“I am sorry today’s show is sold out,” said the Rose box office worker. “Do you have another show scheduled,” inquired the anxious relative. “No. This is the last performance,” the consoling worker replied. Footloose was a SELL OUT! All six shows sold out. The Backlot Players, show directors, cast and behind the scenes crew experienced the thrill of six packed houses; they suffered the agony of many disappointed patrons who were not able to get a ticket to see this super production and their favorite actors.

Marion McDougall, director; Tullye Ralph, musical director; and Kim Pitman and Terry Waits, choreographers led the 35-plus cast in presenting a well-staged show. Standout performances were given by Leia Williams as Ariel and Leif Phillips as Willard. The entire cast and production team made “Footloose” the kind of show you wanted to see at least one more time. My guess is that some area residents did see it more than once and many others tried.

Author’s note: Someone commented to me that The Rose never sells out. I wanted to tell them they were wrong. I wanted to tell them the number of times that Backlot Players’ productions had sold out. I chose to be kind and advised them that from this show forward they ought to buy their tickets as soon as they hear about the dates for the coming performances. This column has been extolling the level of talent and the caliber of entertainment presented at The Rose by the Backlot Players for over two years. The shows are always entertaining and the talent is exceptional. See you at The Rose.


Get out your Red, White and Blue clothing, or your small American flag replica and head to The Rose Theater for a super concert of stirring patriotic music. The Backlot Players are presenting “A Salute to America” concert on Aug. 27 and 28 that is guaranteed to remind you of the pride one should have as an American and how glad you should be that you live in a community where the sounds of freedom can still ring loud and clear.

The Eclectic Jazz Band and the Liberty Singers Chorale are joining forces to present an entertainment treat featuring liberty based music, readings and videos. Aside from the inspiring music, you will watch two absolutely spectacular videos that reflect part of the strength of America—our Armed Forces and those Americans who gave their lives for this great nation.

Bill Veal, music coordinator for the Eclectic Jazz, commented, “If you have an ounce of patriotism flowing through your veins, you will get goosebumps as you listen to the songs we’ll play. The band members hope that the music will speak to each person reminding them of what makes America great—our freedom and liberty.”

Kelli Gilstrap has organized a group of area vocalists to create The Liberty Singers Chorale. The Liberty Singers will present some well-known songs as well as providing the vocal accompaniment to a beautifully produced and emotion-packed video, “Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones,” that salutes our Nation’s fallen heroes. “You can’t be an American and watch that video without getting a tear in your eye,” added Kelli.

When asked about the somewhat unique timing of a musical concert that might normally be more in line with Memorial or Independence Day, Kristy Calhoun, Backlot Players Guild president, said, “There is never a bad time to celebrate our American heritage of freedom and liberty. We are excited that we can bring this super production to The Rose. We plan to sell it out just as we did ‘Footloose.’”

“A Salute to America” is at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 and 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at The Rose Theater, 23 W. Johnston Street, Forsyth. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students and active military, and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. The Rose box office will be open from 4-7 p.m., Aug. 22-26. Call 478-994-0443.


Thrill to the excitement of “Frankenstein…The Radio Play” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept.9 & 10; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Laugh until you cry to the humor of “Arsenic and Old Lace” that begins Oct. 7 and ends Oct. 16. How can two sweet and caring aunts create so much excitement and change the course of so many lives? Come see for yourself.


Community theater is fun. Community theater is important to the culture of a community. Community theater can be very rewarding. Community theater can turn a boring life into an exciting and fulfilling adventure. Four reasons you should become involved in your community theater—The Rose. Join the Backlot Players Guild and get involved. Call 478-994-0443 and ask for Membership Information or visit

Dennis Smith writes “Monroe Entertains You” highlighting the entertainment fare offered in Monroe County and the people who make it possible. Smith wants Forsyth to realize and support the riches it has in the cultural arts.