Janie Sherman, Kingsport Times-News, TN, 18 Sep 1966, p. 34.
Award Winners, Newcomers In 'Dark Of The Moon 9 The Players Leading roles In Kingsport Thcalre Guild's upcoming production, "Dark of Ihe Moon," are taken by seasoned veterans and experienced newcomers. Principals in flic folk drama set in the Smoky Mountains include, clockwise, Urn- ma Slraley, Jim Grubb, Diane Spoden, John Fisher and Bel- Ion Moore. Production dates are Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in arena style at Ross Robinson Junior High School cafeteria. (Times-News Photos -- Richard Titley) BEGINS OCTOBER 13 Nature Series Set The first of Kingsport Recreation Department's 17th season of Audubon. Wildlife Film series begins Oct. 13 at Civic Auditorium. Opening (lie 17th season will be Patricia B. Wilhcrspoon, photographer and naturalist, with a film, "Stepping Stones to Australia." To be narrated by Miss Witherspoon, the film sliows wildlife of Oahu in Hie Hawaiian Islands, Canton Island on the equator and Viti I^evu, the large island of the volcanoes, deep canyons and thick jungles will be depicted in Lyons' "Mexican Adventure." Tlie final lecture will be by Mr. Robert C. Hermes who has appeared in Kingsnoit with excellent programs in the past. His program this year will be "Kverglades -- River of Grass" April 27. In this film, he takes viewers into the land of alligators, otter, raccoons and c o u n t l e s s birds. Five winners of Kingsport Theatre Guild's Johnson-Hil- Hard acting cup ia addition lo several e x p e r i e n c e d newcomers have roles in Ihe upcoming opening production of the 1960-67 season, "Dark of the Moon." Scheduled for production Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in arena style at Ross Robinson Junior High School cafeteria, the drama which is set in the Smoky Mountains and features folk songs and music, has a cast of 23. TWO OF THE veteran Guild award winners, ISmma Slraley and Belton Moore, are appearing for tlie first tiinc in five years in roles with tlie community theatre group. Other award winners in the cast are Dave Zugschwerdt, Joan Hensley and Jim Grubb. Also cast in leading roles are newcomers Diane Spoden, speech, drama and music student at East Tennessee State University, and John Fisher, student r a d i o announcer with acting credits at Dobyns-Bennett H i g li School. OTHER ROLES have been assigned to Phyllis Greene, Rose Brooks, David Little, Gale Dixon, Janie Sherman, Tom Brooks, Richard Titley, Cathy Brooks, Martha hake, I^ou Frcyre, Marvin Budd, Ann Twiggs, Pete Freyre and Elden Bailey. Miss Spoden, cast in (lie role of Barbara Allen, is a former opera major at Indiana University where she had roles in "Aida" and "Turandot." In addition, she was chosen soloist in the All- Slale Chorus while attending Dobyns-Bennett High School and has appeared in Kiwanis Kapers productions. CAST AS John, the Witch Boy, John Fisher is a member of Thespians at Dobyns-Bennelt and is a student announcer for radio station WKPT. He has appeared at Dobyns-Bcnnett in "The Lottery" and as narrator in ttie D-B award winning production of "Macbeth." Mrs. Moore, a drama major at Brenau College i n Gainesville, Ga., returns to trie Guild after winning awards for performances in "Solid Gold Cadillac," "The H.^U.....V^!j. : -./Â»^..\V;'"\iJ: '*Â·;Â·'Â·'',,'. .'"'Â·'-. /, 'Â£ Girls In 500," and "Nutcracker Suilc." She appeared in two shows p r o d u c e d by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston before coming lo Kingsport and taught drama in public schools in Toccoa, Ga. IN THE ROLE of the Conjur Woman W!K grants the Witch Boy a short period of time as a human being, Emma Slraley is a life member of the Theatre Guild. She has appeared in or directed over 50 plays and earned awards for two of lliem. A native of Rochester, N. Y., she will direct the Guild's second show of Ihe 1906-07 season, "Bell, Book and Candle." Zugschwerdt, who will portray the circuit riding mountain preacher, h a s awards for last season's "A Thousand Clowns," a n d "Sunday in New York." He is president of the acting group and previously worked as technical director. GRUBB, CAST in a dual role as Ihe Conjur Man, overseer of the witches, and as the comic s i n g i n g character, Uncle Smelicue, took the Guild's acting award for the 1964-65 season. He has appeared in "Inherit the Wind" and "Harvey" and has a number of credits from Middlcsboro, Ky., L i t t l e Thcalre. 1 Elden Bailey, production employe at T e n n e s s e e Sunday, Sept. 18, 1966 The Arts KINGSPORT TIMES-NEWS 5-B Eastman and past choir director at Glcnwood Baptist Church, is cast as the mountain bully, Marvin Hudgens. Bailey, a native of Erwin, also directs C h r i s t m a s Cantatas for the church and sings in the choir. MUSICAL CHORES have also been assigned to David Little, guitarist and folk singer, and Rose and Tom Brooks. Technical staff for the production includes; Margaret Murray, associate director; Sarah King, properties and furnishings; Jan Culbertson, costumes and makeup. In addition to director and associate, Margaret Murray and Palmer Wells, technical work will be handled by Sarah King, p r o p e r t i e furnishings; Jan Culbertson, costumes and makeup; Lee Cherry, set design; Ted Spetnagel, lighting; and .Ted Lewis, sound. GALA OPENING -- New Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln. Center glows in the night during its opening Friday. The $46 million House was filled with 3,800 celebrities who paid from $15 to $200 for tickets and rolled up some $400,000 for the largest theatre gate ever'. (UPI Photo)