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Page 2 Cheney Free Press Thursday, November 11, 1982 [] 'Our Town' is a grand season opener by Marl Perrotti Eastern Washington University President H. George Frederickson re- cently quipped that perhaps budget cuts do have their plus side when they result in the return of drama pro- fessors such as Norman C. Boulanger, to the world of play directing. Boulanger, whose primary exper- ience for the last 16 years has been in scenic and lighting design, recently took his place in the directors chair for the drama "Our Town", currently playing at the University Theatre. The switch appeared to be most successful as students provided a rich, yet sharply-defined presentation of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-prize win- ning play. Working their way through the three-act play, the thespians brought to life the wide range of emotional issues deliniated in Wilder's work, which presents a slice of New England life as the backdrop for broader comments on man's cyclical nature. Stage manager Terry R. Lewis supplies the audience with a narration which verbally supplants the scenery which is absent from the stage. Be- cause the play tranverses many time elements in the life of its main charac- ters, Emily and George Gibbs, scenery is limited to a few chairs, two garden trellises and mood lighting which identifies place such as churchs and :graveyards. Instead of scenic artistry, the audience must rely on Lewis" well-timed and fluid narration for scene setting. : The movement of the play is de- ceptively simply as characters are portrayed going through the mudane ;aspects of day-to-day life. Using e routing as a backdrop for deeper symbols, Wilder's story focuses on the growth of a young couple and their parents as they progress through the inevitable cycle of childhood, school, love, marriage and death. In the final scene, many of the play's characters have died. Their graveyard observations of the actions of those they left behind serve as a vehicle for Wilder's pointed and somewhat cynical observations that, "Earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do human beings ever realize life while they live it?" The young couple m the story, whose growth from childhood sweethearts to married couple provide the focus and movement for the play, are por- trayed by Alysses ourley and Scott Nell. The two initially seemed a bit too much like they were "playing" their characters; but, as the evening moved on, both individuals surrendered to their roles, and the characters of Emily and George became alive and vital. Most notable of the two is Gourley's effective and moving portrayal of the myriad emotions of the young girl with altar jitters, during the scene when Emily and George begin the cycle of love and marriage. The intensity of a young girl on the threshold of marriage gives her later observations on life from the grave credibility and poetic beauty. During the play, Emily's parents, played by Rebekah Stone Buel and Eric Hartley, provide a microcosmic vig- nittee of married life complete with mudane activities, tender moments and deep sorrows. While Hartley's por- trayal of the world-weary physican was effective, his presentation seemed to Cheney FF, students traveling to convention Three Cheney High School students are spending this week in Kansas City, Me. as participants in the Future Farmers of America National Chorus. Jo Ann Konis, Troy Konis and Patty Wallace will join FFA members from all across the country to provide music and entertainment for more than 23,000 FFA members attending the organiza- tion's 55th National Convention. Jo Ann, who attended the Chorus last yea/', and her brother are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wade of Cheney, Patty Wallace, daughter of FFA Advisor, Harvey and Mrs. Wall- ace, will attend this year's conference as an observer rather than a partici- pant in the choral activities. Mrs. Wade said Cheney High School has not had three students attending the chorus in many years. During last year's chorus, Jo Ann was selected to sing a solo and a duet. Troy attended the convention as an observer, but this year, he too will participate in the chorus. Participants are recommended for the chorus by their state FFA associa- tions and their high school vocational agriculture instructor and chorus di- rector. They are selected on the basis of these recommendations, past singing experience and high school achieve- ment in both FFA and choral music. The National FFA Chorus will be directed by Stan Kingmas, assistant to ML sports banquet set The Cardinal Maids will sponsor the Fall Sports Dessert at Medical Lake High School on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The event, to be held in the Girls' Gym, will have the theme "Still the Ones". Freshman and junior athletes are are asked to bring desserts. Awards will be given out in the areas of football, volleyball and cross country.  THANKSGIVING SPECIAL $1.00 off on two piece suits 1708 First St. - Cheney, WA 99004 235-6249 the president of Wheaten Industries, Millville, New Jersey ad former musical director ai virglnia P01ytech nic Institute and State University. The organizational and operational expenses incurred by the National FFA Chorus are provided for by Hallmark Cards, Inc., of Kansas City, Me. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Future Farm,,, of America members from Cheney High School who are at. tending the 55th National Convention in Kansas City, Me. through Nov. 13 are from the left, Troy Konis, JoAnn Konis and Patty Wallace. Troy and JoAnn will sing in the FFA chorus and Patty will attend as an observer. lack the resonance necessary for the role. In her role as his wife, Buel, whose performance as the widow in "Willow Springs" was outstanding, once again exhibited a seemingly effortless apti- tude for timing and projection. It is hard to pinpoint why this actress emerges as a standout. Her voice and most notably the timing of her lines, gives her character of a mother con- vincing depth and emotion. Light- hearted observations and gut-deep emotions become reality under the talented vehicle of Buel's ability. George's parents played by Fodie Jo Short and William A. Wernofsky pro- vided more glimpses into the routine life which Wilder observed so intensly in his play. Though Short's own youth some- times crept through the older years