The Union Recorder


March 25, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: Arts and Letter Festival presents ‘The Sum of Me’ this week

MILLEDGEVILLE — “Put down six and carry two, Gee, but this is hard to do.  You can think and think and think ‘til your brains are numb, I don’t care what teacher says, I can’t do the sum.”

I have a couple of upcoming events to report on this week, but unfortunately I can’t give much in the way of details.  But here goes!

On Friday and Saturday evenings, March 28-29, the Georgia College Department of Theatre will present the Arts and Letters Festival Play “The Sum of Me.”  

This production represents collaboration with the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English and Rhetoric to present the winning 2013-2014 Arts and Letters Prize.

I don’t know a thing about this particular production, but I know from past attendance (and participation) that these plays are often provocative and designed to make the audience think about situations in ways different from what they might normally.

“The Sum of Me” was written by Catherine Rush and is directed by Sarah Prochaska, a senior theater major at Georgia College.

The play starts at 8 each night and is taking place in Max Noah Recital Hall.  General admission is $4.  Give a call to the theater department at 478-445-8290 for more information.

Also taking place in Max Noah Recital Hall, but a few nights later (probably a good thing), will be a performance by Betty Pepetone on the Celtic harp.  This concert is sponsored by the GC Music Department.

Betty Pepetone - yes, she is the wife of GC faculty member Greg Pepetone - is actually quite the virtuoso on this ancient instrument, and I’m sure her recital will be quite entertaining.

It starts at 7:30 p.m. in Max Noah Recital Hall on Monday, March 31.  For more information, give a call to the GC Music Department at 478-445-8289.

Hmm ... first time I’ve noticed that the GC Theatre and Music Department phone numbers are one digit apart.  Makes it darn convenient if you want to gather some insight regarding either department’s cultural offerings.

OK, let me use a few paragraphs to remind all you lads and lassies out there that I would LOVE to hear from you regarding any kind of artistic type event that your organization, school, club, coven, or whatever may have taking place.

If it fits into the “spirit” of this column, I will gladly include it amongst my rambling prose.   So if you have a musical or theatrical kind of endeavor coming up, please let me know about it.

Above all, do not assume that “someone else” will get the information to me.  “Someone else” is often problematic in that regard, especially if it is some kind of official office.   That’s usually the kiss of death!

So send me an email about plays, concerts, art showings, etc that you, your friends, your family, your favorite avocados, etc. are up to and I’ll do my best to spread the word.  

Since I didn’t have much to go on this week, I based my opening lyrics on the title of the upcoming Arts and Letters Play, and went with some lines from “I Can’t Do the Sum,” one of the great tunes in the Victor Herbert operetta “Babes in Toyland.”

In the original play, the song is sung by Jane, who is a ward of the wicked Barnaby, along with children of the Widow Piper.

In 1961, Walt Disney produced a film version and “updated” the song to be sung by Mary Contrary who was played by Disney favorite Annette Funicello.   Though the film was a major disappointment, both critically and at the box office, the few songs that made it over from the original operetta (also including “Don’t Cry Bo-Peep,” “March of the Toys” and “Toyland) were highlights.

“Put down beans and cross out cake, What a job to undertake, Add, subtract and multiply ‘til you overcome.  This is much too hard for me, I can’t do the sum.”

Catch you on the flip side.

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