Connect 4: For Kids by Kids Supports St. Jude Children’s Hospital

BY BARB BERGGOETZ As a 2-year-old, Eleanor Cook became captivated by the stories of children fighting cancer highlighted in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital calendars. She repeatedly asked her parents, Carl and Marcy Cook, to read them to her. Those stories made a lasting impression. She carried the calendars around the house, memorized some of the stories, and prayed for the children. As she grew older, she wanted to do more. Eleanor started giving her birthday money to St. Jude when she turned 5 and began selling lemonade shake-ups to raise additional funds. “If I donate money, it gives them more money so they can find more stuff to cure,” says Eleanor, who is now 6 and a Childs Elementary […]

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Have a Beer and Watch Cardinal’s Sultry Musical ‘Murder Ballad’

BY CAROLYN CROWCROFT Cardinal Stage Company will close out its 2015–16 season with Murder Ballad, an electric musical that Artistic Director Randy White says is unlike anything the company has ever done before. Murder Ballad follows the dramatic story of a love triangle gone sour. After reuniting with a former lover, Sara, played by new Cardinal actress Shaina Vencel, finds herself caught up in a sordid affair that leads to lies, betrayal, and, of course, murder. The play builds tension by not revealing the killer’s identity until the very end. White says he was drawn to Murder Ballad by its sultry music, with lyrics by the play’s writer Julia Jordan and music and lyrics by indie rock singer-songwriter Juliana Nash. […]

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