The History of the Cultural Society as written by
Virginia Hailey was not continued after 1986. When Jane Pacey started
working as Administrative Coordinator in 1997, she decided to research
back minutes and old programs and compile some sort of history from
1987 to the present. Since the Paceys moved here in 1982 and joined
the Cultural Society immediately, she had seen several of the events
as they happenedbut not all. Those of you who were more actively
involved during the years will need to help correct this history.
Jane welcomes you to come in and add information at anytime. The
Cultural Society also has multitudes of pictures that are not identified
and are lacking some programs of the past. Any way you can help
would be appreciated.
As the history has been published in the Area Arts in the recent
years, it is added to the website. If you have a computer, please
check out the history by decades as listed there. The address is
www.centraliaarts.org. Those who participated will want to make
sure the facts are accurate.
According to the minutes, the following events were a part of 1987.
The Little Theatre Players were planning to participate in a play
festival competition with a play called, A Night in the Ukraine
but had to cancel out. This competition was to take place in Alton.
The basic requirements of the contest are that the play must be
of one hour or less in length and setup and teardown of the set
must be done in only 10 minutes. The cast included Sheree Jones,
Keith Shaw, Cheryl Galassini, Charles Lackey, Heather Holland, Daron
Bruce, Jon Logullo and Sarah Holland. We had a multitude of young
theatre enthusiasts at that time like Kad Day who later directed
one of my favorite shows Pump Boys & Dinettes, a
country music revue, with Heather Holland, Cheryl Galassini, David
Ritter, Bart Day, Lisa Rushing, Kenny Boeker and Kad Day.
Pinocchio - 1987
Chad Beguelin directed Pinocchio that same year who
wrote the original adaptation of that play with original lyrics.
Kad Day and Carol Day of Carlyle composed the music.
Scholarship recipients that year were Kim Condor, Craig Bland, and
Ronnie Crume. Craig was performing in the Palace Music Hall of Six
Flags and Daron Bruce sings in Miss Kittys Saloon at Six Flags.
Keith Shaw was cast in all five of the Summer Musicals at Little
Theatre on the Square in Sullivan. What a great group of young performers!
Marilyn Gluck & Jay Stanley directed Hooray for Hollywood
which also showcased some of the young talent available. Tickets
were $4 and $3. Hollywood Brands was acknowledged for all their
generous financial support they gave the Society. The chorus directors
were Marge Kasten and Rose Marie Caldwell.
Bob Cover directed the popular musical Carousel which
was performed at the High School with ticket sales of $7830. The
Carousel that was built for the show was sold to Pyramid Players
for $800. There were 135 people involved in the show either on stage,
backstage, the orchestra, or the production staff and those people
came from seven surrounding communities.
Jane Littrell was the administrator that year and Sharon Ingles
was excited about starting her first year as President of the Board.
An accountant was hired since Volunteer bookkeeping was no longer
feasible. The Board of Directors had 34 memberswith each group
having 4 representatives and 13 members at large.
The Philharmonic Orchestra held a Winter Pops Concert which netted
$1200. In August there was a joint concert with Rend Lake Symphony
conducted by Bill Camphouse at Library Park. They also participated,
of course, in the Candlelight Concert in December. A Young Artist
Competition was also held that year.
The Choral Society presented Christmas in Williamsburga
madrigal in December and a Sacred Music concert in October.
Conchitta Grabowskis 4th grade play was Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest. This was her fourth
play to be performed at the Cultural Society.
The Palette & Brush Club held their Fall Art Show . They also
held a Spring Art Show They had an acrylic workshop and worked with
the Centralia Correctional Center for an art exhibit. They had a
exhibit at Home Federal. A drawing workshop was held in April. A
photography exhibit was held in September. Virginia Rohrbacher conducted
a series of classes.
A special event of the year was the Easter Parade of Crafts. Hollywood
Brands donated $2500 to the Society. The Airport Fall Festival was
held in September. Mike Loomis was thanked for being editor of the
newsletter for 12 years.
whole society was saddened that year by the death of a beloved director
and performer, Jan Logullo. Jan directed Fiddler on the Roof,
My Fair Lady, and Annie.
The volunteer group NOVA-CALA was dissolved that year also.
It was difficult year for the board as Jane Littrell resigned, as
well as several board members. The Society had to borrow $9000 from
the Puffer Trust to pay bills as no Illinois Arts Council grant
was received that year.
