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A weekend of live entertainment at the Capitol Theater

MT. GILEAD – Morrow Little Theater teamed up with the Capitol Theater to host a fundraising event featuring fun live entertainment over the weekend. These were the first live entertainment shows since new owners Joey & Angel Powell and Jamie Blacker took over.

Friday night featured comedy juggler and ventriloquist Mike Hemelgarn. Audiences were truly mesmerized throughout his performance. “How can I discreetly hide a bowling ball?” I thought of Dr. Vince Trago, who attended with his family. Comedy Due to his unique blend of skills, his performances included a bit of magic, comedy his juggling, balloon sculpting, and audience-participating rapid-fire ventriloquism. Locals Aleta Jones and Brad Snow played Hemelgarn’s puppets to great success.

The comedy continued on Saturday night, featuring four comedians.Kicking off the night was Mary Stiers Miller, whose standup included a song parody. Miller has worked with the late local comedian Sue Bump in the past, and mentioned her during her performance, eliciting a collective sentimental “awe” from her audience.

Mike Bono followed. He is known as “The Angry White Comic”. His silly questions and teasing past relationships allowed the audience to relate to his funny stories. But one audience member stole the show when Bono asked why he came to Ohio from Pennsylvania. Bono says his stand-up comedy was the best response he’s done in over nine years.

Next was Mary Jane from St. Louis, whose side-split comedy made fun of aging and body discomfort. When she said “a real joke for real people,” it didn’t stop me from laughing.

Headliner Tim Roth rounded out the evening. He joked about a “GED observation” about himself and growing up poor.

Sunday was ‘Singin’ at the Capitol’, a night of music with a gospel group and two quartets. Southern gospel group One Less Stone Revival was the ideal way to start the Sunday night with familiar hymns and songs.

Next was the quartet Good Company, who shared among themselves that they had been married for over 190 years. Good Company was followed by Bravada featuring Morrow County native Trevor Garrabrant. The nostalgic songs were sprinkled with a touch of humor. Closing the night, both quartets came together, blending their voices in perfect harmony.

Co-owner Joey Powell shared that the funding effort is to replace the current movie screen, which has a major rip.

The Capitol Theater opened on July 28, 1921 as the Capie Theater and was owned and operated by the Knights of Pythias. It really is our historic downtown gem.

If you would like to cover the cost of replacing the screen, please check out at the Capitol Theater and mail it to 22 W. High St, Mount Gilead. Donations are not tax deductible as the Capitol Theater is not tax exempt.

Brad and Arata’s ventriloquist.

Mike Bono

Mary Jane

oneless stone revival

Tim Roth