2008-10-23 / Letters to the Editor

JCT explains fall performance

As I wander through my daily routine in Jamestown, many people have been asking me why the Jamestown Community Theatre is changing its type of entertainment this November. I finally figured out that the best way to communicate an answer would be to write a letter in the Jamestown Press.

As many of you know, JCT, unfortunately, did not have enough people at auditions this past August in order to fill the many lead roles in our projected play, "Miracle on 34th Street." With an empty space in our November calendar after 19 years of fall performances, we felt frustrated and disappointed. It was too late to research and organize an alternate play, so we needed to focus our energies toward other types of entertainment. We brainstormed, and what resulted, I feel, will be a new and thrilling endeavor.

Jon Peterson, a London West End, Broadway and off Broadway actor, has selected Jamestown and the Jamestown Community Theatre to preview a show that he recently has written called "Song Man, Dance Man." This one-man show will present songs and dances made famous by celebrated people: George M. Cohan, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Jr., Charles Aznavour, and Anthony Newley. What's also exciting is that the children, who originally auditioned for singing roles in Miracle on 34th Street, were asked to join Peterson in three musical numbers.

I saw Jon perform this past summer at the Goodspeed Theatre in East Haddam, Conn., in the lead role of Arthur Kipps, in a revival of a musical called "Half a Sixpence." With the exceptional style and talent of a star extraordinaire, the reviews of Jon's performance mirrored my own sentiments.

I made it a point to meet Mr. Peterson after the show, and I became further impressed when I learned of the many large and varied type of roles Jon has played in his theatrical career; including the staring role of the emcee in the 1998 Broadway revival and National tour of Cabaret. He actually performed the role at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Well, what ensued after a few meetings with Mr. Peterson was providential for JCT and for Jamestown, as now we will have the opportunity to observe the premiere of Jon Peterson's show, as he shares his talent with our community.

Now, if there are more questions, please read the Jamestown Press, where we will be placing ads and informational articles. Don't forget to check the commentary by the Walrus, as well, in order to stay aware of the magic that will take place in Jamestown on Sat., Nov. 15 and Sun., Nov. 16. Tickets are on sale in Jamestown at Baker's Pharmacy..

Thanks so much for all your support over the years,

Mary S. Wright

Jamestown Community Theatre

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