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Jaston Williams Benefit Performance for the Odeon Theater
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 • Posted January 25, 2012

On Saturday, January 28th, treasured Texan Jaston Williams will unite with the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) and our community to help ensure the doors of the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas remain open beyond the end of next year (2013). The famous writer and actor of TUNA CHRISTMAS and GREATER TUNA will devote his entire day on Saturday to help ‘SAVE THE ODEON’. The OPA has been in hurry-up mode to meet mandated technology changes in the movie industry. Simply put, beginning mid 2013 movies will no longer be distributed on FILM. A new digital projector/screen will be required to display first run movies at movie houses all over the country. This means, shape up or go dark. The OPA must raise $100,000 for a new projector and screen. Since the OPA started its fundraising effort just six short months ago, $77,000 has been raised toward its goal. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and willingness of our community to support this effort - especially how quickly everyone recognized this very real threat to such an important Mason landmark,” said Spider Johnson OPA president. The Odeon theater continues to bring good people and good entertainment together. But more than that it brings a vitality to our community. It continues to be a safe place for the youngster in the community to come together with friends. It’s a long way to the next closest movie theater and a lot more expensive. The Odeon’s plight has generated waves of concern across Texas and beyond. Donations have come from California, Colorado, Illinois, and the four corners of Texas, and newspapers throughout the Hill Country have picked up the story. But, wait! The hardest part of any fundraising effort is always finding that last little-bit necessary to be successful - and since this project requires the entire $100,000.00 to be raised before construction can begin, we must step-up the pace! To that end - the big story is Jaston Williams is coming to Mason to help get us over the top! 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 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, guests will have the opportunity to rub elbows with Williams at a lavish VIP Cocktail Gathering inside The Odeon Theater. Guests will have the rare treat of hearing the legendary personal tales of William’s acting career in this up-close-and-personal setting. Guest can 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 Williams’ life. In his trademark colorful descriptions and characters, his tales are chock-full of 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. Call 325 347 6781 for reservations and information.In a late-breaking addition to the appearance of Jaston Williams in Mason, the News has learned that the event has grabbed the attention of a major media show. The "Texas Country Reporter" plans to be in town for the event and to cover it for one of their future shows. The News will provide the run date when that information is available.

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