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Drama Department (G)nt. from P. 4)
better utilize the abilities of the
faculty is a continuing process.
The advent of the 3 term year
allowed more flexibility in the
rotation of teachers. In many
ways this year has involved
trying to catch up with our tails in
oMer to get the programs better
alligned but some programs
better aligned but some progress
The rotation of 3 acting
teachers in the first year was an
innovation which will be
carefully evaluated at the end of
the year. The movement and
speech programs have been
shifted toward a more logical and
orderly progression. A large dose
of tutori^ work has been injected
into the voice and speech
program with very gratifying
results but has re-inforced the
need for additional faculty.
We are plagued by the
questions facing all educators
today and will not resolve these
questions quickly or easUy. In
some ways we are at odds with
trends. We have prescribed
academic requirements where no
prescription existed before. The
general trend is to greater
free^m of choice. We have tried
to devise ways of making grades
more meaningful and functional
while other Colleges and
Universities have discarded
grades as obsolete etc., etc., etc.
The upcoming self-study and
curriculum stodies will throw
some of these things into sharp
relief. One thing is clear, the
answers have to relate to and
support the objectives of this
We have come to some grief
over the validity of certain
beliefs, priorities, and
prerogatives but maintain oiu*
belief in the validity of providing
a number of viable alternatives
to be e:q)lored.
A kind of stability has
descended upon the School of
Drama. All 7 major faculty plus
myself and most of the part time
faculty can be expected to appear
again next September. As well, a
U^ge percentage of the current
student body is expected to
There will nevertheless be a
difficult and disorienting
situation next year while the
Theatre is being renovated- and
this is expected to take most of
the winter. Some temporary
housing will have to be obtained
by September and Major
Productions (at least one of
which will be directed by a
visiting director) will have to be
Next year will not, therefore be
easy but I look forward to it with
high expectation, nonetheless.
Letter To The Editor
(Cont. from P. 5)
cessful performances of The
Nutcracker have had much to do
with the terrific advance sales for
“The King And I.” But most of us
feel, after talking with the ticket-
buyers, that we could be selling
almost any NCSA all-school
production just as successfully.
Naturally a musical has great
appeal. But nearly anything you
decided to do would be met (in
our opinion) with equal success.
After all, V^ton-^em is the
town that raised over $1,000,000 in
a Tel-a-thon campaign to get your
sdiool located here in the first
A great number of people have
indicated that they would like to
see an all-school production
become an annual thing! And
heaven help us if tiie Dance
Department ever stops doing the
NUTCRACKER, however boring
it must be for them all by now.
When we began hearing the
comments listed above, we began
to feel a moral obligation to
advise you of these comments
through the ESSAY.
You have made us all very
proud to serve you, and we Imow
you will live up to the ex
pectations we have grown to
Carol M. Johnson
The N.C. Essay
King And I
(Cont. from P. 5)
beautiful, as was Anna’s
With the lighting, the spots
were my main complaint; &ey
often came on late or hopped
around and occasionally changed
size at the wrong time. The li^ts
also seemed to light the stage and
not the actors. All of these are
indeed small points of criticism,
especially considering the
monumental contribution of the
Technical Department to this
In the area of organization,
there should be mention and
praise. Imagine thirteen
children, twenty-one dancers,
hundreds of props, twelve
amazons and wives, assorted
priests and slaves, twelve
principals and their un
ticket reservations, publicity,
nineteen musical numbers,
twenty-nine musicians and a cat.
. .et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
With the odds and ends you have
“King and I” responsibility.
I ttUnk one of the biggest steps
made by this show was the
establishment of better depart
mental communication. For this
type of organization in a
production and in the school, you
must thank the director and his
many, many helpers. For Mr.
Dreyer to organize such a large
cast and all four departments
into one production is a feat that
should be marvelled at.
But now I must come to my
main criticism of the show as a
whole. This show was first done
more than twenty years ago. Why
must a show of that age be
constantly done the same way?
We are an arts school—North
Carolina School of the Arts-^ot a
Zerox machine. Mere
refH-oduction for the most part is
not art-in fact, it stagnates it. As
far as the technical, singing,
playing and acting experiences
received, it was a greater suc
cess. But as an art form, was
“The King and I” really suc
Calendar of Events
April 18, J. Caffey Student Piano Recital, 8:15 Aud.; Paris Chamber
Orchestra, Reynolds High School, 8:15, Admissions Charged
April 19, Sherman Piano Recital, 8:15 Aud.
April 20, New York Pro Musican, Wake Forest, 8:15, Admissions
April 21-22, Dance Concert, Theatre
April 23, Zucker Flute Recital, 3 o’clock, Aud.
May 2, Haile Piano Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 3, Piano Recital, 1:30 Aud.; Piano Recital, 1:30 Aud.; Jones
Piano Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 4, Gedron Guitar Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 6, Carriker Voice ^cital, 8:15 Aud.; Drama Workshop
May 7, Nield Flute Recital, 3 o’clock Aud.;Genwaldi Violin Recital,
8:15 Aud.; Drama Workshop
May 8, Park - Cooke Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 9, Ettesen Voice Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 10, Piano Recital, 1:30 Aud., Carson Piano Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 10-21, Hello Dolly, Hanes Community Center, 8:15
May 11, Roden Bassoon Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 12, Silva Guitar Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 13, Stuckenbruck Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 14, Student Recital, 3 o’clock Aud.; Brass Chamber Music;
Bucchianeri Recital 8:15 Aud.
May 15, NCSA Orchestra Tour Beings; Dance Concert, 2 o’clock
Theatre; Hunter Harp Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 16, Wilson Senior Voice Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 17, Guitar Ensemble, 8:15 Aud.
May 19-27, The Taming of the Shrew, Theatre
May 20, Anderson - Traficante Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 22, Drama Tour Begins; Dance Concert, 2 o’clock, Theatre;
Hawkins - Lee - Homer Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 23, Choral Concert, 8:15 Aud.
May 24, Piano Recital, 1:30 Aud.
May 25 Gugliotta Guitar Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 26, NCSA Orchestra, 8:15 Aud.
May 27-28, Musical Comedy, 8:15 Commons
May 28, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Aud.
May 29, Knapp Piano Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 30, Friedlander Voice Recital, 8:15 Aud.
May 31, Melall-Hartman Recital, 8:15 Aud.; Drama Scenes Workshop
June 1, Dance Workshop - Wheeler, 8:15 Aud.
June 5-9, Exam Week
June 7, Piano Auditions, 10-1 p.m. Aud.
June 10, Commencement
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NUTCRACKER 1971: A REVIEW
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English 201, Fall, 1972