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NORFOLK, VA. – For nearly four decades, Hugh Copeland has been the “Hugh” behind hooray players, providing community theater around Hampton Roads.

“People like to be here,” Copeland told News 3. “It’s one of the things that draws people to an area – all of the arts.”

Seats at the Perry Family Theater in Norfolk’s NEON District may be empty now, but in a couple of weeks the hooray players will greet people for their first indoor public performance since March 13, 2020.

“Friday the 13th,” said Copeland.

It was an unexpected curtain for Copeland’s theater company when they performed Disney’s “Moana Jr.” opened.

“We were on stage at 5.15pm that night and got microphone checks, people warmed up, and someone came on stage and said, ‘I’m very sorry. The mayor and the governor have closed the city. There won’t be a show tonight, ”said Copeland. “Of course we were devastated.”

And when the pandemic started, questions arose too.

“‘What are we going to do? How are we going to go on?'” He said.

Your group turned to Live streaming, Outdoor appearances, and assistance from the Hampton Roads Chamber for Federal Aid.

“It was more than important,” said Copeland. “It was the key element.”

Jim Carroll, CEO of the Small Business Development Center for Hampton Roadsworked with local entertainment venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Some have been closed since March and some have been partially opened,” Carroll told News 3.

Lately he’s been providing information on funds, including the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.

Carroll said it is supposed to help pay some operating costs.

“It’s a complement to what’s already out there,” he said. “If you lose your people, you’ve lost your people, and we’re talking about entertainment venues. These are not ordinary people; These are individuals with specific skills. “

It is a resource that Copeland is studying.

“It doesn’t pay the cost of producing the show,” said Copeland. “What it does is make it possible to keep everyone involved.”

A resource to consider as you prepare for your next gig inside the walls of the Perry Family Theater.

“I’m pretty sure if we play for a full house at the Roper or Sandler Center we’ll have the energy,” said Copeland. “It will remind us of what our mission was: to provide theater for the community that is affordable for everyone.”

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Also on the program are “Lightspeed (Fanfare for Orchestra)”, a composition by 24-year-old composer Kevin Day from 2019, and “Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra”, composed by Adolphus Hailstork. TSO’s soloist Jeffery Cowen will be the soloist for this work.

The performance is rounded off by the 9th symphony “From the New World” by Antonin Dvorak. The symphony was inspired in part by Dvorak’s travels around the United States in the 1890s, though it was more a response to not being in his Czech homeland than a work steeped in American themes.

Ironically, one of Dvorak’s original themes from the second movement, played by the English horn, was carried over to the song “Goin ‘Home”, which has received a unique musical life.

For more information and access to the concert program notes, see tulsasymphony.org.

“Broadway on Film” for “War Horse”

The Tulsa PAC’s “Broadway on Film” series ends with “War Horse,” the award-winning drama based on Michael Morpurgo’s bestseller.

The film, produced at the National Theater in London, England, will be screened on a big screen in the Chapman Music Hall of Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St., on Saturday February 27th at 8pm. All participants must wear masks and seating in the hall has been set up to maintain social distancing.

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This brindle beauty is more than ready to flee the animal shelter to a loving nursing home or home forever. She dreams of a life full of comfort, snacks and love from her human family. At the shelter she has become a favorite of the employees and can often be spotted on a walk in our field. She tries to squeeze herself into a lap while the staff work on the computer or demonstrate their training skills in the yard!

Elaine has the petite back end, the deep chest and the energy typical of a boxer! She says the Libra lies and often huddles in a basket, bed, or human lap that is large for a dog much smaller than her. Their funny antics are sure to make every family laugh. She enjoys running, jumping, and lounging in the pool! She’s so excited to be with her people that she’ll jump high in the air to kiss your face! While many think it’s adorable, it would probably be too much for young children.

Elaine can be quite vocal when she is initially alone in her kennel. She loves her people and doesn’t want to see them go. Because of this, residential homes may not go well together. Your new family needs to take some time off so they can feel comfortable in their new home before leaving them alone. Our TSPCA trainer can explain how to prepare sweet Elaine for success!

Elaine has gone to dog parks and done well but can be a bit overwhelming so she needs a tolerable or gentle canine sibling in a home. We also believe she would be more than happy to be a pampered dog!

Elaine is a boxer mix. She is around 2 years old and weighs 45 pounds. She has been spayed, vaccinated, tested for heartworms (negative), microchipped and is currently in the field of parasite prevention.


The Tulsa SPCA is currently only operational by appointment.

• Visit tulsaspca.org/adoptable-dogs. Click on their profile and use the orange “Interested in this animal? Click here!” Apply button to apply.

• If approved, we will contact you to finalize the paperwork, collect payment, and schedule an appointment for your drive-through adoption.

• Please stay home if you feel unwell, especially if you have symptoms of fever, cough or sore throat.

All available Tulsa SPCA pets can be viewed at tulsaspca.org.