Common Concerns and Curtains
I want to talk about paw-to-paw respect in the Animal Welfare community. Mutual respect, sup-port and purpose merge energies and make our efforts to help pets and their people even stronger. And, I want to talk about Ace Tolucan, Patty Paul, whose love for animals and support of local theatre is unsurpassed.
A table of Actors and Others members had the pleasure of attending the celebration of Paws/ LA’s 20th Anniversary. Paul Jolly, 2nd Vice President and Treasurer of A&O, was honored (along with Nadia Sutton who was a founder of Paws/LA, and Elizabeth Taylor!). If I may quote from Paul Jolly writings, “There are those that say that our pets are not human so why do we care so much. I don’t know about you, but even though they may not be human they bring out our humanity, sometimes in ways that humans cannot. Animals do not worry about fame or fortune, but instead teach us the joy of simple things as well as trust and steadfast affection. What can be more important than that?” So, a furry high five to Paul Jolly and to Paws/LA and the superb work they do.
We look forward to seeing members of Paws/LA, and the other great animal organizations that support Actors and Others for Animals at our Celebration of Caring. Yikes, it’s this Saturday, November 14th. If you want to attend, we’ll make room. Please call A&O at (818) 755-5080 for information. It’s a chance to help animals by mingling with celeb-rities, sharing the fun of the Toast to Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, and honor Dick Van Patten for his endless generosity with Natural Balance.
Actors and Others President, Jo Anne Worley, has spent months calling and fetching and plugging and bugging to bring us the best event ever. And this one is personal as Jo Anne is an original cast member of Laugh-In. It will so good to see her and her cohorts together again. Do join us?
Patty Paul is adored by many and deservedly so. Patty, and our darling Richard Paul, were steady supporters of Actors and Others and always showed up at any odd occasion to put their spotlight on animals. Before we lost Richard, Patty Paul had a dignified career as Assistant Hospital Adminis-trator (LAC+USC Medical Center), was the Chief Deputy in the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, and an extra in the movie “people vs. Larry Flynt.” Now, Patty has morphed into Richard’s passions as a primo supporter of local theatre and is a working Member of the Board of Directors and a Producer at Musical Theatre Guild.
I love the Musical Theatre Guild, a non-profit membership company of theatrical profes-sionals, producing and performing a variety of new and rediscovered musical theatre works for the entertainment, education and enrichment of the community. In addition to their productions, the Guild presents a touring edu-cational show that presents per-formances in the community under the Actors’ Equity Theatre for Young Audiences contract. You can learn more about the edu-cational show by clicking here. www.musicaltheatreguild.com and you can check on their upcoming shows.
There’s still time to see their adorable production of “Fade In, Fade Out” next Sunday in Thous-and Oaks at the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum at the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center. (It’s not that far, and the show is that good!)
Forget the spoon full of sugar. If you don’t take the opportunity to see “Mary Poppins”, I’ll spank you. It is just opening at the Ahmanson Theatre and is the most dazzling entertainment. Not just for children. We’ve compared notes with friends and have all confes-sed to loving and weeping with joy at “Mary Poppins”. Don’t make the error of thinking it’s just a kiddie show. It’s a genuine big time musical with great theatrical surprises.
So, thanks to all for putting up with all my passions…