Our first project of 2001 was an encore performance of FOREVER PLAID featuring all of our original cast. The show was presented as a co-production with the Springfield Theatre Centre on January 12-14 and 19-21, 2001. This delightful musical comedy is a tribute to the popular "guy groups" of the 1950's and 1960's. The show features some great tunes like, Three Coins In The Fountain, Cry, Moments To Remember, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, Heart And Soul, all sung in four part harmony. Greg Floyd, Gus Gordon, Ed MacMurdo and Steve Williams starred in this sentimental favorite, along with musical accompaniment by Becky and Dick Garretson.
In February of 2001, Gus and Claire Gordon appeared in the romantic comedy/drama, LOVE LETTERS, by A.R. Gurney. In this wry and poignant tale told entirely through letters, A.R. Gurney has created an exquisite jewel of a play - "one of the four or five best American plays of the 80's" according to William A. Henry III of Time. From their first scrawled valentines of childhood, to the last guilty goodbyes, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III's letters reveal a "love affair" that takes them from grade school through middle age. The play was presented at Lincoln's New Salem on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18. Phil Funkenbusch directed. Claire and Gus also performed the show in Jacksonville for the Jacksonville Theatre Guild on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, March 11 at 2:00pm.
Over the 2001 Labor Day Weekend- almost exactly 100 years after Teddy Roosevelt became the nation's 26th and youngest president - Gordon Productions presented a gripping look at his life in the famed production of BULLY, AN ADVENTURE WITH TEDDY ROOSEVELT. Created by Jerome Alden, this one-man performance painted a funny and often-poignant portrait of Roosevelt, crafted from stories, letters, speeches and imagined conversations between the president and his friends, family and rivals.
Roosevelt, the family man, the soldier, the outdoorsman, and the president, was vividly portrayed by North Carolina actor Keith Cassidy. A veteran of many stage productions, Cassidy has also taught drama for years to college students, children and community-theater actors. He is currently the head of the theatre department at Gardner-Webb University.
BULLY, AN ADVENTURE WITH TEDDY ROOSEVELT was presented by Gordon Productions at Lincoln's New Salem Visitor Center Theater on Friday, August 31 at 8 p.m., Saturday, September 1 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 2 at 6 p.m.
In October of 2001, Gordon Productions was pleased to present THE BEST OF BROADWAY, a musical tribute to the Great White Way! This musical revue featured showstoppers from the Broadway hits of the past 70 years, including songs from GREASE, DAMN YANKEES, CHICAGO, RAGTIME, HELLO, DOLLY! and others! The stellar cast included Barb Burkhardt, Mary Jo Curry, Greg Floyd, Becky Garretson, Gus Gordon, Doug Hahn, and Jeff and Karee Prince! Debbie Holmes was the musical director, with Roger Holmes on drums and Mary Myers on keyboards. This hit musical revue was presented at Lincoln's New Salem Visitor Center Theater on Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 28 at 6 p.m.
Our last show of 2001 was a new edition of our Holiday hit, THE CHRISTMAS SONGBOOK, a Christmas musical revue that featured many favorite holiday standards, from White Christmas to Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer!
The fun-filled, old-fashioned Christmas concert featured Ann Collins, Nancy Diefenback, Greg Floyd, Becky Garretson, Dick Garretson, Gus Gordon, Tom Heintzelman, Debbie Holmes, Roger Holmes, Steve Williams and Cynda Wrightsman. Oh, and of course there were appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus and Elvis! The show was presented at Lincoln's New Salem on December 6, 7, 8 and 9th.