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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 Ticketmaster.com.

Link to Article on the CA Site:

http://commercialappeal.com/news/2008/jun/28/colorful-wardrobe-dancing-enliven-desotos/

Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Way to Go People and Praise the Lord!!!

 Blaine

Friday Nite AfterShow Eat and Glow, Glow, Glow Joe

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

ATTENTION ALL:

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.

Marcia

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:    

TO ALL CAST & CREW 

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

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                                                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

                                                STRIKE

A FEW NOTES:

            *          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,

Marcia

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.

Ballet Memo …Parks June 6

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Cindy has asked that the girls in the Ballet meet at the Theatre on Tuesday to rehearse upstairs in the large dressing room from 5p to 5:30p. Then the girls in the Potiphar number, including Marissa, meet at 5:30p to rehearse the tap number until 6p. Please do not come through the Auditorium. Go down the hallway, behind stage and through the scene shop and then upstairs.

Don’t forget, we need to tweek these numbers  a little bit.

Thanks

Marcia

Parent Meeting … Marcia…

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

There will be a Parent Meeting on Tuesday night, 6/10/08 at 6:30pm at the Theatre in the Lobby. Siblings 15 yrs and older are welcome as well. We will discuss Ushering, Working in the Lobby, Help in the dressing rooms and Child Wranglers. These positions are needed for every performance. 

Thank you for your prompt attention. See you on Tuesday.

Marcia

Rehearsals Memo from Marcia Parks… June 6

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Tomorrow, Saturday, we will rehearse at the ATMOS Building from 10a to 12n and then again from 1p to 4p.

Sunday – Off

Monday – 6p to 9p at the Theatre

Tuesday – 6p to 9p at the Theatre

Thursday – 6p to 9p at the Theatre

Friday – 6p to 9p at the ATMOS Building

Saturday – 10a to 1p at the ATMOS Building

Sunday – 2p to 5p at the ATMOS Building

Dress Rehearsals begin on Monday, 6/16/08, be sure you have the shoes and any other costume piece you have been asked to bring. The Dress Rehearsals will run 6pm until we finish every night Monday thru Thursday.

REMINDER: there are NO absences during Dress Rehearsal or the Performances. If you have an emergency, please call me immediately.