Sunday, February 18, 2007

A matinee 'blast'

Sunday afternoon found Madame X and I in the small Illinois community of Princeton, where our niece Eliza was performing in a community theater production.

I know what you're thinking: No-Doz. Not at all. It was a lively and entertaining two hours, especially for fans of "oldies" music.

"The November Ten" presented "A Blast from the Past!" in its tiny (120-seat) theater in a former church building. The matinee, the last of eight shows, attracted another full house. The production featured a half-dozen performers -- four professionals, Eliza and another high school girl -- singing and dancing their way through 38 hits from the '50s and '60s.

Weaving those songs together was an original but simple plot line: The geeky soda jerk somehow progresses from laughingstock to winner of the heart of the beautiful girl.

Eliza is at far left in this photo snapped during the curtain call. Actually, if a theater doesn't have a curtain, is it still a curtain call?

Whatever, it was light and entertaining and worth the trip.

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