I’m writing this on the hoof, because in Amateur Dramatics nothing ever runs smoothly. The church that rents the Village Hall happens to be moving out on the day our show opens. Oh joy! And then, naturally, the church that’s taking over from them is moving in on the following weekend. Never rains, they say… And keep your fingers crossed that the actor playing Joe Schenk recovers from tonsillitis by next rehearsal. Amateur Dramatics! Why do we do it?
The Man who invented Las Vegas: he’s the reason I’ve not posted much lately – Billy Wilkerson II. My play opens this month at our Village Hall. It is a musical and we’re staging it in collaboration with a local dance studio. I based the script on the book by WR Wilkerson III (son of Billy) – thanks again, Willie!
Along with telling the true story of how Las Vegas got started (the movie “Bugsy” is largely fabricated – in fact in some ways the character of Bugsy borrows from Billy Wilkerson, the “real” inventor) we also feature some famous characters who were around at the time, like Marilyn Monroe (played by Ann Eckard – see photo) and Howard Hughes. Just to add spice.
We’ve got three great singers. The female lead, Tichi (Billy Wilkerson’s wife) is played by the jazz singer Yots.K (the brunette pictured here), and Billy is played by Bevan Timm, who is better known locally as a “Barbershop” boy. And as for the dancers… well maybe more about that in another post.
And now I must go and find fabric for petticoats, and gloves, and moustaches… and some. But as for the “why” I do it? For two weekends now we’ve been painting flats, with the lead’s baby gurgling in his pram, working through lunch, snacking on unhealthy take-aways and wondering how the canvas got a big fat tyre track across the middle. We’re a bunch of people who were strangers a month ago, but are now suddenly family. Reason enough?