Janie Sherman, Kingsport Times-News, TN, 20 Jun 1965, p. 30.
Dirty Sneakers The Arts Sunday, JUM Â», 1966 KINGSPORT TtMES-NEW8 U 'Stars' Working Hard ~ For Children's Play Sleeping Beauty had ..n blue jeans and dirty sneakers and the king, in floppy shirt and paint-spattered shoes, wielded a staple gun. Assorted fairies darted about with dripping paint brushes. The prince helped build a stone wall oul of newspaper and runny paste. All this inside a drafly barn that reeked of dusty theatre props and leaked paint from the storage room above. This was the realistic side of things for the teenage members members of Kingsport Recreation Department's Children's Summer Summer Theatre. And any of them will tell you it's all for '.he sake of art. Nevertheless, Ihey go about building the set for their first production, ''The Legend of the Sleeping Beauly." with as much animated delight as they do making believe in the roles they play. For the past week, a crew of about a dozen talkative teens have been busily throwing throwing themselves into their less glamorous roles as set builders builders in preparation for Hie show's opening Thursday night at Civic Auditorium. They are members ot a group, sponsored by the recreation recreation department and guid- TO\GUt:-Bm.\G teen uon- cenlralcs on backslage carpentry. carpentry. cd by Kingsporl Optimists, who will split profits of tlieir summer theatrical ventures. Members of Ihe "company" of about M come from several area high schools. But the money they 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'] no room for the prima donna, cither, as the stagecraft session session at the Theatre Guild barn proves. When they finish al (he b;irn. part of the set construction construction cast may have other roles (o perform at a rehearsal for the first show of their three- production summer season. Others might be involved in the second production, "Land o! Ihe Seven Witches," already in rehearsal Their cast for "Sleeping Beauly," which includes almost almost everybody In the company, company, is: Jane Wilson, queen; Buddy 18 Years Of 'Show Brocks, queen; David Little, cook; J. B. Fletfiw, JeÂ»Ur, Sue Atkinson, Carolyn Clark, Susan Hale, Andrea Roller, Joan Barnelle. Arm Hammond, Mary Donna Heppert, Cecelia Johnson. Lynn Peters, Kathy DeNobriga, Debbie Austin, Betsy Powers, and Janie Sherman, Sherman, fairies: Susan Fuller, Beauty; Jolm Bryant. Print?* Snubby; .Man Buckles, old man. Johnny Mack Williams, Prince Honor: Jeannie Meredith Meredith and Carol Johnson, ladies- in-wailing; Donna Hansen, court page; and Uebby Hendricks Hendricks and Kay Marquis, fairy puses. The show is scl for performances performances Thursday and Friday Friday at 8 p m and Saturdtyi at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sal* at shopping c'Cnler and downtown downtown locations, Civic Auditori Auditori ium and at the door. A troupt o( the tecnageri ! v.ill also set up a traveling ' boxoffice which will tour Kingsport neighborhoods lhiÂ« week to sell tickets.