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 - THE COIRIER-EXPRESS, DaBolg, Pa .-Serving...
THE COIRIER-EXPRESS, DaBolg, Pa .-Serving ClwfteM. Jefferson and Elk County Area-Monday. Aprils. m Not Easy To Be An Usher In A Broadway Theater EDITOR'S NOTE - If* ml emy to he m Mhcr in • Bread-way theater. B«t thrragh the travail, the sfsteraWfli keeps a stiff vpficf Mf>. After al, they dhw't want surprisingly large support and 1972. : In the 1972 election, Richard defeated George by 55 to 45 per cent. won 48 per cent against 44 per cent and 8 per cent In the 1972 primary, won with 30 per by Wallace's 22 Humphrey's 21 per Muskie, Jackson sharing the 25 per cent. Nixon GOP primary by . from "Th» Almanac ol 1»7«," by Mlcfiatl Ujlfuaa and Douglaa pcrmltalon of IM pubuinar, Inc.) ENTERPRISE ASSN. I Guinea deny.\The by predicting the the U.S. 'world its allies." Sy WILLIAM GLOVER AC Dram Writer NEW YORK (AP) - For a Broadway usher, seating showgoers is just pan of the Job. Others chores are refereeing tiffs, shushing drunks, finding lost gloves, chasing smokers, giving first aid — and occasionally ending up on the wrong end of a left jab. "We're everything, but hardly anyone ever says. hello," reports Dorothy Rogern. Small, scrappy and frank, Dotty la president of Local B183 of the International Alliance of theatrical and State Employes. The 915 members of the chapter include stage doormen and ticket takers, but mostly ushers for .Manhattan's 40 major playhouses. The unit has 120 men, but otherwise resembles a closely knit sorority, bound together by tradition and family ties. Half the membership membership is aunt-niece or mother-daughter and maybe granddaughter. That is> a carryover from the era when, for fl per performance, the ushering work force was recruited from women who lived in the nearby Italian- Irish neighborhood called "Hell's Kitchen." Another big membership bloc comprises young acting hopefuls who, between engagements, relish the chance to see other* perform after audience duties are done. Lauren Bacall and Julie Haydon once did such chores. "In the last 10 years audiences have really changed," says Miss Rogen. "They used to be class." , Since the union was organized in 1942 by 26 stalwart housewives — including including Dotty's mother, Rose Rogen. who is now the local's business agent — wages have risen to $10.22 basic per performance for usher. According to Miss Rogen, spectators dissatisfied with their allocated seats sometimes resort to profanity and. physical remonstrance. Then an endless silly questions which the sisterhood swaps stories about later over coffee: "'Is that the only telephone?' - If it wasn't then wouldn't be a line. 'When's the lounge?' They're They're standing right next to it. They can see the stairs and ask 'Which way is up?' "I'm standing then with an armful of programs, in uniform and with a flashlight, and a man says 'Do you work here?' No, I'm a burglar." A long Rogen sigh of frustration. . The job also -involves gatecrashers and sometimes a favor that boomerangs. Such as the night an usher moved an entire row over one seat so that a man and woman whose tickets were at the opposite ends could sit together. "I get it done," recalls Miss Rogen, "and the man says to me 'who asked you? I got those tickets deliberately. That's my wife and she talts all through • If you want to test fir Match in foods, add • few trap of tedtoe which always arnWin a purple color In Mjthtng v tntt contains stArcn. s NEED CASH? CASH LOANS ARRANGED QUICKLY AND CONVENIENTLY FOR ANY PURPOSE Phone or Visit The DuBois Consumer Discount Co. "The Friendliest People In Town" 19 South Brady St. Oufloli OM171 James J. Fragle, Mgr. IAS VEGAS TRIP All you can eat and drink I Unlimited. SAHARA HOTEL APRIL 30 or JULYS! JOIN FRANCO HARRIS for 2 WEEKS in ITALY! Sponsored by DuBois YMCA. For more information, contact: BILL BROWN-371-8270

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  1. The Courier-Express,
  2. 05 Apr 1976, Mon,
  3. Page 10

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