Listen and Remember
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#1 Dec 23, 2009
I'm sure some of you remember the outdoor Historical Drama put on by the Waxhaw Historical Organization. The lady who wrote it passed away not long ago. The play was very popular and was put on every summer for about 15 years if I'm not mistaken. The amphitheater was right behind the museum. People would come from far away to see it. It followed the birth and life of Andrew Jackson from Waxhaw to the American Revolution and into Jackson's presidency. Many of Waxhaws citizens either acted in the play, sang in the chorus or worked backstage. There were many directors over the years. Some very well known nationally and regionally but most local. The last director before it closed was Larry Robinson the drama teacher at Parkwood then but now at Central. I was in it several years back about 1978-1982.
The members of the historical society fearing it would someday close had a professional videotape made in 1982, the last year I was in it. This was before many of the principal actors who had done their parts since the inception, passed away. There is a copy at the museum. They dust it off and show it sometimes. There are a few copies floating around. The society did not want people to get copies but one was secretly given to one of the actors and he made copies for some of the other actors.
I would love to see the society put the show on again. I know they have the money to do it because they still have a big fundraiser every year.
#2 Jan 17, 2010
I saw Listen and Remember many times and was in the chorus one year. It drew big crowds in the 1970's and broke even or did a little better until it closed in the 1980's. Then some of the principle actors started dying and were difficult to replace. John Thomas Wilson played Andrew Jackson for 17 years. A lot of people played Jackson afterwards but nobody did as well as Wilson. The quilt scene featured a group of ladies who were making bandages for soldiers injured in the Revolution. Five wonderful ladies who belonged to the Waxhaw Woman's Club played those parts for years until they too began dying off. I believe the last of the five passed away in 2009.
The music was all locally written except for the old Presbyterian Hymns. It was so good many years that people would ask for recordings. I remember a family from Monroe that sang nearly all of the solos accompanied by guitars and fiddle as being particularly good.
I would love to have the video. No one was allowed to video without permission. The only full video allowed was taped by a man from Monroe who was paid by the Historical Society. Supposedly, he secretly made an extra copy for a friend who was in the play. That's what I'm looking for! There are some "bootleg" copies floating around that are only a few scenes but I am not interested in those.
#3 Feb 10, 2010
Do you know Pete Moralez who acted in it from the start until it ended? He has also acted in some TV shows and movies. he could tell you. I'm sure he is easy to find in the phonebook. How many Moralez could there be?
#4 Mar 8, 2010
Pete Moralez works at Allvac
#5 Sep 10, 2010
No, Pete retired. He is a actor. If you go to the museum they have all the Listen and Remember props and costumes. They have scripts and videos to.
I'm glad they are preserving those things. I remember John Thomas and Mary Alice Wilson. They were wonderful folks who helped keep the play going.
#6 May 27, 2011
John Thomas always kept it entertaining, and Mary Alice shared "Skin So Soft" to keep mosquitos at bay. Pete could make the hairs on your neck stand up when he played. Understand it went another year or so, after my last (Parkwood graduation in 1989...)
Several of us went on to "Horn in the West" one went to "Lost Colony"... all because Mr. Gale offered us a few extra credit points for English if we tried out.
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