Publisher's note: Chapter V is the continuation of a series that began with The Turnage Theater in Images: a Retrospect in Melody - Chapter I, with the last installment in the series, The Turnage Theater in Images: a Retrospect in Melody - Chapter IV.
These chapters of the Turnage Theater, in retrospect, in these rare images offered below, are in chronological order, and if you do not see a show that you were particularly fond of; please, be aware of this one policy of mine - I did not publish images of every performer, only the ones I rather enjoyed. My mother made a deep impression on me: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Additionally, all photos for this article have never been published prior to this post.
The new year, 2011, rolled around and while one may well wonder - will the Turnage Foundation right their financial ship - one could be at least thankful for the wonderful shows booked for presentation later in the year. The line-up would fortunately produce a number of good shows -two of which we will re-present, with photos in this article that have never been published prior to this post.
The first show of the new season, January 11, 2011, was a lively Folk / Bluegrass / "Newgrass" show featuring April Verch, and her trio: Guitarist Clay Ross and Bassist Cody Walters. Musically it was a spirited show, that grew in intensity when April unleashed her pent up, need to immerse into Ottawa Valley Stepdancing.
Her passion to stepdance expressed in her happy little feet, descended upon her traveling 3/4" plyboard with a voracious abandon. It was a big part of their show, and the audience roared with approval.
Later that season, as Winter waned before the first days of Spring, Molasses Creek returned to the beaten boards of the Turnage Theater stage to present their new show, which exceeded all expectations. The five-piece ensemble, from the North Carolina Outer Banks Island of Ocracoke, elected to use this show at the Turnage Theater, on this night, March 18, 2011, to launch their latest concert tour, which stretched deep into the Northeast as well as the South.