MOUNT VERNON — For those who were not able to see Lori Turner present Fay Templeton at the Chautauqua Series last year, due to the many storms that brought power outages around Knox County and surrounding counties, they missed the most gifted vocalist the Chautauqua Series has ever had on its stage.
Coming from 10 years of opera performance in Los Angeles and another 10 years with the Royal Swedish Opera Company, Turner retired to the Mansfield area and when she heard about the series, she asked if she could portray one of her heroines, namely, Fay Templeton. Turner accepted an invitation to repeat her program this year at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 111 S. Main St., on Thursday. Doors open at this first floor facility at 6 p.m. and the program starts with gifted guitarist/singer Joe Rollin Porter at 7 p.m., followed by Fay Templeton at 7:45 p.m.
So who was Fay Templeton? She was an American actress, singer and comedienne. Her parents were actors/vaudevillians and she followed in their footsteps, making her Broadway debut in 1900. Templeton excelled on the legitimate and vaudeville stages for more than half a century. She was a favorite headliner and heroine of popular theater and was George M. Cohen’s favorite singer for whom he wrote.
Why is she not well known to the modern audience? She choice not to have her voice recorded nor make the move to film as those became popular.
For more information and upcoming programs — all provided on a donation basis, and supported in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, Ariel Foundation and Rolls-Royce Charities/Civic Fund — visit www.elixirpresents.com or call 740-392-6102.
Published on September 30, 2013