Monday, July 27, 2009

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Here's an article from the newspaper in Ft. Smith about the play. We open this Thursday! I'm so exhausted and excited.

Goin' Courtin' by Scott Smith

Among the most treasured musicals stands “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” and the Fort Smith Little Theatre’s rendition plans to hit the mark multiple times. Switching Little Theatre hats from music director to play director, George Mann is holding unshakable confidence that the story’s writing and his cast and crew will provide an unforgettable evening for theater followers and newbies alike. Even though his role as director is new, he said he feels optimistic that the show will impress everyone.

Yeah, now I’m a director with a big ‘D,’” Mann said with a laugh. “But it really feels natural. I’ve been music director for 14 seasons of musicals, and although the mantel of director is much larger, the thing that has made it so easy is the great amount of help I’ve received from more experienced hands.”Those helpful, appreciated hands belong to many of Mann’s fellow FSLT members, who will help Mann bring the production to the stage July 30 through Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-8 at the FSLT, 401 N. Sixth St. A special “Dark Night” performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 to benefit Community Services Clearinghouse.“Many students and people have told me that ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ is their favorite musical,” Mann said. “It’s one of those things that was a movie first, before it went to the stage. Many young people have said they’ve seen it as a movie first.”Written by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” features lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Gene de Paul while centering around the overzealous antics of seven sibling farmers, the Pontipees. Working on a farm that is 15 miles from civilization, the Pontipee brothers find themselves in a match-making game after one of the brothers meets a young girl from a large family.Tension grows among the characters when the girl’s sisters already have their eyes on other boys, and a preacher and other town people become involved in the drama that grows by the minute.“The abduction of females is frowned upon in this day and age — you have seven guys abducting seven girls and taking them into the mountains — but the story is set in 1850s Oregon Territory, and it’s told in 1950s language,” Mann said. “A lot of phrases have fallen out of society, but the story is told from a lot more innocent era.“The good thing is, the happy ending,” he added. “There’s considerable conflict throughout the story, but conflict resolved is the hook, and the happy ending resolves everything.”Fort Smith Little Theatre’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”When: 8 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 1 and Aug. 5-8, and at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 2. The opening-gala show is at 8 p.m. July 30Where: FSLT, 401 N. Sixth St.Tickets are $25 for the July 30 show and $15 for all other shows and can be purchased by calling 783-2966. Admission also is by season ticket.For information, visit

Meredith Thomas dances with Eric Wells during rehearsal.

Joe Pierson, from left, Wesley Fox, David Bates and Brandon Bolin rehearse a dance number from the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

Amanda Elkins sings “Goin’ Courtin’” to Brandon Bolin on Monday during a rehearsal for the Fort Smith Little Theatre production of the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bundt Cake Woes

Yesterday, I was feeling especially domesticated and decided to make a peanut butter bundt cake. Brook LOVES anything peanut butter flavored. I even wore my cute little red ruffled apron from the Now & Then Shoppe. It is an antique and gift store in Fort Smith that I love to visit. Anyway, the making of the cake went very well. The badder was perfectly smooth and delicious. Brook appreciated the fact that I gave him one of the spinner things from the mixer to lick. Normally, I would have kept them both for myself, but I decided to share with him. So, the cake baked for approximately 25 min. which is what the recipe said. I inserted the toothpick and it came out clean. I took it out and let it cool for probably 20 mintues. Then I flipped it....What a mess!!!!!!! The outside was perfectly done, but the inside was a peanut buttery runny mess. I, of course, started to cry because I'm overly sensitive and I was trying to be a good wife and make something yummy for my hubby. Brook came in the kitchen and made me feel better. He blamed it on the stupid bundt cake pan. I've tried to make cakes in it before and they have never come out right. We decided that next time I need to use a regular cake or brownie pan. Then we ate some of the mess and drank some milk. I was happy again. Someday my bundt cakes will look like this...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Float Trip

Since we had last Friday off for the holiday, we went floating on the Elk River with some friends. We decided to take Vito with us. He had a great time and he got to sit up front in the canoe with me. Here are some pics...

Enough sunscreen?
The Raft Group!In the water...
Looking around...Me and Vito...
Being the navigator...