This month's news from Alison...
All right, it's May. Does anyone remember May Day, and dancing around the May Pole? No? Well, maybe it's just me.
So, what's been going on? Well, a few things. A couple of weeks ago, Alison got together with her old friend J. Keith Van Straaten to tape an episode of his podcast, "Go Fact Yourself". This was a very fun evening. And you still have time to catch it. It is scheduled to air on June 1. Check it out here: Go Fact Yourself
And then she went to Marshfield, Missouri for the Cherry Blossom Festival. And she had a blast! (And so did Sock Monkey!!) The Cherry Blossom Festival was a great success as always! How can you go wrong when you've got President Grover Cleveland's Granddaughter, Lulu Roman from Hee Haw, Terry Moore, John Schneider, Marion Ross from Happy Days, relatives of Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Carter and Ulysses S. Grant, Miss Beadle, Nellie Oleson and half the gang from Walton's mountain! Yes, in addition to Alison and Charlotte, the fans were greeted by Michael Learned (Olivia Walton), Mary McDonough (Erin Walton) and Judy Norton (Mary Ellen Walton) - Plus Cissy Wellman (Cissy Tucker) and Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), all from The Waltons! (Alison and Charlotte thought about having a "Prairie vs Waltons" wrestling match but they were clearly out-numbered!) Ya know, Sock Monkey would have backed them up!
And a special welcome to all our NEW Nellie's Newsletter readers who signed up at the Cherry Blossom Festival!!!
Then, while she was still packing to leave, Alison went off and did an interview for Stamp Out Hunger, the annual letter carrier's food drive on Saturday, May 12th. Here's a link to their website: Stamp Out Hunger And here's the Broadway World article featuring Alison: Alison Broadway World This was held at the MEND Food Bank in Pacoima. You can still participate in this drive, just leave a donation of non-perishable food by your mailbox on Saturday for your letter carrier to pick up, or drop it off at your post office. Contact your local post office for details.
OK, shhh! I'll let you in on a secret if you promise not to tell Alison. Rumour has it there are going to be three LHOTP alumni appearing in a production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues on Friday, May 11th. Yep, according to the rumours, there will be Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), Pam Roylance (Sarah Reed Carter), and Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey)! Can you believe that!! (Alison will be in Philadephia, so she won't know about it! Shhh!) There will be a total of 5 Prairie folk in this production, which runs Thursday and Friday nights for two weeks. And I'm going to try to get tickets, so there! If you want to go too, check this out: Monologue Tickets Tickets are a $25 donation, and the show will be at the Loft Ensemble in Sherman Oaks (13442 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA. 91423). This should be a hoot!
OK, so, now on to the Schedule!!
First up, of course, is we're sending Alison to Philadelphia. Alison will be performing "Confessions of A Prairie Bitch" at Ruba Club, 416 Green Street, Philadelphia PA 19123 on Friday, May 11th, at 7:30 pm. Ruba Club From their website: ”Founded in 1914, Ruba Club is a 100 year-old social club and bi-level event space located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. Ruba is one of the most unique spaces in the city housing a vintage Cabaret-Speakeasy bar, dance floor, and stage on the lower level and a full theatrical stage upstairs in a vaudeville style Ballroom-Theater." For tickets, go to: Ruba Tickets Tickets are $22 general admission and $40 for VIP. VIP tickets get preferred seating, a signed photo, and a backstage meet & greet/photo op. Note: two drink minimum, cash at the bar only. I would really like to see this one, but I'll be busy! (Shhh!)
Here's an interview with Alison regarding her Philadelphia and New York shows: Lavender After Dark
Then, the very next day, for all you Mothers out there, Alison returns for her annual Mother's Day weekend at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (inside West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue) 212-695-6909 Doors open 1 hour before show time. Tickets are $22 with a $20 per person food/drink minimum. Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 pm and Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday, May 13th at 1:00 pm. Beechman Tickets And stay for dinner. I can say from personal experience that the food and drinks are superb. I know I say this every year, but take Mom to see Nellie, and you can say, "See, you certainly raised me better than THAT!
