Date of Event: 3 p.m., Sunday, July 23, 2017
Location: Czech Heritage Museum, 119 W. French Ave., Temple, TX 76501
Contact: Susan Chandler, CzechHeritageMuseum@gmail.com or 254-899-2935
Mark & Helena Greathouse of Portland, Oregon will bring live music, comedy and a sing-a-long of Czech and Texas songs to the Czech Heritage Museum for a FUNdraiser at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 23.
Their Texas tour also includes Lyric Theater in Flatonia and the Caldwell Civic Center.
The Greathouses, Mark, a music composer from Oregon, and Helena, a singer/dancer from Czechoslovakia, share the story of how they met in Germany and their life in the US. Mark on accordion and Helena with numerous costume changes bring their story to life through comedy sketches, music and dance. A question-answer session will follow the performance, with Helena sharing what her life was like growing up behind the Iron Curtain and making it to the West. CDs featuring original compositions by Mark and vocal pieces sung by Helena will be available for purchase.
You Do Speak English, Don’t You?
Mark and Helena Greathouse, an international husband and wife musical duo, will present their one-hour performance, “You Do Speak English, Don’t You?”, a family friendly, lively cabaret style variety show.
The core part of the show was first introduced at the 2014 Portland, OR, Fertile Ground Festival of New Works. Since that time they have taken the show on the road into various places in Oregon, which include Beaverton Historical Society, Lincoln City Cultural Center, The Old Church in Portland, Sherwood Community/Senior Center, Twilight Theater in Portland, Hillsboro Artists’ Repertory Theatre, Tigard Public Library, Woodburn Senior Estates Club and the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the incorporation of Scio, Oregon – a town where Czech emigrants arrived in 1898.
The show features Mark’s own songs, as well as several familiar songs and parts of instrumental numbers, all interspersed with short, humorous dialogues highlighting challenges Helena and Mark have experienced in their lives as a Czech-American couple.
Mark’s compositions range from love songs to ragtime. Helena presents a unique blend of expressive dance and song, enhanced by numerous costume changes. Mark accompanies her on the accordion. Mark is a musician/composer from Portland, OR, and Helena is a singer/actor/dancer originally from Prague, Czech Republic.
The show gives the story of how the two met in Europe and eventually married, moved to the U.S. and made their living here. A question and answer session follows the performance, with Helena sharing what her life was like growing behind the Iron Curtain and making it to the West. Mark and Helena have performed for many years in the Northwest as well as in several European countries. Each began performing in their youth, Mark with his dad on stage in Portland, and Helena on Czechoslovak National Radio and TV in Prague.
Their stage name is ‘GREATHOUSE of Music’ and they have a line of CDs. Check out their website at: www.greathouseofmusic.com. Mark and Helena are interested in presenting this show in various venues throughout the U.S.
The following is a link to a short, under 5 minutes, demo reel of “You Do Speak English, Don’t You?”: https://youtu.be/S7CckpVBV7I
Another link will take you to a newspaper article, describing the September, 2014 performance for the Beaverton (OR) Historical Society. http://www.pamplinmedia.com/rc/64-features/238798-105283-greathouses-life-story-becomes-ashow-set-to-music
Helena & Mark Greathouse can be reached at: 503-968-2364 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com