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By JO ELLEN MEEKINS
Life on the Mississippi a new musical,
previewed Wednesday night at the Paul
Green Theatre, opening the Playmakers
Repertory Company's 1982-83 season.
PRC's first full-fledged musical recreates
river life in the 1800s and does it well.
Life begins with Mark Twain reminisc
ing about his boyhood as a cub pilot on
the steamboat Alexander Scott. The
characters of his past come to life on the
stage, and Twain watches himself, young
Sam Clemens, mature while learning to
pilot a steamboat. Eventually Twain's
memories become so overpowering that he
enters into his own memory, disguising
himself as the captain of the ship. After
agreeing to enter a steamboat race with the
Arkansas Traveler, young Sam must
decide whether to take a possibly
dangerous short cut in order to win. The
play climaxes as Twain, no longer the cap
tain, meets his younger self.
Puffing on a cigar and airing his opi
nions with frankness and wit, James
Harper portrays Twain with style. His
convincing emotions range from pride and
excitement as he accepts the challenge of
the race, to deep nostalgia as he talks with
young Sam and steers the steamboat one
John Daggan is excellent as the naive
but determined young Clemens. He is
especially heart-warming in his perfor
mance of "Life's a' Mystery to Me," a
song that represents the feelings of many
young people. Daggan also displays his
comic talents in "Boat in a Bottle," a
number that echoes Gene Kelly's title
number routine in Singing in the Rain.
Ellen Crawford, who portrays two
characters, Millie Graves and Marie
Laveau, boasts a strong stage presence.
She is convincing in a variety of situations,
from tricking young Sam into make a
"sure bet," to wondering why the captain,
Twain, tries to back away from her.
The most striking performance of the
evening was that of Mel Johnson Jr. as
Coe, the roustabout. His superior singing
voice and emotional commitment make
his numbers "Bayou Sara' Burned
Down," "Life on the Mississippi," and
Public service announcements must be turned into the box outside DTH offices in the Carolina Union . . ?
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T Grwwffleoff-Campw Chapter of InUrwshy win have
a chapter meeting at 7 p.m. in the parlor of Chapel of the
Crocs. This will be a time of worship in preparation for Billy
Graham. All are welcome.
Speak (Mrt agahMl coatiawd Israel atrocities. Support the
Palestinian people. Hear speakers in the Pit, followed by open
mike at noon. Sponsored by Internationalist Books.
There wffl be a btoodraobile from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at Ehr
inghaus Dorm. Make appointments by calling 933-3501.
The OflVa of Career Planning aad PlacesneBt Services of-,
fers practice interview sessions with a counselor from 10 a.m.
to 12 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday. To make an ap
pointment, come by 211 Hones Hall (a resume is necessary to
make the appointment). Sessions involve videotaping and criti
que of a practice interview.
Rath Bdager and Toea Kenyoa will perform their San
Frandaco developed jazz, pop, and blues at 8:30 p.m. at the
Art School, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro.
The Joaa Santa Band will perform in concert at 9 p.m.
Saturday at the Art School, Carr Mill, Carrboro.
UNC Chib Football will play North Carolina State at 6 p.m.
Sunday on Navy field.
UNC Cycfing Club: Cyclists interested in riding to the
Carolina Classic in Greensboro Sunday, call Cynthia at
. For a positive religious experience, worship with the Black
InteronMMOUtatkMtal Stadeat Asaodatioa. The speaker will be
the Rev. Lafayette Maxwell and the music win be by MAJIC, a
male vocalist group. Come at 11:30 a.m. Sunday to the
Carolina Union Auditorium.
AIESEO There will be an important meeting at 9 p.m. Sun
day in 222 Greenlaw Han. AU members are encouraged to at
tend. SC John's MCC of Raleigh offers Christian Fellowship to
Lesbian and Gay Christians and friends at 3 p.m. each Sunday.
For information, can 834-2611 or 929-8843929-4997 (even
ings). Rides from Chapel Hill are usually available.
Tat UNC Dungeons and Dragons dub will be meeting at
7:30 p.m. Monday in the Carolina Union. Leam about how to
start your own campaign and bear information about the im
SchooL of Lata
wishes to announce that an admission officer will be on campus
to speak with anyone interested in pursuing a legal education.
To arrange an interview or to attend a group session, contact
the office listed below.
September 28, 1982
Peace. Friendship. Family.
That's the feeling that envelops yon when you attend
HTT.T.FX SIIABBAT SERVICES AND DINNERS.
Our next service and dinner will be held September 24th.
Enjoy a traditional Shabbat service and dinner.
Chicken will be served, with a veggie alternative available.
Services 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m.
Cost: 3.50-chickcn dinner
Reservations required by Thursday noon, September 23rd.
Come and join our Shabbat family at IlilleL
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James Harper (left), portrays Mark Twain in PRC play
John Daggan plays the younger Sam Clemens in 'Life
"Roustabout Like Me" the most moving
moments in the show. He also displays his
dancing talent in the vibrant number "All
the World is a Two-Step."
