Jewelry stores in Summerville, SC
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In an industry known for snobby salespeople and overpriced items, Colucci’s Jewelers brings warm smiles and affordable prices to jewelry shoppers in the Lowcountry. Unlike other jewelers in Summerville, the Colucci team focuses on providing customers with an unmatched jewelry experience, from the moment they pull into our parking lot to the minute they leave our showroom. We believe our customers deserve special attention, and our goal is to provide them with friendly, personalized service every time they visit.
The Colucci Difference
As a certified jeweler with more than 50 years in the industry, Stefan Colucci has built his reputation on excellence and execution. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for precision, Stefan pours his heart into every custom-made piece of jewelry, repair, restoration, and appraisal that he completes at Colucci’s Jewelers. With consistent craftsmanship and impressive attention to detail, Stefan’s ability to cater to all your jewelry needs will exceed your expectations every time.
While Stefan focuses on creating unforgettable custom jewelry for you or your loved one, his wife Summer specializes in customer service. Kind, patient, and knowledgeable in her own right, Summer will take all the time necessary to answer your questions and guide you through the jewelry selection process. Whether you’re stressed out looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring or need to restore a priceless family heirloom, Summer will make sure you receive the attention you deserve.
When you shop at Colucci’s Jewelry, understand that we will never try to pressure you into a purchase or provide you with lackluster service if you’re “window shopping.” We treat each of our customers with the same exceptional care, whether they are repeat clients or new faces.
Colucci’s is a name you can trust – there’s a reason we were voted Best Jeweler in 2019 by Readers Choice!
We offer several different jewelry styles and services in Summerville, from breathtaking engagement rings to extensive repairs. Keep reading to learn more about a few of our specialties.
Diamond Engagement Rings in Summerville
Proposing to the love of your life is one of the most beautiful, memorable moments that two people will ever share as a couple. An engagement ring symbolizes love and acceptance; it epitomizes trust and commitment. While no two proposals will ever be exactly the same, there is one constant that will always remain true: the diamond engagement ring you choose from Colucci’s Jewelers will give you a lifetime of pleasure and contentment.
We understand that choosing the right engagement ring is one of the most important decisions you can make. That is why we pair the finest engagement jewelry in Summerville, SC, with one-on-one showings and helpful advice – to ensure that you discover dazzling rings at an affordable price. With the Colucci team by your side, we take second-guessing out of the equation, so you can focus on popping the question with confidence. After all, a diamond engagement ring is meant to be cherished for a lifetime!
Factors to Consider Before Buying an Engagement Ring
We find that taking the time to give our clients as much information as possible makes their experience easier and more enjoyable. Before you visit our store in person, consider the following factors when choosing an engagement ring:
- Ring Size: Knowing your fiancée’s ring size is crucial, especially if you’re planning a surprise without her knowing. Borrow one of her rings and bring it to Colucci’s Jewelers, and we will measure free of charge. For the perfect fit, we can also resize her ring when the time is right.
- Jewelry Preference: Sapphire? Ruby? Emerald? Diamond? At Colucci Jewelry, we have a wide range of gemstones to choose from which to choose, as well as settings and metal types. Ask your fiancée’s friends or family for tips, or better yet, ask her yourself if you can do so without spoiling the surprise.
- 4 C’s: The four C’s represent color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. If you’re just starting your search, this system might be foreign to you, but it is a trusted grading system used throughout the world. We recommend you visit Colucci’s Jewelers for a quick education on this system, so you can find a quality diamond at a price that fits within your budget.
On-Site Jewelry Services in Summerville
With regular care and maintenance, your piece of fine jewelry from Colucci’s Jewelers will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Whether your favorite emerald necklace needs cleaning or a small diamond in your engagement ring is loose, we are happy to help. With more than 50 years of experience as Colucci’s Jewelers’ in-house repair expert, Stefan Colucci will handle your jewelry with care and compassion. Stefan is also highly skilled at creating designer jewelry in Summerville, SC. If you have a grand idea for a custom jewelry project, Stefan will consult with you one-on-one to turn your dream into reality.
