Monthly Archives: August 2008

Santee Summer Concerts

Honky Tonk Kings at the Trolley Center

Honky Tonk Kings at the Trolley Center

Every summer Santee and the Santee Trolley Center put on a series of Thursday night concerts at the Center’s amphitheater.  The music, the fun, and the companionship are all free.  If you’re hungry, there are plenty of places to grab a snack or a more substantial bite.  And if your taste runs to coffee or ice cream, you can get those as well.

I haven’t been very good at getting to the concerts this year, but I did make it last Thursday (July 31) to see the Honky Tonk Kings.  They’re billed as “Alternative roots country swing” – which is a mouthful – but they really play a wide variety of music.  In addition to music from some great country like Johnny Cash, they throw in some Elvis, some more modern country, some blues, and some pop/rock.  The group is a lot of fun to listen to, and as was obvious that night, to dance to as well.  You can check them out and see where they will be playing next at Honky Tonk Kings or see their MySpace page.

Upcoming acts at the Summer Concert series include:

August 7: Y3K (Dance hits of the 80s and 90s)

August 14: The Cat-illacs (Rock-and-Roll hits of the 50s – 90s)

August 21: Bayou Brothers (Zydeco)

August 28: 80z All Stars (can you guess what they play?)

Here are some pictures from the July 31 concert.

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A Great New Musical

Kaitlyn Terrill stars as "Alice"

Introducing Kaitlyn Terrill as Alice

Have you ever had the experience of seeing something small that you just knew would explode some day?  Well, tonight my family and I went to the opening of a brand new musical based on the tales of Alice in Wonderland.  The play, called “Alice,” was written for and produced by Christian Community Theater.  This is an absolutely fabulous modern adaptation of the Lewis Carrol story made so famous by the Disney studios.  The music is fantastic, the acting is amazing, and all I can say is, watch out Broadway!
The story follows 17-year old Alice Lidelle, played by Kaitlyn Terrill, who has a most unusual coming-of-age experience.  I first met Kaitlyn when she played Anne Shirley in the Christian Youth Theater production of “Anne of Green Gables” – which was my daughter’s first CYT play.  This young woman knocks you out with her voice, her talent, her emotion, everything.  Her bio mentions that she was born in NYC and hopes to return one day to perform on Broadway – if she doesn’t make it, the Great White Way is hopeless.

After going to a concert of her favorite group, Red Queen, Alice meets the band manager Mr. R. Abbot (dressed in sparkling white, of course) and is invited to meet the lead singer, Delilah, at the Wonderland Talent Agency.  After falling through the door (with an amazing blackout-vortex-falling scene using blacklight, glowing props, and a multitude of black-clad lifters) she finds herself in a place with multiple moving doors, white mask-clad people, and a plethora of other strange characters.  Among others she meets are Matt Hadder, Marika O’Hare, and Dora Mauze – three fashion gurus/commentators – and Chester – a jack of all trades who pops in and out of her story.

The show is full of songs that delight as well as make you think.  The biggest response from the audience was a blues/jazz piece by Alice and Chester called “Mad, Mad Wonderland.”  The song “A Song to Comfort You,” performed by the White Night and his Knights (all clad in black – an ironic statement, as the Night tells Alice) is a hilarious piece of puffed up ego.

I really can’t say enough good things about this play.  If you are anywhere near El Cajon, you should do your best to see this show.  It runs the rest of this weekend (August 2 & 3) and next weekend (August 8-10).

For more information, check out their website: CCT/CYT


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