‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ coming to town

Published 4:47 pm Thursday, July 14, 2011

The patriotic 1942 black and white film, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” will be shown at Jefferson State Community College’s EDC Performance Hall on Friday, July 22.

The lively, American biographical musical film will play twice, once at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Depending on the event’s turnout, Jeff State may begin showing films once a month in its performance hall.

“We’re inviting everyone to come out; it’s a good classic musical to see,” said Sandy Stevens, event coordinator for the EDC. “We’re giving this a shot, and if it has a good response, we’re going to do a series once a month.”

Admission, cash only, is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the ticket office an hour and a half before each showing.

The film tells the musical rags-to-riches life story and times of early 20th Century entertainment legend George M. Cohan, and includes song and dance numbers and a tour de force performance by actor James Cagney.

Cagney’s role earned him an Academy Award for his singing and dancing performance as the great songwriter and performer.

“This is a family-oriented movie,” Stevens said. “We’re really excited to bring this opportunity to Clanton because you have to drive to Prattville or Alabaster to go to the movies.”

The Chilton County Arts Council is sponsoring concessions prior to the movie and during intermission. Food and drink are not allowed in the performance hall.

“We’ve contacted churches, the YMCA and senior citizens,” said Stevens. “Grandparents bring the grandchildren. Bring your families and neighbors.”