So, Alison no sooner gets back from New York than . . . . wait for it . . . . SHE is doing a performance of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues!! Yep, part of that same production (That you will NOT tell her about!), on Friday, May 18th at Loft Ensemble in Sherman Oaks (13442 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA. 91423). Tickets are a $25 donation, and you can get them here: Monologue Tickets Remember I said there would be 5 Prairie folk in this production? There were 3 on the 11th, and Alison on this night, along with Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle). Alison and Charlotte together, now that's always a good time! This will be the closing night, and I will definitely be there! And let me just say, if you have never seen The Vagina Monologues, you really should. It's not light family entertainment, by any means. But it is a very important piece of theatre. Oh, there are plenty of laughs, for sure, but there are also tears, and I come away from each performance with a lot of anger, and a feeling that we have to make some changes in our world. And that's a good thing.
And then, on Sunday, the Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood returns!! Yes, Alison and Tour Guide Extraordinaire Richard Sebastian present another episode of the Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood on Sunday, May 20th. The tours are $85.00, and run from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The tour begins at the Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum at 5601 Santa Monica Blvd. (right across the street from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery) Check it out here: Dearly Departed Tours For tickets go to: Nellie Tour Tickets OK, so there will be milkshakes, and a theme. And I really have no idea regarding the theme for this one!
Several things pending for June and July, but here's what we know for sure:
On July 27th - 29th there will be a Prairie Table at The Hollywood Collectors Autograph Show, featuring Alison, Rachel Greenbush, and Charlotte Stewart. This is held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Friday night is preview night only, no celebrities, and the autograph tables are going on Saturday and Sunday. Check it out: Hollywood Show The show runs from 10 AM to 5PM on Saturday, and 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, and tickets are $25 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday. For an extra $10 you can get in an hour early on your chosen day. There are only a few celebrities signed up now, but watch the website, it changes almost daily. I'll be there. ("And so will I", said Sock Monkey!)
And then, on Saturday, August 4th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Alison will be on a panel at Beyond Baroque Book Store, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. But more about that later.
Connecticut? Has Alison ever been to Connecticut? Well, look out New England, here she comes! Alison will be appearing in the Sharon Playhouse production of "Always Patsy Cline" from August 17 through September 2nd. That's the Sharon Playhouse, 49 Amenia Road, Sharon, Connecticut 06069. Tickets are $25 to $45, and you can get them through their website: Patsy Cline Tickets Now, this is very early news, so spread it around as much as you can! (Unlike that other thing that you had better not tell Alison!) It's so early that Alison is not even up on their website yet! Heard it here first, again! And there may be more developments for Connecticut, stay tuned!
Well since I wrote that last paragraph, they've announced their summer line-up. Here's an Article from Broadway World about the Theatre: Broadway World Sharon Playhouse
OK, enough with the schedule already!!
1. I still don't know what a podcast is . . .
2. We're still thinking about Tacoma . . . ("Why", asked Sock Monkey)
3. Hannibal?? No, not Lecter, Missouri!
Not Your Mother's Mercantile - Your One Source for all things Alison, and many things Prairie. Now remember, Alison personally autographs each of her items, so don't forget to tell her how you want them signed. Also, the website clearly states that we will fill all orders within two weeks. Well, we will, but when Alison is in France, or out of town anywhere, the order has to wait until she returns so she can sign the items. Here's the link: Mothers Mercantile And there may soon be something new on the store site . . . think feathers!
Heeeres Amy - Remember Alison's Comedy album Heeeres Amy? Still available from Uproar Entertainment. For the full story of the album, from Alison herself, check out their website: Uproar Entertainment And if you want to sample a few tracks, go to their Facebook page and scroll down about halfway to the album cover, and it will give you a few seconds of each routine: Heeere's Amy Sample
The Gasp Podcast - Alison recently spent an afternoon with her buddy Sam Pancake, taping Episode 64 of his podcast, "The Gasp!!". Check it out here: The Gasp This podcast is hosted by Sam Pancake and Rez Dezfalez, and Alison's interview begins at about 23 minutes in. And they all had a blast taping this, you can tell!
