By on 14 November, 2016 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Screen Shot 2016-11-14 at 9.54.11 AMWell, it may not be Herald angels singing, but I do have big news regarding singing for the start of the Holiday Season. The Reckon Crew is coming to Town.

It may not be Santa, but we are sure enough planning a good time for all and we are not particularly concerned about “naughty and nice” as long as you are nice to us! Ha!

The rivalries start with the Old Alabama Town Revue on Thursday evening, December 1, at 7 p.m. in the church on Columbus Street. For those who are somehow are not hip to the Revue, it is my creation and features me and a really great band, the Old Alabama Town Revue Crue. The show features a mix of original songs and old faves too. It is held in the church in Old Alabama Town every other month on the first Thursday evening of the month. The Revue’s theme for this show is “A Fa-la-la-paloozer of a Holiday Show,” and we aim to deliver.

The Reckon Crew, Tom House, and Tommy Goldsmith, took their name after adapting two Faulkner novels to music; the characters were prone to often say “I reckon this or that.” The Reckon Crew is best known in these parts as composers of the Alabama Shakespeare Festivals’s production of Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, and the Red Door Theater’s production of Lee Smith’s Christmas Letters.

For the Old Alabama Town Revue, they will be rendering songs from those two plays and also some other Christmas originals. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Bruce and Debbie George and Stephen Bray will be joining with the Revue Crue. It’s gonna be a great night so please join us. Don’t forget to bring a cushion.

In addition to the Revue, the Reckon Crew and I will host, “I Reckon It’s Christmas,” a night of friends and music at Kru on Mt. Meigs Rd on Friday night at 7:30. We will sing songs from both productions, some other original Christmas songs, and mix in some new and old songs for fun. Other friends have been invited to stop by for a song or two or three. We are planning a big night. The chairs there are very comfortable, so you won’t need your cushion.

Neither evening will offer a smidge of a silent night, nor any rest for merry gentlemen, but I can guarantee a feeling of “Tis the Season to be Jolly. ” So “Come all Ye,” whether ye are Faithful or not! I reckon it’s gonna be a Fa-la-la-paloozer for two nights!

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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