SECOND STAGE SERIES
“THE KID” AT 100
Celebrating a Chaplin Masterwork
with Dan Kamin
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, AT 7 P.M.
In 1921 Charlie Chaplin’s THE KID took the world by storm. The story of a penniless tramp who adopts an abandoned infant struck a powerful chord in the aftermath of a devastating war and equally devastating pandemic which left millions dead and thousands of children orphaned. In THE KID at 100 renowned mime artist and comedy choreographer Dan Kamin reveals what keeps this film fresh, funny and incredibly moving to this day. The program begins with the screening of a beautifully restored print of the film, followed by Dan’s illustrated talk.
Author of The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion, Dan trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in CHAPLIN, after which Downey said, “Dan’s insights are amazing.”
Lillie King and John Maddy
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, AT 7 P.M.
During their performances, Lillie and John pair together original pieces, pop/rock/country favorites, and holiday classics - all with a charming twist. The combination of musical styles and personal flair will bring just the right amount of fun and holiday cheer to brighten the season.
Lillie King has been performing since a young age, presenting concerts locally on the stage at Carnegie Hall WV, in Nashville, and throughout the region. Her infectious style of original music - along with popular favorites, paired with her infectious smile always guarantees a good time!
John Maddy has performed everything from intimate solo piano performances to band and orchestra performances in various states. He brings originals, along with jazz and classical favorites with the right amount of pop/rock to please everyone. He keeps the audience on their toes with his own unique way of blending musical styles.
The duo have written songs and performed together for 2 years in multiple bands, including Lillie and the Kingsmen and Big Shots; A Billy Joel Tribute.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2024, AT 7 P.M.
Ruth will perform a mix of Americana songs with guitar virtuosity. Ruth presents a mixture of originals with poignant lyrics as well as well-crafted instrumental arrangements of classics ranging from Doc Watson, Etta Baker, Jimi Hendrix, Leo Kottke to Thelonious Monk and Nina Simone. Each song, no matter how different, has a firm Ruth Wyand stamp of style on it.
Being diversified is Ruth Wyand’s specialty. Demonstrating powerful fingerpicking, bottleneck slide and a warm alto voice, Ruth plays a mix of Americana, jazz, blues, folk, country with a portion of Piedmont picking and bluegrass clawhammer thrown in. Her songwriting is universal, using a melting pot of styles with lyrics that are timeless, relatable, emotionally resonant, sometimes witty, sometimes serious but always human and genuine.
Music from The Songbook of Stage and Screen
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2024, AT 7 P.M.
Barbara, along with her talented musical friends, have curated a wonderful collection of old classics and contemporary musical theatre favorites that will surely get your toes tapping and even possibly entice you to sing along!
Since 1978, Barbara Wygal Lutz has been involved in many of the artistic endeavors of the Greenbrier Valley. Over the years, she appeared in and was musical director for productions with the Greenbrier Valley Theatre and the Charleston Light Opera Guild and has sung in many revues and benefits. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. Mrs. Lutz was selected by audition to perform in the prestigious Professional Training Workshop directed by the late Robert Shaw, singing Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Carnegie Hall, New York. She lives in Lewisburg, WV with her husband, Joseph.
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2024, AT 7 P.M.
Chris writes and performs guitar, banjo, and fiddle. Chris’s original songs are rooted in traditional music. All songs performed are honest expressions of how he experiences and sees the world. He wrote his first song in the second grade and has been writing ever since. He writes about the people, places, events, ups and downs, and in-betweens that continue to shape him. Some will make you laugh; others cry. Some will make you happy, others angry. Some will have you asking yourself, "What the hell was he thinking?”
In addition to being a stellar musician, Chris is a community leader who has directed Habitat for Humanity and worked to preserve old neighborhoods, a WVU professor of sustainable design, and an amateur musicologist who researches musicians from the southern coalfields of West Virginia. That’s a lot of breadth for someone the music community knows as a well-loved, easy-going consummate picker and gifted songwriter in the traditional folk, country, and Americana vein.
OLD STONE ROOM