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    Last week, I closed a musical in my theatre (The Fierce and Fabulous Women of Broadway) and I just got word from the producer that they want to stage a Christmas Cabaret in December. It will be a mix of old and new Christmas Classics, choreography, scenery, and lights and a limited 2 week engagement. Looking forward to planning the details.
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    American film and television actor, John Howard Payne (1912-1989), was born on May 23, 1912 in Roanoke, Virginia. Payne is known mainly for his later work in film noir crime stories, musical films, and for his leading role in the NBC Western television series The Restless Gun, but Christmas movie lovers everywhere remember him fondly for his role as attorney Fred Gailey, the man that proved there is a Santa Claus, in the classic holiday favorite Miracle on 34th Street (1947) starring Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn as Santa Claus.
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    Patrick! Nice, and gooodddie for YOU! They chose wisely and will be delighted with your work I know this because I know and see how you do things. I can't wait to see the photos!
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    How wonderful! Right up your alley, my friend.
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    Unbelievable, sounds like something you will REALLY enjoy
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    Life is a cabaret, old chum. Come to the cabaret... 🎼🎵🎶
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    Sounds like hard work but also lots of fun! Break a leg!
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    Great news for you!!1 Sound like a really good time. Good Luck!!
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    Oh yes - there used to be a Buster Brown shop right up the road - that was where Momma took us to get shoes for the start of the school year..... thanks - didn't know the rest of the history . . .
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    American actor, Edward Ernest "Judge" Reinhold, Jr. was born May 21, 1957, in Wilmington, Delaware @Drosselmeyer. Reinhold has appeared in in over 75 motion picture and television roles including Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Stripes, Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, and his Emmy-winning performance as “the close talker” on Seinfeld, but Christmas movie lovers everywhere remember him as Dr. Neil Miller - the doubting stepfather/psychiatrist in an ugly sweater, who finally gets his "weenie whistle" in The Santa Clause (1, 2 & 3).
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    Can I jump in here?? Maybe not quite known for his Christmas shows - but today is Jay Silverheels' birthday. Jay Silverheels (born Harold Jay Smith, May 26, 1912 – March 5, 1980)[1] was a Mohawk actor and athlete.[2] He was well known for his role as Tonto, the faithful Native American companion of the Lone Ranger[3][4] in the long-running American western television series The Lone Ranger.
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    I hope you video this show because I'd LOVE to see it! Congratulations and the best of all luck!
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    Sad statement on what Hollywood is feeding the public as entertainment. I believe the choose what they want to watch and identify with the image of Santa that we represent. Interesting statement at the end of the press release, if they can find funding.
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    Does anyone remember... Before Dennis the Menace, Calvin & Hobbes, and Bart Simpson, there was Buster Brown and his dog “Tige.” The cherubic little boy with the page boy haircut was created by newspaper cartoonist, Richard F. Outcault, and debuted in the New York Herald, in 1902. Though angelic in appearance, Buster was a sling shot wielding prankster and self-acquitting moralist who usually ended up with a paddling over his mother’s knee in each comic strip. His character was adopted as the mascot of the Brown Shoe Company and the Buster Brown brand was introduced to the public at the 1904 World’s fair. I got my first pair of Buster Brown’s in the late 1960s/early 70s at Fleischmann's Department Store, in Guilford, Ct, which also sold Cub Scout and Boy Scout uniforms.
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    I am not as young as I used to be - but I am pretty sure some of you gents have a few years on me..... When I grew up as a kid in SouthEast TX we only had a 12" square black and white TV - I only remember watching Lone Ranger (which was revered and unquestioned true history to a boy in TX), Lassie, and 3 Stooges . . . . our house backed up to a swamp, and we always had critters - my Mom was less than happy to come home and find snakes sunning in the driveway lots of adventures out in the yard - gave the imagination a lot of exercise Of course - lots of critters to play with any time it rained our yard was a pond - and exploded with little frogs - we called them rain frogs I would catch them in a little box and sneak them inside to play with - then Mom would usually find them all dried out on the carpet the morning - aparrently I was the primary suspect when this happened . . . . and of course we also had skinks - but you had to be quick or their tails would pop off . . .
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    I'm all for folks portraying their idea of Santa, but come on... at least try to stay in the same realm as the character!
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    I predict that it will become an instant flop.
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    Considered by many to be the most influential dancer in the history of film, Omaha, Nebraskan, Frederick Austerlitz, better known as Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – 1987), was a legendary American dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer. Astaire’s movie roles included musicals, comediesa,d dramatic parts such as The Towering Inferno (1974) and Ghost Story (1981) but Kringle lovers everywhere remember him for his 9 roles (yes – 9!) in the television movie, The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979) and as the lovable narrator and postman, Special Delivery “S.D.” Kluger, in Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970).
