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A Capitol Weekend
November 18, 2013 - Phyllis Sigal
The Capitol Theatre was a hopping place this weekend, with a movie premiere and a homecoming show for Ohio Valley native Katie Ohh.
It was nice to see so many people filling the beautiful theater's new seats.
Friday night's premiere of "A Christmas Tree Miracle" brought out lots of supporters, fans and stars. The red carpet event was full of energy and big-city excitement.
Executive producers of "A Christmas Tree Miracle" are Wheeling residents Kristin Seibert and Dolph Santorine. It was written by Ty DeMartino and directed by JW Myers. All were principals in "Doughboy," (now known as "The Pledge"), which also was filmed in and around the Ohio Valley.
The movie, which starred Kevin Sizemore, Claudia Esposito, Barrett Carnahan, Emily Capehart, Terry Kiser and Siomha Kenney, was a fun, family film with a warm, holiday message.
Kenney, a spritely little redhead stole the film! She was adorable, and I wouldn't be surprised if we see her again.
Sizemore, who played David George in the film, has been seen in a number of television series including "Under the Dome," "Resurrection," "Prison Break" and "24," just to name a few. During the after party, he noted that he said "yes" to the part before he even read the script, because he's "a West Virginia boy," hailing from Princeton.
Kiser, while known for "Weekend at Bernie's," has an impressive list of credits since 1954! He was endearing in the role of Henry, the tree farm owner who generously gave away Christmas trees — or as he put it, "gave away Christmas."
Kiser comes to the rescue of the George family — David and Julie, and their three children, Nick, Natalie and Nina — when a financial situation leaves them homeless.
The Christmas tree farm was "played" brilliantly by Feisley Tree Farms in Belmont, Ohio. The house, the barn and hillsides lush with evergreen were all beautiful additions to the film.
Other recognizable area venues were Wheeling Coffee and Spice on 14th Street in downtown Wheeling and the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Oglebay's Wilson Lodge.
It was a fun night, from the red-carpet entrances to the after party upstairs at The Capitol Ballroom.
Congrats to all involved!
In Saturday's limelight at The Capitol Theatre was Katie Ohh, the Powhatan Point native who took home $1 million when she won "The Winner Is" on NBC in August. Katie opened for Craig Morgan.
Katie Ohh is going far ... I've been rooting for her ever since I first saw her at River City Ale Works in Wheeling. It was just Katie and her guitar then, with her mom Sherrie Orlofske operating sound for her 17-year-old daughter.
This time, she brought a full band.
Katie was stunning on the Capitol stage — she wore a silver corset top with black pants and sexy, black, over-the-knee boots. The top, she told me, was custom designed for country star Miranda Lambert by Ani & Ari of Nashville.
She sang some of the songs from her EP as well as cover tunes, a couple of which helped her to a million dollars on "The Winner Is."
She graciously thanked all who came out to hear her on Saturday night, obviously overwhelmed by the appreciative crowd. Adoring fans returned the thanks by crowding a table in the lobby, ready to purchase autographed photos and CDs after her performance.
Living in Nashville, Katie's singing career is on the move. While she loves her job as an emergency room nurse, her dream is to pursue music full time — singing, writing and performing.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Remember Katie. We'll be hearing lots of great music from her, and I can't wait to report on more good news in her future!