Friday, 26 October 2012

Miracle on 34th Street Song meanings

Some of the terms in the songs for Miracle on 34th Street are a bit puzzling. Some might say they are quaint, others might call them dated. For the kids and also us adults who would like to know a bit more about the references to New York and American culture in the 40s here is the result of some googling:

Song: Big Ca-lown Balloons
"Pappy Yokum with Mammy trying to hide him, tipsy in the middle of the day."  Li'l Abner was a newspaper cartoon featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished town of DogpatchKentucky. Written and drawn by Al Capp (1909–1979), Pappy Yokum was Li'l Abner's lazy and dull-witted "pappy".
"Keystone Cops" "Float-in' in their famous Model-T"
Look up Keystone Cops on YouTubeThe Keystone Cops were fictional incompetent policemen, featured in silent film comedies in the early 20th century. They chased villians and actors like Charlie Chaplain around streets and towns of the movies. 












Song: Here's Love

"C.I.O. to U.S. Steel" C.I.O. was a worker union organisation and U.S. Steel the Steel Industry. It was formed by the C.I.O. stands for Congress of Industrial Organizations. It was formed in 1936. It disbanded in 1942 to become the United Steel Workers of America. "U.S. Steel maintained the labor policies of Andrew Carnegie, which called for low wages and opposition to unionization." " The Company dropped its hard-line, anti-union stance in 1937, when Myron Taylor, then president of U.S. Steel, agreed to recognize the Steel Workers Organizing Committee," "The Steelworkers continue to have a contentious relationship with U.S. Steel, " but far less so than previously.


"Jolly Nikita to Norman Vincent Peale" Jolly Nikita has certainly become quite dated. Searching the internet finds greyhoulds and a recent Nikita TV series. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993) was a minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking)  Born and raised in Ohio. He became one of New York City's most famous preachers.








"Michelob to Blatz" These are beer companies. Michelob beer is still sold today by the Anheuser-Busch beer company. The Valentin Blatz Brewing Company produced Blatz Beer from 1851 until 1959.
















"Shamrocks to the Orange-men and both to old Purdue." I assume . . . Shamrocks are the Catholic Irish. The Orange-men are the protestant Northern Irish. Purdue University  located in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S., Purdue was founded with help from Lafayette businessman John Purdue. College of science, technology, and agriculture. The first classes were held in 1874. "Hail to old Purdue" is a traditional song (official fight song) of Purdue University.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Glencullen Musical and Dramatic Society News Oct/Nov 2012


Glencullen Musical and Dramatic Society News
GMDS present the Irish premiere amateur performance of Miracle on 34th St. the Musical in December in the Mill Theatre. This is a great zippy New York Musical Show for Theatre lovers and families. It is also a great Christmas show. The story is told of Doris and Susan Walker, a mother and daughter that are much too practical to believe in Santa Claus. Filled with humor, spectacle of New York at Christmas, Macy’s famous Thanksgiving Parade and beloved songs this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
It is just 5 weeks to show now and time is flying. Rehearsals are proceeding apace each Tue and Thur night in St. Tiernans. There is nothing quite like the buzz from live theatre. Songs, dance numbers, choreography and acting are coming together now. We still have a lot of work to do until everything is learned. And then we need to polish! There will be an even busier time coming up to show. We will be working on costumes, props and the set and including them in rehearsdals. We have Tech rehearsal and Dress rehearsals on the Mon and Tue before the show opens.
Congratulations to all who have been assigned roles! We have a great cast including people from ages of 8 years old to people in their seventies. Some of the main roles are as follows:
   Leona McEvoy - DORIS WALKER, a very sharp young career-woman and free thinker
   Eimear Fitzpatrick - SUSAN, her six-year-old daughter
   Shane Morgan - FRED GAILY, a handsome Marine captain, mustering out into civilian life
   Liam Corrigan - KRIS KRINGLE, the real McCoy
   Christopher Bass - MARVIN SHELLHAMMER, an aggressive but somewhat bungling junior executive
   George Ward - JUDGE MARTIN GROUP

There is a huge amount of work being put in by our production team who are: Director - Tom Ronayne, Choreographer - Helen McCann, Musical Director - Gerry Connolly, Chairperson - Peter O'Brien.

