3/6/2013 6:00:00 AM COOK/Arts Council plans spring musical
Seated, from left, are Lisa Knight, Courtney Wells, Erica Flake, Kenny Mooney, Kinsey Goldman, Andrea Moore, Jessie Boatner, Keith Hall, Jonathan Hall and Madison Pike. Standing are Janet Jay, Destiny Files, Sarah Hall, Tori Chesnut, Jennifer Prince, Michael Duke, Tim Moore, Zach Peden, Elizabeth Hall and Charlie Chalmers. Not pictured are Angela Boatner and Terri Donald.
By STEVEN THOMAS Staff Reporter
Popular hits such as "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" will be a part of the Arts Council spring musical.
It will feature over 50 songs performed by 26 vocalists.
The spring musical, "And the Winner Is - A Night at the Awards," will take the Ellis Theater stage on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.
The play is a musical revue that everyone will enjoy, said Kinsey Goldman, who will direct the musical along with Andrea Moore.
"It celebrates the award winning songs from the Oscars, the Grammys, the Country Music Association, the Tonys and the Doves," she said.
Moore recently worked on Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
She described the play as being "community created," with her and Goldman selecting the songs and writing the script.
"It's the story of the awards and how the songs came about," she said.
The performance will have a comfortable, informal feel to it, Moore said, noting the vocalists' seats will be around the stage with a black backdrop.
Each of the songs selected for the musical has won an award.
"There is such a wide variety of music that everyone will find something they love," Goldman said. "There is a cast of 26 ready to sing for you."
Moore noted that selecting the cast was not a difficult task.
"When those 26 arrived we knew who would be in it," she said. "We've been practicing everyone Monday, Tuesday and Thursday since January and it's been a blast."
Tickets are currently on sale for $15 for non Arts Council members, $10 for members and $5 for youth age 2 to high school senior.
"It's gonna be great," Moore said. "It's one of those things where everyone will find something they'll enjoy. It's been fun putting it together."
Please call the PNC Arts Council office at 601-656-9838 for more information.
The cast has shared a few of their favorite recipes.
2 cans Pillsbury butter crescent rolls, seamless if possible
2 eight-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
Cinnamon and sugar
Unroll and spread 1 can crescent rolls on bottom of ungreased 9x13 inch pan. If you aren't using the seamless crescents, be sure to smooth out the seams before adding the filling. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 -degrees for 20-30 minutes.
- Erica Flake
Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken
2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1/2 can of large pineapple chunks
Add all ingredients to crock pot. Cook 4-5 hour on high. Serve over rice and enjoy.
- Erica Flake
Easy Potato Soup
4 cups milk
1/2 to 1 diced onion
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flour, heaping
Dash of pepper
Cut potatoes into small pieces and cook in salted water, with the onion. In a heavy pan melt the butter over low heat. Stir in flour and cook until bubbly. Slowly add half of the milk. Add hot, cooked potatoes and onion mixture. Use a potato masher to break up potatoes a bit. Add the rest of the milk and the salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until hot. If it not thick enough, shake 1 tablespoon of flour with 1/2 cup cold milk and add to the soup, stir frequently, garnish with a sprinkle of dried parsley.
- Andrea Moore
M&M Pretzel Treats
M&M's plain or peanut
Vanilla melts, round disks can be found in candy-making section
Pretzel snaps, squares or mini twists
On a cookie sheet, place the pretzels. Put one vanilla disk on top of each. Bake at 250 degrees for 3-4 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately drop M&M's, 2 plain or 1 peanut, on each. Cool.
- Terri Donald
Mom's Cornmeal Pie
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Add other ingredients and mix until blended. Pour into pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees. Stir with a fork two to three times while baking. Bake until thick, approximately 25-30 minutes.
- Kinsey Goldman
Easy and Elegant Pork Tenderloin
2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup olive oil
2 pounds pork tenderloin
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix bread crumbs and olive oil in bowl to reach consistency that would be moist enough to stick to the meat when pressed. Press the crumb mixture onto all sides of the meat until there is no pink showing, usually 1/4 inch thick.Bake for at least 35 minutes.