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For a review of “The Conjuring,” see Page 3

We saw you at... the Saint Clair Car Cruise

County actors guild takes on Shakespeare See Page 2

From left, Garett, Dalton and Wyatt Leitzel, Saint Clair

Mike Donaldson and Jean Cappella, both of Saint Clair For more photos from the cruise, see Page 5


Seeing double

County actors guild to present ‘The Comedy of Errors’ BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDITOR

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he Actors Guild of Schuylkill County will bring a mix of chaos and humor to the stage at the Sovereign Majestic Theater this weekend. The group will present William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater in downtown Pottsville. Tickets are $15 If you go and are availWhat: “The Com- able at the door edy of Errors,” or by calling presented by the theater at Actors Guild of 570-628-4647. Schuylkill County “The ComeWhen: 7 p.m. dy of Errors” Saturday and 2 is a classic tale p.m. Sunday Where: Sovereign of mistaken Majestic Theater, identity. It follows two sets Pottsville of identical Cost: $15 twins, Antipholus of Ephesus and his slave, Dromio of Ephesus, and Antipholus of Syracuse and his slave, Dromio of Syracuse, who were separated at birth and end up years later in the same town at the same time, causing confusion for family and friends. “It kind of escalates as farces do,” director Mike Ward said. The play runs almost as an inside-joke. While the actors play the story straight, the audience is aware of the situations and can anticipate a mix-up based on the characters on stage. “There are very few laughs from 2

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Maria Malek, Pottsville, left, portrays Adriana, and Kaia Schroding, New Philadelphia, plays Luciana in the show schedueld for 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. the stage but hopefully a lot from the audience,” Ward said. In addition to directing and acting, Ward adapted the play for the actors guild. It was a difficult task, especially with the language. Being a period piece, the dialogue is authentic to when Shakespeare wrote the play in the 16th century. “What you want to do is make the show as easy as possible,” Ward said. Ward said some of the play was changed, as is normal in theater adaptations. For example, a role originally played by a man is being played by a woman. However, he said the story stays true to the original text.

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Bill Sugrue (Antipholus of Syracuse), Mount Carmel, left, and Chris Circelli (Dromio of Ephesus), Pottsville, rehearse for the Actors Guild of Schuylkill County’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” this weekend at the Sovereign Majestic Theater, Pottsville. “It is basically the same, the characters are the same,” Ward said. He said the fun of adapting the play was learning more about it. “It’s digging into something line by line and understanding the time and how people felt,” he said. This is the second time Ward has directed a play for the guild. Two years ago, he was at the helm of “Much Ado About Nothing,”

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another well-known piece by Shakespeare. The Actors Guild of Schuylkill County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization formed in 1999. Ward said the cast for “The Comedy of Errors” ranges from students in high school and college to “seasoned actors.” Auditions were held in April and rehearsals were held about twice a week over the last three months.

The group also got help from Maria Malek, director of Pottsville Area School District’s student musicals, and Emily Ehlinger, a Minersville native who works for Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts. For more about the Actors Guild of Schuylkill County, visit agosc. org. To find more information on “The Comedy of Errors,” visit the Sovereign Majestic Theater’s website at sovereignmajestic.com.


‘Conjuring’ scares up old-school horror Sadie knows. The dog always knows not to go into the haunted house. But since this was 1971, and the world, much less Rhode Island’s Perron family, had not seen “The Exorcist” and the generations of ultrarealistic horror movies and “Ghost Hunters” TV shows that followed, they didn’t see heed the dog’s warnings. The Perrons were in for it. “The Conjuring” is like a prequel to 40 years of demonic possession thrillers, a movie about the original ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, and an early case this “Amityville Horror” couple found so terrifying they never talked about it — “until now!” James Wan, who made his horror bones with “Saw” and outgrew torture porn with the superbly spooky “Insidious,” reunites with his “Insidious” star Patrick Wilson for this solid and sometimes hair-raising thriller about a haunted house, the family of seven haunted by it and the can-do couple summoned by the Perrons. The Warrens lecture at colleges, show film of inexplicable supernatural events and collect the actual possessed artifacts that they weed out among all the false alarms that are too often just creaking pipes and settling floorboards. Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) is clairvoyant, which means she sees what those truly spooked see and feels what they feel. Ed (Wilson) may be credulous, but he’s the pragmatist — applying 1960s and ’70s predigital technology to his search for “proof ” of what they’re dealing with. These cases have three phases, he lectures — “infestation, oppression and possession.” He’s got a ready answer for dealing with their problem when Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) invite them over.