In addition to the above services, Colucci Jewelers also offers:
- Class Rings
- Cash for Gold
- Gold Dealer Services
- Consignment Services
- Custom Diamond Engagement Rings
- Luxury Watches
- Luxury Watch Repair
- Rhodium Plating
- Same-Day Jewelry Repair
- Gold Coins for Sale
Don’t risk sending your jewelry off to another state or country to be repaired by someone you can’t see or talk to – as the premier on-site jewelry store in Summerville, we will handle all of your jewelry needs in person, with hard work and a smile.
If you need to get your fine jewelry appraised for insurance purposes, Colucci’s Jewelers can help.
It’s a great idea to get your jewelry appraised periodically. As the years pass along, the value of your precious metals and gemstones can fluctuate. If your last appraisal was more than two years ago, you could run into problems with your insurance coverage. If your jewelry is insured for less than its replacement value, you could lose a substantial amount of money if it is stolen or lost.
To help prevent situations like this from happening, our on-site jeweler Stefan Colucci will provide you with an up-to-date appraisal report based on your jewelry’s current market value. That way, you can update your insurance accordingly.
We also specialize in estate jewelry appraisals, so you know exactly how much your old jewelry is worth if you are thinking of selling.
Our appraisal services include:
- Diamond Appraisals
- Insurance Appraisals
- Court Appraisals
- Estate Jewelry Appraisals
- Cash Offer for Appraised Jewelry
Jewelry Appraisal Services in Summerville
Sell Your Jewelry in Summerville
Selling jewelry from years past can be a hard experience. Estate jewelry, in particular, can have sentimental value attached and can be hard to sell. This is because jewelry is often a symbol of achievement or affection, such as your class ring from high school or your grandmother’s wedding band. At Colucci’s Jewelers, we understand the connection to old jewelry and appreciate the memories and value you have with these antique pieces.
In addition to the personal value, antique and estate jewelry can be quite valuable from a monetary standpoint. Estate jewelry is extremely popular in this day and age. Many Lowcountry locals are selling their vintage pieces to trusted jewelry stores in Summerville, SC, like Colucci’s Jewelers.
Many customers choose to sell their jewelry to Colucci’s Jewelers because we offer an intimate, honest experience – something that you will certainly not receive if you list your jewelry for sale on an internet marketplace. We will be upfront with you every step of the way to help separate personal value from monetary value, and will present you with a fair offer to consider.
If you are interested in selling your jewelry, we encourage you to visit our showroom to meet our staff and get an accurate appraisal of your jewelry’s worth.
We buy a multitude of different jewelry, including:
- Estate Jewelry
- Custom Jewelry
- Antique Jewelry
- Male Wedding Rings
- Female Wedding Rings
- Engagement Rings
- All-Things Rolex
Summerville’s Most Trusted Jewelry Store
We are proud and grateful to have served thousands of customers looking for quality jewelry and a relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere. We would love the opportunity to speak with you face-to-face so that we can learn what you’re looking for and what you love about jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a custom diamond engagement ring or need friendly advice about what looks right, we are here help.
Latest News in Summerville
Summerville golf and tennis club sells for $2.8M to Arizona company
SUMMERVILLE — A golf and tennis club that had been seeking a buyer since 2016 has changed hands under a deal with an Arizona company.Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club was sold to Summerville Real Estate Group LLC of a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company for $2.8 million on Oct. 11, according to Dorchester County land records.The deal includes the 18-hole golf course, the club house, tennis courts and pool.The club, which is off S.C. Highway 61, is about 30 miles north of Charleston. The club was voted the 2010 South Car...
SUMMERVILLE — A golf and tennis club that had been seeking a buyer since 2016 has changed hands under a deal with an Arizona company.
Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club was sold to Summerville Real Estate Group LLC of a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company for $2.8 million on Oct. 11, according to Dorchester County land records.
The deal includes the 18-hole golf course, the club house, tennis courts and pool.
The club, which is off S.C. Highway 61, is about 30 miles north of Charleston. The club was voted the 2010 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the Golf Course Owners Association and the 2012 South Carolina Tennis Facility of the Year by the Southern Division of the U.S. Tennis Association.
