MCAC invites all to celebrate Vicki Arnold

Last updated: August 29. 2014 5:25PM - 708 Views
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Vicki Arnold was in local theatrical and music productions for several decades. Pictured with the cast of MCAC's 2008 “As Times Goes By” Musical Revue, from left, Tracy Potter, Anne Gorman, Stephanie Stephens, Bruce Thompson, Jeff Gates, Vicki Arnold and Jim Smith.
Vicki Arnold was in local theatrical and music productions for several decades. Pictured with the cast of MCAC's 2008 “As Times Goes By” Musical Revue, from left, Tracy Potter, Anne Gorman, Stephanie Stephens, Bruce Thompson, Jeff Gates, Vicki Arnold and Jim Smith.
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Vicki Arnold loved to dance.


Through the past several decades, Arnold was an integral part of the arts scene in Madison County.


In 2001, she became a part of the Madison County Arts Council (MCAC) family as she choreographed “Pirates of Penzance.”


For a dozen years after, she would choreograph, direct, sing and act in a plethora of MCAC activities. MCAC dedicated its recent production of “The Wizard of Oz” in her memory.


And while she took pleasure in gliding across the stage, it appeared to make her happiest when she was teaching others to do so.


Arnold lost her battle with cancer in January 2014. Carrying on her legacy are her children, Abby and Ben, her husband, Don, and countless family members and friends.


MCAC invites all who adored Arnold to a free evening of Big Band music and dancing on Saturday, Sept. 6. The event will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Choctaw Lake Lodge, 2875 Oneida Drive, London. Guests are asked to bring their own own food, snack, and drinks.


Music will be provided by CBUS — an 18-piece Big Band based in Columbus, playing a style of music Arnold adored. Additionally, music will be provided by some of Arnold’s MCAC friends — Ailene Albrecht, Joe Blaho, Crystal Moran, Stan Moran, Jennifer Ruhlen, Ernie Sparks, Stephanie Stephens and Bruce Thompson.


“It was important that we honored Vicki by including things she loved most — music, dancing, family and friends,” said MCAC founder Jeff Gates. “Her spirit continues in the hundreds of students and adults that she has drawn to the arts.”


On stage, she was excellent as one of the Brewster sisters in MCAC’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and later in her final on-stage role as Pippin’s unpredictable grandmother.


In 2007, Arnold showed her versatility as she directed, choreographed and led the music for MCAC’s “Anything Goes.”


The final show she would choreograph was MCAC’s “Joseph.” The musical demonstrated her great knowledge as a dance instructor – Western, Calypso, and even Rap, Gates said.


Arnold was also a mainstay in MCAC’s musical revues and holiday concerts.


“Vicki had one of the smoothest singing voices,” Gates said. “A combination of Rosemary Clooney and Karen Carpenter, some of the best moments came when Vicki would sing ‘White Christmas’ to end MCAC’s annual Sounds of the Season concert.”


An accomplished dancer, singer and actor — this event features her favorite era of music.


“Please join MCAC as we honor this amazing woman,” Gates said.

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