MOVIE REVIEWS Are their kids baptized? “We’re not really a churchgoing family.” “You might want to rethink that.” The humor in “The Conjuring” comes from the naivete of the victims. Carolyn doesn’t recognize her bruise marks as demonic injuries. Their five daughters don’t know that their invisible friends and the mysterious bumps and claps that ruin their games of “Hide and Clap” are ghosts. And there’s an amusing gee-whizlet’s-invent-this-trade — ghost hunting — about the Warrens. Wan and his screenwriters serve up some classic scary situations and provide a decent jolt or three in the “sealed-off basement,” the ghostly shadow in the mirror of an antique jack-in-the-box. Farmiga and Wilson play the Warrens as slow to take on urgency, with a seen-it-all world weariness that robs some scenes of their true terror. And horror audiences are more sophisticated than this story. A movie that plays like horror’s greatest hits — a little “Exorcist” here, a dose of “Chucky” or “Paranormal Activity” there — is going to feel tired, even with the odd surprise. It conjures up a few frights, but “The Conjuring” is more solid than sensational and spine-tingling. Think of it as a horror history lesson, the original “based on a true story” to explain those things that go bump in the night. “The Conjuring,”a New Line / Warner Brothers release, is rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror. Running time: 112 minutes. ★★½

“Turbo” When it comes to animated

movies, all the good ideas, and even the not-so-good ones, seem to have been taken. The rat who becomes a chef, the supervillain who turns good, the zoo animals stuck in the wild — they’ve been done. How about a snail who enters the Indianapolis 500? Because snails are slow and race cars are fast, get it? All right, so you’re not bowled over. Nevertheless, “Turbo” has just enough heart to make it to the winner’s circle. Like its hero, “Turbo” gets off to an achingly slow start. The film takes too long establishing its parallel world, in which snails are beaten-down workers at a tomato garden called The Plant. Theo (the voice of Ryan Reynolds) is the misfit with a need for speed; his older brother, Chet (an excellent Paul Giamatti), tries to impart wisdom. “The sooner you accept the dull, miserable reality of your existence,” Chet says, “the happier you’ll be.” In a mishap that borrows a page from “Spider-Man,” Theo is transformed into Turbo, with headlight eyes and the ability to push the 200 mph mark. But the story still hasn’t begun: First, we must meet the daydreaming Tito (Michael Pena), who works at Dos Bros Tacos with his pessimistic older brother, Angelo (Luis Guzman). A snail-racing hobbyist, Tito makes quite a discovery in Turbo. Things get even more cluttered by several other racing snails (Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Lion, Maya Rudolph and others) who look and talk like the “Fast & Furious” cast. Underneath all the chatter, though, “Turbo” delivers a message worth hearing. “No dream is too big and no dreamer too small,” the French Canadian racing champ Guy Gagne (Bill Hader) said. As you might guess, Gagne turns out to be an

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The DreamWorks Animation film “Turbo,” stars Paul Giamatti as the voice of Chet, left, and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Turbo. espresso-sucking jerk, but his words still ring true. “Turbo” deserves credit for its multiracial characters, for occasionally sharp direction by David Soren and for casting Ken Jeong as the voice of Kim-Ly, a cranky woman. The climactic race sequence can be a little queasy-making, given the squishy possibilities, but it’s also a fairly rousing closer to the film. It’s hard not to root this little gastropod over the finish line. “Turbo,” a DreamWorks / Fox release, is rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements. Running time: 95 minutes. ★★½

“RED 2” There was a playfulness to the 2010 action film “RED,” directed by Robert Schwentke, that elevated it above the standard action film offering. Director Dean Parisot fails to find that level with “RED 2.” It’s still a fun action movie, but all of the aging buddy elements that made the original film such a surprise hit have been replaced with standard fight and flight sequences. Plus, the camaraderie that made the first move so much fun has given way to a disjointed mix of characters. The sequel starts with a similar premise: Kill Frank Moses. This time, he and killing buddy Marvin — played with great zeal by John Mal-

kovich — have been linked to a super weapon created more than three decades ago. The search for the WMD and its maker (Anthony Hopkins) takes Frank, Marvin and Frank’s true love, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), on a jaunt around the globe. They’re joined on their quest by the sharp-shooting Victoria (Helen Mirren) and martial arts master Han (Byung-hun Lee). All they have to do is break into several high security areas — including the Kremlin — to save the day. Both “RED” movies are perfect fits for Bruce Willis, who gets to exhibit his macho side. While the sequel doesn’t have as much humor, there are moments where Willis shows off his deadpan comedy. The strength of “RED” was how the team of mature spies and agents showed that time had not diminished their skills. Having only Willis and Malkovich together the majority of the time isn’t quite the same. The diminished group element is particularly disap-