The sale was a bittersweet moment for Jim Chickarello, the golf club’s managing partner for the past 15 years.
“We will miss it,” Chickarello said. “We have a lot of great memories from the club, and it was an important part of my life and my family’s life. We will miss all the people that we met over the years.”
Chickarello decided to sell the club after his family relocated to Charlotte in 2019.
“We were at that point in our lives when we wanted to step back and think about retiring,” Chickarello said. “It was time for someone else to take over the reins.”
The course was originally constructed in the 1970s and then went dormant for several years before reopening in 1994. Chickarello and wife, Kathy, purchased it in 2006.
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Chickarello said the club was never “officially” for sale in a conventional sense.
“We had an understanding with several brokers that were familiar with the golfing community,” Chickarello said. “It was known that we were open to sell it if the offers were right.”
The club’s website says the greens at the semi-private, Scott-Pool-designed course were replaced in 2014, and the 161-acre property includes a pool and four hard-surface tennis courts.
Legend Oaks has about 1,300 homes. Several other communities are being developed nearby.
“We think the growth potential will be very, very solid over the next 10 years,” Chickarello said of the surrounding area. “The club is very healthy financially. We had record levels of membership and a record number of rounds played on the course over the past year. It’s a great buy for the new ownership group.”
Summerville Real Estate Group could not be reached for comment about its plans.
Mike Ashton, who previously was general manager at golf courses at Rivertowne and Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, will serve in a similar capacity at Legend Oaks.
“Right now, I’m just trying to get the lay of the land,” Ashton said. “This is a great golf course, with a great reputation. It’s a great opportunity for me and my family.”
In Summerville, reports of flooding spread to other areas of town
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — For many Summerville residents who live on South Main Street, they share this sentiment:“If I didn't have to worry about every time it rained hard. I'd be happy,” Resident Todd Hibbard said.The combination of recent rain in the Lowcountry and extra precipitation during hurricane season has caused flooding to become a major issue.ABC News 4 recently covered the flooding issue in district one of Summerville near Warring Street. But the problem is just as prevalent in district tw...
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — For many Summerville residents who live on South Main Street, they share this sentiment:
“If I didn't have to worry about every time it rained hard. I'd be happy,” Resident Todd Hibbard said.
The combination of recent rain in the Lowcountry and extra precipitation during hurricane season has caused flooding to become a major issue.
ABC News 4 recently covered the flooding issue in district one of Summerville near Warring Street. But the problem is just as prevalent in district two.
The director of public works in Summerville, Russ Cornette, said that this problem occurs because of the location of the town.
“We get these really high intensity, rainfall events in short periods of time that really overload overburdened the existing drainage system that we have all around town. And unfortunately, the system isn't large enough to handle the volume of water," Cornette said.
The neighborhood is located on a six foot decline from Main Street, which causes the flooding to rush downhill at high speeds and finding its way into backyards and surrounding properties.
The current is so strong that some residents joke that it may be faster to travel by boat.
“The current, if you had a canoe you could go from second to third and lickety split. It's just really bad,” Summerville resident Lisa Hammerlee said.
When large rainfalls come it leaves many residents to pick up the pieces and take it into their own hands to stop the flooding.
“I'm out here in the rain with a pitchfork trying to move pine straw to get the water to go somewhere,” Hubbard said.
Something that is an unpleasant feeling for many neighbors.
“I just feel upset. I just know. I know it's going to be harming all of my neighbor's property, it's going to be harming mine, I'm going to have a huge mess to clean up and and it's getting worse and worse and worse,” Hammerlee said.
But on top of the nuisance that the flooding is causing to these Summerville residents it is also doing damage to many of their properties.
One resident estimated it might take anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 to fix the damage to their property that this flooding has caused.
“I've had to have boards replaced on the bottom of my shed,” Summerville resident Cathy Lawter said.
“So the back of my car carports rotted out. I have tools in my shed that have been flooded out,” Hubbard said.
“It's just ruining property. And no one likes to see their property being ruined,” Hammerlee said.
All three of these neighbors said that they have been reaching out to the town for help since 2019 and have received little to no response until recently.
Another cause for frustration in this small town.
