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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, July 24, 2003, Image 1

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Boxing matches come to K'ville -StrtugrBI Fourth St. film series finding its niche - See Page A5 Happy Hill holds annual reunion -SttP*fA3 Students get look around the world -S-PfCI X 1 IT? For Reference! " *C#iR-RT-I.CT*' f B^ Not to be taken FORSi'1 'H CNTT PUB ?jXC 75 cents 66* w 57H 57 # Q l-SALEM ? GREENSBORO ? High PoiN< from this library Vol. XXIX No. 47 WINSTON SA131 NO 27101-275S ?MfllgSiMiLiJaiiiMI , 6 Jackie Wilson' creator returns to the NBTF with new musical ?'Doo Wop Shoo Bop" will resurrect the music of several artists from era I BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE I Jackie Taylor said she doesn't like I to be bogged down with all the emo- I tions that high expectations can bring. ' So she doesn't have expectations. The veteran theater writer, director and producer said she just puts out the best work that she possibly can and then lets audiences decide its fate. But expectations are through the roof for "Doo Wop Shoo Bop." the musical that Taylor's Chicago-based I Black Ensemble Theatre will bring to I the National Black Theatre Festival I next month. The last time a Taylor I production was staged at the festival - I 2001's "The Jackie Wilson Story.. My Heart is Crying, Crying" - it set festi val records, selling out the Stevens Center for a straight week. When the | Jackie Wilson musical returned to i Winston-Salem the following year, it 1 was a sellout once again. The enthusi astic thumbs-up from NBTF crowds inspired Taylor to take the Wilson pfay on Ihe road. The tour was a hit at :very stop, including the famed Apol lo Theatre in Harlem. "Doo Wop Shoo Bop" uses the same formula that made the Wilson show a blockbuster. There is a cast of talented actor/singers who can fool even the most keen music lovers with their dead-on versions of songs. There is a resurrecting of a musical era and the stars that made that era great. And thrown in amid all of it are the stories of their highs and lows and joys and pains. "Doo Wop Shoo Bop" is right on the same plane as "Jackie Wilson," Taylor said last week by phone from Chicago. "The (NBTF) audience is the most sophisticated theater audi ence in the country, and 1 expect the audience will be just as thrilled by this production." "Doo Wop Shoo Bop" has already been tried and tested again and again. The Black Finsemble Theatre first staged the musical in 1995. It has been brought back to life several times since then. Written by Taylor and Jimmy Tillman, "Ddb Wop Shoo Bop" features a cast of nine that will seem like a cast of dozens. The actors go through several wardrobe and octave changes to become more than 15 doo wop-era musical talents. Leg ends such as The Shirelles. The Plat ters. The Moonglows, The Chantels. The Skyliners, Dinah Washington and. yes, Jackie Wilson, will be brought to life in such a way that Tay lor predicts that audience members will swear that the actors are lip synching. But they are not. The actors had to study video and audio tapes of the performers in order See Musical on A9 I Photo courtesy of Black F.nsemhle Theatre An actress from the hit musical "Doo Wop Shoo Bop" performs as soulful LaVern Baker in a scene from the production. A Humble Community Servant Retired surgeon is feted by friends and former patients at 90th birthday celebration BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE People in this town have long memories. Dr. H. Rembert Malloy found that out Saturday afternoon as a bunch of his former classmates, patients and longtime admirers and friends crowded the Ivy Arms Clubhouse for his 90th birthday celebration. Not a year of Malloy's life has been wasted, friends said. Nearly all of the 70 or so people on hand for the party had personal stories about Malloy, a Hamlet native who moved to Winston-Salem when he was about 10 years old. "His mother lived down the street (from) our house, and we used to sit on the porch and wait for the good-looking doctor to walk by." Velma Friende recalled as Malloy blushed. "It was so unusual for us to see such a young black doctor." Malloy was a well-respected surgeon in this town for nearly 40 years, working mostly at the city's black hospital. He was among the first black surgeons on staff at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he retired in 198l_as clinical assis^_ tant professor of surgery:^ Malfdy's Healing hands have changed and touched lives, and his bedside manner earned him a slew of dedicated patients and countless longtime friendships. Irene Hairston has known Malloy for most of his life. She was one grade behind him in schbol. and her late husband, Walter M. Hairston. a one-time treasurer of Winston Mutual, was a good friend of Malloy. "There were many times I would call him about someone who needed care, and I would say. 'Rembert. they don't have any money." He would always say. 'Send them on anyway.'" Hairston said. Bcmice Davenport also has ties to Malloy that stretch back half a century . Malloy's late wife. Elaine, the woman everyone See Malloy on A10 Photos by Kevin Walker Top: Rembert Ma/toy admires a mug fea turing the state seal and the seal of Win ston-Salem. The mug was a gift from ftpie Reps. Larry Womble and Earline Pmfmon, who smile after presenting the gift to Malloy. Righ t: Longtimew friends of Rembert Malloy such as Irene Hairston, far left, look on as D.W. Andrews performs a special birthday song for the retired surgeon who turned 90 on Saturday. Three local schools are first to feel NCLB's fury BYT KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE Parents of students who attend three local schools should have gotten a letter this week informing them that they have the right to transfer their child to another school for the upcoming school year. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system has a school-choice plan that gives parents the leefvay to send their chil dren to any one of a variety of schools, but tk*. I mv. iivniiitaiiun iv;iiv.ia were sent out as result of the new. sweeping No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. For the first time last year, state schools began to take into con sideration federal NCLB guidelines. Atkins and Hill middle schools and Forest Park F.lementarv School fell short of those guidelines out of the gate. And since the schools receive Title I money (fed eral funds given to schools with high num bers of low-income students). NCLB stipu lates parents must be given the option of transferring the children, presumably to a school that is doing a better job o? meeting NCLB standards. NCLB has been applauded and criticized since it was signed into law by President Bush in 2002. As its name implies, the legis lation is pushing to have eVery student test at his or her grade level by 2014. Schools that fail along the way will face penalties, which Sec NCLB on A10 Martin Women mle at the city's AME churches o BY COURTNEY GAILLARD TtjE CHRONICLE Lula Mae Williams remembers a time when !jhe didn't believe that women should preach the word of God. This daughter of and wife of a Bap tist minister certainly never foresaw that some 50 years later she would be appointed pastor of Union Bethel AML Church in Winston Salem. Nearly two months ago, Williams became the first woman to pastor 107-year-old Union Bethel - "the church that sits on the hill." "In my early years, I didn't believe in women nrf?n<'hf?rN Whf>n I w:in called to the ministry, it Williamt was in mis cnurcn. anu i ran from (the Spirit) for 10 years because I didn't believe a woman was sup posed to preach ." Williams said. Originally ffoSn South Carolina. Williams and her husband. Hubert, moved to Winston-Salem in 1953 and joined Union Bethel, where they became active members of (he church. Her husband is the pastor ot bethel Pleasant Garden AME Church in Greensboro. Once sickness fell upon Williams in 1971. she said it became very clear to her that she could run no more from the Spirit, which was calling her to evangelize. "I was in the hospital for 31 days and they See AMI ?i A10 Peterson The Only Choice for African- \inerican and Community Sews .1-4 .w

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