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“Play On!” is a Laugh Riot at the Tater Patch Theater!

Monday, June 16th, 2014

 

Play On at Tatter Patch Players

“Play On” Runs one More Week at the Tater Patch Theater in Jasper

 

After church and a nice lunch on Father’s Day,  we polished off the afternoon by laughing ourselves silly at the Tater Patch Players production of “Play On!”  If  you don’t have a sense of humor, or your doctor has warned you not to belly laugh, chortle or stifle an urge to run up on stage and participate,  then by all means stay at home.   However, if none of those of three conditions apply, then grab 5 or 6 of your closest friends and head on down to the Tater Patch Theater next Friday & Saturday night!  (95 Philadelphia Lane – up behind Walmart.)  Shows start at 7:30 pm both nights and tickets are available in advance  at www.TaterPatchPlayers.org  or at the stage door – if you’re feeling lucky!

“Play On!” is a play within a play and if you have ever been in even one high school, college, community, or even professional production,  you will wonder whether or not the author was there with you looking over your shoulder.  If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, then you will get a particularly insightful view of how the theater works and how even the most serious subject can set off howls of laughter if you have the wrong vision in your mind or the wrong words on your tongue.  “Play On!”  cleverly written, artifully directed by Alex Nawrocki and playfully presented by a cast of thoroughly delightful local “professionals.”   Special Note to the cast:  I knwo from experience that learning lines once in a single context is a challenge – learning them right, wrong and muddled in several scenes over 3 acts in an incredible accomplsihment! Great Job!

So in summary: five weeks out of surgery, I laughed til my stitches hurt – and it was worth it!

So plan ahead – make dinner reservations locally for Friday or Saturday, have a drink or too and then work it off with laughter – you’ll love it!

See you ’round the mountains,

Don

 

Don’t Miss “Lend Me A Tenor”

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Tater Patch's Lend Me A Tenor

Tater Patch Players Presents Lend Me a Tenor

Sorry for the late notice, but my schedule didn’t permit us to get to the Tater Patch Player’s rollicking presentation of Lend Me a Tenor until last night and now you need to re-arrange your schedule so you can go see it tonight. The entire ensemble cast is outstanding and works together beautifully. For you long time Tater Patch Fans – a warm welcome back to Jan Simpson after a 10 year absence.

If you don’t recall the story line – a world famous opera virtuoso, Tito Merelli ( tour de force presentation by Alex Nawrocki) runs into a few problems during a one night stand in 1934 in Cleveland (famous for bringing us the scale – and not much else.) In one afternoon and evening lovers quarrel and make up, there is tragic illness and death ( well not quite), sultry trysts (well not quite), mistaken identities (lots of them) and great lines.

You deserve a break tonight, so grab the wife / husband or significant other ( not both please – there is enough of that on stage) and get yourself out to a local restaurant for dinner and then to theater. Curtain Rises at 7:30 and there are still seats available. For more information: Tater Patch Players

See ya ’round the mountains,
Don

Great Appalachian Music Alert !!!

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Bear on the Square

Mountain Music and More in Dahlonega

Anybody who follows Appalachian Music locally knows that one of the top local experts is Mark Atkins from Bent Tree. Mark has a built-in Appalachian Music Divining Rod that somehow allows him to just get in his car on any given Friday or Saturday night and show up wherever the best music is happening.
If you are a regular at the Crimson Moon in Dahlonega you will see Mark and Maureen there well, … regularly. (For the record, Regina and I and all the guests we have ever taken there also highly recommend the Crimson Moon for both food and entertainment.) The Crimson Moon

Mark sent me this update on the Bear on the Square + a rundown on the Friday night events at Hancock Square. Put on your most comfortable blue jeans, grab your best girl and head for Dahlonega and Enjoy!