“We shouldn't get floods like that every time. We shouldn't have to clean up like that every time we shouldn't have to repair damage every time, you know when shouldn't have to try to get flood insurance. I mean, we just shouldn't have to do any of that,” Lawter said.
However, Cornette says that the town is aware of the problem and now working towards a solution.
This includes helping the upkeep of local drain pipes, adding more drain outlets and he said he would considering doing more if those methods do not work.
“The town is in process of several drainage projects and different stages of development.”
ABC News 4 also reached out to District Two council member in Summerville Terry Jenkins, who said in part “We are really trying to get it to where the flooding that is being caused doesn’t get into people’s homes. Having people call, reaching back quickly, finding out where they are, making sure you keep the drain hole covers cleans.”
The one thing these town officials emphasized was that it was going to take time to fix the problem.
However, for Lawter, she wants something a little different.
“Just acknowledgement? I mean, not wait 60 days to respond to something, or just make it a little easier process?" Lawter said.
Lawter and her neighbors said that when they notified the town that they were going to have a reporter come cover the story that is when the town stepped in and came to the property.
She did applaud Jenkins and Cornette for their work when they got to her property and say they hope to have solution in the near future.
Sismo débil mag. 2.8 - Berkeley County, 1.9 miles NNE of Summerville, Dorset County, South Carolina, USA, lunes, 27 sep 2021 12:49 (GMT -4) -
27 Sep 16:55 UTC: Primero en informar: USGS después de 6 minutos.27 Sep 17:14: Magnitud recalculada de 2.5 a 2.8. Profundidad recalculada de 0.7 a 6.0 km (de 0.4 a 3.7 mi). Ubicación del epicentro corregida 17 km (10.8 mi) al SE. Fecha & hora: 27 Sep 2021 16:49:14 UTC -Magnitud: 2.8 Prof.: 6.0 km Epicentro latitud / longitud: 33.04367°N / 80.163°W...
27 Sep 16:55 UTC: Primero en informar: USGS después de 6 minutos.27 Sep 17:14: Magnitud recalculada de 2.5 a 2.8. Profundidad recalculada de 0.7 a 6.0 km (de 0.4 a 3.7 mi). Ubicación del epicentro corregida 17 km (10.8 mi) al SE.
Fecha & hora: 27 Sep 2021 16:49:14 UTC -
Magnitud: 2.8 Prof.: 6.0 km Epicentro latitud / longitud: 33.04367°N / 80.163°W? (Condado de Berkeley, Carolina del Sur, Estados Unidos) Antipode: 33.044°S / 99.837°E? Nearby towns and cities:3 km al NNE de Summerville (pop: 48,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!8 km al NO de Ladson (pop: 13,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!14 km al ONO de Goose Creek (pop: 40,600) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!19 km al NO de Hanahan (pop: 18,000) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!22 km al SO de Moncks Corner (pop: 9,870) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!27 km al NO de North Charleston (pop: 108,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!39 km al NO de Mt. Pleasant (pop: 81,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!134 km al SE de Columbia (pop: 133,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!138 km al NE de Savannah (Georgia) (pop: 145,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!709 km al SSO de Washington (District of Columbia) (pop: 601,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake: Clear Sky 27.7°C (82 F), humidity: 59%, wind: 0 m/s (0 kts)
At magnitude 2.8, this quake might have been felt very close to the epicenter and under calm conditions.
User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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603 N Maple St, Summerville 29483 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Felt like someone hit my house....the whole house shook and sounded like a soft booming noise | 4 users found this interesting.
near Summerville, Dorchester, South Carolina (17.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : It shifted everything including my body and my house. The dog was laying on the floor and he moved back and forth. It felt like something hit me and bounced back. It felt like a force field.. it was a weird feeling | One user found this interesting.
Sangaree, Berkeley, South Carolina (1.8 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was outside reading and I could see the building move a little (thought my eyes were playing tricks on me)
Goose Creek : Heard the screen door rattle, felt a mild shaking for maybe about a second. Two, max. Another one came later in the day that was a stronger feeling "boom", but also fairly mild. That's the one I was looking for when I found this page.
