Hometown Hero Mural Honors Victor Mature
On Saturday, April 6, 2013, a dedication took place for The Victor Mature “Hometown Hero” mural, recently installed on the south facade of the Derby Dental Laboratory building, 1303 S. Shelby St.

The Greater Louisville Pride Foundation has worked with local sponsors since 2001 to display images of “Hometown Heroes” on buildings throughout the community to honor current and former Louisville residents who have been recognized for excellence in their fields. Mature’s mural is the 21st image in the series. It features the actor with Jean Simmons, an actress with whom he appeared in numerous films.

During his career, Mature was a popular leading man who starred in movies such as “Samson and Delilah” (1949), “The Robe” (1953) and “Hannibal” (1960). Over the years, he returned home to Louisville to premiere his films, most notably “One Million B.C.” (1940) at Loew’s Theatre – now The Louisville Palace – on Fourth Street. Mature grew up in a house at 500 Camp St. He is buried in St. Michael Cemetery in Germantown.

Attending the dedication was Julia Mature, the actor’s first cousin, who lives in Audubon Park. Julia is pictured here with Charles “Chip” Rogalinski, president of the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association. Also in attendance was Don White, who appeared with Mature in the film “House of Dreams,” and Reed Nunnally, who represented Derby Dental Laboratory, among others.

Summer Drama and Art Camps for Children/Teens
Professional director and theatre educator George Halitzka is offering a variety of week-long day camps this summer.
“Mystery at the Mansion” allows rising 7th-11th graders to rehearse and perform a classic “whodunit” mystery in an actual mansion. The action takes place June 24-28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Conrad-Caldwell House, 1402 St. James Court, in Old Louisville. Tuition is $145 for the week.

“Drama & Visual Art Camp” is a full-day camp offered in partnership with the Louisville Visual Art Association. Children completing grades 3-5 explore visual art in the mornings and drama in the afternoons at The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., June 17-21 or July 8-12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visual art classes are taught by Janet Britt. Tuition is $220 per week.

Three additional camps will be held at St. James School, 1818 Edenside Ave., in the Highlands:

“Center Stage Drama Camp,” for rising 3rd through 7th graders, runs July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Campers learn basic acting skills and perform a short play onstage. Tuition is $155.

At “Comedy Improv Camp,” July 22-26, 9 a.m. to noon daily, rising 7th-11th graders learn the basics of comic acting without a script. Tuition is $155.

“Movie Makers Film-making Camp” provides a unique opportunity to act and work behind the scenes on a short digital film. Designed for rising 3rd -7th graders, this camp runs July 29-August 2 from 9 a.m. to noon daily.  Tuition is $165.

To register, visit www.dramabygeorge.com/register, or call (502) 718-5090.