Guild seeks help with ‘Shrek’ costs

Shrek is putting a crimp in the Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s budget.

The guild needs donations to pay for costuming costs associated with “Shrek The Musical,” set to open May 2 at the local theater.

The guild budgeted $2,000 for Shrek’s 80 costumes but needs another $2,500 to outfit the cast of 32, said Barbara Full, the show’s director. A total of $975 has been raised as of this week, according to the guild’s website.

Full believes this may be the most expensive show in terms of costuming costs ever at the Actors Guild. Full has been associated with the guild for 40 years.

The extra expense comes from the prosthetic pieces needed for characters such as the ogre Shrek and the green makeup used in the musical, Full said.

Shrek, played by Hoss Ridgeway, and Princess Fiona, played by Brianna Clegg, require a lot of green makeup for the four dress rehearsals and nine shows over three weekends in May. Performing as other main characters in the fairy tale are Tom Lodato as the talking donkey and Josh Martin as Lord Farquaad.

Martin, another guild veteran, said “Shrek The Musical” may be the largest-scale musical the guild has ever presented.

Donations of $10 to $150 to sponsor a costume can be made at Sponsors will be recognized in the playbill and receive a signed photograph of the costume they helped to create.

Ticket sales for “Shrek” have been brisk, Full said.


Ben Ekelman of Little Hocking is so inspired by his mother, Chams, that he got her photograph and tribute included in’s feature, “The woman who inspires us the most.” The feature in honor of Women’s History Month during March has a photograph of Chams Ekelman, co-owner of Chams Lebanese Cuisine in Parkersburg, with United States and Lebanese flags in the background. Ben Ekelman wrote, “This is Chams Elias Ekelman, my beautiful mother, who has inspired me by showing me that you can come to the United States of America with nothing and evolve from that nothing into something amazing, by working hard and caring for others. One of the most important things she has ever told me is, ‘Here in the United States you can be whatever you want to be as long as you work hard and care for others.'” Ben surprised his mother, who was born in Lebanon, with the tribute.


Scott Morehead, finance manager at McClinton Chevrolet in Parkersburg, enjoyed taking the redesigned 2014 Chevy Corvette for a spin in the Nevada desert recently. Morehead and other representatives of Chevrolet dealerships attended the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump, Nev. Besides driving the new lighter, more powerful, technically advanced Corvette around the track, reaching speeds of 102 mph, Morehead also attended classes to learn about the car’s features. He learned how the car handled in various road and weather conditions. “It was a great experience,” said Morehead, who described the 2014 Corvette as “phenomenal.” McClinton’s expects to receive two of the new Corvettes soon, Morehead said.


Goldenseal magazine’s 40th anniversary commemorative issue, published this month, contains a tribute to writer/artist Larry Bartlett of Parkersburg. Bartlett, who died in November at the age of 76, contributed nine stories to Goldenseal between 1995 and 2000, including several on Ritchie County people and places. Bartlett, a 1955 graduate of Parkersburg High School who grew up in Vienna, decorated his lawn with rock sculptures he created. Published quarterly by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History since 1975, Goldenseal is the state’s journal of traditional life. The spring 2014 edition revisits favorite stories from past issues and includes “Goldenseal Good-Byes” to Bartlett, Delma Garrison of New Martinsville and Paul Weinberger of Weston.

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