Lawrence Sullivan, one of the great storytelling character actors, opened Nov. 10 at the Pine Bluff Country Club in Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Old Town Theatres Center presented the long awaited event.
Sullivan captured the heart of Bach’s work. Dressed in casual beech attire, Sullivan enthralled the audience with his telling of Jonathan. Sullivan tells, “For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. For him flying is life itself.”
Against the convention of Seagull society he seeks to find a higher purpose and becomes the best at doing what he loves. Using arm and hand movements, Sullivan made us believe that he was a seagull; we soared through the sky with Jonathan. Sullivan wonderfully portrayed the 11 different characters including a group of seagulls. Jonathan’s story was interspersed with music that added to the atmosphere. The lighting was a gentle mix of amber and blue lavender giving the right mood to the drama. The performance was memorable and beautiful; a masterpiece not to be forgotten.
Sullivan conceived of the one man show taking three years to write. He is the only one he knows of that is currently touring Bach’s work.
“This is a fable about the importance of making the most of our lives even if our goals run contrary to the norms of our flock, tribe or neighborhood,” he said.
Sullivan was the perfect storyteller who follows in the ancient tradition of the noble bards. The ballroom of the Pine Bluff Country Club proved to be a great venue for the performance. The chandeliers presented an old world charm that enhanced the overall ambiance which included cocktail music in the background.
This is the third collaboration between Old Town Theatres Centre and the Pine Bluff Country Club. Starting in January 2013, nationally acclaimed shows will be presented monthly. The dress code is causal, but conservative when in doubt. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and welcoming. Shows are kid friendly, though geared more for older teenagers and adults. Pricing for shows and dinner are $45 per person. For more information call Jack Stradley at 535-2646.
Performances in 2013 include:
Jan. 12 - Cindy Miller – A fantastic comedy impersonator.
Feb. 9 - Johnny T. The Ultimate Tribute Performer to some of the greats like Sinatra and Dean Martin. An Amazing voice with a sophisticated stage presence.
March 9 - Rio Clemente - called the Bishop of Jazz. A pianist that mixes a classical background with a knowledge of jazz.
April 13 - Magician/Comedian Craig Diamond. A amusing and fun combination of prestidigitation and comic hilarity.
May 4 - Joe Walkoe – clean standup comedy.
June 1 - Bastile Mentalist.
July 13 - Bill and Bobbie West – great personalities, singers, & many instruments.
Aug. 3 - Michael Dutra – “Strictly Sinatra.”
Sept. 14 - Linwood Peel – “Sounds of the Drifters.”
Oct. 12 - Musical act.
Nov. 9 - Devlin – The Matador of Magic.