We are happy to say tickets are selling quickly and we would advise you to book your tickets well in advance. Please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbours who would like to come and see the show. Tickets are available through the Mill Theatre box office on 01-2969340 or online www.milltheatre.ie.

The Musical by Meredith Willson is based on the 20th Century Fox Picture with story by Valentine Davies and screenplay by George Seaton. The film starred Maureen O'Hara and John Payne. It is perhaps one of O'Hara's best remembered films.

Ticket Information: €20.00 ticket, €18.00 concession, €15 for matinee shows, €50.00 for family of 2 adults + 2 children

Performance dates and times:

Wed Dec 5th through to Sat Dec 8th 8pm evening show
Sat Dec 8th 2:30pm matinee and 8pm evening show
Sun Dec 9th 5pm matinee
Thur Dec 13th 8pm through to Sat Dec 15th 8pm  evening show

There are significant costs with staging a high quality production. We sell advertising in our show programme and we are very appreciative of any support and sponsorship. Contact us about sponsorship or membership at info@gmds.ie or search on facebook for “Glencullen Musical and Dramatic Society”.

Cast photograph:
GMDS cast and crew at rehearsal Tue 23 Oct 2012. Miracle on 34th Street.
Back: Imelda O'Sullivan,Marian Hogan,Christopher Bass, Daragh O'Duffy, Garrett Grimes, Peter O'Brien, Shane Morgan, Gerry Connolly, Liam Corrigan, Tom Ronayne, Helen McCann, Middle: Fiona Doyle, Emma Smith, Caoimhe Nolan, Niamh Rodin, Lorna McEvoy, Laura Monks, Laura Seery, Efa Ryan on right. Sorry young people I don't have all your names! 7 people on left include Orla McDonald, Nicola Ryan, Niamh Fitzpatrick. Kids: Colm O'Shea, Ellie, Rachel Breathnach Kerins, on right Sinead Ryan, Eimear Fitzpatrick and Iseult. Kids front: Maeve Coleman, Sarah Breathnach-Kerins and Sophie Sutton the littlest.


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

application to build retirement center in Ticknock mountain hill field comes back again. Jan 2010 to Oct 2012

An application to build retirement center in Ticknock (requires re-zoning or getting application in through a planning variation ("What's that?" "Hmmm, um not sure.") is back before Dun Laoghaire County Council yet again. Someone is being very persistent and has lots of local councillors (but thankfully not all!) on side.


An application to build retirement center in Ticknock (requires re-zoning or getting application in through a planning variation ("What's that?" "Hmmm, um not sure.") is back before Dun Laoghaire County Council yet again. Someone is being very persistent and has lots of local councillors (but thankfully not all!) on side.

In 2010 the County Manager went into detail and recommended that planning permission be not granted.
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/files/DevPlan2010_2016/Managers_Report_Feb10.pdf  FEBRUARY 2010
17.19 SLO 97: Retirement Village - Ticknock 5
Recommendation
Remove Specific Local Objective No.97 from the Draft Development Plan.

But it has risen from the ashes and appeared again as "Variation No. 9" to Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown Co Co Development Plan 2010-2016. Submissions invited deadline this Fri. Eep.

To me, the site seems a bad location a bit isolated from local community with much better locations unused all over south Dublin. You can drive to it fine but location would be much better if you were in a local town/village/community. With local shops. Public transport. Friendly neighbours with a lovely mix of ages, races and creeds! :) There are many existing developments down the hills a little bit more built upon and not built upon which have low or no occupancy due to economic downturn. Just climb up Three-Rock from Ticknock and look at the view! :) Remember to bring along your NAMAland or land planning zone maps!
 http://www.walkspace.org/namaland/about.html#source
 http://thestory.ie/2011/07/30/nama-enforcement-properties-mapped/
 http://www.dlrcoco.ie/aboutus/councildepartments/planning/findit/developmentplan2010-2016/

Interactive map. Yay. Oh. Ouch. Note 1/10/12 - The Online Mapping Facility is undergoing essential maintenance and is not available at the moment.
http://212.147.136.137/DLRdevelopmentPlan/DevPlanViewer.aspx
Error FW-1 at fwngdublhs: Failed to connect to the WWW server.


To: Director of Planning,
    County Hall,
    Marine Road,
    Dun Laoghaire.