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pointing because there’s less time for Mirren, whose character is the most entertaining of the lot. Without question, the most memorable scene in “RED 2” has Mirren firing two guns out of the side windows on a car as the vehicle spins down the street. It’s this kind of brush with the absurd that made “RED” so much fun. But Parisot — who has been working as a TV director in recent years — stages the majority of the action scenes in a more mundane manor. If there had been no “RED,” “RED 2” would not have been as disappointing. In the action movie genre, it hits — and blows up — all the right buttons. Because there was a “RED,” the potential of what the sequel could have been is very clear. It just doesn’t live up to the fun of the first. “RED 2,” a A Summit release, is rated PG-13 for violence, language. Running time: 100 minutes. ★★½ Reading Movies 11 & IMAX FRI-WED • 7/19-24

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS TODAY FREE CONCERT — Presented by Chuck Cahoe, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Pottsville Club, 201 S. 26th St., Pottsville. Event held outside on deck, weather permitting. MID-SUMMER FESTIVAL — 5 to 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday, St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church grounds, Ninth Street and Schuylkill Avenue, Pottsville. Music by Nick Michels today, and Fat Cats Saturday. Shaded seating under tent. MEETING — Stroke and Brain Injury support group, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center, 300 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville. Call 570-621-9500. MEETING — North Schuylkill High School Class of 1983, 7 p.m., Jimmy O’s sports bar, Frackville. Planning for 30th-year reunion to be held Oct. 26, Fountain Springs Country Inn. For more information, email Christine at cfannick@yahoo. com or Charlie at cva.road. runner@gmail.com. OLD HOME WEEK — 5 to

11 p.m. today and Saturday, Community Fire Company, 25 N. Railroad St., New Ringgold. Entertainment by Reckless today and The Cramer Brothers Band Saturday. Food stands, upstairs kitchen not open. PANTS SALE — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Life Shoppe, 110 S. Centre St., Pottsville. All pants for the entire family $2 each. More than 300 pair in stock. SUMMER IN THE CITY BEACH NIGHT — 5 to 9 p.m., municipal lot, Fourth and Pine streets, Hamburg. SUPPER — 4 to 7 p.m., Pine Grove Masonic Lodge, 23 Oak Grove Road, Pine Grove. Cost $11, choice of steak, grilled ham, grilled pork chops or fried or baked haddock. For takeouts and more information, call 570345-0165. FARMERS MARKET — 8 a.m. to noon, east side of first block of South Main Street, Shenandoah. Sponsored by Greater Shenandoah Area Chamber of Commerce. Call Mark Bernardyn at M&T Bank, 570-462-2734. FOOD PANTRY — Hosted

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We saw you at ... the car cruise on Saturday From left, Erika Trexler, Ringtown; Miles Morris, Camille QuirinMorris, Emma QuirinMorris, all of Seltzer, and Emily Verbosh, Pottsville

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FREE CLOTHING AND FREE MEAL — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Saturday of every month, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1931 E. Wiconisco St., Reinerton. Call Dale Oxenrider at 570-617-1530 or 717-647-4855. FREE KITCHEN KETTLE MEAL — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Saturday of every month, Restoration Fellowship Church, 201 W. Oak St., Shenandoah. MEETING — Black Diamond Writers’ Network, 10 a.m. to noon third Saturday of each month, Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua. Call 570-645-3059. MEETING — Shining the Light, 8 to 9 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Arch streets, Pottsville. MEETING — Vision of Hope, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 25 S. Balliet St., Frackville. OPEN HOUSE — Tremont Area Historical Society, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., borough building, 19 N. Pine St., second floor, Tremont. Society open third Saturday of each month.

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natural specimens. Participants will choose to design fabric bag, sketchbook/journal or T-shirt. Open to ages 8 and older. Cost $25. To register, call 570-732-3728, ext. 301. BENEFIT CONCERT — 3 to 7 p.m., Mineshaft Cafe, 1100 block of Centre Street, Ashland. Cost $10, includes finger food buffet. Cash bar. Benefits cancer patient, Nancy Ahrensfield. BINGO — Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 618, 2 p.m., doors open at noon, St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church Hall, Oak and Main streets, Shenandoah. Food and refreshments available. Call 570-617-2000 or 570-590-1188. COMMUNITY CARNIVAL — 1 to 5 p.m. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Roman Catholic Church grounds, 22 S. Catawissa St., Mahanoy City. Free for children and adults. Sponsored by Entertainment Avenue and Jesus the Divine World Church from Huntingtown, Md. HYMN SING — 3 to 4 p.m., Good News Bible Church, 221 Main St., Locustdale.

