2009-04-30 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Don't forget to attend the Jamestown Community Chorus' spring concert Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Central Baptist Church. Tickets are $10 and $7 for seniors and children. They can be obtained at the Secret Garden, Jamestown Hardware, Baker's Pharmacy or at the door.

SING ON!

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Set design and lighting are too often taken for granted, but are the basis for the success of any theatrical production. In charge of both those essential ingredients in the upcoming Jamestown Community Theatre's presentation of "Little Women" is A.O. Gutierrez. We asked him his thoughts on his end of the play. Here's what he said:

"I was brought into the current production as lighting designer based on my having done the last two shows, "Into the Woods" and "Song Man, Dance Man." My training at the undergraduate and graduate levels was primarily in set design and stagecraft with the required forays into lights, costuming and the odd acting assignment. I was asked to sit in on a design meeting with the JCT's Dan and Jane Wright with the result that the current design has become a team effort. Dan was very gracious about altering his initial design to accommodate some of my observations. Jane has taken the role of set dresser, piecing together furniture, props and drapery with an artist's eye for shape and color.

"My big mouth and background in stagecraft have landed me in a lead position in the construction of the scenic elements. The minimalist design requires a number of free hanging windows to give shape to the interior of the March's house which is fleshed out by the set dressing. One primary element is a raised loft, stage left that will play as the character Jo's garret where she writes her stories.

"If the lighting does what it's supposed to, the set will provide the grounding to give the audience a sense of time and place without intruding upon or overpowering the story the actors are playing out.

"The design phase is done and we are coming down to crunch time for execution. We have a few people committed to help out so far but could use a few more. My e-mail is aogutierrez@cox.net if anyone would like to volunteer.

"Just a short note on how I view these things. I feel that the technical elements should be approached with the same commitment and dedication to craft which the cast bring to their roles. The only elements that are seen throughout the entire play are the sets and lights. The sets, props, costumes and lights are actors in the finished production in the same way as individual cast members. They can heighten the audience's acceptance and enjoyment of the play or they can interfere with the necessary suspension of disbelief. Like the cast, it is necessary that we do our best to produce an artistically unified end product."

Thanks Tony.

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Kudos to islanders David Howe and Kevin Barry who participated in and finished the 113th Annual Boston Marathon.

*** R.I.P. Fred Clarke.

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Considering the deplorable condition of our local roads, shouldn't they get priority over a bike path?

*** Pam Lis and Robyn Borges both had the answer to last week's poser from J.C. Pease. It is "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield.

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No takers on the location of Ivy's Restaurant. Here's a clue: it originally was called Frances' Diner.

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Our many thanks to Scott Sherman of Jamestown Hardware who literally bailed us out of a wet situation Sunday afternoon on his own time.

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Ken Lombardo, Paula Noll, Marlene Murphy and John Wright all responded that Gene Barry was Amos Burke in "Burke's Law." Amos was a rich detective who drove around in a Rolls Royce. Marlene and John both recalled that Gene Barry went on to portray Bat Masterson in another TV series.

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So, who is John Wright? He wrote, "I was born and raised in Jamestown and joined the USAF in 1950 and enjoyed a career serving the greatest country in the world. Coley Tefft was one great guy. He served me one of my first beers. I remember him telling a bunch of new sailors that he squeezed more water out of his bar rag on a daily basis than they would ever see. He didn't take any lip from anyone. I also grew up with his daughters Jackie and JoAnn. Another of my favorite haunts was the Narragansett Cafe. Scottie Santos was the owner and Hiram Beers was the day bartender. Hiram loved to share WWI stories over shots of Teachers Scotch. A lot of fine people have passed over the bar in good ole Jamestown. There are still some folks there that might remember me and I them. I plan on coming to Jamestown in late August to attend my 60th high school reunion from Rogers High School. I really enjoy the internet version of the Jamestown Press. I'm a retired USAF CMSgt(E-9), former clam digger and Jamestowner and now a converted Buckeye."

Thanks, John.

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If I had a nickel, I know what I would do.............

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Larry Lewis asks who was the local personality who sang these lyrics:

When I first met Midge,

Down on the Jamestown Bridge,

In old Narragansett Bay,

She stole my heart away,

'Twas on a bright and summer's day.

We went canoeing,

And we did some wooing,

As we watched the gulls at play,

'Twas on that Jamestown strand,

That I won her hand.

Down in Narragansett, Oh you loving "Gansett, Down in Narragansett Bay." Thanks Larry.

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Next Wednesday is No Homework Day.

*** Stay true!

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Call in your stuff for this column to 423-0383 or 829-2760 or e-mail us at jtnwalrus@hotmail. com. Thank you.

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