Cane Bay Summerville (9.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I was outside at the time so did not notice the shaking.
Nexton, Summerville, SC / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : I was lying in bed when my house suddenly shifted (almost like a dip) like something hit my home. Windows were rattling as well. Very startlingly, never felt anything like this before. My nerves are bad right now!
Marietta, ga (420.1 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : Felt weak lateral movement of the bed I was laying on. It only lasted about 15 seconds and most likely would not have been felt by someone driving a car. If I wasn’t laying down I probably wouldn’t have felt it. My husband said he did not feel it. Wei
Two Hitch Rd , Goose Creek, SC 29445 (8.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sitting on my couch it felt like a 'soft boom' is the best I can describe. The light fixture in my dining room rattled as well as the glasses in my china cabinet. It only last a few seconds.
Wescott Plantation (11.2 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short : Was at home on the second floor laying in bed and felt/heard a single small shake come through the house, like a ripple.
Goose Creek (13.6 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short
Summerville beats Gators, Fort Dorchester overcomes Myrtle Beach
The Summerville Green Wave had another outstanding defensive effort Sept. 24 as it claimed a 20-13 win over the Goose Creek Gators.Goose Creek (3-2) has featured an explosive offense this season, but Summerville (2-1) kept the Gators at bay for much of the game. Meanwhile, the Green Wave offense had a good start as Summerville pulled out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter.The Gators made it a two-score game just before the half and then cut the lead to 7 with a 41-yard touchdown pass in the final quarter. After that, Summervi...
The Summerville Green Wave had another outstanding defensive effort Sept. 24 as it claimed a 20-13 win over the Goose Creek Gators.
Goose Creek (3-2) has featured an explosive offense this season, but Summerville (2-1) kept the Gators at bay for much of the game. Meanwhile, the Green Wave offense had a good start as Summerville pulled out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Gators made it a two-score game just before the half and then cut the lead to 7 with a 41-yard touchdown pass in the final quarter. After that, Summerville used its running game to chew up a lot of clock and limit the Gators’ opportunities.
Summerville senior Christian Grant had the first score, running in from 2 yards out with just less than five minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Junior Marquez Spells added a 51-yard touchdown run to cushion the lead. Late in the second quarter, sophomore receiver Yannick Smith recovered a teammate’s fumble and returned it 25 yards for a Green Wave TD.
Spells finished with 107 rushing yards on 14 carries. Green Wave QB Campbell McCurry completed 6 of 10 passes for 84 yards and rushed for 18 yards. Smith led the Summerville receivers with five catches for 60 yards and had a 20-yard run.
Defensive lineman DeAndre Jones made eight tackles, including two for a loss and two sacks. He also had two quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble. Defensive back Chris Brabham also had eight tackles, including a sack. Defensive back Xavier Mitchell-Brown had six tackles, including one for a loss and made an interception. Linebacker Keshaun Seabrook also had six tackles plus a QB hurry.
This week, Summerville plays on the road. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Stratford. The Knights are 1-2 and coming off a 27-14 loss to West Ashley.
Stratford quarterback Jalen Barry passed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in that game. Jayden Martino made two grabs for 62 yards and a score.
Fort Dorchester 31,
Myrtle Beach 27
Fort Dorchester, the No. 2 ranked Class AAAAA team in the state, traveled to Myrtle Beach, the No. 2 ranked Class AAAA team.
The Patriots (4-0) got out to a slower-than-normal start, falling behind 21-10 to the Seahawks (2-1). However, Fort Dorchester rallied and outscored Myrtle Beach 21-6 in the second half to claim a 31-27 victory.
Quarterback Zolten Osborne scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Davion Joyner. Running back Michael Smalls also found the end zone for the Patriots on a 66-yard run. Chase Kennedy had a 25-yard field goal.
Seahawks QB Ryan Burger threw four TD passes, two of those to Adam Randall.
This week, Fort Dorchester hosts Ashley Ridge (2-2). The Swamp Foxes are coming off a 6-3 loss to Cane Bay. Ashley Ridge’s only score of the game came on a 27-yard field goal by Will McCune, but Ashley Ridge QB Xavier Proctor-Floyd completed 10 of 13 passes for 151 yards.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Bagwell Stadium.