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In Association with the Actors Guild of Schuylkill County Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors Saturday, July 20 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 21 – 2:00 p.m. Tickets Only: $15.00

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ACT cast, crew making final preparations for latest show FROM STAFF REPORTS

MOUNT CARMEL — Just in time for Christmas in July celebrations, Anthracite Citizens’ Theatre will present “A Christmas Carol,” story by Charles Dickens and adaptation by Sharon Glassman and William Sanders, 7 p.m. July 25 to July 27 in the Mount Carmel Area High School Auditorium. The play, narrated by the storyteller Conor Stefanowicz, Coal Township, features Dan Heiser, Girardville, as Bob Cratchet, Scrooge’s humble and dedicated clerk and

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In Cooperation with Lift Your Spirits Performing Arts “Gilligan’s Island…of Death” An Evening with Tiffany Cheng With a Special Performance by Violinist Holly Workman

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Chances of busting not as great as you think Dear Mark: Why would my blackjack cheat sheet tell me to hit a pair of 6s when the dealer is showing a 2, and possibly bust, but it tells me to split those same 6s if the dealer is showing a 4-6? Tim R. A blackjack strategy card — your cheat sheet — is based on the mathematical probabilities of the game, and it provides you guidance on the best decisions to make with every possible situation during each hand. One of the most misunderstood aspects of playing blackjack is that of splitting a pair of cards, especially 6s. Understanding when to split pairs, take a hit, or stand, is

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believe the dealer “always” has a 10 in the hole. Mistakenly they stand, figuring the dealer will bust out. The real Deal Me In deal here, Tim, is when you’re holding a 12 (6s), only four cards will bust you; The 10, Jack, Queen and King. You not only have a 65 percent chance of surviving a crucial to your play. hit, but five additional cards, When to hit, stand and a 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9, will give you a split is also predicated on hand of 17-21. “Composition Strategy.” Likewise, if you do stand, Composition strategy not you will win only 35 percent only takes into considerof the time and lose 65 peration the dealer’s up-card, cent of the time. but the total amount of Thus, Tim, as your cheat cards in your hand, plus, sheet dictates correctly, you which cards make up that hit a pair of 6s against a 2 total. and split the pair against the Plenty of players avoid dealer’s 3, 4, 5 or 6. hitting those 6s because they The lone exception, if you

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CAROL the Ghost of Christmas Present, which represents celebration and charity, is played by Rose Zimmerman, Ashland, the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, which represents death, is played by Erica Sechler, Elysburg. Street urchins who are constantly creating mischievous behavior on the stage i n cl u d e N a s t i s s j a a n d Krystof Lapotsky, Trevorton, and Tyler Barnhardt, Kulpmont. Angela Kane, Ashland, portrays Nancy, and Katianna Lapotsky, Trevorton, is Belle Fezziwig. The cast is rehearsing three nights per week, under the direction of Christopher Olson, in preparation for the premiere. The stage crew has spent a number of hours transferring the stage into a fantasy. Hours of labor have

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Mary, respectively played by Emiliee Barnhardt, Kulpmont, Katy Horsfield, Sandy Horsfield and Alivia Miller, all of Mount Carmel. Some people from Scrooge’s past encourage him to lighten his behavior. Mr. Fezziwig, played by Joseph Revenis, Mount Carmel, was known for his wonderful Christmas parties along with his wife, played by Kathleen Gadinski, Ashland. Another strong influence is Jacob Marley, played by Bill Fisher, Ashland, Scrooge’s deceased miserly partner who is attempting to save him from the same fate he experienced. The three spirits who visit Scrooge are the Ghost of Christmas Past, which represents memory, played by Loretta Murphy, Ashland;

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been spent in an un-airconditioned environment, drawing, stapling, building and painting scenery that will bring magic to the performance. Volunteers include Sean and Barb Malick and Maryann Palovick, all of Mount Carmel; Jason and Margaret Barnhardt, Kulpmont; Chris Zimmerman, Ashland; Donna Spotts, Frackville, and Tom, Dawn and Dan Heiser, Girardville. Tickets, which are $10 each, can be purchased at the Mount Carmel Area Public Library, Community Pharmacy in Mount Carmel, ShamokinCoal Township Public Library, Beverly’s Flower Shop in Shamokin, from any cast member or at the door.

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