Submitted by Heather Browne, FSCC
FSCC to Host Painting and Wreath Classes on Sept. 26
Fort Scott Community College will host the Witches & Wreaths painting and crafts classes 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, in the Greyhound and Heritage Rooms of the Dick Hedges Administration Building, 2108 South Horton, Fort Scott.
Instructors will show participants how to create a Halloween-themed painting or wreath for their homes. The cost is $20 for one class or $30 for both classes; the fee includes a treat, refreshments and painting or craft supplies. Space is limited for this event. For more information or to preregister, contact Kassie Fugate-Cate, FSCC Admissions Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-223-2700, ext. 3530.
FSCC Volleyball Team to Host Dig Pink Night
The Fort Scott Community College Volleyball Team will host Dig Pink Night to support breast cancer awareness at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, at Arnold Arena, 2108 South Horton Street, Fort Scott.
The Dig Pink Rally is an event that brings together volleyball players across the nation to raise funds for breast cancer research, demonstrate the power of teamwork and show support for people with the disease.
Attendees are encouraged to wear pink to the game. The team will also be collecting donations for the Side-Out Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support breast cancer research and programs. For more information, please call Lindsay Hill, FSCC Head Volleyball Coach, at 620-223-2700, ext. 7220.
All aboard for “Bus Stop” at FSCC
When a headstrong young rodeo cowboy, unfamiliar with the finer points of courtship, all but kidnaps an attractive nightclub singer intending to haul her back to his ranch in Montana and make her his bride, the last place he wanted to find himself was stuck in a bus stop outside Topeka waiting out a snow storm. But that’s exactly what happens to Bo Decker, the self-proclaimed “prize bronco-buster, steer-roper, and bull-dogger anywhere around,” in William Inge’s modern classic, “Bus Stop.”
The FSCC Theatre Department, under the direction of new instructor Allen Twitchell, will present “Bus Stop,” at 7:30 p.m., October 5-7, at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. Admission will be free.
“I wanted to fold our fall production into the Homecoming Week celebration, and I felt this play was a perfect fit because of its timeless subject matter—the pursuit of love—as well as its name recognition and the connection to our outstanding rodeo program,” Twitchell said. “It just seemed to be calling to me.”
Playing the role of Bo is sophomore Royce White, from Shawnee, while sophomore Stephanie Rice, from Fort Scott, plays Cherie, the unwilling object of Bo’s affection. Also in the ensemble cast are sophomore Jackie Neher, from Lamar, Mo., as Grace, the savvy owner of the bus stop’s restaurant; freshman Hannah Casner, from Mound City, as Elma, a naïve young waitress; sophomore Jared Oshel, from Princeton, as Will Masters, the stern-but-fair sheriff; freshman Jesse Cooke, from Redfield, as Carl, the bus driver with an eye for Grace; freshman Sammy Jamison, from Pittsburg, as Virgil, Bo’s older, more wise-to-the-world sidekick; and Harold Hicks, FSCC English instructor, as Dr. Gerald Lyman, a former college professor conflicted by his attraction to alcohol and young girls.
“Inge was masterful at representing the myriad of emotions and complications of the male-female relationship,” Twitchell said. “This play deals with a variety of romantic entanglements—Bo-Cherie, Carl-Grace, and Dr. Lyman-Elma—from the perfectly natural to the intentionally uncomfortable.”
Serving as understudies are freshman Payton Boswell, from Pittsburg; transfer Natalie Cable, from Dallas, Texas; sophomore Paulette Hays, from Perry; sophomore Kartis Leal, from Denver, Colo.; and freshman Peyton Quick, from Fort Scott.
The stage manager is sophomore Linda Shinkle, from Fredonia, with Leal serving as shop foreman and chief of the set crew. Also assisting with the production are freshman Katelynn Coe, from Linn Valley; freshman Ka’Si Gates, from Bronson; sophomore Ashley Lockwood from Fort Scott; sophomore Kaitlan Palmer, from Mulberry; and Abby Cooke, from Redfield.
Gordon Parks Celebration to feature Poetry Out Loud
The Gordon Parks Celebration, scheduled for October 12-14, at Fort Scott Community College, will feature the Parks Poetry Out Loud contest. Participants will pick one of seven selected poems written by Gordon Parks and present it in front of an audience at noon on Friday, October 13, in the Gordon Parks Museum on the FSCC campus.
There is no fee to enter the contest, and participants will be judged on how they present the poem through voice, diction and interpretation. It is open to everyone—students and adults alike are encouraged to take part. Cash prizes will be awarded to first ($100), second ($75), and third place ($50) winners.
“This is a new event for the Gordon Parks Celebration, and this type of event is often called a poetry slam,” said Jill Warford, Gordon Parks Center Director. “Anyone who likes to read and interpret poetry will enjoy this. We picked seven of Gordon’s poems that vary in their subject matter.”
The poems include “Momma,” “Come Sing with Me,” “From the Huge Silence,” “The First Bud,” “A Bottle’s Worth of Tomorrow,” “Homecoming,” and “No Apologies.” The seven poems are available on the Gordon Parks Museum website at gordonparkscenter.org.