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The N.C. Essay
Vol. 2, No. 1
North Carolina School of the Arts
December 8, 1967
ENRICO IV OPENS
Tonight the curtain wilj. rise on the
stirring tragedy of "Enrico IV" by Luigi
Pirandello. As the Drama department's se
cond major production this year, the per
formances, at 8:15 P.M., will run December
8-10 and 12-17. The play will be presented
at the N.C.S.A. Theatre, and because of the
theatre's limited number of seats, reserva
tions should be made by calling the box
office, 723-2717, between one and eight P.M.
Tuesday through Sunday. For students and
faculty of N.C.S.A. there will be no ad
"I think the play deals with the cour
age of our differences. Who? You, me, the
school, Enrico, every individual..." sayS
David Wood of Raleigh, who dominates the
stage in the title role of Enrico.
The character, Enrico IV, has created
a world of his own and is labeled mad by
his family and friends. Does his realty
truly exist or dOes theirs? In dealing with
the themes of reality and identity, this
play is considered by many to be Piran
You've probably noticed the guest dir
ector, Malcolm Black, roaming about campus.
He's the clever British gentleman, equipped
with bulky-knit sweater, pipe, and intellect.
Without question, he knows what he's doing.
Mr. Black has the distinction of having
achieved an enviable record in almost every
phase of the theatre. He is a graduate and
former member of the company of the Old Vic
School in England. He later joined the
staff of the American Shakespeare Festival
in Stratford, Conn., as administrator and
acting instructor. Mr. Black is currently
associated with Sheldon Leonard Productions
on the new television series, "Accidental
Family". Watch it.
"Enrico IV" was developed under the
skillful hands and minds of Robert Aton as
guest lighting designer, Christina Giannini
as the resident costume designer, student
Margie Perkins as stage manager, and student
Michael Weisman as technical director.
It's easy to point out a cast member of
"Enrico" as they run through the halls during
classes. They are characterized by pro
truding lips, baggy eyes, perfect posture,
new haircuts, and (if that doesn't distin
guish them already) elaborate,"ditsed"
costumes and crowns. (con't on pg. 2)
Suzanne Deas as she appears in "Enrico IV"
The next student recital will be given
at 12:25 on Wednesday, December 13.
Sandra Miller, a college freshman who
has been studying here since the school's
beginning in 1965, will perform two flute
pieces, accompanied by Margo Garrett. She
will play the Sonata #2 (E^ "Major) of J.S.
Bach and Schubert's Introduction and Varia
tions on the theme, "Ihr Blumlein alle,"
from the song "Trockne Blumen," which means
Jon Lautman, a high school senior who
entered N.C.S.A. last September, will per
form with his accompanist, Ralph Neiweem,
Three Pieces for Clarinet by Alban Berg.
Robfert Carter, second yeat student,
will play the Brahms Clarinet Sonata with
Patrick Byers at the piano.
REMINDER; COLLEGE REGISTRATION DAY
DEC. 14 FOR SPRING SEMESTER I
According to Mr. R, B. Crawford of the
North Carolina School of the Arts Founda
tion, extensive planning has been completed
for new buildings here at the School of the
Arts. With the exception of the tennis
courts near completion on the field behind
the present dormitories, the area of con
struction to receive first attention will
be that of new dormitories.
The new dorms will be divided into
seven separate units. Each unit will house
46 students of the lower division and its
own houseparents. There will be a lounge,
study area and telephones on the ground
floor in each unit.
The buildings will be three stories
with twelve rooms to a floor. Eight rooms
will have one occupant and four will have
two occupants. One room in each unit will
be used as a practice room. The state le
gislature has appropriated approximately
one-third of the funds necessary for the
Plans for future construction also in
clude a Student Commons. The Commons will
contain a new dining room and kitchen, a
large lounge area for student activities,
a heated swimming pool and a small gymnasium.
It is hoped that both of these buildings will
have air-conditioning; but that matter rests
on availability of funds,
DANCERS TO PRESENT
The NCSA Ballet Department in co
operation with the Wire ton-Salem Civic Bal
let and the Junior League are presenting the
"Nutcracker Ballet" this weekend. There will
be three performances: December 9 at 2:00 and
8:00, and December 10 at 2:00. The students
will be dancing on the stage of Reynolds
Auditorium. Already the perfomances are
sold-out, but there will be a dress rehear
sal tonight at 8:00 which the students and
their parents are invited to attend.
The leading roles will be danced by
Christine Spezzo, Columbine; Madeline Upshaw,
Harlequin; Mannie Rowe, Toy Soldier; Henry
Moody, Mouse King; Bruce Weavil, Snow King;
Janet Snyder and Svea Eklof, Sugar Plum
Fairy; and Buddy Smith, Cavalier.
"Nutcracker" is a fairy tale ballet in
two acts and three scenes with music by
Peter Tchaikowsky. Last year the dancers
presented "Nutcracker" to enthusiastic au
diences during the Christmas season.