Janie Sherman, Kingsport Times-News, TN, 20 Jun 1965, p. 29.
'Sleeping Beauty 9 --In Dirty Sneakers Sunday, June 20, 1965 KINGSPORT TIMES-NEWS 'Stars' Working Hard ~ For Children's Play Sleeping Beauty had on blue jeans and dirly sneakers and the king, in floppy shirt and paint-spaltcrcd slices, wielded a staple gun. Assorted fairies darted about with dripping paint brushes. The prince helped build a stone wall out of newspaper and runny paste. All this inside a drafty barn lhal reeked of dusty flieatre props and leaked paint from the storage room above. Â·This was the realistic side the sake of art. Nevertheless, they go about building the sel for Iheir first production, "Tlie Legend of tlw Sleeping Beauty," with as much animated deligiil as they do making believe in the roles they play. For the past week, a crew of about a dozen talkative teens bare been busily throwing throwing themselves into their less glamorous roles as set builders builders in preparation for the of things for the tccnagc'mcnv sllolv ' s opening Thursday niglil bers of Kingsport Recreation al Clvic Auditorium. Department's Children's Sum- They are members of a mer Theatre. And any of group, sponsored by the re- them will tell you Us all for creation department and guid- TONCiUK Â· BITING teen concentrates concentrates on backstage carpentry. carpentry. cd by Kintsporl Optimists, who will splil profits of their summer theatrical venlurcs. Members of Ihe "company" of about 30 come from several area high schools. BEHIND THE SCENERY--A teenage teenage member of the Recreation Department's Department's Summer Children's Theatre Theatre slaps paint on one of the flats that will be part of the castle scenery scenery in "The Legend of Sleeping ^Beauty," which opens Thursday night at Civic Auditorium. Members Members of the young company double up in doing all the jobs necessary to put the production before the public. (Times-News Photos--Tom Mosier) But the money tlicy hope to make Is secondary to them and only a few have theatrical ambitions. They will tell you they like acting and working together as a group. There's no room tor Ihe prims donna, cither, as the stagecraft session session al Ihe Theatre Guild barn proves. When they (inisli al the barn, part of Ihe sel construction construction cast may have other roles to perform at a rehearsal for the first show of Iheir three- production summer season. Others iniglil be involved in the second production, "Land of the Seven Witches," already in rehearsal. Their cast fur ''Sleeping licauty," which includes almost almost cvcrylxxly in the company, company, is: Jane Wilson, i|iiccn; lluJdy 18 Years Of 'Show Biz' Â·In Community Theatre Brooks, quwn; Dtvki Lillle, cook; J. B. Fleenor, jwier, Sue Atkinson, Carolyn Clark, Susan Hale, Andre* Roller, Joan BarneUe, Ann Hammond, Mary Donna Heppcrf, Ceceila Johnson, Lynn Peters, Kathy DeNobriga, Debbie Auslin, Betsy Powers, and Janie Sherman, Sherman, fairies; Susan Fuller, licauty; John Bryant. Prince Snubby; Alan Buckles, old man. Johnny Mack Williams, Prince Honor; Jcannie .Meredith .Meredith and Carol Johnson, ladies- in-waiting; Donna Hansen, court page; and Dcbby Ilend- rirks and Kay Marquis, fairy pages. The show to sel tor performances performances Thursday and Friday Friday a( p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets are on at shopping center and downtown downtown locations, Civic Auditor- um and at the door. A troupe of Ihe teenagers ill also sel up a traveling boxoffice which will (our Jngsport neighborhoods thil I'eclc to sell tickets. By PAIAIKK WKU.S Times-News Staff Writer Emma Stralcy speaks straight from the hip on jusl about any subject. Maybe that's one reason why she's endeared herself to a number of Kiugsportcrs, and particularly to members of Kingsport Theatre Guild, with which she's been a dynamic force for 18 years. She's acted, directed, done makeup and even swung a hammer hammer to build flats and construct scenciy. She's done just about everything and loves it all. Now, about 50 plays later, she's the First Lady of the community threalre group by virtue of being awarded a "life membership" after members of the group sal back and took account of her contributions. 'Never Gonna Lei Go' "And I'm never gonna let go," she proclaims, just after expounding on what hard but rewarding work community theatre is. "It's a lot of hard, hard, hard work," she emphasizes, 'First tÂ«dj' Speaks Out adding in her rapid-fire Rochester, N. Y., manner, "but it'i worth it." She guesses thai she's one of only a handful of early members members still active today. Never having had any theatrical experience experience before except with children in Rochester school plays, she attended the new guild's second meeting here. That got licr a part in Ihe very first play, "Yes And f\'o." From llicrc, she's taken the guild's prized Johnson-llilliard Iropliy for best performance "Iwo or three limes." In addition, she earned Ihe best actress award once. Then she turned to directing and was cracking (tie director's whip when her son, Andy, won the acting cup In 1957 for "The Rainmaker." And she does crack the whip when slie's sitting in the director's chair. "You've got to make them (eel the play with their heart and make them do what the play is supposed supposed to do," is her philosophy on directing. "Sure I was a hard taskmaster," she agrees. "Just ask somebody who's been in one of my plays." Then, making no pretense al false modesty, she'll tell you: "But we had a beautiful finished product." Devotes Time To Home During the past year she's been inactive in the guild, devoting devoting a lot of time to her woods-enclosed home, "Hidden Heights." The rustic, modem house, wliicli trumpets out from a slope near Sullivan Gardens has been her own biggest vacation tips don't forget to stop the milk phone ahead for