2011-06-23 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Oh, you’re off to see the Wizard, The wonderful Wizard of Oz,

You’ll find he is a whiz of a wiz,

If ever a wiz there was.

The Jamestown Community Theatre will follow the yellow brick road in the fall and bring you straight into Oz when it presents “The Wizard of Oz.”

The production will be directed by Mary Wright with codirectors, Annie McIntyre and Luigina Vecchione. Rehearsals start right after Labor Day on Sundays, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Most actors will not need to be at all rehearsals or at a rehearsal the entire time. Performances will be the weekends of November 11 and 18.

Mary said, “Casting will be a bit different this year, as we are holding auditions early for the following roles on Wednesday, July 6, between 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. at the Jamestown [Golf Course]. Dorothy, with an age range in appearance of 9 to 12 years old; Scarecrow; Tin Man; Lion; Glinda, who is the Good Witch; the Wicked Witch of the West and the Wizard. These six roles may range in age from 12 years old through adult. Jamestown residents, and for the first time, those who work on the island but do not reside here, may audition.

“The girls auditioning for Dorothy must be prepared to sing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow,’” Mary said. “Also, Dorothy must love dogs. Those interested in one or more of the following roles – Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion – must be prepared to sing ‘If I Only Had a Brain.’ Forget the heart, the nerve, and the courage verses for now. Those trying out for Glinda must sing ‘Munchkinland’ and learn lines from the beginning of ‘Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are.’ Mary said the lyrics can be found on songlyrics.com.

“The music can be downloaded from iTunes or similar, or you probably can listen online. The Wicked Witch and the Wizard do not have to sing, but all roles will be given lines to read at auditions,” she added.

Those auditioning for Dorothy should be at the Jamestown Golf course at 6:30 p.m. on July 6. The other singing roles named above should arrive at 7:15 p.m. and the Wicked Witch and the Wizard at 7:45 p.m. Call or email Mary if you have questions. If you will be away on July 6, please call Mary now but defi- nitely before June 30 to schedule another time.

However, Mary will try and cast these roles by July 10. She can be e-mailed at ms.wright@cox.net or call her at 741-9818.

Also needed are production crew and staff. Get in touch with Mary ASAP if you want to get involved. Parents of children in the production, as usual, will be required to work on the play in some capacity. There will be more information in the Press next week, and even more to come later concerning auditions for the rest of the cast, including Toto.

Woof!

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As time is closing in rapidly on the July 2 fireworks head Rocket ’hog Gregg Charest reports that McQuade’s will match all donations made at its store. When checking out, tell the cashier you’d like to make a donation to the Rocket ‘hogs, and she’ll take care of the rest.

Donations are in from Donald and Gloria O’Laughlin, who never miss a year; Bill and Marion Sheehan of Cole Street; John Sugrue of Intrepid Lane; Bruce Banks of Jamestown Marine Services; Raymond and Cynthia Smith of Pennsylvania Avenue; Pat and Paul Jutras of Seaside Drive; Dianne and Paul Cardin from the East Bay Bed and Breakfast; James Haas of Highland Drive; Betty Ann Taylor of Meadow Lane and the Jamestown Women’s Club. Send your donations to P.O. Box 1776, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Kaboom!

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John A. Murphy and Rochelle Carnevale said the June 9 poser was “When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along.” Rochelle said an earlier poser, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” struck home. “I remember having to sing that song, among others, when I graduated from the eighth grade at Central Grammar School in Cumberland in 1952. Wow!” *** Mary Alice Lurgio identified the Father’s Day poser as Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle.”

“I’ve always thought it was so sad,” she opined.

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Our apologies once more for sending Cam Toppa to the wrong college. For the second time we picked up on a news release that never should have been sent out from Alfred State. Cam is leaving for the school of engineering at the University of Mississippi on Wednesday. Ole Miss has always been his first choice of colleges. He has never accepted or acknowledged any other schools once he heard from the University of Mississippi.

Cam was on the honor roll at North Kingstown and will enter Ole Miss’s JumpStart Summer Program and success program in engineering when he arrives south later this month. Our best wishes for his success. Go Ole Miss!

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Who was the captain on the last ferry to Jamestown?

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The DEM selling licenses to fish in salt water is an example of taking away your basic rights to the water.

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This poser is dedicated to summer that arrived on the calendar Tuesday:

“Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom July is dressed up and playing her tune

When I come home from a hard day’s work

And you’re waiting there, not a care in the world”

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The Jamestown Philomenian Library invites young readers and readers in training to join the summer reading programs: “One World, Many Stories” for grades pre-K to 6, and “You Are Here” for grades 7-12.

Participants are asked to create a reading contract with their parent or caregiver and Lisa Sheley, the children’s and young adult librarian. The contract states that children will read or be read a certain number of books or minutes per week between now and August 15. At registration, participants will receive a Reading Passport to record their progress. Passports must be returned to the library by August 15.

Each book read means more reading incentives, such as passes to area amusements, museums and parks. Those who reach all their weekly goals by August 15 will be invited to a create-yourown sundae Party on August 18.

Registration is now underway at the library.

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Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or e-mail us at jtnw alrus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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