PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain: December 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dr. Littleton and Muse Watson - It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without Their Show!

Each year the Princess Theatre Foundation, along with the whole area, looks forward to the annual Dr. Eric Littleton Christmas Concert
His show is always full of music, history, and his own brand of humor.  The audience listens attentively to the accomplished pianist's unique compositions and blended melodies.  He tends to play interestingly with every traditional tune, and the journey takes delightful twists and turns through notes that finally roll back into the familiar song.  
Whereas one might become bored with all the familiar notes, Dr. Littleton's performances keep you wondering what's coming next, and they morph into more complex pieces every year.  He even created a little Star Wars theme last evening inside one old Christmas song, and surprised and pleased everyone.  I'm not at all sure Dr. Littleton knows exactly how and where he will exit each song, which makes it interesting and fun for him as well!

Littleton always brings us his Christmas memories, and into his personal relationships with his family.  While home movies and stills from Christmases past played out on the screen above his head, he played the songs that were special to him during those years.

It was especially hard this year to talk about his family, because he lost his dad this past summer.  However, he, like a lot of us that knew his dad, will always remember this particular slide with fond memories, and of Jim's Sunbeam bread truck rolling around the area.  The driver always had a smile on his face and a warm greeting.
Usually, his special guest is Muse Watson, who reads a Christmas story on stage to children called up from the audience.  This year's story of choice was the "Cajun Night Before Christmas", by Howard Jacobs.  The audience really got enjoyment from Watson's Cajun accent, but some of the younger children seemed a little puzzled at times!

Last night Muse again surprised the audience by singing a little from "Silent Night"!  He really does have a nice voice...after all, he started out in music.
Backstage, Muse had a special "meet and greet" with the Viar family, Rob and April, who had let it be known that their son Jacob had a long standing wish to meet his hero "Mike Franks" of NCIS.  I was blessed by being there when Muse came into the Green Room, where the unsuspecting Jacob waited.  His eyes opened wide as he recognized his TV hero, and then he smiled from ear-to-ear.  It was quite moving, and Muse loves nothing better than pleasing his special fan base!
Like his grandmother (Gloria), we look forward all year to Caleb Littleton accompanying his father on "Little Drummer Boy" with his caj√≥n (drum box).  Dr. Littleton loves to have his talented son on stage with him; and he poked a little fun at his red bow-tie!

So, we all went away with a Christmas song in our heads, and a little more Christmas love in our hearts.  Hope you join us next year!

Oh yes, we must thank Janet Gasperetii for donating the beautiful Yamaha piano a couple of years ago.  It will bring a lot of us many moments of joy for years to come.

Here are some other photos from Friday's performance:

Friday, December 18, 2015

"The Safe Side Of The Fence" Coming January 22

A documentary film coming January 22nd at 7PM.

This one hits close to home!

The Safe Side of The Fence from Tony West on Vimeo.

World War II’s Manhattan Project required the refinement of massive amounts of uranium, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works took on the job.

As a result, the chemical company’s employees would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history. This documentary explores the legacy that St. Louis is still coping with, from workers who became ill – to the challenges of dealing with the fallout of creating some of the world’s first nuclear waste.

The story is not unique to St. Louis, as more than 300 facilities across America would become part of the race to build the bomb, and be forced to deal with many of the same issues.

A detailed look into what some of the men and women went through inside these plants, and how decisions made in the past, effect us all today.

Doors will open at 6:30pm - Showing at 7pm

For tickets click here

Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Roane State Music Department Winter Concert - FREE!

Dec 5 2015 - 08:00 PM

The RSCC Music Department offers a traditional concert of Christmas favorites and winter inspired arrangements, featuring Celebration Singers, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Bluegrass Band, Stage Band, faculty, and lots of guest performers!

Free Admission – Donations accepted at the door

Presented by : Roane State Music Department
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