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April 15, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: Auditions today for upcoming 'Hay Fever'

MILLEDGEVILLE — “Would you dance with a friend, for until this war ends, there’s no more time. Would you take this next waltz, would you hold me so close, just one more time.”

It’s Tuesday, April 15 — well, at least that’s the date when these words of wisdom are supposed to appear.

That means you still have a chance to make it to auditions for the next production from the Milledgeville Players, Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever.”

I went through a lot of the details about this clever, funny play last week but since auditions are still taking place, let me reiterate a few of the most pertinent fun facts.

“Hay Fever” will be presented in Russell Auditorium Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1. That bit of information is pretty critical as it doesn’t do you much good to audition for a play when you won’t be around for the actual performance dates!

But assuming you WILL be here during those latter days of May, auditions started last night and continue this evening at Blackbird Coffee Shop located at 114 West Hancock St. in downtown Milledgeville.

Four men and five women are needed for the cast. Ages can range from late teens on up. The play will be directed by the wonderful Iona Holder.

You don’t have to prepare anything for the auditions. Just show up and be ready to read some lines from the play itself.

This is a really funny play, full of madcap farce. So head over to Blackbird this evening (if you didn’t make it over Monday) to audition. You can get more information by visiting www.milledgevilleplayers.org or by visiting the M’ville Players Facebook page.

You can bet there will be more updates regarding “Hay Fever” in upcoming broadsides.

But on to the rest of this week, and it kicks off with ... wait for it ... a lecture!

I know. Doesn’t sound too exciting. But this is part of the Mansion Series Lectures taking place at the Old Governor’s Mansion and these can be mighty entertaining as well as informative.

Besides, there’s usually refreshments served afterward. Yes, that includes wine!

Wednesday, Anne Flick, an educator and librarian in North Carolina, will present “I’m Sorry for the Dead ...” which takes a look at the Civil War through the prose of Emily Dickinson.

Her talk starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. These talks are normally held in the Mansion’s Education Building, which has limited seating. So you may want to make sure you are there on time.

If you have an interest in the Civil War and/or the writings of Emily Dickinson, this should be right up your alley.

Now the next evening, Thursday, will feature some music taking place at the Goldstein Center on the Georgia Military College campus.

Creative Expressions will present its music therapy spring concert, “A Journey through American Music.”  

Creative Expressions sort of spins off of the Life Enrichment Center here in Milledgeville and the Georgia College Music Therapy department. This concert is scheduled to feature songs from all different genres including jazz, pop, country and many more.

Now many people know how I feel about a good polka!! It will be interesting to see if there are any songs dealing with rolling out a barrel or going “hoop dee doo”!   

Regardless, this concert is for a good cause, and the folks involved really work hard to present a top-notch program of music.

It starts at 6 p.m. in the Goldstein Center. Admission is free.

Moving into the next week, on Monday, April 21, GC Music Department faculty member Ipek Brooks is scheduled to give a piano recital in Max Noah Recital Hall.

I don’t know much about this beyond the music department concert list, but it is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

I have heard this young lady before and she is an exceptional pianist. In fact, she was involved in a joint recital with another GC pianist, Lev Ryabinin, back in October. But I would suggest giving a call to the GC Music Department at 478-445-8289 for more information if you are making a special trip into town.

Speaking of the GC Music Department, let me give a quick heads up regarding two of my favorite upcoming concerts.

On Thursday, April 24, the Music Theatre Scenes program will take place at Max Noah Recital Hall. This is always a fave rave of mine and I will hopefully be able to provide some details next week. But definitely mark it on your calendar.

And speaking of Sharpie datebook marking, on Saturday, April 26, “Music at the Mansion” is taking place at the Old Governor’s Mansion. It’s scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

This was a fantastic event last year, featuring most of the various musical ensembles from the GC music department in a delightful setting - namely the lawn of the Old Governor’s Mansion.

More information on this and other events next week - same bat-time; same bat-channel.

Our opening lyrics were connected with the lecture scheduled for Wednesday dealing with the Civil War prose of Emily Dickinson.

In 1978, the album “White Mansions” was released. It was a concept album, documenting the lives of various fictional southern individuals during the Civil War. It featured Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Steve Cash and Eric Clapton, among many others.

I’ve always loved this album and the beautiful, often ethereal songs that it features. But it was never a hit (got all the way up to No. 181 on the Billboard top 200) and just seemed to never find an audience.

I was in a record store in Richmond, Va. in 1978 and they were playing this album - remember when they used to do that in record stores? Otherwise, I may never have heard of it. But I found the songs remarkable and the emotions they conveyed downright spellbinding.

It remains one of my favorite albums.

One of the songs on the album is “Last Dance and Kentucky Racehorse” performed by Matthew (John Dillon) and Polly (Jessi Colter). It’s two songs strung together dealing with Matthew preparing to leave his home in Georgia in order to join his regiment (”Last Dance”) and his sweetheart Polly who pledges to do all she can to hold things together while he is gone (”Kentucky Racehorse”).

“I’ll send a Kentucky racehorse, with a rider and a prayer, To speed my words of love to you, so you’ll know that I still care.”

Catch you on the flip side.

    

 

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