The Skivvies

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November 19, 2022 | 8PM

Special Mainstage Guest: Danae Lortz, Charlie King & Beau Hutchings
DOWNSTAGE CLUB PRESHOW: DANAE LORTZ | 7 PM

Please join us November 19th at 8pm for The Skivvies! Hosted by The Franke Center with Special Mainstage Guests Beau Hutchings, Charlie King, & Danae Lortz, The Skivvies are Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd, a musical comedy duo who performs stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals while literally stripping down to their underwear.

The Skivvies are Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd singer/actor/musicians performing stripped-down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. Not only is the music stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. The Skivvies were born in 2012 when they became YouTube sensations with their unique covers of artists like Robyn, Carole King, and Rihanna. The videos led to live shows, and now this “musically thrilling”, undie-rock, the comedy-pop duo continues to perform to sold-out audiences in New York and beyond.

The Wall Street Journal calls them “smart, sophisticated…ingenious,” and Out Magazine says, “The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque…and unusual explosion of satire and sultry.”  People Magazine named The Skivvies “The Most Playful Performers” in The Most Talked about Bodies issue and Sports Illustrated named them “Favorite New Band”.  The New York Times calls them “a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and of course, highly toned displays of skin.” They were also nominated for a MAC award for show of the year.

Three Theatre Workshops for All Ages!

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The Franke Center brings NYC artists to facilitate workshops for youth and youngish alike! Broadway actors, musicians and teachers, Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd will offer three workshops on how to creatively and theatrically interpret a pop song through acting OR honing in the auditon skills of those called Triple Threats (actor, singer and musician) — November 15, 16 and 17, each unique to different age groups.

THREE WORKSHOPS IN NOVEMBER FOR 5TH GRADERS THROUGH TO ADULTS. Broadway actors, musicians, and teachers, Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd will offer three workshops on November 15, 16, and 17, each unique to different age groups.

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Interpreting the Pop Song – Pop songs have been all over Broadway in the form of the Jukebox Musical. The objective is to teach the basics of how to creatively and theatrically interpret a pop song thru acting. The format will be set up for students to perform a 16-32 bar cut of a pop song (bring the sheet music), while receiving feedback and suggestions from the teaching duo.

Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 4-6 pm
Age Group: 5th – 8th-grade students
Cost: $60 Sign up here

Date: November 16, 2022
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Age Group: 9th – 12th-grade students
Cost: $60 Sign up here

Are you a triple threat: Actor, Singer, or MUSICIAN? The special skill of playing an instrument as an actor will most certainly come in handy. From the Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd” to “Once” to “Spongebob Squarepants”, actors are playing instruments onstage. In this masterclass, you can bring your guitar, uke, play the piano (we’ll have for you in the room), or any other instrument you can play while singing. Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd out of NYC, will coach songs and talk about what is needed to prepare for an actor-musician audition and show.

Date: November 17, 2022
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Ages: 13 through Adult
Cost: $60 Sign up here

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About the Artists:

Nick Cearley is an American actor, musician, singer, and dancer. A Fairfield, Ohio native, Cearley received his BFA from the Boston Conservatory for Musical Theatre with an emphasis in acting. He currently resides in New York City. He has performed in several shows such as the 1st National Tour of All Shook Up, Buyer and Cellar at Bucks County, and The Rocky Horror Show. Cearley most recently performed as Seymour in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production of Little Shop Of Horrors.

Sydney Shepherd is an actor, singer, and musician who studied at the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts. She plays cello, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, banjo, and more. Her theatrical credits include First Date on Broadway, August Rush, and Alice By Heart. Talkin’ Broadway called Sydney ‘beguiling and endearing with a knock-out voice”.

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More Information: Check out TheFranke.org or email Allison at aebner@thefranke.org.

All workshops take place at The Franke Center for the Arts, 214 E. Mansion Street in Marshall.

Wolf Tree Film Festival 2023

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SHORT FILM SCREENING
JANUARY 21, 2023

FRANKE CENTER AUDITORIUM
214 E. MANSION ST. MARSHALL, MI 49068

In its fifth year, Wolf Tree Film Festival showcases films set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes region is defined as any state or territory that touches one of the Great Lakes (including Ontario, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York).

Submitted films should be no longer than 30 minutes, and all genres will be considered.

The festival will take place at The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall, MI* and will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, and a filmmaker roundtable with industry professionals.

The Wolf Tree Film Festival is housed in historic Marshall, Michigan, a gorgeous small town with a vibrant artistic community. Hosted by the Franke Center for the Arts and Marshall’s Youngish Professionals Committee, the festival is held at Franke Center, originally a church built in 1921, now an arts complex that is the proud home of world-class concerts, inspiring theater, and award-winning movies.

KEY DATES

🔑 OCTOBER 1, 2022: SUBMISSIONS OPEN
🔑 DEC 1, 2022: DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
🔑 JANUARY 4, 2022: FILMMAKER NOTIFICATION DATE
🔑 JANUARY 21, 2023: WOLF TREE AT THE FRANKE CENTER

*The festival will adhere to all public health and safety recommendations at the time of the event

CONTENT WARNING: Some films included in this festival contain mature content that may be inappropriate for young viewers and may be triggering for others. Viewer discretion is advised.

