Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 2, 2013

New month, New issue

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— It seems to never fail that if you get down with a bit of puny or illness, things will start to pick up speed and the number of places you’re supposed to be gets longer by the minute.

Such is the case right now. I’ve got too much to do, too many places to be, and I’m not going to let some sniffles slow me down.

For instance: this week on Wednesday a show will open at the Warehouse Living Arts Theatre, put on by the Warehouse Theatre’s Children’s Company. My pal C. David Hill is directing this production of “Alice in Wonderland,” and I can’t wait to see what brilliance he’s come up with now.

I share a bit of what he told me in his words:

“I confess I am an anglophile (one who is fond of all things British) and say it proudly,” Hill said. “Written by Lewis Carroll in 1865, Alice in Wonderland is one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. I got to reading a book about the back story of the novel and was happy to find out all about the character allusion and what it all meant. So, the kids and I came up with a mashup of all things British and what was going on from 1865 to 2013.

“We take both books and blend them together with a hint of curry powder. Music from English music halls all the way up to English pop music. Along the way, we mix in some elements from Bollywood movies and a mock turtle. Let that stew for about an hour and 40 minutes. Top off with 45 kids and adults and we have a beautiful soup the whole family can enjoy.”

For ticket information, contact the Warehouse box office at (903) 872-5421.

I’ve got my seat ready!

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Also this week, our March issue of Explore hit the streets. I must say, I hope you’ll be as entertained by the Q&As we did with some kids from the Youth Expo as I was.

The 55th Navarro County Youth Expo takes place this month, and we perused our post-Expo tab from last year to find the faces we feature in this edition. What we looked for was a kid from each show category — goats, steers, rabbits, etc. — who showed well last year, and would most likely return this year, perhaps even surpassing their own record. I confess, there was one boy who I discovered was not planning to show this year, but he was just so cute and comical I included him anyway. So let’s just say, the llama category is wide open!

Also in our March issue, there’s a piece on Dr. Shellie O’Neal’s latest project, a Palm Sunday event called “Clothed in Glory.”

We have the 4-1-1 on the new Oil Baron’s Ball for Derrick Days this year, straight from the two organizers of this gala event, Fran Townes and Mary Steely, and with a sneak peek at the building Jimmy Hale is renovating that will be the setting for this night to remember.

An inside look at the newest program at First Baptist Church, VIPs, is included, and a Q&A with Roark Montgomery from Navarro College, Frank Means and his “On The Town,” and a new regular, Lea Dominy and her fitness column.

Round it out with a feature on a family from Powell and their love of mud — and you’ve got the March Explore. If you don’t have a copy, stop by the Daily Sun office and pick one up, or check with a convenience store near you.

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Deanna Kirk is Explore editor and a Daily Sun  staff writer. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached by email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com.