Sunday, November 30, 2014

"Smoke on the Mountain" has six day run in Alamogordo, New Mexico

Sunday, November 30, 2014

My husband, Doug, and I were involved in the NMSU-A Theater on the Hill production of "Smoke on the Mountain", a musical comedy set in 1938 in a Baptist church in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The elderly pastor has died and a new young one has taken his place with big ideas of  bringing the congregation into the 20th century. He has arranged for the first ever Saturday Night Gospel Sing delivered by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Doug plays the part of the church custodian and I am one of two wealthy spinster sisters (generous benefactors of said church) who sit in the "Amen" corner of the church and keep tabs on proper conduct. The play ran for two three-day weekends November 14-16 and 21-23, 2014.

Miss Maude (Monica Helm) and Miss Myrtle (Carla Kerr)
Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe (Michael Carrillo) has deluded himself into thinking that the sisters agree with his changes
L to R: Vera Sanders (Glenda Elser), Dennis Sanders (Brian Braga), June Sanders (Monica Harris), Burl Sanders (Jesh Barker), Denise Sanders (Desiree Nielsen) and Stanley Sanders (Rod Barnes). Pastor Oglethorpe is in background.
Dennis whispers something to Denise (they're the twins) as June looks on and the pastor looks disturbed
Dennis and Denise sing and illustrate "Christian Cowboy" while Burl joins in singing
L to R: David Prose (Cousin Sam Sanders), Don Thorp (Uncle Joe Sanders), Vera at the piano, Pastor Oglethorpe, Dennis, Denise, Burl, Stanley, Miss Maude and Miss Myrtle (hidden behind Denise is June)
Dennis, aspiring to become a preacher, practices saving his dog
L to R: Uncle Joe, June (signing "lamb"), Pastor Oglethorpe, Vera, Dennis, Burl, Denise and Stanley singing "Are You Washed in the Blood"
L to R: Miss Maude, Miss Myrtle (fainting), Pastor Oglethorpe, Dennis and Burl during the singing of "I'll Live a Million Years"
Beginning of second act, the sisters trying to decide whether to stay and June and Denise looking properly chastised after they were perceived as dancing during the last song
L to R: Vera, June, Stanley, Denise, Burl and Dennis with Stanley singing "Everyone Home but Me"
L to R: June and Pastor Oglethorpe listening as Vera tells a children's story about a couple of June bugs
Vera reacting when the imaginary June bug breaks the string, landing on her, with Stanley reacting in background
I don't think I need to tell you what is happening to that June bug here
L to R the cast: Bette Colvin (church pianist), David Prose, Don Thorp, Glenda Elser, Brian Braga, Michael Carrillo, Jesh Barker, Monica Harris, Desiree Nielsen, Rod Barnes, Monica Helm and Carla Kerr (Doug Kerr is missing because he shot the picture)
Church Custodian (Doug Kerr)
The play was directed by Kirsten Barker and Connie Breding; Music Director Scott Hancock; Set Designer Will Bartlett; Assistant Director/Stage Manager Eli Holmes.

Smoke on the Mountain was written by Connie Ray, conceived by Alan Bailey and musical arrangements were by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick.

This play was well received in Alamogordo considering that it is not as well known here as in the more southern states. There were many compliments from theater attendees. It ran for two weekends on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees. After the last matinee, one lady was heard to remark, "I can't believe this is the last show. I just want to go and tell everyone to come see it."

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photographer for the wonderful pictures and I took the one of him.

This is all I have to say for now.

RHS New Mexico Road Runner Chapter Holds Meet and Greet

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Red Hat Society New Mexico Road Runner Chapter held a "Meet and Greet" in the local White Sands Mall in Alamogordo. The object is to inform more people about the Red Hat Society and the benefits of membership.

For the first time since we've been doing these "Meet and Greet" events, we did not sign anyone up, but we did have a number of people stop by and take a brochure telling them how to become members.

Queen Ladybird (Carla) arrived early to set up the table
Road Runner members L to R: Dorothy E., Marian and Donna W.
L to R: Marian, Donna W., VQ Penny and Margie
We celebrated our birthday girl, Marian, with our kazoos, a new red hat and a rose
Donna W. and Queen Ladybird (Carla)
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with each other and greeting the public. Hopefully, some of those who took the brochures will contemplate on joining as their New Year Resolution!

This is all I have to say for now.