GECA cast, crew put on great show

Published 2:35 pm Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I definitely enjoyed myself at the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts’ production of Oliver! last weekend. For those who weren’t in the audience at one of the four performances, you missed a fantastic show.

I was particularly impressed with the large-scale dancing numbers, such as “Consider Yourself!” and “Who Will Buy?” It was amazing to see dozens of performers all share the stage at once, each one accomplishing his or her choreography without bumping into any of the other performers. No matter where you looked on stage, there was always something to attract the eye, whether it was the beautiful voices of the main singers, or the artistic skills of the juggling circus clown and plate-spinning acrobat.

To all of the cast and crew, congratulations on a wonderful show!

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• I couldn’t help but smile a little at an experience I had at Winn-Dixie on Sunday.

While I was waiting to check out, I struck up a conversation with the young people who were working the cash register and bagging my groceries. I noticed that they were singing the words to the disco hit, “Kung Fu Fighting,” which was playing on the speaker in the store.

I jokingly remarked that I was surprised they knew the song, and they both mentioned that they enjoyed it. The cashier also noted that she loves Elton John’s classic songs, as well.

I’ll leave my opinion of modern music for another day, but I am happy to see that all generations can enjoy experiencing the music of the past. After all, there are some incredible movies and musical artists from all decades, if you just keep an open mind.

• I’m sure that many of you are wondering when we’re going to reveal the businesses and business people that won our inaugural “Best of the Best” contest.

I’m pleased to tell you that this special section will publish in next Wednesday’s issue, and the staff at The Atmore Advance has definitely enjoyed getting the chance to meet the winners to give them the good news.

We appreciate all of the readers who took the time to fill out ballots. We weren’t sure what sort of response we would get, because it was a new idea for our area, but we were definitely pleased with the amount of interest.

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