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ABOUT TOWN: Snow White a Hit Under the Big Top (And Summer Concert Finale)

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SNOW WHITE IS A HIT! The Little Theatre of Stoughton is doing something a little different this summer. As part of their 55th season, their production of "Snow White: The Musical" will take place in the great outdoors.

Opening weekend was Aug. 17-19. Miss out? You can still catch the production on Aug. 24, 25 and 26 at the under the Big Top!

It’s adapted from the original Grimm’s Fairytale by the trio of Sarah Flanagan, Kellie McGrath, and Jeanette Champagne

Jan Jones, the president and glue that holds together the Little Theatre of Stoughton, told About Town that, “three ladies rewrote the Grimm’s Fairy Tale as a play, and added music from other plays.  It is really fantastic.  They included songs from Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Footloose, Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Finian’s Rainbow, Bye By Birdie, Aida, Legally Blonde, and West Side Story.” 

In addition, tunes associated with Snow White, like “Some Day My Prince Will Come”, “Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Off to Work I Go,” and “Whistle While You Work” are included.  

It's a family-friendly show, with a great cast.

The narrators are Tori Heinlein and Mallory Breen.  Headliners include Tom Karnes as the King, Jeanette Champagne as the Queen, Ashleigh Lutz as the Young Snow White, Izzy Johnson as the Teenage Snow White, and Deanna Felix as Snow White.

The cast is so huge that I’d like to mention everyone - but I don’t have the space.  But, if I’m writing about Snow White, then I have to give a shout out to the Seven Dwarfs—Doc (Sam Bouchaiba), Happy (Katie-Lee MacNeil), Sneezy (Jason Mutascio), Sleepy (Rich Morton), Bashful (Brian MacNeil), Grumpy (Matt McGrath), and Dopey (Lisa Pernock). 

Sarah Flanagan and Kellie McGrath directed the Show. Jan and Roger Jones designed the clever set.

Jones wanted to give special thanks to the Cedar Hill Golf Course, Felos Memorial Art Center Gallery, Knights of Columbus, and No Joke Graphics.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Admission is $15, with discount tickets for students, and seniors priced at $12. Get your tickets at www.littletheatreofstoughton.org. For more information, call 781-834-6209.

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ANOTHER GREAT SUMMER OF CONCERTS:  Speaking of great community events, how about the wonderful summer concert series which just concluded this past Sunday, Aug. 19. 

The Stoughton Lions Club sponsors the Concerts at the Gazebo, which were held on six Sundays at the Charles Large Gazebo at Faxon Veterans Memorial Park. King Lion Bob Mullen deserves a lot of credit for putting it all together. It would be nice if the crowds were a little bit larger.  Concerts drew from 50-150 people, depending on who played, and the weather reports.

In the 2012 Summer Concert Series finale, Paul Agnew and the John Capavella Quartet entertained the crowd, with tunes from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  In fact, they played a tune from around 1911!

Vocalist Paul Agnew was joined on keyboard by John Capavella. Other members of the band included bass guitarist Hank Wiktorowicz, clarinet and saxophone player Elmer Drotos and drummer Steve Taddeo.

The Summer Series featured a number of wonderful acts, including Political Asylum, Easy Access Band, The Westwood Swing Band, The Corvairs, and The Infractions.

Mullen was pleased with the way the summer concert series went.  He told About Town, “I liked it.  I thought it was a nice mix of music. A couple of the bands featured Stoughton residents.  We had great weather all six weeks. I’d like to see a few more people there, but we can’t drag people over there.  We advertised in the Pennysaver, and had articles on Stoughton Patch and in the Stoughton Journal. Hopefully, next year we’ll have more people attend.  But, it went well, and everyone who came really enjoyed themselves.”  

Unfortunately, if you missed the past couple of weeks, you missed the music. Stoughton Media Access Corporation didn’t record the last couple of weeks. They couldn’t find volunteers to do it. Earlier shows were recorded and replayed on SMAC.

Sponsors for the Concert Series included the Stoughton Cultural Council, Stephen Prone and The Prone Family Foundation, Randolph Savings Bank, Steve Kelly and KC Residential & Commercial Real Estate, Stoughton Cooperative Bank, Sheehan Funeral Home, Dr. Betsy Disharoon, Drs. George Mark and Judith Goldstein, Tosca Drive Auto Body, Sam's Getty, and Stoughton Motel.

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Jeanette Champagne August 24, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Go see the show! it's great for all ages! very talented cast!

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