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February 10, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: Murder Mystery Dinner its red carpet

MILLEDGEVILLE — “Hooray for Hollywood, That screwy ballyhooey Hollywood, Where any office boy or young mechanic, Can be a panic, with just a good looking pan...”

Are you ready to sing your own version of “Hooray for Hollywood”?  The opportunity is just a little over a week away.

That’s when the Milledgeville Players will present “Final Cut,” a murder mystery dinner, at the new LaFete located at 2675 North Columbia St. Dates are Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22.

If you have ever dreamed of walking down a red carpet, this is your chance. A member of the paparazzi will be on hand to snap your picture as you pose with various Hollywood award memorabilia.  

You may even have a chance to be interviewed by Joan Lake! After all, you know she will be there to schmooze up to the famous celebrities on hand.

And what celebrities there are. You have the famous Nova Devoe, major Hollywood actress for years who is looking to get the lead part in the new movie being planned by world famous (at least in his own mind) director Eddie Cheek.   

Rock Stud will be on hand. He’s been a leading man for years - and I do mean YEARS!

But Rock still considers himself quite the stud muffin and he has landed the male lead in Eddie’s new movie, “The Zombie Was an Alien.”  

Cherri Pitt is sure to make an appearance. She is the current lead in this sure to be infamous movie, playing the part of Kat Klondike.   She’s young and pretty and knows her way around a casting couch.

Billie Clubb is scheduled to show up as well. Now Billie is not exactly a celebrity but she is a casting agent and has worked with the biggest stars that Hollywood had to offer. Emphasis on the past tense verb, as Billie has been struggling lately. But she has been hired - for some reason - by Eddie to cast this picture. And she intends to make the most of it.

Quinnie (don’t call him “Queenie”) Winston will be there as he plays a supporting actor in all of Eddie Cheek’s movies. But his principal role is chief makeup artist.  Who knows?   Maybe YOU’LL be lucky enough to get a makeover from Quinnie while you attend this gala shindig.

Other assorted nuts and bolts will also be present, as well as Eddie Cheek himself. Coming straight off the cult success of his most recent two films, “The Lascivious Lovers of Longhorn,” and “The Bride of Dwayne,” Eddie is in need of some backing for his latest film. This is why he is throwing this gala awards and buffet event.

And for a minimum donation to Eddie’s cause, you can get a picture of your red carpet moment that you can use to impress family, friends, casual acquaintances, office workers, bitter enemies, cute puppies, rabid raccoons, etc. You can even frame it in glass, bronze, charcoal or toilet paper.  What a thrill!

Remember how Hollywood works - bigger donations mean more bling! You may get an actual “Movie Buff” award or a “Milly.” You may also be auditioned for a part in Eddie’s movie.

Come dressed to kill as awards will be given to those who most embody the essence of Hollywood stardom. Face it - what’s Jennifer Lawrence got that you haven’t got? OK, a whole bunch of money ... but what else?

Tickets are $25 and are available at www.milledgevilleplayers.org. That includes dinner, dessert, paparazzi, red carpets, table bling, possible make overs by Quinnie, auditions from a “legend in his own mind” director and, of course, MURDERS!   

You can also give a call to 478-314-4054 for more information or to speak with one of Joan Lake’s representatives. She can make sure tickets are reserved just for your special gathering of celebrities.

Doors open at 6:30 for that semi-elegant red carpet walk, with Eddie and his crew officially welcoming everyone around 7 p.m.

By the way, this is just one week after Valentine’s Day. Girls, perhaps you should give some hints to that special lemon in your life that you want to be walked down the red carpet. And guys, this could be your chance to make up for the fact that all you really have planned for Valentine’s Day itself is bringing her a large package of Hershey’s kisses and watching that romantic classic “Scarface.”

Speaking of Valentine’s Day (notice how subtly I handled that segue?) the day after that official date on the calendar, some mighty fine singing will be taking place in the Magnolia Ballroom on the Georgia College campus.

That’s when the Max Noah Singers will host their eighth annual Valentine’s Day Rendezvous.  That’s French for “come hear some real pretty music.”

Courtesy of the GC Music Department, this event will feature a variety of love songs. There are some great ones listed on the program.

Some of my personal favorites include “Till There Was You” from The Music Man, “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady, “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan, and “There’s a Place for Us - Somewhere” from West Side Story.

I’ll admit, whenever I think of “On the Street Where You Live,” I think of one of my favorite episodes from The Dick Van Dyke Show. But that’s a fairly long story and I’m already getting close to running into an auto ad or a “word of the week.” So I’ll leave it at that.

Jubilant Jennifer Flory is the director of the Max Noah Singers, but this particular concert has Jennifer in a more “back stage” role. Most of the songs will be directed by some of her junior and senior choral students.

This show will also feature the appearance of two blasts from the past - Jeremy Skidmore and Mary-Katherine Skidmore. Alumni of the Max Noah Singers, Jeremy and Mary-Katherine met and fell in love while they were students at Georgia College.

Jeremy and Mary-Katherine are also alumni of the Milledgeville Players and performed in several of our plays, most notably together in the original production of “Smoke on the Mountain” back in 2009. Must have been something about playing those twins!

That’s Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 7:30 p.m., in the Magnolia Ballroom in the Student Activities Center, located at the corner of West Hancock and Liberty streets. Admission is free but donations are requested to offset the Max Noah Singers 2014 spring tour expenses.

And remember to make those reservations soon for your star-studded moment at the Milledgeville Players’ production of “Final Cut.”

“Hooray for Hollywood” was first featured in 1937 in the movie “Hollywood Hotel.” The original lyrics were by Georgia native Johnny Mercer, and were sung by Johnnie Davis and Francis Langford, while accompanied by the Benny Goodman orchestra.

Many of the lyrics were very topical for their time and have evolved over the years to feature more current stars and movies. But the basic message of the song regarding the illusions of so many people to become movie stars has remained intact over the decades.

 “Hooray for Hollywood, Where you’re terrific if you’re even good, Where anyone at all from TV’s Lassie, to Monroe’s chassis, is equally understood. Go out and try your luck, you might be Donald Duck, Hooray for Hollywood!”

Catch you on the flip side.

 

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