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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SKITS auditioning for spring play

Shell Knob in the Spotlight is holding auditions for its spring play, "The Bold, the Young and the Murdered," on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Central Crossing Senior Center. The play will be performed on April 29-30 and May 1. Director Kim Przybyl and the SKITS Board will be at the audition to explain the character roles and the play requirements in detail. This is SKITS' seventh play, and there is no experience necessary to audition. Men and women are needed. There are no children's parts, just actors that may act like kids. "The Bold, the Young and the Murdered" revolves around the dysfunctional cast and crew of a cheesy soap opera, "The Young and the Bold." It begins with the long suffering director struggling desperately with a disgruntled and self-absorbed cast, uncooperative crew members and a pesky new intern to realize his creative vision. Faced with flagging viewership and poor productivity, he is issued an ultimatum by the show's executive producer: complete one episode in one night or the show dies. Locked in the studio for the night, he sets about attempting to corral performances from his charges, only for people to start dying under mysterious circumstances. For more about SKITS, people may find the SKITS Community Theatre page on Facebook, or visit

Program offered on converting 
family photos to digital files

On Monday at 7 p.m., the Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society will host a program at the Barry County Museum teaching simple ways of converting treasured photographs into digital files. The presenter, Philip van Voorst, is a photographer and designer who has experienced the so-called digital revolution in both graphic design and photography, having taught both subjects in College and University settings. Having amassed quite a few black and white negatives and slides, van Voorst found himself needing to convert them to files for his children and other family members. He said that this process used to be done primarily by service bureaus. Since they are located in large cities, this means sending away unique negatives and slides, something that most folks would be reluctant to do. "I realized that our present point and shoot cameras, with the capability to produce detail with high resolutions, could allow us to record our own digital files," he said. A little bit of traditional knowledge of camera work is needed to optimize this kind of photography, and this will be included as well in Monday's presentation.

CASK Paint 'N Pour classes fill up quick

While the Jan. 20 Paint 'N Pour class is filled already, Creative Arts of Shell Knob is hosting another class on Feb. 11, from 6-9 p.m. Nicki Hanna will lead the group with the subject, 'Mandela." Jo D. will host the March class, which will also be held in the evening. It is important to note the class is reserved with a payment. If someone must cancel, the payment is not refunded, but carried over for the next class. CASK needs to know in advance if someone is not coming, so they can offer that spot to someone on the waiting list. CASK is limited by available space to nine artists. For more information, people can check out the Creative Arts of Shell Knob Facebook page, and CASK's website is:

Book signing set in Shell Knob on Saturday

Author Jo Tidwell will host a book signing event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Shell knob Branch Library. A resident of Shell Knob, Tidwell will be available to sign copies of her book, "All I Ever Wanted Was to Be Normal," which is an autobiography about a 32-year-old woman who was addicted to alcohol, living with her abusive boyfriend, depressed and suicidal. But, Jesus heard her cry for help. He led her on the extraordinary adventures of being a Christian. It's about God's loving kindness, child-like faith and her salvation in 1984. She believed what she read in the Bible, and miracles happened. Every chapter describes a miracle, something only God could do including deliverance from alcoholism, freedom from compulsive promiscuity, and the power of God to help others.

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