Summer musical brings together three generations and director
by Hawkins Teague
Jun 27, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Those attending the premiere of this summer’s community musical, “The Wiz,” on July 13 will witness a couple of things that don’t occur every day. First, they will watch as three generations from one family demonstrates its acting chops. Second, they will see a reunion of two people who never knew they would meet again.

When it came time for auditions in May, Frankie Brown knew she wanted to be part of the soul music retelling of the classic L. Frank Baum’s classic “Wizard of Oz” story. She said she has loved acting in plays as far back as she can remember. When she worked in Eastern Kentucky at the Oneida Baptist Institute, she directed several plays and even wrote and directed a Passion play. During that time, her daughter, now known as Stacie Kline, starred in several productions, including “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” She later majored in drama during her time at Berea College. One might say that a yearning to be onstage runs in the family.

“I don’t know if it’s my blood or what,” Brown said.

When Brown arrived at auditions, she knew there was something familiar about the play’s director, Portia Ezell, although she couldn’t quite place it. As she started to watch Ezell talk and interact with the others, she was immediately reminded of a teacher she had known in 1973 when Brown was a student at Hopkinsville High School.

Back then, Brown was called Frankie Hargrove and she helped a woman known as Mrs. Scully with the set for a production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Mrs. Scully was the type of woman one doesn’t easily forget – or mistake for someone else, for that matter. Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, Ezell seemed very much like Mrs. Scully. Once Brown learned that Ezell’s first name was Portia, it was undeniable. After 34 years, Brown was working on another play with the same teacher.

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