January 24, 2012

Laser Rangers Are "All Alone in the World" January 28

Date: January 28, 2012
Time: Around 4:15 p.m., “fan time”
Place: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and brand new seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Food Theme: TBA (fresh, theater-style popcorn available throughout the evening)
Captain Laser: Corey Barber
The Program: "Sad to be All Alone in the World"

Check the Laser Rangers website for more information.

The Before-Dinner Movie: 
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Stars Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing, John Gavin, Jack Soo, Pat Morita, and others.

IMDB synopsis: "Millie comes to town in the roaring twenties to encounter flappers, sexuality and white slavers." 
Storyline: "In 1922 New York City, Millie Dillmount and Miss Dorothy Brown are just two of the girls living at the Priscilla Hotel for Single Young Ladies run by Mrs. Meers. 
"Orphaned, Miss Dorothy, just recently arrived, is a naive, old-fashioned girl from a seemingly privileged background who has aspirations to be a stage actress. From more modest means, Millie, in New York for three months, used to be old fashioned, but now has a new modern sensibility and look to match, complete with bobbed hair and dresses with hemlines above the knee. 
"Included in this new modern sensibility is Millie's goal of getting a job as a stenographer, with a quick promotion to being her wealthy boss's 'Mrs.'. Love is not to factor into the equation. She believes she's found the right employer in the form of chisel-jawed Trevor Graydon of the Sincere Trust Insurance Company." 
Written by Huggo  

Adapted from a hit Broadway musical, this movie is based on a now-classic musical theater standard that is in near-perennial production somewhere all the time, in regional, community, college, or high school theaters around the world.

This movie won an Oscar in 1967 for Best Music, Original Music Score. It was nominated for five others, as well.

The Laser Rangers take a dinner break between the two features of the evening, to share a potluck dinner and discuss the movie they have just seen, or get caught up on other events.

The After-Dinner Movie:
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Directed by Frank Capra, this movie stars Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, and manyothers.

IMDB synopsis: "A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family."
Storyline: "Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer's two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out his aunts' hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse." 
Written by John Vogel

As with Millie, it would be hard to enumerate how many productions of this play are put on each year by companies from regional equity to local high school. This is an enduring classic.

The home of the Laser Rangers is located about two miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

For the exact address and directions, e-mail David Sooby at the email address given here.

PHOTO/IMAGE CREDITS: The information and movie poster image for Thoroughly Modern Millie come from the movie's page on the IMDB website. The information and movie poster image for Arsenic and Old Lace come from that movie's page on the IMDB websiteThe movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

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