‘The Duke,’ Sweetheart play Waldo County

Jun 16, 2014
Paula and Ermal Williamson re-enact Katherine Hepburn and John Wayne in "Rooster Cogburn."

Actors and impersonators Ermal and Paula (Cravens) Williamson will present their entertaining "John Wayne and America's Yodeling Sweetheart" show at a number of venues this summer. The couple’s entertaining revue was a big hit last year.

Ermal Williamson, who doubled for John Wayne in several movies, is an award-winning stage actor who has dedicated his career to keeping Wayne's image alive for more than 25 years. He appeared in a number of movies, TV sitcoms and plays in and around Hollywood. He also has written Western novels and is a cowboy poet.

Cravens is a five-time yodeling champion who also portrays Lucille Ball, Patsy Cline and Katherine Hepburn. When not on the road, the couple live in Phoenix, Ariz., and each has regular gigs in Old Town Scottsdale. Their show is both patriotic and spiritual, with scenes from Wayne’s movies and skits from his life story. Admission is by a freewill donation. Refreshments will follow the performances.

"John Wayne and America's Yodeling Sweetheart" will be presented a number of times at the Thorndike Congregational Church, Gordon Hill Road/Route 139. Scheduled shows are at 3 and 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 27 and 28; July 4 and 5; 11 and 12; and 18 and 19, plus Friday, July 25.

The show also will be presented Sunday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at Marsh River Theater, 24 Monroe Highway/Route 139, Brooks; Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. in Knox’s Larrabee Field; and Sunday, July 6, at 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church UCC in Brooks.

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