Saturday, June 7, 2008


This week, our county lost a local landmark....and a lot more. The tiny town of Moscow, in the southwest corner of our county, was nearly decimated by a tornado. We had terrible storms Tuesday night, June 3, and were even evacuated out of the County Courthouse, where we were rehearsing for our play. When I got home, one of my friends, who is a volunteer firefighter and EMT called and told me that he was on his way to this town, and that it's historic 1888 double-span covered bridge was gone. This was a beautiful old bridge, lovingly restored over recent years, and celebrated each year by a Covered Bridge Festival. This festival was a large source of income for this little town, and now the future of this festival, the bridge, and the town, are in question. For the first day or so, the town was cut off by downed trees covering every road in and out of town, not to mention the bridge crossing the Flatrock River being gone. Now they are busing in volunteers to help with clearing debris. The Lt. Governor and our Congressman have toured the area, and it has been declared a disaster area. A good friend of mine, along with her daughter, watched her home being blown away above her as they searched for cover in the basement of their farmhouse. They lost all their belongings, their horses, all but one of their goats, and all other animals except their cat. They are battered and bruised, but alive. They are not alone. Several other families have lost everything. One woman was badly injured, but thankfully, no one was killed. When looking at the devastation, it is amazing that no one was.

Donations are being accepted to help those who have lost so much to rebuild, to recover something of their lives. You may donate to the Moscow Victims Assistance Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank in the United States. Please give if you can.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


This is the time of year for Board member nominations and elections. This year there are four openings to the Board due to normal rotating terms. The ballot below contains six (6) candidates proposed to you by the Board and is presented for your approval. Members elected by you, the membership, will serve a three-year term, beginning this August 1, 2008. Ballots must be returned to RCP no later than June 10, 2008. Ballots not returned by June 10th will be considered as a vote for the current Board of Directors choice. There is also a provision for a write-in vote as well, should you so choose. Remember that this is your organization, and its success depends on your participation and input!

RCP 2008 Board of Directors Ballot

The following are candidates to serve as Directors for the Rush County Players for a three-year term, commencing on August 1, 2008. There are four openings to be filled. Please vote for only four (4) candidates. The 4 candidates with the majority of votes will fill the available seats. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by the current Board of Directors. Write- in candidates must be members in good standing in RCP to be considered.
(__________ Matt Amos) (__________ Amanda Locchetta)
(__________ Elizabeth Gist) (__________ Dan Scholl)
(__________ Steve Harmon) (__________ Jack Harmon)
(______________________ your write-in choice)

Mail your ballots to RCP, P.O. Box 33, Rushville, IN 46173. If ballots are not received by June 10, 2008 they will not be counted.
Voter's Signature __________________________________________ _ __________

You can also email this ballot to:, or

RCP is Riverside Park Amphitheatre Sponsor

RCP will be a sponsor of the shows at the Riverside Park Amphitheatre. We will have a table/stand at each show, where we will be able to sell tickets, t-shirts, memberships, or other items, get our name out in the public some more, all while enjoying some great entertainment. However, we need people to work at these events! The schedule of shows follows, each show begins at 7 PM, with the exception of July 12, which starts at 6:30. We will need to get some items from the Playhouse before each show (table, chairs, banner, etc) and return them afterward. We should have at least 2-4 people per event, but can have as many as we want. And remember, each show is FREE!

Riverside Park Amphitheater * Rushville, IN 2008 Concert Series Dates

Sat. June 7, 2008 (Rock & Roll) The Bootie Coons & The Why Store
Sat. June 21, 2008, 6:15 PM Vicki Richmond & The Indpls. Jazz Orchestra
Sat. July 12, 2008 (Bluegrass & Country) Wes Miller Band, Off the Wagon, Josh Mahoney and the Second Chance Band
Sat. July 26, 2008 (Retro!) Black Voodoo Band & Zanna-Doo
Fri. Aug. 1, 2008 (Our Annual Irish Fest) Mother Grove & The McCabe's
Sat. Aug. 16, 2008 (Blues & R & B) Max Allen & The Gene Deer Band

If you can help out RCP at any of these events, please contact Bonnie at, or 561- 3223. WE NEED TO KNOW ASAP!!!!! Feel free to bring along family or friends to help out, too. The more, the merrier!

Dis-Order in the Court!

The Rush County Players are in rehearsal for their last production of the 2007-2008 season. "Sandbag, Stage Left, or, One Dead Dolly" is " a parody of courtroom dramas like Ayn Rand's 'The Night of January 16'." The basic premise is that a community theatre diva has been killed by a falling sandbag during the "So Long, Dearie" number in a production of 'Hello, Dolly.' Her wimpy husband has been accused of the crime, and brought to trial. From this point on, the plot, such as it is, pretty much defies description as Defense Attorney Static and Prosecutor Cling present their cases to Judge Roy. L. Been (rhymes with "pin"). One by one, various community theatre types take the stand to testify, and it is the nuttiest parade of witnesses this side of Perry Mason." This will be a very special show, because, like only a very few before it, it will actually be presented in the Circuit Court Room of the Rush County Courthouse! The elevator is working, for those who need it. Not only is is held in the courtroom, but YOU, the audience, will actually help decide the outcome of the show! The show is written with 2 different endings, and our jury of selected audience members, will have a chance to vote on the verdict during each performance. Who are the "usual suspects" in this courtroom farce? Director Aaron Scholl, Assistant Director Scott Medd, and Producer Bonnie Locchetta are excited to have a mix of RCP veterans and new faces to round out the cast. Cast members include: Jack Harmon, Mark Sloan, Matt Griffin, Molly Rose, Sharon Scholl, Michael Best, Julie Craven, Linda Robinson*, Shelli Griffin, Amanda Locchetta, Elizabeth Gist*, Allie Best, Nikki Calciano*, Matt Amos, Chrissy Rankin, Steve Harmon, and Dan Scholl. Those with asterisks are new to the RCP stage. Show times are Fri. June 6 at 8 PM, Sat. June 7 at 2 PM, Sun. June 8 at 2 PM, Fri. June 13 at 8 PM, Sat. June 14 at 8 PM and Sun. June 15 at 2 PM. There are only 90 seats available for each show, and tickets will be going quickly! Tickets are currently available from any cast member, or at Elizabeth's Keepsakes and Collectibles, 237 N. Main St., Rushville. Adult tickets in advance are $8, and at the door are $10. Students K- 12 are always only $5. But wait!!! When you buy your tickets for the show, you can also buy your raffle tickets to sit on the jury. You can actually buy your way onto a jury! Raffle tickets for jury seats are $1 each, or 6 for $5. These are available right along with regular ticket sales. Jurors are not required to learn lines, but just to play along and have fun! If you have any questions, or want to make reservations, you can call Rush County Players at 938- 1711, visit their website at, or email them at Make plans now to help RCP close out another great season of live theatre here in Rush County, and be part of the wackiest trial of the century! We still need people to help sell tickets, and raffle tickets at each show, so if you can help, call Bonnie at 561-3223 ASAP! Finally, Director Aaron said if we SELL OUT 3 NIGHTS OF THIS SHOW he will SHAVE HIS LEGS!!!! Come on, people! This is TOOOOOO good to pass up!!!!