April 10, 2008
Marshall Academy Patriot Performers present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
The Marshall Academy Patriot Performers, joined by the elementary students, lit up the stage Thursday and Friday night with their production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Former teacher, Christopher Hedglin, narrated for them. Mr. Chris, producer extraordinaire, hired an orchestra to make certain the music was just as superb as if you had been sitting in the Orpheum.
Costuming was a major part of this production. After tirelessly searching for authentic wares, Mr. Chris found gold. Every one of the children, from the Beast all the way down to the salt and pepper shakers, looked as if they belonged on Broadway. Kudos to those who worked long hours in producing the costumes for the elementary students. They could not have done a better job!
By far and large the one character that still sticks out was Lumiere, who executed the role without a glitch - pure perfection. This role was played by Cooper Nichols. He had the crowd in stitches throughout the play. Being a freshman and this was his stage debut, the future holds great things for this young man in theater!
Emma Burleson pulled off her accent beautifully as Cogsworth. She was equally as funny, along with her sidekick.
Belle, played by Claire Liddy, took you along with her through her journey with her sweet, yet powerful voice. Her performance was simply breathtaking
Gaston and Le Fou, played by close friends Jon Clay Cooper and Kristen Feathers, were outstanding in their performances. They played so well off of one another and really shone on stage.
Maurice, Belle’s father, was performed by Kent Feathers, a Patriot Performer newcomer. A flawless performance shows that true talent is there!
Mrs. Potts (Kayla Kotowicz) and son, Chip (Michael Farese), and the wardrobe (Erica Owen) had the best costumes of the night! They looked amazing in their garb, which had to have been steaming hot! Had it not been for the program, I would not have known who they were!
Ellen Gresham played Babbette, who throughout the performance kept “gaining” feathers, turning out to be “the feather duster,” as Grady put it. Gorgeous.
The Beast...what can be said about the performance by Andrew West? His voice resonated throughout the gym as he was literally transformed into a beast and back into a very handsome young man. This part showed how truly exceptional his voice is, as well as his versatility!
The best part of the entire thing was it appeared “old hat” for all of the performers - effortless, as if it all came so naturally to them. What a wonderful group of children involved with Patriot Performers. Each of them were outstanding and put on a stellar show!
Six seniors made their farewell performance, Jon Clay Cooper, Kristen Feathers, Ellen Gresham, Kayla Kotowicz, Erica Owen and Andrew West, with the production of “Beauty and the Beast.” As sad as it is for those graduating, it is reassuring to know that there is so much talent below them to carry on what they started. Congratulations to all of those involved in such a fantastic show!
Luke Farese of Oxford, was the weekend guest of his grandparents, Vivian and Eugene Smith.
Charlie Douglas of Starkville, breezed through town on Friday for a short visit with family and friends.
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Cameron Strickland honored with party
A pre-wedding wind-down party was hosted for Cameron Strickland, bride-elect of Jason Rhea by Martha and Patti Carlisle. The delightful afternoon occasion was held Thursday evening, March 20 at the Fred Carlisle residence. The lovely home was decorated with spring flower arrangements created by Lou Jones, Pat Stubbs and Martha Carlisle. Friends called between five and seven and were treated to a delicious evening meal.
The hostesses presented the bride with a place setting of the couple’s Spode China, Woodland.
Cameron Strickland and Jason Rhea honored prior to their wedding
On Wednesday, March 5, Jason and Cameron were honored with a Mexican fiesta at the Service Station. Hostessing the fun-filled evening were Beverly Hurdle, Shellie Sharpe and Lynn Pullen. Denise Gholson assisted with the delicious buffet. Guests brought the groom lawn and garden tools.
Anna Mather Greer of Tupelo, who served as maid of honor for the bride, hosted a bachelorette weekend, March 6-9 at Dauphin Island, Ala. Nine girls enjoyed the weekend and celebrated with the bride before her wedding.
Frannie Farris makes her debut in New Orleans
Frannie Farris, daughter of Charlie and Jane Farris of Holly Springs, made her debut in New Orleans this past Mardi Gras season.
In November, she was presented as a debutante to the New Orleans Bachelors’ Club. Just after Christmas, she was presented at the Mid- Winter Cotillion held at the New Orleans Country Club. Frannie was formally presented at a party given by her family on December 28 at the home of her paternal great-grandmother. The uptown New Orleans home had recently been restored after suffering severe damage from Hurricane Katrina.
In January, the deb was presented at the Athenians Ball and the Dorians Ball. Her final bow to society was at the Prophets of Persia ball which has been a long tradition for the ladies of her family. She was the third generation of her family to be presented at this ball.
Having been born in New Orleans, Frannie (as well as her parents and younger brother, Buddy) thoroughly enjoyed reuniting with friends from the past at all of the parties.
Next year Frannie will return to New Orleans to welcome the 2009 debutantes.
A fascinating Indian story
The Indian history is so fascinating. A modern day Chickasaw princess from Oklahoma was in the Marshall County Museum a while back.
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