''Hand over the mortgage! demanded
the villain, ”or out in the snow you go!
"Oh yeah?” replied the Grandpa.
"Listen, stranger, if you don't behave
I'll sic eighty-nine chicks on ya!"
When the villain, David Wood, heard
Grandpa, Steve Hewitt, give that ad-lib
he tried desperately to make it to the
doorway of the Red Shield Girls' Club,
but unfortunately was wiped out before
he could take a step! All eighty-nine
girls watching the improvised melodrama
took it upon themselves to see that
everyone "lived happily ever after!"
This sort of thing goes on every
Wednesday from 4 to 5 at the Girls'
Club here in Winston-Salem when Jan
Cohen, Evadne Giannini, David Wood,
Steve Hewitt, and Kurt Yaghjian con
duct classes in Drama. They teach
through the use of games that im
prove concentration, give full free
dom of the body, and stimulate imagi
nation and a sense of reality. After
a major assembly, the group is divided
into smaller groups which study with
a different drama student every week.
For instance, one day Evadne will
take a sack of different hats to dem
onstrate character types. Steve will
work with improvisations using objects
available in the rooms. David will
use his 'hiagic" make-up kit to turn
himself into a clown. Kurt will work
primarily with the breathing and Jan
will work with games that teach speech
"Is it worth it?" we asked Steve.
Before he could answer, a little girl,
leaving class for the day, darted over
and kissed him on the cheek, then ran,
giggling, out of the room.
"Got your answer now?" Steve
Drama students improvise while
working with the girls at the Red
Shield Girl's Club.
"Wait just a minute. Why did
you do what you just did? I didn't
see your motivation. Think about
it for a minute...now try it again."
The cast in rehearsal for Au
gust Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata
hears this statement often from
director, Mr. Ira Zuckerman.
Strindberg called The Ghost
Sonata a "Chamber Play" drawing a
theatrical analogy to parallel the
musician’s distinction between
chamber music and the symphony.
Strindberg consistently viewed the
inner life as more real than the
outer life. "The higher fantasy
has a greater reality than this
actuality. These banal accidents
of existence are not essential life.
My whole life is a dream."
Employing masks and a scrim to
reinforce the unreal, dream-like
quality of the action. Director Zuck
erman and the cast - including in the
principal roles Andy Wood, Stephanie
Sugioka, David Wood, Anne Collins,
and John Dornberger - have dedicated
themselves to the task of "recreat
ing the fantasy that first inflamed
the poet's mind."
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Bernard Thacker, tenor; and Johnny
Williams, bass, will be soloists.
The soprano solo will be divided
between three sopranos for each of
the performances. On March 5 Georgyn
Geetlein will sing; the March 12 per
formance will feature Sandra Plexico.
At the performance for the student
body, to be announced later, the so
prano soloist will be Pat Harrelson.
Happiness is seeing Dave “Ricks slug
Mr. Clay with^a thi^k custard pie.
Happiness is getting mail.
Happiness is getting mail on time.