Mount Vernon — Her name might not be familiar to the modern audience, but in her day, Fay Templeton was one of the best known and beloved actresses on Broadway. Born into a theatrical family, Templeton made her first appearance on the stage at the tender age of 3 in 1868, and never left until she was nearly 70. She last appeared with and up and comer named Bob Hope. In film she was portrayed by a young girl by the name of Judy Garland.
Making her Mount Vernon debut on Thursday at 7 p.m. at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main St.) is Lori Turner from the Cleveland area. Turner has been portraying Templeton for many years and believes in showing a famous actress and singer from the late 1800s and early 1900s acting and bringing to the modern audience what life was like at that time and the trials and tribulations of someone born and raised in theatre.
Opening for Turner will be local favorite Joe Rollins Porter also making his Chautauqua debut and playing his own blend of blues and Appalachian style music. The Chautauqua Series (the only year round monthly Chautauqua Series in the United States) is presented by Elixir with assistance by the Ohio Humanities Council, Ariel Foundation and Rolls-Royce Charities/Civic Fund.
The doors open at ThePlace@TheWoodward at 6 p.m., with Joe Rollins Porter starting the program at 7 p.m. and Fay Templeton at approximately 7:45, followed by a question and answer period with the actress. The program is presented on a donation basis.
Coming in August — the Andrews Sisters (portrayed by Mount Vernon’s Dante Sisters) on Aug. 2; Music in America (with Desmond Wall and Mike Petee), Helen Zelkowitz, Erma Bombeck, Red Skelton and Roy Orbison at the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival on August 9; Dr. Annette Jefferson Lyceum about Black Women during the Civil War on Aug. 16; and Margaret Junkin Preston (Northern woman, Southern poet during Civil War) Aug. 30.
Published on July 24, 2012