requirea oz ner character, her overall presentation of a women content with her lot in life was suitably low-key and effective. Wernofsky's role as the long-standing editor of the town's newspaper was also, at times, weakened by the ac- tor's own youth slipping through. Per- haps it was the lightness of his step or the youthful pacing of some of his lines which allowed his own age to slip into the character he portrays. Supporting actors glided through the roles admirably. The chorus, pre- sented in the wedding and funeral scenes, provided lovely lyrical ac- companiments to the play's move- ments. Kudos to costume designer ,,n Peacock and lighting designer W. Clint- on Buel for their respective accomp- lishments in providing the props which helped the characters come to life. The drama, "Our Town", if any indication of the rest of the theatre's season, holds a promise of first-rate, ultra-professional entertainment. The play will continue Nov. 11-13 and 18-20. Curtain time is 8 p.m., and reservations can be made by calling 359-2459. ML elemen Iary school will host Ol:,en house In celebration of American Educa- tion Week, Medical Lake Elementary School invites the public to visit the school during the week of Nov. 14-20. The open house is one part of a week-long schedule of events planned as the school involves itself in "show- ing off" education to the community. The week's events recently received the city's sanction when Principal Jim Van Matre and PTSO President Chuck Straton were on hand at the Nov. 2 city council meeting where Mayor Don Johns signed a proclamation official- izing Education Week and Teachers' Day on Nov. 17. Person's interested in sampling the school lunch program during a visit to the school, should notify the office by 9 a.m. of the morning of their visit so lunch preparations can be made. High school thespians Lunch Menu i ii Medical Lake, Nov. 11-18 Thursday-Veterans Day Holiday Friday--Italian spaghetti, chef's salad with 1000 island dressing, bread sticks, applesauce and milk. Monday--Hamburgers With cheese, french fries and catsup, pickles, cherry cottage oudding and milk. Tuesday.-Hearty vegetable soup and crackers, cheese zombies, vegetable sticks, peaches and milk. Wednesday--Meat burritos with salsa sauce, hot buttered corn, raisin batter bread, applesauce and milk. Cheney, Nov. 11-18 Thursday--Veterans' Day: School Hell- Tours set for Skill Center The Cheney High School Drama Department will open its productio by" this Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Fisher Auditorium. Adult tickets are $1.50 each, with student tickets then will run a second weekend on Nov. 19 and 20. Parents of Medical Lake and Cheney High School students are invited to attend an open house of the Vocational Skills Center on Nov 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located at N. 4141 Regal in Spokane, the center opened its door in Septem- ber of this year. In addition to Cheney and Medical Lake, students from eight other school districts are participating in the more than 17 different vocational courses offered at the center. Everything from engineering to cos- metology is offered at the center, which is designed to provide students oriented toward techinical fields, which do not require four years of college, with the education necessary for them to pursue their goals. The Cheney and Medical Lake dist- ricts have pooled their efforts in the program by alternating transportation of students to the center. This year, the .] We wish to thank Ralph and [ S- ^' "chart Sterns and their family for - the open house, October 9, to ll: honor our sister, Lura Palmer, on (i her 92nd birthday. ) Thanks, also, to Lura's friends w l l II l McCulloch CHAIN SAW CLOSE OUT ,,Mac 110- 10 inch $69.99 reg. $89.99 *Pro Mac 10-10 - 16 inch $269.95 reg. $329.95 -Pro Mac 6-10 - 16 inch $299.99 reg. $281.99 NEW WINTER HOURS Self Service Store Sun. 9:00-6:00 Mon.-Sat. Mon.-Thurs. 7:30-7:00 8:30-5:00 Fri. 7:30-9:00 CLOSED Sat. 8:00-9:00 SUNDAY GRANGE SUPPLY 118 Union, Cheney Cheney district is transporting students and Medical Lake will have its turn during the 1983-84 school year. School News Medical Lake Elementary School-- Parents whose children's pictures were unsatisfactory, or whose children were absent picture day, should mark Nov. 17 as the day for retakes. Last week's Cheuey Free Press re- ported that the 40 turkeys to be raffled off by the PTSO were supplied by the Lions Club. While the Lions Club is supplying some of the turkeys, other Medical Lake businesses and service clubs have also made contributions of gobblers for the Nov. 19 raffle. The Cheney Free Press regrets any in- convenience made by the ommission. NICKEL DAY SAT. NOV. 13 day. Friday-Fish wedge, tarter sauce, del- monico potatoes, chuckwagon bread and fruit cup. Monday--School pizza, creamy cole slaw, dill pickle chips and applesauce cake. Tuesday--Pork and noodles, green salad, celery with peanut butter, whole wheat roll with butter and chilled peaches. Wednesday-Chili con carrie, crackers, crisp carrot sticks, cinnamon twist and fruit cup. We're ceh,br( tiny. t All Spokane Transit services will now be known under one name --Spokane Transit Authority! To mark the event, STA proclaims Sat. Nov. 13 Nickel Day -- when 5 will get you farHmr, faster and more comfortably than ever before. Come ride with us! 5 fare on all local service routes ( No ee Transfers ) Spokane Transit Authority Call 328-RIDE for information I II II Dr. Robert I. Stockton OPEN HOUSE Friday, November 19 Whitworth College Circle K Club-- All Spokane area high schools and college students are invited to dance out dystrophy by obtaining participant packets from high school key clubs or MDA. Prizes for the Nov. 20 superclance include a $200 scholarship, black and white television, cassette recorder, rubber raft and AM/FM stereo head- set. A trophy will be awarded to the high school which raises the most for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information on the 12-hour marathon at Graves Gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. contact Ron Welch at 466-9966. University of Oregon--A Cheney stu- dent at the university, Leslie Schults, has been 300 students to $207,000 awarded ships for the University of resident is one of the College of Honors Program Cheney's Lorna the honor freshmen from this year. 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