Fans of Wheeling native John Corbett are thrilled to learn that a sequel to his hit comic film, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," reportedly is in the works.
Actress and writer Nia Vardalos has confirmed that she has written a script for a "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" sequel. Corbett and Vardalos are set to reprise their roles for the new film, according to several sources.
In an article about the project, the Huffington Post stated, "Vardalos' 2002 film about a first-generation Greek-American woman who falls in love with a high school English teacher (John Corbett) made $241 million at the domestic box office. A total sleeper hit, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' became the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history, a title it still holds."
A title for the sequel hasn't been announced, but in tweets, Vardalos has referred to the movie as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." The screenwriter-actress also hasn't revealed any plot details, but for the cynical among us, I suggested "My Big Fat Greek Conscious Uncoupling," while local storyteller Rich Knoblich came up with a clever title: "My Big Fat EU Debt."
Plans are shaping up for the Wheeling Arts Fest. The free event promises to be an exciting day of arts-related programming.
The Arts Fest takes place on 16th Street in downtown Wheeling from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Venues for the programs again are the West Virginia Northern Community College Square, West Virginia Independence Hall and Ohio County Public Library.
A major component of the Wheeling Arts Fest is the West Virginia premiere of "Pneumatica," the latest work from Squonk Opera of Pittsburgh. Performances of "Pneumatica" are set for 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. that day.
Incidentally, the Pittsburgh premiere of Squonk's "Pneumatica" is planned at the 55th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a 10-day celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh, that runs from Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 15.
Promotional materials stated, "Squonk's new outdoor work, 'Pneumatica,' is made of air, powered by air and about air.
"The performances will awaken social connections into joyful wind-powered emergent air spectacles. It will push physics and civic interdependency into tangibility, with wind powered turbines, tentacles and a whirl of inflatables."
Squonk works have toured to Europe, Asia, Broadway and off-Broadway. The New York Times called the group a "multi-media troupe of infinite jest."
The talent of being a good "liar" apparently runs in the family for a couple of folks with area ties.
Noah Lepp of Charleston was the top winner in the youth category (age 15 and younger) for the state Liars' Contest conducted during the annual Vandalia Gathering held in the state capital on Memorial Day weekend. For his accomplishment, he received Goldenseal magazine's Golden Shovel award.
Lepp is the son of author Bil Lepp, author, storyteller and five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest. Bil and Noah Lepp are the son and grandson, respectively, of the Rev. John and Sally Lepp of Glen Dale.
On an interesting note, all three winners in the adult division of this year's West Virginia Liars' Contest are from Charleston. Gentle readers, you may insert your own political commentary regarding this development!
Linda Comins can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org