All of the choreography in the show is
energetic. The cast seems to enjoy perfor
ming numbers such as "Going Away in
the Morning," "Show Me the Color of
Your Money," and the hilarious "Do It
By the Book," a song concerning proper
etiquette for the times.
The sets and costumes capture the place
and time of the play very well. The
women's costumes are especially
elaborate: large, somewhat gaudy hoop
skirted dresses with pantalets, lace mitts,
and parasols. The set conveys the feeling
of really being on a river, especially the
steamboat, which is steered around the
stage, the use of the stage's trap doors in
the deck of the boat, the dropping of
knotted rope off the side of the stage as if
to measure the water's depth, and the
sound effects of crickets and splashing
Balconies are also used effectively.
Mark Twain and the Red Clay Ramblers
are on two balconies that separate them
from the rest of the stage but still allow
them to be a part of the action. One
Come speak your mind. The Dialectic and Phflaathropie
Societies will hold a discussion on the recent General College
curriculum changes at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Dialectic
Chamber, located in 300 New West
There will be a free public lecture on the making of a
spul teachings of Gurdzie FF at the Chapel Hfll Public
Library at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
The Order of the Bel Tower win meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday
irt the Union. Check the calender for the room number.
The UNC-CH Ballroom Dance Club will meet for the rest of
the semester at 7 p.m. each Monday in 7 Fetzer Gym. AU in
terested people of all dancing levels are welcome.
The Ouuni dib will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Carolina
Union. Anyone interested in the Morganton Canoe race on
Oct 2 should attend. M. Twery wiH lead a caving trip to Al
ton, N.C., if there is enough interest.
The Carolina Unioa Forum Committee win hold a meeting
at 5:45 p.m. Monday. Check in room 200 for the meeting
AIESEO There win be a general members meeting at 4 p.m.
Monday in the South Gaflery meeting room of the Interna
tional Center. An are encouraged to attend.
The SCA wUl meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in room 28 at
Chapel of the Cross. Plans for the Festifall win be discussed.
All are welcome.
Professor C Ford Riiage of the Department of Political
Science will speak on "The Politics and Economics of Sanc
tion: The Yamal Pipeline, the Grain Embargo, and U.S. -Soviet ,
Relations" at noon on Monday in 207 Hamilton Hall. This
talk is open to the public.
The Alpha Tan Chapter of Sigma Chi at Chapel Hffl wUl
hold its annual Derby Week beginning Monday to raise money
for the North Carolina Affiliate of the Hemophilia Founda
tion. Sigma Chi win hold a trampoline-a-thon through Sunday
at 6 p.m.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Interested la serving the Black Student MoveameatT If so,
contact the BSM office concerning positions on the Central
Where are yoa? Group programs at the Student Develop
ment & Counseling Center can help you find yourself. Topics
include assertion, time management speech anxiety, com
pulsive eating, career planning, understanding the academic
environment..Where it's at Nash Han, or can 962-2175 for
& Placement Office
especially good scene involves members of
the band playing in center stage and some
of the cast members dancing as set pieces
are brought on stage.
The plot itself is entertaining and highly
emotional. Bland Simpson and Tommy
Thompson's script is humorous and mean
ingful, and the musical numbers are
especially strong. The only scene that does
not seem to fit in with the rest of the show
involves a conjurer, Marie Laveau, who
promises the captain of the Arkansas
Traveler that she will lower the river by 10
feet so the Alexander Scott will lose the
race. Although the scene is amusing, it is
not necessary to the story because it seems
to contradict an important point in the
lives of the riverboat people: the river has
Nevertheless, Life on the Mississippi
boasts the talented cast and crew of the
Playmakers Repertory Company, and,
under the excellent direction of David
Rotenberg, promises an evening of top
Life on the Mississippi will run through
Oct. 3 at the Paul Green Theatre. For
ticket information, call 962-1 121.
more information or registration.
Assert yourself. Do you find that you don't say what you
want to say? Learn to express your feelings and needs in a
group program sponsored by the Student Development &
Counseling Center. Call 962-2175 for more information and
registration. Group starts Wednesday.
The UNC-CH Media Board announces the openinas of two
at -large positions. Applications are due Oct. 1 at S p.m.
For more information, call Joe Cannady at 933-1668 or
933-7366.1 . v ..
Don't talk politics unless you register to -vote. Registration is
in the municipal building and Carrboro Town Hall from 9
am. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and
from 1 1 a.m. to 4 pan. Thursday. Bring a photo LD. and pro
of of local address.
"Taraediiim" is here. Support the Tarheels buy a balloon
at Saturday's game. Group purchases are available. Call
929-2392 between 9 a.m. and S p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sponsored by the Sweet Carolines. Go Heels!
NTE (National Teacher's Examination) Specialty Area
Tests, Oct. 30. Applications must be received by Sept. 27 in
Princeton. N.J., with $30 fee. Late registration until Oct. 4
costs $12 extra. Please note: NTE has been revised this year.
Specialty Area and Core Battery Tests are now given on dif
ferent dates. Be sure to register for the correct test. Applica
tions available in 101 Nash Hall. For more information about "
certification requirements, contact the School of Education.