Pamela Roylance (Sarah Reed Carter) - Aside from showing up on the second night of The Vagina Monologues (Shhh! Alison can hear you!), Pam has been very, very busy! She can now be seen in "A Friend's Obsession", also known as "Lethal Admirer", on Lifetime. She plays the mother of the disturbed guy. (IMDB: Lethal Admirer ) And she starts work this week on a film entitled "Rachel On The Run" She plays Rachel's mother-in-law. No wonder we can never get her over for dinner!! Good job, Pam!!
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - Aside from appearing with Alison in the May 18th performance of The Vagina Monologues, and going to the Hollywood Collectors Show in July, Charlotte is still cranking out those Beadle Bags! And she has some new photos to go on them. (I like the one with Alison as a very young Nellie sticking her tongue out!) You know, she also does pillows. A friend recently had his beloved kitty pass away, so Charlotte made him a pillow with his favorite photo of kitty on it! (Sob!) Anyway, if you decide to order a bag or pillow, e-mail her at: email@example.com.
Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls) - Aside from showing up on the second night of The Vagina Monologues (Hey! Walls have ears, you know!), and going to the Hollywood Collectors Show in July, Rachel has a film! (IMDB: Shortstop Away ) It's called "A Shortstop Away", she plays Mrs. Harper, and it's currently in pre-production. And, according to IMDB, this "Marks Rachael Lindsay Greenbush's return to acting after 35 years off screen". Way to go, Rachel!!
Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey) - Aside from showing up on the second night of The Vagina Monologues (What did I tell you?! She's listening!), Hersha recently completed a run in The Chinese Wall at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. Hersha, see you on Friday!!
Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder) - I was playing around on YouTube again, and I found a clip of Lucy Lee in a scene with Henry Winkler in The One and Only in 1978. Check it out here: The One And Only Her scene is about 54 minutes in, and she is doing an audition with Henry Winkler. Nice!
Wendi Turnbaugh (Baby Grace Ingalls) - Wendy will be appearing at the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas on June 9, 2018 for their 15th Annual Prairie Days Festival. This one is coming right up, and you can read about it here: Kansas Prairie Museum Better yet, try Wendi's FaceBook page: Wendi FaceBook And to check her schedule of speaking events, try here: Wendi Schedule You go, Wendi!!
Radames Pera (John Edwards Jr.) - I mentioned last month that Radames had joined Alison on stage in France, and did a bang up job of it. Well, he had a real good time, too. Radames stated that he was honored and delighted to be included in the show and is happy to report that this experience informed him that he no longer has stage fright, something he once suffered from acutely. And it was great to meet and greet the wonderfully warm French Petite Maison (Little House) fans! Well, France, you now know where he is. Here's his FaceBook fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/johnsandersonjr/
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Sixty-Four)
Sock Monkey was exhausted! He leaned back in his seat as the stewardess refilled his glass of champagne. (You gotta love Air France!) It had been an ordeal just getting to the airport. First, the cat ran off with his passport. Sock Monkey had been forced to crawl around under the bed, a place that you did not go unless you were the cat, and root around until he located his passport. (The things that cat keeps under the bed!!) And then Alison had insisted that he repack his bag and include all of his western wear. He had already packed all his finest clothes, his suits, his vest, his tuxedo, but she had insisted on the western wear. He did not understand. This was going to be Paris, bright lights, elegant parties, everyone dressed in their finest attire. Western wear?! Sock Monkey took a sip and closed his eyes. He was hoping they would run into Jimmy, or Agent P, or Mme. Sophie. (Aaah . . . Mme. Sophie! Sock Monkey smiled!) "Sock Monkey!", said Alison, "I hope you like Country Music!" Sock Monkey sat up straight. This, he thought, could be trouble . . . .
(To Be Continued . . . )
Well, get ready! Our first monthly gig at Viva Cantina is coming up, June 30. Here's the schedule, which is now up on our website (www.catahoulamusic.com ):
Saturday - 6/30/18 Saturday - 7/28/18 Saturday - 8/25/18 Saturday - 9/29/18
And last (so far!) but not least, Saturday - 10/27/18
And look for some new photos on the website very soon! Hope to see you in June, so we can get this Last Saturday of the Month series started off right!. Alison will be there when she's in town, and we are going to have some great times!!
There you have it. The fourth Nellie Newsletter for 2018. Bring it on, summer!
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.