Area Native On NYC Park Stage

Wheeling native Chelsey Keding, who is now performing on stage in New York City, is scheduled to appear at the Broadway in Bryant Park event in the Big Apple Thursday, July 21.

Keding is a member of the cast of “Voca People,” now playing at the Westside Theater, located at 407 W. 43rd St. in New York.

The cast of “Voca People” is slated to perform for the weekly Broadway in Bryant Park show on the park’s lawn from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Also scheduled to participate in the theatrical event this week are cast members from “The Addams Family,” “Billy Elliot,” “Memphis” and “Rock of Ages.”

And just who are “Voca People”? According to the show’s website, “The Voca People are friendly aliens from the planet Voca, somewhere behind the sun … where all communication is made by music and vocal expressions. The Voca People believe that life is music and music is life. They visit planet Earth and they have a lot to sing about.”

The cast of “Voca People” has a distinctive look: each performer’s makeup and costume is pure white. Not flesh tone, not tanned – just really, really white. Think Blue Man Group, but in all-white, not blue.

The “Voca People” show is described as “a new inter-galactic phenomenon like no other show. Amazing vocal sounds, a capella singing with the art of beat box creating an incredible range of sounds and instruments.”

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Also in New York City, Glen Dale native and country superstar Brad Paisley celebrated Independence Day as one of the all-star performers on “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular show televised on NBC.

The country singer’s publicist said that one of Paisley’s favorite memories of celebrating the Fourth of July as a child is riding on a fire truck and throwing candy to children in the Glen Dale parade.

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A new movie filmed in the Ohio Valley, “The Deposition,” is being screened around the country and is set for a local premiere next weekend.

“The Deposition” is a film by Eddie Mensore of New Martinsville. He is the son of John and Tulane Mensore of New Martinsville. Some actors and staff for the movie were area residents.

Charity screenings are scheduled at the Lincoln Theatre, located at 242 Main St. in New Martinsville, on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. “The Deposition” also is slated to be shown at the Las Vegas International Film Festival at 3 p.m. today, July 17.

The movie has already been shown at Dances With Films in Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in June.

A description of the plot on the film’s website states, “Former lovers Adam and Jill reunite at a wedding reception in their rural Appalachian town. Although the two share a chemistry that persists despite their breakup, Jill is with another man, Wayne. Adam and Jill slip away together for a tryst. As he drives, Adam professes his love for her but a sudden incident causes a violent car crash that kills Jill.”

Different aspects of “the truth” emerge through Adam’s flashbacks and a series of depositions given by other interested parties.

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