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April “Evening Of Dance” Performance Nears
Kennedy Center Announces
American College Theatre Festival
Stevens, Chairman of the Ken
nedy Center announced plans
today for the fourth American
College Theatre Festival. Ten of
the nation’s best university and
college theatre productions,
selected from more than three
hundred, will play at the
Eisenhower Theatre for two
weeks beginning Monday, April
This is the fourth year of the
Festival, which is produced
jointly by the Kennedy Center
and tiie Smithsonian Institution,
and is sponsored by American
Airlines, American Oil Company
and American Express.
A conunittee representing the
American Theatre Association
and the American National
Theatre and Academy (ANTA)
met this weekend at the Center to
choose the ten plays, all of which
have been play^ along with
more than sixty others in twelve
regional festivals sponsored by
the Center during &e past two
months. Professor Lewin Goff,
chairman of the theatre arts
department, University of Texas
at Austin is Chairman of the
Committee. Peggy Wood, the
actress, is Honorary Chairman of
the Festival. Frank Cassidy ,is
Executive Producer.
OF THE CROWD” produced by
the school of Performing Arts at
United State International
University, San Diego, California
will open the Festival. Other
productions are: “THE
MISANTHROPE” from Portland
(Oregon) State University;
Arthur Miller’s “THE PRICE”
from Montana State University in
Bozeman; “OF MICE AND
MEN” by John Steinbeck from
Southeastern Oklahoma State
College in Durant; “OEDIPUS
REX” from Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, Texas;
“HOME” by David Storey, from
Southern lUinois University in
Carbondale; Lillian Heilman’s
produced by North Carolina
School of the Arts in Winston-
from the University of Hawaii,
and a new play “356 DAYS”
adapted by H. Wesley Balk from
Dr. Ronald J. Glasser’s book
about his e^riences in an Army
evacuation hospital in Japan.
“365 DAYS” is produced by the
University of Minnesota.
Two alternates have been
chosen in the event that one of the
productions is unable to make the
trip: Athol Fugard’s “THE
BLOD KNOT” performed by
Dartmouth College (Hanover,
New Hampshire) and “THE
UON IN WINTER” from Illinois
State University at Normal.
This year for the first time, a
company of student players will
be brought from abroad to take
part in tiie Festival. Twenty-five
students, teachers and musicians
from the Warsaw Theatre
Academy will present two
separate programs: “ACTS,”
made up of scenes from Wyspia
Wyspianski “WEDDING,”
Witkiewics’s “MOTHER,” and
“TANGO” by Slawomir Mrozek;
Commenting on the Festival
program, Mr. Stevens said,
“American college theatres
present such a large repertory of
plays every year, that each
festival takes on a different
character. With Greek tragedy,
Chinese Opera, French comedy,
and British musicals as well as
plays by some of our best
American dramatists on the
program, this would be an in
ternational festival even if we
didn’t have Warsaw Drama
Acadmey productions. We are
delighted to be ttie ‘Center’ of so
much vital theatre work.”
The Center pays all production
costs and transportation, as well
as the travel and living expenses
for each company for a six day
stay. The government of Poland
is transporting the Warsaw
Drama Academy students to and
from the United States.
Each company will give two
performances - a matinee at two
and evening at 7:30. All matinee
seats will be $2.50. Evening
prices Monday through Thursday
evenings will be $3.00 and |4.00
Open n^t, Friday and Saturday
nights will be $3.50 and $5.00.
Student tickets will be available
at half price through the Center’s
special ticket program.
Another new feature of the
Festival announced by Mr.
Stevens is the Irene Ryan
Scholarship program. Twelve
student actors, who have already
won scholarships of five hundred
dollars each for their per
formances at the regional
festivals will play an evening of
scenes on Sunday, April 23. The
two best will be awarded
scholarships of two thousand
dollars. The scholarship money is
provided by actress Irene Ryan,
best known as Grandma in “THE
Academic Division
Cocteau Lecturer
Professor James P. McNab
of Virginia Polytechnic In
stitute and State University at
Blacksburg, Virginia will
deliver a public lecture on
Cocteau, Myths and Ob
sessions on Tuesday evening,
April 11 at 8:00 P.M. in Shirley
Auditorium of the Salem
College Fine Arts Center. No
admission will be charged.
