2011-08-18 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

A sked about the emotions she felt prior to her audition for the role of Dorothy in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz,” 10-year-old Anza DiGasper told me she was confident, happy, excited and nervous. It was all those things plus an enormous talent that won her the leading role in the play. Her good friend Abigail Hirsch, who shared Anza’s emotions at the audition, was selected to understudy for Dorothy.

Matt Bolles, who played the Scarecrow in the JCT’s 1991 presentation of the play, will reprise his role as the straw man. Whit Tarantino will be his understudy. Patrick Driscoll will appear as the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion role went to Josh Brown. Caellum Kerr will be the understudy for both the Tin Man and the Lion.

Glinda, the Good Witch, will be played by Dana Larkin and her adversary the role of the Wicked Witch of the West went to Hayley Carlisle. Hayley’s dad, Clayton, will be the mysterious Wizard of Oz and Jolie Curran will be the Yellow Brick Road.

Beau, a 10-month-old white lhasa poo with black spots, has gone from a pet store in Warwick to stardom on Jamestown and will be Toto. His underdog is Ringo, a 1-year-old Yorkshire terrier. The canines’ managers are Carol Hopkins and Cindy Wolfe respectively.

Kudos to all and a big woof.

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Tonight’s the big night at the rec center. At 7:30 p.m. master of ceremonies Frank Darigan will come out from the wings and introduce the first act of this year’s Jamestown Community Chorus’ talent show, its 22nd and entitled “Summer Nights.” With each act Frank wears a different hat, and we hear that he’s acquired a few brand new ones for tonight. Refreshments will be available at intermission and if you haven’t bought your raffle tickets yet you’ll have a last chance tonight.

To all the performers, have fun!

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In last week’s column we had the wrong vocalists who sang “Hail Holy Queen” in a previous talent show. It was a group of women from the chorus who got together for that one time.

Sorry, ladies.

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Rita Lemieux called from Fort Getty to tell me there is a whale on a rock. She wasn’t saying it was Whale Rock off Narragansett, but rather a whale at site 16 in the trailer park. It seems that Charlene Conte, the resident on site 16, has painted a whale on a rock that is drawing a lot of attention from the campers. Incidentally, Rita’s husband, Ray, volunteers as grounds keeper and mows the grass around his and his neighbors’ trailers and keeps the area looking good.

Thanks, Rita, have a whale of a time this summer.

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This from John A. Murphy: What (formerly) well-known political figure was commonly described with phrases containing the word “mellifl uous?”

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John and Teddy Leyon, down in Florida, and Ira Murphy were in with the correct answer to last week’s poser, “Pistol Packing Mama.” John and Teddy wrote, “A one-hit wonder for the singer whose name is in the lyrics and which escapes us.” The name Bing is in the lyrics and he and the Andrew Sisters recorded the number in 1943 as did Al Dexter, who wrote the song, and his troopers. It was also recorded by a myriad of singers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jimmie Rodgers, Boxcar Willie, Roy Rogers, the Pied Pipers and Glenn Miller.

Oh, lay that pistol down, Babe.

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The folks I’ve talked to want Fort Getty to stay the way it is. Leave it alone.

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Tipped off by a neighbor I went over to the Village Hearth on a Sunday afternoon and purchased pizza. It was excellent. You have just two choices, the “special” that changes from week to week and one without the extras. You can buy the pizza only on Sundays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Hearth is on the corner of North Road and Watson Avenue. Be prepared to wait awhile, but it’s worth it.

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“Etudes For An Astronaut,” a dance and performance piece by Lance Gries, will be presented on Friday, Aug. 26, at 8:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Arts Center. The program is a solo performance of one man’s search for his place in the universe. It was recently nominated for a Bessie Award for best full production of the 2010/2011 New York dance season. Admission is $10 online at jamestownartcenter.org. Questions? Call 662-3839.

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Poser:

If the sky above you, should turn dark and full of clouds, and that old north wind should begin to blow,

Keep your head together and call my name out loud, and soon I will be knocking upon your door.

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Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or email me at jtnwal rus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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