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N.C. essay. volume (None) 1965-1976, April 01, 1973, Image 7

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North Carolina School of the Arts Agnes DeMille Premiere Nears Calendar of Events April 16 - Piedmont Chamber Orchestra, Winston-Salem, Hanes, 8:15; Starker Cello Qass, RM 113, 10:00-12:00; Drama Scenes, RM 113, 7:00-10:00 April 17-Voice Aud.,RM 11310-12:00; R. Davies,H.S. Sr. Rec., Oi. 8:15 April 18 - Matthews Student Rec., RM. 113 April 19 - Anthony Hauser a-. Rec. Ch. 8:15 April 20 - Good Friday - Holiday April 22 - Easter April 23 - NCSA Orch. “B”, Ch. 8:15 April 24 - Evans Haile Rec., Room 113,8:15; W. Knapp, Jr. Rec. Ch. 8:15 April 25 - Matthews Student Rec., RM 113,1:30-2:30 Arpil 26 - N .C.S. A. Orch., Demille l^tacular, Rey. 8:15 April 27 - N.C.S.A., DeMille, Rey. HS. April 28 - Prep Program 9-1 RAi 113, N.C.S.A Orch.; Linda Fowler, Ch. 3:00 Rec. April 29 - N.C.S.A. Demille, Rey. HS 2:00; Pauletta Pearson St. Rec. Ch. 3:00; Walton Carson Sr. Rec. Ch. 8:15 April 30 - Charles Jones St. REC Ch. 8:15 MAY May 1 -Curt Hess, Fellowship Flayer, Recital Ch. 8:15 May 3 - Darrell RosenMuth, Piano Rec. Church of Christ 8:15 May 4 - Carl Wallace, Junior Rec., Ch. of C. 8:15; Piedmont Chamber Orchestra Concert, Salem Hanes Aud. 8:15 , May 5 -Robert Severini Jr. Guitar Rec. Ch. 8:15; Qarion Quintet Salem (Shirley) 8:15 May 6 - Sandra LaRocco Sen. Rec. Ch. 3:00; Dale Schrimerer, Sen. Voice - 8:15 Ch. 8:15 May 7 - John LaRocco Rec., Ch. 8:15 May 8 - Fadel Priedlander, 8:15 Church May 10 - Louis Tummer-Sherman Lowe 8:15 Church May 11 - NCSA Choral Concert 8:15, First Presb. Ch. May 11 - India Cooke Rec. 8:15 Church May 12 - CJndy Gibson, Sr. Voice Rec. 8:15 Church; NCSA Orchestra, Emory, Vu-ginia May 13 - Cathy Frank, Guitar Rec. 3:00 Church May 13 - Donna Stevenson Rec. 8:15 Church May 14 - Nick Munson Rec. 8:15 Salem (ISiirley) May 15 - Neil Schwantes, St. Voice Rec. 8:15 Church; Qaude Frank, Master Qass; Alvin McCall-Mark Fasshauer, Room 113 8:15 Agnes deMille has been associated with the North Carohna School of the Arts since its inception in 1963 and the School’s opening in 1%5. Fortunately, she has remained in close contact with the institution and is presently a member of the School’s Advisory Bard. Miss DeMille has worked closely with the school, as with the world premiere of her dance piece “A Rose for Miss Emily”, frequently casting from the School’s student body. Once again Agnes deMille is working with the students at the North Carolina School of the Arts in preparation of the premiere performance of her third professional touring Dance Theatre. The company is to be Agnes deMille’s American Heritage Dance Theatre and is to be booked by the world’s foremost impressario Sol Hurok, playing many of the nation’s cities. In the fall of 1972, Miss deMille cast her company from eager students auctioning here in Winston- Salem. She taught them some of the company’s pieces and left them under the watchful gaze and tutelage of Gyula Pandi, ballet and character instructor at NCSA. In New York she also works with her soloists and specialty people when not rehearsing the people at NCSA. Two very important people who have worked with Miss deMille before and attended rehearsal sessions to assist her in reconstructing some pieces from the past are Mavis Ray and Vernon Lusby. Miss Ray is presently head of the dance division of the drama department at East Carohna University in Greenville, N.C. She originally worked with Agnes deMille in the original London production of Oklahoma! Later, she came to America and assisted Miss deMille in other Broadway productions such as llO in the Shade. As anyone who has worked with Miss Ray can tell you, her wit and good humor are a delight. Mr. Vernon Lusby has also worked previously with Agnes deMille. Presently, he is the artistic director of the Royal Winnepeg Ballet of Canada. Students involved in the production have worked diligently and constantly, rehearsing usually on Friday evenings and when Miss deMille is in town, three, four, or five days in a row (sometimes as much as eight or nine hours a day). Two students in the production, Delight Walters and Woody Woodall, were selected by Miss deMille to travel to New York over Spring Break, in order to learn a Lecture on Ragtime - which is choreographed by Anna Sokalov. The Agnes deMille American Heritage Dance Theatre will premiere April 25, 1973, at Reynolds Auditorium here in Winston-Salem. The run will be reportedly through April 29. There have been reports that President and Mrs. Richard M. Nixon have been invited to be in attendance opening night, along with other of ficials and dignitaries. In the Fall of 1973, the touring company of the production, composed of professionals and possibly student selected from NCSA, will open October 2 or 3 in Raleigh, N.C., under the auspices of the Friends of the College, a Raleigh concert association connected with North Carohna State University. This first tour will continue traveling the Southeast for ten weeks until Thanksgiving. The second ten week tour will be in the Spring of 1974. The Agnes deMille American Heritage Dance Theatre is definitely an undertaking for the NCSA students, as it uses actors and musicians as well as dancers. The production itself has costumes and set designed by Christina Giannini, assisted by NCSA student Cam Baird. As any performer can testify, only on the opening night of April 25, will it be known if the blood, sweat and tears lost were necessary. -Randy Jones Letter To The Editor Continued (Cont. from Page 2) As a high school dormitory supervisor, I still too often feel locked into a mold which should never fit anyone. As if my only goal in life is to lock the dor mitory doors at night, and behead anyone who tries to penetrate the dormitory fortress after how's. To the contrary, I am a fairly nice person, actually quite willing and eager to talk with any student-person — on an honest and open basis, as an equal, ^^th no game-playing from either of us. Social regulations, the bone of contention automatically set between myself and students, are requisite for students under eighteen; what these regulations are is to some extent negotiable. These regulations must be en forced; style of enforcement is discussable with nie. In conclusion, I feel that many of us NCSA citizens need to grow up a bit, become more aware of and then responsible for our behavior, be willing to respond to individuals instead of to mobs, so that tensions will be loosened, and positive creative energy will be set free. Respectfully submitted, Stacy M. Williams

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