Date: Wed 10 Oct 2012.

Dear Sir/Madam,

With reference to Retirement "Village" at Ticknock - Variation No. 9.
I would like make this submission.

I think Independant Living housing in a center with services for retired and elderly is a good idea.
But I think the location on this site is a very bad idea.

* The location of this site seems to me to be a bad location for the Retirement Village.
  It would be much better located near or in an existing town or village center.
  There is already much zoned land as yet unused as well as developed or partly developed land unused where a better location would be found.

  For Independant Living access to a regular village center with shops, services, public transport and integrating with local community is very important.
  The site will have services for elderly and possibly a local shop but this is limited and will not support a true village or community.
  The location is not near and doesn't integrate with a local center of population or existing village.
  The location is a car-dependant location for access to anything off site.
  The location isolates the retirement village and would make it much less attractive to independant living individuals.

  The grange road itself is narrow, limited footpaths, fast traffic and carries lots of vehicular traffic during week and on weekends.
  The turn onto grange road from site is a difficult turn to make onto main road, nearby corner blocking fast moving traffic from Lambs cross direction.

  The local roads and footpaths have steep slopes.
  In recent estates which have been built in the area steep roads and footpaths are common and these can be difficult for young and old alike.
  Especially considering the development is for fit individuals moving to less able accessibility is important for walkers, wheelchair users, young visitors.
  A flat site with flat access to site to close-by community would be much better.
  Much already available zoned land in Dublin is flatter.

  The location in Dublin foothills has been prone to some weeks of lasting ice and snow over the last winters.
  As a resident in Leopardstown Heights on the Green we have a little slope compared what is in newer developments locally.
  Ice and compacted snow have remained on roads and especially on footpaths for over a week every year for past few years.
  Very pretty and fun but especially a problem for elderly people.
  Flatter site and closer to existing community and village is important.

* The Retirement Village does not seem to fit into any of the permitted in principle categories.
  It is not a real village though village is in the name,
  The development is not big enough to support a real village shops and services.
  Integration with an existing community and village center would provide real services and benefit community in both ways young to old and back.

To me, the site seems a terrible location with much better locations unused all over south Dublin.
It would be doing especially a bad service to residents of this development to allow this to go ahead and then find themselves isolated.

Yours sincerely,

James Coleman,
37 Mount Eagle Green,
Leopardstown Heights,
Dublin 18


invitation for submissions:
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/media/media,8611,en.pdf

location site maps:  immediately off to right if you turn up (awkward road to exit from) towards Ticknock from grange road, right overlooking motorway.
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/media/media,8613,en.pdf
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/media/media,8614,en.pdf

Permitted in Principle*
Agricultural Buildings, Boarding Kennels, Caravan Park-Holiday, Cemetery, Community
Facility, Concrete/Asphalt (etc.) plant in or adjacent to a Quarry, Home Based Economic
Activities, Industry-Extractive, Open Space, Place of Public Worship, Public Services,
Rural Industry-Cottage, Rural Industry-Food, Travellers Accommodation.

not a community facility as it doesn't connect with local community, a tenuous connection at best
as a public service location would be much better in many sites all over dublin


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Southside People: Councillors pave the way for nursing home plan
Dublin people: Concerns raised about retirement home plan
SouthSide people = Dublin people articles
http://www.dublinpeople.ie/article.php?id=1668&l=100
http://www.dublinpeople.com/assets/graphics/publications/Southside%20People%20July%2020%202011.pdf


http://buckplanning.blogspot.ie/2011/02/councillors-to-decide-future-of-planned.html


http://www.mlaw.ie/newspaper-archive/10095
When the development, proposed by the landowner Rod McGovern, was initially discussed at council, on November 19th, 2009, it was rejected outright by councillors following a recommendation by county manager Owen Keegan.
However, a week later, on November 23rd, councillor Tom Joyce (FG) and councillor Tom Murphy (FF) proposed a specific local objective for the site to allow for the development and councillors from both parties voted for it.

