Cast party for 'The Producers' a smashing success
by Sally Litchfield
September 18, 2013 12:56 AM | 1991 views | 1 1 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb County native Meg Gillentine Morris felt very much back at home starring as Ullain in the recent Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s “The Producers” staged at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, the new home for the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. A graduate of the Cobb County Centre for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School, she is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She has enjoyed several roles on Broadway.

Terry Chandler, the manager of the Anderson Theatre, hosted the cast party at Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Embassy Suites on Chastain Road in Kennesaw. Brandt Blocker, artistic director and general manager for the Lyric Theatre, the cast and special guests celebrated the successful initial show for the new season for the Lyric Theatre.

Spotted among the group of more than 50 people was the new Miss Cobb County, Taylor Voyles and Gillentine Morris (a former Miss Cobb County 1996 who was honored to serve on the Miss Cobb judges’ panel that selected Ms. Voyles last month.)

Also seen was Abbey O’Brien, another graduate of Pebblebrook’s performing arts center and seasoned Broadway performer; Frank Timmerman, director of Pebblebrook’s performing arts center; and Bob Adams, Fine Arts Division chair at Pebblebrook and wife Sandy.

The Lyric will stage its next show, “Guys and Dolls,” at the Anderson on Oct. 25-Nov. 10. For more information and tickets, call (404) 377-9948 or visit


The Lassiter High School community united in honor of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their own hero future paralympian, senior Bryan Powell. Student group Future Business Leaders of America raised more than $2,500 to help Powell with his training and travel costs as he works toward the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Powell has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility, but has never let this handicap deter him from being a positive role model, honor student and accomplished athlete.

FBLA sold T-shirts in honor of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with the proceeds benefiting Powell. As Lassiter played Sprayberry on Friday night, students collected donations for Powell adding to the total raised.

In July, Powell set national records in five track and field events at the National Junior Disability Championship in Rochester, Minn. The 17-year-old currently holds national records in shot put, javelin, discus, and the 100 and 400-meter dashes. Powell also earned six gold medals in the event. In August, Powell represented the U.S. in the World Junior Wheelchair and Ambulatory Championship in Puerto Rico where he set five personal records.

To contribute to Powell’s training and competitions, visit Mail checks to Blaze Sports 535 North McDonough St Decatur, GA 30030. All funds should be earmarked for Bryan Powell. Contributions are tax deductible and all funds go toward Powell’s athletic competitions and training.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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who paid
September 18, 2013
Who paid for the dinner at Ruth's Chris? 50 people had to be over $3,000...
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