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    Children prefer simple objects over toys because they’re “not limited” to being a single thing For kids, versatility might be the way to go — as far as toys are concerned, anyway. Zime Science May 2, 2019 by Alexandru Micu EXCERPT: I have it on reasonable authority that kids are very likely to ignore a particular toy and make a starry-eyed beeline for the box it came in. I haven’t got any of my own, so I can’t attest to the accuracy of that, but I do have a cat — so I can relate to how confusing such an experience might be. But fret not, parents around the world, for science comes to the rescue. A new study from the University of Alabama reports that children, particularly those at preschool age, are probably attracted to generic objects because they make for more versatile toys. “The inclusion of generic objects like sticks and boxes may allow children to extend their play because the generic objects can be used as multiple things,” said lead author Dr. Sherwood Burns-Nader, UA assistant professor of human development and family studies. “Pretend play such as object substitution has so many benefits, such as increased socialization and problem solving.” A cardboard box can become virtually anything in the mind of a child, the researchers say. In contrast, a spaceship or unicorn toy — despite being much more visually appealing — is doomed to remain a spaceship or unicorn for as long as you play with it. And therein lies the reason why children, especially younger ones, would generally prefer to play with the box. Children often substitute one object for another during play. A stick can become a sword, a rifle, or a pen. But such substitutions aren’t made lightly — the object has to have a passable resemblance to the one it’s being substituted for. As such, an object’s features such as shape or markings can disqualify it completely for a certain play-task. ... SOURCE: https://www.zmescience.com/science/children-toy-simple-objects-2353545/
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    Men with beards carry more germs than dogs including deadly bacteria in facial fuzz, study claims Professor Andreas Gutzeit said the study showed hounds were 'clean compared with bearded men' The Sun By Phoebe Cooke 14 April 2019 EXCERPT: MEN with beards carry more germs than dogs including deadly bacteria in their facial fuzz, a hair-raising study has found. Researchers discovered that nearly half of all sampled beards hosted bugs dangerous to human health. The study was trying to determine whether there was a risk of humans picking up a dog-borne disease from an MRI scanner also used for examinations by vets, the Mail On Sunday reports. In examining the beards of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs from a number of breeds, scientists found that even hounds had lower levels of microbes than the beards surveyed. Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, said: “The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur.” The study found all of the bearded men, aged from 18 to 76, showed high microbial counts, while only 23 out of 30 dogs had high counts, and the remainder had moderate levels. Seven of the men were shown to have bugs hazardous to human health. The scanners were disinfected after the dogs were examined on the MRI scanner, showing a “significantly” lower bacteria count compared with levels seen when used by humans. “On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men,” said Dr Gutzeit. Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front that promotes facial hair, was not impressed by the report. SOURCE: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sun-men/8860464/men-beards-germs-dogs-bacteria/
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    Twilight Zone: The Night of the Meek You can watch the full episode here:
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    The Santa Claus Oath I will seek knowledge to be well versed in the mysteries of bringing Christmas cheer and good will to all the people that I encounter in my journeys and travels. I shall be dedicated to hearing the secret dreams of both children and adults. I understand that the true and only gift I can give, as Santa, is myself. I acknowledge that some of the requests I will hear will be difficult and sad. I know in these difficulties there lies an opportunity to bring a spirit of warmth, understanding and compassion. I know the “real reason for the season” and know that I am blessed to be able to be a part of it. I realize that I belong to a brotherhood and will be supportive, honest, and show fellowship to my peers. I promise to use “my” powers to create happiness, spread love and make fantasies come to life in the true and sincere tradition of the Santa Claus Legend. I pledge myself to these principles as a descendant of Saint Nicholas the gift giver of Myra. All words, contents, images, and descriptions of the Santa Claus Oath including the Santa Claus Oath Crest are copyrighted under an attachment with Arcadia Publishing 2008 by Phillip L. Wenz. ISBN # 978-0-7385-4149-5 and LCCC # 2007925452 - All rights reserved.
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    So at rehearsal yesterday I ran to McDonalds to get lunch - took one of the kids with me - this 9 year old stepped up and helped a senior at the order kiosk because the gentleman couldn't figure out the touch screen - so I saw the technology literate age on full display.... (and he was kind to someone older which was very nice) But back at the theatre we were working on flying kites - we are doing Mary Poppins and you have to go fly a kite! - we worked out a pretty cool way to actually fly the kites in the theatre over the audience - but I am trying to explain to these kids how to fly a kite - they have no idea - they have never flown a kite !!
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