2009-01-22 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

The play, "Little Women," based on the novel of the same name by American author, Louisa May Alcott (1832- 1888), will be the Jamestown Community Theatre's spring production.

Artistic Director Mary Wright said that in addition to being adapted as a play, it has also been a musical, an opera, a film and an animated feature. "The story follows the lives of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters," Mary said. The JCT's presentation will not be a musical.

Mary also announced that the production will be directed by islander, Lisa Kerr, who is a graduate of the Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence. "Lisa has served as theater director and creative dramatics teacher in many schools and community centers. She has recently served as the program developer and teacher at the Providence Children's Museum and has collaborated on theater projects at the Southern Massachusetts Arts Collaborative, the Valley Stage Theater Company in Massachusetts, Rhode Island's All Children's Theater, the Children's Museum of Southeast Connecticut and Mystic Seaport," Mary said.

Stay tuned for information on audition times, rehearsal schedule, and performance dates. It is a multi-generational play and children, teens and adults are encouraged to audition.

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Santa brought a special present to the Cardoza home last month. Arriving via the Potter League for Animals was cat Zoe, a 1 1/2-year-old black and white long hair as a gift for Pierce, 5, and Wyatt, 3. Also in the home is 5-year-old golden retriever, Macy, also adopted. The boys' mom, Nichole, said that Zoe and Macy are getting along great. "They're a perfect match and best buddies."

Welcome to the island, Zoe!

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We hear there were Chippendales on the island New Year's Eve.

Kathy Tiexiera called to say that Smith's florists was located where Tricia's Tropi Grille is located today. She added that the floral business' greenhouses were at the end of Clinton Avenue.

John A. Murphy e-mailed, "Before Smith's florist shop, there had been a school house at 14 Narragansett Ave. The building was substantially renovated in the 1970s, I believe, by Bill Burgin and Jim Estes. Then a series of restaurants went into the building, starting, I believe, with Ken's East Landing. The current occupant is, of course, the great Tricia's Tropi Grille."

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Jim Pemantell writes, "My brother Joe, who lives on Hull Court off East Shore Road, and I were just talking. He asked me how many blasts did the fire whistle blow as the signal that school was being cancelled? To tell you the truth it was so long ago, I forgot they even did that." How many remember the signal for school closings?

Thanks, guys.

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The Friends of the Jamestown Fire department and Jamestown Emergency Medical Service have given the JEMS a donation of $1,800.

Darcy Magratten, a member of the JEMS fund-raising committee, said, "We are delighted to get this donation. We are trying to close the gap on the funds needed to purchase our new ambulance and $1,800 helps a lot. We are so thankful to the friends. They have been a wonderful help to us." The Friends of the JFD and JEMS was formed to raise awareness of the contributions made by the two organizations.

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This is a good old-fashioned winter.

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What's all this talk about closing schools because of the cold? Heck, when I was a kid the only reason they would close a school because of the cold was if the building's boiler had broken down.

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Troop 1 Boy Scouts traveled to Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire last weekend for a couple of days of skiing and snowboarding. Temperatures from Friday night through Sunday ranged from -5 degrees with a wind chill of -10 through 17 with a wind chill of 11. It was a great opportunity for the scouts to more fully understand their motto, Be Prepared!

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Take my lips I'll never use them......

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Who was it that sang, "See the USA in your Chevrolet........"

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Kudos to islander Tory Dolce for being named to the ProJo Sports All-State field hockey team. North Kingstown High School field hockey coach Julie Maguire, also of Jamestown, said, "Tory has a great understanding of the game cognitively and is able to execute physically."

And, more kudos to islander Ryan Morris who is on the All- State football team. Ryan was the top punter in the state, averaging 45 yards on 10 kicks.

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Monday begins the Year of the Ox on the Chinese calendar.

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Thanks to the ProJo and Washington Post we bring you January off beat holidays, Tuesday was Penguin Awareness Day and next Wednesday is National Kazoo Day. If you don't have a kazoo, try a comb and toilet paper.

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The Potter League for Animals will host its annual Have a Heart fund-raiser Monday, Feb. 9, at the Hotel Viking in Newport. Activities will include a wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, desserts and cash bar. Questions? Call Susan at 846-0592.

WOOF!

*** Be true!

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