2010-06-03 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
The Jamestown Community Theatre will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” as its November production.

The musical will be directed by Mary S. Wright, with Annie McIntyre as assistant director. Producers will be Lisa Brown and Mary Haite.

The JCT produced “Cinderella” in 1995, and although Rogers and Hammerstein originally wrote the play for adults only, the JCT cast and chorus were, and again will be, comprised of children, teens and adults.

The JCT cast in the1995 production played to standing ovations. They included Rosanna Campbell, Cinderella; Jamie Lurgio, the prince; Bob Grenier, the herald; Suzanne Clarke, the queen; Matt Clarke, the king; Cynthia Flagg, stepmother; Becky Peppas, stepsister; Joanne Phillips, stepsister; and Caitlin Brome, fairy godmother. The musical was originally produced live for television; first in 1957, with Julie Andrews as Cinderella, then remade in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren in the title role, accompanied by Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon as the king and queen; Celeste Holm as the fairy godmother; Jo Van Fleet as the stepmother, with Pat Carroll and Barbara Ruick as her daughters, Prunella and Esmerelda, and Stuart Damon as the prince. Another production, the last, and the only one filmed, featured “Brandy” in the lead role, with Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother, Bernadette Peters as Cinderella’s stepmother, Paolo Montalbán as the prince, Whoopi Goldberg as the queen, Victor Garber as the king, and Jason Alexander as Lionel, the herald.

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The final aspect of grandson Tom’s Eagle Scout project will take place this Saturday, June 5, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Conanicut Island Sanctuary across from the police station. Tom is looking for other scouts, past or present, and volunteers from the community to come out and help with the project. Activities will include trail maintenance and the installation of swallow houses for insect control. Bring along garden tools like rakes and pruners.

Tom said help is worth a month of good deeds. “I’d really appreciate your coming out.” The rain date is Sunday. Questions? Call Tom at 829-2762.

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Great response to Peter Pemantell’s poser. David Reilly at the Pell Bridge; Ed Silvia; Mike Larkin, whose band used to play it; Elizabeth Mancini; and Sam Bari all identified the lyrics from “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, recorded in 1965.

Jeff Hunter added that the song was the biggest hit by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. “Their under appreciated follow-up hit a bit later was ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ then, for all practical purposes, poof!”

Betty Kinder says she has no idea who sang it. “It’s a great song to dance to especially on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

Thanks guys!

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You can tell the tourists are starting to come to town. They lock their cars at McQuade’s.

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B.J.’s May 20 poser drew this response from Jill Anderson:

“It’s great to see my old favorite, the late great Harry Chapin quoted in your column by B.J., with lyrics from an oft-recorded favorite “Cats in the Cradle.”

“Folks would be surprised by the number of songs they recognize that were written by Harry. Most of the songs he wrote and recorded himself were much too long to play on the radio, so most folks do not know him other than his hit song ‘Taxi.’ There must be other Harry fans on the island...”

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Will the NBA and NHL playoffs be over in time for the World Series?

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The June show opening at the Jamestown Gallery tomorrow evening will begin at 6 with the wonderful sounds of the island vocal group, “The Accidental Sisters.”

The show will feature the works of Joan Bishop, Elizabeth Congdon, Fran Gorman, Viv Eisner, Daniel Forster, Karen Imbriale, Eileen Muldoon, Kate Petrie, Roger Kirby and Pat Tuff. Guest artists are Daniel Dahlstom and Karin Hebb.

The gallery is located at 47 Conanicus Ave. All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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Another Father’s Day poser from B.J.:

“Come here mama and dig this crazy scene.

He’s not too fancy but his line is pretty clean.”

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Daughter Jenny drove in from Connecticut Sunday with two of our granddaughters to spend the afternoon and evening on the island. She called from Mackerel Cove to tell us she had arrived and the kids were in the water having fun. She also said the beach was a mess, with seaweed, wood and garbage – including a surgical glove – strewn around. “I’ve never seen it this bad. You’d think the town would have cleaned it up for the Memorial Day weekend,” she said.

You’d think so, wouldn’t you?

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The Potter League for Animals will be fundraising at 10 a.m. this Sunday, June 6, at Glen Park in Portsmouth. It’s the annual Heart & Sole Walk for the Animals. Festivities will begin with pet contests, a variety of canine challenges such as agility, Rally-O and an obstacle course. Children’s activities will include crafts, face painting and a feline fur-tography contest. A one or three-mile walk at noon will be followed by lunch, entertainment and an awards ceremony.

Registration is available online or in person at the Potter League. The fundraiser is free. Questions? Call 846-0592.

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Where did some Bay Voyage guests sleep on very warm nights? They would pull their mattresses through the windows and sleep on the roof over the cocktail lounge.

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A Snapple cap moment: In Ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was considered a marriage proposal.

*** Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 423-0383 or 829-2760, or email us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com.

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