Boys in the band in Texas 20 May 1983

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Boys in the band in Texas 20 May 1983 - Cast Gives Excellent Performance BLT Offers...
Cast Gives Excellent Performance BLT Offers Enjoyable Evening With The Boys' 'he Bovs In The Ranri " win TVIO r«h->^o«f«-r. „„„*_: i_...i_. . . : "The Boys In The Band," will be presented at 8:30 p.m. May 20 and 21 at the Baytown Little Theater. A Review By SHERRI CARVER The Baytown Little Theater has shown a lot of courage in presenting presenting "The Boys In The Band." They are to be commended for courting the disapproval of some members of the community and even some members of their own organization in order to produce a play that is sensitive, funny and offers an important message about life and people. Simply put, "The Boys In The Band," by Mart Crowley, is a play about homosexuality. The characters are friends who are more than friends — they share a preference that sets them apart and ostracizes them from the rest of the community. But, during the play, the audience audience becomes aware that these men are just like other men — they work, laugh, love, feel depression and loss and anticipation anticipation just like "straight" fellows. They are humans. The ' play also brings out a sadistic side to the men, caused by their confined world. They must constantly be on guard with strangers, lest their way of life be threatened. They don't want to change others — they just want to be left alone. CINEMA 6 £» SAN 1ACINTO MALL 5:30-7:30-9:30 5:30-7:30-9:30 RICHARD GERE BREATHLESS 5:30-7:30-9:30 DAN AVKROYD i« 6:00-1:10 CINEMA 10 SAN JACINTO MAUL 42O•2116 1:10-7:10-9:30 MS HRS. The Actors The acting in this play is excellent. excellent. It should be, since the BLT has chosen for the parts some of its most skilled and best- loved "hams." Joe L. Watts plays Michael, the host for the birthday party that brings the boys together. Watts gives an excellent performance as the intellectual, affluent, tormented character. He is funny and witty and his impersonations are good. Rex Gillit is cast in the part of Donald, Michael's lover and something of a spectator in the festivities. Gillit is also excellent in his part, adding great sensitivity sensitivity to his interpretation. Don Plank, as Emory, steals the show with his hilarious excesses. excesses. Granted, his part is much more outrageous than the others, but he plays with a joy and a wit. that is a pleasure to watch. Jim Richardson plays Larry, the flirtatious member of the party. party. Richardson plays his role in a more subtle way than the rest of the group and his performance adds a reality to the actions and provides a foil for the other actors. actors. The second part of the foil is Dick Neavel, who plays Hank. Hank is a man's man, who happens happens to be a homosexual. Neavel does a good job with this delicate characterization. Donald R. Holmes plays Ber- nard. Like Emory, Bernard is a "closet queen," and Holmes does an equally good job in presenting his character with humor and integrity. integrity. Alton Herring plays Harold, the birthday boy. Herring's performance performance is very good. He is sure on stage and quick with his lines and gives an excellent showing. Michael Leavitt plays Cowboy, the young homosexual given as a "present." Although Leavitt's part is small, he performs well and his character adds a simple charm to the gathering. Bill Traywick plays Alan, the "straight man" who stumbles in to the gathering. Traywick performs performs well as the confused but Music Camp Gearing Up For 1983 Season open-minded party guest. Backstage Set for "the boys" was good. It provided a comfortable and intimate intimate setting for the action and is designed for maximum accessibility. accessibility. Set decoration was by Nancy Neavel and Lynn Dovell. Lights were manned by Jeff Plank. Sound was by Neavel and Kevin Richardson. Ms. Neavel, Ms. Dovell, Herring and Don Herring Herring were responsible for props. Makeup was done by Beaulah Mowrey. A Final Note The acting in this play was excellent excellent in all respects. It was a thoroughly enjoyable performance. performance. BAYTOWN LITTLE Theater cast for "The Boys In The Band" are center, Michael, Joe Watts; bottom right, Allan, Bill Traywick; bottom left, Donald, Rex Gillit; middle right, Lany, Jim Richardson; middle left, Hank, Dick Neavel. Back row, from left, are Emory, Don Plank; Harold, Alton Herring; Cowboy, Michael Leavitt; and Bernard, Donald Holmes. Interlochen's National National Music Camp, Interlochen, Mich., is admitting students for its 1983 season and is especially interested interested in receiving applications for children children between the ages of 8 and 13. The camp specializes specializes in teaching young people with an above-average interest interest in music, dance, drama or the visual arts. It also offers a varied sports and recreation program, utilizing its wooded, 1,200-acre campus and two large lakes. Often called "the granddaddy of them all," the camp attracts attracts students from all 50 states and many foreign countries. countries. It features a range of study programs programs to suit varying levels of accomplishment accomplishment — beginning through advanced. A popular class among young students is Music Talent Ex- ploration in which the students study several several band or orchestral orchestral instruments, then select one for further study. "One of the features features which makes Interlochen unique," states Director Edward Edward Downing, "is that a student can concentrate on one instrument or arts area — or explore two or three different areas." National Music Camp offers private lessons and classes with some of the nation's nation's best teachers and — for band, orchestra orchestra and vocal students — regular participation in rehearsals rehearsals and concerts. concerts. Through the concurrent concurrent Interlochen Arts Festival, young musicians, dancers, actors and artists also have an opportunity opportunity to attend or observe observe nearly 400 events produced by students (most form the camp's high school division), faculty faculty and internationally internationally famous guest artists. Interlochen's National National Music Camp is in northcentral Michigan 15 miles from Traverse City or 45-minutes by air from Chicago and Detroit. Detroit. It is located in one of the Midwest's year-round vacation spots. Campers live in dormitory-like cabins which house eight to 16 campers and one or more counselors. The 56th season of the National Music Camp starts June 26 and Aug. 22. For further infor-' mation or application forms, parents or students students should call (616) 276-9221 or write Mary Frances James, Director of Admissions, Dept.i NR, National. Music Camp, Interlochen, •Mich. 49643. Entertainment Guidelines Notices of community events of an entertainment nature, including plays, concerts, exhibits and leisure activities, should be submitted to the Dimension office office two weeks before the scheduled event. For special arrangements or photo information call 422-8302, exts. 230 or 216. BAYTOWN LITTLE THEATER presents "THE BOYS IN THE BAND" By Mart Crowliy, Directed by James D«r (A NMfvr* «Mt play) CaWr-faNM Set in a New York apartment. A group of homosexuals having a birthday party when a "straight" guy stoos bv for a visit. K ' MAY 13, 14419,20,21 Cdl 424-7677 for reservation* between 2-5 p.m. General admission tickets $4 LOUnge Mon.-Sot. \ \ am-2am Sunday 5pm-12 Join us for our famous Super Happy Hour 2 for 1 drinks everyday, all day plus Unescorted ladies Drinks M .00 * * *• * 5T- >T- Jf

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  1. The Baytown Sun,
  2. 20 May 1983, Fri,
  3. Page 14

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