Contributed by Ann Barfels
Loveland, Ohio – Although he holds many roles in the community (Loveland School Board President, President of Jarvis Global Investments LLC, and is the current season sponsor for the theatre company), Art Jarvis hasn’t appeared on stage since high school, and never with lines to memorize! In high school, he appeared in the ensemble of “Wizard of Oz” and “Camelot” and also was a member of the Cincinnati Boys Choir. But this is all new to him.
When Deirdre Dyson, artistic director, and Steve Kovacs, co-producer approached Art and offered him the role of the priest in their production of “Mamma Mia”, Art was reluctant to accept since he had just had foot surgery and wasn’t sure he could even walk by the opening date of August 15. But he accepted and is now excited and appreciative of the new experience and the chance to make new friends.
He is amazed at the amount of time involved to produce a show, “But it shows” says Art. A typical show calls for an average of 15 hours of rehearsal per week and many weeks might involve more than that during the average 6 weeks to put a show together. Add to that painting the set, making costumes, etc. and you can easily reach over 20 hours per week.
Art says the main reason he accepted this new and challenging experience is that, “Loveland Stage Company is a jewel in Loveland’s crown!”
“Mamma Mia” opens August 15 and runs through the 25.
Curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on the 15th , 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and at 3 p.m. on the 18th, 24th and 25th.
There will be an ASL interpreter at the 3 p.m. show on the 24th.
Tickets are $20 and can be bought online at http://lovelandstagecompany.org for large groups or accessible seating call 513-443-4572. The theatre is located at 111 S. 2nd St. (Rt. 48), Loveland, 45140.