Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Women’s Untold Stories: An Evening of Music, Dance, Art, and Theater

Music, dance, art, and theater are coming to the Mayflower Arts Center in Troy on April 1, 2016, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Edison State Community College and the center as a benefit for the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, the program will feature 17 women from the college and the community displaying their talents as they salute girls and women.

During the reception, which is from 5 until 7, musicians Nancy Shuler, Kathryn Ellicott, Mindy Bach, and Shannon Cothran will entertain guests with classic and contemporary musical selections.

The gallery at the center will feature the work of Troy artist Nancy Shuler and Piqua artist Linda Hamilton. Both women are painters and enjoy the reputation of producing works that speak to the hearts and minds of those who view them. Hamilton will display a painting of her daughter, Erika Hamilton Loubek, at age three, and her latest work, a painting of her mother-in-law, Mary F. Hamilton, age 91.

Shuler’s work depicts a teenager on the levy at Troy and a self-portrait done in a studio at Wright State University. Shuler says that she employs “a direct approach using oils and modulating colors based on observation, perspective, light, and color relationships.”

The art of Shuler and Hamilton along with others depicting girls and women will be in the gallery at the Mayflower Arts Center throughout the month of April.

At 7 p.m., the show will begin with a lyrical dance by Troy native Savannah Harvey followed by a viola solo by Shannon Cothran, also a Troy native and a senior at Troy High School.

For the evening’s main event, 13 area college students/employees and community leaders will take the stage and deliver monologues in answer to poet Muriel Rukeyser’s question “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?” Dr. Vivian Blevins and students in her Women in Theatre class at Edison State, Mindy Bach, Savannah Harvey, and Rachel Darrow wrote the monologues. Stories in the monologues feature diverse themes from sex trafficking to emotional and physical poverty to communication lapses.

The final act of the evening will feature Dayton musician Brenda Cobbs-Allen in a mini concert presenting songs from the repertoires of Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin.

Audience members who desire to do so can dialogue with the cast at the conclusion of the evening and share their own stories.

The basic price of admission is $10, and those who would like to make additional contributions to the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County are encouraged to do so. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

For further information, contact Dr. Vivian Blevins at or (937) 778-3815.

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