THANK YOU for a Fun FATF2022!

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The YPC would like to give a warm round of applause 👏 to our #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 artists, partners, crew, & community. ❤️⛲️

FATF wouldn’t be possible without the support of partners like:

⭐️ Choose Marshall & Oaklawn Hospital ⭐️

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

And shout out to our performers this year: Bernadette Kathryn Music and the Lonely Days Band, Norman Light & Friends, The Sam Luna Band, & Zion Lion!

#BeYoungish, #ChooseMarshall, and we will see you at the next one.

Last #FATF22 Show of the Season: Zion Lion

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Please give a warm welcome to our final Fridays at the Fountain performers: Zion Lion!

Then meet us at the Brooks Memorial Fountain, August 12th – 7pm EST, for the last FATF show of the season. Everyone is welcome. Bring your own chair or blanket to keep it comfy.

Zion Lion is the “baddest band” to hit the Kalamazoo music scene. The members are a combination of several bands from the Kalamazoo area that crossed each other’s path along the way and decided to form what we believe to be the right mix of reggae, African zouk, mucosa, zoukous and some Afro-latin influences. Some of the members have had the honor of opening and sharing the stage with local, national and international reggae artists such as Freddie McGreggor, Pato Batun, Winston Jarrett, Culture, Beenie Man, Lucky Dube, Mikey Dread and the Meditations.


THANK YOU #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 partners! 
Oaklawn Hospital & Choose Marshall 

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

Coming Up: The Sam Luna Band!

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Kicking off our third Fridays at the Fountain performance is: The Sam Luna Band! Join us for family fun at the fountain – July 29 at 7pm EST! Please bring your own chair or blanket.

Sam Luna is a multi-instrumentalist from Battle Creek, MI. Frontman Sam Luna and guitar player Sage Castleberry have been best friends since middle school, and got their musical start in high school performing on a downtown Battle Creek sidewalk in 2015. They can be seen at shows across southwest Michigan playing Sam’s released music, and covers anyone would enjoy. Sam is best known for his ever-growing set of originals, along with radio hits from decades all the way back to the 60’s. Crowd pleasers are enjoyed by all ages, as Sam and his band have an enjoyable, classic, modern sound.


THANK YOU #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 partners! 
Oaklawn Hospital & Choose Marshall 

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

Next at FATF: Norman Light (& Friends)!

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Welcoming back a Fridays at the Fountain favorite: Norman Light (& Friends)! Bring the whole family and head to Brooks Memorial Fountain for a live performance – July 15 at 7pm EST. Please bring your own chair or blanket.

Norman Light is a Marshall local that has performed at FATF previously with Chameleon and Rae of Light, but this will be a new vibe! With Norman Light & Friends the only thing guaranteed is that there’ll be a night of good music, with fantastic musicians. “Which” musicians is the question! Maybe a singer-friend will show up? Maybe a harmonica player will step-in? Maybe a keyboard player will play that solo you always loved? Playing songs that everyone knows from a wide range of genres, every show brings a different line-up that makes each show unique and memorable.


THANK YOU #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 partners! 
Oaklawn Hospital & Choose Marshall 

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

YPC & BluFish: The Think Tank

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Ready to throw some ideas in the Think Tank? Round two of our new event series is coming up soon, so clear that calendar and bring your creative ideas and energy to Schuler’s Signature Room, July 12th, from 5:30pm to 7pm. Cash bar, light snacks, great company!

Powered by you, supported by BluFish, ignited by the Youngish Professionals! Join us for a new series, The Think Tank, and share your energy and ideas on how to continue to elevate all things Marshall. At each event, we’ll ask you to throw some ideas into the fish bowl on how to make Marshall THE small town in Michigan to live, work, and/or play. From there, we’ll start pulling them out, diving into discussion, and shedding some light on where we could and should focus our collective energy. Someone once said it takes a village, and we’re betting that smart individuals attended events like this!

Scheduled for 90 minutes, each event will kick-off with some time to mingle and meet new folks, transition into an oh-so-brief presentation of a topic or theme for consideration, and away we’ll go! It’s informal, it’s fun, it’s youngish Marshall at its finest.

BeYounigsh, #ThinkOutsideTheBowl, #ExperienceTheSchulerWay, and #ChooseMarshall.

First FATF Show: Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band!

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Join the YPC for family fun at the Brooks Memorial Fountain – live music, July 1 at 7pm EST featuring: Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band! Please bring your own coolers/chairs and we’ll see everyone at the fountain.

Detroit’s Country Rebel, Bernadette Kathryn and her Lonely Days Band has been dazzling audiences for the past 8 years with their own brand of hot rock’n country music. From traditional to contemporary, their sound is a mix of classic rock, southern rock and modern country, spiced up with a healthy dose of classic Nashville, but built on a foundation that’s uniquely Motor City.

2022 DATES

⭐️JULY 1Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band

⭐️JULY 15 – Norman Light & Friends

⭐️JULY 29 – The Sam Luna Band

⭐️AUGUST 12 – Zion Lion



THANK YOU #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 partners! 
Oaklawn Hospital & Choose Marshall 

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.