The lecture is being spon
sored by the Academic
Department of the North
Carolina School of the Arts
and the topic is of particular
interest to students in Mr.
Frohn’s course on 20th Cen
tury European Drama.
Professor McNab has just
completed his Ph. D. in
French literature at Duke
University and he has tau^t
at Strasbourg, Montpellier
and Nice, France prior to his
teaching at VPI. He has
publish^ widely in scholarly
journals and is presently
working on a book to be
published in 1973 on the
French novelist Raymond
On the program for the six performances of “An
Evening of Dance”, April 14,15,21 and 22, is four works,
one of which was performed last fall, “Waltz Revere”
by Duncan Noble. The other three works are new to the
schools’s audiences. They are “I Never Saw Another
Butterfly” by Richard Gain, “Variations on a Rococo
Theme” by Richard Gibson and “Kolors” by Joe
“I Never Saw Another But
terfly” is based on a book of the
same name. This modem work
deals with children in a German
concentration camp. The cast of
10 is costumed in rags of basic
grey. The music is a collage of a
chilcten’s songs and a classical
work, especially pieced together
for this work.
“Variations on a Rococo
Theme” is a ballet designed for
the female dancer. The french
style costumes use green as its
color scheme. Peter Tchaikovsky
is the composer of the music. Jeff
Satinoff and Janie Parker are the
leads of the first cast. Jeff
Fancek and (Cecelia Beam are the
leads of the second cast which is
to perform at the Saturday
“Kolors” by Joe Emery “is a
fun piece” that depict colors of
the spectrum. Its basic form is
ballet and jazz. The ten colors.
White, Black, Maroon, Russett,
Purple, Lavender, Orange,
Burgandy and Crimson are
danced by various members in
the cast of 26. Miss Emery ex
plains each color as:
“Orange is fun.”
“Burgundy is fat.”
“White is cool.”
“Lavender is a loner.”
“Ri^t on is Russett.” '
“Will Chartreuse survive
Green and Yellow.”
“Baa baa Black Sheep.”
“Maroon, macaroon,
“Royal Purple people”
“Crimson gets out of control.”
The costun^g is in the style of
the work, very up to date.
April 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd
are the performance dates at the
N.C.S.A. Theatre. The curtain
rises at 8:15 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m.
for the Saturday matinees.
Cortlandt Jones
Foxes” Moves Out
On Saturday, April 15, and
Sunday April 16, the award
winning play “The Little Foxes”
will be presented at Hanes
Community Center (Hanes Little
Theatre). Tickets may be pur
chased by calling the box office,
722-2585. On the following^Wed-
nesday, the entire cast and four
crew members will board
Piedmont flight 928 at 2:20 P.M.
and arrive at Washington
National Airport at 4:17. There
they will reside at the Pick Lee
House, their entire expenses for
transportation and hotel ac
comodations borne by American
Airlines, American Express, and
American Oil Company, the
sponsors of the American College
Theatre Festival, of which
“Foxes” is one of the ten winners
throughout the country.
The cast and skeleton crew (as
the J.F.K.Center for the Per
forming Arts is totally union, the
set w& be put up by union
technicians) will be staying in
Washin^on for six days, during
which time they will be able to
observe the other winning plays
to be performed throughout the
week. Then on Friday, April 21st,
they will present “Foxes” for a
matinee and an evening per
formance in ,the Eisenhower
Theatre, part of the J.F.K.
center. A bus provided by
N.C.S.A. wiU be taking drama
students in levels two and three to
Washington to see the per
formance. Transportation and
rooms will be funiished by the

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