Neil Simon classic at TCT
'Last of the Red-Hot Lovers' to feature plenty of laughs.
Temple Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Concert to feature world-class trumpeter, American Big Band sounds.
Temple residents discuss city’s mobility issues.
Tickets still available for TISD production of The Lion King Jr.
Earl Nottingham to speak at SPJST reception.
THURSDAY JANUARY 20, 2022
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Get ready for a lot of laughs as the Temple Civic Theatre presents its version of Neil Simon’s Last of the Red-Hot Lovers on Feb. 3-5 and 10-13.
The show is part of the theater’s 2021-22 season.
Last of the Red-Hot Lovers is set in 1969 and originally opened on Broadway in 1972. The local production is directed by Kelly MacGregor, a Waco resident since 2007.
“This is my first experience with Temple Civic Theatre,” she said. “I was directing a show over in Killeen, and one of my cast members was from Temple. The next thing you know, I get a phone call and I’m directing Last of the Red-Hot Lovers.”
The show is about Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married man facing a mid-life crisis.
“Barney thinks he is unhappy and wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late, so he decides to have an affair — he’s just not very good at it,” MacGregor said. “He arranges meetings with three women at his mother’s apartment.”
The first meeting is with Elaine Navazio, a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses. Next is Bobbi Michele, a 20-something actress who is just a bit on the kooky side. Finally, he meets Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy, depressed housewife who just happens to be married to Barney’s best friend.
“The seductions didn’t work out,” MacGregor said. “Barney had been wondering if his regular routine was all he would ever have in life, but he finally realizes his life is just fine.”
The production features four Central Texas actors, including Temple optometrist Michael Prince as Barney, Kami Ellis-Yasko of Waco as Elaine, Valerie Davis of Waco as Bobbi and Debbie Cable-Brown of Harker Heights as Jeanette.
MacGregor said the play contains adult language and situations, and it is intended for an adult audience.
“There’s nothing really shocking in the show other than a curse word or two, but it’s really not for children,” she said.
Show time for Red-Hot Lovers is 7:30 p.m. except for 2:30 p.m. matinees on Feb. 6 and 13.
Tickets may be purchased at app.arts-people.com/index.php.
Next up for Temple Civic Theatre is Inherit the Wind on April 1-3 and 7-10. Auditions are Feb. 20 and 21.
2022 TSO POPS CONCERT
Allen Vizzutti, one of the worlds great trumpeters, will perform with the Temple Symphony Orchestra at the Jan. 29 Pops Concert. Here’s a super-cool side note about Vizzutti: He’s played the trumpet on more than 150 movie soundtracks, including the blockbuster themes to Star Trek, Rocky and Back to the Future.
2022 Pops Concert to feature Big Band sounds and a typewriter
By DAVD STONE, Our Town Temple
When it comes to trumpet player Allen Vizzutti, Temple Symphony Orchestra Maestro Thomas Fairlie doesn’t mince words.
“This guy is one of the top three trumpeters in the world,” Fairlie said. “He is an amazing soloist, and I’m so excited to have him in Temple again.”
Vizzutti will be joining the Temple Symphony Orchestra for a Jan. 29 Pops Concert at Temple College. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
“Allen is a virtuoso, both technically and musically,” Fairlie said. “His range and the sound he exhibits are second to none. He is equally comfortable on both the jazz and classical sides of the repertoire.”
This month’s show will mark Vizzutti’s fourth performance in Temple over the past 30 years — twice with the Symphony and twice with Temple Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble Fairlie used to direct.
“We have formed a close friendship over the years,” he said.
Fairlie said the Pops Concert will be broken into two parts, and the first part will feature traditional comet solos that “really show off Allen’s virtuosity,”
“We are opening with one of the greatest American Composers — Leonard Berstein’s Overture to Candide,’” he said. “In the middle of the first half we are playing Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter, a really fun piece that I refer to as a concerto for the typewriter and orchestra.”
The piece will feature talented Scott Dudley, TSO’s principal percussionist, as the typist.
The second half of the Pops Concert will feature all American-style big band swing styles with a jazz trio in the middle of the orchestra. Second-half numbers will include popular tunes such as St. Louis Blues, Lullaby for Basie, Blues Train and the popular Swing, Swing, Swing. The Orchestra also will perform a salute to American big bands.
While in Temple, Vizzutti will be doing more than performing the Pops Concert. He is scheduled to conduct Master Classes at
Temple High School, Temple College and Baylor University.
Check this out!
