The Union Recorder


May 27, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: 'Hay Fever' cast brings laughter with talent, practice



So make plans for coming out to see “Hay Fever” and enjoy an evening (or in the case of Sunday, an afternoon) of great classic comedy. That’s this Thursday through Sunday in Russell Auditorium.

Hey, I just remembered that Russell was built in 1928 so it’s pretty much historically ready for a play from this era.

OK, before signing off, I want to give a heads up regarding next week’s column. In it, I hope to announce the musical that will be presented by the Milledgeville Players in mid - August and audition dates which will be coming up shortly in June.

That column should appear in next week’s Union-Recorder. So if you have been thinking about a summer musical and possibly taking part, stay tuned!

Our opening lyrics are from a group called the Jefferson Handkerchief. Yes, you read that right. There is almost nothing known about this band - it only had one single on the Challenge record label.

In all likelihood, it was a studio creation. The one single, released in 1967, featured guitar work reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane and vocal harmonies that sort of copied the Mamas and Papas.

I became aware of this song in 1979 on the third volume of the Pebbles record series, a series of compilation LPs released from Australia that celebrated some of the most obscure punk-rock songs recorded in the 1960’s.

And yes, there is a connection between this song and the upcoming play “Hay Fever”. Just think about what “hay fever” makes many people do. You’ll pick it up in the song title revealed in this parting lyric.

“...That’s a groovy thing to be, if she wasn’t loving me. ‘Cause I start sneezing for hours...Ah..ah..Chooo! I’m allergic to flowers!”

Catch you on the flip side.


Tom Toney can be reached at

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