Review: Summerville’s Flowertown Players go for the laughs with ‘Moon Over Buffalo’
Flowertown Players’ fall season is off to a boisterous start with “Moon Over Buffalo,” playwright Ken Ludwig’s high-octane slapstick comedy that sends up American theater.The aim was clear: To bring on the noise and bring on the funny for local theatergoers, many of whom are likely making their first forays into live performances. In line with the majority of this fall’s season openers in the Charleston area, Summerville’s longstanding community theater company opted for the upbeat in the production...
Flowertown Players’ fall season is off to a boisterous start with “Moon Over Buffalo,” playwright Ken Ludwig’s high-octane slapstick comedy that sends up American theater.
The aim was clear: To bring on the noise and bring on the funny for local theatergoers, many of whom are likely making their first forays into live performances. In line with the majority of this fall’s season openers in the Charleston area, Summerville’s longstanding community theater company opted for the upbeat in the production, co-directed by Leslie Ross and Alan Rosenfeld.
This work does have serious comedic cred. Set in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1953, “Moon Over Buffalo” debuted on Broadway in 1995, starring none other than famed funny woman Carol Burnett. The role marked her first appearance on Broadway in 30 years, which speaks to the appeal of the play. Both the show and the star subsequently got Tony nominations for the production.
It goes like this. Traveling actors George Hay (Jamie Young) and Charlotte Hay (Rune Vaughn) are in the midst of a professional nadir, itinerantly plying their thespian trade by rolling their bare-bones company into towns and rotating performances of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives.”
Their daughter Roz (Maddie Latham), on the other hand, has forsaken theater altogether. She instead intends to marry her fiance, Howard (Nick Torres), a television weatherman, while dodging her ex-fiance, Paul (Dale Fox), the theater company’s stage manager.
Other romantic triangles take to the stage, too, and antics soon unfold with the bombastic, booze-fueled George, who has engaged in an extramarital dalliance with another actress, Eileen (Hannah Weston). At the same time, the none-too-pleased Charlotte has captured the heart of the company’s lawyer Richard (Fred Hutter). All the while Charlotte’s hard-of-hearing mother Ethel (Ariena Withers), wanders on and off stage, misunderstanding most everything to humorous end.
A modest set involves a series of doors from which, a la French farce, performers pop in and out in an increasingly antic montage of comic bits. Characters are constructed to first and foremost elicit laughs, and they did so regularly during the performance I attended.
The performances were exuberant, with loads of physical comedy and an intense exertion of some cast members that at times caused me to worry over their well-being. As George, the indefatigable Jamie Young was ever game for couch gymnastics and tipsy escapades.
There is much humor to mine from the lines and plot developments, and I expect we’ve just scratched the surface of this play. Maddie Latham’s Roz demonstrates what can be brought to the table, impressively milking mirth in one particular scene. As Howard, Nick Torres delivered his own entertaining ticks as well.
In more ways than one, the production called to mind “Waiting for Guffman,” the sweetly satirical film centered on a small town zealously banding together to put on a show, and getting word that a New York critic plans to attend. In “Moon Over Buffalo,” the famed film director Frank Capra is en route to a Sunday matinee, with sights set on casting George in a major motion picture.
At Flowertown, that zeal included volume. To reference another film, “This Is Spinal Tap,” boasting “Guffman” creator Christopher Guest, no less, most on stage had amped it up to 11, more so than was necessary. Hopefully they will recalibrate as they ease into the run. That being said, Arlena Withers demonstrates how less can be more, delivering her dotty Ethel with restraint and toned-down command. (Speaking of constraint: On the COVID meter, there did not seem to be enforced protocols in place, and only a sprinkling of patrons masked up.)
Big sounds and some broad performances withstanding, it should be flagged this did not in the least quell the evident merriment in the audience, who responded enthusiastically to the nonstop hijinks (just as they do in “Waiting for Guffman.”)
Flowertown Players gave their people what they clearly wanted, as community theater should. And that was a lighthearted evening out, complete with a moon over Buffalo.