http://www.build.ie/national_news.asp?newsid=122823

http://www.dlrcoco.ie/newsevents/latestnews/title,8623,en.html
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/aboutus/councildepartments/planning/findit/developmentplan2010-2016/developmentplan2010-2016variations/
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/media/media,8611,en.pdf



http://www.dlrcoco.ie/files/DevPlan2010_2016/Managers_Report_Feb10.pdf  FEBRUARY 2010
17.19 SLO 97: Retirement Village - Ticknock 5
(i) Support the Retirement Village:
• Close proximity of ageing population
• Close  proximity  to  amenities  e.g. Dundrum
• Draft  Plan  fails  to  accommodate  and provide for the elderly
• Serviced  land  unfit  for  agricultural purposes.
(ii) Oppose SLO 97:
• Non-accessibility by public transport
• Dependence on private transport
• Remoteness from community services
• Setting  a  precedent  for  development south  of  M50  at  this  location  –  visual impact
• Contrary to zoning objective of ‘B’-zone
• Sufficient  zoned  residential  and  other development  land  within  County  that could support a Retirement Village
• Impact  on  Dublin  Mountains,  including h e r i t a g e ,   f l o r a   a n d   f a u n a
• Impact on safety, efficiency and capacity of national road infrastructure.
(iii) Minister’s  submission  (no.  301)  queries the proposed  development’s  consistency  with development ‘Permitted in Principle’ or ‘Open for Consideration’ under the zoning objective ‘B’:  “To  protect  and  improve  rural  amenity and  provide  for  the  development  of agriculture.

Recommendation
Remove Specific Local Objective No.97 from the Draft Development Plan.


The vote on that recommendation: Lab vote for, FG and FF and Ind vote against.
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/Meetings/2010/CountyCouncil/Mar10_Special.htm
Following discussion the Manager’s recommendation was PUT.
A roll call vote was then called for which resulted as follows:
An Cathaoirleach, Councillor M. Baker declared the Manager’s recommendation 1.19 (i) (ii) (iii) DEFEATED.
For:9 Against:15 Abstain:2
COUNCILLORS: AGAINST(FG+FF+Ind)  FOR(Lab+PBP) ABSTAINED(ULA)
Against:
FG  Bailey, John F.
FG  Bailey, Maria
FG  Baker, Marie
FF  Brennan, Aoife
FF  Devlin, Cormac
Ind Fox, Tony
FG  Hand, Pat
FF  Horkan, Gerry
FG  Joyce, Tom
FF  Murphy, Tom
FG  O’Dea, Jim
Ind  O’Keeffe, GearĂ³id
FG  Richmond, Neale
FG  Saul, Barry
FG  Ward, Barry

For:
Lab  Bhreathnach, Niamh
Lab  Dillon Byrne, Jane
Lab  Fitzpatrick, Stephen
Lab  Humphreys, Richard
PBP Lewis, Hugh
Lab  McCarthy, Lettie
FG  Mitchell O’Connor, Mary    **
Lab  O’Callaghan, Denis
Lab  Smyth, Carrie

Abstained:
ULA Boyd Barrett, Richard
Ind Boyhan, Victor            **

Absent:
Lab  Culhane, Aidan

Tick missing in doc: ???
FG  Marren, Donal  

http://www.dlrcoco.ie/Meetings/2011/CountyCouncil/Jan11.pdf
This vote in Jan 2011 is interesting too. Who did What. Mostly the same people voted for the village (i.e. FG and FF and Independants). ** marks people who changed support.

Motion to add italicised part defeated (because didn't have 66% yes (close though!)).

Permitted in Principle*
Agricultural Buildings, Boarding Kennels, Caravan Park-Holiday, Cemetery, Community
Facility, Concrete/Asphalt (etc.) plant in or adjacent to a Quarry, Home Based Economic
Activities, Industry-Extractive, Open Space, Place of Public Worship, Public Services,
Rural Industry-Cottage, Rural Industry-Food, Travellers Accommodation.
*Subject to compliance with the relevant policies, local objectives, standards, and
requirements set out in this Plan, the following land uses in association with a retirement
village; residential (independent, assisted and convalescent living), ancillary medical and
related uses, associated retail, pharmacy, restaurant, care centres, community facilities
and village centre uses are “permitted in principle” under Zoning Objective B within
those areas covered by the Specific Local Objective No. 97 relating to lands at Ticknock
shown on Development Plan Map 5.”

