Archive for June, 2008

Colorful wardrobe, dancing enliven DeSoto’s ‘Dreamcoat’

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Colorful wardrobe, dancing enliven

DeSoto’s ‘Dreamcoat’

DeSoto Family Theatre’s rollicking production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” oozes fun, not just from the witty material and staging, but from infectious performances as well.

Director Harry Snelling has done a deft job in satisfying “Dreamcoat’s” challenges. There are some 30 kids to wrangle along with a hefty cast that is busy singing and dancing throughout this contemporary take on the Old Testament tale.

Joseph (Blaine Means) is the favorite of the 12 sons of patriarch Jacob. He’s a nice kid and pretty smart, although sometimes clueless as illustrated when daddy gives him the fab designer frock. Joseph thinks all his brothers are equally thrilled by his good fortune; instead the siblings seethe rivalry, roughing him up, shredding the coat and selling him into slavery.

Means, whose wide-eyed, baffled expression resembles Dana Carvey, is in good voice and makes the transition from slave-in-chains to savvy dream interpreter whose services are called upon by the Pharaoh (Tracy James).

The allure of “Dreamcoat,” besides being family friendly, is the variety of styles that lyricist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber offer up. Calypso, disco and country are all represented along with the ham-heavy Elvis stylings of the Pharaoh. James gives it his all in a Vegas-meets-ancient-Egypt goof-o-rama.

Longtime DFT songbird Ashley Wieronski is the narrator, her lovely voice stitching the story together. Veterans Dean Bryant and Jeffrey K. Smith stand out in their scenes as conniving brothers, and Marissa Newton is a terrific dancer whether in traditional ballet or a sultry seven-veils kind of frolic (but still keeping it G rated).

There is a whole lotta choreography going on and Otis Smith and Cindy Lipscomb get credit for keeping it coherent and entertaining. Special nods go to costume designer Mary Ann Overman for smart and appropriately colorful choices and to music director Jennifer Rushton for keeping things on track. Robert Tackett’s spare set allowed the focus to remain on the talent.

The show ends this weekend, so you’d best try to get those tickets now.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

When: 7 tonight and matinee performances at 2 p.m. today, Sunday.

Where: DeSoto Civic Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven.

Tickets: $12 and $18. Tickets are sold at the DeSoto Civic Center box office, by phone at (662) 280-6546 and through all Ticketmaster outlets, including by phone at (901) 525-1515 and online at

Link to Article on the CA Site:

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Way to Go People and Praise the Lord!!!


Friday Nite AfterShow Eat and Glow, Glow, Glow Joe

Thursday, June 26th, 2008


If you are attending Friday nite’s festivities at the DCC after the Show, you MUST pay your $12.00 to Cindy tonight (Thursday). She is meeting with the DCC Friday morning and has to turn in all of the money at that time. You can pay cash or make a check payable to DeSoto Civic Center.

We are going to have so much fun and not have to drive anywhere or wait in long lines.

See you all this evening.

Everyone is doing a great job on the Show, Keep Up The Energy.


Friday Night

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

If you would like to join 60 of your closest “Joseph” friends after the Show Friday Night at the DCC Conference Center for Karaoke, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookie and lots of FUN, please email Cindy ( and cc Marcia ( by 11:00am today (Tuesday). If you signed up last night at the Cast party, no need to respond again. The cost will be $12.00 for everyone that comes over to the DCC Conference Center, whether you eat or not. Please bring your $12.00 Thursday night when you come to the Theatre.

See you all then.


The New DFT Family Pass is Here!!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

The New DFT Family Pass is Here!!

$25 for five punches, one punch per person per show attended.

Good for immediate family only, spouse and children or parents and siblings living in the same household with cast member.

An incredible savings of $7 – $13 off the regular ticket price.

Purchase your card by seeing Donna Wieronski, our house manager.

Rehearsals and Performances Schedule from Marcia Parks… June 12

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Click here to Download a Copy: Final Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

Below is the Handout for reference:    


Here is the remaining schedule for our rehearsals and performances:

Thursday          6/12/08            Rehearse 6p to 9p at the Theatre

Friday              6/13/08            Rehearse 7p to 10p at the Theatre

Saturday           6/14/08            Rehearse 10a to 1p at the ATMOS Building

                                                In the Front Lobby, come in the Front Door Only

Sunday 6/15/08            Rehearse 2p to 5p at the ATMOS Building

                                                In the Front Lobby, come in the Front Door Only

Monday           6/16/08            Dress Rehearsal 6p until done at the Theatre

                                                Meeting @ 6p to go over mic use and assignment

                                                Dressing room assignments, costumes and props

                                                Mic check and vocal warm-ups follow meeting

                                                Rehearsal starts as soon as possible

Tuesday           6/17/08            Dress Rehearsal 6p until done at the Theatre

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic check 6:15p

                                                Run Show at 7p

Wednesday      6/18/08            Dress Rehearsal 6p until done at the Theatre

                                                Same As Tuesday

Thursday          6/19/08            Dress Rehearsal 6p until done at the Theatre