VAT (Veterinary Aptitude Test), Oct. 23, Raleigh. Applica
tions must be received by Sept. 27 in N.Y. with $20 fee. Ap
plications and more information available in 201-D Steele
Building and 101 Nash Hall.
Get your delicious fried chicken bos lunches for the Carolina
Army football game from Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority this
Saturday from 10 to 1 1 a.m. at three convenient locations: the
Kappa Alpha Theta House, 227 E. Rosemary St., Wilson
Library and the Campus Y court. For only $3 you get fried
chicken, potato salad, a roll and cookies. Advanced ticket sales
only, for information call 967-9166. Then come by the Theta
House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday for our "All You
Can Eat" Pancake Brunch. You get all of the yummy pan
cakes you can eat, plus sausage, juke and syrup for only $2.50.
Proceeds from both events will go to the Hemophilia Founda
tion, the 1982 Sigma Chi Derby Week Charity. See you there.
Now thru Sunday Brunch:
"the next Hoagz Carmichael ... "
Student Vi price cover Thursday nights
Coming Sept. 29-Oct: 3 Joe Williams
Oct. 11 Gamble Rogers, Oct. 26 Richie Havens
Dinner from 6:30 p.m. Wed. thru Sat. with 8:30 p.m. performance, 11 p.m. late show Thurs. thru Sat.
Sunday brunch at 1230 with 2 p.m. show 8:30 p.m. Sunday swing dances with the Ted Howe Orchestra
"After AU" cafe open from 9 a.m. Mon. thru Fri. & 1 1:30 weekends. Breakfast, lunch & suppers no cover;
great jazz . ...
Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. & 1 1 p.m.-1 a.m. seven nights a week. . : f
i Stephen s. After All cafe, bar & dub e,,i roair-chapel hitl 929-0217
GOOD LUCK HEELS! AND AFTER
THE GAME THE STAFF OF
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SPECIAL GAME HOURS
4:30 P.M. - 2:00 A.M.
DINNER SERVED FROM 4:30-9:30
' BAR HOURS 5:00-2:00
LATE NIGHT MENU INCLUDING STEAKS
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RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED BUT NOT REQUIRED
ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
HAPPY HOUR 9 pm-12 pm 157 E. ROSEMARY
Seven Days A Week 967-5727
West Coast reunion creates good sound
for listeners cf all ages f tastes in music
By ASHLEY BLACKWELDER
All it took was a reunion on the streets of San Francisco two
years ago for Tom Kenyon and Ruth Bollinger to combine their
musical talents and create a successful pop duo. They will per
form at the Art School at Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro, tonight.
"It was really weird," Kenyon said. "I was walking down the
street July 4th, and I saw Ruth. We had attended UNC-G at the
same time, and I didn't even know she was in San Francisco. I
happened to be looking for a vocalist so I went over to her house,
and that's how it happened."
Kenyon, a guitarist and pianist from Norfolk, Va., and
Bollinger, a singer from Durham, specialize in pop-flavored tunes
as well as blues and country music.
Most of the music they perform is original. "Our material is
real, feeling material. It's not slick, Hollywood, L.A. music," Ke
nyon said. "That's why it appeals to adults and college students.
Sometimes we even have 65-year-old people sitting beside teen
agers, and both enoy it."
Kenyon said he believed that his and Bollinger's success is due
to the type of music they play. "We have been really received well
2 pep rallies
set for today
The UNC cheerleaders and the
Marching Tar Heels will hold two pep
rallies for the UNC-Army game to
day, beginning at 5 p.m. at Ehring
haus Residence Hall, and ending in
After the first rally, dinner will be
served by ARA, the University's din
ing service, for $1.30.
The second rally starts after dinner,
and has a "MASH" theme. Stu
dents can come dressed as their
favorite MASH character; free
dinner will be given to the best-dressed
Any organization wishing to submit
banners for competition should bring
them to Ehringhaus lawn by 5:15 p.m.
today. Winners will be announced at
half time on Saturday, and will receive
10 free pizzas from Itoinino's.
UNC students interested in state govern
ment internships through the Youth In
volvement Office can still apply past the
original Sept. 15 deadline.
About 20 positions are still open for
students to aid state employees with
research and projects. Students interested
in journalism, economics, business, and
science are especially encouraged to. apply.
Applications can be obtained from
Charles Lamb in the Career Planning and
Placement Office in 207 Hanes Hall.
tix still available
Football tickets for Saturday's Army
UNC football game are still available.
Students can pick up the tickets at the .
ticket office in Carmichael beginning at
8:30 a.m. today.
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The demand has been so great for recordings of the perfor
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Although Kenyon feels that local listeners are not as musically
sophisticated as those in San Francisco, the Triangle area is uni
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Kenyon and Bollinger play "intuitively," as Kenyon called it,
for two hours Friday night. "Our performances are not set. We
do everything intuitively," he said.
After graduating from UNC-G, Kenyon studied film acting
with an actress affiliated with Universal Pictures in San Francisco.
In addition to being a professional musician for nine years, he
also teaches a powerful breathing technique to allay the negative
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Bollinger continued her musical training after UNC-G,
specializing in jazz, at the Berkeley School of Music. She also
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