John M Hemphill 
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Re: “Jamie Farr, George Burns, Snow White: Halloran Centre Launches 3-Show Stage Series

I actually saw Jamie Farr play George Burns in the show once...weird. I also saw him play Oscar opposite William Christopher's Felix. I think he was one of the Nathan Detroit's that I saw in a Guys and Dolls tour once. Dude gets work.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 08/15/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Ostrander Award Nominees, 2017 — Community Division.

When we did Much Ado at BPACC and TM. It was always technically an independent production that Irene and I came up with. Sort of a Judy/Mickey "We have talented friends...and a barn...and Candy sews" Part of me wondered if Ostrander judges would have noticed had it been eligible but there was something quaint about just "doing it" without the concerns of a mainstream production. I am all for people doing their art. I mean to me that is art in it's purest form. I wonder though how non eligible independent companies could even be corralled. If Chris Davis wants to put up a production of such and such play people have to know about it and a governing voting committee must have a quorum to go and see it...and that still leaves out other productions that might not benefit from word of mouth or promotion. They would all still have to submit them for consideration. Someone smarter than me would need to figure out a system that would be fair...whatever that means. I'm all for it. So much talent in this town so any way that it can be brought to the forefront and garner appreciation is a good thing. But...like Chris said...many people who do independent theatre just want to do the play and awards don't enter into the thought process deserving or not. It might have to be another organization like Independent films do. Ostranders are already up to the brim with eligible theatre companies and judges to go see their offerings.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 08/04/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Sneak Peek at "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

It has turned out better than I could have imagined. I hope people will make the trip out east to give it a go.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 07/17/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Teaching Moments: Theatre Memphis Visits South Pacific

Spot on Chris! ...and thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the heck out of this production.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 06/08/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Theatre Memphis Announces 2017-18 Season: From Shrek to Florence Foster Jenkins

I think 42nd Street was 2002. Season Opener.

Posted by John M Hemphill on 02/23/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “McCoy Theatre Alumni Throw a Party for Retiring Professor Julia "Cookie" Ewing

I wasn't even there but Mary brought home the Emcee video.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 05/13/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “"All the Way" Comes Up Short at Playhouse on the Square

Most of the roles could be covered quickly if need be because they are not too massive. Humphrey and King and of course LBJ would be a problem. I can't imagine having an understudy for Johnson for such a short run with him having the bulk of the lines during the 3 hour show. We have most of the middle aged men in town in the show already...I guess the decision was made to cross our fingers and pray that George stayed healthy. The ensemble roles are almost like chess pieces and are constantly moving and jumping from character to character. I imagine it would make any understudy's head spin being thrown into such chaos at the last minute...but not much flusters Ann Marie.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 03/15/2016 at 9:54 AM

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