For the Love of the Dixie set for Saturday March 31

Friday, March 23, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

A new heating, cooling and ventilating system has been installed at the Marshall County Community Theatre and contributions for it have been received, but still there are bills to pay.

So, the theatre board's decided to kill two birds with one stone by acknowledging that the home-grown musical group called Us Two and him is celebrating its 40th year of continued entertainment, accept the trio's offer for a free show, and rake in the money.

They're calling the benefit show For the Love of the Dixie. It's to include a cast of thousands of notes played by the trio and other groups such as the high-flying sounds of Clay Derryberry and Shades of Gray.

Also performing on March 31 is Mike Mosier of Lewisburg and his guitar, as well as the women who've appeared in a production called "Girls Night Out." They're reportedly going to return to the stage with dignity. They include Lee Bowles, Allison Mulliniks and Annette Phillips. Brady Phillips is to sing a song "Castle on a Cloud" from "Les Miz" and Mateo Coronado, the music teacher at Marshall Elementary School and a member of an a cappella group, is to shed that defining role and play the guitar as he sings.

With so many acts the show is expected to last between 105-120 minutes. Showtime is 7 p.m., but if sales are good, a 9 p.m. show might be added, according to a usually reliable source who didn't want to be quoted on that.