Comin' Up a Cloud

Boogaloo's production for 2004 is another original production by award-winning playwright Betsy Vanderford: Comin' Up a Cloud.. The stories this time are tied around a cemetery caretaker and his apprentice. There's a storm coming, and the caretaker passes on to his apprentice the stories associated with the various tombstones in the graveyard as they relate to another storm that happened years ago. Storylines include:

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Sleeze operator Johnny (Dan
Prince) hatches a plot with the
gold-digging Francie (Maggie
All)

There are plenty of songs in this one, written by Ralph Lawson (who also directs) and one by myself.

In this production I play Raymond, who is recently divorced from his adulterous wife and who manages to find companionship despite the meddling of his domineering mother (not nearly as dreary as it sounds... there's actually a Rock-a-billy song and dance in it).

New Venue!

In related news, we're not performing in the Kellet warehouse this time... Berry's Builder Mart moved to a new location a few years back, leaving their old store/warehouse unoccupied. The owner, Pete Berry, has graciously allowed us the use of the building. This means that for the first time we actually have an air-conditioned venue that's not encumbered by the sound of a generator or passing trains! Happy, happy, joy, joy! We couldn't bear to part with Joe Varga's wonderful stage, though, so we (meaning mostly the seemingly indefatigable Rob Lindler) dismembered it, carried it bodily to the new location, and reassembled it there.
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Cast members receive their critiques from the director after a dress rehearsal.

Songs

Whoo, I'm Glad I Did! Music & Lyrics by Ralph Lawson
Arrangement by Buddy Wilkes & Dell Morgan
I will Love You For All Time /
Mama, I'll Come Through
Music & Lyrics by Ralph Lawson
Arrangement by Buddy Wilkes & Dell Morgan
Where is the Dream? Music & Lyrics by Ralph Lawson
Arrangement by Buddy Wilkes & Dell Morgan
Newfangled Telephone Music & Lyrics by Ralph Lawson
Arrangement by Buddy Wilkes & Dell Morgan
Johnny, Don't You Come This Way Again Music & Lyrics by Ralph Lawson
Arrangement by Buddy Wilkes & Dell Morgan
Sunday Best Music & Lyrics by Ralph Lawson
Arrangement by Buddy Wilkes & Dell Morgan
Fill My Ears Music & Lyrics by Ralph Lawson
Arrangement by Buddy Wilkes & Dell Morgan
Comin' Up a Cloud Music & Lyrics by Ralph Lawson
Arrangement by Buddy Wilkes & Dell Morgan
Killin' Time Music & Lyrics by Dave Leigh
Arrangement by Dave Leigh


SOLOISTS

If You Listen Joe Chamberlain
Whoo, I'm Glad I Did! Ron Holden
Patricia Ferguson
Tony Gregory
George Bruce
Kathy Stepp
Dave Leigh
Michael Smallwood
Joe Chamberlain
I Will Love You For All Time /
Mama, I'll Come Through
Janet Lawson
Caitlin White
Where Is The Dream? Bobby Rogers
Newfangled Telephone Bess Lawson
Erin Connolly
Raven Robinson
Ellen Gregory
Josh Winters
Cassie Owen
Ashley Moon
Megan O'Dell
Johnny, Don't You Come This Way Again Kayla Rochester
Sunday Best Barbara McClurkin
Jannie Gist
Fill My Ears Nanette Jenkins
Pam McMillian
Comin' Up a Cloud Trey Lawson
Killin' Time Dave Leigh


PRODUCTION STAFF

Executive ("Core") Team: Nanette Jenkins
Monte Lancaster
Lacretia McClurkin-Peake
George Bruce
Playwright: Betsy Vanderford
Director: Ralph Lawson
Producer: Jane Wilkes
Stage Manager: Rob Lindler
Pianist: Dell Morgan
Drums: Mickey Connolly
Lighting Control: Kelsey White
Sound Control Will Leigh
Tech: Wanda Sanders
Choreographer: Mia Lawson-Silvers
Artistic Design / Layout Kim Knox
Meg Wylie
Props/Costumes Cast
Advertising/Publicity/Boogaloo Office: Nancy Braxton Browning


CAST OF CHARACTERS
arranged alphabetically by last name
(if I have any of these wrong just let me know so I can correct it)

ACTOR/ACTRESS / CHARACTER
Maggie All Francie
Willie All Sammy
Lauren Armstrong Belinda
Reid Bailey Beverly
Taylor Baker Alma
Chase Baldwin Harris
Kerry Baldwin Housewife 2
Mary Blackwell Pauline
Nancy Braxton Browning Myrtle
George Bruce "Big Money"
Joe Chamberlain The Caretaker
Erin Connolly Jessie & Wiley
Geno Ferguson Calvert Boy
Patricia Ferguson Adoption Lady & Housewife 3
Tatiana Ferguson Calvert Child
Sarah Garnett Sister Rosetta Peake
Jon Nick Gault Wiley
Chris Gist Mr. Calvert
Jannie Gist Ella
Patrick Greer Cotton
Ellen Gregory Claudette
Matt Gregory Cotton
Sue Gregory Housewife 2
Tony Gregory Police Officer & Chief
Ron Holden Sunday Best - Ensemble
Nanette Sloan Jenkins Sis
Kim Knox Inez
Victoria Labian Edna & Housewife 1
Bess Lawson Darla
Janet Lawson Millie
Trey Lawson Billy
Dave Leigh Raymond
Rob Lindler Banker 2 & Vet. Affairs Man
Barbara McClurkin Analee
Myia McClurkin Calvert Girl
Pam McMillian Pearl
Ashley Moon Phone Prank Kid
Carloline Moss Beverly
Phillip Mullinax Wallace
Megan O'Dell Teen on Phone
Cassie Owen Claudette
Alyssa Peake Phone Girl & Gloria
Lacretia Peake Puddin'
Katie Poole Phone Prank Kid
Dan Prince Johnny
Bailey Queen Teen on Phone
Kayla Rochester Dolly
Bobby L. Rogers, Jr. Rudy
Wanda Sanders Mrs. Calvert
Jordan Sizemore Belinda
Whitney Sizemore Phone Prank Kid
Michael Smallwood The Apprentice
Taylor Smith Harris
Kristi Sommer Peach
Jim Stepp Banker & Police Chief
Kathy Stepp Vivian
Kailly Tucker Phone Prank Kid
Karmen Wade Florence
Caitlin White Meg
Buddy Wilkes Roy
Josh Winters Willie Lee & Preacher