                                                Same As Tuesday & Wednesday

Friday              6/20/08            Performance 7p

                                                Call Time is 5:30p

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic Check 6:15p

                                                Places Called at 6:55p

                                                RECEPTION Follows Performance

Saturday           6/21/08            Performance 7p

                                                Call Time is 5:30p

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic Check 6:15p

                                                Places Called at 6:55p

Sunday 6/22/08            Performance 2p

                                                Call Time is 12:30p

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic Check 1:15p

                                                Places Called at 1:55p

                                                PHOTO CALL follows Performance

Thursday          6/26/08            Performance 7p

“Pay What You Can”               Call Time is 5:30p

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic Check 6:15p

                                                Places Called at 6:55p

Friday              6/27/08            Performance 7p

                                                Call Time is 5:30p

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic Check 6:15p

                                                Places Called at 6:55p

Saturday           6/28/08            Performance 2p

                                                Call Time is 12:30p

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic Check 1:15p

                                                Places Called at 1:55p


                                                Performance 7p

                                                Call Time is 5:30p

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic Check 6:15p

                                                Places Called at 6:55p

Sunday 6/29/08            Performance 2p

                                                Call Time is 12:30p

                                                Vocal Warm-Ups and Mic Check at 1:15p

                                                Places Called at 1:55p



            *          Be on time and SIGN IN

            *          No eating in costumes

            *          Water ONLY is allowed in the dressing rooms

            *          ALL cell phones must be turned OFF during the performances

            *          Take care of the Props, they have to last for 8 Shows

            *          If it not your prop, DON’T TOUCH IT.

            *          Put the Props back on the designated tables backstage

            *          Hang up your Costume/Costumes

            *          Clean up your assigned area before you leave the building

Sign Up Sheets… Marcia Memo June 12

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Here are the printed list for Wranglers, Bringing Bottled Water and Ushers thus far.  If there are some blanks, please help us fill them in.    JADTsignupsheets

I will have a print out of these list with me at the Theatre.

Thank all of who have volunteered to help in these areas.

If you are a child or teenager receiving this email, please give it to your parents.

Thank you,


What the name Blaine means. Origin…

Thursday, June 12th, 2008
Meaning of Blaine – What does the name Blaine means?
Gender: Boy Name
Origin:  Irish
Name Meaning: Meaning “thin.” Socialite Blaine Trump lives up to this name
Origins: View this name in other origins – American, Irish
More Info: Another version is Blayne.

How to Stay Motivated When You’re Fatigued – Daily Devotional

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

How to Stay Motivated When You’re Fatigued by Rick Warren

Like an open city with no defenses is the man with no check on his feelings. Proverbs 25:28 (NAB)

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It’s not unusual for people to become disillusioned, discouraged, and fatigued about halfway into a difficult challenge. When I start to feel the fatigue, I look to Proverbs 25 and remember that my feelings are not a reliable measure of how things are going.

We’re to trust wholeheartedly in God and put no faith in our own perceptions (based on Proverbs 3:5 NJB).

Our feelings come from a variety of sources – past, present, and future. But feelings often lie; they’re not always a reflection of reality. Plus, life is complex and we must often live with mixed feelings: “Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief” (Proverbs 14:13 NIV).People often compare life to a roller coaster of hills and valleys, but actually life is more like two rails on a railroad track. One rail represents the good and positive in your life; the other represents the bad and painful in your life.

You’ll always have both at the same time! There will always be something good and something bad happening in your life. We can’t expect everything to be good for one month and then everything to be bad the next month. There’s always a mixture of both, a blending of both bitter and sweet.

However, we can choose the focus: “When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow” (Romans 12:15 NLT).

Reminders… Marcia June 10

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
Don’t forget the Parent Meeting tonight at the Theatre in the Lobby at 6:30pm. We will be talking about the help we need for Ushers, Wranglers, Dressing Rooms and bringing bottled water for the Shows. Please make your plans to attend Parents and siblings 15 yrs or older.

Also, on Wednesday night we will be painting set pieces in the scene shop and anyone that can help we would greatly appreciate. We will work from 6:30p to 9 or 9:30pm.

Resist discouragement

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Resist discouragement

by Rick Warren

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV)

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As a pastor, I’m sure many of you are discouraged.

Some of you are discouraged over your children that their lives are not going well. Some of you are discouraged about your marriage; it’s not at all what you thought it would be. You feel deflated and disappointed.

Some of you are discouraged about your finances, or your health, or the economy, or an unanswered prayer.

I want to say something to you, and it may sound mean, but it isn’t. It’s simply truth, so I say this in love: If you’re discouraged, that’s your choice.

We make a choice to be discouraged. We make a choice to let discouraging thoughts move freely through our minds. But, we can also make a choice to change our thoughts at any time, taking them captive in the Lord.

You get to choose what to focus on – your purpose or your problems, God’s power or your weakness, or your circumstances.We can fight discouragement. Here’s a tip to help: When you get discouraged, focus somewhere else. Say to yourself, “I don’t have time to be discouraged right now. I’m too busy fulfilling my life mission.”

This doesn’t mean you should be a Pollyanna and pretend everything is okay. You can be realistic, but you also need to be optimistic because you are a Christian: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NIV). God says, “Lo, I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20 KJV). He will help you and he will strengthen you. Faith starts with optimism.

Some of you have been praying for something specific and you haven’t yet gotten the answer. In Habbakuk 2:3 (NLT), God says, “These things I plan [for your life] won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.”

Just be patient. The answer you’re waiting for will not be overdue a single day. God’s timing is always perfect.

At Saddleback, we claimed this verse from Habbakuk for 13 years. We were growing bigger and bigger, but we still didn’t have the land we needed to build a worship center. We’d tell God, “Everybody else has a building. How come we don’t have a building?”

After 13 years, God answered our prayer – and we realized he had a much bigger plan than we did. The property we built on was not even available when we first started Saddleback. There weren’t even roads leading to the property. God had a plan and slowly, steadily, surely he began to fulfill his vision.© 2008 Rick Warren. All rights reserved.