The Bear on the Square Festival starts this weekend in Dahlonega. This is a great event dedicated to traditional Appalachian music. There will be lots of jamming around the courthouse square as well as musical acts on the main stage in Hancock Park. The park is located one block north of the courthouse. Music will be presented on the main stage on both Sat and Sun. from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. There is no charge and there are always plenty of seats.

I believe that the best acts will be on Sat starting with the Solstice Sisters at 11:00 am, followed by John Lilly at 1:00 pm and Sons of Blue Grass at 2:00pm.

Dahlonega also has free music on the first Friday of each month beginning in May. These events are also held in Hancock Park. Kurt Thomas will appear on 3 May. The music starts at 6:30 pm and lasts for about 2 hours. You should probably plan to arrive about 5:30 to ensure a good spot, since the events are often crowded. Bring chairs and a picnic. If you don’t want to pack a picnic, most of the local restaurants offer to-go boxes. Hancock Park is a city park and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. If you want to bring beer and wine, make sure you disguise it.

The rest of the acts for the season are:
June 7 – Blue Billy Grit
July 5 – Remember When Band
Aug 2 – Radford Windham and Step Back Cadillac
Sep 6 – Ugly Cousin and Fools Gold
Oct 4 – Fiddleheads

The Official Bear on the Square information is located here: Bear on the Square

We hope to see you there sometime this summer and as always…

See ya ’round the mountains,
Don

Casual Classics Season Finale

Friday, April 19th, 2013
ATP IN JASPER

The Atlanta Percussion Trio to Perform in Jasper on May 6, 2013

Jasper Muse, Inc. and the Creative & Performing Arts Academy along with Concert Master Suzanne Shull are pleased to announce that the final Casual Classics Concert of the 2012-2013 Season will be a performance by the Atlanta Percussion Trio on Monday May 6, 2013 at the New Lebanon Presbyterian Church located at 389 Bent Tree Drive just outside Bent Tree and a short drive from both Jasper and Big Canoe. The concerts are Free and open to the public and are well attended. We hope you will take this opportunity to hear an outstanding performance, meet other community arts patrons and support the thriving arts community here in Pickens County and North Georgia.

Concert Master Shull reports that planning is already well under way for Season 8, which will begin in September.

I hope to see you there on the 6th and as always….

See you ’round the mountains,

Don

“Grace & Glorie” is Graceful & Glorious!

Friday, March 8th, 2013
Grace and Glorie at the Tater Patch Theater in Jasper

May be the Best Play You’ve Never Heard Of!

Alex Nawrocki, Veteran Tater Patch Actor, makes his directorial debut with this 1997 play by Tom Ziegler. Alex has done an outstanding job of setting the stage and preparing the actors, but the real story here is the striking performance by two new Tater Patch actors. Pat Northcutt, as Grace, and Deb Heimler, as Glorie, delivered a stunning tour de force that was spell binding from the first curtain to the fading lights of the last. I have done a little work on stage myself and watching these two carry over two hours of dialogue that never lagged or wanted in any way was an amazing education in itself.

Ziegler’s story line takes two women from different times and places and forces them to deal with the implications of life & death and each other producing scenes that are alternately knee slapping funny and where’s my hanky touching. Grace is a 90 year old from rural Virginia who is just trying to get through her last few days before going home to meet her Maker and Glorie is a young, former professional now socialite, hospice volunteer expecting to make those last few days as easy as possible. Neither gets exactly what they were expecting, both gain from the interaction and the audience is treated to a delightful and insightful evening.

Tonight was opening night and it will run for three weekends. If you are reading this and you live within driving distance, go to the Tater Patch Players Web site, order your tickets and get yourself down to the theater. You don’t want to miss this one.

Consider making a date night out of it; we have great restaurants like The Woodbridge Inn, or 61 Main. You can be at dinner at 6 in either one and be in your seats well before the curtain.

We are extremely fortunate to have an outstanding local theater group like the Tater Patch Players, call your friends and spread the word for the next 3 weekends the place to be is in your seats at “Grace & Glorie.”

See ya ’round the mountains,
Don