She was a young ballet dancer trying to make it in New York City, when her roommate, who worked for Epic Records, gave her an album of Pat Benatar’s. “I hung up my pointe shoes, bought lycra and sequins, and joined a rock band,” says Lisa Jason. She came back to the Cape to raise a family (her teenaged daughters, Kayla and Allie, are now budding artists in their own right), but she kept performing. Years ago, she hosted a popular karaoke night out of the Wayside Inn with Tony Reine, and then made a variety show out of it. She did “An Evening of Judy Garland” with her brother Richard.
Richard Sullivan had been performing successfully on stage in New York City for years. He says he reached a point where he was “too young to play old and too old to play young.” So he decided to come back to his boyhood home for what he thought would be a short break. Although the 43-year-old remains an active equity actor and still travels to Manhattan on occasion, he has gone on to make quite a career working from here, performing and directing for local theaters. “I came back and fell in love with Chatham all over again,” he says. Many audiences are so glad that he did.
She was only 2 1/2 when she starred in her first production at Provincetown Town Hall. She vividly remembers the pretty tutu and that her father sent her a dozen long-stemmed roses. When Naomi Turner performed there again 20 some odd years later, she called it her comeback. She’s performed in musical theater on the Cape and in Boston for years and started a dance company called Viva Dance in the 80s. Now she heads up a multi-generational regularly performing dance company whose mission is to generate scholarships for aspiring dancers and has recently come up with a project titled “Hags and Crones and Bags of Bones,” a mini-musical starring dancers aged 48 to 88.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Musicality runs in Molly Davol’s entire family, who will be scattered under the gazebo at Chatham Town Band performances this summer. Molly, now a high school sophomore, has been playing the flute since the fourth grade. Her mom Sally plays the flute as well as piccolo and directs her daughter in the local flute choir with a few of Molly’s peers from surrounding towns. Her father Stephen plays trombone. One of her older brothers, Andrew, plays tuba; the other, Kenneth, plays a mean sax. “Some of us can diddle on the piano,” Molly says, giggling.
LEADER OF THE BAND
It was the summer of 1969. Everett “Hunky” Eldredge remembers because they performed at the Hiport, where they had been booked to play a grueling six nights a week, the night astronauts landed on the moon. The band that started as the Crispy Cridders but soon changed its name to the Total Strangers, were one of the hottest bands on the Cape. They rolled into venues in a large Cadillac. They mainly covered the Beatles, Stones, Doors, Animals, but they also made a demo of originals, including a song called “The Essence of Time” that got some local airplay. The band broke up in the early ‘70s and everyone went on to get jobs and raise families. But one day in 1997 the original bassist and Eldredge got together to reform the band.