Prattvllle’s Free Movie under the Stars draws large crowd

Bad weather not an issue this time

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Young and old preparing to watch The Tale of Despereaux - Photo by Melissa Parker

Young and old preparing to watch The Tale of Despereaux - Photo by Melissa Parker

Prattville – The saga of a tiny large-eared brave mouse on a quest to save a princess was the main attraction Friday night during Prattville’s Free Movie Under the Stars. An animated film,The Tale of Despereaux, was shown on a thirty-foot inflatable movie screen at Cooters Pond Park.

A large crowd of about 1,000 people of all ages gathered for the fun, food, and fellowship. The hot summer night was not a deterrent for the moviegoers; in fact, some expressed concern that it might rain to cut short the night of festivities.

A spokesperson for Ria’s Pizzeria, Ashley Ramspeck, said that they were selling both pepperoni and cheese pizzas for $5 each, but that pepperoni had edged above the cheese in sales.

“I hope the weather holds out. Last time we had to pack it up halfway through the movie because of storms,” Ashley said.

Joe Sanders, who was working the popcorn machine, agreed with Ashley about the weather, “I’m glad there won’t be any rain tonight.” Joe works for Pepsi/Buffalo Rock and stated that the City asked him to sell popcorn tonight. “I’m doing this for the high school cheerleaders.”

Justin Roberson and Tristen Watson at Cooters Pond Park - Photo by Melissa Parker

Justin Roberson and Tristen Watson at Cooters Pond Park - Photo by Melissa Parker

Tristen Watson and Justin Roberson (of Prattville) were standing in the very back, propped up against their parked car. “We’re here to support my older brother,” Justin said. “He’s sixteen years old and is running the Shaved Ice stand.” This was their first time at the Movie Under the Stars and they were enjoying themselves.

Hannah Hubbert who lives in Millbrook said that not only did she bring her own food, but she may sample the pizzas as well. “This is my first time here and I’m looking forward to enjoying the movie.”

The Tale of Despereaux is based on a 2003 children’s fantasy book written by Kate DiCamillo and was adapted into an animated film in 2008. It features the voices of Matthew Broderick as Despereaux, Emma Watson as Princess Pea, Dustin Hoffman as Roscuro, and Tracy Ullman as Mig.

Article by Melissa Parker

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