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5 6The Daily Tar HeelThursday, November 30, 1989
PlayMakers to lead up to Christmas with adu lt
By ERIC ROSEN
Fairy tales can come true, and they 're
coming true at PlayMakers Repertory
Company starting Saturday night. But
"The Nutcracker. A Play," which will
run through Dec. 23, is as much a story
for adults as it is for children.
This production of the famous Christ
mas story is not the Tchaikovsky ballet,
but a new dramatic adaptation of the
original 1816 novella, "The Nutcracker
and the Mouse King," by E.T.A.
Hoffman. The upcoming production is
markedly different in plot and style
from the traditional ballet.
The new version reinstates the major
plot elements from the original story,
By VICKI HYMAN
They're back in black, and they're
singing better than ever.
The Loreleis, UNC's female a cap
pella singing group, will perform Fri
day at Playmakers Theatre at 8 p.m.
The Loreleis is one of the more di
verse singing groups on campus. "We're
not your basic barber shop group," said
senior Melanie Rice, publicity man
ager for the group. "We're different.
We're known for black. We always
wear black and white."
Although the concert will feature a
wide variety of music, from Latin pieces
to The Who and Basia, it is mostly pop
oriented. Rice said. "We do a lot of
pop-a-rock. We're not your typical a
Junior Susan Johnson agreed. "It's
fun, upbeat material. It's a lot of stuff
people will recognize. But we've al
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while the ballet is based on a French
adaptation of Hoffman's original no
vella, according to PlayMakers artistic
director David Hammond. "It leaves
out the major episodes in the Hoffman
book and concentrates on the initial and
final chapters only," Hammond said.
Much of the upcoming production
will be new to audiences, as playwright
Karl Joos has encompassed the whole
story, as well as adapting elements of
other Hoffman stories, Hammond said.
Susanna Rinehart, a visiting assis
tant professor in the Department of
Dramatic Art, emphasized the nature of
the play as an adult fairy tale. "We had
a mother and her children watching a
rehearsal, and she told us that this was
ways been diverse, which is one of our
But the show will also feature some
classic rock numbers, said senior Paige
EIrod, president of Loreleis. "We like
to do a variety. We're doing a lot of old
classics ... (such as) 'Leave It' by Yes."
Both Rice and Elrod expect a large
turnout for the concert. "I'm really
excited about it. We just realized that
we are a lot more prepared than we
thought we were," Elrod said. "I wish
we had a larger place, though. There's
always a problem of not having enough
tickets for the number of people who
want to come."
The Loreleis are in their third year
since the group took a hiatus from 1984
to 1985. The group formed in 1980 and
then reappeared new and improved
in 1986. Rice said: "Since then
( 1 986), it's been getting a lot better. We
had 45 girls try out for six or seven
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Rinehart, who has been a part of the
University community as an under
graduate, graduate student and faculty
member for eight years, plays Mous
erinks, the inherently evil facet of the
She admits that the character she
plays is very different from those she
has portrayed in the past. "Sometimes
it's like being possessed, playing a
character so extreme. Three or four
years ago, I wouldn't have had the
technique or courage to do the role.
There are no small choices no limi
tations with this part," she said.
She also observed that the produc
in fine tune for promising Friday concert
positions last year."
Elrod also notices the competition
for membership in Loreleis. "It's harder
to get into the group. We do encourage
people to try out. We're not just look
ing for soloists. We need people who
just enjoy singing on a lot of different
parts. We like a wide variety of voices."
One thing that distinguishes the
Loreleis from other female singing
groups is the group's range, Elrod said.
"We have a lot more depth and lower
range. We sing a lot of things guys can
sing. We sing really low to really high
it's a better blend, a fuller sound. We
also sing a lot of things not normally
done by a cappella groups."
The lack of accompaniment makes
the music harder to perform, Rice said.
"It's a little different, and it takes a
pretty musically competent person to
do it well."
This year's group is also very young.
Half of the 15-member group is new,
Elrod said. "It's a lot of fun, hearing all
the new voices singing different songs."
One advantage of the group's small
size is the closeness that the group
shares, Rice said. "You get to know
everyone really well. We practice at
least twice a week, for two or more
hours on an off-week. With the concert
coming up, we're together every night."
Johnson said this year's Loreleis was
the best incarnation of the group. "This
year we've really come together with
our voices. We even hope to record a
record next semester."
The group does hope to improve its
choreography, Johnson said. "We al
ways want to choreograph our con
certs, but we're always really busy with
- the music until the last minute."
. Since their reformation in 1986, the
Eoreleis have gained increased recog
nition around campus and Chapel Hill.
"At first, it was like, Loreleis ... who?'
Now, I think everyone knows who we
are," Elrod said.
Rice also remarked on the growing
reputation of the group. "We get asked
to do a lot more than we can possibly
do. We have done up to 50 appearances
and concerts a semester ... we've done
as many as five a day."
Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert at the
Playmakers Theatre are available at
the Carolina Union Box Office for $3.
Walter said that he thought an agree
ment was possible in El Salvador, but
that it would require concessions by
both the guerrillas and the government.
"The guerrillas would have to give
up their dream of a one-party revolu
tionary state like Cuba."
Walter said he thought the guerrillas
would be willing to make such conces
sions. When members of the audience
questioned the protesters about what
they hoped to do about the situation
with a demonstration in Chapel Hill,
they responded by saying they wanted
to educate people. They also asked
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tion, which has extremely difficult
technical and acting aspects, is a sign of
the development of the company. "The
play is a stepping-stone. It's not a safe
choice. I don't know that "The Nut
cracker' is a play the company could
have done before. The acting is so risky;
the technical aspects are very intense.
Everyone keeps developing, getting
better and better.
"We have to commit to the serious
ness of the piece, or it becomes a car
toon. It's not saccharin; it's not too cute
to touch. It has the childlike appeal that
we as adults love to recapture," she
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Since 1980, the United States has
spent about $3.5 billion on aid, Walter
said. About 70,000 people, mostly ci
vilians, have died in El Salvador, he
Thousands have died in El Salvador
under the current government, said Joe
Straley, professor emeritus in physics.
Anyone who advocates helping the
poor or are poor themselves are targets
in El Salvador, McDuffee said.
"Our government bankrolls the
murders of priests in El Salvador. There
is no middle ground in El Salvador."
El Salvador is the third largest re
cipient in the world of U.S. aid,
The murders of six Jesuit priests at
Central American University indicates
the lack of concern the United States
has for the people in El Salvador, she
said. "U.S. military aid will continue to
flow no matter who you kill."
The priests advocated peace, worked
with the poor and conducted public
opinion polls, she said. "They were
non-violent, but critical of the govern
ment. We finance the violence in Cen
tral America. We must stop paying the
bills for murder."
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meier, sees the play as a psychological
examination of the process of growing
up. "Over the last 40 years, psychia
trists have been coming to see fairy
tales as an expression of the uncon
scious. The play is an outward expres
sion of the inner journey, the story of
the child leaving the Garden of Eden of
Dooley emphasized the value of
working on this production, specifi
cally because of its basis in fantasy.
"Any time you are working on a show
there's always a psychological rich
ness. We have to learn to behave in a
truthful manner. This play has a large
style of acting, with great acting com
mitments. We have actors playing mice.
UNC's female a cappella group the Loreleis
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informing them of his plans, Nichols
"I'm going to stay in the hotel over
night with a Norwegian journalist I had
dinner and drinks with," Bell report
Apparently, Bell had been informed
that the situation outside was too risky
due to armed guards around the hotel
who were firing shots at the crowds. He
had been advised by various reporters,
who he described as the best-informed
people in Beijing, to stay overnight.
The next morning, Bell contacted a
reporter from NBC news asking for
suggestions on how to get to the airport.
The Wake Forest students, traveling
under a group visa, were returning to
the United States. The news reporter he
spoke with handed Bell a tape of Bei
jing footage and asked him to deliver it
to the American office.
"This is standard operation proce
dure for television crews to get televi
sion videos out of (foreign) countries,"
said Peggy Hubble, spokeswoman for
"He offered his services, and we're
The tape represented the first images
of the student riots seen in America.
Litcher and Ewing were originally
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It calls for actors committing on a grand
Both Dooley and Rinehart, however,
add that "The Nutcracker" is a play for
Christmas. 4The world being redeemed
from evil, love and faith and the belief
in the power of love those are all
Christmas themes," Dooley said.
For Rinehart, the production "is about
love, and magic and childhood. It's like
having Christmas every day. What
could be more wonderful than that?"
PlayMakers Repertory Company will
present "The Nutcracker: A Play" at
the Paul Green Theater beginning Dec.
2 and running through Dec. 23. For
more information, call 962-1121.
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angry that Bell, by carrying the tape out
of China, endangered the lives of the
other students. Upon their return to the
United States, they filed a report with
the Honor Council.
"(Bell) was a little paltry student
who saw China politically explode
while his two professors stayed in their
hotel room," Nichols said.
The claim fell under a Wake Forest
Honor Code provision regarding "de
liberate attempt by a student to make a
personal gain at the expense of another
member of the college community."
Bell was tried for lying, found guilty,
and received a penalty and probation,
said Carol Teague, chairwoman of the
Honor Council. Bell is a senior await
ing December graduation. He is under
probation until December and must
write a letter of apology to the profes
sors and students involved.
The student who accompanied Bell
was a senior, but he was not tried be
cause he had already graduated. Bel'
plans to appeal, Nichols said.
During the seven-hour trial Tuesday
night, Litcher argued that there is a
separate duty to one's country and a
separate duty to one's school.
Bell received an A in the study abroad
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