Portales pours out for premiere

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Hollywood came to Portales for a night.

Excitement reigned in the city as a crowd gathered to await the sold-out premiere of the locally filmed movie “Believe in Me” on Thursday night.

Babe Morgan arrived at the reception in style. Amid cheers and whistles, Morgan emerged from a limousine, enjoying a little bit of stardom for his role in the movie.

A retired Portales barber, Morgan was cast into the role of town barber for the movie. His nephew, Mickey Morgan, was also cast as a barber for the movie.

“I think it was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Babe Morgan said.

Another Portales local who was involved in the movie was Sandra Matheny, who played the role of Mrs. Morgan, the principal’s wife.

On site with her niece, who was auditioning, Matheny was asked to try out for a part in the movie. She did and was offered the role. Matheny, traveled to other locations in New Mexico for filming as well, she said.

“It was really fun,” Matheny said of her acting experience.

Following the first of two showings on premiere night, excitement was evident as audience members expressed their enjoyment of the movie.

“I thought it was awesome,” said Theta Ainsworth. “It’s cool that our town got to do that.”

For Matheny, seeing herself on film was surprising. Throughout the film, the audience would clap when scenes of the downtown area would appear, she said.

“I enjoyed it. I thought having been on set and seeing it filmed in teeny bits and pieces and then seeing it put together, it’s just amazing,” Matheny said.

Though disappointed his scene was cut from the movie, Babe Morgan was still excited about seeing the movie. He expressed that the movie was one of the best movies he had seen in a long time. His wife, Joan, concurred, stating “it was fantastic.”

“We couldn’t have had a better time. It’s been a great experience,” Babe Morgan said.

Tower Twin Theater General Manager Michelle Goodwin was excited at the turnout and the audience participation during the showing of the movie. She stated audience members were really getting into the movie by laughing and clapping during many of the scenes.

“It was really great,” Goodwin said.