Posted by Steve Makovec and Katherine Beeson on Jan. 5, 2009
We have a tradition with two good friends -- going out together every New Year's Eve. On December 31, 2008 we planned our traditional dinner and a movie, with us picking the restaurant and them choosing the flick. We went to Bobu's, a homey steak house in West Allis and the movie they picked was "Slumdog Millionaire." My friends thought it would appeal to me because it is the story of a young man playing India's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and I have tried -- and will continue to try -- to get on that show. The movie has garnered the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival but remains something of an art house film here.
I have four words about this film: GO SEE THIS MOVIE! It is phenomenal. The story begins as Jamal is seated in the Millionaire Hot Seat and the Indian host is giving him his questions and choices. It repeatedly cuts to Jamal being tortured and accused of cheating. (He is taken captive after the day's taping while still a contestant.) Through very powerful flashbacks, Jamal patiently explains how he came to know the answers. Will he be allowed to return to the set and answer the final question? There is also a beautiful love story that drives the plot -- and is Jamal's driving force.
Trust me on this one. About 20 minutes into the movie, you may be asking yourself why you decided to see this film, but suddenly you get hooked and the story just draws you in. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Steve Makovec and Katherine Beeson on Jan. 20, 2009
The West Allis Players have finally decided on our summer musical and we are presenting the blockbuster, "Beauty and the Beast." Besides being wildly enthusiastic about our choice, we are faced with putting together the behind-the-scenes talent to bring it to life.
We are looking for a director. He or she will then be spearheading our search to complete the team.
Our show opens July 17 and runs for six performances. Auditions will be held mid-May and once West Allis Central ends its school year, we have the auditorium for all rehearsals. It is nice theater.
Please contact us if you have an interest in our show and want to be considered. Send along your resume' and complete contact information. These items should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our group is combining talents with Village Playhiouse of Wauwatosa for this production and two members of each board are on the hiring committee. We need to make a decision as soon as possible, so please contact us immediately! The show must go on!!!