COUNCILLORS: FOR(FG+FF+Ind)  AGAINST(Lab+PBP) ABSTAINED(ULA)
For:
FG  Bailey, John F.
FG  Bailey, Maria
FG  Baker, Marie
Ind Boyhan, Victor     **
FF  Brennan, Aoife
FF  Devlin, Cormac
Ind Fox, Tony
FG  Hand, Pat
FF  Horkan, Gerry
FG  Joyce, Tom
FG  Marren, Donal
FG  Mitchell O’Connor, Mary   **
FF  Murphy, Tom
FG  O’Dea, Jim
Ind  O’Keeffe, GearĂ³id
FG  Richmond, Neale
FG  Saul, Barry
FG  Ward, Barry

Against:
Lab  Bhreathnach, Niamh
Lab  Culhane, Aidan
Lab  Dillon Byrne, Jane
Lab  Fitzpatrick, Stephen
Lab  Humphreys, Richard
PBP Lewis, Hugh
Lab  McCarthy, Lettie
Lab  O’Callaghan, Denis
Lab  Smyth, Carrie

Abstained:
ULA Boyd Barrett, Richard

Total: For:18  Against:9 Abstained:1

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor L. McCarthy informed the Members that two thirds of the
Council had not voted in favour of the proposal to suspend standing orders, therefore the
proposal was DEFEATED.

Phoo. Close.

Who? http://www.dlrcoco.ie/aboutus/councilbusiness/listofcouncillors/
Who? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BAn_Laoghaire-Rathdown_County_Council

Who is the developer that wants to put Retirement Village up in Ticknock?
The landowner is Rod McGovern. https://www.google.ie/search?q=Rod+McGovern

Friday, 5 October 2012

Making up background for poster for Miracle on 34th Street.


Nice new york street with tall buildings. Pavements cleared of unwanted shop extension. People and shop windows added. GIMP.


Add text on top and other images with transparent background. Put together with Inkscape.
Yellow text on grey? Red text? illegible. White text?




Text:

 Glencullen Musical and Dramatic Society
 by kind permission of Music Theatre International

present
 The Musical Miracle on 34th Street


Directed by Tom Ronayne

Performed in The Mill Theatre
From Wed-Sat 5-8 and Thu-Sat 13-15 Dec
Showtime 8pm and Matinee on Sat 8 Dec at 2:30pm
Tickets: €20/€18, €55 for family of 4 
Bookings: (01) 2969340 www.milltheatre.ie www.gmds.ie

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture                    
Story by Valentine Davies
Screenplay by George Seaton





Monday, 1 October 2012

News for GMDS for Panorama for Oct

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Glencullen Musical and Dramatic Society News

The up-coming production of GMDS is Miracle on 34th Street - The Musical. This is the very first amateur performance of this musical in Ireland! The chorus have started with rehearsing songs for the musical and auditions for lead parts have been taking place. The music is new to many of us and it is a novelty to be working on new songs and getting to know each character.

 DORIS WALKER, a very sharp young career-woman and free thinker
 SUSAN, her six-year-old daughter
 FRED GAILY, a handsome Marine captain, mustering out into civilian life
 KRIS KRINGLE, the real McCoy
 MARVIN SHELLHAMMER, an aggressive but somewhat bungling junior executive
 R. H. MACY, the boss

Miracle on 34th Street was originally a 1947 Christmas Musical film from 20th century fox starring Maureen O'Hara and John Payne. It is perhaps one of O'Hara's best remembered films. Did you know that O'Hara was born in 1920 as Maureen FitzSimons in Ranelagh in Dublin? She trained in drama, music and dance with the Abbey Theatre and the Rathmines Theatre Company from age 6 to 17. Her father insisted she learn practical business skills but she loved singing and theatre and her career in film started first in England with actor Charles Laughton. At the outbreak of World War II her contract was sold to the American film production company RKO. She worked in low budget films until she was rescued by director John Ford and the rest is history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_O'Hara

The show is on in the Mill Theatre from Wed Dec 5th to Sun Dec 9th
http://www.milltheatre.ie/shows/miracle-34th-street

Rehearsals for kids and adults are at 7:30 and 8pm in St. Tiernan's school Tue and Thur. Contact us at info@gmds.ie or search on facebook for “Glencullen Musical and Dramatic Society”.