Dear Crabby, Has Hollywood Run Out of Original Ideas?

Dear Crabby, When I was watching the Tony Awards®, I noticed a number of the musicals are based off movies. For example, “Mean Girls,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Tootsie.” That got me thinking about how it seems recently there are more and more remakes happening in TV and movies. It seems to be everywhere. So, are the folks in Hollywood just lazy or have they run out of original ideas? Thanks! Chanel Changer Dear Chanel Changer, I was asked something similar last year and at the time I … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Inspires and Enthralls on an Epic Scale

At first blush, The Hunchback of Notre Dame seems like an odd choice for a holiday play. Especially when you consider past Avon productions such as A Christmas Story, Forever Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street have much more overt seasonal messages. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that this play is absolutely perfect for this time of year with its message about kindness, love, and the need for refuge in an all too chaotic world. And if that’s not enough to sway you, then … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think of the Space Force?

Dear Crabby, I love anything related to space, so I was excited to hear President Trump’s plans to get us back out there. What do you think of the proposed Space Force? Thanks, Starr Nuit Dear Starr Nuit, Well, I won’t lie. When I first heard the name I just assumed it was an announcement for a new movie franchise like Star Trek or Star Wars that my grandkids would try to dupe me into seeing. I was further confused when I saw the proposed logos since they looked like something you’d … [Read more...]

Summer Music Theatre Program Celebrates 45th Season

The Rochester Community Schools Summer Music Theatre (SMT) program is celebrating its 45th season with the 2018 production of Disney’s “Newsies.” Local students in grades 4-12 comprise the SMT cast and crew of “Newsies,” which was inspired by the real-life newsboy’s strike of 1899 in New York City. The story was released as a Disney film in 1992 and became a Broadway musical in 2012. SMT “Newsies” will run nightly at 7:00 p.m. from July 25 - July 28, with a 1:00 p.m. matinee on July 28. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ the End of Superhero Movies?

Dear Crabby, The highly anticipated Marvel Avengers: Infinity War movie comes out this weekend. Is this the end or will there be more? Thanks! Scott Pym Dear Scott Pym, Oh, you’re so precious to think that these superhero movies will be leaving us alone anytime soon. I mean look at Black Panther. That movie made at least a trillion dollars. OK. It didn’t make that much, but it has made almost $700 million. That’s more than the theatrical grosses of Iron Man, Thor, and the first … [Read more...]

Avon Players Announces its 2018-2019 Season

Mark your calendars for another exciting season of community theatre! Avon Players is proud to announce their upcoming 2018-2019 season that's guaranteed to have audiences laughing, crying, and singing along! Call 248-608-9077 for tickets or order online at www.AvonPlayers.org. Group rates are available by calling the box office. “Like” Avon Players Theatre on Facebook for special offers on tickets. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. All seats are reserved. Steel Magnolias Sep 7, 2018 - … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think About Year-Round Schooling?

Dear Crabby, What do you think about year-round school? It looks like they are moving towards that where I live. Thanks! Grams Dear Grams, I think I just heard the sounds of children crying and parents cheering at the thought of this idea. Before I give my esteemed opinion, I think I should debunk the notion anyone reading this might have that year-round school means kids are in school for 365 days a year. While I’m sure that would be preferable for some (cough, the parents, cough), … [Read more...]