The following years saw Turney performing in many shows including “Our Town” and “Hello Dolly” in which Turney played the title role. As the Arts Center grew so did Turney's family which soon included three children, all of whom performed in numerous shows over the years.
In 1999 a staff position opened up and Mrs. Turney was hired to oversee all of the children's programming at the center and to direct at least one show per year. Turney still found time to perform in several shows including her favorite, “The Man of La Mancha” as well as “The Boys Next Door”, “Hairspray” and “Xanadu”.
In addition to many children's shows over the years, Turney has directed “Oklahoma”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Man of Constant Sorrow”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Chicago”, “The Secret Garden”, “The Addams Family”, and “Ghost”. “Directing is nothing more that telling the story and using actors, sets and props to do so” says Turney. “It has been a real joy to find my voice and use it.”
After several months of retirement, Scarlett Turney once again walked into an audition to try out for a part and once again found a welcoming place to call home. “New faces and new opportunities are here in 2017, just as they were in 1981, and I am glad to be home again meeting new people and discovering new things about myself and about the world around me.”
The Man Who Came to Dinner opens November 3rd and runs through November 18