In these days of “High School Musical” and “Glee,” the memories
many of us have of our class’s big musical, “Meet Me In St. Louis”
come back to us.
Many in the company were accomplished in singing, acting, and/or
dancing. Others, like me, knew we sounded good in the shower, but
came to realize during the many weeks and weeks of rehearsals,
that this would be our one and only stab at stardom!
Bellaire then and since has had its share of future stars: Susan
Tolsky, Alan Haufrect, from our years, and several since.
But our cast of over achievers knew that Arlene Cohen and Barney
Hammond would go on to real stardom(did they? I don’t know).
My grades suffered due to the night after night rehearsals with Cecil
Pickett demanding more and more for his adaptation of the movie,
“Meet Me In St. Louis.’ He added songs and changed dialogue, and
who knows if he broke rules by doing so. And the Music Director,
Lucille Leifesti, kept us singing on key.
All I know is we played before standing room only audiences in four
performances over two weekends, actually recorded an album, and
for us, made memories that have lasted 51 years! Wow!
Here is the cast and the roles they played, but so many dancers and
chorus, and stage workers, production staff, and Orchestra had the
thrill of this experience as well.
Mama- Ramona Elbin
Poppa- Allen Israel
Rose- Arlene Cohen
Esther- Kay Pennycuick
Agnes -Ann Alford
Tudy –Dolores Baum
Grandpa- Barney Hammond
Lon Jr. – Larry Wayne
Katy- Chris Cantrell
John Truitt- Harry Throgmorton
Lucille Ballard- Kay Kimball
Noonie Walton- Susan Tolsky
Horace Little- Bob Foard
Warren Sheffield- Stan Kaufman
Ella- Barbara Ellis
Mary- Molly Enquist
The Boy- Roberta Billings
Sweet Rosie O’Grady – June Smith
Dancers - Sydney Smith, Gail Reaben,
Sondra McDonald, Mary Stephens and others
Allen joined Loeb in 2007 to serve as a Tenant and Landlord
Representative. Before coming to work at Loeb he was affiliated with
Grubb & Ellis and Slovis and Associates. Allen’s list of clients
include: Elvis Presley Enterprises, Central Station Memphis, Sammy’
s Man of Fashion, R Sole, Rising Roll Gourmet, and Main Street
Prior to working in commercial real estate, Allen was a life long
retailer, owning and operating 25 Casual Corner women’s clothing
stores in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky. After
selling his business in 1988, Allen became a Blockbuster Video
franchisee in Arkansas as well as working with the Memphis
Redbirds creating the Redbirds Stores, logos, merchandising, and
marketing. He has been a business consultant in retail,
merchandising, and marketing for several organizations including
Recreational Vehicle Communities (RVC) and Premier Retail
Services, LaGrange, GA. Allen sold his Blockbuster stores to
become a Commercial Real Estate Broker, and, having participated
in almost 50 leases as a tenant, has a unique ability to work with
both tenants and landlords. To read more, and hear about his
Memories, by Allen Israel
Michael "Mike" Lewis
|years. They have two daughters, Melanie and Hadley, and a grandson
Michael is an orthopedic surgeon at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. He
has been Chief of Staff at Rush North Shore Medical Center, where he was
named best teacher of the year. He has also been an orthopedic consultant
to the Chicago White Sox baseball team, the Chicago Wolves hockey team,
and the Chicago Bulls basketball team, with whom he earned two
championship rings. Dr. Lewis has been honored to treat numerous
world-class athletes from several continents, including an Olympic gold
medal winner. An avid tennis player, he has won a Greater Chicagoland
Michael Lewis started taking photographs more than thirty years ago when
he was stationed in the United Kingdom as an orthopedic surgeon in the
United States Air Force. At that time he was able to travel throughout
Europe, as well as East Africa, Nepal and India. Since then his passion for
photography has grown exponentially.
Michael is honored that his images have been published in a number of
books and magazines, including the Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin
and Nature Photographer. During a one man show of his in a Chicago-area
gallery, people reported that his work struck a deep chord in them, which led
to the publication of One World. His photographs have since been shown in
several galleries and exhibitions, including Brandeis University in Waltham,
Massachusetts; the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco,
California; the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois; and Children's
Hospital of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Connecting the Two Worlds
Both medicine and photography are about intimacy.
As a physician, Dr. Lewis feels that it is a great honor
to share intimate experiences in his patients' lives.
As a photographer, he feels that it is a privilege to be
part of intimate moments in his subjects' lives. So in
some ways One World is a bridge-a link between his
life as a physician and his life as a photographer.
Michael's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org