Poetry Smackdown 7
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Admission: $10

Ignoring pleas from English teachers, threatening letters from poetry lovers and a rumored injunction from the International Poetry Association, the Page to Stage program of St. Barnabas Center for the Arts (SBCA) will present POETRY SMACKDOWN VII on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 PM in the Ministry Center of St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, 15600 Old Rockford Road in Plymouth.

Veteran readers JANE BLAKE and JEFF WHITMILL (their earlier SMACKDOWNS garnered rave reviews (from Ms. Blake's parents; Mr. Whitmill's mother declined comment)) square off with guest artist TRACIE THALDORF HODGDON to see who can best perform poetry from printed and spoken word poets- writers whose poetry will amaze you, amuse you and maybe even pull on a heartstring or two.

It's funny, it's poignant, it's outrageous, it's profound. It's a cheap date. It's short enough that you'll still have time to catch a movie afterwards.

But for this hour you'll be throwing words and phrases all around your head, bouncing them off memories and tasting them like the latest dessert at Salty Tart. It's a sampler platter of some of the best in new poetry, with a side dish of a golden oldie or two, just to cleanse the palette.

Jane Blake is a veteran of the stage, having played roles from Shakespeare to Sondheim, from Peter Pan to Hot Tubs of Peru. She has performed at venues in Chicago and Austin, Texas, and was for several years with Nebraska's Theatre of the American West. She unleashes a cast of characters from the sublime to the ridiculous in the poems she reads.

Tracie Thaldorf Hodgdon has brightened many a musical theatre stage and cabaret nightspots. She's an actor/director/choreogrpaher and certified masseuse in the Twin Cities. Originally from La Crosse, WI, she studied acting at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and Viterbo University (also La Crosse, WI) and with Eric Loeb and Peter Kelley in New York and Raye Birk of the Guthrie Theatre.

Jeff Whitmill is SBCA's Director, Director of Musical Ensembles at St. Barnabas and a composer. His basic function in this is to demonstrate for you just how good the other two really are - which he accomplishes masterfully.

The program will run about 75 minutes. Recommended admission is $10.00 ($5.00 for students) - but any amount is acceptable. Proceeds will benefit St. Barnabas Center for the Arts.

After the performance, there will be dessert (included in the price of admission) for audience members.

Recommended for persons 12 and older.

For more information call SBCA Director Jeff Whitmill at (763) 438-4847 or e-mail him.

You'll laugh, you'll cry - and you'll have an altogether grand time of it. If you've been to one of our Smackdowns, we know you'll be there for this event.

If you've never seen one, you're missing something fun in your life. Give it a shot; you'll be glad you did.

St. Barnabas Center for the Arts is a program of St. Barnabas Lutheran Church supporting the arts through education, nurturing and sharing of creative works.

WORSHIP: Sunday, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM • Saturday, 5:00 PM