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Actor Jaston Williams, of Tuna Christmas, to Perform for Odeon Theater in January
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 • Posted January 4, 2012

Mason, Texas – Treasured Texan, Jaston Williams, actor, writer and exceptional storyteller, will be coming to Mason on January 28th to help ‘Save The Odeon Theater’ with a local performance of excerpts from his one-man show ‘Blame it on Valentine, Texas,’ a VIP Cocktail Party and an acting-writing workshop for Hill Country area students and actors.The Odeon Theater, like many small, rural theaters, is facing a financial crisis brought on by the rapidly evolving technology of the movie industry. In order to keep showing new release films, the Odeon Preservation Society, a non-profit , 501(c) 3, has been faced with the need to generate $100,000 in order to procure a projector and screen that meet the new industry standards. To date, $70,000 has been raised, but the clock is ticking. There are only a few months left before the mandated changes will need to be in place for continued movie showings, otherwise, it’s not a ‘pretty picture’ for those that count on The Odeon as a source of entertainment.Enter Jaston Williams. When the famous TUNA TEXAS creator and actor was contacted by a local Masonite, he agreed in an instant to help the Board of Directors arrange a benefit performance, workshop and VIP party to lend a hand. “I want to give back,” said Williams, whose colorful characters like Vera Carp and DeDe Snavely were generated by the personalities of small town Texas loved ones. “I got my start in small town Texas and I know how valuable an institution like The Odeon can be to the connectivity of the community. When I heard that The Board was in need of saving The Odeon, I said ‘sign me up!’ Texas is littered with closed movie houses. I cannot stand by and let this happen to this great jewel of the Hill Country. Put me to work.”And work he will be doing. Starting at 9:30 on Saturday, January 28, Williams will conduct a 4 hour writing/acting workshop at the Mason High School Auditorium that is open to any and all. You may not want to act, simply write, and that is OK. You may want to act and just learn to write, and that is OK, too. “The purpose is to share what I have learned in crafting the story of the character, which could likely be someone you very well know and want to immortalize,” says Williams with his heavily embroidered voice audience members have come to love and adore. The cost of the class is $25 per person and $10 per person for students. No experience is necessary either. Just come and learn and laugh. All workshop proceeds go towards the ‘Save The Odeon’ campaign.At 5PM, January 28th, Williams will be the presenter at a lavish VIP Cocktail Gathering inside The Odeon Theater. Guests will have the rare opportunity to experience the legendary personal tales of William’s acting career in this up-close-and-personal setting, dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres, sip Texas wines and tour the theater. The cost of the VIP event is $50 per person, all proceeds going to ‘Save The Odeon.’Later, at 7PM, Williams will perform his one-man show, ‘Cowboy Noises,’ at the 500 seat Mason High School Auditorium. ‘Blame it on Valentine, Texas’ looks along the spectrum of Williams’ life from childhood to fatherhood through episodic tales that concentrate on the minutiae of different parts of William’ life. In his trademark colorful descriptions and characters, his tales are chock-full of his homespun witticisms and digs that make his work celebrated across America in major theaters, on Broadway and into the White House many, many times over. The ticket cost for this performance is $25 per person with every cent going to ‘Save The Odeon.’Kevin Bailey, Williams’ Hollywood agent, also attending the benefit, says, “Jaston will close his sell-out national tour of TUNA CHRISTMAS, go home and do some laundry, then happily head over to Mason to lend a hand.”He could very well ‘Save The Odeon.’For reservations, or to donate, call Kay Evans at 325.347.6781

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