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Travolta & Patsy Cline at Woodward
Free movie, tribute singer performance Saturday
Kids find a safe place to play at Woodward Park before the sun goes down and the first 2010 Movies in the Park show starts Saturday at Woodward Park. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin
John Travolta, Robin Williams, Patsy Cline, and Connie Francis are all performing at Woodward Park Saturday.

It’s part of the free month-long Movies in the Park series.

Travolta and Williams will be up on the screen as this week’s feature “Old Dogs” is the main cinema attraction.

Cline and Francis - or more precisely a Stockton-based singer known as Joni Morris who has drawn national acclaim with her performance of those singers’ songs plus her own sty lings of other country ladies of music  - takes the stage at 7 p.m.

Morris’ shows typically command ticket prices ranging from $20 to $50. Movies in the Park organizer Fred White of DeCristo Productions was able to get her for a reduced fee covered by sponsors as Morris is enthralled with the idea of a free community gathering in a park bringing families and neighbors together.

“Morris Has Cline Down Pat” declared a San Francisco Examiner headline after Morris’ most recent performance in The City. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Date Book section noted “It’s Patsy All over Again” of her re-creation of the country and western legend, Patsy Cline, at the Bay Area’s Alcazar Theatre.

Morris has traveled nationally for the past fifteen years with her extremely talented “Jordanaires singing style” four-piece band.  Audiences love her tributes to the music of Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, and Legendary Ladies in Country Music, Christmas Shows, and Joni’s own original music, included in every show.

Audiences are transported back to Golden Years of the late 50’s and 60’s with songs like “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “My Happiness,” and “Where the Boys Are.”

 There is no charge for the movie series that runs on Saturdays through the end of July. The film starts after dusk. There is also a kid’s tent with games set up each week.

Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” is the July 24 movie that follows live music by “We are Family” at Northgate Park. It is the first time movies will be shown in a park other than Woodward Park.

The July 31 movie at Northgate Park is Jackie Chan’s “The Spy Next Door.” Prior to that, the “Name that Song” game show takes place.

Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to the event being staged by DeCristo Productions. Helping offset expenses are sponsors Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford, South San Joaquin Irrigation District, and Bill Broughton Farmers Insurance.

Dedicated segments to various Manteca non-profits including videos produced by DeCristo Productions will be presented. Organizations being featured are the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, Manteca Unified Student Trust, Give Every Child a Chance, Agape Villages family services, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Those attending the Movies in the Park are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages as coolers and bags may be checked.

Leashed dogs are welcome in designated areas with some restrictions applying.

Children under 16 must have adult supervision.

DeCristo Productions has staged outdoor movie presentations for a fee for apartment complexes and other gatherings. More information is available by calling 922-2673.