LMLB Muchos Gracias
A huge thank you to all who made the Flat Rock Follies – a tribute to vaudeville a rip roaring success. Special thanks to Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa which generously donated the Air-Conditioned Theater for the entire run and the wine tasting for the opening night gala.
Flat Rock Follies Review
By Carl Leatherwood
For some celebrants, it was like July 4th held over. The last performance of the Flat Rock Follies, a salute to vaudeville with patriotic fervor – and humor – in political speeches and the cast’s closing “Yankee Doodle Boy” ended a two-week run Sunday.
The show was staged by Terlingua’s Last Minute Low Budget Productions in Lajitas’ Flat Rock Theater. Produced and directed by Scott Watkins, eight Actors played in 10 features written in the early 1900’s.
Veteran performer Martha Stafford presented a parody monologue denouncing the campaign for women’s suffrage. Her fellow actors, newcomer Sandy Smith and frequent character actor Deena Nolan, found the anti-suffrage stance as confusing as some do today’s trimming of NASA jobs when the economy calls for creating more jobs.
Stafford was equally impressive in a skit with her husband, Dave Long. The two navigated a quagmire of hypnotism, where he thought he could win her love, her hand in marriage. He denounced her acting ability until in a second she proved her love – and her acting ability.
Certainly one of the funniest short subjects, if not the funniest, came near the end. In “The Art of Flirtation”, straight man Scott Watkins dished out of a 10-cent book on flirting to comedian Pablo Menudo. “Right on the first page you learn something. See – how to flirt with a handkerchief.” “Who wants to flirt with a handkerchief? I want to flirt with a woman!”
Menudo, in catcher attire, recited the time honored “Casey at the Bat” written in 1888. Watkins also performed a solo piece entitled “The Southern Senator” which proved to be as pertinent today as it did when written in the early 1900’s.
Candice Davis played a famous actress, a role she is well suited to, gaining fame here for many and varied polished roles. She was paired with Nolan twice. Their second piece was a haunting tale of women and war.
Rob Dean, who performed in the first production of Last Minute Low Budget some twenty years ago, mounted the stage in cowboy garb and spun the humor of Will Rogers. His sidekick, a large spittoon seeming to have a mind of its own at times (operated by Angie Dean), added to the humor of the piece.
Others involved in the vaudeville attraction were John Parker, lights and prop construction; Lisa Lowe, makeup; Sarah Bourbon, sound and publicity; Zena Zeller, scene painting; Catfish Callaway, stage manager; Cynthia Hood, choreographer; Annie LeRoy, Becky Williams, Joe Sirotnak, Tammy Besmehm, and John Lowe, house crew.