Local reaches for the stars

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Greenville’s own Lori Cummings hopes an event this week will make her a star.

She is shooting a talk show pilot, she hopes to market to Turner South in Atlanta and Pax Network in West Palm Beach.

She is calling it Lil’ Lori, a reflection of her 4 foot, 9 inch height.

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She may be small, but she has a big idea.

She is taping the show at the Ritz Theatre.

&uot;I pitched the show as being based in Greenville and I wanted to do it all from the Ritz,&uot; she said.

&uot;The concept for the show is simple, a show with a southern audience and what makes living in the south great.&uot;

Cummings said she is doing the show because she wants to bring family programming back to television, and also to help revitalize downtown Greenville.

The up and coming hostess is no stranger to television.

She is a producer for Alabama Public Television in Montgomery, so she knows a thing or two about putting together a program.

She recently formed her own production company, Ariel Productions.

&uot;I chose the name Ariel because it means ‘Lion of God,’&uot; she said.

As for the location, Cummings said the city has been great helping her out.

&uot;I went to Mayor Dexter McLendon and he was very excited about the idea,&uot; she said.

&uot;He and just everyone have been very supportive.&uot;

She also singled out Nancy Idland and the Greenville Main Street group for its support.

On Saturday, May 29, they will tape two shows during the day.

Tickets are free to the public, but there are only 168 available, so get them fast.

All you have to do is visit the Greenville Chamber of Commerce office at the Depot or see a Camellia City Jr. Women’s Club member.

Cummings said the first show will be taped at 11 a.m. and the guests are Andy Andrews and Andrew McCall.

Andrews, an Alabama native who now lives in Florida, is a New York Times best selling author.

His recent book is The Travelers Gift.

Four U.S. presidents have watched Andrews perform his comedy act and he has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America.

&uot;He is funny and he entertains everybody and offends nobody,&uot; Cummings said.

Cummings’ other guest that day will be Andrew McCall, an artist from Letohatchee that weaves baskets, wreaths and furniture out of Wisteria vines.

&uot;His work is simply amazing,&uot; Cummings said.

Cummings will tape the second show at 2 p.m.

Again, there are only 168 tickets available.

Her guests then will be Ira Milligan and Toby Hollinghead.

Milligan wrote the book, Understanding the dreams you dream and he also founded Servant Ministries.

&uot;Ira travels the world sharing what God has shown him about our dreams and how God speaks to us while we sleep,&uot; she said.

&uot;He is an amazing public speaker and will touch your heart and spirit.&uot;

Hollinghead will also be there, traveling from her home in Opp.

&uot;Her work is so inspiring,&uot; Cummings said. &uot;She has produced nearly 500 originals of folk art and paints exclusively with acrylic paints.&uot;

Both shows are 30 minutes long and you must be 18 years or older to be an audience member.

Dress in your Sunday best for this since you might be seen in the audience.

That night, after the taping is over, Andrews will also be doing his comedy routine at 7 p.m.

&uot;I highly recommend this for the entire family and hope that Greenville supports him for coming so far to help with this project,&uot; she said.

Tickets are available at the Chamber or from the Junior Women’s Club and they are $12 each.

If the first show sells out, Andrews has agreed to do a second show at 9 p.m.

For more information, call Cummings at 382-2911.