MUSIC to my EARS

 

Posed Movie Production Stills

and Frame Grabs from video footage

(PAGE BEST VIEWED AT 1280 X 1024 PIXEL SCREEN RESOLUTION)

 

Photos by Christopher P. Jacobs and Jenny Morris

 

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CHARACTERS and ACTORS PICTURED

(in order of appearance in photos below):

Peggy (Jenny Morris), Molly (Karly Anderson),

Amber (Wendy Honrath), Hubert Sorensen (Michael Harvey),

Brenda (Lori Barrett), Pat (Royce Blackburn), Allie (Louise Pinkerton),

Vic (George Herda), Kayci (CeAnne Reese) Jordan (Patrick Pearson),

Alisha (Ashley Braxton), Josh (John Grove), Sara (Crystal Karlstad)

Emily (Caroline Gray), Bill (Paul Kelly),

café background atmosphere (Suellen Palya, Mark Landa),

Bessie Sorensen (Lee Barnum), Dancer (Sara Anderson),

George (Gordon Dexheimer), Frankie (Betty Gard),

Street Musician (Greg "PeatMoss" Norman),

Lady of the Evening (Miranda Mozinski), Melanie (Marjorie Morris),

Jimmy (Marc Arnason), Terry (Chris Hargreaves),

chorus girls (Miranda Mozinski, Jessica Gunderson),

Wendy (Allison Wiese)

 

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While cleaning the theatre before a matinee, Peggy and Molly discuss

the classic movies they like and go into a song and dance routine.

Their co-worker Amber is not amused by their antics.

 

 

Amber tells them she hopes their next movie isn't another

saccharine Shirley Temple picture.

 

 

The owner, Hubert Sorensen, announces that his mother has

decided to sell the theatre and they'll be closing soon.

 

 

 

Long-time patrons Pat and Allie discuss the fate of the theatre

with Brenda the manager.

 

 

 

Audience members at the closing night of the old downtown movie house

lament the fact that the theatre is closing as they start to watch the last film.

 

 

 

 

All are shocked when Vic, one of the characters in the movie, breaks character to look at the crowd,

then walks off the screen into the auditorium and exhorts them to do something to save the theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Warren is catching up with the New York Times theatre section

at a local café when his old friend (the actor who had played Vic)

recognizes him and asks what he's doing back in his old home town.

 

 

 

Bill confides he’s hiding out from his ex-wife Melanie, who

divorced him after the last show he starred her in was a flop.

Then Vic tells him that the last local downtown movie house

has just closed after playing his latest film,

and is expected to be torn down for a parking ramp.

 

  

 

With her assistant Peggy, theatre manager Brenda goes over their closing night inventory,

noting that receipts won’t come close to paying off the bank loan.

 

 

They hear a knock on the door and look up to see Bill Warren,

a former home-town boy who is now a Broadway producer.

 

 

Bill tells Brenda he’s heard of the theatre’s difficulties.

 

 

 

He explains that a benefit stage show might raise enough

money in just one weekend to save the theatre.

 

 

Although Peggy and Brenda are skeptical at first, Bill insists that using local talent

with his experience and reputation behind it, a musical revue will be a sure-fire hit.

They agree to do the production and Bill makes plans to call in some New York favors.

 

 

Peggy expresses her doubts to Alisha and Jordan that the show

will ever come off, while Molly wonders what they’re talking about.

 

 

Despite some iffy auditions, the show starts intensive rehearsals.

Molly and Peggy drag Bill out to the lobby to show him a new

song specialty number they want him to add to the show.

 

 

Brenda tries to explain to Hubert and old Bessie why she’s invested

all the theatre’s remaining money in Bill Warren’s stage production.

 

 

Peggy and Molly demonstrate their specialty song for Bill, but while one

of the chorus line dancers waits anxiously to speak to him, they are

interrupted by a surprise visit from George the banker and Frankie

the real estate agent, who were expecting the theatre to be closed up.

 

 

 

Bill and Brenda walk back to the theatre after having a post-rehearsal drink,

trying to forget all that has gone wrong and how little time they have left until

opening. Bill’s spirits are suddenly lifted, however, and he is inspired to create

a new major production  number for the show when they see a lady of the evening

enjoying a street musician's performance of the “St. Louis Blues.”

 

 

 

Peggy rehearses the new version of “The St. Louis Blues”

but Molly runs on stage to tell her they're all in big trouble.

 

 

 

Bill's ex-wife Melanie has heard from the banker that her

alimony is being used to finance a show. She arrives

with her lawyer Jimmy, demanding either full payment

or to be cast in the lead role, to the distress of Brenda

and disdain of Terry the choreographer.

 

 

 

Although bitterly disappointed, Peggy tells Bill to let Melanie

play the part so the show can go on and the theatre can be saved.

 

 

 

Melanie impresses everyone except Molly with her singing talent but

frustrates other cast members when she has trouble remembering dialogue.

 

 

 

While they admit she's got marquee value, both Terry and Peggy

cringe whenever Melanie forgets lines that Peggy already knows.

Molly, meanwhile, starts to formulate a scheme of her own,

and Jimmy flirts with some of the chorus girls.

 

 

 

After rehearsal, Bill visits Melanie, hoping to boost her confidence

in her performance, and possibly rekindle their old relationship.

 

 

 

Ever the diva, Melanie reminds him of their failure,

but does not discourage Bill’s renewed attentions.

 

 

 

That same night Brenda dreams that Bill romances her

by a verdant stream, singing “You Made Me Love You.”

 

 

 

In Brenda's dream, after singing their love duet they

dance around a flowing fountain and share a kiss.

 

 

Bill, Brenda, and Terry discuss how well the show is going

after a few weeks of rehearsals, now that Melanie is the star.

 

 

 

Terry complains about Melanie’s temperament and questionable talent,

 but Bill defends her and insists she’ll make the show a national hit.

 

 

 

While George the banker and Frankie the real estate agent

discuss their difficulties in trying to shut down the show

 so they can seize control of the property, George's secretary,

Wendy, announces a mysterious female visitor is waiting to see him.

 

 

 

Molly enters with a sultry confidence, to the skeptical glares of Frankie and Wendy.

 

 

 

After Frankie and Wendy leave, Molly tells a wary George

that she has a proposition they'll both enjoy, a plan that could

get Melanie, the show's leading lady, out of the production.

 

 

But amidst all the comedy, drama, backstage intrigue, and romantic triangles,

nothing can dampen the enthusiasm of the hardworking singers, dancers, and musicians

who keep struggling to bring "Music to My Ears" to the stage against every setback!

Will they be able to open on schedule, impress the public, and save the theatre?

 

 

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