Lively party celebrates murderous 'Mom'

April 08, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

The world premiere of John Waters' new film, "Serial Mom" at the Senator Theatre Tuesday evening was a star-studded happening. Besides John, celebrities included Kathleen Turner and her husband, Jay Weiss; Sam Waterston; Ricki Lake and her husband of less than two weeks, Rob Sussman; Mink Stole; Traci Lords, the daughter-in-law of Pat Moran, John's longtime right-hand person; Traci's husband, Brook Yeaton; Patricia Hearst and her husband, Bernard Shaw; Matthew Lillard; producers John Fiedler and Mark Tarlov, and Judi Schwam, Steve Price and John Gruenberg, from Savoy Pictures.

After the show, limos whisked celebs, et al., to the cast party at the Baltimore Museum of Art, among them: John's parents, Pat and John Waters Sr. and their other children, Steve and Sharon Waters, Trish Waters Neer and her husband, John; and Kathy and Lawson Marshall, joined Pat Moran; Van Smith, costume designer; Vince Peranio, production designer; Chuck and Greer Yeaton; Colleen Shelton, John's assistant; Dr. and Mrs. John Bartlett, he's head of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins; Barbara Blum Patz, whose agency handles promo matters for Savoy Pictures; and Dick and Rosalie Davison.

Other guests included author Anne Tyler; Leith Johnson, Weslayan Cinema Archives and collector of Waters' memorabilia; Mary Lou Raines Barber, former queen of the "Buddy Deane Show" and the person on whom John based his movie, "Hairspray"; Mary Vivian Pearce, who's appeared in every Waters' film; and Doug Roberts, Patsy Crady Adams and Kathy Fannon, who were Kathleen Turner's victims in the film.

The festivities raised about $59,000 for AIDS Action Baltimore.

* Several weeks before the legislative session ends, a healing process called the Legislative Follies takes place. Senators and delegates don outlandish costumes and perform truly hilarious insider skits, which poke fun at some of the serious things that have taken place during the session.

A good example -- when Western Maryland Delegate Cas Taylor was elected speaker, he ousted Western Maryland Delegate Bruce Poole from the majority floor leader position, since they were both from the same area. Poole was offered other jobs, but refused. So imagine the reaction of the audience when Poole walked on stage saying, "Bless me speaker, for I have sinned." He proceeded to sing, "I don't know how to love him . . .," which certainly healed a lot of wounds in a very funny way.

This year's Follies, held again in St. John's College auditorium, was written and produced by one of our most clever legislators, Speaker pro tem Gary Alexander, who had a lot of help from his cohort Tim Maloney. This session marks the end of many of the legislators' terms, including Alexander's, so this Follies was even more special -- but not special enough for the governor to attend, although the Follies paid a tribute to his first friend, Hilda Mae Snoops.

She appeared on stage in a golf cart, after the "Dance of the Fountain Fairies" skit, where she was greeted by President of the Senate Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Cas Taylor. They presented her with a picture of the fountain she had placed on the grounds of the governor's mansion.

Other hysterical skits included Miller, dressed as a Maryland terrapin, singin "Jack [Kent Cooke] don't send me tickets, anymore . . ."; a "Sister Act" included Gerry Curran, Kenneth Masters, Anne Marie Doory, poking fun at the large Catholic contingent in the legislature; and Speaker Taylor and speaker pro tem Alexander, donned top hats and canes to sing a duet, "Me and My Speaker."

But it was Delegate Leon Albin, who, unintentionally, brought the house down. His skit was a take-off on the Hagerstown Moose Club problems. Dressed from head to foot in a moose costume, Albin walked into what was supposed to be the Annapolis Moose Club to apply for membership before Chief Moose Hattie Harrison and Deputy Moose Clarence Tiger Davis. However, Albin dressed so quickly that he put his costume on backward, which, of course, placed the tail in the front. (Need I say more!)

The final skit, featured gubernatorial candidates competing in "Slating Game," judged by Comptroller Louis Goldstein, who, when he could not decide on the winner, commented, "I need someone new," and out walked former Gov. Harry Hughes.

Oh, what a night and all money raised goes to the Thomas Hunter Lowe Scholarship Fund.

* If you'd like a change of pace tomorrow, drive out Sweet Air Road to Phoenix, where the Chestnut Grove Nursery School is holding its biggest fund-raiser of the year. From 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., there will be pony rides for the children, a silent auction, games, crafts and homemade goodies to buy. And I will see you there!

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