2011-10-06 / News

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

Back in 1991, the Jamestown Community Theatre put out a casting call for its second play, “The Wizard of Oz.” Matt Bolles was selected to play the role of the Scarecrow. Now, 20 years later, and after his stage appearance in almost every JCT production since then, Matt will reprise the role of the famous straw man in next month’s presentation of the musical.

He told me that as a member of the JCT since the very first production, he is truly excited to be involved again, and back on stage. “The Scarecrow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ has always been one of my favorite fictional characters, and I really don’t mind being cast a second time as the guy made of hay with no brain…although I did tell artistic director Mary Wright that if it happens again, it will be the last straw,” Matt said.

He stated that there are two main reasons he is excited to be doing this again. “One is the wonderful sense of continuity I feel with the involvement of so many other folks like me who were there at the start, including production team member Maryanne England and our current music director Rebecca Brazil, who was one of the youngest child actors in our first production of this play 20 years ago! Second, and perhaps more important, is the chance to get to know a whole new group of children and their parents. With the mix of children and adults both on stage and behind the scenes, JCT is neither children’s theater nor adult theater per se, it is family theater. Therein lies the magic, and the greatest value to our community. It is so important for our children to learn that all of us, all ages and backgrounds, are one family that can work together, and perhaps for us as adults to be reminded of that, too!”

I would not be just a nuffin’,

My head all full of stuffin’,

My heart all full of pain,

I would dance and be merry,

Life would be a ding-a-derry,

If I only had a brain.

Performances will be the weekends of Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.

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The acquisition of the Jamestown Community Piano 10 years ago, through donations by generous individuals, will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. The afternoon will feature talented amateur and professional performers from the island. The concert is free and open to the public. *** Cyndee Reppe was the only one in with last week’s poser. She correctly said it was “Rockin’ Me” by the Steve Miller Band going back to 1976.

Keep on rockin’,

Rockin’ me baby,

Keep on a rockin’,

Rockin’ me baby.

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Jottings:

The cost of flying and operating Air Force One is $67,000 an hour of our taxpayer money. That’s one hour. What’s the cost of a roundtrip flight to the West Coast for campaigning and fundraising? You do the math.

The illegal immigrate population in the state will soon be booming as they come here to take advantage of the lower college tuitions and drivers’ licenses plus generous welfare payments. Nothing like rewarding illegality.

Let’s see now. Toray Plastics spent $2.1 million of their and taxpayers’ dollars to put in three acres of solar panels that will provide less than 1 percent of its energy needs. Huh?

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Poser:

Give me a hand when I’ve lost the way,

Give me your shoulder to cry on,

Whether the day is bright or gray,

Give me your heart to rely on.

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Kids in grades three and four are invited to the Jamestown Philomenian Library to discuss “Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. as part of the library’s October Children’s & Young Adult Book Clubs. Next Thursday, Oct. 13, at the same hour, grades five and six will examine Madeleine L’Engle”s “A Wrinkle in Time.”

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The week of Oct. 9 is Fire Prevention Week and National School Lunch Week.

Sunday, Oct. 9, is Leif Erikson Day.

Columbus Day is on Oct. 12 but will be observed on Monday the 10th except at Brown University.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, is General Pulaski Memorial Day.

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The full moon on Oct. 12 is the Harvest Moon and the Hunter’s Moon.

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Be true!

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

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