This is the Iceland Symphony Orchestra performing The Typewriter. The Temple Symphony will play their version of the quirky tune during Pops, and percussionist Scott Dudley will play the role of “The Typist.”
Transit changes among mobility needs discussed by city, residents
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Getting around Temple could look a lot different in the future if ideas discussed at Wednesday’ public meeting become reality.
City officials and consultants working on a Mobility Master Plan met with Temple residents live at Wilson Park Recreation Center and online via Facebook Live and Zoom. About 130 residents attended the meeting.
The safety of interchanges in congested areas is a major concern for developers, said Jason Deckman, a senior planner with the city of Temple.
One resident said interchanges in west Temple along Loop 363 between West Adams and Airport Road is a danger zone for drivers. He said the problem area is getting more and more congested as Temple expands westward.
Temple residents have said getting to work in the Industrial Park and in other parts of the city not served by The Hop bus line can be a problem for those who don’t own cars.
Several people Wednesday — and at a similar meeting back in May — said they would use mass transit if it fit their needs.
“We’re looking at a couple things to address this,” Deckman said. “One of the fixes would be to increase the number of buses and routes in Temple,” he said. “Right now, there are two city routes, plus a connector that links Downtown with Killeen. One of the possibilities might be to create two or three new routes.”
Another idea being considered, according to Deckman, is the creation of mobility zones.
“There may be a need for expanded transit, and one way of doing that is with micro transit or mobility zones,” he said. “Instead of creating a bus route in an unserved area, micro transit would use vans to fill the gaps,” he said. “The vans would not run a specific route, but they would provide on-demand transportation.”
For example, if a person worked in Industrial Park and got off work late at night, he could call for a transit van that is assigned to that area.
“We’re not talking about a taxi service,” Deckman said. “If a micro transit system is implemented, the van would take the passenger to the nearest bus connection.”
In other words, a van would serve areas where buses don’t run and would take passengers to the closest bus stop or transfer station.
Deckman said many sidewalks in Temple could be improved under the Mobility Master Plan, and sidewalks could be built in areas that don’t have any. Some residents have complained that pedestrians have to walk in the street in parts of town that lack sidewalks.
Deckman said a new Mobility Master Plan would serve the city for the next 10 to 20 years. He said the plan will be finalized by May and could go before City Council for approval this summer.
Deckman said the city already has numerous plans that address different aspects of transportation, and some need to be updated. The Mobility Master Plan rolls those plans together.
“We need a comprehensive transportation plan that meets the needs of drivers, delivery personnel, bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled,” Deckman said. “A Mobility Master Plan will provide a bigger picture of those needs.”
TISD’S THE LION KING JR.
Show features Temple ISD actors from several school campuses
Our Town Temple
Tickets sales continue for upcoming performances of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. at Temple High School.
Performance dates are Thursday-Saturday, January 27-29 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on January 30 at 2 p.m. Online tickets are available at www.CentralTexasTickets.com and are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Reserved seat tickets (the first eight rows) cost an additional $5.
The production includes students from Temple elementary schools, middle schools and high school.
The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.
You will meet such characters as Mufasa (Simba's father), Scar (Simba's evil uncle), Zazu (Mufasa's majordomo) and Timon and Pumbaa (a meerkat and warthog).
When an unthinkable tragedy happens, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when the weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king.
Songs include "The Circle of Life," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," "Hakuna Matata," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and many more.
A complete list of cast and production staff is listed on the show's Information Page.
Nottingham to speak at SPJST event
Our Town Temple
Enjoy an evening reception, presentation, and book signing on Thursday, Jan. 27, with photographer and author Earl Nottingham at SPJST Home Office, 520 North Main Street in Temple.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last about two hours.
In his new book, Wild Focus, Nottingham provides a unique perspective on Texas featuring images of the woods, waters and wildlife of the Lone Star landscape.
He served as chief photographer for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and its magazine for 25 years.
Nottingham’s engaging photography — landscape, nature, and wildlife; environmental portraiture of people; photojournalistic coverage of events, including natural disasters — provides a cohesive overview of biodiversity and the state of conservation in Texas.
At 7 p.m., Nottingham will present a short program related to the book.
COVID testing, vaccination site moving to airport
The Temple COVID-19 testing and vaccination site will change locations from Wilson Park to the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport starting today.
The site will be set up inside a hangar and will be accessible through the Aviation Business Park Entrance. This location change will allow the site to operate despite inclement weather conditions.
On Monday, Jan. 24, the site will begin operating Monday through Friday, and will be closed on weekends. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.