cover expenses, he said. Forshey’s favorite Elvis Christmas song is “Blue Christmas.”

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com