Propels Paws Applause
stunning return to Cherry Grove Stage
pix & text by Jeannie
Piro, entertainment impresario of Cherry Grove, both in the Ice
Palace and APCG shows, returned with aplomb to spare as he glided through a
enlisting both the glamour and humor of the Groves Mega stars as stage
Naturally the show was not official until newbie
Home Coming Queen Victoria Falls made her royal appearance
Ariel Sinclair started the proceedings with the prescient “I
Gotta Get Outta This Place" and Daniel Nardicio and his Pomeranian Butterball demonstated why,
even Ruth Freedner chimed in
The ageless always formidable Donna Pirhana followed with
“Wishin’ and Hopin’,”... a blue bombshell!
Panzi, who can blink an eyelash
and get a laugh, delivered an increasingly riotous “Twelve Days of Summer,” a
tipsy version of the Christmas standard, attempting to enumerate an
accumulation of alcoholic beverages as an homage to Grove bartenders, when the
alcohol kicked in, assisted by music director Mark York
did his famous "Ceil" routine.........hasn't lost his touch
the show's funniest moments Sal riffed on fast
paced “Knock, knock” jokes in the old Laugh In style with Panzi, Ariel, and
Donna, and had us rolling with laughter.
Whore D’Oeuvre and Storma Bruin offered a funny rendition if
The always spectacular Demi Tasse made a brief though memorable appearance
in “C’est Magnifique,” wearing a Follies headdress, plumed fan and sequined ringmaster
Donna, Whore D’Oeuvre, and Ariel made an old joke about an ugly baby live
again, set on an airplane.
Rose and Sal gleefully murdered “The Grass Is Always Greener,” .
Even Mark could not save them.
Chris Caswell delivered an emotional “I Who Have Nothing".
Get this guy a gig in NYC
us that it is a dog show Rose shared the stage with Mr.
Burberry, reassuring us that “(The son will come out) Tomorrow.”
ever magnificent Bella proves she can handle the audience in the bravado “Bring on the Men."
bawdy Ariel's “Call Me Crazy,” her unique version of
“Call Me Maybe.”
In an attempt at drama “Fallout of the Closet,” Sue and Angela, Daniel
and Joe portrayed the sole remaining lesbian and gay couples, after a nuclear
holocaust, wondering just how they were going to ensure the survival of the human
race, the obvious solution not going well.......
“Leader of the Pack,” Paulette, Sue, and Angela were the Shangri-Las
with Bruce Michael in a pink halo, the deceased beloved leader.
Michael returned as MC for a different parade of "beauties"
a startling release of the vanity that drives drag queens they all donned disfiguring facial accoutrements for his tongue in
cheek rendition of “Beautiful Girls,” except Rose who declined the need.
cast applauds the behind the scenes efforts of Matt
Baney and Alison Brackman on tech and Martha Pitkin and Ellen Biggers as stage
on the faces of the versatile cast and Mark York reflect the spirit of the fun
creator Valerie L. Perez, head of PAWS’ Cherry
Grove chapter, raised $2,729, for the care and placement of strays. Always a
pleasure to give in an evening like this
traditional dessert did not fail either)
my evening even more special were my two seat mates, new to the Grove. I have
lost their names.
Reward for anyone who can identify them for me (firstname.lastname@example.org)