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MOV Players plan online Patsy Cline tribute

The Patsy Tribute Band — from left, Sharri Wilson Braid as Patsy Cline, Mark Doebrich on guitar, Nate Hess on drums, Ken Barton on bass and Karen Cox on piano — will perform via Zoom on Friday as part of the Mid-Ohio Valley Players’ Trick or Treat for the Valley series. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — A local group will present the classic songs of Country Music Hall of Famer Patsy Cline on Zoom Friday to kick off the Mid-Ohio Valley Players’ month of Trick or Treat for the Valley.

Songs like “Walking After Midnight,” “Your Cheating Heart” and “Crazy” will be presented by the Patsy Tribute Band, featuring vocalist Sharri Wilson Braid.

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the MOVP, which was unable to open for months because of the COVID-19 pandemic and is now restricted to 15 percent capacity at its theater. Volunteers will be at the theater during the performance to take pledges by phone at 740-374-9434. Contributions can be made online at movp.org or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 814, Marietta, OH 45750.

“The goal of the pledge drive is $20,000, which will help us to meet overhead costs and continue to work on renovations now that the new roof is in place,” MOVP President J.R. Wells said. “Producing original scripts; offering creative outlets for actors, directors and technicians; educating the next generation through Junior Players and Youth Theatre; and providing family entertainment for the Valley is what it’s all about, and we need the community’s help.”

The group recently passed the $7,000 mark in its campaign.

Wells said giving in response to the group’s WMOVP Radio Theatre series “has helped keep the bills paid.”

“We are trying to branch out what we have to offer so that we can not only meet the entertainment needs of our patrons, but also get the word out to different audiences as to ways they can help keep community theatre alive and well during this difficult time,” he said.

As she was in local productions of the musical “Always, Patsy Cline,” Braid is joined in the Patsy Tribute Band by Karen Cox on piano, Mark Doebrich on guitar, Ken Barton on bass and Nate Hess on drums..

“When I watched Sharri as Patsy Cline, I felt like I was really watching Patsy,” said Jena Blair, longtime MOVP member. “She is so talented.”

MOVP member John “Mack” McHale said the idea for this and future “in-our-living-room concerts” is based on trying to enjoy the new normal of social distancing.

“Sharri had zero hesitation about being a part of this new venture,” McHale said. “I must say it was very heartening that a network of musicians has lined up for future broadcasts. In this strange new world, we must find new ways to do the things we love to do. During this time when opportunities are so limited for going to venues to hear live music, MOVP is thrilled to give patrons a chance to enjoy this wonderful band again.”

The performance can be viewed by joining the webinar link at 8 p.m. Friday at https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/93626779110 or calling in to hear the audio at 301-715-8592 or 312-626-6799, Webinar ID: 936 2677 9110. The performance will also be available on the Mid-Ohio Valley Players Inc. Facebook page as a premier video at 7 p.m. Saturday.

WMOVP Radio Theatre will return at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, with the second Trick or Treat offering of the month with “The Hitchhiker” from the classic radio series “Suspense.” The production will be directed by Suzanne Walker.

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