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Page 16 EWU Supplement September 23, 1982 I 'Godspell' thrills military men abroad By Tom Thrun "This delightfully con- ceived and executed show has raised the calibre of a college production to what I consider professional heights and re- flects the excellence of your theater program." Such was one of the com- ments in a letter of commen- dation received late this sum- mer by the Eastern "God- spell" cast, following its 40- performance tour this sum- mer in Korea through the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The letter came from W.L. England, commander for the U.S. Army Recreation Services Operation in Korea. Early this spring, EWU theater professor Dr. Boyd Devin learned of the accept- ance of "GodspeU" as one of only two college productions to be selected for DOD tours abroad this summer. Those participating in the 47-day tour for the cast included John Duenow, Clint and Rebekah Buel, Adrienne Lambert, Tom Hare, Jennifer Baldwin, Michelle Heffron, Eric Hartley, Michael War- necke, Marita Brown and Tynna Windishar. "Each individual repre- sented America and Eastern Washington University in the highest tradition of the best qualities to be found in our young people," continued Commander England. "In every encounter with the troops in the field, their warmth, interest and concern was evident." The commander also noted that Dr. Devin himself showed "a sense of commit- ment and desire" to insure a successful tour. Devin, upon returning to Eastern after the trip, an- nounced that the success of / the tour helped to promote the increase of touring college shows for next year from two to five, with the number further expanding to 10 two years from now. He also noted that he will consider pplying for another tour a year or two down the road. Of the 40 performances giv- en, only one was outdoors. Indoor stages, he noted often varied in size. However, the cast was well prepared with only a minimum of props to set up anywhere within a matter of minutes. uJnn n __ "Each individual rep- resented America and Eastern in the highest tradition of the best qualities to be found in our young people..." Transportation during the tour was by helicopter, bus, van and truck. All tour mem- bers were required to pay for their own food and lodging while on tour. Lodging ranged from free to $38.50 per night in Japan, where the group spent one night. The usual over-night cost was $10 per person at most of the com- mands. Base food ranged from $1.50 to $10 per meal, depending on the members' individual tastes. While performing out of Seoul, the cast sayed at the Naiji, a military hotel, featur- ing a 24-hour snack bar, restaurant, small PX and other small shops. In Taegu, the cast was required to stay in a downtown hotel. The first hotel visited was turned down SPOKANE EXCHANGE OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS --SPECIAL HOURS-- ARRANGE YOUR NEW TELEPHONE SERVICE ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAYS AT THE Bell Phone Center Store SPECIAL HOURS." Saturday, Sept. 18 & 25,1982 11 a.m. to 4 p,m. --WE ALSO OFFER-- Rental & Sales -- Accessories Gift Certificates and the Latest Products & Services N. 124 Wall -- Spokane, WA because it had neither beds nor locks on the doors, being a typical Korean hotel. Devin noted that the travel time between bases by bus ranged from 25 minutes to four hours. "The roads in Korea have improved much since 1971 when we last toured," he observed, noting they only had one rough ride on a rocky road because the regular road to Camp Page was washed out. "Godspell," according to Devin had many funny scenes up to the Last Supper and Crucifiction. "I was concerned how the Last Supper and Crucifiction would play because of the serious nature of them," said Devin, who added that he needn't have worried as these parts, in particular, proved to "be one of the highlights of the show for the personnel in the field." Devin noted that the show's "energy', was its selling point. "We were fortunate in that we couldn't have chosen 11 more energetic and active people," said Devin, noting that an extensive selection process was used to screen the cast. A total of 6,919 military personnel viewed the show during the tour. Devin stated that standing ovations were given by many groups which normally did not give such applause. Performing "Always, there were men who stayed after the perfor- mance to visit," said Devin. "Always, their comments were extremely favorable about the show, and in almost every case they said they wanted more shows like this one and fewer variety 'top forty' shows." Radar base U. S. Marines at Camp Beach at Okinawa watch sings to them in an outdO# "Godspelr'. Eastern's "Godspell" cast special performances at ganson, South Korea. | WELCOME TO HAVE A MOUNTAIN YEAR HERE'S A TOAST N ROTH DISTRIBUTING COMPANY- C ROLF BAUGE- MANAGER 235-8427