News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2005

Cathy D. Wahl

Princess season will have a 'Smokey' finale

Sure, we love those dependable Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals that the Decatur Civic Chorus recyles each spring.

But a little variety never killed anybody.

"Smokey Joe's Café" offers something a little different to close out the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts' season.

The "spring finale benefit" for the nonprofit theater, set for April 29 at 7 p.m., features an all local cast and crew.

"Smokey Joe's Café" gives us music from the same era that produced "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music." But this musical features the nearly 40 songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote "Jail House Rock," "Stand By Me,' "Yackety Yak," and "Hound Dog."

DCC play director Betty Rocha directs community singers and dancers Carol Bolding, Kelley Gillikin, Chris Hutchens, Ken Looney, Wes Lovett, Doug Maze, Rob Metcalf, Ashley Mitchell and Susan Thompson. Linda Davidson is musical director, with Virginia Paul as accompanist and Rob Metcalf designing choreography.

This is the final show of the Princess Theatre season, and audience members may join the cast for a Curtain Call Party after the performance. The party features dessert, wine and entertainment from singers Jan Fincher, Laura Phillips, Kathy Sylvestri, Scott Willis, Steve McNutt and Catherine Troup.

Package tickets for both the performance of "Smokey Joe's Café" and the Curtain Call Party are $25 and $35, depending on seating location. Reserved tickets to the performance only range from $16 to $20, with a $10 discount ticket for students and teachers. Buy tickets at the Princess vox office weekdays at 340-1778 or by visiting

"Smokey Joe's Café" is hosted by the Princess Theatre Board and Community Board. Toray and a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts also help make "Smokey Joe's" a reality.

Final fashion call

Last call for tickets for the second annual "Styles and Statements" fashion show Thursday, staged by the Decatur General Hospital Foundation for the Community Free Clinic.

Models will step out Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Point Mallard Pavilion. It's OK to leave work — this outing involves lunch. Chef Scott Curry and Katherine Wilks will pack a cute hatbox with a hearty lunch of roast beef croissant with Boursin cheese, roasted red pepper soup, orzo salad with grilled vegetables and pine nuts and a surprise dessert.

DeLoain Burgess of DeLoain New York and Annie Cornell are orchestrating decorations with a spring theme of orange, lime green and lemon plaid. Burlap will cover picnic tables centered with arrangements of yellow roses, lime green ostrich feathers and big yellow balloons on extra-long streamers, Programs are on Southern-funeral-home-style fans because, honey, the weather is just going to be beautiful.

Marella Adams of Carriage House and June Odom of Doncaster have selected fashions that emphasize summer fun, whether it's watching the youngsters play ball or dancing on a cruise ship.

Volunteer Susan Watson organized the invitations. Crevolyn Burchell is taking reservations, with lights and sound by Mike Neville, photos by Sloane Bibb, publicity by Liz Pilgrim and videography by Jim Montgomery.

Be sure to arrive early to silently bid on a trip for two to New York City, with dinner, airline and play tickets, limousine and a stay in DeLoain's personal apartment. You may prefer a weekend stay for four at the June and Jim Odom's Tennessee River house with a picnic supper from KFC.

Reservations were due a week ago, but call the foundation office at 341-2187 to see if they'll take your $50-per-seat request.

Newcomers of Decatur

Decatur treasure John Caddell will talk to members of the Newcomers' Club of Decatur at their luncheon meeting Wednesday.

Events begin at 10:30 a.m. at Burningtree Country Club. Now in his 10th decade, Caddell will talk to Newcomers about their new hometown's history.

Wednesday is a great time to learn more about your adopted hometown, whether you've just moved here or have been here a few months. Make a reservation by 5 p.m. Sunday by calling Patsy Grocke at 309-5845 or Stacie Thompson at 778-0778.

No excuses for young mothers. Newcomers provides child care, too. Be sure to mention it when you make your reservation.

Call your "Chatterbox" news to Cathy D. Wahl at 350-6983 or mail to 1225 Regency Blvd. S.E., Decatur, AL 35601. Fax to 350-6983 or e-mail to

Cathy D. Wahl Cathy D. Wahl
DAILY Staff Writer

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