A needs assessment and study was done in 1987 on the restoration
of the Grand Theatre. A grant was received for $12,000 to do this
study. It was determined to not be a feasible project.
1988- Barbara Cortelyou began as part-time Administrator. The dues
for each organization was raised to $100. Tom Simmons, part-time
janitor was paid $100 a month. The following events were held in
Hello Dolly was directed by Bob Cover and was a huge
success. Kad Day directed Pippin which was also quite
popular. The Orchestra held a summer Music Under the Stars
concert with a decorated blanket contest. They also held a Music
ala Mode concert in August and a concert in Benton and a String
The Choral Society held a Sing-along Messiah concert
on Palm Sunday, a Childrens Variety Show, a Fall Patriotic
concert and the Madrigal in December.
The Palette & Brush Club held a watercolor workshop and a spring
Art Show. Special events included St. Marys Play, Cinderella
and the Holiday Craft Fair and Christmas Concert. A Business After
Hours was held with 92 in attendance.
Major donations in 1988 were from Hollywood Brands ($3000) and an
IAC grant was received for $7,830.
David Allen, Andrew Liefer, and Betty Hood received scholarships
that year. Young Artist Winners were Kim Roberts, David Allen, Stephanie
Hicks, Stacey Weatherspoon.
The Sentinel started printing the Area Arts Newsletter this year.
1989The following events were held
Cast of "Arsenic & Old Lace"
Little Theatre Players held a Dance Workshop, did the play Arsenic
and Old Lace-directed by Sherm Doolen, Childrens Workshop
Story Time Too directed by Madge McCall & Jeanne
Jones, Teenage Workshop, Waitin to Shine, directed
by Mike Ross and produced the playMan Who Came to Dinner,
directed by Bob Cover
ORCHESTRA: The Winter Pops, Sea Cruise,took
listeners on a tropical cruise where ships captain and orchestra
conductor, Bill King, promised many interesting ports of call. The
Singing Mermaids were special guests for the evening and Ken McCall
lead the traditional audience sing-a-long. They also held another
Young Artists Competition, Music Ala Mode Concert, and a Concert
at KC featuring the Young Artists.
PALETTE & BRUSH: Workshop, Fall Art Show, Exhibit at K.C., Spring
Art Show with High School Students
SPECIAL EVENTS: St. Patricks Day Dance, Holiday Craft Fair,
29th Christmas Concert.
Owlet Christmas Magic Show sponsored by ONB.
Barbara Cortelyou, along with the Centralia Foundation, BPW, Sunrise
Rotary, and the City worked very hard on the Art Train. It took
many volunteers and a lot of work to organize this project, but
3658 people were able to see the exhibits aboard the Michigan Art
Train while it was downtown during the Come Home to Centralia celebration.
The exhibit featured 150 years of Childhood Toys.
Cindy Stricker, Angela Thompson, and Sarah Holland were scholarship
winners in 1989. There was also a break-in at the building which
caused damage and the mortgage was refinanced for 12 years. Tom
Simmons salary was raised to $150 per month.
In 1990, the Spring musical was Funny Thing Happened on the
Way to the Forum, directed by Mike Boyll who was currently
living in Florida, but came to Centralia to direct this musical.
Bob Cover directed Love Rides the Rails that year. Marilyn
Brookman became president of the board in 1990.
The Palette & Brush club held their Fall & Spring art shows
and sponsored a trip to the St. Louis Art Museum. They also held
an Art Fair during the Balloon Fest, and held several Art Workshops.
The Spring Art Show was held in conjunction with the performance
of the Spring Musical.
The Orchestra had the Illinois State Brass Quintet perform at Winter
Pops. David Allen was a member of that group. They also held their
annual Ala Mode concert, did a concert at Balloon Fest, and sponsored
the Young Competition. A portable stage was built by the Prison
to use and the Cultural Society paid for half the cost.
The Choral Group had a concert of 18th & 19th Century Love songs
a Sing-a-Long in August and October concert, did another Madrigal,
and was sponsor of a Gospel Sing.
Special events of the year were the Barbershop Concert, Business
After Hours, and the Candlelight Christmas Concert. An appreciation
volunteers was held that year.
Scholarship winners in 1990 were Charles Lackey and Emily Jourdan.